Ohio African American Obituaries
Submitted by: Lace Lynch
Multicultural Genealogical Society
Date of Notice: 14 August
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
Mrs. Ballard taught Latin
in the high school of their race. She was a graduate of Zanesville high
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,
The Times Recorder, published: Zanesville, Ohio
Wed. August 14, 1929
Date of Notice: 30 March
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
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.
March 30, 1921
Mary Ann Tate
Date of Notice: 21 March
Mrs. John Clifford,
colored, age 76, died at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at her home on
The Zanesville Signal
March 21, 1901
Date of Notice: 25
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
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
Note: Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio
The Zanesville Signal, published: Zanesville, Ohio
Friday Evening, November 25, 1938
Notice: 28 March 1904
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
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.
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
The Daily Courier, published: Zanesville, Ohio
Monday, March 28, 1904
Date of Notice: 12 July
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
She was buried at
Lancaster Sunday, June 24th.
The Zanesville Daily Courier, p. 4. published: Zanesville, Ohio
Thursday, July 12, 1888
Date of Notice: 16
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
Date of Notice: 25 April
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
Courier, published: Zanesville, Ohio
25 Apr. 1887
Date of Notice: 30
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
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
Date of Notice: 4 April
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
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
Daily Courier, published: Zanesville, Ohio
April 4, 1905
Date of Notice: 23
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
The Daily Courier, published: Zanesville, Ohio
December 23, 1907
Date of Notice: 7 January
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
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
The Zanesville Signal, published: Zanesville, Ohio
Monday, January 7, 1907
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