NEWTON COUNTY OBITUAIRIES
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Iroquois County, Illinois newspaper
September 22, 1878
Former Beaverville Resident John Snow died in Newton County, Indiana.
NOTE: John Snow died September 19, 1878 in Morocco, Indiana. He is the father of Mrs. Emma Rachel "John" Newell and Mrs. Betsy "Jerome Monroe" Vicory both buried in the Lake Village Cemetery. He is also the grandfather of William Alfred Mott and ancestor of several others buried in Lake Village Cemetery.
Burial place of John Snow is unknown. He bought the property on the north side of the road just east of the gas station currently north of Morocco, Indiana. The rail road tracks run right through where his property was. For all we know he could have been buried there. The property was sold by his widow in March 1881 and the railroad later bought the property and put in the railroad. He, with his parents & siblings, came from East Riding, Yorkshire, England to Malone, Franklin County, New York, where his father Francis, died. He married his wife Mary Heath Davis in New York. His wife, kids, mother and brother then came to Illinois. His brother William and his mother Elizabeth are buried in the Momence Cemetery along with his son Moses.
Additional Note: The father of John Newell above, Christopher Newell, married the widow of John Snow in April 1881 in Kankakee County, Illinois. Mary died before the 1900 census. Christopher died between the 1900 census and November 10, 1901. Exact death date and burial place of both are unknown at this time.
Newton County Enterprise Page 5, Thursday December 21, 1893
Mrs. W. A. Cox of this place, died on last Friday night of what was supposed to be Typhoid fever, and old age. She was 80 years of age. Internment was at Roselawn Cemetery last Monday.
NOTE: This is Lucinda Jane Sallee wife of Walter Buhell Cox. They were married in Madison Twp., Preble County, Ohio on June 18, 1840. I was given the death date of December 15, 1893 by another researcher. This proves to be Lucinda. Walter is to have died August 27, 1898. I have found no record as of yet for his death, but I am sure he must also be buried in Roselawn Cemetery. Lucinda is the sister of William David Sallee who is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Morocco. She is the ancestor of numerous people buried in Roselawn Cemetery such as Israel Lincoln Cox, Walter B Cox (died April 8, 1931) and Margaret Isabella Gibbons..
Lowell Tribune, April 16, 1931 Front Page
Walter Buell Cox was born in Ohio August 29, 1839. He was married to Susan Miller on March 16, 1869. To this union two children were born--Berry Cox of Crane Missouri, and Mrs. Sarah Baker of Roselawn. He was married to Amanda Brandon. To this union one daughter was born, Mrs. Bertha Brownfield, of Roselawn. He was married to Betty Hendricks. To this union one son was born, Johnnie, who with all Walter's wives preceded him in death.
He came to live with his children eleven years ago, and passed away at the home of his daughter Mrs. Sarah Baker of Roselawn, April 8, 1931, aged 91 years, 7 months, and 10 days.
He leaves to mourn him, three children, two brothers Israel and James Cox of Roselawn; and one sister of Manchester, Tennessee; 32 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and a host of friends.
He united with the Baptist church over half a century ago and was a faithful Christian and a loving father and companion.
Funeral services were held at Roselawn April, and were conducted by the Rev. H. L. McBride, Pastor of the Lowell M. E. Church. Internment was made in the Roselawn Cemetery in charge of Undertakers Sheets and Sons.
NOTE: Walter is the son of Walter & Lucinda Cox mentioned above. Iroquois County, Illinois marriage records have the record of his marriage to both Susan Miller and Amanda Brandon. Marriage date for Walter & Amanda is December 14, 1873. Mrs. Bertha Brownfield is the wife of John Brownfield (Mother of Mrs. Stella "Omer" Newell of Lake Village as well as several others buried in Lake Village Cemetery and Shrontz Cemetery in Momence, Illinois). Ancestry.com has the Missouri Marriage record of Walter & Elizabeth Betty Hendricks of June 24, 1879 in Lawrence County, Missouri. Elizabeth is the sister to Sarah Ellen Josephine Oma Angeline Hendricks, wife of Comodore Jasper Peter Perry Judson Brownfield. Jasper & Sarah are the parents of John Brownfield. Jasper Brownfield died in Thayer after being run over by the 4 o'clock train at Roselawn in 1907. News article below
Kentland Enterprise Thursday August 31, 1933 Page 1
Jessie Sallee, 32 years of age, took his life last Friday evening about 6 pm at his home 5 miles northwest of Roselawn. Domestic troubles was given as the motive for his action. Sallee secured a shot gun, placed the weapon to his head, and ended his life, his 6 year old daughter witnessed the tragedy.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, 3 and 6 years of age, his mother and a step father.
