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Southern Illinois Bulletin Board VI


Capt. Philip J. HOWARD, operator of a large stone quarry at Rosiclare, Ill. is a descendant of one of the oldest families in that section of the state. His grandfather, John HOWARD, came from Virginia while he was still quite a young man, and settled in what was then Pope county. He married a Miss ROBINETT and they lived their whole lives in the vicinity of the Old Illinois Furnace, in what is now Hardin county. They had four sons and one daughter, all now deceased. One son, Joshua, was at one time sheriff of Pope county, before Hardin county was organized. John HOWARD lived to be seventy years of age and his wife reached the age of seventy-five. Their son, Philip J. HOWARD, father of the subject of this sketch, was born six miles north of Elizabethtown, grew to manhood on his father's farm, married Miss Minerva McFARLAND, and lived his whole life on a farm near that town. Minerva McFARLAND, was a daughter of James and Elizabeth McFARLAND, who built the first rude log house where the town of Elizabethtown now stands. As the settlement grew and the town began to take form, it was named after Mrs. McFARLAND. The old log house gave way in time to a commodious brick dwelling, which is still standing and id used as a hotel. James McFARLAND was a farmer and a flatboatman, making several trips to New Orleans by means before the advent of railroads. Philip J. and Minerva HOWARD had three children, Elizabeth, Philip J., and one deceased. Elizabeth is now Mrs. DUNN, living in Kansas. The father died at the age of thirty-five and the mother lived to the age of seventy- nine years. After the death of her husband she married a second time, her second husband being James KIRKHAM, and they had five children, two of whom, James H. and Pinckney, now live at Smithland, Ky., and the others are deceased. Captain HOWARD was born near Elizabethtown, March 11, 1840, received his education in the common schools, and on July 29, 1861, enlisted in Company A, Twenty-ninth Illinois volunteer infantry, under Capt. Charles M. FERRILL. The regiment was mustered in at Camp Butler, and after a short stay at Cairo joined the forces in West Tennessess. It was at Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Belmont, Mo., Pittsburg Landing, Corinth, and Holly Springs. At Holly Springsa portion of the regiment, among them Captain HOWARD, was captured and held prisoners at the parole camp at St. Louis for about five months. In June, 1863, they were exchanged and rejoined the command in front of Vicksburg. After that the regiment was at Fort Blakely, Mobile, and numerous minor engagements, not being mustered out until December, 1865, when it was discharged at Hempstead, Tex. For gallant conduct at Fort Donelson and Pittsburg Landing Private HOWARD was promoted from the ranks to the office of captain, and commanded his company the rest of the time he was in the service. In November, 1865, he was married to Miss Jennie HOWE, a native of Harrison county Ind., and for two years they lived on a farm in Saline county, Ill. They then removed to Rosiclare, where they have lived ever since, now being the oldest residents of the place. For sometime he was in the hotel business; was then manager of the Pell Mining Company's interest for fourteen years, and since then has been engaged in the stone business. Captain HOWARD has taken an active part in politics ever since the war, and is one of the leading Republicans of the county. In 1886 he was elected sheriff of the county against large odds and held the office for four years. He was for sixteen years the postmaster at Rosiclare, and has held some of the minor offices of a local character. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge, No. 276, at Elizabethtown; Empire Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, also at Elizabethtown, and with his family belongs to the Christian church. He is also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Captain HOWARD and his wife have five sons: Charles L., Philip J., John R., William H. and Walter P., all living at Rosiclare.

[The above article was taken from Memoirs of the Lower Ohio Valley
Personal and Genealogical with Portraits ~ Vol I ~ Madison, Wis. Federal Publishing Co ~ 1905 ~ 01 Mar 98]



Mrs. Susan M. HUNTER, whose maiden name was GARNER, was the daughter of W.B. GARNER, and was born in Kentucky in March 1821. Her mother was of German extraction, and the entire family were noted for robust, healthy constitution. They came to Illinois when Mrs. HUNTER was quite young. At an early age she was married to Drake LOCKWOOD; whose death left her a widow. She afterward married James A. WHITESIDE, who was a widower with quite a large family. After Mr. WHITESIDES' death she retained the fascinating charms of a beautiful young woman, and was married to Robert O. HUNTER, who died several years ago.

