Edward D. Seymour, an old and respected citizen of Morgan county, died yesterday afternoon at 2:15 o'clock at his home five miles southwest of Franklin. He had been in failing health for about five months and had been confined to his bed for the past six weeks.

Mr. Seymour was born Jan. 25, 1834 in the Providence neighborhood and lived there all his life. He was married Jan. 25, 1857, to Anna W. Spires, who preceded him in death three years ago. He united with the Providence church in 1856, and has been identified with the Sunday school since 1847. He was a retired farmer and a stockholder in the Jacksonville National Bank.

Deceased is survived by the following children: M. S. Seymour, Mrs. W. D. Alford, Mrs. Charles E. Criswell, all of Providence neighborhood, Mary M. Seymour, at home, and Mrs. A. J. Stice of Litchfield; four brothers, Robert of Franklin, George and Jarrett of Jacksonville, Henry of Scott county, Kan., and one sister, Mrs. J. M. Hutchison of this city. He was preceded in death by two children.

Funeral services were held at Providence church, near his late home, at 11 a.m., Tuesday, and interment was made in the church cemetery. Those from this city who attended were Mr. and Mrs. J. Spires, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Austin and son Edgar, Mr. J. M. Hutchison, Elder John A. Conlee and Mrs. Martha Fishback.

(Waverly Journal)


Mrs. Nancy Seymour, aged 63 years, died Friday, Feb. 24th, at 12:10 o'clock at her home near Nortonville, after an illness of about a week. She is survived by her husband, Richard Seymour, one son, Louis Seymour, and one daughter, Mrs. Gus Henry, all living near Nortonville. The funeral was held Saturday at one o'clock p.m., at the Providence church near Franklin. Rev. George Hart officiated, and interment was made in the Providence cemetery near the church.

(Jacksonville Journal)


Dies at Daughter's Home.

Mrs. Jarrett Seymour, a resident of the county for many years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. M> Spires in Jacksonville yesterday morning.

The maiden name of the deceased was Emeline McCurley. She was born in the Youngblood neighborhood July 12, 1842. She is survived by her husband and ten children: Harry W., Leslie H., Leonard V., Mrs. F. M. Spires, Miss Julia Seymour, Henry E., Charles E. and Wilbur, all of this county; Mrs. Minnie Johnson and Thomas, living in Minnesota. There are also thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Three sisters survive.

Funeral services will be conducted from providence M. E. church tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. Interment will be made in Providence cemetery.

(The Franklin Times, May 12, 1921)



Death Came at Midnight. Following An Attack of Pneumonia, But a Few Days in Duration - Passed Away on Wedding Anniversary - Was Well Known Citizen.

The death summons came to one of the Franklin community's best known and most highly respected citizens Thursday at midnight, when M. S. Seymour passed away after an illness of less than a week with pneumonia. It was after a trip to the village last Saturday afternoon that Mr. Seymour was stricken. He grew gradually weaker, but Thursday some improvement was noted and from this fact some hope of recovery was taken.

Marion Sylvester Seymour was born Sept. 25, 1857 and with the exception of nine months spent in Macoupin county, Franklin has always been his home. He was the son of Edward and Anna W. Seymour.

March 8, 1888 the deceased was united in marriage to Miss Katherine Seymour and to them were born seven children, one of whom, Ted L. Seymour, preceded the father in death. The sons are Earl Seymour, Albert M., Ross H., and Robert R. Seymour, all of Franklin and Milton G. Seymour of Colorado. Miss Lila M. Seymour is the only daughter. Mr. Seymour is survived also by his widow and by two sisters, Mrs. Charles Criswell and Mrs. William Alford.

Thursday was the 34th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Seymour and it was at the last moments of that day were passing that death came. Mr. Seymour was a member of Providence M. E. church and was prominently identified with church affairs, living at all times the life straightforward and sincere. Mr. Seymour was a trustee of Providence church.

Announcement of the funeral will be made at a later date.

(Jacksonville Journal, March 9, 1917)



Pulliam Seymour Passes Away at Home in the Durbin Neighborhood.

Pulliam Seymour died at his home in the Durbin neighborhood Saturday morning at 3 o'clock, having been seriously ill with cancer of the liver for several weeks, during which he suffered so intensely that the pangs of death were a relief and a mercy.

