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Name: BULLARD, Pearl Pinn

Date of Notice: 14 August 1929


News of the death of Pearl Pinn Ballard, Louisville, Ky., has been received by Mrs. Louise Douglas, Moxahala avenue, and other friends of the Pinn family, which occurred the latter part of last week. Mrs. Ballard will be brought to Zanesville for burial and her funeral services will take place at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at St. Paul A. M. E. Church where she worshipped during her girlhood.

The Pinn family resided for years on Woodlawn avenue, and was held in high esteem not only in colored circles, but among the white people of their acquaintance. Mr. Pinn was a member of the police force. The family moved to Louisville several years ago where Pearl met and married Dr. Ballard, a practicing dentist. Dr. Ballard was for years, on the staff of Colonel (Charles) Young, formerly of this city, who was stationed in Africa and during that time Mrs. Ballard taught in a native school and was active in missionary work.

Mrs. Ballard taught Latin in the high school of their race. She was a graduate of Zanesville high school.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Ballard is survived by two sisters and two brothers. Mrs. Lizetta Pinn Welsh, a teacher at Wilberforce, Miss Petra Pinn, who is a supervisor of a hospital in Georgia, Robert Pinn of Chicago, and Harry Pinn of Akron. The parents died several years ago.

Funeral services will be in charge of Rev. Mr. Powell, pastor of St. Paul A. M. E, Church and burial will be made in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery. (Zanesville, Ohio)

The Times Recorder, published: Zanesville, Ohio
Wed. August 14, 1929


Name: CARLISLE, Elizabeth A.

Date of Notice: 30 March 1921


Mrs. Elizabeth A. Carlisle, aged 61, colored, died at her home at Carlisle settlement at 3:10 o'clock Tuesday morning (March 29, 1921) following a long illness of complications.

She had been ailing since Christmas with heart trouble and rheumatism, but her condition was not regarded as serious until a few days ago. She was born in Zanesville and had lived practically her entire life in this locality. Mrs. Carlisle is the widow of the late William Carlisle, who died four months ago. She is survived by seven children and one sister.
Mrs. Carlisle was a member of the Union Baptist Church of this city at which place the funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery (Zanesville).

The Times Recorder: pub. Zanesville, Ohio
March 30, 1921


Name: CLIFFORD, Mary Ann Tate

Date of Notice: 21 March 1901


Mrs. John Clifford, colored, age 76, died at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at her home on Pine street.

The Zanesville Signal
March 21, 1901


Name: COUSINS, Robert Logan

Date of Notice: 25 November 1938


Robert Logan Cousins, 87, colored, died Thursday evening at his home, 923 Lee street (Zanesville, Muskingum County) following nine months illness.
Mr. Cousins was a native of Athens, and came to this city seventeen years ago. He retired three years ago from the grocery and filling station business. He was a member of Park Street Wesleyan Methodist Church..
Surviving are his widow, Hattie of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Ethel Fowler and Mrs. Florence Branford, Zanesville and Mrs. Jean Cole, Chicago, Ill.; three sons, Alva of the home: Everett, Oberlin, and Dwight Cousins, Colorado; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a brother, Henry Cousins, Pomeroy, Ohio.
The body was removed to the residence Friday afternoon from the Baker funeral home.

Note: Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio

The Zanesville Signal, published: Zanesville, Ohio
Friday Evening, November 25, 1938


Name: HARPER, Enoch

Date of Notice: 28 March 1904


Enoch Harper, one of the city's respected and well-known colored citizens, passed away at his home on Bristol street at 12:15 o'clock Sunday morning at the age of 57 years. Death was due to prolonged suffering from Bright's disease

During the Civil war he enlisted in Company M, United States Colored Heavy Artillery, and when the rural free delivery of the mails was inaugurated here he was appointed a carrier which position he held until his health would no longer permit him to work.

