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Obituaries ~ 1890 - 1891

Obituaries in the Hillsboro Reflector; if any obituary appeared in Hillsboro Mirror, it is noted.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 1890--DERDEN-- Mrs. Baker, aged 80, was interred in the Derden Cemetery on the 1st inst. She was an old citizen of Hill County and has many frineds who mourn her loss.

Dec. 12, 1890--DERDEN-- Mrs. Carson Mattox is very low with consumption. His recovery is thought doubtful.

Wednesday--Dec. 24, 1890--Died Tuesday morning about half past one o’clock Mrs. Wert, wife of Mr. M. S. Wert died at her home of heart disease. The death angel gave no warning of the approaching crisis to her many friends, and her beloved husband and family only knew of her suffering a moment before the end, but death must come to all and we know not how soon or in what manner he will be ushered into our homes. Mr. Wert and family have the sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement.

Wednesday, January 14, 1891--DIED-- It becomes our sorrowful duty to chronicle the death of another one of our citizens, Mr. W. J. Parks, who passed over the river quietly at his home on East Franklin Street, Monday evening at 7:30 o’clock. Mr. Parks had been sick only a short time and many of his friends did not know of his illness. He had been suffering from rheumatism and in connection with this he took slow fever from which he never recovered. He leaves a son about 10 years old and scores of friends to mourn his loss. Services were conducted at the residence by Rev. J. R. Clark and the remains interred in the cemetery yesterday at one o’clock.

January 21, 1891--A MAN FOUND DEAD-- Thursday night, about a half mile from Seyene, in a vacant house where two men apparently stopped for the night, a man was killed. The fact was reported to Justice of the Peace, J L Fly, of that precinct, living at Seagoville, who held an inquest and will hold the body as long as possible for identification. The two men who stopped at the vacant house were traveling with three horses, a gig, a two-horse wagon and a trunk. In the latter was a bill or invoice of goods sold by S E Carter of Hillsboro, Tex. to G W Sparks. A man was seen by residents of the Seyene neighborhood leaving in a hurry, and is reported to have informed some one that he killed his partner and was leaving the country. The above appeared in the Dallas News of the 18th. Mr. Sparks was known here. He is a single man and worked for Mr. S E Carter on his farm east of town. It has since been learned that Sparks was killed by Ellis, a man traveling with him, but was not captured up to the last report.

January 21, 1891-TRIBUTE OF RESPECT - Whereas it has pleased Almighty God, in his infinite wisdom, to remove from our midst our well beloved and much esteemed brother, John Pinkney Wilkinson, his death which occurred the night of December 16, 1890, is a severe trial to his aged parents, a loss to our order, the Farmers Alliance, and to our neighborhood. But we will not mourn, for his life was such that we know what is our loss is his eternal gain. The Father has come down into his garden and has plucked one of the loveliest flowers, in the vigor of youth, and has transplanted it in a higher terrace where it will bloom with sweeter redolence. Be it therefore, Resolved

1.That we, the members of this order, do all we can to comfort the bereaved family, and help them to bear their heavy burden.

2. That these resolutions be spread on the minute book of our order, and a copy sent to the family of the deceased, and a copy of each of our papers for publication.

Committee: F A Bessire, R W Pauley, A M Sims

Hillsboro Mirror, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1891--An Awful Death

