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Obituary of Susan LOVE (WELLER), Macoupin County IL (c)2003   Submitted by:  Ron Grassi

Name of Deceased: LOVE, Susan (WELLER)  
Name of Newspaper: unknown 
Date of Obituary: November 1919 
Obituary: Mrs. Susan LOVE, the daughter of Isaac and Malinda WELLER, was born April 16, 1872 near Nilwood, and departed this life November 22, 1919 at the family residence in South Palmyra. She was united in marriage to Elijah CAMPBELL, November 1, 1888 and to this union were born three children, two girls and one boy; Mrs. Lilllie LOVE of Kansas City, Mo., Gertrude, who died in infancy, and John W. CAMPBELL, at home. Mr. CAMPBELL died in 1894. On February 22, 1898 she was again united in marriage, this time to Joseph M. LOVE. Four children were born;  Mrs. Amy QUARTON of South Palmyra, Loren L., Raymond E and Joseph Albert LOVE, all at home. Her second husband preceded her in death five years. Besides her children, Mrs. LOVE left surviving four brothers, J. W. and T. A. WELLER of Palmyra, Charles WELLER of Great Falls, Mont., and four sisters, Mrs. Julia CONLEE of Jacksonville, Mrs. Lieu ACRE of Waltsville, Ill., Mrs. Mattie THOMPSON of San Angelo, Tex., and Mrs. Fannie BOSTON of McVey, and five grandchildren. The funeral was held at Concord church November 26, conducted by Elder W. G. DOBBS of Springfield.

Obituary of Mary LOVE Macoupin County Illinois ©2000  Submitted by:  Kim Hillier Wilemon

Name of Deceased: LOVE, Mary 
Name of Newspaper: Carlinville Democrat 
Date of Obituary:
December 16, 1908 
Obituary: Mrs. Mary LOVE died at her home in this city (Bunker Hill) at 8:15 a.m. Dec.10th aged 70 years 11 months and 10 days. Funeral services were held at the family residence Saturday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. MORRIS, assisted by the Rev. JUDD. Her remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the city cemetery. Mrs. LOVE was born in Sydling, Dorset, England, and came to this country with her parents and settled in Bunker Hill in 1850. She was married to Wm. LOVE on February 8, 1860. By this union five children were born, three of whom, Henrietta L., Adalaide J. and Gertrude D. survive her and most tenderly and affectionately cared for her and administered to her every want during her declining years. She was confirmed in St. John's Episcopal church on July 18, 1886 and was a faithful and constant member until her death. The funeral was largely attended and the floral offerings were beautiful. Those from a distance were her brother, Harry HILLIER and wife, Carlinville; Mrs. A. MESSICK and daughter and Mrs. E. MARTIN, St. Louis, MO; Mrs. C. GOLIGHTLY, Erie Pa; Mrs. H. WEYEN, Bethel IL, Mrs. Emma BEACH, Dorchester; Mrs. A.E. FLOYD, Mrs. Sadie BOOSINGER, Mrs. James ATCHINSON, Mrs. James CAUDRY, Mr. J.E. RICE, Mr. J.F. AHMS, Mr. L.C. FREDERICKSON, Girard; Mr. and Mrs. JOSEPH, Mrs. Della CASS, Miss Ida BERRY, Litchfield and Mr. and Mrs. SCHERMERHORN, Springfield.

