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Surnames in this Bible: Conner, Davis, Gilliam, Harpool, Hodge, King, Ray, Reeves, Robertson, Rowland, Skipsworth


Other surnames found in the Newspaper Clippings found inside this Bible: Asbury, Bates, Bennett, Bechtel, Blazier, Boswell, Bryan, Burton, Carter, Cockrum, Cook, Downen, Ferguson, Frederick, Graham, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hammonds, Harlow, Harpoole, Hodge, Huntman, Johns, Johnson, Jolley, Jones, Kirkpatrick, Mannen, Mathews, Moore, Morgan, Oxenham, Pemberton, Prigmore, Ray, Reeves, Rowland, Stubbins, Sulser, Tate, Thompson, Ward, Westcott, Whittington, Williams, WinemillerSee: Newspaper Clippings





Wilma Rebecca REEVES was borned January 2 1908.


James Ralph REEVES was borned November 8 1909.


Vernice Maurice REEVES was borned April 15 1916.


Charley Marion REEVES was borned September 12 - 1917.


Louis Wayne REEVES was borned September 30 - 1919.


Robbye Imogean ROWLAND was borned July 19 1920.


David Maurice REEVES was Borned October 28 1941.


Deanna RAY was Borned Sep 21 1944.




Louis Wayne REEVES was borned September 30 1919.  Died November 2 1919.


Wilma GILLIAM Died March 8 in the year of 1937.  aged 29 years too months 8 days.


Maurice REEVES Died Sept 1 in the year of 1937.  age 57 years one month 11 days.


Amos Lee REEVES was Borned July 25 in the year 1932.          


Bonnie Jean REEVES was Borned Dec 13 1944.


Charles Wayne REEVES was Borned Nov 24 in he year of 1936.


Ralph RAY was Borned March 4 1940.


Charles Marion REEVES was married to Robbye Imogene ROWLAND April the 20 in the year of 1948.




Maurice REEVES and Lula DAVIS was married Jan 14 - 1907.


Ralph REEVES and Ida SKIPSWORTH was married March 30 - 1929.


Riley GILLIAM and Wilma REEVES was married April 15 - 1930.


Vernice REEVES & Finn was married July 16 1952.


Wilma was married on Vernice Birthday 14 years old.


Neal Maurice GILLIAM was Borned Sept 20 1933.


Vernice Maurice REEVES and Marjorie Sue HARPOOL was married April 7 in 1937.




This Certifies

That Maurice REEVES

of Sheller

and Lula DAVIS

of Christopher



At Christopher on the 14 day of Jan in the year of our Lord 1907.


In Presence of


Claire HODGE



Frank B. KING

Police Magistrate




Lula Dell REEVES Died March 17, 1958.

Age 75 years old.


Ida M. REEVES Died July 10, 1958.

Age 50 years old.


Ralph Ray R. died Sept 17 - 1974.

Age 34 years old.


Charles Wayne died



Bonnie Jean REEVES died July 8, 1978

34 years old.


Vernice Maurice REEVES died July 28, 1978.

66 old.


James Ralph REEVES died April 16, 1982.

72 old.


Aunt Ida CONNER died June 17 - 1969.

84 yrs old.


My Dad (Van ROWLAND) died Aug. 23 - 1973.

75 yrs old.


My Mother (Marion ROBERTSON) died June 12 - 1989.


My Brother (Gale ROWLAND) died Aug 13 - 1993.






James Ralph REEVES, male, date of death April 16, 1982. 

See the image of this death certificate for more information.





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Sgt. Eugene W. FREDERICK, 23, Clarksville, son of Mr. and Mrs. John FREDERICK, Clarksville, has been missing in action since January 8, his wife, Mrs. Irene Walloch FREDERICK, 1406 Sycamore, North Little Rock, has been notified by the War Department.

Sergeant FREDERICK who was in France went overseas in December.  A member of an infantry unit, he had previously spent 27 months in the Aleutians, from which he returned about a year ago.  A graduate of Clarksville High School, he was a member of the Arkansas National Guard prior to enlisting in the Army in 1940.



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Mrs. Charles J. HUNTMAN

The former Miss Dorothy Mae MANNEN, whose marriage to Charles J. HUNTMAN took place today at the Presbyterian ??se.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. MANNEN.




Died Sunday;

Sick Long Time

Mrs. Luella Brock HARPOOLE, wife of George T. HARPOOLE of Dodds township, died Saturday at the family home in Dodds township.

Mrs. HARPOOLE's age was 64 years, 5 months and 1? days.

Funeral services were held at Cub Prairie church at 2 o'clock this afternoon and burial followed at Sursa cemetery, east of Mt. Vermon.

