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Cantrall, Illinois

The First Church of Sangamon County, Illinois
Organized May 15 1820
Stephen England

The Grant Family
Pages 204 - 218

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The two brothers, John and Robert Grant, were not considered early members of the Cantrall Christian church, but they certainly were very active participants when they did become members. They began their lives in Scotland, both being born in Southernland Shire, Scotland, sons of James Grant and Alexandria (McBeth) Grant. They were brought to Canada in 1847 when very young. By 1866, John and Robert, as well as brother Murdoch came to Illinois. Murdoch went on to Kansas City, while John and Robert settled near Cantrall, Illinois. At Robert’s death, he was still a member of the Cantrall Christian church, but by the time John died, he had moved to Springfield, Illinois and he was a member of the West Side Christian church.

James Grant and Alexandria (McBeth) Grant had children:

Jeanette Grant married Matthew J. Crothers. (She died when son Wesley was born)
Murdoch Grant lived in Kansas City
John Grant married Maria F. Canterbury
Robert Grant married Mary E. Canterbury
Grace Grant married R. H. Cuthbertson and lived in California
Mary Grant (Mollie) married _____ Layton and lived in Washington

James Grant died and Alexandria (McBeth) Grant remarried a Mr. McGilvrey and they had children:

Alexander McGilvrey, lived in the state of Washington.
Anna McGilvrey lived in the state of Washington.

Mrs. McGilvrey took her grandson, Wesley to raise when her daughter, Jeanette died. She came to Illinois to see Wesley married when she was 82 years old. Wesley Crothers married Luvena Mae England, August 1, 1900. Wesley had only been to Illinois for 2 years when he was married.

John Grant and Maria F. Canterbury had children:

Leslie Grant who died young
Pearl Grant married William P. England
Mildred (Millie) Grant married Hal Van Meter
Floy Grant did not marry
Grace Grant married R. J. Wilcoxson
Mary Grant married Frank Ramsey
Earl Grant married Clara Brian

William Robert Grant and Mary E. Canterbury had children:

Dr. Oliver Perry Grant married Mabel Green
Dr. William R. Grant married Clara England
Sidney Grant married Ella Barr
Vernon Canterbury Grant married Stella Ridge
Ellis Grant married Florence Barr
Florence Grant married Samuel D. Cantrall

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The following article is being presented here, because we know so little about the families of John and Robert Grant’s brothers and sisters. Their sister, Grace married R. H. Cuthbertson and raised a family of ten. Alice Cuthbertson, of this article, was their youngest child.

Brilliant Wedding
(From a California newspaper)

The wedding of Miss Alice B. Cuthbertson and Donald Steele took place on the evening of September 5 at the residence of the bride’s sister, Mrs. R. E. Swain, 638 Channing avenue, Palo Alto. This event was the fortunate occasion to bring together for the first time in about twenty years all the members of a large family. They attended the wedding from all parts of California, and were photographed at a local gallery, and flashlights of the wedding supper were taken while all the children, wives and thirteen grandchildren were assembled together.

Alice, the bride, was the baby sister of a family of ten children. She was beautifully attired in a gown of white charmeuse, a white silken texture very beautifully ornamented, decorated with a wedding veil, and orange blossoms. In her hand she carried a shower bouquet of lily of the valley and white orchids tied with white ribbon, and was the subject of much love and admiration on the part of her relatives, as well as the pride of the bridegroom, whose manly bearing impressed the members of the family favorably. Both the bride and groom are Stanford graduates, he in the ’08 and she in the ’09 class. The Rev. Carl Warner, of the Episcopal church of Palo Alto, performed the ceremony.

After the wedding supper, the bride and groom were taken in an automobile to catch the 9:12 train to San Francisco, where they sojourned a few days before departing for Sacramento, where Mr. Steele is now employed in his profession as mining engineer.

The bridegroom’s sister, Susan E. Steele, a teacher in the Alameda city schools, was present; also two brothers, Van and Warren Steele. Van is a student in the Oakland high school, and Warren is preparing for the bar in an attorney’s office in San Francisco.

