Genealogical Resources Page    Gallia County Newspaper Obituaries
Civil War Families Page                              for Civil War Veterans
Michael L. Trowbridge 1953-2006
This collection of obituaries of Civil War veterans was the inspiration of Michael L. Trowbridge.  Although many others have transcribed and contributed individual obituaries, it is he to whom we are indebted for the vast majority and it was he who presented us with the idea of publishing them here.
Carolyn Cogar worked with Mike Trowbridge on his Civil War project of gathering as much information as he could about any Civil War soldier who lived or served in Gallia County.  Most of the obituaries in this section are the result of Carolyn's research.  She has spent hundreds of hours collecting the obituaries by literally scanning entire rolls of microfilm for the Gallipolis Journal, Gallipolis Bulletin and Gallia Times.   She continues this work and has many more newspapers to search.  Meanwhile she is sharing what she has collected so far to increase the value of this section of the website.   Many of the research notes are from her own research.  Although others have been kind enough to transcribe them Carolyn deserves all the credit for locating them and combining the information with other facts which she has collected. 
The following obituaries are from the files of various Gallia County Newspapers.
They are listed below in alphabetical order of the surname.
A - B
A - B      C      D - G       H - L       M - Q       R - S       T - Z

Abbott, Simeon C.

Camp Dick Robinson, Ky., March 31st, 1863

Mr. Harper:—Sir:
     We would ask space in your respectable paper to record the death of Simeon C. Abbott, a member of our company, who died in General Hospital No. 2, Lexington, Ky., on the 25th day of March, 1863. Mr. Abbott was taken to the Hospital on the 20th of March, and was admitted there at the same time as our friend Donalds, of whose death his friends have heard ere this.
     His disease was Neuralgia. His lungs had also been affected for about two months, but he seldom murmured. Capt. Campbell and I called to see him on the day before his death, but having received marching orders that night, we were deprived of seeing him again. The deceased was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church, and lived true to his profession we believe, through all the trying circumstances by which a soldier is surrounded—daily discharging his duty to his God and his Country.—"Hence there is laid up for him a treasure," and he is gone to reap his reward where rebellions cease to exist, and the horrors of war have no dread.
     Bereaved wife, while you have lost a kind and affectionate husband, we feel to sympathize with you in your sorrow and grief. No doubt his loss will be deeply felt within the family circle as it is in the field. Another of Gallia's brave sons have [sic] ceased to exist, and no doubt many of us must follow the same pathway as thousands have gone before, ere we accomplish the object for which we left our homes, our friends, and the comforts of peacefulness. Mothers, daughters, and wives, be of good cheer. Weep not to see your sons, brothers, and husbands bleed and die in this great struggle for liberty, for you and your homes must be protected, and our Union preserved.
     A.A. Carr,
     First Lieutenant, Company M, 7th O.V. Cavalry.

[Note: This was a letter to the editor from his commanding officer at Camp Dick Robinson, Kentucky. He is buried at Lexington National Cemetery, Lexington, KY. Wife was named Eliza M. Abbott.]

The Gallipolis Journal
April 16, 1863
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Addis, Tom

     Thomas Addis, aged 75 years, a veteran of the Civil War, died last Friday at his home near Flag Springs, after an illness of heart trouble. His wife is dead. The deceased was the father of George Addis, who recently moved from Blazer to Waterloo. He was a splendid citizen and a host of friends will learn of his death with deep regret.

[Note: Buried in Flag Springs Cemetery in Walnut Twp.; Feb. 6, 1841-June 2, 1916]

Gallipolis Journal
June 8, 1916
Transcribed by Carl E. Queen


Adkins, Squire

Death of Squire Adkins
     Squire Adkins, a well known citizen living about a mile from Bidwell, died Tuesday evening, after a long illiness of dropsy and heart trouble, aged about 70 years. He was born in Virginia and came to the Bidwell neighborhood during the war and has since lived there. He was a carpenter by trade and a nice, quiet, industrious gentleman. He is survived by four children, Hiram at home, George in West Virginia, Mrs. Martha Logue of Columbus, and Mrs Alex Donalds of Evergreen.

[Note: Buried in Fairview (Long) Cem., Springfield Twp. b. Aug. 10 1835 d. Sep. 28, 1909 Squirrel Hunter, from other records]

Gallipolis Bulletin
Oct 1, 1909
Transcribed by Carl E. Queen


Adkinson, Augustus

Mount Vernon, Kentucky
August 20, 1863
     Mr. James Harper- Sir, We regret to announce the death of Augustus Adkinson, member of Captain Leaper's Company L 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. He died of typhoid fever, at Danville, Ky., July 27, 1863. The following members paid the amount set opposite their names, toward paying the expense of sending him home to his friends:

Capt. J. Leaper  
$5.00
         Groves, Richard
1.00
Lieut J. C. Shaw
3.00
  Gillingham, BD
1.00
Lieut. Womelforh
5.00
  Guinn, Wilson
1.00
Serg. Little
1.00
  Goolden, Thos A.
1.00
Sergt Coffmans
1.00
  Holcomb, Lewis
1.00
Sert. Cole
1.00
  Holman AJ
1.00
Sergt Kerr
1.00
  Hank, Geo B
1.00
Sergt Martin
1.00
  Hannah Dan't S.
1.00
Sergt Gillingham
1.00
  Jones, John H
1.00
Sergt Ill
1.00
  James, John
1.00
Corp. J D Roe
1.00
  Jenkins, Wm
1.00
Corp. Hutsinpillar
1.00
  Kanell Geo W.
1.00
Corp. Kincaid
1.00
  Leadman Rueben
1.00
Corp. Morrison
1.00
  Weddock, J.
.50
Corp Wooten
1.00
  Martin S J F
1.00
Corp J. Morrison
1.00
  Maloon Sarn. L
1.00
Clan Rader
1.00
  Nash, Joe A
1.00
Norman Gibson
1.00
  Northup Henry
1.00
J. D. Little
1.00
  Noel, John G
1.00
Geo Shields
1.00
  Nesbitt Robert
1.00
Austin Brothers
1.00
  Prewitt Brazil
1.00
Job Randolph
1.00
  Roe, Joel
1.00
Braylis Henry
.50
  Swigart M. V.
1.00
Beck, Wm.
1.00
  Adam Sibley
1.00
Brown , Alonzo
1.00
  Thompson , Amos
1.00
Canterbury
1.00
  Vaughn, Watson
1.00
Cherrrington
1.00
  Viars James
1.00
C. Whitfield
1.00
  Vairs, Gideon R.
1.00
Clark, F. M.
1.00
  Woods, Leander B
1.00
Denny, Harvey
1.00
  White Thos.
1.00
Donnally, Jas G.
1.00
  Willey, Ansel S
1.00
Donnally, Jos.
1.00
  Watlers, Thos
.50
Dyer, Peter
1.00
   
 
   
 
  Total:
73.50
 
   
One Metal Case
and expenses to
Gallipolis, Ohio
     
65.00
 
       
8.50

Leaving a balance of eight dollars and fifty cents, which you will please hand to the widow of Augustus Adkinson and oblige.

Eugene Little
Orderly Sergt. Co. L. 7th O V C

(We have the sum of nine dollars in our possession, which we are requested to hand to the widow of the deceased, which she will please call for. – Ed. Journal)

Gallipolis Journal
Vol. XXVIII
No. 70
Aug.. 27, 1863

Contributed by Carolyn Cogar                                                                         Top of Page


Ahlborn, Charles

     Mr. Charles Ahlborn died at his home on lower Second Ave., Wednesday morning after a short illness. He was born in Germany where he served in the army and came to Gallia county in 1854, he lived at Cadmus for many years and moved to this city about a year ago. He was a veteran of the civil war and had belonged to the Methodist church for many years.
     The funeral services will be conducted today by Rev. Lewis, interment at Mound Hill by Hayward & Son. He leaves a wife, but no children.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, April 26, 1907
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Aleshire, Charles C.

Death of Major Charles C. Aleshire
“The light he leaves behind him lies upon the path of men.”
     After nine weeks of distressing illness, during which the kindest and most loving attentions of family and friends were bestowed, all that was mortal of Major Aleshire left its earthly tenement and passed the boundaries of the known to the unknown. At four o’clock, Monday morning, April 22nd, 1889, the soul took its departure. The funeral services will take place this afternoon, April 24th, at the family residence on Front street, and will be conducted by Rev. John Moncure, of St. Peter’s Church. The burial will be at Mound Hill Cemetery.
     Major Aleshire was born in this city, May 14, 1840. He was of warm and ardent temperament, enthusiastic and persistent in what he undertook, ambitious in the undertakings, courageous and brave at all times, self-reliant, independent, with an acute mind and manly, athletic bearing. He developed all of these characteristics young in life, and they gave him a force of character, naturally, that impressed itself upon all with whom he came in contact. His education was always of the best the city afforded, and he spent many years in Gallia Academy. In his first ventures in the way of business for himself we believe he took a clerkship on the old Kanawha Valley, a packet between this port and Charleston, but he had higher aims, and afterward studied law with Alonzo Cushing, Esq., or Cushing & Hebard, and then attended the Cincinnati Law School, graduating from the school in the spring of 1861, at the very moment the first company was being recruited at Cincinnati, to answer the call of President Lincoln for troops for three months’ service to defend the Union of the States. He hastened home and was the first volunteer from Gallia county. He immediately began to raise a company, in which he was eminently successful, and he was always grateful to the editor of the Journal for the assistance that was lent him in this undertaking by this office. At that dark and trying hour Major Aleshire was a hero and a guidon to every patriotic Union-loving heart in Gallia county. Well do we remember the kind attentions given him by young and old, male and female. Well do we remember how the young ladies of the town met at the residence of Capt. Frank Mathers, on Third St., and made his company one hundred flannel shirts, in every pocket of which was placed a testament and the red, white and blue ribbon rosettes that went with each one, and the presentation speech that was made by Miss Annie E. Langley from the steps of Mr. LeClercq’s residence, now Capt. Cox’s on Court and Front streets, and Major Aleshire’s patriotic and eloquent response. He and his gallant “One Hundred” were the pride of Gallia County in that hour and they entered the grand army of the Union with the prayers and blessings of everybody following them. How singular it is that in passing from earth to immortality that the day, April 22d, should be the very day of the same month in which 28 years before he enlisted as a soldier in the Union Army. Let us hope that it is prophetic of having enlisted in the Grand Army of the Lord Jesus beyond the skies, and it is a pleasure for us to know that before he died he gave evidence of this fact. He seemed to have a mysterious premonition that he would never get well and of the time that he would die. Six months before, he said, he would die in the next April. He regarded the month as a fatal one in the family, his brother Joe and his father, Reuben Aleshire, passing away in that month. On Wednesday, a week ago today, he said “One week from today I will be under ground, but I will find a harbor.” On Friday, last, he said: “I will sleep tonight, tomorrow night, and Sunday night will be my last sleep on earth. I am not afraid to die. I am reconciled.”
     His company did effective work in the three months service, but long before their time expired nearly all had re-enlisted for “The War.” Under the President’s call for 300,000 men Capt. Aleshire, the following year, recruited the 18th Ohio Independent Battery. The men were raised principally in this and Pike counties. The First Lieutenants of the Battery were Wm. R. Morgan, Henry A. Regnier, Joseph McCafferty and Albert Bierce. The Battery was assigned to duty with Col. Coburn’s brigade, 1st division, 14th Army Corps, and participated in 27 engagements during the war, being discharged from the service, June 29th, 1865, having won a proud name and record, and returning with the beautiful silk flag presented to the Battery by the ladies of Gallipolis through Miss Kate Shallcross, in July, 1862, and received by Capt. Aleshire in burning words of patriotism. At the Reunion, last year, Major Aleshire presented this torn and tattered silk guidon for exhibition among the relics of the war with the following inscription over his own signature:
     “This flag or guidon was carried by the battery at the battle of Thompson’s Station, Tenn., March 4, 1863; at the battle of Franklin, Tenn., March 10, 1863; at battle of Triune, Tenn., June 11, 1863; at the battle of Shelbyville, Tenn., June 27th, ’63; at the battle of Chickamauga, Ga., Sept. 18, 19 and 20, ’63. After the battle of Chickamauga, the battery was stationed on Moccasin Point and engaged the batteries of the enemy on Lookout Mountain for twenty-two successive days, and under fire of the enemy’s guns at this point for sixty-seven days, and during the whole time this little flag was the standard of the 18th Ohio Battery. It was succeeded by a flag or guidon furnished by the government.”
Chas. C. Aleshire
Aug. 2, 1888
     After the war was over Capt. Aleshire entered the United States Army as First Lieutentant, and while in service was brevetted Major for his meritorious services on the field, Gens. Sherman, Hooker, Thomas and others recommending it. He remained in the Regular Army for five years resigning after having given nine years of his life to his country’s cause. During Col. Vance’s term in Congress he held the position of Superintendent of the Public Document Department, Washington, D. C., at a salary of $2,200 per annum. He afterward engaged in the practice of law in New York City for two years. Since then he has been a practitioner at the bar in this city. In June, 1867, he married Miss Mary Lavinia Donnally, step-daughter of the late Hon. H. M. Onderdonk, by whom he had one son, Reuben, now assistant book-keeper in the First National Bank. Both live in nice property of their own just above Vine street on the river.

Gallipolis Journal
April 24, 1889
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                            Top of Page


Aleshire, E. S.

ALESHIRE
     Capt. E. S. Aleshire died at his home at Huntington, W. Va., Tuesday evening, January 3, 1905, after a ten days illness from acute pneumonia. He had been suffering from rheumatism for some time and in his weakened condition was unable to withstand the ravages of the new enemy, despite all that science and the tender care of loved ones could do.
     Capt. Aleshire was a son of the late Reuben and Margaret Aleshire and was born in Gallipolis. He was educated in our schools and afterwards graduated at Marietta college. At the outbreak of the civil war he entered the army as Captain of Company F, Second Ohio Artillery, and was mustered out with his company Aug. 27, 1863. After the close of the war he engaged in the milling business with his father and afterward conducted a general feed business. In 1888 he went with Armour & Co. and traveled for a number of years and about seven years ago was appointed superintendent of the local branch of the company at Huntington, a very important position.
     Besides a wife, formerly Miss Justine Onderdonk, he leaves five sons, Henry O., Edward S., R. Page, Halsey W., and Morris B. Aleshire, all of whom were with him when the tired spirit took its flight. He also leaves brothers, Major James B. Aleshire, Harry of Butte, Mont., and Reuben Aleshire of Gallipolis, and one sister, Mrs. Jos. Mullineux of this city, who was also at his bedside.
     He had been a member of the Episcopal Church for many years and also a Knight Templar.
     Capt. Aleshire was a manly man. Honorable, and just in his business dealings, courteous, affable, and sociable he was a universal favorite and commanded the respect and esteem of all who knew him. During his illness the tense anxiety of hundreds of friends in this city for news from his bedside told louder than words of the esteem in which he was held by the citizens of his native town, and to the stricken widow and sorrowing sons and other relatives they tender a sincere sympathy.
     The remains arrived here Thursday morning and were taken to the residence of Mrs. Jos. Mullineux, where the services were held at two o'clock, by Rev. Gibson, of Huntington, interment following at Mound Hill by Hayward & Son. A large number of friends and business associates were here to attend the services and the floral tributes were many and beautiful, the casket being draped with 'the stars and stripes and banked with cut flowers.

Gallipolis Bulletin
January 1905, page 1
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                         Top of Page


Aleshire, Joseph Page

Death of Joseph P. Aleshire
     Joseph Page Aleshire, son of Reuben and Margaret (Shepard) Aleshire, departed this life, Saturday last, April 10, 1886, of lung disease. He had been in failing health for several years and his friends knew knew the end was near, yet this did not rob death of the solemnity, when we view it wrapped about a strong, pleasant familiar face.
     The deceased was born November 10th, 1844, and went to his grave, unmated, at the early age of 42 years, surrounded by an unbroken family of father, mother, sister and brothers, who are noted for their strong family ties. Joe, as all his friends called him, was a prominent figure in the community. He was the leader in his day of social events; the man of ready resources; the arolter [sic] of disputes; the promoter of the moment. His sense of equity was the finest we ever saw in an acquaintance. A man of splendid physique, he was a participant in and judge of all athletic sports. He had a rare way of meeting his fellows and his instincts were always and ever those of a well bred gentleman.
     In politics he was an uncomprising Democrat, his opponents recognizing his fealty to principles. His "strong Italian Hand" was seen in all local political events, for in fact he was the local oracle of his party. But he did not accure office; he made officers. He was a member at various times of the State Central and Executive Committees and was Chairman of the Congressional Committee of the old Eleventh District __ years. At the time of his death he was Chairman of the County Central Committee. In 1880 he was a Delegate to the National Convention. At the time of the Morgan Raid he was Aid-de-Camp on the staff of Gen. A. Cushing.
     He had high qualifications as a business man--foresight, comprehension and accuracy. In 1878 he was associated with Geo. House at Winona, Minnesota buying wheat for this market. He later became a partner in the Eagle Furnace property, and that not being fruitful into railroad contracts, since coming home in failing health.
     The funeral services were conducted by Rev. C.J.S. Mayo of the Episcopal Church, yesterday, at the family residence and the remains were interred in Mound Hill Cemetery. The pall-bearers were selected from among his old associates, and were as follows:--Joseph Mullineux, George House, Samuel A. Dunbar, William King, J.S. Blackwater, John J. Maxon, A.L. Langley, Charles Stockhoff, Thos. B. Bancroft, Geo. W. Clark.

Gallipolis Journal
April 14, 1886
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Alexander, George W.

Answers the Final Roll Call
Dies Suddenly at His Store Last Friday
     Mr. George W. Alexander, former Clerk of Courts of Gallia County, and head of the firm of Alexander Boys, the well known grocers, died suddenly last Friday, January 18, 1907, of heart disease. He had been having trouble with his heart and a short time before his death had called on his physician. Returning to the upper store, he complained of feeling bad and to the suggestion of his brother Robert that he lie down, he answered that he could not. He went out and sat down on a chair under the wagon shed in the rear of the store and a short time after was found on the ground, dead. The news of his sudden death was a great shock to all our citizens, by whom he was respected and trusted in a marked degree.
     He was the son of Joseph and Marilla Alexander and was born in Summersville, Ohio, March 19, 1847. He enlisted in the union army in the spring of 1865, when only 17 years of age, and served until the close of the war. He had been in the grocery business in Gallipolis for many years and was as well known as any man in the county. He was always active in politics, serving for years as a member of the Central and executive committee of his party and was elected to two terms as Clerk of Courts, which he filled with marked ability.        His courteous manner and square dealings made him very popular with all who had business with his office. He was scrupulously honest and when he gave his word it meant that he would keep his promise. He had no enemies. Despite his active participation in politics and his long business career, it can be safely said that no man ever criticized George W. Alexander. He was of a retiring disposition, always square and above board in his business and political dealings, kind and generous to a fault, and had the respect and confidence of everyone. "His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world, 'This was a man.'"
     He leaves two brothers, Robert and Charles, and one sister Mrs. F. M. Bovie. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the residence of Mr. Charley Alexander with whom he had made his home for years, by Rev. H. B. Lewis, under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias and the G. A. R. interment following at Mound Hill by Wetherholt. The high water compelled the funeral party to ferry across Chicamauga. The pall bearers were J. C. Ingels, J. W. Miles, Jas. Cowden, H. C. Johnston, Henry Lear and Geo. W. Berridge. The flower bearers were Jas. P. Martin and J. Will Clendenin. The attendance at the funeral was very large attesting the high esteem in which he was held by every one.

Gallipolis Bulletin
January 25, 1907
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin


Alexander, John M.

Jno. M. Alexander Passes
Prominent Man in Gallipolis Since the Sixties
Mayor of City Four Times--Veteran in Civil War

     Capt. J.M. Alexander, in a precarious condition of health for some weeks, passed to his reward at fifteen minutes before 4 o'clock, this Wednesday morning, March 11, 1914.
     The exact time of his funeral services have not been set, but they will probably be conducted by at his late home at the corner of Third avenue and Locust street Friday, Rev. Dr. C.E. Mackenzie of St. Peter's Episcopal Church officiating as minister and Undertaker Wetherholt at the interment at Mound Hill cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity.
     John Macmillen Alexander was born May 17, 1841, on a farm in Delaware Co., O. He was the son of John and Mary Wise Alexander. His grandparents James and Anna Brothers Alexander came to America from Ireland about 1798. James was of Scotch-Irish parentage and died in Gallia county about 1846. J.M. Alexander's father, who died before J.M. was born, stumped for Harrison in 1840.
     J.M. Alexander's school was in Belmont county, where his mother took him as a babe, and was concluded at 16. He went on the river as a clerk and served before the War on the steamers J.H. Doane, J.B. Campbell, Baltimore and Camden, all passenger packets. From the river he came to Gallipolis and learned carriage trimming in James Vanden's shop, working there until 1862, when with two of Vanden's sons and another apprentice, he enlisted in Co. A, 91st O.V.I., at a public war meeting in the old Aleshire Apple Orchard, presided over by Mayor John G. Damron. With the 91st he participated in some twenty battles, and came out a first sergeant. He was wounded at Fisher's Hill three days after the Battle of Winchester. On his recovery he was detailed as Sergeant Major on Gen. Seward's staff, being the only one of six men detailed who would confess to the Adjutant that he swore occasionally.
     Capt. Alexander, in front of his regiment, was presented with the sword and scabbard of a Confederate Lieutentant of Cavalry whom he killed in a skirmish between a squad of six 91st boys and eighteen of the enemy. He still retains it as a sad relic of the bloody conflict between the North and South.
     After the War Capt. Alexander worked at Cardington, O., about six years and in Gallipolis, being engaged in the grocery business there about fourteen years when he retired.
     On Oct. 29, 1868, he married Eliza H. Hill, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Murphy Hill, who were married in Yorkshire, England, and came to America in 1832, settled at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and came to Gallia in 1854. Her grandfather Murphy fought in the Irish Rebellion of 1798.
     Capt. and Mrs. Alexander had the following children: Edgar H., insurance man at Lexington, Ky., Oscar C., in the West temporarily, Mary Estelle, now Mrs. E.M. Fisher of Steubenville, O., Alice Lillian, now Mrs. J. Harold Wolfe, residing in Gallipolis, Bessie Drousilla (Duie) now Mrs. Robert Sharratt, of Steubenville.
     Capt. Alexander, whose family name comes from a Scottish clan, has been Mayor of Gallipolis four terms, once during the great flood of 1884. He was secretary of the Board of Health during the Yellow Fever epidemic in this city in 1878, has been a Justice of the Peace, and is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, the G.A.R., was President of the Board of Trade four years, President of the City Council, and has been President of the Soliders' & Sailors' Relief Commission since its organization in 1886. He has always been active in city affairs and a conservative citizen.
     Capt. Alexander has been an invalid from hemorrhoids for years. Lately heart trouble set in and day by day he grew weaker. Tuesday the day before his death he seemed to rally and his son Edgar returned to Lexington that evening, and the rest of his family began to feel very hopeful. He passed a fairly good night but passed away in a moment with a gasp. He was respected as well as a man could be in private life and was beloved by his family to whom he was ever kind and indulgent.
     His only brother James B. Alexander is said to be now lying at the point of death at Dunbar, W.Va. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Annie Williams, widow of James Williams, a resident of the First ward and has deceased sisters, Mrs. Jane Howell, the milliner and Mrs. Harry Selfridge. He has left a fine record and it will be remembered that he was ever at the forefront of every movement intended to benefit the town in which he lived while he had health and strength to do so.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 11, 1914
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                          Top of Page


Allan, Robert

     Mr. Robert Allan, living just below town, departed this life on Monday morning, January 7th, 1884, after an illness of some months’ duration.
     Mr. Allan was a much esteemed citizen. He was born May 2, 1812, at Musselburg, Scotland. He went to England in 1834, and was married to the widow he leaves, January 31, 1840, at Trentham, Staffordshire, Eng. He came to this country and to Cincinnati, with his wife, in 1849. In 1857 he went from Cincinnati to Ironton where he remained 12 years, coming to this place in 1869.
     Mr. Allan was a plasterer by occupation and a skilled workman. He was employed on the residence of the Duke of Bucleigh, near Musselburg, three years at fine work. In England, he worked on the residence of the Duke of Sutherland at ornamental work for four years. After coming to this place he plastered all of the best buildings for many years. He did the work on Judge C.P.T. Moore’s residence, across the river, R. Aleshire’s residence, and many others.
     He was a sterling, upright, good man with that inflexibility and ruggedness of character so much admired in his race. He leaves a family of adult years, all good people. His funeral services were conducted by Rev. Charles Davis, Baptist Minister, at his residence, January 9th, at 8 p.m. Undertaker ___________ conducted his burial at Mound Hill Cemetery.

[Note: His stone in Mound Hill Cemetery spells the name Allen. 54th KY Inf.]

The Bulletin
Gallipolis, Ohio
Tuesday, January 15, 1884
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Allen, Alexander

Death of an Old Soldier
     Alexander Allen an old soldier, who made his home with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Buzz Lemley of Poplar Ridge, died last Saturday. We were unable to obtain further particulars.

[Note: Co C, 34th Ill. Infantry]

Gallipolis Journal
Vol. 93
No. 74
Wednesday, Feb 22, 1911                                                                                  Top of Page


Allen, Andrew Jr.

     Died, in Fair Haven, Gallia county, Ohio, on the 20th ult., Mr. Andrew Allen, Jr., aged about 40 years.

[Note: Squirrel Hunter]

The Gallipolis Journal
May 7, 1863
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Allison, Henry

Dropped Dead     
      Mr. Henry D. Allison of Wales, a highly respected gentleman, complaining of not feeling well for a few days, dropped dead about noon Sunday at his home.  He left a wife and a large number of children.  He was the father of Dr. J.T. Allison, who practices at Wales.

[Note:  He served in Co. A, 56h Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was wounded at Jackson, Mississippi in 1863.  He is buried in Allison Cemetery in Green Township.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
November 27, 1899
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Amos, Henry S.

Died in the Service
     Henry S. Amos, aged 27 years, enlisted from Addison township, in Co. G, 117th O.V.I., died in hospital at Covington, Ky., 6th March, 1863. Leaves a widow and two children.

[Note: A newspaper states he is buried in Linden Grove Cemetery in Covington, KY, but there is a marker for him in Amos Cemetery, so possibly he was subsequently brought here.] 

Gallipolis Journal
September 14, 1865
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Amos, Jno.

     Mr. Jno. Amos of Perry township, was drowned in a small creek in that neighborhood, last Saturday night. In going from one neighbor to another, the night being very dark, it is supposed, he accidentally fell into the creek, and was strangled before he could extricate himself. He was a son of Mr. Asa Amos and aged about 44 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
December 5, 1867
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Anderson, George

Good Man Gone
     George Anderson passed away at his home on the Portsmouth Road, Wednesday morning, February 11, 1914. He was just seventy-five years of age on the day of his death. He had been in poor health for a long time. Mr. Anderson was a veteran of the Civil War and a good citizen. He is survived by a wife and sons Charles and Williiam Anderson. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon.

