Miss Agnes Likely was born near Shade Gap, Hunting Co., Pa. Aug. 30th, 1806, and died at Clayton, Ill. Feb. 26th, 1889 aged 82 years 5 months and 26 days.

She was buried from the Presbyterian church at 1:30 PM Feb. 27th, 1889.

Miss Likely was married to Mr. Henry Coughenour, Dec. 18th 1827, who died leaving her a widow in 1859. To them were born 9 children, 4 sons and 6 daughters, all of whom are dead except Mrs. James Robinson [Robison], of Brown County, Ill., Mrs. Belle Whipple, of Lenora, Kan., and Mr. Lawrence Coughenour, of Sedalia, Mo.

Mrs. Coughenour united with the Presbyterian church at Shade Gap, Pa., previous to her marriage and lived in its fellowship till May 1836 when she, her husband, and children moved to the neighborhood of Griggsville, Pike county, Ill., where she united with the congregational church.

In March, 1839, the family moved to Brown County, Ill., when she united with the Presbyterian church of Mt. Sterling. In 1853 they moved to Clayton, where she united with the Presbyterian Church of Clayton, in which she was a highly esteemed member till the day of her death.

Mrs. Coughenour was a woman of unquestioned integrity, of remarkable tenacity of purpose and was respected by all who knew her. She was loyal to her Lord and to the church of her choice.

No one in the village, with equal means, and but few with much greater, gave as much as she for the cause of missions. According to her ability she was also liberal in the support of the gospel at home. She was an earnest praying Christian who for years was ready and waiting till the Lord would call her. While thankful for the gain she has made by death, for what she was a woman and christian, we cannot but feel the church and community have lost by her departure.

If the world had more of such staid earnest christian women in it than it has, it would be better.

We bury her feeling that having been faithful unto death, she has received a crown of life.


NOTE: I received a copy of this obituary from a researcher named Jim Boyd, who has the original. I don’t know what newspaper it came from. Do you recognize the name “The Enterprise”? The column has that heading. I have a scanned copy of the original.

Lise Embley
Researching Cohenour and Taylor and related families in Pike, Brown and Adams Counties