The members of the Cuthbertson family, all of which are alive and were present at the wedding, are as follows:

Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Cuthbertson, of Manchester, the parents and the children in the order named, viz:
George W. Cuthbertson, Stanford ’06 chief engineer of the government immigration service in San Francisco
Miss Harriet K. Swain, an alumni of the San Jose normal school 1888 class
Robert Grant Cuthbertson, real estate agent in Los Angeles
Sidney Miller Cuthbertson, of Mayfield, an alumni of the San Jose high of ’95 class, and a student of the ’00 class at Stanford
Jessie Cuthbertson, of Palo Alto, a member of the ’98 class of the San Jose normal
Henry P. Cuthbertson, an accountant of a San Francisco wholesale house

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Mrs. Grace D. Borden, of the ’99 class of the San Jose normal, and wife of B. Borden of the Palo Alto Furniture Company
Alex M. Cuthbertson, alumni of the ’02 class of the San Jose normal and the ’08 class of Stanford and post graduate ’09 class at Yale, a partner in the Palo Alto Furniture Company
Ernest J. Cuthbertson, alumni ’03 of the San Jose normal, and a student of the 1916 class at Stanford
and Baby Alice above enumerated.


Manchester: Swain-Cuthbertson Wedding

A wedding of unusual interest occurred at Manchester, Mendocino county, Cal., Wednesday evening, August 22, 1900, the contracting parties, being Prof. Robert E. Swain of the faculty of Stanford University, and Miss Harriet K. Cuthbertson, for a number of years’ past a teacher in the Palo Alto public school. The wedding took place in the Methodist church in Manchester, and was solemnized by Rev. Leslie M. Burwell, pastor of the Palo Alto Methodist Episcopal church, of which both bride and groom were members, assisted by Rev. D. W. Calfee, pastor of our church in Manchester. The church had been tastefully decorated by friends and was filled with invited guests. At the altar, in a service that was beautiful and impressive, the mutual wedding vows were taken. Following the wedding, a reception was given at the home of the bride’s parents, at which over one hundred and fifty guests enjoyed the generous and well-known hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Cuthbertson. The presents received, numerous and beautiful, as well as the hearty congratulations offered, evidenced the esteem and affection in which the young people are held by all who know them. Mr. and Mrs. Swain returned to San Francisco on Thursday, and on Tuesday, the 28th, left on the “City of Peru” for an ocean voyage to New York via the Isthmus of Panama. Mr. Swain, who has been an instructor at Stanford University, has recently been elected to the chair of physiological chemistry in that institution, with a two years’ leave of absence for advanced study. The first year will be spent at Yale University, where Mr. Swain holds a scholarship. The following year will be spent in one of the universities in Germany. At the close of that period, Mr. and Mrs. Swain will return to California to take up their residence in Palo Alto, where a warm welcome will await them. Earnest and active Christians, loyal to their Master and to the church, their united lives will be a blessing to any community in which they may reside.


A reception was tendered by the Epworth League of the Palo Alto M. E. Church and the teachers of the Public School to Mr. and Mrs. Swain on Saturday evening last. The event was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Morris and between forty and fifty were present to at once welcome and bid farewell to the friends who were soon to leave. Mr. A. Morris Fosdick, in a few happy words, spoke for the teachers of the public school and at the close of his remarks presented the bride and groom with a beautiful solid silver loving

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cup-the gift of the teachers. Mr. Leslie M. Burwell voiced the regard of the members of the league and their appreciation of the loyal service that, for the several years of their residence here, had been rendered by Mr. and Mrs. Swain. Bidding them “God Speed” in their journey, he pinned on each a little silver badge-the insignia of the league. Mr. and Mrs. Swain have had a wide circle of friends in Palo Alto and by their personal excellencies of character and their active service for others have endeared themselves to all. Their absence will be a great loss to their friends, who will anxiously watch for their return.

The above picture is R. H. and Grace (Grant) Cuthbertson and their family. Their youngest daughter “Baby Alice” is at left-in white dress. Grace Grant is a sister to Robert & John Grant.

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Left: John and Maria (Canterbury) Grant on their wedding day.
Middle: John and Maria at a later date.
Right: John Grant in his later years.

John and Maria Canterbury Grant are both buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery, at Springfield, Illinois

John Grant was a brother to Robert Grant who married Mary Canterbury, a sister to Maria above. Robert and Mary Grant are buried at Indian Point Cemetery- Menard County, Illinois.