The deceased was born near here on Sept. 5, 1850, and had always been a resident of the community in which he died. He is survived by his father, Robert Seymour, his wife, who was Miss Mary Rawlings, and whom he married Feb. 22, 1870, and eight children, as follows: James R., George W., C. Arthur, Parker, Pearl, Mrs. Sarah Fanning, Mrs. Ethel Crouse, Mrs. Nellie Morris. One son, John, died a year ago. Three sisters also survive him, Mrs. A. D. Gibson, Mrs. J. H. Rawlings and Mrs. T. W. Deere, and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Providence M. E. church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in charge of the pastor, Rev. A. H. Flagge, and so large was the gathering of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends that all could not obtain admission to the building and many stood about the door and windows while the services were in progress. At their conclusion the remains were laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

Prior to his death, Mr. Seymour requested that only home grown flowers be brought as floral tributes to his memory, and of these there was a great profusion, and they were cared for by Mrs. Henry Rawlings, Mrs. Nellie Buckner and Miss Katie Yunker.

The bearers were Henry, Arthur and George Rawlings, Wm. A. Oxley, E. B. Clarke and Wm. Challans,

(Franklin Times, June 11, 1909)


One of the few remaining pioneer citizens of this precinct passed away Monday when “Uncle Robert” Seymour died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. D. Gibson, west of town, after an extended period of ill health.

He was born in North Carolina May 20, 1827, and came to Morgan county with his parents, John and Sarah Seymour, at the age of 2 years, and spent practically all his life on the homestead four and one-half miles west of Franklin.

Feb. 22, 1849, he was united in marriage to Miss Sallie Burch, who died March 7, 1872. Some time later he married Miss Mary Ella Wright who passed away Sept. 9, 1912.

He leaves two brothers, George W. and Jarrett, living in Jacksonville. Three brothers and three sisters, Jackson, Edward and Henry Seymour, Mrs. Agnes Austin, Mrs. John Hutchinson and Mrs. Millie Woodmansee, preceded him to the grave, as did both wives, two sons and one daughter, James Pulliam and George W. Seymour and Mrs. Serilda Rawlings, and two infant children of the first marriage. Three daughters survive, Mrs. J. H. Rawlings, Mrs. T. W. Deere and Mrs. A. D. Gibson, all living in the Providence neighborhood, also 20 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. No children were born of his second wife.

Mr. Seymour made a profession of religion at an early age and for 67 years had been a true and loyal member of Providence M. E. church. He was a man of high character, deeply loved by his descendants and respected by all who knew him.

Funeral services were conducted from the Providence church yesterday morning in charge of Rev. F. A. McCarty, of Jacksonville, the district superintendent, assisted by the pastor, Rev. W. E. Keenan.

Granddaughters of the deceased cared for the many beautiful flora tributes including a blanket of similax and carnations given by the children. These were cared for by Mrs. A. L. Sprinkle, Miss Ola Gibson, Miss Ida Deere and Miss Harriet Deere.

Miss May Boulware was at the organ and Miss Gaynelle Olinger sang “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me”. “Jesus Will” was sung by Mrs. M. L. Anderson, Norman and Edward F. Seymour and a male quartet composed of Edward F., Lora and Norman Seymour and Rev. Keenan sang “Asleep in Jesus.”

Interment was in Providence cemetery. The bearers were six grandsons, James R., Parker and George W. Seymour, Robert Gibson, George Deere and Bert Rawlings.

Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Sprinkle, of Evanston, Robert Woodmansee, of Springfield, Mrs. Minnie Curtis, of Little Indian, Jarret and Geo. W. Seymour, of Jacksonville, Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Schofield, of Lynnville, Mrs. Wayne Rawlings, of Chicago, and Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Crouse, of Murrayville.

(Franklin Times, March 23, 1916)


Chester Arthur Seymour, son of the late Pulliam Seymour, who has been afflicted with tuberculosis for several months, died at his home on the W. P. Six farm Tuesday evening at 10 o'clock, aged 29 years.

He was born in the Durbin neighborhood April 9, 1884, and married Miss Nettie Surratt, by whom he is survived with two little sons born to their union, Henry P. and Howard. A daughter, Ruth, died last July. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: James R., George W., Parker, Mrs. Jacob Morris, Mrs. Ollie Fanning and Mrs. Walter Birdsell, all of this community, and Mrs. Elisha Crouse of Murrayville. One brother, John H. Seymour, is deceased.

