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The Liberty Weekly Tribune 1855

The following death notices appeared in The Weekly Tribune, Liberty, Clay County, Missouri during the year of 1855. Some the deaths did not occur in Clay County. The date of publication is shown prior to the item(s).

Jan 5, 1855:

In this county, at the residence of S.G. Hollingsworth, on the 25th ult., Miss Martha Mimms, in the 19th year of her age.

In this county on the 2d inst., Mrs. Susan, wife of S.G. Hollingsworth, aged 37 years.

In this county, on the 10th November, Mrs. Susan E., wife of Thomas M. Gosney, after a short illness, aged 39 years.
As a wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend, her place can never be filled to those who mourn her loss. Around her clustered all the pure and noble virtues which in life adorn, elevate and dignify the Christian character. She excelled where woman alone can excel - in devotion at the shrine of the family altar, and in imparting cheerfulness and joy to those who circle the hearthstone. While she lived on earth she acted well her part and expressed her willingness to meet the sentence of her maker - she died in that calm confidence and hope which belongs to the Christian.
: Her spirit has gone, whither none can be sad!
Where gardens and greenwood, in lilies are clad;
Tho' death has intruded and borne her away,
The star of Faith rose at the fall of life's day!

At her residence in Scott county, Kentucky, on the 30th October last, Mrs.
Temperance Lightburne, in the 72d year of her age.
The deceased was the daughter of John and Mary Sutton; born in Orange county, Va., on May 21st, 1783. About 1815 she became a member of the Baptist Church, of which she continued, not simply a consistent, but an exemplary member. In
1820 she was left a widow with eight children, the youngest yet unborn. By her prudence and good management, she was enabled to rear and educate these children respectably. Her whole life showed a consistent Christian walk.

Jan 19, 1855:

In this city, on the 22d ult., Mrs. Ruth Hall, wife of John R. Hall, aged 55 years.

In this county, on the 30th ult., Mr. David Morris, late of Mason county, Kentucky, aged about 71 years.

Jan 26, 1855:

In this city, on the 23d inst., Miss Sarah Jane Edwards, daughter of John and Levina Edwards, in the 14th year of her age.

Feb 16, 1855:

In Clinton county, Mo., on the 6th inst., Mr. Robert Poage, aged 78 years 30th December last. The deceased was born in Rockbridge co., Virginia, and moved to Missouri in 1807.

Sudden Death - On Wednesday morning last, Dr. Wm. Stely died suddenly, at this residence, one mile from this city. Dr. S. had been exposed to the inclemency of the weather in Kansas Territory, whence he had returned but a few days before, and complaining of debility, had confined himself to his room, excepting an occasion visit to his nearest neighbors. On the morning of his death, he had just shaved himself, and was in the midst of a convivial conversation with his family, when he fell from his chair an died without a struggle. Dr Stely was a member of the Christian Church, and a man well beloved by those who knew him. He leaves a wife and several children to lament his death, - Independence Dispatch.

Feb 23, 1855:

In Smithville, Clay County, on the 16th Jesse Carrington, aged 24 years.

Jefferson City:

I have been absent in Howard county for one week, having been called away to visit brother Roland Hughes in his last sickness, and to witness his death. He expired on the 7th of February, at his residence in Howard, in the full possession of all his faculties, in the triumph of faith, and the hope of a blissful immortality. Thus has fallen one of the pillars of the church, and I may say of the State; for no man was more useful in his day and generation than Roland Hughes. William Jewell College has lost a fast friend, and the country a good citizen. He died, as he had lived, a Christian. His age was sixty-five years.

Mar 2, 1855:

Mr. Thos. Gaddy, living about ten miles South west of Liberty, died on last Wednesday with the small pox. He obtained the disease from a traveling family. We understand several other cases exist in the family of Mr. G.

Wm. O. Russell died on Friday last. Our readers will remember that Mr. R. was cut to pieces by a Negro with a large corn knife some two weeks since. The Coroner held an inquest over the body of the deceased and rendered a verdict in accordance with the facts in the case. Mr. Russell was good citizen, and was universally esteemed by those who knew him.

