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Oquawka, Ill. March 26, 1935

ABSTRACT: SWANSON S. ESSEX , 77, a retired carpenter and contractor, died at 5:30 a.m. at home. He had suffered a stroke in 1932, only partially recovering, with this last illness from November, 1934. He was born at Oquawka Oct. 3, 1857. His parents were CAMPBELL and EMZY ESSEX Lived in this community all his life; president of The Western Loan and Building association of Oquawka for 25 years; served on the school and village boards, taking an active part in community affairs. Married MARGARET HESS on Sept. 21, 1876. His wife and six children survive. One child died in infancy, and one son, FRED died June, 1923. Surviving sons are CLYDE , Monmouth and CLIFFORD , Oquawka; daughters are Mrs. EVA LORENZ , Chicago, Mrs EFFIE NOBLE , Oquawka, Mrs. EMMA MOREY , Stronghurst, and Mrs. VERNA LOUCK , Keithsburg. Survivors also include 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the home Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with Rev. Charles Holmes of Rozetta in charge. Burial will be in Oquawka cemetery. Source: Special To The Hawk-Eye Gazette [Burlington, Iowa]. Submitted by: Peggy Carey
An Old Settler Has Been Called Home.

Mr. Isaac Essex died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Peckham , in Keithsburg on 21 Dec. 1873. He was born in Chester Co., Maryland on the 17 Sep. 1786, emigrated to Virginia in 1795, thence to Ross Co., Ohio, and from there to Indiana and in 1836 he came to Ill. and stopped at Rock Island. In 1838 he came to this country, where he has resided ever since. He had been a member of the ME Church since 1792, and was always a consistent Christian, and has gone home at a ripe old age to reap his reward. His remains were brought down on the train Monday and his funeral attended from the ME church, Rev. U.Z. Gilmur , officiating. He leaves 5 children and 14 grandchildren.

Note: My research has revealed there has never been a Chester Co, "MD"! To date I have not been able to prove his parents. In the line re: 1838, that's the word that was used "country" instead of county!

Source: 1874, Abstracts of the Oquawka Spectator as edited by Va.Ross The primary work for this column was done by Ruth Hutchinson who diligently read microfilm for 15 years. I am using her notes to bring you genealogically interesting material from this highly regarded paper. Col. John B. Patterson, the editor, was a contemporary of Abraham Lincoln and the Phelps Bros.,he was well-known throughout the newspaper world of his day.

Submitted by: Peggy Carey

ESSEX, ELLEN , November 17, 1881 DIED---In Oquawka precinct, Nov. 10th, 1881 of membranous croup, Ellen*, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs Joseph Essex , aged 4 years, 5 months and 5 days.

Note: My research found that the name "Ellen" is incorrect. The following also appeared in the newspaper on November 24, 1881.