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Washburn Man Will Wed Mary Grant Thursday
(Undated clipping)

Miss Mary Grant, daughter of John Grant, 628 South State Street, and Frank Ramsey of Washburn, will be married in a pretty church ceremony at 8 o’clock Thursday evening. The marriage vows will be said at West Side Christian Church, Rev. Gilbert R. Jones pastor, officiating.

The bride’s attendants include: Matron of honor, Mrs. R. J. Wilcoxson, bridesmaids, Miss Mary Grady, Pleasant Plains and Mrs. Charles Lee, Decatur; flower girl, Marjorie Wilcoxson and ring bearer, Florence Wilcoxson. Charles Ferryman of Peoria will attend the groom as best man and the ushers are R. J. Wilcoxson, Earl Grant, Charles Lee, Decatur, and Harold Buckingham, Washburn.

Miss Helen Nettleton will preside at the organ, giving a recital preceding the ceremony. Her program includes:
“Allegro Giubalante (Federlin)
“A Song” (Martin)

Miss Jessie Johnson of Petersburg will sing: “At Dawning” (Cadman) “Land of the Sky Blue Water” (Cadman)

The wedding march from “Lohengrin” will be played as the processional and Mendelssohns wedding march as the recessional.

The wedding ceremony will be followed by a reception at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. R. J. Wilcoxson, 1343 Park Avenue. About seventy-five friends and relatives will be received.

Miss Grant will entertain members of her bridal party at dinner Wednesday evening at her home.

A number of parties have been given for Miss Grant since the announcement of her engagement was made. Mrs. Walter Greenwalt, residing near Rochester, entertained at a miscellaneous shower Friday afternoon for Miss Grant. The guests were from Springfield, Pleasant Plains, Centralia and Rochester and numbered about thirty-five. Needlework and games were enjoyed during the afternoon and a dainty luncheon was served.

Mary Grant Is Bride Of Man From Washburn

A pretty wedding of last evening was that of Miss Mary Grant, daughter of John Grant, 628 South State Street, to Frank Ramsey of Washburn, which was solemnized at 8 o’clock at West Side Christian church. Rev. Gilbert R. Jones, the pastor officiated, the single ring ceremony being used.

A general color scheme of yellow and white was carried out effectively in the decorations of the church and in the gowns of the bride and her attendants. The alter before which the marriage vows were said was banked with palms and ferns and large baskets of yellow and white chrysanthemums added to the decorative scheme.

Miss Helen Nettleton presided at the organ and gave a recital preceding the ceremony. She played: “Allegro Guibilante” (Federlin) and “A Song” (Martin). Miss Jessie Johnston of Petersburg sang “At Dawning” and “Land of the Sky Blue Water” (Cadman). The wedding march from “Lohengrin” was played as the
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wedding party entered the church.

Attending the bride were her sister, Mrs. R. J. Wilcoxson as matron of honor; Miss Mary Grady, Pleasant Plains and Mrs. Charles Lee, Decatur, bridesmaids; Marjorie Wilcoxson, flower girl, and Florence Wilcoxson, ring bearer.

Charles Ferryman of Peoria was the best man and the ushers included Charles Lee, Decatur, Earl Grant, R. J. Wilcoxson, and Robert Buckingham. The bride was given away in marriage by her father.

The bride’s gown was of white crepe ramona trimmed with lace. The tulle veil which was full length, was made with a cap headdress trimmed in orange blossoms. Mrs. Wilcoxson was attired in yellow chiffon over white satin; Miss Lee in ivory satin and lace trimmings and Miss Grady in dream brocaded satin. Each carried yellow roses. The little flower girl and ring bearer wore frocks of white organdy with yellow tulle sashes.

Following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Wilcoxson, 1341 Park avenue, at which about seventy-five friends and relatives were received. Those from out of town included: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Foster, Lone Point; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Tweddale, Washburn; Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Ferryman, Mrs. Emma Ferryman, Peoria; Mrs. Belle Stenger, Harrington, Kan.; Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kunkle, Lacon; Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Ireland, Mrs. F. E. Ireland, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Garrett, Washburn; Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Lee, Decatur; Miss Jessie Johnston, Petersburg.

