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Name: Archibald TAYLOR
Newspaper: The Chandlerville Times
Date of Newspaper: January 7, 1921
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Archibald Taylor
"DEATH OF PROMINENT FARMER - Archibald Taylor Passed Away December 30th.
    Archibald Taylor, one of Cass county's most substantial and well to do farmers passed away at the home of his son's Orvil Taylor, west
of town December 30th after a short illness at the age of 85 years, 4 months and 27 days.
    Mr. Taylor was the son of Neil and Marguerite Taylor and was born near Camestown, Scotland, August 3, 1835, and came to this country
with his parents about the age of six years. He had lived in this county all the time with the exception of a few years spent in the west. He was united in marriage March 10, 1875, to Susan Emily Horrom who preceded him in death Sept. 11, 1920. To this union six children were born, two dying in infancy and Miss Mabel passing away Feb. 17, 1917. Those surviving are Neil, Orvil, and Mrs. Frank Yeck all of near this city, together with six grandchildren and one brother, John N. Taylor of near Hickory, besides numerous other relatives and friends. Mr. Taylor told members of his family that he didn't expect it to be long before his would be with his wife.
    He was a member of the Presbyterian church at Hickory for many years and was an elder and trustee, which offices he held at the time of his demise. He was a man of sound faith, a good father and neighbor and will be greatly missed by all his loved ones.
    Funeral services were held at the Hickory church Sunday, January 2, 1921, at 8 o'clock p.m., Rev. W.C. Schaeffer officiating.  Special music was rendered by T.F. Schaad, W.A. McNeill, Mrs. W.O. Talbot and Miss Minnie Schaad. Interment was made in the Carr cemetery.

Name: Alice TAYLOR
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: 1922
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Alice Taylor
Prominent Resident of Virginia Had Been Ill Six Years.
    Miss Alice Taylor, one of the pioneer residents of Cass county and a member of a prominent family bearing that name, died at 8:30 o'clock Tuesday evening at her home on East Springfield street of a cancerous condition from which she has been suffering for the last six years. While Miss Taylor's death was not altogether unexpected, the end came rather suddenly as she had been critically ill only since Monday morning.
    Miss Taylor was the daughter of the late Robert Taylor and Janet Cunningham Taylor. She was born in Cass county and spent the major
portion of her life at the family home in Sangamon bottom near Hickory. After the father's death eighteen years ago, Miss Taylor moved to Virginia where she had resided since. The cancerous growth developed six years ago. Since that time she had submitted to operations, numerous X-ray examinations and radium treatments, all to no avail. The condition became critical Monday morning when she suffered a sinking spell. By Monday afternoon she had improved somewhat, but the following morning brought a second change for the worse which lasted until the end came.
    Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the home, the Rev. Max B. Wiles, pastor of the Presbyterian church,
officiating. Interment was in the Walnut Ridge Cemetery. Miss Taylor was a member of the Presbyterian church.

Name: Arthur N. TAYLOR
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: 1979
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Arthur N. Taylor
"Arthur Taylor, 78, of Virginia, dies
    Arthur N. Taylor, 78, of 181 W. Union St., Virginia, died Saturday at Passavant Hospital.
    He was born September 14, 1900 in Chandlerville, a son of Neil and Bertha Finch Taylor.
    He married Beatrice Edwards August 30, 1925. She survives.
    Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Addison (Ruth Ellen) Marcy of Chandlerville and Linda Taylor of Virginia, three sons, William A.
Taylor of West Covina, Cal., Richard E. Taylor of Chandlerville and Russell D. Taylor of Macomb, a sister, Mrs. Lillian Blair of Petersburg, 10 grandchildren, six great grandchildren.
    He was preceded in death by a sister.
    He was a retired farmer in the Chandlerville area.
    He was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church and was a board member of the Cass County Service Co. for many years.
    Services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home with the Rev. Vern Gerdes officiating. Burial will in Mt. Olive Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made to the Mt. Olive Baptist Church."

Name: Chelsea Charles TAYLOR
Newspaper: Journal-Courier, Jacksonville
Date of Newspaper: August 18, 1997
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Chelsea Charles Taylor 1915-1997
    Virginia - Chelsea Charles Taylor, 82, of rural Virginia, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 1997, at the Long Term Care Facility in Rushville.
    He was born, June 16, 1915, in Springfield, the son of John Horrom and Edna Elliott Taylor. He married Louise Dorr Aug. 12, 1948, in Chandlerville and she survives.
    He is also survived by three sons, C. Charles (wife, Candace) of St. Louis, and William J. (wife, Karen) of McHenry; four grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie C. of Virginia; and a brother, F. John (wife Dorothy) of Virginia.
    Mr. Taylor, a lifetime Cass County farmer, graduated from the University of Illinois., College of Agriculture in 1937 where he had been a member of the University Livestock Judging Team. He later served on the University of Illinois, College of Agriculture Alumni Association Board of Directors.
    Active throughout his life in agricultural affairs, Mr. Taylor served as president of the Chandlerville Grain Company, the board of the Cass County Soil and Water Conservation District, and had been involved in farm drainage matters. In addition to serving as 4-H leader for many years, he taught night agriculture classes to GIs returning from WWII. In 1947, he was named Illinois Corn King by  the Illinois Crop Improvement Association.

