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 The following obituaries are from the files of various Gallia County Newspapers and other publications. They are listed below in alphabetical order of the surname.

A   B-Bay   Be-Bev   Bi-Bl   Bo-Boy   Br-Brow   Broy-By   C-Can    

Car-Cav   Ch-Ci   Cl-Cof   Coh-Cov  Cow-Cy   D-Day   De-Dy   E-El   Em-Ew 

F-Fo   Fr-Fu   G-Gl   Go-Gu  H-Hap   Har-Haz   He-Hol   Hoo-Hu   I   J-Joh  

Jol-Ju   K   L-Law   Lay-Lev   Lew-Ly   M-Mau   Max-McC   McD-Me   Mi-Mit      

Mo-My   N   O   P-Ph   Pi-Py   Q   R-Rich   Rick-Rob   Roc-Rou   Row-Ru  

  S-Sch   Sco-Shee   Shel-Ske   Ski-Smi   Smo-Stor   Stou-Sy   T-Thom      

Thor-Ty   U   V   W-Ward   Ware-Wau   We-Wilk   Will-Win   Wis-Wy   X   Y   Z

Vale, Fremont

Venerable Professor Vale Auto Accident Victim
Buried at Ewington Where He Was Principal 7 Years
     Funeral services for the late Prof. Fremont F. Vale were held in the Methodist Church at Ewington Tuesday afternoon and burial was there. Prof. Vale, who was 70 years of age, died in Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 19th, from injuries received in an automobile accident. He will be well remembered here as the principal of the Ewington Academy from 1884 to 1901. For years he was a Professor of Mathematics in colleges in Tennessee and retired about 10 years ago making his home since then in Fresno, CA.
     He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida M. Peery Vale and two sons, Rev. Ray Ewing Vale, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Oak Park, IL and Dr. Claire Fremont Vale, Detroit, MI, Professor of Surgery in Detroit Medical College. His sons accompanied his remains back for interment.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 1928
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Valentine, Alonzo Gilbert “Buck”

Buck Valentine’s Rites 2:30 Today
Burial Follows In Pine Street Cemetery
    
The little Church of the Nazarene was filled this afternoon for the last rites for Alonzo Gilbert “Buck” Valentine. Rev. Vernon Shafer, pastor, officiated at the service at 2:30 o’clock. Interment followed in Pine Street Cemetery by F. J. Entsminger.
     The pall bearers were chosen from the Eagle’s baseball team, with which Buck played, and were Hobart Wilson, Robert Evans, James Sayre, Leo Shaver, Howard Hardway and Sam Clonch. Other members of the team will carry the many floral tributes.
     Twenty-five year old Valentine was killed instantly Tuesday evening when his left hand came in contact with a live wire when he was working atop a pole as a lineman for the Columbus and Southern Ohio Electric Company.

[Note: Oct. 7, 1917 - Aug. 3, 1943; 25 yrs. 9 mos. 27 das. His parents were Alonzo Arthur & Cora Bell Criner Valentine.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, August 6, 1943
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Valentine, Mary Jane [Meiket]

Death of Mrs. Valentine
     Mrs. Mary Jane Meiket Valentine, wife of Mr. George Valentine, living near the Pump works, died on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 26, 1903, aged 64, of apaplexy [sic]. Her funeral services were conducted this Friday afternoon at Epworth M. E. Church by Rev. F. E. Brininstool, the burial following at Pine street cemetery by Wetherholt.
     She was the daughter of John and Lucy Meikel, and left seven living children: Geo M., Mrs. Lucy Olaker of Mason county, Mrs. J. F. Dodson of this city, and Robt E., E. H., C. F., and I. A. Valentine, and two living sisters, Mrs. Andrew Brown and Mrs. James Roberts. She had been a member of the M. E. Church for 30 years or more.

Daily Tribune
Friday, Nov 27, 1903
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Vallance, Alfred

Alfred Vallance, 81, Claimed By Death Sunday
     Alfred Vallance, Sr., 81, a retired coal miner who resided at 10 Neil Ave., Gallipolis, died around 3 p.m. Sunday in Holzer Hospital. He was born in Arglite, Ky., on Sept. 24, 1886, son of the late James and Susan Abrams Vallance.
     He was married twice, to Ina Deer, Greenup, Ky., in 1917, who preceded him in death in 1953, and to Rose Cromlish, Gallipolis, in 1958. She survives.
     Children surviving are Rev. Carl Vallance, Huntington; Mrs. James (Loretta) Smith, Manaville, W. Va.; Alfred Jr., Gallipolis; Sanford, Gallipolis, and Jack, Huntington. One step-son, Virgil Cromlish, resides in Florida. Twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive.
     Mr. Vallance worked in coal mines in Kentucky and West Virginia before retiring in 1949.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ohio Chapel Church under the direction of Rev. James Early. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. The body will be taken to the church one hour before the services. Friends may call at Miller’s Funeral Home after 7 this evening.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, April 22, 1968
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Van Fleet, Mary Eliza [Canterbury]

Gallia County Woman Dead
     Mrs. Mary Eliza Canterbury Van Fleet, 60, wife of George Freeman Van Fleet, died Monday morning at her former home, 422 Sixth avenue, Huntington, the cause of her death being an attack of paralysis. Funeral services will be conducted at the home by Rev.Curtis Robinson now of Ripley, W.Va., assisted by Dr. John S.Jenkins, pastor of the Johnson Memorial Methodist Episcopal church South, Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
     Mrs. Van Fleet, who was before her marriage, Mary Eliza Canterbury, was born in Gallia County, on October 1, 1863. She was married in this county to Mr. Van Fleet on November 2, 1882, and in 1887, the family moved to Huntington where they have resided since that time.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 22, 1923
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan                                                                           Top of Page


Van Gilder, Amasa

     VANGILDER - Amasa VanGilder was born in New Jersey, April 4th, 1805; came to Ohio in 1811; was married to Elizabeth H. Chappell, at Belpre, Ohio, Sept. 25th, 1833; died in Cheshire, Ohio, Feb. 11th, 1883. He was a member of the Universalist Church, and had taken the “Star in the West” since the first number was issued.
     Mr. VanGilder was a kind father, a good husband and an obliging neighbor. He leaves five children to mourn the loss of both father and mother, as his wife had preceded him just four weeks. They had lived together nearly fifty years. “And in death they were not divided.”
             Mrs. A. D. GUTHRIE

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday April 04, 1883
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Van Gilder, Ann Elizabeth

Miss Van Gilder, Newsman’s Aunt, Dies of Illness
     Miss Ann Van Gilder, of Granville, Ohio, aunt of John V. Webb, managing editor of The Athens Messenger, died Saturday at University Hospital. She had been ill 10 weeks. She was associated with the Andrew Lumber Co. in Granville as secretary-treasurer since 1922. The lumber company moved from Columbus to Granville in 1934. She was a deaconess in the First Presbyterian Church, Granville. She leaves a sister, Mrs. Leslie H. Webb, of Marietta; two brothers, William G., of Gallipolis and Lester A., of Annapolis, Md.
     Private funeral service will be held at 11 a. m. Monday at Morrow-Crouse funeral home, Granville, with Rev. William S. Quigley officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery, at Cheshire, Gallia County.

[Note – Ann died in 1957; she was born in Cheshire – daughter of Clifford Lewis Van Gilder & Cora Addie Good daughter of William Good & Ann Marie Bierce]

Undated newspaper article – probably Columbus Dispatch
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Van Gilder, Cora [Good]

Van Gilder Rites Planned For Saturday
     CHESHIRE - Mrs. Cora Van Gilder, who had resided in the Cheshire area for virtually her entire life, died Thursday at 6 p.m. at her home here. She was 88 on Aug. 10.  Mrs. Van Gilder was born in Cheshire, the daughter of William and Ann Good. She was the widow of the late Clifford Van Gilder, who died in 1941.
     Surviving are two sons, L. A. Van Gilder, Omaha, Neb., and W. G. Van Gilder, Gallipolis; two daughters, Mrs. W. H. Webb and Miss Ann E. Van Gilder, both of Granville; a brother, Joseph W. Good, of St. James, Mo.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Cheshire Methodist Church, and burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Rawlings-Coats funeral home, Middleport, until noon Saturday.

Athens Messenger
Friday, August 16, 1946
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Van Gilder, Cora [Good]

Mrs. Cora Van Gilder Rites Held Saturday
     GALLIPOLIS - Funeral rites were held at the Cheshire Methodist Church Saturday for Mrs. Cora A. Van Gilder, 88, a niece of famed American writer of the past, Ambrose Bierce, who disappeared mysteriously in Mexico in 1910, died at her home near Cheshire Thursday evening.
     The daughter of William and Ann Bierce Good, she was born at Cheshire in 1858, spent her entire life in that vicinity, being married to Clifford L. Van Gilder in January of 1890, who died in October of 1941.

Athens Sunday Messenger
August 18, 1946
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Van Gilder, Elizabeth H. [Chappell]

     VANGILDER - Jan. 14th, 1883, at her home in Cheshire, O., Elizabeth H. VanGilder, aged 71 years. She was born in Schenectady County, New York. Mrs. VanGilder had been for many years a consistent member of the Universalist Church. She was an affectionate daughter, a kind wife, and a devoted mother. No sacrifice was too great for her to make, if it would add to the comfort or happiness of her family. Her many quiet, unostentatious deeds of kindness and benevolence will long be remembered by many. She sought only the approval of her own conscience and her God. But she has gone to her reward. 
             Mrs. A. D. G.

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday April 04, 1883
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Van Gilder, William Good

Ex-Lock, Dam Official Dies on Thursday
     William G. VanGilder, retired lock and dam official, died at 7:20 p.m. Thursday in Holzer hospital where he had been a patient for several weeks. He was a resident of 123 Garfield Ave., Gallipolis.
     Mr. VanGilder, a scion of a family that was among the pioneer settlers of Cheshire twp., had a long career in government service. He served as lockmaster at the Winfield Dam on the Great Kanawha River and came to Gallipolis Dam as lockmaster in 1946. He was later appointed area chief of locks and dams in the Huntington District, U. S. Corps of Engineer office. Nine years ago he retired from government service and he and his wife came to Gallipolis to reside. He was employed at Holzer hospital until a year or so ago.
     Mr. VanGilder was born in Cheshire twp., Aug 7, 1890, one of four children in the family of the late Clifford L. and Cora Good VanGilder. A brother and sister who survive are Lester VanGilder of Annapolis, Md., and Mrs. W. H. Webb of Marietta. A sister, Ann, preceded him two years ago.
     His marriage to the former Marie Clark of Cheshire took place Aug. 17, 1913 in the Methodist parsonage with Rev. C. H. Morrison officiating. Mrs. VanGilder survives along with a son and three daughters, Clifford VanGilder of Middletown, Mrs. Robert (Betty) Lohse of Seaman, Mrs. Guy (Mary) Cain of South Charleston, W. Va., and Mrs. L. Blain (Dorothy) Mohr of Gallipolis Ferry. There are 12 grandchildren.
     Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Miller’s Home for Funerals. Rev. Hughey Johnes will officiate, and burial will be in Gravel Hill cemetery at Cheshire. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday and until the hour of the service.

Undated newspaper article
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

[Note: William died 12/20/1962. The last name is Van Gilder with a space as clearly shown on tombstone pictures. William was son of Clifford Lewis Van Gilder & Cora Addie Good daughter of William Good & Ann Marie Bierce]

Van Gilder, William G. (William Good Van Gilder)

Former Dam Boss Dies in Gallipolis
     Gallipolis, Ohio (AP)—William G. Van Gilder, former supervisor of locks and dams for the Huntington, W. Va., district engineers, died Thursday in Holzer Hospital here. He was 72.
     Van Gilder retired from the supervisor post in 1953.
     Before coming to Huntington he was the lockmaster at Winfield, W. Va., and later and Gallipolis.

Undated newspaper article
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

[Note – William died 12/20/1962; William was son of Clifford Lewis Van Gilder & Cora Addie Good daughter of William Good & Ann Marie Bierce]                                                                
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Van Sickle, Deidemia

     The friends of Miss Deidemia Van Sickle will be grieved to learn of her death, which occurred Sunday night, January 31, 1897. She was stricken with paralysis and died suddenly after a short illness. Deceased was aged 70 and a most excellent lady. Burial was from her home Monday afternoon.

