Sunday’s Obituary – Elvira Bradshaw Wiswell Solomon

Elvira Bradshaw Wiswell Solomon was my 3 gr grandmother through her daughter, Catherine Frances Wiswell Lindsey/Lindsay (Mrs. B. F.).  Ellis Lindsey/Lindsay was my great grandfather.

From the Buckley Chronicle (Buckley, IL) January 4, 1901

Elvira Bradshaw was born near Jacksonville, Ill., Jan 21, 1824.  Her girlhood days were spent upon a farm in Morgan county, Ill.  She was married to E. M. Wiswell April 7, 1839, and continued to live on the farm until 1852, when they moved to Concord, in Morgan county, and lived there until the close of the civil war.  They then removed to New Orleans, where her husband died of yellow fever Oct. 22, 1866.  She, with her family came back to Illinois, where she has since lived.

To them were born eight children, seven daughters and one son.  They are all living and are somewhat scattered.  Mrs. E. J. Thistler, living in Burgin, Ky.; Mrs. Josephine Shank, Washington, D. C.; John Wiswell, Greenwood, Mo.; Mrs. Dr. Austin, Long Beach, Cal.; Mrs. F. W. Doolittle, Jacksonville, Ill.; Mrs. Thos. Douglass, Palmyra, Ill.; Mrs. B. F. Lindsey, Onarga, Ill., and Mrs. B. H. Skeels, Thawville, Ill.  In March, 1879, she was married to A. M. Solomon, of Palmyra, Ill., who survives her, but is quite feeble and not able to attend the funeral.

Four years ago she had a paralytic stroke, and for the last year and a half has been entirely helpless.  One year ago last July she was brought to the home of her daughter, Mrs. B. H. Skeels in Thawville, Ill., where she peacefully passed away Sunday afternoon, Dec. 30, 1900.  She was buried from the family residence Jan. 1, 1901.  The remains were interred in the Thawville cemetery.  Three grandsons and three great grandsons acted as pall-bearers.

Besides her children, she leaves twenty-three grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.  The two latter are children of C. A. Thrasher, of Thawville.

Deceased had been a member of the Christian church since fifteen years of age.

Those present from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Doolittle, Chatsworth; Mr. A. J. Bradshaw, a brother of the deceased, Blandinsville, Ill.; Mrs. Thos. Douglass, Palmyra, Ill.; Mrs. Ethel Houghton, Gilman; Misses Blanch and Mabel Lindsey, Champaign; Mrs. B. F. Lindsey, Ira, Ellis and Eddie Lindsey, and Mrs. Caroline and D. Parmelee, Onarga; Mrs. L. G. Thrasher and son Frank and Chipman Skeels, Watseka.  Rev. N. W. Atkins officiated and the choir was composed of friends of the family.  The singing was beautiful and appropriate.  Bro. Atkins read the 90th Psalm and made some beautiful and touching remarks upon mother love and the filial devotion children should show their parents.

Published in: on November 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wordless Wednesday – Lyon Photo

Lyon Children

Standing (L to R): Mildred Cecil Lyon Hollingsworth (1894-1989), unknown, Howard Eveline Lyon (1892-1992)

Seated (L to R): unknown, unknown

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Amanuensis Monday – Bible Records of J D Kindig

These are entries in the family bible of John David and Martha E Gish Kindig.  The bible was presented to J D Kindig by his father B G (Benjamin Grove) Kindig on 25 Dec 1885.


John D Kindig to Martha E Gish (both of Roanoke, Ill) on 3 Nov 1874

Married at George W Gish’s by James R Gish

Witnesses: G W Renn and J L Brown

John P Olson to Luella May Kindig on 7 Nov 1897

Olive Myrtle Kindig to John Ellis Lindsay on 29 Dec 1897

Emery G Kindig to Lotta May King on 2 May 1906

Lester John Lindsay to Hazel Gladys Jimison on 15 Jan 1927


John David Kindig – 14 Jun 1852

Martha Elizabeth Gish – 2 Aug 1857

Olive Myrtle Kindig – 27 Aug 1875

Emery G Kindig – 18 Jan 1877

Luella May Kindig – 9 Dec 1878

Glenn Olson – 29 Apr 1898

Leroy K Olson -25 Apr 1900

Verna M Olson – 28 Feb 1904

Ralph Olson – 22 Jul 1909

Howard Olson – 18 Jun 1912

Virginia Lindsay – 11 Jun 1899

Lloyd Lindsay – 30 Mar 1902

Lester Lindsay – 17 Sep 1904

Bernice M Kindig – 19 Sep 1907

Lyle G Kindig – 8 Feb 1909 (died 24 Nov 1942)


John David Kindig – 10 Nov 1911

Martha Elizabeth (Gish) Kindig – 26 Dec 1930

Emery G Kindig – 3 Nov 1947

Luella May Olson – 8 Feb 1955 at Inglewood, Cal

Olive M Lindsay – 7 Nov 1956 at Mayfield, Kentucky

John Ellis Lindsay – 30 Sep 1949 at Beaverville Nursing Home

Lloyd F Lindsay – 1963 at Indiana

Lester John Lindsay –  19 May 1969 at Onarga, Ill

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Wordless Wednesday – Dexter Dalton Family

This photo belonged to my gr gr aunt, Florence Nichols Cornell (22 Dec 1897 – 4 Aug 1995).  On the back it says:

Dexter N. Dalton b. 1835 d. 1916 – probably Delaware, OH, buried Gilman, Ill

m. Apr 12 1863 – 1st wife Ella M Libhart (Nellie) b. Sept 25, 1847 St. Joseph Co, Mich d. Nov 28, 1878 Gilman, Ill

War record – Dexter N. Dalton, Onarga, Aug 7, 1862, Co D 113th Ill Inf, 7 mo, Discharged March 17, 1863, disability


1. Frank

2. Fred

3. Will D

4. Fannie

5. Fletcher

6. Floyd

7. Ferdinand D

8. Alfred

2nd wf Sarah J —– (1856-   ) buried Gilman Cemetery


Dexter Dalton was a brother to my 3 gr grandmother, Eveline Dalton Libhart and his wife, Ella, was a half sister to my 2 gr grandmother, Estella Belinda Libhart.

