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Submitted by Mary from Galesburg, IL

Date: 07/07/07 15:45:36

not sure if you should make a separate webpage for these... they are my Knox county family related obits... i have some from warren county also... and i have a lot of early newspaper tidbits to type up for you for Knox county...

Relatives of mine ... in and around Knox County that someone may need:

yes, that is a great idea

Mary Moeller

OBITUARY for Beverly A. Meehan (my sister) Galesburg Register-Mail Jan. 31, 1995


Beverly's school photo & Then later

MONMOUTH -- Beverly Ann Meehan, 42, 315 S. Fifth St., died at 11:30 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 29, 1995) at her sister's home in Galesburg. She was born May 15, 1952, in Galesburg, the daughter of Eugene  A. and Bonnie E. Briggs Sr.
   She married LaRue J. Meehan on Oct. 20, 1972, in Galesburg. Surviving are her husband; her mother, Bonnie E. Briggs, Galesburg; three daughters, Wanita J. Meehan, Crystal L. Meehan and Michelle R. Meehan, all of Monmouth; three sons, Patrick L. Meehan and David L. Meehan, both of Monmouth, and LaRue J. Meehan Jr., in the U.S. Army in South Korea; one stepson, Anthony R. Meehan, Burlington, Iowa; two sisters, Joyce M. Cox, Galesburg, and Mary L. Moeller,  Carpentersville, and one brother, Eugene A. Briggs Jr., Galesburg. She was reared in Galesburg, and was graduated from Galesburg  High School.
   She was a homemaker. She was a member of Grace Bible Church, Monmouth.
   Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Turnbull Funeral Home, Monmouth.
  Friends may call at the funeral home today and Wednesday until the service; the family will be present from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. Burial will be in Monmouth Cemetery.
   A memorial fund is being established.

Ernie Warren Albert and Ruth McMillan are Ruth's real parents (biological).  Charles Wainman is her uncle.

Galesburg Register-Mail (my brother's mother-in-law)

GALESBURG -- L. Ruth Horn, 71, 1159 Family Court, died at 5:38 p.m. Saturday (June 9, 2001) in Galesburg Cottage Hospital. She was born May 7, 1930, in Larchland, the daughter of Ernie Warren and Ruth Isabelle McMillan Albert. Following the death of her mother she was placed in the care of Charlie and Marie Wainman and was raised as their daughter. She married A. Eugene (Gene) Horn on Nov. 7, 1954, in Cameron.
     Surviving are her husband; her mother, Marie Wainman, Monmouth; two sons, Mark (and Chris) Horn, Hamilton, and Guy (and Barb) Horn, Alpha; two daughters, Gloria (and Jim) Briggs, Wataga, and Lorie (and Gene) Briggs, Galesburg; two brothers, Kermit Wainman, Galesburg, and Cecil Albert, Monmouth; one sister Heidi Johnson, Aurora; 11 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and
several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her natural parents, her father, three brothers and three sisters.
       She graduated from Roseville High School in 1948 and attended Brown's Business College, Galesburg. She was a secretary, working first at Cronin Insurance Agency, Galesburg. She then worked for Galesburg School District 205 at Silas Willard Elementary School and Lincoln Middle School. She then worked at Fidelity Federal Bank for 11 years, retiring in 1989.
   She was past president of Insurance Women of Galesburg and a member of the American Business Women's Association. She served as secretary and treasurer of the Northgate Summer Mixed League for several years. She was of Methodist faith.
        Cremation will be accorded. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel, with the Revs George Terry and the Mark Horn officiating. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Community Hospices of America, American Diabetes Association or the Costello Terrace Activity Fund, Monmouth.

Bonnie & Gene Briggs Mary's Parents when dating.

OBITUARY for Eugene A Briggs, Sr GALESBURG REGISTER-MAIL 15 Jul 1988

EUGENE A. BRIGGS, SR (my father) GALESBURG -- Eugene A. "Gene" Briggs, Sr., 63, 658 E. South St., died today at 7:45 a.m. in his home.

