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Obituary of Oristus W. Saums

Lawrence Co News, 22 Apr 1948: Aged Man Dies at His Rural Home. - The funeral service for Oristus W. Saums, 90, was held at the Pisgah Presbyterian Church Friday afternoon with the Rev. Mr. Lamper in charge.  Burial was in the Zion cemetery. Mr. Saums, a retired farmer, died at his home south of Bridgeport, Wednesday afternoon. He was born in Sheaton, Pa., on Sept. 6, 1857, the son of Sidney and Rose Ann Dull Saums.  Surviving are three daughters and one son.  They are Mrs. John W. Moore of Bridgeport Route 1, Mrs. Harvey Brunson, Lawrenceville route 1, Mrs. J. T. Evans of Kingston, Pa., and Carl B. Saums of Bridgeport.  There are 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. Burial will be at Zion Cemetery.

(Submitted by Laura Armetta)


Obituary of Mary Saums

Mrs. Mary Saums, known by her friends and neighbors as Aunt Mollie, passed away at her home south of Lawrenceville about 6:30 Tuesday morning (1 Sep 1936).  Her death was sudden and unexpected.  She arose at the usual time Tuesday morning, but in a short time lay down again, complaining not feeling well, and did not help with the early morning work as was her custom.  The doctor was summoned and relatives were notified of her illness, but before the physician arrived she had passed away. Her death was due to neuralgia of the heart.

Mrs. Saums would have been 77 years old on October 31.  Mrs. Saums was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Buchanan.  She was one of the oldest members of the Pisgah Presbyterian church, and was faithful in all the active duties of the church, always attending Sunday school and church services as long as able to do so.  Surviving are the husband, O. W. Saums, three daughters, Mrs. John Moore, of south of Bridgeport, Mrs. Harvey Brunson, south of Lawrenceville, and Mrs. Jack Evans, of Wilkesbarre, PA; one son, Carl Saums, of Xenia; one sister, Mrs. Robert Gillespie, of Pisgah, and one brother, Lawrence Buchanan.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 o'clock at the Pisgah church.  Burial will be at Zion.

(Submitted by Laura Armetta)

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Obituary of John P. Saums

"Bridgeport Leader" - DEATH OF JOHN P. SAUMS. One of Lawrence County's Pioneers and Highly Respected Citizen Passed Away. Mr. John P. Saums, an aged and most honored and esteemed citizen of the Pisgah neighborhood died at his home on Wednesday, February the 28th after several months of intense suffering from cancer of the stomach. The deceased is better known to many of the people of this county than he is to the writer, but we have never heard aught but words of highest commendation and praise of the life he lived and the good deeds that he performed. He was a man greatly loved and admired for his splendid Christian life. The following brief sketch of his life was read at the funeral: John P. Saums was born in Newport, Lucerne County, Penn., December the 2nd 1838. He was married to Lucy A. Stamets, November 1st, 1857. To this union were born seven children, five boys and two girls. Four boys and one girl are still living, viz: Alpheus, of Jackson, Miss.; J. W. of Houston, Tex; Anning of Kansas City; Chas of Bridgeport, and Mrs. Lizzie Lyons of St. Francisville. One boy died in infancy and Emma Hall died in woman-hood. The wife died in 1880 and Mr. Saums was married to Mrs. Sarah King in 1881, who lived only ten days from date of marriage. He was again married to Martha Litherland, September 6, 1883. To this union three children were born, Vada Bardon, David P., and Mary L.--the last two having preceded him to the grave. On the first day of August the deceased enlisted in the U. S. service and was assigned as corporal in Company A, 143rd Regiment of Pennsylvania and was honorably discharged February 20th 1895 [1865?] because of disability  Before coming to the state of Illinois, he belonged to the German Reform Church and after locating here, he united with the Pisgah Presbyterian Church and has been an earnest, devoted, peace loving Christian during this entire period. Brother Saums was a member of the G. A. R. Post at Bridgeport and was also a member of the Masonic order of the same place. He died at his home February 28th, 1917, aged 79 years, 2 months and 26 days. 

(Submitted by Laura Armetta)


Obituary of Mary E. Saums

BRIDGEPORT, ILL - Mrs. Mary E. Saums, 91, of Bridgeport route 1, died Thursday (3 Mar 1966) at 6 p.m. at Sullivan, Ind. Mrs. Saums was born in Lawrence Country on April 14, 1874, and she was a daughter of the late Charles and Evaline Shepard Andrews. She was the wife of Charles Saums, who preceded her in death in 1945.She was a member of the Wabash Presbyterian church. Surviving are eight children, Mrs. Lucy Gognat, and John Saums of Bridgeport Route 1, Mrs. Beulah Lawson of Shelburn, Ind., Mrs. Emma Lankston of Fairborn, Ohio, Mrs. Elsie Reis of Louisville, Ky., Mrs. Bernice Foss of Pensacola, Fla., Mrs. Lizzie Fish of Atlanta, Ga., and Clyde Saums of Los Gatos, Calif; 27 grandchildren; and a brother, Edgar Andrews of Sumner. The body is at the Hammer-Nichols funeral home here, where friends may call after 2 p.m., Saturday.  The funeral will be conducted Sunday at 1 p.m. at Pisgah Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Byron York in charge.  Burial was (will be) in Pisgah Cemetery."

