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Emma Merritt McWilliams death record
Emma Merritt McWilliams death record
McWilliams, Mrs. Emma, born September 14, 1897 in AR. Married. Died October 29, 1918. Pneumonia. Father: J.M. Merritt, born AR. Mother: Rosa Ritchee, born AR. Informant: J.M. Merritt, Helena, AR. Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery

From Keesham_Lambert Funeral Home Records 
 
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Final resolution of estate of J.M. Merritt
Final resolution of estate of J.M. Merritt
 
 
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Joe Cary McWilliams
Joe Cary McWilliams
Who was Joe Cary McWilliams?

His birthdate (December 7th, even though a different year was same as that of James Conard McWilliams. He was born in Louisianna, the same as James Conard. He was a painter. Dorothy Hopper was told her father as a painter.

His parents (James and Georgia McWilliams) appear to be the same as James Conard McWilliams.

He signs his name J.C McWilliams. 
 
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John M. Merritt Probate
John M. Merritt Probate
 
 
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Josiah Andrews Obituary
Josiah Andrews Obituary
Josiah Andrews was born in Green County, Ohio September 30 1819, and died near his home near Rose Hill, May 27, in his 81st year. He was the son of Wm. P. and Catherine Andrews, and at an early age moved with his parents to Rush County, Indiana, where in 1840 he was married to Rachel Brooks. To this union, eight children were born, only two of whom survive - Wm P. and Thomas Andrews. In 1842 he came to Jasper County, where he reared his family had has since lived. His father Wm P Andrews, was one of the pioneer preachers of the Christian church in this part of Illinois, coming here shortly after the son.

Early in life deceased professed religion, and has always lived an upright Christian life, and during the last few days of his life, when he saw the sun of life fast disappearing surrounded by his children and grandchildren, he was happy in the the thought that he was prepared to go, and exhorted his friends to live a more upright and better life, and said that "though he could not see to know his friends , nor hear well the preaching of the gospel, he was ready to be taken home" With him passes away the oldest and last one of the older and respected families of our county, leaving many relatives and friends to mourn his loss, but who will always hold his memory dear. It may be said of him that his four score years were spent in a useful life, and that he lived to bless mankind.

Funeral services wer held at the family residence at 10:30 am Tuesday, conducted by Rev I.m. Hoel after which burial took place in the Andrews Cemetery.

Newton Press, Friday June 1, 1900 
 
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Last Will and Testament of J.M. Merritt
Last Will and Testament of J.M. Merritt
 
 
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Rosa Bell (nee Richey) Chesnut Obituary
Rosa Bell (nee Richey) Chesnut Obituary
Mrs. Rosa Bell Chesnut, wife of Alva Chesnut and member of a highly respected Jasper county family, was found dead in bed at 5:30 o'clock Saturday morning, March 8, 1952 at her home in Smallwood township, one and a half miles northeast of Bogota. She was 70 years old.

Mrs. Chesnut had suffered with a heart ailment for 10 years, but had appeared to be in better health Friday.
She apparently suffered a heart attack Friday night and was found dead when Mr. Chesnut arose for the day.

Funeral Services were held at 1:30 O'clock Monday afternoon at the Bogota Baptist church, with Rev C.D. Newsome officiating. Burial was in the honey Cemetery, with the Reese service in charge.

Born in Arkansas

Mrs. Chesnut was born January 22, 1992, at Dewitt, ARK, a daughter of John and Jennie Richey. She was married to Mr. Chesnut in 1905.

Surviving her besides her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Parker of Raymond, Ill.; two sons, Aubrey of Newton and Cecil of Bogota; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Nannie Cunningham of Bogota and Mrs. Bertrice Hill of Little Rock Ark. A grandchild, Mrs. Dorothy Hopper of Casey was reared in the Chesnut home.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Mrs. Emma Marriott, and an infant grandson; a sister , LIzzie Richey, and a brother John Richey.
Mrs. Chesnut was a member of the Bogota Baptist Church. 
 
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Rosa Bell Richey Chesnut Death Certificate
Rosa Bell Richey Chesnut Death Certificate