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Deaths – Schuyler County, Illinois

Deaths – Schuyler County, Illinois

From The Schuyler Citizen

Died – John J. Davis – at his residence, seven miles south of Rushville, on the 23rd inst., John J. Davis, aged 28 years, 3 months and 10 days.  The subject of this notice was born in Standish, Cumberland County, Maine, the 13th of February, 1832, and removed with his father’s family to this county in the spring of 1834.  On the 26th of March, 1856, he was converted and joined the M. E. Church, under the labors of Rev. D. P. Lyon.  Brother Davis sustained a good reputation among his neighbors, and was an orderly, consistent Christian.  His affliction was borne with Christian fortitude and meekness, and when he viewed the future by an eye of faith, he spoke with confidence of his immortality, and the blessedness that awaited him in the world to come.  During the last days of Brother Davis’ illness his speech was so far gone that he could not utter distinctly more than one word, or a short sentence at a time.  The week before he died he called his sister-in-law to his bedside, had her kneel down, and prayed as men only can pray when at the threshold of heaven.  Sometime after this he called for water to wet his mouth, and said, “I want to talk about Jesus,” and a short time before his death, when he thought to be dying, he exclaimed, “I am gone happy”.  Brother Davis was Recorded Steward on Rushville Circuit, and in his death the church loses one of her main pillars, and society on of its brightest ornaments.  Yet we expect to meet in the church triumphant, “where sickness and sorrow, pain and death, will be felt and feared no more forever”.  W. H. Middleton.  The Schuyler Citizen, May 30, 1860.

Died – Mr. F. E. Mitchell – at his residence in Mason County, on the 17th inst., of consumption, Mr. F. E. Mitchell, formerly of Browning township in this county.  The Schuyler Citizen, May 30, 1860.

Died – Robert R. Holliday – at a regular meeting of the Lodge, I. O. O. F., Industry, Illinois, held at their hall this day, a committee was appointed to draft resolutions expressive of the feelings of this Lodge on the death of our worthy Brother, Robert R. Holliday, late of Littleton, Schuyler County, Illinois, who died at his parent’s residence – in Freeport, Harrison County, Ohio – on Monday, April 30th, at 2 o’clock a.m.  Whereas, it has pleased the All-wise Ruler of the universe to remove from our midst our well beloved brother, Robert R. Holliday; thereby admonishing us that we too are mortals, therefore:  Resolved, that it is with feelings of regret and sorrow that we have witnessed this sad bereavement to our order and his affectionate family, that in this dispensation our Order has lost one of its most worthy members, his family a kind and affectionate father, and our community a good citizen.  Resolved, that while we mourn the loss of our well beloved Brother, we truly and deeply sympathize with his bereaved family, and in particular with his widow, who is thus left to mourn her loss.  Resolved, that in token of respect to our deceased brother we clothe our Lodge in mourning and wear the usual badge of mourning for the space of thirty days.  Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be properly attested and be presented to the widow by the Noble Grand, and a copy of same to be presented to the Odd Fellow’s Memento, and also to the Schuyler Citizen for publication.  Alex C. Holliday, N. G.  John Wilson, Secretary.  The Schuyler Citizen, May 30, 1860.

Died – John Parrott – on Sunday night, 17th inst., at 12 o’clock, of congestion of the brain, at his father’s residence four miles north of Rushville, John Bransford Parrott, aged 29 years, 9 months.  Mr. Parrott was universally esteemed for his general uprightness of character and amiability of disposition.  Active, laborious and honest in his business affairs, he was not the less an affectionate son, a beloved brother, a respected neighbor.  But, better than all this, he had for many years acknowledged his accountability to his Creator by uniting with the M. E. Church, and leading a life consistent with his professions.  In his death our community loses a valuable citizen, and his family one of its favorite members.  Though quite unwell for several days, his death was sudden and unexpected.  But his friends have that only consolation, that he was accepted of God, and that where he now is there they may be also.  His funeral took place from the M. E. Church in Rushville, the Rev. John Scripps preaching the discourse from Matthew, 24th chapter, 44th verse – “Be ye also ready”.  The Free Masons accompanied his remains from his home to the church, and then took charge of and buried the body with Masonic honors.  The Schuyler Citizen, June 20, 1860.

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