Name: Cora L. TAYLOR
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: 1967
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Cora L. Taylor
   "Cora L. Taylor - VIRGINIA-- Cora L. Taylor, 76, of route 3, Virginia, died at 12:15 p.m. yesterday at Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville.
    She was born on April 5, 1890 near Beardstown, a daughter of Amel and Henryetta Dour Wagner.
    She is survived by her husband, Orville, a daughter, Mrs. Catherine Siltman of rural Virginia, and three sons, Karl and Carroll both of rural Virginia and John O. of Macon, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
    The body will be taken to the residence where friends may call after noon tomorrow.
    Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sangamon Valley Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John McFarlane officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia."

Name: Duncan Alexander TAYLOR
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: 1934
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Duncan Alexander Taylor
Well Known Retired Farmer Dies At Age of 74
    Last rites for Duncan Taylor, 74, well known retired farmer of this city were conducted from the late residence Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with the Rev. J.C. Shull officiating and the Rev. W.C. Schaeffer of Buffalo, former pastor of the Sangamon Valley church, assisting.
    Favorite hymns were sung by Mrs. Thomas Schaad accompanied by Mrs. H.D. Trickey.
    Mr. Taylor passed away at the Springfield hospital at three o'clock Sunday morning after a long illness.
    The services at the grave were in charge of the Masonic lodge of Beardstown, with which the deceased had long been affiliated.
    J.W. Fagen of Beardstown acted as worshipful master and George Balsley as chaplain during the services and Curtis Logsdon, F.H. Trussell, J.D. Carlton and W.P. Beatty, of the Beardstown Masonic order and Howard Campbell, Merle Paschal, C.T. Hoppin and Elmer Branham of the local Masonic lodge were the pallbearers.
    Interment was in the Walnut Ridge cemetery.
    Mr. Taylor was born north of this city June 19, 1860, the son of Robert and Janet Cunningham Taylor. Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Lillian Kendall Taylor, three daughters; Mrs. Otto Dour, and Mrs. Frank C. Fox of this city and Blanches of Madison, Wisconsin, one sister, Mrs. Jennie Sudbrink and two brothers, Archibald R. and Robert C., all of this city."

Name: Ellen TAYLOR
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: 1903
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Ellen Taylor
  "Taylor-Died, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Henry Campbell, near Virginia, Cass county, Ill., on April 14, 1903. Miss Ellen Taylor, eldest daughter of the late Robert Taylor and Jenette Cunningham Taylor. She was born near Virginia, Cass county, Ill., and resided in Sangamon Valley all her life. In early life she professed religion under the preaching of Rev. James White, of blessed memory, and united with the Hickory Cumberland Presbyterian church in the early history of that congregation. Ever after she lived a most devoted life, giving her time and energy to the assistance of others. She did much for the church, her greatest ambition being to live and work for the cause. Her illness dated from an attack of la grippe, December 15, 1902. Her suffering was not great till near the end, and was all borne with patient resignation, expressing no regret, only that she could not live to labor for the church by Rev. R.D. Miller, assisted by her pastor, Rev. Mr. Clark. Followed by a host of mourning friends, she was laid to rest beside her father and three sisters in the beautiful cemetery overlooking the home of her entire life. She
will be long missed so long and faithfully-- A friend.

Name: Ellen TAYLOR
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: 1903
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Ellen Taylor
   "Miss Ellen Taylor.
    Miss Ellen Taylor, died at the home of her sister Mrs. Henry Campbell, west of this city, Tuesday morning at about 10 o'clock. Deceased was born in this county on the Sangamon bottom and was the daughter of the late Robert C. Taylor, and is survived by her widowed mother, Mrs. Jenet Taylor, five brothers, Angus, John W., Archibald, Duncan and Robert C., three sisters, Alice at home, Mrs. Henry Campbell, and Mrs. Wm. Sudbrink, all of this county. Her last illness began about the middle of last December, when she contracted a severe cold, which rapidly developed into the grip which was followed by heart dilatation, causing her death. For several weeks she was at the Prince sanitarium, at Springfield, and only returned from there on Thursday evening of last week.
    Funeral services were conducted today from the Hickory Cumberland Presbyterian church, by the Reverend Miller, Petersbury, [Petersburg?] assisted by the Rev. Clark, of the local church. Interment followed at the Carr cemetery."

