Category Archives: Sunday’s Obituary

Sunday’s Obituary – James H. Lawhead

Lawhead, James H. - ObituaryJames Henry Lawhead

Was born in the state of Ohio, January 5, 1840, and departed this life at his daughter-in-law, Mrs. J.F. Lawhead Feb. 18, 1920, aged 80 years, 1 month and 13 days. He was united in marriage to Martha Burch, near Bloomfield, Ind. To this union were born three children. His wife and three children preceded him in death. He was again married to Margaret Rea, near Bloomfield, Ind. To this union were born seven children. The wife and four children preceeded him in death a number of years ago. He united with the M.P. church at York, Ill., some thirty years ago and lived a faithful Christian to the end. He leaves two daughters and one son, one step daughter and one step son, a number of grandchildren and eighteen great, grand children to mourn his departure. He had been a sufferer since N [?] But bore his suffering with patience always trusting in his blessed Savior. Only last Sunday he told the relatives and friends that “he wanted to go home to Heaven if it was the will of God.” Thus reconciled with all men and with his God he passed over the mystic river and is now at rest in the land that is fairer than days. May his mantle fall upon another and his good work go for others.

The funeral service took place at U.B. church, Robinson, Ill. Rev. W. H. Duncan was in charge and interment took place at Hutsonville cemetery.

-Newspaper Unknown, likely published in Hutsonville or Robinson, Illinois, 1920.

Minerva with her father James Lawhead, son James R. and grandson (c1908)

Minerva with her father James Lawhead, son James R. and grandson (c1908)

James Henry Lawhead was the second known son and child of Joseph and Cassandria (Harding) Lawhead. He was likely born in Marietta, Washington County, Ohio as reported on his death certificate.[1] The family migrated at least twice during his childhood. The census records the family living in Guernsey, Ohio in 1850,[2] and then moving onto Greene County, Indiana by 1860.[3] As a young man, James worked as a farm laborer in nearby Lawrence county, Indiana and was enumerated a second time.[4]

James married first Martha (Lafoon) Burch on 3 November 1861, Greene County, Indiana. They were the parents of three children: James Francis, Margarett A. and a third unknown child (presumably an infant which died young). At the time of their marriage, Martha was a widow with three children: Paris Burch, Ortha E. Burch and Ruth Burch. It is likely that this marriage ended in divorce. James was married again in 1868, and Martha was still living in 1870.[5]

James married second Margaret A. Rea, the daughter of George and Sarah (Jewell) Rea, on 5 December 1868 in Greene County, Indiana. They were the parents of seven children: Jasper R., Emily H. “Emma” and Minerva [twins], Saphrone, Parey, Casan and Joseph. The last four all died as infants. James and Margaret did not remain in Greene County, but moved to Crawford County, Illinois soon after their marriage.

Sometime between 1900 and 1910, James and Margaret moved to Peach Orchard, Arkansas for a while. Their son Jasper had settled there. After Margaret’s death, James married for a third time in Arkansas, a widow named Cora Perkins, on 5 December 1908. James later returned to Crawford County where he died in the home of his daughter-in-law, Belle Lawhead.

Even though James’ obituary states the he was buried in Hutsonville Cemetery, no grave has been found.

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[1] Illinois Department of Public Health, death certificate no. 24333, James Henry Lawhead (1920); Division of Vital Statistics, Springfield.

[2] 1850 U.S. Census, Guernsey County, Ohio, population schedule, Seneca Township, p. 474 (penned), dwelling 3045, family 3067, Joseph Lawhead: NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 684.

[3] 1860 U.S. Census, Greene County, Indiana, population schedule, Center township, P.O. Jonesborough, p. 75 (penned), dwelling 530, family 530, Joseph Lawhead; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 262.

[4] 1860 U.S. Census, Lawrence County, Indiana, population schedule, Spice Valley township, P.O. Bryantsville, p. 149 (penned), dwelling 1910, family 1910, Wm McNabb; NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 276.

[5] 1870 U.S. Census, Greene County, Indiana, population schedule, Centre township, P.O. Solsberry, dwelling 21, family 21, Martha Lawhead; NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 318.

Sunday’s Obituary – David F. Schiele

Schiele, David - Obituary, 1916 (cropped)DAVID SCHIELE

By Special Correspondent.

CLAY CITY, Ind., Nov. 29 – David Schiele, aged 58 years, died Tuesday morning after a lingering illness of tuberculosis at his home, several miles north of this city. A wife and eight children survive, all being in the beside at the time of his death. The children are Noah Schiele of Kokomo, Ind.; Isaac and Lester Schiele, of Terre Haute: Mrs. Albert Leichty, Mrs. Raymond Royer and George, Arthur and Ellen Schiele, of Clay City. Funeral services will be held Thursday.