ESSEX, HATTIE DELL --In Oquawka precinct, Nov 10th, 1881, of membranous croup, , second daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Essex , aged 4 years, 5 months, and 5 days. "Go to they peaceful rest; For thee we need not weep, Since thou art new among the blest. No more by [ ] [and] sorrow pressed. Thine eye [ble] gently close."Source: The Oquawka Spectator. Submitted by: Peggy Carey
FRANCIS CAMPBELL ESSEX. --In this place, April 22, 1882 of valvular derangement of the heart and comsumption, aged 66 years, 4 month, 3 days. Deceased was a native of Chillicothe, Ohio. He came to this state forty years ago and engaged in farming. Six years afterward he removed to Oquawka and resumed his trade--carpentering. The old settlers have always regarded Campbell as a peace loving and honost man. His family realize that a kind husband and indulgant father has been called from them. The community say a good citizen has gone from our midst. In the last weeks, dropsy having super--d on the old troubles of body, he sufffered much. Source: Oquawka Spectator 4 May 1882; submitted by: Peggy Carey
Died Oct 22, 1854 Mary Olive dau of WM. R . & JANE VAN PELT , 14m 1 (?)dys. Source: Oquawka Spectator 1854; submitted by: Peggy Carey
We are sorry to have to record the death of a fine little boy, THOMAS WEAVERLING ; a residence of this place, by drowning last Thursday. He had gone into the river in company with several other little boys, none of whom could swim, and while wading around in the shallow water, THOMAS stepped over the reef of a bar, into deep water, and was drowned. The alarm was given and a number of our citizens rushed to the river, and commenced searching for the body, but their efforts proved unavailing, until at last JOSPEH ESSEX , whilst diving, brought him ashore. He had been in the water so long, however, that life was entirely extinct. [Note: It is believed this was Joseph D. Essex.] Source: Oquawka Spectator 26 June 1868; submitted by: Peggy Carey
On the night of Thursday, April 16, 1874, JANE WATSON , aged 18 years and 5 months, disappeared from the residence of Judge RICHEY , where she had been raised from a child of 6 or 7 years.... Source: Oquawka Spectator 14 May 1874; submitted by: Peggy Carey
Died: Mrs. EVA BROWN a native of Vermont. Source: Oquawka Spectator 18 DEC 1876
ESSEX, NELLIE GRACE DIED-----Tuesday, August 25th, , daughter of Mr and Mrs Jos. Essex , aged 2 years, 18 days. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of the entire community. Source: Oquawka Spectator August 27, 1885. [Note: Hattie Dell and Nellie Grace were both daughters of Joseph E. Essex.] Submitted by: Peggy Carey
Oquawka Spectator, April 24, 1895
Joseph Essex's Little Girl Fatally Burned.
The town was shocked Saturday afternoon by one of the saddest accidents that every happened here. Mrs. JOSEPH ESSEX was in attendance at the funeral service of Mrs. PENCE and went to the cemetery afterward. Her younger children were home. One of them, MAUD, a little over 9 years old, tried to melt some lead in a spoon at the kitchen stove. In reaching down to get it from the stove her sleeve caught fire. She became frightened and ran out of doors. The wind fanned her light cotton clothing into a blaze, and frantic with the pain and fright the child ran around the house several times so swiftly that her older sister could not catch her. As soon as possible this sister and a neighbor, Mr. YERGER, who ran to help, stripped off the remains of the burning clothes. A doctor was called immediately, but medical help was of little avail. The child was fatally burned. Her little body was scorched all over excepting one place between her shoulders, and merciful death came to her relief on Sunday evening. Funeral services were conducted at the home Monday afternoon by Rev. BURTON CLIFFORD of the Baptist church, who spoke comforting words. A large number of sympathizing friends were in attendance. Source: Oquawka Spectator, April 24, 1895; submitted by: Peggy Carey
--We believe that no new cases have occured. Mrs. DAVID WATSON died on Saturday last, and a little child at the Pioneer House yesterday. Mrs. Watson was Lydia P. Brown .
Mrs. T.C. ESSEX*--At the asylum in Jacksonville, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1892, Mrs. T.C. ESSEX* in her 75th year. She was born June 16, 1828, near Somerset, OH, but removed from there with her parents to Henderson county, Ill., in 1833, where she has since resided. At the age of fourteen years she was married to T.C.ESSEX* and to them were born six children, five of whom are still living. The husband died in 1881. Mrs. ESSEX united with the Methodist church at an early age and was a true and faithful member. Funeral services were conducted at the home of her son, S.S. ESSEX , on Friday forenoon by Rev. H. Hanson. Note: *This should read F.C. not T.C. as she was the wife of Francis Campbell Essex . She was Sarah Emzy Smith who died of "Epileptic Insanity" according to her death record.
Mrs. Wm. Bailey died at her home a few miles east of Oquawka, Ill., Thursday, Jan.24, 1907, aged 56 years, 7 months, 18 days. She had long suffered from heart trouble and the end came gently. Margaret Mahala Essex was born in Oquawka July 6, 1850 and all of her life was spent here and in this vicinity, and the unusally large attendance at the funeral service, despite the cold, testified to the many friends she had here. She was united in marriage to William Bailey on December 14, 1872, and six children were born to them, all of whom, with the husband and father, survive-- Mrs. Harvey McFarland of Nanton, Alberta, Mrs. Eli Baldwin, Mrs. Alex. Thomas, John, Charles, Mildred and Walter all of this place. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. E.A. Lloyd of Keithsburg and three brothers, Joseph and S.S. Essex of this place and Wm . of Monmouth. The funeral service was held at the Baptist church Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev. J.C. Craine . A large circle of friends and neighbors extend sympathy to the bereaved family. Mrs. Bailey was a good wife and mother, a kind neighbor and a sympathetic friend. Source: Oquawka Spectator 30 Jan 1907; submitted by: Peggy Carey
Mr. John Earl Peterson , 81, Oquawka, IL died at home Tuesday a.m, after being ill about two weeks. He had surgery at Monmouth Hospital on Thursday. He was born in Oquawka Township on June 12, 1883. His parents were Peter O. and Emma Peterson He spent most of his life in Oquawka, and was married to Ida Lou Essex Nov. 14, 1911. Mr. Peterson owned the button factory in Oquawka, before his retirement; was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and was a Methodist. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mrs. George (Ellen) Dryden of Sabula, Ia; a son Kenneth Peterson , at home; and the following grandchildren: Mary Ellen Highstrom , Linda Dryden , and George P. Dryden , children of Mr. and Mrs. George Dryden of Sabula, Ia; and John K. Peterson son of Kenneth Peterson , of Monmouth, Ill; two sisters, Miss Edna Peterson and Mrs. Agnes Clark , both of Monmouth, Ill; two brothers, Wilfred Peterson of Monmouth, Ill, and George Peterson of Peoria , Ill. Funeral services: Turnbull's Funeral Home, Monmouth on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m., the Rev. John W. Collins of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial in Oquawka Cemetery. Source: (Believe this was in the Burlington (IA) Hawkeye newspaper Oct 1964); submitted by: Peggy Carey
Joseph Hess was born in Meredosia, Morgan Co, Ill, December 4, 1826, and died in Oquawka, Ill, his residence since 1842, on Monday Aug. 12th, 1901, aged 74 years 8 months and 8 days. He leaves to mourn his loss, Ellen Hess , his widow, William Hess, Anna E. Cheek, Sabina C. Scott, Margaret E. Essex, Mary L. Morris, Emeline C. Paten, Malinda C. Morris, Joseph F. Hess and Andrew Hess , his children. He also leaves 29 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, besides a brother and sister, Andrew Hess and Rachael Daniels . Mr. Hess was esteemed by all who knew him for his honesty and uprightness of character. Funeral services were held from the M.E. church Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 13, conducted by Rev. T.C. Moots . The remains were laid to rest in the Oquawka cemetery. The family wishes to thank the community for sympathy and kindly aid extended. Margaret E. Essex is the wife of Swanson S. Essex . Source: 1901 Oquawka Spectator; submitted by: Peggy Carey
ESSEX.-- Solomon Busch Essex died at Media on Thursday of last week, Nov. 19th, after a brief illiness. Mr. Essex was an old resident of this county and for many years of Biggsville. He was a miller by occupation and was connected with the old Biggsville mills in its early days and as late as '87 or '88. He was born at Chillicothe, Ohio, Feb. 23, 1822, and was in his 82nd year at the time of his death. He came to Illinois in 1838, and in 1851 was married to Miss Delilah Wax , who died in'87 and was buried in Biggsville cemetery. They were the parents of three daughters and two sons. The daughters survive, but the sons died years ago.--Clipper. Source: The Oquawka Spectator 3 Dec 1903; submitted by: Peggy Carey
Mrs. Sol. Essex (Mrs. Sol. Essex was Delilah Wax .)died tuesday morning after a long illness. She was confined to her bed for fifteen weeks, though she had been an invalid for years. Her age was 50 years and 18 days. The funeral was held at the house Wednesday at 10 o'clock and was attended by a large audience. Source: Oquawka Spectator 10 Nov 1887 Biggsville Items; submitted by: Peggy Carey
JOSEPH ESSEX .At his home near the South Henderson U.P. church, Thursday, March 7, 1895, JOSEPH ESSEX . He was about 77 years of age and had been a resident of the county for many years. Rev. Andrew Renwick of Monmouth conducted the funeral service at the church on Saturday. A widow and two children survive. Note: This is Joseph D. Essex husband of Julia Ann (Bailey) Curtis-Essex . Source: Oquawka Spectator; submitted by: Peggy Carey
Mrs. MARY A. CHAPIN of Keithsburg died at the home of her son in Keithsburg, March 21. She was in her 85th year and was a resident of Oquawka in early days.
SAMUEL PURSELL SHORT was born in Henderson county, Ill., April 17th, 1841. At the age of 20 years, he enlisted as a volunteer in Company B, 59th Illinois, and served through the entire war. March 13th, 1864, he was united in marriage to HARRIET E. CURTIS and to this union five children were born-- Gertie L. WRAY of Washington D.C., Adell BLACKBURN of Council Bluffs, Walter C. SHORT of Mitchellville, Iowa, Myra H. NELSON of Fort Terry, N.Y., and Pearl EWING , who preceded his father four years and a half. Thirty-seven years ago he experienced religion and at the time of his death was a member of the Baptist church at Oquawka, Ill. He was also a member of the G.A.R. Post. He died Thursday afternoon, May 9th 1907. He leaves a wife, four children, five sisters and one brother to mourn the loss of a kind and devoted husband, father and brother. Funeral services were conducted Sabbath afternoon at the Oquawka Baptist church by Rev. C.L. Flanders and interment was in the Biggsville cemetery. Note: Harriet E. Curtis was daughter of Julia Ann (Bailey) Curtis-Essex . Source: Oquawka Spectator; submitted by: Peggy Carey
Influenza followed by pneumonia caused another death in the city this morning when W.F.ESSEX, for a number of years a well-known painter and paper hanger of the city, passed away at 11 o'clock at his home, 201 South G Street, after a short illness. Although he had beeen a suffer for some time with kidney trouble his death was hastened by the complication of influenza and pneumonia. Deceased was born April 12, 1863 in Oquawka, and had lived in this vicinity his entire life. He came to Monmouth a number of years ago and followed the occupation of painter and paperhanger. He was married twenty-seven years ago to Miss EFFIE FINDLEY and is survived by his wife and two sons, Everett of Rock Island and Arthur , at home. A brother, S.S.ESSEX of Oquawka also survives. No arrangements have been made for the furneral services as yet. Source: Monmouth Daily Review 14 Feb 1920; submitted by: Peggy Carey
Note: WILLIAM FRANCIS was the son of FRANCIS CAMPBELL ESSEX. William had married ALICE SELLS in 1889 at Monmouth. She passed away early in this marriage.

