JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
OBITUARIES

Passing of a Pioneer 

Matilda Kinnison was the daughter of Theophilus and 
Elisabeth Cook, and was born April 3rd, 1824,in Jefferson Co., 
where she grew to womanhood. On July 1, 1847, she was united 
in marriage with Richard S. Kinnison. All her life, with the 
exception of about two years, has been spent in Jefferson county. 
She was the mother of eight children, five girls and three boys. 
Wm. W. died Feb. 17, 1884; Feriba C. died June 17, 1892; R.S., 
the husband, died June 28, 1900.She has been a great sufferer; 
in 1866 she was hooked by a cow and nearly killed; on July 18, 1868, 
she was thrown from a horse and her arm and five ribs were broken, 
and for months was a great sufferer. On January 2, 1898, she fell 
and broke her right limb, and for nine months, was lifted on a 
stretcher, and from then has never been able to sit up all day. 
She was converted when a child 11 years old, at an old fashioned 
Methodist camp meeting, and united with the M.E. church and has
remained a member of same for 68 years, and in her afflictions 
and trials always found her religion sufficient to comfort her
and to bear her through the hardest storm. Among the last audible 
words were: "I am nearly home." The children that survive
her are, R. M. Kinnison, Mrs. J. T. Orrick, and Mrs. Levi Glenn, 
of Dahlgren; J. C. Kinnison, Mrs. L. M. Voliva, and Mrs.
S. N. Ragan of Mt. Vernon. 
The body was taken to Dahlgren Friday on the 11 o’clock train and 
funeral was preached at 2 o’clock, and interment at the 
Lowry Hill cemetery. 

Submitted by Carolyn Orrick Greathouse
2nd great granddaughter   


 
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