NOTE: Jessie Sallee is the son of John Sallee and Iona Matilda Cox. John is the son of William David Sallee and Sarah Gibbons. Iona is the daughter of Israel Lincoln Cox and Matilda Ann David. At the time of his death, Iona was married to her 2nd husband Charles Gerrard.
Jessie was married twice, the first time he had 3 boys. I do not know who he was married to at the time of his death, nor do I know the names of his daughters.
Morocco Courier, Thursday May 31, 1934, Page 6
Roselawn Breezes by Mrs. Harold Callander
Robert Gibbons was born in Randolph County, Indiana September 22, 1847, and died at the home of his step-son, Mr. and Mrs. James Baker, here on May 24, 1934, at the age of 86 years, 8 months, and 2 days.
He leaves to mourn four children: Mrs. Cora Mansburger of unknown address; Clem Gibbons of Danville, Illinois; Clyde Gibbons of Shelby and Fred Gibbons of Washington; one aged sister Mrs. Anna Mackay, of Streator, Illinois; several grandchildren and other relatives. He has lived in Roselawn for about 45 years. He was laid to rest in the Roselawn Cemetery east of town Sunday Afternoon.
NOTE: Robert is the 4th husband of Margaret Isabella Cox, daughter of Walter & Lucinda Cox.
Newton County Enterprise Thursday October 10, 1935 Front Page
Morocco Man Dead
Edwin Brown, a Morocco farmer passed away last Thursday, death resulting from heart attack. Mr. Brown was an Uncle of Mrs. J. A. Jacobs of Kentland. For years he has been a subscriber, and his visits to Kentland usually included a visit to this office for a friendly chat. He was a personal friend of the editor, and it was with deep regret that we publish notice of his untimely passing.
Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Jacobs, Mrs. Hannah Carlson, Auditor W. E. Towers and Treasurer Gilbert Stucker attended the funeral services at Morocco Sunday.
NOTE: Edwin Brown is buried in Oakland Cemetery with his wife Emma Catherine Sallee, Emma is the daughter of William David Sallee and Sarah Elizabeth Gibbons, also buried in Oakland Cemetery
Lowell Tribune February 29, 1968 Page 8
Funeral Services for Mrs. Anna Bell Brownfield, age 83, were held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Canady-Boos Funeral Home in Momence, Illinois. She had been a patient for about a year in the Revere Manor Nursing Home in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Survivors include 5 sons, Harry, Charles, and Comodore Brownfield of Steger, Illinois, David of Kankakee and Ivan of Momence; one daughter, Mrs. Golda Raube of Chicago heights, Illinois; two brothers, Thomas Elsworth of Bergettstown, Pennsylvania, and Acie Elsworth of Momence; one sister Mrs. Clem Busher of Lake Village, also 17 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. She was married to Sam Brownfield of near Lake Village on October 22, 1901 and he died in 1951. Burial was made in the Shrontz Cemetery near Momence, Illinois.
NOTE: Anna Bell is the granddaughter of Walter & Lucinda Cox through their daughter Serena who married Charles Benjamin Ellsworth. Samuel Brownfield is the son of Jasper and Sarah (Hendricks) Brownfield.
Kankakee Daily Republican
Thursday, May 28, 1931
Mrs. Sarah Brownfield
Mrs. Brownfield was born at Billings, Missouri on February 24, 1850 and passed away at the home of her son James east of this city, being 81 years, 3 months, and two days old. She was married to Jasper P. Brownfield May 12, 1869. To this union were born 8 children as follows: John, Sam, and James of Momence; Mrs. Omer Newell and Mrs. Minnie Cox of Crane Missouri, Mrs. Mary M. David of Roselawn. Two dying in infancy. There remains 44 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren, and one great, great grandchild. She was the grandmother of the Brownfield boy who was killed this city about a month ago, by an auto accident.
The funeral will be on Thursday afternoon at the Methodist Church in this city, Rev. Smith officiating, burial in Shrontz Cemetery.
The many friends extend their deepest sympathy to this family in their double bereavement.