Mrs. HARPOOLE is survived by her husband and the following named children: Marsh and Lipton  HARPOOLE, Mt. Vernon.  Mrs. E. D. BECHTEL, Chicago, Mrs. Raymond PEMBERTON and Mrs. Charles MORGAN, Mt. Vernon.

One brother, John MORGAN, Mt. Vernon, and two sisters, Mrs. Nora PRIGMORE, Bertram, Tex., and Mrs. Ollie GUTHRIE, Mt. Vernon.

Mrs. HARPOOLE was in bad health several years.



2 Christopher, Ill.


(photo of couple)

Mr. and Mrs. J. V.. DOWNEN, 304 South Emma, above, extend a cordial invitation to their relatives, friends and neighbors to attend open house at their home on Sunday, August 17th from 2 to 5 p.m., the occasion being the golden wedding anniversary of the couple.  Mr. and Mrs. DOWNEN were married in Jefferson county on August 17th in 1902 and moved to Christopher in 1912.  They had five children, three boys and two girls.  One child, Floyd, died at the age of 14 in 1917 and another son, Clifford, was killed in France in March of 1944 during World War II.  Still living in Christopher are two daughters, Mrs. Howard COOK and Mrs. Felix CARTER.  Another son James Arthur DOWNEN resides in Sesser.



Mr. and Mrs. Van ROWLAND are announcing the marriage of their daughter.  Miss Robbye, to Marion REEVES of Sesser.  The ceremony was performed April 20 in the  First Baptist church parsonage with Rev. W. D. BERRY officiating.  The bride wore a blue street length dress and corsage of pink and white carnations.  The bridegroom wore a light blue business suit.  They were attended by Ida and Vernice REEVES.  The groom is employed at Lowe's store in Sesser and the bride is employed at Miners' hospital.  They will be at home to their friends in an apartment at the home of Mrs. Ethel WHITTINGTON on South Church street.





Luella BRYAN, daughter of the late Thomas W. and Millie Ann BRYAN, was born May 13, 1861, died Oct. 24, 1925, age 61 years, 5 months and 11 days.

Death was due to a complication of diseases.

She was united in marriage to George T. HARPOLE, January 23, 1876.  Had she lived until January 23, 1926, they would have been married fifty years.

To this union was born eight children, the three oldest having preceded her in death.

Mrs. HARPOLE embraced Christ early in life and was united with the First Baptist church at Mt. Vernon and later moved her membership to Cub Prairie Free Will Baptist church of which she remained a most devoted member until death.

She was a woman of strong religious tendencies and through her many months of suffering was never heard to complain.  She was a faithful wife, a kind and loving mother and through her kindness and love was loved by all who knew her.

She leaves to mourn their loss a husband, five children, two boys and three girls, namely: Marsh and Lipton of Mt. Vernon; Mrs. E. D. BETCHEL of Chicago; Mrs. Raymond PEMBERTON of Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Charles MORGAN of Mt. Vernon, eleven grand children and one brother, John BRYAN of Mt. Vernon and two sisters, Mrs. Nora PRIGMORE of Burk Burnett, Texas, and Mrs. Ollie GUTHRIE of Mt. Vernon, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at Cub Prairie church at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.  Burial followed at Sursa cemetery.





Mrs. Stanton JOLLEY, 42, former resident of this city, passed away at a Los Angeles, Calif. hospital at 1 p.m. last Saturday.

The deceased, daughter of Lorenzo COCKRUM and the late Mrs. Ella REEVES COCKRUM, had been in ill health since moving to Baldwin Park, Calif. where they resided for some time.

She was born October 7, 1906 northwest of Sesser and is survived by her husband and her father, one sister, Mrs. Hiley THOMPSON of Paradise Prairie and three brothers, Stanton and Claude of Sesser and Amos COCKRUM of Manteno, Ill., who was visiting her in California at the time of her passing.

Her body arrived in St. Louis yesterday and was met by the Brayfield Funeral Service.  Accompanying the body were her husband, Stanton, her brother Amos and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Millard JOLLEY of California.

Services will be conducted from the First Baptist Church by Rev. Riley BURTON at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon and burial will be in Maple Hill cemetery.




Lorenzo Jackson COCKRUM, son of Jim and Lizzie COCKRUM, was born November 6, 1870 and passed away July 14, 1949 at the age of 78 years, eight months and eight days.  He was born on a farm on which the main part of Sesser is now located.  The house was located just south of where the Bank of Sesser now stands.  He had a great deal to do with the early development of the city and helped in the construction of the railroad and he helped to grade the first streets of the city of Sesser.

He married Elemy Ethel REEVES on February 26, 1892.  Five children were born to this union; Claude and Stanton of Sesser, Madge, now Mrs. Hiley THOMPSON of Tamaroa; Amos of Manteno, Illinois, and Aileen JOLLEY, who died October 16, 1948.

