Jas. H. Rohrer, son of Jacob and Artemisia Rohrer was born August 23, 1825, and died after a very brief illness, February 4, 1906, having passed the eightieth milestone of his life. He was a native of Logan county, Kentucky; and while still a small boy came with his parents to Morgan county, Ill., settling on a "claim" two miles west of Waverly. The county was then a wilderness and like all pioneers, lived in a cabin with a puncheon floor and a mud and stick chimney, while the boards on the roof were held in place by weighted poles. His education was obtained in the pioneer schools of the time.
Mr. Rohrer was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Sharp, December 23, 1852, and in her found one who always sympathized with him in all his plans and co-operated with him in carrying them out. In 1858, he disposed of his farm and bought the homestead on which he died.
To this union were born eight children: Harriett, Katie, Minnie, Ella, Julia, Rolla, Nora and Fred. Of these Ella and Fred preceded the father to the better land.
About thirty years ago, Mr. Rohrer was converted, and although he never joined any church, he lived a faithful and consistent Christian until his death. He was a man of excellent character and of many sterling qualities. The county has lost a valuable citizen, the community a good neighbor, the family a devoted husband and father.
Besides the children who survive him as noted above, he leaves a wife, a sister, Mrs. Kate E. Barton of Fredonia, Kans., and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his loss.
The funeral was conducted at the home Wednesday, February 7th, the funeral sermon being preached by Rev. A.V. Babbs. The interment was in Panther Creek cemetery under the auspices of the A.F. & A.M, and was witnessed by a great concourse of friends, who listened to the beautiful words of the Masonic ritual praying for the blissful repose of the departed in a grave over which should blow the gentle breezes, softened by the goodness and by the watchful care of God.
Elizabeth Ann Sharp, daughter of Isaac and Chloe Sharp, was born in Macoupin county, Illinois May 19th, 1833, about two miles from her present home. She spent her girlhood in the vicinity of her birth place.
She was married to James H. Rohrer, of Morgan county, December 23, 1852. Their married life was a very happy one and during a period of fifty four years, they worked side by side and entered each other's joys and sorrows with that sympathy that makes life congenial.
Two years ago February 4, 1906, he was called to the better land. Eight children blessed this union, six of whom survive her: Mrs. Harriett Hurt, of Spearmoore, Okla., Mrs, Catherine A. Crum, of Modesto, Ill., Mrs. Minnie A. Dolton, of Broken Arrow, Okla., Mrs. Julia A. Close and Mrs. Rolla M. Butcher, of Scottville, Ill., and Mrs. Nora L. Sims, of Modesto, Ill. Mrs. Ella Nifong and Fred, the only son, died a number of years ago.
About thirty two years ago she and her husband and a number of others were converted to Christ in a meeting held by Elder Geo. Hart at the school house near her home. Several years after she became a member of the M.E. Church at Scottville. She was ever faithful christian, her kind words and loving sympathy for the sick and afflicted were a source of comfort to those with whom she came in contact.
She has been afflicted for twenty-five years and an invalid for sixteen years. She bore her afflictions with great patience thinking of others at all times instead of herself.
The funeral was conducted by her pastor Rev. T.O. Holley at her home. A very large number of friends and relatives were present. Her remains were laid to rest in the east cemetery.
James Fredric Rohrer, only son of James and Elizabeth Rohrer, was born January 14th, 1873, departed this life December 19th, 1890. Freddie, as he was usually called, was a remarkable boy from the time he could walk until his death. He delighted to be with his pa on the farm and since he has been old enough to work has taken a great delight in taking care of the stock and doing everything to assist his parents. He was kind to all and affectionate to his parents and sisters.
He was converted about one year ago and loved the Sabbath school and church. All who knew him respected and loved him. He was taken sick with lung fever on Saturday 13th, and seemed to be impressed that he would not recover and told his sister that he would not get well, speaking to his parents about dying bidding them all good bye and telling them not to weep for him that he was going to heaven and it would not be long until they would meet again.
His funeral was preached by Rev. M.V. Hill at his father's residence to a large and sympathizing congregation and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery on the farm by the side of his sister. Brother Rohrer and family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. M.V. H
[ this obituary contains an error on the deceased's name, likely by the paper. Mary Ella is listed as Ella in the family bible, along with her birth and death and the birth and death of her son, Maurice Nifong. She is properly called " Ella" at the end of obituary. Mary E. Rohrer married William A Nifong in Macoupin County, IL 17 Jan 1882, volume 6, page 84, lic # 620]
In memory of Mrs. Emma, wife of Wm Nifong, living six miles southeast of this city, near Chapman's Point, who breathed her last on Wednesday morning, about 5 o'clock, February 11, 1885. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. James Rohrer, living near Scottville, Macoupin county, Ill., and was united in marriage with Mr. Wm. Nifong, son of the well known farmer, F. Nifong, of Macoupin county, about three years ago, and moved with her husband almost immediately into our neighborhood, where she won the confidence and esteem of everyone with whom she became acquainted, and her her friends were just as numerous as her acquaintances.
She seemed to have a kind word for everyone, both old and young. She always appeared to enjoy life and health, and her melodious voice was often heard by the passer-by.
On January 27, she became the mother of a little son, and was as proud a young mother as we have ever saw, and for a few days we thought all was right, then gradually grew worse, pain in the stomach with high fever, until last Sunday morning, the doctor and friends all thought she was better, but about 4 o'clock in the the evening, before we had noticed any change for the worse, she said, if the doctor was to come and ask her how she felt, she could not tell him, but there was one thing she was certain of, that her time was short on earth, but she was ready and willing to go and be with her Savior; that all the desire she had to live, was for her husband and child. Told her husband that she would let him have the choice who should raise the child, but advised him to see that it was brought up right. She said "Will, remember me, and keep good company, but I have confidence to believe you will do that". She said sometimes it seems a little hard for one, in the bloom of youth, to be thus snatched away from the enjoyment of the company of her companion with whom she had seen so much pleasure, but the Lord knew best, and she believed she would be better off, and it might be that they had appreciated each other's company too much. After expressing her feelings in this way, so calmly, and talking to her husband privately, she sang the beautiful hymn "What a Friend We Have in Jesus", then soon became almost speechless, but would now and then speak distinctly, almost the last words she spoke was a most beautiful prayer.
Thursday morning her remains, followed by a large number of friends, were conveyed to her father's residence, near Scottville, where they were interred in the cemetery on his farm. And, Oh! Such a heart-rendering scene when the casket was opened, and the cold, lifeless form was presented to view of those sisters who had last beheld her in blooming health. But we would now say to all those who have no hope, for she left a bright and shining evidence of her acceptance with the Redeemer. We know it is hard to give up the pleasure of her company, but she is at rest, and has left a noble example for all to follow, and she will be remembered and greatly missed in this, her adopted neighborhood, and we will say, in the language of the poet:Dearest Ella, thou hast left us,
Friend and Neighbor
Submitted by: Rhonda Deatherage