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Adam Bone (1815-1886)

Adam Bone was born near Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio, Oct. 21, 1815; died Aug. 26, 1886, aged 70 years, 10 months, and 5 days. He was married to Susan LeFever Feb. 22, 1838, who died Sept. 2, 1855. He was married again Dec. 24, 1857, to Elizabeth Wagoner, who survives him. He leaves eight children living, two having gone on before, seven grandchildren, two sisters and a great many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Father Bone moved from Ohio to Indiana in 1846, living on the same farm until the 10th of last March when he moved to his home in Wheeling where he died. He professed religion and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Wheeling, under the ministration of the Rev. S.T. Stewart, in 1853, and was ordained deacon in 1854, serving as such for ten years. He was one of the first trustees of the Church here and served faithfully in that capacity for thirty years. If Father Bone was absent from the Sunday School or Church service, it was evident that something serious was the cause. He was always in his place promptly ready for his work, which was to lead in the service of song. This he felt to be his special work and right faithfully did he perform his duty. He was very liberal in his support of the means of grace. No one loved his Church more dearly than he. To him the house of God was a sacred place and he was opposed to anything being done there that would desecrate it. He was an indulgent husband and father, a kind neighbor and friend, very firm and decided in his opinions, and highly esteemed by all who knew him. His funeral was preached by the writer, from 2 Tim. iv. 6-8, on Sunday, Aug. 29, at 11:00 a.m. to the largest congregation he ever saw assembled at this place. Kind hands laid him away to rest till God bids him arise to hail him in triumph ascending the skies. J.L. Hughey, Pastor

Source: undated obituary from The Flora, Carroll County, Indiana newspaper
Also see Melanie's Bone Family Photos, Descendants of Adam Bone [pdf file] and Descendants of Cyrus Bone [pdf file]

Melanie Spychalski
9 June 2006

Agnes Bone

On the same day, Miss Agnes BONE, sister of Mrs. Black, was taken with cholera at nine o’clock in the morning and died at 12 o’clock at night. She was in the 29th year of her age. Miss Bone several years ago attached herself to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and by her pious and exemplary life fully illustrated the Christian character. She was an affectionate and dutiful daughter, a kind sister, and a devoted friend.

Source: The Western Star, dated 20 July 1849 (obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249)

Judy Simpson
11 June 2004

Rachel Ann "Annie" (Hutchinson) Bone (1837-1881)

"Death of Mrs. Bone"
Mrs. Annie Hutchinson Bone died at the Huntsville Hotel on March 11th. This estimable lady, the beloved wife of Capt. J. H. Bone, had been slowly sinking for some months, a victim of that dread destroyer, consumption. Her remains were taken immediately by the husband and son to Lebanon, Ohio for interment in the family burying ground.

Source: , The Western Star, Lebanon, Ohio, Thursday March 31, 1881

Arne H Trelvik
3 May 2010

Elias Lefevre Bone (1841-1905)

From the Hoosier Democrat, Flora, Carroll Co., Indiana Newspaper
Lying in peaceful repose as if in placid slumber, the dead body of Elias Bone, a deputy county clerk of Dayton, Ohio and brother of Lon Bone, Mrs. David Black and Mrs. Isaac Wagoner, near Wheeling, was found in bed at his sleeping apartment at an early hour Thursday morning of last week. He was afflicted with heart disease and it is supposed he was fatally attacked. Apparently the struggle was brief and death almost instantaneous.

Mr. Bone was an early riser and very precise in his habits and conduct. He was usually the first to reach the clerk's office at morning and when he failed to arrive at 7:00 that morning the officials realized something was wrong. An investigation was made and the startling discovery made when they entered his room. Dr. E.A. Stewart who resides next door was hurriedly summoned. Examination showed that the silent, pallid faced form had been dead several hours and was past all medical aid.

The news of the death of Bone quickly spread and was a great shock to his many friends and associates in the clerk's office. The desk occupied by the deceased and the vacant chair were draped in mourning and these mute evidences told in a manner the story of the death of the deputy.