Obituary of Samuel L. LOVELESS, Macoupin County Illinois ©2001   Submitted by: Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: LOVELESS, Samuel L. 
Name of Newspaper: Carlinville Democrat, Carlinville, IL 
Date of Obituary: August 9, 1905 
Obituary: S. L. LOVELESS, Aged Pioneer, Dead - Succumbs After Protracted Illness. Prominent and Esteemed Former Supervisor From Bird Wednesday evening (Aug 2) at 8:40 Samuel L. LOVELESS died at his home on High Street, in this city, after a protracted illness, aged 72 years, 4 months and 8 days. His death was not unexpected, as he had been in ill health for some time. Mr. LOVELESS is one of the most prominent and substantial citizens of Macoupin County, a man of generous disposition, wide views, strong convictions, and a general knowledge, he had a host of friends and admirers throughout the county. He was born in East Tennessee, April 24, 1833 and came with his parents to this county when 8 years of age, his father having settled in Bird township, where he remained until he removed to this city some two years ago. December 14, 1854 he was united in marriage to Miss Elmira COMER, daughter of Aaron COMER. Seven children were born to them, all of whom survive save one who died in infancy. The widow also survives. They are: Aaron B., of Chesterfield; Arthur W., of Brushy Mound; Milo J., of Seattle, Washington; Hattie L., of Bird Township, wife of C. A. BATES; Mrs. H. W. COOMBS, late deceased, Mattie E., and Jennie L. LOVELESS. Mr. LOVELESS was always prominent in public affairs and for three terms represented his township on the board of supervisors. He was a member of the Baptist church and served as deacon for many years, always being an active member prominent in its councils. His death is much deplored by the large circle of admirers. His family has lost much and have the sympathy of all in their affliction. The funeral occurred from the late residence Saturday morning at 10:30, conducted by Rev. O. E. MOFFET and Rev. D. P. DEADRICK, and was largely attended showing in a small measure the estimation in which he was held. The interment was in the city cemetery.

Obituary of William LOVELESS, Macoupin County Illinois ©2002  Submitted by:  Margaret Perkkio

Name of Deceased: LOVELESS, William 
Name of Newspaper: Carlinville Democrat 
Date of Obituary:
July 4, 1900 
Obituary: Thursday morning at an early hour William LOVELESS died, aged 92 years, being born in 1808. William LOVELESS was born in Blount County, Tenn. His wife's maiden name was Jane BELL and her native home was in Knox County, TN. They were married in that state, where they resided until 1841, when they moved to Illinois and made their home on section 8, Bird township. Here they lived in happiness until the death of his wife, December, 1881, at the age of 71 years. Twelve children clustered his pioneer home, who were named as follows: John H., Matilda, Elizabeth, Samuel L., Zeddock, William J., George W., Hugh F., Mary A., Marion F., Martha and Charles M.; Matilda is the widow of Mathias UNDERWOOD; Elizabeth and Martha are deceased; Mary A. is Mrs. William BAUMGARDNER, a resident of Nebraska. The deceased first came to this state when a young man, arriving in 1838, and cut wood in the American bottoms for a year or so, then he returned to Tennessee and came back to Illinois in 1841 to reside. His death was very sudden, and hardly was he contained to his bed in his last days. He was known as Grandpa LOVELESS and he was one of the old patriarchs of Macoupin County. The funeral occurred Friday afternoon from the residence of Marion LOVELESS. Interment in Shiloh cemetery by the side of his wife.

Obituary of Zadock LOVELESS, Macoupin County Illinois ©2012  Submitted by:  Margaret Perkkio

Name of Deceased: LOVELESS, Zadock 
Name of Newspaper: Bement Register 
Date of Obituary:
July 12, 1912 
Obituary: Zadok LOVELESS was born in thestate of Tennessee December 16th, 1832, and died in Bancroft, Wisconsin, July 7, 1912, age 72 years, 6 months, 21 days. When but four years old he was brought to Illinois, and at various times he made his home in different counties of the state.
In 1830 he was united in marriage to Miss Nancy MADISON; to this union ten children were born, six boys and four girls. Three of the former and four of the latter are still living. His wife died Feb. 16, 1872, leaving him the care of a large family. His second marriage was to Miss Mary Jane EDWARDS and to this union five children were born, three boys and two girls, two boys and the two girls are still living. His second companion and four of his children having preceded him, he leaves to mourn his death, four brothers, one sister, eleven children, six of whom were present at the funeral. Mr. Loveless also leaves a large number of relatives and many friends who learned to love him in his earthly pilgrimage.
At the age of fifteen years he was converted to Christ, but did not unite with the church. He wandered away from his Lord, and lived outside the fold for many years, but we are happy to state that about a month before his death, he made his peace with God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and died happily in that faith.
Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John MOERY, Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. K. G. SANDMEYER, pastor of the Methodist church. Internment was in the Bement cemetery.