The bride is a graduate of Millikin university and a member of the Alpha Chi Omega fraternity. The groom is a graduate of the University of Illinois and a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Mr. Ramsey and his bride will reside at Washburn.

(Invitation to the above wedding)

Mr. John Grant requests the honor of your presence at the marriage of his daughter Mary to Mr. Frank W. Ramsey on Thursday evening the fifth of October One thousand nine hundred and twenty-two at eight o’clock. West Side Christian Church-Springfield, Illinois

Obituary of Mrs. Mildred Van Meter

Mrs. Mildred Van Meter, wife of Hal Van Meter of Cantrall and daughter of John Grant of Springfield died at St. John’s hospital Tuesday morning, at 4 o’clock, November 20, 1923, at the age of 40 years. Deceased was taken ill about a week ago and pneumonia developed, causing death.

Funeral services were held from the residence of her father, 122 West Elliot Ave. at 1:30 this afternoon (Thursday), Rev. Gilbert Jones, pastor of the West Side Christian church, officiating. Interment in Fancy Creek cemetery. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, four sons, father, John Grant; four sisters, Mrs. Pearl England, Mrs. Jay Wilcoxson, Misses Floy and Mary of Springfield and one brother, Earl Grant residing on the home farm south of Athens.

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Obituary of Ruth Van Meter

Miss Ruth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hal Van Meter, died at the home in Cantrall, Saturday, March 3, 1923.

She was born, April 20, 1903 and was the oldest child of the family. She graduated in the class of 1922 of the Springfield High School. She was on the honor roll and she also won special recognition for her work in the Art department.

Up until the time of her illness, she was teaching at Sugar Point school. Surviving are her parents, two sisters, Mildred and Mary Evelyn; four brothers, Ronald, Earl, Ben and John Richard and her grandfather, John Grant of Springfield.

Funeral services were held at the residence, Monday afternoon March 5, Rev. Gilbert Jones of the West Side Christian church of Springfield, officiating. The interment was made in Fancy Creek Cemetery.


Athens May 7, 1900
To the Board of Education
Dear Sirs:

This is to certify, that the bearer Pearl Grant has taught our school the past year, with entire satisfaction, and we take pleasure in recommending her to you, believing if elected to a position in your school, will give satisfaction.

Hoping you will give her a fair hearing, we are yours respectfully, L. Hicks
B. Hornback
Directors of Dist. E
John Grant
Sugar Point


Ed. Taylor, Principal, Cantrall Public Schools
Cantrall, Illinois, May 6, 1900

To Whom it may concern:

This is to certify that I have known Miss Pearl Grant for the past three years and can cheerfully say that she stands in this community as a Christian lady of sterling character and though I have never been in her school, she impresses me by her daily walk as one who would be a splendid example to put before children.

Ed. Taylor
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This community lost one of its most highly respected and honored citizens in the death of Robert Grant which occurred at his home near Cantrall, Monday April 6, at ten thirty o’clock a.m. He had been ill but a short time and his death was caused by taking a poison through mistake. He was suffering from an attack of the grip and he arose during the night to take his medicine and in the darkness he took the wrong bottle thinking it was the one containing the remedy left by his physician. The mistake was soon discovered and everything possible was done to relieve his sufferings but all the kind ministrations were in vain.

Robert Grant, son of James and Alexandria McBeth Grant was born in Southernland Shire, Scotland, November 12, 1843. He emigrated to Canada in 1847, and came to Illinois with his two brothers, Murdock and John in 1866. For a number of years he was engaged in teaching school. He gave up the profession of teaching for that of farming in 1878. On August 3rd, 1875 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Canterbury of Cantrall. To this union seven children were born, all of whom are living except one son who died in infancy.

Mr. Grant was one of the most influential men in this section, and his fellowmen recognized his sterling qualities as is attested by the fact that he was Township School Treasurer for twenty years. He was a deacon of the Church of Christ at Cantrall for many years. He resided in Sangamon County thirty-five years and was well known throughout Sangamon and Menard counties. He was a man known as a lover of his home, his church and his adopted country. He was honorable in all his dealings. It can be said that he had no enemies. He was an admirer of all open, honest effort and was void of sham and pretense.

