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BASFORD, William Clyde

Submitted by: Julie Fowler

Source: The Jeffersonian

Date: 1914 January 9 ABT

Death Summons W.C. Basford

After living almost three months with a broken back, the result of a fall of slate in the Black Top Mine, and realizing that there was no hope of recovery, W.C. Basford died at his home in Lore City Thursday morning [1914 January 8]. He was about 32 years of age and is survived by his wife and five children. The body will be taken to Senecaville where funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock and interment made.

Mr. Basford was employed in the Black Top Mine, near Lore City, and was injured on October 15th. He was brought to Keenan's hospital in this city, where it was found that his back had been broken. Later he was taken to Columbus for another examination and while in that city remained at Mt. Carmel hospital. There he was again told that his life could not be saved and he was removed to his home in Lore City.

In addition to the immediate family Mr. Basford is survived by four brothers, Foreman G. of St Louis; Ernrest, Arthur, and Lesile, and two sisters, Mrs. Stella Berkfield and Mrs.May Morrison, all of Senecaville. Foreman G. Basford was with his brother until the first of the week, when he was called to his home in St.Louis. He will attend the funeral.

BEIR, Reuben

Submitted by: Sandy Burgess

Source: Minnie Neel Bair's scrapbook

Date: 1897 August 1 ca.

Death of Reuben Beir

Reuben Beir was born in Frederic county, M. D., April 22, 1825; died Aug. 1, 1897, aged 72 years 3 months and 10 days. Mr. Beir with parents emigrated to Guernsey county, Ohio, in 1832. The country for the most part was in the woods. Several families came together and formed a colony in the neighborhood of the site where Pleasant Hill church now stands. Among the number were the Longsworths, Ripleys, Boyers, Beirs and others. It was a Christian colony. They immediately established a place of worship by carrying their meetings from cabin to cabin. They soon built a log church near the present church. A Methodist Protestant church was then established.

Mr. Beir had written a short biographical sketch of his life four years ago, in which he says, "I was converted in February 1843, under the labors of Rev. Baird and united with the M. P. church at Pleasant Hill, remained in that church for 20 years, then united with the U. B. church at Chestnut Hill in 1863." There he was a faithful, honored member for 34 years making a Christian pilgrimage of 54 years. His suffering had been intense for many months with that dreaded malady, bright's disease, yet he bore it all with Christian fortitude and died in peace. He leaves a companion who has trod the pathway of life with him for 50 years. Five children were born to them: James W., who died three years ago: Susan C, (E. for Emily) died about 15 years ago, John W., of Sligo, Elijah and David, of Divide. He lived to see his sons all married and settled in life, owning good farms of their own and all members of the church of his choice. Mrs. Beir with her children and grandchildren, has the sympathy of the entire community.

He was laid to rest in the Pleasant Hill cemetery on the 2nd in the presence of a large crowd. Rev. Watson, his pastor conducted funeral services, assisted by Rev. Mack Roby and the writer.

T. T. (Titus?)

BISHARD, Clarence E.

Submitted by: Cynthia Keives

Date: 1970 March 14 ca.

Navyman Dies Aboard Ship


Full military services for Senior Chief Petty Officer Clarence Eugene Bishard, 43, 9422 Phillip Ave., Norfolk, VA., son of Mrs. Alice Reasonser Bishard, 900 Carlisle Ave., and the late James Bishard were held Tuesday at the Holloman-Brown Funeral Home, Norfolk. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk.

Bishard died Saturday (14 March 1970) aboard the USS Sierra. A veteran of 26 years with the U.S. Navy, he was born 18 July 1926. He was a member of the Baptist Church and a member of Tidewater Post No. 327, American Legion.

In addition to his mother, he leaves his wife, Jane Wellnitz Bishard; two daughters, Mrs. Linda Jane Smith, Chesapeake, VA., and Mrs. Clara Ann Shanks, Norfolk; three sons Robert K., Dan Phillip and Daniel Eugene Bishard, all of Norfolk; two sisters, Mrs. Alice Cramblett, Quaker City and Mrs. Juanita Anderson, Newcomerstown; and three borthers, James Bishard, Thomasville, PA, Robert Bishard, Camphill, PA, and S-Sgt. Walter Bishard, Ft. Know, KY, and four grandchildren.