Mar 16, 1855:

Died, on Sunday the 11th inst., of Inflammation of the Lungs, Charles, son of Wm. A. and Alla E. McCarty, aged 2 years and 25 days.

Judge Brown, Receiver of the Land Office at Plattsburg, died on Friday night
9th instant. He was an accomplished gentleman of the Old Virginia school.

Mar 30, 1855:

Fatal Accident. - We learn that Robt. Blanks, of Camden Point, was accidentally shot by Mr. N.O. Baughman, near Rock Rouse Prairie, Buchanan county, on the
10th inst. The party were out goose hunting, and in crossing a fence, the gun of the latter, charged with buck shot, was accidentally discharged, and the load took effect in the left leg of Mr. Blanks, shivering the bones. Medical aid was promptly secured and everything done possible to save his life, but after much suffering, he died on Wednesday 14th. Mr. B. was an exemplary man, and leaves a void in the large circle in which he moved not to be refilled.

Another. - Last Tuesday night, in the same neighborhood, another accident occurred which should be a warning to every young man. Some twenty boys assembled together to engage in the always offensive amusement of chivareeing a newly married couple. The paper wad from a pistol, fired by one of the party, took effect in the head of a young man by the name of David Sublett, causing instant death. - Weston Reporter.

May 4, 1855:

In this county on the 20th inst., Mrs. Eliza Wymore, wife of Samuel Wymore, Esq., aged 52 years.

We are pained to learn that the wife and child of Capt. J.W. Reid, of Independence, died several days ago on one of our Missouri river boats, of Cholera. Mrs. R. was an accomplished young lady, and was highly esteemed by all who enjoyed her acquaintance. Truly, in the "midst of life we are in death."

Capt. Peter Holtzclaw, an old and estimable citizen, died at his residence in this county on the -th ult. He had been sorely afflicted for several years of paralysis. His place in society will be hard to fill. Peace to his dust.

May 18, 1855:

Another revolutionary Hero Gone. Rev. Samuel Mitchell died, at the residence of his son, Rev. F.T. Mitchell, in this county, on Sabbath evening, May 6th in the ninety-second year of his age. A native of Virginia, he served with the volunteers of that State against Cornwalllis, in the South, when but sixteen years of age. For about sixty-five years he was a member and a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. - Lex. (Mo.) Exp.

May 25, 1855:

In this county on the 17th inst., at the residence of Wm. Rice, sr., Mr. Jas.
W. Evans aged 22 years.

Jun 8, 1855:

Death of Abraham Lincoln.
Death is always, and under all circumstances, an affecting event to the wife and family of a kind man; but when it comes suddenly, "like a thief in the night," it is keener and stronger. The family think of so many things they felt they could have done, and so many things, they would like to have said to the deceased. An instance of sudden death has recently occurred in our midst of a good man, a kind husband and an affectionate father. On Friday last Mr.
Abraham Lincoln, one of our oldest and most respectable citizens, came to town in his ordinary health, and on returning home in the evening, before he had gotten out of the city he fell from his horse and expired in a few moments.
The cause was said to be apoplexy; he had previously had two other attacks.
Mr. Lincoln was a sober, moral, good man, and besides his own family, leaves many friends to regret his loss. How often do men see and hear the warning "be ye also ready," and yet pass on through the world as if this earth, and this life, was their eternal inheritance. Some writer has said the "all men think all men mortal but themselves." Every man is apt to think and act too upon the idea that tho' others have died I will be an exception; whereas, the truth is, and ought, at all times, to be in the memory of all; that death is perfectly certain to every creature on earth, and that " dangers stand thick and fast to push us to the tomb." We are beset on all sides with dangers to human life, and no place on earth affords security against death. Some years ago a "sect"
who called themselves the subjects of an endless life, located in the Southern part of Illinois. They sent up a petition to Congress for certain privileges to which they deemed themselves entitled by reason of their everlasting stay on earth; but very shortly afterwards their leader died, and the idea
of "everlasting life" on earth died with him.

Jun 29, 1855:

Departed at Liberty, Clay county, Mo., this transitory life, 24th June inst.,
Ellen Virginia, youngest daughter of Chas. and Margaret A. DeSpada, formerly of Baltimore, Md. - Requient in Pace.