She was the mother of six or seven children; four of whom are now living, viz: John LOCKWOOD by her first husband; S.D. WHITESIDES and Sidney McFARLAN, by her second husband, and Belle GOODRICH by her third husband. As a step-mother she reared a large family of children for her second husband.

She died of congestion of the bowels, Sept. 6, 1889; having been sick only about thirty-six hours. Dr. W.J.J. PARIS was called to administer to her relief, but her malady was so severe, and had been so rapid in its work, as to render medical skill abortive.

She leaves five sisters and two brothers, all of whom were too far away to be brought to her funeral. Three sisters and two brothers reside in California; one sister lives in McLeansboro, Ill., and it is supposed that another resides at Enfield, Ill.

Mrs. HUNTER was buried on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the WHITESIDE cemetery; your humble servant officiating in the funeral ceremony. As she was an old and highly respected citizen of the community, a large concourse of people came out to pay their last tribute of respect and render the last service that we shall be permitted to render Mother HUNTER in this world of parting and sorrow. Illness prevented some that would have attended the funeral, and the death was so sudden that many did not even know that she had been sick until after the burial.


[The above article was sent to me by (new address:) John R. Noel, 17804 Harrison St., Lowell, IN 46356 ]~ 03 Mar 1998


Son of Joseph and Elizabeth (SHADOWENS) JENNINGS

Among the influential citizens of Pope County, no one has been more prominently identified with her welfare or more interested in her success and prosperity for many years past, than has the gentleman of whom we write. Many years ago he was one of a company formed in this county for protection against thieves and robbers. This was before the days of organized defense against lawlessness, and the early settlers were obliged to be their own protectors. Mr. JENNINGS was one of a party that captured a gang of robbers who had made themselves notorious by many acts of violence and had acted in defiance of the rights of others. A number of the desperadoes were sent to the penitentiary for life, thus ridding the county of some of the most daring outlaws that ever infested southern Illinois. Mr. JENNINGS is engaged in farming on section 31, township 13, range 6, where he has resided since 1890.

The subject of this sketch was born on Christmas Day, in the year 1822, in Allen County, Ky., his parents being Joseph and Elizabeth (SHADOWENS) JENNINGS. The father was a native of South Carolina, the mother's birthplace being in Tennessee. In 1836, they came to this State, crossing the Ohio River at Golconda, and settling first in Williamson County, where they lived a short time. They then removed to this county, where they were numbered among the first settlers, and later located in Hardin County, where they were called from this life.

Our subject (Elijah JENNINGS) remained with his parents until reaching the age of twenty-seven years. He attended the subscription schools in Williamson County for about three months in the year, paying at the rate of $1 per month, as in those days there were no free or public schools. In his boyhood wild game was very plentiful, and many a time he has seen bears, wolves, and deer as well as smaller animals in the locality. He first purchased a tract of 40 acres in this county near the old Poor Farm, to the cultivation of which he devoted himself for about eight years, when he sold the place and became the owner of one about four miles from Golconda. For nearly forty years he lived on that farm, which he brought under thorough cultivation and greatly improved, so that when he sold it in 1890 it bore little resemblance indeed to the wild and unimproved farm which was his original purchase. This he traded in 1890 for the one where he now makes his home, which comprises 80 acres, besides which he owns a farm of 40 acres south of Golconda. He is numbered among the most enterprising and progressive agriculturists of this vicinity.

An important event took place in the life of Mr. Jennings on August 25, 1847, at which time he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Jane Saurd. The lady was born in Hardin County, Ill., July 22, 1828, and departed this life October 27, 1888. Our subject was again married, March 24, 1889, Mrs. Mary C. (Flannery) Flick then becoming his wife. She was born in Pope County November 4, 1845. Her father was a native of Kentucky, but her mother was born in this State. Elijah Jennings had a family of fifteen children by his first wife, seven living, who are named as follows: Emily J., Minerva Armeda, U. S. and Mary J. (twins), Robert, E. L. and Otto C.