Submitted by: Cynthia Keives

Source: The Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge, Ohio

Date: 1907 June 12


Peter Bichard, a resident of Cambridge, who was sent to the state insane asylum in Columbus from the Guernsey County Probate Court about three weeks ago, died at that institution Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock, and the remains were brought to this city at midnight Tuesday night and taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Turnbaugh, 510 Jefferson Ave., South Cambridge, where the funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. C.E. Sheppard, pastor of the M.P. Church. Interment will be made in the Northwood Cemetery.

Peter Bichard was about 67 years of age at the time of his death, and is survived by a wife and a number of children. He served through the War in Co. H. 78th Regiment, OVI.


Submitted by: Tom Severns

Date: 1895 November 7 ca.

Francis Braninger died at his residence in Birmingham, Guernsey County, Thursday morning, November 7th, 1895, in the 78th year of his life. With the death of "Uncle Frank," as he was familiarly and widely known, Guernsey County loses one of its pioneer citizens, and Birmingham its oldest inhabitant. Born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, his father's family removed to this county, settling on a farm near Birmingham, when he was five years old. At an early age he was apprenticed to James Rosemond, with whom he learned the saddlery and harness trade. After his apprenticeship, for some years he did journey work in several of the principal towns of this state and West Virginia. Tiring of this he returned to Birmingham and at the age of twenty-eight years married Miss Jane P. Snyder. He opened a shop of his own, which he continued successfully for forty years, after which he retired from active business, but for a number of years held an interest in the general mercantile business of Braninger & Severns. His wife and seven children, four sons and three daughters, survive him, and all were present at the funeral except Jacob, whose sickness at his home in the far west prevented his attendance. Two children, Adda and Eli, died in youth; and the sons all settled in farms in the west, Jacob, Rolland and Clayton, near Marysville, Missouri, and Alfonzo, near Waterloo, Iowa. The daughters, Mrs. W.B. Severns and Misses Alice and Emma, reside in Birmingham. Mr. Braninger was a close observer, a man of sound judgement, of frugal habits, a quiet, peaceable citizen.


Submitted by: Cinda Jenney

Source: The Akron Beacon Journal

Date: 1962 March 21

Mrs. Lizzie Catlett, 75, for many years active in women's organizations and church work, died Tueday (March 21, 1962) at her residence, 335 Malacca St (Akron). At one time she was employed at the Akron City Club. Born in Buffalo, Ohio she was an Akron resident for 30 years.

Mrs. Catlett was a member of Billow Chapter, Order of Eastern Star; the Bright Star Auxilliary of the chapter, Goodyear Heights United Presbyterian Church and the Northeast Neighbors of Tallmadge. She also belonged to the Daughters of America in Buffalo.

She leaves three sons, Gilbert and Ernest of Akron and Howard of Tallmadge; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Adda (Andrew) Reid of Buffalo.

Services will be at 3 p.m. in the Meeks Funeral Home at Senecaville, OH where friends may call after Friday noon. Burial will be in Buffalo.


Submitted by: Harry Steele

Source: The Guernsey Times

Date: 1881 January 6

Mr. Jacob Conkle, aged 77years, was found dead near his house, 2 1/2 miles east of Cumberland. Cause, heart disease.


Submitted by: Cynthia Keives

Date: 1973 February 1 ca.


Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Bishard, 77, 413 S. Eighth St., will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday in Thorn Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Harris officiating. Burial will be in Northwood Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Mrs. Bishard died at 9:50 p.m. Thursday [Feb. 1, 1973] in Guernsey Memorial Hospital.

Born in Cambridge, Feb. 15, 1895, the daughter of the late John and Ann Sigmon Finley. Her husband, Frank Bishard, died October 11, 1958.

Mrs. Bishard leaves two sons, Franklin Bishard, Lima, and Carl Bishard, Mt. Vernon; six daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Dollison, Mrs. Bonnie Baker, Mrs. Arlene Moore and Mrs. Helen Siegfrid, all of Cambridge, Mrs. Velma Eltringham, Canton and Mrs. Alberta Young, New York, NY; 37 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Two sons are deceased.


Submitted by: Ginger Edie Hoffman

Source: The Cambridge Jeffersonian

Date: 1906 May 17

Mrs. Braniger, widow of John Braniger, who has been in poor health for some time died last Sunday morning at the age of 80 years. Funeral services were held Monday at 2 o'clock at Hopewell. Interment at the Hopewell cemetery. She is survived by six sons and two daughters and quite a number of grand children and great grand children.

