Defiance County

The Hicksville News - 1882 - Miscellaneous Obituaries from January-June 1882

-January 5, 1882 – “Mark Center.  Died MISS IDA ROHRS, last Saturday, with typhoid fever.  Death visited their family only one week before, taking an older daughter.”


-January 19, 1882 -“On Saturday afternoon, January 7th, 1882, CHRISTAIN SEIBERT of Richland township committed suicide by cutting his throat,using a razor and butcher knife.  It is thought that he was not in his right mind when the deed was done.  He was 72 years old and leaves a family.”


-February 2, 1882 – “Died of typhoid fever, on Thursday morning last, Mrs. DEBORAH HARRISON, ged 78 years, at the residence of her son, DAVID HARRISON  in Hicksville.  Mrs. Harrison was born in Connecticut in 1804, from whence she moved with her husband, BENJ. HARRISON to Belmont county, Ohio, 1822, where she resided until one year ago when she came to Hicksville to live with her son.  Mrs. Harrison had been a member of the Baptist church for 35 years and a faithful and devoted christian.”


“Died, at the home residence, near Mark Center, on Thursday, January 26, 1882, Mary M., eldest daughter of WILLIAM HILBERT, aged 13 years.  Funeral services were held at the Lost Creek church on Sat., Rev. Weaner officiating, at the close of which, the remains of the deceased were interred in the cemetery near the church.”


-March 2, 1882 – “From Six Corners.  HENRY MILLER, only son of JONAS MILLER, died Sunday morning, Feb. 26th of consumption, aged 26 years and 9 months.  The funeral services took place today (Monday), conducted by Rev. J. W. Lilly, who preached from Hebrews XI, 16.  This was one of the largest funeral gatherings that ever took place here.  Henry was a good young man and will be missed in the community.”


MRS. WILLIAM KEENER died on Sunday last from paralysis, aged about 71 years.  She died very suddenly, being ill only about 20 minutes.  The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church after which her remains were interred in the Hicksville cemetery.”


-March 30, 1882 Died, on Sunday, March 26th, at 0 o’clock, p.m., at the family residence in Hicksville, MRS. MARGARET MILLER, wife of J. A. MILLER.  Deceased was born in Wayne township, Jefferson county, O., and ws one of the early residents of Hicksville, having moved here with her husband in 1846.  She was ever ready to extend her hand to the wretched or the needy, nd in her life gathered many friends about her who will ever remember her amiable and generous disposition.  For many years she had been a faithful and earnest member of the U. B. church at this place nd in her death, the church loses a truly christian woman.  She was 67 years of age.  On Tuesday the funeral servies were conducted from the U. B. church, Rev. J. W. Lilly officiating, which was largely attended.  She leaves a husband and five children, and a large circle of friends to mourn her death.”


-April 6, 1882 “Died, at the family residence in Hicksville on Saturday, April 1st, Mrs. ELIZABETH BRINKER, at the advanced age of 73 years.  The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church on Sunday, Rev. Wesner officiating.  She was a good, kind lady and leaves many friends to mourn her departure.”

“Died on Saturday, April 1st, 1882, Mrs. SUSANNAH ATEN, aged 54 years.  The funeral services were held on Monday from the Presbyterian church, Rev. S. S. Hyde delivering the address.  Mrs. Aten united with the Presbyterian church in 1841, in which she was a consistent member up to her death.  She removed with her husband to this county in 1868, where she resided until death called her hence.  She leaves a family and a large circle of friends to mourn her loss.


-April 20, 1882 – “Died April 17th, 1882, aged 77 years, JAMES BATCHELOR.  He was born on the 24th day of December 1804, at Bradford, Wiltshire county, England.  He was the oldest child of a family of nine children, only one of whom survive him.   In early life he was compelled to struggle with poverty and at a very tender age the necessity of his father’s family required him to labor in a woolen mill in his native town.  He therefore had neither the means nor the opportunity to acquire an education, although in after life he had a keen relish for historical and theological literature, and until his eyesight failed him, he spent much time in the perusal of books and papers.

When he was sixteen years of age, his father died, leaving his widowed mother with a large family of helpless and dependent children, whose chief stay and support he was.  Soon after arriving at (a?) man’s estate, he determined to seek in the United States a home where the opportunities fo r a humble and useful life, he believed to be greater than in his native land.

He was married on the 28th day of January, 1828, and having in the course of two years by honest toil and the frugal life acquired the means of transporting his little family, he emigrated to the country in 1830.  The pioneer of all his father’s family, all the living members of whom followed him hither at different periods.

By industrious labor and economical habits he acquired the means of supporting, raising and eduating a large family of children all of whom, except one son who sleeps at Gettysburg, surviving him.  He possessed native power of mind which only needed the opportunities and the direction to have enabled him honorably and credibly to have filled almost any position in life or to have followed any calling.