[Note: Co F, 8th OVC; He was first in Co. F, 44th O.V.I.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
February 12, 1914
Page 1
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin


Anderson, Jack

Eventful Career By Jack Anderson
Son of Revolutionary Soldier And an Interesting Character, is Ended
     Capt. Jack Anderson, aged nearly 83, and a son of a Revolutionary soldier, died at his home near Cora, Saturday morning, after a long illness. He was a rugged powerful jolly man who had a host of friends. He was witty, shrewd and absolutely honest in all his dealings, just never had any schooling and could neither read nor write. He was married when 16 years old to a girl of 14. To them were born 5 children, all of whom died when very young.
     Mr. Anderson was a forty-niner and told many thrilling tales of his trip across the continent. He did well in the California gold fields, where he spent 7 or 8 years, returning home by way of Panama and New York.
During the war, Mr. Anderson was on a Union gunboat and had many exciting experiences on the Ohio and Mississippi. His wife served as a nurse and they became separated. After the war he was able to trace her movements from place to place only to learn at last that she had died. They were living at Dexter when the war broke out, and it was there that he was born. His second wife was Jane Bumgardner, who died a number of years ago.
     Mr. Anderson used to be a steamboat mate, but most of the time since the war he had resided on his farm at Cora. He acquired considerable property.
     Some years ago Mr. Anderson married Margaret Wood Blair, whose first husband was James Blair of this city. She survives him.
     Of the 12 children of Mr. Anderson's father but one survives - Mrs. Sydenstricker of Rutland. She attended the funeral.
     That he was a man of remarkable grit, courage and endurance was shown some months ago when both his legs were amputated at the Holzer Hospital. He refused to take an anesthetic, but watched the operation and joked with the physicians and other attendants. Before that operation he was a familiar figure on Gallipolis streets. He had a pleasant word for everybody and would often relate an interesting and thrilling story woven about some incident of his eventful career.
     The funeral services were held at the Cora M. E. Church, of which the deceased was a member, at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Dr. J. M. Davis and Rev. Moffitt officiating. Burial at Old Pine by Undertaker Myers. There was a very large crowd in attendance. The pall bearers were Frank Thomas, John B. Williams, Henry Wood, D. Bender and T. T. Davis.

Gallipolis Journal
May 7, 1915
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin

Anderson, Jack

Capt. Jack Anderson Dead - A Man Of Courage
Had Both Legs Cut Off at 82 Without Use Of Anesthetic
     Capt. Jack Anderson, of Cora, died this morning after a lingering illness. Capt. Jack, one of the best known old men in the county was a steamboat mate fifty years ago. He climbed up 83 years in his lifetime, and had long lived on his farm near Patriot, being well-to-do.
     A year or so ago, both his legs were amputated at the Holzer hospital, and his sturdy optimism and remarkable recovery from the operation amazed the attendants and excited the admiration of all. He refused to take any anesthetic while his legs were being cut off, and jollied and joked the attendants at the time, filling them all with wonder at his courage.
     He was the son of a Revolutionary War soldier, was one of 12 children all born after their father was 66 years old, and when Jack was born the old soldier was 72. All his life Jack Anderson’s scrupulous regard for his obligations of whatever kind was noted among all who had business with him. His word was always as good as his note.
He leaves a widow.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, May 1, 1915
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                         Top of Page


Anderson, John C.

Taps Sound for J. C Anderson, Former Post Master at Vinton
    John C. Anderson, old soldier and former postmaster at Vinton, died last week at Blanchester, O. where his son Ed resides. He was a splendid man. The other surviving childern are his oldest son Frank of East Liverpool, Oscar and Harold of Texas. Ed of Blanchester, Charles, Mrs. Grace Woodruff and Mrs. Gertrude Miller of Cleveland, Mrs. Kate Davidson of New Straitsville O. His oldest daughter, Mrs. James McCorkle, died about two years ago, and a daughter Annie died in infancy. His wife died some four years ago.
     Rev. W. J. Fulton conducted the funeral at Vinton Saturday. Burial in McGhee cementery.

Gallipolis Journal
Vol. 99 no. 48
Thursday, December 13, 1917
Submitted by Carolyn Cogar


Anderson, Martin

Death of Martin Anderson
     The news of the death of Mr. Martin Anderson, at Middleport, Wednesday morning (June 2), caused the deepest regret among his friends. He was a brother of George Anderson, of this city, and moved to that city with his family about six months ago. He has been a sufferer of pulmonary disease but the immediate cause of his death was dropsy.
     Deceased was about 58 years of age and left a wife and two children to survive him. He was a member of Cadot Post and marched under the banner of our Nation during the Rebellion. His remains were brought to this city Thursday morning and conveyed to the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. Charles Hogrefe on Fourth street, from which place the funeral occurred at 2 o'clock. The Grand Army attended the obsequies in a body and interment was at Mound Hill Cemetery by Wetherholt.

[Note: He served in Co. I, 110th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Wounded in his left arm. Four of his brothers also served including George who also lived in Gallipolis. Born in York Co., PA. Family moved to Ohio about 1853
Parents William (native of Scotland) and Elizabeth Anderson. Wife, Carrie Hogreve. His widow moved to Fremont, Ohio and married again to Joseph Arnold. In 1911 both children lived in Fremont as well.]


Gallipolis Journal
June 8, 1897
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                          Top of Page


Andrews, W. C.

     We have the sad announcement, by telegraph, that Mr. W. C. Andrews of the firm of Messrs. R. Aleshire & Co., Millers of this city, died of cholera in St. Louis, last Sunday. He had gone west to buy wheat, having left home last Saturday week. He was taken with the disease on Saturday morning, and died Sunday at 11 o'clock A.M.—He was in the hands of friends there, and every care and attention possible was bestowed upon him, but all to no avail. He was one of our active, enterprising business men, as well as an esteemed citizen. His family have the sympathy of our entire community.

[Note: Squirrel Hunter]

The Gallipolis Journal
August 16, 1866

Ariel Lodge No. 156, I.O.O.F., August 28, 1866
WHEREAS, God in the dispensation of His Divine Providence, has seen proper to remove from our midst our esteemed brother W. C. Andrews, and in his death, our Lodge and Order have lost a worthy member, his family a kind husband and father; and
WHEREAS, We shall no more clasp the hand that was ever open to a brother in friendship and distress—no more will he meet us in our social circle, but his virtue and many noble traits of character, will ever live as green spots in the memory of us all; therefore,
Resolved, That brother Andrews whose death we sincerely lament, will ever be ranked with the loved and honored of our Order,
Resolved, That this Lodge does sincerely sympathize with the bereaved family of the deceased in this, their sad affliction; we can only commend them to Him whose goodness bindeth up the broken heart. "The judge of the widow is He; and the Father of the fatherless in his holy habitation," with the assurance that there is a world where the good will meet again, and into which sorrow and pain, and death can never enter.
Resolved, That our Lodge room be draped in mourning for thirty days, and that we wear the usual badge the same length of time.
Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the city papers and spread on the minutes.
     C. L. Minturn, J. L. Hayward, J. A. Vanden, Committee

The Gallipolis Journal
September 6, 1866

Andrews, W.C.

     The remains of Mr. W. C. Andrews, who died of cholera at St. Louis last summer, reached here on the Silver Lake, Sunday night. The Odd Fellows, of which Society he was an active member, conducted the burial services.

The Gallipolis Journal
March 21, 1867
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Angel, Frances Elizabeth Quinn a.k.a. Miller, Frank

     Frances Elizabeth Quinn was born in 1844 in LeMoyne, Illinois. She had a younger brother and when in their teens, both parents died. Her brother enlisted in the Civil War and Frances also enlisted, in the Fifteenth Indiana, using the name B.F. or Frank Miller. She was wounded in the Battle of Chickamauga on September 20, 1863. She was taken to the Confederate Prison at Atlanta, Georgia where she was confined until February 17, 1864. Her identity had been discovered and was she was exchanged with 27 other prisoners. She was taken to a Nashville hospital.
     At the end of the war she went to Harmar, Ohio where she met Matthew Angel, another soldier. They were married in Gallia County and had two daughters Mary and Maggie. Matthew is buried in Bethel Cemetery in Ohio Township. She is reportedly buried in a private cemetery near their home. Her last child was born in 1872 and she had died by December, 1873 as Matthew remarried at that time.

[Note: Born 1844 Died about 1872-1873]

Gallipolis Bulletin article
May 25, 1910
Compiled from the article by Henny Evans                                                       Top of Page


Angel, Hezekiah

     Hezekiah H. Angel, Private, aged 31, enlisted July 22th, 1861, from Guyan township, killed at Vicksburg, Miss., May 19th, 1863, leaving a wife and two children.

[Note: The above is taken from a list of those who died in the war. He served in Co. G, 4th West Virginia Infantry. May 22, 1863 is also given as a date of death. Burial site is unknown.]

The Gallipolis Journal
September 21, 1865
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Angel, James

     James Angel, aged fifty-five years and an old soldier who served in the 2d O.H. Artillery, company F, under Capt. Aleshire, answered the final call Monday evening at 7:30 o'clock and has joined his comrades on the silent shore. He had been sick for two years with army troubles. His death occurred at his home in the Miller property above the Alaska hotel. He leaves a kind wife to mourn his death.
     Rev. Wm. Arthurs officiated at the funeral Wednesday afternoon, interment being at the old cemetery under the auspices of the Grand Army.

Gallipolis Journal
Tuesday, December 14, 1897
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin


Angel, Joseph

Joseph Angel
     Joseph Angel, a young man in the vicinity of Yellowtown, died on Thursday.....dogs had treed a raccoon and his party was cutting down the tree when a limb struck the back of his head and killed him.

[Note: Co. G, 1st OVHA; buried in Lewis Cemetery in Harrison Township. d. 11/1/1872]

Gallipolis Bulletin
Nov 6, 1872
Submitted by F.K. Brown


Angel, W.H.

W.H. Angel Dead
     W.H. Angel, an old soldier, died Thursday of last week at his home on Swan Creek. He was a member of Co.K, of the 3rd W.Va. Cavalry, and was 66 years old. He was buried Friday morning at Bethel, Rev. Porter officiating. He leaves a wife, two sons and two daughters, all grown.

[Note: William Henry Angel buried in Bethel Cemetery in Ohio Twp, B. Aug 8, 1844 & D. May 23, 1912]

Gallipolis Bulletin
May 30, 1912
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith                                                                      Top of Page


Armstrong, George

     Mr. George Armstrong, one of the most prominent colored citizens of Springfield township, died on Thursday evening of last week. He was about 70 years of age. His funeral and burial occurred on Sunday morning under the auspices of the Porter G. A. R. of which he was a member.

Notes: [Born 1833 Virginia, died December 1, 1898, buried Providence Baptist Cemetery, Springfield Township. Unit: 44th USC TI, Co. F. (79th USCTI, Co I)]

Gallipolis Bulletin
December 10, 1898
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin


Arthur, Columbus C.

C. C. Arthur Dead
     Columbus C. Arthur died at his home on Garfield Avenue Sunday, aged 73 years. He had been ill for several months with stomach trouble. He was born in Greenbrier County, W. Va. And was a veteran of the Civil War, being a member of Co. C., 173rd O.V.I. He formerly lived at Hilton, this county, moving to Garfield Avenue about two years ago. His wife died in February of last year and he is survived by four children: Mrs. Josephine Canterbury of Mercerville, Mrs. Sarah Blagg, Mrs. J. M. Phillips and Sherman Arthur of this city. He had a wide circle of warm friends who will hear of his death with regret. The funeral services were conducted on Tuesday at Macedonia Church by Rev. Samuel Lewis, the remains being laid to rest by undertaker Wetherholt.

Note: [From stone, Born December 19, 1836, Died February 26, 1911]

Gallipolis Bulletin
March 3, 1911
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                       Top of Page

Death of C. C. Arthur
     C. C. Arthur, of 56 Garfield avenue, died Sunday, after an illness with stomach trouble for the past three months and at the age of 73 years. The burial was held at Macedonia by Wetherholt at 10 a.m. yesterday.
     He was born in Greenbrier county, W. Va., and was a soldier in the Civil War, serving in Co. B. of the 173rd O.V.I. and was a clever man and good citizen, and was one of the county's mail carriers for a number of years.
     His wife died February 27, 1910, but he is survived by four children, Mrs. Josephine Canterbury, of Mercerville, Mrs. Sarah Blagg, Mrs. J. W. Phillips and Sherman Arthur of this city. Mr. Arthur was the foster father of Floyd Boster, the well known clerk in the local post office, and he always regarded him with the greatest affection.
     Before death he declared that he would be dead at 6 the next morning for three successive nights and died at 6 a.m. Sunday. He will be long remembered as a clever kindly man with a wide circle of friends.

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, March 1, 1911
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin


Arthur, William H., Rev.

Rev.W.H. Arthur Once Neighbor of Lincoln, Dies Here
Aged Minister Succumbs to Cerebral Hemorrhage Early This Morning
     Rev. W.H. Arthur, for almost a half century a minster of the gospel, passed away at his home in this city just after midnight Tuesday, death following resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage. At his bedside when the end came were all the members of his family, who had been with him constantly the past week. Had he lived until Thursday, Feb. 12, he would have reached his 83rd birthday.
     It was a matter of great pride to Rev. Arthur that he and the great Lincoln had the same natal days. Born in Virginia, when a small boy he moved to Springfield, Ill., with his parents and there he lived as a neighbor of the Lincoln's and was often in their home, with the Lincoln boys as his playmates.
     The remains will be at his late home until late Thursday evening when they will be taken to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hanlon on lower Second avenue, there to remain until the hour of the funeral, Friday at 2:30 p.m. Services will be conducted in Grace Methodist Episcopal church by Rev. J.V. Stone. BUrial will be in Pine street cemetery in charge of George J. Wetherholt and Sons.

[Note: He has a grave registration card for the Civil War.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
February 11, 1931
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Atkinson, Joseph

JOSEPH ATKINSON
     Mr. Joseph Atkinson died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Hamblin, Friday, January 1, 1904, aged 69 years, of apoplexy. He was a veteran of the civil war having been a member of the 18th Ohio Battery under Capt. Aleshire. The funeral services were held Monday at the Baptist Church under the auspices of the G. A. R. of which he had long been a member. The interment was at Mound Hill by Wetherholt. A squad from Company C fired a last salute over this grave. For many years he had been a familiar figure on our streets and in the days when the city streets were lighted by gas Joe was the lamp-lighter. Peace to his ashes.

Gallipolis Bulletin
January 8, 1904
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                        Top of Page


Atkinson, Joseph

IN MEMORY
     Joseph Atkinson was born Oct. 12, 1840 and died Feb. 8, 1924, aged 83 years, 3 months and 26 days. He was married to Frances Craft Sept. 12, 1866, and to this union were born seven children. His wife and four of these have preceded him to that bourne from which no traveler returns. He is survived by three daughters, Laura B. White of Crown City, Emma F. Shaver of Bulaville, and Rosetta C. at home. He was born in Clay township and was employed on the Plymale farm at Yellowtown for nearly half a century. He was a charter member of Elizabeth Chapel church at Yellowtown.
     When the dark days of the Civil War came upon his country he heard the call and enlisted as a soldier March 9, 1862, was taken prisoner Sept. 12, 1862, and re-enlisted May 9, 1865. He was discharged Aug. 4, 1865.
     Mr. Atkinson was very industrious and in his long and useful life was always at his post of duty. His honesty was of that type which is never questioned. He was faithful in his services to his fellow-men, to his church and to his God, and was always found in his accustomed corner ready to work for his Master in the church which he helped to build. He was one who used much of his time reading his Bible and was well versed in the scriptures and spent much time with his friends, talking on scriptural subjects. Faith in Christ was his daily words, through the last fifty years of his life and when the world faded far more of the distance, then faith, Christ-like faith took him silently by the hand and led him beyond the river where his wife and children have gone.
     After Christ, his favorite Bible character was Paul and he often referred to him in his talk on the scriptures or his testimony in church. He, like Paul, could and did say 'He had fought the good fight and had kept the faith and was ready to receive his crown.'
     Only three weeks ago he told the writer the words of Paul and said they applied to his experience; that he had no fear of death and that he had no doubts as to his reward. He had charity for all, such charity was God accepts, and as death stole silently upon his God said, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, come up higher," and that higher home he requested the remaining members of his family and all others to meet him.

Unknown Gallipolis Newspaper
Gallipolis Ohio
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                        Top of Page


Atwell, Samuel G.

Rev. Atwell Dead
     Rev. Samuel/Eli Atwell, a well known and highly respected colored man who lived about a mile distant from Bidwell, passed away last Thursday. His funeral was held Sunday at New Hope Church at Harris. Rev. Atwell was a Baptist preacher and an old soldier. He was known as a great fisherman, and good, kindly old man. His wife died several years ago, but two sons and two daughters survive him.

[Note: The obituary actually uses the name Eli but we believe that this is in error unless it was his middle name. The death certificate for a person who died at this date is for Samuel and his father was listed as Eli. Samuel was buried in Bunch Cemetery according to the death certificate which is where Samuel's stone is which lists his Civil War regiment. Also, on the 1910 census there is no Eli in Gallia County and Samuel is listed as preacher. He served in 44th United States Colored Infantry. He was born in Washington County, Virginia September 20, 1839 and died March 19, 1914.]

Gallia Times
March 25, 1914
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Backus, Franklin E.

     Franklin E. Backus, Private, age 22, enlisted July 4th, 1861, died of chronic diarrhea at Wheeling, W. Va., Aug. 19th, 1864—unmarried, leaving a widowed mother.

[Note: The above is taken from a list of those who died in the war. He served in Co. G., 4th West Virginia Infantry. He was the son of Josiah and Backus and had 3 brothers in the Civil War. Both James and Daniel were in Iowa regiments and died in the war. His parents lived in Wapello County, Iowa when his mother received his pension. Franklin wrote home that he was shot in the mouth at Vicksburg and lost a tooth and knocked three others loose. He died at a Post Hospital in Wheeling.]

Gallipolis Journal
September 21, 1865
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Badgley, Andrew, Dr.

     DIED - At the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. H. Mason, 663 South Chicago street, January 31, 1906, Dr. Andrew Badgley, aged 61 years. Funeral from house Friday, February 2, at 2 o'clock. Friends invited. Interment Rosedale.

[Note: He lived in Gallipolis and at one time lived in the home of his father-in-law, Dr. J. A. Vanvleck, local dentist. He, too, was a dentist. His wife was Emma Vanvlcek. He served in Co. B, 91st Ohio volunteer Infantry.]

Los Angeles Herald
February 1, 1906
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                        Top of Page


Baer, Louis

The Late Louis Baer
Was Soldier and Patriot as Well as Successful Business Man.
     The news of the death of Mr. Louis Baer, at Little Rock, Ark., received here May 20th, caused a sensation here at his old home where he had resided and had been actively engaged in business for so many years, first as clerk in the firm of C. & A. Henking when only 19 years old; then a partner in the same house under the firm name of Henking, Allemong & Co., later a member of the firm under the name of Allemong, Baer & Co, and at the incorporation of the present Henking-Bovie Co. in 1895, became President of the company and so continued to the day of his death.
     Gallipolis citizens have always been kindly interested in Mr. Baer for many reasons besides those of business considerations. When the war broke out between the North and South, his entire nature, naturally forceful, was aroused and his bosom burned with patriotic devotion for the cause of the Union, and he urged Capt. E. S. Aleshire to get up accompany [sic] and encouraged enlistments continuously and assisted financially wherever there was a demand for money. He joined Capt. Aleshire’s company of heavy Artillery and was elevated 2d Lieutenant, with Mr. James E. Hebard, now of Zanesville, First Lieutenant. Those boys and all the boys who gave us at that time a lift were specially endeared to us.
     There is another reason we will mention that made Mr. Baer popular with Gallipolis people. After the war was closed he was united in marriage with Miss Charlotte Naret, the attractive and popular daughter of Dr. E. Naret, a distinguished physician, of Buffalo, W. Va., but who had resided here previously, and who again lived here through the war and later, and the people were generally delighted with the marriage. It was no small party that escorted them to the Fleetwood when they left on their wedding trip.
     This bride and sons Clarence and Carl and daughter Miss Louise survive. Their eldest child Naret L. Baer and their youngest daughter Emma preceded him.
     They first lived in the Silverman property after going to housekeeping, then he bought the house on State street where Mr. Bush lives and then built the beautiful cottage that stood between that property and the corner. During his business career he and Mr. Dahl bought out the grocery firm of Stimson Bros., one of the largest houses in the state, at Washington, C.H., the firm name being Dahl, Baer & Co. He became interested in business at Anderson, Ind., in Texas land deals, in Missouri and Arkansas property and we are not sure but think he was interested to some extent at least in that fine hotel at Fort Thomas above Cincinnati. He was generally successful in his business and must have left a fortune, the value of which we have no means of knowing.
     He was a liberal, big hearted man, lived in princely style, had traveled much, was a well read man and a pleasant, entertaining companion and rounded out a well finished career, and his aids were those virtues we all love and extol—industry, honesty, integrity, generosity, and kindness to the humblest as well as to the most exalted. His parents and brothers and sisters have all passed away. His is survived by one nephew, Mr. Julius Staehl, of Charleston, W. Va.
     Mr. Baer was born in the town of Arbon, Switzerland, near 75 years ago. We cannot be exact to his age in the absence of his family, and was one of four children. His mother was a sister of the late Charles Henking.
     Much of his early life was spent in Verona, Italy, and at St. Gall, Switzerland, where he attended school. He was about 19 years old when he came to Gallipolis and went to the store with his uncle Charles Henking.
     Mrs. Baer’s only sister, Mrs. Julia Beard, survives him and she will be a source of great comfort to Mrs. Baer in her affliction.
     Cincinnati Enquirer.—He was a prominent member of the Loyal Legion, having served as one of the council of the Ohio Commandery. In the Civil War he rose from the ranks to First Lieutenant of the Second Ohio Heavy Artillery. He participated in Stonewall’s Saltville raid and in other notable engagements. For a time he was in command of Ft. Lee, at Knoxville, Tenn.
     Carl David Louis Baer is interred in Mound Hill Cemetery; he can also be located in the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War National Graves Registration Database.

Vol. XLII, No. 21 May 23, 1913
(Gallipolis Bulletin?)
Contributed by Peggy Youngs                                                                             Top of Page


Baker, John

Resolutions of Respect
Vinton, O., Jan. 12, 1895
Hall of Vinton Lodge No. 131, F. & A.M.
At a special meeting the following was adopted.

Whereas, the ruler of the universe has removed by death our brother,
      John Baker, therefore we bow in humble submission to his decree.
Resolved, That we tender our most contrite sympathy to the bereaved
      wife and family.    
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to the county papers for
      publication: also a copy presented to the family of the bereaved brother.
                     
               R. S. Turner, J. E. Strausbraugh, I.T. Mathews, Committee

[Note: No actual obituary was found but this notice appeared. He served in Co. I, 7th Ohio Voluneteer Cavalry.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Jan. 17, 1895
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Baker, Joseph W.

Death of Joseph W. Baker
     Joseph W. Baker, aged 84 years, died Tuesday evening, April 3, 1923, at his home, 62 Sycamore St. He is survived by his wife and six living children, whose names follow: Henry Baker and Mrs. Rebecca Rife of Columbus, John and N.L. Baker of Marion, and L.R. and Lloyd Baker of this city.
     The funeral will be held at the residence Friday morning at 10 o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. Smith. Interment will follow at Pine Street by George J. Wetherholt and Sons.

[Note: He served in Co. B, 1st WV Infantry.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 4, 1913
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                          Top of Page


Baker, Moses

Moses Baker
     Moses Baker was born in Botetourt County, Virginia, March 28, 1846. He was the son of Samuel and Anne Baker and was the last of his family.
     At the age of sixteen he enlisted in the service of his country and served eighteen months under Capt. Stevenson of Co. I. At the close of the war, he came to Morgan Center, Ohio and there he met Miss Julia Vance to whom he was married Sept.18, 1870. Eight children came to gladden their home. Three of those, Mrs Ida Brown, Mrs Amanda Fraser and Miss Anne have passed on to their heavenly home. The aged wife and five other children, Jacob, Samuel and James of Addison, Ohio, Mrs. Orren Gretsinger of Mingo Junction, Ohio, Mrs. Sterlie Roush of Addison Ohio; twenty-three grandchildren and countless friends and relatives mourn the loss of one whose place in their hearts can never be filled.
     At the age of twenty-three, he was baptized into the Christian Church at Morgan Center, where his membership has ever since remained.
     Thirty-six years ago he moved his family to Addison and has ever since resided there. Although feeble in later years, he was able to go about his farm and to the homes of his near neighbors until a week before his death. All that loving hands could do was done for him but death called and Wednesday at 7:20 Aug. 25, he went to meet the dear ones gone before him.

Death should come gently to pass
To one of gentle mold like thee
Close thy dear eyes calmly, without pain;
And we will trust in God to see thee yet again.

     Kind hearted, generous to a fault those in want never appealed to him in vain, and those who knew him best loved him most.

The old arm chair is empty now,
The voice we loved is stilled
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.
God in His wisdom hath recalled
The beon His love hath given,
And though the body slumbers here
The soul is safe in Heaven.

[Note: Born March 28, 1846 VA; died Ag, 25, 1926 ...age 80. Parents: Sam Baker and Annie Lane. Burial: Baker Cemetery. Civil War service in West Virginia State Guard under Captain Stevenson per widow's pension application.]

Gallipolis Paper
Aug. 1926
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                              Top of Page


Ball, George Wendell

Captain Ball Dead
Veteran Soldier, Riverman and Banker Passed Away Last Friday
     Captain George Wendell Ball, formerly a resident of this city, and well known here died Friday morning May 13 at his home in Cincinnati after a weeks illness with paralysis.
     He was born at Haverhill, Mass., and entered the Union Army, Twenty-second regiment, volunteer infantry of Massachusetts, under age. After a year's service, with disablement from fever, he re-entered the service as an ensign and remained a commissioned officer in the navy throughout the war, serving in various gunboats of the Mississippi squadron.
     After the Civil War Captain Ball entered the river service on the Mississippi and Ohio, and it was while steamboating on the latter river that he met and married Miss Cora Bayes of this city, who, with son Eustace of New York City, survive him.
     Captain Ball and family moved to Cincinnati more than twenty years ago and for a number of years he has been a prominent official of the Union Savings Bank and Trust Co. He was a member of The Military Order of the Loyal Legion, the Fred C. Jones post of the Grand Army of the Republic, the New England Society, the Masonic order, the Scottish Rite and Mystic Order of the Shrine.
     Services were held in the Scottish Rite Cathedral Cincinnati, Saturday afternoon and the body accompanied by the wife, son and nephew Harry Maddy arrived here Sunday morning. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the residence of his brother-in-law, E. F. Maddy by Rev. J. W. McCormick and were largely attended. The burial which occurred at Mound Hill cemetery was in charge of the Masons.

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, May 18, 1910
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                        Top of Page


Bancroft, William M.

     Wm. Bancroft died at the infirmary last Wednesday, March 12th. It was known that he was an honorable soldier in the late war, belonging to the 116th O.V.I. Dr. J.R. Safford, Commander of the Post here of the Grand Army of the Republic, went to the Infirmary to make arrangements to have him buried in the Soldiers' Cemetery, and accidentally found a letter that showed Mr. Bancroft to be a Mason, and that the Lodge of Masons at Coolville, Athens County, of which Mr. Bancroft had been a member, had been endeavoring to get him a resting place in his old days at the Soldiers' Home at Dayton. Dr. Safford at once held a consulation with Mr. William Lawson, Master of Morning Dawn Lodge, of this city, and the Lodge at Coolville was telegraphed to. An answer was sent back to give him Masonic burial, which was done. Quite a large number of Masons turned out and Mr. Bancroft's remains were laid away in that part of the old Gallipolis Cemetery devoted to soldiers.
     Mr. Bancroft was born in Boston, Mass., December 25, 1818, and reared there, and only came away a short time before the war. When the war broke out, as before stated, he joined the army, and fell into the habit of drinking. After the war he settled at Coolville and was known as William Bancoft. [no r] A preacher came to Coolville who formerly knew him, and he admitted being a nephew of George Bancroft, the historian. Further facts of his history leaked out to the effect that his daughter had been well educated and was the wife of a wealthy merchant of Boston, and that he had an uncle, William Bancroft, who was sea Captain in prosperous circumstances.
     After living about Coolville awhile, he went to Canada, and afterward wandered down into the lower part of this county and engaged in blacksmithing, in which capacity he was an excellent workman, but falling to drink again, he became reduced in circumstances and was sent to the Infirmary two years ago to-day. For some reason (probably from his habit of drink), he had chosen to absent himself from his family connections, and was very reticient about having anything to say about them, and even dropped the r in his name and went by the name of Bancoft. He was regarded as rather a fine old man and had genial and refined ways about him, evidently having seen better days.