B.D. Bumgardner undertaker of Kimbolton was called last Sunday to furnish burial outfit for a Mrs. Braniger of Irish Ridge.

M.T. Mathews and wife attended Mrs. Braniger's funeral last Monday.

Submitter's Note: Mary Fisher Braniger was my Gt. Gt. Grandmother and she died May 13, 1906 and is buried in Irish Ridge Cemetery in Monroe Twp. (once called Hopewell) along with her parents, husband John, and all of her twelve children except one, Aary Jane, and numerous other relatives.


Submitted by: Julie Fowler

Source: The Jeffersonian, Senecaville

Date: 1927 February 23

Mrs. Mary Basford, aged 70 years died Wednesday morning at 7:30 o'clock at her home at this place, following an illness lasting one month. The deceased had lived in Senecaville her entire life, and was a member of the M.E. church. Her husband preceded her in death about four years ago.

The following children survive: Mrs. Mary Morrison, of Senecaville; Mrs Stella Berkfield, of Cambridge; Foreman Basford, of Hamilton; Leslie Basford of Byesville; and Arthur and Ernest Basford of Senecaville.


Submitted by: Cynthia Keives

Source: The Cambridge Jeffersonian, Cambridge, OH

Date: 1898 October 13


Mrs. Peter Bishard, who has been suffering with consumption for some time died Saturday evening, 8 October 1898, at her late home on the South Side. The funeral was conducted by Rev. James Jones at 2:00 o'clock Mon afternoon.

HULL, Nancy

Submitted by: M. Watson

Source: The Guernsey Times

Date: 1873 April 24

Died: On the 19th inst. Mrs. Nancy Hull in the sixtieth year of her age.She was long a sufferer from that insidious disease consumption, but having years ago cast all her burdens on the great "Burden Bearer," she was enabled to endure all with Christian patience, and now she sweetly rests in the hope of a blissful immortality.

HUNTSMAN, Sherman R. "Pop"

Submitted by: Paula Talbert

Source: The Cambridge Jeffersonian

Date: 1990 May 23

Sherman R. (Pop) Huntsman, 93, of Red Carpet Health Care Center, died at 12:56 p.m. Tuesday (May 22, 1990) at Guernsey Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 15, 1896, in Oxford Township, Guernsey County, son of the late William and Patience Emily Yocum Huntsman. He was a retired welder for the former Ohio Fuel Gas Co.

Mr. Huntsman was preceded in death by his wife, Celia E. Howard Huntsman, who died Dec. 11, 1978 and whom he married Aug. 20, 1919. Also deceased are one son and one daughter. He leaves two sons, Kenneth Huntsman of Cambridge and Dwayne Huntsman of Torrence, California; 11 grandchildren and several great- grandchildren. Graveside services and burial will be at 11a.m. Thursday in Northwood Cemetery with the Rev. James Macdonald officiating. Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice.


Submitted by: Barb Johnson

Source: local newspaper, Moweaqua, Shelby Co., IL

Date: 1916 October 30 ca.


The funeral of James Jarvis was held at the Baptist church, Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 1, at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Milford of Decatur officiating.

The pall bearers were his grandsons, Paul Snell, Dale Snell, Merrill Elliiot, Ralph Jarvis and Archie and Malden Thomas.

James Jarvis was born in Guernsey Co., Ohio, Jan. 12, 1836, died at his home in Moweaqua Oct. 30, 1916, aged 80 years, 9 months and 18 days. He was married to Miss (Anna) McCluskey Nov. 26, 1861, whose death occurred Dec. 1914. To this union was born seven children, six of whom are still living; also fourteen grand children and two great grand children. He with his family moved from Ohio to Shelby County in 1865 where he has resided ever since.

Brother Jarvis served for three years in the Civil War as private in Co. E. 172 Regiment, Ohio Infantry and was a member of the G.A.R. He was a member of the Moweaqua Baptist church, was a man of sterling integrity, devoted to his family, a kind neighbor, and leaves a host of friends and relatives who mourn his loss.

Card of Thanks We wish to thank the many kind neighbors and friends who so generously assisted us in our recent bereavement. Also for the many beautiful flowers. The Children

Note from submitter: According to his War records, which I have a copy of, he served 4 months and 7 days, not 3 years, but I guess we should let the obituary stand as is...


Submitted by: Barb Johnson

Source: local newspaper, Moweaqua, Shelby Co., IL

Date: 1895 September 28 ca.