Obituary of Clement John LUMPKIN, Macoupin County Illinois ©2001  Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: LUMPKIN, Clement John
Name of Newspaper: Macoupin County Enquirer, Carlinville, IL
Date of Obituary: May 5, 1949
Obituary: C. J. LUMPKIN DIES AT HOME HERE TUESDAY - Former Publisher of Enquirer, 84, had been Ill the Past Two Years - (Died May 3, 1949). Following an illness of more than two years, C. J. LUMPKIN, for 49 years publisher of THE MACOUPIN COUNTY ENQUIRER until his retirement 14 years ago, former civic and political leader and one of Carlinville's best known and best beloved citizens, passed away at his home, 325 E. First South street at 12:45 Tuesday afternoon. He was 84 years old last August 24. Following a series of heart attacks suffered in 1937, Mr. LUMPKIN had been confined to his home most of the time. His condition improved last summer to such an extent that he was able to ride downtown and out to inspect his farms, but the improvement was short lived. On January 2 he was removed to Macoupin Hospital Annex where he remained for nearly four months, being returned to his home the day after Easter Sunday. For a time at the hospital his condition was considered quite critical, but he rallied and until several days before his death seemed much improved. However, on Saturday he suffered a sinking spell and continued to grow weaker until the end came. FUNERAL FRIDAY - Funeral services will be held at First Methodist church tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2:30 with the Rev. Charles W. SEDGWICK officiating. Grover C. FARRIS, Blackburn College organist, will play a solo and interment will be made at MAYFIELD Memorial cemetery with T. K. RINAKER, Ira McCOLLOM, Gustav H. MUELLER, Henry J. FLORI, W. L. SCHMITT, Victor HEMPHILL and W. A. CHALLACOMBE of Carlinville, and Charles ARNOLD of White Hall serving as pallbearers. Mr. Nebo Lodge No. 76, A. F. & A. M. will have charge of Masonic graveside ceremonies with Past Master Stanley N. WILSON giving the master's oration. The remains were taken to the WIESE funeral home and will be returned to the LUMPKIN home this (Thursday) morning. At noon Friday the body will be taken to the church where friends may call until the hour of the service. Schools will be closed at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, Supt. H. S. LITTLEPAGE has announced, so that the teachers and pupils who care to do so, may attend the funeral. Born in 1864 - Clement John LUMPKIN was born on the old LUMPKIN homestead in Bird township, east of Chesterfield, Aug. 24, 1864, the only son of James William and Elzina BATES LUMPKIN. The farm on which he was born was entered in 1835 by his grandfather, John LUMPKIN, a native of Virginia, who came to Illinois from Kentucky. Mr. LUMPKIN'S parents, in addition to himself, had one other child, a daughter, Martha, who became the wife of Judge Joseph STIRMAN of Owensboro, Ky., and later Springfield, Ill. The deceased moved to Carlinville in 1880 with his parents where his father entered the farm implement business and served as deputy sheriff. He received his early education in the rural schools and then entered Blackburn Academy and graduated from Blackburn University with the class of 1885. During his entire college career he was editor of the BLACKBURNIAN, Blackburn College newspaper, and there acquired the idea that he would like to take up publishing as a career. Consequently, after he graduated from college and taught country school for one term, he and his father purchased THE ENQUIRER in 1886. The elder Mr. LUMPKIN had a remarkably good education for those days, having attended Shurtleff College at Alton. He was a writer of pronounced ability and quickly developed into an able journalist. A Top Reporter - Father and son continued their partnership under the ownership title of J. W. & C. J. LUMPKIN until the elder man's death in July, 1903, when Clement J. LUMPKIN continued to edit and publish THE ENQUIRER until his retirement. While not particularly a spectacular or dramatic writer, C. J. LUMPKIN wrote with a sincerity of purpose which distinguished his work and he probably was one of the best reporters Illinois country journalism ever knew. He could literally "smell" a story and was a genius in pointing out the news value of incidents and happenings those who worked with him and younger journalists considered not newsworthy. Throughout his publishing career Mr. LUMPKIN was identified with publishers' organizations. He was a member of, and past president of the Macoupin County Editorial Association, and a member of the Southern Illinois Editorial Association, the Illinois Press Association and the National Editorial Association. On June 27, 1899 Mr. LUMPKIN took as his bride Miss Elizabeth PEGRAM of Carrollton, whose father was a member of a prominent pioneer family of that community, and whose mother was a native of Alabama. She survives him, together with the two sons of his late sister, Wilbur STIRMAN of Springfield, and Joseph STIRMAN of Louisville, Ky. Mr. and Mrs. LUMPKIN would have observed their 50th wedding anniversary next month. Active in Schools - Mr. LUMPKIN was ever active in civic affairs. He was a member of both the Carlinville Grade and the Carlinville Community High school boards of education, both of which he served as president and secretary. He was a member of the Grade school board when the South school was built and was a member of the Carlinville Community High school board at the time that district was established and the high school building erected. He also served for many years as a trustee of Blackburn College. A lifelong Democrat, Mr. LUMPKIN was well informed concerning the history and principles of his party and was one of its most earnest and uncompromising supporters. Time after time he was re-elected without opposition as Democratic senatorial committeeman for the 38th Senatorial district. He also served for many years as a director of the Hartwell Levee District. Fraternally he was identified with the Masonic order. He was a member of Mt. Nebo Lodge No. 76, A.F. & A.M. for 63 years, and was a long time member of Macoupin Chapter-No. 187, Royal Arch Masons; Elwood Commandery No. 6, Knights Templar, and the Consistory and Shrine in Springfield. As a business man Mr. LUMPKIN was capable, conscientious and thoroughly honorable in his dealings, and left a record of integrity that shall continue as a monument to his memory.