In all ways it can be said of him that he was a genuine man. He united with the church at Bloomington in 1871 in a revival meeting held by the noted Evangelist, Dr. Hammond. He united with the Christian church at Cantrall in 1878 and lived an exemplary christian life. He was a member of Van Meter Lodge A. F. and A. Masons of this city.

He is survived by his wife, six children-five sons-Dr. O. P. of Cantrall, Dr. W. R. of Easton, Illinois, Vernon of Sweetwater, Sidney and Ellis residing at home, and one daughter, Mrs. Samuel Cantrall of near this city; two brothers, Murdoch of Kansas City, John of Cantrall and one half-brother, Alexander McGilvrey, of Washington State; two sisters, Grace Cuthbertson of California, and Mary Layton of the state of Washington, and a half-sister, Anna McGilvery of the same state.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church at Cantrall, Wednesday April 8, at 10:30 o’clock, Rev. W. W. Weeden of Marion officiating, assisted by the minister Lewis P. Fisher. Interment in Fancy Creek Cemetery. The services at the grave were in charge of the Masonic Lodge of which deceased was a member.


Marred By An Accident [a newspaper clipping undated]

A very pleasant entertainment with Christmas tree annex was marred by an accident, at Sugar Point schoolhouse last Friday night. Just at the critical moment in the proceedings the tree caught fire, presumable from a tap (?) and Santa Claus, in the person of John Grant, had a narrow escape from serious injury. As it was his fur robe and other trappings were damaged and his flowing white (?) whiskers were badly singed.

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McDonald-Crothers: Married at 11 o’clock, Tuesday morning, Sept. 25, 1923 at the home of the bride, Rev. Gilbert Jones, pastor of West Side Christian church, officiating, Donald W. MacDonald of St. Louis, and Miss Florence Mae Crothers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Crothers, 623 West Jefferson street.

The couple were attended by Miss Vivian Hughes and Bernard W. Risse. Mrs. Niel Flagg presided at the piano and played “Berceuse” from “Jocelyn” and also the wedding march from “Lohengrin.” Mrs. Emil Bansbach sang “At Dawning.” The bride was attired in a traveling suit of dark blue twill. A wedding breakfast was served. Orchids and white flowers were used in the decorations of the home and the breakfast table.

Mr. MacDonald and his bride departed for northern points on their wedding trip, and after October 1-? They will be at home at 3454-A Henrietta Street, St. Louis.

Out of town guests at the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. William J. MacDonald and daughter, Mary of St. Louis; Mr. and Mrs. Harry (Henry) England, Charles, Flora and Nellie of Cantrall; Mary Claypool of Williamsville; and Lucille Primm of Athens.

Funeral Notice
Robert Grant

Born November 12, 1843
Died April 6, 1908
Aged 64 years 4 months and 24 days

Robert Grant was born in Southerland Shire, Scotland, and he came to Canada in 1847, and came from there to Illinois in 1866. He died at his home near Cantrall, Monday, April 6, at ten thirty a.m. Funeral services will be held at the Christian church in Cantrall, on Wednesday, April 8, at 11 o’clock a. m., Rev. W. W. Weeden officiating assisted by Lewis P. Fisher. Interment in Canterbury Cemetery near Cantrall. Funeral under the auspices of Van Meter Lodge A. F. & A. Masons.

Funeral Notice
Last Services for
October 25, 1880 - November 22, 1931
Aged 51 years and 27 days

Will be held at the Baptist Church at Easton, Illinois, on Tuesday, November 24, 1931, at 1:30 o’clock P.M., conducted by Rev. Harry R. Evans.

Services under auspices Mason City Lodge No. 403, A.F. & A.M. Interment in Indian Point Cemetery

Funeral Notice
Last services for
August 1, 1878 - September 17, 1926
Aged 48 years 1 month and 16 days
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Will be held from the Baptist church, Easton, Illinois, on Sunday, September 19, 1926, at 2 o’clock p.m., conducted by Rev. Wallie Turney.

Interment in Indian Point Cemetery-Athens, Illinois

Services under the auspices of Mason City Lodge, A.F. & A.M., No. 403 and the American Legion.