His wife Elemy COCKRUM, passed away February 20, 1920.  On February 17, 1922 he was married to Martha Olive HAMILTON who died in 1936.  On March 8, 1937, he was married to Julia E. SULSER, who survives him.  He is also survived by the four children mentioned, 6 grandchildren, 7 step-sons, 4 brothers; William of St. Louis, Earston of Fort Lupton, Colorado, Fred of Elizabeth, Illinois and Earl of Christopher, and two sisters, Rosa BOSWELL of Mt. Vernon and Nannie WILLIAMS of Valier.  Two sisters preceded him in death, Mrs. Hattie STUBBINS and Mrs. Pearl WILLIAMS.

In addition to his relatives his passing is mourned by the entire community.

He professed faith in Christ and united with Horse Prairie church about the year 1900 and lived a consistent Christian life.

The blow was hard, the shock severe,

We never thought his death so near.

Only those who have loved and lost can tell

The pain of parting without farewell.



Kirkpatrick Service Friday Afternoon at Hazel Dell

Mrs. Ivan KIRKPATRICK passed away yesterday morning at the Marshall Browning Hospital at 3:45 a. m. where she had been a patient for about a week, having been moved from Barnes Hospital.

Geneva Bennett KIRKPATRICK was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. I. C. BENNETT, who, with her first husband, Cecil RAY preceded her in death.

She had been in ill health for several years and had been a patient in several hospitals.  Death was attributed to uremic poisoning.

She is survived by her husband, Ivan, four children, Pvt. Billy KIRKPATRICK, with the armed forces in Germany; Mary Joan, William Thomas and Iva Jean, all at home; a step-son, Kenneth KIRKPATRICK, of Sesser; and a son by her former marriage, Melvin RAY.

Five brothers also survive; W. W., Evans, Raymond, and Ray, all of Benton, and Thomas of Texas.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock at the Hazel Dell Free Will Baptist Church, Rev. Riley BURTON officiating.  Burial will be at Horse Prairie Cemetery.

The body will remain at the Brayfield Funeral home until time for the funeral.




William Henry ASBURY, son of the late William and Margaret Downen ASBURY was born in Franklin County August 16, 1883, and passed away at his home near Sesser, May 20, 1953 at the age of 69 years, 9 months and 4 days.

On May 13, 1903 he was united in marriage to Grace WARD, his childhood sweetheart.  To this union two children were born, Paul of Gary, Ind., and Ruth, now Mrs. Weston WILLIAMS, also of Gary.  In November, 1916 he was converted and joined the Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church.

He was a coal miner and made his home in Sesser for several years.  In 1932 he moved to Gary, Ind., and worked at the Carnegie Steel Mills until his retirement in 1948 when he and his wife moved back to their old homestead, known as the L. B. WARD farm, one of the pioneer homes of Jefferson County.

They planned to spend the evening of their lives among the friends of their youth; but after a few months Henry was stricken with a lingering illness from which he never recovered.  All that loving hands could do was done, but each day he grew paler and weaker.  His devoted wife nursed him through all the long months of his illness.  She was always by his side.  His suffering was so terrible he told his loved ones that he had no fear of death, but longed for the hour when he could lay aside his suffering and rest in peace.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, two children, four grandchildren, a step-brother, Dan BLAZIER of Kansas and a host of relatives and friends.

Rest in peace, dear loved one,

We will never forget you.

We love each furrow in thy face,

The silver in thy hair.

There's naught but beauty I can trace,

There's no one half so fair.

The love that shone from those dear eyes,

How well we know the sign

Of kindness and loving care

Dear father, father mine.



Popular Farmer

Of McClellan

Township Dies

J. A. ("Bud") PEMBERTON died last night at his home in McClellan township, after an illness of several weeks.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow at Wolf Prairie church at 2 p. m. and burial will follow in Wolf Prairie cemetery.

Mr. PEMBERTON'S age was 70 years, one month and 17 days.

He is survived by his wife and the following named children Mrs. James JONES, Mrs. George MATHEWS, Mrs. Marsh HARPOOLE of McClellan township, and Raymond and Willie PEMBERTON of Mt. Vernon.

The following named sisters survive: Mrs. Robert TATE, Galatin, Ill., and Mrs. John JOHNS, West Frankfort.

Mr. PEMBERTON was one of the most highly respected citizens of McClellan township, and had many friends not only in the locality in which he lived, but in Mt. Vernon and elsewhere.

He had been a sufferer with heart trouble some time.




George W. HARLOW to Betty WESTCOTT of Mt. Vernon.

Vernice REEVES to Doris FERGUSON of Mt. Veron.


Handwritten on a small scrap of paper:

Amos REEVES & Shirley REEVES Baby born 27 July in 1953.