For over fifty-two years Mr. Jennings has been an active worker in the church and Sunday School of the Baptist denomination. For one year he served as Constable, and for a number of years has been School Director and Road Supervisor. He affiliates with the Democratic party, and is a thoroughly patriotic citizen, striving in every way within his power to promote all measures having for their object the elevation of mankind and the good of his fellow-citizens.

[The above article were taken from: The Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin Counties, Illinois ~ Chicago Biographical Publishing Co. ~ 1893 ~ pp.172-173. It was emailed to me by Faye BOWMAN [] 13 Feb 1998 ~ 01 Mar 98]

~ Descendants of Elijah JENNINGS ~

1 ~ Elijah JENNINGS 1822 - 1894
...+Mary Jane SOWARD 1828 - 1888 m: 25 August 1847
......2 ~ Emily Jane JENNINGS 1848 - 1921
.........+Alexander Nelson HATHAWAY 1833 - 1917 m: 25 Nov 1866
............3 ~ Sarah J. HATHAWAY 1867 -
...............+Francis R. AUD 1863 - m: 17 Feb 1895
............3 ~ Mary Ellen HATHAWAY 1869 - 1966
...............+Andrew Jackson "Jack" WASSON 1861 - 1949 m: 01 Jan 1890
............3 ~ Julia Ann HATHAWAY 1872 -
...............+George GEE 1864 - m: 18 Oct 1891
.......2 ~ Julia A. JENNINGS 1849 - 1876
..........+Starling H. ABBOTT 1845 - 1899 m: 23 Sep 1866
............3 ~ Guy ABBOTT
............3 ~ Alice ABBOTT 1867 - 1876
............3 ~ Clarence Curtis ABBOTT 1868 - 1942
...............+Fredonia "Donia" TROVILLION 1872 - 1962 m: 10 Feb 1892
............3 ~ Norah ABBOTT 1869 - 1891
...............+James Robert SCOTT 1865 - 1891 m: 11 Mar 1888
............3 ~ Millie ABBOTT 1872 - 1894
...............+Carlos Edward TROVILLION 1867 - 1952 m: 24 May 1891
............3 ~ Stella ABBOTT 1876 - 1876
....... 2 ~ Andrew JENNINGS 1855 - 1875
....... 2 ~ Minerva J. JENNINGS 1857 - 1894
...........+Nelson Franklin BARBER 1843 - 1918 m: 24 Nov 1877
............3 ~ Effie BARBER 1878 - 1966
...............+Lewis LAMAR 1875 - 1954
............3 ~ Lural BARBER 1880 -
...............+Carlos ASHBY 1886 - m: 18 Sep 1919
............3 ~ Joseph BARBER 1883 - 1884
............3 ~ Mamie BARBER 1884 -
...............+Walter "Zig" WILLIAMS 1890 - m: 28 Apr 1912
............3 ~ Stella BARBER 1885 - 1886
............3 ~ Albert "Kinky" BARBER 1887 - 1923
...............+Ida Elizabeth IGEL 1887 - 1964 m: 20 Nov 1910
............3 ~ Carrie BARBER 1890 - 1980
...............+Jack HEATH
...............*2nd Husband of Carrie BARBER:
............3 ~ Walter N. "Sambo" BARBER 1893 - 1954
...............+Sarah Melissa BILLINGTON 1896 - 1988 m: 19 July 1913
....... 2 ~ Armada JENNINGS 1864 - 1947
...........+Rufus Calvin DAVIDSON 1855 - 1928 m: 21 Aug 1881
............3 ~ Tessie Ora DAVIDSON 1882 - 1967
...............+William August ROMANUS 1879 - 1952 m: 29 June 1902
............3 ~ Della C. DAVIDSON 1884 - 1959
...............+Burl FOREMAN 1883 - 1955 m: 08 July 1903
............3 ~ Oliver Perry DAVIDSON 1889 - 1963
...............+Ethel WAGNER 1891 - 1966 m: 02 Jan 1910
............3 ~ Lyman Russell DAVIDSON 1893 - 1968
...............+Ora Pearl DAKIN m: 1917
...............*2nd Wife of [2] Lyman Russell DAVIDSON:
...............+Laura HOLSAPPLE m: 21 May 1961
............3 ~ Lee DAVIDSON 1898 - 1941
...............+Faye ROSSINGER 1907 - 1925 m: in Metropolis, Massac Co IL
....... 2 ~ Mary JENNINGS 1867 - 1940
...........+Edgar F. PEEL 1867 - m: 02 Dec 1888
....... 2 ~ Ulysses G. JENNINGS 1867 -
...........+Sallie FRESH 1866 - m: 05 Oct 1890
....... 2 ~ Robert E. Lee JENNINGS 1871 -
...........+Lucy N. THRELKELD 1872 - m: 22 Oct 1890
....... 2 ~ Caleb Otto JENNINGS 1873 -
...........+Mary Ella BONNELL 1877 - Aft. 1948 m: 15 Nov 1893
............3 ~ Paul Wayne JENNINGS - 1939
............3 ~ Ruth JENNINGS 1894 -
...............+Oscar ABLERT 1888 - m: 07 Oct 1912
............3 ~ Sophia JENNINGS 1898 -
...............+Dallas ABBOTT 1893 - m: 07 Feb 1918
............3 ~ Willis JENNINGS 1903 -
............3 ~ Edgar Lee JENNINGS 1910 -
............3 ~ Heskil Elas JENNINGS 1911 -
............3 ~ Leon JENNINGS 1917 -
*2nd Wife of Elijah JENNINGS:
............+Mary C. FLANNERY 1844 - m: 24 Mar 1889

