|Birth: ||Oct. 21, 1835|
|Death: ||Jun. 22, 1914|
A resident of Page County, Virginia before moving to Illinois, the obit as it appeared in the home paper back in Virginia:
Page News & Courier, Friday 9 Jul 1915
Death of Former Page Resident
Douglas Aleshire, son of Col. Jonas Aleshire, the surveyor of the New Market and Sperryville Turnpike, and a former resident of Page county, died at his home at Plymouth, Ill, June 23, 1915, aged 84 years. He was born in Page where he lived until he was 17 years old, moving West with his father and family. The following account of the life of the deceased is taken from The Carthage (Ill.) Republican:
"Douglas Aleshire, son of Colonel Jonas and Mary Brannan Aleshire, was born in Luray, Page County, Virginia, October 21st, 1835.
He was the eldest of a family of nine children, all having preceded him to the great beyond except two sisters, Mrs. Ellen Clark, of Chadron, Neb., and Mrs. Rose Sanford, of Independence, Kas.
He received his education in the public schools of Luray, attending the university at New Market.
When he was seventeen years of age, his father realized the opportunities the west afforded, took his family and started thither, settling in St. Mary's township, Hancock county, Illinois. Here the boy, Douglas helped his father establish a home, remaining with him about two years, when he set about establishing a business for himself. He went to St. Louis, Mo., and entered the employ of the Missouri Pacific railway attaining the office of general receiver of the company at the age of 22. While in the employ of the railroad he was conductor on the train that figured in the Gasconade bridge accident of 1855, he being on a rear coach luckily escaped unhurt. He was perhaps the only survivor of the tragedy at the time of his death.
On March 1st, 1860, he was united in marriage to Miss Matilda Beavers, daughter of Captain Jas. Beavers, one of the pioneer settlers of Hancock county. They builded their home on Section 18, St Marys township, and here they lived for forty years. It was here they reared with pride their family, seven sons and three daughters… In 1900 they moved to Plymouth, Ill., and here on Feb. 1st, 1912, the loving companion was called home to join the three daughters who had been called to their heavenly home. The seven sons, George, of Carthage, Ill., Charles, Benton Edgar, John, William and Horace, with their wives, twenty grandchildren and two great grandchildren and the two sisters are left to mourn the loss…
… He was a practical surveyor and loved his compass and his work. Many years ago he took up the insurance business which he ably carried on and as the sons grew to manhood one by one they joined their father in his business until the firm name of D. Aleshire & Sons became known all over Western Illinois…
On Dec. 20th, 1909, he suffered a stroke of paralysis from which he never fully recovered until God in His infinite wisdom called him on June 23d, 1915, to come up higher and join his loved ones.
The funeral services were held at the home Friday morning, June 25, at 9:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. Bertie Taylor, of Bowen, Ill., after which the remains were tenderly laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant cemetery."
George Edward Aleshire (1862 - 1917)*
Edgar Aleshire (1867 - 1954)*
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
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Record added: Oct 27, 2010
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