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 The following obituaries are from the files of various Gallia County Newspapers and other publications. They are listed below in alphabetical order of the surname.

A   B-Bay   Be-Bev   Bi-Bl   Bo-Boy   Br-Brow   Broy-By   C-Cap   Car-Cav 

Ch-Ci   Cl-Cof   Coh-Cov  Cow-Cy   D-Day   De-Dy   E-El   Em-Ew  F   G-Gl   Go-Gw 

   H-Hap   Har-Haz   He-Hol   Hoo-Hu   I   J-Joh   Jol-Ju   K   L-Lev   Lew-Ly        

   Max-McC   McD-Me   Mi-Mit   Mo-My   N   O   P-Ph   Pi-Py   Q   R-Rich 

  Rick-Rob   Roc-Rou   Row-Ru   S-Sch   Sco-Shee   Shel-Ske   Ski-Smi   Smo-Stor

Stou-Sy   T   U   V   W-Ward   Ware-Wau   We-Wilh   Will-Win   Wis-Wy   X   Y   Z

Biarly, Mary Almira

     DIED - Sept. 5th, 1861, Mary Almira, youngest daughter of Christopher and Mary A. Biarly. The deceased was a lovely child, just beginning her third year, when called from earth to dwell with the blest.

"Weep not for her! she is an angel now,
And treads the sapphire floors of Paradise,
All darkness wiped from her refulgent brow,
Sin, sorrow, suffering, banished from her eyes.
Victorious over death, to her appears,
The vistaed joys of heaven's eternal years;
Weep not for her!"

The Gallipolis Journal
October 31, 1861
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Biars, Gustavus

Hanged Himself
     Gustavus Biars, a well known German resident of Clipper Mill, hanged himself to the head of his bed at this home last Wednesday morning. His lifeless body was found by his wife and son upon their return home from this city, where they had been with a load of produce.
     Mr. Biars was 66 years, 7 months and 10 days old. He had been in poor health for some time. His wife , four sons and a daughter survive him. The funeral was Saturday.

[Note: Death Certificate....born March 8, 1850 Holland, Germany; died Oct. 17, 1916. Parents: Christa and Christina Biars (born Germany). Burial in Mina Chapel in Green Township.]

Gallia Times
Oct. 1916
Transcribed by F. K. Brown

Bias, Albirt

Albirt Bias Dies at 80
     GALLIPOLIS - Albert Bias, 80, died at his home, 49 Olive St., Gallipolis, Saturday morning at 5:25 after an illness lasting for the past three months. He was born in Cabell County, w. Va., and had been a sawmill worker during his active life.
     Survivors include the widow, Lorena Rose Bias; three children by a former marriage, James E. Bias, Sarasota, Fla., Mrs. Opal Hopkins, Baltimore, Md., and Mrs. Manford Atkins, Huntington; and two grandchildren.
     The body will remain at Miller’s Funeral Home, pending completion of funeral arrangements.

Athens Sunday Messenger
December 14, 1952
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Bias, Lorena May

Lorena May Bias Dies At Age 81
     Mrs. Lorena May Bias, 81, died at her home 103 Fourth Ave., at 3:30 pm Tuesday. She had been ill for four years, and was a patient in Holzer Hospital last fall.
     She was a native of Guyan Twp., where she was born on Oct. 7, 1874, the daughter of the late William and Ellen Lee Beaver. Her early years were spent in Guyan Twp., but she had been a resident of Gallipolis during her adult years.
     Mrs. Bias was twice married. Her first was to Reuben Rose in 1894 at Pt. Pleasant. He preceded her in death in February, 1939. To this union eight children were born of whom five survive, Edgar of Charleston, Mrs. Dorothy Harrington of Erie, Pa., Mrs. Elizabeth Hill and Mrs. Lavada Smith of Gallipolis and Lester Rose of Vinton. A son Horton, a World War I veteran, died in 1929 and another son, George died in 1954. The other child died in infancy. Other survivors are two brothers and two sisters, John of Columbus, Edgar of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Ola Bailey of Columbus and Mrs. Fronia Monk of Jackson.
     She was married the second time to Arbeit Bias who preceded her in death in December, 1952.
     At one time Mrs. Bias was a member of Grace Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at Miller's Home for Funerals at 4 p.m., Thursday with Rev. John McCalla officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at Miller's Wednesday evening and until the funeral hour.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
6 Jun 1956
Transcribed by Kathy Hill Lynch                                                                     

Bickel, Dinah E.

     Died, in Gallia county, Ohio, February 26, 1874, Mrs. Dinah Bickel, in the 78th year of her age. Sister Bickel was born in North Carolina May 19, 1796; and happily married to Mr. Anthony Bickel, of Virginia, July 7, 1814. Shortly after her marriage she removed with her husband and settled in Gallia county, Ohio, where they both soon became useful members of the M.E. Church. They raised nine children, all of whom became pious and useful members of the church; one of the sons, R.S. Bickel, of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, is well known and greatly beloved throughout the bounds of the Western Virginia Conference.
     The husband, Bro. Anthony Bickel, died March 24, 1860, in full triumphs of a living faith and rest from his labors. Sister Bickel was one of those women of whom it may in truth be said, “she looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness, her children rise up and call her blessed.” And after struggling on for near a half century in the service of her blessed Savior she fell asleep in Jesus and has gone to that rest above where labor, pain and sorrow are felt and feared no more. Her children (though they weep and sorrow) have a bright hope of meeting her in glory.

Hope looks beyond the bounds of time
When what we now deplore,
Shall rise in full immortal prime
And bloom to fade no more
           C. F. Crooks

From a regional Methodist publication in Kentucky
Contributed by great-great-grandson, Neil Elvick                                                 Top of Page

Bickel, George W.

Geo. W. Bickel Dead
     George W. Bickel, who for the last past several years has been an employee at the O.H.E., died Thursday morning, March 9th, 1922, at 8 o'clock at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Thompson of lower Second Avenue, where he had been rooming.
     Mr. Bickel had been confined to his room for five or six weeks. He leaves three sons, Chauncey of Washington, Roy of Columbus and Stanley of this city. One brother and one sister, Mrs. Fenimore Johnson of Theviner and John Bickel of Illinois.
     The funeral services were held Saturday at 11:30 at Mercerville church conducted by Rev. Cremeens and burial at Mercerville cemetery.

Gallia Times
March 16, 1922
Transcribed by Henny Evans

Bickel, Laura Almeda

Mrs. George Bickle Dead
     Mrs. Bickle, wife of George Bickle of Mercerville, died Sunday. She had been ill for some time but took a turn for the worse about ten days ago. A son Stanley Bickle arrived Monday night from Mobridge, S.Dak., and the funeral services were held Tuesday. Further particulars next week.

Gallipolis Journal
September 18, 1912

In Loving Memory of Laura Almeda Bickle
     Laura Almeda Mooney was born June 14, 1858 and was married to G.W. Bickle May 9, 1883. To this union were born Chauncy, Stanley, Fairy deceased and Roy. She was taken ill with erysipeias, and all that medical aid could do was done, but God saw it fit to call her home.
     She died Sept. 13, 1912, aged 54 years, 3 months and 9 days. She left to mourn their loss a husband, three sons, four brothers, two sisters, one half brother and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her sad demise. She was converted in the year 1887, joined the Victory Baptist church and lived a consistent christian until her death.
     She had many lovely traits of character which will live long in the memory of those who love her. the boys she taught for so many years in the Sunday School will always cherish her memory. During her last hours her husband gave her a drink of water and she said "it tasted good." Then exclaimed, I am on the Mountain Top, and with a lovely smile on her face she fell "Asleep in Jesus." The family circle is broken. The husband is sad and lonely and they are broken hearted now that mother is gone. The vacant chair will cause unhidden tears to flow, but the same Jesus lives who said, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee."
     The church circle is broken. One of our most consecrated workers has fallen at her post. We will miss her at the church service, also in Sunday School, we will miss her everywhere; but she has gone to join the church triumphant. She has fought a good fight, she has finished her course. She had kept her faith and henceforth there is laid for her a crown of righteouness, which the Lord the righteous Judge will give to her in that day, not to her only, but to all them that love his appearing.
     The funeral was conducted by Rev. J.L. Porter, assisted by her pastor Rev. E.S. Sheets. The floral tributes were many and beautiful, which spoke of the high esteem she was held by her neighbors. Burial by Stevers in Mercerville Cemetery.
               A Friend

Gallipolis Journal
September 25, 1912
Transcribed by Henny Evans

Bickle, Mattie

     On Monday evening, September 18th, 1876, of dyptheria, [sic] Mattie, daughter of George and Ann Bickle, aged about 12 years.

Gallipolis Journal
September 21, 1876
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Bickel, Mattie M.

Died...In Clay Township, Sept. 18th, of diptheria, after an illness of some three days,Mattie M. Bickle, daughter of G. W. and A. Bickle, aged 8 years, 7 months, and 14 days. Mattie was a lovely, promising child. Her last words were, "the good man has come to take me to live in that good place; and Ma, I will come for you, and Pa and Sister. Oh, Ma and Pa, kiss me, I am well." Thus she passed into arms of Him who said, suffer them to come. Her funeral was preached Tuesday, by Elder A. J. Waren, at the Providence Church, and her remains intered in the Providence burying ground, to rest until the resurrection morn.

Gallipolis Journal
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                             Top of Page

Bickle, Nancy M. [Huston]

Mrs. Bickle Dead
     Mrs. Nancy Bickle died at the home of her grandson, Ernest Wedemyer, 945 Second Avenue, Monday evening at 7 p. m., aged 78 years. Funeral will be at the house at 9:30 by Rev. D. F. Wood. Burial in Pine Street Cemetery by undertakers Wetherholt & Entsminger.

[Note: 8/30/1842 – 2/23/1920; Age 78 yrs. 6 mos. 7 das. She was the daughter of Thomas Huston.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, February 24, 1920
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Bickel, R. S.

Personal Notes.
     R. S. Bickel, Esq., an old and prominent citizen of Mason Co., died on the 18th inst.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, July 25, 1903
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Bickel, William

Death of William Bickel
     Mr. William Bickel, living near Mercerville, aged 84 years, and who has been in ill health for about six years, died on Monday morning, January 9, 1899. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn their loss. He was a man highly respected by all who knew him.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Saturday, January 14, 1899
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron

Biddle, John Sabine Biddle

Dr. Biddle Passes

Well Known Physician Succumbs at His Home in Columbus--Funeral at Athens
     Dr. John S. Biddle, a native of Athens county, and for 18 years a practicing physician in Gallipolis, died at his home in Columbus Thursday, July 21, 1927, after more than a year of illness. Funeral services were held Friday at the home of a brother, Dr. David H. Biddle, in Athens, interment following at Hibbardsville, Athens county.
     Dr. Biddle and family were well known here. He was active in professional and business life, a member of the Methodist church and the various Masonic bodies here. He leaves his wife and two daughters, Ernestine and Marjory. The doctor and family moved from here to Columbus a year ago in hope that his health would improve.

[Note: His tombstone is in Mound Hill in Gallipolis Township.]

Gallia Times
July 28, 1927
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                              Top of Page

Bigelow, Julia

     DIED - Mrs. Julia Bigelow, 21, nee Newton, granddaughter of the late Zenas Baxter, [and daughter of John and Cynthia (Baxter) Newton] at LaCrosse, Wisconsin

Gallipolis Journal
11 August 1870
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Bigelow, Thomas G.

     Died, in this county, on Saturday morning last, after a lingering illness, Mr. Thomas G. Bigelow, aged about 35 years.

[Note: Buried in Gilboa Cemetery in Raccoon Township.]

The Gallipolis Journal
December 7, 1854
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Bihary, Mary E.

     Mrs. Mary E. Bihary, 67, of Crown City, widow of Burt Bilhary died Friday in St Mary's Hospital, Huntington. She was a real estate manager for Harris Management Co. Surviving are two sisters Doris O Hardy of South Point, OH and Thelma McDonald of Sebring, Fla; one brother Glen Edwards of Miller, graveside service 2:30 pm Monday in Riverside Cemetery, Painesville. There will be no visitation. Schneider Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Huntington HD
Date abt 15 Sep 1991
Submitted by Ernie Wright                                                                                Top of Page

Billings, Maria [Lannings]

     Mrs. Maria Billings, wife of Lewis Billings, Jr., formerly a resident of this city, died at her home in Kansas City, Jun. 7th, at 7 a.m. of heart failure. She is survived by daughters, Mrs. Geo. Cope, Mrs. Howard Stettler, Mrs. Wm Sherman and Miss Bessie, all of Kansas City, and by sisters, Mrs. J. W. Griggs, of Crown Point, Ind., and Mrs. Chas. Bowen and Mrs. Nye Maguet of Columbus, O.; and Mrs. Tell Barlow and Miss Anna Laning of Strentor, Ill.
     Mrs. Billings had been an invalid for the past two years, and a great sufferer. The devoted daughters mourn a devoted mother.

[Note: Death Certificate...Born Sept. 3, 1839, died Jan. 7, 1911; aged 71 years 3 months and 4 days. Parents: John Lannings (born NJ) and Susan Fisher (born OH).]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Jan. 9, 1911
Transcribed by F.K. Brown & Maxine Marshall

Billings, William H

News of His Decease in California Received Tuesday
     Dr. Harry Shaw has received the sad message of the death of Mr. w. H. Billings in California, who breathed his last about 10 a.m., Jan 29, 1901, the immediate cause of his death being pneumonia. Mr. Billings had been in failing health for a year, and a month or more ago went to Southern California in hope of recovery.
     He was born in Charleston in 1840, and was a brother of Mrs. Sarah A. Shaw, who went West with him, and will leave for Gallipolis with his remains on Wednesday. The funeral date will be given later, along with a more extended account of his life.

[Note: Buried at Mound Hill in Gallipolis]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Jan 29, 1901
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                          Top of Page

Bing, Augusta M.

Mrs. Samuel R. Bing Dead

     Mrs. Augusta M., wife of Samuel R. Bing, residing near Addison, this county, died Monday morning, May 3, 1920, at 9:30 o'clock. She had been suffering from a complication of ailments for nearly two years.
     She was born at Vinton, Ohio, May 24, 1862, being the daughter of the late Cornelius M and Louisa Matthews Lewis, who were well known residents of this county.
     She was held in high esteem by a large circle of acquaintances. Besides the husband, she is survived by two sons, two daughters and one step-son.
     The funeral services will be Wednesday at 2 P.M. from the Addison M.E. Church with the interment following at Gravel Hill Cemetery under the directions of Wetherholt & Entsminger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 4, 1920
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Bing, Billy

Bing Funeral Will be Held This Afternoon
Well Known River Captain to be Buried
     Middleport, April 23 -- Funeral services of Capt. Billy Bing, who died Thursday on Gravel Hill, will be held at the Cheshire Baptist church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The Rev. Dr. Skinner will preach the funeral sermon.
     Captain Bing was a well known towboat pilot and master on the Ohio for 50 years. He was born in Cheshire 75 years ago and was the son of the late John (Jack) Bing prominent at Cheshire. Captain Bing was a relative of H. V. Carl of Pomeroy and of the late Mrs. Myra Bing Danley of Racine.

The Gallipolis Tribune says:
     For many years Capt. Bing was a Pomeroy Bend, Kanawha River and Cincinnati pilot. He had charge of the towboat Crown Hill for the Crane Lumber company, of Cincinnati and was a well known harbor pilot at Cincinnati besides making regular trips to Pomeroy and Kanawha river back in the days of the towboats Kate Waters, Abe McDonald, Buckeye Boy, J. S. Neel, Convoy, Eagle, Coal Bluff, Gate City and others.

Athens Messenger
April 24, 1917
Transcribed by Connie Cotterill Schumaker                                                          Top of Page

Bing, Cynthia Jane (Watts)

     Cynthia Jane Bing was born at Cheshire, Ohio, February 28, 1839, died at North Branch, Michigan, September 30, 1927, aged 88 years, 7 months and 2 days. Her early years were spent in teaching in the public schools in Gallia County. She was married to Alfred Watts about 1898, who preceded her in death in 1909.
     She was the youngest of a large family of children all of whom have preceded her in death.  She often mourned the fact that she, alone, of all the family was left.  Since the death of her husband, she lived in Gallipolis and Cheshire, O., until becoming too feeble to care for herself. She has made her home with her neices, Mrs. Kate Rowley and Mrs. Mary Romick of Akron, O., and Mrs. Jessie Buckle of North Branch, Michigan.  She passed away quietly and peacefully, firm in her hope of a reunion with ther loved ones.
     Burial in Mt. Zion cemetery in Green Township.

