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Kelley of NY & Stephenson Co. Illinois

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Death of A Pioneer
Another of the pioneer residents of this vicinity has been called to "that bourne from which no traveler returns." Mrs Malinda Howard, who passed away ar her home five miles west of Lena, between four and five o'clock Sunday afternoon last, after an illness of a little over a week with broncial trouble.
Malinda R. Kelley was born at Middletown, Delaware Co, NY, July 13, 1825. In 1841 she, with her father, five brothers and six sisters came to Stephenson county and located on the farm in what is known as Howardsville, where she spent the remainder of her life. They made the trip to Chicago via the Erie canal and the Great Lakes, and the remainder of the journey by stage.
In 1848, the subject was united in marriage with Ward B. Howard, who passed away twelve years ago. Mr & Mrs. Howard,were kindly, hospitable people, and their home was a favorable place of resort for their many friends.
Three children came to their home, Fayette Adelbert, Ruth Delphene, now Mrs. Edward Martin Kiplinger, and Oscar E., who died in infancy. Mrs. Howard was converted in early youth, and united with the Methodist church. After she came west she was an attendant of the Baptist church.
Besides the son and daughter Mrs Howard is survived by eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one brother, Orin F. Kelly, Aberdeen, SD and two sisters, Mrs. Rebecca Chaddock and Mrs. Antoinette Loomis of Lena, Illinois.
The funeral services were held from her late residence, Wednesday afternoon, Dr. C.E. Derr officiating. The following friends of the family acted as pall bearers: S.A. Kurtz, Thad Stevens, Earnest Koppean, H.M. Royer and H.I. Gishwiller. Interment was made in the Baptist cemetery near there.
Rebecca (Kelley)Chaddock came to the area with her father and four brothers in 1847 but the obituary does not mention her sisters
Obituary of Mrs. Rebecca Chaddoc (Chaddock)

Rebecca Kelley was born Sept. 12, 1823 in Middletown, New York, and passed to her reward June 29, 1915, at the ripe old age of almost 92 years.
She came west with her father and four brothers in 1847, locating in West Point township, a few miles south of Lena. She was united in marriage to LaFayette Chaddoc, who died August 5,1900. To this union was born two daughters, Josephine and Alice.
Mrs. Chaddoc (Chaddock) united with the Wesleyan Methodist church when quite young and was a faithful, consistent christian until her death. She leaves to mourn her departure one daughter, Alice, a sister, Mrs. Annette Loomis and a number of nieces and nephews.
The deceased made her home for a number of years with her sister, Mrs. Annette Loomis, five miles northwest of Lena.
The funeral services were held Friday July 2, in the Howardsville Baptist church, Rev. B. C. Holloway, pastor of the M. E. church of Lena officiating. Interment was made in the Howardsville cemetery.
The pall bearers were: Fred Howard, Frank Howard, Warren Loomis, Henry Loomis, C. H. Loomis and Edward Fisher.

Pulfrey, Illinois

Irvin Pulfrey, better known as "Mose", died at Savanna City hospital at 1:40 a.m. Monday after being hospitalized one day. He had been in poor health for three years and was 66.
He was born in Stockton township Aug. 17, 1886, the son of Weston and Nellie Eustice Pulfrey, and married Edith Mae Kipplinger at Freeport Jan. 20, 1909. After farming for a time they lived in Freeport and late in Savanna. She passed away Feb. 7, 1950. His stepmother is Mrs. Amelia Pulfrey.
There were 10 children born to Irvin and Edith; edward, Charles, Robert, Ward, Calvin, and Irvin; Nellie, Frances, Ruth and Betty. A sister is deceased.
Services took place Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Hermann funeral home, Rev. R.R. Heidenreich officiating, and interment was at Woodbine cemetery.