He early united with the M. E. church… and continued a humble and faithful servant until the day of his death, a period of more than half a century…The funeral took place yesterday (Wednesday) from the Fair View Chapel which was largely attended.”


April 27, 1882 -  “Died, MR. JOHN MOTHERSPAW, one of the pioneers of Delaware township, last Thursday and was buried last Saturday.  The funeral serices will be conducted by Rev. N. Crary, of Hicksville, next Sabbath at 2 p.m., in the Dunkard church near Sherwood.”

“JOHN MOTHERSPAW, one of the oldest residents on Mud Creek, in this county, is dead, and his funeral will take place next Sunday at 2 p.m. at the German Baptist church, near where he has lived so many years. The services will be conducted by Rev. N. CRARY.  Text: 1st Cor. 4,5.  The deceased requested, years ago, that Mr. Crary preach his funeral sermon while he ws yet alive that he himself might hear it.”


-June 8, 1882 – “Died, on Monday evening, June 5th, in her 27th year, ALVIRA, wife of ALONZO THOMPSON, of Milford township.  The funeral  services were held in the Disciple church in this place on Wednesday and the remains interred in the Hicksville cemetery.  She leaves a husband and four children.  She was a member of the Disciple church of this place, and was an amiable and pious woman, and held in warm esteem by all who knew her.”


“Died, on Monday, June 5th, at his residence in Farmer township, Mr. ONA  ALLEN, aged 40 years.  The cause of death was a complication of diseases and the outgrowth of a fever last winter.  Deceased during his life, by careful habits and industry, accumulated a large property.  He was a worthy and unobtrusive citizen, and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.  In the last six months, four gentlemen living on adjoining farms, in Farmer township, have died, and of whom Mr. Allen is the fourth, ISIAH JOHNSON, JOHN WILDER, and PETER RINGER, dying some time previously.”



-June 15, 1882 – “Died, on Thursday, June 8th, 1881*, of apoplexy, Mrs. ELIZABETH JOHNSON, aged 81 years.  On the mornng of her death, she arose and performed her usual work and was ready to go visit with a neighbor when she dropped dead.  She was buried the following day from the Fairview Chapel.  She was highly respected by all who know her, and her loss will be deeply felt.”

(*Possible error in date as the paper was dated 1882.)


-June 22, 1882 – “Again we are called upon to record the death of another of Hicksville’s old and most respected citizens, Mr. JOHN SWILLEY, aged 52 years, 11 months and three days, who died at the family residence on Monday, June 19th, 1882.  Mr. John Swilley was a German by birth, being born in Wurttenburg, German, in  1829, whence he sailed for America in April, 1849, at the age of 20 years, and settled in Preble county, this state, where he engaged in the manufacturing of wagons and buggies.  Here he was married to Miss MARIA HUFFMAN, Oct. 6th, 1853, who survives him. 

In 1855 he removed with his family to Defiance county and settled in Hicksville, and engaged in his former business, that of a wagon maker, and also established a tavern whih is now known as the Union House.  Mr. Swilley was honest and industrious, and very successful in business, hving accumulated considerable property.  His loss will be greatly felt.  The funeral service took place on Wednesday, June 21st, from the M. E. church, under the auspices of the order of Legion of Honor, Rev. S. S. HYDE, delivering the address, after which his remains were interred in the Hicksville cemetery.  His funeral was attended by a large concourse of friends and relatives.  The family have the sympathy of all our citizens. In honor of the memory of Mr. Swilley our village council, at its session on Monday evening, adopted a resolution asking the business men to close their place of business form 1 to 3 p.m. in the afternoon of the funeral, to which all willingly responded.”


-June 29, 1882 – “ On Sunday afternoon at about 3:30 o’clock, BENJ. WILLLITS, while bathing, with four or five companions in the Maumee river below the Jackson crossing, came to a sad and untimely death.  A pleasant wager was made to swim to the opposite side of the river, in which all joined, but when only part way across, young Willits, either from exhaustion or cramp, was unable to proceed and sank.  He made no sign of distress and when noticed from the shore, it was too late to rescue him, although the greatest effort was made by his companions.  The alarm was immediately given and steps taken to recover the body, which was accomplished after dredging the river for several hours. 

He is the son of ISAAC WILLITS, living in Jerico, four and one-half miles southeast of town, and was 21 years of age.  Deceased was highly respected by his associates and those of his acquaintances.  The stricken family has the warm sympathy of a large circle of earnest friends.  The funeral services were held at the family residence on Tuesday, Rev. S. S. HYDE officiating.  The remains were interred in the Hicksville cemetery.”

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