Saturday morning, Sept. 28th [1895] at 3:00, at her home in the north part of town. Mrs. Catherine A. McCluskey passed away after a lingering illness of many months. At the time of her death she was in the seventh-sixth year and --------- has been a resident of this city for nearly a quarter of a century.

She was a woman most honored and revered by the entire community. Everyone knew Grandma McCluskey, and a host of children and grandchildren can bear testimony to her loving sympathy and tenderness.

Catherine A. McCluskey (nee Kurtz) was born in Liberty, Guernsey County, Ohio on the eighth day of January, A.D. 1820; married Thos. McCluskey on April 1, 1837; he died in 1867. To this union fifteen children were born--nine boys and six girls--three boys and five girls surviving here, all of whom reside in this city, except D. N. and H. L. who live in Blue Mound, Ill. She has been a resident of Shelby Co. for twenty-nine years, coming here with her family in 1866.

The funeral services were held Sunday morning at eleven o'clock at the family residence, the Rev. L. N. Williams of the Presbyterian Church officiating. The pallbearers were: S. M. Adams; J. P. Aydelott, John T. Haslum, Thomas Hudson, Sr., A. J. Combs and V. Snider, Jr. The interment took place in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Note from submitter: The blank space was on the original obituary clipping which my cousin had that she copied it off from. The (nee Kurtz) is my addition, also the (1895).


Submitted by: Cinda Jenney

Source: The Daily Jefferson

Date: 1935 May 8 ca.

Isaac, the youngest of a family of thirteen children born to William and Harriet Gill LaFollette was born in Noble county, near Pleasant city, Ohio, March 14, 1846, and departed this life at the home of his son Charles, May 8, 1935 at the age of 89 yrs. 1 mo. and 24 days.

He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Kackley January 16, 1866. To this union there were born 6 children--4 boys and 2 girls.

The wife and mother passed away nearly 12 years ago, the two daughters and the youngest son have been deceased for many years.

He leaves to mourn the death of father, three sons, Thomas and Charles of near Pleasant City, Rev. Mansel LaFollette, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Somerton, Ohio, one sister, Jane Seigford, of Cambridge, Ohio 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was again united in marriage to Martha Lynch who preceded him in death, May 14, 1934.

He was converted in early life and united with the Lutheran church of which he was the choir leader for many years, later transfering his membership to the Methodist Episcopal church, being a member of the Buffalo Methodist church at the time of his death.


Submitted by: Julie Fowler

Source: The Jeffersonian

Date: 1915 September 9

Iva Fern Long Basford

Mrs. Iva Basford, of Lore City, died at the Cambridge hospital Thursday evening, after a few days illness. She was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning.

She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Long and had lived all her life in Lore City. Besides her parents she is survived by three children, Gilbert, Herbert and Robert Basford. Also by one sister, Mrs. Otto Barnes, of Cambridge and the following brothers: Manford, Ernest and Fred Long of Lore City; Delbert and Arthur Long of Senecaville.

The body was prepared for burial at the Eberle & Stevens morgue and was taken to the Home in Lore City Friday.

LONG, Herman B.

Submitted by: Julie Fowler

Source: The Jeffersonian

Date: 1937 October 7

Herman B. Long

Herman B. Long,83 well known resident of Lore City, died Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at his home there following a lingering illness.Mr Long,s death occured on his 83rd birthday anniversary.

Survivng are his widow, Mrs Sarah Katherine Long; four sons ,Ernest, Lore City, Manford, Scottsdale,Pa, Delbert, Senecaville, and Fred Long, Canton; 32 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren,Wilma Long and Sarah Belle Hardy,granddaughters residing in Lore City.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Lore City M. E. church with pastor, Rev. H.B. Racey in charge. Interment will be made in Senecaville Cemetary.


Submitted by: Barb Johnson

Source: local newspaper, Moweaqua, Shelby Co., IL

Date: 1914 December 15 ca.

Anna M. McCluskey was born in Cambridge, Ohio, August 16, 1838, and departed this life December 15, 1914, aged 76 years, 3 months, and 29 days. She was united in married to James Jarvis in 1861, and to this union seven children were born: Thomas J., Marchel (or Marshall) J., Cornelia A., Robert J., Rachel K., Ida M., and Anna B., six of whom survive her. Robert J. Jarvis died in 1903. Mrs. Jarvis leaves to mourn her departure, her husband and family, sixteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three sisters and three brothers, together with a host of friends.

