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The following obituary appeared in the 24 February 1893 issue of The Clinton Star.

Death of Thomas Kelly

Thomas KELLY was born in Sumner county, Tenn., Nov. 16, 1818.  He was married to Miss Susan F. 
GREGORY, in the same state and county, Jan. _, 1842.  To them seven children were born, six of
whom survive.  They are Mary C. CHANEY, of Taylor county, Iowa; Joseph in Weldon, Ill; John in
Oregon; James in Mason county , Ill; Ann and Susie live on the farm.  One daughter died in 

Mr. and Mrs. KELLY lived in their native state until 1844, when they moved to Logan county, 
Ky., where they lived till 1854.  From there they came to Mason county, Ill., and finally to 
DeWitt county in 1869, and settled on a farm near Weldon on which he peacefully passed away,
Feb. 16, 1893.  Thomas KELLY was converted when quite young and the M. E. church, but some 
years afterwards united with the Baptist church, in which faith he died . . . . His funeral 
took place from his late residence on the 18th inst., and the remains interred in the Weldon
cemetery, Rev. D. MacARTHUR officiating.


The following article appeared in the 9 August 1895 issue of The Clinton Register.

AN OLD RESIDENT PASSES AWAY.  Mrs. Emily Knaedler Is at Rest After Living Her
Allotted Number of Years.

On last Saturday, Aug. 3, Mrs. G. W. KNAEDLER breathed her last after several years
suffering from that dread disease, malignant cancer.

Miss Emily MILES was born in 1824, near Geneva, NY, coming with her parents to
Urbana, O., when but a child.  At the age of nineteen see was united in marriage to G. W.
KNAEDLER, and with him came to Clinton in 1850.  After teaching a private school for
a couple of years, Mrs. KNAEDLER thought the millinery business more to her liking, so
she opened up the rooms in Squire J. J. McGRAW's building above what is now occupied
by A. J. LATIMER's shoe store.  For over 30 years she carried an a successful business
here, until her health failed, and she went to Gainesville, Fla., but returned in 1888 to
remain a couple of years after her husband's death.

She was the mother of four children, Thomas, who died in 1852, V. L. KNAEDLER, who
is living near Clay City, Ok., Mrs. Sarah ESTELL, and Mrs. Jeanette EDMISTON, both
of whom are living in this city.  During the past few years she has visited a number of
health resorts in the hope of getting relief from this disease which had such a firm hold
on her, but in vain.  In March last she entered a hospital in Chicago but the doctors could
do nothing for her, so in April she returned to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jeanette
EDMISTON to spend the law days left her, in her old home, and surrounded by friends
and loved ones.

She was seventy-one years of age.  The funeral services were held at the  home of Mrs.
EDMISTON on Monday afternoon, Rev. W. J. TULL being in charge of the services. 
The Methodist choir sang several appropriate hymns, and the remains were interred in
Woodlawn cemetery.


The following article appeared in the 15 March 1889 issue of The Clinton Register.

Mrs. Margaret Lisenby, who died in LeRoy on March 3, was born in Tennessee, near Jonesboro, 
eighty-seven years ago.  Her life was early marked by the death of her father, while he was 
a prisoner in the hands of the British at Quebec, he having been one of the army surrendered at
Detroit by Gen.  Hull.  Mrs. Lisenby married in Kentucky the step-son of her mother, Benjamin V.
Lisenby, and came to Sangamon county, Illinois, in 1829.  In 1830 she with her husband settled 
in DeWitt county an a farm, which remained, in their hands until the death of Mr. Lisenby, over 
twenty years ago.

She was the mother of ten children, seven of whom grew to maturity.  Three only survive her 
death, Mrs. Nancy Suver, of Warren county, Mrs. Henrietta Fisher of LeRoy, and Wm. J. Lisenby 
of DeWitt.  She died at the residence of Mrs. Fisher, with whom she had made her home for a
number of years.  She was buried near DeWitt in the family cemetery, March 5.
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