Obituary of Elzina LUMPKIN (BATES), Macoupin County Illinois ©2001  Sue Raffurty McMurry

Name of Deceased: LUMPKIN, Elzina (BATES
Name of Newspaper: The Daily Enquirer, Carlinville, IL 
Date of Obituary: August 24, 1904 
Obituary: Mrs. Elzina LUMPKIN Dead - Years of patient suffering came to a close Monday night. Native of Macoupin County and Wife of a Former Editor of this Journal Passes Peacefully Away. Mrs. Elzina LUMPKIN, widow of the late James W. LUMPKIN, died at her home on East Main street, Carlinville, Ill., Monday, August 22, at 10:30 o'clock P.M., aged 65 years, 7 months and 7 days. Mrs. LUMPKIN had been in feeble health for the past three years and during most of the time had to be cared for as an invalid. With all her afflictions she was ever hopeful and up to a few weeks ago never took any thought but that she would recover. While her afflictions were lamentable, yet she suffered but little considering the length of time that Bright's disease had been slowly breaking down her strong constitution. Mrs. LUMPKIN was born January 15, 1839, in Barr township, Macoupin County, Illinois and was the daughter of James and Martha WITT BATES, natives of Tennessee who came to Illinois in 1832. Her father, who died in 1845, was a brother of William BATES, Thomas BATES and Mrs. CARR, all of whom have passed to the great beyond. On December 26, 1857, she was united in marriage to James W. LUMPKIN and resided on a farm near Chesterfield until 1880 when the family moved to Carlinville, which has since been her home. To this union three children were born, Clement J. LUMPKIN, present proprietor and publisher of the Macoupin County Enquirer; Mrs. Mattie E. STIRMAN, wife of Judge J. S. STIRMAN of Owensboro, Ky.; and Blanche, who died in infancy. Mrs. LUMPKIN was a devoted mother and kind neighbor who was ever ready to render assistance to anyone. She was a devoted Christian and died with an abiding faith in the Lord. She first united with the Shiloh Baptist church, and after moving to Carlinville transferred her membership to the Baptist church in this city. While her physical infirmities were severe, Mrs. LUMPKIN was not without other afflictions. On July 6, 1903, her beloved husband who had been her shield and protector through a long and eventful life, passed away. This same day her brother, John BATES, died in Omaha, Neb. Under this great double affliction she bore up bravely and never at any time allowed her trouble to cast a shadow over the path of those who surrounded and tried to comfort her. She bore her troubles with Christian fortitude, a characteristic that distinguished her entire life. Her funeral took place this (Wednesday) afternoon from the residence on East Main street which had been her home during the closing years of her life. The services were conducted by Rev. O. E. MOFFET, pastor of the Baptist church, the denomination with which she cast her lot in earlier life and whose teachings and precepts she followed with zeal that will bear emulation. The interment was in the family lot in the city cemetery, by the side of the remains of her late husband.