Gallipolis Journal
Feb. 2, 1897
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Van Zandt, Fannie

Miss Fannie Van Zandt Dies Tuesday
Member of Prominent Family Succumbs To Long Illness
     Miss Fannie Van Zandt, a member of a prominent family and highly esteemed in a wide circle of friends, died Tuesday evening at the home of her brother, F. M. Van Zandt on Upper Second avenue, after a lingering illness. Miss Van Zandt, who had not been well for some time, went to California about a year ago hoping she might be benefited but her health becoming worse, she returned here from the west under the care of a trained nurse, June 30, since which time she has been critically ill in her brother’s home where she has been most devotedly cared for.
     She was born in Rutland township, Meigs county, sixty five years ago and for many years, she considered Gallipolis her home. In addition to the brother at whose home she died, another brother, J. C. Van Zandt, of Rutland, and two sisters, Mrs. Eliza Ward of Athens and Mrs. Cora V. Higley, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., survive. A sister, Miss Emma Van Zandt, to whom she was devoted, passed away five years ago.
     Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Graced M. E. church, where she was a faithful member. Rev. A. H. Beardsley officiating. Burial in Gravel Hill cemetery under the direction of Wetherholt and Entsminger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, August 28, 1929
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Van Zant, Frank

Frank Van Zant’s Body Found Afloat In River At Wharfboat
Left Home Here December 9  
     The body of Frank Van Zant, who disappeared from his home in this city early in the morning of December 9, was found at 1 o’clock this afternoon floating in the river just below the wharfboat. Captain W. C. Booth and other members of the crew of the Liberty, lying at the wharfboat, made the discovery and towed the body to shore. Identification was made by Coroner F. W. Shane, who found in legible letter on the shirt collar the words, Frank Van Zant. The head and face, heavily caked with sand and clay, were unrecognizable, and the body was much swollen.

Body at Entsminger’s
     Undertaker Fred Entsminger was notified. He conveyed word of the discovery to the widow and daughter, Marian, then took the body to his funeral parlors. Before this was done a score or more of citizens rushed to the water’s edge at the ferry landing and viewed the body.
     Mr. Van Zant was a retired farmer and business man, giving part time to the life insurance business in late years.  He was 68 years old and a native of Rutland township, Meigs county, but was reared almost in sight of the Gallia line. He had lived here about 15 years and was superintendent of the M. E. Sunday school until his mental and physical health began to fail last fall.
     He had received treatment at Athens State Hospital and elsewhere but returned home the day before Thanksgiving. Late in the night of December 8 he dressed and left home without arousing his family and he was later trailed to near the shore at the foot of Sycamore street. Since then his body had moved scarcely the equivalent of six blocks. It evidently passed between the Liberty and the wharfboat and was near the Liberty’s wheel when first seen. Captain Booth and his crew at first thought the body was that of Jim Cole, who disappeared from their boat some weeks ago.
     Death of a son and three sisters in a relatively short period is believed to have been a factor in Mr. Van Zant’s nervous breakdown. Among the surviving relatives is a brother, Cash, living between Langsville and Rutland. Their father was the late Allen Van Zant.  George W. Van Zant of Cheshire was a first cousin of the decedent.

[Note: Buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire Twp.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, January 15, 1932
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Vance, Alfred Edwin

     GALLIPOLIS Alfred Edwin Vance, 80, Grove City, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999 in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dayton. Born March 15, 1918 in Gallia County, son of the late Edwin Arthur and Mary E. Cox Vance, he was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II, and was retired from U. S. Steel in Lorain.
     Surviving are three sisters, Inez Kearnes and Gladys Watkins, both of Columbus, and Marjorie Trout of Grove City and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Earl, Orville and Robert Vance.
     Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Willis Funeral Home, with the Rev. Miles Trout officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Street Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Monday.

Gallipolis Sunday Times Sentinel
February 14, 1999
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vance, Annie Cooper

     Annie Cooper Vance, wife of Dr. Reuben A. Vance of Cleveland, Ohio, died Dec. 30, 1899. She was born in New York City, daughter of Dr. James Cooper, nephew of Peter Cooper the philanthropist, the founder of Coopers Union. Jan. 7, 1875 she married Reuben A. Vance son of Alexander Vance. Dr. R. A. Vance practiced here for a time.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Jan. 7, 1890
Transcribed by J. Farley


Vance, Athanasius Clarence

     Died, on Saturday, the 9th inst., Athanasius Clarence, son of Alexander and Eliza A. Vance, aged five years and one month.

The Gallipolis Journal
September 21, 1854
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Vance, Carnell W.

     Carnell W. Vance, 74, of Bob McCormick Road, Gallipolis, died Sunday morning at University Hospital in Columbus. He was born on March 6, 1913, in Thacker, W. Va., a son of the late Epp and Anna Vance.
     He was a coal miner for 32 years and was a bookkeeper for the Red Jacket Coal Company of West Virginia. He was owner and manager of the Montgomery Ward catalog store in Gallipolis for 10 years. He was a retired policeman, having served on the Gallipolis Developmental Center force until 1978. He was a member of the Gallipolis chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a member of the United Baptist Church in Kenova, W. Va. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Matewan, W. Va.
     Survivors include his wife Demple Vance, whom he married on June 17, 1939, in Greenup, Ky.; three sons (Carnell Vance Jr. of Cheshire, Harold Vance of Baltimore, and Larry Nance [sic] of Gallipolis); three brothers (Lawrence Vance of Kopperston, W. Va., Orville Vance of Greenville, S.C., and Merrill Vance of Stuart Draft, Va.); and two sisters (Helena Cline of Jacksonville, Fla., and Anna Marie Prelaz of Blacksburg, Va.).
     Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Willis Funeral Home. The Rev. Walter Napper will officiate. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire. Calling hours will be Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Willis Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Bob Bartimus, Jerry Dillon, Donald Lucas, Robert Schmoll, Greg Wilson and Don Wright.

[Note: died 1988]

Gallipolis Paper
February 29, 1988
Transcribed by Irene Hively Blamer


Vance, Caroline J

Death of Mrs. Caroline J. Vance
     Mrs. Caroline J. Vance died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. R. Parson, at 8:00 o'clock this Thursday morning. Mrs. Vance was 80 years of age on the 24th of March and was born and reared in Pomeroy, Ohio. Her parents died a number of years ago and besides her daughter she is survived by one son, Mr. Harry Vance of Columbus and one brother, Mr. Edward Tiffin Garner, of Pittsburgh, PA and one grandson, John Harry Parsons. One son, Mr. John L. Vance, preceded his mother in death twelve years ago.
     A short funeral service will be conducted at the residence of Mr. & Mrs. C.R. Parsons on Vine Street Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock by Rev. Glenn of the Presbyterian Church, of which institution Mrs. Vance was a member. Burial will follow at Mound Hill Cemetery by Wetherholt & Sons.

[Note: Death Certificate..born March 24, 1846; died April 8, 1926; age 80 years and 14 days. Parents: Silas Garner and Damselle(?) Price]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, April 8, 1926
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Vance, Clara [Fife]

Mrs. Vance, 92, Dies At Early Hour This Morn
Many Descendants Mourn Her Passing

Was Congratulated by President On Her Last Birthday
     Mrs. Clara Vance, affectionately called Grandma by her neighbors and other friends, died at an early hour this morning at her home in Kanauga. Ever since she suffered a stroke of paralysis on Saturday, it was known that the end was near.
     Mrs. Vance was the oldest person in Kanauga, one of the oldest in all this community, having celebrated her 92nd birthday on January 30, last. She was 40 years old the day President Roosevelt was born. A group picture in which she was the central figure was sent to the President and he in turn sent her a congratulatory message on her last birthday.

Last of Her Generation
     She was born at Middleport, was the last survivor of four children of Abraham and Emily Mayes Fife, and spent her whole life in Middleport and Kanauga. She was the widow of Joshua Vance, a ship carpenter, who died 28 years ago.
     Mrs. Vance is survived by these six children, four having preceded her in death; Mrs. Erma Bashore, Mrs. Nannie Rothgeb, Edward and Joe Vance, Mrs. T. J. Oliver, all of Kanauga, and Mrs. Otis C. Lewis, Pt. Pleasant. There are 24 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
     Decedent was a member of the Christian Church of Middleport and burial will be made there beside her husband. Funeral arrangements have not been completed but will be held at Kanauga M. E. Church at 2 o’clock Thursday, with interment by Funeral Director Elias Wetherholt.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, July 10, 1934

Rev. McMahan Directs Vance Funeral Rites
     Rev. J. W. McMahan, Methodist pastor on the Cheshire circuit, conducted the funeral services of Mrs. Clara Vance at Kanauga Thursday afternoon. There was a large attendance. Decedent’s grandsons, Carl Oliver, William, Earl and Orville Vance, Francis and Ernest Lewis were the pallbearers. Burial was made in Middleport cemetery by Funeral Director Elias Wetherholt.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, July 13, 1934
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vance, Claude

     VINTON - Claude Vance, 64, Vinton Route 2, died Friday evening in Pleasant Valley Hospital, following a brief illness. Born in Freeburn, Ky., he was the son of the late John and Amanda Blackburn Vance.
     He is survived by his wife, Elsie Bingham Vance, and two sons and four daughters from a previous marriage. The daughters include, Mrs. Billy (Beatrice) Sifford, Toledo; Miss Mary Lou Vance, Vinton; Mrs. Leroy Gibson, Columbus, and Mrs. Bill Lee, Vinton. The sons include, Claude, Jr., of Toledo, and Billy of Monroe, Mich., a sister, Mrs. Addie Ingram [Ingram], Prichard, W. Va., five brothers, Landon, Freeburn; John and Sid, all of Vinton, and Homer and Blaine, both of Bidwell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters, and a son.
     Services will be Monday, 1 p.m., at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home in Vinton. Burial will be in the Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Athens Sunday Messenger
December 5, 1976
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vance, Delbert C.

     Delbert C. Vance, 89, Ewington, died at 5 a.m. today in Pinecrest Care Center, after an extended illness. Born Dec. 12, 1895, at Morgan Center,son of the late Charles and Sarah Freshcorn Vance,he was a WWI Veteran, member of Church of Christ in Christian Union and a retired railroad cook. Surviving is his wife, Mary E. White Vance.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in McCoy-Moore Funeral Home,Vinton,with the Rev. A. B. Maloy and the Rev. Steve Cartwright officiating. Burial will be in Vinton Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday.

Gallipolis Paper
Jan. 21, 1985
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Vance, Edwin A.

Edwin A. Vance Dies In Athens
     In failing health for the past five years, death came Thursday at 5 p.m. to Edwin Arthur Vance, veteran steamboat calker and long time resident of Kanauga. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. J. P. Keefer, pastor of the Pt. Pleasant Church of Christ in Christian Union, Sunday at 4 p.m. with burial following in Pine Street cemetery under the direction of Millers Home for Funerals. Friends may call at the late home Saturday and until the hour of the funeral.
     A native of Middleport, where he was born Feb. 21, 1874, the son of Joshua and Clara Fife Vance, decedent attended Middleport schools and early in life learned the calker trade which he followed throughout his life. He married Ellen Cox in Gallipolis in 1901 and to them were born seven children, all of whom survive. They are Earl, Charleston; Robert, Kanauga; Mrs. Marion (Inez) VanSickle, Columbus; Orville, Columbus; Alfred, Lorraine; Mrs. Marvin (Marjorie) Crawford, Kanauga; Mrs. Joseph (Gladys) Watkins, Columbus.
Mrs. Vance died in 1929. They had lived their entire married life in Kanauga.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, October 16, 1953
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vance, Ella [Bunce]

98 Year Old Mrs. Vance Died Today
     Mrs. Ella Bunce Vance, 98, a native of Gallia county, died at her home in Prospect at 4 a.m. today.
Mrs. Vance was the widow of Frank Vance and was born on Aug. 7, 1863 in Addison twp., to the late William and Sarah Janes Cramer Bunce.
     She is survived by one son, Horace B. Vance of Prospect and a grandson, Charles Vance of Anchorage, Alaska. Two brothers out of a family of 10 brothers and sisters who survive are Byron M. Bunce of Gallipolis and William P. Bunce of Columbus.
     Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Miller’s Home for Funerals. Rev. Leonard A. Donnally, former Gallipolis pastor will officiate. Burial will be in Gravel Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Sunday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, March 30, 1962
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Vance, Frank Reeves

Frank Vance Funeral Is Held Today
     GALLIPOLIS - Frank R. Vance, age 69, died Saturday at the Holzer Hospital, which he entered a week ago and submitted to a major operation. Frank Reeves Vance was born in Washington, D. C., Mar. 25, 1876, when his father was a member of Congress from this district.  He was the youngest of the three sons of Colonel John L. and Emily Shepard Vance. The family home was at the corner of Court and Second Avenues, now a part of the site of the Lafayette Hotel, and at that time Colonel Vance was publisher of the Gallipolis Tribune, leader of the Democrat party; founder and long-time president of the Ohio Valley Improvement association.
     Frank R. Vance became a stogie manufacturer on Court Street while in his early twenties. A few years later the family located in Columbus. There he gained prominence in the Democratic party, becoming a member of the Franklin County Board of Review and later was a member of the Liquor Licensing Board. He was a candidate on the Democratic ticket for mayor of Columbus some years ago and was defeated by George S. Marshall. He came back to Gallipolis with his parents in the early 1920s and they resided at the corner of Court and First Avenue in what is now the home of Mrs. Viola B. Plymale. Both Colonel and Mrs. Vance died a few years later.  The eldest son, Cruezet Vance died Nov. 4, 1938.
     The only surviving member of the immediate family is John Vance of New York City. On June 30, 1940, Frank R. Vance was married to Miss Mildred Wall of this city who also survives him. Funeral services were held at the Entsminger Funeral Home at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon with Rev. W. Scott Westerman officiating. Burial followed in Pine Street Cemetery. The pallbearers were Frank C. Ghrist, Harry Maddy, Earl Mauck, Charles Yeauger, Robert and William Campbell.

