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William Pixley
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Birth: Dec. 7, 1793
Cayuga County
New York, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1876
Wabash County
Illinois, USA

Obituary of William Pixley
Born December 7, 1793
Died December 7, 1876
Age 83


(Probably taken from the weekly newspaper the Mount Carmel Register in Wabash County, Illinois)


One by one the old inhabitants are leaving us. The time is fast approaching when it will be impossible to find one of those who have endured the hardships of a pioneer life. The last of those whom we have to record among the dead is William Pixley. He died on Thursday, December 7, 1876, his birthday, at the advanced age of eighty-three.

Mr. Pixley was born in Aurora, Cayuga County, New York, on December 7, 1793, and emigrated to this state [Illinois] in 1816. His father first settled on the farm now owned by Mr. Younken, and was the third family who settled what is now known as Friendsville.

On December 21, 1820, he was married to Miss Laura White, and soon after moved upon the farm where he died. He was endowed with intelligence above the average allotted to man, and was possessed of a superior memory to a majority of mankind. Often has the writer of this been entertained by his recitals of early life and the graphic and entertaining manner in which it was told. He was, with the exception of the last three months, unusually active, both physically and mentally, for a man of his age. He resided on Barney's Prairie for sixty years, and I feel confident that he has not an enemy living, nor could a person be found who would speak ill of him. He raised a large family, most of whom are living, and the loss to them of a parent is not often more severely felt.

Mr. Pixley was a veteran survivor of the War of 1812 and one of the early settlers of Wabash County, Illinois.


Note: William Pixley was the son of Job Pixley (1759-1834)and Parthena (Patchen) Pixley (1769-1822).

Family records indicate that William Pixley and Laura White were married at Friendsville, but there is no record of the marriage in Edwards County.

While residing in the Cincinnati area, William enlisted as a private in Captain Joseph Carpenter's Company of Ohio Militia. He served from September 4, 1813, to March 17, 1814. On June 3, 1871, he applied for a military pension, and it was granted. On July 25, 1878, Laura Pixley applied for a pension, based on William's service, and it was also granted.

William and Laura Pixley were the parents of 12 children, nine of whom lived to adulthood (6 boys and 3 girls). Five of these sons served in the Civil War, and one son, John Pixley, died in that war in Georgia. Another son died before 1895. At the time of Laura Pixley's death in 1895, seven children were living (4 boys and 3 girls).

Of the 12 children of William and Laura Pixley, the following names are known, with dates as accurate as we now know them:

Elizabeth Pixley 1821 1905
Osman Pixley 1823 1826
Job Pixley 1824 1907
Abigail Pixley 1826 1900
Isaac Pixley 1828 1878
John Pixley 1829 1864
George Willis Pixley 1831 1908
Francis Pixley 1835 1905
Edward Pixley 1837 1905
Mary Ellen Pixley 1844
Edgar Pixley 1859 - 1914
Unknown Pixley (died young)
Family links: 
  Job Pixley (1759 - 1834)
  Parthena Patchen Pixley (1770 - ____)
  Laura White Pixley (1799 - 1895)*
  Abigail (Pixley) Armstrong (1827 - 1900)*
  John Pixley (1829 - 1864)*
  Isaac Pixley (1829 - 1878)*
  Mary Ellen Pixley Shoaff (1844 - 1921)*
  William Pixley (1793 - 1876)
  Asa Pixley (1805 - 1883)*
*Calculated relationship
Friendsville Cemetery
Wabash County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: Blytha & Donald Ellis
Originally Created by: Pat & Larry
Record added: Sep 13, 2010
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William Pixley
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