Jul 6, 1855:

In this city, on Monday morning the 2d inst., Eugene, son of Robt H. and Enna F. Miller, aged 1 year 7 months and 16 days.
"He rests from suffering and pain,
Within the peaceful grave:
Kind hearts, warm friends - and even our loves,
All failed his life to save.
Breathe gently of the peaceful dead,
Angels, on pinions bright,
Have borne him to his peaceful rest -
Borne him to realms of light."

Jul 13, 1855:

Death of Mrs. J.N. McDowell. - Mrs. McDowell, of St. Louis, died in Brunswick, on Tuesday night. She passed up Sunday on the Edinburg, in company with her husband, who was to deliver an address in Brunswick yesterday. Her disease was cholera. The Golden State, down yesterday, had her corpse on board. - Glasgow Times.

Jul 20, 1855:

In this county, on Thursday night the 12th inst., Miss Martha M., daughter of Thomas Gardner, Esq., aged 19 years. She died perfectly happy.

Jul 27, 1855:

Died - On the 21st July, 1855, at the residence of W.D. Hubbell, Esq., Eva, infant daughter of Rev. B.T.F. Cake, aged five months and three days.
Thy stay with us was short, dear Eva, yet we do not grieve that they spirit has been wafted to the Paradise of Heaven, and now with they angel mother thou art spreading they wings around the Throne above, gilded in the sunshine of god's glory. Bereaved parent, be comforted, and
Think Eva now as in that land
From sin and sorrow free,
Joined in a bright angelic band
And hovering over thee.
She'll watch around thee night and day,
And guard thy steps with love;
So when from earth thou'rt called away,
She'll guide thee home above.
Liberty, July 26, 1855. K.

We take the following from a communication in the last Weston Reporter. - Mr.
Loan worked in our office several years after we commenced business in this city, and was an industrious and promising young man. He was a son-in-law of John Terrill, Esq., of this county:
"We had comparatively a fortunate trip through (from Salt Lake) until we were within one days drive of Weston; when our highly esteemed friend and fellow- citizen, Mr. James F. Loan, who went out and returned with us, was taken suddenly and violently ill of cholera, and died a few hours after we reached home. I am happy to inform his friends that every effort that possibly could have been made under the circumstances, with the application of the usual remedies in such cases, were applied to the best of our ability, and having a physician with us who was familiar with his case, we feel assured that but little if any more could have been done to have saved him, had he been at home. Mr. Loan was so violently ill from the very moment he was taken that he made but few remarks - he did not speak of his friends at all; but on a former occasion, when he expected to die from a very slow attack of Neuraligy, he spoke very ardently of his wife, relatives, and friends, and left some messages for them and order for the disposition of his effects.
In the loss of Mr. Loan, Platte county has lost one of its most moral, upright and honorable young men, and his wife a devoted husband.

Aug 10, 1855:

In this county, on the 2d inst., of congestive fever, Henry C. Hughes, aged 23 years.

In Smithville, Mo., August 1st, after an illness of two years, Frances A., wife of Wiley C. Snail, and daughter of Robt. H. Brooks, Esq., in the twenty-second year of her age.

Aug 17, 1855:

In this city on the 14th inst., William Wines, son of Prof. Terry and Augusta S. Bradley aged 4 years, 1 month and 10 days. (difficult to read names)

Aug 31, 1855:

In this county, on the 18th inst., infant son of O.P. and Elizabeth Mitchell, aged 1 year and 3 days.

Sep 14, 1855:

Tribute of Respect.
Temperance Hall, Liberty, September 5, 1855.
Information having been received of the death of Bro. James T. Hadley, the W.P.
appointed Messrs. Love, Brining and Lawson a committee to prepare resolutions appropriate to the solemn occasion. Said committee submitted the following, which were unanimously adopted:
Whereas, After a long and serious illness, our beloved brother Hadley has been removed from our midst by the stroke of death,
"Whose equal foot strikes wide the door
Of palace halls and hovels of the poor;"
Therefore, resolved,
1. That we deeply mourn his loss, inasmuch as we recognized in him a devoted advocate of our principles and a true adherent to our cause.
2. That we regard this manifestation of Providence as a solemn warning that speaks to us in eloquent tones, "Be ye also ready."
3. That we bow with submission to the stroke that afflicts us, remembering that God holds in his hands the ways of life and death.
4. That we sympathize with the friends and relations of our deceased brother, and tender our condolence to his bereaved family.
5. That a copy of these resolutions be presented with a letter of condolence to his sorrowing partner.
6. That they be sent to the Liberty Tribune for publication, and be inscribed upon the journals of this division.
James G. Adkins, W.P., B.C. Watts, R.S.

