Location: Douglas County IL

Biographical Sketch of Capt. David McKinney

Capt. David McKinney, farmer; P. O. Arcola; the subject of this sketch was born in Butler Co., Ohio, March 22, 1837. He married Miss Catharine Rork Jan. 25, 1866; she was born same place; they have six children, viz., Ida May, Oron W., Charles N., Jessie, Otto and Ruey he lived in Ohio until he was 21, when he came to Illinois and settled in Coles, now Douglas Co., near Arcola; in December, 1861, he enlisted in the 54th I. V. I., he being Orderly of Co. I, and after seven months’ service he was made Second Lieutenant, and after serving one year in this office, he was elected and promoted to Captain of Co. I;  he was in the service four years, or during the war, and was in the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Helena, Little Rock, Ashley Station, where he was taken prisoner and was paroled after nineteen days’ captivity; then being exchanged, he resumed his command and took part in the other battles of the regiment. After returning from the army, he came to Arcola and lived there until 1871; be then came to his present place and has lived here since; he has held the office of Highway Commissioner and School Director, and is at present School Trustee; he owns 120 acres in this township, which he has earned by his own labor and...

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McQueen, Melinda Catherine Cochran – Obituary

In last week’s issue of the paper, we announced that Mrs. J. P. McQueen had suffered a stroke of paralysis on the 8th of April and that she was in critical condition at the time of going to press on Thursday, being in an unconscious condition. She remained in that condition until relieved by death, the messenger coming about 8 o’clock Friday evening [April 12, 1918]. The deceased had been a resident of Newman for the past twenty-eight years and prior to removal here had lived on a farm in South Prairie, where she had a large circle of warm friends. She was in her usual good health when stricken by paralysis and her death was a great shock to the whole community. The funeral rites took place at the Christian Church, in this city, Sunday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, conduced by Rev. F. O. Fannon, who gave a very fine eulogy. Music on the occasion was rendered by a quartet composed of Mrs. A. J. Coley, Miss Gladys Tressenriter, Messrs. F. L. White and M. S. Smith with Mrs. C. E. Douglas presiding at the piano. The solo, “Shadows,” was very touchingly sung by M. S. Smith. The floral offerings were beautiful attesting the high esteem to which the deceased was held by her relatives and friends. A large concourse of people gathered at the church to pay...

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McQueen, Joshua P. – Obituary

Newman Man Takes Own Life With Poison. Mr. Joshua P. McQueen Committed Suicide Thursday Evening Of Last Week By Taking Concentrate Lye And Carbolic Acid-Funeral Held Saturday Afternoon. The funeral rites took place at the late home on Kings Street, Saturday afternoon, at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. F. O Fannon, pastor of the Christian church, and were largely attended by relatives and friends. Music on the occasion was rendered by a quartet composed by Mrs. F. S. Lydick, Mrs. George Roller, Messrs. F. L. White and M. S. Smith; and at the request of the family Mr. Smith sang the solo, “Shadows.” Interment took place the Newman Cemetery. The following obituary was read at the funeral: “Joshua P. McQueen, was the son of George P. and Harriett McQueen in Bartholomew County, Ind., Nov. 22, 1845. He was married to Belinda Catherine Cochran, March 10, 1868 [Malinda, March 12, 1870]. To this union were born two children, Mrs. S. J. Slaughter and Mrs. Hattie B. Davis, both residing in Newman. Mrs. McQueen departed this life after a brief illness in April, 1918.” Story Follows– Mr. Joshua P. McQueen committed suicide Thursday evening [August 14, 1919] of last week by taking a dose of Lewis Lye and carbolic acid, which he had mixed, in a cup. He took the poisoning about 6:45 o’clock p.m., and death relieved his suffering about...

