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 Matthew Adams

Matthew Adams

Boone County, Kentucky, USA
Death 13 Jun 1903 (aged 81)
Saybrook, McLean County, Illinois, USA
Burial Saybrook, McLean County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 47225365 · View Source
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The Saybrook Gazette, June 13, 1903



Matthew Adams died at his home on South Washington street in this city last Saturday evening at 7 o'clock after a prolonged illness. His condition had been critical for several weeks and he was unable to take any nourishment for several days prior to his demise. As a consequence he grew steadily weaker until death finally relieved him from his suffering.

The deceased was born in Boone county, Kentucky May 12, 1827, in the shadow of a large hill over which the sun just peeped at noontide. His father's name was Matthew Adams and his mother's maiden name was Jane Black. His mother died during his infancy and he moved with his father when seven years of age to a farm near Pleasant Hill in this county. One June 14, 1849, he was united in marriage to his now sorrowing widow, Miss Matilda Henline, the daughter of George and Marguerite Henline, at her home near Cooksville, a little hamlet located four miles west of Colfax.

After their marriage they moved to a farm near Pleasant Hill, where they spent the twenty years following.

During the early part of the life of the deceased McLean county was a vast wilderness and he saw and endured all the hardships that come into the life of a pioneer. In his childhood days his parents were compelled to pound corn between stones in order to obtain meal and hominy, and later, during the early part of his married life wolves would chase geese in his front yard and kill sheep in his pasture.

During his early married life he and his sorrowing wife often came to Saybrook to attend camp meetings. There were no roads to mark the way in those days and they would strike across the prairie for the timber.

Mr. Adams moved with his wife to this city September 19, 1869, and located in a house where Prof. Prowdley's residence now stands. The Lake Erie railroad was being constructed through town at that time and the deceased often earned $4 per day with his team. Rents were high in those days and Mr. Adams was unable to procure a four-room house for $17.00 per month.

Besides his sorrowing widow, five children are left to mourn his demise, viz., Tempie Vercheval, of Harper, Iowa; George M. of Bloomington; Dawson and Eric, of Tipton, Indiana, and Mrs. W. O. Perry of Bloomington. Clara, died at the age of seventeen.

During his many years' residence in Saybrook the deceased was surrounded by many warm friends who are now in sorrow at his demise and who have deep sympathy for the stricken children and relatives. By his death the widow loses a faithful husband, the children a good father and the village a good citizen. May the kind Father guard the spirit of the departed through all eternity, is the prayer of all.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Monday afternoon, Rev. Calhoun being in charge. The remains were laid to rest in the South cemetery (AKA Riverside Cemetery).

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Matthew Adams (12 May 1822–13 Jun 1903), Find A Grave Memorial no. 47225365, citing Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, McLean County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Gennaphyr (contributor 47698254) .