Friday, May 24, 2013

Funeral Card Friday - Eda M. Sanders Hawk

Eda Myrtle Sanders Hawk, wife of John I. Hawk, died 30 June 1972 and is buried in Long Point Cemetery, south of Niantic, Illinois.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Census Sunday: William M Whiteside Family 1910

Lots of information about a family can be verified or discovered by looking at the census document.
In 1910, William M and Hattie Davis Whiteside were living in Niantic Township. William was older than Hattie and she had seven children, all of whom were living. Six children were still living at home and their ages are listed. (Their eldest daughter, Bernie, was already married.) William is a farmer who was born in Illinois and rents his farm.  He is 44 and Hattie is 39. They've been married 21 years (that makes 1889 the year of their marriage, so records can be found.)  Hattie would have been 18.   Their neighbors are listed, too.  The next thing to do is look at 1920! 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Dile Whiteside

Uncle Dile and Aunt Pearl Whiteside

Dile was the fourth child born to William and Hattie Whiteside.  He first married Edna Hartwig in about 1920. In February, 1924,  a newspaper article in the Decatur Review explains how Mrs. Whiteside ran away to California with George E. Wade, a laundry man, who had four kids. 

When we were young, we visited my grandmother Leva's brother,  Uncle Dile and Aunt Pearl in their East Olive home. I had no idea he had been married before, or that his first wife had left him. Imagine my surprise when I found the newspaper article!  



By 1930, Dile Whiteside was boarding with Pearl Bloir at 1148 East Olive Street, who had a son Howard Bloir who was 27 and working as a checker at a lumber mill. Pearl was about 44 and was divorced from Greeley Bloir.  Dile was 36 and divorced as well.  He was a laborer at a foundry and a veteran of WW I.  

It wasn't too long until Pearl and Dile married and they continued to live in the Olive street home.

Obituary - Dile Whiteside

Dial* Whiteside, 56, of 1148 E. Olive St., died at 7:07 p.m. Tuesday after an illness of about eight months.

Mr. Whiteside, a resident of Decatur for about 40 years, retired in April after 35 years with the Wagner Castings Co.

He was born Oct. 5, 1895 in Niantic, a son of William and Hattie Davis Whiteside. He married Pearl Ryder, Aug. 2, 1929, in Decatur.

Mr. Whiteside was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Boiling Springs church of God.

He leaves his wife; sisters, Mrs. Burnie (Bernie) Mosley, Niantic, Mrs. Amelia Snelson, Decatur, and Mrs. Leva Hawk, Mechanicsburg; and a brother, Johnny, Niantic. Two brothers preceded him in death.

The body was taken to the J. J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in North Fork Cemetery. Other arrangements are incomplete.

Decatur Herald & Review, Nov.1, 1961, page 22.

*While his name is spelled various ways, Dile spelled it "Dile" as can be seen on his signature on the Draft Card above. 

Obituary - Pearl Ryder Bloir Whiteside

Mrs. Whiteside

Funeral services for Mrs. Dial (Perela) Whiteside will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the J. J. Moran & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in North Fork Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Whiteside, 82, of 1148 E. Olive St. was dead on arrival at Decatur and Macon County Hospital at 10:47 a.m. Friday. She had been in failing health for two years.

Mrs. Whiteside was born March 9, 1885, in Macon County, a daughter of James and Melvina Cameron Ryder. She had been a lifelong resident of the area.

She was a member of the Boiling Springs Church of God.

She married Dial Whiteside in 1926 (actually 1929) in Springfield. He died Oct. 31, 1961.

Mrs. Whiteside leaves two brothers, Jack Ryder of Decatur and Homer Ryder of Irving, Tex.; two sisters, Mrs. Wesley (Helen) Trimmer and Mrs. Verna Spencer, both of Decatur.

Decatur Herald & Review, Sep 10, 1967, page 15

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Sibling Saturday!--Sarah Whiteside Scott -


Sarah Whiteside Scott was a sister to Samuel W. Whiteside.


Mrs. Sarah Scott  Dies At Age 91!

 Formerly Lived Near Mt. Auburn, Blue Mound.

Mrs. Sarah Scott widow of Joseph M. Scott died at 4 o'clock Thursday morning at the home of her son W H Scott 438 West Wood street. She was ninety-one years old Dec. 14 (1927). Her death was due to infirmities of age.

Mrs. Scott was born m Madison county. Dee 14. 1836. and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William M. Whiteside, pioneer settlers of Madison county. After her marriage she and her husband resided on a farm near Mt. Auburn for twenty-seven years . They then moved to Blue Mound where they resided for sixteen years. She was a member of the Christian church of Blue Mound. Mr. Scott died there seven years ago and since then she has made her home with her daughters at Blue Mound and her son in Decatur.