[Note: He is buried in Pine Street Cemetery.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
March 18, 1884
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Bane, Samuel

S.A. Bane Dead
     Mr. Samuel A. Bane, old soldier and good citizen, died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 3, 1922, at the home of his son, Herman Bane, at Yellowtown. He had been ill for some time with heart disease.
     Mr. Bane was aged 77 years. He is survived by three sons; Wilbur of Clipper Mills, Herman of Yellowtown and John of Iowa, and a daughter, Mrs. Plymale. Mrs. Bane died some nine years ago.
     Masonic services will be held at the home Thursday at 12:30, and religious services will be at 1:30 by Rev. W.E. Ewing, burial following in St. Nicholas cemetery.

[Note: He served in Co. G, 1st Ohio Heavy Artillery.]

Gallia Times
September 7, 1922
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Barcus, Alexander C.

BARCUS
     Mr. Alexander C. Barcus died at his home in Clay Township Thursday evening of last week and was buried at Clay Chapel Saturday morning under the auspices of D. L. Morton Post, G.A.R. of which he was an honored member. He served in the great civil war from 1861 to 1865, being a member of Co. F., 88 O.V.I., and participated in many decisive battles and was with Sherman on his famous march to the sea. He leaves a wife, two brothers, four sisters, seven sons and a daughter to mourn his demise, with a legion of friends. Rev. John Porter delivered the funeral address and the pall bearers were Wm. A. King, Wellington Ross, Samuel Grover, Matthew Brown and Wm. Holston.

[Note: - From tombstone: Born March 31, 1840 Died April 19, 1903]

Gallipolis Bulletin
April 17, 1903
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                      Top of Page


Barlow, Marion S.

Death of Marion Barlow
     Mr. Marion S. Barlow, a life-long resident of this city, passed away at his home Saturday evening. He was in his 79th year. The funeral services were conducted at his late home Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Cherington, the interment following at Pine street.
     He is survived by his wife; two sons, Edwin Morley Barlow of Chicago, and Alfred Barlow, at home, three brothers, Metellus and Bryson of Streator, Ill., John of Los Angeles, and a sister Mrs. William Lanning of Milwaukee.
     Mr. Barlow had been a member of the Methodist church in this city for 60 years, and served actively in many of its departments. He was also a veteran of the Civil War, serving three years in Company B, 91st O.V.I.

[Note: - Bn 6 Dec. 24, 1838 died Mar 10, 1917]

The Gallia Times
March 14, 1917
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin


Barr, Titus

     He enlisted on November 14, 1862 as a private in Co. L, 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He died at the Gallipolis Field Hospital between June and July 1864 and is buried at Pine Street Cemetery in Gallipolis. He left a widow Margaret E. Rhey Barr and three minor children, Martha Ellen, David C. and William U. Barr.

[Note: Obit constructed from soldier records and newspaper report]

Gallipolis Journal
July 21, 1864
Constructed by Henny Evans


Barrett, N. F.

Old Soldier Dead; Vinton Leader
     N. F. Barrett, a Civil War veteran, passed away last Sunday morning at the home of his daughter Mrs. G. W. Hartsook, of Tomato Valley, where he had made his home since the death of his wife four years ago. Although he had been in failing health for some time, yet his last sickness was only a few days duration, and his death came suddenly and unexpectedly.
     He is survived by five daughters and one son as follows: Moses R. Barrett, Ona F. Barrett, Mary C. Allen, Addie A. Schaaf, Rita A. Hartsook and Margaret B. Sammet. He also leaves 16 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
     He enlisted in Company E, 53rd O.V. I. and served throughout the war of 61-65. Was a member of Corwin Post, No. 259 G.A.R., was late Corporal of Co. E. and was ever faithful to the dear old Flag.
     The funeral was held Tuesday morning at Mt. Tabor, conducted by Rev. W. J. Fulton, with interment in church cemetery beside his companion, who had preceded him in death. H. K. Butler directed the interment. The following old soldiers assumed the duty of pallbearers: F. M. Edmiston, J. C. Anderson, Wm. Lewis, Wm. Shields, Wm. Cahoon and Clark Corn.

[Note: From tombstone: Born Sept. 21, 1842, died Apr. 14, 1912. Cemetery Mt. Tabor in Huntington tp.]

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, April 24, 1912
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                        Top of Page


Baxter, Zenas

     BAXTER - Captain Zenas Baxter, one of the best known rivermen of this section, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Kaneff of Proctorville, Monday morning at six o'clock.  Captain Baxter has been ill for some time past and his death has been expected for some time.  Captain Baxter spent practically all his active life in river services and has been connected with many well known boats upon the Ohio and Kanawha. 
     Of late his health has been failing and he has not been in active service.  The remains were taken to Gallipolis his home Monday afternoon, were interred at Mount [sic] Hill, Tuesday afternoon. Captain Baxter is survived by one son, Chancellor Baxter, and three daughters, Mrs. L.A. Rose and Mrs. M.W. Kaneff of Proctorville and Mrs. Geo. Clarke of Pocahontas VA and two sisters Mrs. Susan Johnson and Mrs. John Nevius.  He was born in Gallipolis and resided practically all his life in that city. Chancellor Baxter, his son, arrived Saturday evening, and was with his father during his last hours.

Ironton Ohio Register,
Feb. 15, 1906
Transcribed by Eve Hughes

Death of Capt. Baxter.
     Capt. Zenas S. Baxter died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. N. Kneff, at Proctorville, O., Sunday morning, Feb. 11, 1906, aged 61 years after a two weeks' illness. The remains were brought to this city and taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. Julia Nevius, where the funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Lewis, interment following at Mound Hill cemetery by Hayward & Son. The burial was under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias of which Capt. Baxter had long been an honored member. 
     Capt. Baxter was the son of Zenas and Susan Baxter and was born in this city. He was one of fourteen children of whom only two, Mrs. Nevius and Mrs. Susan Johnson, are left. Capt. Baxter went on the river at an early age and became one of the best pilots on the Ohio and Kanawha rivers. He steamboated out of this city and Cincinnati for many years but quit the river several years ago to assist in the management of the local wharfboat, which he left last fall on account of failing health. He was a jovial kind-hearted man and was well and favorably known all along the river. Besides his two sisters, he leaves one son, Chancellor, and daughters Mrs. L. A. Rose, Mrs. N. W. Kaneff and Mrs. George Clark, all of whom were in attendance at the funeral.

[Note: 4th Indep. Nat. Guard & Squirrel Hunter. b. 4/27/1843]

Gallipolis Bulletin Friday
February 16 1906
Transcribed by Eve Hughes                                                                            Top of Page


Bayes, Captain William Harrison

Death of Capt. Bayes
     The death of Capt. Wm. Harrison Bayes was foreshadowed in the Tribune a day or so ago, when his serious illness at Cincinnati at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Capt. G. W. Ball was announced. The unwelcome message of his death at 6 o’clock the evening of the 8th, came to Capt. Ed. Maddy, his son-in-law, this morning. His remains will be brought here on the Bonanza Thursday night, accompanied by relatives, and will be taken to Capt. Maddy’s residence on upper Second Street. The burial will be at Fairfield, Green township.
     Capt. Bayes was born near Lewisburg, W. Va., July 10, 1820. We have not the date of his marriage, but his bride was Miss Caroline Donnally, sister of Capt. Gus Donnally, and who died in July, 1858, leaving three daughters, Mrs. Cora Ball, Mrs. Mariah Maddy and Mrs. Lizzie Beall, wife of Basil Beall. These daughters were reared to womanhood by their aunt, Mrs. Alex Detelante, sister of Capt. Donnally.
     Capt. Bayes had been a Kanawha and Ohio river man from boyhood, the Kanawha being his principal field of operations. He was mate, pilot and master of various vessels, before, during and after the Civil War. He was with Capt. Donnally on the Wm. Phillips, Ohio, Bridge City, Hurricane, Wm. H. Langley, and was part owner of the Hurricane and Pomeroy. He was pilot on the Julia No. 2, and Virgie Lee with Capt. John V. Reynolds, was master and pilot of the Lizzie Johnson, and pilot of the Nellie F. Brown, and was pilot on the Victor No. 2 when she was fired on by General Albert Gallatin Jenkins’ men at Point Pleasant, and successfully ran the gauntlet amid a shower of bullets, making a narrow escape, and was afterward presented with a valuable Enfield rifle by a committee of Gallipolis ladies for his bravery. The rifle was left to Mr. Harry Maddy by his grandson of this city.
     Capt. Bayes figured thirteen serious accidents during his long career on the river. He was blown up with Pilot Wm. Penn Wright on the Blue Ridge 53 years ago, we believe the day he died. He was blown away over into Col. Beale’s cornfield below and opposite this city. He was pilot on the Harry Dean when her boilers exploded at nearly the same place 30 years later and had to get clothes of the Walker family below here to come home in.
     He was a genial companion, and honest, fearless man, qualified in every way for his profession by natural intelligence and experience from the lowest round of the ladder. Everyone liked him, and all will be pained to hear of his death, though it was not untimely. He retired from the river sometime ago, but has had a pleasant home surrounded with every comfort, and he sank to rest after a life well spent with perfect resignation. He was an uncle of Mr. Jacob Soden of this city, and left a sister, Mrs. Mary Hill, wife of Mr. Daniel Hill, back of Leon, W. Va.

[Note: Burial was actually in Mound Hill, Gallipolis Township.]

The Gallipolis Daily Tribune
January 9, 1901
Transcribed by Mary Kay Clark

Bayes, William Harrison, Capt.

Captain Bayes Funeral
     The remains of Capt. Harry Bayes accompanied by Mrs. Ball, Mrs. Maddy, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Beall, and grandsons of the deceased Hammond Beall and Eustace Ball, arrived on the Bonanza at 6 o'clock this morning, and were met by Undertaker Hayward, Capt. Maddy and son Harry and Capt. Frank Donnally and taken to Capt. Maddy's residence as before stated. The funeral services at Capt. Maddy's residence were largely attended. Rev. J.W. McCormick's discourse was fitting and impressive. The Presbyterian choir lent its services to the occasion.The floral tributes were very handsome. Quite a large number of friends attended the burial at Fairfield, Green township.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
January 11, 1901
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                          Top of Page


Bean, George

Death of Dr. Geo. Bean
     Dr. George Bean, of Rutland, Meigs county, died at his home Tuesday morning, November 3, 1908, after an illness since the 5th of last August, and which overtook him while in this city, attending to the practice of his son, Dr. L. C. Bean who was absent on a week's vacation.
     His disease was cartarrhal obstructive jaundice which was persistent and unyielding to the best treatment which he received. Dr. Loving and Dr. Gilliam of Columbus prescribed for him in connection with his son Dr. L. C. Bean, himself a skillful physician, and Dr. Ricketts of Cincinnati, operated upon him and he was nursed with all of the kindest and tenderest attentions that loving sympathy could suggest, yet all was unavailing. In his death the community in which he lived, and this and other communities lose the benefits of his research, wide experience and skill. It loses a patriot, kind hearted, charitable, moral citizen, whose influence and counsel were always for the right and against the wrong. His wife loses a devoted husband, tender and true, and his children a father who was devoted to their welfare to the day of his death.
     Dr. Bean was born June 25, 1841 on a farm near Harrisonville, Meigs county. In the great Civil War that called the nation to arms, he enlisted for a year in the 23rd O.V.I., and participated in all of the trials and conflicts incident to the regiment to the expiration of his term of service when he re-enlisted in the 116th O.V.I., and served to the end of the war, returning to the farm, where he farmed and taught school, afterward attending and graduating from the Phisic-Medical School of Cincinnati in 1871. Five___ before this he was united in marriage with Miss Celinda Crouch, and the young physician began his first practice at Albany, Athens county, moving to Rutland in 1877 where he has resided ever since. He became the father of four children, two sons and two daughters, one of the daughters, Mrs. C. F. Rathburn of Middleport, departing this life last November, making two deaths in the family within a year. The others are Frank A. Bean of Middleport, Dr. L. C. Bean of this city, and Mrs. Rathburn, wife of Senator M. E. Rathburn.
     He had been a member of the Meigs county Pension Board of Examiners for twenty years or more, was a Knight of Pythias and a member of the grand Army of the Republic.
     His funeral services were conducted at his old home at Rutland Friday morning at eleven o'clock, and the remains brought directly here, at his own request, and buried on Dr. L. C. Bean, his son's lot, in Mound Hill Cemetery.

Gallipolis Bulletin
November 6, 1908
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                        Top of Page


Beardsley, Andrew Judson, Dr.

     Dr. Andrew Judson Beardsley, a veteran physician of Huntington and a native of Gallia County, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elliott Northcott of North Cliffe, across the river from here, early Saturday morning. Dr. Beardsley was seventy eight years old and a Civil War veteran. He taught school to pay his way thru college. The funeral occurred at North Cliffe Monday evening.

Gallia Times
June 30, 1921
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Beck, Leonard

Death of Leonard Beck
     Mr. Leonard Beck died very suddenly with a cerebral hemorrhage at the home of his daughter Mrs. Bert Rose Thursday, Feb. 28, 1924, at the age of 77 years.
     Mrs. Beck preceded him on Dec. 10, 1923. He is survived by the following children: Frank and Luther Beck of Cornell, Ill., Mrs. Laura Davis, Mrs. D.B. Spain and Miss Nora Beck of Columbus, Mrs. Earl Parish of Oneonta, N.Y., and Mrs. Bert Rose of this city with whom he has made his home since the death of Mrs. Beck. Also, two sisters, Mrs. John McGath and Miss Josephine Beck.

[Note: Co. C, 23rd OVI}

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
February 29, 1924
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Beck, William

OBITUARY
     William Beck, son of William and Jane Fletcher Beck, was born March 24, 1844, near Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, and departed this life April 13, 1925, near his birthplace, aged 81 years and 19 days. He spent his boyhood days near his birthplace, and when the Civil War began he was willing to fight for his country. He entered military service in 1862 and fought until the close in 1865 when, on account of his obedience and loyalty, he received an honorable discharge.
     Shortly after the war, on April 17, 1870, he was united in marriage to Sarah Jane Denney and to this union were born seven children, namely, W. F. Beck of Erie, Penn., Oscar, Edward, John and Reuben Beck, Mrs. Harry Coulson and Mrs. D. W. Dewitt, all of Gallia County, and also twenty-three grandchildren of whom four have preceded him to the great beyond.
     He was ever a kind and loving husband, and a good neighbor. He had been in failing health the past two years but had been able to go about until last Friday when he suffered a stroke which caused the end Monday near 6 p.m.

His trials are ended
The suffering is o'er
He is now sweetly resting
On Heaven's bright shore.

Card of Thanks
     We desire to extend our sincere thanks to all our friends and neighbors for their assistance in the illness and death of our loved one. Rev. Fulton for his consoling words, the choir for beautiful songs and Undertaker Tope for his efficient service.
              The Children

The Gallia Times
April 23, 1925
Gallipolis, Ohio
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                        Top of Page


Beggs, George Washington

     George was born September 11, 1843 in Columbus, Ohio to George W. and Nancy Thompson Beggs. He enlisted in Co. B, 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. After the war he married Taphena McMillin. They had five children, Frank, Sophia, Edward, Charles and Willard. Taphena died in 1875 and George died November 7, 1877. He is buried in Old Holcomb Cemetery in Huntington Township.

Created obit from Ewing family research of Nancy Hanks Ewing and war records
November 1877
Created by Henny Evans


Bell, Henry R.

Death of Henry R. Bell
     Mr. Henry R. Bell, one of our oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, passed to eternal peace and rest Thursday night, Feb. 22, 1900, at a few minutes before 12 o'clock. The news of his sudden taking off was a shock to our citizens this morning, it not being known that he had been out of his usual health. He had been however, and Wednesday night a physician had been called to attend him, he having trouble with his heart. He seemed nearly as well Thursday as ever and no partiuclar uneasiness was felt in regard to him. At twenty minutes before twelve he awakened and complained to Mrs. Bell of sickness at his stomach. Some cloths hanging in the room saturated with turpentine and liniments [sic] that had been used on his breast, it was thought might be the disturbing cause, and Mrs. Bell removed them. His daughter, Mrs. Will Brosius, wanted to send for a physician, but Mr. Bell would not hear to it, and after expectorating and moving about a little he again laid down. The sickness seemed to return immediately and endeavoring to rise again, he passed away.      Dr. Bean, living across the street from the residence, was sent for, but he was dead when he arrived. The final ceremonies have not been determined upon, but will be upon the arrival of his son, Mr. James Bell of Chicago, who leaves tonight, and barring accidents, will be here Saturday noon. It can be said, however, that the funeral services will be at the residence of Mr. Wm. Brosius, his son-in-law, where he and Mrs. Bell made their home, conducted most probably by Rev. B.E.P. Prugh of the Presbyterian Church, the intermment following at the old cemetery by Hayward & Son, sometime Sunday afternoon.
     Mr. Bell was born at Alexandria, Pa., April 15th, 1822, and was consequently close to 78 years of age. He had been a resident of this city for 55 years. Fifty-one years ago December 6th, 1899, he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah B. McIntyre, daughter of the late Duncan McIntyre. Their married life was more than ordinarly pleasant, and their union was blessed with two sons, Mr. James Bell, for many years holding a position in the auditor's office of The Pullman Palace Car Co., of Chicago, and Mr. Frank Bell, shoe merchant of this city, and two daughters, Mrs. Alice Hanson, deceased, and Mrs. Wm. Brosius. One sister survives him, Mrs. Frank Mathers, of South Chicago, Ind., a former well known lady of this city.

[Note: He is buried in Pine Street Cemetery and he served as a Squirrel Hunter.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
February 23, 1900
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Bennett, Jacob

Jacob Bennett, Colored, Civil War Vet Dies
Funeral Sunday at John Gee Chapel, Where He Was Trustee
     Jacob Bennett a veteran of the Civil war in which he served in Co. C. 5th Regt. U.S. (Colored Troops) Infantry, passed away early Friday morning, Oct. 12, at his home, 810 Third ave. He had been in failing health for two years and death came as a result of a complication of diseases.
     He was born in Mason Co., W.Va., March 20, 1847, making him more than 81 years of age. He was a mmeber of the John Gee Chapel A.M.E. church and served as a trustee for forty years. He leaves his widow to whom he was married more than fifty three years, all of which time he was a resident of Gallipolis, three children, Parrie L. Dickerson and Johnnie Bennett, Columbus and James Sydney Bennett, Youngstown, five grand children and a sister. Mrs. Josephine Wright.
     Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at John Gee Chapel by Rev. Tyrie. Buried in charge of Wetherholt and Entsminger.

(Note: He was buried in Pine Street Colored Cemetery in Gallipolis.)

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
October 13, 1928
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Bennett, Richard

Civil War Veteran Dies at Kanauga
     Richard Bennett, age 82, a veteran of the Civil War, passed away at his home at Kanauga station at five o'clock Wednesday morning. He leaves besides his wife, two brothers Calman of Amry, Wis., and Harry
of Arbuckle, W.Va.
     Funeral services will be held from his late home in Kanauga Friday at 2 p.m. by Rev. James of Middleport. Burial will follow in Gravel Hill Cemetery by Geo. J. Wetherholt & Sons.

[Note: Co. D, 7th WV Cav.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
July 2, 1925
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Berridge, Claudius E.

DIED
     In the Hospital at Baltimore, on his return from the prison at Florence S.C. Claudius E. Berridge Son of Christopher Berridge of this county, aged 21 years.
     Mr. Berridge was a private of Co. M. 7th O.V.C. and taken prisoner on Clinch river Tenn., in Dec., 1863. He experienced all the privations of prison life at Bell Isle, Andersonville, Charleston and Florence, and after enduring all, reached "God's land" only to die from the effects of the cruel treatment given him by the rebels during the year and upwards, that he was held by them. His afflicted father reached Baltimore in time to find him living, but too far spent to recognize him.
     Claudius E. Berridge is reported by his officers and companions, to have done his duty as a soldier faithfully, and amid all his dreadful suffering to have manfully maintained his devotion to the great cause for which he died. His memory will live in the hearts of those who knew him as the brave soldier, the kind friend and true patriot. "He has fought his last battle," and though "no sound can awake him to glory again," he will ever be held to remembrance for his many virtues. His relations have the sympathy of every one who knew him. Their loss is a sad one but not more so than to the country for which he died. Peace to his ashes.

Gallipolis Journal
April 6, 1865
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                             Top of Page


Berridge, Cornelius

Death of Neal Berridge
     Cornelius Berridge, 83, a fine old gentleman highly respected and generally known over the county died at 4:30 this morning, July 13, 1907. The funeral services will be conducted Monday 1 p.m., at Yellow Town Christian Church of which he had long been a member, by Rev. J. R. Fields, his interment following by Wetherholt at the Cottrell Cemetery.
     Mr. Berridge had been ill for 26 weeks with kidney trouble, that brought on dropsy and death. He had been to town only twice in that time.
     Mr. Berridge had married twice. His first wife was a half-sister to Treasurer John Plymale, and his last one who survives him, is Miss Jane, daughter of Cornelius Roe. He left two children by his first wife, Mrs. W. D. Spangler of Indiana and Mrs. Frank Leaper of Yellow Town. Several children by his last wife survive him, Mrs. Herman Bane of Yellow Town, Mrs. Charley Willey and Mrs. Judson Sheets of this city.
     He had accumulated considerable property and was a fine man in every sense of the word.

[Note: Born 1825; died July 13, 1907 age 82 years. Married. Farmer. 1st. marriage Feb. 23, 1854 Elizabeth Plymale, 2nd marriage July 2, 1875 Nancy Jane Roe.]

Gallipolis Weekly Tribune
July 19, 1907
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Berry, David W.

The Late D.W. Berry

     The not unexpected death of David W. Berry occurred at his home near Addison, Monday, Nov. 12th 1900, at 12 m. He had been gradually sinking for some months and the end came peacefully and without a struggle.
     He was born in Addison township, Gallia county, O., Jan. 2, 1828. His parents were Elijah and Charlotte Berry. To them were born six children, he being the last to pass away. After his marriage to Miss Martha McKown, which occurred Jan. 3, 1856, he bought the farm adjoining his father's and lived there until his death. Their union was blessed with seven children, Charles W., Sarah E., Mrs. W.H. Vanden, Everette E., David S., Mrs. H.S. Ramsey and J. Harmon. All but two survive him.
     He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church under the preaching of Rev. L.Q. Adams at the age of 21. For 52 years he was known to be a consistent christian and a pillar in the church. He was an immovable rock for righteousness and a Methodist through and through. Every fiber of his quivered with joy over the news of the success of his chosen church. Her doctrines were the satisfaction of his soul. His faith in her methods and principals, was like a column of some ancient temple, that overlooked the path of pilgrims going up to the shrine.
     Some said he was prejudiced. But his prejudices were only a magnificient loyalty to the church of his choice. He loved the truth, and he loved men with a love that shallow men have no right to challenge for faults. He was an affectionate husband, a kind father, a good neighbor and charitable to the poor. He always gave liberally for the support of the gospel and took delight in doing so. He had a sweet disposition, always had a smile and a pleasant word for all he chanced to meet.
     He loved life, but said he was ready and willing to go when the Master called. It is needless to try and describe his pure life; it was an open book to all and speaks for itself. None knew him but to love him. After seeing his pure life and peaceful death, we would not call him back, but trust in Him who doeth all things well. He hath said:

"Be thou faithful until death and I will give thee a crown of life."
"He is dead, but not sleepeth."

[Note: He served in Co. E, 141st Ohio Volunteer Infantry and is buried in Pine Street Cemetery.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
November 15, 1900
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Betz, Ethanile

Ethanile Betz Gone
Well Known Gallipolis Character Passes
He Was Intensely Interested in Gallia's Oil Development
     Mr. Ethanile Betz, 70 years old in May, living on Sycamore and Front Streets, was seated at the breakfast table and about to take a cup of coffee this Thursday morning, April 2, 1903, when he was seized with a pain in his head. He exclaimed: "Oh my head" and immediately began to sink from his chair. Mrs. Henry Williams, who kept house and cared for him, rushed to his assistance and eased him down to the floor. He never spoke again and immediately expired. Dr. Bean, the family physician, was called who found him dead from an attack of apoplexy, pure and simple, caused from a rupture of a blood vessel at the base of the brain.
     No definite funeral arrangements were made today owing to absent relatives unable to be here until this evening on the train; but his burial will be at the Pine Street Cemetery by Wetherholt. He belonged to no church or orders and his wife died 16 years ago next June. He continued to occupy his old home alone only with someone to keep house for him.
     He came here just before or during the early days of the war from his farm on Mill Creek and set up store on Sycamore Street and at one time was pretty well off. We do not remember when he retired from merchandizing, but probably about the time of his wife's death. He became much interested in public affairs, took various contracts from the city some years ago and figured prominently in the early days of the building of what is now the Hocking Valley Railroad and finally became known far and near as a prospector for coal, oil and gas and continued on that line till his death, only the other day driving the first stake for the well to be drilled by Mr. Wilcox and Dr. Sweet on the Bryan place opposite Point Pleasant. He lost a great deal of his means in these enterprises, but he always had a faith that we were in an oil-producing field and he pressed on with the greatest zeal which was admired by even those who regarded his opinions as but vagaries of a diseased imagination. Dr. Wilcox presented him with 100 shares in the oil company which he organized and which will go to work soon as a testimonial of unflinching persistency in the pursuit of a paying well. He was the promoter of one of the best wells in the Addison field, known as the Betz well, but which was ruined by bad work.
     Mr. Betz was unlearned, but he had a good fund of common sense and some very admirable characteristics. He was kindly in disposition, charitable and helpful to his fellow men whom he liked and was a good citizen with very few enemies. He was insured in the Metropolitan Insurance Company and will receive $140. We do not know whether he has other insurances or not. There were nine brothers and two sisters in his parents' family. His brothers surviving are Amos of Raccoon Township; John of Richmond VA; George and Smith of Lincoln, NE; Colonel and Oliver here and Mrs. Eva Adrian, back of Steubenville. He left children, Rose and Asbury, one other, Albert, being dead several years.
     It is regretted that he could not have lived to see the grand object of his life realized, the sinking of a paying oil well in Gallia County. Had he done so, he would have been the happiest man alive.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday evening, April 2, 1903
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

     The funeral services of Mr. Ethanile Betz will be conducted at his late residence on Sycamore Street by Rev. A. H. Beavin at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, the burial will follow at Pine Street by Wetherholt.

[Note: Co I, 10th OH Militia]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 2, 1903
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                                 Top of Page


Betz, James S.

