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[Burton, Elizabeth Adkins]
Thursday November 24, 1955 p. 6
BLOCKTON — Elizabeth Adkins Burton, who died recently at the age of 76 years, was born Oct. 3, 1879 in Clark County near Hopeville, Iowa. She was one of five children born to Green Clay Adkins and Cathrine Shields Adkins. The family moved to Blockton when Elizabeth was twelve years old and she graduated from the local schools. She married Edward Granville Burton August 17, 1898. They made their home in Omaha, Nebr., Maryville and Kansas City, Mo.
She is survived by her only daughter, Helen Burton Roberts, with whom she has been living in Great Falls, Mont., for the last three years; a grandson Lt. Donald A. Roberts; and a great grandson Donald, both of Minneapolis Minn. Her one remaining sister, Mrs. Ralph Jenks, resides in Alhambra, Calif.
Mrs. Burton was a member of the Christian church, Eastern Star and Royal Neighbors. The interment will be in the local cemetery beside her husband who died April 23, 1946.
New Market Herald
Thursday March 18, 1920 p. 3
Old Settler Gone
[John] Randolph Clayton, an old and respected citizen, passed away Wednesday morning about 8:30 o'clock. Dropsy was the cause of his death. No arrangements have yet been made for burial, these waiting word from absent members of the family.
[Clayton, John Randolph]
New Market Herald
Thursday March 25, 1920 p. 3
John Randolph Clayton was born in Hardin county Ohio, May 3, 1848. Departed his life at the home of his daughter Mrs. Bessie Harris, of New Market, Ia., March 17, 1920, aged 71 years, 9 months, and 14 days. He leaves to mourn him 5 sons, 4 daughters, 2 brothers and 2 sisters and a host of friends His wife departed this life December 12, 1908. His sons are Charles, St Joseph, Mo., Fred of Sharpsburg, Ia. , Virgil of Pacific Junction, and Guy [Monroe] and Jonathan [Jennings] of New Market; the daughters are Mrs. Cora [Alice] Wilson, Hopkins, Mo., Elizabeth Hockett of San Francisco, Cal , Mrs. Ollie Johnson and Mrs. Bessie Harris New Market, Ia.
His brothers are V. [inton] W. Clayton, Wisner, Neb., V. D. [avid] S. [tanton] Clayton, Clearmont, Mo., the sisters are Mrs. Ed Tolle, Yakima, Wash., and Mrs. Alta Miller, Clarinda.
All were present except one daughter, the 2 brothers and one sister.
He was converted in 1900 uniting with the M. E. church of Siam and has lived faithful to his Lord and Master.
Funeral services were held Friday in the M. E. church at Siam, conducted by Rev. Fields, and interment was in Siam cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday December 17, 1908 p. 4
Mrs. Mary Etta Manley Clayton was born Aug. 12, 1855, in Monroe county, Iowa. She moved to Taylor County in 1869, where she has since resided, most of the time near Siam, until about one year ago, she moved to the farm 4 1/2 miles east of New Market, the place of her death, which occurred Dec. 12, 1908, after an illness of several months. She was married to John Randolph Clayton, August 12, 1869 and to this union were born 13 children of whom five boys and four girls are still living, the other four having crossed the river of death.
January 21, 1897, she made a profession of Christianity and united with the Christian church of Siam. Sister Clayton was an excellent woman and had the respect and esteem of the entire community as was shown by the very large attendance at her funeral, which was held on the following Monday at 11:30 o'clock in the Christian church of Siam, conducted by the writer, after which the remains were kindly laid to rest in the Siam cemetery.
W. L. Dunlavy.
[Note: The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Times-Republican, December 24, 1908, page 5.]
Thursday March 1, 1928 p. 3
A large crowd of friends and relatives attended the funeral of Mrs. Fred Hayworth [Grace Nell Cowen] at Maple Grove church last Saturday. Mrs. Hayworth passed away Feb. 24th, after an illness of about four weeks. Burial was in New Hope cemetery.
[Hayworth, Grace Nell Cowen]
Thursday March 1, 1928 p. 4
Mrs. Fred Hayworth
Mrs. Fred Hayworth [Grace Nell Cowen], aged 42 years, died at her farm home 6 1/2 miles southwest of Bedford last Thursday. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Maple Grove church, conducted by Rev. Harmon of Hopkins. Burial was made in the New Hope cemetery.