Dr. W. R. Grant Dies At Easton

Mason City, Nov. 23----Dr. William R. Grant, prominent physician of Easton, died suddenly at his home at 10 o’clock last night. He was stricken with apoplexy while at his office and lived on a few hours.

Decedent was born at Athens, Oct. 25, 1880. He moved to Easton twenty-one years ago where he was associated in practice with his brother, Dr. O. P. Grant, who died five years ago. He married Clara England in June, 1910. He was a member of the Christian church, the Springfield Consistory and Mason City lodge 403, A.F. and A.M. He is survived by his wife, one son, Harry; a daughter, Wilma; his mother, Mrs. Marie Grant, of Athens; three brothers, Vernon, Sidney and Ellis, all of Athens.

Funeral services will be held at the Easton Baptist church, at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Harry Evans will officiate. The Mason City lodge, A.F. and A.M. will have charge. Interment will be made in Indian Point cemetery.

Mistake Proves Fatal
Athens Man Drinks Poison Thinking It Medicine and Death Follows A Week Later

Mistaking poisonous tablets for medicine which he had been taking while ill, caused the death of Robert Grant at 10:20 o’clock yesterday morning. The decedent took the potion a week ago and lingered until yesterday.

Mr. Grant was well known in this county. At the time of his death he was 64 years, 4 months and 24 days old. He had been suffering for some time, and a week ago he reached on his table for medicine and swallowed the wrong medicine.

The decedent was born in Scotland, but had resided near Athens the greater part of his life. He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Grant; five sons, Vernon Grant of Sweetwater, Dr. Oliver P. Grant, Sydney and Ellis Grant of Cantrall, Dr. William Grant of Easton, and one daughter, Mrs. Samuels, of Cantrall.

Decedent is also survived by two brothers, John Grant of Cantrall, and Murdoc Grant of Kansas City, Mo., and two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Layton of Washington, D. C. and Mrs. Cuthbertson of California.

The funeral will be held at 11 o’clock tomorrow morning at the Cantrall Christian church. Rev. W. W. Needon (Weedon), assisted by Rev. L. P. Fisher, will officiate, and the interment will be made at Fancy Creek** cemetery. The funeral will be in charge of the Cantrall lodge of Masons.

**Actually, W. Robert Grant is buried at Indian Point Cemetery.

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Right: Mildred (Grant) Van Meter, wife of Hal Van Meter, and daughter of John Grant. She was called Millie.
Hal and Millie are both buried in Fancy Creek Cemetery, Sangamon county, Illinois. Hall died 1944 and Millie died 1923.

Left: Pearl (Grant) England, wife of William Price England, and daughter of John and Maria (Canterbury) Grant. Pearl’s full name was Maria Pearl Grant.

Will and Pearl are both buried in Brittin Cemetery at Cantrall, Illinois. Will died 1974 and Pearl died 1963.

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The Grant Family
Matrimonial Record
[newspaper clipping undated]

Crothers-England Married: at 6 o’clock p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1900, at the home of the bride’s father, three miles southwest of Cantrall, by Rev. L. T. Faulders of Sidell, Wesley Crothers and Lavina Mae England, both of Cantrall.

The lawn surrounding the home of Mr. England was illuminated by fancy lanterns. The residence was also prettily decorated for the event. Miss Alice Lomelino was at the piano, and rendered Mendelssohn’s wedding march as the bridal party entered the parlor. Little Gladys England preceded the bride and groom and scattered roses in their path. The couple stood beneath a bower of ferns while the ceremony was performed.

After the service a wedding supper was served to the guests. The bride is a daughter of H. H. England and was one of Menard county’s most successful teachers. The groom is a nephew of Robert Grant of Cantrall. He and his bride will reside near Athens after Aug. 15.

Among the guests who attended the wedding were Miss Alice Lomelino of Springfield; Jesse England, and Misses Ethel and Mary England of Fancy Prairie; Mr. and Mrs. Allen Mott, Mrs. E. C. Hall and H. Hall of Athens; Miss Coultrie of Bloomington; Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Council, James Turley and Doctor England of Williamsville; Charles Price and Miss Lizzie Price of Farmer City, and Mrs. McGillivray of Canada. Although the latter is 82 years old, she came from Canada alone to attend the wedding.