Death of James Betz

     Death again enters into another home and removes a kind father and loving husband in the person of James Betz, who passed away quietly, and almost without warning. He had always been a strong and healthy man until two weeks ago he commenced to complain of shortness of breath, but still continued his daily routine of business. He came home Wednesday evening from work feeling worse than usual, and about 11 o'clock he called his wife up telling her that he was feeling quite badly. A neighbor was called and as he rapidly grew worse medical aid was summoned, but he passed away at 3 o'clock Thursday morning before aid reached him. His sudden death was supposed to be heart trouble.
     Mr. Betz was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, January 17, 1828 and spent his early years in the rural districts, following the occupation of a farmer. He was married November 7, 1850 to Miss Rebecca Margaret Tweed, daughter of Gen. William Tweed, a resident of Harrison County. A year later they came to this county and have since resided here. There was born to them seven children, all of whom are alive and scattered in various places. Three are in Lincoln, Neb., one in Cincinnati and one in Columbus and one son, Orin, engaged in the tinning business here. He also leaves two sisters and three brothers. It seems singular, but his father dropped dead while riding a horse; his uncle died while sitting in a chair, as did also his sister.
     The last few years Mr. Betz has been engaged in the steel roofing business and has been quite successful. He was a highly honored and respected man, and his bereaved family have the deepest sympathy of all.

[Note: buried in Mound Hill Cemetery; date of death 2 May 1895]

Gallipolis Journal
Sat. May 4, 1895
Vol. LX, No. 25
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin      


Betz, James S.

     James S. Betz died suddenly at 2:00 o'clock Thursday morning, at his home in the suburbs of this city. His death was caused by heart trouble, from which he had been a sufferer for many years. The summons came suddenly, the begining of the fatal attack not occurring until about 11:00 o'clock Wednesday night. When it was realized that the seizure was serious, Dr. F. A. Cromley was summoned, but before he could reach the bedside death had come.
     Mr. Betz was a respected citizen, and as a business man, neighbor and friend had the esteem of all of his acquaintances. He was a devoted husband and father, and his death is a sorrowful blow to those left behind.
     He was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, and was 87 years old on the 17th of January, 1895. For 51 years he had been a resident of Gallia County, and since 1879 made his home in Gallipolis Township. In November 1850, he married Rebecca Margaret Tweed, of Harrison County, Ohio, who survives him.
     Seven children were born to them, all of whom are living - William T., John A., and Laura M. of Nebraska, James H. and Eliza A., of Cincinnati, Oliver O., of Columbus and Orion H. of Gallipolis.

Gallipolis Bulletin
May 4, 1895
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                         Top of Page


Bickel, Salmon

     Born in Perry Township in 1831, the second youngest of nine children, to Anthony and Dinah Bickel. He married Susan Harrington Aug. 7, 1855. He was employed as a school teacher. He served in Co. M, 7th OVC and was captured in battle at Rogersville, Tennessee on Nov. 6, 1863. He was first brought to Belle Isle Prison near Richmond, VA but in the spring of 1864 he was transferred to the Andersonville Prison in Georgia where he died on May 13. He is survived by his wife, parents, a son, John 6, a daughter, Josephine 5, and eight brothers and sisters; Aaron, Abraham, Mary (Fuller), Malinda (Wise), Robert, Charles, Nancy (Taylor), and George. He is buried in the National Cemetery at Andersonville, Georgia.

[Note: Obituary constructed from information from military records from the National Archives and census and marriage records.]

Transcribed by Neil Elvick


Bing, Alpheus S.

Death of Mr. A.S. Bing
     It is with sorrow that we announce the death of Mr. A.S. Bing, which occurred at his home in Addison Township on Tuesday evening last, November 3, 1896. He was 68 years of age. He was in town a short time ago, and made us a pleasant call. During the conversation, he said his health had not been good for sometime past, but that he was feeling better and hoped for permament improvement. Shortly after returning home he was attacked by typhoid fever, which resulted in his death. He was a good citizen, an affectionate father, and a kind neighbor, and his death will be keenly felt wherever he was known.

[Note: He served as a Squirrel Hunter. He is buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire Township.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
November 7, 1896
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Bing, Charles

Death of Charles Bing
     Charles H. Bing was born on Oct. 5, 1840 at Addison, Gallia County, Ohio, and departed this life on September 6, 1916. Had he lived until Oct. 5th he would have been 76 years old. He was the son of the late James and Sarah Bing and leaves a brother Samuel R. Bing of Addison and sisters, Mrs. G. R. Viars of Addison and Mrs. D. C. Bigalow of California.
     He enlisted in Co. E., 56th Regt. Of O.V. I. on Nov. 2, 1861, and served four and one half years in the Army of the Tennessee under Grant.
     In 1867 he was united in marriage to Barbara E. Loucks and to this union were born two children. One of them died in infancy, and the other, Mrs. Jennie Gray, lives near Peidmont, Kansas.
     They came to Cowley County, Kansas, in 1870, and the following year the mother died. In June 1873, he was married to Sarah A. Lanier. To this union were born eight children: J. Clyde Bing, C. Arthur Bing, Mrs. Lola Murrey, Mrs. Jessie Crouch, Mrs. Nellie Carr, Lawrence L. Bing (who died in infancy) Melvin Bing and Edith L. Bing. He is also survived by thirty-two grandchildren and one great grandchild.
     He removed with his family to Butler County, Kansas, in 1893, and was elected County Commissioner in 1903 and served his county faithfully and conscientiously until 1907.
     Charles Bing was a true man, a firm friend, a loving and devoted husband and father. He commanded the respect and esteem of a large circle of friends, who loved him for his quiet gentlemanly ways and conduct.
He made a profession of his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior and Redeemer some moths ago to his friend, Rev. H. J. Baccard, who conducted the funeral service in the front yard of his home, under the trees of which the deceased had spent the evenings of the last years of his life, on Thursday, Sept. 7th at 11 A.M. from the text Matthew 11:28, "come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Interment was made in the Latham cemetery.
     Much sympathy from many friends helped to comfort the sorrowing ones. The attendance at the obsequies was large, and among the friends present were several of his old comrades of the war, who acted as pall bearers.

[Note: Latham Cemetery is in Butler County, Kansas.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
October 26, 1916
Page 3
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Bing, George W.

George W. Bing
     Mr. George W. Bing, 77, died at his home at Long Beach, California, Saturday, January 22 after long suffering from Cancer. The body will be brought to Cheshire for burial, probably Saturday or Sunday, the interment to made in Gravel Hill cemetery.
     Mr. Bing was a native of Cheshire Township, where he resided nearly all his life, removing to California some four years ago.
     In early life he married Miss Samantha Coughenour and they became the parents of Mr. Ed Bing of Cheshire, Mrs. C. O. Clark of Rio Grande, Mrs. W. H. Gee, and Harry Bing of Columbus, Dana Bing of Paso Robles, California and Mrs. A. W. Carl of Gallipolis.  He is survived by his second wife, formerly Miss Adlaide Ralston.
     Mr. Bing was a civil war soldier and a fine gentleman with host of warm firends here.  He visited here a year ago and during his return journey was stricken with the disease which caused his death.

The Gallia Times
Vol. XXII No. 4
Thursday, Jan. 27, 1921

Almost a year prior to his death, which occurred on Jan. 22, 1921, Mr. George W. Bing wrote an account of his life for publication after his death. In compliance with his request it is herewith presented:

Long Beach, Ca. Jan 10 1920
     I was born Nov.8, 1841. I spent the most of the early part of my life on a farm neas Cheshire, going to the district school three month of the year. When about 16 years of age, the Rev. P. W. Perry, a Free Will Baptist minister, came into out midst and started a select school in what was know then as the Guthrie Hall. I attended this school seven months the first year. My father having met a disaster financially, said I would work in the farm mornings and evenings he would pay my tution and buy my books. This is gladly accepted and tried faithfully to perform my part of the contract.
     The next year I went six months to the same principal at the same place. At the end of that school year I went before the Gallia County Board of Examiners for a certificate to teach school, which was granted for one year by A. C. Sears, Hon. Alex Vance and Judge David Hebbard. I taught my first school at what was known as Yale College in Addison township, getting for my services for three months $60 and board among scholars. The treasurer of Addison township paid me in Wheeling W. Va. money, which was a discount of 15 per cent. After that I find my own schooling going again to Rev. R. J. Poston a short time, then one term Rev. P. W. Perry at Cheshire Academy. For eight years I then taught winter schools at Turkey Run, Scott Run, Old Kyger, Carlton and Faneull Hall.
     At the age of eighteen my thoughts were turned to a religious life. At meeting help by my former teachers. P. W. Perry and R. J. Poston at Old Kyger Baptist Church, I was converted. For two years I led the life outside the church, but believing in union there is strength two years later under the preaching of Rev. O. E. Baker I was baptized and taken into ful connection with the first Kyger F. W. Baptist Church.
     In the year 1865, June 8, I was married to Samantha C. Coughenour by Rev. O. E. Baker. To this union were born six children--Lottie B Clark, J. Ed Bing, Anna J. Gee, Lora A. Carl, Dana G. Bing, and Harry B. Bing.
After 43 years of happy married life my dear wife was taken and the family ties broken.
     I have always tried to be loyal and true to my country. I served in the 16th Ohio Battalion, Company A., National Guard, for two years. In 1864 the Governor of Ohio issued an order to consolidate the different battalions into regiments. Our regiment was the 141st Ohio. Then the governor [sic - there appears to be some words left out here, possibly should read -- the governor transferred the 141st regiment] into the U.S. service and only one company in the state refused to enter service for 100 days. My company I served in was Company D.
     I spent 73 years of my life on the Ohio River in Gallia County, Ohio. I came to California in 1915, and have been a resident of Long Beach ever since. On June 15, 1915, I was united in marriage to Addie Raiston by Red James H. Lash with whom I have lived a pleasant life.

The Gallia Times
Gallipolis Ohio
Vol XXIII No. 6
Feb 10, 1921
Contributed by Carolyn Cogar                                                              Top of Page


Bing, J. Melvin

Death of J. M. Bing
     Mr. J. M. Bing died at his home at Carrollton, La., Thursday, Nov. 21, 1901. He was born at Addison, this county, November 4, 1842.  He was a veteran of the civil war, enlisting in the 56th O.V.I. when 19 years of age.  In 1866 he was united in marriage at New Orleans to Miss Elizabeth Ryan, who preceded him in death eight years ago.  Mr. Bing took for a second wife Miss Mary L. Corry.  By his first wife he was the father of three children, Sallie, William and Mortimer, all living.  Seven children was the result of his second marriage.  The deceased leaves a sister, Mrs. G.R. Viars, and a brother, Mr. S.R. Bing, both of Addison.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Nov. 29, 1901
Transcribed by Charles Wright


Bing, John J.

Death of J.J. Bing
     Mr. John J. Bing, of Addison, 86 years old, died Tuesday morning May 15, 1906, after illness of one year, and confined to his bed with the infirmities of old age for six months. His funeral was a 2 o'clock this afternoon and the burial at Gravel Hill cemetery.
     He was an extremely fine old man had been a magistrate for years, came within a vote or two of being elected Sheriff on the Democratic ticket once and was highly respected by every one. He left an aged companion and three living children, Mrs. Almira Donnally of Racine, and sons Billy, pilot on a Kanawha tow boat, and Lon at home upon whom the old folks have leaned in their declining years. With all who knew him we join in sympathy for the family and will ever remember him with kindness.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 16, 1906
Transcribed by Henny Evans

Bing, John J.

Good Man Gone
     Mr. John J. Bing died at his home in Cheshire, Tuesday May 15, 1906. He was born on the farm on which he spent his life and died, on October 31, 1820, and was therefore aged 85 years, 6 months and 14 days. William Bing, his father, was a native of Augusta County, Va., and his mother was a Connecticut lady, both dying when he was only 12 years of age.
     Mr. Bing was married to Mary Jane Rathburn in October 1844, and four children blessed this union; Mrs. Mira M. Danley of Racine, Wm. H. Bing of cincinnati, Alonzo E. Bing at home and J. Frank Bing who died in 1890. His aged wife also survives him. His brother Dr. James Bing of Portsmouth and sister Philenda Vanzant of Kyger are both dead. Mr. Bing was a member of the Masons and for many years served as a Justice of Peace in Cheshire township. Always honorable and upright he stood high in his community and leaves a wide circle of friends in Gallia and Meigs county to honor his memory.
     The funeral services were held Wednesday at his late residence by Rev. A.B. Davis, interment following in beautiful Gravel Hill cemetery.

[Note: He served as a Squirrel Hunter.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
May 18, 1906
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Bing, Thomas Marlow

Squire Bing Dead
    Thomas Marlow Bing, one of the best known and highly respected residents of this county, passed away at his home at Bidwell on Monday, March 13, 1916. He had been ill and confined to his room about a year before death received his sufferings.
     Mr. Bing was born near Pinegrove, this county, 80 years last September. He served in Co. F 141st O. V. I during the Civil War. He was twice married. His first wife was Sarah Waddell, they became the parents of Mrs. George Swingle of Union Furnace, Mrs. Ed McCormick of Gallipolis, Simeom H. Bing, President of Rio Grande College, Horace M. Bing of Delaware, Mrs. M. L. Donnally, Northup. Mrs. Anson R. Fox and Miss Loma Bing of Columbus. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. S. J. Roberts of Rodney.
     After the death of his wife Mr. Bing married Miss Romaine Liddy, who survives him. Before moving to Bidwell, Mr. Bing resided at Rodney until about ten years ago. He was a member of the M. E. Church and a fine man.
     The funeral services were held at Bidwell Church Thursday morning at Ten o'clock by Rev. J. H. F. Parkins. Interment followed in the cemetery there.

The Gallia Times
Vol. XVIII No. 12
Mar. 22, 1916
Contributed by Carolyn Cogar


Bird, Charles W.

C. W. Bird is Dead

Was a Well Known Lawyer--Passed Away at His Home Here Last Wednesday.
     Attorney Charles W. Bird died at his home on Pine street Wednesday evening, October 6, 1909, aged 69 years. Mr. Bird was born in Highland county, Virginia, and came to Gallipolis in 1870. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Brown at Graham Station, W. Va., October 13, 1863. He taught school several years, being the first teacher in the free schools of Mason City, W. Va., where he was principal over three schools. He served several years in the pension department at Washington, was Mayor of Gallipolis two terms, councilman and Justice of the Peace for several years. He was a good, sound lawyer and enjoyed a good practice before he lost his health. He was a member of the K. of P.'s and Masons and the latter will have charge of the funeral, which will be held Friday afternoon by Rev. Cherrington, interment following at Pine street by Undertaker Wetherholt. The bar will attend the services in a body. 
     He is survived by his wife and three children, W. G. Bird, Mrs. J. E. Watts, of Pittsburg, and Mrs. L. Y. Petty, of Washington, D. C. He was a kind-hearted, honorable man and many friends will regret his death.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Oct. 8, 1909, No. 42
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                           Top of Page


Birney, John

John Birney Dead
     The following account of the death of John Birney, colored, at Rutland, will be of interest to many Gallia Countians. He has attended our soldiers' reunions, and was well known over the north end of the county.
John Birney, one of the oldest and most highly respected colored men of this section, died at his home above the village Friday evening after some weeks of illness of a general breakdown due to old age.
     Mr. Birney was born a slave near Macon, Georgia. He was born [sic] a young man when the Civil war broke out and was taken into the rebel army as servant to his young master who was an officer. After about two years service the master was killed and his body sent home, but young Birney was set to building breastworks in front of Atlanta, and was thus engaged when Sherman's dashing Yankee boys appeared on the scene. One of them sent a ball through the high top hat which John was wearing and he told his companions that he was through with that job. He broke and run and the rest followed suit. Some of them were captured by the Yankees but John made his way back to his home plantation. After Atlanta was taken and Sherman was on his march to the sea he passed near John's place. A foraging party found John driving a four-mule team. They loaded up the wagon with provisions and induced him to drive it into the
Union camp. Here Lieut. Bart Boice took him in charge and made him his cook which position he retained till the close of the war two years later. Here, too, he was introduced to Henry Rawlings who has retained a warm friendship for him all these years.
     The discharges for this division of the army were made out at Little Rock, Arkansas, but were not delivered to the soldiers till they reached Camp Dennison back of Cincinnati. Lieut. Boice brought John with him to Camp Dennison and then home to Kyger. John started in life anew in that neighborhood, married Mary Ann, daughter of John Williams, who lived in the Bingham neighborhood. His entire married life has been spent in Rutland township where he has raised a family of eleven children, five of whom are still living and four were at his funeral. His wife passed away some years ago.

Gallia Times
February 19, 1920
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Black, George F.

     George was born July 26, 1842 in Vinton County, Ohio to Benjamin and Harriet Holcomb Black. He enlisted in Co. C, 139th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 1864 and served a little over 3 months. He was a farm laborer and married Maryland Tyler in Gallia County in 1866. She died in 1886 and he remarried to Hannah Jones in 1893. They moved to Ross County, Ohio where he died October 19, 1927. He is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Scioto Township, Ross County, Ohio.

Created obit from Ewing family research of Nancy Hanks Ewing and other records
October 1927
Created by Henny Evans


Blackaller, Henry M.

     Died, of Yellow Fever, at San Antonio, Texas, July 12th, 1867, Lieut. H.M. Blackaller, 9th Cavalry, U.S.A., aged 28 years, 11 months and 28 days.

[In another column of this paper, the following:]
     Lieut. Henry M. Blackaller died suddenly at San Antonio, Texas, of that terrible scourge, the Yellow Fever, Friday, July 12th. His friends here received the sad news by telegram the next day. Lieut. Blackaller, after serving faithfully in the war, had a short time ago received an appointment in the regular army, and was ordered to report for duty in Texas. He has just reached his destination, when he carried off by this fatal disease. Lieut. Blackaller was a christian gentleman in the highest sense of the term, and during his short residence among us had won the respect of every one. His family has the sympathy of the community in this, their second affliction.

The Gallipolis Journal
July 18, 1867
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blackaller, Henry M.

     Headquarters Post 134 G.A.R., Gallipolis, Ohio, July 15th, 1867
     At a special meeting of Post 134, G.A.R., the following resolutions were adopted:

Whereas, it hath pleased God in his providence to remove by death our beloved comrade, 1st Lieut. Henry M. Blackaller, of the 9th U. S. Cavalry, who but recently left us in the full enjoyment of health and vigor, to enter upon his duties on the frontier, we, as a mark of our attachment to him and in sympathy for his bereaved relatives, adopt these resolutions;
Resolved, That in the death of our comrade Henry M. Blackaller, the Post of Gallipolis has lost a most honorable member, the country a worthy, high minded, gallant officer and brave defender, and his family a kind and affectionate member.
Resolved, That the comrades of this Post hereby extend to the bereaved family their most heart-felt sympathy, in this, their second great affliction.
Resolved, That in the removal of one of our comrades in the full prime and vigor of early manhood, we are reminded that "there is but one step between us and the grave," and are admonished to be prepared for the great change which awaits us,
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished the Gallipolis Journal, and a copy of the same be then forwarded to Col. Hatch, commanding his regiment. L. Z. Cadot, W. S. Newton, Chas. F. Vanden, Com.; M. V. B. Kenedy, Post Com'r. A. W. Kearns, Post Adjutant
N. B. Portsmouth and Ironton papers please copy.

The Gallipolis Journal
July 18, 1867
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Blackburn, Stephen H.

Head Qtr’s 141 Reg. O. N. G.
Barberville [sic], W. Va. July 6 64
     Mr. Ed—If it be your pleasure, we deem it duty we owe to a faithful soldier and to his numerous relatives and acquaintances, to notice, through your columns the death of Stephen Blackburn of Cheshire, member of Co. D Capt. A. O. Mauck, who died of typhoid pneumonia, in hospital at Barbourville, early on the morning of the 5th inst.
     His constitution was infirm—Could have been exempted from service, if he had demanded. But more than willing to serve his country at such a time as this, he joined his Co. as soon after their leaving as health admitted, remained a few weeks, did what he could, until by death, he received his final discharge. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. But he was a good man, and died in hope of immortal life.
     His Co. are contributing a handsome present to his widow as a testimonial of their regard. At Barbourville, not only the escort provided for by the regulations was given, but the whole command joined in precession and accompanied to just outside the lines, where appropriate services were attended to, when the corpse was removed away to Swan Creek, for burial by and among his friends. E.

[According to U. S. Civil War Soldier Records & Profiles on Ancestry.com, Stephen H. Blackburn enlisted in Company D Ohio 141st Infantry Regisment on 02 May 1864 and was mustered out on 05 Jul 1864 at Barboursville, WV. He was the son of John Blackburn and Sarah Walden and is buried in Blake cemetery].

Gallipolis Journal
Thursday, July 14, 1864
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Blackburn, Stephen H.

     Died, at Barboursville, Va., of Typhoid Fever, Stephen H. Blackburn, a member of Co. D, 141st O.N.G., from Cheshire, Gallia county, Ohio. Aged 33 years.

Gallipolis Journal
July 14, 1864
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes                                                                 Top of Page


Blagg, Harvey

Aged Veteran Gone
     Mr. Harvey Blagg died at the home of his son, Frank Blagg, Sunday evening, aged 79 years. He had been in feeble health for some time and his demise was not unexpected. He was born in this county near Rio Grande and had lived here almost his entire life. He leaves three sons, Frank, Burt and John, and one daughter, Mrs. Leroy Duvall. He was a veteran of the civil war, having been a member of 18th Ohio Battery under Capt. Chas. Aleshire, and was a quiet, inoffensive old gentleman, well liked by all who knew him.
     The funeral services were conducted Tuesday by Rev. Frank Richards, interment at Salem by Hayward & Son.
     The relatives desire to thank all the neighbors and friends for the many courtesies extended during his last sickness.

[Note: Date of death: January 17, 1904, year of birth: 1825; buried in Salem Baptist Cemetery, Perry Twp., Gallia County.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
January 22, 1904
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin


Blagg, Jno J.

     Capt. Jno J. Blagg died Monday afternoon, aged 74 years. Capt Blagg was born in this county, and spent his whole life here. He was known far and wide as a steamboatman and especially as the Captian of the Ohios a line of magnificent steamers of which four bore the name. He built them also. He was well liked as an officer and was noted afar for his accommodation and politeness. He left the river eight years ago and established a grocery establishment where he spent most of his time. He leaves a widow, four sons, and two daughters.
     The funeral services will be conducted at the M.E. Church, this Wednesday afternoon, by Rev. C. F. Creighton. Peace to the ashes of a good citizen gone.

The Gallipolis Journal
Vol. XLVI
No. 24
Thursday, April 21, 1881                                                                                 Top of Page


Blake, Areus L.

     Areus L. Blake, aged 33 years, corporal Co. A, 56th Regt. O. V. I. Enlisted from Springfield township, Gallia county, Ohio, Sept. 26th, 1861; wounded at the siege of Vicksburg, Miss., and died in Hospital at Memphis, Tenn., July 11th, 1863, unmarried.

[Note: The above is taken from a list of those who died in the war. He is buried in Bethel Cemetery in Addison Township.]

The Gallipolis Journal
September 7, 1865
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Blake, Cincinnatus B.

C. B. Blake Dead
     Cincinnatus B. Blake, aged 88, died last Friday afternoon. April 5, 1918, at the home of his son, A. F. Blake, in Huntington. His last illness extended over a period of two weeks. The funeral services were held Sunday at Swan Creek, the county.
     Mr. Blake was born in 1830 near Swan Creek. In 1856 he married Miss Gratia Fuller, daughter of General A. T. F. Fuller of Lawrence Co. She died three years ago.
     During his earlier years. Mr. Blake did much river boating and commanded several steamers. Later, from 1880 to '84 he served two terms as sheriff of Gallia County. Following that he retired to his farm in the lower end of this county, and after the death of his wife made his home in Huntington. He was a Civil War Veteran, having served as first Lieutnant of Company H. Fourth Virginia in many important campaigns and received his discharge at the end of the war.
     Five sons, A. F. Blake of Huntington, C. B. Blake of Louisville, C. C. and E. E. Blake of Oklahoma City, survive their father. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Martha Moore of Gallipolis, and Mrs. Julis Easton of Proctorville.

The Gallia Times
Gallipolis, Ohio
Vol. XX  No. 15
Wed. April 10, 1918
Contributed by Carolyn Cogar


C. B. Blake Dead
     C. B. Blake, 88, died Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the home of his son, A. F. Blake, 1100 9th Avenue.  Mr. Blake had been ill for several weeks, although he had enjoyed fairly good health until about two months prior to his death.
     He was a Civil War veteran, having been 1st lieutenant of Co. H., Fourth Virginia Volunteers, U. S. Infantry. He took part in many important campaigns, including the siege of Vicksburg, and continued in the army until the end of the war. 
     Five sons survive.  They are: A. T. Blake, Lieut. C. B. Blake, Jr. Louisville, Ky., C. C. Blake, El Reno Okla.; E. E. Blake, Oklahoma City; Ed. E. Blake, El Reno, Okla.  Two sisters also survive: Mrs. Mattie Moore, Gallipolis, Ohio, and Mrs. Julia Eaton, Proctorville, O. 
     Mr. Blake was born in 1830 at Blake's Landing, near Swan Creek, O.  In 1856 he married Miss Gratia F. Fuller, daughter of Major General A.T.F. Fuller, of Quaker Batallion [sic], Lawrence county, Ohio.  She died there three years ago.  As a riverman Mr. Blake was well known.  He piloted a flat boat from Pittsburg to New Orleans in the early days and operated the Daniel Boone in the Gallipolis and Huntington trade.  Later he went to Louisville and ran the Daniel Boone and other boats in the New Orleans trade.  He was sheriff of his home county, Gallia, O., for two terms from 1880 to 1884. In addition to his many other ventures he operated a silver mine in Colorado, being owner of the Last Chance Mining and Smelting company in that district. The last ten years of his life were spent in quietness at his home, Blake's Landing.  Although well along in years he would not give up and he continued to make long trips to the south without companions.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
April 1918 (From the Huntington Herald Dispatch)
Contributed by Eve Hughes                                                                                Top of Page


Blake, Marcus J.

Death of M. J. Blake
     Mr. Marcus J. Blake died at his home on Cedar Street, Monday morning, June 9, 1902, at half-past two o’clock, aged 72 years. He had been in poor health for sometime and became bedfast Wednesday of last week and became paralyzed on the left side. He was a carpenter by trade, a good workman and well liked by all who knew him. He moved to this city from Springfield Township about 24 years ago.
     His wife, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John N. Kerr, died about seven years ago. The following children survive him: Mary, Mrs. J. W. Richards, of Argentine, Kas.; Milton, Alrie, John, Pearl, Viola and Anna. One brother, Mr. James Blake, of Wooster, also survives him.
     The funeral services were conducted from his late home Wednesday afternoon by Rev. L. L. Magee, interment following at Bethel Churchyard by Wetherholt.

[Note: Squirrel Hunter]

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, June 13, 1902
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Blake, Miles L., Capt.

     The funeral services of Capt. Miles L. Blake will take place at the M.E. Church, at Crown City,
at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 24, and will be conducted by Rev. Patrick Henry.

[Note: He is buried in Miller Cemetery in Lawrence County. He was a member of Co. E, 6th Ohio Infantry and Co. F, 173rd in which unit he was appointed Captain at the age of 23. He was born December 12, 1841 in Virginia.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
May 5, 1885
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Blanc, Henry

     The Dutch Steamer, W.A. Scholton, left Rotterdam last Saturday, for New York, and was sunk that night by colliding with the steamer Rosa Mary, near Dover. A hundred and forty persons are missing. Mr. Herni Blanc whose home is about three miles from this city was drowned and his body recovered. He was the only cabin passenger.
     The death of Mr. Henri Blanc, announced in the daily press, came upon as a shock. He left here October 15th, last, on business connected with an estate left him in Europe, a large portion of which he had already received and in the pursuit of its collection he had crossed the ocean several times. Friday last, a cablegram was received from him, announcing his departure on the ship, which went to the bottom of Dover. Of all the cabin passengers, he was the only victim, and the dispatcher announce(d) that his death was due to violence and not to drowning.
     Mr. Blanc was about 38 years of age and leaves a widow--no children. He was of courtly manners, bright, witty and philosophical with the world's vicissitudes. He lived in elegance and his home was the home of hospitality. The widow, father, brothers and sisters of Mr. Blanc have become in an unexpected moment the victims of great and unbearable grief and they have a host of sad hearts to meet them. The remains will be brought here for interment.