Wilbur Essex, 57, Dies At Hospital After Long Illness
ABSTRACT: WILBUR E. ESSEX , 57, who lived at 706 South Central avenue, died at Mercy hospital at 8:15 last night following a long illness. Mr.ESSEX had been employed at Biklen-Winzer Grocery company 12 years, but had not worked for previous 18 months due to his ill health. Born at Oquawka, Ill., Aug. 22, 1874, he lived in Burlington for 14 years. He was a member of Moose lodge, and is survived by three daughters, Mrs. J.L. JOHANSEN of Burlington, with whom he lived; Mrs. J.W. KOLLMAN and Mrs. C.E. TAYLOR both of Peoria, Ill.; two brothers, JOSEPH ESSEX of the Burlington police department and CLARENCE of Reno, Nev.; two sisters, Mrs. IDA PETERSON of Oquawka, Ill., and Mrs. ALICE MUMMA of Urbana, Ill., and two grandchildren. Funeral Services at Prugh's chapel. Burial at Oquawka, Ill. (A second obituary at a later date indicates services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock with burial at Oquawka.) Source: The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette Jan 1932; submitted by: Peggy Carey
ABSTRACT: HAROLD P. ESSEX, 82, Oquawka, died at home at 6:50 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5. Born Oct. 16, 1900, in Oquawka to CLYDE and FLORA PERSHIN ESSEX , he married HAZEL CATTERSON Sept. 18, 1933, at Springfield. After her death in 1959, he married MARTHA PIGGMAN , June 1960, Detroit, Mich. Martha died in 1975. Although he was raised and educated in Oquawka, he lived 35 years in Detroit. He was a member of Local 337 of the carpenters union in Detroit. Survivors include a niece, CAROL FRANCE , Oquawka, and a nephew, DUANE FRYREAR , Angoon, Alaska. Burial: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oquawka Cemetery, the Rev. Richard Lewis of Oquawka United Methodist Church officiating. Turnbull Funeral Home, Monmouth, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials to the Oquawka Senior Citizens. Source: The Hawk Eye Dec 8, 1982; submitted by: Peggy Carey
ABSTRACT: C. ALLEN ESSEX , 67 of Oquawka died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1988 at 8:35 p.m. at the Community Memorial Hospital. Born June 2, 1920 in Oquawka, his parents were CLIFFORD S. ESSEX and NANNIE L. (HIGHTOWER) ESSEX. He was raised and educated in Oquawka. He married ELIZABETH "Sis" CURTIS, June 7, 1947 in Gladstone. He was employed in the maintenance field by the State of Illinois, at the Iowa Army Ammunitations Plant in Burlington, and at Wilson Foods. He was a Methodist. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening, and was a WWII veteran. Survivors include his wife, ELIZABETH "Sis" ESSEX of Oquawka, one daughter, JACKIE WISKIRCHEN , Oquawka; two grandchildren; two brothers, JIMMIE and BILLIE ESSEX of Oquawka and one sister, MARIBETH ESSEX of Oquawka; one aunt and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at Turnbull Funeral Home, burial in the Oquawka Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday. A memorial is being established. Source: Monmouth Review Atlas 26 Feb 1988; submitted by: Peggy Carey
ABSTRACT: ELIZABETH M. "Sis" ESSEX of Oquawka, Ill., died at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 1996 at Community Memorial Hospital in Monmouth, Ill. Born May 26, 1927, in Gladstone, Ill., her parents were WALDO and HELEN PERHBRIDGE CURTIS. She married ALLEN ESSEX on June 7, 1947, Oquawka. He died Feb. 24, 1988. Mrs Essex was raised in the home of VIRGIL and CATHERINE RANSDELL . She attended Gladstone schools; later worked in the Henderson County Clerk's office in Oquawka, as a lab technician at Burlington Hospital, Monmouth Hospital and Community Memorial Hospital 30 years. She retired in 1987. She was a member of the Society of American Medical Technologists and Sleepy Eye Pottery Club, and enjoyed collecting antiques. Survivors include one daughter, JACKIE WISKIRCHEN , Oquawka, Ill., two grandchildren; one sister, EMMA JEAN SEVERSON of Cedar Rapids; one brother, BOYD CURTIS of Galesburg, Ill.; one great-aunt and one cousin. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, one brother and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Visitation will be today at Turnbull Funeral Home Oquawka, Ill., where the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Turnbull Funeral Home, with Rev. John T. Irwin officiating, and burial will be in Oquawka Cemetery. A memorial has been established. Submitted by: Peggy Carey
ABSTRACT: OQUAWKA,Ill. Mrs. FLORA M. ESSEX , 94, died at 1:55 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, [1974] at the La Moine Christian nursing home in Roseville. Born April 26, 1880, in Rooks county, Kan., her parents were WILLIAM G. and LAURA BELL KIDD PERSHIN . She married CLYDE ESSEX in 1897. Mrs.ESSEX spent most of her life in this area, was active in the Oquawka United Methodist church and Rebecca and Tri-State lodges, and was the office manager for the Oquawka light and water departments for many years. Survivors include her children HAROLD ESSEX and Mrs. MARGARET FRYREAR , Oquawka, and EDITH M. SANDY , Geneva ; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral: 2 p.m. Saturday, Oquawka United Methodist church, Revs. Claire Noblitt and James Oliver; burial in Oquawka cemetery. Turnbull funeral home, Monmouth. Memeorials have been established to the church and to La Moine Christian nursing home. Source: The Burlington (IA) Hawk-Eye 26 Sep 1974; submitted by: Peggy Carey
14 Sep 1879 WILLIAM T. CUNNINGHAM born 1851 28y 7m 7d, died 14 Sep 1879 near Biggsville, born NY. Source: The Oquawka Spectator, 14 Sep 1879.
1883 Murder & Suicide: Mrs. BAILEY , 45yr and 6yr old dau. Wife of Commercial Traveler.Source: The Oquawka Spectator
29 Oct 1890 Dr. W.S.BAILEY died, 42y 11m 5d.Source: The Oquawka Spectator, 29 Oct 1890
Dec 1894 Death of GEORGE NOBLE 6 Dec 1894 16y born 29 Nov 1835(?) in Indiana. Came to Illinois 1853. Mrs. ALLIE NOBLE , Holton, KS (related?).Source: The Oquawka Spectator, 6 Dec 1894
18 Mar 1896: An obituary for Grandmother WATSON , 102years.Source: The Oquawka Spectator, 18 Mar 1896
8 May 1901: Obituary for LAURA BELL (KIDD) PERSHIN wife of WM. PERSHIN . Daughter:Mrs FLORA ESSEX .Source: The Oquawka Spectator, 8 May 1901
3 JULY 1901: FRANK DUNHAM of Burlington, Chief Clerk of Rock Island & St. Louis division of the Railway Mail Service, died at his home Sunday from sunstroke. Source: The Oquawka Spectator, 3 July 1901