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Tombstone Tuesday – Katherine Maria Maury Gundy

My 5 gr grandmother, Katherine Maria Maury (10 Nov 1762 – 20 Sep 1828) married Revolutionary War Soldier, Jacob Gundy (13 Oct 1765 – 23 Sep 1845),  in 1784.  After Katherine’s death, Jacob moved to Vermilion Co, IL.

This picture was taken in May 1936.  This grave is located in the Gundy Cemetery, about 15 miles SW of Columbus & 6 miles from Harrisburg, OH.

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Monday Madness – Sarah Meeks/Meaks/Meakes/Makes

I have very little information about my great great grandmother, Sarah Meeks Hollingsworth (12 Aug 1833 Chester Co, PA – 26 Jan 1915 Chicago, IL).   She married William Hollingsworth (29 Apr 1817 Hamilton, Butler Co, OH – 28 Aug 1894 Onarga, Iroquois Co, IL) on 26 Mar 1857 in Wayne Co, IN.  I believe that she was his second wife, his first having been a Jane Lacey.  William and Sarah Hollingsworth had four children; Joseph Meeks Hollingsworth (1857-1928), Alice Hollingsworth Mosher Kussell (1861-1936), my great grandfather William Harvey Hollingsworth (1864-1950) and Grace Hollingsworth, who died as an infant.

The obituary of William Hollingsworth (Leader and Review 31 Aug 1894) states that he married Miss Sarah Meeks, a native of Chester County, Pa.  Sarah’s obituary (Leader and Review 29 Jan 1915) also states that she was born in Chester Co, PA and moved to Tippecanoe Co, IN in 1855.  Her obituary gives her maiden name as Weeks but I believe that to be in error.  The obituary gives no information on her parents.  I also obtained her death certificate from Cook Co, IL but the names of her parents were not included on it.   In Portrait & Biographical History of Iroquois County, IL William states that his wife’s parents were Joseph and Mary Hill Meeks but I have nothing of substance to back this up.

The only promising thing I have found so far about Sarah before her marriage is an 1850 census record for West Marlborough Twp, Chester Co, PA.  On it there is a Sarah Meakes (age 17) living with the Passmore family – William P 66, Catharine 58,  Levis/Lewis 26, Sarah 21 and a hired man Edward C Lewis 15.  It does not give Sarah Meakes relationship to this family.

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Amanuensis Monday

This is an excerpt from Reminiscences of the Nichols Family which was written by my great grandmother, Fay Eveline Nichols Jimison (22 Jun 1883 – 5 May 1979) in May of 1960.  I have scanned the entire document into a pdf file (23 pages) which I will be happy to send to anyone who is interested.  This particular Nichols Family lived in and around Momence, Illinois.


Forward:  Until I was eleven years old I spent quite a lot of time every year visiting my grandparents, John Nichols and his second wife, my father’s stepmother, Grandma Lindy (Malinda McKinney Nichols).  I was the favorite grandchild of Grandma Lindy.

My father’s sister, Martha Nichols (Aunt Matt), who never married and had been raised by her grandparents, William Nichols and his second wife, Margaret Grimes Nichols, also lived there, and so had many tales of an older generation as she had heard them from visitors with the grandparents.

Grandma Lindy and Aunt Matt raised two children, Mattie Moran, whom they took at four years of age when her parents separated, and Frank Yates, whom they took at five months when his mother died.  His story appears elsewhere in these notes.  Mattie was Aunt Matt’s favorite and they were as close as if they were really mother and daughter.  Mattie’s oldest son, John Ward, was also raised there and after grandpa’s death he farmed and made a home for Aunt Matt and grandma until Aunt Matt’s death.

Frank Yates was grandma’s special care, and he was appointed her guardian.  He bought out the shares of the heirs of my father (myself, brother and sisters) and planned on making a home for themselves and grandma, but soon after Frank acquired the place, grandma went to Missouri with a niece and died there.

When we lived in and near Momence, until I was six years old, I used to go often with my father to visit the families of his uncles, aunts and cousins.  The Nichols’ families were mostly quite clannish, and also came to visit us.  It is from these memories that these stories come.  Since most of them are from childhood memories, they are not of historical value but the few dates that are included I have tried to have accurate.


From my research notes: John Nichol’s first wife, the mother of James Nichols, grandmother of Fay Eveline Nichols Jimison, was Sarah Jane Marshall (25 Apr 1835 OH -10 May 1861 Momence, IL).  She married John Nichols 10 Feb 1853 in Will Co, IL.  After Sarah Jane died, John Nichols left his children in the care of relatives and joined the army.  He served with the 76th IL US Infantry as a wagoner/teamster from 22 Aug 1862 to 22 Jul 1865.  This is a photo of Sarah Jane Marshall Nichols and a daughter Ellen, who died shortly after the photo was taken.

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