Obituary of James W. LUMPKIN Macoupin County Illinois © 2000   Submitted by: Sue McMurry

Name of Deceased: LUMPKIN, James W. 
Name of Newspaper: The Daily Enquirer, Carlinville, IL 
Date of Obituary: July 9, 1903 
Obituary: THE DAILY ENQUIRER, CARLINVILLE, ILLINOIS, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 1903 JAMES W. LUMPKIN After weeks and months of intense suffering James W. LUMPKIN, the senior proprietor and editor of this journal, passed quietly away at 10:15 o'clock in the forenoon of Monday July 6, 1903, at his home on East Main street, this city. He has been in failing health for over a year, although until the last month he was able to occasionally get out of the house and come down to the office. The immediate cause of his death was neuritis, with spinal involvement, accompanying premature old age. Neuritis is the inflammation of a nerve, or nerves and pre-senility prevented his impoverished system from building up before the inflammation reached the spinal cord. He was conscious on Thursday morning of last week and in conversation with those around him, including the members of his family, he said that he realized the end was near and that he was ready to meet his Maker. The only regret he expressed was at leaving his beloved wife, who is also in very feeble health. He said that he had never knowingly wronged anyone and was perfectly resigned to his fate. In the year 1836 John and Emily Ann (RAFFERTY) LUMPKIN moved from Daviess county, Ky., and settled on a tract of land in Bird township, Macoupin county. It was before the era of railroads and the family came by wagon to their new home. At that time the country between this city and Chesterfield was covered by prairie grass. There was a small settlement around the spot where Mr. LUMPKIN located and another at Kent's Point. Carlinville was but a small hamlet in a thicket and people who had occasion to visit what is now the county seat had to wend their way through paths in the prairie grass.

On this tract of land, which the elder Mr. LUMPKIN entered from the government, on November 15, of the year of the arrival of the family from Kentucky, 1836, James W. LUMPKIN, their only child, the subject of this tribute was born. His early life was spent in a typical pioneer home, where, when he was old enough, he following agricultural pursuits after the primitive methods of that era. His elementary education was acquired in what was known as ________ schools. Later he attended _____ school for young men at Chesterfield taught by a man named Orin COOLEY. Chesterfield was at that time the education center of Macoupin county, and the early settlers from far and near who could acquire enough means to send their children to school in Chesterfield did so. After completing a course at Chesterfield James LUMPKIN then took a course in Shurtleff college in Upper Alton.

In the year 1857 he was married to Miss Elzina BATES, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James BATES, and also a native of Macoupin county. After his marriage he and his wife continued to make their home on the old homestead until the year 1880, when they moved to Carlinville. To this union were born two children, Clement J., of this city, and Mattie E., the wife of Judge J. S. STIRMAN, of Owensboro, Ky. Both children, with the widow, survive the father and were with him to minister to his wants and comfort him during the closing hours of his life. From his boyhood James W. LUMPKIN always took an active interest in all public affairs and from old settlers we learn that he was frequently called upon to preside at conventions, political and otherwise, even before he became of age. In the affairs of his township he was recognized as one of the leading spirits in the promotion of all that was for the best interests of the community. He served for many years as justice of the peace and the marriage certificates of many prominent people of Macoupin county bear his signature.