Name: John Horrom TAYLOR
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: 1959
Submitter: Marcia Cox

John Horrom Taylor
  "Taylor, John Horrom. Yet a young man, the gentleman whose name appears at the head of the following sketch is one of the most prominent and well-to-do among the more prosperous agriculturalists of Cass County. He is a native of the county, having been born on the Sangamon River bottom, in township 18, range 10, on January 20, 1879. He is, moreover, not only one of the most prominent and prosperous of the farmers of this section, as well as one of its most extensive stockraisers, but one possessing a cultivation somewhat unusual in men of his occupation, and a fund of information that causes him to be accepted as an authority on many questions arising in the community where he lives, and where all his days have been spent.
    John H. Taylor is a son of William and Mary E. (Horrom) Taylor, the former a Scotchman by birth, and the latter a native of Cass County. The birth of William Taylor occurred February 10, 1849, and that of Mary E. Taylor, February 10, 1840. The father came to the United States and located in Ohio in 1837, settling in Illinois in 1839. John H., who was the sixth of their seven children, lived with his parents until 1896, attending the district schools in early youth, and the Chandlerville High School at a later period. In 1897 he entered Lincoln (Ill.) University, from which he was graduated in June, 1902, with a degree of B.L.
    Returning to the home farm he operated the place, with R.A. Taylor, until the time of his marriage, September 20, 1909. On this date, he was wedded to Edna Elliott Taylor, a native of Elkhart, Ill. and a daughter of Chelsa L. and Sarah Josephine (Allen) Taylor. The father of Columbus, Adair County, Ky., and the mother of Griggsville,Pike County, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor have one daughter, Marjorie Caroline, born July 10, 1910.
    Mr. and Mrs. Taylor moved in to a modern residence of nine rooms, with all the latest improvements, which he had just erected on his
farm. This house contains closets, bath, hot and cold water, etc., and is lighted with acetylene gas, and the farm comprises 492 acres, of which 275 are on the bluff and the rest on Sangamon River bottom. Mr. Taylor is successfully engaged in grain farming, and is also devoting attention to raising horses, hogs and cattle on an extensive scale.
    In religious faith Mr. Taylor is Presbyterian. Politically he is identified with the Republican party. He and his wife are highly esteemed wherever their acquaintance extends."

Name: Kate TAYLOR
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: 1885
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Kate Taylor
    Taylor. On Friday morning, October 16, 1885, of consumption, Kate, aged 23 years, daughter of Robert and Jeannette Taylor.
    An yet another time the angel called and took the flower away. Three times within as many years, the tear of sympathy and love is shed in Robert Taylor's home. Just as the summer of '83 gave place to November's chilling winds, with still more icy clasp, the hand invisible, received to the embraces, Miss Taylor.
    The germ that had just begun to hasten when a shadow came, and as if our hearts were broken, it tried again to see what human love could stand. They took her to the soft and balmy climate of the silver state, and there in the fastness of the Rockies, from heights sublime, her spirit sought communication with the one who always seemed so near. Harvest came and she was home again; but ere the grain was garnered, the wings that had hovered near so long, bore to an eternal rest the life of Flora Taylor.
    Sad indeed has been that home since then, yet sadder still 'tis now. The house is darkened. Subdued voices and low sobs are heard, The little band of crape explains it all. Kate Taylor is dead!
    Hardly is it true that one affliction aids us to bear with greater fortitude another, for the last seems the unkindest cut of all. Kate so young, so beautiful, so full of hope and life, dead! We cannot help but ask why this strange fatality, yet know that it cannot be understood. Her life had been so pure, her ways so kind and gentle, so high her hopes and aspirations, that the loss seems doubly great. She had just passed twenty-three. The rose cheek of the child had given place to the modest blush of womanhood, and yet there was a happy commingiling of the two, so free and yet mature. The highest gift within a woman's power. a true heart's love, had been bestowed upon a most deserving sustor. Their nuptials were to have been celebrated in September last. Pain an tears has been the consumation of that vow. The little home so often planned in mutual love, is narrowed, to the chamber in the grave yard clay. Katie's sufferings were intense. For weeks she had scarcely moved upon her couch, yet no murmur of complaint was heard and when the end drew near a firmness rarely seen in one so young was given her, She had a message for each one, and as she clasped the hand and said 'good bye' to each, she bade them meet her where no tears are shed. Her's was the ideal Christian's death; no dread, no fear, no shudder. 'I am so happy now' she said again and again.
    Just as the morning dawned the messenger came! Traces of pain vanished; the eyes brightened with their old time look, the whole countenance shone with holier light, 'Louie, Louie,' she murmured, and then her quiet eyelids closed. 'She had another morn than ours.' We looked and all that was mortal of Katie Taylor was cold in death. We looked again and the spirit clothed in robes trancendently beautiful and grand, had winged its way through portals wide. My heart fills with sorrow as I think of the changes that have taken place since it was the writers fortune to be a member of that once happy household. While there, a cruel fate robbed me of a lovely sister. It was then and is to-day the greatest loss that I have ever known. The kind words of sympathy and consolation from those who now so deeply mourn, can never beforgotten. If word of mine can smoothe the aching heart, it is most freely given.
    Kind friends, the cleansing fires seem almost to have burned out within you the fuel of life. But the spirit of one coming from the crucil test, void of dross, purified, holy, we know has had the longing desire of her last days realized. 'Will I know Flo and Miza there?' yes, me thinks if we could but draw the humid curtain back, we would see--but it is written in the volume of the Book, 'Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard. neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hat prepared for them that love him.' A FRIEND."