He was born in Williamsfield Oct. 9, 1924. He was the son of Clarence and Georgia Cooksey Briggs. He married Bonnie Pratt in Galesburg March 25, 1949.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Eugene A. Briggs, Jr., Galesburg; three daughters, Joyce Cox, Galesburg, Beverly Meehan, Monmouth, and Mary Ashby, Carpentersville; one brother, Wayne Briggs, Galesburg; one sister, Doris Thompson, Galesburg, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He worked as a lumberjack and later as a contractor and carpenter before retiring. He lived in Galesburg for several years.

Funeral will be Monday at 10 a.m. in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel, the Rev. J. T. Moore officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends may call in the funeral home
Sunday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

OBITUARY FOR Clarence Briggs (Galesburg Register-Mail  10 Mar 1960)  (my grandfather)

   MAQUON - Clarence Max Briggs, 55, of Maquon, died Wednesday at 1:10 a.m. at St. Mary's Hospital in Galesburg. He had been a patient there for the past two weeks.
   Mr. Briggs was born May 1, 1904 in Galesburg and lived here until five years ago when he moved to Maquon. He was a farmer. He married Miss Jennie Slagel in 1953 in Galesburg and she survives.    Other survivors include three sons, Clarence Jr and Wayne Leroy, both of Galesburg, and Gene of Elba Center; two daughters, Mrs. Marian Thompson of Galesburg and Mrs. Darlene Thompson of Gilson; a brother Frank of Galesburg; two sisters, Mrs. Marian Welch and Mrs. Alta Boone, both of Galesburg; 16 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
   Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Maquon. Friends may call at the Root-Davis Funeral Home after 4 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Maquon Cemetery.

OBITUARY for MRS. W. BAUGHMAN (my grandmother) d: 25 Jan 1978

   MAQUON -- Mrs. William (Georgia) Baughman, 69, of Maquon Route 2, died Tuesday at 5 a.m. at her home.
   The former Georgia Cooksey was born Feb. 1, 1908 in Aledo, and married William P. Baughman on June 7, 1946 in Galesburg.
   He survives with three sons, Eugene, Clarence and Wayne Briggs, all of Galesburg; two daughters, Mrs. Darlene Thompson, Wataga, and Mrs. Doris Thompson, of near Gilson; 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
   Funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Root Funeral Home, Maquon, where friends may call today from 6-8 p.m. Rev. Carroll Ochsner will officiate. Burial will be in the Maquon Cemetery.
Ada Boone contributed by Mary Moeller for Knox Co., IL GenealogyAlda L. Boone  (my father's aunt, my great-aunt) Newspaper: Galesburg Register-Mail
    Aug. 23, 2005

    Alda L. Boone 1917-2005   Monday, August 22, 2005
    GALESBURG - Alda L. Boone, 88, 911 Lincoln St., died at 8:35 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 20, 2005) in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
    She was born July 11, 1917, in Rio, the daughter of Albert and Sophia Briggs.
    She married LeRoy Boone on Oct. 8, 1940, in Davenport, Iowa. He died in 1972.
    Surviving are three sons, Gary (and Iona) Boone, Galesburg, Carl Dean Boone, Mountain Home, Ark., and Thomas (and Donna) Boone, Mesa, Ariz.; one sister, Vera Morrison, Galesburg; nine grandchildren including Tyler Boone and Tom Boone, Jr. whom she raised; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in  death by one daughter, one granddaughter, one brother and one sister.
    She worked at Knox Laundry for more than 30 years, retiring in 1974.
    She attended First Church of the Nazarene.
    Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens,     with the Rev. Ron Scarlett officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service     Tuesday at Hinchcliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel.     Memorials may be made to the First Church of the Nazarene or to a charity of the     donor's choice.
MS. ROSALEE S. BOONE GALESBURG REGISTER-MAIL  (my great aunts daughter, prob a second cousin to me)

   Ms. Rosalee S. Boone, Galesburg Chapel, 52, 911 Lincoln St., Galesburg, died at 2:20 AM Thursday, October 14, 2004 in OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL. She was born October 9, 1952 in Galesburg, the daughter of Leroy and Alda Boone. She is survived by her mother, Alda Boone, Galesburg, a son, Tyler J. Boone, Galesburg, and 3 brothers, Thomas (and Donna) Boone, Mesa, AZ, Carl Dean Boone, Mountain Home, Arkansas, and Gary (and Iona) Boone, Galesburg. She was preceded in death by her father.