Thursday September 15, 1966 p. 4
Mrs. McAlister Rites Friday
Funeral services for Mrs. Roger (Maudie Marie) McAlister, 65, of Red Oak, formerly of Bedford and Sheridan, will be held at 2 p. m., Friday, Sept. 16, at the Sheridan ME church with Rev. Cleo Colvill officiating. Mrs. McAlister died Sept. 12 in Red Oak. Interment will be at New Hope Cemetery west of Sheridan.
Among her survivors are: one daughter, Mrs. Terry Taylor of St. Louis; three sons, Roger of Red Oak; Charles of Oak Harbor, Wash. and William Dale of Adak, Alaska.
[McAlister, Maude Marie “Maudie” Stoner]
Thursday September 29, 1966 p. 4
Mrs. McAlister’s Obituary
Maude Marie McAlister was born July 2, 1901 at Rosendale, Mo., and died Sept. 12, 1966 at the age of 65 years, 2 months and 10 days.
She was a member of the Methodist Church, Sheridan, Mo.
Maudie came from a family of 13. There are six sisters living and three brothers: Goldie Van Scoy, Portland, Ore.; Sylvia Carney and Mary Curry of Rock Island, Ill.; Ruby Huss of Winfield, Ia.; Bessie Davis of Kansas City, Mo.; Nora Hickman of Corning, Ia.; Charles Stoner of Boise, Idaho; Claude Stoner of Hillsdale, Wyo.; Paul Stoner of Portland, Ore.; Ross, Richard and Elizabeth are deceased.
She was joined in wedlock to Roger McAlister, March 7,1929, and to this union four children were born: Anna Marie Taylor, St. Louis, Mo., Roger Jr., Red Oak, Ia., Charles of Oak Harbor, Wash.; William Dale of Adak, Alaska. She also had ten grandchildren.
Thursday October 25, 1928 p. 12
[James] Burd Morrison, aged about 88 years, passed away at his home in Gravity Wednesday morning at 6 o'clock. The funeral services will be held in Gravity tomorrow afternoon, and interment will be made at that place.
Thursday January 15, 1914 p. 2
Mrs. Bird Morrison [Rosetta Jane Scott] died Tuesday at her home near Ladoga. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in the Methodist church here, conducted by Rev. J. O. Carder. Interment at Gravity cemetery.
Thursday January 7, 1937 p. 8
Mrs. Mulford Succumbs
Funeral services for the late Mrs. Elizabeth [Stafford] Mulford were held Saturday at 2:00 p. m. at the Gravity M. E. church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Mr. Bissinger. Interment in Holt cemetery beside her husband who preceded her a number of years ago.
[Mulford, Elizabeth Stafford]
Taylor County Herald
Thursday January 7, 1937 [p. 1]
Rites Saturday for Woman, 89
Rites were held Saturday afternoon from the Gravity Methodist church for Mrs. Elizabeth [Stafford] Mulford, who was 89 years of age, and had lived in Gravity for more than forty years.
The services were conducted by the Rev. A. J. Bissinger. Interment was in Holt cemetery.
Saturday June 23, 1877 p. 3
—A very lamentable case of drowning is reported in Holt Township. Mr. James W. Parks, a young man of twenty-three years, the main support, of a widowed mother and several brothers and sisters of tender years, was accidentally drowned in a branch of 102 river on Tuesday last. He was an exemplary young man, and his loss is keenly felt by his friends and associates.
Thursday February 20, 1913 p. 5
Nancy Ann Nelson was born in Kentucky, Dec. 7, 1824, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. A. Meredith, Feb. 14, 1913.
With her parents in 1828 she moved from Kentucky to Hendricks County, Indiana. In [Jan. 29] 1845 she was united in marriage to John Parks. To this union were born seven children, three of whom survive. They are Theodosia Manley of East Lynne, Mo.; William Parks of St. Joseph, Mo.; and Mrs. T. A. Meredith of Bedford.
After her marriage she lived in Indiana and Nebraska, and came to Taylor county, Iowa, in 1866, where she has resided since. Her husband died in 1873.
Mrs. Parks united with the Christian church when she was young and had always been a consistent church worker.
William Parks of St. Joseph was with her during her last illness.
