Defiance County

Excerpts from The Hicksville News

The Hicksville News  -  1882

Some obituaries with genealogical clues or information within them:


MRS. GEORGE K. OTIS  (Thursday, November 30, 1882, p. 4)

“On Monday our community was thrown into gloom by the sudden death of Mrs. Geo. K. Otis.  In the morning at 6:30 o’clock she was taken violently ill with rheumatic neuralgia, which going to her heart, caused her death, after six hours of suffering.  She had been enjoying good health previous to Monday and the word of the suddenness of her death came with a shock.  On Wednesday funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian Church, Revs. F. M. BAKER and J. WEANER officiating.  The remains were interred in the Hicksville cemetery.  Mrs. Otis was a highly respected lady, daughter of Mr. Peter HILBERT of Cicero.  She leaves a husband, two children, and a large circle of friends.  She was 36 years old, nd for a number of years had been a faithful member of the Lutheran church.”


MRS LUCINDA C. ENSIGN  (Thursday, September 28, 1882, p. 4)

“Died, Sept. 19th, 1882, near William Center, Mrs. Lucinda C. Ensign, 67 years of age.  Mrs. Ensign was a native of western Mass., from which state, after her marriage with Horace L. ENSIGN, she came to Ohio, and resided at Rootstown, Portage county, until 1863, when, with her family, she came to Farmer township, her home at the time of her death.  She was the mother of fourteen children, none of whom survive her, and of sixteen grandchildren.

Mrs. Ensign was a good woman in every relationship of life, a consistent member of the Congregational church for many years, and of Lost Creek Presbyterian church at the time of her death.  She filled a large place in her own home circle, and outside of that circle was much esteemed by those who were best acquainted.  Her funeral was attended at Williams Center, conducted by Rev. S. S. HYDE, nd her burial was in the Farmer cemetery.  The large number present at these services attested the estimation in which she was held in the community in which a large part of her life work was done.”


MR. HUGH ELLIOTT  (Thursday, November 2, 1882, p. 4)

“Died, Thursday, Oct. 26th, 1882, Mr. Hugh Elliott, aged 63 years.  Mr. Elliott was born in Richland County, Ohio.  He was justice of the peace at the time of his death and was held in high esteem by all.  Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in this place Friday forenoon, Rev. J. D. Simms officiating.  The remains were interred in the Hicksville cemetery.”


DAVID SPINDLER  (Thursday, September 28, 1882, p. 4)

“Died, Monday evening, Sept. 25th, David Spindler, aged 35 years.  The funeral services were held at the U.B. church on Wednesday, Rev. S.S. Hyde officiating.  The remains were interred in the Jericho cemetery.  Deceased served as a recruit in the 21st  O. V. I.  and was a brave and gallant soldier, and when he returned from service, was so shattered in health that he never rallied and was an invalid ever since.  He was a member of Donafin Post G.A.R., and was buried with Post honors.  Deceased for several years lived in Hicksville.”


EMMA DOUD  (Thursday, December 14, 1882, p. 4)

“Emma Doud, wife of Dr. F. W. DOUD of Sherwood, was born in Crawford County, Ohio Sept. 23d, 1863, departed this life, Dec. 7th, 1882, aged 19 years, two months and 14 days.  She embraced religion under the labors of Rev. I. B. SHATTS in 1878, at which time she joined the U.B. church, and remained an acceptable member until her death.  The funeral service was held on Sabbath last in the U. B. church at Sherwood, Rev. J. W. LILLY officiating, assed by Rev. H. S. McNUTT.  The funeral was largely attended.  She was held in high esteem by the people, the relatives, the church, and the community deeply feel their loss.”




MR. WILLIAM ROCK  (Thursday, December 28, 1882, p. 4)

“Died, in Sherwood, Defiance County, Ohio, Sunday, Dec. 17, of eryalpelas, Mr. Wm. Rock, aged 62 years 3 months and 24 days.  He leaves a wife and eight children.  The funeral services were held in the U.B. church on Tuesday, and were conducted by Rev. SPANGLER of Farmer Township, assisted by Rev. McNUTT of Sherwood.

Mr. Rock was born Aug. 26th A.D. 1820 in Springfield, Columbiana County, Ohio, and moved to Defiance County and settled on the farm on which he died, 22 years ago.  He was one of the pioneers of Delaware Township.  He leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss, and the family have the sympathy of the whole community in this their bereavement.”


DAVID DUNAKIN AND  GEORGE DUNAKIN   (Thursday, December 7, 1882)

“Died, at his home, two and one half miles south of town, on the Pike, on Monday, Dec. 4th, after an illness of three days, David Dunakin, aged 62 years.  On the following day, Tuesday, a son of the deceased, named Geo. Dunakin, aged 19 years, died.  The funeral services of both father and son were held yesterday, the remains being interred in the Clark cemetery.”


Not an obituary, but an article of interest…

Thursday, September 28, 1882

“The citizens of Farmer are talking of building a church in Farmer Center.  They will have a meeting on Wednesday evening of this week for the purpose of making the arrangements necessary to that effect.  There are eight citizens that have agreed that they would give one hundred dollars each to start with.”


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