(Clipping from a Canadian newspaper undated)

Mrs. Anna McGillivray, of this township, is visiting her children at Cantrall, Illinois. Many old friends in Lobo doubtless remember her sons John and Robert Grant, who formerly lived in this township but are now residents of Illinois, each living within ten miles of Springfield, the capital of the State. Mrs. McGillivray is enjoying the company of six grandsons and six granddaughters, several of whom are following the teaching profession. One object of her present visit was to witness the marriage of a grandson, Wesley Cruthers, whom she raised. Wesley left Canada two years ago and went to reside with his uncles in Illinois. His bride is the daughter of one of the best families in the neighborhood. Of the wedding the Springfield “Journal” says: “Married at 8 o’clock p.m. on Wednesday August 1, 1900, at the home of the bride’s father, three miles southeast of Cantrall, by Rev. L. T. Faulds (Faulders) of Sidell, Wesley Cruthers and Louvena Mae England, both of Cantrall. The lawn surrounding the home of Mr. England was illuminated by fancy lanterns. The residence was also prettily decorated for the event. Miss Semolina was at the piano and rendered Mendelssohn’s march as the bridal party entered the parlor. Little Gladys England preceded the bride and groom and scattered roses in their path. The couple stood beneath a bower of ferns while the ceremony was performed. After the service a wedding supper was served to the guests. The bride is the daughter of H. H. England and was one of Menard County’s most successful teachers. The groom is a nephew of John and Robert Grant, of Cantrall. He and his bride will reside near Athens after Aug. 15. Many useful and ornamental gifts were presented to the couple. Among the many guests was the groom’s grandmother, Mrs. McGillivray, of Canada, 81 years old. The best wishes of the “Journal” are offered to them.
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Top left: John Grant’s son, Earl Grant and his wife, Clara (Brian) Grant, with their son, John Wendall Grant.
Top right: Earl, as a baby and Leslie Grant, sons of John Grant. Picture taken 1888. Leslie died young.
Bottom left: John W. and Brian Grant, sons of Earl Grant, above.
Bottom right: L to R back: Ellis Grant and his wife, Florence (Barr) Grant, Clara (Brian) and her husband, Earl Grant. Earl and Ellis are first cousins-Earl, a son of John , and Ellis a son of W. Robert grant. In front seated: Edwin Grant and John Wendall Grant-Edwin a son of Ellis and Wendall a son of Earl.


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Recently the following article appeared in the paper, and the Clara Grant mentioned was Clara (Brian) Grant, wife of Earl Grant, son of John Grant. The quilt presented to the Athens Library belonged to Clara’s fathers’ sister, Margaret Elizabeth Brian born November 26, 1853. Clara’s father was Andrew Thurston Brian born Oct. 25, 1860 and died Oct. 25, 1944. Andrew’s father was James Lafayette Brian born Sept. 9, 1833 in Tennessee.

Library Receives Antique Quilt Block

ATHENS-The Athens library received a unique contribution for the local memorabilia collection recently when Clara Grant presented a quilt block pieced by her aunt about 110 years ago. It has been appropriately framed by Mrs. Grant just for the library.

Here is a portion of the story as told to us by Clara: “Margaret Elizabeth Brian was born Nov. 26, 1853 on a farm in Sangamon county which was purchased from the government by her father, James L. Brian. Her brother, Andrew Thurston, was my father. Margaret Elizabeth was a very quiet little girl who entertained herself sewing-first for dolls-later she pieced quilts. She learned to make dainty little stitches. At the age of 18 she made a quilt containing 20,000 pieces, each piece small enough to be entirely covered by a dime. Years ago I found this quilt block among her things. It is so different in design and material from those of today I had it framed. I wondered if the Athens Library, whose members are so painstakingly working to preserve mementos of the past, as well as building for the future, while they enrich the present, would like to have it to portray what the youngsters of the 1880’s did for entertainment-without TV, radio or even now telephones. It is now hanging in the library where anyone interested may see it.” Clara Brian Grant is now Mrs. Earl Grant.

Yes, Mrs. Grant, we are happy to display the quilt block made by your aunt over 100 years ago. Thank you for believing, as we do, that the library is a repository of mementos of the past to be held in trust for the future. The Library Quilters gathered at the Library with Clara Grant and were the first to see the quilt block.

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