See separate file for James B. Shuck (1839-1903) .
=================================================================== Elsberry Democrat Elsberry, Missouri, Friday, December 28, 1928 Vol. XXIX, No. 44, Page 1 ----------- PIONEER DIES CHRISTMAS DAY ----------- Cornelius Shuck Passes Away at Ripe Old Age of Eighty-Eight ----------- Cornelius Shuck, for sixty or seventy years a resident of the community around Dameron, died rather suddenly Christmas day at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Overall, west of Winfield, from the infirmities of old age. He was in his eighty-ninth year. While he had been in declining health for two or three years, he was as well as usual last Thursday, partaking of a hearty dinner. He became ill during the late afternoon and passed away Tuesday morning, when the world in general was celebrating the birth of our Savior. The body was brought to Elsberry Wednesday morning. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church here, conducted by Rev. A. W. Darter, of Winfield, assisted by Rev. B. D. Sipple, local pastor, after which the burial took place in Elsberry cemetery. Cornelius Shuck was the son of Levi and Eliza Shuck and was born in Kentucky June 30, 1840. Early in life he came to Missouri and settled in the vicinity of Smith Chapel, and the greater part of his long life was spent in that community. On April 17, 1866, he was married to Miss Ellen A. Smith. Seven daughters and two sons were born of this union. Three of these survive him. They are: Mrs. Mollie Overall, Mrs. Carrie Parks and Levi. The wife and other children preceded the father to the grave many years ago. In addition to the three children, he is susvived by one brother and one sister, Wm. Shuck and Mrs. Belle Smith, of Elsberry, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Many years ago he united with Smith Chapel M. E. church and remained an active member there for years. Later he transferred his membership to Elsberry. Following the tragic death of an unmarried daughter at Dameron a few years ago, he moved to Elsberry, and later to the home of a married daughter near Winfield. Many friends from the community in which he lived the past few years drove to Elsberry Wednesday to attend the funeral and burial. --------------------------------------- No known obituary of Ellen Agnes Smith Shuck, wife of Cornelius. She died 1885 and no newspapers of that time apparently survive. =================================================================== (Have not yet transcribed obit. for William Shuck, died September 11, 1931.) ------------------------------------------------------ Obituary for Mrs. Wm. Shuck (1846-1923) The Elsberry Democrat, Elsberry, Missouri, Friday, January 19, 1923. DEATH CLAIMS MRS. Wm. SHUCK Elsberry Woman Passes Away Following Illness of Many Months Mrs. Wm. SHUCK, whose critical illness was noted last week, passed away Saturday night about 10 o'clock and was buried Monday, after funeral services at Oak Ridge church, in the nearby cemetery. Margaret Elizabeth Frances, daughter of Reuben Wyatt and Mary Frances LYON GRAVES, was born in Albemarle County, Va., January 22, 1846, and died in Elsberry January 13, 1923, at the age of 76 years, 11 months, and 22 days. She came to Missouri about 1858 with her parents, who settled on a farm six or seven miles north of Elsberry, afterward buying a nearby farm which eventually passed into her hands, she being the only surviving member of the family. She was one of six children, four of whom with their father, died within a few weeks, in 1863, of scarlet fever. One brother, Reuben James, attained manhood and died in 1869. Her mother's second marriage was to John F. HUCKSTEP. Both died about two weeks apart in 1889. On April 2, 1863, occurred the marriage of Miss GRAVES and Wm. SHUCK and to this union six children were born, as follows: William Lee, Robert Fletcher, Sterling Price, and Selser Price, twins, Birdie Frances, now Mrs. Jas. SIMPSON, and Mary Isabella. The latter died at the age of five years and Selser Price died in mere infancy. The aged husband and the three sons and one daughter mourn the departure of a dear wife and a precious mother. There are also left to cherish the memory of a devoted grandmother the following grandchildren: R. N. STONEWALL, Margaret, Mable, Myrtle, and Ruby Tom OMOHUNDRO, J. T., Robert, Mary, Arthur, and Jesse SHUCK and Mrs. Velma SHUCK PHOEBUS; and two great-grandchildren, beside a host of other relatives and friends who will mourn her passing. Early in life Mrs. SHUCK united with the Methodist church and was a faithful attendant at Smith Chapel so long as her health permitted her to attend services. She lived an earnest Christian life and was rewarded in seeing her children follow her counsel and example. Hers was an utterly unselfish nature and even in her last illness when her sufferings were at times intense, she patiently endured them and planned for the comfort of others. About twenty years ago she moved to Elsberry with her husband and had been a semi-invalid for most of that time. When stricken about a week before her death her condition became at once dangerous and her children were summoned to her side. She rallied for a day or so, but was too frail to long resist the course of disease which had laid hold of her. Funeral services were held Monday at 11 o'clock at Oak Ridge church and interment was made in the adjoining cemetery. Rev. J. W. TANQUARY, pastor of Elsberry and Smith Chapel