She is survived by four children: Mrs. Alice Crow and Mrs. Mary Davidson of Blue Mound, Mrs. Minnie Davidson of Dorchester, Neb., and W H Scott of Decatur. She also leaves a brother, Samuel Whiteside of Niantic. There are fifteen grand-children and eleven great grand-children. The body was taken to  Dawson & Wikoff, funeral directors. and prepared for burial. The funeral will be held at 11 o'clock Saturday forenoon at the Christian church in Blue Mound. The burial will be in the Hall cemetery.
 Decatur Review, Dec 29, 1927

Thursday, May 2, 2013

He was 78; She's 41
Divorce Granted in Macon County, Illinois
in Judge Whitfield's Court

Samuel W Whiteside married his second wife, Sarah Jane Hedrick Mosely in 1895. Sarah was the mother-in-law of his eldest granddaughter, Bernie Malley Whiteside Mosely (Mrs. Jay).  There were no children between Sarah and Samuel, although each had children with other spouses.

As can be seen from the article, it was a busy time in court in Macon County!

The Decatur Review, 13 October 1917, P 8, c3.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Probate #560, 4 September 1864.

William M Whiteside, Petition of N. G. Averitt for Letters of Administration. 
William M. Whiteside died on or about 4 September 1864.

The Petition shows that his real and personal estate consisted chiefly of money and notes being worth about Two Thousand dollars.  Surviving him are his children: Nancy J Bush, Sarah Scott, S. W. Whiteside, A. W. Whiteside, Elvira Allinson, Eliza Whiteside, Lenora Whiteside and William Whiteside.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Wm M Whiteside

Thankful Thursday:  We are thankful for these ancestors! 
William Modrel Whiteside
Birth: Nov. 7, 1812
Illinois, USA 

Death: Sep. 3, 1864
Macon County
Illinois, USA  

William Modrel Whiteside was born 7 Nov 1812 in Madison County, Illinois, which was mostly the southern half of the state. The son of General Samuel A. Whiteside and Nancy Miller Whiteside, he married Elmira "Mirey" Owens 15 February 1834.

William and Mirey had at least the following children: 

Nancy (b 1835)
 Sarah (b. 14 Dec 1836 m. Joseph M. Scott d. 27 Dec 1927) 
Samuel Wm. (b. 1840 m. 2 Aug 1860 Elizabeth Lewis, d 29 Mar 1931) 
Wm Addison (b 18 Sep 1842 m 16 Sep 1868 Sarah Ann Bramel d 31 July 1908)
 Alvira (b 1847)
Eliza (b.1850)
Lenora (b.1852) and 
William (1860).

William Modrel owned  land in Niantic Township, Macon county, Illinois and paid taxes on 145 acres in 1865. In 1866, his holdings had increased to 165 acres. He left a fair sized estate to his surviving heirs: Eliza, Nancy Bush, Sarah Scott, Leonora J Crichenot, William, Alvira Allinson, Addison and Samuel W.Whiteside.

William and Mirey are buried in the Old Section of Long Point Cemetery, Niantic, Macon county, Illinois.  The tall spire has an inscription for William on one side and for "Mirey" on the other.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Samuel Whiteside an Old Pioneer

Decatur Review, Decatur, Illinois, June 30, 1929

Samuel Whiteside came to Macon County, Illinois, at the age of 16, about 1856. He raised and sold horses between Niantic and Belleville, Illinois. He was a member of Berea Christian Church, Mosquito Township, Christian Co., Illinois, in 1914.

Obituary- Decatur Review March 28, 1931 - Page 10
Samuel W. Whiteside

Samuel W. Whiteside, formerly of East St. Louis, died at 3 o'clock Saturday morning at the home of his son, W.M. Whiteside, rural route 1, south of Niantic.
He was ninety -two years old in February. He had been in failing health for the last year, but until a few months ago was able to be up and around. His death was due to complications incident to old age.
Mr. Whiteside was born near East St. Louis February 22, 1839. For the last three years he has been making his home with his son near Niantic. He was a member of the Long Point Christian Church. He is survived by three children, W.M. Whiteside and Mrs. Nora Jane Dodson, Niantic, and Mrs. Emma Blankenship, Moweaqua. There are thirteen grandchildren. The body was taken to the Moran & Sons funeral home, where friends may call after 5 o'clock Saturday evening.
The funeral will be held at 1 :30 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Long Point Church, conducted by Rev. H. H. Jenner of Niantic. The burial will be in the Long Point cemetery.


Probate #8367  in Macon County, Illinois shows heirs of Samuel W Whiteside to be his son, William M Whiteside, his daughters Nora Dotson and Emma Blankinship.  John B. Faris was the executor of the estate. Samuel W Whiteside died on the 28th of March, 1931.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

William Modrel Whiteside was born 3 December 1866 and died 2 August 1940. This is a listing of his heirs from Probate No. 10569 which was processed in Macon County, Illinois.  He was the son of Samuel William Whiteside (1839-1931) and Elizabeth Lewis..