William Pulfrey was born in Lincolnshire, England, Jan., 18, 1835, and died at Stockton, Illinois May 21, 1918, aged 83 years, 4 months and 3 days.
When ten years of age, he came with his parents to America and settled near Rockford; where they lived for thirteen years; moving in 1857 to Stockton Center.
In 1862 he was married to Emily A. Bourne, also of Stockton. One year later they bought a farm adjoining his father's place and built a home in which they lived for fifty years, celebrating their golden wedding anniversaty in 1912.
Soon after their marriage they joined the Wesleyan Methodist church at Mt. Juliet, at which time Mr. Pulfrey was baptized by immersion. For the remainder of his life he retained his membership in this church, to which his wife still belongs.
Five years ago they sold the farm and bought a residence in the city of Stockton where they have since lived.
Besides his wife he leaves to mourn his loss a son and daughter and one brother, namel: J.S.Pulfrey, of Garner, Iowa; Mrs Annie Mordick, of Hampton, Iowa, and Weston Pulfrey of Stockton.
He lived a consistent Christian life, and died at a ripe old age, fully believing in the atoning blood of Jesus. In his last conscious hours, he tried to give evidence of this faith by singing the words of an old favorite hymn.
A short service, conducted by Rev. D. W. Bond, was held at the house Thursday afternoon at two o'clock. Further services were held at the house Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Further services were held at the Nazarene church, Rev. A. J> Laird assisted by Rev. Roy Crocker, officiating. A fitting message was given on the subject: "Does Jesus Care?" The text was taken from John 11:35-Jesus wept
Interment was in the Ladies Union Cemetery.

Nathaniel, Elizabeth Morris, Illinois

Mrs. Elizabeth Morris
widow of Nathaniel Morris
In Jo daviess County are to be found many of the original settlers of this section of Illinois, who, during the early days of it's settlement, underwent many hardships, endured untold privations, and were often in most straightened circumstances, all for the sake of building up comfortable homes for themselves and children. Among the number is the subject of this sketch, who is now living on her pleasant homestead on Section 10, Elizabeth township.
Mrs. Morris is a native of Tennessee, born May 26, 1812; being a daughter of Robert B. and Sarah (Flack) Johnson, natives respectively of Tennessee and Ireland. For some years after their marriage they lived in the former state, and then emigrated to Illinois, and resided in Randolph County for several years. In 1928 they came to Jo Daviess County, locating first in Elizabeth Township, thence removing to Guilford Township, where Mr. Johnson managed a saw mill for a number of years on Mill Creek.They subsequently moved to Missouri, where they passed their declining years. They were the parents of 12 children, of whom the following survive; Elizabeth; William, of Stockton Township; Sarah, widow of Tim O'Keefe, of Derinda Township; Albert, of Kansas; Amanda, wife of Edward Williams of Kansas.
Elizabeth, of whom we write, had meagre opportunity for obtaining an education; but assisted her parents in various home duties, being thus strenghtened for the position that she was afterword to occupy, as the wife and helpmate of a pioneer. She was endowed with a fine physique, which was developed by out-door exercise, she being an excellant equestrian, and an expert in the use of a rifle. July 4, 1830, she became the wife of Nathaniel Morris, a Kentuckian by birth, who first opened his eyes to earlhly scenes in Logan County, in 1806. His father was Richard Morris, who emigrated from Kentucky to Illinois, and died in this County in 1847. Nathaniel Morris was reared and educated in Kentucky, ramaining there until 19 years of age, when he crossed the border to that state and became a resident of Illinois. In the year 1827 he came to Jo daviess County and took up a claim of 320 acres of land in Elizabeth Township, and also entered a tract of mineral land near that place. After his marriage with our subject Mr. Morris settled on the homestead now owned and occupied by her. The country was then new, wild game was abundant, and he shot many a deer while standing on the doorstep of his house. His land was then in it's primative condition, and it required a man with a courageous heart, willing hands, and brawny muscles to undertake to bring it in to such a state that one could make a living from it. By dint of preserving imdustry, unswerving energy, and years of patient waiting, he was enabled to see his hopes realized; his wild, unbroken land gradually yielded to cultivation, and in time produced ample harvests. During these long years of toil mr. Morris endured many trials and passed through many dangers. The Indiand often threatened the lives of early settlers of this county, and at one time, during the Black Hawk War, mr. and Mrs Morris, with their eldest daughter, Serena, were obliged to flee to the block fort near Elizabeth, in which many of their neighbors, including the parents of our subject, had taken refuge, and were obliged to stay there several weeks. While they were there the fort was besieged by the famous Black Hawk himself and a number of his warriors, who finally abandoned the siege, although the settlers dared not return to their homes for some time. After the conquest of Black Hawk and his tribe the people of the frontier were no more molested by the savages, but passed the even tenor of their way in peace and quiet. The death of Mr. Morris occured Jan. 25, 1879, and was a serious loss to the county and township, with whose interest he had been so long and closely identified, and in whose advancement he had so materially assisted. He was widely and favorably known, and held in the highest respect for his probidy and sterling worth. In politics, he was a true Republican, and in 1840 cast his vote for William H. Harrison. He served for a number of years as Road Commissioner of the County, and did efficient service. In religion he was an esteemed Baptist and died in the blessed hope of the glorious resurrection. Mrs. Morris still occupies the homestead; and is now, in her advanced age, reaping the reward to which she is entitled after so many years of usefullness and well-doing. The house in which she lives was formerly used as a public house, and known to the old settlers as "Blue Ball Tavern". The honorable Elihu B. Washburne, who was a personal friend of Mr. and Mrs. Morris, and well known by many of the residents of Elizabeth, has been a guest of the house, and a recipient of it's generous hospitalities.
Our subject is a communicant of the church of which her husband was a member and is a firm believer in the doctrines of the Baptist denomination. To her and her husband were born eleven children, of whom five are living, as follows: Serena, widow of G.P. Battern, of Buena Vista, Iowa: Otho, of Galena, Ill.; Nathaniel of the state of Washington; Albert, living on the homestead; and Celista. Four of the sons of our subject did gallant service in the late war-Barzilla, Sylvanus, Otho and Nathaniel. The first mentioned died a few days after his return here from the seat of the war, from disease contracted in the army. Sylvanus died from sickness while standing guard at Young's Point.