churches, officiated, assisted by Rev. F. J. YOKLEY, pastor of the Christian church. The following near relatives acted as pall bearers: C. C., Lee and J. W. BROWN, Rush WATTS, and H. T. and F. L. PALMER. ========================================================================= Elsberry Democrat Elsberry, Missouri, Friday, July 27, 1928 Vol. XXIX, No. 22, Page 1 ----------- Aged Woman Passes Away. ----------- Mrs. Elizabeth Reneau, aged 81 years, died at home of her son, Lee Brown, near Dameron, last Friday and was buried in Oak Ridge cemetery Sunday afternoon, following services in the church, Rev. J. S. Eames, her pastor, officiating. Elizabeth Shuck was the fourth child in a family of ten children born to Levi and Eliza Kitson Shuck and grew to young womanhood on her father's farm in North Lincoln county. She was married April 5, 1864 to William Brown, of Aberdeen Turpin neighborhood, Pike county. Five children were born to them, Joseph W., Lee, Ada Belle (Mrs. Ada Davis, Charles C. and Willie, all of whom are living with exception of the last named, who died February 26, 1912. The husband and father fell a victim to cholera, during the worst epedemic ever known in this section, and the widow and small children, some of them ill, were removed to the home of Mrs. Brown's parents, where they made their home for about ten years, or until her second marriage, when she became the wife of Richard Stewart. His life was cut short by an accident while he was working on the farm. After death of her parents, the twice-widowed woman went to home of her son, Lee, near Dameron, and to this place came "Uncle Billy" Reneau, who not only won hearts of the people in the community, but won for a wife Mrs. Elizabeth Brown- Stewart. Mr. Reneau died June 3, 1917, attended through his last years by his devoted wife and her two grandsons, Russell and Harry Brown, the latter having made his home with the from age of two years, at time of his mother's death. In August, 1926, Mrs. Reneau suffered a fall, from which she never fully recovered, and the two grandsons nursed her for months, returning the devotion she had shown them. Russell died in 1927 and that year she again was moved to home of her son, Lee, where she passed her last days. She is survived by the four children named above, besides 21 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Belle Smith, and two brothers, William and Cornelius Shuck. The venerable woman was a charter member of Elsberry Baptist church, having made the Christian's confession and obeyed the rites of baptism at Smith Chapel, when it was used jointly by Methodist and Baptist congregations. Through her long and useful life she was ever devoted to church activities, a lover of all that pertained to the benefit of humanity. -------------------------------------------- William "Uncle Billy" Reneau died 3 June 1917 and is buried next to Lizzie at Oak Ridge. Obituary search pending. William Montjoy Brown died 5 August 1873 and is buried at a family cemetery near Clopton School, Lincoln Co., Missouri. Richard Stewart died in a farm accident; no further information. =================================================================== Elsberry Democrat Elsberry, Missouri, Friday, September 22, 1922 Vol. XXIII No. 29, Page 1 ----------- Death of Mrs. D. R. Watts ----------- Mrs. Daniel R. Watts passed away last Saturday evening, after an illness of short duration, at the age of 73 years. Mrs. Watts during the last two years of her life had begun to feel the weight of her years, but was confined to her bed less than two weeks, and was in town only a few days before stricken with her final illness. Funeral services were conducted at Smith Chapel M. E. church Monday morning at 11 o'clock and interment was made in the Clarksville cemetery. Mary Shuck Watts was a native of Lincoln county and was born near Sledd on September 8, 1849. She died September 16, 1922, at the age of 73 years and 8 days. On November 29, 1870, she was married to Daniel R. Watts, by whom she is survived. There are also left to mourn her loss one daughter, Mrs. Addie L. Patton, and three sons, John Fulton, Oten Clay and Claude Rush, besides eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Reneau, of Dameron, and Mrs. G. W. Smith, of this city, and two brothers, William and Cornelius Shuck, of this city. Mrs. Watts united with the Methodist church in early life and lived a consistent Christian life from that day until her death. She was devoted to her family, home and friends, and has been spoken of by one who lived her as "the best neighbor anyone ever had." Truly a good woman has gone to her reward. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. W. Tanquary, assisted by Rev. B. Marvin Harris, of Paynesville, in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends. -------------------------------------------- Elsberry Democrat Elsberry, Missouri, Friday, May 27, 1927 Vol. XXVIII No. 13, Page 1 ----------- KILLED BY RUNAWAY HORSES ----------- Daniel Watts Meets Instant Death in Trying to Stop Team. ----------- Daniel R. Watts, 83 years old and one of the most substantial farmers and stockmen in this section of the county, was instantly killed about 8 o'clock Thursday morning when he attempted to stop a runaway team along the highway near the home of Louis Watts, a neighbor. Mr. Watts lived near the Smith school house, some nine miles north- west of Elsberry, His son, Rush, and John Dickerman, a farm hand, were engaged in hauling rails on