Deceased was for twenty years a member of the Baptist church in Moweaqua, and was one of its most faithful members. She was deeply interested in the welfare of the church, being an active member of the Ladies' Aid Woman's Mission Circle where she will be greatly missed. In fact all who knew her, realize that in her going away, they have lost a kind neighbor, a true friend, and a devoted Christian.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Milford from the Baptist church Thursday afternoon. Burial was at the West Side cemetery. Those attending the funeral from a distance were: Miss Belle McCluskey, Mr. Pete McCluskey, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Thomas, and Mrs Usher Shellanberger from Decatur; Mrs. W. H. Snell, Mr. and Mrs. David McCluskey of Blue Mound, and Mrs. Will McCluskey from Owaneco.

Card of Thanks We wish to thank the friends for their sympathy and assistance at the time of the death of our wife and mother. Mr. James Jarvis and children.

MORGAN, William J.

Submitted by: Sandy

Source: Unknown

Date: 1992 January 7 ca.

WILLIAM J. MORGAN, 82, Wilmington, N. C. died Jan 7, 1992, at Cape Sear Memorial Hospital, North Carolina. born March 17, 1909, Byesville, he was the son of Jenkin and Dora Mahoney MORGAN. He is survived by his daughter, Linda LEYMAN of Wilmington, N. C., formerly of Circleville, sister, Margaret SELBY, of Shreve, two grandchildren, William and Amber LEYMAN; and two greatgrandchildren. He was a WWII Air Force Veteran and a 32nd degree Mason in Red Bank, N. J. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Oliver Funeral HOme, Ashville. The Rev. Delmer Dodrill will officiate. Burial will be at Reber Hill Cemetery. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

NEWNOM, Alexander

Submitted by: Cynthia Keives

Date: 1928 December 8 ca.


Alexander Newnom aged 73, died at 1 o'clock Saturday morning [8 December 1928] at his home five miles west of Cambridge on the National road. His health was broken four years ago by a stroke of apoplexy and because of his advanced age his health gradually declined during the intervening years.

The deceased had been a Guernsey county farmer all his life. He was born on a farm, three miles south of Cambridge, the son of Eusebius and Margaret Newnom, deceased, and was twice married, his first wife being Mrs. Mollie Abels, who died several years ago.

He is survived by his second wife; Dolly Harryman Cain Newnom, two sons, Wesley, of the home, and Otto, of near the Old Baptist Church; one daughter, Miss Gladys Bishard, of East Cambridge; one sister, Mrs. Jennie Jackson, of near Zanesville and one brother, James of California. Four children, Ethel, Ora, Frank & Homer, are deceased.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of which he was a member. Rev. C. E. Houk, pastor of the New Concord Presbyterian Church, will be in charge. Interment will be made at the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

NEWNOM, Eusebius H.

Submitted by: Cynthia Keives

Source: Republican Press

Date: 1897 March 18

E.H. Newnom of Jackson township, died Sunday night [14 March 1897] aged 77 years and was buried Tuesday in Mt. Zion cemetery. A more extended notice will appear next week.


Another of the pioneers of Guernsey County has gone to his rest. Eusebius H. Newnom quietly passed away at his home three miles south of Cambridge, on Sunday evening, March 14, 1897,at twenty minutes of four o'clock, age 77 years, 6 months and 6 days.

He had been sick for nearly eighteen months, but neither he nor his friends had given up hopes of his recovery until only a few weeks prior to his death.

Mr. Newnom was born in Talbot County, Maryland, September 8, 1819. When ten years of age he came with his parents to Ohio, where he resided the remainder of his life, with the exception of four years spent in Iowa In 1844 he was married to Margaret Arbuckle. Of this marriage nine children were born, eight of whom are now living. Twenty grand-children and nine great-grand children also survive him.

In 1855 he emigrated with his wife and three children to Iowa. In starting upon this western journey one road wagon sufficed to carry not only the family but also their stock of earthly goods. They returned in 1859 to the old homestead in Jackson Township, Guernsey Co., Ohio, where he spent the remainder of his life.

By industry and economy and through unusual ability to plan his work he prospered in business, gradually adding acres and improvements to his little forest homestead. He became a recognized leader in things pertaining to the successful management of a farm, and especially in raising choice fruits and fine sheep. As in his farm labors, so in his church work, energy and push were his marked characteristics. Over thirty-three years ago he joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, of which he had ever since been a conscientious member and a faithful worker. During the erection of the church building in 1893 he was selected a member of the building committee to plan and oversee the work. For years he had been one of the old "pillers of the church" who counted no burden too heavy to be borne willingly and no task too difficult to be undertaken with pleasure.

