7 July 1906, Alton Evening Telegraph, Alton, Illinois2014-12-30_0017DEATH OF EDWARD C. THORNTON
Alton Travelling Man Dies From Congestion of the Stomach, Very Suddenly
Edward C. Thornton, a well-known Alton travelling man, died very unexpectedly Friday night at his residence, 295 Madison avenue, from heart failure brought on by congestion of the stomach. HIs death followed an illness of a few days from which it was supposed he had completely recovered. He was feeling well and in good spirits Friday evening and had been pronounced recovered by the attending physician. He was bright and cheerful and ate a hearty supper. Before retiring he took a bath and having shaved himself he had evidently made every preparation for his dying, almost as if he had been given a premonition that his end was coming. He had been in excellent spirits and had spent and spent part of the evening playing around on the porch with some children. Mrs. Thornton says that they retired about 10 o’clock and shortly her husband seemed to be asleep, from his deep regular breathing. She went to sleep too, and was aroused about three-quarters of an hour later from her sleep. She noticed that her husband was very still and that the sound of his breathing had subsided. She touched his hand and found it was cold and lifeless. The wife was given a terrible shock by the discovery of her husband’s death. Neighbors were summoned and she soon had plenty of friends near to lend assistance, but it was too late for anything to be done.
Edward Thornton was born in Alton and lived here all his life. He was a son of Philip Thornton. He would have been 38 years of age August 20. For many years he was engaged as a traveling salesman for Alton grocery houses and recently he severed his connection with an Alton firm to become connected with a St. Louis grocery firm. He was highly thought of by everyone who knew him. His unusual intellectual talents, his conversational ability and his uniform good humor made his company very much sought after and he was the life of any party of which he was a member. His death was a great shock to the entire community, as few knew that he was not in good health.
He was an orator of considerable ability, althought making no profession of being such, and as a speaker for small gatherings he frequently entertained audiences delightfully. He was to have delivered an address at a Fourth of July picnic at New Douglas, but did not do so.
Mr. Thornton leaves besides his wife, one daughter, and two brothers, James P. Thornton, and Michael Thornton, and a sister, Miss Thornton.
The funeral will be held Monday at 9 o’clock from SS, Peter and Paul’s Cathedral.

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When you are looking for an obituary, always remember to check various locations – not just the place that the person was living when they died.
Rebecca Campbell Baker had been living in Kansas for a number of years, but she was a native of Indiana county, Pennsylvania.

The first obituary I found (in Kansas) was not very descriptive.

I recently found this obituary in the 6 Apr 1910 issue of the Indiana Messenger (Indiana, PA) and it had a lot more information. She had a daughter who still lived in the area, and I’m sure that there were many people who still knew her.


Mrs. Rebecca Campbell, widow of the late James Baker, of Marion Center, died March 5, 1910, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. A. Marshall, near Lawrence, Kan., after an illness of four years, lacking but a few weeks of being 90 years old. Mrs. Baker was the daughter of the late William Campbell, a pioneer at Marion Center. She was born at the well-known Campbell home, in Center township, and was a niece of the late Judge Joseph Campbell. She was a devout member of the United Presbyterian church until after her marriage, when she became a member of the Methodist church with her husband. In 1869 the family moved to Warren county, Tenn., and in 1879 went to Douglass county, Kan., where she lived the remainder of her 90 years. Eight children came to the Baker home, four of whom survive, as follows: Mrs. D.R. Pringle, of Indiana: C.S. Baker, of Oklahoma, and H.P. Baker and Mrs. Mary Marshall, near Lawrence, Kan. Mrs. Baker was stricken with paralysis almost four years preceding her death and was confined to an invalid chair or her couch all this time but her beautiful christian spirit kept her cheerful and patient to the end.

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Sally Moorman Lee was my 4th great-grandmother. It’s a short little blurb compared with the other obit I found on her earlier, but I love finding every little piece of info that I can get my hands on.:)

Staunton Spectator, Staunton, VA, 23 Jan 18832014-12-29_0030Mrs. Lee, mother of Mr. S.E. Lee, of Roanoke county and sister of Dr. J.J. Moorman, of Salem, died at her home near Alleghany Springs, in Montgomery county, week before last. She was upwards of 90 years of age.


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Brittania Elizabeth Campbell McLeister was doubly reltaed to my husband’s line. Her father, Rev. Joseph Campbell, was a brother to my husband’s  3rd great-grandmother, Rebecca White Campbell Baker, and her mother, Catheirna Baker, was a sister to my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather, James Baker.

8 Nov 1905, Indiana Weekly Messenger, Indiana, PA

2014-12-30_0020Mrs. B. ELIZABETH M’LEISTER.
Mrs. Brittania Elizabeth, wife of James McLeister, of near Taylorsville, died Saturday night, November 4, aged 63 years. Mrs. McLeister had been ill for several months, a consistent and faithful member of the Wesleyan Methodist church she was ready for the call to a higher service. She was a daughter of the late Rev. Joseph Campbell and wife, nee Catherine Baker, of Marion Center, granddaughter of the late William Campbell, of Marion Center. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mary, W. J., Effie, Luther, Bertha, wife of Robert Buterbach, Ford, and Elsie. Two of the sons are studying for the ministry. She is also survived by two brothers, Rev. P.B. Campbell, of Sandy Lake, Mercer county, and Cassius, of near Witchita, Kansas. Funeral services were held Monday and interment made at Dixonville.