[Note: He served in Co. M, 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and is buried in Mound Hill. At times the intials J.A.F. appear before Henry. According to an article in the New York World, November 21,1887 the Scholton was struck by the Rosa Mary in the fog. On board were 210 with 80 survivors. Missing in first class were Henry Blanco and one other. During the Civil War Henry was a prisoner of war near Columbia, Tennessee but was exchanged. He also survived an explosion on the Steamer Sultana at Memphis April 27, 1865.]

Gallipolis Journal
November 23, 1887
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Blankenship, Stephen V.

Death of Mr. Blankenship
     Mr. Stephen Blankenship of Mercerville, 70 years old or more died at Mercerville at 6:30 Wednesday evening after three weeks' illness with dropsy. Funeral at 10 a.m. Friday at Mercerville. He was an old soldier totally blind, and recevied a pension of $100
a month, and was a fine old man.

[Note: He served in Co. B, 173rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry and is buried in Mercerville Cemetery, 1837-October 10, 1906.]

Gallipolis Journal
October 11, 1906
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Blazer, Adam

     Mr. Adam Blazer, of Green Township, died last Saturday morning at six o’clock. He was 71 years old and was one of the most highly esteemed citizens of his Township.
     He was buried Sunday afternoon, at Centenary. Mr. Blazer’s trouble was an obstruction of the bowels that no professional skill could alleviate. A post mortem was held on the remains last Saturday afternoon, and it was found that a stricture of the bowels had taken place that necessarily baffled all human skill.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Tuesday, May 4, 1886

     BLAZER - Died on the morning of May 1st, 1886, at his residence in Green Tp., after a most painful illness from obstruction of the bowels, Adam Blazer, in the 71st year of his age. He was born near where he died July 10, 1815, and always lived in the same place. He was brought up under the auspices of the Presbyterian Church, but no organization of that denomination being convenient, he united with the M. E. Church many years ago, and has always lived a consistent Christian life.
     He was married to Miss Mary Warner, April 2d, 1846, by Rev. Hiram R. Howe, and reared a family of four children, two sons and two daughters, all of whom, together with their mother, live to mourn their loss of a kind husband and father, whose labors ended, has, we trust, entered upon the inheritance of the finally faithful, leaving behind the imperishable jewels of a spotless reputation.
     On Sabbath morning, before his demise, he called his family around the altar and invoked the mercy of an all-wise Providence and His blessings upon himself and family, commending all to the care of Him, who doeth all things well. He was resigned to his impending fate, expressing himself ready for the change, and although his last hours were attended with untold suffering, his faculties remained unimpaired to the last, and the change came as serenely as comes the closing day.
     He leaves behind, in his life and character, an example worthy of imitation. Thus passed away a good man from the din and discord of earth to mingle in the peace and harmony of Heaven. Peace to his slumbering dust, and immortality to his sacred memory.

[Note: Teamster in the Civil War]

Gallipolis Bulletin
Tuesday, May 4, 1886
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                         Top of Page


Blazer, Morris

     Died, September 16, 1864, in the U. S. Hospital, Clarysville, Md., Morris T. Blazer, son of Phillip and Abigail Blazer, in the 20th year of his age. He felt it his duty to enter the service of his country. He had strong ties binding him to his home, but these could not overpower the stern voice of honor and duty. He was wounded on the 20th of July at the battle of Winchester, the ball passing through the left thigh, which caused extreme suffering, but bravely did he endure and patiently bear his affliction. [ . . . ]
    In the summer of 1862, he volunteered in the 91st Ohio Reg't., a member of Company B. He longed to recover that he might accomplish something for his country. [ . . . ] His memory will be cherished by kindred hearts. R. A.

[Note: Some records show he died August 9 of wounds received July 20, 1864 at Stevenson’s Depot, Virginia. He is buried in Winchester National Cemetery, Winchester, Virginia.]

The Gallipolis Journal
January 19, 1865
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Blazer, Phillip

Capt. Phillip Blazer Died in Florida
     Captain Phillip Blazer who was one of the soldiers of the Civil War and well known Gallia county resident, died Thursday at Punta Gorda, Florida. He has relatives in this city and the surrounding vicinty.
Further particulars will be given Saturday. The remains are expected here Sunday for burial.

[Note: He served in Co. M, 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. He is buried in Mound Hill Cemetery, Oct. 17, 1831-Jan.16 , 1919. It is uncertain as to why he had the title Capt. as he was not a Capt. in the Civil War according to rosters.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
January 17,1919

Capt. Phillip Blazer

     Capt. Phillip Blazer, 84, almost a life-long resident of Green township, this county, died last Friday at his house in Punta Gorda, Fla. The funeral and burial will be in Gallipolis Wednesday. He is survived by fours sons, Harry of Florida, Millard of Wyoma, W.Va., William at Huntington and Eugene at Bidwell.
     Capt. Blazer was a fine old gentleman, and he is gathered to his fathers ripe in years and good deeds.

Gallia Times
January 22, 1919
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Blazer, Richard, Capt.

     Capt. Richard Blazer was taken down with yellow fever at his residence in this city on Saturday, the 26th alt., and died Thursday afternoon of the 29th. He is supposed to have acquired the germ of the disease while in attendance on his brother's family, Mr. J.J. Blazer, some weeks ago, and taking a severe cold recently it was developed, causing a fatal termination. Captain Blazer was Sheriff of Gallia County for three years, and served in the late war with considerable distinction. Blazer's Scouts which he commanded, and from whom the Scouts took their name, was most as much of a terror to the rebels as Mosby's Guerillas were to the union people. His friends have the sympathy of all.

[Note: He is buried in Mound Hill Cemetery, April 12, 1829-October 29, 1878. Co. A, 91st OVI]

Gallipolis scrapbook
November 1878
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                           Top of Page


Blazer, Simeon

Simeon Blazer Dead
     Mr. Simeon Blazer died at his home down near the Lawrence County line last Friday morning, Sep. 25, 1903, after a long illness of chronic diarrhea, a disease he contracted in the army. He had been on the decline for several years, but had been bedfast for the past six months. The funeral services were conducted at Walnut Ridge last Saturday by Rev. Archie Chapman.
     Mr. Blazer was the son of Mrs. Jacob Blazer and was born and raised below Gallipolis. He drew a pension for injuries sustained in the civil war and was highly respected citizen and a member of the United Brethern Church.
     He was 58 years old and left a wife and six sons and two daughters, all married except two of the boys, one of whom, Ernest, is in the Philippines in the U. S. Army.
     He also left one brother, Milton, of Bulaville, and three sisters, Mrs. Lev Sweeney, Mrs. Hiram Houk and Melissa, at home.

[Note: Co B, 193rd O.V.I.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
Sept. 1903
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin


Blessing, John R., Major

     Gallia county in the death of Maj. John R. Blessing, of the 91st O.V., has sustained a loss of one of her best and most highly respectable citizens. Few men within her limits, had so extensive a circle of friends. Upright and honest in all his dealings, he transacted a large amount of business, with a conscientious regard for the rights of others, and upon principles of the most sterling integrity. Devoted to the cause of the Union, from the beginning of the rebellion he was untiring in his efforts in behalf of his country. With him treason was a crime deserving the harshest punishment. He raised in this county at his own cost, in the summer of 1861, a company of Cavalry, and proceeded with them to Columbus, but owing to "red tape influence," was obliged to disband and come home.
     Upon the organization of the 91st O.V., he was chosen as Major, and entered on the duties of the office with all the ardor and energy common to his nature. But the fatigues of camp life, were too severe for his constitution, naturally weak, and after a severe illness caused by inflammation of the stomach, during which he suffered greatly, he died at his residence on Friday last, whither he had been removed a few days previous from the camp of the 91st, near Gauley. His family has sustained an irreparable loss. His Regiment and the whole community equally so.
     His remains were followed to the grave by an immense concourse of people. The military honors were performed by the Trumbull Guards and Hospital corps.

The Gallipolis Journal
April 16, 1863
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blessing, John R., Major

     Major John R. Blessing of the 91st died on April 10th '63. He raised at his own cost in '61 a company, but owing to some red tape performance at Columbus, was compelled to disband them and came home. On the organization of the 91st he was made Major of the regiment. He was held in the greatest esteem, and no larger funeral was ever seen in this county than his.

[Note: This notice was found in an article "Reminiscences of '63" in an 1897 newspaper. He is buried in Centenary Cemetery in Green Township.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
December 14, 1897
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Blosser, John W.

     Died, on the 17th inst. of, congestion of the lungs, John W. Blosser of Springfield Township, aged 32 years, 8 months, 6 days. He leaves a wife and two small children to mourn his loss; but they mourn not as others which have no hope, for he died in the hope of an endless life.

[Note: He served as a Squirrel Hunter. He is buried in Fairview (Long) Cemetery in Springfield Township.]

Gallipolis Journal
December 29, 1864
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Boatman, Aaron

Aaron Boatman Of Kerr dies in 73rd Year-- Buried Sunday
     Aaron Boatman a highly respected citizen of Kerr died Friday evening at eight o'clock of stomach trouble and its complications. He was about 72 years of age and had lived in Kerr for life past four years. He was formerly a resident of Morgan Tp. where he was born. He was a solidier in the Civil War and a good, law abiding citizen. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. John Rathburn of Eno and Mrs. Orr Davis of Harris and two sisters.
     The funeral was held at Pine Grove Church near Rowlesville Sunday, conducted by Rev. Earrer of Bidwell. Burial by Undertaker Glassburn.

The Gallipolis Journal
Vol.93 no. 79
March 22, 1911
Contributed by Carolyn Cogar                                                                         Top of Page


Boatman, Isaac

DEATHS

Boatman
     It is with deep regret that we are compelled to announce the death of one of Gallia County's best citizens, Mr. Isaac Boatman. The demise occurred at his late residence Friday, Sep. 2, 1904, after a siege with paralysis.
     Mr. Isaac Boatman was born in Columbiana County April 30, 1840, and came to this county with his parents when only six years of age. His grandfather, Barnes Boatman, was a soldier in the revolution and at the age of 60 married a girl of 16, to whom were born ten children. Isaac enlisted in the 53rd Ohio Regiment in '61 and served under Gen. Sherman most of the time. He rose to be a Lieutenant and was a staff officer of Col. Boulton. After the war he went to Mississippi and was elected Sheriff of Tunica County for three years. In the year 1866, at Austin, Miss., he was married to Miss Jennie Ellison, of West Union, O., and they became the parents of Arthur, John and Mary, the wife of Dr. Joe Johnston. Mrs. Boatman died in 1886 and he married the widow of Lewis Mauck, who lived until a few years ago, when she died of blood poisoning. Since his second wife's death he has lived with his son John at Kyger on his fine farm of about 400 acres, which he purchased on his return from Mississippi in 1870.
     The funeral services were held at the Free Will Baptist Church, being conducted by Rev. W. L. Gladdish. The obsequies were under the auspices of Siloam Lodge, F. & A. M. The pall-bearers were six of his G.A. R. comrades, D.H. Lasley, William Bradbury, John Halliday, John Rupe and Oliver Lyle, who laid him to rest in Gravel Hill Cemetery.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Vol. XXXVII, No. 46
Sept. 9, 1904
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin


Bocock, Joel F.

     An old soldier named Bowcock [sic] died in the Infirmary last week, without a mourner, outside of the G.A.R. Post, to follow him to the grave. It is a disgrace to the American people and shame that any man who fought for the flag of our Union should have to spend his last days in a County Infirmary.

[Note: He served in Co. B, 173rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry and is buried in Pine Street Cemetery, 1824-July 2, 1888.]

Gallipolis Journal
July 11, 1888
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                          Top of Page


Boggs, Hamilton

DIED
     In Morgan Township, Gallia County, Ohio, Oct. 22d, 1878, after a lingering illness, Mr. Hamilton Boggs.
Funeral services were ably conducted by Rev. H. Willis, with a few very appropriate closing remarks by Rev. Hiram Howe. Text, Romans 8th chapter and 18th verse.
     The deceased was born in Raccoon Township, near Centreville, in this county, in the year 1812; moved to the farm on which he died, thirty years ago; has been an active member of the Christian Church for the last twenty-seven years, a large portion of thr time acting as a deacon of said church, and always holding church above everything else. His companion died over two years ago.

[Note: He served as a Squirrel Hunter and is buried in Clark Chapel in Morgan Township.]

Gallipolis paper found in scrapbook
1878
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Boggs, James A.

OBITUARY
James A. Boggs
     James A. Boggs departed this life June 22, 1889, aged 45 years 10 months and 7 days. He was a member of the M.E. Church, having united with Bethesda when but fifteen years old and lived a consistent Christian until his death. He wan an honest,upright man; mild in disposition and kind and obliging in manner.
     During his short life here he made many friends, who with relatives mourn his loss. He will be greatly missed by society and the church but nowhere so much as his loving home where his widow and five fatherless children mourn their loss.
     The funeral services were held on Monday forenoon at Bethesda Church, the services being conducted by Rev. Colwell and burial under the direction of Mr. Wetherholt, undertaker.

Asleep in Jesus! Blessed Sleep!
From which none wake to weep.

[Note: Civil War - Co. F, 141st OVI]

Gallipolis Paper
June 22, 1889
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Boice, Augustin

Numerous Heirs
     Following out the procedure necessary under the law to settle up the estate of the late Augustine Boice, former Gallia Countian, who died at his home in Indianapolis, a most peculiar state of affairs has been found to exist. This peculiarity lies in the great number of heirs to a part of Mr. Boice's estate--namely, his farm in Cheshire township. Although a childless man, Mr. Boice's heirs total 291.
     The title of the case filed in probate court is The Union Trust Co. of Indianapolis, administrator of the estate of Augustin Boice, deceased, vs. Mary A. Boice and 290 others. It is a suit to sell what is known as the Jacob Boice 400-acre farm in Cheshire township, not far from Kyger village, to satisfy the debts of Augustin Boice and register land titles under the new Torrens law. The value of the farm is estimated as between six and seven thousand dollars.
     Mr. Boice was a native of Cheshire township and grew to manhood there. Striking out in his vigorous years, he went to Indianapolis where he practiced law. He died without making a will, and without children, but leaving a widow. He inherited the farm in question from his father, and it is known as ancestral property, which, under the laws of Ohio, the widow inherits during her lifetime. At the time of her death it will descend to the heirs of her husband on the Boice side of the family tree. There heirs are the descendants of Jacob Boice's brothers and sisters. Jacob was one of a family of twelve brothers and sisters, and the list
of beneficaries totals up to almost 300.
     These heirs are widely scattered as to residence. About 100 of them reside in Gallia and Meigs Counties, while others are scattered over 23 counties in this state, and other members of the family are found in almost every state in the union. The task of locating and getting the names of all these persons was a six months' task, yet it was finally accomplished by Mr. Marcellus Boice of Cheshire township. He accepted the task and stuck closely to his knitting, and was finally able to turn over to the court a complete and correct list. It is quite a safe guess that Mr. Boice knows many more of his relatives now than when he did before he began his quest.
     With such a large number of heirs, the individual legacies would be quite small in the event of the farm being ordered sold. The unusual interest in the case lies in the large number of heirs, showing how a family circle may widen and increase within just a few generations.

[Note: From Encylopedia of Biography of Indiana, Augustin married Adela Johnson in 1872 and they had a son Parker who apparently preceded his father. He went to Ohio University where he graduated and began the study of law there which he furthered under his uncle Joseph Bradbury. He was a member of Co. B, 91st Ohio Volunteer Infantry and lost an arm in the war. He was born December 1, 1842 in Gallia County and died May 17, 1913 in Indianapolis.]

Gallia Times
September 23, 1914
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Boice, Curtis

Death of Curtis Boice
     Mr. Curtis Boice died at Cheshire June 3, 1908, aged 64 years, 9 months and 5 days. He was born at Kygerville and in 1866 married Maggie Zink who died in 1870. One son Edward Boice was the result of this union and he died in 1905. On January 1, 1877 he was married to Jennie Swisher who still survives him. He had lived in Kingston, Ohio for several years and contracted consumption and returned to Cheshire about two months ago. He was a member of Co. B, 91st O. V. I. and served during the war. The funeral services were conducted Friday by Rev. W. J. Fulton, burial at Gravel Hill cemetery, his old comrades acting as pall bearers.

Gallipolis Bulletin
June 12, 1908
Vol. LXI No. 28
Transcribed by Jan Rader                                                                                    Top of Page


Boice, Julius

IN MEMORY
     Julius Boice was born on Oct. 23, 1844, in Cheshire township, near Kygerville, and died Oct. 5, 1918, not far from the spot where he was born. He was the son of William and Susan Boice and was the last of a family of fourteen children to depart this life.
     On Dec. 1, 1867, he was married to Elizabeth J. Coldwell [sic] and to them were born one son, Hollis, now residing at Kingsdown, Kansas, and one daughter, Mrs. Zella Jacobs of Kyger. Besides these children, he leaves to mourn their loss two grand-children and one great grandchild.
     Mr. Boice was a man of unusual energy and activity, and until his health began to fail was noted for his industry. He was widely known and highly respected by all who knew him for his many worthy traits of character, having lived the greater part of his life on his farm near Cheshire, where his hospitality was enjoyed by many.
     His wife preceded him to the Great Beyond some four years ago, since which time his home has been broken up and his health failing. For the last 13 weeks of his life he was unable to walk. During his last illness, in which he was patient and uncomplaining, he was cared for with kindness and consideration by the family of Mr. J. Ned Ward, where he passed peacefully away.

Now the stormy voyage of life is o'er,
His spirit finds rest on the Heavenly shore.
A Friend

We desire to extend our sincere thanks to all who extended helpful sympathy in our bereavement. Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Jacobs and Family.

[Note: He served as a Squirrel Hunter and is buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery.]

Gallia Times
October 9, 1918
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Boice, Lorenzo

Death of Mr. Boice

     Mr. Lorenzo Boice, who resided near Porter went to Columbus about two months ago to be treated for cancer; not improving he went to his daughter's Mrs. Charles McComb, of Marion, where he died last night. Mrs. Ed Gardner his daughter here received a telegram to that effect this morning and stating that the remains would be in on train this evening. They will probably be taken to her house, though no funeral arrangements have been made and Mr. Gardner is in Columbus. He was about 60 years of age and leaves a second wife and 11 children by his two wives.

[Note: He served in Co. E., 141st Ohio Volunteer Infantry and as a Squirrel Hunter. He is buried in Clark Chapel Cemetery in Morgan Township.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
December 12, 1903
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                          Top of Page


Boice, Marcellus C.

Bugle Call Sounds on High for "Boy in Blue" M.C. Boice
Good Soldier and Upright Citizen Died at Home near Kyger Last Evening
Funeral Services Will Be Held There at 2 Sunday
     Death has claimed that gallant old soldier Marcellus C. Boice. The end of his long and useful and exemplary career came at 5 o'clock last evening at his home near Kyger (Cheshire R.D.). As Tribune readers know, Mr. Boice had been seriously ill for several weeks. Occasionally a blood transfusion was given to check the ebbing of his strength, but late Tuesday or early Wednesday there was a turn for the worse, after which there was little or no response to restoratives.

A Fine Character
     His death removes a familiar and popular figure, a home-loving, patriotic, clean living, God fearing man.
Mr. Boice was the oldest male voter in his precinct and probably the oldest male voter in the two precincts of Cheshire tp. He would have been 91 on May 3. He was the last Union soldier in his township or the upper townships of the county that border on the river.
     Presumably Mr. Boice was the last surviving member of Charles Lyons post of the Grand Army of the Republic doubtless the strongest organization, at least politically, that Kyger or Cheshire tp. ever had.
Only five of his old comrades are still living in Gallia county: Dr. A.B. Garrett, Gallipolis; Harvey Russell, Vinton; Francis W. Brookman, Kerr; T.J. Clark, Thurman, and James Gatewood, Crown City. Two years ago there were 10 of them.
     Mr. Boice was the son of Robert and Mary A. Halfhill Boice and was born on the ridge that forms the divide between Kyger and Jesse creeks, and about a mile above his present home and in a house that stood within 300 feet of the home erected by Walter Rife a few years ago. He was the last of his generation of the family.
     When but 15 years old Mr. Boice enlisted for service in the Union army and became a member of the 91st regiment, Ohio Voluntary Infantry. His enlistment took place in Neal's store room then occupying the site of what is now A. Fontana's fruit store or the Brumfield-Thomas store.

Married 66 Years Ago

     His record as a soldier, like his record as a citizen and as a husband and father, was such as to win him the respect and esteem of his comrades. And after the war he was a leading figure in G.A.R. circles.
On Feb. 7, 1872, Mr. Boice married Miss Caroline Kent, daughter of the late Calvin Kent of Kyger. Fourteen months later he bought of Mrs. Phoebe Sisson the Jesse creek property half a mile north of Kyger, where he lived thereafter and where he died.
     Mrs. Boice died many years ago, leaving a daughter, Emma, and a son, Lester, who lives at Hobson. Miss Emma maintained the home for her father and showed him every attention down through the years. Their devotion, each to the other, was tender and genuine and wholehearted. Three grandchildren also survive: Dr. Raymond Boice of Middleport and Dr. Roland E. Boice of Pomeroy, both successful physicians, and Mrs. Eloise Wilson of Middleport.
     For many years Mr. Boice served his township as justice of the peace, and to most of his neighbors, and other close friends he was known as Squire Boice. The initial C. he inserted into his name after he reached man's estate, it is said, in order that his mail might not be delivered to his brother, and neighbor, the late Melvin Boice, a soldier in the 53rd O.V.I. Mr. Boice's nearest neighbor was Mrs. Caroline Swisher Rupe, and she is the only person in the township that exceeded him in age. She was 92 last Oct. 15.
     Funeral services will be held at either the residence or Kyger M.E. church at 2 o'clock Sunday, in charge of Rev. Harvey Bolton of Rutland. Interment will be made by J.L. Coleman in Kyger cemetery, which is on the ridge between Kyger village and the Boice home.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 11, 1938
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Boice, Melvin

AGED VETERAN DIES AT HOME SUNDAY
Melvin Boice, 86, Passes at home in Cheshire Township
     Pomeroy, May 18 -- MELVIN BOICE, 86, one of the two Civil War veterans of Cheshire Township, Gallia County, died early Sunday, after an illness of three months. He had been in excellent health more than 85 years.
     BOICE served in Company H, 53rd O.V.I. and was the last survivor of that organization. His widow survives at the age of 82. They had lived in the same house more than fifty years. Two children survive, Mrs. D. O. LYLE, Philadelphia,Pa., and GEORGE BOICE, Columbus.
     The other Civil War veteran of Cheshire Township is MARCELIUS BOICE, a brother of MELVIN BOICE. This company was enlisted in Gallia and Meigs Counties. The 53d Ohio Regiment was a famous outfit and Companies H and I were enlisted in this section of Ohio.
     The funeral of Mr. BOICE will take place Tuesday afternoon at the residence. Rev. HARLEY BOLTON, Rutland, will preach the funeral sermon. The burial will be made in the Gravel Hill Cemetery at Cheshire.
     Members of the BOICE family state that Mr. BOICE remarked to his wife several days ago that he would probably die on her eighty-second birthday, Saturday May 16. He lived that day and two hours and ten minutes longer. His son, GEORGE, who is in business in Columbus, has come home each Memorial Day. Last year after the family returned from the services at the Gravel Hill Cemetery the aged father remarked: "George, I will hardly make it to next Decoration Day, but you will come down just the same to go to
my grave with your mother." He will have been buried less than two weeks when Decoration Day comes this year.

Athens Messenger
May 18, 1931
Transcribed by Joyce Robinson                                                                      Top of Page


Booton, Ira W.

Ira. W. Booton's Life
Brief Sketch of Its Principal Chronology
     Ira w. Booton was born May 6th, 1833, at Fairfield in Green Township, son of Travis and Sarah (Donnally) Booton. In the year 1857 with his brother James, he took part in the Walker expedition to annex Nicauragua to the United States, being wounded in one of the engagements fought there, and on December 26th, 1861 he enlisted in Co. C, 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry and served until October 31, 1864, being mustered out because incapacitated for further service through disabilities.
     He was wounded and taken prisoner at the Second Battle of Bull Run, but was exchanged and returned to his command. At the battle of Lookout Mountain he sustained a serious wound, being struck in the left shoulder by a minnie ball.
     In 1865 he was married to Rowena A. Blankenship and to them three children were born, James W. of Beaver, Pennsyvlania, Mrs. Minnie Sublett of Chicago and Mrs. James S. Porter of Lexington, Ky.
     On September 18th, 1873, he was united in marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Welker, and besides the widow there survive four [sic] children: Chauncey H. Booton of this city, Orland H. Booton of Williamson, W.Va., Ira W. Booton Jr., of Asheville, N.C., Mrs. Adolf Henke of Gallipolis, and Mrs. Floyd C. Major of Charleston, W.Va.
     He was three times elected Recorder of Gallia County, served on the School Board, was assessor, and held other positions of trust. He was a Charter Member of Naomi Lodge Knights of Pythias and of the Grand Army of the Republic. For many years he acted as a pension attorney having as his clients, during the past score of years or more, hundreds of veterans, their widows, and dependents, faithfully looking after their interests until but a short time before his death. He was also one of the founders of The Gallia Times, one of the County newspapers.
     He became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church more than fifty years ago, and for 48 years, the length of his residence in Gallipolis, had his membership in Grace Church.
     In July 1913, he attended the semi-centennial of the Battle of Gettysburg, held on the Battlefield, being the only survivor of the great struggle from Gallia County, and was probably the only survivor of the Walker
Expedition to Nicauragua
     While ill at times during the past several months, he rallied, showing remarkable recuperative power, but gradually became enfeebled. Sunday and Monday he seemingly was in good health, but Tuesday evening there was a sudden change for the worse. The end came peacefully without pain, but like one falling into natural sleep.
     The funeral will be held at 1:30 Saturday with Dr. Cherrington in charge under the auspices of the G.A.R. and K. of P. Interment will be at Pine Street cemetery by Wetherholt & Entsminger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
September 14, 1917
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Boster, Alderson

DIED - Alderson Boster, of Harrison Tp., Gallia county, Ohio.
     He was born July 31, 1841, and died July 29, 1889, only lacking two days of 48 years. He was converted and joined the church at Macedonia in 1877, where he now sleeps side by side with his father. He was ever constant and consistent in Christian character, and one of the pillars of the church. Elder James W. Dennen, of McArthur, was telegraphed for and came and preached the funeral. The services were held in the grove at the church, and were listened to by an audience of more than five hundred. His sermon was pathetic, sympathetic, logical and sublime. He clearly and tersely showed that the Christian "never dies."
     Brother Boster always said that he desired the Elder to preach his funeral. He was a member of Co. G, 1st O.H.A., and served nearly 3 years under the best flag the world has ever seen or will see...the stars and stripes of the United States of America. He was a member of John Leaper Post, G.A.R., No. 397, and constantly received the attention of many of the Post throughout his sickness, and was buried with their burial ceremonies.
     The Sons of Veterans were also kind and attentive, as well as the entire neighborhood. All were very anxious to see him recover. He was also a member of the I.O.O.F., and stood high in their esteem. But now he has left all these lowly earthly lodges and is now at rest in that never-ending angelic lodge above. He took life like a man, and was pure and true and good. He knew that words of kindness, even though dropped by chance, would spring up a flower. He possessed in an eminent degree the best thing in the whole world, "a good heart."
     I wish I could have been a soldier. What an honor it is, and what a glorious country saved from slavery, oppresion and despotism. One by one the comrades go. The time will come when it will surely be said "earth to earth and ashes to ashes and dust to dust" over the remains of the last comrade of our civil war. Comrades, he was fully prepared to go; be ye also ready, for ye know not the hour of your departure! It makes me sad and silent to think he will meet you no more in your councils or at your reunions. No more will he hear the bugle call, the clash of arms, the rattling musketry, and the booming cannon. But this will he hear at the "last trumpet" sound, "Well, done, though [sic] good and faithful servant, come, I have a place prepared for you; enter into endless rest and happiness and peace."
     This loving husband, father, and friend of all died just after manhood's morning had turned the noon of life, and while the shadows were only turning toward the east. He had not passed over all of life's loving, happy highway when he was prostrated and called to sad and silent and pathetic dust. There was no gentler, kinder, purer and better man; constant kindness, loving tenderness, and a heart ever overflowing with charity, that golden chain which reaches from earth to heaven, were but a few of his many virtues. No unkind words passed his lips, and no frowns of face, but smiles and sunshine. He has gone to return no more, but we can go to him, and no matter if our every hour is lightened with love, and every day jeweled with joy, we will find at life's setting sun a desolation as sad and solemn as can be woven of the warp and web of the mystery of death. The family circle is broken, one link is gone, one chair is vacant, and silence and sorrow overflow the hearts of that household. But there can be a reunion of all again in that unending Eden of eternity above.
     Forty-six members G.A.R. and S.V. led the procession.

