Several of my ancestors died in Fulton County, Illinois in the 1850's, '60's and '70's. Any record of their deaths has been very hard to come by. Earlier this year, I got the Canton Weekly Register on microfilm through inter-library loan to search for their names in death or other notices in the newspaper. Luck was not with me for anything on my family, but I snatched some random clippings with genealogy info to share so that my time spent might help someone else. Here are some from 1853.
Canton Weekly Register, March 5, 1853
Died, in this place, on Wednesday, March 2d, ASA LEE DAVISON, M. D., aged 59 years and 3 months.
Dr. DAVISON was born in Rensselaer county, New Yor in 1793. Before removing to this State he resided a number of years in Allegheny county, New York, where he filled several important offices. He afterwards resided in Ashland county, Ohio. He removed to Tazewell county, in this State, in 1833, and to Canton in 1840. He has been connected with this paper as one of the proprietors and senior editor for about two years.
The deceased enjoyed a well earned reputation as a skillful physician and a faithful and able editor. We mourn the departure of a valuable citizen, a kind and affectionate husband and father. He whose skill has relieved the sufferings and prolonged the lives of many others, has himself fallen, in full strength, before the inexorable destroyer, which neither human skill nor anxious friends could arrest.
By the sudden death of one so healthy and well known by us all, we are made to feel that we stand in the gate way of eternity, and that the Supreme Being who hold the keys, will soon pass us from this stage of life to the world of spirits.
Died, on Wednesday, Feb. 23d, GEORGE THOMAS, only son of Joshua and Maria Wheeler, aged on year and twenty days.
On the 20th December, at Winchester, Iowa, MRS. CATHERINE BAUMAN, aged 90 years and 8 months.
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Canton Weekly Register, March 12, 1853
"The silken tie, that binds two willing hearts."
Married, on Wednesday, the 9th inst. by Rev. S. G. Miner, Mr. E. C. Emmons and Miss Z. A. BIDAMON, all of Canton.
We wish this couple more joy than would lead a forty horse team.
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Canton Weekly Register, March 19, 1853
DIED, in Vermont, Fulton Co., Ill., March 7th HARRIET NEWEL, daughter of J. W. and J. A. Ward, late of the vicinity of Canton, in her fifteenth year, from taking cold after having the Measles. She lingered for several weeks, when she was taken down very violently, and after suffering 12 days, she calmly fell asleep in the arms of her Saviour, leaving her friends the best possible assurances that their loss was her eternal gain.
Calm on the bosom of thy God,
Dear spirit, rest thee now;
E'en while with ours thy footsteps trod,
His seal was on thy brow.
Dust, to its narrow home beneath,
Soul, to its rest on high,
They that have seen thy look in death,
No more should fear to die.
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