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Dewees, George W. – Obituary

George W. Dewees, Valley Pioneer, taken by death widely known Ellensburg resident dies here today George William DeWees, 78, an Ellensburg resident for the past 56 years, died at the Ellensburg General Hospital this morning. In failing health for several years, he suffered a stroke Wednesday [October 6, 1945] morning and failed to rally The son of the late William and Valinda DeWees, he was born April 14, 1867, near Leitchfield, KY. When he was six years old his parents moved to the Middle West, where he spent his boyhood. He came to Ellensburg February 28, 1889, and went to work for the late J. D. Damman. In 1891 he began working for the late Andrew Olsen in the flour milling business, working there until 1906, when he purchased the business. He operated the Ellensburg Feed Mills until the plant burned in the mill district fire of August 1928 He was married in Ellensburg May 20, 1894, to Almira Swett, Mrs. DeWees died in 1940. Mr. DeWees served as a member of the Ellensburg City Council for two terms from 1909 to 1913 and as director and president of the South End Water Company for many years Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Lillie Barnhart, Tacoma; Mrs. W. S. (Ruth) Lewis, and Mrs. George P. (Vera) Williams, Ellensburg, with whom he made his home for the past five years; and Mrs. D. G. (Faye) Bongiorni, Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren, Beverly Jean Barnhart, Jo Ann, Dale and Mardelle Lewis and Preston Williams; five sisters, Mrs. R. M. Kirk, Coldwater, Kan.; Mrs. Emma Sherman and Mrs. Laura Brooks, North Hollywood, Cal.; Mrs....

Biographical Sketch of S. C. Doran

S. C. Doran, farming and stock; P. O. Mattoon; the subject of this sketch was born in Grayson Co., Ky., Dec. 12, 1827. He married Miss Eliza A. Wort-ham Nov. 5, 1850; she was born in the same place Nov. 18, 1830; they had ten children, seven living, viz., David W., Mary L., Edwin W., George M., Nannie A., Oscar J. and John H. He was born on his father’s farm, and moved to Hart Co., Ky., with his parents, in 1832, and lived there until 1854; he then went to Grayson Co., and engaged in farming; in 1860, he came to Illinois and settled on his present place. He has held no office except connected with the road and school; he is now serving in his second term as Commissioner of Highways. He owns 120 acres in this township, upon which, in 1878, he established a station on the Illinois Central R. R.-which passes through his farm-which is known as Doran’s Crossing. He has been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterians since 1850. His parents, Thomas and Mary Cleaver Doran, were natives of Nelson and Washington Cos., Ky.; they died in 1853 and 1854, respectively, in...

Biography of James T. Cunningham

James T. Cunningham, deceased, Mattoon; the subject of this sketch, whose portrait appears in this work, was born in Grayson Co., Ky., July 11, 1802; his early life was spent on the farm, and his education limited to a few months’ attendance upon the public or subscription schools of his native State; from a very early period in life, the support of the family mainly devolved upon him; in the fall of 1830, he came West to Illinois with his mother-in-law, Mrs. Yocum and her family, and settled in what is now Paradise Tp., Coles Co. He is mentioned in that township as being among the early settlers; when he came West he was possessed of but little means, but here he found a wide field for speculation; he was uniformly successful in his various undertakings, and his gains, though great, were always honorably gotten; he scorned to do a mean act, and, though at his death, he left a large competency to his family, no one could justly say that one farthing had been gained by trickery or dishonest means. He took a deep and abiding interest in whatever tended to advance the interests of his State. Being a man of good native ability, he was at an early day chosen by his fellow-citizens of Coles Co. as their representative; he served eight years in succession in the Lower House while the capital of the State was at Vandalia. His marriage to Elizabeth C. Yocum occurred Sept. 15, 1825; she died Sept.. 3, 1849; for almost a quarter of a century, she was to him a faithful helpmeet;...

Biographical Sketch of James L. Hart

James L. Hart, farmer; P. O. Etna; is the son of Oliver and Zorada Hart; was born in Grayson Co., Ky., June 18, 1846; moved with his parents to Coles Co., Ill., Oct. 12, 1848; is the owner of seventy-six acres of land, valued at near $3,500. Was Postmaster at Etna for one year. Was married to Elizabeth Smith, of Coles Co., Sept. 24, 1866. His father, Oliver Hart, was born in Grayson Co., Ky., March 31, 1825; died Jan. 25, 1867, in the 42d year of his age; his mother, Zorada Hart, was born in Hardin Co., Ky., Oct. 26,’1823, and is now living in Cleburne, Johnson Co., Texas; his wife’s folks are still living, Mr. and Mrs. George N. Benefiel, of this county, township and State. His father was the first man who built a house south of Etna, and one of the first settlers of this...

Biographical Sketch of R. Gannaway

R. Gannaway, farmer; P. O. Paradise; is the son of Wm. and Sallie Gannaway; was born in Grayson Co., Ky., Oct. 23, 1810; moved with his folks to Coles Co., Ill., March 27, 1828; is the owner of 131 acres of land, valued at or near $7,000., Was School Director, Road Overseer for several years. Was married to Elizabeth Gannaway, of Coles Co., Ill., Dec. 28, 1836; names of children – boys, Robert, Samuel, James W.; deceased, John W.; girls, Roda J., Susan; deceased, Louisa. His father, William Gannaway, was in the war of 1812, served as Captain, came home and died Sept. 12, 1814. His mother is still living in Des Moines, Iowa, in the 918t year of her...

