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Carey A. David Isaac Joseph

From: Milan, Sullivan Co., Missouri newspaper, 1902
Contributed by Jennifer Knight

Carey A. Stanforth
Carey A., son of Peyton and Margaret Stanforth, was born four miles south of Hillsboro, Highland Co., Oh., July 4, 1849. He was married to Miss Ella Cohn, daughter of William and Miriam Cohn, May 15, 1880. Six children were born to them, five sons and one daughter, all still living at home. He joined the M.E. Church and was converted at New Salem, near his Highland home, in early manhood. After the New Salem Society had disbanded, he joined with his good neighbors in organizing what is now the Christian Church at Mt. Washington, where he was chosen first elder, and where he held his membership until his death. He died surrounded by his family, at his home five miles northeast of Hillsboro, of lung disease, in the full triumphs of a living faith and in full hope of resurrection to eternal life, April 22, 1902. One of his last acts was to call his family to his bedside and there celebrate the Lord’s Supper with them. He had the evidence that he pleased God, and God took him.

            This kind husband, true friend and loving father can never be forgotten. A very appropriate service was held at the home by Rev. E.D. Murch, of the Hillsboro Christian Church, who led the long procession to the cemetery at Samantha, where the remains were interred.

Weep not for him! There is no cause for woe,
But rather nerve thy spirit, that it walk
Unshrinking o’er the thorny path below,
And from earth’s low defilements keep thee back.
So, when a few fleet, severing years have flown,
He’ll meet thee at Heaven’s gate and lead thee on.

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From: Milan, Sullivan Co., Missouri newspaper, 1906
Contributed by
Jennifer Knight

Tribute to David Stanforth

            A large number of friends and neighbors attended the funeral of David Standforth at the M.E. Church Sunday. Deceased was a member of one of Green City’s prominent and highly respected families. He was thirty-four years of age and leaves a wife and three children. The funeral was preached by Rev. Cater, of Kirksville. Besides the relatives living here, his brother, Rev. C.B. Stanforth, of Indiana was present. Mr. Stanforth was a man of character and ability in whom every one who knew him had the greatest confidence. He was an active church and Sunday school worker and had taught school in this county for the past fourteen years, until his health entirely filed him a year ago. At that time he gave up teaching and moved with his family to the home of his brother-in-law, Jack Curl, southeast of the Castle, where they have since resided.  He was a model husband and an exemplary citizen. The community at large joins the bereaved family and relatives in sympathy in this their hour of sorest trial. His last words were, “I have nothing to fear. Tell the minister to say I was not satisfied with this life as I had more ambition to do more good.”

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From: Milan, Sullivan Co., Missouri newspaper, 1906
Contributed by Jennifer Knight

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Obituary of Isaac Stanforth.

            Isaac Stanforth was born near Louisburg, w. Va., March 25, 1822 and was married to Susan Vanfelt [Susannah VanPelt] , June 6, 1844 near Hillsboro, Okla [Ohio]. To this union thirteen children were born of whom six survive, namely: Jasper, of near Browning: Arther, of Colorado Springs: John, of Hannibal: Commodore of the M.E. church at Brook, Ind.: Mrs. J. N. Curl, of Greencastle: and Mrs. Lydia Pickens, of Stahl. He moved to Sullivan county in 1878 where he resided until death called him home Aug. 12, 1906 aged 84 years, 4 months and 17 days. He had a few months before chosen for his stopping place the home of his daughter, Mrs. Pickens, near Stahl, where he remained until call away. He had seemed to be gradually failing ever since the death of his companion. On Friday morning before his death his daughter going into his room found him quite sick with stomach and bowel trouble. He never seemed to rally, seeming unable to express himself, and Sunday 2 p.m. passed away. He very early in life made choice of the better part that could not be taken away, united with the M.E. church and was ever true to the church of his choice. He loved God’s house and often came when feeble and unable to find his way home without assistance. He had for some years been failing in all his natural powers being unable to speak except in a whisper, but able to get about. He took much thought of the future life and looked toward the end here without fear.