Last Friday night, between the hours of 10 and 11 o’clock, Cyrus Cox of Milo, Missouri, a young married man, walked away from the bed of his sick wife and without a word of warning drew a razor blade across his neck and died leaving no clue to the cause which led him to commit the terrible deed. Such facts and circumstances as can be gleaned leading up to and surrounding the suicide are as follows: Cyrus Cox moved to Texas soon after his marriage and lived there ten months, returning to Missouri in October 1888, locating at Milo. He entered into the partnership with his brother, Joseph J. Cox, in the blacksmith business. He was sober, reliable and a good workman, and prospered. He had bought a little house in the village and with his wife, whom he almost worshipped, and his little daughter, Mattie, lived happily, so far as the world knows. His wife, having been raised by a sister who lives near Zodiac, wanted to visit there frequently and he would drop his work and take her. Finally she wanted to go to her old home to live and he, knowing by experience he could not expect a living there, was adverse to the move. Then some three weeks ago, he received a letter from his brother-in-law, J T Hilton of Hill County, Texas, a letter stating that his father who is now very old and resided with Hilton, was very feeble and scarcely expected to live till spring. This preyed on his mind and his brother Joe, says he would mention the letter several times each day. He made arrangements to go see his father during the holidays, but circumstances seemed to hold him back, the while he constantly said, “If father should die and I do not see him I should always regret not going”. Thus matters went on until last week when Mr. Cox and his wife planned to visit his sister and spend Christmas. They were to have gone on Wednesday, but the incessant rain on that day inferred and the trip was postponed until next day. That night she was taken ill, and by Dr. Foster being called, pronounced her very ill. During Thursday and Friday she seemed very sick and Cyrus was nervous and uneasy. Friday morning, Thomas Short, a step-brother to Mrs. Cox, went down from Nevada and found her sick. Soon after he came he expressed a desire to shave and Cyrus Cox got his razor from a trunk in the rear room, and after Short had finished shaving took the razor again and it was presumed put it back in his trunk. All day he walked about dejected or sat by his wife, having little to say. About dark he asked Dr. Foster about his wife’s condition and was informed that though very sick, there was nothing dangerous in her case. Soon after this he went to his wife’s side and whether he or she did the talking can not be learned, but one said to the other that she was very ill and could hardly be expected to recover, and some further conversation was held as to the bringing up of their child. It is believed, however, that Mrs. Cox told her husband she did not expect to get well. But Williams, a nephew of Mrs. J. J. Cox, and young Short were watchers at the bedside that night, but neither had been enough impressed by the conversation, or else did not hear it so as to be able to report it definitely. Soon after church was dismissed Arrelous Cox and his sister, Nannie, came in and offered to sit up during the night, but Cyrus said they might be more needed some other night and they went home. Sometime after 10 o’clock, Mr. Cox after refusing to go to bed came up and after looking at his wife a few moments turned and walked out through the rear door, and having to pass the trunk, may then have taken the razor. Bud Williams says “soon after he went out I felt impressed to go and look out and opening the door heard a peculiar noise similar to an animal choking. As Cyrus had a fat hog near the stable and walked down that way and when near a stack of hay, I saw him lying on the frozen ground face downward, and the noise I heard was made by him. I thought he had gone to the stable and one of the mules had kicked him. I called his name again and again, but received no answer. I took hold of him, raised him up and there was the razor lying close to his hand and that his throat was cut. Immediately I ran to the house and called Short and together we went to the dying man. I left Short there and ran to wake uncle Joe’s folks and then went for Dr. Foster, after which I returned to the scene of the tragedy, and hearing his wife screaming and trying to find her husband, I went on to the house to try and quiet her, while others lifted Cyrus and carried him to Lloyd’s store”. Joe Cox, the dead man’s brother said “I had been to church and being tired had gone to bed, and I think I had been asleep when Bud came and awakening King Relaus told him what had happened. I do not know what time it was. Relaus, told Bud to go for Dr. Foster, and he ran to wake John Curtis and Mr. Lloyd. I ran as quickly as I could and jumping the fence I fell down by Cyrus’s side and called his name, asking him what in God’s name had happened, but when I turned him on his back I saw all hope was gone, and on raising up I struck with the toe of my boot something hard, and looking down, saw the razor, his razor, and its case near it. Soon others came and they carried him, at the doctor’s orders, to Lloyd’s store. He was still alive and lived some fifteen or twenty minutes after being taken to the store. He was thirty years old the eighth day of this month, “I do not know what caused him to do this thing unless his mind gave way from despondency over his wife’s and our father’s illness. He was doing well and had nothing to trouble him except as I have just said”.

James H. Lloyd said “ I had gone to bed and was started to hear heavy steps run up to Curtis’ door and soon after Mrs. Curtis knocked at my door saying “let me in quick” and then announced that Cyrus Cox had cut his throat. I dressed myself hastily and ran over to his house and found Mrs. Cox screaming and begging to be taken to him. I did my best to quiet her and went to find where he was, but they had taken him to my store. I held his head in my arms, while the doctor probed the wound, and still held him when he died. It was an awful sight. After the inquest I cut his clothes off and washed and dressed the body, Dr. Foster sewing up the wound. His was the largest funeral ever held in Milo”.

Squire T. A. Smith said, “I presided over the inquest held Saturday on the body of Cyrus Cox who died Friday night. The evidence went to show the evidence you already know. Mrs. Cox was not called, though I thought she ought to be, but it was believed she was too weak to appear, and Dr. Foster being out of town we could not call him to testify as to her condition, and we forgot to ask him when he testified, before going away. The wound in his throat was high up next to the chin and was five and one-quarter inches long. There was but one cut and it reached the bone at the back of the neck, severing the wind pipe and the arteries. The verdict of the jury was that he came to his death by the wound in his neck, inflicted by his own hand from causes unknown to the jury. I believed Mrs. Cox ought to have been summoned and that she was able to attend. She attended the funeral Sunday, and after cleaning up Monday, she left Tuesday for her sister’s near Zodiac. No one knows what Cyrus said to her on that fatal Friday, and whether he threatened to take his own life. She did not believe he was the author of his own death, at least at times she expressed her views to the contrary, while at other she seemed to think no one else was concerned. We shall never know what prompted him to the deed, for there can be no doubt he did it and may be it is better so”. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church, in the presence of a large concourse, the services being held by Rev. Nevill of Shelton.