2 May 1906: Obituary: A long article regarding LOUISA LANGDON. Source: The Oquawka Spectator, 2 May 1906
6 Mar 1907: Obituary: MARY A. EDWARDS widow of GEORGE died yesterday morning, aged 70yrs. Son ELMER , daughter ANNA ; two brothers JOHN & AD BELL . Source: The Oquawka Spectator, 6 Mar 1907
The Rock Island Argus, Nov.25, 1933
ABSTRACT: CAPTAIN WATSON, VETERAN, AGE 99, DIES AT OQUAWKA (special to the Argus) Oquawka, Ill., Nov. 25.--Captain HENRY WATSON, who was 99 years old, a Civil war veteran and the oldest resident of Henderson county, died at noon yesterday in the home of his daughter, Mrs. JAMES CARNES , after a brief illiness. His health and mind were good for one of his age. When he celebrated his 99th birthday last July, he expressed the wish that he could live to be 100 years old. His friends enjoyed visiting him, since he had interesting stories of the earlier days and the changes which have happened in his lifetime. He knew the history of all the old landmarks in and around Oquawka. He helped saw the lumber for the old covered bridge at Jack's mill, near Oquawka. Captain WATSON was born July 18, 1834, at Troy, N.Y., He came with his parents to Oquawka when he was 10 years old, and resided here since. His wife died 29 years ago. They had lived in the house now owned by T.B.WILSON, . They had five children born there, only 2 of whom survive. He was one of the first to enlist during the Civil War, serving in Company F. 16th Illinois infantry, being promoted to the rank of captain after his captain was killed. He was wounded in the last battle of the war, and was the proud possessor of the flag which he carried through the war in his knapsack. That flag was made by the wives of the men in his company who lived in this county and sent to them. He was a Republican; never voted any other place than Oquawka, and voted the first time for Fremont for president. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. DAISY CARNES, with whom he lived in the Bald Bluff neighborhood, and Mrs. SALOME McLAIN of Winner, S.D. (Mrs. McLain visited her father last summer.); a niece, Mrs. C.J.EADS of Oquawka. Captain Watson was also a great-uncle of Mrs. JOHN PETERSON , of Oquawka, and of the children of Mrs. EADS and husband, WEBSTER of Oquawka, JOHN of Galesburg and Mrs. FLOYD MURRAY of Burlington. Funeral services in the Lugg funeral home in Monmouth; burial in the Oquawka cemetery. Source: The Rock Island Argus, Nov.25, 1933
The Oquawka Spectator Oct 12, 1903
[Note: This copied as printed!]
Mrs. HENRY WATSON died Tuesday morning, Oct. 13, 1903, of apoplexy, aged nearly 69 years. The entire community was shocked yesterday morning by the sudden and wholly unexpected death of Mrs. WATSON. Her health has been poor for some years but Monday she visited her sister and felt much better than usual. Sabbath day she was at Sabbath school and taught her class and seed considerably stronger than she had been. Tuesday morning she got up and was preparing breakfast but suddenly called to her husband, who was in the kitchen with her, "I believe I am going to die," and would haaaave fallen if he had not caught her. Only for a moment after that was she conscious and about an hour afterward the tired heart was at rest forever. NANCY JANE KING was born near Milton, Trible Co., KY, Dec. 22, 1834. Her father moved to Henderson county when she was four years old and she has lived in the county since that time and in Oquawka since 1851. She was married to HENRY WATSON , Aug 19, 1854, and for nearly half a century these two have walked through life together. No one can miss her as he will. Five children were born to them, all living except one son, ROBERT . One sister survives, Mrs.ELLA McFARLAND , the last of her father's family of twelve children. Mrs. WATSON was a member of the Rebekahs-one of the oldest members here-a member of the Relief corps and of the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society. None of these societies divided her interest or work for her church. For forty-nine years she has been a member of the Oquawka Methodist churach. There is just one expression about her on every one's lips-"she was a good woman." She testified at praayer meeting Thursday night of her purpose in life to be a Christian and the people who have lived and work with heer for many years know well the truth of it. She was a kind-hearted woman, ready to help all she could, and who can count the homes she has entered at times of sickness and death? The last few days of her life she gave to securing some needed repairs for the church. She will be greatly missed but her heavenly Father spared her long illiness or great pain, and while earthly friends sorrow she rejoices in the place prepared for her in her Father's ouse of many mansions. Funeral services will be conducted from the M.E. church to-marrow at 2 p.m. by Rev. C. Fitz Henry. Source: The Oquawka Spectator Oct 12, 1903
CHESTER CHAPMAN has been very ill with pneumonia at the residence of his wife's parents a few miles east of town, and passed away yesterday morning. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 this afternoon in the Baptist church, by Rev. E.C. Anderson . CHESTER CHAPMAN was born at Magnolia, Putnam county, Ill. April 25, 1870, died Jan 10, 1899. He was united in marriage to Miss EMMA BAILEY , Oct 9, 1897. The young widow with Mr. Chapman's parents and three sisters, survive him. He was a quiet, industrious young man and had made his home about here for a number of years. Source: Oquawka Spectator 11 Jan 1899
At the home of her mother in Oquawka, May 26th, 1891, AGGIS SELLS ESSEX , wife of WM. ESSEX aged 23 years, 11 months. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. Hanson on Tuesday afternoon, 26th. The deceased leaves a husband and a child four months old. NOTE: The wife of William Essex is proved to be ALICE SELLS . The above is an apparent printers error. Source: Oquawka Spectator 27 May 1891