Morris, Morse

Stephan Arnold Douglas Morris
born: Oct. 11, 1855 Elizabeth, Illinois

Maude Evelyn Veronice May Morse
(daughter of Nehemiah and Mary Sophia (Warner) Morse
born: March 9, 1861 Juneau county, Wisconsin

John Carlyle
b. 1878 Long Hollow, Illinois
d. 1941

Mary Ella
b. Nov. 30, 1879 Long Hollow, Ill.
d. 1952

Lela Maude
born: Oct. 1881
d. 1926

Annie Delilah
born: June 1883
d. 1951

Evalina Augusta
born: Jan. 31, 1885 Long Hollow, Ill.
died: Dec. 19, 1942
married: Charles Pulfrey
children: Wallace, Leonore, Charles, Phillip, Gazelle, Irene, Louis, Ted, Scott

Marian Elizabeth
born: Nov. 24, 1886 Long Hollow, Ill
d. 1971

Lawrence Robert
born: Aug. 14, 1888 Inman, Iowa
d. 1954

Ruth Almira
born: July 11, 1890 Sioux County, Iowa

Nina Grace
born: April 13, 1892 Sioux county, Iowa
d. 1975

Hazel Winnefred
born:Feb. 22, 1892 Sioux county, Iowa

Inez Lucy
born: Dec. 13, 1896 Sioux county, Iowa
d. 1957

Blanche Sophia
born: Jan. 1, 1898 Sioux county, Iowa
d. 1964

Sarah Antoinette
born: Aug. 13, 1900 Sioux county, Iowa
d. 1952

Julia Estella
born: Feb. 6, 1902 Sioux county, Iowa
d. 1962

Viola FrankiLynn
born: May 30, 1904 Sioux county, Iowa
d. 1984

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Rites Held For Claremont Woman
(Aberdeen News, Dakota News Service)
CLAREMONT---Funeral services were
held in the Methodist church for Mrs.
Charles Townsend Pulfrey, 58, late
of Claremont. The Reverend Arthur Hayer
Evalina Augusta Morris was born to
Stephan Arnold Douglas Morris and
Maude Evelyne Veronica May Morse
in Jo Daviess County, Illinois,
Jan. 31, 1885. At an early age she
moved with her parents to Inwood, Ia.,
where she lived until her marriage
Jan. 30, 1903 to Charles Townsend
Pulfrey of Claremont. She has lived
near Claremont since her marriage.
She is survived by her husband and
nine children; Wallace of Rossford, Ore.;
Mrs Leora Thompson of Kelso, Wash.;
Charles, Jr. of Claremont; Phillip of
Aberdeen, SD; Mrs Joe Corliss of
Hillsboro, Ore.; Mrs. Fred Corliss of
Beaverton, Ore.; Pvt. Louis Pulfrey of
Drew Field, Fla.; and Scott of Claremont.
One son died in infancy.
All the children were here for the
funeral except Louis.
Burial was at the Detroit cemetery,
Brown county, SD.