She was an administrative assistant for the TRIO Student Support Services Program at Carl Sandburg College for the past 9 years. She graduated from Galesburg High School in 1970 and received an associate of arts degree from Carl Sandburg College. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Galesburg. She was the secretary for the Galesburg Babe Ruth Baseball League.

Funeral will be 1:30 PM Tuesday in the First Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Ron Scarlett will officiate. Visitation will be 6 to 8 PM Monday in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials can be made to an education fund for Tyler Boone in care of Heritage Credit Union.

OBITUARY for LeRoy Boone (married to Alda my great aunt) Galesburg Register-Mail
November 2, 1972

   LeRoy Boone, 57, of 911 Lincoln St., died Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. at Cottage Hospital.
   He was born Dec. 31, 1914, at Gross, Kan. He married the former Elda Briggs on Oct. 8, 1940 at Iowa City.
   He was employed as a car-man by the Burlington Northern Railroad and was a veteran of World War II.
   He is survived by his widow; three sons Gary and Thomas, both of Galesburg, and Carl, Bourbonnais; a daughter, Miss Rosalee Boone, at home; four brothers, Daniel of Knoxville, Dewey in Arizona, Dudley of Galesburg and Jim of Peoria; two sisters, Mrs. Carl (Mildred) Christianson, Wataga, and Mrs. LeRoy (Grace) Lovitt, Galesburg, and four grandchildren.
   Funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Martin Funeral Home, Knoxville. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday evening at the funeral home.
OBITUARY for MARION C. WELSH (married to my great aunt Marie Briggs) Galesburg Register-Mail May 24, 2000

   GALESBURG -- Marion Charles Welsh, 84, 203 S. Pearl St., died
at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday (May 23, 2000) in Galesburg Cottage Hospital, 695 N. Kellogg St.
   He was born Oct. 13, 1915, in Abingdon, the son of Charles and Hazel McCracken Welsh.
   He married Marie Francis Briggs on Dec. 1, 1937, in Kahoka, Mo. She died July 24, 1996.
   Surviving are three daughters, Mary McCullough and Barbara Jean Quinn, both of Galesburg, and Marian Francis Lynch, Maquon; one brother, Robert Welsh, Rockford; one sister, Ruth Woodside, Galesburg, 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
   He worked at Sirco Rendering Plant and later for Schnowske Rendering Plant, Cambridge.
   Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel, where visitation will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens.
   Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
From the Galesburg Register-Mail: Jun 1979 (my grandfather's brother- my great uncle)
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   Frank E. Briggs, 65, of 1057 Garden Lane, died Thursday at 11:10 a.m. in Cottage Hospital.
   He was born Jan. 23, 1914, in Strawberry Point, Iowa. He married Myra Standish on April 18, 1951, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
   She survives with three sisters, Mrs. Alda Boone, Mrs. Harry (Vera) Morrison  and Mrs. Marion (Marie) Welsh, all of Galesburg, and nieces and nephews.
   He was a cooker for Schnowske By-Products in Cambridge for nine years, retiring in 1974. He was a lifetime area resident and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.
   Funeral will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Foley-Watson Mortuary, with Rev. J. E. Hazelwood, pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens.  Friends may call Sunday from 7-9 p.m. at the mortuary.
OBITUARY for MYRA BRIGGS Aug 1994 Galesburg Register-Mail (she was my great aunt through my great uncle Frank)

   GALESBURG -- Myra Briggs, 79, 1057 Garden Lane, died at 8:25 a.m. Sunday (July 31, 1994) in Rosewood Care Center, 1250 W. Carl Sandburg  Drive.
   She was born Oct. 10, 1914, in Muscoda, Wis., the daughter of Roy and Leona Richardson Standish.
   She married Frank Briggs. He died in November 1979.
   Surviving are one brother, Leslie Standish, and one sister, Lois Hanson, both of Mauston, Wis.  She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
   Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Phillip Bevard officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at Watson Funeral Home.