Name: Mary E. Horrom Taylor
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper:
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Mary E. (Horrom) Taylor
"Prominent Woman Dies
    Mrs. Mary E. Taylor, highly esteemed pioneer resident of Cass county, died at the family home on South Cass street in Virginia Saturday afternoon, after an illness of several weeks due to advancing age.
    The deceased was before her marriage, Miss Mary Horrom and was born in the Hickory precinct. Her parents were prominent residents of
that neighborhood. Her husband preceded her in death in 1900. Some years ago Mrs. Taylor moved to Virginia with her daughters, Misses
Miza and Flora Taylor, where she had since made her home.
    Mrs. Taylor is survived by seven children, namely; Angus, John H., Robert A., Mrs. Susan Dunn, Mrs. Louis Schaad and the Misses Miza and Flora Taylor, all residents of this county. There are also a number of grandchildren and the family is widely connected in this county.
    Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the family residence, conducted by Rev. Max B. Wiles, pastor of the Presbyterian church, of which the deceased had long been a member. Interment was made in the Carr cemetery near Hickory."
Note: This obituary with the spelling error was transcribed exactly as it was written.

Name: Miza Josephine TAYLOR
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: 1882
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Miza Josephine Taylor "Obituary.
    Died, at the home of her parents, on Sangamon bottom, the 28th of November, 1882, Miza J. Taylor, in her 28th year.
    Miza professed faith in Christ some nine years ago, at a meeting led by Rev. Amos Cox, and united with the Sangamon Bottom congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in which connection she lived a consistent christian life until her death. Her disease was one with which we are quite familiar now-a-days--consumption. she commenced ailing last March, and on the first of June, in company with her father and sister, went to Kansas City for medical treatment. She said there for six weeks, her sister remaining with her. From thence she returned home, and after a few days stay there, with her brother and sister she went to Minnesota, where she remained for four weeks. She then came home and for a time seemed to be better; but it was only the lull before he on-coming storm which was to bear her from life's pathway to immortality. On the 29th of November her funeral services were conducted by the writer, assisted by Rev. J.E. Roach, at the home of her parents. The music was conducted by Miss Lou Roach and Addie Dick. As her many friends moved slowly past her coffin, taking a last look, many hearts were impressed by a well defined heavenly smile lighting up her countenance. 'Though dead, she yet speaketh.' Her remains were
followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of friends, in deep sympathy with the afflicted parents, brothers and sisters. 'Them which also sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.' She is the first from a family of twelve to 'go to view that land.' The family can now say, individually, 'There is one now, at that beautiful gate, waiting and watching for me.' Her death echoes back, especially to the young of her acquaintance. 'Be ye also ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh.' 'Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.' REV. DAVID JOLLEY."

Name: Olive Lillilian Kendall TAYLOR
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: 1935
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Olive Lillian (Kendall) Taylor
Passes Away Sunday At Home In This City
    Funeral services for Mrs. Duncan Taylor, 66, were held Monday afternoon at her residence on East Beardstown street.
    Mrs. Taylor, 66, died at her home here shortly after midnight Sunday, following a lingering illness of complications. She was born Dec. 28, 1868, in Sangamon Valley township, a daughter of George N. and Frances Carr Kendall. She married Duncan A. Taylor, who died about a year ago.
    Surviving are three children, Mrs. Frank C. Fox and Mrs. Otto Dour, both of Virginia, and Miss Blanche Taylor at home; and three grandchildren.
    Rev. A.W. Schaeffer, Buffalo, officiated at the funeral services assisted by Rev. J.C. Shull, of the Presbyterian church of this city. Interment was made in Walnut Ridge cemetery.
    Favorite hymns were sung by Thomas Schaad accompanied by Mrs. H. Trickey.    Casket bearers were Howard Campbell, Andrew and James Fox, Henry Taylor, Archie Dunn and Leslie Kendall.
    Among those attending the service here Monday from a distance were Mrs. Roscoe Linder of Macomb; Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Jackman of New
London, Iowa; Mrs. Margaret Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Tyler of Rock Island, Misses Miriam, Vivian, and Miza Taylor or Urbana; Mrs. Mary Taylor; Mrs. Chester Hemphill, Mrs. Hattie Swain and daughter, Ina Dell of Jacksonville; Miss Katie Taylor, Miss Cooper and Leslie Kendall of Springfield; Geo. Kendall of Joliet; Peter Meireis, Peter Hernan and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Carlton of Beardstown, Francis and Wallace Campbell of Niantic; Mr. and Mrs. Otto Wernsing of Greenview, Mrs. E.S. Orne and family of Ashland."

