Miss Annie Ward lived a long life and never married.  I haven’t yet figured out who her mother was.  I can’t seem to find mention of her. I know that she had 5 siblings, and that their father was Edward Thornton (a brother to my 3rd great-grandfather, James Patrick Thornton).  Her mother’s father was Patrick Ward, a well-known man who held many different offices in Alton, Illinois.  She appears to have lived with him for many years (before his death).  You will notice that her last name is listed as “Ward” instead of “Thornton”.  Her siblings went by Thornton, although a couple of them used Ward as a middle name.  I need to do some further investigating to see what may have happened to her.  2014-12-29_0009

Miss Annie Ward Dies at Age 83
Succumbs at Home of Nephew

Miss Annie Ward, 83, died Tuesday at 1:50 p.m., at the home of her nephew, Philip E. Blackburn, 418 Belleview, where she had resided since last November. Her death followed by two days that of a brother-in-law, John B. Ehret, 83.
Miss Ward was a granddaughter of the late Patrick Ward, one of the early city clerks in Alton, and she lived with him.
She was born at Virden, Ill., Jan. 25, 1844, but came to Alton in childhood and with exception of 27 years when she was housekeeper for the Rev. Father N. Costello in Granite City, had spent all of her life in Alton. She was a graduate of Ursuline Convent and a member of one of the early classes to receive diplomas at the school.
During the past 12 years, Miss Ward had suffered injuries at several different times in falls, but had recovered to the extent that hse could be up and about the house.
Tuesday morning, when she arose she complained to Mrs. Blackburn of chest pains, and after taking a drink of water decided to go back to bed. Soon after she had been helped to her room by Mrs. Blackburn she became ill and Mrs. Blackburn ministered to her until she could summon aid of neighbors.
Later Miss Ward lapsed into a coma and died before a doctor could be found to attend her. Death apparently was due to a heart attack.
While in frail health, Miss Ward had been able to get about in her nephew’s car, and Sunday he had taken her to church and to visit her niece, Mrs. Frank Womack, following the death of her father, John Ehret.
Miss Ward had been closely associated with her niece and brother-in-law and shock of death of Mr. Ehret is believed to have brought about her fatal attack of illness.
With exception of her nephew Blackburn, and niece, Mrs. Womack, she leaves no relatives.
Funeral rites will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m., with solemn requiem high mass in Old Cathedral. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. The body is at Staten funeral home where friends may call after 7 p.m., today. The rosary will be recited Thursday at 8 p.m.
Annie

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Sophia Pottgen was my 4th great grandmother. She was born Sophia Ross in Prussia, to Frederick Ross and Sophia Ketterhoff. I found her sad obituary in the 18 Jan 1877 issue of the Alton Telegraph, (Alton, Illinois).2014-12-26_0003

SAD OCCURRENCE
Death of Mrs. Sophia Poettgen.
Mrs. Poettgen, an old resident of this city, living on Tenth street, near Langdon, was found dead in her bed, last Thursday morning, by Freddy Rudershausen, who went to her house at that hour, on an errand. Deceased had resided alone, refusing to have company. Her health had been poor for several years and her death was not entirely unexpected by her neighors. She was found lying on her bed, with her clothing on, and from indications had probably been up and down all night, fire still being alive in the stove in the room. Deceased appeared very much attenuated, as though she had suffered from long continued illness. She was a native of Prussia, born in 1809, and has been a resident of Alton almost 42 1/2 years.
From the evidence offered we learned that she had not been seen alive since Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. Louisa Thornton, daughter of deceased, Fred Rudershausen, aged 11, and Bridget Powers, aged 14, were examined, after which the Coroner’s jury, empaneled by Jon Quarton J.P., with Dr. Hardy as foreman, found the following verdict:
“We, the jury find the deceased, Mrs. Sophia Poettgen, came to her death at her home in Alton, on the 11th day of January, 1877, from congestion of the lungs consequent upon chronic catarrh.” It is supposed that deceased was possessed of considerable means. Her will was left in the care of her son-in-law, Mr. Thornton. She leaves three children, two daughters and one son, all arrived at the age of maturity. She was about 68 years of age.

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Lucie Weeks worked with the deaf her whole life.  Here is an article I found in the 15 May 1966 issue of the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph.

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Miss Weeks Named to OSU Post
Miss Lucie Weeks, supervising teacher of the lower deaf school at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind has received an appointment on the faculty of the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
She will assume her duties June 20 on the teaching staff of the Speech and Hearing Department and will be director of hte National Education Association Project LIFE. Language Improvement to Facilitate the Education of Deaf Children. In this capacity she will program teaching machines and captioned films for the deaf.
Miss Weeks came to Colorado one year ago from the Santa Monica, Calif. school system where she taught and was active on the executive board of the California Association of Teachers of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children. She also served there on the Professional Committee of the Santa Monica Schools.
Miss Weeks is a recognized authority in the field of the education of young deaf children as she has been published in professional journals and newspapers in California and in Mexico.
She is author of a series of pamphlets entitled “From Parents to Parents”. These pamphlets are used as aids to aprents of handicapped children in several fields.
Miss Weeks has been active in several civil organizations in Colorado Springs including Altrusia.
She expresses regret in leaving this city to go into a large complex such as Columbus, but feels that the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the education of the deaf is both a duty and a privilege.
She will retain her home in Colorado Springs in anticipation of returning at the end of her five-year project in Columbus.

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John Agee, Jr. was my 4th great-grandfather. He is buried in the Agee Cemetery, which is back in the woods outside of Woolwine, Patrick county, Virginia. I’m not sure what year this stone was added, but it was definitely many years after his death.

John Agee, Jr.

Born 1782  Died Unknown  (According to the inventory of his estate, he died 15 Feb 1852).

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