Farewell for a while to my dear loving wife;
Farewell for a while to my dear little daughters.
Yes, Willie, farewell, and comrades, farewell,
For I have parted and passed the dark rolling waters.
But...
I'll wait for you at heaven's gate,
And watch you crossing over;
I'll greet your coming one by one,
Till all of us are gathered home,
To be with Christ around his throne,
Forever and forver. W.H. Bane

Gallipolis Journal
August 14, 1889
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Boster, Alexander

Death of Mr. A. Boster

     Mr. Alex Boster, of Harrison township, aged 65, died Saturday evening November 8, 1902, of heart trouble, and was buried Monday at Macedonia church in that township. His funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ira Sheets. He left two married daughters, Mrs. Jefferson Neal and Mrs. Ross Irion, of the same township, and one son Charles, of Illinois. He was a fine man who will be greatly missed.

[Note: He served in Co. E, 141st Ohio Volunteer Infantry and as a Squirrel Hunter.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
November 11, 1902
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Boster, Christopher C.

Death of C.C. Boster
     Mr. C.C. Boster, an old soldier aged 76, living near the Gallipolis Tile Works, died Saturday evening, after quite a long illness. His burial was conducted Monday at Macedonia in Harrison township, by Wetherholt. He left three or four children of adult age. He was the father-in-law of James Henderson, at whose house he died.

[Note: He served in Co. F, 2nd Ohio Heavy Artillery. Different sources list the year of his birth as 1821, 1824 & 1826.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
July 10, 1900
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Boster, George

Boster
     Mr. George Boster, the Crab Creek merchant, died Sunday after a short illness with lung trouble, leaving a wife and three children. He was a union soldier during the war and was in Constable Jack Dufour's company. He is said to have been a fine old gentleman with many friends. The funeral was held Monday, burial following at Macedonia by Wetherholt.

[Note: Stone note, B. March 22, 1842, D. Jan. 7, 1905; Unit Co. B 2nd OHA]

Gallipolis Bulletin
January 13, 1905
Vol. XXXVIII No. 12
Transcribed by Jan Rader


Boster, Marion

    Marion Boster, an old solider residing at Bladen, passed away Friday night after long illness. He is survived by his widow and several adult children.

The Gallia Times
Gallipolis, Ohio
Vol. XX No. 5
Wed. Feb. 6, 1918
Contributed by Carolyn Cogar                                                                        Top of Page


Boston, Ithamer J.

Taps Sound for Ithamer Boston, Union Soldier
     Ithamer J. Boston, a soldier for the Union in the '60's, died at his home in Eureka at 6:30 last evening. He had been in poor health for a long time and seriously ill with a heart ailment for several weeks.
     Mr. Boston was formerly active and prominent in the affairs of that community. He once had a store and for a period was in partnership with the late Wheeler Markin in the mercantile business.
     His wife died several years ago. Since then he shared his home with his niece, Mrs. Flora Boston Barcus.
Mr. Boston was a member of Co. I, 36th O.V.I. It is said he would have been 88 in March, The Tribune was told. Funeral service at Bethel at 2 o'clock Friday. Burial by C. R. Halley.
     Mr. Boston was the last survivor of the Civil War living in Chambersburg. Robert Saunders, who died a few months ago at Raccoon Island, was the last Confederate in the county, it is said.

[Note: There is no stone in Bethel for Itahmer but it should read Mar. 9, 1845-Feb. 3, 1933 according to family members. Also, he served in the 18th Indep. Battery Light Artillery and Co. F, 33rd O.V.I. not the regiment listed in the obituary.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
February, 1933
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                            Top of Page


I J Boston Answers Last Call at Home Wednesday Evening
Was Prominent Locally
     Mr. Ithamar J. Boston, 87, former prominent citizen of Chambersburg, passed away Wednesday evening, Feb 1, 1933, after long illness. Since the death of his wife several years ago, his neice, Mrs. Flora Barcus, resided with him. Funeral services were at Bethel Friday.
     Mr. Boston saw service in the civil war and is said to have been the last surviving veteran in Chambersburg.

In Memory
     Ithamar J. Boston, son of George and Mary Batten Boston, was born in West Morland County, Penn, March 9, 1845; and departed this life at his home in Eureka, February 1, 1933, at the age of 87 years, 10 months and 23 days.
     When twelve years of age he came to Ohio with his parents and at the age of 19 years enlisted in the civil war and became a member of the Eighteenth Ohio Independent Battery.
     He was united in marriage to Miamia Gilmore Nov 18th, 1866.  She having passed to the great beyond, March 29th, 1921; since then he has been lovingly cared for by a neice, Flora Boston Barcus.  He leaves to mourn his loss, two brothers, John of Bladen, Ohio; and James of Bridgeport, Ohio.  He also leaves a host of other friends and relatives.
     Uncle Thame, as he was better known, was one who was always smiling and was kind to all whom he met.  He was a beloved and highly esteemed citizen and will be sadly missed in our community.

 "Gone is the face we loved so dear"
    Silent the voice we loved to hear.
 Too far away for sight or speech
    But not too far for thought to reach,
 Sweet to remember he who once was here,
    And who though gone, is just as dear.
Gallipolis Paper
No Date
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Bovie, Frederick Morgan

     Frederick Bovie was born in Gallipolis in 1846 to Frederick and Mercy Maria Bovie--their only son. Frederick's father was in the government service. Young Frederick was too young to serve in the Civil War, so he ran away and became a cabin boy. He was eventually Gen. Grant's personal cabin boy on the Cumberland River and was at the battle of Ft. Donaldson.
     He had four sisters. In Nov. 1870 he married Lucy Vernon Alexander who died in 1927. He had five children: George of Gallipolis, Harley of Gallipolis, Verne of Rochelle, N.Y. and Mrs. Ira Kail of Huntington, W. Va.
     Frederick had a boat store on Wharfboat at Gallipolis wharf with Morgan Jerman and Chas F. Pitrat as partners. In 1874 this business was moved to Second Ave. where the first retail grocery facing the park was located. Called Jerman, Bovie, and Co. After Jerman died, it became Bovie, Pitrat & Co. In 1889 Frederick went to Kansas City, Mo. to manage Bovie-Hiddens Grocery. In 1894 he came back to Gallipolis. He retired in 1922. He was a member of Morning Dawn Lodge #7 and Elks. He was a Democrat.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Oct. 30, 1930
Contributed by Cheryl Enyart                                                                              Top of Page


Bowen, Charles

     Died, March 28th, 1864, at Alexandria, La., of measles, Charles M. Bowen, son of Joel and Jemima Bowen of Clay township, Gallia county, O. The deceased was seventeen years and two months old, and was a consistent member of the M.E. church in Indiana, and was a young man who carried his religion into the army, and by a correct course and habit of life, exerted a happy influence for good among his comrades in arms, and was justly esteemed by all who knew him.

The Gallipolis Journal
June 23, 1864
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Bowman, George W.

Died in the Service
     George W. Bowman aged (24) years, enlisted in Oct. 1861, from Springfield township, in Co. A, 56th O.V.I., and killed in action at Port Gibson, Mississippi, May 1st, 1863, leaving a widow and one child.

Gallipolis Journal
September 14,1865
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Bowyer, Silas

     Mr. Silas Bowyer, a good soldier and citizen, belonging to the W.S. Hancock Post, G.A.R., died at the age of 66, at Centreville last week, and was buried at the old Pine Tree Church on Saturday.

[Note: Civil War record and cemetery listing spell the name Boyer. 8th Indep. Ohio Sharpshooters]

Gallipolis Journal
April 17, 1889

Bowyer, Silas M.

IN MEMORIAM
     One by one the Grand Army is passing away. Those solid ranks once led to victory by Grant, Sherman and Hancock are rapidly thinning out, and there is nothing left but the skeleton of the once mighty army. However sad it may be to the see the defenders of our country passing away into the dark and silent shroud of death, we are not without hope that the nation will still live. While we are saddened by the death of Comrade Silas M. Bowyer, who has been summoned to appear before the Great Commander of the Universe, we look up and thank God that the white winged messenger of peace hovers over the land. To the departed comrade we say "hail forever."
     To the widow and children of our deceased Comrade we extend the sympathy and condolence from a brotherhood strong and compact, cemented and animated by the comradeship that war alone begets.
     It is resolved, That this minute be entered at length upon the records of W.S. Hancock Post, No. 571, G.A.R., and the Adjudant be requested to furnish a copy of this to the family of the deceased and a copy to the Gallipolis Bulletin and Journal.

John S. Thomas,
John LL. Jones,
J.E. Rosser,
Committee

Gallipolis Bulletin
May 14, 1889
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                          Top of Page


Bradbury, Curtis

Died in the Service
     Curtis Bradbury, aged 20 years, Orderly Sergt. Co. H, 4th West Va. V.I., enlisted from Cheshire township, Sept. 1861, wounded at the battle of Vicksburg, 19th May, 1863, and died in hospital at Vicksburg, June 2d, 1863, unmarried. Also served three months in 18th O.V.M.

Gallipolis Journal
September 14, 1865
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Bradbury, Horace R.

Horace R. Bradbury Death
Relentless Disease Finally Saps His Vitality
A Distinguished Citizen He Was, Who Attracted The Adimriation Of All Who Knew Him
(Photograph)
     Horace R. Bradbury was born September 26, 1847. He was married May 20, 1873, to Annie Ellison, of West Union, O., who with two sons, attorney T. E. Bradbury and George, a young lad, survive him. He was the son of Asa Bradbury, who founded the village of Kyger, and Electa B. Harding. He had brothers and sisters as follows: Mrs. Sarah E., wife of D. V. Buckston, of Mason county, W. Va.; Joseph P. Bradbury, Ex-Judge of the Ohio Supreme Court, and of Pomeroy; Augusta, wife of Dr. James Johnston, of this city; Hon. William Bradbury, of Kyger; Frances A., wife of Lewis W. Mauck and Isaac Boatman, recently deceased. His father was 84years old when he passed to the better land.
     Horace attended the common schools until 16 years old. The Civil War breaking out he enlisted May 2, 1864, as a private in Co. D., 141st O. V. I., and served until September 2, 1864, when he was mustered out, and on October 15, 1864 he enlisted as a private in Co. F., 29th O. V. I., Col. Smith and Capt. Payne, and was in the battle of Atlanta and all the battles from there in General Sherman's march to the sea. When he reached Savannah, Ga., he was taken ill with typhoid fever, and was sent on a transport from there to New York and put in a hospital where he was found by his father. Recovering his health he again attended school at the University at Athens, three years. He next followed merchandising in Cheshire. Discontinuing that he was elected Clerk of Courts in Gallia county in 1880, and served six years, bought a house on Cedar street and continued his residence here. He became a popular candidate for Mayor in the spring of 1889 and was elected by a handsome majority, nearly one hundred. While acting as Mayor he was elected cashier of the First National Bank, of this city, and was later elected President of the same bank, and, continued as such until a short time since when he resigned on account of ill health.
     He first began to fail in health about sixteen months ago. His principal ailment was rheumatism, complicated with other troubles. For about one year he has been confined to his room. The very best medical advice obtainable was at his command and often his illness would seem to be overcome and under control, only to be followed by a relapse. Latterly, he was taken to the Hot Springs of Arkansas, and for a time it appeared that he was on the road to recovery, but the never-failing relapse followed every improvement, until the end came this Saturday forenoon, March 10th, 1900, between the hours of 9 and 10 o'clock.
     He was Past Master of Morning Dawn Lodge, No. 7, Free and Accepted Masons, Past High Priest of Gallipolis Chapter, No. 79, Royal Arch Masons, Past Thrice Illustrious Master of Morial Council, Royal and Select Masons, Past Eminent Commander of The Rose Commandery No. 43, Knights Templar of Gallipolis, and at the time of his death was Right Eminent Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery Knights Templar, of Ohio. He was one of the brightest Masons in the State and a most impressive and competent official in Masonic bodies, being a master of all the complicated and solemn ceremonials connected therewith.
     The funeral will be in charge of the Grand Commandery, Knights Templar, of Ohio, assisted by the local bodies. It will be held at the Episcopal Church Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., March 13, 1900, and the interment by Hayward & Son will follow at Mound Hill.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday evening, march 10, 1900
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                       Top of Page


Bradbury, Joseph Perry

Brilliant Career Closed By Death!

Judge Joseph Perry Bradbury, Soldier, Lawyer and Jurist, Lays Down Life's Burden
     Judge Joseph Perry Bradbury passed away at his home in Pomeroy early Saturday morning, July 17, 1915, after a long illness. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at his late residence and were largely attended by relatives and friends from both Gallia and Meigs counties. Interment was made in Beech Grove cemetary near Pomeroy.
     Judge Bradbury was born at Kyger, this county, on Feb. 21, 1838, and consequently was in his 78th year. He was a son of Asa and Electa Bradbury, and is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Augusta Johnston and Mrs. Samantha Buxton, both residents of Gallipolis.
     In his early years, Judge Bradbury led an eventful and adventurous life. In 1855 he went west to see the country, and drove an ox-team in a wagon train over the old Lewis and Clark trail to the Pacific coast, which was in itself a remarkable exploit for a boy of 17. While in the west, young Bradbury enlisted in the U.S. regular army, and under command of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnson, later a noted figure on the Confederate side in the Civil War, saw service in the "Mormon War." After spending several years on the Pacific Coast, Mr. Bradbury returned by way of Aspinwall, now Panama, crossing the Isthmus on foot where now the great canal forms easy transportation for the largest ships, and thence across the Carribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico and up the Atlantic Coast to New York by sailing vessel. He arrived home and promptly entered the Union Army.
     After the war he taught school and studied law at Kyger, and later began practice at Pomeroy, where he resided during the remainder of his life. In 1875 he was elected to the Common Pleas bench, where he served almost ten years. In 1884 he was elected to the Circuit Court bench where he served with Judges Clark and Cherrington, the latter also a native of this county. A few years later he was elected a justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, where he served with honor and distinction. In 1904 he was again elected to a judgeship in the Common Pleas court, a position which he held until 1910.
     Judge Bradbury was a man of many warm and strong friendships. During his long career in the law he won the admiration of all as an able, fair and impartial jurist. Personally he was most agreeable and companionable. He rounded out his long life secure in the esteem of his fellow citizens.
     The judge was twice married, his wives being sisters by the name of Wood. His second wife survives him. He had no children. From his youth up Judge Bradbury was a member of the Church of the New Jerusulem, a denomination founded by Swedenborg. Although residing in Meigs County, Judge Bradbury was a native of Gallia, and having held court here so many years, was a familiar figure to the majority of our citizens, all of whom pay respect to his memory.

[Note: Co. D 141st OVI]

Gallia Times
July 21, 1915
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                                Top of Page


Bradbury, Oliver L.

Oliver Bradbury Passes Away at Advanced Age
Civil War Veteran and Long Time Member of Bar
     POMEROY, APRIL 23 - Attorney Oliver L. Bradbury, oldest practitioner of Meigs county, having practiced here for forty years, died at his home at 3 o'clock this morning after a month's illness from uremic poisoning.
     He was born on a farm in Gallia county, August 10, 1845. He attended school in the village of Kyger until the Civil War broke out when he answered a call from the nearest army camp in the mountains of West Virginia for men and teams. After the first battle which ended in defeat, he drove a four- horse team for the government on the retreat. After that campaign he suffered from a long siege of typhoid fever. On his recovery he enlisted in the army and served in the South until the close of the war.
     After the war he finished school at Athens and began the study of law with his father. After his admittance to the bar, he married Mary Catherine Comstock, daughter of General Comstock of Revolutionary fame, on July 2, 1879. They settled in Pomeroy where he began the practice of law. He was a cousin of Judge J.P. Bradbury who served Meigs county for many years. Mr. Bradbury was one of nine children, four boys and five girls. Besides his widow he leaves two sisters, Mrs. James Johns[t]on of Kyger, and Miss E.D. Bradbury of Cleveland.
     During the last ten years, Mr. Bradbury was active in coal land deals and leaves an estimated accumulation of properties valued at $250,000. Funeral services will be held at the family home at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon with burial in Beech Grove cemetery.

[Note: He served in 7th Independent Batty, Ohio Light Artillery. Beech Grove Cemetery is in Meigs County.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 24, 1925
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Bradbury, William

TAPS SOUNDED
William Bradbury, An Old Soldier And Well Known Man Is Dead
     William Bradbury is dead. Such was the message that was wafted here and there last Friday afternoon, causing shock and bringing sorrow to everyone who had known him well.
     He was stricken with apoplexy at about 10:30 o'clock that morning. Drs. Eakins, Hanson and Alcorn were summoned and tho all that medical skill and tender hands could do was done, he never regained consciousness and expired a few minutes before 12 o'clock, surrounded by those to whom he had ever been a sturdy protector and loving companion. A few hours before he was apparently in the best of health and spirits but the blow came suddenly and unexpectedly, when his affairs were so arranged and his environment so pleasant and his associations so agreeable, that he seemed assured of many years of deep contentment and unalloyed enjoyment.
     He was born at Kyger in May 1842 and was the son of Asa and Electa Bradbury. In that village he spent most of his life. He served his country faithfully in the dark days of the 60s as a Private, Corporal and Sergeant in the 53rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, participating in about all the important battles and engagements waged by that division of the Union Army of which this regiment was a part.
     In 1869, he was united in marriage to Louisa B. Smith, to which union six children were born, five of whom, Asa H of Addison; C. Allison of Cheshire, Miss Gail of Columbus, Wendell and Poe at home, together with the wife survive also [missing words] Arbuckle, WV and Mrs. Augusta Johnson of this city. One brother, Horace R Bradbury and one sister, Mrs Frances Boatman, are dead.
     After having been engaged in the mercantile business and farming at Kyger for many years, he moved here several years ago and purchased residence property on Fourth Avenue. He was a successful man and his industry [missing word] honest methods and good judgement won for him a [missing word].
He was a kind and devoted husband and father, quiet and unpretentious, temperate in every respect, clear headed and big hearted, a favorite among his relative and intimate acquaintances,and always a gentleman. A man of strong convictions with abundant courage to uphold them, yet never offensive in expressing them. Wherever he was known he was as respected and wherever he was well known he was respected and admired and loved.
     The writer was by ties of association, relationship and affection too closely connected with the deceased to be cognizant of his faults whatever they were, but, despite that fact, it is felt that the foregoing is a lamentably weak tribute for so worthy a man.
     The funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Sunday in the Baptist Church at Cheshire. Rev. Gladdish of Middleport, pastor of the Swedenborgian Church of which the deceased was a member, officiating. Interment in the Gravel Hill Cemetery under the direction [missing words].

TRIBUTE
Paid to Memory of William Bradbury By An Old Friend
    In the death of William Bradbury, The G.A.R. Post of Kyger, No. 447, has lost one of its members that will be sadly missed and I know that I voice the feeling of every member when I say that we all feel willing to submit to Him who weighs the mountains in the balance and Who touches the hills and they smoke. Who notices every sparrow that falls to the ground. Comrade Bradbury was born in the right time to be of great service to our country, for he had grown to be a young man when the war broke out. Our government was in need of brave young men to do or die in defense of our country and it is true that he participated in a great many of the most desperate engagements of the war without being killed or wounded, but no telling how many times the bow was bent for his destruction and the arrows went wide of the mark. He was not only a soldier in the time of war but in the time peace as well; for he has always used his vote and his voice to help settle all of the great questions that had to be met since the war. And that is not all, he was a law abiding man and a good neighbor,in the broadest sense.
     As winter is approaching, we would ask that the snow flakes fall softly on his resting place and that the summer breezes gently fan the flowers that will grow on his grave and all of his comrades will be admonished by his sudden taking away that we too are nearing the sundown of life and it behooves [missing word] that we will [missing rest of article]

I am glad that there is a balm for those that weep
A rest for the weary soldier found
For he softly lies and sweetly sleeps
Low in the ground
The storms that wreck the winter skies,
o more disturb his sweet repose
Than a summer evening's latest sign
That shuts the rose.

                                                      James C. Tate, Kyger

[Note: born May 1, 1842, died Nov. 17, 1905...buried Gravel Hill in Cheshire]

Gallipolis Papers
Nov. 1905
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                              Top of Page


Bradbury, William

Sudden Death Of Hon. Wm. Bradbury, one of Gallia's Best Known Citizens
     This entire community was shocked this morning at half past 10 o'clock, Nov. 17, 1905, to hear that Hon. William Bradbury residing on Maple avenue had been stricken with apoplexy and was in a dying condition. Drs. Estins, Hanson and J. B. Alcorn were hastily summoned, and administered the usual remedies in such cases, but without avail, and he never recovered consciousness and passed away at noon. At about half-past eight o'clock he complained of a pain in his head, and was persuaded to lie down, but he did not seem to grow much better and about 10:30 he was seized with a stroke of apoplexy, while in the yard and was found shortly afterward by his folks who summoned some of the women in the neighborhood and they got him into the house and on the bed.
     He was 63 years old and a son of Hon. Asa Bradbury, and was born and raised at Kyger. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the 53 O.V.I. and served through the war. He was united in marriage with Miss Belle Smith, who survives him with the following children; Asa, of Addison, C. A., of Cheshire, Miss Gail, employed at Columbus, and sons Wendell and Poe at home. He is also survived by his brother Judge J. P. Bradbury, of Pomeroy, and sisters Mrs. Dr. James Johnston (Augusta) of this city, and Mrs. Samantha Buxton, of Arbuckle, W.Va.
     He was a Mason and a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and in religious faith a Swedenborgian.
After the war he merchandized and farmed at Kyger and has a 160 acre farm there now. He has been a resident of this city for four or five years and within two years bought his present home, a very pretty one on Maple avenue.
     He was a well liked man by everyone, plain and unpretentious, high minded and honorable and we do not believe in all of his acquaintance there is one who will not sadly regret his death. He was afflicted with an asthmatic trouble and has followed no regular occupation since coming to Gallipolis, driving up to his farm frequently and spending a few days at Kyger and back to Gallipolis again and mingling with friends who always extended a cordial welcome to his company.
     The funeral services have not been arranged. Hayward & Son are in charge.

Gallipolis Tribune
Nov. 17, 1905
Transcribed by J. Farley


Bradley, Leonidas Hameline

Former Attorney of City is Dead
L.H. Bradley, Aged 79 Years, Dies at Residence in Omaha, Neb.
Decendent, Who Had Been Away from City Twenty Years, Was Member of City Council in Springfield
   
     Bradley...Died, Tuesday afternoon, May 6, 1913, at the family residence in Omaha, Neb., L.H. Bradley, aged 79 years. The remains will be brought to this city. The funeral plans have not been completed. Interment will be in Oak Ridge cemetery.
     Mr. Bradley will be well remembered by the older residents of Springfield as a practicing attorney. He has been absent from Springfield for twenty years, but through friends in this city has always kept in close touch with city's programs. While in the city he served as a member of the city council and held other offices. He was a member of St. Paul's Lodge, A.F. and A.M. Word of his death was conveyed to this city yesterday in a message received by Edward E. Craft.

Illinois State Journal (Springfield)
May 7, 1913
Transcribed by Henny Evans

Attorney Bradley Dies, Aged 71 Years
     L.H. Bradley, aged 71 years, prominent attorney of this city, dropped dead in his rooms at the Rome hotel yesterday afternoon of heart failure. Mr. Bradley had not been feeling well for the last three weeks. He had just received a letter from a messenger when, after a word of acceptance, he pitched forward in his chair, dead.
      After practicing law for twenty-two years in Springfield, Ill., Mr. Bradley, with his family, moved to Omaha in 1888, where he continued active in his profession up to Monday afternoon. He is survived by his widow, two sons, E.L. and R.M. Bradley, both lawyers of Omaha, and two daughters, Mrs. Ella Rosenswag of Waterloo, Ia., and Mrs. Pearl Waters of Buell, Idaho. The date of the funeral has not been set. Services will be conducted by the Masonic lodge. The body will be taken to Springfield and interred in Oakridge cemetery, where Abraham Lincoln rests.

[Note: He was born in Gallia County, Ohio. He served in K, 130th Illinois Infantry and Co. K, 77th Illinois Infantry.]

Morning Omaha Daily Bell
May 7, 1913
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Brant, Daniel

     He enlisted in Co. B, 44th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at the age of 21 on September 10,1861. On January 4, 1864 he transferred to Co. B, 8th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. He was wounded June 19, 1864 at Liberty, Virginia and died of wounds July 13, 1864 at the Gallipolis Field Hospital. He is buried in Pine Street Cemetery in Gallipolis.

Obit constructed from soldier records and newspaper report
Gallipolis Journal
July 21, 1864
Constructed by Henny Evans


Bratt, George

George Bratt, Veteran of Civil War, Dies in Soldiers Home
Was in Co. G, First Ohio Heavy Artillery, Under Capt. Gatewood
     George Bratt, 86, a lifetime resident of Gallipolis until his removal to the Soldiers Home hospital at Dayton two months ago, died there Tuesday afternoon after an illness of several months. His condition had been very critical for the past ten days.
     Mr. Bratt was a member of Co. G First Ohio Heavy Artillery during the Civil War. After the war he returned to this city where he held office in the public service in various capacities for many years. He was a member of Cadot Post, G.A.R. and of the International Order of Odd Fellows. He was well known to nearly every resident of the city.
     Surviving him are his wife and two sons, George Bratt Jr. of Charleston,
W.Va., and Howe of Ashland Kentucky.
     The body was brought here from Dayton Wednesday afternoon, arriving on the one o'clock Hocking Valley train. Mrs. Bratt and her two sons, who had been called to Dayton early this week, arrived here Wednesday afternoon. The body is in charge of George Wetherholt and Sons awaiting arrangements for the funeral.

[Note: He is buried in Mound Hill Cemetery with dates 4 Jul 1842-15 Feb 1927.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
February 16, 1927
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                          Top of Page


Brierly, Cushing

     Died, in this city, on the 19th inst., Cushing Brierly, aged 25 years.

