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1803 - 1879

March 28, 1811
February 24, 1899


Matthew McClaughry's death was recorded in the Mortality Schedule prepared at the time of the 1880 Federal Census of Hancock County.  This accounting was intended to report all deaths of persons who died in the county between June 1, 1879, and May 31, 1880.  Follow the link and scroll to family #63.


Elizabeth Campbell was born in Kortright, New York, March 28, 1811; was married to Matthew McClaughry Sept. 17, 1853; died at her home in Fountain Green, Feb. 24, 1899, aged 87 years, 10 months and 26 days.  In early life she was member of the Dutch Reform church, known as the Old Fulton Street church, New York City.  Later her membership was transferred to Ft. Green, where, in company with her husband, Matthew McClaughry, and others, organized the United Presbyterian church.  On the dissolution of this church she united with the Presbyterian church, of which she had since been an earnest and zealous member.  A life such as Aunt Eliza's, as she was familiarly known, has been, does not need eulogy.  She spent the best part of her life in our midst, and everyone who was fortunate to come in contact with her, felt that it was to have the sympathy of a true christian woman.  The funeral took place from her late home, conducted by Rev. Puch, after which the remains were laid reverently to rest by the side of her husband in Ft. Green cemetery.  There were many beautiful floral offerings.  The relatives and friends have the sympathy of the cammunity.

From the files of the LaHarpe Historical and Genealogical Society,
unknown original news source, verbatim transcription.

See also: Prominent Pioneers from The News of Fountain Green, March 17, 1926

Researcher Cora R. Swift believed that Elizabeth Campbell was a sister to Mary J. Campbell (ca. 1821-1867), who married Henry Mull.  So far the only reference to support this is that in 1880 Elizabeth, reported as an aunt, was making her home with Henry and Mary's daughter, Fannie, and Fannie's husband, Silas Wright Prentiss.

1860 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 741
enumerated July 25, 1860, dwelling #3393

Mathew McLaughry, 50, male, merchant, value of real estate 18000, value of personal estate 7000, born NY
Elizabeth, 35, female, born NY


1870 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 136B
enumerated June 10, 1870, dwelling #259

Family 264
McClaughy, Matthew, 67, male, white, retired farmer, value of real estate 23000, value of personal estate 8000, born NY, male, citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
Eliza, 57, female, white, keeping house, born NY
Parker, Libbie, 19, female, white, born NY

Family 265
Findley, S S, 28, male, white, value of personal estate 1000,born OH, male, citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
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Findley, Kate, 25, female, white, keeping house, born IL

1880 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 111C
enumerated June 4, 1880, dwelling #59

Prentise, S W, white, male, 37, married, born IL, father born VT, mother born IN
Fannie, white, female, 35, wife, married, keeping house, born NY, both parents born NY
McClaughry, Elizabeth, white, female, 69, aunt, widow, boarding, born NY, father born Ireland, mother born NY
Williams, Sophia, white, female, 13, cousin, single, boarding, attended school within the year, born NY, parents born unknown

This was the residence of Silas Wright Prentiss.



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