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McQueen, George Dallas – Obituary

The sad news of the death of Mr. George Dallas McQueen, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Demp Cutsinger, of near Chrisman, reached the city, Monday. The deceased had been in failing health for some time and went to the St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, where on Sept. 28th a surgical operation for cancer of the stomach and other complications was performed. His condition was known to be serious and having recovered from the operation, he went to the home of his daughter where he remained until death. George Dallas McQueen was born May 4, 1844, and was united in marriage to Miss Frances McQueen, January 4, 1872 [Bartholomew Co., IN]. To this union five children were born, four of whom have preceded him to the great beyond. His wife died some twenty-one years ago, but he never remarried. He made his home for a number of years with his daughter, the late Mrs. Sinclair Helm, near Murdock, and after her death in Feb. 1916, has made his home largely with Mrs. Cutsinger. He departed this life at the ripe old age of 74 years, 6 mos. and 28 days, Monday morning, Dec. 2nd . He leaves to mourn his demise, one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Cutsinger, three grandchildren, one great grandchild and a large circle of relatives and friends. The deceased and his wife removed to Douglas County...

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McQueen, Minnie Corrinne Smith – Obituary

Mrs. Minnie Corrinne McQueen, age 79, a lifelong resident of the Tuscola vicinity, died at her home here [March 9 1947] at 3:45 p.m. Sunday. She had broken a hip in a fall at her home October 23, and had been bedfast since that time. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Gilead Church at 2.30 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. Guy Holmes of Peoria was in charge assisted by the pastor of the church, Rev. Harry Stewhart. Burial was in Broadus Cemetery. Mrs. McQueen was born four miles south of Tuscola, July 10, 1867, daughter of Leander and Sarah Simonton Smith. She married Spencer McQueen, October 3, 1888, and the family moved to the home in Tuscola 11 years ago. Mr. McQueen died four years ago. Mrs. McQueen was a member of the Mt. Gilead Church. Surviving are the following children: E. Ray McQueen, Mrs. Lewis King, and Mrs. Leona Cravens, all of Tuscola, Mrs. Inez Chapman of Scottland [IL]; Mrs. Lenora Gore of Danville; Charles McQueen of Murdock; Roy McQueen of Charleston; Bert McQueen of Benton Harbor, Mich. She also leaves 28 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. The Tuscola Journal, March 13, 1947 Contributed by: Shelli...

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McQueen, Spencer Quick – Obituary

Spencer Quick McQueen, age 75, retired Tuscola farmer, died at his home on South Ohio Street, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday [October 13, 1942] of complications following a long illness. Funeral services will be held from the Mt. Gilead Church at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) with burial in the Broadus Cemetery with the Waddington funeral service in charge. The deceased, a long-time resident of Douglas County, was born at Columbia, Ind., July 5, 1867, son of Thomas and Phoebe McQueen. On October 3, 1888, he was married to Miss Minnie Smith, who with eight children survives. The children are Mrs. Clarence Chapman, Scotland; Charles McQueen, Potomac; Bert, Benton Harbor, Mich.; Roy Charleston; Mrs. Sylvia King, Ivesdale; Mrs. Leora Gare, Danville; Mrs. Leona Cravens, Camargo, and E. Ray McQueen, Tuscola. % 9 Tuscola Journal, October 15, 1942 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cutsinger, William Edward – Obituary

William Edward Cutsinger, who resided about 6 miles north of Hindsboro, passed away on Monday evening, August 1st [1938] at his home, following an illness of several months duration. Death was due to a complication of diseases. The deceased was born on May 29, 1867, near Newman, and has lived here all his life. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. I. Cutsinger, who resided south of Newman for several years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Zua [McQueen] Cutsinger, and three children, namely, William Cutsinger, of Chicago; Mrs. Hazel Wilson, of Gary, Ind.; and Miss Naomi Cutsinger, of Chicago. He also leaves 3 grand children ; and two brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Brown and Mrs. William English, of Danville, Ill.; Demp Cutsinger, of Oakland and Logan Cutsinger, of Newman. Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church in Newman, at 10 o’clock, Thursday morning, August 4th. Interment was in the Newman Cemetery, Rev. J. C. Weir, pastor of the church had charge of the services, which were largely attended by relatives and friends. He was united with the Christian Church, located at Newman, about 44 years ago [October 7, 1891]. Pallbearers were Harold McQueen, Russell Cutsinger, Herbie Martin, Oscar Downing, Glenn Cutsinger, and Vernon Jackson. Those in charge of the floral offerings were Mrs. Ina Cutsinger, Mrs. Oral Martin, Mrs. Belva Downing,...