[Note: He served in Co. G. 18th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and is buried in Pine Street Cemetery.]

The Gallipolis Journal
January 31, 1867
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Brock, John

     John Brock, a colored citizen of Gallipolis, who has been a deck-hand on the steamer Ohio No. 4, fell out of his bunk on that boat while at Cincinnati last Sunday night, and received injuries from which he died on the following Thursday.

[Note: He is buried in Pine Street Colored Cemetery in Gallipolis and he served in Co. F, 5th USCT. He was born in 1835. There is a marker which states he was in this unit in the Confederate Army but USCT were part of the Union Army.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
June 16, 1875
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Broiles, Solomon

Solomon Broiles Dead

     Mr. Solomon Broiles, of Angola, died Monday afternoon from long illness with lung trouble, and aged about 60. He was an old 91ster, a good citizen and soldier, respected by everybody. He was a brother of James and Henry Broiles, and a widow and children mourn their loss in an affectionate husband and father. He was interred Tuesday afternoon at the Hazlett graveyard.

[Note: the name is often spelled Broyles and he is actually buried in St. Nicholas Cemetery in Clay Township. Co A, 91st OVI]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
July 3, 1901
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Brookman, Francis Marion

Francis M. Brookman Dies in 95th Year---Union Soldier
Funeral Services Will be Held at 2 p.m. Sunday at his Home near Kerr
His Death Leaves but 2 Old Soldiers in County

     Taps have sounded for again for one of Gallia county's old soldiers. Francis M. Brookman died at 2 p.m. yesterday at his home near Kerr (Bidwell R.D.) of infirmities incident to his more than 94 years. His death preceded that of James Bell Robinson of this city, a World War soldier, by four hours, and it came 25 days after that of Thomas J. Clark, his comrade of the '60s. And Mr. Brookman's passing leaves but two Union soldiers in the county...James M. Gatewood of Crown City and Harvey Russell of Vinton.

Native of Rodney

     Francis Marion Brookman was born September 13, 1845. Rodney, almost all of which lies in Green tp., was his birthplace, but he was born in the northwestern corner of the village and over the line in Springfield tp.
     He was one of four children--and the last survivor--of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brookman, who had come there early in that year from Rockbridge county, Va., making the trip in a one-horse wagon.
     Except for the time spent in the Union army, Mr. Brookman has lived in Springfield tp.---about 21 years at Evergreen and 54 or 55 years in his latest domicile. His home 50-ace [sic] farm is the third place on the left of the road beyond Kerr and in the direction of Harris, being directly across the road from Theodore McCutcheon's home, once the Sam Vaughn place.
     Mr. Brookman entered military service in August, 1864, becoming a member of Co. D, 179th O.V.I., and was discharged April 26, 1865, at Nashville.
     On May 1, 1870, he and Belle Jenkins were united in marriage at Evergreen by the Rev. Dan Langdon. Mrs. Brookman was born in Covington, Ky. They have six children: Mrs. Louisa Stone, widow of Ben A. Stone of Vinton, now with her parents; Mrs. Jeannette Brenneman, Fostoria; Finley F. Brookman of near Rio Grande; Mrs. Bertie Cockerill, Los Angeles; Mrs. Catherine Schauter and Seymour Brookman of near Vinton. There is one grandson, Roy Stone of Marysville, and his child, Billy, is the only great-grandson. Mrs. Winifred Mutzbaugh of Tiffin is a granddaughter.
     Funeral services will be conducted at the home at 2 o'clock Sunday, with Rev. J.L. Stephenson in charge. Interment will be made at Evergreen by J.L. Coleman. Lafayette Post will send a firing squad to take part in the rites.

[Note: He was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery in Springfield Township.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 6, 1940
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Brothers, Austin

Austin Brothers, Civil War Veteran Dies Mon.
Funeral Services Will be Held Thursday at His Late Home
     Austin Brothers, one of the few remaining veterans of the Civil war in this city passed away Monday, March 19, at his home on Vinton ave. He would have reached his 88th birthday in May. He is survived by four sons, Will, of Barberton, Frank, Joshua and Lew Brothers of this city and two daughters, Mrs. Gordon Safford and Mrs. William Earls, both of Huntington, 16 grand children and 7 great grand children. Rev. R.R. Denny will conduct the funeral services at his late home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment in Pine street in charge of A.E. Tope. By his request there will be no flowers.

[Note: Austin served in Co. L, 7th OVC.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 20, 1928
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Brothers, James

Died
Brothers - In this city, on Saturday, Sept. 18, Mr. James Brothers.

[Note: His tombstone lists him for Company F, 2nd Ohio Heavy Artillery.]

Gallipolis Journal
Vol. XL No. 45
September 23 1875
Contributed by Carolyn Cogar                                                                        Top of Page


Brothers, John

Death of Mr. Brothers
    Mr. John Brothers of Clay Township, five miles from town died Monday evening, August 8. 1910, of old age with other maladies and in his 85th year. The funeral will probably be Friday morning at Mina Chapel, conducted by Rev. John L. Porter, the burial by Wetherholt following at that same place beside his wife who died May 29, 1902.
    Mr. Brothers was born in Brook County, West Virginia, was one of the pioneers of this County and was a square, fair, upright man, well liked by a wide circle of friends.
    He is survived by three children and had three children dead.  Those living are his sons Wheeler with who he made his home and Edward of Marion. Ohio and Mrs. Belle Potts of Townsend, Montana. Until his later years he followed the occupation of cooper in connection with his farming.  But of late his lived a quiet life with his son.
    During the Civil War he bore arms in defense of the flag was a member of the 7th Ohio Cavalry under Captain John Leeper, and served for three years and drew a pension for his disabilities.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Volume XVI
Number 191
August 9, 1910
Gallipolis, Ohio

Transcribed by: Michael L. Trowbridge

Brothers, John

John Brothers Funeral Services
   The funeral services of Mr. John Brothers, conducted by Rev. Edgar Ewing of the Christian Order, were largely attended at Mina Chapel. The procession was said to have been a mile long. The pall bearers were of his own company in the war Company E of the 7th O. V. C. and were Messrs. S. J. Kerr, James Broiles, William Betz, J. A. Donnally, Norman Gibson and Henry Clay Northup.  Mr. Brothers was in his 88th year and a fine old man beloved by every one.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Volume XVI
Number 196
August 15, 1910
Gallipolis, Ohio

Transcribed by: Michael L. Trowbridge                                                                  Top of Page


Broughman, Jacob S.

In Memory
     Jacob S. Broughman was born at Blue Ridge, Bottletot [Botetourt] county, Va., on Oct. 20th, 1847, died at his home in Adamsville, May 23rd, 1914, aged 67 years, 7 months, 3 days.
     He was one of a family of 6 children; his father died when he was a small boy, his mother passed away during the civil war. Mr. Broughman was a soldier in the confederate army, serving under General Longstreet, was in a number of engagements, among which was the battle of Gettysburg. At the close of the war in the fall of 1865 he came to Ohio, where he has since lived. He was joined in marriage to Sarah L. Varney on Oct. 8, 1871, 8 children were born of this union, 6 of whom are living: Frank of Sistersville, W. Va., John of Thurman, O., Arch of Perue, Kansas, Mrs. Neil Campbell of Wellston, O., Chas. of Rio Grande and Rawson of Cincinnati, O., they were all permitted to be present.
     He has been afflicted for many months, was patient and cheerful very appreciative for all favors and kindness shown him. He had an abiding faith in God and said to the writer, "that he was converted a number of years ago and had bright and unmistakable evidence of his acceptance with God,""that he was simply waiting to be called home, he thought it would be awful to die without knowing that he had a home awaiting him." He was a kind hearted man, a faithful companion, a loving and indulgent father, a good neighbor, respected by all who knew him. He now rests from his labor and his works do follow him.
     The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Rio Grande Baptist church, services conducted by Rev. Fulton and Clark. Six union soldiers were pallbearers, the floral offerings were beautiful. Burial by Davis of Thurman, O.

The Gallia Times, Gallipolis, Ohio
Wednesday, June 3, 1914
Vol. XVI

Jacob Broughman Dead at Rio Grande
     Mr. Jacob Broughman died Saturday evening just when the day's work was done, aged about 68. He was born in Virginia near the Shenandoah Valley and ran away from there during the war in 1864 or 1865 and came to Adamsville and married one of Mr. and Mrs. John Varney's daughters, Miss Sarah, who became the mother of five sons and one daughter, all married and doing well in different parts of the country. Mr. Broughman drove the Varney stage coach for a number of years and carried the mail from railroad stations to Gallipolis, also passengers by the score after which he followed farming. He was a man loved by all who knew him. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Davis of Thurman at Calvary church at Rio Grande.

[Note: Calvary Baptist Cemetery, Raccoon Township]

The Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Gallipolis, Ohio
Monday, May 25, 1914
Annual Vol. XX No. 124
Transcribed by Jan Rader                                                                              Top of Page


Brown, Alonzo P.

     Alonzo enlisted in Co. L, 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on August 30, 1862. He was supposed to have died in prison according to a letter home from Private Adam Sibley. His mother received a pension in 1892.

[Note: A newspaper article stated he died a prisoner of war in Richmond, Virginia. He would have been one of many 7th OVC soldiers captured at Rogersville, Tennessee in November of 1863. They were first taken to Belle Isle prison in Richmond and later transferred to Andersonville prison in Georgia. His death in Richmond would have meant he died before the Andersonville transfer in March 1864.

Obit constructed from newspaper article and soldier records
Gallipolis Journal
January 19, 1865
Constructed by Henny Evans


Brown, George W.

     George W. Brown was born August 28, 1830 to Renick and Susan Lotz Brown. He enlisted in the Trumbull Guards in 1862. Taken ill on the gunboat Alice he spent time as a patient in the Gallipolis Field Hospital and was discharged for disability in April, 1865. Upon his release he spent time in Gallia County with friends and soon married Jane McMillin in 1865.
     George was a carpenter and at one time was part owner of a sawmill in Vinton. They had five children, William, Laura, Susan, Kathryn and Effie. He died March 28, 1913 and is buried at Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire Township.

Created obit from Ewing family research of Nancy Hanks Ewing and other records
March 1913
Created by Henny Evans


Brown, Captain George W.

Capt. G. W. Brown
Is Mustered Out - Passes Away at Home of His Brother Frank
     George W. Brown, an old soldier with an honorable record, died Saturday morning at the home of his brother, Frank Brown, on Olive St., after a brief illness.
     Mr. Brown was a printer and learned the trade on The Journal under the regime of James Harper. For years he was associated with the late Peter McMullen, another Journal editor, in the composing rooms of the Cincinnati Commercial Tribune.
     He was born in Parkersburg in November, 1836, and was a son of Thomas and Emily Brown, who moved to this city soon after that date. In 1861, he went to Buffalo, W. Va., and enlisted in the 8th W. Va. Infantry. He was promoted for bravery in action and finally became Captain of Co. A of that regiment. While home on furlough he married Miss Lou Boggess, an estimable member of a fine family.
     They lived for some years in Cincinnati. In 1875 she became ill and went to the home of her sister, who had married James Brown, her husband's brother, then living in Ironton, and she died there. They had one daughter, and she died some years ago. He is survived by the two brothers already named and by Charles Brown, steamboat engineer, now living in Huntington; also by four sisters, Mrs. James R. Gilmore, Minneapolis; Mrs. Jane Williams and Mrs. Minnie Shank, Columbus; and Mrs. W. P. Small of this city. The daughter married Harry Van Fossen, who was connected the The John Curch Company (music.) To this union were born a daughter who died in infancy and a son, Robert, who will be of age this year.
     Mr. Brown was a modest, unassuming man, honest and fair and square in all his dealings, and for years a member of the M. E. Church. He was a staunch and ardent Republican, and a Mason.
     The funeral was held Monday, Rev. W. D. Cherrington officiating. Burial under the auspices of the Masons by Hayward in Pine St. cemetery.

Gallipolis Journal
February 22, 1917
Vol. 99

[Note: Death certificate records his birth date as 5/3/1834]

George Brown Dead
     Mr. George Brown, a Civil War veteran and an old-time printer, died Saturday morning at the residence of his brother, Frank Brown, on Olive street this city, where he had made his home for a number of years. He is survived by a number of brothers and sisters. The funeral was held Monday afternoon.

Gallipolis Times
February 21, 1917
Vol. 8?
Transcribed by Jan Rader                                                                                    Top of Page


Brown, James M.

Capt. James M. Brown Answers Last Roll Call
Native of Gallipolis Passes Away at Freeport, Ill.
     Capt. James M. Brown passed away at Freeport, Ill., Oct. 22, 1925, p.m. [sic] at the home of his daughter Mrs. Jessie Martin in his 87 year. He was the second son of Thomas and Emily Brown and was born in Gallipolis, O., Dec. 7, 1838. He learned the molders trade with Enos Hill & Co. which he left to defend his country in the Civil War.
     He enlisted in Co. B, 91st O.V.I. under Capt. James E. Niday as a private. They formed a band and he was promoted to Captain of the band(,) among other duties they took care of the sick and wounded and buried the dead. After the war he married Minnie Boggess and went to Quincy, Ill., where he became Superintendent of a stove foundry which position he held for several years, finally giving it up on account of his health.
     During the World War he was employed by the U.S. Government as Inspector of stoves. He took an active interest in G.A.R. affairs, attending all State and National Encampments with the exception of last two or three years which his health would not permit. He was Jr. vice-commander of the State of Illinois in 1914.      He leaves two children, Mrs. Jessie Martin of Freeport, Ill., and Arthur Brown of Lorain, O., and three grand-children, besides four sisters and two brothers Mrs. S.E. Gilmore of Portland, Oregon, Jane A. Williams and Minnie V. Shank of Columbus, O., Mrs. Mary E. Small and brothers Charles L. Brown and Frank H. Brown of this city, and numerous friends of this city and elsewhere.
     His wife preceded him several years ago. His last visit here was to be with his old regiment which held a reunion at the court house some three or four years ago. He has been in poor health ever since. A telegram came announcing his death and that is all the particulars. The funeral arrangements had not been made at that time. He will probably be laid to rest beside his wife who is buried in Quincy, Ill.

[Note: He was Principal Musician in the army and was a member of G.A.R. Post John A. Davis in Freeport.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
October 23, 1925
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Brown, John A.

     Mr. John A. Brown, a well respected, good man of Kyger, died last Thursday, Dec. 31, 1908, aged 86 years.
     He was a soldier of the Civil War, and leaves a widow 87 and in feeble health, three sons and two daughters, all married.
     The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Crabtree Saturday afternoon and burial at Kyger under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic.

[Note: B. Nov. 16, 1823 (1822 per stone), D. Dec. 31, 1908 (1909 per stone); Served in Co K, 7th OVC]

Gallipolis Bulletin
January 8, 1909
Vol. XLI No. 2
Transcribed by Jan Rader                                                                                Top of Page


Brown, John E.

     At 6:30 o’clock last Monday morning, 25th February, 1895, death closed the earthly career of a respected citizen, Mr. John Brown. Mr. Brown had been in failing health for some time before his death, not so much from old age, though he was 75 years old, but on account of weakness and ailments the result of many hardships. For a long while he had suffered very much from erysipelas in the knee.
     Mr. Brown’s parents moved here from Pennsylvania when he was two years old. He was twice married; first to Miss Margaret Benner, and after her death to Miss Campbell. From the first marriage were born ten children, seven of whom survive; from the second marriage, there is one child. The funeral services were conducted at Mr. Brown’s home by Rev. B. F. Jackson.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
Saturday, March 2, 1895


Brown, John E.

Death of John Brown    
     Grim death has once more visited our town and removed one of our most respected citizens--one of Gallipolis' pioneers,--Mr. John Brown, who passed away at 6:30 o'clock Monday morning, at the age of 75. Mr. Brown had been poorly for quite a while and on account of his age he suffered terribly and became very feeble from erysipelas on his knee, caused by a wound while defending his country. Mr. Brown came to this county from Pennsylvania with his parents when about two years of age, and with them settled at Gallipolis and lived to see the town grow from a French village to a well populated city. In early life he followed various occupations but for many years he has been a teamster, and by industry and application to his duties won the respect of all. He was twice married. The first time to Miss Margaret Benner, Feb. 11, 1845, who died several years ago. From this union there were born ten children, seven of whom survive him.
     He was again married March 25, 1886, to a Miss Campbell, a most worthy woman and one child was born to bless and comfort his declining years. With the exception of the youngest, the children have grown to man and womanhood. Some of them living near to succor him in his trying hour while some are out West, but probably will be...

[Note:  from stone born May 2, 1819; died February 25, 1895; buried Mound Hill. Served in Co. K, 91st OVI]

Gallipolis Journal
February 27, 1895
Transcribed by Irene Blamer                                                                          Top of Page


Brown, Joshua Wilson

     Mr. J.W. Brown, the aged father of Mrs. L.B. Morrill from the vicinty of Vairico, died Monday night at the home of his daughter.

[Note: Joshua Brown was born in Ohio in 1824. He lived in Gallia County in the 1850's. His occupation was that of painter, farmer, carpenter. He served in Co. D, 8th Virginia Cavalry, Confederate States of America. His family sought refuge away from Northerners during the war and moved to Virginia. At the end of the war he signed an Oath of Allegiance. They eventually moved to Illinois and after his wife died he moved to Hillsborough County, FL where he died in August 1902. He is buried there in New Hope Cemetery at Brandon. His marker mistakenly placed him in the 7th Virginia Cavalry when it was placed long after his death.]

Florida newspaper
August 1902
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Brown, Matthew L.

Death of Matthew Brown
     Matthew L. Brown, aged 82, passed away at his home at Eureka at 9 o'clock Wednesday night, Oct. 29, 1919, after five months illness with paralysis. He was a well known Gallia county carpenter and was a good citizen. He was a Civil War veteran.
     His widow Mary A. Brown and the following children survive: Herschel of
Marietta, George of Crown City, Charles of Eureka, and Laura Lockhart of Huntington. He also leaves two sisters and two brothers.
     The funeral will be from the church at Eureka Friday afternoon. Interment in charge of Undertaker Stevers.

[Note: He is buried in Bethel Cemetery in Ohio Township, Nov. 13, 1837-Oct. 29, 1919 and served in Co. B, 193rd O.V.I.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
October 30, 1919
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Brown, Matthew L.

Matt Brown Dead
     Matthew L. Brown, aged 82, a Civil War veteran, died at his home in Chambersburg Wednesday night, October 29. For five months he had suffered from paralysis and his death had been expected.
     Mr. Brown was a carpenter and a well-liked man.
     His widow, Mary A. Brown, and the following children survive: Herschel of Marietta, George of Crown City, Charles of Eureka, and Laura Lockhart of Huntington. He also leaves two sisters and two brothers.
     The funeral was held at the church in Chambersburg Friday. Burial by Undertaker J. W. Stevers.

[Note: Cemetery Bethel in Ohio Township; 1837 - 1919]

Gallipolis Bulletin
November 6, 1919
Vol. 1
Transcribed by Jan Rader                                                                              Top of Page


Brown, Samuel H.

Samuel H. Brown Dies at Home in Mudsoc
Was One of Last Two Remaining Veterans of Civil War in Walnut Twp.
     Samuel H. Brown, 86, Civil War veteran, died at his home in Mudsoc Wednesday. He was one of the last two veterans of the Civil War left in Walnut township. Ed Glage [should be Klages who died in 1935] is now the only veteran remaining.
     Mr. Brown is survived by his wife Mrs. Martha Brown, and five children Mrs. Emma Allbright, Mrs. Minnie Martin and Mrs. Hattie Allbright of Northup, Oscar Brown of the northern part of the state and John Brown of California.
     Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o'clock at Mudsoc, Rev. Lozier Cherrington of McArthur will have charge of the service. Burial will be in Neal cemetery there in charge of A.E. Tope.

[Note: He served in Co. K, 3rd WV Cavalry.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
November 15, 1928
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Brown, Sonni

Death of Sonni Brown
     Sonni Brown, a respected colored man living near the depot, died Monday morning about 3 o'clock, after an illness of two months.
     Mr. Brown was born in slavery at Bedford, Va., in 1833, and was held as a slave until he came to this county in 1863. Here he joined the Fifth O. V. I., and served until the close of the war. He was married in 1865 to Mrs. Nancy Vincy. He contracted measles while in the service, from which he never fully recovered, it apparently settling in his head and ultimately causing death.
     He was buried yesterday (Tuesday) at 2 o'clock under the auspices of the G.A.R., of which he was a member. Hayward & Son had charge of the funeral. He leaves no relatives but a wife to mourn his loss.

[Note: No stone. Buried in Stephens Cemetery in Springfield Township. Served in Co. I, 5th USCT.]

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, April 10, 1895
Vol. LX No. 22
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Brown, Sylvester L.

     Mr. Sylvester L. Brown, died at the [A]Laska Hotel Tuesday evening, April 11th, 1905, at 6 o'clock, of a complication of ailments with which he had long been afflicted, and which superinduced heart failure at the last. For years he had been unable to be regularly employed, but for the past year he had been very helpless and only able to assist a little about the hotel. He seemed no worse than usual and had been on the street as late as 4 p.m., before he died. On coming in, however, he was greatly exhausted, complained of shortness of breath and despite the attention of a physician who was called, at once, passed quietly and fully conscious to the last.
     His funeral services were conducted at the hotel Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. Benjamin Stinson, the interment by Wetherholt following at Mound Hill. His parents, James and Ruth Brown, are both dead, but he is survived by his brother, Zach Brown,of Dayton, Ky., and adopted sister, Mrs. Bowyer, of New Orleans, both of whom were notified of his death. His father was a shoemaker and they lived for many years on Second Avenue near the Gas Works and they were fine old people enjoying the highest respect of every one. During his years of affliction, he had been kindly remembered by his sister, who sent Mrs. Greenwood, now Mrs. Bartells, money in monthly installments amply sufficient for his needs.
     When in good health he was a clerk by occupation and served faithfully in the establishments of Uhrig, Zehring, Bovie, Pitrat & Co., Vance, Alexander Bros., W.G. Brading at Columbus and perhaps others. He was considered pure gold as an employee and had hosts of friends. With Mrs. Bartells he found a good home in his failing years and there was much attachment between them. He was born October 26, 1841, and always resided here and hosts of friends will regret to hear that his work on earth is ended.

[Note: He served as a Squirrel Hunter.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
April 14, 1905
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Broyles, Henry

Death of Henry Broyles
     Mr. Henry Broyles, born in North Carolina and living on the Henking farm in Green tp., died of bronchitis at about 30 minutes past Tuesday midnight aged about 70. The funeral services were conducted at St. Nicholas church at noon Thursday, the burial following at the same place by Wetherholt. He was a fine honest and christian gentleman well liked by all who knew him. a member of the Christian church, and old veteran of the 7th Ohio Cavalry. He left a widow and a large family, the youngest a son of 11.

[Note: Co. L, 7th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
September 27, 1901
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Broyles, James

Death of James Broyles
     Mr. James Broyles living on 3d ave, below Grape St., died Tuesday night at 10 o'clock, aged 68 years. His funeral services will be conducted at church near Yellow Town Thursday morning, the funeral party leaving Gallipolis at 8 o'clock.
     Mr. Broyles was a widower his wife dying several years ago. Since her death he had lived with his children and he passed away at his daughter Pearl's wife of Lewis Kraus. He had been in failing health for a long time, but confined to his bed for three weeks with dysentery. He was a soldier in the civil war and a member of Capt. G.W. Womeldorff's company in 7th Ohio Cavalry.
     He was born in this county and was a farmer before going into the war, and after the war was over, until his failing health compelled him to sell his farm and live with his children. He is survived by the following adult children: Mrs. Sarah Pritchett of Mercerville, Mr. Elmer Broyles of Clay township, Mrs. Lizzie Gibson of this city, Mrs. Lewis Kraus of this city and Eli, of Angel.
     He was a member of the Christian church for 44 years, and a fine old man that every one liked and his death is greatly regretted by everyone who knew him. Wetherholt has charge of the interment which will be at St. Nicholas church near Yellow Town. The family relatives wish to return their thanks to all those who rendered them kindness during his illness.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
December 19, 1912
Transcribed by Henny Evans

Old Soldier Dead
     James Broyles died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Lewis Kraus, of lower Third Ave., a week ago last night, aged 68 years. He had been in failing health for a long time. He served in the civil war in Capt. Womeldorff's company of the 7th Ohio Cavalry.
     He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Sarah Prickett, of Mercerville, Elmer Broyles, of Clay township, Mrs. Lizzie Gibson, of this city, Mrs. Lewis Kraus, of this city, and Eli, of Angel.
The funeral services were held at St. Nicholas church near Yellow Town. Burial by Wetherholt.

[Note: St. Nick Cemetery, Clay Township; B. October 7, 1844, D. December 18, 1912]

Gallipolis Journal
December 25, 1912
Vol. 94 No. 39
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Brucker, Adam

Death of Mr. Brucker
     Mr. Adam Brucker, of Clay township, died Thursday night, May 16, 1907, of old age and other ailments. The funeral will be Saturday and the burial in the Brucker graveyard back of Clipper Mill.
     Mr. Brucker was born in Germany and came to this country, single, in 1845, settling first in Pittsburg and here a few years later. His wife has been dead five years. They lived together 53 years. Her name was Barbara Long. He is survived by four sons, Leonard, John, Adam and George, and daughters Rosina Meal, mother of Recorder L. L. Meal, and Mrs. Sarah Walters of Maple Shade, Miss Barbara at home and Miss Caroline of Athens.
     He was well known to Gallipolis people having been a grower of small fruit and garden stuff for a long time. He has been very religious for many years and belonged to the Ohio Chapel M. E. Church. Undertaker Wetherholt has charge of the burial. Definite time of funeral was postponed in order for George of Piqua and Adam of Corning to get here.

[Note: Squirrel Hunter]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, May 17, 1907
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Brumfield, Isaac

Good Man Gone
     Mr. Isaac Brumfield died at his home in Harrison township, Tuesday morning, December 15, 1908, in his 67th year. He had been in poor health for several years from Bright's disease. Mr. Brumfield was an honorable gentleman, a veteran of the civil war, and a good citizen. He had been a subscriber to the Bulletin for many years and never failed to call and see us when in town. Besides a wife he leaves nin children who will have the sympathy of everyone in their bereavement. The funeral services were conducted Thursday at Bethlehem Church, interment following by Wetherholt at the same place. Peace be to his ashes.

[Note: 1844 - 1908 per stone; Unit Co. C 60th OVI]

Gallipolis Bulletin
December 18, 1908
Vol. XLI No. 51
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Brumfield, James A.

Brumfield
     Mr. James A. Brumfield died Tuesday night at Crown City, August 8, 1905, past seventy years of age. He was a member of the 173 Ohio Vol. Infantry and belonged to the G. A. R. Post at Crown City and was buried with military honors. He drew $72 per month pension. He was a fine old gentleman and leaves a wife and several grown children.

[Note from stone: Good Hope Cemetery, Guyan Township; 1835 - August 8, 1905]

Gallipolis Bulletin
August 11, 1905
Vol. XXXVIII
Transcribed by Jan Rader

Brumfield, James A.