The deceased is survived by his aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Harper, a widow and two sons, Edward of this city, and George of Chicago.
The funeral services will be conducted from the St. Paul's A. M. E. Church Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.

The Daily Courier, published: Zanesville, Ohio
Monday, March 28, 1904


Name: HARRIS, Eliza Jones

Date of Notice: 12 July 1888

Died at her home in Lancaster, Ohio, June 22, 1888, Mrs. Eliza, wife of the late Ezekiel Harris and daughter of Parson Jones. She was an old and well-known resident of Zanesville

and had many warm friends who will be sorry to learn of her death. She was a member of the A. M. E. Church, and bore up under her severe sufferings with true Christian forbearance.


She was buried at Lancaster Sunday, June 24th.

The Zanesville Daily Courier, p. 4. published: Zanesville, Ohio
Thursday, July 12, 1888

Name: McSIMPSON, Eliza P.

Date of Notice: 16 January 1896


Mrs. Eliza P. McSimpson, relict of the late Rev. Dr. McSimpson, died last night at her home on Eighth street at 8:30 o'clock, aged 80 years. Mrs. McSimpson was a native of Virginia, but came to this city when quite young. She leaves to mourn her death one son and three daughters - John McSimpson and Mesdames Lizzie Willis, Katherine Pointer, and Frances Singer. The last resides in Covington, Ky., and the son resides in Richmond, Ind., while the others are residents of Zanesville.

The Daily Signal, Published: Zanesville, Ohio
Thursday Evening January 16, 1896


Name: NEWSOME, Henry

Date of Notice: 25 April 1887


Henry Newsome, a well-known colored citizen, died at his home on Harvey street, Third Ward (Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio) Saturday, April 23, at the advanced age of eighty-nine years.

Henry Newsome was born in Halifax county, North Carolina, September 2, 1798. He left the place of his nativity in 1832, and on the eleventh day of May of that year located in Zanesville, with the intention of making his home here. He remained a resident here until his death-a period of fifty-five years. He was married on the 25th day of December, 1821, to Miss Winnyford (Winifred) Chavis. Fifteen children were born to this union, six of whom still are living.

Henry Newsome was a man of many valuable traits of character. he commanded the respect and confidence of all who knew him. he was a devout Christian and an active worker in the Church. His life was always in keeping with his faith. Last December, he and his wife celebrated the sixty-fifth anniversary of their marriage. He passed away peacefully rejoicing in the promise of a better life beyond the tomb.

His funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at half past two o'clock from St. Paul's A. M. E. Church, South street, under the auspices of the Masonic Brotherhood, Golden Rule Lodge, No.230 of which the deceased had been a member for many years.

Courier, published: Zanesville, Ohio
25 Apr. 1887

Name: PINN, Robert

Date of Notice: 30 January 1949


Funeral services for Robert Pinn, 55, Cleveland, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Baker funeral home with Rev. Alonzo Ware, pastor of the A.M.E Church officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Mr. Pinn, a former native of this city (Zanesville, Ohio) died Wednesday of a heart attack at his home in Cleveland.

Surviving are his widow Beulah, and two sisters, Mrs. Lizetta Welch and Miss Petra Pinn, both of Wilberforce.

The body will arrive at the funeral home this morning and will remain for the services Monday. He has been a resident of Cleveland for the past 25 years. Mr. Pinn was the owner and operator of the Pinn Bankers Exchange and the Pinn Phonograph company. He was a former trustee of Wilberforce, assistant superintendent of the Cleveland City Service Bureau and Executive officer of the Cleveland branch of the NAACP.

The Zanesville News, published: Zanesville, Ohio
Sunday January 30, 1949

Name: PINN, William Henry

Date of Notice: 4 April 1905


William Henry Pinn, one of the most prominent colored residents of this city, died at 1:40 o'clock Tuesday morning at the family home on Woodlawn avenue after a sickness of but two weeks duration. Mr. Pinn contracted a severe cold which developed into pneumonia and his condition soon became alarming. Because of the serious condition of the patient his children were all called home and the entire family was at the invalids bedside when the end came.

