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The death messenger has again passed through our midst the past week. Aunt Fannie Spessard who had been ailing for the past six weeks with pneumonia passed to her rest on Wednesday evening, March 2. Fannie Spessard was born in Wurttemburg, Germany, and when a child came to this country, settling in Hagerstown, MD. In 1880, she came to Leaf River where she has since resided. She leaves to mourn her death, three brothers, Henry and Andrew Schelling of Leaf River, and Joseph of Rockford. Three sisters, Mrs. Joshua Dayhoff, Mrs. Joseph Knodle of Leaf River and Mrs. Cooper of Chewsville, MD, and one foster son, Henry Dayhoff. Aunt Fannie had been a member of the United Brethren Church from early childhood and lived a consistant Christian life. She had lived to be 77 years, 9 months, and 25 days, more than the allotted three score and ten years. The funeral was held in the U.B. Church of this city on Saturday, March 5, Rev. Buckwalter of Mt. Carroll officiating, assisted by Rev. Plumley of Leaf River. Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Lightsville by the following who acted as pall bearers: Joel B. Bertolet, Joel Kuntzelman, George Proctor, M. J. West, Joseph H. Newcomer, and Jacob N. Schreiber.

Fannie was the second wife of John Spessard:

Descendants of John Spessard

1 John SPESSARD b: March 6, 1791 in Chewsville, Washington Co., MD d: May 13, 1878 in Chewsville, Washington Co., MD Burial: Bethel United Brethren Church Cemetery, Chewsville, Washington Co., MD
.. +Catharine STOVER b: August 5, 1792 in Washington Co., MD m: April 4, 1814 in Washington Co., MD d: February 10, 1851 in Chewsville, Washington Co., MD Burial: Bethel United Brethren Church Cemetery, Chewsville, Washington Co., MD Father: Christian Stouffer Mother: Nancy Rowland
... 2 Christian C. SPESSARD b: January 15, 1815 in Chewsville, Washington Co., MD d: April 29, 1890 in Chewsville, Washington Co., MD Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD
....... +Mary Ann HERSHEY b: May 10, 1815 m: February 9, 1837 in Washington Co., MD d: November 2, 1845 Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD
... *2nd Wife of Christian C. SPESSARD:
....... +Mary NEWMAN b: December 19, 1812 m: 1847 in MD d: June 8, 1879 in Chewsville, Washington Co., MD Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD Father: John Newman
... 2 Nancy SPESSARD b: May 20, 1816 in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD d: November 28, 1836 in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD Burial: Bethel United Brethren Church Cemetery, Chewsville, Washington Co., MD
....... +Samuel KRETSINGER b: October 19, 1813 in Shenandoah Co., VA m: July 31, 1834 in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD d: March 1, 1878 in Blackjack, Douglas Co., KS Father: George Kretsinger Mother: Dorothea (Dolly Eckenbarger) Hackelbarger
... 2 David S. SPESSARD b: August 4, 1817 in MD d: August 26, 1894 in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD
....... +Martha A. KLINE b: September 19, 1822 in MD d: June 28, 1913 in Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD
... 2 Elizabeth SPESSARD b: May 24, 1819 in Tilghmanton District, Washington Co., MD d: June 3, 1878 Burial: Bethel United Brethren Church Cemetery, Chewsville, Washington Co., MD
....... +Jonathan DOUB b: June 21, 1810 d: July 4, 1890 Burial: Bethel United Brethren Church Cemetery, Chewsville, Washington Co., MD
... 2 Catharine "Kittie" SPESSARD b: June 14, 1821 d: March 21, 1887 in Hagerstown District, Washington Co., MD Burial: Bethel United Brethren Church Cemetery, Chewsville, Washington Co., MD
....... +Samuel HOOVER b: January 22, 1814 m: February 8, 1840 in Washington Co., MD d: December 3, 1889 Burial: Bethel United Brethren Church Cemetery, Chewsville, Washington Co., MD Father: Christian Hoover Mother: Elizabeth Stotler
... 2 John SPESSARD b: September 26, 1822 d: July 18, 1878 in Chewsville, Washington Co., MD Burial: Bethel United Brethren Church Cemetery, Chewsville, Washington Co., MD
... 2 Daniel D. SPESSARD b: July 8, 1825 in Chewsville District, Washington Co., MD d: February 9, 1885 in Chewsville District, Washington Co., MD Burial: Bethel United Brethren Church Cemetery, Chewsville, Washington Co., MD
....... +Rebecca RHINEHART b: September 1, 1827 m: March 14, 1848 in Washington Co., MD d: April 8, 1886 in Chewsville District, Washington Co., MD Burial: Bethel United Brethren Church Cemetery, Chewsville, Washington Co., MD
... 2 Jacob J. SPESSARD b: January 14, 1827 d: 1904 in Greencastle, Franklin Co., PA
... 2 Lydia Ann SPESSARD b: March 1, 1832
....... +Samuel Kemper OSWALD b: December 21, 1831 m: August 28, 1854 in Washington Co., MD
*2nd Wife of John SPESSARD:
.. +Fannie (Shilling) SCHELLING b: May 7, 1832 in Wurttemberg, Germany (living with brother Henry in 1880 according to IL census) m: Aft. 1851 d: March 2, 1910 in Leaf River, Ogle Co., IL Burial: Lightsville Cemetery, Leaf River Twp., Ogle Co., IL Father: Joaquim Shilling Mother: Francesca Catherine Schafer

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