Gallia Times
Oct. 20, 1927
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Bing, Elzie Franklin

     Died, near Rodney, on the 5th of April, 1862, Elzie Franklin, son of T. M. and S. E. Bing, aged 2 years and 13 days.

The Gallipolis Journal
July 3, 1862
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Bing, Eugene

Bing Rites Held In Michigan Today
     Funeral services for Eugene Bing, who died at his home in Tawas City, Mich., Thursday afternoon, were being held in Tawas City this afternoon at 2 o’clock. The decedent was a native of Addison Twp., the son of the late Alpheus and Helen Bing, but left here several years ago. His remains will be returned here and graveside services will be held at Gravel Hill Cemetery at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, with the Rev. L. A. Donnally officiating. Interment will be made by George J. Wetherholt and Sons.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, June 24, 1949
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Bing, Horace (Dick)

Horace Bing Dead
     Horace (Dick) Bing, born and reared at Rodney, died at a hospital in his home town of Delaware early this morning, according to word from Bidwell. He was a brother of Clerk of Courts Margaret McCormick.
Bing was in the hardware business and was known to be in a critical condition from cancer. He is a son of the late Marlow Bing and a brother of Prof. S. H. Bing of Athens. His wife was Elizabeth Morrison, daughter of the late J. H. Morrison of Evergreen. She and a daughter survive.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 4, 1932
Transcribed by Mary Kay Clark

Bing, Horace

Horace Bing Funeral at Home in Delaware
     Funeral services for Horace Bing, who died early Monday morning in a hospital at Delaware, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at his late home in Delaware and interment will be made in the cemetery there. Mr. Bing's condition was known to be critical by his friends and family since an operation about ten days ago.
     Surviving besides the widow, as a daughter, Margaret, who is librarian at Wooster college, a brother, Prof. S.H. Bing, Athens, and five sisters; Mrs. Bella Swingle, Union Furnace, Miss Loma Bing, Delaware, Mrs. Laura Donnally, of Ray, Mrs. Esther Fox, of Columbus and Mrs. Margaret B. McCormick of this city. The immediate family will all be present for the last rites as well as several Gallia county friends. Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Morrison, of Bidwell, went to Delaware Tuesday. Mr. Morrison is a brother of Mrs. Bing.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 5, 1932
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Bing, John

     DIED - At his residence, in Addison Township, Gallia County, on the evening of the 29th of October, John Bing, in his 73rd year. Mr. Bing was born in Augusta County, Va., but was an old and highly respected citizen of this county.

The Gallipolis Journal
November 4, 1852

     Rev. T. C. Eaton will preach the funeral sermon of John Bing, deceased, at the Freewill Baptist Church in Addison.

The Gallipolis Journal
December 2, 1852
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes                                                                               Top of Page  

Bing, Marion

Marion Bing Dead
     Marion Bing, of Rodney, long an invalid from stomach trouble, passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. Sophia Roberts, with whom he resided, last Friday. Mr. Bing was aged 77 years and unmarried. Besides his sister he is survived by one brother, T. M Bing of Bidwell. The funeral services were conducted Sunday morning at his late home by Rev. C. F. Pfaltzgraf, the interment following at the Long Cemetery in Springfield Township.

Gallipolis Bulletin
May 27, 1910
Transcribed by Nancy S. Edwards

Bing, Mary

Mary Bing
     Mrs. Mary Bing, wife of Samuel Bing, deceased, was a native of Augusta County, Virginia, and emigrated to Ohio in the year 1805, about fifty years ago. On her arrival in this State, she found it nearly an unbroken forest, and inhabited by the red man of the forest. Having shared the toil and peril of emigrants she was finally settled upon a farm not far from the mouth of Campaign creek. Here she raised a family of children all of whom have settled in life. Mrs. B., enjoyed generally good health, and had been blessed with an iron constitution.
     She was a kind and affectionate Mother__and a good neighbor. Her sickness was of short duration having been suddenly struck with the hand of death. It was my privilege to visit her at her son-in-law’s Mr. James Blake, where on the 26th of August she finished her earthly course in the 79th year. As he awoke from sleep, and as her reason seemed restored, I asked her if she was trusting in the Savior, she responded, “yes.”
     Thus has passed away one much beloved and esteemed. May this affecting dispensation of Providence prove to her children, grandchildren and friends a blessing. E. V. Bing
Gallipolis, Sept. 20. 1855

Gallipolis Journal
Oct. 11, 1855
Transcribed by Henny Evans

Bing, Mary

     Died, at the residence of James Blake, in this place, Mary, widow of the late Samuel Bing, aged 78.

The Gallipolis Journal
August 30, 1855 
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes                                                                               Top of Page

Bing, Mary E.

     Died, at her residence in Addison Feb. 20th, 1865, Miss Mary E. Bing, daughter of James C. Bing, in the 18th year of her age, intimately known to many of the readers of this paper, who with this announcement will mourn with those that mourn, she has gone to reap the reward of a well spent life here on earth. Her work was done and well done and her memory will be embalmed in the hearts of many surviving friends. The closing scenes of her life were calm and peaceful.

The Gallipolis Journal
March 30, 1865
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Bing, Nellie [Carman]

Woman Dies In Columbus At 77
     Mrs. Harry (Nellie) Bing, 77, died at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at her home, 1470 Kenny Rd., Columbus. Mrs. Bing was a native of Cheshire twp., and was the daughter of the late David and Hester Thomas Carman. She was a member of the First Community church and the Over Sixty Circle, and a charter member of Community Chapter, No. 488 OES.
     She is survived by her husband and a daughter, Mrs. John W. McMahan of Lima, wife of a former Methodist minister of Cheshire. One sister who survives is Mrs. Maude C. Bevins of Columbus, and three grandchildren. Among local relatives are a cousin, Edith Langdon of 641 Third Ave., and Fred Carman of Addison is a nephew.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Deyo Funeral home in Columbus and burial will be at New Carlile.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, January 7,1960
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Birchfield, Georgette Marie

Pneumonia Is Fatal To Tot At Cheshire
     Georgette Marie Birchfield, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Birchfield of Cheshire, died last night of pneumonia. She had been ill but a few days. She would have been three years old on May 14,next.
Four brothers and three sisters besides the parents survive.
     Interment will be made at Clifton, W. Va. Probably at 2 o'clock Saturday, by Undertaker Foglesong of Mason City.

[Note: Jan. 30, 1936 written on obituary]

Newspaper Not Named
No Date
Gallipolis, Ohio
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                          Top of Page

Birchfield, J. C.

Death at Ashton
     Mr. J. C. Birthfield died suddenly at his home at Ashton, W. Va., last Monday night. He had been ill for sometime with bronchitis and it is supposed it affected his heart. A wife and several children are left to mourn their loss. The funeral and burial were conducted under the direction of Eureka Castle, K. G. E. of Bladen, O., of which Order he was a member.

Gallipolis Bulletin
NOvember 8, 1901 Vol XXYV No. 2
Transcribed by Sharon Hobart

Bird, Mary

     Old Mrs. Mary Bird, sent to the Athens Hospital three or four months ago, died Tuesday evening. She will be buried there. Poor old Mary has laid her labors down and is now at rest. If we had a dollar for every job of house cleaning she has had about town, we could take a rest through this heated term.

[Note: 1839 – Sept. 5, 1899. Age 60 yrs. She is buried in Ridges Cemetery, Athens Co., Ohio in
Cemetery #1, Grave #167.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 1)
Wednesday, September 6, 1899
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Bird, Mary Elizabeth [Brown]

Mrs. C. W. Bird Dies At Watts Home, Thursday
Estimable Woman Had Just Passed 86th Birthday—Last of Brown Family, Long Prominent Steamboatmen
     Mrs. Mary E. Brown Bird, widow of Col. C. W. Bird, died at 4:15 Thursday afternoon at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Watts, at 316-1/2 Second avenue (Shober building). She was 86 years old on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
     Mrs. Bird had been seriously ill about a week. She suffered from neuritis. Previously her health had been good, and her old friends were pleased to find her looking so natural and well when she came here from Washington last August for an indefinite stay. Since the death of Col. Bird, long a conspicuous member of the local bar in October, 1909, she divided her time among her children.

Native of Graham Sta.
     Her death wipes out the family of Major Brown, one of the most prominent families in the history of Ohio River transportation.
     Mrs. Bird was born at Graham Station, W. Va. She was one of nine children, all of whom were given names beginning with M, though one of them discarded her original name in her young womanhood. They were Miles and Marlin Brown and Mrs. Selina Guthrie, wife of Dr. W. B. Guthrie, all of whom lived here; Melvin, Matthew, Martin, Manley and Martha Brown, most of whom lived at Hartford and Graham Station, and most of them owners and operators of steamboats for many years.
     In 1863 at the Brown homestead, Mary E. Brown and Charles Wesley Bird were married. For a while they lived at Mason City, where he was teaching school and studying law. He was a native of Staunton, Va., and would have been 93 years old next July 3. His first contacts with the Brown family came about presumably as a result of his filling clerkships on various packets in his youth. He was first admitted to the practice of law in West Virginia but came here about 1870, it is said.
     Three children survive, Mrs. Watts, William G. Bird, Nitro, W. Va., and Mrs. Josephine Petty, Washington, D. C.
     Mrs. Bird was a member of Grace M. E. church. She was a woman of few activities, giving her attention and energies in full measure to her family and home and receiving the attention and devotion of her children in like measure in her later years. She was a kind and gentle wife and mother and ever stood high in the esteem of all who knew her.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday at the Watts apartment, Rev. H. H. Wilbur in charge. Burial in Pine St. cemetery by Funeral Director Elias Wetherholt. Local lawyers will be honorary pall bearers.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 1)
Friday, January 20, 1933

Relatives From Afar At Mrs. Bird’s Rites
     Relatives from distant points were here Sunday afternoon for the funeral of Mary E. Brown Bird. These included Mrs. Josephine Petty of Washington and W. G. Bird, Nitro, son and daughter of the decedent; Captain Dick Brown and daughter of Huntington, and Will Guthrie.
     As announced the services were conducted by Rev. H. H. Wilbur at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Watts. The pall bearers were C. M. Wall, A. W. Davis, J. Ernest Cating, J. C. Butz and Harry J. Maddy. Members of the bar were honorary pall bearers. Interment in Pine St. cemetery by Funeral Director Elias Wetherholt.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 1)
Monday, January 23, 1933

Card of Thanks
     We take this opportunity to express our appreciation of the thoughtfulness of those who sent flowers, to the members of the Gallia County Bar Association, to Mr. Elias Wetherholt, the quartette from Grace Methodist Church, to Rev. H. H. Wilbur, and all others who were kind and sympathetic during the last illness and death of our beloved mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Bird.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 4)
Monday, January 23, 1933
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Birtcher, Catherine [Scott]

     Catherine Scott Birtcher, 87, of Main Street, Pomeroy, died Tuesday, Nov. 3, 1992 at the Utica Nursing Home in Utica. She was a housewife and homemaker. Born on Oct. 26, 1905 at Cheshire, she was the daughter of the late Bert Scott and Cora Yeauger Scott.
     She is survived by four sisters, Jeanette Scott, Marjorie Bradbury, and Juanita Ballard, all of Gallipolis; and Charlotte Gunter, Charleston, W.Va.; a brother, Lewis Scott, Gallipolis;a special niece and nephew, Shirley and Edgar Birtcher, Johnstown; and several other nieces and nephews.
     Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Fred Birtcher, two sisters, Lucille Rathburn, and Lillian Scott, and a brother, Charles Scott.
     Graveside services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire. The Rev. Miles Trout will officiate. There are no calling hours. Arrangements were handled by Ewing Funeral Home.

Gallipolis Tribune
Nov. 4, 1992
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                                    Top of Page

Bischoff, Robert E.

R. E. Bischoff, Engineer, Dies
     Robert E. Bischoff, 74, of 76 Grape St., Gallipolis, died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Holzer Medical Center. He had been in failing helth the past seven years. An engineer with the Ohio State Highway Department, Marietta District, Mr. Bischoff retired in 1972.
     He was born May 12, 1899, at Elk Garden, W. Va., son of the late Walter and Sadie Oates Bischoff. He is survived by his wife, Edith Ghrist Bischoff, whom he married on Aug. 7, 1937, at Gallipolis. Three sons by a former marriage survive: Robert, Bruce and Jack, all of Columbus. Five grandchildren survive. One twin sister, Miss Catherine Bischoff, of New Carlisle, Ohio, survives. Four brothers survive: William, Edward, and Jack, all of Columbus and Richard, New Carlisle.
     Mr. Bischoff resided in Gallia County 36 years. He graduated from the Ohio State University of Engineering in 1923. He was division engineer for the state highway department in the Marietta District in the early 1930's. Mr. Bischoff was a representative for the Galion Equipment Co., for several years, and he operated the Bischoff Machinery Co., in Gallipolis for 15 years.
     From 1964 through 1972, he was division engineer in the testing department of the Marietta Division.
Mr. Bischoff attended the Presbysterian Church. He was a member Harmar Masonic Lodge, No. 390, Marietta, and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Columbus; Aladdin Temple, Shrine; Gallipolis Shrine Club; Ohio Society of Professional Engineers and Post 4464, Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served with the Seebees for three years during World War II.
     Funeral services will be held at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Rev. Linson H. Stebbins officiating. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home between 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Graveside military rites will be held by VFW Post No. 4464.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
August 16, 1973
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Bishop, Elizabeth Easter [Gladman]

Former Gallia Resident Dies At Age Of 80
Mrs. Elizabeth Easter Bishop, 80, long a resident of this county, died Tuesday night in Portsmouth. She was born on March 26, 1880 and resided in Kanauga before going to South Point to live with a daughter.
     Mrs. Bishop was twice married and both husbands preceded her in death. The following children from both marriages survive, Mrs. George (Gladys) Sheets of Rt. 1, Gallipolis; Mrs. Allen (Ella Mae) Yeauger of South Point, Mrs. Clyde (Mary) Shamblin, Capt. Berkley Wright and William Wright, all of Kanauga, Everette Wright and Harley Easter, both of Covington, Ky., Raymond and George Easter, both of Ironton. A son, Clyde and daughter Daisy preceded her in death. There are 32 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
     The body is at the Tracy Brammer Funeral home at Ironton and will be brought to Miller’s Home for Funerals Friday noon where friends may call Friday afternoon and evening.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kanauga Fairhaven Methodist Church. Rev. C. J. Lemley will officiate and be assisted by Rev . Howard Preston of South Point. Burial will be in Reynolds cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service.

[Note: She is buried in Maddy Cemetery along with husband, Charles Easter. She is in the Cemetery listing under the name of Elizabeth C. Easter. She was the daughter of William & Mary M. Stover Gladman. Her 1st husband was Harvey Bishop.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, February 25, 1960
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Bishop, Fornia

Fornia Bishop
    May 26, 1881, at the residence of her grandfather, R.H. Day, Fornia Bishop, daughter of James Bishop, age 2 years.

"She's gone to be an angel," you say,
And shine in the light of God's love
Gone to the land of an endless day,
In the realms of peace above.

Brothers and sisters are gone before,
They're beckoning Fornia to come;
Her Mother stands on the golden shore
Waiting to welcome her home.

"Suffer the children to come to me,"
The Saviour said long ago,
"For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven: to be,
When we leave this world of woe.

But happy thought, that we again
Shall see our darling there,
Her little spirit free from pain,
A seraph angel, shining fair.