James A. Brumfield, of Crown City, died Tuesday night, August 8, 1905, past 70 years of age. He was a soldier and received a pension of $72 a month. He died of rheumatism and heart trouble. He left a wife and family of four or five children, all married. He belonged to the G. A. R. Post and was buried with military honors. He was a good citizen and was a soldier in the 173d Ohio. The funeral was today.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, August 10, 1905
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Brumfield, Perry

Perry Brumfield, Union Veteran, Dies at Ironton
Was Dancer and Active Until His Last Illness
     Final taps have sounded for "Uncle" Perry Brumfield, 97, Union veteran. He died early Sunday in the General Hospital at Ironton of complications arising from an operation he underwent on Friday. Wednesday noon the body will be taken to Waterloo and funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock in the Methodist Church, in charge of Rev. James M. Lane. Burial will be in Warneke Cemetery under the auspices of the Legion Post of Ironton.
     Mr. Brumfield was born on Greasy Ridge and all his years, except when he was a soldier, were spent around Waterloo and Ironton. Up until his last illness his friends believed him to be the most active and vigorous survivor of the war that ended 78 years ago. He had entered the Army when but 17. Five or six years ago this old soldier did the buck-and-wing dance at the Fall Festival here and was loudly acclaimed for his endurance, agility and dancing skill. He didn't totter about on a cane, pretending to do a hoedown; he really danced, and with alacrity, smiling as his feet clattered on a plank floor in harmony with the fast and "devilish" music. Uncle Perry often accompanied the Waterloo Wonders, when that aggreation of basketball
players was touring the state, and he would often dance for the spectators when the game was over.
     Surviving him are a foster son, Lacy Brumfield of Waterloo, and these foster grandchildren: Mrs. Codie Young of McArthur, Berkie Brumfield, Stanley and Perry Jr. of the Army, Mrs. Irma Martin of Pensacola, Fla. and Roma Brumfield at home. Mr. Brumfield's death leaves but one Civil War veteran in Lawrence County...David Hoover of Athalia.

[Note: He served in Co. E, 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He appeared in Gallia County on several census
records.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 23, 1943
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Brumfield, Sloan

Old Veteran Taken
     Another veteran of the Civil War has answered the last roll call and has finished his course. Sloan Brumfield was mustered out by the Great Commander on the morning of Aug. 31, 1920. The cause of his death was Bright's disease with other complications.
     He was born in Lawrence Co., Ohio, January 21, 1843, and was 77 years, 7 months and 10 days old. On the 8th day of September, 1862, he enlisted in Company F, First Regt., Heavy Artillery, Ohio Volunteers. He served nearly three years in this capacity, receiving his discharge at Knoxville, Tenn., on July 25, 1865. He suffered some of the severest of hardships during the war, but came out of it with the assurance that he had done what he could do for his country in her hour of need.
     His first wife was Mahala Martt, who died about two years after their marriage. To them was born one son, Anderson Brumfield, who now lives in Huntington. His second wife was Mary Farley, to whom he was married on October 5, 1884. To this union were born four boys and seven girls. All these are living, as follows: Perry, Gideon, John and Stanford of Crown City, Mrs. Dora Clark and Mrs. Pearl Holroyd of Washington C. H., Ohio, Mrs. Bertha Walls of Huntington, and Mrs. Bettie Harrison, Mrs. Hazel Woodyard, Mrs. Grace Henderson and Mrs. Hala Moore of Crown City.
     He was a farmer by occupation, and as long as he was able to work, he was industrious and tried to make an honorable living for his family. He was a member of the Olive U. B. Church for several years and had a host of friends and neighbors. His home has been on Route 2 for a number of years, and every man, woman and child in the community knew Uncle Sloan.
     The funeral was held Wednesday evening and the sermon was preached by his old friend and comrade, Rev. J. W. Greer of Proctorville, Ohio. Burial was made in the Good Hope cemetery by undertaker J. W. Stevers.

The Gallipolis Times
Thursday, September 2, 1920
Vol. XXII
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Bryan, John

Death of Mr. John Bryan
     We are pained to record the death of Mr. John Bryan, of Kanauga, a gentleman whom we have known long and intimately for many years, a gentleman of sterling character, a successful riverman and farmer, a good republican and a man of much property. The sad event which deprives a wife of a loving husband, children of a liberal and indulgent father and a brother and sister of an affectionate brother, occurred Sunday morning at 5 o'clock, September 22nd, 1901, on his farm of nearly 400 acres, opposite Pt. Pleasant and about four miles above this city.
     His funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon by Rev. E.H. Gelvin of the Presbyterian church of this city, the interment by Hayward & Son following at the Maddy burying ground on George's Creek. Mr. Bryan had been complaining of rheumatism for about two weeks, but had only been confined to his bed for two days. He had been down to town only last week. His son Dr. Clarence Bryan, of Chicago, happened here on a visit during the early part of his illness and prescribed for him, and he grew better. The doctor left for Chicago and he was taken soon after much worse with a sinking spell. He rested well, however, Saturday night until about 4 o'clock Sunday morning when he was taken with a severe chill and the disease seeming to strike his heart and he died suddenly and unexpectedly.
     Mr. Bryan was born in Washington county, Ohio, coming here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Byrd Bryan, when two or three years old. The parents settled at Fair Haven opposite Pt. Pleasant on a farm and he was brought up on the farm, but in early life he went on the river and became the commander of the London, a Pittsburg and Cincinnati packet.
     Retiring from the river about the time of the Civil War, he settled on the farm where he died. He was married twice, the first time being to Miss Emma Wood of Washington county, by whom he left three sons, William of Point Pleasant, Dr. Clarence Bryan of Chicago, and Mr. Dudley F. Bryan, proprietor of the Park Central of this city, a daughter, Miss Hettie, dying at 22. His first wife died about 1885, and in 1892 he was united in marriage with Miss Anna Carter of Wigner, daughter of the late Judge Robert Carter, of Patriot. He left no children by this union, but she and one brother, Mr. J.W. Bryan of Point Pleasant, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Jett of Kanauga, survive him, besides many friends.
____________
     The funeral services of the late Mr. John Bryan at his old home Tuesday, were largely attended, many going up from town, among them a choir of the Presbyterian and Methodist Churches under the leadership of Prof. Neal. The burial was at the Maddy cemetery.

[Note: Squirrel Hunter]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
September 23 and 25, 1901
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Bryan, Washington

     He enlisted in Co. D, 116th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at the age of 23 on August 16, 1862 as a private. He was probably from Monroe County, Ohio. He was wounded June 15, 1864 at Piedmont, Virginia and died of wounds at the Gallipolis Field Hospital July 16, 1864. He is buried in Pine Street Cemetery in Gallipolis.

Obit constructed from soldier records and newspaper report
Gallipolis Journal
July 21, 1864
Constructed by Henny Evans


Bryan, William H.

Death of Wm. H. Bryan
     Wm. H. Bryan ill since last November with inflammatory rheumatism and a complication of troubles growing out of it, ending in stomach trouble, died Sunday evening at 10 o'clock, July 26, 1891, at his late residence, opposite Point Pleasant.
     Mr. Bryan had always been a resident of Gallia County and was united in wedlock in 1860 to Miss Julia M. Leonard, daughter of the late John Leonard, one of the early settlers of the county. By this union he became the father of four children, three of whom are living--Nathaniel L. of Point Pleasant; Cora B., wife of C.O. Blake, of Oklahoma Territory and Charles L. who lived with him at his late home, the brothers being single but of adult age. At the time of his death he was past 57 years of age. He was a member of the M.E. Church and a well known prosperous citizen of sterling integrity of character, honored and respected by all who knew him.
     His funeral services were conducted at his late home by Rev. P.A. Baker. His burial was conducted by Hayward & Sons at the Maddy graveyard in Addison Township, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and was honored with a large and respectful attendance.

[Note: Squirrel Hunter.  Death Certificate: died July 24, 1891 Addison Township, Gallia County, Ohio. Marriage records--He and Julia were married April 8, 1860 in Gallia County.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
July 29 1891
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Buckle, W. T.

Prominent Granger and Old Soldier Passes Away

Death of W.T. Buckle
     William T. Buckle died at his residence on Vine St. this city, after a prolonged illness, Monday morning at 9 o’clock. He was born Nov. 12 1839 and was 74 years, 4 months and 21 days old. He resided near Northup for many years, where he owned a large farm and was prominent in Grange circles and active in the organization of those bodies in the county. He was a soldier in the Civil War serving two years. A member of the M.E. Church of this city and lead a conscientious, Christian life.
     He was twice married, his first wife was Miss Bettie Kerns and to this union were born, four sons, Herbert B., engaged in hardware business at Tawas, Mich., Charles K., teacher at Los Angels, Cal., John W. farmer at Ontario, And Mortimer, a jeweler in Canada.
     He is survived by his second wife formerly Miss Mary A. _____ and his four sons. Herbert is the only son able to be present at the funeral. The funeral arrangements had not been made when we went to press.

Gallipolis Tribune
April 5, 1911
Submitted by Mary James


Buckle, William Thomas

Death of Good Man
W. T. Buckle, Civil War Veteran Passes Away After Short Illness
     Mr. W. T. Buckle whose death was briefly mentioned Monday, died at his home on Vine street Monday morning, April 3d, 1911, of pneumonia. The news of his death was received with much surprise about town, it not being generally known that he was unusually ill, but he was taken down a week before. Mr. Buckle had been more or less an invalid for many years with stomach trouble, but had been up and about all winter and was up town a week ago last Saturday.
     Full arrangements at this writing had not been made for the funeral services or the disposition of the body, but Rev. Mr. Charrington will conduct the services at his late home and Undertaker Wetherholt the burial either at Mount Hill or Centenary. His son H. W. Buckle of Towas, Mich., arrived on the noon train and definite arrangements will be concluded this afternoon.
     Mr. Buckle was a member of the M. E. church and a very worthy, moral, clean, upright citizen of a kindly nature and disposition, greatly liked by all who knew him, and more especially by kindred and his own household.
     His parents were born, reared and married near Portsmouth, England, and came to America in 1832. They were forty days making the voyage, their eldest child then 18 months old. Mr. Buckle, the subject of this obituary, was their fourth child and was born in Wellsburg, W. Va., November 12, 1839. His mother died when he was four years old. They moved to Jefferson county, O., a year later, and then to Gallia county in 1850, and he has resided in this county ever since. He served in ever township office, including that of the Justice of the Peace, except Treasurer. He was twice nominated for Clerk of Courts. He taught in the public schools and taught singing schools, and organized 33 granges in the county.
     July 5th, 1863, he volunteered in Company G First Regiment of Ohio Volunteer Heavy Artillery, as company artificer, and was honorably discharged from the service June 21, 1865. He served in the Army of The Cumberland in Kentucky and Tennessee.
     He was first married to Miss Betsey Kerns January 16, 1867, and raised four sons - H. W. of Towas, Mich., John W., Ontario, Cal., Chas. K., of Ingelwood, Cal., and J. M. of Michigan. Three brothers also survive Mr. Buckle, John O., of Stafford, Kas., Cornelius of Denver, Colo., and James R., of Harrison township.
His first wife died May 17, 1885, and on July 5, 1893, he was married to Miss Mary A. Carter who survives him.
     He joined John Leaper Post G.A.R., afterward changed to Joseph Walter Post, and was transferred to Carlot Post January 9, 1909.
     Mr. Buckle was a relative of the great historian of London and was himself a man of uncommon endowments. He will always be remembered by those who knew him with the greatest kindness.

Gallipolis Tribune
April 7, 1911
Vol. XXXXL No. 14 p. 1                                                                                   Top of Page

Mr. Buckle's Funeral
     Arrangements have been completed and the funeral of the late W. T. Buckle will be at 9 o'clock Thursday forenoon at the residence by the Rev. A. P. Charrington. Interment at Centenary cemetery by Wetherholt.
The Pall Bearers for the W. T. Buckle funeral are J. W. Miles, W. W. Watts, A. W. Langley, S. B. Winters, E. L. Henshaw and Chas. Weihe.

Gallipolis Tribune
April 7, 1911
Vol. XXXXL No. 14 p. 2

An Old Soldier Has Passed Away
     William Thomas Buckle died at his home on Vine street in Gallipolis Monday morning, April 3, 1911, after a week's illness of pneumonia. The funeral services have not yet been determined as to time and place of burial.
     Mr. Buckle's parents were born, reared and married near Portsmouth, England, and came to America in 1832, coming over in a sailing vessel and were 40 days on the high seas. Their eldest child was then 18 months old.
     William T. was born in Wellsburg, Virginia, Nov. 12, 1839, and was past 71 years of age. His mother died in his fourth year and the year following the family moved to Ohio and located in Jefferson Co., and later removed to Gallia county in 1850, and he has resided here ever since. Mr. Buckle was quite well known, having filled a number of township offices, and taught public and singing schools for a number of terms.
     In July 1863, Mr. Buckle enlisted in Company G, First Ohio Heavy Artillery, as artificer, and was discharged June 21, 1965, having served his country honorably and well.
     He had been married twice, first to Miss Betsy Kerns and they became the parents of four sons, H. W. of Michigan, Charles of Inglewood, California, and J. W. and J. M., both in the West. In 1885 Mrs. Buckle died and on July 5, 1893, he married Miss Mary A. Carter who survives him.
     Mr. Buckle was a member of the Methodist church, and a good, honest, well liked man who had friends wherever he was known. At the annual reunions of his company and regiment he always took an active part and had acted as secretary for a number of years. Not among those who will miss him least are his comrades of war days.

[Note: Centenary Cemetery, Green Township; B. November 12, 1839, D. April 3, 1911; Company G, First Ohio Heavy Artillery, discharged June 21, 1865]

Gallipolis Bulletin
April 6, 1911
No. 14
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Bunce, William

William Bunce
Dies of Heart Trouble - Fine Citizen of Addison Tp.
     William Bunce, aged nearly 80, living near Bulaville, died Monday evening, March 6th, 1916, of heart trouble with which he had been a sufferer for a long time. For weeks his condition had been so critical that news of his death was rather expected.
     Mr. Bunce was born in Mason County, W. Va., July 7, 1836, and was a son of Richard and Mary Williamson Bunce. He was a large man, patriarchal in appearance, an old soldier, a good, worthy citizen, and a member of the Bulaville Christian Church. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Ella Vance, wife of W. Frank Vance of Bulaville, Mrs. Harry Swisher, Mrs. Ernest E. First, George of Bulaville, Perry of Columbus, Prof. Thurman D. of Cheshire, Byron at home. Stanley, another son, is dead.
     The funeral was held at the Bunce home at 10 o'clock yesterday. Rev. W. J. Fulton officiating. Burial at Rife cemetery by Wetherholt.

[Stone note: Rife Cemetery, Addison; B. July 7, 1836, D. March 6, 1916; Co E, 141st O.V.I.]

Gallipolis Journal
Thursday, March 9, 1916
Vol. 98 No. 10
Transcribed by Jan Rader 


Burd, David

Dave Burd Dead
     David Burd, the cobbler, is no more. This quaint and eccentric and likable character passed away rather suddenly, tho he had been in poor health a long time, about 12 o'clock Saturday night. He had suffered from asthma and heart trouble. He was 78 years old.
     Mr. Burd was born and spent most of his life in this county. He was a student of current events and delighted in forecasting particularly with reference to affairs political. As a cobbler he had acquired great skill.
     The decedent is survived by his wife, who was Margaret Catherine Thompson, two daughters and one son the whereabouts of all of whom are unknown.
     The funeral was conducted by Rev. A. J. Wilder at the home on Third above Spruce at 2 p. m. Tuesday. Burial at Pine St. by G. J. Wetherholt.

[Note: B. April 10, 1832, D. September 29, 1917; Co, D, 31st O.V.I.]

Gallipolis Journal
October 4, 1917
Vol. 99 No. 38 p. 2
Transcribed by Jan Rader           


Burnett, Edward D.

Died
     BURNETT - In Green township on the 23d November, 1866, of consumption, Mr. Edward D. Burnett, in the 28th year of his age. The deceased served in the 91st Ohio Infantry, in subduing the late rebellion, as a true patriot and faithful soldier. He was an acceptable member of the M. E. church for over 7 years, and died in hope for a blissful immortality. J. W. M.

[Note: Buried at Centenary in Green Township. From tombstone: Born Feb. 7, 1839.]

Gallipolis Journal
December 6, 1866
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                        Top of Page


Burnett, Hezekiah

Old Soldier Gone

    Mr. Hezekiah Burnett, an old soldier living on Garfield avenue, died Wednesday afternoon after a long illness of dropsy, leaving a wife but no children. He was about 60 years of age and a fine old gentleman. The burial was at Clay Chapel Thursday morning by Wetherholt.

[Note: Dates from Death Certificate, B -- July 28, 1845 Died -- May 4, 1909; Member of Unit Co. "C", 173rd OVI.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
May 7, 1909
Vol. XI, No. 20
Transcribed by Charles Wright


Bush, Corydon Irving

Sudden Stroke Takes C.I. Bush Unexpectedly
Suffered Only Few Minutes After Being Stricken Thursday
     Truly, in the midst of life we are in death. The community was shocked Thursday evening by the news of the death of Mr. C.I. Bush, one of our oldest and highly honored citizens. Mr. Bush was stricken with apoplexy and died after a few minutes suffering. Drs. Holzer and Biddle were called and did all [in] their power to relieve him, but their skilled efforts were fruitless, and his Spirit took its flight to the God who gave it.
     Mr. Bush was born August 30th, [1846] at Ironton, Ohio. On Sept. 16, 1869 he was married to Miss Missouri Guthrie, at Swan Creek, and to this union two daughters were born, Mrs. Minnie Carter and Mrs. Effie Mills, both of whom, and their mother preceded him to the great beyond.
     On April 24, 1890 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary V.H. Hibbs, of Zanesville, Ohio. To this union was born one daughter, Mrs. Letha Bush Donart, of Weiser, Idaho. When only sixteen years of age Mr. Bush enlisted in the Civil war and served with honor until mustered out at it close. For him the last taps have sounded.
     Mr. Bush was a brother of Gilbert D. and George E. Bush of this city and Mrs. A.J. Stein of Vanceburg, Ky., who with the wife and daughter, Mrs. Donart, and two grandchildren survive.
     Mr. Bush was an active member of Order of Masons and Eastern Star, a consistent, life long member of the Methodist church and was always in his pew at all the services, an indulgent father, devoted husband and true friend who will be missed in all walks of life. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 29, 1925

Funeral Largely Attended
     Funeral services for C.I. Bush were held at his late residence, 604 First Avenue Sunday at 2 p.m., by Rev. J.R. Fields, and were largely attended. Burial was made at Mound Hill under the auspices of Morning Dawn Lodge F.& A.M., members of the G.A.R. also being present and acting as an escort, Wetherholt and Entsminger directing the interment.

[Note: He served in Co. I, 146th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 30, 1925
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Butcher, Francis

     Francis A. Butcher, a native of Cheshire township and a veteran of the Civil War, a member of the old 91st Ohio, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, at his home in Seattle, Washington, presumably from a second stroke of paralysis.
     Mr. Butcher was the father of Mr. F. Wilbur Butcher of Cheshire, and he also is survived by two sisters at Kyger, Mrs. Lucinda Butcher and Miss Louisa Butcher.
     After an absence of more than 40 years, Mr. Butcher visited his relatives and old friends in and about Cheshire for several weeks last October. He was in apparently splendid health then, but since had suffered a slight stroke of paralysis. He was aged 75 years at the time of his death.

[Note: He served in Co. B, 91st O.V.I.]

Gallia Times
January 29, 1920
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Butcher, Hamilton

Ham Butcher Dead                   
     Hamilton Butcher, born in Greenup County, Ky., in 1833, died at the home of Mrs. Betty Roberts on First Avenue, July 16, 1915. He became a private in Co. F., 1st Reg., W. Va. Cavalry and served loyally from the beginning to the end of the war. He came here 18 years ago.  His wife died in 1901 and he is survived by two sons, George and Tom. Rev. Jos. Hansher of Cheshire conducted the funeral Saturday.  Burial at Pine St. by Wetherholt.

[Note: Dates from Death Certificate.   B - June 29, 1833   Died - July 16, 1915]  

Gallipolis Journal 
July 22, 1915
Vol 97,  N0.  30  Transcribed by Charles Wright


Butcher, John S.

  OBITUARY  
     John S. Butcher, son of Jacob and Sarah Colwell Butcher was born in Cheshire Tp. Gallia Co., O.  Feb 22, 1843, died Sept. 17, 1916, aged 73 yrs, 6 months, 23 days. He served his country during the Civil War for nearly four years, being a member of Co. B 36 O. V. I. Shortly after his return from the U.S. service, he was united in marriage to Nancy Colwell.
     Several children were born to this union. Two sons, Chas. and  Jacod dying young manhood.  The surviving ones are Austin, Milton, Francis, Thomas, Sarah and Mrs. Clara Smith. His wife died about 1907.  In 1909 he married Miss Nola Safford, and to them was given one little daughter, Bertis Joanna, who will never remember her father's loving voice calling her.
     He was a kind hearted, sociable man, who always met his friends with a smile and a hearty greeting. About three years ago he united with the Christian Church in Morgan Center. He bore his suffering with much patience.
     Besides his second wife and the children named before he leaves two brothers, Geo. of Wellston, Hiram H. of Marion, three sisters, Mrs. Christena Strausbaugh of Vanceton, Mrs. Melissa Groves of Middleport and Mrs. Sarah White of Rowlesville, who so tenderly nursed him during his long illness and a number of friends, who will greatly miss him.
      A brother's deed of kindness
      A brother's look of love
      A father's word of comfort and
      A papa's smile, gone forever.

     Funeral at his home near Porter by Rev. McCoy and the soldiers of the Vinton Post.  

Gallipolis Tribune
Sept. 18, 1916
Submitted by Charles Wright


Butcher, Martin

     The funeral of Martin Butcher Esq., will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Methodist Church at Kyger. Rev. T.F. Garrett will conduct the service, the interment being at Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire, in charge of Biggs of Pomeroy.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
August 12, 1899

     Impressive funeral services for the late Martin Butcher were conducted by Rev. T.F. Garrett, Sunday afternoon in the Kyger Methodist Church which was crowded with relatives and friends in attendance. The burial was at Gravel Hill cemetery, Cheshire, in charge of Biggs, the Pomeroy undertaker.

[Note: He served in Co. K, 40th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
August 14, 1899
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Butcher, William H.

Old Soldier Answers Last Call
William H. Butcher Died Sunday Morning
     William H. Butcher, of Kyger, died Sunday morning at 9 o'clock from the effects of a stroke of paralysis which he suffered a week ago Tuesday. He was about 72 years of age, a man of sterling worth and character. He was a member of the M. E. church. He served throughout the Civil War in Co. H, 53rd O. V. I. and was a good soldier. He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Nora Kent and by two children, Charles of Congersville, Ind., who is State Building Inspector, and a daughter, Nellie, who is married and lives in Pennsylvania.
     The funeral services were held at the Kyger M. E. church Monday morning. Burial at Gravel Hill Cemetery.

[Note: From Stone..B..Feb. 18, 1841 Died June 19, 1911]

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, June 14, 1911
Vol. 93, No 84
Transcribed by Charles Wright                                                                       Top of Page


Butler, Hamilton H.

     Died, at Vinton, on the morning of December 16th, 1865, Mr. Hamilton H. Butler, in the 49th year of his age. Mr. Butler was a native of Gallia county, where he continued to reside until his death. He was brought up a farmer, trained to habits of industry and economy, by which he acquired a competency of this world's goods. His early advantages of education were limited; yet, by his own efforts, he acquired a common business education, so as to discharge the duties of many important trusts. Being of muscular frame, physical strength and ardent temperament, he was able to accomplish the most ardent and difficult undertakings.
     He was a thorough and outspoken Union man throughout the late rebellion; and although over the age required by law, to perform military duty; yet he volunteered his services, when his country was invaded by the rebel Gen. Morgan, and marched to the defence [sic] of his country. As a neighbor and friend he was rarely equaled and never excelled. Always ready and among the foremost in deeds of charity and benevolence.
     He leaves a widow, a widowed mother, a number of relatives and friends to mourn his untimely end. "So let him rest, his faults lie gently on him." Communicated.

[Note: Included with CW obits because of service against Morgan's Raiders.]

The Gallipolis Journal
December 21, 1865
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Butler, W. F.

The Late W.F. Butler
     William F. Butler passed away at his home in Vinton, this county, Friday evening, July 23, 1920, following an illness extending over a period of several months. The news of his passing was received with deep regret by countless friends over the entire county, who knowing his strong physique and indomitable will power, hoped that he might be able to overcome his illness. His body lay in state at his home in Vinton until Monday afternoon, and many friends and neighbors of long years standing called to pay their tribute of respect to this good old man.
     The funeral was held at his late home Monday afternoon and was largely attended. The last services were conducted by Dr. J. M. Davis and Rev. W. J. Fulton of Rio Grande, both life-long friends of Mr. Butler. Each paid a high tribute to the life and works of their friends, and their words of praise and commendation found corroboration in the hearts of all their hearers. 
     Vinton Lodge, F. & A. M., of which Mr. Butler was a member for more than half a century, held ritualistic ceremonies both at the home and cemetery. He was laid to rest in the McGhee cemetery, overlooking the village where he had labored so long and faithfully and over which we believe his spirit will continue to exercise a benign influence.  The following memorial was read at the funeral by Rev. W. J. Fulton: William Francis Butler, the son of Fleming and Elizabeth Eagle Butler, was born Jan. 13, 1838, and died July 23, 1920, aged 82 years, 6 months and 10 days. He was the youngest son of a family of eleven, his sister, Aunt Polly Porter, being the only surviving member of the family. His parents came from Virginia, settling in Ohio in 1816. His father was a veteran in the War of 1812, serving the entire course of the war. He was born, reared and lived his whole life in Huntington township. There was one unusual fact connected with activities during the War of the Rebellion, and that was while he was intensely loyal to his country and its flag, he could not serve in its army on account of a rupture with which he was afflicted all his life. He hired a substitute to take his place on the firing line, being one of only a very few men in the entire north when they themselves were excused from active service by irremovable physical disability. He was always an intensely patriotic American, a splendid citizen, unflagging in his devotion to the interests of the community, state and nation. During the late war he was, despite his advanced years, one of the most active men in Gallia County in all war work, giving his time, energy and talents in every way to help win the victory. He was a man of unusual judgment in all lines of business, and was constantly consulted by those who knew and respected his ability along those lines, and any service he could perform was always given__generously. He had a wide acquaintance and was always a distinguished figure in any gathering in which he participated. His was a social nature, he loved his fellowman and got keen enjoyment from the social relations of all with whom he came in contact. He filled a large and useful place in the community and county, and his familiar figure will be missed by the large circle of people who were his friends. 
     Mr. Butler was married to Annie Jane Kerr on Nov. 28, 1866, and to this union were born three children, Mrs. Maggie Hamilton of Columbus, Mrs. Nellie Feltman and Mr. H. K. Butler, both of Vinton. His devotion to his family was unusual, and he cared for his afflicted companion for years with sympathetic tenderness that marked his affectionate and kindly nature. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity for fifty-eight years and was a faithful member of that order, maintaining an active interest until compelled by illness to resist. He was early in life connected with the church, was a staunch believer in its tenets and a liberal contributor in personal and financial aid toward the advancement of religious influence. He has moved forward, but truly his works do follow him.

[Note: He also served as a Squirrel Hunter]

Gallia Times, Gallipolis, OH
Thurs., July 29, 1920
Contributed by Linda Halley Criner


Butterfield, George W.

Old Soldier Dead
     George W. Butterfield, 77, a veteran of the 12 O. V. I. died at his home in Gallipolis Wednesday after a long illness. He is survived by his wife and three sons, James, Harry and Lorain. The funeral was Friday afternoon.

[Note: From Death Certificate. B - July 22, 1841 Died - Sept. 25, 1918. Buried in Pine Street Cemetery, Gallipolis, Twp.]

Gallia Times
Oct. 2, 1918
Transcribed by Charles Wright  

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