(Submitted by Laura Armetta)

Obituary of Charles Saums

"Charles Saums, son of John Philip and Lucy Stametz Saums, was born in Denison Township, Lawrence County, Illinois, October 5th, 1876 and departed this life at the Good Smaritan hospital in Vincennes, Indiana, on January 18th, 1945, at the age of 68 years, 3 months and 13 days. On October 14, 1896, he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Andrews and to this union was born eleven children, three sons and eight daughters, two of whom preceded their father in death. Mr. Saums spent his entire life in this community as a farmer, and of recent years as State Supervisor of Highways in seven surrounding counties. He is survived by his wife, seven daughters - - Miss Mary E. Saums, Mrs. L.G. Gognat, and Mrs. Charles E. Reis, all of Louisville, Kentucky; Mrs. G.W. Fish, Detgroit, Michigan; Mrs. William Lawson, LaFayette, Indiana; Mrs. Lawrence Lankston, Osborn, Ohio; and Mrs. Nile Foss, Salem, Illinois; two sons - - John C. Saums of Bridgeport, and Lt. Clyde H. Saums of the U.S. Army stationed at Dallas, Texas; one brother, A.J. Saums of Kansas City, Missouri; one sister, Mrs. Vada Bardon of Bridgeport; twenty-two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a wide circle of friends. In his youth, Mr. Saums united with the Pisgah Presbyterian Church.  He was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose."

(Submitted by Laura Armetta)

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Obituary of William Dunlap Denison
20 March 1850 – 13 March 1931

Newspaper clipping

Services Are Held Sunday Afternoon.
Lawrenceville, ILL. March 16 [1931].

--Funeral services for William Dunlap Denison, prominent retired farmer who died at his home in Denison township on Friday afternoon were conducted from the Zion Methodist Episcopal church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. W. D. Simons, pastor of the Zion and Bridgeport M. E. church was in charge of the services where the profusion of beautiful floral offerings and the large number of relatives and friends tended to give evidence of the great respect and love for this venerable citizen.

Mr. Denison, who was born in Lukin township on March 20, 1850, was the son of Alexander D. and Mary Crane Denison. His father was a pioneer farmer in Lukin, immigrating here with his family from his native home in Kentucky in 1818 when he was a lad of 11 years. The Denison family settled in what is now Denison township. Several years later, Alexander was married to Mary Ann Crane, a daughter of William Crane, pioneer of Wabash county where he had located after leaving his former home in Ohio. To this union were born ten children of whom two, Mrs. Mary Ann Gould and Mrs. Alice Gutteridge, both of St. Francisville, are the survivors.

William D. Denison attended the Lukin township schools and remained on their farm there until his marriage on November 6, 1874 to Sallie S. Ryan, the daughter of Alexander and Hannah Grant Ryan, of Denison township.

After their marriage, they settled in Lukin, later moving to their farm in Denison in 1885 where Mr. Denison spent the last 45 years of his life. They have been the parents of nine children, two of whom, William and Albert, have preceded their father in death. The surviving children are Mrs. T. E. Stivers, of Lawrenceville; Charles M., of Osceola, Ark., Mrs. Frank Skeels, of Del Rio, Texas, Raymond R., of Bowling Green, Va., Edgar B., of Lexington, Ky., Roy E., of Denison, and Walter H., of Lawrenceville.

Beside his wife, his seven children and two sisters, Mr. Denison also leaves 13 grandchildren and one great-grandson, besides numerous other relatives and a host of friends throughout the community.

Mr. Denison became a member of the Pisgah Presbyterian church when a young man but later, after moving to Denison township, he, with his wife, transferred his church membership to the Zion Methodist Episcopal church in December 1890 where he had been a faithful member for the past 40 years. A man of a consecrated and exemplary Christian character, he was highly respected throughout the entire community where he spent his life.


Newspaper Obituary:

Wm. D. Denison Passed Away on Farm Where He Spent Half a Century

William Dunlap Denison died at his home about eight miles southwest of Lawrenceville, Friday afternoon at 4:45. He had been in failing health for several years and for ten days prior to death his condition was critical. Had he lived until Friday of this week he would have been 81 years old.

Funeral services were held at Zion M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock by Rev. W. D. Simmons, pastor of the church where deceased had long been a faithful member, and burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Mr. Denison was one of the prominent men and farmers of Lawrence county for more than half a century. Born in Lukin town March 20, 1850, a son of Alexander D. and Mary Ann Crane Denison, he attended the public schools of Lukin and in boyhood and youth assisted his father on the farm, remaining there until November 6 (sic), 1874, when he was married to Sallie Ryan, a daughter of Alexander and Hannah Grant Ryan of Denison town. She was educated in the log schools of her native town.

After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Denison went to housekeeping on a part of his father's farm in Lukin town and also engaged in operating a threshing machine for ten years. In 1885 he traded his Lukin farm for a piece of land in Denison, which he improved and brought to a high state of cultivation. A few years ago his health failed, forcing his retirement from active life, and he moved to Lawrenceville. After a residence of a few months here he became dissatisfied and again returned to the farm to spend his declining years.

Politically Mr. Denison was an ardent Republican. He served two terms as collector of Denison town and in 1902 was the choice of his party for county treasurer, but was defeated in the election that fall.

Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Denison, two of whom preceded their father to the great beyond. The surviving children are Mrs. Carrie Stivers, of this city; Mrs. Frank Skeels of Del Rio, Texas; Charles, of Osceola, Texas (sic); Raymond R., of Bowling Green, Va.; Edgar of Lexington, Ky., Roy, of Denison town, and Walter, of this city. Thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive him, together with his aged wife.

Mr. Denison was one of God's noblemen. His honesty of purpose and his sincerity were never questioned; he was a gentleman in all that the term implies and will be greatly missed in the community where he made his home for so many years. 3-19-31

(Submitted by Alan J. Denison - Great-grandson)



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