Name: Robert TAYLOR
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper:
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Robert Taylor
Death Angel Claims Several More of our Prominent Residents.
    Died, at the family residence, at Sangamon Bottom, last Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock, one of the pioneers of Illinois and a prominent citizen of Cass county, aged 86 years and 26 days. His death was due to infirmatives of old age and for some few months he has been ailing although his death was unexpected at this time.
    Mr. Taylor was born in Scotland, ten miles from Campletown, Argyleshire, November 27, 1816. He received his education in his native land. When but three years of age, his father died and until the age of eight years, he lived with his mother, when he removed to his uncle Archibald's home. He resided with her until he was eighteen years of age, when he sailed for America. He was accompanied by John Hall and   his brother, Angus, all landing at New York, July 4, following. He settled in Ohio, and during his residence in that state, which was four years, he learned the tanner's trade. In October, 1839, he came to Illinois, making the journey with a team. He settled in Cass county on a tract of land four miles from Virginia, where he resided for sixteen years. At the expiration of this time he rented the land and purchased the farm which for many years has been known as the Taylor residence. He has shown much shrewdness in his business dealings, and during his lifetime he has
accumulated considerable wealth, his estate being comprised of about 1000 acres of land.
    Deceased was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, being one of the original members of the Sangamon bottom church, which was organized in August, 1848, by Rev. Nathan Downing and Rev. James White, the first meeting being held on the fifth Sunday in July
    He is survived by his widow and nine children, as follows: Ellen, of Sangamon bottom, Angus of Little Indian, J. W., of Jacksonville,
Mrs. H.J. Campbell, of this city, Alice, of Sangamon bottom, D.A., of Sangamon bottom, Mrs. W.T. Sudbrink, R.C., and A.R. of this city.    Politically Mr. Taylor was reared a Whig, but joined the Republican party when it was formed. In principle, he has always been
a Prohibitionist and of late years has voted with that party in national elections.
    Mr. Taylor was a man of sterling quality and in all respects was an exemplary christian. He has met with many of the hardships that
the early settlers of this section came in contact with, and at all times strove to improve his opportunities.
    The funeral services were held Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, at the family residence. Interment was made at the Carr cemetery. The floral tribute was beautiful and his grave was bedecked with flowers galore."

Name: Robert Cunningham TAYLOR
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: 1936
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Robert Cunningham Taylor
Passes Away After Announcement of Liquidation
    R.C. Taylor, 68, well known banker who announced Wednesday that he was retiring from the bank business and had arranged a transfer of
People's bank deposits to the Petefish, Skiles & Company bank, suffered a heart attack about 1:15 Wednesday afternoon and died at his home here at 9:00 p.m.
    Mr. Taylor suffered the stroke while talking to a customer at the bank here and fell to his knees before his son, Henry, the bank's cashier, could get to his side and help him to a chair. He was taken to his home immediately and attended by Dr. J.A. McGee. He is reported to have been suffering with heart trouble since an attack of malaria last summer.
    It is reported that before returning to the bank after the noon-hour Wednesday he had over exerted himself  freeing a horse that had become caught in a fence. This coupled with the expected proceedings of entertaining state bank examiners prior to transferring deposits in the bank liquidation matter are believed to have been too much strain for his heart condition.
    Late Wednesday afternoon his condition was reported improved and that he had revived from an unconscious state. Mr. Taylor is an
extensive land owner and expected to give his time to personal affairs after completion of the bank liquidation proceedings. He was president of Peoples State bank.
    Mr. Taylor was born June 22, 1868, son of Robert and Janet Cunningham Taylor at the farm home north of this city. He is survived by two sons, Robert of Chicago, Henry of this city and one sister Mrs. Jennie Sudbrink of this city.
    Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The body was taken to the Massie Funeral home for preparation for burial."

Name: Christine E. THOMAS
Date of Newspaper:

December 25, 2005

   Christine Elizabeth Thomas, 98 years, of Virginia, IL died Sunday afternoon, December 25, 2005 at the Modern Care Convalescent Facility in Jacksonville, IL.
   She was born May 29, 1907 in Virginia, IL; the daughter of Raymond L. and Blanche Suffern Treadway. She married Corban G. Thomas on September 9, 1929 in Virginia and he preceded in death on January 16, 2004.
   She is survived by several cousins including Lola Virgene Burnham of Virginia who served as her caretaker, Alice Jean Heller of Virginia, and Janice Erickson of Houston, TX.
   Mrs. Thomas was a 1924 graduate of Virginia High School and was employed as a reporter for the Virginia Gazette and the State Journal-Register. She later worked in the Cass County Treasurer's Office and the Cass County Clerk's Office in Virginia. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Virginia and formerly served as Sunday School treasurer. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Providence Household Science Club.
   Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, December 30, 2005 at the First Presbyterian Church in Virginia with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. Friends may call at the church from 10:00 AM Friday until the time of services. Memorial gifts are suggested to Modern Care Convalescent Facility Resident Activity Fund. The Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home in Virginia is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Name: Conley L. THOMAS
Newspaper: Cass County Star-Gazette, Beardstown, Illinois
Date of Newspaper: June 22, 2006
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Conley L. Thomas August 14, 1912-June 14, 2006