[Parks, Nancy Ann Nelson]
Bedford Free Press
Thursday February 20, 1913 [p. 1]
Nancy Ann Nelson was born in Kentucky, Dec. 7, 1824, Her father and mother moved to Hendricks County, Indiana, in 1828. She was married to John Parks in [Jan. 29] 1845, and to this union was born seven children, three of whom survive her: Theodosa [Theodosia] Manley, of Wast Lynne, Mo.; William Parks, of St. Joe Mo.; and Mrs. T. [homas] A. [ddison] Meredith, [Luella May] of this place.
After living in Indiana for five years they moved to Iowa. After living here for about five years they moved to Nebraska, living there eight years. They then moved back to Iowa, settling in Taylor County, in the year 1866, and she has resided in this vicinity since. She was left a widow in 1873. When a little girl she united with the Christian church in Indiana, and has lived a faithful Christian life up to the last, her last church affiliation being at Hopkins, Mo. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. [homas] A. [ddison] Meredith [Luella May] of this place Feb. 14, 1913. Her son, William, of St. Joe, was with her during her last illness.
Funeral services were held at the home at 9:30 Sunday morning, conducted by Elder Mart Gary Smith, assisted by Rev. J. A. Currie, after which the body was taken to the Holt cemetery for interment.
Thursday Oct 29, 1908 [p. 1]
A Home Bereft
Rev. McMasters was called to New Hope church, nine miles south of here on Tuesday to preach the funeral of Mrs. M. [arion] A. [lbert] Petit [Pettit], who died at her home near there on Sunday evening last.
Deceased [Mabel] was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Cowan [Cowen]. She was born July 16, 1883, and married December4, 1907, to M. [arion] A. [lbert] Petit [Pettit]. She leaves to mourn her a husband and a small babe, her father, three sisters and six brothers. She was a woman of estimable character and is sincerely mourned by all who knew her.
[Her maiden name is spelled Cowen on her gravestone and her married name is spelled Pettit.]
Thursday July 13, 1939 p. 2
Fred Walker Succumbs
Fred Walker, 79, former stock and grain buyer of Gravity and community, died at the state hospital in Clarinda Friday. He is survived by a sister, Miss Etta Walker.
The funeral services were held in Gravity Sunday afternoon and burial was in the Holt cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Tuesday Aug. 29, 1916 p. 7
William Walker, 87 years old, died at the home Saturday night of last week. The funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. W. Proctor. Interment was made in the Holt cemetery. He is survived by four children.
Thursday June 29, 1933 p. 6
William Walker Dies
William Walker died at his home northwest of Gravity Friday evening at 5 o'clock, after a long illness. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at he home. Interment was in the Holt cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday April 16, 1896 p. 3
Death of John C. West, An Old Settler of Taylor County
Died: At his home residence in Holt, on Wednesday, April 8, 1896, John C. West, aged 75 years. Mr. West was one of the pioneers of Taylor County, coming here in 1869 from Illinois. He leaves a wife and four children, R. [obert] B. [ruce] West and Mrs. Sarah Barton, of this township, and a son and daughter in Leroy, Ill. Mr. West was a man highly esteemed by all who knew him, a good Christian and a loving husband and father; he was of a very modest and retiring nature. His funeral was preached by Rev. Hart, of Gravity, and the remains laid to rest in the Holt cemetery. He leaves considerable property in this township.
[WEST, JOHN C.]
Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, April 30, 1896, p. 4
Obituary – John C. West, who recently died at his home in Holt Township, Taylor county, Iowa, was born in Knox county, O., May 12, 1821, and died April 8, 1896, being nearly 75 years of age. He was married to Miss Susan Bennett, in Knox county, O., in 1845. By this union there were four children who yet survive him, two of whom, Mrs. Sarah E. Barton of Gravity, and R. [obert] B. [ruce] West, of Iveyville, were at the bedside at the time of his death; the others, George and Miss Mary West, reside in LeRoy, Ill.
In the fall of 1850 he moved from Ohio with his family to McLean County, Ill. On Dec. 20, 1854, his beloved wife was called upon to depart this life and he was remarried in the fall of 1856 to Mrs. Jane Savage, who still survives him. By this union there were no children. In the spring of 1869 he moved from Illinois to Taylor County, Iowa, where he resided until the time of his death.
Mr. West united with the M. E. church in McLean County, Ill., about 1858, and has lived a good Christian life ever since, dying strong in the faith of Jesus Christ.