During the early years of his married life he often expressed two desires, namely: that he should be permitted to live to see all his children grown up and able to take care of themselves; and that when he came to leave this earth he should, without pain , quietly fall asleep and pass away. The first he lived to realize, and the second was granted him, both the gifts of his creator, whom he had served for so many years.

A number of times shortly before the "Death Angel" came to him he expressed himself as willing and ready to go, and only awaited the time when he should be at rest. The interment took place at Mt. Zion Cemetery on Tuesday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wood, the pastor of Mt. Zion Church, assisted by the pastor of Harmony Church. He left a host of friends, as his acquaintance was wide, and all knew him to be an honorable upright man. The widow for over half a century, his faithful companion, and the other relatives have the sincere sympathy of all in this, the loss of a faithful husband and a kind father.


Submitted by: Cynthia Keives

Date: 1977 November 22 ca.


BYESVILLE - Otto J. Newnom, 91, of 807 Garfield Ave., died at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday [Nov. 22, 1977] at Guernsey Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 2, 1885 in Guernsey County, he was the son of the late Alexander and Mary Ables Newnom. He was a retried farmer and a member of Old Cambridge Baptist Church.

His wife, Ada Burt Newnom, died April 1, 1962.

Mr. Newnom leaves a half sister, Gladys Newnom Bishard McFarland of Lake Isabella, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at McGaughy Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Frriday with the Rev. Ernest Hulsey officiating.

Burial will be in Northwood Cemetery


Submitted by: Harry Gattrell

Source: The Daily Jeffersonian

Date: 1959

Thornton Niswonger

CALDWELL -- Thorton Niswonger, 73, died at his home near Caldwell, Friday after an illness of one year. He was born in Noble County, Aug. 1, 1885, to John and Isabel Fogle Niswonger. He was a retired coal miner and a former employe of the Dover Brick Co. He also was a member of the Ava Free Methodist Church for 48 years.

The deceased leaves his widow, Chloe Robinson Niswonger, of the home; six daughters, Mrs. Bessie Grimes, Mrs. Winifred Hill and Mrs. Naomi Blackford, of Massillon; Mrs. Gall Bates of Zanesville, and Mrs. Ruth Kirkbride and Mrs. Virgil Jones, of Cambridge; two sons, Donald, of Ava R. D. and William of Caldwell R. D. 6, and 18 grandchildren. One son, Oscar, and four grandchildren are deceased. The body is at McVay Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 3 p. m. at the Caldwell Free Methodist Church by Dr. John Tedder, Foursquare Gospel Church, Cambridge, and Rev. James L. Mason, Caldwell, and Rev. Harry Bates of Zanesville. Burial will be in Halley's Ridge Cemetery.


Submitted by: Harry Steele

Source: The Pleasant City News

Date: 1901 January 3

Note from submitter: Mrs. Conkle lived in Guernsey County from around 1850 until sometime after 1882 when she went to live with her daughter in Noble County.

After a long and useful life Grandma Conkle closed her earthly career on the 27th inst. Her maiden name was Celina Richman and she was born in Virginia (now W. Va.) April 18th 1813 thus being well along in her eighty ninth year. May 11, 1832, she was married to Jacob Conkle and to this union were born seven child-ren, two boys and five girls. The husband and four daughters preceded her to the better land, leaving W. H. Conkle of near Zanesville, J. R. Conk- kle of Kan., and Mrs. Margaret E. Clark, with whom whe made her home near this city, the only surviving members of a large family. Beside the above she leaves twenty-four grand-children and thirty-six great grand-children. For some years she has made her home with Joseph Clark and wife and until last spring has always enjoyed exceptional health. At that time she suffered an attack of lagrippe from which she never re-covered fully, though she did not be-come helpless till just a few days be-fore death claimed her. She had been a consistent member of the M. E. Church for about seventy years.

On the day before her death she called the family about her and bade them a loving good bye.

The funeral was conducted by her pastor, Dr. Collier, at Bethel on Sun-day morning and she was laid to rest in the Bethel cemetery.

SEVERN, William B.

Submitted by: Tom Severns

Source: The Jeffersonian

Date: 1919 December 16

William B. Severn was born in Cambridge, Ohio, February 16, 1844, and his boyhood days were spent in this city.