Kankakee Republican News
Tuesday, July 2, 1935
Mrs. Emma R. Newell, 73, died Saturday in Lake Village following a long illness. She was born in Beaverville on October 19, 1862, the daughter of John Snow and Mary Davis Snow, and married John Newell of Beaverville on March 31, 1884. They resided there until 1904, then they moved to Lake Village. Her husband preceded her in death in 1926. Of their eleven children eight survive---William, Ira, Jerry, and Omer, Mrs. Betty Brownfield, Mrs. Ida Suprenant, and Miss Grace Newell of Lake Village and Mrs. Nettie Cox of Chicago. Funeral services were held today at Lake Village Church. Rev. L. F. Zinner of the Methodist Church, Momence, officiating, with burial in Lake Village Cemetery.
Kankakee Republican News
Friday November 1942
Mrs. Brownfield of Momence is Dead
Mrs. Bertha Elizabeth Brownfield, 68, died at 11 o’clock Thursday night in her home on East Third Street, Momence.
Funeral Services will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Canady Funeral Home with the Rev. W. Klopfenstine of the Baptist Church officiating. Internment will be in Shrontz Cemetery.
The deceased was born October 4, 1874 and was married to John Brownfield on January 4, 1890. He survives with 10 children, Mrs. Laura Madison of Thayer, Ind., Walter of Morocco, Mrs. Minnie Parks of Hammond, Mrs. Stella Newell of Lake Village, Perry, Henry, and Oliver of Chicago, Mrs. Rose Walsh of Denver, Raymond of Martinton, and Earnest at home. A brother D. B. Cox of Lake Village, 36 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. Friends may call at the funeral home until the hour of the services.
NOTE: Bertha is the daughter of Walter B Cox (1839-1931) and Amanda Brandon. Bertha was born in Roselawn, Indiana.
NEWS OF THE COUNTY IN BRIEF
Comodore Jasper Peter Perry Judson Brownfield, an old soldier and one of the oldest and best known residents of Lincoln Twp., died at Roselawn Feb. 20, 1907. He was struck by the engine of the 4 o’clock train, and received injuries from which he died at 11 o’clock. Mr. Brownfield was born in Cincinnati, Ohio May 7th, 1841. He leaves a widow and six children, John, James, Samuel, Mrs. Onas Cox, Mrs. Hannah Cox, and Mrs. Mary David. He also leaves fourteen grandchildren. The remains were taken to Momence for burial Saturday.
This article was in the Kentland Enterprise soon after Feb 20, 1907.
Lake Village News
July 27, 1939, Thursday
William Alfred Mott
William Alfred Mott, son of Jerry and Mary Ellen Snow Mott, was born in Momence, Illinois, August 21, 1869. He departed from this life on the 17th day of July, 1939, in St. Mary’s Hospital at Kankakee, Illinois at the age of 69 years, 10 months, and 4 days.
He was married to Miss Clara Goyette of St. Anne, Illinois, on the 17th day of June in 1890. To this union were born 5 children of whom one died in infancy.
Most of his early life was spent in Chicago. About 17 years ago he came to Lake Village, where he lived until his death.
The loved ones left to mourn his passing are his wife Clara, two sons, Fred and Edward Mott, and two daughters, Mrs., Edna Swanson and Mrs. Ida Freimuth, both of Chicago; 9 grandchildren, also a host of relatives and friends.
He was a kind and devoted husband and father, always thinking of the welfare of his family where he will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were held in the Lake Village Presbyterian Church on Thursday, July 20, at 2 PM the Rev. Fred Fahrion officiating. Burial was made in the Lake Village Cemetery.
Card of thanks
We wish to thank all of those who so kindly assisted during the recent illness and death of our husband and father.
The many favors and extreme kindness of our friends and neighbors will always be remembered.
Mrs. Clara Mott
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Swanson
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Freimuth
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mott
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mott
NOTE: Mary Ellen Snow Mott is the sister to Betsy Snow Vicory and Emma Rachel Snow Newell who are both buried in the Lake Village Cemetery, all are daughters of John Snow and Mary Heath Davis
Lake Village News
July 25, 1940, Thursday, Page 7
A memorial Service was held Sunday evening at the request of the family of the late William Alfred Mott. It was a year since his death. It was the first memorial service held at this church ad was a very impressive service. The male quartet composed of Mssrs. Lancy Sorenson, Paul Shuler, Stanley Davis, and Don Hosett furnished the music. A nice floral piece was the family’s tribute.
August 15, 1946, Page 5
The funeral of Wesley David, a veteran of WWII, who was killed in an automobile accident, was held Saturday afternoon at the Roselawn Church. It was a military funeral and internment was in the Roselawn Cemetery.