ABSTRACT: MILDRED E. ESSEX PIERCE , 79, of 3220 Forest Ave., died Tuesday at Scioto Memorial Hospital. She was born in Gladstone, Ill. She was a member of Valley United Methodist Church; a charter member of Portsmouth General Hospital Auxiliary (which was formed in 1949); and past president, treasurer and trustee; named the first board member emeritus by the trustees. Her husband, WALTER E. PIERCE, died in 1975. Survivors include a son RICHARD of Perrysburg, a daughter, WANDA FOSTER of Vinton, VA.; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Source: Portsmouth (OH) Times June 25, 1980
ABSTRACT: WALTER EDWARD PIERCE , 80, of 3220 Forrest Ave., Services conducted by Rev. McClellan Nicholson at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Daehler Funeral Home. A native of Iowa, he died Saturday at Scioto Memorial Hospital. He was an Army veteran of World War I; a former Norfolk and Western Railway employe; a 32nd degree Mason; and member of the Shawnee Saddle Club; American Association of Retired Persons; member and past president of National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employes; and Valley United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, MILDRED ESSEX PIERCE, a son, RICHARD PIERCE of Toledo; a daughter, Mrs. DAVID FOSTER of Roanoke, VA; a brother, ORIN PIERCE of Wever, Iowa; seven grandchildren and a great grandchild. Interment is to be in Memorial Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 tonight, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to Tuesday. The Heart Fund and the Cobalt Unit of Scioto Memorial Hospital are the family's favorite charities. Source: Portsmouth (OH) Times Sep. 1, 1975
Mrs.ALICE MUMMA died Aug 25 [1953] at a hospital in Champaign, Ill. Last rites were held Aug. 28 at Urbana, Ill. ALICE ESSEX was the daughter of JOSEPH and ELLEN WATSON ESSEX and was born at Oquawka on March 7, 1879. She graduated from the Oquawka high school and from Western Illinois State Teachers college, Macomb, Ill. She was married to JAMES MUMMA in 1904. Survivors include three sons and a daughter; MAX D. MUMMA , Davenport, Ia; PAUL H. MUMMA , Sidney, Ill; FLOYD MUMMA , Decatur, Ill., and Mrs. HELEN FREEMAN , of Calumet City, Ill.; a brother and sister: CLARENCE F. ESSEX, Riverside, CAlif, and Mrs. IDA PETERSON, Oquawka, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Two brothers and three sisters died previously. Source: Unknown Clipping
ABSTRACT: ALICE MARIE MUMMA, 73, died about 12:25 a.m. (Aug. 26, 1953) at the Laymon Convalescent hom. She lived at 206 Nort Race street, Urbana, and had been a resident of this area for about 25 years. Renner funeral home. Services were tentatively set for Friday, burial will be in Woodlawn cemeter. She was born March 3, 1880, in Oquawka. Her parents were JOSEPH and ELLEN ESSEX . She was a member of the First Baptist church of Urbana. Surviving are four children, MAX D. MUMMA, Davenport, Ia., PAUL H ., Sidney, FLOYD W ., Decatur, and Mrs. HELEN FREEMAN , Calumet City, and one sister, Mrs. IDA PETERSON , Oquawka; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Source: Clipping dated 26 Aug 1953 from the Champagine/Urbana area
ABSTRACT: Funeral services for JOSEPH ESSEX , a retired policeman, who died suddenly Monday at the home of his daughter, MRS. WALTER PIERCE, in Portsmouth, OH, will be held at the Unterkircher Funeral home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, burial will be in Aspen Grove cemetery. The body will arrive in Burlington Wednesday afternoon. Mr. ESSEX was born June 22, 1882. He was appointed a patrolman Oct. 1, 1926, and retired because of ill health May 10, 1938. NOTE: This is JOSEPH RAYMOND ESSEX son of JOSEPH E . and SARAH ELLEN WATSON ESSEX.
Wife of Police Officer Succumbed to Apoplexy Yesterday Afternoon.
Mrs. MARY ESSEX, 49, wife of JOSEPH R. ESSEX , Burlington police officer, passed away at her home, 1417 Gnahn street, late yesterday afternoon following a stroke of apoplexy. MARY KNUTSTROM was born in Gladstone, Ill., on July 28, 1880, and was married to JOSEPH RAYMOND ESSEX at Oquawka, Ill., on June 28, 1900, the family moving here 22 years ago. She was a member of the Swedish Lutheran church. Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. WALTER PIERCE of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Mrs. W.R. RIEKE of Havelock, Neb; one brother, CHARLES KNUTSTROM of Powell, Wyo., and two sisters, Mrs. WILL KNUTSTROM and Mrs. BERTHA SEBRING , both of Gladstone, Ill. The body has been taken to the Burnett-Wallen funeral home and funeral arrangements will be announced later. Source: The Burlington Hawk-Eye
Mother of Joe and Wilbur Essex of Burlington Died This Morning.
Mrs. SARAH ELLEN ESSEX of Oquawka, mother of JOSEPH and WILBUR ESSEX of Burlington, passed away at her home there this morning at 4:15 after an illnes of ten days. Mrs. ESSEX was the daughter of DAVID and LYDIA BROWN WATSON , and was born May 15, 1852 in Oquawka where she has lived all her life. On March 1, 1875 she married JOSEPH ESSEX who died May 12, 1914. Nine children were born to them, five of whom survive. Surving are three sons, WILBUR and JOSEPH of Burlington, and CLARENCE of Salt Lake City, Utah, and two daughters Mrs. JOHN E. PETERSON of Oquawka and Mrs. ALICE MUMMA of Urbana, Ill. and 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. The funeral will be held from her home in Oquawka Wednesday afternoon, January 14, at 2 o'clock with interment in Oquawka cemetery. Source: Burlington Hawk-Eye
Danville, Ia., April 9.--ANDREW M. WATSON, who died in Danville, Ia., April 6 last, was born in Salem, Washington county, New York, November 5, 1826. He came to Danville in 1866, having prior to this time lived in Burlington, and was a well respected citizen. He was member of the Twenty-fifth regiment, Iowa volunteers, in the civil war and served hs country well. His wife preceded him to the better world more than two years ago and his last months were spent in the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. WILCOX , where kindly hands ministered to him in his decline of life. His funeral was conducted by Rev. W.H. Bickers , from the Congregational church, to Jagger cemetery, where he in peace awaits the coming of the King. Peace to his ashes.Source: Burlington (IA) DAily Hawkeye 10 April 1924. [Note: Andrew was son of Samuel & Hannah Watson of NY and brother to David R. & Henry I. Watson of Oquawka.]
DANVILLE. Daville, Ia., Nov. 3--Mrs. ANDREW WATSON passed away at her home last evening after an illness of several weeks. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon.