[Note:  3/25/1876 - 12/2/1944  68 yrs. 8 mos. 13 das., Address: 2145 Eastern Avenue]

Athens Messenger
Monday, December 4, 1944
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vance, George

Death of Mr. Vance
     Mr. George Vance, a fine old man, with a host of friends living in Morgan Township, died last Saturday night, aged about 80. He was a church member and had led an exemplary life. His funeral occurred today, Monday.

[Note: Death Certificate...George Vance born April 10, 1827; died March 13, 1909; aged 81 years 11 months and 3 days. Parents: Thomas Vance and Sarah N. Caldwell. Burial Pine Grove Cemetery.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 16, 1909
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Vance, Joshua W.

Death of Joshua Vance
     Joshua W. Vance died at his home at Kanauga early Monday morning after an illness of several weeks, aged 67 years. He was a nice old gentleman and had lived at Kanauga for the past twenty years, being employed as ship carpenter at the Pt. Pleasant docks.
     The funeral services were held Wednesday morning, interment following at Middleport. He leaves a wife and seven children, Mrs. M. A. Reifsnyder, Joe Vance and Mrs. Otis Lewis, of this city, Mrs. T. S. Oliver, Mrs. Wm. Rothgeb and Ed. Vance of Kanauga, and Frank Vance of Middleport.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, Sept. 29, 1905
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                   Top of Page


Vance, Margaret Elizabeth

Twin Baby Dies
     Margaret Elizabeth, the 8 weeks old twin baby of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Vance, died Sunday after a brief illness, during which it suffered severely. The little one was laid to rest at Morgan Center following a funeral service at the church Tuesday at 10 a.m. Much sympathy is extended the bereaved parents.

The Gallia Times
Thursday, August 18, 1921
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vance, Mary

Aged Lady Passes
     "Aunt" Mary Vance, age 83 years, of Cheshire, passed away Thursday about noon. Death was due to old age and complications. She was the widow of the late George Vance and an old and respected resident of Cheshire. Funeral services will be held Sunday at the Baptist church at 2o'clock with burial in Gravel Hill cemetery by the Rawlings Undertaking Co.

[Note: Dates from tombstone 1846-1929]

Newspaper not named
No date
Gallipolis, Ohio
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin


Vance, Mary Ellen

Mrs. Ed Vance Dies At Kanauga Friday
Funeral Held Monday For Well Known Resident
     Mrs. Ed Vance, formerly Mary Ellen Cox, daughter of the late Engineer Robert and Nancy Cox died at her home at Kanauga, Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m., after a ten days illness of pneumonia.
     She was born Nov. 26, 1884 at Buffalo, W. Va. and came to live in Gallipolis as a child. She was married Sept. 16, 1908 to Edwin Arthur Vance of Kanauga. To this union were born seven children, namely: Earl, 22; Robert, 19; Inez, l7; Orville, 15; Alfred, 11; Marjorie, 9; and Gladys, 3. She leaves to mourn her loss, besides her immediate family, two sisters, Mrs. Lena Wright of Winfield, W. Va., and Mrs. Florence Hamblin, of Portsmouth, Ohio, and one brother, Will Cox of Gallipolis, O.; also one grandchild, Calla Virginia Vance of Charleston.
     The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Fair Haven Methodist Episcopal Church of Kanauga, with undertaker Harper of Pt. Pleasant in charge. Burial was at Pine Street cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, December 23, 1929
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                   Top of Page


Vance, Mirl

    Mirl Vance was killed in action Sept. 28, 1918, and John Richards October 23, 1918, in the terrible fighting in the Meuse-Argonne. The funerals of both will be held together at Pine Street Cemetery at 1:30 Sunday afternoon. American Legion Escort will go after the body of Vance on First Avenue and another after that of Richards at Wetherholt’s undertaking rooms. The Rev. Mr. Peirce will conduct the services. Interment by Geo. Wetherholt.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, September 8, 1921
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vance, Robert W.

     Robert W. Vance, 73, 400-½ Pike St., Kanauga, died at 10:15 p.m. Friday in Holzer Medical Center. Born Dec. 13, 1909, in Kanauga, son of the late Edwin and Mary Cox Vance, he was a retired painter, World War II Air Force veteran and member of White Oak Baptist Church.
     He married Helen Arrowood, who survives, on Aug. 4, 1981, in Gallipolis. Also surviving are a stepdaughter, Mrs. Eugene (Jean) Yates of Kanauga; three sisters, Gladys Watkins and Inez Kearns, both of Columbus, and Marjorie Trout of Kanauga; two brothers, Alfred of Kanauga and Earl of St. Albans, W. Va.; and several nieces and nephews. A brother also preceded him in death.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Willis Funeral Home, with Rev. Arnold Skaggs and Rev. Gene Skaggs officiating. Burial will be in Pine Street Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. today. Pallbearers will be Eugene Yates, James Taylor, Russell Johnson, Jr., Roger Johnson, Richard Johnson and John Jeffers.

Sunday Times Sentinel
February 13, 1983
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vance, Thomas

     Thomas Vance, Sr., died at his old home near Vanceton on Wednesday, January 6, 1892. He was born in Virginia about the year 1814 while his father was engaged in the war of 1812. His parents moved to this county when he was a boy. In his early life he carried trade to Gallipolis, a distance of 16 miles, the nearest market. He was married to Mary Anderson in 1837. There were born to this marriage eight children, four of whom yet survive. His wife died and in 1868 he married Elizabeth Humphrey, who died in Ironton in 1888.
     Mr. Vance had a stroke of paralysis in 1886, from which he never recovered. About five years ago he joined the Christian Church. During his years of helplessness he set the example of patience. Being a favorite, especially with the young, he was universally called Uncle Tom. I.N.S.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
January 27, 1892
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                        Top of Page


Vance, Walter E.

     Walter E. Vance, 62, of Gallipolis, husband of Ann Simmons Vance, died Saturday at Holzer Medical Center. He was retired from the Ohio Department of transportation. Also surviving are a son, Dan Vance of Gallipolis, and a daughter, Lynda Cotton of Johnstown, Ohio. Funeral 2 p.m. Monday at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, Gallipolis; burial in Centenary Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
November 11, 1990
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber


Vance, William L.

World War I Veteran Dies
     William L. Vance, 62, a painter and veteran of World War I, died Wednesday morning in Columbus at his home, 281 So. Burgess Ave. In recent years he had been living with his son and had paid his last visit here during the holiday season. His fatal illness was pneumonia.
     Mr. Vance was a native of Gallipolis and was born on March 14, 1897 to Joseph and Ella Carroll Vance. He was married to the former Esta Harrison, long a Gallipolis restaurant employee who died Oct. 2, 1956. The family home in Gallipolis was at 813 Third Ave.
     One son, Billy Vance survives along with three grandchildren. Mr. Vance was a member of Lafayette Post, American Legion, the Eagles Lodge and a Knights of Pythias.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Miller’s Home for Funerals. Burial will be in Pine Street cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday and until the hour of the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, January 7, 1960
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vanden, Esther [Andrews]

Mrs. Vanden Dead
     Mrs Esther Andrews Vanden passed away Sunday evening, March 21, 1915 at the home of her son, Dr. George Vanden, on Third Avenue in this city.
     The funeral services were conducted at the Vanden home Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Hugh Evans of the Presbyterian Church, of which the deceased had been a life-long member. Interment was in the Pine Street Cemetery by Undertaker Hayward.
     Mrs. Vanden was born at Kent, Ohio in 1832. In 1860 she was married to James Vanden, who died in 1912 at the age of 98 years. She is survived by two children, Dr. George Vanden and Edward Vanden, of the J.M. Kerr Hardware Co.

[Note: Death Certificate..Esther Ann Vanden was born Nov. 28, 1831; died March 21, 1915; aged 83 years 4 months. She was the daughter of Jacob T Andrews born Maine and Mary Fitch Converse born New York. James Vanden, whom she married on April 3, 1860 in Gallia County, was born April 1815[?]; died Dec. 17, 1912; aged 98 [?]. He was a son of Joseph Vanden.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
March 25, 1915
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Vanden, James

More About the Life and Death of This Pioneer
     The death of Mr. James Vanden was briefly told in Wednesday's Tribune. His long, useful, correct and upright life ceased Tuesday evening December 17, 1912, and his funeral services, conducted by Rev. Dr. C.E. Mackenzie, of St. Peter's Episcopal church at his late home on 3rd. ave, and his interment at Pine Street Cemetery, conducted by Hayward this Thursday afternoon closed entirely his mortal career among the living.
He left an enviable record in his life which was one of probity and uprightness that impressed itself up on all with whom he came in contact during his long journey on earth, which would have been 98 years the 21st of next April, having been born in 1815.
     We are glad to know that his eyes opened first in Gallipolis and whatever of good that was in his life was our inheritance. Mr. Vanden belonged to a long-lived family. His father died at 94 and his grandfather at 98 years. It was fondly hoped that he would reach the century mark being free from all disease, except a slight throat trouble, but he grew weak in the last two years of his life and for 18 months his life was mostly spent at home with his wife and daughters, Mrs. C.M. Adams and Mrs. Peter McMullen and his son Dr. George Vanden and wife, carefully attended at all times in everything that loving hearts could suggest or that willing hands could accomplish to smooth his pathway to the tomb.
     As we said above he was born in this city and was the oldest son of Joseph and Mary Randall Vanden. Originally the name was Vandenbemden, but the latter name was dropped several generations ago. His father was a Hollander by birth being a native of Amsterdam, coming to Gallipolis with his parents in 1792. He was the last surviving member of his parents family, Mrs. Joana Rathburn, Mr. Joseph Vanden, Mrs. Mary Ann Kerr, Mrs. Susan Buck and John C. Vanden being the others who preceded him. His education was received at the old Gallia Academy that stood on 2nd avenue fronting the public square about where King's clothing store and G. A. Roedell's drugstore now stands.
     He learned the trade of wagon and carriage making of his father, and went to manufacturing for himself in 1840, 72 years ago, and continued the business until 1866, when he built present structure occupied by the J.M.Kerr Co. for a carriage factory, drifting along later into the sale of agricultural implements and general hardware. In this way the business was continued till 1888 when he retired from active participation in business and his sons H. J. and E. W. Vanden took over the business under the firm name E.W. Vanden & Co. In 1901 this firm and that of the J.M. Kerr Co. was consolidated the new firm purchasing the present structure and starting anew under the name of the J.M. Kerr Co. now one of the leading business establishments of Southern Ohio.
     That covers a good many years and yet up to only a few years ago there were many buggies and carriages still used every day throughout the county with the name of James Vanden upon them. No shoddy work ever went out of his works and some of his vehicles were in use 30 years after they had been made.
Mr. Vanden was twice married. His first wife to whom he was married in 1841, was Margaret Simmons of Trumbull county, Ohio, and they became the parents of six children-Charles V, of Dayton, Mrs. Sarah Gentry, wife of H.R. Gentry of this city. H. James and Joseph, deceased, Mrs. Alice McMullen, wife of the late Peter McMullen of the Journal and Mrs. Anna Adams, wife of C.M. Adams, the furniture dealer of this city. Their mother died in 1858, and several years later he was united in marriage with Miss Esther Andrews, daughter of William H. Andrews, who, with two sons, Edward W. and Dr. George W., survive him. One seven month old son Fred died in infancy.
     Mr. Vanden while close and attentive to business, always found time for reading and keeping posted in public affairs, politically and otherwise. He was a man of great good, strong sense and square clearly expressed opinions by which he stood unequivocally at all times. He was elected over and over again on the Board of Education and served in that capacity for over 25 years or more and was President of the Board for many years. He was a member of the city council for years and was a real old time, typical, city "dad" in whom everbody had the greatest confidence and everbody liked him and and none liked him better than those who served under him and to whom he was ever kind and considerate.
     Old and honored by the best men for his associates that this town ever produced as he is, there are none who will not feel his passing. He had so many virtues that we would like to speak of had we space. He was enterprising, helped everything, charitable and kindly and one of the very best men that a town could have to keep it straight and upright. A man would study a long time before he did a mean thing if he thought James Vanden would find it out, for he had a way of telling things that made a rascal's ears burn and he didn't fear to tell him to his face either. May we all live as upright and clean a life as did James Vanden- nearly 100 years and not a blot upon the page of his life's history.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Dec. 19, 1912
Transcribed by Danielle Frogale-Dorso                                                          Top of Page


Vanden, Jane

Mrs. Jane Vanden, of heart disease, aged 81 years

     She was a member of the M. E. Church over thirty years. The last years of her life, her extreme age and infirmity exonerated her from attending the class room. But Jesus was with her to the last, and took her to himself. She leaves five children to mourn their loss.
     J. F. William

[Buried in Pine Street Cemetery in Gallipolis Twp as a Vanden-bemden]

Gallispolis Journal
Nov 12, 1863
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Vanden, John

     Died Dec. 6, 1864, at the residence of his son in Maysville, Ky., Mr. John Vanden, aged 78 years, 23 days.

