Putnam County


Mrs. Francis Downey

The family of Francis Downey mourn the sad loss of a dear wife and mother. The summons came suddenly. On last Monday about 2 a.m., she got up during a thunderstorm and descending the stairs was found later at the foot of the stairs, having expired from heart disease.

It was a shock to all the friends. Jane Walsch was born near Manor Hamilton, County Leitrim, Ireland, Aug. 31, 1825. Her mother having departed this life, she and a brother and a younger sister were cared for by their grandfather and grandmother until they grew to womanhood and manhood. She was united in marriage to Francis Downey April 14, 1849, and in the following Jan., took passage for America. After arriving in America they located at Troy, New York, for several years, when they concluded they would come farther west and located at South Hampton, Illinois, afterward moving to Henry, Marshall co., where they lived until 1865, when they moved to their present home in Putnam county, 5 ½ miles southwest of Putnam village. To this union were born six boys and four girls, all of whom survive her, her death being the first to break the family circle, at the age of 73 years, 8 months, 14 days, having been married over 50 years.

At the age of 14 years she united with the Episcopal Church in the old country, and later in life, August 19, 1877 she united with the M. E. church at Putnam, Ill. There were remaining at home at the time of her death, the father, and one son. Her sister, Mrs. Thomas Crawford of Dana, Ill., survives her, bout on account of sickness was unable to attend the funeral, but the husband and two sons were present. Her brother, John Walsch, enlisted in the 11th cavalry in 1862 and died of a wound received in Tennessee.

The children had reached maturity and all married but two, and all respected and useful citizens. The sons are Henry, Norville, Durbin, J. Linn, Oliver and Marshall; the daughters, Mrs. J. M. Williams, Mrs. Lizzie Vail, Mrs. J. O. Winship and Mrs. George Wheeler.

The funeral was held at the M. E. church yesterday, Rev. Northrup officiating. His tribute of the deceased was beautifully expressed and impressive. The pallbearers were the six sons. Interment at Putnam cemetery.

Source: Henry Republican, 18 May 1902

Eliza (Robinson) Haggerty

We learn with sadness of the death of Eliza Haggerty, who died at Kansas City, Dec. 17. Her maiden name was Eliza Robinson, born and raised in Magnolia. She married James Henderson at Magnolia for her first husband, by whom four children survive, the father dying years ago in the west. She was afterwards married to a Mr. Haggerty, by whom she had one child, which also survives her. Mrs. Haggerty will be remembered by the Magnolia people as a winsome girl in her youth, who had many friends. After her first marriage she moved west, and had lived in a number of western states. She was buried at Kansas City.

Transcribed 13 Oct 2018 by Norma Hass from the Henry Republican, 07 Jan 1892, page 3.

Charlotte McCarty Philson

Wenona Index, Jan 16 1896: Mrs. Charlotte Philson died at the home of her son-in-law, William Grosscup, southwest of Wenona, Saturday night, January 11, 1896, aged 81 years. Mrs. Philson had been ailing for sometime. She was married to Mr. Philson September 1, 1835, and came from Ohio to Putnam county in 1846. The husband died in 1878. Mrs William Grosscup and Mrs. W. W. Champ, of near Lostant, are daughters. Funeral services were held Tuesday and interment took place at the Cumberland Cemetery.

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Thomas Philson

Died on Sunday morning, Aug. 4, 1878, at his home four miles west of Magnolia, Thomas Philson. Mr. Philson was a victim of that most fatal disease, diabetes. Toward the last the right side of the heart became fatally implicated. His lungs were in a diseased condition, and also his kidneys. Squire Philson, by the timely advice of Dr. Jeffries of his rapid and near approach to that terrible leap from which none ever return, was enabled to have his important business all satisfatorily arranged, and was prepared to meet his God. Squire Philson has been a man of influence in Putnam County, and will be missd by many. The Squire has held all the offices of important trust within the gift of the people of the county, and discharged the duties with much credit to himself and his constituents. He leaves a host of friends, and a large circle of relatives to mourn his loss. His remains were interred in the Myer's burying ground on Monday.

[Note: "Squire" was used for people who had served as Justice of the Peace.]

He left no will and his estate went through probate. William Grosscup was administrater. He sold some of the family land on Mar 20, 1880, at a public auction located at the dwelling house which was located at the west half of SE quarter of section 28 in Township 31 North in Range 1, east of the third prime meridian in Lasalle Co., Ill. to Edward Phillips, who paid $100.00 for "the east half of 22 acres of the South end of the west half of NE quarter of Section 4 in Township 30 North in Range 1 west of the 3rd principal meridian in Marshall Co., Ill." There were no adequate bidders for the "west half of the SE quarter of Section 28 in Township 31 north, range 1 east of the 3rd prime meridian." He also did an appraisal of the family properties and furnishings, which were estimated to be worth $725.00 plus $165.00 of furnishings, etc. There were liabilities of $4,315.28 listed against assets of $3,518.31 for a deficit of $796.97. The following signed papers to settle the estated: Charlotte Philson, Mary Champ, John W. Philson, Alizanna Philson, Isabelle Grosscup, Alexander Philson and Lydia Newby.