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Cutsinger, Mabel McQueen – Obituary

Funeral services for Mrs. Mabel M. Cutsinger, 87, were held at the Scott Funeral Home in Chrisman Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. Lowell White officiated. Burial was in Newman Cemetery. Mrs. Cutsinger, a former Metcalf resident who had been residing with a daughter, Mrs. Florence Wyatt, in Chrisman six years, died Sunday, May 19, in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Danville. She had been a patient there five days. Born Jan. 29, 1876, in Newman, she was a daughter of George and Francis McQueen. She was married Jan. 4, 1901, to Demp Cutsinger, who preceded her in death in 1957. [Mabel’s first husband was George Cutsinger who was the brother of her second husband.] She was a member of the Metcalf Christian Church and the Order of Eastern Star. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. [Florence] Wyatt and Mrs. Bonnie Lewis of Tilton; five grandchildren and a great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by two sons, two brothers, and two sisters. Newman Independent, May 24, 1963 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cutsinger, Jennie House – Obituary

After a lingering illness of several months, Mrs. L. D. [Draper Maletta] Cutsinger died at her house [June 26, 1898] two miles west of Palermo Saturday night, about ten o’clock. She has always had delicate health and finally became the victim of consumption. Mrs. Cutsinger, who was the youngest daughter of Thomas House, was born in this city, March 12, 1872, and spend a larger portion of her life in this city and on a farm southeast of the city. She graduated from the Newman schools in 1889 at the age of sixteen years and married to L. D. Cutsinger, Jan. 26, 1898. A short funeral service was conducted at the home at 11 o’clock Monday by Rev. J. B. Pawson, of Hume, and the remains brought to the Newman Cemetery for interment; the funeral procession arriving at the cemetery about 1:30 o’clock, where a large concourse of her Newman friends had gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to her. The INDEPENDENT joins the many friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved husband and relatives. Newman Independent, June, 1898 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cutsinger, Henry Isom – Obituary

The funeral of the late Henry I. Cutsinger, who died at his home near this city, on the morning of the 4th [March, 1904], was held at the M. E. Church, at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, the 6th under the auspices of Low Post No. 343, G.A.R. of which Mr. Cutsinger was an honored member; Rev. A. E. Hamilton pastor of the church preaching the sermon. The attendance, the condition of the weather considered, was remarkably large, attesting the fact of the esteem in which the deceased was held in the community in which he had spent so many years. The obituary, prepared and read at the funeral by a comrade, gives the more or less detail the events most prominent in the history of Mr. Cutsinger and given in full below. No more need, he said here along this line, only to refer the reader to it. At the close of the religious services, at the church, a heavy rain was falling, as it had been doing since morning only in less volume, so the memorial exercises of the Post that usually take place at the cemetery, were performed in the church, after which the remains, followed by the relatives, such of the friends as cared to face the storm, were removed to our beautiful cemetery where the interment took place. Appropriate music was rendered by the choir. Henry...

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Biography of J. O. Rudy

J. O. Rudy, real estate agent, Mattoon; was born near Louisville, Jefferson Co., Ky., May 1, 1827; his parents moved to Illinois, and settled near Paris, Edgar Co., in 1830; his early life was spent upon the farm, and his early experiences were those of a farmer’s son; his education was derived from the common schools; in 1850, he crossed the plains to California, where for two years he applied himself to mining; near the close of 1852, he returned, having as his reward for toil, hardships and privations, about $3,000 in gold; on his return, he engaged for one year in operating the old homestead; near the close of 1853, he engaged as a partner in the dry goods business, in the firm of Augustus & Rudy, at Paris; in the fall of 1858. The firm closed out business, and he moved to his land in Douglas Co., and opened up, and improved his farm; in 1862, he was appointed Post Trader to the Pawnee Nation, under the administration of President Lincoln; this position he held till the beginning of the administration of Andrew Johnson, returning in the fall of 1865; he next went to Trumbull Co., Ohio, and engaged in sinking wells, and in the manufacture of lubricating oil; this he followed one year; in the spring of 1867, he came to Mattoon, arid in company with...