[Elijah Jennings was my gggrandfather. This is some of the information I have gathered on the family. JFL ~ 01 Mar 98]


Mary JENNINGS PEEL, daughter of Elijah and Mary JENNINGS, was born April 26, 1867. Departed this life 22 Jun 1940, at the age of 73 years, 1 month and 26 days. She was united in marriage to Edgar F. PEEL, Dec. 2, 1888. No children were born unto this union.

She was converted and baptized in 1887 and became a charter member of the Good Hope Baptist church, Homberg, Ill., remaining a member until death. She served this church as clerk for 20 years, also was organist and active in Sunday School work. Her consistent life was an inspiration to all who knew her. Most of her life was spent in Pope county.

Surviving her are two brothers, Otto JENNINGS, of East St. Louis, Ill., and her twin brother, Ulys JENNINGS, also of East St. Louis; one sister, Armada DAVIDSON, of Golconda, besides several nephews and nieces and other more distant relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Geo. B. LEATHERS and Rev. Henry BARGER, at Antioch Baptist church, of Rosebud. Burial in the church cemetery.


To those who most liberally aided us in any way during the time of the death of our sister, Mary JENNINGS PEEL, we offer our most sincere thanks. We also extend our thanks for floral offerings and kind expressions of sympathy. ~~~~ The Family.

[The above newspaper clipping was kept by the late Ruth BAKER HOFFMAN ~ 02 Mar 98]


~ Abram SHUFFLEBARGER Supposed to Be Drowned in Lusk Creek. ~

The mysterious disappearance of Abram S'BARGER, Friday night has been the topic during the past week. He came to town on that day with a load of produce, which he disposed of. Before leaving town he visited the saloons and imbibed too freely of intoxicants. Starting home he drove out nearly to the long bridge, but for some reason he turned around and started back down town, when he, certainly unconscious of his doings, drove along the sidewalk on the north side of Mr. RENNERT's dwelling. Here the walk is thrown up about four feet with stone wall on the north and east sides. He drove his team over, which caused the wagon to upset, imprisoning him under the bed, so he was unable to get out. Help went to him, however and disengaged him. When he was made free he broke off as hard as he could go toward the creek. One of the gentlemen who lifted the wagon bed from him, followed for some distance, trying to get him to come back. He replied that "RICHTER should not get him," and the pursuer seeing that he was frightened and thinking that he was RICHTER, stopped and returned home.