Politically he belonged to the old school of Democracy and always took pleasure in giving reasons why he was a Democrat. It is not known that he ever missed attending a local convention of his party and his ability and loyalty to his party was recognized by usually sending him as a delegate to state, congressional and senatorial conventions, and many times he was made an officer of such conventions. He has also served as chairman of the Democratic county central committee. While he had been instrumental during all his life in helping to nominate and elect his friends to office, yet, as is frequently the case, he was never successful in securing an elective office himself.

In the early days, before there was a house of worship in the community, the Baptists of the neighborhood held services in a locust grove in front of the old LUMPKIN homestead. At one of these meetings James LUMPKIN was converted and afterward united with the Shiloh Baptist church, continuing a member of that congregation until after his removal to this city when he transferred his membership and has since been a consistent and devoted member of the Baptist church here. He was a charter member of Chesterfield lodge, A. F. & A M., and for several years a member of Mt. Nebo lodge, No. 76, of the same order here. He has been honored by being chosen master in both lodges. He was also a member of the Macoupin chapter, R.A.M. of this city, and of St. Omar Commandery, K. T., of Litchfield. He always took an interest in the work of the order and many an entered apprentice, craftsman, and even a master mason has profited by his lectures. Moving to Carlinville he was unwilling to lead a retired life and in 1881 he engaged in the implement business. Later he was appointed deputy sheriff and served in this capacity for one term. In 1886, in company with his son, C. J. LUMPKIN, he entered the field of journalism by assuming control of the Macoupin County Enquirer, which they have since conducted. Without attempting to be self-laudatory, we believe that is generally conceded that his career as a publisher has been a success. In politics and matters of public interest and enterprise he has always favored an aggressive enterprise. During his management of the paper, it may be said that his party has benefited, and the local organization has at all times been encouraged to do more active work. The results during the past seventeen years speak for themselves. He would not publish anything of a vicious character, or of a nature that would injure anyone personally, if he knew it. While an aggressive partisan, he always respected the beliefs and opinions of others. The funeral took place from his late residence at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. A quartet composed of Dr. W. A. ALEXANDER, Otis VAUGHN, Mrs. William CASTLE and Miss HOBITT sang some familiar gospel hymns. The scripture lesson and opening exercises were by Rev. O. E. MOFFETT, pastor of the Carlinville Baptist church. Rev. MOFFETT paid a glowing tribute to the memory of the departed. A fervent prayer was offered by Rev. DEADRICK, who also told in touching words of his acquaintance with deceased. A former pastor of Mr. LUMPKIN, and an old time friend, Rev. T. N. MARSH, of Upper Alton, delivered the funeral address, taking for his text a portion of the 11th verse of the fourth chapter of II Corinthians: "Lest the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ who is the image of God, should shine upon them." From these words Rev. MARSH preached an eloquent discourse, incorporating into it a biography of deceased, including his personal remembrance of him and his excellent qualities. Following the address of Rev. MARSH, sir knights of St. Omar commandery went through their brief ritual service. The remains were then taken to the funeral car, and the procession formed. The active pall bearers were: A. M. BORING, W. H. H. HORINE, J. B. LISTON, T. P. HUGHES, A. H. WOODS and J. W. SHULTZ (STULTZ?), the latter two being from Chesterfield. The honorary pall bearers were: Judges L. P. PEEBLES and R. B. SHIRLEY, J. L. PLAIN, Samuel COMER, G. W. ARNETT, Joseph BIRD, John HOMER, W. E. P. ANDERSON, Royal HAYS, John WESTERMEIER, A. G. DAVID and Peter HEINZ. Following the funeral car were. Sir Knights of St. Omar commandery, K. T.; Mt. Nebo lodge, A. F. & A. M. with visiting Masons; employees of Enquirer office, all on foot; carriages containing relatives and friends and citizens on foot. Arriving at the cemetery the concluding rites were conducted according to the beautiful ritual service of the Blue lodge, A. H. BELL acting as worshipful master. Several beautiful and appropriate floral offerings indicated in a measure the high esteem in which Mr. LUMPKIN was held in the community and the large attendance listened reverently to all that was said and seemed anxious to pay a last tribute to the memory of one they loved.

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