   Conley L. Thomas, 93, of rural Virginia, died Wednesday afternoon, June 14, 2006, at the Walker Nursing Home in Virginia.
   He was born August 14, 1912 in Albany, KY, the son of Albert and Ada Wells Thomas. He married Elizabeth Niestradt Meyer on January 9, 1954, at Grace Lutheran Church in Virginia and she survives.
   He is survived by several nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by four brothers and nine sisters.
   Mr. Thomas was raised in Kentucky and relocated to the Virginia area as a young man. He has farmed southwest of Virginia for 75 years. He also served with the US Army during during World War II in the South Pacific, participating in the invasions of Leyte, Okinawa and Iwo Jima.
   An avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. He was a member of the Virginia Sportsmen Club and several coon hunting organizations. He was also a member of the Virginia United Methodist Church, a former board member of the Cass-Morgan Farm Bureau, and a former member of the Arcadia ATA.
   Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, 2006 at the Virginia United Methodist Church in Virginia with burial and military honors at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Virginia Memorial Public Library or Chaddock Children's Foundation.
   Condolences may be sent to the family online at .
   The Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home of Virginia was in charge of the arrangements.

Name: Royal L. THOMAS
Newspaper: Unknown
Date of Newspaper: December 10, 2002
Submitter: Marcia Cox


    Royal L. Thomas, 86 years, of Beardstown, IL and formerly of Chandlerville, IL died Tuesday afternoon, December 10, 2002 at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.
    He was born April 27, 1916 in Chandlerville, IL; the son of   Preston and Marguerite Lintner Thomas. He married Ruth I. Barrett on May 14, 1939 in Ashland, IL and she preceded in death on August 8, 1992.
    He is survived by a son, Albert L. Thomas (wife, Ann) of Everett, WA; a daughter, Anita Little (husband, Paul) of Jacksonville, FL; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles DuWayne Thomas.    Mr. Thomas was a plumber and electrician for over 50 years in Chandlerville. He enjoyed flying and was a private pilot. He also was formerly involved with the Flying Farmers organizations.
    Cremation rites have been accorded. Private family services will be held at Bethel Cemetery, north of Chandlerville, at a later date. There will be no visitation. The Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home of  Chandlerville is in charge of the arrangements.

Name: Richard THOMPSON
Newspaper: Beardstown, IL Paper
Date of newspaper: Tuesday, April 12, 1887
Submitter: Ginger Weston

Died, at his residence in this city,on Saturday, April 9, 1887,of dropsy,Richard Thompson aged twenty seven years, son in-law of Fred Nolden. The funeral services took place Sunday afternoon. The remains were interred in the new city cemetery.

*family notes: Richard Thompson was married to Josephine Nolden eldest daughter of Frederick Nolden and Maria Geils.

Name: Ruth M. THOMPSON
Newspaper: Journal-Courier, Jacksonville, IL
Date of newspaper: June 3, 2004
Marcia Cox

Ruth M. Thompson 1935-2004  Virginia

   Ruth Marie Thompson, 69 years, of Virginia, and formerly of Springfield, died Tuesday evening, June 1, 2004, at her residence.
   She was born April 6, 1935, in Virginia the daughter of James William Arthur and Margaret Marie Thomas Cox. She married Wayne "Jeff" Thompson on July 3, 1959, at the First Assembly of God Church in Springfield, and he survives.
   She is also survived by a daughter, Cheri Parrish of St. Louis; two granddaughters, Laura Parrish of Greeley, Colo., and Rachel Parrish of St.
Louis; two brothers, Glenn Cox of Lake Butler, Fla., and Allen Cox (wife, Janet) of Peoria; one sister, Jean Theede (husband, John) of Spring Lake, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death four brothers, Paul Cox, Roy Cox (surviving wife, Esther of Peoria), Vern Cox, and James W. Cox (surviving wife, Naomi of rural Virginia); and five sisters, the Rev. Helen Cox, Alberta Harrell, Dorothy Farmer, Betty Lou Huston (surviving husband, Marvin of Glenview), and Irene Cox in infancy.
   Mrs. Thompson attended Olive Branch School in rural Virginia and was a 1952 graduate of Virginia High School. She retired from Illinois Bell
Telephone Company in Springfield following 38 years of service. She was a former Sunday School teacher for the First Assembly of God Church in Virginia where her sister, Rev. Helen Cox, served as pastor. She was also a former member and Sunday School teacher at First Assembly of God Church in Springfield. Her interests included traveling, listening to Christian radio broadcasts, and spending time with her grandchildren.
   Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Virginia, with burial at Garner Chapel Cemetery, north of
Philadelphia. Friends may call after 3:30 p.m. today at the Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home in Virginia where the family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Memorial gifts are suggested to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family online at

Birth Announcement
Source: Beardstown Illinoian
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 1887
Submitter: Ginger Weston

Bore, Friday, April 15, 1887, to Mrs. Josephine Thompson,a boy-posthumous son of the late Richard Thompson.