Mr. Bone was 64 years of age and was well known all over Carroll County where he resided for about 20 years. He was never married. At the outbreak of the Civil War in August 1861 he enlisted in Co. K, 9th Indiana Inftry., the same company that many veterans of this vicinity belonged to. He participated in many battles and served until Sept. 23, 1864, when he was mustered out at Indianapolis. After the War he studied dentistry and graduated from dental school. He successfully practised his profession a number of years and was subsequently appointed a government gauger and was stationed at various distilleries while holding that office. He was a resident agent for a number of years and up to death of the Provident Life and Trust Co., of Philadelphia. He was an active memvber of the M.E. Church, a member of the Y.M.C.A. An an influential member of the Masonic order. He was a quiet gentleman and in his death a Christian character has departed for its reward.


Tender resolutions in memory of the late Dr. Elias L. Bone, were drafted and adopted by the official board of the Grace M.E. Church. Possessing many graces of soul and a sublime devotion to his church, which were prominent characteristics of the existence that terminated with his death on Wednesday evening, he departed from the midst of life and apparent health and physical activity into the presence of death. In accordance with the sentiment embodied in the hymn he had selected at the last church service he attended on the evening previous to his death, he has fallen asleep and death to him was not untimely. Following are the resolutions adopted:

On Wednesday, October 25, 1905, Dr. Elias L. Bone occupied his accustomed desk in the office of the county clerk and in the court room, which position he had occupied with characteristic fidelity to duty for something over five years last past.

On Wednesday evening as was his regular custom he was in his usual place at the prayer meeting of this church, as leader of the singing which position he had filled with marked regularity and faithfulness for many years. At the conclusion of the service, he went to his room and retired. On Thursday morning, after his accustomed time for rising had past, they missed him and they sought him but found him not, for he was not, for God had taken him. At some time during the night he had fallen into that sleep that knows no breaking on this side of the Great River. The departure of our brother is to all of us who remain, shocking in its suddenness--from the midst of life and apparent health and usual activity into the presence of death, yet to him we doubt not it was a peaceful falling asleep in Jesus.

"It little matters at what hour of the day
The righteous fall asleep. Death can
Not come
To him untimely, who has learned to

At that last prayer service, Dr. Jameson called for one stanza of a consecration hymn. Dr. Bone made the selection. At the conclusion of the singing of that stanza, Dr. Jameson said, "Dr. Bone, as he always does, has made a beautifully appropriate selection; let us sing the remaining stanzas". The opening and closing lines of the selection are:
"Take my heart, O Father, take it;
Make and keep it all thine own;
Holy Spirit take and seal me,
Guide me in the path to heaven."

In the life of our brother and in his death, the prayer breathed in that beautiful song has been answered, guided in the path to Heaven, the faithful servant has gone to the reward of the good and the faithful. The ardent lover of music has entered the realms of perfect harmony where the query of the poet can be answered:
"If music be so very sweet
While here we plod along,
What must it be when our tired feet
Shall tread the Shore of Song?"

There he setteth the solitary in families. There, loneliness and suffering and pain and sickness shall be no more, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away and songs and everlasting joy shall take their place.

We shall sadly miss our brother from his place among us, from his place in the church, from the counsels and deliberations of this official body. The welfare of the church was ever uppermost and foremost in his thoughts and conversation. He said very little about himself even to his most intimate associates. Though he suffered much of recent years from physical pain, he rarely spoke about it or complained.

He will be missed from the clerk's office and court room. It is said by those associated with him that there his steady, patient, faithful application to duty, his calm, quiet dignity, his pure, upright, noble moral character, had a refining, purifying, quieting influence throughout the office and among the younger men among whom, sometimes, there is a tendency to be rough or boisterous. That illustrates the exhortation of the Bible to be living epistles, known and read of all men, and to let your light shine before men. Thus in his lfe was the influence of the Sunday church service manifested throughout the six work days of the week, and thus was his life complete in what appears to be its most pronounced characteristic, faithfulness. He was faithful in that which was least, he was faithful also in much and he was faithful unto death.