                                                                     Aunt Alice
Gallipolis Paper
May 26, 1881
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                                Top of Page

Bishop, Harvey

Harvey Bishop, Kanauga, Dies - Long Bottom
     Harvey Bishop died about 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ora Caldwell, near Long Bottom. Mr. Bishop took ill several weeks ago while visiting his daughter and she had cared for him through his illness assisted by Mrs. Bishop who went to his bedside as often as she could and was there when the critical turn came and he passed on.
     Mr. Bishop was one of our oldest citizens and owns property here. During his younger days he was a neat carpenter and a river employee. In later years he took pride in gardening which became rather a hobby with him, and ‘twas in his gardens that he still found expression for taste and neatness. He was of a jolly disposition and always able to relate some humorous story that he enjoyed as well as his listeners.
     Funeral arrangements had not been completed yesterday, but it is understood he will be placed by the side of his first wife in the beautiful well-cared for cemetery at Long Bottom, where already a double monument is erected to mark their resting place.--Kanauga correspondent.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, May 2, 1938
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Bishop, Margaret L. [Kantner]

Mrs. Harvey Bishop Dies At Kanauga
Funeral to be Wednesday at Kanauga M. E. Church
     Mrs. Margaret L. Bishop, wife of Harvey C. Bishop, Kanauga, died Sunday afternoon at 1:15 o’clock at her home after several months illness. She was born in Wayne County, Indiana, April 30, 1857. She was 70 years and six months of age when she died.
     She was married twice. Her first husband was Francis Lewis of Kanauga who died many years ago. She was married to Mr. Bishop eighteen years ago. Besides her husband, three children survive, Tim Lewis, of Gallipolis, Otis Lewis, of Kanauga and Mrs. Peter Stace, of Middleport; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Patterson of Hinton, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Cris Coleman of Casey, Illinois.
     She was a member of Kanauga M. E. Church and funeral services will be held there Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock by Rev. Ira P. Day, a former pastor, assisted by Rev. Yost, the present pastor. Burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery in charge of Wetherholt and Entsminger.

[Note: 4/30/1857 - 1-/30/1937 d/o Eli & Mary Anne ? Kantner]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, November 1, 1927
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Bizzell, Mary [Napper]

     Mrs. Mary Bizzell, who died of consumption last Wednesday, was a daughter of the well-known colored man, William Napper. She was 47 years old, and fell a martyr to own work and exhaustion from attending to the wants of her family, who have nearly all been laid up with sickness for sometime. The Napper girls are well-known to all the old families of this city, having worked in nearly all the best families, and were generally held in high esteem. Mr. A. P. Bizzell and one child are yet quite sick, and any attentions that they may receive from those that are able will no doubt be gratefully received.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Tuesday, March 27, 1883
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Black, Caroline L.

Caroline L. Black
     Caroline Louise Black, 70, a resident of Pine Street, Gallipolis, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday in Holzer Medical Center. She had been in failing health several years. She was born April 8, 1906 at Mt. Vernon, Ohio, daughter of the late Benjamin Foster Tulloss and Emma Tulloss.
     She is survived by her husband, Harold Black and two daughters, Mrs. Peggy Evans, Gallipolis and Mrs. Bruce (Eleanor) Heaster, Rockland, CA; three grandchildren and these brothers and sisters, Charles, Miss Ann Tulloss, Mrs. Margaret Black and Mrs. Faye Mills, all of Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Elizabeth Tucker, Mt. Liberty, Ohio and Mrs. Harriett Brenneman, Warsaw, Ohio.
     The Blacks resided in Gallipolis several years. Mr. & Mrs. Black were married Sept. 10, 1931 in Cleveland. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Gallipolis. She has been active in the Church Women United.
     Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Frank Hayes and Rev. Tura Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements are under the direction of Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions for the Gallia County Chapter, American Cancer Society in care of Mrs. Elaine Fountain, Rt. 3, Box 618, Gallipolis.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 16, 1976
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Black, Christine E.

     Christine E. Black, 90, Kanauga, passed away January 25, 2007 at Scenic Hills Nursing Center, Bidwell. She was born April 11, 1916, in Pt. Pleasant, WV, daughter of the late Frank and Callia Roush Burris.
     Christine was a 4-H Advisor, for several years, P.T.A. President, member of DAR Lodge #63, a retired seamstress, dept. clerk, and retired as a receptionist at the Holzer School of Nursing.
Christine was married to Kenneth Black, who preceded her in death on Sept. 10, 1973.
     She is survived by: Son, Keith (Lisa) Owen Black, Ocala, FL.; Daughter, Karen Sue (Charles) Beard, Gallipolis, OH.; Grandsons, Dave M. Black, FL., Dwayne Beard, Gallipolis, OH., Jeffrey Beard, Columbus, GA.; and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
     Funeral services will be held 12: p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2007, in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, 420 First Ave., Gallipolis, with Rev. Alfred Holley officiating. Friends may call at funeral home at 11: a.m. one hour prior to services. Burial will follow in Suncrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Pt. Pleasant, WV.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, January 29, 2007
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                                       Top of Page

Black, Cora M.

     KANAUGA - Mrs. Cora Black, 84, Kanauga, died early Saturday in Ironton General Hospital. She was born in Pt. Pleasant in 1883, daughter of G. M. Wartenburg and Victoria G. Wartenburg, both deceased.
Her husband, James O. Black preceded her in death in 1949. They were married in Mason County in 1903
[Note: April 29, 1905]. Surviving are one son, Kenneth, Kanauga, one grandson, one granddaughter, and two great grandsons.
     Mrs. Black was a member of the Fairhaven Methodist Church and the D of A Lodge in Gallipolis. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, 2 p.m. at the Chapman-Wilcox Mortuary in Pt. Pleasant. Friends may call at the mortuary today between 2 and 4 p.m. and 6 and 9 p.m.

Gallipolis Sunday Times Sentinel
May 21, 1967
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Black, Don B.

     DON B. BLACK, 74, of Chesapeake, Ohio, passed away Saturday, April 17, 2004, in St. Mary's Medical Center. Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, 2004, at Hall Funeral Home by the Rev. Don Irby and the Rev. Kenny Estep. Burial will follow in Woodmere Memorial Park, Huntington, W.Va.
     He was born June 2, 1929, in Gallipolis, Ohio, to the late Davis Harbour and Mary Inez Erwin Black. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Dan C. Black. Don was a member of Abundant Life Baptist Church, Proctorville. He is survived by his wife, Dortha Black; four sons, Larry Black and his wife Donna of South Point, Ohio, Michael Black of Barboursville, W.Va., Bryan Black and his wife Nancy of Chesapeake, Ohio, and Timothy Black and his wife Stella of Huntington, W.Va.; one daughter, Donita Burns and her husband Mark of Huntington, W.Va.; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
     Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 19, 2004, at Hall Funeral Home, 625 State Route 775, Proctorville.

Unknown newspaper; possibly Huntington Herald-Dispatch
A brief notice appeared in the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Monday, April 19th, 2004
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Black, Emma J.

     Died, on Sunday morning last, Emma J., only daughter of Robert and E. L. Black, aged 5 years and 10 months.

The Gallipolis Journal
May 15 1851
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Black, James

    DIED - Saturday, September 8, 1901, at his home at Kanauga, Ohio, from paralysis, Mr. James Black. He had been sick for the past five years, and was aged 65 years. He was buried Sunday morning.

[Note: He was the husband of Naoma Allen Black and Father of James Owen Black.]

The Weekly Register
Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia
Monday, September 10, 1901
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Black, Harold Wilson

     Harold Wilson Black, 92, Gallipolis, died Sunday, March 31, 1996 in the Holzer Senior Care Center.
Born September 10, 1903 in Mount Vernon, son of the late Earl and Nannie Wright Black, he grew up and worked on the family farm with his four brothers.
     He married Caroline Tulloss, also of Mount Vernon, on September 10, 1931. After attending Ohio State University, he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in various capacities and locations throughout Ohio. He served as Soil Conservationist for Gallia County from 1950-57. They returned to Gallipolis after his retirement in 1968, to a home overlooking the Ohio River.
     Preceding him in death were his wife of 45 years, and two brothers, Ensil Black and Clifford Black.
Surviving are two daughters, Peggy Evans of Gallipolis, and Eleanor (Bruce) Heister of Montreal, Canada; four grandchildren, Jay (Teri) Evans, Jodie (John) Davis and Alan (Teresa) Evans, all of Gallipolis and Megan Heister, of Montreal; five great-grandchildren, Clint Davis, Seth Davis, Emily Evans, Christoher Evans and Kellie Evans, all of Gallipolis; two sisters-in-law, Edna Black of Mount Vernon, and Harriet Brenneman of Walnut Creek, and two older brothers, Clyde Black and Everett Black, both of Mount Vernon.
     A service will be held in Mount Vernon on Wednesday, April 3, 1996 at 1 p.m. in the First Congregational Church, and burial will be in the Mound View Cemetery. The services will be conducted by his pastor from Gallipolis, the Rev. Al Earley, and his nephews and grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. A tribute to Harold's life will be part of the Easter worship service on April 7 in Gallipolis.
     Harold was a 50-year lifetime member of Coshocton Ohio Masonic Lodge 96. He was a member and supporter of the First Presbyterian Church, 51 State Street, and the French Art Colony, 530 First Avenue, both of Gallipolis, to which donations may be made in lieu of flowers. Cremeens Funeral Chapel is serving the family.

Gallipolis paper
April 2, 1996
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                          Top of Page

Black, James Owen

J. O. Black, 71, Dies At Kanauga
     James Owen Black, 71, died suddenly at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home in Kanauga. He had been in failing health from heart trouble.
     Ten years ago Mr. Black went into retirement after two years with the state highway department, a position he took after 32 years with the Point Pleasant Water and Light Co.
     Born July 29, 1877, in Parkersburg to James A. and Naomi Black, the decedent 45 years ago was married in Point Pleasant to Cora Wartenburg, who survives along with one son: Kenneth Black, Kanauga, and one granddaughter, Karen Sue Black. One sister survives: Mrs. Lettie Kimball, Vinton.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Kanauga Methodist Church, the Rev. Andrew H. Perry officiating, and burial will be made by Raynes in the Lone Oak Cemetery, Point Pleasant.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, June 2, 1949
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                        Top of Page

Black, Kenneth Darwin

K. D. Black, World War II Veteran Dies
     Kenneth Darwin Black, 59, a resident of 415 Pike St., Kanauga, died Monday morning in the Holzer Medical Center following a short illness.
     Mr. Black was born Nov. 22, 1913, in Kanauga, son of the late James Owen and Cora Wortenburg Black. He married the former Christine Burris in 1940. She survives, along with the following children: Mrs. Charles (Karen) Beard, Gallipolis and Kenneth O. Black, at home. Two grandsons survive.
     Mr. Black attended the Methodist Church in Kanauga. He was a member of Boiler-makers Union 667, Charleston. A welder for 30 years, Mr. Black was also a member of the Junior Order of Mechanics Lodge 146, Pt. Pleasant; the D of A Lodge No. 3, Pt. Pleasant and Gallipolis Post 4464, VFW. Mr. Black was also a member of the American Legion. He was a member of the U. S. Navy during World War II.
     Funeral services will be held at the Chapman Mortuary in Pt. Pleasant 2 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Frank Cheesebrew officiating. Burial will be in Suncrest Cemetery, Pt. Pleasant. Friends may call at the mortuary from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1973
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Black, Lovisa Ellen [Graham]

Death of Mrs. Black
     Mrs. Lovisa Ellen Black, one of the pioneer residents, almost, of this city died at her residence on Front street at 6 o’clock Saturday evening, June 27, 1896. Her funeral services were conducted at her late home at 3 o’clock this afternoon by Rev. J. W. Dillon of the M. E. Church, her burial following at the old cemetery on Pine street beside her late husband, Robert Black and daughter Emma, conducted by Hayward & Son.
     Her parents, Charles and Martha Graham, were original residents of Letart, and removed to Indiana. They were the parents of one son and five daughters. There were Mrs. Black, Mrs. Dr. W. F. Hannan, Mrs. Reuben Graham, Mrs. E. E. Waddell and Mrs. Dr. Badgley—Lovisa, Matilda, Sarah, Jennie and Agnes—all born at Letart except Mrs. Badgley who was born in Indiana. They only lived in Indiana a short time when their parents died, Mrs. Badgley being only six years old.
     Lovisa married Robert Black, a prominent citizen here, about the time of their parents’ death 1845 and they took Mrs. Badgley and kept her. The other girls taught school, making Mrs. Black’s home their headquarters during their vacations. Mr. Black prospered, became associated with the late E. Deletombe in merchandizing, was elected Treasurer of the county, etc., and built the brick residence now known as the Drouillard property down on Third street opposite Charley Mack’s, where they lived many years until Mr. Black retired from business, when they sold that property and built the beautiful home where Mrs.  Black passed away.
     Mrs. Black was exceedingly handsome, refined and intelligent lady with the most aesthetic tastes. She was very prominent in church circles, being a member of the M. E. Church from a child and was a liberal, generous donator to all its interests and purposes though exceedingly modest in all of it. She was good, honest, true, sincere and plain spoken, with decided opinions, keenly tempered, but well governed and with a very superior mind, which was clearly shown to the end.
     About two years ago she went to Columbus and Delaware to visit, in reasonably good health, though she had failed some for a year. The trip was too much for her and running about Columbus seemed to have tired her out. Getting better she came home and in ten days was taken ill with congestion of the lungs and as she got over that congestion of the brain set in. Her life was despaired of several times, but she would rally somewhat, but for months she has been helpless, constantly attended by her youngest sister, Mrs. Badgley, who hardly left her bedside for a moment.
     Sitting propped up in bed Saturday evening while all but Mrs. Badgley were out at supper, she passed away in the 77th year of her age. The Church, the poor, the community have met with a loss that can only be felt when such as she passes away, but she longed to go, and the sorrow is not hers. Peace be with her forevermore.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 3)
Monday, June 29, 1896
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Black, Naomi

Kanauga Lady Dies
KANAUGA, March 20Mrs. Naomi Black, widow of the late James Black, died at her home here at 8 p.m. Thursday after only a half hour’s illness from apoplexy. She was 68 years of age and is survived by three children: Mrs. Bertha Ebersbauch of Pomeroy, Owen of Kanauga and Lettie, at home. The funeral services will be held from the home at 2 p.m. Sunday

[Note: 11/18/1855 - 3/19/1925; Age 69 yrs. 4 mos. 1 day. She was the daughter of Reuben & Cynthia Moore Allen.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, March 20, 1925

Funeral of Mrs. Naomi Black
The funeral of Mrs. Black will be from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lettie Spear in Kanauga at 2 p.m. Sunday by Rev. Day with burial at the Maddy cemetery by Wetherholt and Entsminger.

[Note: Name is spelled Noma Black on tombstone.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, March 21, 1925
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Blackaller, Henry

     Died, in the city of Gallipolis, Ohio, June 21st, 1867, of congestion of the bowels, the Rev. Henry Blackaller; aged 69 years, 1 month, 3 days. Deceased was a native of Shaldon, Devonshire county, England, but in early life removed to New Foundland, where for several years he was connected to a commercial house. At the age of 27, he came to New England, and soon after, became a student of Williams College, from which, having entered an advanced class, he graduated in his 30th year. Two years later, he was married to Anne, daughter of the Rev. James Sabine, Rector of Grace Church, Boston, Mass., who having shared with him the labors and joys of a long ministry, with two sons, mourn his departure. But they mourn, "not as those without hope," for it is their delightful privilege to gather up the precious memorials of a religious life, which commenced at the age of 20, which soon after led to a preparation for the work of the ministry, which found him immediately after the completion of his college course actually "in orders;" which, during a ministry of almost 40 years—21 of which were spent in New England—and the balance in the parishes of Mansfield, Newark, Dresden and Ironton, of the Diocese of Ohio; was full of strong hope and of earnest and faithful efforts to enlarge the bounds of the Church of his fathers [. . .] Rector St. Peter's

The Gallipolis Journal
June 27, 1867
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blackburn, Agnes

     Mrs. Agnes Blackburn, sick for a long time, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Roberts Tuesday evening, May 10, 1904, aged about 80 years. The funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon at Grace M. E. Church by Rev. Miller, interment following at Pine Street cemetery by Wetherholt.
     Mrs. Blackburn was a native of Vermont but came to this county when quite young and had resided in this vicinity every since. She was a nice old lady and had many friends who will regret her demise. Her husband died many years ago, but she leaves sisters, Mrs. Celia Raredon of this city, Mrs. Frank Walters of Lincoln, and one son, T. J. Blackburn of Catlettsburg, Ky. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for 30 years but lately affiliated with the Methodist Church. She was a thoroughly good woman and all is well with her.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, May 13, 1904
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                        Top of Page

Blackburn, Charles T. & Blackburn, Wilson

Typhoid - Claims Two Victims in One Family in Short Time
     Charles T. Blackburn, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Blackburn, of Coal Hill, Addison township, died Tuesday night, aged 18 years. He had been ill with typhoid fever for over six weeks and despite the tender and loving care of his mother and sister, gradually grew weaker until he passed away as above stated.
     Another brother, Wilson Blackburn, died of the same disease November 22 and another brother is just recovering. He was a fine young man and had many friends. He is survived by his parents, one brother and sister and a half sister, who will have the sincere sympathy of every one in their great sorrow.
     The funeral was held Thursday at the Baptist Church at Addison, interment following by Undertaker Hix.