No more was heard or thought of him till the next day, when his relatives and neighbors became alarmed at his absence and thought perhaps his team, which had returned home safely, had run away and had hurt him so badly that he was unable to go home, so they came to search. When they got to town and learned of what had taken place, they tracked him down the creek bottom about the brick yard, around toward the bridge and at the waters' edge was a track supposed to be his just above the bridge a few feet. He could be traced no further.

Then the news that Mr. SHUFFLEBARGER was drowned in Lusk creek spread over town in a short time. Search was made immediately, with polls, grab hooks, etc., but without avail. After much dragging had been done opinion changed as to where he was. It was then generally believed that he had sustained injuries serious enough to produce momentary insanity, and in that state of mind had wandered off into the woods or corn fields near town. A reward of $50.00 was offered for his body and the country surrounding was scoured, but with only the same success as the dragging. After this search, again attention was turned to the creek. Dynamite cartridges were exploded for some distance above and below the bridge and still his whereabouts was a mystery, and up to the time of going to press he has not been found.

Of course Mr. S'BARGER had his faults like the balance of mankind, but he was a pleasant, kind-hearted gentleman, and one who enjoyed the esteem and confidence of many friends.

[The above article was taken from, "TRAMP's Pope County Historical Review" ~ the date written on it in pencil is: 29 Nov 1888 ~ 02 Mar 98]

~ After an Absence of Seven and a Half Days, ~

~ His Body is Recovered From a Watery Grave. ~

When almost all hope of ever finding the body of Abram S'BARGER, who drowned in Lusk creek on Friday night, Nov. 23, had fled, a bottle of patent medicine, which the unfortunate man had purchased, for his afflicted wife, was picked up at the water's edge, covered with sediment from the falling creek, by Whit REEVES, Saturday morning. Knowing that the bottle of medicine had been in his possession, it was generally believed that the missing man was in the creek and but a short distance from the bottle. A search was made, which led to the recovery.

Dynamite was exploded very near to him several days before but it had not the desired effect.

His body was found about 150 yards below the bridge, near the middle of the creek, by J.M. LAYMAN, Chas. KLUGE, and Whit REEVES. When brought out he was almost natural as life, which seems miraculous when we consider he had been drowned seven and half days.

Judge ELDREDGE held the inquest, in the absence of the coroner. The jury was composed of E.C. WEEKLY, Wm. TRUEBGER, A.W. WALKER, D.E. MILLIKEN, Charley KLUGE and J.T. RUSHING.

Mr. S'BARGER was a well-to-do farmer, and leaves his wife and four children--two daughters and two sons-- well provided for. His oldest son is about twelve years old; the youngest two years of age, while his daughters are about grown.

Knowing that his folks had no picture of their departed husband and father, he was removed to the furniture store of SCHENK & REINHARDT, where he was placed in a chair and a picture made of him, after which he was placed in a fine coffin and conveyed to his grief-stricken family.

[The above article was taken from, "TRAMP's Pope County Historical Review" ~ the date written on it in pencil is: 06 Dec 1888 ~ 02 Mar 98]


Died, at the home of her son, M.N. RENSHAW, near Brownfield, March 29, 1898, Mrs. Elizabeth CARR RENSHAW, who was born in Sumner county, Tenn., Aug. 31, 1834, and removed to Illinois in the year 1854, was married to John Perry RENSHAW Nov. 27, 1859 [PCMV1 by Lee & Foss: 26 Nov 1856], who died in the army near Vicksburg in 1863. Since which time deceased has exemplified the dignity of Christian widowhood, till death, at the age of 63 yrs., 6 mo. And 28 days. She leaves a son and daughter and many other relatives and friends to mourn her loss. Aunt Bettie has for years quietly entertained a hope in Christ.