Burlington (IA) Daily Hawkeye 4 Nov 1911: Mrs. Watson was Mary E. Gordon whose father was born in Germany and mother born MD. Andrew & Mary had no children. Source: Burlington (IA) Daily Hawkeye 4 Nov 1911
ABSTRACT: JIMMIE LEE ESSEX , 68, of Oquawka, Ill, died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan 5, 1997, at St Mary's Medical Center Galesburg, Ill. He was born June 11, 1928, in Oquawka. His parents were CLIFFORD S . and NANNIE LEE HIGHTOWER ESSEX . He married MELVA McVEY in Gladstone, Ill. on March 11, 1950. Mr. Essex began work as a carpenter with his father; became a welder for J.I. Case Co. in Burlington for over 20 years. He attended Oquawka schools through high school; was a member of Oquawka United Methodist Church; enjoyed fishing and gardening; and was a peacetime Army veteran. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, WANDA J. COOK of Oquawka; one son DAVID R. ESSEX of Oquawka; six granddaughters; one sister, MARIBETH ESSEX of Oquawka; one brother BILLY F. ESSEX of Oquawka; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Turnbull Funeral Home, with the Rev. Suzanne Geer of Oquawka United Methodist Church officiating, and burial in Oquawka Cemetery. A memorial has been established for Oquawka United Methodist Church.Source: The Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette Jan 6, 1997