“David Schiele,” Terre Haute Tribune (Terre Haute, Indiana), 29 November 1916, p. 2.

Schiele, David - Obituary, 1916-11-30HARRISON TWP. DIES OF TUBERCULOSIS

David Schiele, a well known farmer of Harrison Township, died at the residence, northeast of Clay City, this morning, after a long illness of tuberculosis, aged 68 years. The deceased is survived by a widow and eight children, as follows: Noah, of Kokomo; Isaac and Lester, of Terre Haute; Mrs. A. Liechty and Mrs. Raymond Royer, of Clay City, and George, Arthur and Ellen Schiele, at home. The death of Mr. Schiele was the first to occur in the immediate family. The funeral will be held at the residence Wednesday.

“Harrison Twp. Died of Tuberculosis,” Brazil Daily News (Brazil, Indiana), 30 November 1916, p. 3, col. 3.

David Franklin Schiele was the second of six children born to Michael and Mary Magdalena (Miller) Schiele. He was born 6 September 1859 in Medina County, Ohio. When David was a toddler, the family moved to Clay County, Indiana where his father bought land in 1862. As a young man, David married Eliza Ellen Storm on 19 April 1883 in Clay County. They were the parents of eight children: Noah F., Isaac S., Nellie E., George E., Lester A., Elizabeth, Arthur J. and Ida Ellen. David was a farmer.

Schiele brothers

Back row: Nathan, Silvester, Charles, Andrew
Front row: William, Reuben, David

David and Ellen are buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Clay City, Indiana.

Schiele, David F. - Gravestone

Photograph by Jon Rice

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Sunday’s Obituary – Nancy Mae (McCoy) Walker Kline

Kline, Nancy - Obituary, 1911

Terre Haute Tribune, May 31, 1911

MRS. NANCY KLINE

By Special Correspondent.

CLAY CITY, May 31. – Mrs. Nancy Kline died at Lafayette yesterday at a private sanitarium of brain affection, aged 46 years. Her remains were brought here last night and taken to the home of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Schiele. The funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday morning, and burial at Greenwell cemetery. She leaves six children, Mrs. Ed Fouts and Roy Walker, of Lafayette, and, and four children by the name of Kline.

Walker, Theodore & Nancy - gravestone

Photograph taken by Seth Musselman (2013)

Nancy has been a recent subject of another blog post (Thriller Thursday – Attempted Murder and Suicide). While she survived the murder attempt when she was 18, she did not live a long life. Nancy was married twice. She outlived her first husband, Theodore Walker. Her second marriage to Stephen Kline appears to have been a rocky one.  They separated after several years of marriage and four children. Nancy moved with her children to Lafayette in the late 1910s. Stephen appears to have fought the separation and began proceedings to convict his wife of insanity. Nancy died very soon thereafter.

Court summons dated 1 May 1911

Court summons dated 1 May 1911

Nancy married Theodore Walker on 5 June 1888 in Clay County, Indiana. They had two known children: Charles Roy Walker (1889-1936) and Mae (Walker) Fouts (1891-1972). There may have been a third child.

She married second, Stephen M. Kline on 27 August 1896 in Clay County, Indiana. They had four children: Forrest S. Kline (1897?-1976), Inez (Kline) Ley (1899-1985), Paul H. Kline (1901-1994), and Russell R. Kline (1904-1927).

Schiele, Elizabeth with Nancy, Mae & baby Jack - c1910

Nancy with her mother Elizabeth, daughter Mae and grandson Jack, c1910

Special thanks are in order to Karen Brand for providing me with copies of the court summons and Jane Riley for the pictures of Nancy and her daughter Mae and a copy of Nancy’s obituary.

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Sunday’s Obituary – James E. Foster

Terre Haute Tribune, Saturday, January 29, 1954, p. 2

Terre Haute Tribune, Saturday, January 29, 1954, p. 2

JAMES E. FOSTER

James E. Foster, 85 years old, died at 1 o’clock Thursday afternoon in Warren, Pa. Surviving are two sons, James of Indianapolis and Glenn of Cheyenne, Wyo: one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Yegerlehner of Kentland; two sister, Mrs. Cora Miller and Terre Haute and Mrs. Lizzie Johnson of Largo, Fla., and one brother, R. W. Foster of Sharpsville. The body will be brought to Cross Funeral Home where friends may call after noon Sunday and where services will be at 10 o’clock Monday morning. Burial will be in West York, Ill.