  • Dani Dennis Oldroyd - August 12, 2015 - 6:39 pm

    Obituaries are quite interesting and it is fun to try to figure out more about a person. I recently read the book Obituary Society. It was good, but had less to do about obituaries and more to do with a family mystery. Still good though. http://www.sharingapplesoldroydtree.blogspot.comReplyCancel

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Last month, on a drive from Kansas to Georgia, I managed to talk my husband into taking the long way home and stopping in Moniteau County, Missouri for an hour or two while I stopped in at the courthouse.  He’s such a good sport – especially since he had to sit in the car with our 5 kids.  The courthouse is located in the small town of California – just down the road from Tipton, where my ancestors lived.  The staff there were very helpful and I was able to locate some of the probate records I was looking for.  The records were not in books (which I’ve usually seen on my many courthouse excursions) but they were in files, which were in alphabetical order in file boxes in a back room of the courthouse.   Everyone in the car was happy that I was in and out of the courthouse fairly quickly.  Of course, I would have liked to stay longer and search through the land records also, but I wanted to keep my family happy.:)

Conrad Becker was my 4th great-grandfather.  He was  born in Germany in about 1805 and traveled to America with his wife and children on the ship “Crown” from Liverpool in July of 1852.  I’m not exactly sure where they lived in Germany, but their son (my 3rd great-grandfather), John Henry Becker, was born in Winterschied (according to his obituary and death certificate).  Here is his will, which I found in the Moniteau County Courthouse.

2015-07-17_00012015-07-17_0002December 13th A.D. 1862
I Conrad Becker of the County of Moniteau and State of Missouri being of sound Mind and Memory and believing in the uncertainty of human life Do there fore Make ordain publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament First I will by body to her Mother dust and my soul to God who gave me birth Second I Will that my oldest Son John H. Becker Shall have the following Lands to wit the North West qr of North West qr and the North East qr of the South West qr and the South East qr of North West qr all in section Nine Township forty four (44) range Seventeen and Twenty acres out of the senter of the East half of North East qr of Section eight Township forty four rang seventeen so ast to tak ten acres off of Each forty this above Land is the share of my two sons J. H. Becker and F.C. Baker, J. H. Becker is to take F.C. Bekers part of said Land and pays Lonard Hoehon the sum of $155 dollars and Joseph Weiand the sum of $50 dollars and H.C. Finche the sum of $45 dollars for F.C. Baker and J. H.Becker is to pay F. C. Becker the sum of $100 dollars these payments are in lue of his F.C. Bakers interest in the above lands Third I further will that my daughter Catharine Steimel shall have the following Lands to wit. The North East qr of the South West qr of section nine Township forty four range seventeen and twenty nine acres off of the North end of the East half of the North East qr of Section Eight all in Township forty four range Seventeen and the said Catharine pays F.C. Becker the sum of $100 dollars Third and I further will that my son Peter J Becker shall have the following Lands to wit the South East qr of the North West qr of section nine and thirty acres off of the South end of East half of the North East qr of Section Eight all in Township forty four range Seventeen and Peter J. Becker is to Pay F. C. Becker the sum of $100 dollars
Fourth I further will the Possession of Said Land to the said named heirs with the understanding that John H. Becker is to take care of his Father and Mother during ther Life by Catharine and Peter J. Becker. Each one being bound to pay to Conrad Becker or Wiff during there life $30 dollars per year Each and after the death of me and my now living wife the balance of my personal Estate to be devided as follows J. H. Becker to have the portion that belongs to him and F. C. Becker and Catharine and Peter J. Becker to have the forth part Each as thare potion.
In witnice wher of I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the day and year first written
Konrad Becker {Seal}

The written instrument was subscribed by the said Conrad Becker in our presants duly acknowledged by him to Each on of us and he at the same time published and declared the above instrument so subscribed to be his last will and we at the testators request and in his presents have signed our names as witnesses hereto and write ___ aposet our names our usessel plases of abode
Ferdinand Beeten, Moniteau Co, Mo
Andrew Wolf, Moniteau Co., Mo

State of Missouri
County of Moniteau}
In Vacation of the Probate Court Be it remembered that on this 9th day of February 1863, personally appeared before me the undersigned clerk of the Probate Court within and for the County and State aforesaid Ferdinand Beeten and Andrew Wolf the subscribing witnesses to the above and annexed will of Konrad Becker and being by me first duly sworn depose and say that the said Konrad Becker the testator subscribed the same in their presence, and published the same will or instrument of writing as his last will that he the said Testator was at the time of publishing his said will of sound mind and more than twenty one years of age, and that they the said deponents attested the said will as witnesses thereto by subscribing their names to the same in the presence of said testator.
Ferdinand Beeten
Andrew Wolf
In witness whereof I Wm G Howard clerk as aforesaid have herein to set my name and affixed the seal of said Court at office this 9th day of February 1863
Wm G Howard clerk

County of Moniteau
I R. L. Roache, Judge of the Probate Court of Moniteau County, having Examined the foregoing instrument of writing, purporting to be the last will of and signed by Conrad Becker, and the testimony of Ferdinand Beeten and Andrew Wolf the witnesses above named, do adjudge and declare the said instrument of writing to be the last will and testament of Conrad Becker, deceased.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Probate Court of Moniteau County… this 25th day of February 1863
R. L. Roache
Judge of Probate

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