Oct 5, 1855:

At his residence in this city, on the 2d inst., Mr. William F. Bright, aged about 27 years.

Oct 12, 1855:

In this city, on the 6th instant, William Henry, son of Wm. E. and Elizabeth Rhea, aged 2 years and 6 months.

In this city, on the 10th inst., Margaret Ann, wife of Chas. DeSpada, aged - years.

Death by Violence. - Abner Garrett, a highly respected citizen of this county, and who has for several years resided in Providence, died on last Saturday night from the effects of a blow inflicted by Mr. E. Bates, a mechanic employed in Milton S. Matthews' Carriage Shop. The difficulty occurred in the bar-room of the Selby House. From what we can learn Mr. Garrett had been drinking too freely - a very unusual occurrence, we think, with him - had been in conversation with Bates and his companions, during which he denounced Bates as an Abolitionist. This Bates resented and threatened to strike Garrettt if he repeated the charges, which he did and was knocked down. His jaw was slightly dislocated, his nose broken and a small wound made in the forehead. How much of this was done by the blow and how much by the fall it is better now not to attempt to decide, Mr. Garrett, we think, was about 46 years of age.
Mr. Bates had an examination on Monday and was held to bail in the sum of $150 to appear at the February term of the Circuit Court. - Columbia Journal.

Nov 16, 1855:

Died, in Richfield, Clay Co., Mo., on 11th inst., Emma, only daughter of Thomas B. and Mary Hale, aged 2 years and 6 months.
Fond parents Emma, saw thee die,
And laid thee in thy early grave;
With trembling heart and tearful eye
Resigned thee to the God who gave.
But well we know thy treasured dust
Most precious in his sight shall be,
Until the morning of the just
When death's dark night shall flee away.
They spirit with atoning blood
Cleansed and redeemed, now sings in heaven
The matchless grace and love of God,
By which to us his "Son was given."
Fond nature weeps to give thee up,
Yet still, our loss, to thee is gain;
We humbly bow and drink the cup
Since thou art happy, free from pain.
"Let little children come to me;
Forbid them not" - the Saviour said.
Of such my kingdom well may be
For I the ransom price have paid."

Nov 23, 1855:

Died on the 14th inst., at the residence of his father in Clay county, Isaac Price, son of Hon. John G. and America Price, in the 19th year of his age.

Nov 30, 1855:

Allen Hammond, editor of the Boonville Missourian, died in that city last week. He was an estimable man. The office of the Missourian is offered for sale. It is a fine establishment.

Dec 7, 1855:

On Thursday the 29th November, Fannie, daughter of E.M. and Sarah A. Samuel, aged 2 years, 8 months and 7 days.

Of Consumption, on the 28th ult., Mrs. Mary J., wife of Col. F. Burnes, of Parkville, and daughter of Thos. Arnold, of Clay, aged 31 years.

Fatal Affray. - On Wednesday night last between nine and ten o'clock, a fight occurred in this place, on the street in front of the drinking saloon on Broadway, in which Nicholas Nelson, a young man recently from Arrow Rock, was killed. The post mortem examination revealed the fact that five wounds were inflicted with a knife; three in the right side, and two in the left. Two of the wounds were fatal. He died in fifteen or twenty minutes. - Statesman.

Dec 14, 1855:

In this county, on the -th ult, Mrs. Catharine Field, daughter of Dr. Rich.
The deceased was a highly accomplished young lady, and was highly esteemed by her acquaintances. She had been married but a few weeks.

Dec 21, 1855:

In this city on the 14th instant, Mrs. Ann Morrison, aged about 24 years.

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