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Author: Dennis Partridge

Family of Francis Marion Stout of Brown County, Illinois

5 Jun 2012 I am attaching a picture of Francis Marion Stout, 1823-1907 — My 2nd Great Grandfather.  Owner of the Stout Pottery and the F. M. & I. N. Stout (his 2nd son) Mercantile Store in Ripley.   He owned 800 acres in Ripley/Cooperstown and it was passed down to each of his family.  He was a descendant of Abraham Stout who fought in the Revolutionary War. The picture was passed to me by the family of James Madison Stout, his 4th son  and we are both doing extensive research.   My Great Grandfather was his 3rd son, John Charles Fremont Stout.  ...

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Families of Alexander, Stout and Purpus

Family of Allen Alexander and Lucy Batson of Brown County IL 12 Jul 2012 We have found the parents of Margenia ‘Margaret’ and Nancy Catherine Alexander.  Also thanks to the 1840-1850-1860 Census – Allen Alexander of TN  married Lucy Batson of TN, daughter of John Batson of GA, TN & finally Brown County, Illinois Nine Alexander children were born: John Houston Alexander 1824, TN Elihu Alexander, 1826 TN – Margenia Alexander 1829 TN – Nancy Catherine Alexander 1835 IL- Albert Allen Alexander 1833 IL – Martha E. Alexander 1835 IL – Lucy Jane. Alexander 1837 IL – Mary Melvina Alexander 1839 IL – Octavia Alexander b. after the Census 1842 IL They lived in Cooperstown Twp in 1840 & 1850 and John Houston Alexander had his maternal grandfather John Batson living with them in Mt. Sterling Twp in 1860. The children were orphaned when Allen died late 1842 or early 1843 – Lucy Batson Alexander died abt. 1847 –  In the 1850 Census John Houston Alexander is shown as Head of House.   The younger girls told the story that their maternal grandfather John Batson raised them.  In checking the 1840 Census we found that John Batson a widower, lived in the home next door to the Alexander’s in Cooperstown Tsp.    Tied it all together. Almost all of the children and their spouses settled and were married in Brown County,   John...

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Obituary of William F. L. Holtkamp

William F. L. Holtkamp, son of Rev. and Christine Telljohn Holtkamp, was born in Debois [Dubois] county, Indiana December 20, 1863, and passed away May 7, 1946 in Quincy, Illinois, at the age of 82 years, four months and 17 days. He was married to Miss Frances Neeland in 1910. She preceded him in death. Mr. Holtkamp was a member of the Lutheran church and lived a good Christian life. Surviving are three half brothers, Francis of Elmwood, Gerhard of Mt. Sterling, Hilkia of Knowles, Okla., and two half-sisters, Mrs. Anna Swenson of Elvaston and Mrs. Friede Hill of Peoria; also a number of nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at two o’clock in the Meaders funeral home with Rev. I. W. Bingaman of Quincy in charge. Mrs. Henry Alford, Mrs. Harry Bowman and Mrs. Everett Sparks sang accompanied by Mrs. Robert Meaders. Pallbearers were: Henry Shank, Henry Alford, Harry Bowman, Floyd Wing, Harley Gabel and Arthur Sittler. Burial was in Beckman [Becam or Hippen] cemetery in Pea Ridge...

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Obituary for Wellington Benton of Neosho Missouri

Neosho Times, April 7th, 1887 A Sad Death Wellington Benton, an old and esteemed gentleman of Neosho and Neosho township was accidentally shot and instantly killed on Thursday evening at about 6PM. He had been out hunting with his son, Dr. Benton and J. M. Pardy in the Dr.’s spring wagon and a driver was sent back to meet them at the Granby Fort across Hickory Creek on their return. They had met with good luck and Mr. Benton was particularly cheerful as they drove on toward town. Dr. Benton was stopped at Mr. Rader’s to make a sick call and directed Mr. Pardy to drive on to the Doctor’s house and let the old gentleman take out the guns and game and then drive in and leave his team hitched at his office. When the old gentleman got out, he took out the two guns and then passed around on the left side of the wagon and Mr. Pardy handed them out to him and placed them in the bend of his right arm at the elbow, the accouterments, with the birds killed, piled on top. While he held the guns on his left arm. Mr. Pardy inquired of him, if he had not better place the guns inside the gate before he took out the accouterments, but Mr. Benton rather insisted in taking all at once. When...

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Obituary for Violet Bond Test

Violet M. Test Mt. Sterling, Illinois: Violet M. Test age 94 of Jacksonville, Illinois and formerly of Mt. Sterling passed away at 3:40 a.m. Saturday, June 17, 2006 at Prairie Village Health Care Center in Jacksonville. She was born December 2, 1911 in Brown County, Illinois the daughter of Frank M. and Priscilla Worthington Bond. She married Guy Test and he preceded her in death. Mrs. Test was a nurses aid at Our Saviors Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois for 16 years retiring in 1981. She had also assisted several area elderly residents in their homes and in the hospital. Mrs. Test was a member of Our Savior Catholic Church in Jacksonville, Illinois. She was known as a loving person and always enjoyed spending time with her family, especially traveling with her family to Branson, Missouri. Survivors include 1 daughter Priscilla French and 1 grandson Ronald Eugene French both of Jacksonville, Illinois. She was preceded in death by 1 son Francis Eugene Test and 1 daughter Barbara Ann Test. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2006 at the Mt. Sterling Catholic Cemetery with Father Thomas Henseler officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorials are suggested to the family. Condolences for the family may be left on line at www.hendrickerfh.com. The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is in charge of the...

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Obituary for Thomas Jefferson McWane

Obituary (I have the clipping, but newspaper unknown) Thomas Jefferson McWane was born at Massie’s Mill, Nelson county, Virginia on the 17th of January, 1838. At the time of his death, December 18, 1930, he had reached the venerable age of 92 years, 11 months and 1 day. He was of Scotch-Irish descent, one of seven children, the son of James and Permelia Ryan McWane, his parents and grandparents having come from the British Isles to colonize Virginia. The early years of his long and interesting life were spent in the mountain region of Virginia, where his father and brothers cleared and improved a farm. He could relate many thrilling stories of his early memories of pioneer conditions. When Mr. McWane was about 18 years of age his father took the family to Wytheville, Virginia, where he ran a water power flour mill and where the 18 year old son learned the milling trade. Soon Mr. McWane followed the urge to move westward and settled in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he spent five successful years as a miller. In this useful occupation he served during the Civil War, providing much needed food for the people who lived there in the disputed territory between the warring states. He ran his mill in the midst of many vivid scenes of the war, among the historic siege of Knoxville. It was in Knoxville...

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Obituary for Timothy D. Benton of Brown County Illinois

Brown County Democrat Saturday, March 6, 1880 Died at Ripley, Feb. 29th, 1880 of Lung fever, Timothy D. Benton, in the 48th year of his age. T. D. Benton was a native of Brown County, having been born at Ripley and spending the greater part of his life in the immediate vicinity of his birth. He leaves a family of four children to mourn his departure, his wife having proceeded him eight years. His bereaved children have the heart felt sympathy of the entire community in this their sad hour. Timothy D. Benton will be remembered by us as a man who made few professions and lived true to all he made, as a friend he was always worthy; as a father he was a model, his love for and sense of duty to his children being one of the marked characteristics of the man. He has gone to his reward which cannot be otherwise than glorious. Contributed by: Rae...

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