Old Soldier Passes Away
Martin V. Nevins, one of the pioneers of Macoupin county, died at his home north of Reader, at 7:30 Thursday morning, January 18, 1917. The deceased was 75 years of age, and was well known throughout the west part of the county. He was born in Macoupin county April 3, 1842, at Vancil's Temple near Modesto, and resided at his present home most of his life.
About 1856 a Cumberland Presbyterian church was organized at what was known as Oak Grove school house north of Chesterfield, and at a revival held there by Rev. Daniel and William Bell, Mr. Nevins was converted and joined the church. In later years the membership of this church was removed to a church that was organized at Brush College near Hettick, and until this church was dissolved,he held his membership there, but never united with any other church after the disbanding of the Brush College organizations.
On February 8, 1866, he was united in marriage to Miss Emeline Atterberry, of Chesterfield, and to this union ten children were born, three of whom preceded him in death. The family resided in the Chesterfield vicinity for a year after which they located near where he was living at the time of his death.
He leaves to mourn his loss his wife who is at present very sick, and six children, namely, Addie, wife of J J Falter of Reader; Nellie, wife of Charles Jennings of Barr; Mrs Bessie Briggs of Litchfield; Edna, wife of Rev. Garfield Batty of McLean county; Carl Nevins of Reader, Holla, wife of Walter O. Stults of Reader; one sister, Mrs. Martha Drennan of Kirksville, Mo,; nine grandchildren and one great grand child, besides a large number of other relatives.
Mr. Nevins was a member of Capt. Peebles' Company in General Rinaker's regiment in the Civil War. He saw service in the battle of Nashville, Siege and capture of Mobile, battle of Parker;s Cross Roads and many other engagements. The deceased was a representative citizen, and a kind neighbor. In politics he was a Republication.
The funeral services were held from Shiloh church on Saturday morning at eleven o'clock, Rev. Charles King of McDonough county, officiating assisted by Rev. H C Smith of Greenfield. A large concourse of relatives and friends assembled to pay their last respects to one loved and honored. A few of his old comrades in arms were present and given a prominent position in the services at the church. The casket which was draped with the flag of his country, which he loved so much, was laid to rest in the Reader cemetery. The pallbearers were his sons-in-law, and one nephew, namely J J Falter, P C Batty, W O Stults, Fred Briggs, C F Jennings and Edgar Falter.
Submitted by: Rhonda Deatherage.