Mr. West was a good citizen, a kind neighbor, a loving father and husband, and was very highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was especially noted for his unassuming ways and kind disposition. His funeral was preached on Thursday at the home residence by Rev. Hart, of Gravity, and the remains laid at rest in the Holt cemetery.
Thursday April 11, 1946 p. 7
Mrs E. [dward] E. Burton of Kansas City was called here by the death of her brother in law, Ed [ward K.] Wilson.
[Wilson, Edward K.]
Thursday April 11, 1946 [p. 1]
Obituary - E. K. Wilson
Edward K. Wilson was born April 3, 1872 at Hopeville, Iowa, and died Sunday, April 7 at his home in Blockton at the age of 74 years and 4 days.
He was married May 9, 1892 to Laura Adkins and they had lived 55 years of happy wedded life.
He was a member of the Christian church.
He is survived by his wife, two brothers, William C. Wilson of Blockton and Clyde P. Wilson of Des Moines.
The funeral services were held at the Christian church in Blockton Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. A. Purdy of Bedford. Burial was in the Rosehill cemetery [Blockton].
Thursday November 1, 1951 p. 9
Mrs. Laura Wilson Dies
Mrs, Laura Wilson, long-time resident of Blockton, died in a Kansas City, Mo., hospital Oct. 28, where she had been taken by ambulance on Friday.
Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Blockton Tuesday afternoon.
[Wilson, Laura F. Adkins]
Thursday November 18, 1951 p. 3
Attend Wilson Funeral
Those attending the funeral of Mrs. Laura Wilson from out ot town were Mrs. Hellen [Helen] Roberts from Montana, Mrs. LeAnna Howard of St. Joseph, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Howard and Mrs. Paul Howard of Creston, C. P. Wilson of Des Moines, Mrs. Cora Jenks of Long Beach, Cal., Mrs. Elizabeth Burton of Kansas City, Mo.
[Wilson, Laura F. Adkins]
Thursday November 18, 1951 p. 3
Obituary - Laura Adkins Wilson
Laura Adkins, daughter of Catherine [Shields] and G. [reen] C. [lay] Adkins, was born in Clarke County, Iowa, Sept. 1, 1873 and died in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 28, 1951 at the age of 78 years, one month, 28 days.
She was married at Hopeville, Iowa to E. [dward] K. Wilson on May 9, 1892. She and her husband came to Blockton in the spring of 1896.
She became a member of the Christian church when a young lady. Her parents were charter members of the Blockton Christian church, being one of 12 families who started the church here.
She was a member of the Eastern Star for many years and was a Past Worthy Matron.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer Adkins and Will Adkins; and by her husband, who died in April 1946.
She leaves to mourn her departure; two sisters, Cora Jenks of Alhambra, Cal., and Elizabeth Burton of Kansas City, Mo.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday April 7, 1904 [p. 1]
Another Old Resident Passes Over.
Wednesday of last week Mrs. Lucy [Ann Duvall] Wright died at the home of her son Lewis near the state line, aged 76 years, about half of which had been spent in Taylor County. Deceased was born in Kentucky in 1827. She had been a member of the M. E. church for forty years. Funeral services were conducted at New Hope by Rev. Ream. Interment in New Hope cemetery.
[Wright, Lucy Ann Duvall]
Bedford Daily Republican
Friday April 1, 1904 [p. 1]
MRS. LUCY WRIGHT DEad
An Old Resident of Taylor Co. Passes Away After 13 Years of Affliction
From Fridays Daily Republican
Mrs. Lucy [Ann Duvall] Wright died at the home of her son Lewis near the state line Wednesday after thirteen years of suffering from rheumatism during which time she was unable to walk. She had reached the age of 76, thirty-six years of her life having been spent in Taylor County.
Mrs. Wright was born in Kentucky in 1827. Her maiden name was Miss Lucy DeVoll [Duvall]. She moved to Illinois in 1843 and there married Benjamin Wright. Five children came to them, three of whom are still living, Mrs. A. Ormstead of Nebraska, Joseph Wright who recently moved to Kansas City and Lewis Wright of Taylor County. Mrs. Wright had been a member of the M. E Church for 40 years. She leave a large number of friends in Iowa to mourn her loss.
The funeral services were held today at New Hope conducted by Rev. Ream. Interment was in New Hope cemetery.
[Note: Her gravestone gives her birth year as 1828.]