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Sangamon County Illinois Obituaries, 1931 - 1940

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Obituary - Athens Free Press, 31 January 1936


Goff Cantrall, a well-known farmer, who resided on the Cantrall farm west of Athens, died at St. John's Hospital, Springfield Sunday evening, January 26, 1936, aged 41 years. He resided in and near Athens all his life excepting five years spent in and near Petersburg.

Deceased was born November 15, 1894, east of Athens. He was the son of the late Robert and Louisa Goff Cantrall. He graduated from both the Athens grade and high schools, graduating from the latter in 1912, and then attended Brown's Business College for a time. He also graduated from the Mohler Barber College, St. Louis in 1921.

He was married December 12, 1917 to Miss Melinda Eads at the Third Presbyterian Church parsonage, Rev. H. M. Hildebrandt officiating.

He united with the First Presbyterian Church, Petersburg in 1920 and remained a member of that church until his death.

Surviving are his wife, Melinda; four sisters, Mrs. Effie Graham, Mrs. Minnie Cline, and Mrs. Lillie Brown of Athens, and Mrs. Stella Pittman of Greenview; and two brothers, Thomas of Petersburg and Luther of Athens.

Funeral services were held at the residence of Luther Cantrall, Tuesday afternoon, January 28, at 1:00 o'clock, Rev. S. C. Forwood, Springfield, officiating.

Interment was made in Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg.


Obituary – Illinois State Register

Springfield, Illinois – 24 December 1935


Pioneer Resident, Who Visited Lincoln Family, Dies in Riverton

Funeral services for Mrs. Malinda Fox, lifelong resident of Sangamon County, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Campbell and Margrave’s Funeral Home in Riverton and at 1:30 p.m. at Riverton M. E. church. Burial is to be in Oak Hill cemetery.

Mrs. Fox died at 11 a.m. Monday at her residence in Riverton, aged 87 years. She had been in poor health for the past two years, her illness only becoming serious during the last month. A member of a pioneer family of this county, Mrs. Fox knew both Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. She was born at Buffalo Hart, on April 9, 1848, a daughter of Osburn and Mary Ellen Liken Ridgeway.

Her grandmother, Lizzie Likens, was a cousin of Nancy Hanks Lincoln. When she was a small girl at Buffalo Hart, Mrs. Fox first met Lincoln. She visited the Lincoln family in Springfield in later years.

Mrs. Fox met her husband during the Civil War. Learning that a young soldier named Charles Fox belonged to the same regiment as her brother, and wishing to hear of the latter, she went to Rochester to visit Fox, who was at home on a furlough. She later married Fox in 1865, the ceremony being performed by Governor Yates.

Mr. Fox served as a first lieutenant under General Grant. When Grant was campaigning for the presidency, he spoke at a rally in Mechanicsburg, then an important political center, and was entertained in the Fox home.

Mrs. Fox was the mother of 12 children, six of whom grew to maturity. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Alice Hamilton, Riverton, and Mrs. Clara Hicks, Springfield; two sons, Edward Fox, Dallas, Texas, and Charles Fox, Springfield; 25 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. A brother, Samuel Ridgeway, resides at Buffalo Hart. Since her husband’s death in 1919, Mrs. Fox resided alone in Riverton.

Submitted by Bill Scroggin


Obituary - Athens Free Press, 1 November 1940

Mrs. Wm. E. Johnson, 82, Life-long Resident, Dies

Mary Annie Johnson, widow of the late William E. Johnson of Indian Point, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter Meteer of Indian Point, at 8:20 p.m. Monday, October 28, 1940, aged 82 years.

Mrs. Johnson was born on June 23, 1858, a daughter of Henry C. and Fanny Cantrall Graham. She was a maternal granddaughter of Levi Cantrall, one of the pioneers of Sangamon County, and from whom the village of Cantrall secured its name.

Both paternally and maternally, Mrs. Johnson was a member of pioneer central Illinois families. The Methodist circuit rider of that day, the Rev. Peter Cartwright, was the spiritual adviser of those pioneer families and he was entertained in her grandfather Graham's home on various occasions.

Decedent was united in marriage to William E. Johnson of Indian Point September 14, 1882. To this union three daughters were born. After marriage the couple established their home at Indian Point, in which community the couple continued to make their home until Mr. Johnson's death.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Frank Council of Fancy Prairie, and Mrs. Walter Meteer of Indian Point; and two sisters, Mrs. Arminta Fulton of Athens and Mrs. Carrie Van Meter of Williamsville.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the North Sangamon Presbyterian church, Rev. W. E. Clippinger officiating. Interment was made in the family lot in Indian Point Cemetery.

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