February 3, 1949
The James Brownfield, the Henry Brownfield, Omer Newell, and Leo Surprenant families attended funeral services at Morocco Saturday, for an Uncle, Jesse Page, 52, son of Lewis Page of Lake Village. Burial was in the cemetery west of Morocco.
NOTE: This Cemetery is the Beaver Cemetery in Beaverville Illinois. Jesse Page is the son of Louis Oliver Page and Nettie Almira Newell. Nettie is the half sister to John Newell buried in the Lake Village Cemetery. Nettie's parents are Christopher Newell and his 2nd wife Hannah J. Crawford.
Kentland Enterprise January 12, 1922 Thursday, Page 6
Bessie, the oldest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Cox, died of tuberculosis Friday and was buried in the Roselawn Cemetery.
NOTE: John Samuel Francis Seymour Cox is the son of William Alexander David Cox, grandson of Walter & Lucinda Cox. Mrs. Cox is Hannah Minnie Effie May Blanch Brownfield, daughter of Jasper & Sarah Brownfield.
Morocco Courier July 1, 1965 Page 2
Mrs. Omer Newell lost a brother Henry Brownfield of Cedar Lake, Indiana and a brother in law Raymond Parks of Hammond, who passed away in the same week. Mrs. Newell has been quite ill but she was able to attend both funerals held in the Huber Funeral Home in Hammond, Indiana
NOTE: Mrs. Newell is Stella Angeline Brownfield daughter of John William Henry Newton August Brownfield and Bertha Elizabeth Cox.
Lowell Tribune September 28, 1972 Page 12
Jeremiah Newell, 84 year old resident of Lake Village, passed away Saturday September 22, 1972 at the George Ade Hospital in Brook. He was a retired farmer having moved to the farm two miles west of Lake Village at the age of 16.
A member of the WW I Barracks 219, he served in World War I and was a member of the Lake Village American Legion Post #375 for 53 years.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 26, at the Lake Village Baptist Church. The Rev. Fred Miller officiated. Burial was in the Lake Village Cemetery.
Jeremiah Newell was born January 28, 1888, at Beaverville, Illinois, the son of Mr. & Mrs. John Newell. Mr. Newell never married but is survived by one brother Omer Newell, and two sisters, Mrs. Ida Surprenant and Mrs. Betty Brownfield all of Lake Village.
NOTE: Son of John Newell and Emma Rachel Snow.
Newton County Enterprise May 16, 1935 Page 6
Funeral Services for Mrs. Nancy Jane Vayette were held Monday at 2 o'clock in the Christian Church with Rev. Worley of Donovan in charge, and burial at Oakland Cemetery. Mrs. Vayette has been a sufferer for months from cancer of the lungs. Born near Beaverville, Illinois, January 23, 1854, she was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Sallee. She was married to John Vayette 63 years ago--he being the only Civil War Veteran of Morocco at this time. The couple moved to Morocco more than 40 years ago. She was a member of the Christian Church. Besides her aged husband, she leaves one son Ed, a grandson, Bruce Hanger, whom they raised from infancy; three sisters Mrs. S. B. and Mrs. M. A. Dixon of Seattle, Washington. Mrs. Ed Brown of Morocco; three brothers, John Sallee of Niles, Michigan, and William & Peter Sallee of Morocco.
NOTE: Mr. & Mrs. William Sallee are William David Sallee and Sarah Elizabeth Gibbons also buried in the Oakland Cemetery.
Newton County Enterprise, Thursday, August 5, 1909, Page 2
The infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Schuyler Cox died suddenly Saturday. Mrs. Cox had taken the child to the doctor in Thayer, and it died on the way home. Rev. Ball conducted the funeral Sunday afternoon, and internment was made in the Roselawn Cemetery.
NOTE: This is Schuyler Lyle Cox born March 23, 1909 and died July 31, 1909, the son of Schuyler Cox and Maude Goldsberry
Newton County Enterprise, February 18, 1909, Page 2
A Little Child Burned to Death
The four year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Brownfield of Roselawn, while playing with fire in a stove, got it's dress on fire last Friday afternoon, while its mother was away at a neighbor's house and the father was at work, and run out in the street with its clothing all aflame. Before the flames could be extinguished the child was burned so fearfully that it died some three or four hours later. Only by the timely arrival of neighbors was the house, in which two younger children were, one being a babe of a year old, saved from being burned down.
The family are very poor people and have a hard time to get along.
NOTE: This is Elizabeth Agnes "Lizzie" Brownfield daughter of Samuel Brownfield and Anna Bell Ellsworth. I am pretty sure this child is buried in the Roselawn Cemetery.