OBITUARY for Selena Cooksey  d: Dec 1977 (she was the wife of Forrest  Cooksey, the son of Timothy Cooksey who is the brother to George Cooksey, my great grandfather.)

   Mrs. Selena Cooksey, 90, of 335 N. Cedar St., died Sunday at 5:15 p.m. at Cottage Hospital.
   The former Selena Willetts was born April 17, 1887, in Chariton, Iowa, and married Forrest Cooksey Feb. 10, 1915, in Rock Island. He died in 1952.
   She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints.
   Surviving are two brothers, Floyd Willetts, Galesburg, and John Willetts, LaFeria, Tex.
   Funeral will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel.
Burial will be in Henderson Cemetery, Henderson. No visitation is planned.

Ledonia was the daughter of Julius Augustus Briggs (son of George Washington Briggs, who was the son of Daniel Briggs the elder, married to Augusta Goodell, my great great great grandfather Daniel Briggs was the brother to George Washington Briggs)

OBITUARY for (1903) BRIGGS - Ledonia Pearl daughter of Mr & Mrs J. Briggs of Alpha died yesterday morning at the Galesburg Sanitorium of acute appendicitis aged 11 year, 11 months, 19 days. Survivors, Parents, one sister, three brothers. Remains  taken Dean Parlors then to Alpha Sunday afternoon and funeral be Tuesday afternoon. August - 24 - 1903
Edwin Calkins - Elijah Calkins is the brother of Stephen Calkins, the father of Poenia Calkins (my gggg grandmother)

     OBITUARY for     (1886)
    CALKINS - Edwin died Monday, April 12, 1886 at his home 1 mile south     Oneida, Ill., aged 74 years, 5 months, 19 days. Settled on the farm where     he died. (1847?) Suffered all the privations of a pioneer. He leaves four  children, all married and settled in life. The older son, Fred P. Calkins lives     at Clare, Iowa; Mrs. Aurelia E. Bishop of Oneida; Rev. A.C. Calkins of
    Forrest Hill; Mrs. Hattie Lumpkins, Ft. Dodge, Iowa. His children were all with him the last two weeks of his life. Funeral M.E. Church, Rev. N.T.   Allen of Wataga at Oneida, Ill., April Wednesday 14, 1886. from the "Galesburg Republican-Register"

    From the 1878 History of Knox County, Illinois published by Charles C. Chapman. [Contributed by Joan Achille.]

    EDWIN J. CALKINS. The son of Elijah and Philena (Colelman) Calkins, he was born 23 Oct 1811 in Hillsdale, Columbia Co, NY. He learned the carpenter trade in his youth and followed the business until 1837 when he quit it and went to farming. He settled in Sparta Twp. in 1837, where he has since resided. He was united in marriage with Harriet Alvira Park in 1836, and has three sons and two daughters. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is one of its Trustees. He is a Republican. Post Office, Galena. 

The pictures are as follows:1.aldaboone (my great aunt)
3. Beverly Meehan, my sister (deceased - buried in Monmouth Cemetery)
4. Beverly's school pic
5. My mother and father in 1947 while they were dating. My dad is dead and my mother is near 80 right now.
6. Clarence Briggs... oldest son of Francis Albert Briggs and Tekla Sophia Erickson (my grandfather-deceased)

7. Hester Martin Cooksey (my great grandmother in 1955). she married George Cooksey, then William Coultis.
8. Marriage Certificate of F. Albert Briggs and Tekla Sophia Erickson

this is a thumbnails of the original scanned marriage of F. Albert Briggs and Tekla Sophia Erickson, they were married in Knox co., IL. Click on it and it will open in own window for a bigger view.
Below is the return of the marriage is it also a thumbnail you will have to click on it and it will open in it's own window for a bigger view. Thanks!

9. the other side of the certificate... actually had a lot of valuable data on it

Mary's Family photo. Thanks Mary. copyright Mary Moeller.

2. taken on mother's day it shows five generations of our family together (mother's day 2007)  my mother-Bonnie Brigss, me, my sister Joyce Cox-Wright, Georgia (Joyce's daughter) Stephanie, Felicia, Jamie, Cassie (Joyce's granddaughters), and Madison (Joyce's great granddaughter) (my mother's great daughter)

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