He came to Birmingham in 1861, having been employed as a clerk for the firm of Craig and Foy, with whom he remained until 1868, when he removed to Westchester, where he established himself in the mercantile business. After a lapse of four years he returned to Birmingham , to become the proprietor of W.B. Severn's General Store in which capacity he was actively engaged until a short time prior to his death, when failing health made it imperative that he withdraw from actual participation in the business which had engrossed his attention for almost half a century.

Mr. Severn united with the M.E. church at Westchester in 1870; later transferring his membership to the Birmingham M.E. church of which organization he remained a member until his death.

He was married on March 27, 1867 to Mary A. Braniger of Birmingham, and to this union the following children were born: Frank R. Severn of Birmingham; Miss Ola Severn of the home; H.A. Severn and J.H. Severn of Colorado, and Mrs. H.A. Whitacre of New York City.

Besides his immediate family Mr. Severn is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Oscar Severn, of Summerton; J.M. Severn and J.F. Severn of Cambridge; Charles Severn of Columbus; Mrs. A.Y. Speck, of Birmingham; Miss Kate Severn, of Cambridge; and Mrs. John Mason, of Indian Camp.

Mr. Severn had been afflicted for some time with a hardening of the arteries. A few days before his death he rapidly grew worse and the family was summoned to his bedside but their tender care was unavailing and on the evening of November 29, 1919, he gently passed from the sleep of life to the sleep of death.

Mr. Severn was one of the most widely known and universally respected men of the community where he had so long resided. His unswerving integrity, unfailing courtesy and genial disposition have won for him the respect and admiration of a wide circle of friends who join the bereaved loved ones to mourn his loss and revere his memory.

Funeral services were Wednesday, December 3rd in the bormingham M.E. church by Rev. J.C. Wilson of Buffalo, a former pastor and interment was made in the Hopewell cemetery.


Submitted by: Tom Severns

Source: The Jeffersonian

Date: 1891 December 14 ca.

John Severns died at his residence on Gaston Avenue Monday, December 14th, 1891 in the 79th year of his age.

He was born in Preston County, W. Va. in 1812, and when a small boy was taken to raise by his grandfather, William Waller, who was a local preacher of the M.E. church, and had a horse mill known as "Waller's Mill" on the Claysville road. John was apprenticed to learn the hatter trade with Jesse Johnson in Cambridge. After his time was completed he continued in the business, working as a jour or carrying on a shop in Cambridge. He was married to Martha Jane King, daughter of Benjamin King, one of the early settlers of Cambridge, in 1842; she has been dead for a number of years. There is a family of five sons and three daughters, all living. He was for forty eight years a member of the M.E. church, and for many years the sexton. His life was quiet and inoffensive, and one of toil and hard struggle. In his younger years he held some of the minor township offices, and in his politics always Democratic. He filled his days and place well, and rests from his labors.

The funeral services were conducted by Dr. S. Burt and Dr. W.V. Milligan, interment in the Cambridge Cemetery.

SMITH EVERETT, Sarah Anne "Annie"

Submitted by: Tom Everett

Source: The Ironton Register

Date: 1887 July 9

EVERETT, MRS. ANNIE, Died May 22, 1887, of [__disease?] of the stomach and of the arteries. She was born April 12, 1807, GUERNSEY CO., Ohio. At the age of 17 she was united in marriage to John EVERETT. Eleven children were born to them; six boys and five girls, of whom six are now living. Nearly 30 years ago, they moved to LAWRENCE CO., OH where her husband died.

For nearly a year she resided with her only living daughter, Mrs. J. W. Miller, Delaware, Ohio.

[NOTE: Mary Anne Everett was the wife of Joseph Warren Miller Delaware, Ohio.]

STEWART, William

Submitted by: Tom Severns

Source: The Jeffersonian

Date: 1926 February 20

William Stewart, aged 84 years, a highly respected citizen of Guernsey county, passed away Saturday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock at his home at Winerset, following an illness of pneumonia. He was stricken on Monday.

Mr. Stewart recently recovered from a serious illness which left him in a weakened condition. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the Winterset M.E. church. Mr. Stewart had lived in the vicinity of Winterset practically all his lifetime and had a wide circle of friends who are grieved by his death. He leaves his widow; two daughters, Mrs. B.A. Souders, of Cambridge, and Mrs. Frank Severns of Birmingham; one sister, Mrs. Robert Tedrick, of Barnesville, and several grandchildren. One son, John Stewart, preceded him in death.