Funeral services at the Baptist church conducted by J.K. TROVILLION, after which her remains were laid to rest at Prospect cemetery to await the resurrection of the just. "Blessed are the dead, which die in the Lord."


The above article was copied from a scrap-book kept by Linda Lewis Meherg's aunt. ~ 03 Mar 98


James M. REID, of near New Burnside, was born in Hardiman [Hardeman] county, Tennessee, January 11, 1828, and died at his home, February 14, 1910, at 11:15 a.m., aged 82 years, 1 month and 3 days.

He was the last survivor of a family of six children, who were reared mostly in Callonay [Calloway] county, Kentucky, five brothers and one sister, all of whom lived to a ripe old age.

He was reared and has ever resided on the farm, and ever seemed to look upon labor as a blessing to humanity.

He was married to Ollie E. ROBINSON, March 27, A.D., 1851, in Callonay [Calloway], Ky. To this union a large family were born, of whom seven children survive him: Nancy, wife of W.E. CHITWOOD, of Stonefort; Mrs. Mary J. HOLLONWAY [HOLLOWAY], of Eddyville; Bettie, wife of J.W. RUSHING, of Ozark; J. David of Menard; John T. and R. Wesley, of New Burnside; William Y., of Carrier Mills; and two others Matilda, wife of Rev. A.P. HOLLONAY [HOLLOWAY], and Hugh F., died some years ago, his dear wife having preceeded him five years.

He was a member of the church of his choice 57 years, having been converted and joined the M.E. church at Zion in 1853. He was the last surviving charter member of that class.

Yet fatherless since early childhood, deceased has enjoyed a happy life. Happy in his youth, happy in his labor, happy in the benediction that followed the Harvest to him. God's creation always was good. He to correlate with nature and God, for in that he was blessed with the strength of character that enabled the "Disciples of the Holy Christ to continue faithful where unto their Heavenly Father has set them." He loved truth as dearly as life, for in truth he sought eternal life. He stretched forth his hand in the weakness of humanity and sent forth his soul in the strength and the valor of a christian. He loved his home, his wife, his children, his neighbors, and truth, virtue and pride. His life as he lived it justifies us to say "he" lived the law of the Golden Rule and God's blessings seemed to have reciprocated it. His life went on as quietly as the dawny falls in the meadow. He was quiet and gentle. He did not complain nor suffer but little pain. He had violated but few of natures laws, so that when God took him to his eternal home we were reminded that he was wraping the drapery of his couch about him as one who lives down to pleasant dreams.

Grandpa (as he was familiarly known) is gone. He is not dead, but liveth forever. His children say good-bye papa for awhile. It's hard to part, but we only say good-bye here to say good morning in heaven.

Funeral services were conducted at Zion, his home church, by his pastor, and amid the tears and farewells of children and friends his body was laid away to await the ressurection.


[The above obituary was given to me by Florence Reid Jones Bauer ~ 02 Mar 98]

~ Cabbage, German Fashion ~

To cook a red cabbage by a German method slice and soak it in cold water. Put into a stewpan a pint of the cabbage, a tablespoon of butter, half a tablespoonful of finely chopped onion or minced garlic, dashes of paprika and nutmeg and a half teaspoon of salt. Cover pan and cook until the cabbage is tender. Before removing from the fire add a teaspoon of sugar and a tablespoon of vinegar and cook for five or six minutes.

The above article was copied from a scrap-book kept by Linda Lewis Meherg's aunt. ~ 03 Mar 98


17 December 1868 ~ Obituary ~ Died-At the residence of her son-in-law Rev. A.H. DEANE in Harrisonville, Missouri on the 30th of November last, Mrs. Sarah C. MAXWELL, in her 80th year of age. Lived in Pope county in 1847.

William HERRMANN died 7 October 1869 at his residence in Golconda.

~ THE HERALD-ENTERPRISE - 17 April 1890 ~

George MOYERS and William BISHOP went hunting Friday and succeeded in bagging a fine turkey. It was a home-grown fowl, though and cost them fifty cents.

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