*family notes: son born to Richard Thompson and Josephine Nolden-Thompson was Clifford Frederick Thompson.

Name: Isabel B. THOMSON
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Date of Newspaper: March 13, 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Isabel B. Thomson - 1914-2003 - Virginia

    Isabel B. Thomson, 88, of Virginia, and formerly of Jacksonville, died Monday, March 10, 2003, at her residence.
    She was born Oct. 8, 1914, in White Hall, the daughter of Lloyd Bentley and Bessie Lea Smith Ballow. She married Robert Bruce Thomson
Dec. 29, 1937, in Ridgeway, and he preceded her in death Feb. 6, 1993.
    She is survived by one son, Bob of Virginia, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Marilyn Jane Thomson; one son, William Lloyd Thomson; and one granddaughter.
    Mrs. Thomson was a 1932 graduate of White Hall High School, and graduated from MacMurray College in Jacksonville in 1936, majoring in
English, Latin and music. After graduation she taught Latin and English at Rockbridge High School for two years before her marriage. After her marriage she was a homemaker.
    Private family services will be held at a later date. Burial will be at Diamond Grove Cemetery. No visitation. Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice. Cody & Son Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

Name: Edgar W. THORNLEY
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Date of Newspaper: August 26, 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Edgar W. Thornley - 1908-2003 - Ashland

   Edgar W. Thornley, 95, of Ashland, died Monday morning, Aug. 25, 2003 at the home of his son, Gailen, in rural Ashland.
   He was born July 30, 1908 in Cass County, the son of Samuel Walker and Anna Elizabeth Johnson Thornley. He married Wilma Ellen Drake on March 23, 1948 in Springfield, and she preceded in death Aug. 11, 1999.
   He is survived by a son, Gailen (wife, Monica) of rural Ashland; six grandchildren, Seth Thornley, Nathan Thornley, and Katie Thornley of rural Ashland, Jason Thornley of Davenport, Iowa, and Jared Thornley and Joseph Thornley of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.
   He was preceded in death by a son, Randy (surviving wife, Pam of Springfield); two brothers, J. Spencer (surviving wife, Anita of rural Ashland) and Loyd H. Thornley; and a sister, Mary C. Plattner.
   Mr. Thornley was a retired farmer. He served on the Cass County Board for several years and as Ashland Township Supervisor for over 35 years. He was a graduate of Ashland High School. A long time member of the Ashland United Methodist Church, he was active in the church choir, United Methodist Men, and served many years as the Sunday school superintendent.
   Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Ashland United Methodist Church with burial at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Thursday at Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home in Ashland where the family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Edgar W. Thornley Memorial Fund which will benefit the Ashland United Methodist Church and the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice. Messages of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

Name: Eleanor THURMAN
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Date of Newspaper: September 9, 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Eleanor Thurman - 1922-2003 - Beardstown

    Eleanor Thurman, 81, of Beardstown, died Sunday evening, Sept. 7, 2003, at Heritage Manor East in Beardstown.
    She was born April 29, 1922, in Jersey City, N.J., the daughter of Louis and Jennie Pagana Fascione. She married James M. Thurman Sr. on
Nov. 11, 1944, in Jersey City, N.J., and he preceded her in death in 1972.
    She is survived by one son, James M. Jr. (wife, Jean) of Jacksonville; one sister Antoinette (husband, Sigmund) Dzikowicz of Parlin, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Lorraine Dillard; one brother, Daniel Ross; and three sisters, Rose Gromboldt, Emma Fascione and Mary Burns.
    Mrs. Thurman was a faithful and devoted member of St. Alexis Catholic Church in Beardstown. She was formerly employed by several
nursing homes in the Beardstown area and retired from Myers Nursing Home after many years of service.
    Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown, with burial at St. Alexius Catholic Cemetery. There will be no formal visitation but friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Memorials are suggested to St. Alexius Catholic Church. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Name: Louis C. TRENTER
Newspaper: Jacksonville Journal-Courier
Date of Newspaper: 2003
Submitter: Marcia Cox