It is therefore altogether fitting and proper that we, the members of this official board of which he was an efficient and devoted member and of this church which he served so well through so many years, hereby pay this, our tribute of respect to the memory of our departed brother. Yet we feel in harmony with the thought expressed in Lincoln's great Gettysburg speech, that in a larger sense we can add no honor to the memory of a well kept life record as he himself impressed it on our hearts by his life before us, but that it is rather for us, the living, in the spirit of that prayer service, which our brother attended on the last evening of his life, to hereby consecrate our lives to the cause which he loved, to the talk of taking up the work which he laid down when he passed to rest and to emulating that beautiful and blesses trait which so prominently characterized his life--faithfulness.


The funeral services will be held at the Grace M.E. Church this afternoon. Rev. H.C. Jameson, officiating.
The local lodge of Masons will see that the highest honors of the order will attend the last sad rites. The pallbearers will be Charles W. Bleser, Charles Peters, Ns. D. Bates, A.J. ...., John F. Foes and Dr. H.E. .....
Melanie Spychalski writes,
"Elias Bone was the oldest son and second born child of Adam Bone and Susan Lefevre Bone, b. 26 March, 1841 in Turtle Creek Twp., Warren County, Ohio and d. 26 November 1905 in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. When he was 6 years old, in the fall of 1846, his parents moved their family to a farm in Carrollton Twp., Carroll Co., Indiana where he grew to manhood. In August of 1861 he answered his country's call and joined the Army, enlisting in Company K, 9th Indiana Infantry where he served until he was mustered out at Indianapolis on Sept. 23, 1864. He then learned the occupation of Dentistry and moved to Ohio to set up practice. Elias never married and made Montgomery County, Ohio his home, living there until he passed away peacefully in his sleep 26 November, 1905."
Melanie Spychalski
26 April 2008

Eliza Jane Bone (1836-1921

Eliza Jane, daughter of Reuben and Deborah Hoff, was born near Mason, Ohio, May 14, 1836, and was married October 26, 1854 to John D. Bowyer. In 1860 the husband was taken by death, and in 1863 she was married to Cyrus S. Bone, who also preceded her to the great beyond in 1879.
She was the mother of five daughters and one son. Of these three daughters and one son are left to mourn her loss: Mrs. Ed Conklin and Mrs. Leora Parker of Lebanon; Reuben Bone of Columbus and Mrs. Gorsuch of Mason.
She was united with the Methodist Episcopal church in her youth, and remained a faithful member throughout a long and active life. Stricken in her final illness on April 30, 1921, death came as a peaceful release on June 11.
The funeral was held from her late residence Tuesday afternoon, June 14, Rev. C. Harold Clerke, officiating. Interment was made in Mason cemetery.
"She hath done what she could, and the Maker hath received her."
(Western Star, June 30, 1921)

Source: "Eliza Jane Bone," The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), Thursday, June 30, 1921

Jay G. Lamb
9 April 2011

Fred S. Bone

FRANKLIN - Fred S. Bone, 75, died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in his home, 527 South Main St.  For a number of years Mr. Bone was associated with the Unglesby Funeral Home here.
He was a native of Lebanon and a member of the Lebanon Masonic Lodge.  He served as an elder in the Franklin PResbyterian Church.
Surviving are his wife, Ludie; one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Hutchinson and two grandsons, Robert and Jack, all of Franklin.
Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Unglesby Funeral Home with the Rev. William J. Hannum officiating.  Burial will be in the Lebanon Cemetery.
Friend may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Source: The Middletown (Ohio) Journal, Tuesday October 19, 1948

Vivian Combs Moon
30 August 2008

James T. Bone

DIED—On Monday morning, at his residence near Lebanon, after a brief illness of Cholera, Mr. James T. Bone, aged about 34 years.