Howard, Ward B.

A Sudden Summons
Our citizens were greatly surprised to learn of the death of Ward B Howard Friday night. The gentleman was one of the best known pioneers of the county and was a familiar figure on the streets of Lena. He came to town frequently, but Friday was his day for trading. He always came in on that Friday, especially to buy fish, of which he was particularly fond. Last Friday was no exception, and he did his trading during the afternoon and before going home was as jolly and jovial as ever. He did not leave for home until nearly four o' clock and was accompanied by Ed Kiplinger (son-in-law) and family. Mr Kiplinger resided just beyond the stone church in what is known as Howardsville and Mr Kiplinger several miles further west.
After getting to Mr Howards home his heart stopped and the life hadgone out as quietly and peacefully as though he had fallen asleep. The relatives and friends were notified and could hardly believe it to be true having seen him but a few hours before.
Mr Howard was 75 years of age and was an old settler. He came to this country many years ago and assisted in developing the Howardsville region. He was aa great hunter and trapper and up until very recently he trapped wolves each winter. he was everybody's friend.
A widow and two children, Fayette Adelbert Howard and Mrs Ed M. Kiplinger, mourn the passing of a loving husband and father. During late years the deceased had shared his home with a number of New York orphans.
The deceased was a Baptist and the funeral services were held from the Baptist stone church, situated on the corner of his farm, Sunday forenoon. rev Gilbert of Damascus Officiating.
Lena Ill. Star
March 25, 1898

Howard, Ward B.

Freeport Illinois Weekly Bulletin October 7, 1897
Ward B. Howard, of Lena, Called Away Suddenly Last Evening
Had reached th Age of 74 Years
Lena-Oct 2-Ward B. Howard, one of the pioneer residents of Stephenson county, died suddenly at his residence four miles west of this city at 6 o'clock last evening, aged 74 years and four months.
Mr and Mrs Howard and Ed Kiplinger and family had been to Lena yesterday afternoon and when they arrived at Mr. Howard's on their way home he insisted that Mr. Kiplinger and his family should stay to supper.
While they were seated at the table his daughter, Mrs. Kiplinger noticed that Mr. Howard was leaning to one side and called the attention of her husband to it. He went to Mr Howard's side and found that he was dead.
mr. Howard leaves a wife, two children, Fayette A. Howard and Mrs. Edith Kiplinger, a brother and a number of other relatives.

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Howard family, NY, Illinois

Lena Star March 20, 1874
Howard-At the residence of her son, Martin Howard, Howardsville, Illinois, Mrs Ruth Howard, in the 78th year of her age.
The deceased was born in the state of Mass., Sep't 1796. Removed, with her parents, to northern New York. where at an early age she was married to Deacon Martin Howard, whom she survived nearly seven years. Mrs Howard was one of the pioneers of this County, having removed from the state of Ohio to this place in August, 1837. The earliest recollections of "life in the west" will be intimately associated with the presence of this dear lady by many a poor immigrant of former years. Kind hearted and genial in her disposition, heartily sympathizing with the young, ever ready to lend a helping hand to the needy, a devoted and consistent christian by all who knew her.

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Howard family, NY, Illinois

E.M. Kiplinger, 86,
Dies Saturday Nite
Last Rites Scheduled
For 2:00 Today
Funeral services for Edward
Martin Kiplinger, who died at
his home Saturday will be held
from the Baptist church this
afternoon. Rev. Paul E.
Boomer will officiate. Burial
will be at Pineslope cemetery.
Kiplinger died of heart disease
at his home in Belle Fourche, SD
about 10:00 o'clock Saturday
night. He had been ill for only a short
Kiplinger was born in Green
Co., Wisc. Sep't. 24, 1854. He came
to South Dakota in1914. He first
homesteaded in the Owl Creek
territory north of Belle Fourche,
moved to town in 1921, a few months
after the death of his wife.
Kiplinger was married to Ruth D.
Howard Dec. 8, 1881 in Hallsville, Ill.
He is survived by two children;
a daughter, Mrs. Edith May Pulfrey of
Stockton, Ill; a son, Ward M., Belle
Fourche, two older sisters (location
unknown) 16 Grandchildren and 10
Great Grandchildren.