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Bunnell Family Obituaries

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Arne H Trelvik

Anna Bunnell

Suicide. On Thursday night last, Anna Bunnell of this county put an end to her own existence. She had previously made several attempts to commit suicide, but had been prevented, until this time, when she privately went to the barn near her dwelling and hanged herself with a surcingle procured for that purpose. The deceased we are informed had been in much distress of mind in relation to her mode of life and had frequently said that rather than continue to live as she had for some time she would destroy herself. But she was subjected to a tyrant who had misled her, and who persisted in requiring her continuance in a life prohibited by the laws of God and man, and in a delirium of distraction brought upon her by remorse and oppression she committed the horrible act, which terminated her unhappy existence.

Source: The Western Star, Lebanon, Ohio, Tuesday September 27, 1825
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,
406 Justice Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036-2349, (513) 695-1144 -

Arne H Trelvik
21 June 2008

Benjamin Bunnell

Departed this life April 11, 1871, Benjamin Bunnell, aged 78 years 1 month and 9 days. He leaves a widow and one son to mourn his loss. He had made all necessary preparations for the change, and selected the text to be used at his funeral. Sermon by the writer. Text, “What is man that thou are mindful of him?”

Source: The Western Star 1 Jun 1871 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Arne H Trelvik
24 February 2006

James Elmer Bunnell

May 28, 1871, James Elmer Bunnell, son of Isaac and Hester Bunnell, after a protracted illness. The deceased was aged 24 years 6 months and 17 days. He leaves a wife to mourn his loss. His funeral was attended by a large concourse of people. Sermon by the writer, from Job 14:14 "If a man die shall he live again.

Source: The Western Star 1 Jun 1871 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Jay G. Lamb
22 February 2006

Seraphna (White) Monfort Bunnell

Mrs. S. W. Bunnell

Mrs. Seraphna W. Bunnell died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mark B. Whitaker, near South Lebanon, Ohio, Saturday morning, October 25th, at seven o'clock. Mrs. Bunnell was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel White and was born at Barboursville, W. Va., June 8, 1834, where her early childhood was spent.

At the Age of 10 years she came with her parents to Gallia County, Ohio, which became their permanent home.

When only seventeen years old, she taught a large rural school. This first year's work awakened in her heart that great zeal for the education of youth, which was so characteristic of her entire life and caused her to be among the great public school teachers of her community.

Mrs. Bunnell was receiving her college course at the National University at Lebanon, Ohio, during the years 1863-1865. Her keen observations and accurate remembrance rendered her an interesting and valuable historian of the events of that awful period of our history.

On October 25, 1866, she was married to George Monfort who preceded her to the spirit world June 17, 1893. To this union five children were born, Annie E., James M., Charles E., Frances E., and Robert P, all of whom are still living except Frances who died, February 10, 1910, just as he was entering upon a successful career as an attorney at Evansville, Ind. The oldest son, James, is located at Steubenville, Ohio, where he has built up a large dental business. Her second son, Charles, is a very successful physician at Zanesville, Ohio. Robert, the youngest of the family, is in business in Alliance, Nebraska.

On July 29, 1902, she became the wife of Oliver Bunnell, of Butler Co., Ohio who died July 18, 1913. Of a family of eight only one, Mrs. N. S. Matthews, of Edgar, Nebraska, survives at the age of 83 years.

When a child of but 8 years, while attending a religious meeting at Barboursville, W. Va., she gave her heart and life to "The Master," united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and remained an active member of the same until her marriage, when she united with the Christian Church at Fellowship, near her home in Union Township, Warren Co., Ohio.

Her only daughter, Mrs. Mark B. Whitaker, who has watched over and cared for her during her last years of her life, was at her side when the end came. The passing away was so gradual that she "thought her dying when she slept, and sleeping when she died."

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. S. Hageman, at Fellowship Church on Tuesday, October 28th.

SourceThe Western Star, Lebanon, Ohio, Thursday, November 6, 1919, Page 4
[copy obtained from microfilm located at the Warren County Genealogical Society]

Jay G. Lamb
9 March 2009

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