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Henry News Republican August 8, 1878
Died in Magnolia township, August 6, of diabetes, Thomas Philson, aged 68 years.
Thomas Philson was buried on Monday in Magnolia township. He was an old settler, an industrious and prosperous farmer, and a prominent citizen. We know of no one in his section of kindlier disposition, and for sterling honesty and manly qualities few excelled him. For many years he worked at carpentering, and was regarded as one of the best mechanics in the vicinity, and for Lyman Horrom alone, who was a neighbor of his for some years, he done over $3000 worth of work. He was elected sheriff of Putnam county for one term, and in town offices he held nearly all from supervisor down. For the past year he has suffered with that debilitating disorder diabetis, which has confined him to the house a greater part of the time for the past four months, and with some affection of the heart culminated in his death. His funeral was largely attended, attesting that a good man has gone to his long home.

Son of Robert & Judith (Lowry) Philson
Spouse of Charlotte Ellen McCarthy
Mary PHILSON 1838 - 1920
Alizanna PHILSON 1840 - 1883
Isabelle PHILSON 1841 - 1911
John William PHILSON 1843 - 1912
Alexander Hayse PHILSON 1846 - 1904
Lydia Jane PHILSON 1846 – 1899

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b. May 27, 1913, Spring Valley, IL
d. April 16, 1989, Hennepin, IL age 75 yrs.

Mrs. Beatrice Podobinski, 75 of Hennepin, died April 16, at Heartland Health Care Center where she had been a patient for one month. Services were Wednesday from Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley with a mass at St. Patrick's church Hennepin. The Rev. John Kwak officiated. Burial was in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Hennepin. She was born in Spring Valley May 27, 1913, to Alec and Marie O'Byrne Kinkin. She married Paul Podobinski June 8, 1932 in Chicago. He preceded her in death in 1981. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Walter (Kathleen) Mecozzi of Princeton; Mrs. Alex (Carole) Rolando and Mrs. Paula Colby, both of Hennepin; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four sisters Mrs. James M. (Marie) Coutts and Mrs. Irene Kachinovas, both of Spring Valley, Mrs. Ernest (Lillian) Foley in California and Mrs. Elmer (Mickey) Dobberstein of Peru; one brother, Theodore DeSerf of Texas. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church of Hennepin.

Submitted by Denise Parsons McHenry, IL


b. December 28, 1904, Spring Valley, Bureau, IL
d. November 15, 1981, Hennepin, Putnam, IL age 76 yrs

Paul Podobinski, 76 of Rt. 1 Hennepin, died in St. Margaret's hospital at 4:05 p.m. Sunday Nov. 15. He had been a hospital patient eight weeks and ill three years. Funeral services were at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the Barto Funeral home and 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's church, Hennepin. The Rev. J. Kwak officiated at the Mass. Burial was in St. Anthony's Cem. in Hennepin. Mr. Podobinski was born in Spring Valley December 28, 1904, to John and Amelia Podobinski. He married Beatrice Kinkin, June 8, 1932, in Chicago. Mr. Podobinski was an iron worker and a member of Iron Workers Local 386 of LaSalle. Surviving are his wife: three daughters, Mrs. Walter (Pauline) Mecozzi of Sterling, Mrs. Paula Colby of Hennepin and Mrs. Alex (Carole) Rolando of Hennepin; 11 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two brothers, Stanley of Spring Valley and Henry of Glesburg and two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Goodrick of Spring Valley and Mrs. Marie Tapp of Texas. He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Submitted by Denise Parsons McHenry, IL

Mary E. (Funk) Ryan

Mrs. Mary E. Ryan, youngest daughter of Joseph and Margaret Funk, was born in Putnam county, Ill., Jan 21, 1856, and died at her home near Tonica, Dec. 26, 1891, aged 25 years, 11 months and 5 days. Her early life was passed at Oxbow, Putnam cmount, until her marriage, Jan. 8, 1879, to Amos Ryan, since which time her home has been near Tonica. One child, little Johnny, and the bereaved husband are left to mourn the loss of wife and mother. The aged father, three brothers and two sisters also survive her.

Transcribed 13 Oct 2018 by Norma Hass from the Henry Republican, 07 Jan 1892, page 3.

Byron W. Watson

Dr. Watson, a resident of Putnam, died suddenly Saturday evening. He had been out on the street that day, but after he reached his residence he complained of illness, and died during the evening.

Dr. Byron Wesley Watson was born at Dunkard, Greene county, Pa. in 1818, and died at Putnam, Ill., Jan. 23, 1897, aged 78 years 5 months and 3 days. To him were born four children; one son deceased years ago. The other resides at Washburn, his state. The two daughters are married and reside in South Dakota. There are five grandchildren.

Dr. Watson practiced as a physician for over 50 years. He was a man of extensive information and highly educated, of engaging manners and pleasing address. He had had three wives, his last one being Mrs. M. Johnson of Putnam, a very worthy lady, with whom he had lived happily, being a loving and affectionate husband and father, as those assert who knew him best. Our knowledge of his life is meagre, and as nothing has been furnished, this sketch is somewhat brief. The funeral was conducted by Rev. D. McLeish of Henry at the residence on Tuesday last at one p.m., and burial at Putnam cemetery.

Transcribed 13 Oct 2018 by Norma Hass from the Henry Republican, 28 Jan 1897, page 2.

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