Submitted by: Kip Rose

Source: The Daily Jeffersonian

Date: 1997 September 16

Nellie M. Rose, 84 of the Pataskala Oaks Care Center, Pataskala, Ohio, formerly of Cambridge, died Sunday [Sept. 14, 1997] at the care center.

She was born March 13, 1913, in Colliers, W.Va., daughter of the late Leonard and Leota West Tucker.

Mrs. Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Myron Rose, on April 10, 1959; two brothers, Arthur Tucker and Bob Tucker; two sisters, Odell Keiser and Grace Nesselroad.

She leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Joyce Rose of Cambridge; a daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Ron McCarty of Pataskala; a brother, Jack Tucker of Massillon; a sister, Maude Albright of Newark; four grandchildren, Kip Rose and his wife Julie of Cambridge, Kendra Colley and her husband Jeff of Pataskala, Kristen McCarty of Dublin, and Douglas Rose of Cambridge; three great-grandchildren, Kelli and Derek Rose of Cambridge, and Brendan Colley of Pataskala.

At Mrs. Rose's request there will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday with Pastor Bill VanMeter officiating.

Burial will be in Northwood Cemetery.


Submitted by: Cynthia Keives

Date: 1949 July 18 ca.


MRS. Mary Viola Watt Bishard, 75, died Monday, 18 July 1949, at 3:15 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward Colvin, 320 Long St., where she had resided the past year and a half. She was born 13 August 1874, in Guernsey County, the daughter of Frank & Eunice Brown Watt. She married in 1891 to Henderson Bishard who died 19 November 1935.

Surviving are ten children, John, Howard, Theodore, Mrs. Rose Colvin, Mrs. Edith Long and Mrs. Edna Todd of Cambridge, Clarence of Rt. 4, Cambridge, Edward of Los Angeles, Calif., Elmer of Rt. 5, Cambridge and William, with U.S. Army in Texas. Two sons and two daughters are deceased. Also surviving are 48 grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Lavina Herman of Cambridge. A sister is deceased.

The body was taken to the McCracken fueneral home and will be returned to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Colvin.

YOUNG HYETT, Elizabeth Ann

Submitted by: Pat

Source: Funeral Card

Date: 1923 March 30 ca.

Elizabeth Ann Young, daughter of Samuel and Martha Young, was born near Allen's Chapel in Noble County Ohio, on July 1 1842. She was the youngest and last surviving member of a family of ten children. She grew to young womanhood near Allen's Chapel. She was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church on December 7, 1857, at the early age of 15 years, and followed the footsteps of her Master. Although erring at times and straying from the right path, she was always watched over and followed by her Master, and each time brought back to Him who cares for and watches over all. In her last illness she expressed her gladness that God was with her and He had always watched over and cared for her, her only regret being that she had not always walked as near her Master as she should.

On January 8, 1863, she was married to Phillip Hyett. They founded their home near Allen's Chapel where they lived for many years. In 1908 Mr. and Mrs. Hyett moved to Searsboro, Iowa where they lived until 1913. Mrs. Hyett's health failing, they returned to Ohio hoping the change would benefit her after a year's rest, but this desire was not so to be, as she never fully regained her strength. Her's was a busy useful life, always helping others by her acts of kindness and charity.

Her husband passed away after a short illness at the home of their daughter, Mrs. E.F. Bowser, near Oskaloosa, Iowa, on October 2, 1915. He was buried at Wesley Chapel, Ohio, on October 8. In August 1920, Mrs. Hyett came to Wright, Iowa and made her home with her son, Will Hyett and family. During her stay among us she has made many friends. To know her is to love her.

On Wednesday she became ill. All that medical care and loving hands could do was done for her, but to no avail, on Friday morning, March 30, 1923, at the age of 80 years, 8 months and 20 days, she peacefully closed her eyes in sleep and her spirit returned unto God who gave it.

She is survived by ten children, twenty-two grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and a host of friends here and at her former home in Ohio, where her body will be taken for interment by the side of her husband at Wesley Chapel, near Quaker City, Ohio.

We miss our mother in our home, Her voice we'll hear no more,
Until we reach our Father's house, Upon the other shore,
Be comforted, oh sorrowing ones, She's only gone before --
'Tis but a step from earth to Heaven -- And Jesus is the door.

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