what is more familiarly known as the "Jamison place, for years owned by Mr. Watts. The wagon was about half loaded when the team became frightened and ran away. Reaching the highway the horses ran down the school house road at breakneck speed. Mr. Watts, who was in a field south of the school house, observed the runaways, climbed over the fence and ran out in the middle of the road and endeavored to stop the frightened animals. He was struck either by the end of the wagon tongue or neck- yoke and buried a distance of ten or twelve feet with such ciolence that he was killed instantly. As the tragedy occurred along the road near the home of Louis Watts, Mr. and Mrs. Watts and Tom Calman witnessed it. Dr. Keeling was hurriedly summoned to view the body, after which is was removed a short distance to his late home. Mr. Watts was regarded as one of the most successful farmers and stockmen in northern Lincoln. He was a large land-owner and his industry was largely responsible for his tragic death. His wife preceded him in death a few years ago. He is survived by three sons, John F., of Elsberry, and Oten and Rush, at home, and one daughter, Mrs. Addie Patton, north of town. He was a brother of A. L. Watts, west of town, L. C. Watts, of Annada neighborhood, and Mrs. Eliza Sanders, north of New Hope. =================================================================== Obituary for Mrs. Belle Smith (1863-1934) The Elsberry Democrat, Elsberry, Missouri, February 16, 1934. Obituary of Mrs. Belle SMITH Mrs. Belle SMITH, widow of the late George W. SMITH, died Tuesday morning, following a brief illness, at home of her daughter, Mrs. E. C. FINES. Her death followed an attack of pneumonia which her frail constitution was powerless to overcome. Funeral services were held in Elsberry Baptist church at 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, conducted by her pastor, Rev. L. D. GREGORY, and interment was made in Oak Ridge cemetery. Sarah Isabelle SHUCK SMITH, daughter of Levi and Eliza SHUCK, was born January 5, 1863, near Sledd, Pike County, Missouri, and departed this life February 13, 1934, at home of her daughter, Mrs. Pearl FINES, with whom she made her home for the previous four years. She was 71 years, 1 month and 8 days old. Mrs. SMITH was the youngest of ten children, all of whom have preceded her to the grave. Early in life she confessed her faith in her Savior and became a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she faithfully attended as long as her health permitted. She was married December 2, 1880, by Rev. METHEENY, to George W. SMITH, who departed this life March 25, 1925. To this union were born five children: Fred, of Quincy, Ill.; Maggie NORTON, of Aberdeen; Pearl FINES, of Elsberry; Elsie UPTEGROVE, who departed this life June 5, 1924, and one daughter who died in infancy. Se also reared two grandchildren as her own; Harry SMITH of Hannibal and Viola VALLIER of Sparta, Ill. Besides these she leaves 12 other grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren to mourn her passing. Mrs. SMITH was held in high esteem among her friends and relatives and in addition to her immediate family she leaves other relatives and a host of friends who are grieved over her passing. --------------------------------------------------------- [George Washington Smith (1858-1925)] Elsberry Democrat Elsberry, Missouri Friday, April 3, 1925 Vol XXVI, No. 5 PARALYSIS KILLS G. W. SMITH ---------- Death Relieves Patient Sufferer Fol- lowing Years of Invalidism. ---------- Following several years of impair- ed health, George W. Smith, aged 67 years, died last Friday. Funeral services were held at Oak Ridge church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock and interment was made in the church cemetery. Mr. Smith had suffered from rheumatism for a long time and a year or two ago had several light strokes of paralysis. About three weeks ago he was again stricken and failed to rally from the last attack. George W. Smith was the son of James and Mary Smith and was born in St. Louis county March 14, 1858, dying March 28, 1925, at the age of 67 years and 13 days. At time of his death he was residing at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Brown, in southern Pike county. On December 2, 1880 he was united in marriage with Sarah Isabel Shuck, by whom he is survived. Five chil- dren were born to them. One died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Thos. Uptegrove, preceded her father to the Great Beyond less than a year ago on June 5, 1924. Early in life Mr. Smith united with with [sic] the Baptist church at Ebenezer, during the pastorate of Rev. Jno. Robenett. He later united with the Methodist church. Besides the widow there are left to mourn his departure three children, Fred R. Smith, residing in the state of California, Mrs. Gene Norton and Mrs. Everett Fines, or near Elsberry, fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. All the grand- children were present at the burial except Harry Smith, who is ill in a St. Louis hospital. Mr. Smith's aged mother, past 92 years of age, is also living, and there are three sisters and three brothers surviving, in addition to a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted in the presence of a large gathering of frinds [sic] and neighbors at Oak Ridge church on Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. S. Eames, of Olney, officiating. =========================================================================