Contributed by: Alicia J. Ives
ABSTRACT: Mary A. (Brokaw) Carlson , aged 95. Born 10 July 1903 near Raritan, daughter of Isaac and Laura (Starkey) Brokaw, died 5 Jan 1999 in Roseville. Lived in Stronghurst. Married Glen Carlson, Burlington, Iowa, 29 Oct 1921. He died 22 Aug 1974.
For complete obituary, see Eagle Publications Online Obituary Archive for Mary A. Carlson
ABSTRACT: Virgie Nadine (Gilliland) Gearhart, aged 83. Born 25 June 1915 at Stronghurst, daughter of Elzie and Ruth (Steffey) Gillihand, died 10 Jan 1999. Married Eldon L. Gearhart 31 Aug 1940 at Rock Island. He died 22 Aug 1989.
For complete obituary, see Eagle Publications Online Obituary Archive for Virgie Nadine (Gilliland) Gearhart
ABSTRACT: John W. Brokaw, aged 84. Born 9 Nov 1914, son of Leonard and Anna (Weir) Brokaw, died 8 Jan 1999. Married Pearl Marie Parkinson 11 Apr 1941 in Viola. She died 14 Apr 1989.
For complete obituary, see Eagle Publications Online Obituary Archive for John W. Brokaw
LEVI BEEBE Dec 9, 1880: "Mr. Levi Beebe, aged father of William A. Beebe, died last Wednesday afternoon at the age of 80 years. His illness was but of short duration, as he was, on Saturday last, up and about attending to his chores." Source: Biggsville Clipper, reprinted in The Spectator. Contributed by Val Lovelace
SARAH ANN (DUPEE or DUPEY) BEEBE Jan 30, 1901: "Grandma Beebe (Sarah) died Friday morning, Jan 18, at Media. She was 92 yrs old. Funeral was Saturday at Biggsville Methodist Church, burial at Old Stone Cemetary." Source: The Oquawka Spectator. Contributed by Val Lovelace
Aged Biggsville
Resident Dead