The Gallipolis Journal
December 29, 1864
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Vanden, John C.

Exalted to the Higher Lodge John C. Vanden Passes to the Beyond at a Ripe Old Age
Nearly Eighty When the Call Came, and Ready for Rest
    John C. Vanden, a familiar figure in Gallipolis for over half a century, died this morning of Jan. 16, 1907, at 6:30 in the 80th year of his age. He had been in declining health for perhaps two years, but not until last November did his bodily afflictions become so severe that he was compelled to give up his regular duties. After completing his post-election duties as Secretary of the Board of Elections he was stricken with an eye trouble, intensely painful and weakening. Then other physical ills incident to old age set in, and the sturdy frame which had carried him long past threescore and ten, at last yielded to the inevitable. He was conscious practically to the end, which was peaceful and painless.
     Mr. Vanden had been a Notary Public for 52 years, and Secretary of the local Lodge of Masons for 42 years. He was also the recorder of the other Masonic bodies, and a man of wide acquaintance and much repute in Masonic circles. For many years he did much work in the county offices for the officials
and had a wide acquaintane.
     The funeral services will be Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Conducted by Rev. Ernest R. Meyer, rector of St. Peter's, at that Church the interment following at Pine Street cemetery by Wetherholt under the auspices of the Masons. Mr. Vanden belonged to a long lived family. His great grandfather reached the great age of 115 years, his grandfather 98 years and his father 95.
     He was the youngest in the family of his parents. His brother James still living ten years his senior and his brother Joseph, long since dead older than either. He had three sisters Mrs. Joan Rathburn, wife of the late Judge Samuel Rathburn, father of Lon and and James and Mrs. Long and Mary Ann Kerr, wife of Sprague Kerr, father of Mr. C.D. Kerr and Mrs. Susan Buck of Porter, wife of John Buck. His parents names were Joseph and Mary Vandenbemden.
     Some twenty five years ago Mr. Vanden fell in the elevator shaft at John T. Halliday's store and hurt himself very badly and always claimed it would shorten his life ten years. Mrs. Vanden who has been a faithful attendant upon him through all the years of their married life will have the sincere sympathy of every one in the loss of her companion and her friends hope to see her soon restored to health and peace.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
January 16, 1907
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Vanden, Joseph

     Mr. Joseph Vanden, son of Mr. James Vanden, of this city, receiving treatment at the Athens Hospital died at that institution on last Saturday. The remains were shipped here, and the funeral occurred at the residence of his sisters, Mrs. Peter McMullen and Mrs. C. M. Adams, on Monday afternoon, at 2: o’clock, Rev. Walton, of St. Peter’s Church, officiating. The burial was at the Pine street Cemetery, by Wetherholt.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
Saturday, February 18, 1899
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                        Top of Page


Vanden, Mary [Randall]

Death of Mrs. Jos. Vanden
One of the Oldest Citizens of the City
     About half past 10 Sunday night we were aroused from our slumbers and notified that the spirit of mother Vanden, one among the early settlers of the city, had passed from earth to the Giver of Life. Our other half at once went to the family residence. Having been for many years acquainted with the venerable lady and her family, it was but mete that we were among the first made acquainted with the fact. Mrs. Vanden was the mother of Jas. Vanden, the carriage-maker, Mr. Jno. C. Vanden, and Mr. Jos. Vanden. In memorian, then we chronicle: Mary Vanden died July 18, 1879 at 10:30 P. M.; was born February 5, 1795, four miles from the city of Annapolis, Maryland; came to Gallipolis with her father and family, Mr. Christopher Randall, in the year 1812, and was married to Joseph Vanden, June 15, 1815, who still survies her, now in his 93d year. Mrs. Vanden leaves six children—3 sons and 3 daughters—28 grand children and 10 great grand children. She was a noble woman and while during her life had the respect and confidence of her neighbors. Life must terminate, it is the decree of Him who governs all things, and in bowing to His decrees we extend to the bereaved family our heart-felt sympathies. May our peace be like unto hers.

[Note: Buried in Pine Street Cemetery where stone says she died July 19, 1879]

Unknown Newspaper
About Monday, July 18, 1879
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Vanden, Mary

     Died, in this city, July 13th, Mrs. Mary Vanden, wife of Mr. Charles F. Vanden, in the 23d year of her age.

The Gallipolis Journal
July 26, 1866
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Vanden, Mary

     Mrs. Mary Vanden, widow of the late Joseph Vanden, died at her residence in Maple Shade, on Thursday evening. She was a good woman, and her death is sincerely mourned.
Burial to be in Pine Street cemetery.

Gallipolis Bulletin,
Feb. 1, 1896
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Vanden, Nora [Kerr]

Mrs. Vanden Last Rites To Be Friday
     GALLIPOLIS - Funeral services will be Friday for Mrs. Nora Kerr Vanden, 85, charter member of the Thursday Club, who died at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday at her home at 250 First Ave. For 25 years she had been hostess at the Dayton Country Club, until 13 years ago, a leg was amputated. Then she was near death, but rallied, returned to Gallipolis, read of the best literature and current events, and wrote numerous letters.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in St. Peter’s Episcopal church, the Rev. Richard H. Ash, rector, officiating and pallbearers will be George F. Bovie, John E. Halliday, Harold MacKenzie, Robert MacKenzie, William Cherrington and Charles Rathburn. Church ushers will be Paul Myers and William Sigler. Friends may call at Miller’s Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery.
     Mrs. Vanden was born Dec. 6, 1868, in Gallipolis to James Morrison Kerr and Isabel Mills Kerr. About 60 years ago she married Edward W. Vanden, who operated a hardware store before his death in 1916. Her one sister, Mrs. Ella K. Fuller of Scarsdale, N. Y., arrived today. She frequently visited her sister in Gallipolis. Mrs. Vanden had been critically ill for two weeks.

Athens Messenger
Wednesday, May 19, 1954
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vanden, Olive [Langley]

OBITUARY
     Mrs. Olive Langley Vanden, the youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Andrew W. Langley and wife of Mr. Edgar Vanden, passed away at the Holzer hospital Monday night at 6 o'clock, with (obstruction of the bowels). She leaves to mourn her loss beside her husband, one child, Lawrence Harold Vanden, three sisters, Mrs. J. E. Keck, Hawks, Ohio, Mrs. Martin Geiler of Cleveland, O., Mrs. Jessie Leeper of Gallipolis, O, and one brother, Mr. Harry Langley of Columbus, Ohio, and one nephew, Lawrence Wm. Leeper of San Antonio, Texas. An infant son having preceded her a few years ago.
     The many friends of Mrs. Vanden regret to hear of her death. The relatives of Mrs. Vanden including Mrs. Harry Langley were here for the funeral which was held at Grace M. E. chufch Thursday afternoon at 2 p. m., Rev. Stone assisted by Rev. Mr. Duff of teh Presbyterian church officiating.
     Mrs. Vanden had many friends having always lived in Gallipolis, Ohio. She had been a member of the Methodist church for quite a few years and an active member of both the Methodist and Presbyterian Home Missionary Society.

[Note: 1877-1930 Mound Hill]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
February 3, 1939
Transcribed by Romaine Smith


Vanden, Paul

Ill One Year Paul Vanden Dies
Rites Here Tuesday
     Paul Vanden, scion of one of the city’s oldest families, died about 4:30 Saturday afternoon at this home just this side of Oak Hill. He had been in ill health for the past year.
     He was the son of the late John A. and Isabel Root Vanden and was born here 56 years ago. He is survived by his wife, the former Eva Whittaker of this city, and one daughter, Isabel. Two brothers and a sister also survive, John and Harry Vanden of Gallipolis and Mrs. Katie Bryan of Charleston.
     Funeral services will be held here at the Baptist church Tuesday at 2 p. m. with burial at Mound Hill Cemetery.

[Note: According to his WWI Draft Registration card, he was born December 5, 1886. According to his death certificate index available at familysearch.org, he died on March 7, 1942 at Jackson, OH]

Probably Jackson, OH, paper
Abt. March 7, 1942
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                   Top of Page


Vanden, Walter

Funeral Services For Dr. Walter Vanden
     The body of Dr. Walter Vanden who passed away Monday at his home in Crookston, Nebraska, arrived at noon Friday and was taken to the parlors of W. N. Hayward, undertaker, Mrs. Vanden and a niece, Miss Maxine Vanden, accompanied the remains here. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal church at 10 a.m. Saturday, conducted by Rev. Forqueran, under the auspices of the Masonic lodge. Burial in Mound Hill cemetery. Mrs. Alice McMullen, of Columbus, and aunt of the deceased and Mr. William Lonnie, of Cincinnati, brother of the widow are here for the funeral.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 25, 1927
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber


Vanham, John

Funeral Services Of The Late John Vanham Is To Take Place Here Sunday

     Mr. John Vanham died in the McMillan Hospital at Charleston Friday morning at 3 o'clock. Mrs. Vanham brought his body through with her to his home at Middleport later in the day.
     The funeral will be at the Episcopal Church in the city at about 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Dr. MacKenzie will deliver the funeral discourse, after which the burial will be at Pine Street by Wetherholt under the direction of the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodman of America.
     The pallbearers will be two from the K of P Lodge, two from the Modern Woodman and two from the Hobson shops where he worked.
     He is survived by his widow and two daughters, aged 3 and 5 and a son of 14. The body will arrive here on the 1:30 K & M Sunday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, Feb. 25, 1911
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


VanSickle, Deidemia

     Miss Deidemia VanSickle died at her home near Northup on Sunday evening last, and was buried on Monday afternoon. She was 69 years of age, and a sister of the late Professor VanSickle. She was afflicted with neuralgia of the heart, which caused death.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Feb. 6, 1897
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


VanSickle, Garland L.

     POINT PLEASANTLast rites for Garland Lee VanSickle, 31, Kanauga, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Addison Methodist Church by the Rev. John Jeffers and the Rev. Charles Rodgers. Burial will be in the Reynolds Cemetery at Addison.
     Mr. VanSickle, an employe of the American Car & Foundry Division of AFC Industries, Huntington, was found dead at the plant Wednesday. A Company spokesman said the exact cause of death had not been determined and that an autopsy is being performed. Mr. VanSickle was working near an electrical grid.  Officials said there is a possibility an electric shock may have been the cause of a contributing factor in the death.
     Mr. VanSickle was born May 25, 1935 at Hogsett, a son of Foster and Rena Nibert VanSickle of Kanauga. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of American Legion Post 23 of Point Pleasant. He was also a member of the AFL-CIO United Steelworkers.
     Survivors in addition to the parents include a son, Garland Lee VanSickle, Jr., at home; two brothers, Dale and Michael VanSickle, Kanauga; three sisters, Miss Norma Jean VanSickle and Miss Debbie Sue VanSickle, Kanauga, and Mrs. Janice Howell, Gallipolis; the maternal grand-father, C. F. Nibert, Hogsett, and the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Mary VanSickle of Gallipolis.
     Military graveside rites will be conducted by Post 23 of the American Legion. Friends may call at the Mohr-Stevens Funeral Home.

[Note: In Korean War: Ky. Pfc. Hosp. Co. Troop Comd. Ireland Army Hosp.]

Athens Messenger
Thursday, November 10, 1966
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


VanSickle, John

Death of Professor John VanSickle
     Professor John VanSickle died at Springfield, Ohio, Thursday. He leaves a maiden sister, Miss Dannie VanSickle of Green Township. He was about 50 years of age and was a fine scholar and ran a business college at Springfield at one time.
     His remains will be brought here and taken charge of by Hayward & Son and will be buried in Green township tomorrow beside his mother. He had gone out to Springfield to look after some property which he has out there.