Source: The Western Star, dated 15 August 1851(obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249)

Judy Simpson
24 June 2004

Leonidas Bone of the of eastern Carroll and Howard counties, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Byrum, south of Young America, Monday. Deceased was born in Ohio and came to Carroll County with his parents when he was about three years of age. When he reached young manhood he was united in marriage to Ann Kirkpatrick. To this union three children, all girls, were born, all still surviving. They are: Mrs. Asa Mabbitt, of this city; Mrs. William Byrum, at whose home he died, and Mrs. F.W. Klein, of Logansport. The wife died three years ago. He also leaves two half-brothers, John Bone, of Wheeling and Milt one of Indianapolis. The funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Byrum residence. Interment was made in the Center cemetery.

Source: undated partial obituary from The Flora, Carroll County, Indiana newspaper

Melanie Spychalski
9 June 2006

Martha Jane (Bone) Black

DIED—On Friday last, 13th inst., of cholera, after an illness of nine hours, Mrs. Martha Jane Black, wife of Rev. F. G. Black, in the 31st year of her age. The deceased was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for many years, a devoted Christian, and died prepared for a heavenly inheritance. She fulfilled well all the relations of life, viz: daughter, wife, mother, neighbor and friend, and her many virtues will long be remembered and cherished.

Source: The Western Star, dated 20 July 1849 (obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249)

Judy Simpson
11 June 2004

Perry V. Bone

For 13 Years He Was Head Of Lebanon National. Retired in 1923

Funeral services for Mr. Perry V. Bone, who died Sunday evening, will be held at the residence in South Mechanic street at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, with the Rev. Frederick L. Kirker, minister of the First Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial will be made in Lebanon Cemetery.

Mr. Bone had suffered failing health for the past few years but the immediate cause of his death was the result of a fall which he had the first of last week and in which he broke a hip bone. He was 74 years of age, Tuesday, June 12.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Anna Morris Bone, and one son, Lee Bone, of Pasadena Calif., his wife and little son.

Mr. Bone was a native of Warren co., and was of one of Warren County’s oldest families. He was born June 12, 1854 and had spent his entire life in this community. For 16 years he was a school teacher. His first and only experience in business was his connection with the Lebanon National Bank of which he was president for 13 years, retiring January 1923. From that time until the merger of Lebanon’s two banks he was chairman of the board of directors of the Lebanon National.

In July 1880 Mr. Bone and Miss Anna Morris, also a member of one of the county’s oldest families, were married. Next month they would have celebrated their forty-eighth wedding anniversary.

For many years Mr. Bone was an active member of the Presbyterian church and had served as deacon and elder of the First Presbyterian church for a great part of the time he held membership there.

Mr. Bone was of a retiring and unassuming nature and accomplished his duties and tasks without show and ado. No one but himself knew of the unheralded kindnesses he did. It is said by many that he never heard of a family in need or want but that he quietly and secretly extended succor. Even those receiving aid from him seldom knew from whom it came.

Out of respect to Mr. Bone the Lebanon-Citizens National Bank & Trust Company will close at 2 o’clock Friday, the hour of the funeral and will not reopen until the regular ---------

Source: Lebanon, OH: The Western Star, Thursday 21 June 1928 [copy obtained from Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
31 Jul 2005

Sarah Catherine Bone Wagoner (1838-1909)


Sarah Catherine Bone--Wagoner died March 22, 1909 at her home in Wheeling, Ind., aged 70 years, 3 months and 13 days. She was born near lebanon, Ohio, December 9, 1838. She moved with her parents and two brothers to Carroll County, Ind., in the fall of 1846. She united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Wheeling, Indiana, in the year 1852, during the ministry of Rev. S.T. Stewart, being a member fifty-seven years. She was married to Isaac N. Wagoner September 22, 1864. To this union two cfhildren were born, Orion M. and Zulema. She leaves a husband, two children, six grandchildren, four brothers, two sisters and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. N.W. Clark, assisted by Rev. O.L. Prentice of Flora. Scripture reading the 16th Psalm text, the 11th verse. Interment in the Deer Creek Cemetery.