Biographical Sketch of James Jeffris

James Jeffris, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Mattoon; owns 240 acres; was born in Grayson Co., Ky., March 17, 1821; moved to this county with his parents when 10 years of age, and lived with them until married to Matilda Jane Johnston, Oct. 6, 1842; she was born in Russell Co., Va., Nov. 28, 1822, and has had eleven children, six of whom are living, viz., Mary E., Martha, Johnston, Stephen D., Joanna and Kitty C.; deceased-G. D., Leah, S. M. and two infants. Mr. Jeffris was Constable four years, School Director five years and School Trustee twenty years; his father is a native of Virginia and his mother of Tennessee; Mrs. Jeffris’ parents are natives of...

Biographical Sketch of James L. Hackley

James L. Hackley, farmer, Sec. 10; P. O. Mattoon; owns seventy-four acres; was born in Grayson Co., Ky., Nov. 25, 1842, and lived with his parents on the farm until 1855, when he came with parents to this county in 1856, where he has since resided. He was married Feb. 14, 1867, to Martha Jeffries; she was born in Coles Co., Ill., Jan. 28, 1847, and has five children – Katie, Emma, Olga, Harden, Oren; Mr. Hackley has been School Director six years, and Overseer of roads two years in this township; Mr. Hackley’s parents were natives of Kentucky; Mrs. Hackley’s father was a native of Kentucky, and her mother of...

Grayson County, Kentucky Census Records

1790 Grayson County, Kentucky Census Records Free 1790 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free Hosted at Census Guide 1800 U.S. Census Guide 1800 Grayson County, Kentucky Census Records Free 1800 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free Hosted at Census Guide 1800 U.S. Census Guide 1810 Grayson County, Kentucky Census Records Free 1810 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free Hosted at Grayson County USGenWeb Archives Project Census Transcription Census Page 237 1 page Hosted at RootsWeb Census Transcription Page 1 of 1 Hosted at Louisville’s Genealogy Connection Census Transcription Hosted at Census Guide 1810 U.S. Census Guide 1820 Grayson County, Kentucky Census Records Free 1820 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free 1820 Grayson County, Kentucky Census Images $ Hosted at Census Guide 1820 U.S. Census Guide 1830 Grayson County, Kentucky Census Records Free 1830 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free 1830 Grayson County, Kentucky Census Images $ Hosted at Census Guide 1830 U.S. Census Guide 1840 Grayson County, Kentucky Census Records Free 1840 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free 1840 Grayson County, Kentucky Census Images $ Hosted at Census Guide 1840 U.S. Census Guide 1850 Grayson County, Kentucky Census Records Hosted at Free 1850 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – 14 Days Free 1850 Grayson County, Kentucky Census Images $ 1850 Grayson County, Kentucky Slave Schedule $ Hosted at Grayson County USGenWeb Archives Project Census Transcription Census Index Hosted at RootsWeb...

Grayson County, Kentucky Cemetery Records

Grayson County Grayson County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at Grayson County USGenWeb Archives Project Beatty Cemetery Robinson & Dinwiddie Extracts Kelly Cemetery McCandless Cemetery Grayson County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at Grayson County, Kentucky KYGenWeb Big Clifty Cemetery Tombstone Photographs John and Hannah Adams William and Rachel Avery Stella Mae Jennings Mulberry Flats Baptist Church Cemetery Richard Decker Gaylan and Martha Felty Backside of above marker Linda Franklin Pat and Josie Franklin Pat – Josie and Linda Franklin Backside of above marker Bowman Haycraft Byron Haycraft Backside of above marker Emort and Ambrose Haycraft Herley and Sue Haycraft Backside of above marker Backside of above marker – detail Jack and Flara Haycraft Backside of above marker Jeff and Gertha Hester Backside of above marker Backside of above marker Norris Hester Backside of above marker Opal and Frances Hester Backside of above marker Opal and William Hester Omer and Eunice Hornback Robert McGrew Robert and Sylvia McGrew Robert and Sylvia McGrew One Robert and Sylvia McGrew Two Robert and Sylvia McGrew Three Hubert and Reta Moutardier James Moutardier John and Virgie Pennington Henry and Mary Petty Esker and Della Pharris Backside of above marker Billie and Patricia Philpot Infant Poteet Ethan Ray Backside of above marker Freda Siron Clinton and Sandra Skaggs Backside of above marker Sherry Stinnett Orley Thompson Orley and Geneva Thompson Backside of above marker Unknown – One Unknown – Two Berthel and Roberta Van Meter Backside of above marker Cartlen Van Meter Chester Van Meter Dale Van Meter Backside of above marker Edward Van Meter Backside of above marker Floyd and Peggy Van Meter Backside of...

Biography of Samuel Van Meter, M. D.

Samuel Van Meter, M. D., physician and surgeon, Charleston; was born in Grayson Co., Ky., Nov. 8, 1824; he is a son of John and Catharine (Keller) Van Meter, the former of whom died in 1827; his mother then removed with her family to Illinois, settling in Coles Co.; he received such education as the common schools in those pioneer days afforded; at the age of 15 years, he was apprenticed to the tanner’s trade, but before completing his apprenticeship he purchased his time of his employer, and was in turn bound to Dr. T. B. Trower, and entered upon the more congenial employment of studying medicine; he remained under Dr. Trower’s instruction five years; in 1849, he made the overland trip to California, the journey occupying five months, during which time he had an extensive practice as a physician among the emigrants crossing the plains; he remained eighteen months in California and then returned to Charleston and practiced medicine three years with Dr. Trower, after which he began practice by himself; in 1857, he founded the Illinois Infirmary in Charleston, the fame of which extended to all parts of the country, patients coming from the Pacific Coast, and from England and other countries beyond the sea; his partner in this institution for a number of years was Dr. H. R. Allen, now one of the proprietors of the National Surgical Institute at Indianapolis; as an illustration of the success of the Infirmary, we may mention that the gross receipts during the year 1868 were $186,000, and the expenditure for the one item of postage stamps alone averaged $1,400...
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