Friday, November 21, 2014

Kesler, Kirkwood, and Robins' Obituaries 1919

Something for the genealogists:  

Lawrenceville Republican July 17, 1919

Obituary of Eleanor Kesler    After six weeks under the constant personal care and love of her sister, Mrs. Jane Roberts and her daughter Mrs. Walter Cochran, Mrs. Isaac Kesley died Sunday. The following history was prepared and read at the funeral.

On May 2, 1854 Eleanor McDaniel was born in Yorktown, Indiana, Delaware County. At the age of 12 years, she came with her parents to this state.  In the year of 1874 she was married to Henry Corrie, who preceded her in death August 20, 1910.


On December 20, 1915 she was married to Isaac Kesley, a well-known resident of Danville, Illinois. On January 18 of 1919 Mr. Kesley died.  Since that time grief and care have weighed heavily on this sainted woman. About six weeks ago she came to her sister's home and sickened, gradually growing worse and suffering intensely until the end came last Sunday morning at five o'clock. She was 65 years, 2 months and 11 days old.  Funeral services at the Free Methodist Church by Rev. W.R. Bonham assisted by Rev. Cline,  Rev. D.S. Moore and Rev. E.G. Grimes.

Thursday July 24, 1919  Lawrenceville Republican. 

0bituary of Essie Belle Kirkwood, wife of Lue Kirkwood was born June 19, 1873 and departed this life at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes Indiana July 19, 1919 age 46 yrs and 1 month.  The deceased was a daughter of Mr and Mrs Harrison Hardacre.  She was united in marriage to Mr Lue Kirkwood, October 17, 1894; they made their home in Lawrenceville for many years.  To this union one daughter, Rayburn, was born. She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, daughter, a niece, Ruth Brian, three brothers and one sister- James, Hollis and Frank Hardacre and Mrs Cora Crump.  She was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal church, where services were held Monday July 21, at 3:30.   Burial was in Lawrenceville Cemetery.

July 31, 1919

Obituary of W. E. Robins
Funeral services fore W E Robins, who was almost a lifelong resident of Lawrence county, coming here from Pennsylvania when quite a child were held from Zion church Monday at 2:30 pm.  Death came as a result of a stroke of paralysis sustained some two weeks ago.   He passed away Saturday about 2 o’clock aged 73 years, 3 months, and 15 days.  He was buried in the family burial plot at Zion Cemetery. 

The following gives a brief sketch of his life:
William Edmund Robins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac C. Robins, was born April 11, 1846 at Wilkes-barre, Pennsylvania, coming to Lawrence County with his parents when he was but 11 years of age and settling on the farm adjoining the present site of Zion Church.  Here he grew to manhood and in the winter of ’68-69 joined the Bridgeport Methodist church.

On Sept 11, 1881 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Templeton.  To this union, were born 2 sons, and 3 daughters, the daughters, mother and one son preceding the father in death.  The surviving son is Samuel J Robins of this city.  On June 26, 1913 he was again married this time to Miss Ellen Ford, also of Lawrence County, the ceremony taking place at St. Louis Mo.

In financial matters time brought increasing prosperity, and in the development of the oil industry he was found to be the fortunate possessor of valuable holdings. In 1914, a few months after his later marriage, he removed to Lawrenceville, building the handsome residence on 15th street where he has since resided.