Father, Children, Brothers, Sisters, those who mourn in spirit, there is only one true source of consolation that we shall meet those we love in another and better world where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest.

Source: unidentified 1909 newspaper
Melanie Spychalski writes,
"Sarah was the daughter of Adam Bone and Susan Lefevre and was my great, great grandmother.."
Also see Melanie's Descendants of SARAH CATHERINE BONE report in pdf format
Melanie Spychalski
9 June 2006

Susan (Lefevre) Bone

DIED On the 2d inst., in the same county (Carroll County, IN) Susan Bone, wife of Adam Bone and daughter of Elias Lefevre, late of this county.

Source: The Western Star 21 Sept., 1855
Melanie Spychalski writes,
"Susan Lefevre was the wife of Adam Bone. Her family is well documented in Maryland and Pennsylvania. She is a direct descendant of Isaac Lefebre and Catherine Fierre who first emigrated to New Paltz, NY and then to Lancaster County, PA."

Melanie Spychalski
9 June 2006

Sylvan Elwood Bone


Sylvan Elwood Bone, son of Cyrus S. and Eliza Thompson Bone, was born February 24, 1857 and passed away at his home in Lebanon February 2, 1918, lacing twenty-two days of being 61 years of age.

He lived a quiet undemonstrative life, faithful and sympathetic in his friendships, honest in his business relations.

He found great pleasure and profit in reading as was keenly alive to all questions, which concerned the welfare and prosperity of his country, wishing during his last sickness that he had been able to do more for the Red Cross and Y. M. C. A. work.

He made a brave struggle, thru almost seven weeks, of intense suffering to regain his health, yet when the end was inevitable, he welcomed it as a relief and with no fear.

While he was not a member of any church, he had a profound respect for everything good and an abiding trust in God.

To those who knew him best there can come no doubt, but that it is well with his soul.

Source: The Western Star 7 February 1918 [copy obtained from microfilm available at the Warren County Genealogical Society]
[also see Sylvan Bone gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery]

Arne H Trelvik
31 Jul 2005

Wm. A. Bone

DIED—On Thursday last, of consumption, after a lingering illness, Mr. Wm. A. Bone

Source: The Western Star, dated 20 July 1849 (obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249)

Judy Simpson
11 June 2004

Wm. A. Bone

Departed this life, on the 18th of July, Mr. Wm. A. Bone, of consumption, in the 35th year of his age. The ways of Providence are truly strange and mysterious. In the death of Mr. Bone the friends are called to mourn the loss of a kind friend taken from their circle in the prime of life. It is hard for us to understand why our friends are taken from us in the meridian of life, yet so it is; and we must try to bow in humble resignation to Him whose understanding is infinite; and while he uses the rod we must labor to profit thereby.

Mr. Bone was a worthy citizen of this community. He was a man of modest, quiet and unassuming habits of life, and was well and favorably known by all this community. During his short life he passed through many severe trials and sore afflictions, but Death has called him away from his earthly afflictions.

Some years ago he professed faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and was quite clear in his apprehensions of the Savior’s pardoning mercy for a short time, but soon relapsed into a doubting state of mind, the consequence of which was he never united with the visible Church of Christ. Hence he lived measurably, in a religious point of view, under a state of doubtful suspension, not fully satisfied in his own mind whether he was a Christian or not, yet at times venturing to hope that he had passed from death unto life. I have no doubt that this doubtful suspension was the result of living in the neglect of duty, and had he but carried out his duty fully he might have enjoyed fully the blessings of a Christian’s life. But from what we know of Mr. Bone, we charitably hope that when he was in the providence of God called from the walks of men he was taken to rest with the Redeemer in Heaven.

He left behind him a wife and a little son to mourn their irreparable loss; and an aged mother, brothers and sisters, and numerous friends and acquaintances. Yet their loss is his eternal gain. “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and his ways past finding out!”

Source: The Western Star, dated 10 Aug 1849 (obtained from the Ohio Historical Society, microfilm roll # 19249)

Judy Simpson
11 June 2004

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