Obituary: Laura A. Gass Tanner, Perry County, Illinois, 1889-1978

Laura A. Gass, daughter of Benjamin Gass and Martha Jane Logan Gass, was born 5 September 1889. She married Joseph Otto Tanner 4 January 1910. He died 8 September 1955. Laura Gass Tanner died 28 November 1978 in Perry County, Illinois.

Copy furnished by Beulah Tanner Brown and Helen Tanner Benson

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Photographs: Cora Logan Chorpenning and children (top); Chorpenning siblings (bottom)


Back row, left to right: Sadie Chorpenning, fourth from left: Reuben Chorpenning. The other brothers are James, Ralph, Earl, and Melvin, but I’m not sure which is which.

Front row: Cora Logan Chorpenning, Russell Chorpenning

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Third from left is Reuben Chorpenning, then Sadie Chorpenning. Would appreciate the help of a Chorpenning/Chorpening descendant in identifying the rest of the brothers.

Photographs furnished by Carol Chorpenning Meeker

Elisha J. Dodson, 200 acres, Warren County, Kentucky, 22 January 1813

Elisha Jefferson Dodson was the son of Charles Dodson and Lucy Morgan Dodson. He was born in March of 1788 in North Carolina. He married (first) Betsy G. Wren. After her death in 1813, he married Jane Elizabeth Blackwell.

Elisha J. Dodson moved to Madison County, Alabama. His brother, Armstead Dodson, had previously moved there. Elisha was a Methodist minister; Armstead a Baptist minister. In 1832, Elisha J. Dodson was a preacher on the Jackson County, Alabama, circuit. He died 29 July 1842 in Marshall County, Tennessee.

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In 1882, this is how some Civil War veterans spent Decoration Day

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day.

Robert M. Carrick, a Civil War veteran who served in Co. F, 10th Missouri Volunteer Infantry Regiment, U.S.A. (Union), married Lucinda “Cindy” Jane Logan in Perry County, Illinois, in 1874. Robert M. Carrick was shot in the shoulder in a frontal assault — a classic Civil War infantry charge — at Vicksburg in 1863. Although his arm wasn’t amputated, it was nearly useless and caused him great pain. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1863. He and Cindy and their children made their home in Washington County, Illinois. This is how he and other Civil War veterans spent Decoration Day in 1882 (and many other Decoration Days as well).

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Source: Nashville Journal, Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, 2 June 1882

Decoration Day

Decoration at “old Elkhorn” Church yard was a very successful affair. The crowd was called together on nearly the same spot and sang the same psalm that Capt. Todd’s Company sang, as they left for the war. The old soldiers were ordered into line by Capt. Coulter; the ladies following with flowers, marched to each grave, laid upon it their offerings of love, while the Captain announced the name and Reg., where died, etc.; thus there were 62 graves decorated. A monument bearing the names of those left in the…south, was carried into the yard. There were present forty old soldiers, representing 20 Regiments, as follows: 10th Missouri Wm. Miller, R. Carrick, A.T. Kennedy, John Luney, Wm. McConnell, Joe Temple and M. Keady….

Source: Nashville Journal, Nashville, Washington County, Illinois, Friday, 2 June 1882 (excerpt)

Death certificate: Newton “Newt” Logan, Lawrence County, Missouri, 1842-1920

Newton “Newt” Logan, son of William Logan and Permelia Neece Logan, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee. His twin brother was Jasper Logan. (This is yet another way the once-highly popular name “Jasper Newton” was used: Jasper and Newton.) Newton Logan married Belinda Ashlock. He served in Co. F, 11th Missouri Infantry Regiment, Parson’s Brigade, Smith’s Corps, Confederate States of America. He was wounded at the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and his right leg was amputated. He was not quite 20 years old.

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William Guy: Statement of Washington Guy, Simpson County, Kentucky, 1898

From the Eugene Scott Brown papers, Simpson County Historical Society, Simpson County, Kentucky (transcription below)

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Sidebar note: Statement of Wash Guy made Aug 1898

Wm Guy was born in South Carolina on the ___ day of ___ 1799 & moved to Allen co. Ky with his father Wm Guy at 8 years of age and settled on Trammel Creek on abt 1 [mile?] of sd Creek on adjoining farm to Posey W. Justice where he remained till he died on or about 1885. Was a farmer & stock raiser & owned abt 300 acres of land some bottom on Trammel or a Creek running into Trammel.

His wife was Phebe Hinton daughter of Jerry Hinton from Va who lived on & cleared nearly all the land from the Tom J. Settle place to the widow Harrck? Lyles place on Franklin Road & died on Buck Creek near Buck Creek Church many years ago – 50 or more.

Said Wm Guy had sons & daughters as follows:

Ervin Lee Washington Guy – born 5 Mch 1820 & still living

Eliza – married Wm Guy son of Richard Guy & lives in Perry co. Ill. had 11 sons & daughters 1822

Benj. Walker Died some 15 to 20 ys ago in Allen co. – Was twice married 18__

Wm Shelby — died at 14 — 18__

Larkin Jasper – born 18__

Martha married a Harris & died in abt 5 ys. 18__

Pheby Adaline married a Walthall & died in Tex. 18__

Jerry Newton born 18__ & died at Guy’s Store Tex

Nancy 18__ Married Jacob Goodnight son of old Isaac

Hise died at about 12 ys of age 18__

Said Wm Guy was Constable of Allen Co. one term or about that.

Never joined any church – Never expressed any preference between Methodist & Baptist & joined none. His father was a Methodist and his mother a Baptist Used to ask a blessing at table and regarded himself commited[?].

Was strong friend of Daniel Walker & Tom C. Mulligan who used to visit him often.

Transcribed by Mike Jones. Corrections invited and welcomed.