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Biographical Sketch of James H. Busbey

James H. Busbey, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. Oakland; one of the pioneers of Coles Co; born in Clark Co., Ohio, April 22, 1823, where he attended school and engaged in farming, until 16 years of age, when he emigrated to Coles Co., Ill., and located in what is now the south part of Douglas Co., in the fall of 1839. He is son of Hamilton Busbey, who was born July 5, 1792, in Virginia; he emigrated to Ohio about the year 1815, where he lived until he emigrated to Illinois, where he died Dec. 16, 1847; Mrs. Busbey, whose maiden name was Sophia Lewis, was born in Virginia, March 31, 1796; she died April 1, 1855, leaving eleven children now living – Thomas C., Susan M., Elmira M., William D., James H., Harriet E., Ann L., John H., Maria, George W., Henry C. The subject of this sketch remained with his parents until their decease, which occurred as stated above; he remained upon the old farm until 1856, when he rented land, and engaged in farming until 1861, when he purchased his present place, where he has since continued to live; he owns upward of eighty acres of prairie and timber lands. He married, Oct. 12, 1856, to Sarah J. Naphew; she was born in Ohio Oct. 19, 1831; they have six children now living by this union,...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry D. Jenkins, M. D.

Henry D. Jenkins, M. D., Arcola; one of the early settlers; was born in Bourbon Co., Ky., Dec. 30, 1822; came to this State and settled in what was then Coles Co. in 1855; his farm, being now located in Douglas Co., where he first settled, and which was at the time of his settlement all Coles Co., consists of 310 acres. The Doctor is a graduate of the Transylvania University, located at Lexington, Ky.; since his residence in this county, he has practiced his profession as physician but very little; his pursuits have been that of a farmer and stock-raiser, which seems to be his natural proclivity. In 1866, he married Miss Mary F. Blackwell, who was born in North Carolina Dec. 26, 1841; they have two children, viz., John B. and Elisa...

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Biographical Sketch of Patrick Nicholson

Patrick Nicholson, farmer, Sec. 12; P. O. Charleston; owns 380 acres was born in Jefferson Co., Tenn., Nov. 6, 1809; resided with parents on farm, helping his father until 21 years of age; came to this State in November, 1830, to what is now Douglas Co.; Mr. N. made several thousand rails for $1 per hundred; worked six months for $8 per month; had nothing but one saddle-share; sold mare and saddle and bridle for $8. Was married to Elizabeth Ashmore, May 17, 1832; she was born in Jefferson Co., Tenn., March 4, 1814; they are the parents of eleven children, seven living; Patrena A. (now widow of James Balch, deceased), William A., Dorotha (now Mrs. F. A. Endsley, of Green-up), Harriet N., Albert B., Margaret M. (now wife of Thomas Newman, of Hickory Tp.), Ella E.; deceased-Joseph B., born May 30, 1833, died May 24,1873; James M., born March 26, 1841, died March 28, 1847; Mary P. C., born Mar. 6, 1839, died June 4, 1864; Amos E., born May 8, 1845, died while in 5th Illinois Cavalry, in the fall of 1863. Mr. N. has held office of Supervisor of Township one term; he was one of the early settlers of this county, and bore his part in the hardships of those days. He commenced in this township with almost nothing; has by hard labor, economy and...

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Biography of Col. John Cofer

Col. John Cofer, of Arcola Tp., Douglas Co., Ill.; the subject of this memoir was born near Cave Spring, Bullitt Co., Ky., July 9, 1804; his parents, Thomas and Mrs. Sarah Winn Griffin Cofer, were natives of Virginia and Maryland. Dec. 1, 1825, he married Miss Mary Eleanor Macgill, who was born in Annapolis, Md.. Feb. 7, 1807; her parents, Robert and Mrs. Helen Stockett Macgill, daughter of Dr. Thomas Noble Stockett, of Annapolis, were residents of Maryland. The Colonel’s early education was limited, but his thirst for knowledge made him a good student, and he soon became a profound thinker, a logical reasoner and ready writer. He was a consistent Whig as long as that gallant party retained its organization; he represented Hardin Co. in the Lower House of the Legislature of Kentucky, in 1838, 1839, 1848 and 1841, and Hardin, Meade and La Rue Cos. in the Senate of that State from 1848 to 1850; being a farmer, he became the champion of the great interests of labor and production, an advocate of economy in public expenditures, a system of general education, internal improvements, and charitable institutions; as a member of the committee on internal improvements, he originated and aided in drafting and passing the charter of the Louisville & Nashville R. R. Co., now the most prosperous corporation in Kentucky; when railroad enterprises were untried in...

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