[Note: Death Certificate..John W. born 1835; died Dec. 26, 1895; age 60 years]

Gallipolis Tribune
December 1895
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


VanSickle, John Franklin

Former Kanauga Resident Dies
     John Franklin VanSickle, 75, a former resident of Kanauga, died at his home, 378 Jackson St., Columbus, at 2 a.m., Tuesday. Mr. VanSickle was a native of Mason county, W. Va., and was the son of the late Henry and Mary Siders VanSickle. About 50 years ago he was married to Mary Flint in Mason county. She survives.
     To this union 15 children were born, of whom 11 survive. They are Marvin, Mrs. Magdelene St. Clair, Mrs. Naomi Scines, Lee, Mrs. Ernestine Marmara, and John, all of Columbus. Charles, Addison, Foster and Mrs. Marvina Denney, Hogsett, W. Va.; Henry and Mrs. Ruby Sheets, Gallipolis. There are 42 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Mrs. Anna Terry, Delaware, is a surviving sister of the family of seven children.
     Funeral services will be held at Miller’s Home for Funerals at 2 p.m. Thursday. Rev. Raymond Ewing of Nitro, W. Va., will officiate. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at Miller’s after noon Wednesday and until the funeral hour.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, May 31, 1955
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vanvleck, Mrs. Mary

Reached Good Age
     Mrs. Mary Vanvleck, 86, wife of the late Dr. J. A. Vanvleck a former well known dentist of Gallipolis, died at her home here on last Wednesday. The funeral services were held Friday by Rev. F. M. Evans of the Methodist Church.
     Mrs. Vanvleck is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J. A. Reynolds of Addison, and three sons, Samuel of this city, John of Los Angeles, Calif., and Eugene of Huntington. Burial at Pine Street cemetery in Gallipolis twp.

Gallia Times
Feb. 4, 1914
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Vanzant, Rev. Elijah G.

DIED
November 26, 1864--After an illness of two weeks, Rev. Elijah G. Vanzant
     He was born in Gallia county, Ohio, May 1(?), 18(??). He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in the beginning of the year 18(??), and embraced religion about the same time. Having been ordained by religious parents, he was religious in early life. He was licensed to preach in 1837, and married in 1840. As a local preacher he stood very high. he was a good preacher, whom the people loved to hear. He was highly respected by saint and sinner in [original unclear] he was raised. At times during his illness he suffered very much; but he bore it with (?). When he knew that he must die he said to his uncle--Rev. L. D. Vanzant "My way is clear." When he was near the end of his journey he said in whisper "Halleluiah!" He leaves a deeply afflicted [sic] wife and four children--three sons and one daughter-- and a widowed mother, who are called to mourn their loss.

[Note: Date of death on cemetery stone is November 26, 1857; age 42 years 5 mo. 7 days. Possibly the year was misread on the obituary.]

Unknown publication and date (scrapbook)
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan                                                                      Top of Page


Vanzant, Rev. James

    On Sabbath evening, September 10, 1854, at his residence in Cheshire township, Gallia county, Ohio, the Rev. James Vanzant breathed his last, having reached the age of sixty-seven years. He was born in Rockridge county, Virginia, and was the eldest son of the Rev. Elijah Vanzant, a preacher in the Methodist Episcopal church of same eminence, who emigrated to Ohio with his family in 1806 and settled on the banks of the Ohio river, six miles above Gallipolis.
     In the war of 1812 brother Vanzant, then a young man, was ? into the service, with his team and wages, and served six months on our frontiers, undergoing great hardships and privations. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home with the remnant of his team. But the love of his country bade him to sacrifice the domestic enjoyments of home and friends. And now, with true American patriotism, he volunteered in a company of mounted riflemen, and served a second tour with much credit to himself, under the late Gen. Tupper.
     In the year 1814 he married Miss Margaret Guy, a young lady of much worth and devoted piety. In 1816 he purchased the place of his late residence, then an entire wilderness; but soon by industry and economy, it gave way to the pure and ripe harvest(?) ? he was truly enabled to praise God reclining under his own vine and fig tree. In 1813 he united himself with the Methodist Episcopal Church as a seeker of religion, under the ministry of the Rev. Shadrach Ruck. Subsequently he was appointed class-leader, and afterward received license as a local preacher, and in due time he was ordained deacon by Bishop Boyle, which office he continued to fill with general satisfaction and much success till near the close of his life.
     As unbelieving neighbor speaks thus of father Vanzant as a preacher: "Nature had done much for our venerable friend, Though his education was limited, yet, with a form more symmetrical, a firm constitution, and endowed with a strong, vigorous, and comprehensive mind, and gifed with a fine flow of language, smooth ?, and a pleasant, graceful and happy (?) of address and delivery, he rarely, if ever, failed in drawing the most profound attention of his audience. On extemporaaucous [sic] occassions he was admirable. We have known him to be called away from the duties of his farm, without a moment's warning, to preach a funeral sermon, and for feeling pathos, we have very rarely ever heard him (?)
     Father Vanzant was an exemplary Christian, so much so, that even his unbelieving neighbors were constrained to acknowledge that they had the utmost confidence in him, both as an honest man, and as a professor of religion. His house was a regular preaching place for many years, and always a welcome house for the weary itinerant. He never shrunk from duty, but bore the cross at all times, and in all places, and such was his love for the society of the people of God, that his seat was scarcely ever vacant in the class-room or public congregation, no matter what the press of business was. As a husband and father, he was kind and instructive, as a neighbor, he was friendly, obliging and humane, He lived to see all of his children happily converted, and united with the Church of his choice, and one, Elijah, is now a local preacher. For the last few years, owing to bodily infirmities, he was not as zeazlous in the cause of religion as formerly. Yet, when he knew that his end was near, he talked of death with perfect composure. He said that he could give up all that was dear to him on earth easier that the old family Bible and altar. A few minutes before he departed, with a calm expression of countenance he looked upon his aged and beloved companion, and then, in turn, upon each one of his children, then raising his eyes toward hearven, as if committing them to Him who careth for the widow and the fatherless, his countenence lighted up with a heavenly smile, and then he fell asleep in death. While his body was followd to its last resting place, by the largest funeral procession ever known at Wesley Chapel, angels bore his happy spirit to Abraham's bosom.

Unknown publication (from scrapbook)
(?) Oct.(?) 30, 1864
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan                                                                      Top of Page


VanZant, John Emory

John E. VanZant, 93, Dies Suddenly At 4 Monday P.M.
Has Heart Attack While Working In His Barnyard
    
John Emory VanZant, aged 93, perhaps the oldest person in Cheshire Twp., died suddenly at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon at his home near Wesley Chapel, two miles west of Kyger. Mr. VanZant, while attending to some chore in the barnyard, was seen in the act of falling, at the same time making an outery. Miss Hazel Swisher, who has been staying at the VanZant home for some time, rushed to his side. He gasped twice as she bent over him and expired.
     Mr. VanZant was born but a short distance from where he died and all his years were spent in that community. He was remarkably active and alert for one of his advanced age and in stature and countenance and bearing was an impressive figure.
     His birthdate was March 15, 1850--four months before Millard Fillmore became president, following the death of Zachary Taylor. On April 29, 1879, Mr. VanZant married Minnie Watson. She survives and is 90 years old. He is also survived by one son, Earl, a railroad man, whose address is Arlington Hotel, Toledo, and who has a farm home in Cheshire Twp. on the Rutland road. There are three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
     Funeral arrangements will not be completed until Earl arrives. Interment will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery. The body was removed to the mortuary of Coleman & Son at Bidwell last evening. Dr. D. R. Warehime, coroner, was called there at 9 last night to determine the cause of death. He ascribed it to a heart attack.

[Note: 3/15/1850 - 8/9/1943. He was the son of Elijah & Celina Bing VanZant.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, August 10, 1943
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Van Zant, Philenda R. [Bing]

     Philenda R. Van Zant was born in Addison township, Gallia county, O., spril 27, 1817, and died Jan. 26, 18(??), at her home in Morgan township, aforesaid county and State. She was married to Elijah G. Van Zant May 28, 1840, who a number of years ago preceeded her to the better land. There were five children as the result of this marriage, three of whom still survive. She united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Wesley Chapel, Cheshire Charge, about the year 1841, and was a faithful member until her death. Being a woman of very quiet disposition she could be appreciated only by those who were well acquainted with her. She was dignified and intelligent. In our opinion, it would be difficult to find a brighter example of true womanly grace and virtue. Her gentle Christian spirit greatly endearred her to her friends and neighbors, and her death leaves a community in tears. But we mourn not without hope, for doubtless, she was robed and ready. A short time before the spirit departed to be with Christ, she said: "I would like to talk to all but I have not the strength." She sleeps in Jesus, and will live long in the memory of friends.

Unknown publication and date (scrapbook)
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Varney, John

Death of John Varney
     Mr. John Varney died at his home at Rio Grande last Saturday morning, Nov. 18, 1906, after a long illness, aged 87 years. Mr. Varney was one of the best known citizens of the county. In the old days he ran the stage coach from Oak Hill to Gallipolis and conducted a store at Adamsville. Afterwards he came to Gallipolis and conducted the Geneva Hotel for some time. Advancing years caused him to retire and he moved to Rio Grande, where he purchased fine property and went into business there. He has been in poor health for several months and his death was not unexpected. He was an honorable, upright man and had the respect and confidence of all who knew.
     His wife died several years ago and since then his children have tenderly cared for him. He leaves on son, Charles F. Varney, of Gallipolis, and five daughters, Mrs. Jacob Broughman, of Coy, Mrs. J. Wilson, of Huntington, Mrs. Ed Cloud of Wellston, and Mrs. Emma Shoemaker and Mess Nora Varney at home. The funeral services were held Monday morning at the Baptist Church, interment following at Calvary Cemetery.

Gallipolis Bulletin
November 23, 1906
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber

Varney, John

     John Varney was born in Jackson Co., Ohio, April 1, 1819, near Winchester, on a farm which is yet known as the Varney Hill. His parents were Jedidiah and Hannah Hinds Varney. He married Susanna Rawson on the evening of Dec 24, 1846. From this union eight children were born, six of whom are living and were at his bedside during his last hours. These children are Mrs. Emily Shoemaker, Mrs. Sarah Brougham, Mrs. Lydia Wilson, Mr. Chas. F. Varney, Mrs. Julie Cloud and Miss Nora Varney. There are also 22 grand-children and 15 great grand-children.
     He has spent the greater part of his life in Gallia County. After his marriage he started in the merchandise business in the village of Patriot. From there he went to Waterloo in this county where he engaged in the same business for a number of years. From there he moved to Ironton and purchased property which in later years became very valuable and at this time is the most business part of the city. From there he moved to Des Moines, Iowa, and was there engaged in the same business. After residing there for a few years, he returned to Ohio and purchased a farm at Adamsville, which he has always retained, and spent the remainder of his life in Gallia county.
     When Rio Grande village was formed and Rio Grande College built, he built the home in which he died and in which he resided for over a quarter of a century.  In this home his aged mother and mother-in-law spent their closing years and past away. There also Mrs. Varney died in the Spring of 1904.
     Mr. Varney and his wife united with the Free Will Baptist church at Rio Grande about 34 years ago and were baptized by Rev. I. Z. Haning. During his last illness he often expressed a desire for the time to come when he would be free from suffering and meet the dear ones who had preceded him to the better world.

[Note: Obituary is very difficult to read.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, November 28, 1906
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Vaughn, Jennie E. [Wilson]

     Jennie E. (Wilson) Vaughn was born March 8, 1850 and died March 6, 1894, being two days less than forty-four years of age. She was the daughter of James and Nancy Wilson, who still live in their home near Harrisburg.
     In early life she became a member of the Freewill Baptist church, joining the Mount Calvary church, which was then under the guidance of the lamented Elder I. Z. Haning. She loved the church and the association of Christians and was always ready and willing to bear the cross and speak a good word for her Savior.
     In the family circle her advice and counsel were always for good, and her children shall call her blessed as long as love and memory have a place in their hearts.
     Her was education was entirely confined to the public school. During the years 1868-69, she attended the Gallia Academy, which was then conducted by Professor Skidmore.
She was married to James W. Vaughn November 10, 1870, and was the mother of four children, one son and three daughters. The husband and all four of the children survive her.
     She was a sufferer for a long-time before her death, but bore her suffering with entire patience. She was upheld by her unshaken faith in the goodness and love of her heavenly Father. She knew that He was with her in the valley and the shadow as He had been with her upon the mountain top and in the sun-light of health and joy. Her sorrowing husband and children, her aged parents, her brothers and sisters are comforted by their assurance that she is at home with God in the land of endless joy and glory. In their hours of sacred memory and Christian faith, each one of them say,

   
Once more, Once more
     I shall behold her face and clasp her hand,
     Once more, forevermore.