Mrs. Bessie May Huff, aged 84, of Biggsville, died this morning at 2:10 o'clock at Monmouth hospital where she had been a patient for five weeks.[NOTE: Date of death was January 12, 1967]

Born in Rozetta township July 25, 1882 [NOTE: Birthdate should be July 28, 1883], she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Watson, and was married to Lewis Judson Huff, who died in 1948.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Opal Shelton of Burlington, a son, Wendell Huff of Oquawka, ten grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, at the Biggsville Methodist church of which she was a member, in charge of the Rev. George Baldridge. Burial will take place in Biggsville cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 at the Sederwall Funeral Chappel in Biggsville. [See a copy of clipping Source: Unknown clipping. Contributed by Bonnie Lawyer

Hezekiah Watson

This venerable and good christian man entered his eternal rest yesterday morning about 10 o'clock. [NOTE: Date of death was January 5, 1905]. His illness was brief. Last Sabbath he was stricken with the grippe, and on Tuesday pneumonia set in. this coupled with his four score years and more, was more than his feeble frame could overcome. Mr. Watson was a life-long Methodist and was known and respected for his earnest christian character. His will be a joyful awakening. Hezekiah Watson was born in Albany county, New York, Nov. 29, 1822, and was 82 years old Nov. 29 last. In 1837, at the age of 15, he came west with his parents, landing at Oquawka. His father bought land near Olena and there the family lived and grew up. May 3d, 1850, he was married to Miss Sarah Jackson, who survives. Three children were born to them, but all have long since passed away. For over thirty years deceased has made his home in Biggsville, honored and respected by everyone.[See a copy of clipping Source: Biggsville Clipper. Contributed by Bonnie Lawyer

Catharine Watson

Catharine Wheeling was born in Henderson Co.l, Ills, May 6, 1854, was married to Leonard H. Watson, Jan 4. 1883. After a short illness of lung fever which resulted in pneumonia. She passed peacefully away Nov. 15, 1895. She became connected with the M.E. church early in life, and remained a member until the time of her death. She was a kind and loving wife and an affectionate mother. Her life was devoted wholly to the interests of her family. She leaves a husband and four children, who deeply mourn their loss. The services were conducted at the house Sabbath afternoon Nov. 17, by Rev. A.P. Beall, and amid sorrowing relatives, and a large concourse of friends, the body was interred in the Reed cemetery to await the resurrection call. The bereaved family has the sympathy of all in this their sad bereavements.

Dear companion thou wast lovely,
Gentle as the summer breeze.
Pleasant as the air of evening
When it floats among the trees
We know that thou art gone to rest.
Thy toil and cares are o'er.
And sorrow, pain and suffering now,
Shall ne'er distress thee more.

Dear sister thou art gone to rest,
Thine is an earthly tomb.
But Jesus summoned thee away,
Thy Savior called thee home,
Peaceful in thy grave so low
Thou no more will join our number,
Thou no more our tears shall know.

Dearest mother thou hast left us,
Here our loss we deeply feel
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He can still our sorrow heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled.
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed.

[See a
copy of clipping ] Source: Biggsville Clipper. Contributed by Bonnie Lawyer
Lillian E. Wagher born 31 Aug 1913, Dallas City. Parents Joseph & Alverta (Haines) Badgett. Married Irvin A. Wagher who died 21 May 1996. She died 15 August 2005, Galesburg, IL.
Abingdon Argus where you may read the full obituary (Do a search for her name.)
Leonard H. Watson was born near Olena, Henderson county, Illinois, Nov. 11th, 1852, and died at his home, March 5th, 1902, aged 49 years, 3 months and 24 days.

His death was due to rupture of a large intestine, the walls of which had become weakened by disease. Deceased was united in marriage to Miss Catharine Wheeling, Jan. 4, 1883. To them were born four children - Bessie May, Nancy Viola, Elmer Lewis and Earl. The mother died Nov. 15, 1895, leaving to mourn her loss the husband and four little motherless children. Mr. Watson managed to keep his children together, and it was his dying request that they should not be separated after his demise, a request that will be complied with by providing for their continuance together at the old home. Mr. Watson was converted at the recent revival meetings held in the community and united with the Reed M.E. church. He died a very peaceful and triumphant death and in full possession of his mental faculties to the end. He approached the final hour without any perceptible confustion. The closing hours were made beautiful by the serenity and resignation with which he met death.

The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock from Reed M.E. church, conducted by Rev. T.C. Moots, assisted by Revs. Conway and Jones. The services were largely attended and by as deeply sympathetic a congregation as ever gathered round bereaved and sorrow stricken souls. The remains were interred in the Reed cemetery.[See a copy of clipping]. Source: Biggsville Clipper. Contributed by Bonnie Lawyer

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