James Edward Foster was born 3 May 1869 in York Township, Clay County, Illinois. He was the eldest surviving son of James B. and Lydia (Dicks) Foster. James and Lydia were the parents of thirteen children of whom only five survived to adulthood. James grew up on his parents’ farm, and after the death of his father in 1887 (when James was 18), he worked as a farm hand. Later he worked as a traveling salesman and a clerk. At the end of his life, he appears to have worked as a gardener.

On 29 February 1896, James married Emma Lawhead in Hutsonville, Illinois. They were the parents of five known children: Lydia Allie, Glenn E., Forrest, James L. and Gladys R. Of the marriage little is known. According to Gladys, her father was an alcoholic. Eventually Emma got tired of James’ behavior and kicked him out. Whether they were officially divorced or not is unknown.

Foster, James E. - St. Louis, Missouri, 1924-05-03

James E. Foster
St. Louis, Missouri
May 3, 1924

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Sunday’s Obituary – Elizabeth (Krieble) Schiele

Schiele, Elizabeth (Krieble) - Obituary, 1922

Terre Haute Tribune, 14 February 1922, p. 2

MRS. ELIZABETH SCHIELE

By Special Correspondent
CLAY CITY, Ind., Feb. 14 – Mrs. Elizabeth Schiele, aged 78 years, died very suddenly of heart disease, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Yeagerlehner, near Clay City. The deceased was a widow of the late Michael Schiele, a prominent farmer of Harrison township for many years. She is survived by two sons and three daughters, Sylvester of Chicago; Reuben of Clay City; Mrs. John Schwartz of Barrington, Ill.; Mrs. Dina McQuery and Mrs. Lavina Yeagerlehner of Clay City. There also survives two brothers and a sister, Rev. Wm. Kriedler of Coal City; Joseph Kriedler of Illinois, and Mrs. Sarah Comstock of Ohio. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon. Interment in Greenwell Cemetery.

Schiele, Elizabeth with Nancy, Mae & baby Jack - c1910

Elizabeth with her daughter Nancy, Mae & Jack Fouts (Image courtesy of Jane Riley)

Elizabeth was the daughter of Isaac and Anna (Haldeman) Krieble. She was born on 3 April 1844 in Pennsylvania, possibly in Worcester Township, Montgomery County. She was the tenth of thirteen children. Within the next few years, the family moved to Montville in Medina County, Ohio. By 1860, the family moved again, this time settling in Owen County, Indiana. Elizabeth had a relationship with a man named James McCoy, whether as a married couple or not is unknown. Elizabeth gave birth to her daughter Nancy on 16 April 1866. Ten months later, Elizabeth became the second wife of Michael Schiele. Michael and Elizabeth were the parents of eight children: William, Sylvester, Doretta, Susan, Lovina, Nathan, Andrew and Charles. Michael died in 1897, leaving Elizabeth a widow for almost 25 years. They are buried together at Greenwell Cemetery, Harrison Township, Clay County, Indiana.

Schiele, Michael & Elizabeth (Krieble) - gravestone

Photograph courtesy of John C. Monk

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Sunday’s Obituary – Elizabeth (Schwartz) Yegerlehner

Yegerlehner, Elizabeth - Obituary, 1922

MRS. ELIZABETH YEAGERLEHNER

By Special Correspondent.

CLAY CITY, Ind., June 13 – Mrs. Elizabeth Yeagerlehner, 79 years old, died at the home of her son, John Yeagerlehner, in Clay City. She is survived by four sons and two daughters, George F., of Indianapolis; William, of Cando, N.D.; Samuel, of California; John, of Clay City, and Mrs. Sophia Thacker, of Indianapolis. Funeral services will be held at the St. Peter’s Reformed church Thursday, with burial in the cemetery near the church.

Terre Haute Tribune, Tuesday, 13 June 1922, p. 2

Elizabeth (Schwartz) Yegerlehner holding bible

Photograph in the collection of Deborah Sweeney

Elizabeth was the daughter of Niklaus and Elizabeth (Kunz) Schwartz. She was a native of Biglen, Canton Bern, Switzerland. She was the eldest daughter and fourth child of her parents. In 1852, she sailed with her family on the ship Hungarian from Le Havre, France. On arriving in the United States, the family settled near Berlin, Holmes County, Ohio, in a predominately Swiss settled area. She married Christian Yegerlehner on 24 November 1861. Christian was also a Swiss native from Canton Bern, Switzerland. A few years later, they moved further west to Owen County, Indiana. They eventually bought farmland in neighboring Clay County, Indiana (which still remains in the family today). She was the mother of ten children.

Yegerlehner, Christian & Elizabeth (Schwartz) - gravestone

Photograph by Tonya & Keith Tetidrick (2009)

Elizabeth is buried at St. Peter’s Reformed Church cemetery on the Owen/Clay County line.

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