            He was very anxious that all his children become Christians and many times wept for fear some of them might neglect their salvation and his family broken in Heaven. He was an honest upright Christian man of a positive nature.

            His funeral was conducted by his pastor, R.W. Hodson in the Green City M.E. church Wednesday Aug. 14; 1 p.m. All his children were present except his two sons, Commodore and Arthur. He had long since chosen the text for his funeral sermon, Job 14, 14, “If a Man Die Shall He Live Again.”

            He leaves an older sister living in Iowa, four sons, two daughters, twenty-one grand children, and three great grand children to moutn his loss. He was laid to rest in the Green City cemetery by the side of his companion to await the Savior’s voice saying: “Come Forth.”

We shall miss you father dear,
Your feeble step no more to hear.
Your whispering voice is hushed,
Your vacant chair we see.
But we can shed no bitter tears
For we hope to meet again,
Where parting is forever unknown

R.H. Hodson

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From: Milan, Sullivan Co., Missouri newspaper, 1906
Contributed by
Jennifer Knight

Announcement of the death of Joseph Stanforth

Joseph Stanforth, of Pleasant Hill, met death Tuesday evening by drowning. His daughter Ella was teaching school at Walnut Grove. The terrible rains caused all the branches to overflow, and Mr. Stanforth being uneasy for fear the daughter would attempt to cross Pawpas branch to come home, got on his horse and rode over to the school house and took Ella to Henry Blackman’s where she remained all night. Blackman’s farm and Stanforth’s farm are connected by a private road which crosses Pawpaw branch. Mr. Blackman insisted on Mr. Stanforth staying all night and told him the branch was dangeroug, but he was so anxious to get home to relieve Mrs. Stanforth’s anxiety, that he hardly waited to talk, but rode away immediately for home. Mr. Blackman felt so uneasy that he immediately followed as soon as he could get ready, to the branch. When he got there, he saw Mr. Stanforth’s horse in the stream about fifty yards down below the ford, but could see nothing of Mr. Stanforth and felt sure he had been swept down the stream. He raised an alarm and the stream was followed down about ½ a quarter with lanterns, where Mr. Stanforth’s body was found, on the same side on which he had rode in.  This ditch, though narrow, is deep and very swift and had risen fast and had swept Mr. Stanforth’s horse off its feet. The horse, Mr. Blackman got out safely.

Miss Edna Stanforth, the other daughter, was going to school in Milan. It is certainly a very unfortunate accident, and the family are well nigh distracted. Joe Stanforth was a splendid man and citizen.

             Obituary: Joseph Stanforth. It becomes our sad duty to record the death of one of the esteemed residents of this section, Joseph Stanforth, which was caused by drowning near his home, September 23, 1902. Deceased was born near Hillsboro, Highland county, Ohio, January 20, 1836 and was married to Miss Harriett Vantress March 24, 1859. To this union were born seven children, of whom three sons and two daughters survive him. His wife died in 1875, and he was again married October 31, 1897, to Mrs. H. W. Stanforth.  
            He had lived in Sullivan county only four years, yet in that brief period, he had, by his noble character and acts of kindness, won hosts of friends. He joined the Methodist church in early manhood, and ever lived an exemplary and godly life.
            In his home life, he was the most tender and loving of husbands and a kind, good father, almost idolizing his two step daughters, for whom he did so many deeds of kindness. The home is shadowed by the tragic death of this husband and father, but the heavenly home is made jubilant by the coming into it of one who had lived pure and righteous in life.
            The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Bone at Mt. Zion. The large number of people attending his funeral was an evidence of his worth and esteem in the community in which he lived.

"Rest, weary one
Thy sufferings here are o'er.
You have joined the ransomed thong
To dwell forever more.

Your family so dear to you
Will miss you in their home:
And follow now your teachings
While you beckon them to come."

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