Gallipolis Bulletin,
Friday, January 8, 1909
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron

Blackburn, Donald C.

Mr. Blackburn Of Bucyrus Dies Monday
     Donald C. Blackburn, 73, a native of Gallia county, died Monday in Bucyrus after suffering a heart attack.  He was a retired boilermaker for the New York Central Railroad, and had been a resident of Bucyrus since 1928. He retired in 1956.
     Mr. Blackburn was born Aug. 7, 1890, at Cheshire, son of the late James H. and Ida Shuler Blackburn.  His marriage to the former Ethel V. Ralph took place Dec. 29, 1907, and she survives. Other survivors are seven children, James Blackburn, of Texas, Mrs. Donald Leonard of Florida, Mrs. Harvey Rodabaugh of Mt. Blanchard, Mrs. Don Dutcher of New Castle, Ind., Mrs. Russell Peterman, Ralph D. and Oliver Blackburn, all of Bucyrus. There are 20 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. A daughter, Grace, and a sister preceded him in death. Two surviving brothers are Alonzo Blackburn of Akron and Emmett of Pomeroy.
     Mr. Blackburn was baptized in Old Kyger church at the age of 10, and he was a charter member and helped to build the Church of the Nazarene at Bucyrus. Services were held today at the Munz-Pirnstill Funeral home in Bucyrus, and burial was in Oakwood cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, May 07, 1964
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Blackburn, Frances Lenora [Nibert]

Francis Blackburn
     GALLIPOLIS - Mrs. Frances Lenora Blackburn, 55, died unexpectedly at her residence here Monday.     Born in Gallipolis. she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Sarah Nibert. Her mother died a week ago.
     She is survived by her husband, Randolph Blackburn, of Vinton; two sons, Lowell of Demiden, Fla. and John of Vinton; a daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Patty) Barton, Gallipolis, two grandchildren and a sister. Mrs. James (Elizabeth) Persinger, Gallipolis.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter.
     Services will be Thursday, 2 p.m. at the Miller Funeral Home with the Rev. John Jeffrey officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Athens Messenger
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1976
Contributed by Joyce Robinson                                                                          Top of Page  

Blackburn, Joseph

Death of Joseph Blackburn
     Mr. Joseph Blackburn, aged 73 years, who lived about two and a half miles south of town, died last Tuesday evening, from the result of a paralytic stroke, which occurred three weeks ago. Mr. Blackburn was a hard working, industrous man.  Five children survive him, William, Charlotte, Elizabeth, David and Joseph Jr. Mrs. Blackburn, his wife, dying something over three years ago. Funeral services were held at the family residence at 10 o'clock Wednesday.
Athens Messenger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Aug. 11, 1905
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Blackburn, Sherman

     Sherman BLACKBURN, a young unmarried man who was hurt some time ago in a coal bank, and whose death was mentioned last week, was buried in the Shuler grave yard; the funeral services were held at Old Kyger Church by Rev. T. D. Davis, Monday, August 30; he was a patient sufferer and was a member of the church.

Gallipolis Journal Wednesday
September 08, 1886
Transcribed by Teresa Herrmann                                                                    

Blackburn, Thomas J.

Tom Blackburn Dead
     The Huntington Dispatch contains an account of the death of Thomas J. Blackburn. He had been ill at this home in Catlettsburg since Christmas, and was 61 years old. He is survived by a wife and two sons, C. H. of Proctor, Minn., and W. A. of Huntington, and three daughters, Mrs. Price of Hinton, Mrs. Mullen of Catlettsburg, and Mrs. Davidson of Huntington. He was born in Gallipolis and was a harness maker. He became a traveling salesman and late in life moved to Catlettsburg. He was a Mason and well known here.

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, April 16, 1913
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Blacklock, Josephine (Toddoff)

Mrs. Blacklock Dies
Funeral Bethel Sunday
     Mrs. Josephine Blacklock, who formerly resided at Bladen, died Thursday afternoon at the home of her nieces in Columbus where she had lived for many years.  She was ninety-six years old but was able to come here this summer for her annual visit. Funeral services will be held at Bethel church, Bladen, at 1 o’clock Sunday and interment will be in the church cemetery.

[Note: According to her death certificate available at, she was the daughter of Joseph Toddoff and Elanor [sic] Barker.  24 Mar 1839-08 Aug 1935]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, August 9, 1935
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                         Top of Page

Blacklock, Robert

The Late Robert Blacklock
     Robert Blacklock was born in England in 1845. In 1865 he came to this country and settled at West Columbia, W. Va., where he followed his trade as a miner. He was for a number of years bank boss at Coalton, Ky. Eight or nine years ago he located at Bladen where he lived up to the time of his death.
     Before coming to this country Mr. Blacklock was a member of the Church of England. As soon as he could he took out naturalization papers, thus becoming an American citizen, and connected himself with the Methodist Episcopal Church of which he remained a member to the day of his unexpected and sudden death. He was prominent in church affairs and had been Superintendent of the Sunday school and leader at Bethel Church for years.
     Mr. Blacklock was a member of Catlettsburg Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
     His sudden death was caused by an acute attack of cholera morbus. He had been ill for only twenty-four hours and he had the best medical aid, but without avail. Up to the time of the fatal attack he had enjoyed perfect health. He was a man of splendid physique, being over 6 feet tall and very erect.  He leaves a wife to mourn their last separation but no children.
     The funeral services were held at Bethel Church in Ohio township Tuesday, Rev. J. W. Smith officiating. Hundreds of his old friends and neighbors were present to pay their last tribute of respect. Undertaker Wetherholt conducted the burial in Bethel cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, July 31, 1901
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                         Top of Page

Blagg, Blanche

     A little child, Blanche Blagg, eleven years old, being cared for by its grandmother, Mrs. Sweeney, died this morning of scarlet fever. Funeral services tomorrow afternoon conducted by Rev. Jackson. Burial by Wetherholt.

[Note: Feb. 16, 1884 – March 11, 1895. She is buried in Mound Hill Cemetery.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 4)
Monday, March 11, 1895
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Blagg, James Augustus

J. A. Blagg, Prominent Farmer Dies Suddenly
Father of Mrs. C. H. Swanson and Mrs. Ed Betz, Funeral Will Be Wed.
     Death came suddenly Sunday afternoon to James Augustus Blagg as he was sitting in a chair at his home near Harrisburg. Mr. Blagg had been in his usual health and his death was entirely unexpected. He was seventy-two years of age and had lived his entire life in Gallia county where he was born. The greater part of his life was spent as a farmer. A few years ago he retired and with Mrs. Blagg came to Gallipolis to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Ed Betz. Two years ago they returned to the farm with Mrs. Betz and her family where they have since lived.
     He is survived by his wife who has been an invalid for several years, one son, Frank H. Blagg, of Columbus, and in addition to Mrs. Betz, another daughter, Mrs. C. H. Swanson, wife of Sheriff Swanson, of this city. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Ellie Bowers, of New California, O., and Mrs. Joe McNurlin, of Oak Hill.
     Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at his late home and burial in Calvary cemetery at Rio Grande in charge of Kerr Butler, Vinton.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, July 15, 1929
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Blagg, Samuel

Samuel Blagg Dead
     Samuel Blagg passed away on March 9 at his home in Erie, Ill.  He had passed his 90th milestone.  He was a son of Isaac and Polly Steele Blagg, and the last of a family of four children.  The late Mrs. William Curry Glenn of Vinton was a sister.
     He married Nancy Stickelman, mother of Mrs. Randall Denney of Wilkesville, who preceded him in death a few years, and later a grown son was taken, and there are four surviving children.  He was distantly related to the Gallia County Blaggs.

Gallia Times
Thursday, April 1, 1920
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Blagg, William

     Died, in this town, on Tuesday evening last, of typhoid fever, William Blagg, aged about 21 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
May 4, 1854
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blaine, Earl

     Private Earl Blaine, son of Mr. and Mrs. Price Blaine of Gallipolis Ferry, died at noon Friday at Camp Meade, Maryland, of pneumonia.
     He was formerly employed in the Harry Frank’s Sons store, and a short time before leaving was married to Miss Bonnie Sheets, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elza Sheets of this city. He was a most exemplary young man and his death brought sorrow to many hearts.
     The funeral services will be held at the Baptist Church in this city Wednesday, interment following in the home cemetery across the river.

The Gallia Times
Wednesday, October 9, 1918
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron    

Died In Camp Meade
Private Earl Blaine Succumbed to Dread Disease
     Private Earl Blaine, son of Mr. Price Blaine, is dead at Camp Meade, Md. He passed away of pneumonia (today) Friday. Mr. Blaine was a former salesman at the Harry Frank’s store and was married to Miss Bonnie Sheets a short time before leaving for Camp.
     He was a fine young man of exemplary habits and his death is greatly regretted by his many friends and acquaintances. The body will be shipped here for burial. Mr. Blaine’s former home was at Gallipolis Ferry, Mason county, W. Va.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 1)
Friday, October 4, 1918

Funeral of Soldier Boy
     The funeral of Earl Blaine was largely attended with a profusion of lovely floral pieces. It was the first military funeral held here for one of our boys.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 2)
Thursday, October 10, 1918

Card of Thanks
     We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy through our sorrow in the loss of our dear husband, son and brother. We wish especially to thank the minister for his consoling words, the choir for the beautiful songs, the givers of the floral contributions, The Harry Franks Sons and Undertaker Entsminger for their many kind acts.
                                                                        Mrs. Earl Blain, S. P. Blain and Family

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 4)
Saturday, October 12, 1918
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron                                                                      Top of Page  

Blake, A. T

Death of a Pioneer
A. T. Blake, One of the Oldest Residents of the County-
Sketch of His Life
     In the death of Mr. A. T. Blake we record the departure of one of the first settlers of this county. The sad event occured at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. H. McCormick, on Fourth street at 2:30 Friday afternoon, Nov. 27, 1896, where he had been tenderly cared for during his last illness.
     Mr. Blake was born Nov. 23, 1801, in the old block house at Marietta, in which the settlers lived as a place of safety, and was the first male child born in that ancient city.  He spent his earlier days in and around Marietta locating at his present old homestead at Swan Creek at the age of 17 with his parents, his folks coming down the river in a bark or dug-out, while he drove a yoke of cattle through by land. His father was a sea captain and took charge of one of the vessels that was constructed at Marietta. He loaded the craft with sasafras and took it to Dublin Island for disposal.
     Mr. Blake was married to Hannah Trobridge Dec. 10, 1826, and for nearly sixty-nine years or until separated by the hand of death, they lived happily together. Mrs. Blake died May 2, 1895, in her ninety-third year. By their marriage six children were born, four girls and two boys, viz: William Blake, deceased; C. B. Blake, ex-sheriff of this county, who resides at Swan Creek and has charge of the old homestead; Mrs. Harriet Smith, deceased; Mrs. Julia Eaton, of Quaker Bottom; and Mrs. W. H. McCormick and Mrs. E. T. Moore, of this city.
     Deceased has been in declining health for over a year from the infirmities of old age and a cancerous growth, which hastened his death. Until about a month ago he was strong enough to be up and around. During his entire illness he was cheerful and bore his sufferings patiently. He realized his condition and had a premonition that the end was near and three days ago he called his children to his bedside and in a feeble, but distinct tone of voice, said: "I would like to live to be with you, as I love you dearly, but my summons is near at hand, as they have told me, and I will live only three days." He fell into an eternal sleep without a sign of pain, surrounded by his three daughters and son, who did all that willing hands could do for one who had done so much for them.
     As to his moral character Mr. Blake's was one of sterling quality. He always contended and worked to build up the principles of right and justice. He was a charitable neighbor and friend; always ready to help the needy with a lavish hand. He was economical that he might save something, not for his own aggrandizement, but that he might be able to give when called upon.
     Deceased was a life-long Republican, and even during his last illness at his suggestion he was driven to the polls that he might cast his last vote for Major McKinley, in whom he felt a great pride. He used to make trips to New Orleans with flat boats laden with produce which he sold in the Southern markets.
     Mr. Blake's word was held in high esteem by all who knew him. In the words of one of his neighbors, "His word to him was as good as other men's bonds, " and that is one of the loftiest aspirations of a man's life, as a good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
     In 1876 Mr. Blake attended the centennial at Philidelphia and also the celebration at Marietta of the one hundredth anniversary of the settlement of that city in 1886, which he enjoyed. At his native home the transformation of the block-house and an open court, where the children used to play, as they dared not venture out without imperiling their lives by falling victims of the red-skins, to that of a thrifty little city was like the removal of a hut and the building of a castle in its stead to him. The departure of such a venerable resident is regretted by all who knew his good traits and the sympathy of the community is with his children.
     The remains were taken to Swan Creek this (Saturday) afternoon on the steamer Vesper, and the funeral services will be conducted at the old homestead Sunday forenoon at 10 o'clock by Rev. J. W. McCormick, burial at the family burying ground by Wetherholt.

[Note: Cemetery entry gives his first name as 'Anselm T.'. Burial in Blake Cemetery, Ohio Township.]

Unknown publication
Unknown date
Transcribed by Lisa Halbig

Blake, Alphonso Fuller

"Fon" Blake Passes Sunday
Well Known Resident at Swan Creek Home - Funeral at Huntington
     Alphonso Fuller Blake, 73, passed away Sunday afternoon, September 1932, at his home near Swan Creek after a long period of poor health.
     Funeral services were held in Huntington Monday afternoon by Rev. ?. Caudill of the Twentieth St. Baptist church, interment following in the Ridgelawn cemetery there.
     Mr. Blake is survived by his wife formerly Miss Elizabeth Pollock whom he married Dec. 24, 1882, and two sons, C.M. and D.W. Blake, and leaves three brothers, Edward Blake of El Reno, Okla., Judge Ernest E. Blake of Oklahoma City and C.B. Blake of Louisville, Ky.
     Mr. Blake was a farmer and oil and gas well promoter.  He had been interested in the Texas oil fields and later in a similar effort in Kentucky and West Virginia. Mr. Blake was a kindly and companionable man with hosts of friends.  He was "Fon" Blake to them all a term of affection and endearment because of his lovable qualities.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
September 1932
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith                                                                     Top of Page

Blake, C.O.

Pioneer Rail Attorney Dies
C.O. Blake Dies at Home In El Reno After Extended Illness of Heart
     Charles O. Blake, pioneer, railroad attorney, serving the Rock Island Lines in Oklahoma since 1889, died at his home in El Reno early Friday morning. He was 64 years old. He was a brother of Ernest E. Blake of Oklahoma City and for nine years, 1880 to 1889, the brothers conducted a law partnership in El Reno. Mr. Blake had been ill for several months with heart trouble.
     Among his ancestors are numbered the captain of artillery who captured Aaron Burr in his expedition to Mexico; Israel Putnam, leader of the Green Mountain Boys and his great great grandfather who was the organizer and leader of the Boston tea party. Although active in republican politics, he never sought office for himself. He served as president of the board of regents of Oklahoma university, having received his appointment from Governor Barnes and under Governor Seay, he was head of the board of regents of A. and M. college at Stillwater. On February 18, 1885, he married Miss Cora Bryan of Gallipolis, Ohio. There are four children, Bryan T. of Manhattan, Kan., Bardwell of Chickasha, Ansel of Oklahoma City and Miss Marian of El Reno.
     Mr. Blake was an active member of the El Reno chamber of commerce, the Lions club, Elks, Odd Fellows, El Reno country club and Oklahoma City club. He was national counselor for the United States chamber of commerce.