Louis C. Trenter - 1922-2002

   Louis C. Trenter, 80, of Northglenn, Colo., and formerly of Virginia, and Rolling Meadows, IL died Nov. 21, 2002 at the Castle Garden Care Center in Northglenn, Colo.
   He was born July 9, 1922 in Virginia, the son of Arthur and Ellen Simmerman Trenter. He married Miriam C. Thompson Dec. 22, 1946 in Yorkville, and she preceded in death Dec. 23, 1974.
   He is survived by three daughters, Marilyn (husband, Art) Roberson of Lawrenceville, Ga., Ruth (husband, Wayne) Streck of Neenah, Wis., and Karen (husband, Patrick) Givens of Westminster, Colo.; six grandchildren, Sarah Streck, Kate Lennington, Jerry Streck, Corrine Streck, Matt Roberson, and Brandon Roberson; and several nieces and nephews.
   He was also survived by one sister, Mary Ellen Finn, of Virginia, who followed in death April 18, 2003. He was preceded in death by one brother, James Trenter.
   Mr. Trenter was a 1940 graduate of Virginia High School and a 1947 graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Commerce and Business Administration. He served with the US Army during WW II. He retired after a 42 career with Bankers Life and Casualty in Chicago. He was a long time, active charter member of the Bethel Lutheran Church in Palatine. An original resident of Rolling Meadows, he resided in the community for 44 years. A devoted husband and father, he had a passion for ballroom dancing, gardening, and investing.
   Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 14, 2003 at the Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. Memorial gifts are suggested to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice. The Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home in Virginia is in charge of the arrangements. Messages of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

Name: Samuel TROTTER
Newspaper: Decatur Morning Review

Date: Thursday, December 1, 1898, P2
Submitter: Errol Cross

Died in Peoria

Samuel Trotter Succumbs to Consumption

Was Well Know to Most Decatur People - Body will come Here Today -- Funeral Friday

Samuel Trotter died at his home in Peoria at 4 o'clock Wednesday Morning Nov. 30. of consumption, with which he had suffered for a long time. He was well known in Decatur and Macon county, he having been born and reared on a farm 2 miles north of the city

His father Milton Trotter, was one of the oldest and most substantial citizens of Macon county. For many years he resided on the home farm north of the city. and afterward moved to town, occupying the residence at 954 North Broadway, where he died eight years ago.

Samuel Trotter continued to reside on the home farm until after his father's death, when he moved to the city and purchased the residence at 1551 North Water street. He was for two years associated with Attorney E S McDonald in the real estate business. He move to Peoria in the fall of 1894 and made that city his home ever since.

He visited different parts of the country in the hope of regaining his health. He went to Arizona Last winter, but failed to receive any permanent benefit and since his return to Peoria it has been known that his days were numbered. He was good hearted and generous, and those who knew Him best held him the highest esteem.

Mr trotter leaves a wife and two children, Stella aged 16 years and Winfield, age 14. He also leaves a brother and a sister, Milton Trotter and Mrs. David M. Barnett, both of Decatur.

Mr Trotter married Miss Leonore Terrell in Decatur seventeen years ago. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. P. Terrell of Mackinaw Ills. and a sister of Mrs. J. C. Walker of Decatur.

The body will arrive in Decatur at 3 o'clock this afternoon and will be taken to the residence of J. C. Walker, 1018 North Main Street, where the funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Friday Morning. The service will be conducted by Dr. Pehallegon of the First Presbyterian Church. The interment will be at Greenwood.

Name: Milton TROTTER, SR
Date: March 05, 1891
Submitter: Errol Cross

Milton Trotter died at 5:30 yesterday morning at his home, 954 North Broadway. He has been sick for years, but his illness has been serious only the last three weeks. He suffered with chronic bronchitis complicated by an attack of la grippe.

Milton was born at Pique, O., April 20, 1808. He came to Illinois in 1833. Settling first near Jacksonville. He was married there in 1835 by Rev. William Crow. In 1836 he moved to Virginia, Cass County. Twenty-two years ago he came to Decatur, living on a farm northeast of the city. His wife died about three years ago. Ten children were born to them, but only Three surviving. Mrs James Bergan, Milton, and Samuel, all residents of Decatur. Mr Trotter owns considerable property in Decatur and several farms in the county. He was one of our best citizens, and was respected for his many fine qualities. Hew was a member of the Methodist church for 25 years.

The funeral will be held at 11 a. m. Sunday from Stapp's chapel.

Name: Mary Jane Davis TUREMAN
Newspaper: The Virginia Gazette, Virginia, Cass Co., IL
Date of Newspaper: February 21, 1913
Submitter: Kathy Best

 “Mrs. M.J. Tureman Dead. Prominent Virginia Woman Died in California. Wife of Builder of Tureman Opera House.

 Mary Jane Davis was born on the old Davis homestead south west of this city November 24, 1830, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Parthenia Harrison, at Los Angeles, Cal., Monday. The remains are enroute to this city, and are expected Sunday, and will lie in state at the home of her son, John F. Tureman on E. Beardstown street until the hour of her funeral, arrangements for the latter not having yet been made. The deceased was married December 12, 1850 to John H. Tureman, a wealthy landowner and resident of this county. They took up their residence on a farm southwest of town, and resided there until his death, which occurred in October, 1899. They were the parents of three children, a daughter, Alice, who died in infancy, and a daughter, Mrs. Harrison at whose home the deceased spent the last few months of her life, and John F., a proprietor of the W. Beardstown street garage in this city. The deceased united with the Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian church, and never changed her membership although in her latter years she was a consistent attendant at the local churches. She was the widow of the builder of the Tureman opera house of this city and belonged to one of the most prominent families of the county. The remains will be accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Harrison.”

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