Newspaper clipping torn on top:

woman she met and

MOORE of the Sesser

Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. MOORE.  These were Leon who died as a young man in 1926, and Max MOORE who lives on a farm near Sesser.  Mr. James MOORE died in March 1908.

On August 25th, 1912, Mrs. MOORE married William F. KIRKPATRICK who lived on a farm just east of Sesser.

Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. KIRKPATRICK.  These are William KIRKPATRICK of Sesser, and Ida who is now Mrs. Lawrence WINEMILLER, also of Sesser.

Mr. KIRKPATRICK had four motherless children when he married Mrs. MOORE.  They were small and Mrs. KIRKPATRICK mothered these children as she would her own.  These step children are: Virgil, Ivan, Verda who is now Mrs. Raymond GRAHAM, and Ethel who is now Mrs. Raymond JOHNSON all of Sesser and vicinity.

Mrs. KIRKPATRICK made the "Good Confession" and united with the Christian Church at Christopher at an early age.  After her marriage to Mr. KIRKPATRICK she united with the Missionary Baptist church at Horse Prairie which was located near their home.  She was a good and loyal member of her church at all times.  So long as her health permitted she was regular in attendance and faithful in the performance of her church duties.  She was a true follower of her Master's teachings.

She was a faithful and devoted wife and mother.  She was a helpful and loyal neighbor and friend.  She devoted her life to the care of her husband, her children, her church and her friends.  One of her step-sons, Ivan KIRKPATRICK, lost his wife many years ago leaving him with an infant son, Kenneth.  She took this baby boy when he was fifteen months of age and reared him as she would her own son.  Kenneth is as devoted to her as he could possibly be to his own mother.

This is a splendid tribute to this able and kindly woman.  She truly lived a life of sincerity and high ideals.  She gave her all to the high calling of wife and mother.

Several years ago her health began to fail.  About six months ago she became bedfast.  She ailed steadily and continuously in spite of all that medical attention and tender care could do.  On June 21, 1944 at the age of 69 years, 4 months and 20 days she passed away leaving her devoted husband, the sons and the daughter, the step-children, 3 grandchildren of her own and fifteen step grandchildren, one step great grandson, the brother and the sisters named, many other relatives and a host of friends who sincerely mourn the passing of this good woman.

Who can speak the words that will portray the many tender things that make up the life of a truly good person.  The memory of a tender smile; the care she exercised to see that her family and her guests were served with proper food; her cheerful smile and the kindly tone of her voice.  The touch of her hand upon a fevered brown in illness will linger in the hearts of those she loved and ministered to.  All these will live on and on and the world has been blessed because she passed this way.  We cannot find words of our own to express the value of a good life lived well.  We quote John OXENHAM's poems because we think it expresses well the facts of this life we have here described so briefly:

And death itself, to her, was but

The wider opening to the door

That had been opening, more and more,

Through all her life, and ne'er shut


And never shall be shut, She left

The door ajar for you and me;

And looking after her, we see

The glory shining through the cleft.




Announcement is being made today of the marriage of Miss Marcella WHITTINGTON to Fred HODGE, both of this city.  The single ring ceremony was performed Saturday evening, March 19 in Sturgeon, Ky. in the presence of some twenty-five guests.  Mrs. HODGE is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William WHITTINGTON of this city and attended public schools here.  Mr. HODGE is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed HODGE of this city.  Mr. HODGE is employed by the Egyptian Supply Company  and the young people will make their home in this city.





Word was received in Sesser afternoon from the War Department that James HAMMONDS was killed in action May 20, 1943.

James was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence HAMMONDS lifelong residents of this community.

In the telegram, nor in the letter which followed, was it disclosed how or where he was killed.  The message said: "The Secretary of War desires that I tender his deepest sympathy in the loss of your son, Private first class James Melvin HAMMONDS.  Report just received states that he was killed in action may 20, in North American Area.  Letter follows.  Signed: The Adjutant General."

James entered the armed forces of the United States on September 23, 1941, soon after his 21st birthday.  He was stationed in California until a few weeks ago when he embarked for a foreign service.

He filled out a form letter and mailed i ton May 2, 1943.  This letter was postmarked at the Fort Ord APO on May 24 and was received by his parents here Tuesday June 1st.

James spend a greater portion of his time while in service in the states in army hospitals with a foot ailment.

James was born in Sesser, September 1, 1919 and received his education in the public schools of our city.  He was working as a mechanic at the Robbins Garage when he was called into service.

(There is a photo here of James Melvin HAMMONDS)

He was 23 years of age when he made the supreme sacrifice.

Jess, a brother of the deceased, is also in the service and is stationed in Rapid City, South Dakota, and another brother has been called for examination and will very likely he in the service soon.

Strangely enough James was a great-nephew of Dempsey BATES the first boy from this community to be killed overseas in World War No. I.  The local American Legion post was named after the World War I hero.


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