The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK)
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blake, Lt. Col Clyde Monroe

Funeral 2 P. M. Thursday for Lt. Col., Blake, 82
     Funeral services for retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Clyde Monroe Blake, 82 of the Blake Farm, Crown City, O., will be conducted Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Klingel-Carpenter Mortuary by Dr. Woodrow W. Clark. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be William P. Cherrington, John Halliday, Judge Earnest E. Winters and Hersel W. Williams.
     Colonel Blake, who died Sunday night in a Huntington hospital, was born April 4, 1884 at Blake’s Landing, Crown City, a son of the late Alfonso Fuller and Elizabeth Pollock Blake. A veteran of both World War I and World War II, he had seen service in the infantry, Field Artillery and Army Air Crops, and was a a graduate of the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Okla. During World War II he served with the Eighth Air Force in England and the headquarters, Air Service Command, in this country.
     During his young manhood, he was a newspaper reporter employed on The Advertiser and The Herald – Dispatch in Huntington, the Wheeling Register and the Pittsburg Post. Later he was an oil scout in the Southwest, particularly in Oklahoma, Texas and Mexico. His military career included service as a battery commander, military police officer, airdrome defense officer, administrative and technical inspector and other staff positions.
     A descendant of pre-Revolutionary settlers in America, he was a great-great-grandson of Brigadier General Alfonso Theodore Foster Fuller and a great-grandson of Captain David Blake, a ship commander who accompanied General Rufus Putman when he established Campus Martius, now Marietta, O. Captain Blake later took part in a expedition with an Admiral Whipple in which they built three ships at Marietta, floated them down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and sailed to Ireland. He later established the Blake Farm at its present site and his descendants have lived there since.
     He was a member of the West Virginia Society, Sons of the American Revolution; a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the Retired Officers Association. Surviving is a brother, Don Blake, with whom Colonel Blake had lived on the Blake Farm since his retirement. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p. m. Wednesday. It was Colonel’s Blake request that flowers be omitted.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 5, 1967
Transcribed by Mary Crittenden

Blake, David

     OBITUARY - David Blake, aged 92 years, died on the 22nd ult., at the residence of Anselm T. Blake, Esq., his son, in Ohio township. The deceased was born in Massachusetts in the year 1762, and although a youth of but thirteen years of age, when the battle of Bunker Hill took place, in June, 1775, he could not be restrained, but shouldered his musket and marched in defence [sic] of his country, but from his inability to undergo the hardships of camp life, had his musket taken from him and sent home, but his ardor was not abated, and was always desiring his parents to let him enlist, but as he was a minor during the whole war of the revolution, his parents prevented him.
     In 1789, when the agents of the Ohio Company were soliciting the men of enterprise and fortitude to aid and assist in forming a settlement at the mouth of Muskingum, David Blake embarked in the enterprise, and with others came to Marietta in the spring of 1790. The year following the Indian war broke out, and from that time until Wayne's treaty with the Indians, in 1795, he performed the duty of a soldier under Captain Anselm Tupper. When the war ceased, he purchased a valuable tract of land in Washington county, which he highly improved, on which he resided many years, raising and educating a family of nine sons and daughters, and subsequently sold his farm, and purchased another in Ohio township, Gallia county, to which he removed in 1815, and with incredible labor cleared a farm in a dense forest of Ohio bottom, requiring to be ditched and prepared for cultivation.
     Some seven years since he lost the companion of his youth, and with her all ambition to attend to worldly concerns, and so dividing and arranging his estate, that he continued to reside in his own domicil [sic] with his son until he received the summons to prepare for the change he was to undergo. Instead of complaining and fault-finding, he was always cheerful and pleasant, ready to amuse his friends with the scenes of by-gone days. His life has been a time of the most interesting events; he has seen his country pass from a state of vassalage and colonial government to the enjoyment of the inestimable blessing of self-government; to see his country with a population of some four millions, contending successfully with one of the most gigantic powers of Europe, and establishing upon an indestructible basis the only free government upon the globe. He has seen his country grow as if by magic from four to twenty-five millions of inhabitants; to see her form a confederacy of but thirteen States, and to see them expanding and extending until she numbers thirty-one and some seven or eight territories; to see her extending her commerce into every corner of the globe; and causing her power to be respected by all nations of the earth, to see civil and religious liberty exjoyed by the inhabitants of her widely extended domain.
     While the mind of David Blake kept pace with the improvements of his country, he did not forget his spiritual concerns—he kept his Bible upon his table, which was his constant companion, and religion was his only solace and comfort in the trying hour of death, and his last words were—"Lord, into thy hands I commit my soul." Anselm T. Blake

The Gallipolis Journal
January 4, 1855
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes                                                                            Top of Page

Blake, Eddie Ray

     Captain Eddie Ray Blake, 70, of Scottown, Ohio, died Tuesday evening, Dec. 2, 1980, at his residence. The celebration of death and resurrection will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Luke United Methodist Church with Rev. Dan Johnson and Father Gregg Riley officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Memorial Park.
     He was born Sept. 20, 1910, in Gallia County, Ohio, a son of the late Ancil Tupper Blake and Ollie Ours Blake [Aunt Bessie Roach's sister]. He was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, Huntington Lodge AF&AM No. 53, Fraternal Order of Police, Member of Huntington City Council from 1939-1940; a police officer from 1941-1963; started the Juvenile Bureau in the Police Department, served as Police Chief of Detectives, Chief Deputy of Cabell County Sheriff's Department from 1964-68 and was past President of the West Virginia State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was also in the Sales Department at Superior Cadillac-Olds.
     Surviving are his wife, Maxine Bayless Blake; two daughters, Mrs. Bill (Mary Lou) Aldridge of Ironton, Ohio and Mrs. Bruce (Kenidee) Robison of Chester, VA; one son, Eddie Ray Blake, Jr. of Huntington. Two brothers, John G. Blake of Proctorville, Ohio and Donald Blake of Weirton, WV and two grandchildren, Robert and Blake Aldridge of Ironton.
     Masonic graveside services will be conducted. The family will receive their friends form 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Kincaid-Mann Mortuary.

The Huntington [WV] Herald-Dispatch
Thursday Dec. 4, 1980
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Blake, Gratia Fuller

Mrs. Nat Blake Passes Away at Swan Creek Homestead, After Brief Illness
     Mrs. Gratia Fuller Blake, wife of former Sheriff Cincinatus B. Blake, popularly known as "Nat" Blake, died at the Blake home at Swan Creek, last Friday evening.  Mrs. Blake was born at Rome, Lawrence County, and would have been 80 years old on Oct. 29, next.  Her father was General Alphonso Fuller, a general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
     In 1857 she was married to Mr. Blake and had since lived at Swan Creek, excepting two years spent in Illinois and a few years in this city in the late 70s and early 80s when Mr. Blake was sheriff. Last winter both of them were in Florida and Oklahoma.  In the latter place she contracted a severe cold from which she did not recover and which hastened her death.  Mr. Blake is 86 years old and in pretty good health. Mrs. Blake was a splendid woman and intensely devoted to her family.  She was mother of six sons, five of whom survive her--A. F. of Huntington; C. O. of El Reno, Okla., and Ernest E. of Oklahoma City, both attorneys; Ed E., farmer, of El Reno; C. B., oil operator, Indianapolis.  All attended the funeral, and they, together with Don Blake, a grandson of the deceased, served as pall bearers.
     The funeral was held at the residence at 10 a.m. Sunday, Rev. Ira J. Sheets officiating. Burial in the family cemetery by Hayward.  There was a large crowd present.  From Gallipolis were S. A. Moore, Mrs. Nevius, Miss Ida Nevius, W. B. McCormick, Mrs. John Rust and Miss Rose Hannan.

Note: A similar obituary appeared in the Gallipolis Bulletin, Thursday, May 27, 1915.  The actual date of death on the death certificate was 21 May 1915.

Gallipolis Journal
28 May 1915
Submitted by Eve Hughes                                                                                 Top of Page

Blake, Hannah P. [Trobridge]

The Death Summons Comes to Mrs. Anselm T. Blake, Wednesday, May 1, 1895
     This community was saddened Thursday morning, when the intelligence of the death of Mrs. A. T. Blake [Anselm T.. Blake], at Swan Creek, the day before became known. There was probably no lady living in the county so well known as she, and no one more universally respected. Growing up with this county, she had come to be a well known part of it during her late years.
     Mrs. Blake was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Trobridge, who departed this life years ago. Deceased was born in New England in 1803 and removed to this State when only eight years of age. She was united in marriage to Mr. Blake in Athens county, Ohio, December 10, 1826, and came immediately to this county where they resided. With a family of six children, two of whom are dead, she has lived among us almost a century, until summoned to eternal rest to await the sounding of the trumpet on that eventful morn.
     Mrs. Blake has been an invalid for over four months, suffering from heart and stomach trouble, together with old age. She realized her condition, but was patient and loving and her earthly life went out quietly and peacefully, surrounded by the tender and attentive hands of the family.
     Deceased was a woman of great hospitality, taking delight in seeing her house filled with her friends. While not a member of any particular church, Mrs. Blake professed her faith in Christ at the M. E. Church and a firm believer in its doctrines. One of her characteristics was that of a charitable feeling for everybody, and of forgetting all harsh feeling herself and having a kind word for all her acquaintances. She was probably the oldest resident of Ohio Township, and that community can never forget her labors for the advancement of any and all good deeds proposed. She was ever faithful to all trusts, unswervingly loyal to her friends and an earnest worker of that _______.
     Besides Mr. Blake, who is very poorly, deceased leaves three married daughters and one son, Mrs. E. T. Moore, Mrs. W. H. McCormick, Mrs. John Eaton and Mr. C. B. Blake, to cherish and hold sacred the memory of a true and kind parent.
     The funeral services were held at the family residence at Swan Creek, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and were preached by Rev. J. W. McCormick. The burial was in the family burying ground and the remains carried to their last resting place by the deceased’s six grandsons. Messrs. Paul, Walter and Alex McCormick, Sherwood and Harry Moore and A. F. Blake. The casket was furnished by Undertaker Wetherholt.

The Gallipolis Journal
Saturday, May 4, 1895
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Blake, Hettie Catherine

Mrs. Blake, 83, Died Today At Daughter's Home

Her Husband Was Killed Here 25 Years Ago
     Mrs. Hettie Catherine Blake, 83, widow of the late D. M. Blake, a former infirmary superintendent, died suddenly shortly before 7 o'clock this morning in the apartment at 1312 Foresythe Ave., Columbus, where she made her home with her daughter, Miss Stella Blake. She had been in failing health for several years following a serious automobile accident but her passing came quite unexpectedly.
     Born March 10, 1858, at Buchanon, W. Va., (then Va.). Mrs. Blake was the third child of the late Elias and Carolina Clark Wetherholt and came to this county with her parents as a small child. She was married to D. Millard Blake on Sept. 2, 1880, and for a time they lived in the west. Five children were born to this union, three of whom died within a week while yet small. The other two, Ralph and Stella of Columbus, survive. Tragedy again punctuated her life when her husband was instantly killed at the Sycamore St. railroad crossing on July 2, 1916 while riding with two county commissioners in an automobile that was struck by a train.
     Three sisters and a brother also survive; Mrs. Mary Davis, Gratiot, Mrs. Carrie Sisson, Porter, Mrs. Stella Summers of near Frankfort and Elias Wetherholt, City.
     While funeral arrangements had not been completed, burial was planned at Mt. Zion in this county, and Elias Wetherholt expected to go to Columbus Wednesday to bring the funeral party here.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Nov. 11, 1941
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                          Top of Page

Blake, Ina [Williams]
Ina Blake,38, Dies Suddenly; Burial Friday
Native of Crown City and Mother of 7 Children Dies in Arms of Husband
     Mrs. Ina Williams Blake, wife of Roy Blake, died suddenly Wednesday morning at their home on Federal creek, about three miles back of Miller. She had suffered from heart trouble for a good while.  Wednesday morning she had an attack while her husband had gone into the yard.  On his return she was seated at a table, her face buried in her hands.  She told him she was ill and he asked "Shall I put you in bed?" "Yes," she answered, and as he lifted her up she quickly expired. 
     Mrs. Blake was born in Guyan tp. just a short distance from Crown City and her age was 38 years, 2 months and 4 days.  She was the daughter of Jesse L. Williams, who died in Huntington several years ago, and of Mrs. Nellie Williams, who lives at Crown City.  She is survived by three sons and 4 daughters ranging in ages from 5 to 17 years; Ferry, Roy, Jr., John William, Madeline, Louise, Kathleen and Norma Mae.  One brother and two sisters also survive; Roy Williams, Crown City, and Mrs. Arthur Moore and Mrs. Lafe Moore, both of Miller (the two sisters having married brothers.)
     Funeral services will be head at 2 o'clock Friday at Forest Glen church of Federal, of which the decedent was a member.  Rev. F. L. Miller of Crown City will officiate.  Burial at Crown City by Stevers Funeral Service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
January 23, 1936
Transcribed by Henny Evans

Blake, John Kerr

Death of Mr. Blake
     All the acquaintances of Mr. John Kerr Blake will be sorry to learn of his death which occurred in this city at the Blake residence, corner of First avenue and Grape street, Wednesday evening, August 5, 1908, and of tuberculosis after a long and painful illness.
     Mr. Blake was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus J. Blake, was a carpenter by occupation and had been absent from Gallipolis nearly 25 years, until last spring when he came home ill. For the past six years he had resided at Warren, O.
     The funeral services will be conducted at the residence by Rev. Arthur P. Cherrington, pastor Grace M.E. Church, Friday morning and the interment will follow by Wetherholt at Mound Hill cemetery.
     He is survived by two brothers, Aleris, of the hardware firm of Womeldorff & Thomas, and Milton, living in the West, and five sisters, namely, Mrs. John W. Richards of South Chesterville, Maine, and Misses Mary, Pearl, Viola and Anna at home, Miss Viola, a teacher in the public schools and Miss Pearl with the Deardorff & Poore Company, all prominent and well known people, who have the sympathy of an extensive circle of friends.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
August 6, 1908
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                             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.

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

Blake, Mary Isabel

Miss Mary Blake Dies This Morning, Funeral Thursday
     Miss Mary Isabel Blake died this morning between 10 and 11 o’clock at the family home on Court Street at First Avenue. Miss Blake sustained a fractured hip in October, 1935, and her long illness since that time was the result of the injury, her condition in the last few weeks having become critical.
     She was the oldest of the nine children of Marcus J. and Sue Kerr Blake and was in her eighty-second year, having been born August 1, 1856. But four of her immediate family survive.
     Aleri M. Blake, Miss Anna Blake, Mrs. Viola B. Plymale, at home and Pearl, wife of John Schreiner, who lives next door to the family home. They were a particularly devoted family and Miss Mary was mother as well as sister in the home following the death of the mother and gave a lifetime of love and devotion to her brother and sisters, which was returned by them in the loving care they gave her in her declining years.
     Miss Blake has been a member of Grace M. E. Church since young womanhood and the pastor, Rev. W. Scott Westerman will officiate at the funeral services which will be held at her late home Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will follow at Pine Street Cemetery under the direction of Fred J. Entsminger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 1)
Tuesday, January 25, 1938
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Blake, Samuel

     Died, on Wednesday, 5th inst., in this county, Samuel Blake, aged about 51 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
November 13, 1851
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blake, Warren

Death of Warren Blake
     Warren Blake was born at Gallipolis and died at his home at Vinton, Aug. 29, 1922, aged 65 years, 5 months and 2 days. He was the eldest of three boys left motherless at the age of six, four and two years. The youngest, Ned Blake, is now the only surviving member of the family.
     Mr. Blake was united in marriage June 29, 1886 to Miss Josephine Murray and to them eight children were born - two girls died in infancy and a son, Harry after reaching young manhood. The surviving ones are Karl of Zanesville, Ernest of Greendale, Mrs. Carrie Matthews, Ella and Marie of Columbus, who, with their mother, deeply mourn the loss of one who was very dear to them.
     Mr. Blake was of a quiet congenial disposition, always deeply interested in the welfare of his children, and a good father. He was baptized in infancy and was reared in the fear of the Lord, and always a believer in the power of Christ to save. He was a good citizen and neighbor, but for the past two years his health was such that all about him could notice his growing frailties, both in body and mind, until death ended the uneven struggle and his spirit was wafted to God who gave it.
     The funeral was conducted at the F. B. Church Thursday afternoon, Rev. Fulton officiating, burial following in the McGhee Cemetery.

Card of Thanks
     We earnestly desire to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to our many friends and neighbors who were in every way so kind and helpful to us during the illness and death of our husband and father. Mrs. Blake and Children.

The Gallia Times
Vinton News Notes
Thursday, September 7, 1922
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Blake, William Thomas

Wm. T. Blake Dead

Veteran Painter Passed Away Wednesday Evening
     Mr. William Thomas Blake died Wednesday evening at 5 o'clock, May 12, 1920, at his home on lower Second Avenue. Mr. Blake was stricken with paralysis 13 years ago and never recovered from the stroke.
     He was born in Gallipolis 68 years ago, being a son of Thomas and Lucy Blake who died many years ago.
On July 2, 1878, Mr. Blake was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Betty Woods, daughter of the late Captain and Mrs. James Woods.
     His devoted and faithful wife. one sister, Mrs. E.A. Noel of Huntington and a niece, Mrs. Walter Weber of Ashland, KY, are left to mourn their loss.
     Mr. Blake was a partner for several years with Mr. A.D. Summers in the painting business.
"Bub" as Mr. Blake was known to his friends, was a big hearted clever man and had many friends who will regret to hear of his death.
     Mr. Blake has for many years been a Knight of Pythias and that lodge will be in charge of the funeral services which will be conducted by Rev. D. Finley Wood at the Blake residence Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be at Mound Hill in charge of Funeral Director George J. Wetherholt.