Mr. Seymour was a member of the local camp fo Modern Woodmen of America, having a policy of $2,000. He was a farmer by occupation and a young man who did his best under adverse circumstances with a determination and energy which won him the respect and admiration of all. When his health began to fail he made a brave though osing fight, and we trust that in the other world he may receive his just reward.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Providence M. E. Church Saturday at 10 o'clock, in charge of the pastor, Rev. John W. Kettle. Interment will be in Providence cemetery.

(Franklin Times, December 25, 1913)


Mrs. Robert Seymour, aged 74 years died Monday evening at 7:30 o'clock at her home in the Providence neighborhood, five miles southwest of Franklin, after an illness of two months duration.

Mrs. Mary Ella Seymour was born September 29, 1838, on the old Wright homestead, southeast of Franklin and was the daughter of Thomas and Jane Wright. On Aug. 8, 1872, she was married to Robert Seymour who survives together with two sisters Mrs. Lou Sevier of this city and Mrs. Sarah Albright of St. Joseph, Mo. She was a sister of the late Shelt Wright of Jacksonville. At an early age Mrs. Seymour became a member of the Providence M. E. Church and all during her long and useful life she lived up to the teachings of her church and endeared herself to a host of friends.

(Waverly Journal, Friday, September 13, 1912)


William Seymour, aged 44 years and the eldest son of Geo. W. Seymour died at his home in Jacksonville last Tuesday after a lingering illness. The remains were taken to Providence near Franklin on Wednesday where funeral services were held and interment made in the church cemetery. Deceased was a nephew of Mrs. J. M. Hutchison of this city, and the bereaved wife is a niece of A. J. Woods, also of this city.

(Journal-Enterprise, Friday, June 1, 1906)


Mrs. Gus Seymour died at her home near Nortonville Monday morning at 5 o'clock after an illness of three years. Cancer was the cause of death.

Hannah Story was born Dec. 9, 1858, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Porter Story and has spent her life in the Murrayville and Nortonville communities. She early in life united with the church and as long as health permitted was an active member of Durbin M. E. church. She was married to Mr. Seymour, Feb. 24, 1886.

Surviving Mrs. Seymour are the husband, two sons, Guy T. Seymour and Van Seymour, at home; three brothers, John I. Story, Roodhouse; Francis W. Story, Murrayville; Wesley G. Story, East St. Louis and one sister, Mrs. Philip Spencer, Roodhouse.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday forenoon at 11 o'clock at Providence M. E. church, in charge of the Rev. W. E. Keenan. Burial will be made in Providence cemetery.


Jacksonville Journal, January 9, 1917)


Mrs. Barton Seymour, age 68 years, 3 months and 9 days, passed away at her home south of Franklin last night at 10:30 o'clock following an illness of several weeks with pneumonia.

She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Edgar Spires, and two sons Galen Seymour and William Seymour, all of the Franklin vicinity.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 o'clock Thursday morning at the Providence church in charge of Rev. Willard Everett, pastor of the church. Interment will be made in the Providence cemetery.

(Jacksonville Courier, February 21, 1928)


Mrs. Edward Seymour died Friday evening at 9 o'clock at her home, five miles southwest of Franklin, at the age of 67 years. Mrs. Seymour had not been well for some time, but her condition was not thought to be dangerous until the last few days when she seemed to grow weaker until death ended her sufferings. She is survived by her husband and one son, Sylvester, and four daughters, Mrs. Andrew Stice, of Litchfield, Mrs. W. D. Alford of Franklin, Mrs. Chas. Criswell of Palmyra, and Miss May, at home. She is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Charles Conlee, of Waverly, and two brothers, Harvey Spires of Franklin and John R. Spires, of Waverly.

The funeral services were conducted from the Providence church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Fred L. Buck, of Franklin, and Rev. Chas. Barton, of Waverly, having the services in charge, and interment was made in the Providence church cemetery. A number of relatives from this city and vicinity attended the funeral.

(Waverly Journal, August 23, 1906)

March 23, 1908

John Henry Seymour died at his home in the Durbin neighborhood at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon, aged 27 years, 1 month and 19 days. His death was due to appendicitis from which he had been a sufferer for some time, not learning until too late the nature of his ailment. The deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Seymour, residing near Franklin. He is survived by his wife, two children and his parents.

The funeral services were held at 11 o'clock Sunday forenoon in the Providence Methodist church and were conducted by Rev. A. H. Flagg, pastor of the Methodist church in Franklin. Interment was made in the Providence cemetery.

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