May 2, 1894
Gallipolis Journal
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                        Top of Page


Vaughn, Lorena A. [Denny]

     Lorena A. Denny, daughter of Samuel and Mary Denny, was born in Gallia County, Ohio, January 19, 1845 was married to John F. Vaughn, son of Jacob and Julia Ann Vaughn, April 4, 1866. They were the parents of four children, three of whom are living. Little Samuel Jacob died August 22, 1872, being only a few days old.
In the afternoon of the 13th, the children being at school and the husband cutting timber in the woods, it is supposed that Lorena had gotten up on a high chair and over a deep cellar to reach for some boxes and fell head foremost down the cellar and was not found until the children returned from school. Her husband and several of the neighbors heard their cries, reaching the scene of death about the same time. She only breathed, and after laying her on the bed they found a high chair had turned over and some boxes scattered over the floor near the cellar door. The boxes had been placed on some loose plank some eight or nine feet above the cellar door; to reach for the boxes she would have to reach over the cellar door that was open at the time. Her body was found at the foot of the stair steps some 15 feet from where the boxes were, her head badly cut. She was a large, fleshy lady and in the prime of life.
     Lorena was an excellent wife, fleetingly kind to all that were around her. Her house was the abode of neatness and order, and many of you who read her memoir will remember the kind welcome they received at her pleasant home and the home like feelings they enjoyed as they sat around her sumptuous table.
     Lorena was raised by pious parents and some of her father's family are already among the blessed. She joined that M.E. Church and professed conversion in 1873, and as far as we know remained a member of the living wine to the close of her life. Her husband says when he left the house to go to into the woods to cut some timber, she was singing her favorite him.

[Note: Died April 13, 1887, buried Denny Cemetery Springfield twp.]

Gallipolis Journal
April 14, 1887
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber


Vaught, Doska [Tipton]

Mrs. Vaught, 82, Dies In Hospital
     Mrs. Doska Vaught, 82, died at Holzer hospital Wednesday evening at 7:30. She had been a patient there since Oct. 21, following a long period of ill health extending over the past year. Her death was caused by pneumonia.
     Mrs. Vaught was a native of Gallia county, having been born in Walnut twp., on Nov. l, 1871, the daughter of the late Elias and Mary E. Folden Tipton. She was one of 14 children of whom the following survive: Mrs. Truman (Eva) Gills, and Thomas Tipton, of Columbus, and Stanton, Gallipolis.
     In addition to the husband, Ira Seibert Vaught, she is survived by the following children: Mrs. Clifford (Ella Marie) Wood of Gallipolis, and Mrs. Garrett (Esta) McIntyre of Huntington. Two sons, Elmer and Hollis, preceded her in death.
     Mrs. Vaught was married in Oct. 1897, by the Rev. Rice at the Bethesda Methodist church and she and her husband lived on a farm in that community for the greater part of their lives. They lived in Huntington for one year and nine years ago they came to Gallipolis and made their home at 1056 Second Ave.
     Funeral services will be held at the First church of the Nazerene [sic] on Saturday at 2 p.m., Rev. Vernon Shafer will officiate and burial will be made in Mound Hill cemetery under the direction of the C. J. Waugh funeral home. Friends may call at the Waugh funeral home Thursday evening. On Friday at 11 a.m., Mrs. Vaught's body will be taken to the late home where friends may call until the funeral hour.
Pallbearers will be Russell Vaught, Robert Wood, Evan Belville, Carlos Wolford, Thomas Sarten and Vernon Wagoner.

[Note: Ann Simmerman wrote “Oct. 27, 1954” on the obituary.]

Newspaper (prob. November 1954, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Tipton file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans


Venier, Julius E.

     Julius E. Venier, son of Henry Venier of this place, aged about 16 years, accidentally shot himself on Sunday last. He had crossed the Ohio river, and whilst in the act of replacing the ramrod, the gun went off, the load entering the lower jaw tearing it away and breaking his neck. The charge also wounded him in the hand severely.
     This case is another warning to boys how they handle firearms. Daily, we see boys using pistols and guns in the most careless manner, and the wonder of it is that there are so few accidents of this kind. Parents cannot be too guarded in allowing their children the indiscriminate use of firearms. The war, of course, has in a great manner familiarized everyone with their use. We hope to see more care taken in the future, and that boys will avoid, especially on the Sabbath, all such sports as endanger either their own lives or those of their associates.
     His Funeral sermon will be preached by Rev. Mr. Breare, on Sunday, October 13, 1864, at 10 o'clock A.M., at Christ Church.

The Gallipolis Journal
October 20, 1864
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Venier, Henry     

     Mr. Henry Venier, for many years a resident of this city, died rather suddenly on Friday last. He had been complaining for a few days, of diarrhea, something of the character of flux, and of a partial paralysis of his feet and legs, but it was not considered alarming, and he was about much as usual. On the day of his death, however, and but a few hours before his decease, he felt much worse, and his wife went for a physician. While gone, and while being waited upon by his neighbor, Mr. E. K. Chapdu, death came and took him away, without a struggle or a groan. His age was about 60 years. [. . .] He was buried on Sunday afternoon by Ariel Lodge No. 156, I.O.O.F., of which, so far as we know, he was a worthy member. The turnout was alike creditable to the Order, and to the memory of the deceased, near ninety members being in the procession.

The Gallipolis Journal
June 24, 1869

Venier, Henri

I.O.O.F., St. Paul, Aug. 10, 1869
To the N. G. and brothers of the St. Paul Lodge, No. 2, I.O.O.F.
The committee appointed to prepare resolutions expressive of the sorrow of this Lodge on the death of P.G., Henri Venier, would respectfully report the following:
Whereas, It has pleased Almighty God to remove by death our brother, Henri Venier, one of our oldest and most esteemed menbers, therefore,
Resolved, That we deplore this dispensation which has taken from us one who, in all the duties of an Odd Fellow, was untiring in his devotion to the Order, and faithfully endeavored to carry out its principles and promote its prosperity,
Resolved, That we tender to the family of our deceased brother our heartfelt sympathies in their bereavement, and trust that the all merciful One may comfort them with that consolation that can come from no mortal source,
Resolved, That our Charter and Emblems shall be draped in mourning for thirty days, and the secretary be directed to transmit a copy of these resolutions, under seal of the Lodge, to the family of the deceased, Fraternally submitted, J. Fletcher Williams, T. J. King

The Gallipolis Journal
October 14, 1869
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Venz, Annette Serena

Mrs. A. Venz, 70, Dies Here AFter Illness
     Mrs. Annette Serena Venz, 70, wife of Rev. Emil C. Venz, 59 Cedar St., died at 12:15 p.m. Monday in Holzer hospital, where she had been a patient for several weeks. Mrs. Venz had been in failing health for several months.
     Mrs. Venz was a native of Gallia county and was born on Oct. 3, 1890, daughter of the late E.A and Katherine Dabney Willis. Her marriage to Mr. Venz took place on June 13, 1910 and most of their married life has been spent in this area. In addition to her husband she is survived by two sons and two daughters. James Venz, Mrs. John (Ruth) Richards and Mrs. Loren (Olive) Miller, all of Gallipolis and Carl Venz, with the Air Force and stationed at Cheyenne, Wyo. There are 12 grandchildren. Two brothers who survive are Earl Willis of Columbus and Harry Willis of Wellston. Two sisters and a brother preceded her in death.
     Mrs. Venz was a member of the Congregational Christian church. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bulaville church. Rev. Warren H. Wilson assisted by Rev. Everett Delaney will officiate. Burial will be in Reynolds cemetery under the direction of the Wetherholt-Elliott-Sanders Funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The body will lie in state one hour at the church before the service.

[Note: Buried in Addison Reynolds Cemetery as Nettie S. Venz. Date of death is listed as 1961 on cemetery database.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1961
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Venz, Emil Carl

Rev. Venz Is Claimed Here At Age Of 72
     Rev. Emil Carl Venz, 72, a longtime Gallia county minister, and retired brick mason, died at Holzer hospital at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday. He had been hospitalized for about a week, but had been in failing health for two years. He resided at 59 Cedar St.
     He came to Gallipolis as one of the first pastors of the Church of God, and he had in recent years served at Elizabeth Chapel, Harrisburg Christian Church, and at the time of his death was serving at Bulaville Christian Church. He had retired as a brick mason in 1956. His last employment was at Charleston, and he had worked at the Gallipolis State Institute, and at the West Virginia Ordinance plant during World War II. He was a graduate of the Anderson Theological Seminary at Anderson, Ind.
     Rev. Venz was born Nov. 14 1890 at Coal Grove, son of the late Charles and Dora Fisher Venz. His marriage was to the former Annette Willis, who preceded him in death, Feb. 20, 1961., two years exactly before his death.
     Children who survive are Mrs. Loren (Olive) Miller, Mrs. John Robert (Ruth) Richards and James Venz, all of Gallipolis and Carl Venz, who is serving with the U.S. Marines in North Africa. There are 12 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. William Bray of Toledo. Four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bulaville Christian Church. Rev. Alfred Holley and Rev. Everette Delaney will officiate. Burial will be in the Reynolds-Addison cemetery under the direction of the Wetherholt-Elliot-Sanders Funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday and Saturday evenings.

[Note: died February 20, 1963]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, Feb. 21, 1963
Transcribed by Lisa Halbig


Vermillion, Ruth [Vanden]

Mrs. Ruth Vermillion Dies In East Cleveland
      Word came to Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Kerr over the weekend of the death of their sister-in-law, Mrs. K.R. (Ruth) Vermillion, at her home in East Cleveland, Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Mrs. Vermillion was a native of Gallia County and was the daughter of the late William and Emma Vanden, whose home was at Rio Grande.
      Mrs. Vermillion died after a long illness and she is survived by her husband, Kenneth R. Vermillion, who was superintendent of the Gallipolis city schools for several years in the late 20's. The family moved to East Cleveland where their home is at 1820 Page Ave. Mrs. Vermillion is also survived by two children Joe and Emma (unreadable) and four grandchildren, all of Cleveland. One sister, Mrs. Lewis Stephenson, of Parkersburg, also survives.
     The body is at the Merle (unreadable) Funeral home in Cleveland.

[Note: Ann Simmerman wrote "2-5-1955" on the obituary.]

Newspaper (prob. February 1955, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Armstrong file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Lynn Anders                                                                        Top of Page


Vernon, Alexander H.

Alex Vernon Dead
     Alexander H. Vernon, who was born at Ewington June 17, 1867, was buried Monday in the cemetery at Thurman. He died suddenly at his home in Wellston last Saturday with an affection of the heart. Mr. Vernon attended the old Ewington Academy under the late Prof F.F.Vale, also the Lebanon Normal, and the Ohio Normal University at Ada and taught school for forty years. For years he was principal of one of the schools at Wellston and was pensioned a few years ago on the teachers' retirement fund. Since that time he had represented the publishers of Webster's dictionary, making regular visits to Gallipolis where he will be well remembered. He is survived by his wife, who was Elizabeth Wynne, of Oak Hill, and a son and daughter, both teachers.

[Note: Born: June 17, 1867 Died: May 26, 1928]

Gallia Times
June 7, 1928
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Vesner, Robert R. [Bobby]

Vesner Funeral Set for 3 Sunday
     Funeral arrangements for Bobby Vesner, former GAHS Golden Era football great, have been completed since the arrival of his body at Gallipolis at midnight Thursday. Funeral will be held in Grace Methodist Church at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, with the Rev. Paul Niswander officiating. In charge of the funeral will be Miller’s Home for Funerals and burial in Mound Hill Cemetery will follow the services.
     The body is at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Robson where friends may call. Not previously mentioned, young Vesner is survived by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Vesner, Columbus.
Pallbearers at the funeral will be Dana Caldwell, Gene Wetherholt, George Hout, Allen Romaine, Miles Epling and Harold “Sonny” McKenzie.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, July 18, 1952
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Vesner, Robert Richard

Sgt. R. R. Vessner Dies After Swimming Accident [The name is spelled Vesner on tombstone.]
     GALLIPOLIS - Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon in the Methodist Church for Marine Sgt. Robert Richard Vessner, [sic] who died Tuesday morning in the U. S. Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, Calif. The Rev. Paul Niswander will officiate and burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery.
     Vessner died of a fractured cervical vertebrae after he was injured while swimming in the Pacific Ocean. He and several friends were diving into the incoming waves. Vessner accidently dived into a shallow wave, hitting the bottom and fatally injuring himself. His body was paralyzed following the mishap.
     His mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Robson left immediately for California after learning of the accident, which occurred June 27. Their son seemed to be improving when they left him to return to Gallipolis, but he died while they were en route home.
     Friends may call at the Miller funeral home until the funeral.
     The sergeant was born March 2, 1930 in Columbus, the only child of Lewis Vessner and Meryle Myers. In 1933, his father died and he and his mother moved to her former home in Gallipolis. He was educated here and graduated from Gallia Academy High School in 1948. While in school, he starred in football, playing on the championship team of 1947 and 48. He played end and halfback and also was a place kicker.
     Surviving besides his mother and stepfather and two step-sisters, Wanda Robson of Gallipolis and Dorothy, Mrs. William Winebrenner, of Syracuse; his grandmother, Mrs. Della Myers of Gallipolis and several aunts and uncles.
     Before joining the Marines, he lived with his mother at 661 Third Ave. He would have been discharged from the corps July 5.