The deceased is survived by his widow and three sons and three daughters. The children are: Harry, who resides at home and has been associated with his father in business; Lizetta, a teacher at Wilberforce University; Petra, a trained nurse at the Tuskegee Institute; Pearl, principal of the public schools at Dayton, Ala.,; Ray, a student at Wilberforce university; Robert who resides at the home and is a student in the public schools.

Mr. Pinn was born at Warrenton, Farquhar county, Virginia, June 29, 1840. He was a slave. In 1869 he came to Ohio and settled in Zanesville.On November 19, 1872 Mr. Pinn and Miss Elizabeth Hick were married at Fredericktown, Ohio. They began housekeeping in this city and the family has resided here ever since. For many years Mr. Pinn was a foreman at the Kearns-Gorsuch glass factory. For two years he served as a member of the police force under Mayor Gillespie. After retiring from the police force he purchased a dray and from that time until his death was engaged in business as an express man. He had two drays and enjoyed a large patronage among the businessmen. In recent years his eldest son, Harry was associated with Mr. Pinn in the management of this business.

When he came to this city Henry Pinn was practically penniless, but by frugality and the exercise of business acumen he prospered and managed to acquire a comfortable home for his family and give his children the benefits of a good education. Mr Pinn was a prominent member of the South st. A. M. E. Church and was also a member of the colored Masonic order, the Odd Fellows and the Household of Ruth. He was a man who enjoyed in the highest degree, the respect and esteem of his associates.

Funeral services over the remains will be conducted at the South street A. M. E. Church at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. Gazaway officiating. Interment will be made in Woodlawn Cemetery. The services will be under the auspices of the Odd Fellows and the Knights Templars will act as an escort for the funeral cortege.

Daily Courier, published: Zanesville, Ohio
April 4, 1905


Name: TATE, Caleb H.

Date of Notice: 23 December 1907


Caleb H. Tate, of Matthews street, died Sunday evening at 4:30 o'clock after a prolonged illness. The deceased was 73 years of age and for months past had been in declining health, due to his advanced years.

Mr. Tate was one of the oldest colored residents of Zanesville. For fifty-two years he had been a faithful and consistent member of the A. M. E. Church and for many years held the offices of steward, trustee and class leader. He was from Brownsville, Pa., but settled here in early manhood and by his good deeds, friendly bearing and good will towards all won for himself the confidence and respect of the community in general.

Besides his widow he is survived by five children. They are: Nelson R. Tate of Philadelphia; Mrs. M. E. Masterson of Rendville; Miss Anna Conway and William Tate of this city.

The Daily Courier, published: Zanesville, Ohio
December 23, 1907


Name: TATE, Joseph

Date of Notice: 7 January 1907


Joseph Tate, One of the most highly respected colored citizens of the county, died Saturday evening at 10 o'clock at his home on Putnam avenue. After reaching the advanced age of eighty-one years the deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis, which resulted in his death. Mr. Tate came to this vicinity from Pennsylvania where he was born.

For several years he lived upon a farm in Meigs township and later came to this city where he engaged in the carpenter business. During the time Mr. Tate lived in this city, he gained many friends and became widely known.

Besides a widow, one daughter and four sons survive. They are Mrs. Charles Guy, William Tate, Henry J. and George W.., all of this city and Joseph L. Tate of Homestead Pa.
Funeral services over the remains were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the South Street A. M. E. Church. Rev. James Gazaway officiating. Interment was made in

Greenwood Cemetery. (Zanesville)

The Zanesville Signal, published: Zanesville, Ohio
Monday, January 7, 1907


Name: Lett, Judson


Mrs. Judson Lett, after months of suffering with consumption has passed from time into eternity. Remains interred in Lytlesburg cemetery Monday.


The Daily Signal, (Zanesville, OH) Thursday Eve

March 14, 1895