[Note: Death Certificate...born Oct. 13, 1851; 68 years, 6 months and 29 days of age. Mother's maiden name-Arrington.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 134, 1920
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                               Top of Page

Blanc, Francoise, Mrs

     In this city, on Sunday, April 30, 1876, of tumor, Mrs. Francoise Blanc, aged 50 years.

Gallipolis Journal
May 4, 1876
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Blanc, Jean Francis Jules

Jean Francis Jules Blanc
     Mr. Blanc's death elsewhere mentioned, removes from our midst a sterling old citizen with hosts of friends. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland May 29, 1822. He was married twice and was the father of a large family, Julius, Augustus, Francis, Henry, Louisa Henrietta, Mary Louisa Alice, Eliza, Edward and Laura C.
     He settled in Springfield Township in 1855 and was a carpenter and farmer by occupation. His first wife died Nov. 16, 1863. He married again Miss Frances Fanny Soupine in April 1864. She was born in Bordeaux, France, in 46 and died in April 76. By this marriage he became the father of Emma, Lewis and Nora. He gave one son to the War of the Union--Julius, who served till the war was closed, much of the time in prison.
     His funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday by Rev. J. F. Bell at Mt. Zion, burial following at the same place.

[Note: born 1822; died Dec. 19, 1897 Springfield Township, Gallia County; 75 years of age. Marriage: Julius Blanc and Frances Wilkenson on April 23, 1864 in Gallia County.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Dec. 20, 1897
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                                Top of Page

Blanc, Orpha Jane [Dyer]

Mrs. Blanc Dead
     Mrs. Lewis Blanc, formerly of Gallia county passed away at her home in Newark Saturday. Mrs. Blanc, who before her marriage was Orphia Dyer, was born and reared in this county.
The remains will be brought here for burial, which will be made at Evergreen.

[Note: Oct. 11, 1868 – Feb. 28, 1925; Age 56 yrs. 4 mos. 17 das. She was the daughter of Joseph & Sophrona Lowrie Dyer. Her spouse was Lewis J. LeBlanc. The burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 1)
Monday, March 2, 1925
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Blankenship, Jack

Jack Blankenship Dead
     Jack Blankenship, 76, died Tuesday last at his home near Bethel church in Addison township. He leaves four daughters and a son.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Date Unknown
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith                                                                   

Blanc, Orpha Jane [Dyer]

Mrs. Blanc Dead
     Mrs. Lewis Blanc, formerly of Gallia county passed away at her home in Newark Saturday. Mrs. Blanc, who before her marriage was Orphia Dyer, was born and reared in this county.
The remains will be brought here for burial, which will be made at Evergreen.

[Note: Oct. 11, 1868 – Feb. 28, 1925; Age 56 yrs. 4 mos. 17 das. She was the daughter of Joseph & Sophrona Lowrie Dyer. Her spouse was Lewis J. LeBlanc. The burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 1)
Monday, March 2, 1925
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Blazer, Addy Armedia

     Died, March 21st, 1868, Addy Armedia Blazer, infant daughter of H. and R. Blazer, of Green township.

The Gallipolis Journal
April 23, 1868
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blazer, Alice

Miss Blazer Laid Quietly At Rest
     Miss Alice Blazer was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon in the peaceful quietude of the cemetery at Centenary after funeral services in the little church there, where in years gone by, she had worshipped. Rev. Fred Rice conducted the services and beautiful hymns were sung by the Graham-Niday quartets. The little edifice was filled to utmost capacity with relatives, friends, and fellow workers in the deceased’s chosen life work. District No. 14 of the Graduate Nurses Association of which Miss Blazer was a member, was represented by the president Mrs. Poe Bradbury, Mrs. C. E. Holzer and Mrs. Elmer Hatfield.
     Graduate nurses from out of town present were Mrs. Russell, Middleport; Mrs. Mills, Huntington; Mrs. Price, Mrs. Kelly and Miss Conley, Pt. Pleasant, and added to these were other local nurses and pupils making a total of twenty four of her co-workers present, all dressed in the uniforms of their profession.
     Burial was in charge of George J. Wetherholt and Sons and the pall bearers, who were life long friends, included C. C. and Wallace Graham, Edgar Henshaw, Elmer Hatfield, D. C. Priestley and Howard Lyman.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, April 23, 1930
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron

Blazer, Bessie

Mrs. Blazer Last Rites To Be Tuesday        
     GALLIPOLIS - Miss Bessie Blazer, 69, who died of a heart attack at 10:45 a.m. Saturday while watching the sesquicentennial parade from an automobile, will be buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery on Route 35, Tuesday.
     Her funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the C. J. Waugh funeral home, the Rev. Paul M. Niswander, pastor of Grace Methodist Church, officiating. Pallbearers will be Lloyd Blazer, William West, Howard Blazer, Donovan Blazer, John Blazer, and Benson Brennan. Friends may call at the funeral home until the funeral.
     Miss Blazer, who came to Gallipolis, from her native Green Township, 21 years ago to take up residence with Mr. and Mrs. U. I. Lloyd of 736 Second Ave., had been in failing health for seven or eight years. Born June 15, 1884, to Arthur and Mary Watts Blazer, she was a member of Fairfield Methodist Church.
     She is survived by five brothers and two sisters: Vern Blazer and Miss Edith Blazer of Gallipolis; Eugene Blazer of Fairfield, Arthur Blazer of Porter, Ernest and Horace Blazer of Rio Grande, and Mrs. Mae Brennan of Bishop, Calif.

Athens Messenger
Monday, October 19, 1953
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Blazer, Caroline C. [Safford]

Death of Mrs. Blazer
     Mrs. Caroline Blazer, wife of Mr. Phillip Blazer, of Ashton, W. Va., died at her home Thursday morning about 2 o’clock. She was a daughter of the late Robert Safford. Her remains will be brought here and left at her sister’s, Mrs. Almira Cheney, on Third street, and will be buried at Centenary.
     Mrs. Blazer leaves a husband and family, two sisters and a brother to mourn her loss. They will have the sympathy of many friends in their sad bereavement.

[Note: March 4, 1836 – March 11, 1896; Age 60.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 3)
Thursday, March 12, 1896

     The remains of the late Mrs. Phillip Blazer whose death was mentioned yesterday, will be brought up from Ashton, W. Va., on the Brown Saturday evening and taken to the residence of Mr. John Maguet. The funeral will be at 2 o’clock Sunday and the burial will follow at Mound Hill by Hayward & Son.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 3)
Friday, March 13, 1896
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Blazer, Eliza A. [Betz]

Children's Home Matron Dies There Monday
Mrs. Wilson A. Blazer Succumbs After Long Illness - Was Estimable Woman
     Mrs. Eliza A. (Betz) Blazer, matron at the children's home, where her husband is superintendent, passed away there Monday morning, Jan. 21, 1935, after long illness. She and Mr. Blazer were married in 1897. They had no children of their own but were beloved by the hundreds of little ones who had been in the home and under their guidance and instruction.
     Funeral services for Mrs. Blazer were held at the children’s home Wednesday by Rev. J. L. Stephenson of Bidwell. Burial was in Mound Hill cemetery. Pall bearers were friends and neighbors - Ed Fulton, A. J. Watts, Grant George, Fred and Harry K. Mills and Charles Ward.
     Mrs. Blazer was the last of the seven children of James and Margaret Betz and was born on Mill Creek near this city. She was an active member of Mt. Zion church and beloved by [remainder was cut off.]

[Note: From death certificate date of birth October 17, 1864; mother’s name given as Rebecca Tweed.]

Newspaper (prob. January 1935, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Beck-Betz file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans                                                                   Top of Page

Blazer, Elizabeth [Kingsley]

     Died, in Green township, on Sunday last, Mrs. Elizabeth Blazer, wife of the late Phillip Blazer, in the 97th year of her age.

[Note: The 97th year is probably a typo. See the obituary below.]

The Gallipolis Journal
May 8, 1868
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blazer, Elizabeth

     Died, in Green township, May 3d, 1868, Mrs. Elizabeth Blazer, in the 92d year of her age. Her maiden name was Kinsley. She was born, and grew to womanhood in the State of Pennsylvania, in which State, she was joined in marriage to Phillip Blazer on the 18th of March, 1799. In 1805 the young couple left their native State, came to Ohio and settled in Gallia county, where, like most of the earlier settlers of our country, they had necessarily, to endure the hardships and privations of pioneer life. [. . .] Prior to leaving their native State, they became members of the Lutherian [sic] Church. On coming to Ohio, there being no branch of that church within reach, they joined the first, or old school Presbyterian church, and [. . .] while there was no church building for the accommodation of the people, their ministers were invited to preach to the people at their own private residences.
     Mrs. Blazer has been a widow since 1848. She was the mother of eleven children. Two died in infancy; three lived to have families of their own, and then passed on before her to the better land, while six are still living. The closing up of Mrs. Blazer's pilgrimage was peaceful, and she rests in the hope of blissful immortality. She trusted in him who brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. May her children all meet her in heaven.      J. W. M.

The Gallipolis Journal
June 18, 1868
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blazer, Elizabeth Ozemba [Sealy]

     Mrs. Elizabeth Ozemba Blazer, daughter of Simion F. and Mary E. Sealey, was born December 6, 1877 and departed this life April 15, 1926, at the age of 48 years, 4 months and 9 days.
     She was converted and united with the Mt. Zion Baptist church of Ohio Township, Gallia County, Ohio, then under the pastoral care of Rev. T. F. Cary, at the age of sixteen and lived a consistent Christian life thereafter and died strong in the faith of her risen Lord and went home, forever to be with Him whom she served.
     She was married to Peter Blazer November 12, 1899, with whom she lived and to whom she was devoted for more than twenty-seven years. To this union was born two children viz: Mrs. Edna Steele of Green Township, and Claude at home.
     She leaves to mourn their loss, besides her husband and children, three brothers, Emory of St. Louis, Missouri, Reuben of Gallipolis, Ohio, also Elgan of the same city. She leaves a host of friends and neighbors to mourn her demise.
     Funeral services were held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Mina Chapel by Rev. Earl Cremeens, with burial in charge of Undertaker A. E. Tope.

A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is stilled;
Which never can be filled.
God in His wisdom has recalled,
The boon his love had given.
And though the body slumbers here.
The soul is safe in Heaven.

Gallia Times
June 10 , 1926
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Blazer, Elmer E.

Elmer E. Blazer, Born Here, Dies At Larue, Ohio
To Arrange Rites After Soldier Son Is Heard From
Elmer E. Blazer, printer and publisher and a native of Gallipolis, died about midnight at his home in Larue, Ohio. It was known here that he was seriously ill and on that account he recently resigned the mayoralty of his town; but the news of his death came as a shock to old friends. Since February he had suffered severely from a heart condition and had been bedfast much of that time.
Born Here in 1873
Mr. Blazer had had an interesting career as a newspaperman which ended some months before his death. He was born in Gallipolis Feb. 5, 1873, and was in his 71st year. He was one of 11 children of Captain Richard Blazer, a dashing warrior for the Union cause, and of Dolly Fultz Blazer.
     After attending the local schools, and after learning the printing trade, he served for a year or two as a message clerk in the Ohio House of Representatives. From his young manhood on, he was deeply interested in politics. For many years he was foreman of the Gallipolis Journal plant and one of his fellow workers there was O. O. McIntyre, then a budding reporter
     About 1910 or earlier Mr. Blazer went to Marion and found employment in the composing room of the Marion Star, then owned by Warren G. Harding, who had already attained state wide prominence as a publisher and an orator.
     In Marion on Oct. 21, 1916, Mr. Blazer and Miss Mae Enos, also a native Gallipolitan, were united in marriage. Not long after that they moved to Larue, about 12 miles west of Marion where they had acquired the Larue News, a weekly newspaper. The Blazers published that journal until a few weeks ago when they leased it, or sold it.
     Mr. Blazer is survived by his wife and one son, Richard, who is stationed with an air corps in Missouri; one brother, Cameron Blazer, Kansas City; Misses May and Flora Blazer, Gallipolis. Another brother, Wilson A. Blazer, long superintendent of the Children’s Home, died here May 12, last year.
     There may be considerable delay about completing funeral arrangements. First efforts of Mrs. Blazer to communicate with her son were futile; but he will be appraised of his father’s death and consulted about when and where the funeral will be held and interment will be made.
Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, May 28, 1943 

Blazer Funeral Set For Monday
Interment Will Be Made in Cemetery At Larue
Funeral services for Elmer E. Blazer will be held at Larue on Monday. However, the arrangements as made known by Mrs. Blazer to the relatives here were tentative, she indicated.
     Richard Blazer, the decedent’s only son, was expected to reach Larue at 9 o’clock this morning, coming from a Missouri army camp and after his arrival, which may be delayed by flood conditions in the Missouri-Illinois area, some changes may be made in the arrangements.
     Misses May and Flora Blazer, the two bereaved sisters, accompanying their nieces, Mrs. Russell Eaton and Mrs. Bernice Beckett, both of Proctorville, left this morning for Larue and will remain, of course, till after the funeral.

[Note: He is buried in LaRue Cemetery, Marion Co., Ohio. There are also two obituaries from Marion, Ohio that tells more of his history and burial attached to his find-a-grave listing.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, May 29, 1943
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

E. E. Blazer Funeral To Take Place Monday
Funeral services for Elmer E. Blazer of LaRue, former printer and publisher, will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. in the home by Rev. Warren H. Bright of the LaRue Methodist church and Rev. J. W. Horn, retired Methodist minister of LaRue. The LaRue F. & A. M. lodge will conduct Masonic rites and burial will be made in the LaRue cemetery. Pallbearers will be members of the lodge. Friends may call at the home. Mr. Blazer died in his home yesterday.

[Picture attached.]

The Marion Star
Marion, Ohio
Saturday, May 29, 1943
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Blazer, Emeline [Cowden]

     Mrs. Emeline Blazer, wife of Mr. Joseph Blazer of Gallia Ohio, was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. and D. Cowden. She was born August 8, and died June 14th, 1862, in her 46th year. Mrs. Blazer was long known in the community where she resided, as being a woman of superior principles, and possessing more than an ordinary mind. She was always ready to administer to the needy, console the bereaved, and relieve the destitute. Her community has lost one of its best members. She was remarkably attentive to the wants of her family. Her husband found in her not only a companion, but a safe counsellor. His loss is great, such as earth can never restore. Her children were the object of her motherly care and solicitude, to them she was kind, affectionate and attentive; she trained them up for God, and to be a blessing to the world; their loss is irreparable; she left them her example, her influence, and her instructions---a legacy to them too valuable for earth’s treasures to purchase. In her early life she became a member of the M.E. church. Her life was a beautiful example of Christian integrity, and her last days were days of patient waiting for her Lord. To the church, friends and relatives, the loss is great, but it is her eternal gain.

Gallipolis Journal
3 Jul 1862
Transcribed by Henny Evans
                                                                                                Top of Page

Blazer, Emma A. [Trotter]

In Loving Memory of Emma A. Blazer
God called our loved one,
But we lose not wholly:
what He has given
Still will live in thought and memories truly
As in His Heaven.

     Emma A., daughter of Marion and Rachel Kennedy Trotter, was born Oct. 21, 1868, and departed this life March 29, 1936, aged 67 years, 5 months and 8 days.
     She was united in marriage to Jay J. Blazer December 13, 1887. To this union were born six children, two of whom passed on to their Heavenly Home in infancy. Those left to mourn the loss of this loving and devoted wife and mother are her husband, one son, Marion of Greenfield, Ohio, and threee daughters, Mrs. Cleo Halley of Porter, Mrs. Beatrice Day of Branstetter Heights, Gallipolis and Mildred at home. She also leaves nineteen grandchildren, three half-sisters, Mrs. Jennie Porter, Gallipolis, Mrs. Rose Richie, Bladen, and Mrs. Margaret Dickson of Huntington, and two half-brothers, Allie and Mallie Angel, Gallipolis, and a host of other relatives and friends.
     In early life she heard the call of the Savior to come and be one of His own, and united with the Cherrington M. E. church, where she remained faithful and devoted. She always lived a consistent Christian life in her home and elsewhere, and no one knew her but to love her; none named her but to praise. She took His teachings as her guide, and her influence encircled her home and community and we can truly say; few equalled, none excelled. For by her life and example many have chosen that better way that leads to life eternal.
     She was seriously ill only a week and all that medical skill and loving care could do were to no avail for she had lived, well this life and me-thinks was only waiting her Master's call, and with the poet can say:

Oh,why do your tear drops fall?
Or hearts be so sorely riven?
I have but answered my savior's call
My spirit rests in Heaven.