Athens Messenger
Thursday, July 10, 1952

Services Set For Vessner [Vesner]
     GALLIPOLIS - Funeral arrangements have been completed for Robert Richard Vessner, Marine sergeant, who died July 8 in the U. S. Navel Hospital at Camp Pendleton, Calif., following a swimming accident June 27.
     Vessner’s body was shipped to Huntington where it was received by Claude Miller and brought to Gallipolis. Miller said the funeral will be conducted Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul M. Niswander officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery.
     Music for the services will be provided by Helen Butterfield, Joanne Notter, Bill George, Manning Wetherholt and organist, Margaret Campbell, all former high school classmates of Vesner.
     In addition to the survivors listed previously are the sergeant’s paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Vessner of Columbus.

Athens Messenger
Friday, July 18, 1952
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Viars, Henry Howard

H. H. Viars Dies At Early Hour
Funeral 2 Sunday At Campaign Baptist Church
     Henry Howard Viars, a native of Adison Twp., died at 1:30 this morning at 1157 Second Ave., the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sylvia Rife. He had been ill two weeks.
     Mr. Vairs was 72 years old on July 28, was born on Georges Creek, and was a son of David Viars. His wife, who preceded him in death, was Margaret Rees.
     Surviving besides the daughter named are two children, Alva Viars of Gallipolis R. D. 1 (Cheshire Twp.) and Rev. Reva Viars at the parental home in Addison Twp. There is one brother, Frank Viars of Gahanna, O.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday at the Campaign Baptist Church, of which decedent was a member. Interment at the same place by Coleman & Son.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, August 26, 1943
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Viars, William R.

Death Claims W. R. Viars, 82
     William R. Viars, 82, died at 2 a.m. today at Holzer Hospital, where he had been a patient for several weeks. He was a retired farmer. The family home is on Georges Creek.
     Decedent was born in Gallia County July 1, 1870, the son of Gideon and Elizabeth Bing Viars and spent his entire life here. May 11, 1890, he married Minnie Jones, who survives. One brother, Melvin C. Viars, at home, also survives.
     The body is at the Wetherholt Funeral Home where friends may call and where funeral services by the Rev. H. M. Smith will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be made in Maddy Cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, October 6, 1952

OBITUARY
Viars—Mr. William R. Viars, born July 1, 1870 on the farm near Kanauga, Ohio, where he spent his life time, passed away Monday morning at the Holzer Hospital, Gallipolis, Ohio, after about a month’s illness.
     He was the son of Gideon and Jane Viars and is survived by one brother, Melvin C. Viars, at home. Several first cousins, Frank Viars of Gahanna, Ohio, James Corwin Bing, Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Jack Appleton, St. Albans, W. Va., Miss S. Louise Bing, South Charleston, W. Va., and several other cousins including, Mrs. Annie Laurie Lane and Mrs. Hazel Roper of Columbus, Ohio.
     The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the Wetherholt Funeral Home, with Rev. H. M. Smith officiating. The pallbearers were Floyd Leonard, Fred Root, Herb Smith, Frank Maddy, Clyde Phillips and Bill Smith. Interment was in the family cemetery at Kanauga, Ohio.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, October 10, 1952
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Viers, Mary M.

IN MEMORY
     Mary M. Viers was born near Vinton, O., June 19, 1841 and departed this life March 9, 1927, aged 85 years, 8 months and 8 days. Most of her life was spent near the place of her birth.
     She was united in marriage with Alban Viers in 1860. He was a soldier of the Civil War. Thus she knew the sadness and sorrow such great conflicts bring. To this union were born three children, all of whom were with her in her last hours. James E., who has made his home with her for a number of years; Mrs. Carrie Hull, Glenn; Mrs. Lydia Blake, Bidwell. She had three sisters and two brothers, all having preceded her in death. She has one half-brother, Emmons Davis of Anna, Ill.
     She had been a sufferer and blind for a number of years. Having lost her eye sight about 6 years ago, thus requiring the constant care of her children and especially of her son who was continually with her. She bore her infirmities and her life of darkness remarkably for one so handicapped. She professed faith in Christ in 1897, under the pastorate of Dr. W. H. Hartinger and united with the M. E. church at Mt. Tabor.
     All that human hands could do was lovingly and kindly done. We do not know the day or the hour when the Lord shall call us; so in the small hours of the night he said it is finished and the spark of life went out. She leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn their loss.
     Funeral services were conducted by T. M. Glenn Friday at 2 p.m. after which she was laid to rest in the Mt. Olive cemetery by Undertaker H. K. Butler.

Gallia Times
March 24, 1927
Transcribed by Sheri Culler


Vicars, Willard P.

Vicars Suicided At Covington, Ky.
Deceased Was a Well Known Newspaper Man and Leaves a Son in Gallipolis
     Willard P. Vicars committed suicide in Covington, Ky., last Friday night by shooting himself through the head with a revolver. No reason is assigned for the rash act, but financial troubles are thought to have brought on despondency. He had been working for an insurance company in Louisville and had been in Covington about two weeks.
     For many years he was a prominent newspaper man in West Virginia, his last work being done on the Huntington papers about three years ago. He was a relative of Ex-Gov. Atkinson of West Virginia, and was for a time connected with the Internal Revenue office.
     He was a brilliant writer and his able articles on political affairs under the nom be plume of Arthur Middleton several years ago created a sensation in West Virginia political circles.
     He is survived by one son, Cherrington Vicars, of this city.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, January 14, 1910
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                   Top of Page


Vincent, Edward F.

Edward Vincent Claimed Thursday
     Edward F. Vincent, 75, a familiar figure here, died on Thursday at the County Home. He had been taken there the day before from the Maple Shade cottage where he had lived alone. He had lived in the county 25 years. Many will recall him as a maker and peddler of a corn salve and as a frequent companion of Louis Neal. He was also a tool sharpener. Funeral was to be held today, with burial at Centenary by O. E. Elliott.
     Vincent was born at Lost Run, W. Va., Christmas Day, 1873, a son of Riley Vincent. He was married in 1898 at Fairmount, W. Va., to Janet Moore, now living in Washington, D.C. He is survived by the following children: Madeline Scarlett, 3600 Elm Ave., Baltimore, Md.; Virginia Fleming, Elizabeth May, Augustine Burnett and Marion Vincent, whose addresses were not learned.

[Note: 12/25/1873 - 12/9/1948 s/o Riley & Ella Thorne Vincent; Divorced, Wife was Janet Morris per death certificate]

The Gallia Times
Saturday, December 11, 1948
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Viney, Bessie

Bessie Viney Dead
     Mr. Oscar Viney's daughter Bessie died about 3:30 this afternoon of quick consumption.

[Note: Buried at Pine Street Cemetery]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
November 1, 1899
Transcribed by Danielle Frogale-Dorso


Viney, Catherine

     Mrs. Catherine Viney, widow of the late Geo. Washington Viney, died Sunday afternoon, October 1, 1911, of a paralytic stroke with which she was attacked a week before and pneumonia that set in. Mrs. Viney was in her 87th year and was known as a good woman to every one.
     She was married to Mr. Viney in 1848. He died ten years ago. She is survived by her daughter Mrs. H.M. Robinson, and her grand daughter, Mrs. Ira Holmes, at whose house she made her home. One son Bob died, and one grandchild Katie Barnett.
     Her funeral services will be at the Baptist church at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday conducted by Rev. L.V. Bryant, her interment at Pine street cemetery by Hayward under the auspices of the Mutual Aid Society of which she was a member. Mrs. Viney was formerly chambermaid on various packets, the last one being the Telephone and was in demand wherever she was known. She left many friends to mourn her departure.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Oct. 2, 1911
Transcribed by J. Farley


Viney, Frank

Frank Viney, 48, Cancer Victim
    
Frank Viney, 48, Bidwell Rt. 2, died Wednesday afternoon at 4:15 o’clock at University Hospital, Columbus, where he had been a patient for 16 days suffering with cancer. He had been a patient in the University Hospital four times since 1950 and twice in Holzer Hospital, and during his illness had been a subject for considerable medical research.
     He was born Aug. 18, 1905, in Springfield, the son of Samuel James and Ida Lucas Viney. He had moved to Gallia County as a child, and had been in poor health most of his lifetime. He was one of four children, with two sisters surviving. They are Mrs. Gordon (Bessie) Smith, Bidwell Rt. 1, and Mrs. Ralph (Minnie) Garnes, Bidwell Rt. 2. He also leaves eight nephews and two nieces.
     He worked on a farm in his youth but had been unable to do any work the past six years because of his illness. He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church, Harrisburg.
     Funeral services will be held at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Bidwell, at 2 p.m. Sunday with Rev. Jackson of Gallipolis officiating. Burial will be in Viney Cemetery, Springfield Twp., in charge of the Miller Funeral Home. The body will be at his late home after Sunday afternoon

[Note: 3/18/1905 - 9/2/1953 per death cert.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, September 3, 1953
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Viney, George Washington

Death of G. W. Viney
     Mr. George Washington Viney, one of the most prominent colored men of this section died this Thursday morning, February 20, 1902, aged about 85 years.. The funeral services will be determined upon this evening on the arrival of his grand-daughter from Columbus. He leaves a wife, but only one child, Mrs. H. M. Robinson, who lives near him. He was a paralytic for a number of years and so helpless that he had to be fed by his wife.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, February 20, 1902

Funeral Services
     The funeral services of the late G. W. Viney were conducted at the Baptist Church at 2 o’clock this Friday afternoon conducted by Rev. I. V. Bryant; the interment following at the Pine Street cemetery by Hayward & Son.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, February 21, 1902
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Viney, Martha

VINEY
     Mrs. Martha Viney, wife of Wm. Viney, died April 13, aged about 35 years. She had been ill only a short time with quick consumption and left a husband and daughter. The funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning, interment at Pine Street by Hayward & Son.

Gallipolis Bulletin
April 17, 1903
Vol. XXXVI, No. 23
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                       Top of Page


Viney, Vinton

Death of Vinton Viney
     Vinton Viney, colored, son of Julia and George Viney, a former Gallipolis resident died Sunday evening at Huntington, where he had established a barber shop. His death was caused from asphyxiation, he having fallen asleep in a barber chair and the gas escaping.
     The body arrived here Monday noon and the funeral services were held at Paint Creek Baptist Church by Rev. Bryant Thursday at 2 o’clock and the burial held at Pine Street cemetery by undertaker W. N. Hayward. Mr. Viney, leaves a cousin, a resident of this city, Mr. Clarence Viney, a well-known plasterer.

[Note: March 10, 1868 – Dec. 12, 1921; Age 53 yrs. 9 mos. 2 das. He was the son of Green & Julia Lucas Viney per the death certificate. He was divorced.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, December 15, 1921
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vinton, S. F.

Death of Hon. S. F. Vinton, Washington, May 11, 1862
     Hon. Samuel F. Vinton, of Ohio, died here this afternoon, after a brief illness of erysipelas. He was for many years a representative in Congress and was recently appointed one of the Commissioners under the District of Columbia emancipation act.

The Gallipolis Journal
May 15, 1862
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Vogin, Joseph

     Died in this town on last Sunday morning, very suddenly, of apoplexy, Mr. Joseph Vogin, aged about 48 years. Mr. V. came to this place and opened a hat manufactory and store some five years since.

The Gallipolis Journal
August 5, 1852
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Vollborn, August C.

A. C. Vollborn Dies
     A. C. Vollborn, who until recently resided near Bidwell, passed away at the home of his brother-in-law, G. F. Carter of Patriot Thursday morning, Oct. 16. Mr. Vollborn had been in poor health for some time and had expected to leave soon for California hoping the change in climate might benefit him.
     Funeral services will be conducted from the Carter home probably Monday afternoon. An only son, Harry is expected to arrive from California Sunday, Interment in Mound Hill cemetery in charge of A. E. Tope. Those wishing to attend the funeral may hear definitely as to the time by calling C. E. Brumfield’s residence in Gallipolis Monday morning.