Hillsboro Mirror-Jan. 27, 1891-DIED

Mrs. A. W. Massey passed quietly away last Saturday morning and was buried in the Antioch graveyard on Sunday. She leaves a husband and three little children to mourn their loss. They have the sympathy of the community at large in their bereavement.

January 27, 1891-Mr. Ben T. DuVal died at an early hour this morning from an over dose of morphia sulphur taken probably to soothe pain. He was a great sufferer with internal disorders. At times his anguish was overcoming. Ben was the first newspaper boy that ever carried a daily paper on these streets. He grew up to manhood and became a merchant. He was the foremost dealer in feed stuff in Waco. His store on South Fourth Street is draped today in crepe. His wife, who is an invalid is at Rockport. His mother was with him at his death. He leaves considerable property, mostly real estate. In consequence of the report that he committed suicide his friends requested an inquest, which Justice Gallagher is holding at this time. Mr. Railey, of the Hillsboro Reflector is Mr. Du Val’s kinsman. There will be a considerable turnout of newspaper men of this and adjoining towns as Mr. Du Val was very popular with that fraternity. The above is a Waco special sent to the Dallas News. Mr. Du Val was a son in law of Mr. J. D. Railey, of our town.

Hillsboro Mirror-Feb 4, 1891-DIED near Brandon last Sunday, Mr. Will McMurray, son of W H McMurray, passed off life’s stage of action into the unseen world to await the resurrection morn. Will was a worthy young man and numbered his friends by the score, who now mourn their loss, and his home folks have the sympathy of the community at large. He died of measles

Feb 4, 1891 Death of Rev J W Smith

We are pained to record the death of Rev. J W Smith of this place, which sad event occurred last Wednesday night, after a long and painful illness of many weeks. The deceased was 75 years old at the time of death and was one of the old settlers of this section of the state. He was a pastor of the C P Church at Liberty Hill and this place for many years; an honorary member of the Masonic Lodge here, and an excellent citizen, kind father and good neighbor, and his demise is deeply regretted by all. He leaves several sons, daughters and grandchildren, also to mourn his decease. The remains were interred at Liberty Hill Cemetery in the family plot last Thursday afternoon with Masonic Ceremonies by Hubbard City Lodge No. 530 by Spring Hill Lodge No. 155 of Dawson, and Rev .B. M. Taylor conducted the religious exercises. Hubbard City News

Feb. 18, 1891-A FATAL ACCIDENT-James Newton, a brakeman on the Hillsboro branch of M. K. & T. railroad, met death at a switch station at Pecan Creek last Thursday morning. The train was doing some switching there and Newton was about to uncouple a car when it is supposed his footing slipped and he fell across the track and several cars passed over his body severing one arm and mashing the other one and his head and chest into a jelly. Death was instantaneous. The body was carried to Waxahachie where an inquest was held, and thence to Greenville, where his father lives for interment. Deceased was about 27 years old, was married and lived in Dallas. He had been in the employ of the railroad about two years. He was said to be sober and well liked by his associates.

Feb. 18, 1891-OBITUARY-Martha Isabella Hill was born in Louisiana March 19, 1840. Died February 3, 1891, aged 50 years, 10 months and 14 days. In March 1856, she was married to Joe A. Hill who still survives her. She was the Mother of 11 children, 10 of whom are still living. In 1862 Sister Hill united with the M E church and remained in it a consistent Christian until her death. For years she has been a great suffered but she endured all patiently, believing “that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us”. A true wife, a loving Christain mother has gone, but the friends need not mourn as those who have no hope. Only emulate the virtues of the departed, love and obey God, and in the bright beyond he will give you mother again, and a house in heaven.

Feb. 18, 1891-DIED- Monday morning, at her home in West Hillsboro, Mrs. Fred Jones departed this life for the one beyond. Death was caused by pneumonia. Her remains were laid away in the cemetery Tuesday morning.

Feb.18, 1891-Many sympathizing friends gathered at the cemetery last Sunday evening where the remains of Miss Effie Traylor was laid to rest. Her death was quite sudden and cast a gloom over all. She was a beautiful amiable girl. May she rest in peace till the Savior calls.

October 7, 1891--DIED September 24th, Grace Metherson, grandchild of W. F. Jones, aged two years. She was buried in the cemetery at Rock Wall.

October 14, 1891-Near Milford last Saturday, Dan Hardeman, colored, was shot and instantly killed by another negro. Sheriff Cox received a telegram to look out for him and he at once left in pursuit of the murderer in company with his deputy Tom Weatherred. The latter was joined by Geo. Stanford, Marshall of Itasca and Jno. A. Stevens, deputy U S Marshall at Osceola, and the same day caught their man a little south of Cleburne. He was at once taken to Ellis county jail and so strong was the evidence against him that he was refused bail. It is alleged as the reason for his killing Hardeman that he was engaged to Hardeman’s daughter and were to be married in a few days, but he wanted the girl to leave the cotton field and do his washing for him and because the old man refused to let his daughter do this, the brute drew his pistol with the result as above stated.

October 14, 1891-Charles Spurgeon, age 2 years, son of Rev. D. P. Sanders, died September 25th of pneumonia after an illness of about 10 days. God saw his trembling form too pure to enter on life’s turbulent stream, and ere the cold damp of sin had touched his unpolluted spirit he loved and lured to the skies a bud transplanted to bloom in immortal beauty, a dispensation that will ever keep the hearts of the fond parents heaven ward.

October 14, 1891--RESOLUTION OF RESPECT-- Since it has pleased Almighty God in the unerring dispensation of his divine will to remove from our ranks our beloved brother Knight, Eli Case, be it resolved by the Hillsboro Lodge 3273, K of H: That by the death of Brother Case, our community has lost an upright, good and valued citizen; that our order has been deprived of one of its most exemplary and zealous members; that a true Knight of Honor has fallen ‘neath the withering hand of death, that we extend our cordial sympathy to the beloved family in this dark hour of distress; that our charter and the badges of our order be draped in his memory for thirty days; that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family; that the same be spread upon our reporter’s book and also printed in each of our city papers. Cheerfully submitted in O M A Jas. J. Robert, C. Moorman, J R Thompson (Committee) Hillsboro, Texas October 13, 1891.

Hillsboro Mirror--October 21, 1891-DIED- In this city, Thursday, October 15th, at 5:25 o’clock p m, Mrs. Mamie Jones, wife of Mr. Ed Jones, aged 18 years, 9 1/2 months, the funeral services were conducted by Rev. J R Clarke on Friday at four o’clock, and loving friends followed the remains from their residence on Covington Street t the City cemetery where they were laid to rest. It is sad to chronicle the death of a young wife, whose hopes for a higher and useful career in this life are brought to an unlooked for end in death. To the sorrowing husband and little child, only five months old, the Mirror extends sympathy.

November 4, 1891--Hubbard--Joseph H. Rareliff died at 6 p m Tuesday at the residence of his father, H. Rateliff in Hubbard City. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church at 3 p m Wednesday. The remains were interred in the City Cemetery.

Hillsboro Mirror--November 11, 1891-DIED- The funeral of Miss Carrie McInnis, who died at Ennis, Texas yesterday of slow fever was preached at the Methodist church today by Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss. Miss Carrie was a sister of Mrs. I. M. Givens, this city, and a very popular young lady in the town where she lived. Her death brings sorrow to the hearts of many warm friends and her death is almost unbearable to her sorrowing mother and sister, to who the Mirror joins with their many friends in this city in extending sympathy for their great loss.


November 11, 1891- At her home in West Hillsboro, last Friday, Mrs. Lilly died of consumption and was buried in the City Cemetery Saturday. She had been a sufferer for several months and being a widow was unable to provide for her family. Kind friends came to her aid and three of the children were sent to the State Orphans Home at Corsicana and it is sad to know that they were unable to get a last look at their Mother before she was laid away in the cold ground. The sympathy of the entire community should go out to these children and all aid possible should be given them to help them along and to brighten their lives.


November 11, 1891--Hubbard-- The infant boy of Rev. R E and Mrs. A E Harden died Thursday the 20th inst. The remains were buried in the City Cemetery. Rev. B M Taylor conducted the services at the grave.


Hillsboro Mirror--Monday, January 7, 1935


Mrs. Harriet Harris who located in County in 1869 died Saturday night at the age of 98 years and 10 months. Mrs. Harriet Harris, one of Hill counties oldest citizens passed away at the residence of her son, E. M. Harris in the Arnott Community at 11:15 Saturday night, aged 98 years, 10 months and 1 day. Funeral services were held at the residence at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. Melvin R. Cox officiating. Interment was in the Old Woodbury Cemetery under the direction of Marshall and Marshall. Active pallbearers were George Dumas, John McCreight, T. L. Tharies, Hiram Pharies, Jack Shirley and W. T. Galliga. Mrs. Harris was born in Lawrence County Alabama, March 4th 1836. She came to Texas in 1869 locating in Hill County at Towash and had been a resident of this county since, and had lived in the vicinity of Woodbury for the past 33 years. She was married to E. M. Harris December 17th 1860. Mr. Harris died July 9, 1905. Mrs. Harris was converted and joined the Baptist Church at Eueletube, Miss, in 1860, having been a member of the church for 75 years. She was a member of the Woodbury Baptist church at the time of her death. Surviving are one son: E. M. Harris of Arnott and one daughter, Mrs. Ola Jenkins of Slaton.