     She was ever devoted to her family and to the cause of Christ. So, as the chill blast of autumn sweeps over the plain, nips the choicest, most beautiful flowers, so the death angel when he came seemed to claim the most dearly beloved. He has paused at the threshold, has entered the door and has taken this loved one away, but our loss is His gain and she rests in that Heavely Home.

Gone, dear mother, gone forever?
How we miss your smiling face.
But you leave us to remember
None on earth can fill your place.
We once enjoyed a happy home,
How sweet the memory still.
Now death has left a loneliness
That naught on earth can fill.
The stream of life rolls on,
But still that vacant chair
Recalls the love, thel ook, the smile
Of one who once was there.
She only sleeps, her spirit gone
To that eternal rest.
And though our hearts are very sad
We know God's will is best.

[Note: Buried Bethel Cemtery, Ohio Twp]

Gallipolis paper
March 29, 1936
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                          Top of Page

Blazer, Flora

Miss Flora Blazer Claimed By Death Sunday Night At First Ave. Home
Retired Teacher, 90, Had Been Ill For Month
     Miss Flora Blazer, retired school teacher, died at 11 o’clock last night at her home, 822 First Ave. She was 90 years old and had been in a critical if not hopeless condition for a month. Her death leaves but two survivors of the 11 children of Captain Richard Blazer and Dolly Patty Blazer. They are A. Cameron Blazer of Kansas City, and Miss May Blazer, who had lived with Miss Flora for a number of years in the First Ave. house built by their brother, the late Wilson A. Blazer. Wilson, who was superintendent of the Children’s Home, died May 13, 1942. Another brother, Elmer E. Blazer, publisher and editor of the Larue (O.) News, died about three years ago. She also leaves 3 nephews and 2 nieces.
     Decedent became a teacher in the local schools immediately after her graduation presumably as a member of the class of 1879. She remained here till the mid 90’s and ended her career of teaching after a long period at the Soldiers and Sailors Home at Xenia. Capt. Richard Blazer was a dashing, daring soldier for the Union and after the Civil War ended, he and family were long an influential factor in local affairs.
     Funeral services will be held at the late home on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Rev. L. A. Donnally officiating. Burial will be made in Mound Hill Cemetery by George J. Wetherholt & Sons, undertakers. Friends may call at the home after noon Tuesday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, November 15, 1948
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Blazer, H. C.

Word Received Here on Death of Mr. Blazer
     Word has been received here of the death of H. C. Blazer, a native of Gallia County, in Kansas City, Mo., on May 30. Mr. Blazer is survived by a son, one grandchild and two great grandchildren, all of Kansas City. He was a brother of the late Misses Flora and Mae Blazer of Gallipolis, Elmer Blazer of LaRue, Burt Blazer of Marion, Mrs. B. F. Beckett of Proctorville and Wilson Blazer who for many years was superintendent of the Gallia County Children’s Home. Services and burial were held in Kansas City.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Transcribed by Marjorie Wood                                                                       

Blazer, Henry

H Blazer Dead
Passed Away at His Son's Home in Green Township Last Monday
     Henry Blazer, one of the oldest and best known men of the county, and father of ex-Commissioner F. M Blazer with whom he lived, died at Centenary in Green Tp., about 4 o'clock Monday evening. He was in his 90th year and death resulted from infirmities incident to his advanced age, following a decline of several weeks. While his death was not unexpected it will nevertheless occasion much sorrow among those who had known him. He was the second oldest person of Green Tp, Aunt Polly Rader being the oldest.
     Mr. Blazer was a son of Phillip Blazer and was born Feb. 5, 1821, on the farm which he died and on which he always lived. His wife has been dead a number of years and he is survived by four children, F. M. Blazer, G. K. Blazer of Lasalle, Colo, Mrs. Lizzie Andy of Kendall, Kan., and Mrs. W. C. Donaldson of Topeka, Kan.
     The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at Centenary by Rev. J. W. McCormick, burial following at the same place by Wetherholt.

[Note: Born Feb 5, 1821 - D. July 18, 1910]

Gallipolis Bulletin
July 22, 1910
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Blazer, Jacob A.

Grim Reaper - Visits Many Gallia Homes the Past Week
      Jacob A. Blazer died Saturday afternoon, Feb. 1, 1908 at Melville, La., of Apoplexy, aged 54 years and 1 month. The remains arrived here Wednesday evening, accompanied by Capt. G. W. Suiter who was with him when he died. The funeral services were conducted at Grace M. E. Church, Thursday afternoon by Rev. Hawk, interment following at Mound Hill by Hayward & Son, under the auspices of the Masons of which he was a member.
     Mr. Blazer was a son of Richard and Dolly Blazer and was born in Green Township. In his younger days he was engaged in the coal business with his father at Leadington, Meigs County, and in this city. After the death of his father in 1879, he became the head of the family, giving all his efforts to the support of his widowed mother and brothers and sisters. He never married and has always looked after his mother with tender devotion.
     He was prominent in local politics for several years and was twice elected street commissioner. He left Gallipolis in 1894 to engage in the timber business in Louisiana and never returned, though he kept in touch with his friends and evinced a lively interest in the welfare of his old home.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, February 7, 1908
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                             Top of Page

Blazer, Jay J.

     Jay J. Blazer, 84, died suddenly at 10 AM today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. C. (Cleo) Halley, Porter, of what is believed to have been a heart attack. Born May 16, 1865, in Gallipolis to Joseph and Cleo Lowry Blazer, the decedent is survived three daughters and a son. Mrs. Halley, Mrs. Joe Bangert, Columbus; Mrs. Beatrice Day, Gallipolis; and Marian Blazer, Greenfield. One sister, Mrs. Emma Freeman, Quincy, Mass., also survives.
     Funeral services will be held Wednesday or Thursday-depending on word from the son and daughter away from the county-at Bethel Church in Ohio Twp, the Rev. Milo Moore, Bidwell, officiating. Burial will be made by Coleman R. Halley in the Bethel Cemetery, back of Bladen.

[Note: died 25 April 1949]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
16 May 1949
Transcribed by Jean Yount                                                                            

Blazer, Juanita Helen

Girl Drowns In Quarry Pool
     Juanita Helen Blazer, 18, former student at Gallia Academy High School, drowned Friday afternoon in a limestone quarry pool near Columbus. Had she lived until next June 28, she would have completed one year as telephone operator at the Columbus State Hospital where she had a teem. W. R. Miller, of Miller’s Home for Funerals, went to Columbus early this morning to get the body from the Glenn L. Myers Funeral Home. Born in West Virginia. Daughter of Howard and Vernie Evans Blazer, Rt. 2, Gallipolis (Neighborhood Rd., near Mina Chapel), the decedent was born Aug. 17, 1930, in Kanawha County, W. Va.
     Besides her parents, she is survived by a brother and two sisters: Charles Blazer, at home; Gertrude Blazer, last year a sophomore at Gallia Academy High School; and Ina Faye Blazer, a Centenary School student. Her only surviving grandparent is George Evans, also an employee of Columbus State Hospital.

Funeral To Be Monday

     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Mina Chapel, the Rev. Earl V. Cremeens officiating, and burial will be made in Mina Chapel Cemetery. The body will be taken home this evening and friends may call there until the funeral hour. Details of the drowning were not known, except that the girl had gone swimming with some other young folk. The Franklin County coroner returned a verdict of death by accidental drowning.

Gallia Times
Saturday, June 4, 1949
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Blazer, Judy Faye

     Judy Faye Blazer, 36, 803 Third Ave., Gallipolis, died Tuesday August 10, 1993 at her mother’s residence after several months of failing health. She attended the Church of Christ in Christian Union.
Born May 27, 1957 in Gallia County, she was the daughter of Virginia A. Blazer of Gallipolis and the late Garfield Blazer, Jr.
     Survivors include her mother, two brothers, Mike (Marlene) and Rick (Christy) Blazer, both of Gallipolis; two sisters, Janet E. Donahue of Gallipolis and Vickie (Jay) Haskins of Vinton; four nephews and one niece.
     Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, where services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Florice Boggs officiating. Burial will be in Mina Chapel Cemetery. Pall bearers will be Melvin Biars, Jim Harrison, John Born, Jim Sisson, Steve Blackwell and Steve Hornsby.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
About August 10, 1993
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                         Top of Page

Blazer, Mae

Miss Mae Blazer Of Old Gallia Family Is Dead
     Miss Mae Blazer, 89, died at her home, 822 First Ave., at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday. She had been in failing health for the past four years and had been an invalid for the past two years. Her condition worsened last week. Miss Blazer was scion of an old Gallia county family and for most of her life she was a milliner. She had followed that occupation in Detroit, Mich., Warren and Flint, Mich. Following her retirement she returned to her native county.
     Miss Blazer was born in Gallipolis on July 28, 1868, the daughter of the late Capt. Richard and Dolly Voltz Blazer. Her place of birth was the sheriff’s residence, her father being in that postion [sic] at the time. He was an officer in the 91st Ohio Regiment during the Civil War, and was active in Gallia county affairs following the war.
     Early in life Miss Blazer joined the Methodist church, and at the time of her death was a member of Grace Methodist church and the WSCS.
     The only survivor of her immediate family is a brother, Cameron Blazer of Kansas City, Mo. Nine brothers and sisters preceded her in death. They were Flora Blazer, Fannie Blazer, Mrs. George (Alice) Suiter, Mrs. B. F. (Anna) Beckett, Jake, Morris, Bert, Wilson (former superintendent of the Children’s home) and Elmer (a former Gallipolis printer and later associated with the late President Warren G. Harding on the Marion Star). Other survivors are two nieces, Miss Bernice Beckett of Proctorville, who has cared for her since the first of the year, Mrs. Rusell Eaton of Huntington, and three nephews, Richard Blazer of Marion Cameron Jr., of Kansas City, Mo., and Morris Beckett of Huntington.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the C. J. Waugh Funeral home. Rev. Warren Wilson will officiate and burial will follow in Mound Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 P.m. Friday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, May 1, 1958
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Blazer, Marion F

Death of Marion F. Blazer
     We made brief announcement of the death Wednesday afternoon of Mr. Marion F. Blazer. His funeral services will be conducted Sunday morning at 10 o'clock sun time at Centenary Church by Rev. John W. McCormick,assisted by Rev. George W. Brown, pastor of the Rodney Circuit. The burial will also be at Centenary under the auspices of Naomi Lodge of Knights of Pythias of this city by Undertaker Wetherholt.    The pallbearers will be A. Hoyt, J.A. Jones, J.C. Ingels, H.C. Johnston, R.M. Switzer and R.J. Mauck.
     Mr. Blazer was born on the farm in Green Township near this city, where he was born Feb. 12, 1852 and died Sept. 6, 1911, in his 60th. year. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blazer, as fine old people as the county afforded. His mother passed over to the better land many years ago; but his father only preceded him a year ago last July at the great age of 90 years. He is survived by one brother, George R. Blazer of Aurora, Colorado and sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Adney of Kansas City and Mrs. Phoebe Donaldson of Topeka, Kansas. His life was that of the ordinary farmer characterized by good moral habits of industry,hospitality, sociability and a pleasant, agreeable disposition.
     On January 14, 1875, he was united in marriage with Miss Emma M. Gills, daughter of a prominent citizen, James Gills, with whom he lived happily and who survives him but with no children. He became prominent in business and social and public affairs and was elected trustee of his township several times and in 1901 was elected County Commissioner and served two terms intelligently, efficiently and to the satisfaction of his party and was generally regarded as one of our most substantial farmers and businessmen.
     Four years ago last December he was stricken speechless; but not altogether helpless, with a stroke of paralysis and though he could not speak, nor write nor read, seemed fully conscious of all that took place about him and carried on his business affairs as before with good judgement and sense. Friday, September 1, 1911, he had another stroked which though slight boded no good in his already enfeebled condition and Wednesday the end came suddenly as stated. He was a member of the M.E. Church and was no doubt prepared for the change that finally came.

[Note: Buried as Francis Marion Blazer. Mother: Rebecca Ann Jackson]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
September 8, 1911
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                                Top of Page

Blazer, Marion F.

Ex-Commissioner Died Suddenly
     Marion F. Blazer died at his home near Centenary in Green township, Wednesday afternoon, September 6, 1911, aged 59 years. His death was caused by a paralytic stroke.
     He was born in Green Township and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Blazer, both deceased. He is survived by one brother, George R. Blazer of Aurora, Indiana, and sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Adney, of Kansas City, Missouri; Mrs. Phoebe Donaldson of Topeka, Kansas. On January 14, 1875, he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Gills, whom he leaves to mourn his demise. He was prominent in social, business and political circles and had held several township offices. He was elected County Commissioner in 1891 and was re-elected for a second term and served the County honestly and efficiently.
     About four years ago, he suffered a stroke of paralysis, which left him practically helpless, although he was able to get around some. A second stroke last Wednesday caused his death within a few minutes.
     The funeral services, which were largely attended, were conducted at Centenary Church, Sunday morning, September 10, at 10 a.m. by Rev. John W. McCormick, assisted by Rev. George W. Brown of the Rodney Circuit.
     The burial was at Centenary by Wetherholt, under the auspices of Naomi Lodge, Knights of Pythias of this city. The pallbearers were: A. Hoyt, J. A. Jones, J. C. Ingels, H. C. Johnston, R. M. Switzer and R. J. Mauck.
     The sorrowing family will have the sympathy of all in their great affliction.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Thursday, September 14, 1911
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron

Blazer, Martha E.

     Died, in Gallipolis, the 10th day of July, 1862, Martha E., wife of Mr. Philip S. Blazer, in the 26th year of her age.

The Gallipolis Journal
August 21, 1862
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blazer, Milton

Smith to Officiate at Blazer Funeral
     Rev. H.M. Smith will conduct the rites for Milton Blazer at Bulaville at 2 o'clock Friday. Burial in Rife cemetery by Coleman. Mr. Blazer was in his 71st year, having been born Sept. 19, 1858, a son of Jacob Blazer. In 1889, he married Susan Shaver and one child of this union, Rura Blazer, survives. Also survivng are these three brothers and two sisters; Former County Commissioner Pete Blazer and Garfield Blazer, Green tp.;Fred and Alice Blazer,Columbus; and Mrs. Florence Martin.

[Note: His tombstone gives his dates as 1858-1939. However, the death date in the obituary definitely states 1929 and if you add 71 years to his birth date it comes out to 1929.]

Feb. 16, 1929
Unknown publication (perhaps the Gallia Times)
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Blazer, Nannie R. [Morton]

Mrs. Blazer Dead

     Mrs. E.E. Blazer, 53, for many years, a resident of Guyandotte and vicinty, died at her home in the eastern outskirts of the city Saturday evening August 1, 1914, at six o'clock after a lingering illness from dropsy.
     Mrs. Blazer was a music teacher and as such had a wide circle of acquaintances. Her maiden name was Morton and she was a native of Gallia County, Ohio. She leavees no children, but her husband survies her as well as the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. G.F. Hamilton, Gallipolis; Oscar Morton, Columbus, O.; John T. Morton, Spokane, Wash.; William Morton, Chicago, Charles Morton, Kansas City, Kan.; Fred Morton, and Mrs. Thomas S. Hott, of Marcline, Mo. Funeral services will be held at the house some time Sunday and the body will be taken to Gallipolis this evening or Monday, for burial. ...Huntington Herald Dispatch
     The remains were brought here Monday and laid to rest in the Pine Street Cemetery by undertaker Wetherholt. Brief services at the grave were conducted by a Huntington minister.