Gallipolis Journal
Monday, October 16, 1931
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Vollborn, Gustave

Death of Mr. Vollborn
     Mr. Gustave Vollborn, of Springfield Township near Rodney, died on the evening of February 24, 1904 on the farm where he had lived for 37 years and in his 71st. year.
     His father and mother were Christian and Caroline Vollborn and he was born in Hasselfield, Germany and came to this country when 18 settling at Pittsburg and afterward coming to this county. He was a butcher afterwards a farmer.
     He was married first to Frederika Keyes and by her became the father of a daughter, who died in infancy, Gustave, now of Oklahoma and Christian of Leroy, IL. This wife died and on May 7, 1865, he married Frederika Ufermann, who with three children, Carl of Bidwell, Mrs. Augusta Dyer and Mrs. Jonn Koontz survive him. He also left a brother, Augustus and a sister, Mrs. Charles Mack of this city.
     He was a member of the German Lutheran Church and his funeral services will be either Saturday or Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, depending upon the arrival of his sons.
     His burial will be at Mound Hill by Undertaker Wetherholt. He had been in declining health for a number of years, but pneumonia contracted a week ago hastened his death. He had numerous relatives and friend.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday evening, Feb. 25, 1904
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Vollborn, Lelia E

     Lelia E Vollborn, 89, a resident of Thurber Village Care Center in Columbus, a former resident of Gallia County, died at 2 a.m. today. She was born Dec. 6, 1888 in Cheshire Twp, one of five children born to the late A. E. Gordon and Mary Coughenour Gordon. She was the last of her family. Mrs. Vollborn attended school in Cheshire Twp. She married Carl Vollborn in Gallia County in 1927. He preceded her in death in the 50's.
     She was a member of the Poplar Ridge Baptist Church. The family formerly owned a farm in the vicinity of the church. Surviving are six nieces and nephews, Carl Gordon, Columbus; Glenn Roush, Gallipolis; Myrtle Goetting of Waco, Texas; George Roush, Marion, O.; Maude Frazier of Gallipolis; Lucille Brannon of Gallipolis.
     Last rites will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Miller's Home for Funerals with Rev. Joseph Godwin officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

[Note: Born Dec 6, 1888 - Died Oct 31, 1977]

Gallipolis paper
November 1977
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Volborn (Vollborn), Magdalina [Hummel]

Aged Lady Passes
     Mrs. Magdalina Volborn, who has been a life long resident of Rodney passed away at her home Wednesday noon at the age of 85. Her husband preceded her several years ago. Mrs. Volborn had been ill for three years.
Surviving are the following children: Mrs. W. M. Williams of Grape St., this city; Miss Marie Volborn, Mr. Martin Volborn, Mrs. Lena Waddell of Rodney, Mrs. Carl Ewing of Gallipolis and Dr. Volborn of Homer, Ill. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, July 27, 1927
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Vollborn, S. Harland

S. Harland Vollborn, 70, Prominent Farmer, Dies
     S. Harland Vollborn, 70, a prominent farmer in the Harrisburg Community, died unexpectedly at 11 p. m. Saturday at his home. He was born Sept. 5, 1901 in Raccoon Twp, son of the late Fred and Ernestine Jones Vollborn.
     Survivors include his wife, Mary Esta George Vollborn; three sons, Edward Vollborn, Rt. 2, Thurman, a teacher at Jackson; Fred and Ray Vollborn, both of Rt. 2, Bidwell; a daughter, Kay Vollborn, Rt. 2, Bidwell, a teacher at Point Pleasant, and a sister, Mrs. Frances Burdell of Rt. 2, Bidwell.
     He was a member of the Harrisburg Baptist Church, past deputy of Gallia County Grange, a member of the Harrisburg Grange, Past Master of the Thurman Masonic Lodge, former member of Raccoon Board of Education, chairman of the Tri Advisory Council, Farm Bureau, and a trustee of the Calvary Baptist Church and Calvary Cemetery.
     Last rites will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Calvary Baptist Church at Rio Grande with Rev. Robert Wilkins and Rev. Luther Tracy officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home in Vinton from 6-9 o,n, this evening. Masonic rites will be held at 7 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the services. Pallbearers will be Lawrence and Fred Burdell, John Myers, Clarence Stout, Elvin Morris and Darrell Young.

[Died May 20, 1970 - Buried May 23, 1970]

Gallipolis paper
May 1970
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                    Top of Page


Volz, Albert

Albert Volz, 65, Called By Death
     Albert Volz, 65, 854 1/2 Second Avenue, Gallipolis, died at the Haner Rest Home 10:30 p.m. Tuesday after being an invalid for the past 18 years. Born April 22, 1887 to Henry J. and Elizabeth M. Nieman Taylor, both deceased. He and his parents moved to Gallipolis from Cincinnati in 1903 and set up a tailor shop just below the Standard Oil Service Station on the corner of Second Avenue and Court Street. He was a member of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and the Presbyterian Church.
     Funeral services will be private but friends may call at Wetherholt Funeral Home Thursday evening where funeral services will be conducted Friday by the Rev. Linson H. Stebbins. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Oct. 15, 1952
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Volz, Henry J.

Henry J. Volz Dies Early Wednesday
Last Remaining Tailor Succumbs to Heart Attack, Was 75 Years Old
     Henry J. Volz, 75, died at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday following an attack of heart trouble. He had been in failing health for several years but until last Thursday kept to his work at his tailor shop on lower Second avenue. Mr. Volz was the last remaining tailor in Gallipolis. He had made his home here for many years.
     Henry John Volz was born at Middleport, Ohio, December 18, 1853. He was the son of John and Caroline Theiss Volz. For some years he worked as a tailor's assistant in Cincinnati, coming here in the early part of this century as a coat maker for the late H.B.Gentry and son, tailoring establishment.
     Mr. Volz's wife preceded him in death many years ago. He is survived by three children, Charles H. Volz, of Cleveland; Albert and Lillian, at home. Also are surviving three brothers, Charles and Albert of Dayton, Ky., P.J.Volz, of Cincinnati, and four sisters. Mrs. F.H.Poske, and Mrs. Elmer Kerns, of Cincinnati, Mrs. George Wenderoth, of Columbiana, and Mrs. Lillian Michels, Ontario, California.
     Mr. Volz was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. Funeral services probably will be held Friday with interment at Mound Hill cemetery by Wetherholt and Entsminger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
December 26, 1928
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Volz, Lillian

Lillian Volz dies At 69
     Miss Lillian Volz, 69, a member of one of the old German families of Gallipolis, died in Hozer Hospital at 6 a. m. today. She had been in failing health for the past few years and when her condition became serious she was admitted to the hospital over the weekend. In recent years she made her home in an apartment in the Hudlin House on Second Ave.
     Miss Volz was a native of Cincinnati, where she was born on May 22, 1889, the daughter of the late Henry J. and Elizabeth Neiman Volz. Her father was a tailor, and operated a shop for many years on lower
Second Ave.
     She is survived by one brother, Charles of Lakeview, an executive of a Cleveland newspaper. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Al Volz.
     For many years Miss. Volz was a telephone operator until forced to retire. Her past employment was as a staff member of the Gallia County District Public Library. She was a member of the First United Presbyterian church.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Wetherholt-Elliott-Sanders Funeral home Rev. Warren H. Wilson will officiate, and burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Wednesday and until the hour of
the service.

Gallipolis Tribune
Feb. 17, 1959
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                               Top of Page


Von Phul, Rosalie Genevieve [Saugrain]

Under Three Flags
End of a Memorable Life Spent in St. Louis
(St. Louis Globe-Democrat, March 2.)
     Perfectly free from pain and all the attending pangs and sorrows of the death-bed, Mrs. Rosalie Genevieve Von Phul, yesterday morning at 4:30, as one who lies down to pleasant dreams, quietly passed away from a world in which her ninety years of existence had left her not a single enemy. Mrs. Von Phul had always expressed a wish that she would never be a burden to her family, a wish that was singularly fulfilled in that she retained the full faculties to the end, contributing by the sweetness of her disposition and her great charity to the pleasure of all with whom she came in contact. She had been suffering from no disease at the time of her death, and at 4 o'clock had arisen and walked across the room for a glass of water. The members of her family were unprepared, in spite of her advanced age, and were greatly shocked when on going to awaken her it was found that she was dead.
     The deceased was the relict of the late Henry Von Phul, to whom she was married in 1816, and who died in St. Louis on September 9, 1874, at an advanced age. He will be well remembered as one of the oldest and most prominent citizens. The funeral sermon was preached by Bishop Ryan, and the Exchange was draped in mourning for thirty days.
     Mrs. Von Phul was born in Lexington, Ky, June 22, 1797, and came to St. Louis, then a small village of a few hundred inhabitants, three years later. Her parents were Parisians, her mother, Genevieve Rosalie Mickan, marrying Dr. Antoine Saugrain, they coming to America in 1787, at the solicitation of Benjamin Franklin, Mrs. Von Phul enjoyed the distinction of living under the Spanish, French and American Governments and during the administration of every president of the United States.
     She had fifteen children, eight of whom still survive, the eldest, Mrs. this. N Taylor, of this city, being 65 years of age. The others are Mrs. Eliza Cooke, widow of Judge Wm. M. Cooke, at whose residence on Page avenue Mrs. Von Phul died; Mrs. Abraham T. Bird of Baton Rouge, La.; Henry and Frank Von Phul, of the same state; and Fred, Ben and Phil Von Phul, of St. Louis.
     The funeral will take place to-morrow at 10 o'clock at the Rock Church on Grand avenue, and the remains will be buried in Cavalry Cemetery.
     Mrs. Von Phul was the daughter of Dr. saurian, whose name is familiar to all old citizens of Gallipolis.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
March 8, 1887
Transcribed by Mary Kay Clark                                                                     Top of Page


Vonschriltz, Mary Ann (Marianne) [Davis]

OBITUARY
     Mrs. Mary Ann Vonschriltz, who died last Saturday morning, in her 37th. year, at her home in this city, was the daughter of Mr and Mrs. Thomas H. Davis. She was united in marriage to Mr. John Vonschriltz in Dec, 1878. In her death her husband and three daughters, Misses Emma, aged 15; Parney, aged 13 and Myrtie, age 11, are left to mourn the loss of a good wife and mother, whose sufferings for four years have been sorrowful and which called forth their best sympathy and kindest attentions. Everything possible was done for her with the greatest pleasure.
     In addition to her own family she left brothers, Thomas T. Davis of Perry; David Davis, of near Ewington and sisters, Mrs. David N. Jones of Cora; Mrs. David Rees of Patriot; Mrs. John B. Woods of Greenfield Township and Mrs. W. R. Tanner of this city.
     Her funeral services were conducted by Rev. B. F. Jackson, at her late home, this morning at 9 o'clock when Undertaker Wetherholt took charge of the remains and followed by several carriages of friends, conducted her burial at Hulbert Graveyard in Green Township.
     Mrs. Vonschriltz's case excited considerable interest and Sunday at 10 o'clock, Dr. L.C . Bean, her last physician, held a post mortem examination upon her remains, there being present her father, Dr. George Beau, of Rutland; Dr. D. A. Howell and Dr. John B. Alcorn. It was found that the hepatic duct leading from the liver to the intestines and which serves for carrying away the bile had become obstructed with a mucus plug and that was the cause of her death. An operation removing that, it is thought would have made her well again.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 29, 1895
Transcribed by F. K. Brown

Sad Bereavement
Death Invades the Home of Mr. Vonschriltz and Removes an Affectionate Wife
     Mrs. John Vonschriltz died at her home on Second street, Saturday morning, April 27. She had been confined to her bed just four weeks with liver trouble, from which she died. Although able to be around and attend to her children and household work, Mrs. Vonschriltz has been in poor health about four years, during which time she has been almost constantly under a physician’s care.
     Deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Davis, of Cora, at which place she was born, November 1, 1858. She was married to Mr. John Vonschriltz December 19, 1878, at the home of her parents. Nine years ago they removed to this city, Mr. Vonschriltz embarking in the grocery business.
     Mrs. Vonschriltz was a member of the Congregational church, and a lady held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. Besides a husband, she leaves four children, all girls, to mourn the loss of a kind and loving wife and mother.

Note: [Marriage License shows her name spelled Marianne].

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, May 1, 1895
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                   Top of Page

Vonschriltz, Mary Ann

     Mrs. Mary Ann Vonschriltz, died on Saturday morning last at her home in this city. She had been a great sufferer for a long time, and for weeks before her death was confined to her bed. Her husband and three daughters are are left to mourn. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Davis, of Cora, and was born November 4, 1858.

[Note: Buried in Hulbert Cemetery in Green Twp]

Gallipolis Bulletin
May 4, 1895
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Voreh, Elizabeth

Mrs. Voreh, 78, Died Saturday In Bidwell
     Mrs. Elizabeth Voreh, 78, widow of Joseph Voreh, died at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at her Bidwell home. She was a native of Austria and came to this country when she was 14 years old. Prior to coming to Gallia county many years ago, the family lived in West Virginia. Mr. Voreh died in 1957.
     Children surviving include five sons and four daughters, Stephen of Logan, W. Va., George of Gallipolis, Frankie of Florida, Walter and Mrs. Elizabeth Bartosh, both of New York City, Joe and Mrs. Helen Kendrick, both of Bidwell and Mrs. Josephine Bailey and Mrs. Anna Woolsey, both of Columbus. There are 32 grand and nine great-grandchildren.
     Rosary services will be read at 6:30 p.m. today at the Bidwell residence, and Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Louis Catholic church, with Rev. Father Adolph Golubiewski officiating. Burial will be in Vinton Memorial Park under direction of the McCoy Funeral home. Friends may call at the late residence in Bidwell.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, May 21, 1962
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron