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 James Robert Busby

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James Robert Busby

  • Birth 30 Nov 1851 Rosamond, Christian County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 13 Feb 1926 Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Block 12, Lot 197, Site 9
  • Memorial ID 36733140

James R. Busby's father was born in Pennsylvania and mother in Kentucky. He was a farmer, carpenter, and grocer.

In the 1880 census, James R., age 25, was a farmer and was living with his grandmother, Susan Busby, age 84.

Obituary of James Robert Busby husband of Mary Oller printed in the Daily Breeze Newspaper in Taylorville, Illinois in February 1926.


James Robert Busby, 74, well known resident of this city, died at 5:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at his home, 805 West Adams Street. His death resulted from bowel trouble. He had been in poor health for some time but had been confined to his bed only three weeks.

Mr. Busby was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Madison Busby. He was born in Shelby County, November 30, 1851. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary M. Oller in this city on September 12, 1880. Following their marriage they resided on a farm in Shelby County. About 35 years ago they sold their farm home and removed to this city, where Mr. Busby engaged in the grocery business in the building now occupied by the Mity Nice Bakery. He retired about 20 years ago.

Mr. Busby was a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, attending regularly until his illness prevented. His kind and jovial disposition made him a friend of all who knew him. Not being blessed with any children of their own, Mr. and Mrs. Busby took several children into their home and cared for them with the thoughtfulness and love of true parents, until a home was secured for them.

They reared three foster children from infancy, a foster daughter, Mrs. Wallace Price, who passed away a few years ago and two foster sons, Guy Oller of this city and Dean Lee of Granite City, who survive. Mrs. Busby preceded her husband in death January 5, 1926.

Mr. Busby is also survived by the following half sisters and half brothers; Mrs. E. N. Barnes, Greenwood Township; Miss Ellen Busby, Greenwood Township; Mrs. Brennan, Wichita, Kansas; Perry Busby, Minneapolis, Minnesota; John Busby, California; Frank Busby, Kansas and Milo and Otto Busby both of Greenwood Township.

The funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon at the Methodist Church. The Rev. Ernest J. Campbell officiated. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Note: The Guy Oller mentioned above was their nephew, son of Charles C. Oller.

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  • Created by: Willis Oller
  • Added: 4 May 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 36733140
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Robert Busby (30 Nov 1851–13 Feb 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 36733140, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, Christian County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Willis Oller (contributor 47014310) .