Gallia Times
August 6, 1914
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                             Top of Page

Blazer, Peter

     Died, at his residence in Green township, on the 19th inst., brother Peter Blazer, in the 64th year of his age. The deceased was born Oct. 11th, 1791, In Franklin county, Pa., and emigrated to Ohio Nov. 28th, 1805. He joined the M.E. church February, 1838, and lived a consistent christian to the day of his death, leaving a testimony behind him for his numerous friends of the truth of christianity. Brother B. no doubt at this time is enjoying the full fruition of the blessed in heaven. W.W

The Gallipolis Journal
April 27, 1854
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blazer, Peter Melvin

     In loving memory of Peter Melvin Blazer, youngest son of Joe and Cleo Lororie Blazer, who was born May 24, 1873 and departed this life August 23, 1947, aged 74 years, 2 months and 29 days. He was united in marriage to Emma McKearn in 1894 and to this union were born four children all of whom survive. They are: Ruby Saunders at Bladen, Joe at Proctorsville, Willard at Canton and Lenore Mooney at Crown City.
     His passing left but two of his own family, once a large and prominent one in Gallia County. They are Jay J. Blazer of Porter and Mrs. Emma Freeman of Quincy, Mass. He leaves 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
     His wife passed away at St. Louis in 1936 and for a while after that he lived in St. Louis, but finally largely due to the children's insisting he came back to Gallia County, living first with one and then another. But a few years ago he became sick and had a stroke which left him badly crippled and since then and for a short time before he has made his home with his oldest daughter, Ruby, where he had the best and tenderest of care. His grandsons considered him more of a playfellow and a chum than a sick, crippled grandfather and through the years when it was hard for him to go and he knew what it meant to be the companion of pain and sickness he kept that gay, happy, carefree attitude that was his inheritance. Seldom if ever complaining and always cheerful. But now his sufferings are over and we look to a hand of peace and happiness where God's redeemed will again clasp glad hands for he had made his peace with God and united with the Cherrington Methodist Church many years ago.

When I go home I shall be very tired
Of struggling for the things that I desired.
But I shall be content to end my quest,
Gaining the best things - peace and love and rest.

Gallipolis paper
Date: August 1947
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith                                                                       Top of Page

Blazer, Stella Irene

     Stella Irene Blazer, 70, Rt. 1, Gallipolis, died at 4 a.m. Saturday in Holzer Medical Center. Born May 18, 1915, in Lawrence County, daughter of the late Lewis and Nancy Barry Shriver, she was a member of Bulaville Christian Church
     She married Floyd Blazer, who survives, on April 16, 1949. Also surviving are four sons, Carl Blazer, Floyd Blazer Jr. and Donald Blazer, all of Gallipolis, and Walter Blazer of Bryan; a brother, Clarence Shriver of Rt. 1, Gallipolis; and a sister, Mrs. Pearl Shaver of Evergreen.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Bulaville Christian Church, with Evangelist J.D. Finnicum officiating. Burial will be in Rife Cemetery, Bulaville. Friends may call at Miller's Home for Funerals in the former Warehime Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.

Gallipolis Tribune
June 17, 1985
Transcribed by J. Farley

Blazer, Virgie Gilmore

Mrs M. Blazer, Greenfield, Died Tuesday Evening
     Mrs. Virgie Gilmore Blazer, wife of Marion Blazer, died Tuesday evening at their home in Greenfield, Ohio She was about 47 years old and had been seriously ill since the first of the year. Funeral and burial will take place at 2 o'clock Friday at Greenfield.
     Decedent is survived by her husband, who is a son of J.J. Blazer of Gallipolis; five children, all living in Greenfield and three of them at the parental home and two brothers, Delbert Gilmore of Dayton and Charles of Washington State.
     Mrs. Blazer was born at Bladen and was a daughter of the late Charles Gilmore. Her second son, Ray, was killed in a plane crash last January near the Texas-Mexico border while serving in the Air Corps.

[Note: Death Certificate. Virgie Lee Blazer was born Oct. 24, 1897 in Gallia County and died June 22, 1943 in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio. She was 45 years, 7 months and 28 days of age. Parents: Charles Gilmore and Eva Green. Burial Greenfield, Ohio]

Gallipolis Paper
No date
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                            

Blessing, Abraham

Fatal Accident to Mr. Abraham Blessing of Green Township
     Our citizens were shocked early Monday morning by the news brought to the city by Mr. J. V. Gills of a fatal accident to Esquire Blessing, that happened that morning about seven o’clock, near Mr. Blessing’s home. Mr. Blessing was engaged in hauling fodder with a two-horse team, and going onto the Northup bridge at the end next to the town. The apron of the bridge, about thirty feet in length, gave way, participating the whole team with Mr. Blessing twenty-five feet below on the bed of solid limestone rock, and badly crushing the right top of his head, besides hurting him internally.
     Whether the horses fell upon him or one of the timbers we do not know, several gentlemen were near, some waiting to go across with loaded wagons. Among them was Mr. Jonas Sibley, and he was probably the first to reach him. Mr. Blessing was utterly unconscious and never spoke. A bed-tick was procured, and men waded Raccoon to where he lay and placed him upon it and he was carried to his house, a quarter of a mile away. Dr. F. A. Cromley was called, but found him beyond all means of aid.
     Mr. Blessing was about fifty years of age, and a widower, with three children, Mrs. John Wiley, of Cincinnati; Morgan Blessing, at Atwood, Ill., and Miss Ollie Blessing, a young lady of eighteen at home. He was possessed of considerable property, and had insurance in the Forester’s Lodge, from which his heirs will receive $1000. He had been Justice of Peace in his township for several years, and was also Land Appraiser. Probably no man in the township was more respected. Kind and amiable in disposition, of irreproachable character, he was beloved by all, and his untimely end is regretted. He was a cousin of Mrs. Elizabeth R. Calohan, of this city.

     Later – Mr. Blessing passed away at 8 a.m. yesterday.

Gallipolis Journal
Dec. 11, 1889
Transcribed by Mary Crittenden

Blessing, Dora

Gallia Native Dies In Iowa City
     Mrs. Dora Blessing, wife of Morgan T. Blessing and native of Gallia county, died Sunday at her home in Rolfe, Iowa, which had been their home for many years. The message containing the news of her death came to her niece, Mrs. W.W. Sigler, who with Mr. Sigler and another niece, Mrs. H.W. McHenry, left Monday to attend the last rites.
     Relatives here had known of Mrs. Blessing's illness of a heart condition for which she had been treated at the Mayo clinic at Rochester, Minn., but the news of her passing came as a great shock, never the less. She was the daughter of the late Ansel Northup and of her family there survives three sisters, Mrs. Jacob Baker of Northup, Mrs. Mary Pickens of Springfield, Ill., and Mrs. F.C. Smith of Los Angeles. She and Mr. Blessing had no children.

[Note: Ann Simmerman wrote "July 2, 1939" on this obituary.]                             Top of Page

Newspaper (prob. July 1939, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, McCall file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Lynn Anders

Blevins, Virgil

Virgil Blevins Killed In Mine Mishap
     Funeral services for Virgil Edison Blevins, 42, who was killed in a mine accident at Wheelwright, Ky., will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the home of Mrs. Gus Gabrielli, 740 Second Ave. There will be a Masonic service and burial will follow in Pine Street cemetery under the direction of the Wetherholt Funeral Home. Other services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Prestonsburg, Ky., and then the body will be brought to the Gabrielli home here.
     Blevins was born at Clintonwood, Va., on Sept. 23, 1915. His wife is the former Ida Gabrielli whom he married in 1935.
     Surviving children are Ronald Vincent Blevins, James Virgil Blevins and Janet Ellen Blevins. Other survivors are his mother, Mrs. George Fredericks; sister, Mrs. Charles Simms and a brother, James Blevins. His father, Hobart Blevins, preceded him in death.
     Blevins came to Portsmouth in 1929 and was a Gallipolis resident from 1942 to 1947 when he went to Wheelwright, Ky. His death resulted from a cave-in at the Inland Steel mine which he had entered to test for its safety. He was assistant mine foreman for the Inland Corp. He held membership in the National Mine Foreman’s Assn., was president of the Foreman’s club of Wheelwright and of the Band Parents club. He was a Mason. At one time he was lightweight Golden Gloves champion of Ohio in 1933.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, August 12, 1958
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Blickle, Caroline M. [Weibert]

Death of Mrs. Caroline M. Blickle
     Mrs. Caroline M. Blickle, of Pittsburg, here on a visit to relatives since May, was taken ill with heart trouble and indigestion, two weeks ago at her son Joseph’s on the River road, and died at 12:30 Thursday morning, July 20, 1911.
     Mrs. Blickle was born in Philadelphia nearly 73 years ago, and was a daughter of the late Charles C. Weibert, one of our prominent and well known citizens of a former generation. She had a sister, Amelia Weibert and both were old Academy girls. She was united in marriage with Mr. Joseph Blickle, the tanner on Vine street. He moved to Pittsburg and he died in 1886.
     She is survived by the following children, Charles, Adam, Millie and Nettie of Pittsburg, Joseph of Gallipolis and Alice of San Francisco.
     The funeral services will be at the St. Louis church, conducted by Rev. Father Kessler Saturday morning, the interment following at Mound Hill cemetery by Undertaker Wetherholt.
                                                            Pittsburg papers please copy.

[Note: Feb. 9, 1839 – July 20, 1911; Age 72 yrs. 5 mos. 10 days. She was the daughter of Chas. C. and Jenett Brenning Weibert. Her burial was in Pine Street Cemetery. The obit states that she was buried in Mound Hill Cemt.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 4)
Thursday, July 20, 1911
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Blickle, Joseph

     The remains of Mr. Joseph Blickle were disinterred at Pittsburgh last week and arrived here on the Iron Queen, Sunday morning. They were taken charge of by Mr. G. J. Wetherholt who placed them in the family burial lot at the old cemetery.

[Note: There is a cemetery entry for a Joseph Blickle buried in Pine Street cemetery with a DOD as 3 Mar 1896 but the handwritten date at the top of this paper gives the year as 1893. On the photo of the tombstone the last digit in the death date is indistinct and so might have been transcribed incorrectly.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
April 15, 1893
Transcribed by Lisa Halbig

Blickle, Nettie [Jeanette M.]

Death of Miss Nettie Blickle
     Miss Nettie Blickle, aged 64 years, died Thursday evening, May 3rd, 1923, after a long illness. She died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wetherholt, upper Second Avenue, where she has lived for several years. Miss Blickle was a devout member of the Catholic church. She is survived by 3 brothers, Joseph of Ironton, Charles and A. H. of Pittsburg, and one sister, Mrs. James Wetherholt of Baltimore. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made. The remains are in charge of Wetherholt & Entsminger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, May 4, 1923

The Funeral of Miss Blickle and Mrs. Odell
     The funeral of the late Miss Jeannette M. Blickle will be held Monday morning at 9 o’clock at the St. Louis Catholic Church. Burial will be at Pine Street cemetery by Wetherholt & Entsminger.

[Note: Buried as Jennettee M. Blickle in Pine Street Cemetery.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, May 5, 1923
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Blosser, Augusta [Rupe]

     Mrs. Homer Blosser, a former resident of Morgan Twp., died at her home at Pataskala, O., near Columbus, and was brought to Eno last Thursday for burial. Rev. W. J. Fulton conducted the funeral service and undertaker Floyd Ward directed the interment which took place at the Robinson cemetery. 
     Mrs. Blosser's maiden name was Augusta Rupe, daughter of Wm. Rupe of Kyger. She was about 33 years of age and was a highly esteemed lady. She leaves a husband and four children.

[Note: The death certificate for Mrs. Blosser records that she died on 18 April 1910 in Licking County OH of a uterine hemorrhage with heart failure; age 33 years 4 months 8 days; informant was her husband, Homer Blosser.]

Newspaper unavailable
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                                    Top of Page

Blosser, George Lawrence

     Died, July 3rd, 1862, George Lawrence, son of John W. and Louisa Blosser, aged one year, seven months, and three days.

Fold his hands across his breast,
Smooth his hair upon his brow,
George lives no more on earth,
George is an angel now.

Gentle shepherd of the sheep,
Take our little lamb to-day,
Carry him within thy arms,
Where earthly sorrows fade away.

George was our cherished one,
But he is an angel now,
He hath all the victory won,
A crown of Christ upon his brow.

May we reach that better land,
When pain and death is o're,
Clasp our darling by the hand,
Never to be parted more.
Miss Maggie P. George, Campaign, Gallia, O.

The Gallipolis Journal
July 31, 1862
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blosser, Homer

H. Blosser Dies; Rites 2 Sunday
     Funeral services for Homer Blosser, who died at his home at Carlton Thursday p.m., will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday at the Rawlings-Coats Funeral Home in Middleport. He had suffered a stroke of paralysis on Friday and a few days before that was in Gallipolis with Dewey Swisher, a neighbor. He was 74 years old. Mr. Blosser's early years were spent around Kyger and in central Ohio.
     Surviving are three sons, Raymond of Middleport; Harold in the United States Marine forces somewhere in Australia;George of California; a daughter, Mrs. Grace Dew of Toledo; a sister, Mrs. Fannie Davis of Pennslvania and a brother, John Blosser, of Kansas.

Gallipolis Tribune
June 5, 1942
Transcribed by J. Farley

Blosser, John

     John Blosser was born in Albemarle County, Va., Feb 20th, 1802, and died at his home in Springfield Township, Gallia county, Ohio, on Sunday, May 1st, 1887, age 85 years 2 months and 11 days.  Funeral services on Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev Robert Flerbaugh.
     While he was very young his parents moved to Shenandoah County, Va., where he lived a number of years, during which time he served an apprenticeship of two years with a wagonmaker; was married to Catherine Strickler, Dec 10th, 1822, who died Dec 27th, 1882; three sons and one daughter were given them, the latter dying in childhood; one son was accidentally killed in California, and one son died at home in 1864; the oldest son is still living.
     Grandfather Blosser emigrated by wagon to Gallia County, Ohio, October, 1830, settling upon the land which has been his home ever since. He joined the Baptist Church many years ago and his habits of life have been that of a zealous christian.  His old and well-worn Bible attests his love for the sacred pages, and many must have been the comforts enjoyed by his daily reading. About two years before his death his eyesight began to fail, and at the time of his death he was totally blind. This misfortune did not deprive him of his daily practice of seeking strength from the blessed Bible, as years of research had imprinted many favorite passages upon his memory, and he would spend hours repeating them. To him the Bible was, “The Pilgrim’s chart of glory.”
     The messenger who bore his spirit away found him with the words of the Lord’s Prayer warm upon his lips.
One son, twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren are left to mourn his departure.  May we all adopt the grand lessons to be learned from his correct life..
     D. M. B.

[Note: Buried in Fairview (Long) Cemetery in Springfield Township]

Gallipolis Journal
Probably Wednesday, May 4, 1887
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Blosser, Julia Rozilla

     Died, July 30th, 1862, Julia Rozilla, daughter of John W. and Louisa Blosser, aged three years, six months, and eleven days. Thus these youthful parents have consigned to the tomb two beautiful children in the short space of four weeks.

The Gallipolis Journal
August 21, 1862
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Blosser, Laura V. [Mauck]

Death of Mrs. D. M. Blosser
     Miss Maggie Blosser received a telegram this morning announcing the death at 9:30 Tuesday evening, February 25, 1902, of her brother’s wife, Mrs. Laura V. Moch [Mauck] Blosser at Kansas City. The funeral services and interment will be Thursday afternoon, the latter in the cemetery at Harrisonville, where the father of Mr. Blosser’s mother and other relatives are buried.
     Mr. and Mrs. Blosser and their three interesting daughters, Misses May, Blanche and Elsie, left this city last July, one reason being the hope that it would be to the advantage of Mrs. Blosser’s health, she having been an invalid for several years. Her health did improve after going and she was able to get out some, but for several weeks she has been very ill, and Mr. Blosser’s mother would have gone there had not the risk been too great for one of her years at this season of the year.
     Mrs. Blosser was between 42 and 43 years of age, and was a daughter of the late James Mauck, brother of the late Joseph and Daniel Mauck, of Cheshire, all prominent business men, and she leaves one sister, Mrs. Melvin C. Boice, of Kyger, two brothers, Z. W. Mauck and Allie Mauck, well known here, preceded her.
     She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Cheshire, and an eminently sweet and lovely woman, who bore her sufferings uncomplainingly, and with courage and hope battled cheerfully against the disease which had marked her for its own to the end, when like a fair and tender lily she faded away, beloved by all who had ever met her, and with hearts full of profoundest sorrow at her departure.
     Her children, the eldest, now a young lady of 19, will continue to make their home together with Mrs. Dr. Coleman, a sister of Mrs. Louisa Blosser, their father’s mother, and whose husband is a brother of Dr. Coleman, the manager of the O. H. E., while their father, who is engaged in bookkeeping in Kansas City, will also be with them.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, February 26, 1902
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron