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MAJORVILLE   CEMETERY
HANCOCK  COUNTY,  ILLINOIS

 

JAMES WARREN SAVIDGE 1853-1936
SARAH ELIZABETH SAVIDGE (nee FLETCHER) 1854-1923

 

 

Author - Marcia Farina     Contributor - Wilbur Martin Savidge

 

From Portrait and Biographical Record of Hancock,
McDonough, and Henderson Counties, Illinois, 1894

pp. 502-503, one paragraph break added, signified by ¶.

 
James W. Savidge, who carries on general farming on section 9, Hancock Township, Hancock County, was born in Delaware County, Ohio, February 21, 1853.

¶ His father, George Savidge, was a native of Muskingum County, Ohio, his birth occurring near Zanesville, August 22, 1813.  His parents were Thomas and Annie (Laverige*) Savidge, and their family numbered thirteen children, six sons and seven daughters.  Their son George was reared upon the old homestead farm, and on attaining his majority began life for himself.  In his youth he learned the cooper's trade, which he followed to some extent.  The year 1853 witnessed his arrival in Illinois. He located in Mercer County, but after a short time came to Hancock County, settling upon a farm in Hancock Township, which he still makes his home.  He purchased eighty acres of good land and has made it a rich and valuable tract. In politics, he is a supporter of the Republican party and is one of the enterprising and highly-respected citizens of the community.  On the 29th of August, 1839, he wedded Miss Remembrance Budd, and unto them were born seven children, three yet living.  The wife and mother, however, passed away in 1893.

The gentleman whose name heads this record accompanied his parents to Hancock County during the days of his infancy, and in the usual manner of farmer lads he spent the days of his boyhood and youth on the old Savidge homestead.  He attended the district schools during the winter season, and during the summer months he aided in the labors of the farm, for as soon as old enough he began to handle the plow, and has since carried on agricultural pursuits.  At the age of twenty-three, he began farming in connection with his father.  His business interests have been attended with success as the result of his enterprise, perseverance and well-directed efforts, and he now owns two hundred and eighty acres of arable land.  It is all in one body, but is situated on sections 9, 10, 15 and 16.  Part of this is devoted to pasturage, but one hundred and forty-five acres are under a high state of cultivation, and in connection with general farming the owner is successfully engaged in stock-raising.

On the 4th of July, 1875, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Savidge and Miss Lizzie Fletcher, daughter of James D. and Martha Fletcher.  Their union has been blessed with four children, namely; Willard; John; Dora, who died April 13, 1888; and another.  Mr. Savidge exercises his right of suffrage in support of the Republican party, with which he has affiliated since attaining his majority.  The best interests of the community ever find in him a friend, and his hearty support and co-operation are ever given to those enterprises which are calculated to advance the general welfare. His sterling worth and strict integrity have made him a leading citizen of the community and one well worthy of representation in the history of his adopted county.

*Family records show the spelling Loveridge.


Nearly identical obituaries stated that James Savidge was born in Zanesville (Muskingum County), Ohio, and that is certainly possible.  We tend to think, however, that the above biography was correct, because of when it was written and the family's known location in 1840 and 1850.
 
The second obituary, below, labeled James Savidge as a "Joetta Man."  This is a good example of how local folks were identified with neighborhoods.  The map above shows that the James Savidge family lived within a couple of miles of the little village of Joetta in Section 11 of Hancock Township (each section is a mile square), but certainly not in Joetta.

James Warren Savidge

James Warren Savidge, son of George and Remembrance Budd Savidge, died at the Phelps hospital, Friday evening, August 7, at 7:20 o'clock, of old age and complications, after an illness of several months.

He was born in Zaneville [sic], Ohio, February 21, 1853.  At the time of his death he was 83 years, 5 months, and 17 days of age and the only surviving member of his family.

He spent nearly all his life on a farm in Hancock county, going there as a small child with his parents.

He was united in marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Fletcher, July 4, 1875, and to this union were born four children, two of whom are living, Willard I. Savidge of Macomb, the eldest son, and Van M. Savidge, of Imperial, California, the youngest son.  His wife and one son and one daughter preceded him in death.  Besides his two sons he leaves six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, also a number of nephews and nieces to mourn his loss.

He was a man of sterling character and highly respected by all who knew him, and will be sadly missed by his loved ones and friends.

He was greatly interested in the upkeep of the Majorville cemetery.  The Savidge home will long be remembered for its hospitality.

Funeral services were held at Majorville church Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock with Rev. H. W. Bloomer of Macomb officiating.  Mesdames Rubie Hobart and Adda Latherow sang with Miss Ellen Lenix accompanist.


Published obituary, above, unknown original news source and print date; clipping from the Mae Peck Conn scrapbook donated to the Hancock County Historical Society by Marilyn Shelley. Verbatim transcription.


The headline from James Warren Savidge's published obituary: JOETTA MAN PASSES AWAY AT HOSPITAL

James Warren Savidge of Joetta, son of George and Remembrance Budd Savidge, died at the Phelps hospital last Friday evening, August 7, at 7:20 o'clock, of old age and complications, after an illness of several months.

He was born in Zanesville, Ohio, February 21, 1883 [sic].  At the time of his death he was 83 years, 5 months and 17 days of age, and the only surviving member of his family.  He spent nearly all his life on a farm in Hancock county, going there as a small child with his parents.

He was united in marriage to Sarah Fletcher, July 4, 1875, and to this union were born four children, two of whom are living, Willard L. [sic], of Macomb and Van M, of Imperial, California. His wife and a son and one daughter preceded him in death.

Besides his two sons he leaves six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, also a number of nephews and nieces to mourn his loss.

He was a man of sterling character and highly respected by all who knew him, and will be sadly missed by his loved ones and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Majorville church at four o'clock Sunday afternoon with the Rev. H. M. Bloomer, of Macomb officiating.  Burial was in the Majorville cemetery.


Published obituary, unknown original news source and print date;
from the collection of Okle Campbell Browning; verbatim transcription.
Photograph of James Warren Savidge from the collection of Delbert Campbell.

 

See also: Marriage License
George Savidge & Remembrance Budd (parents)

MRS. SARAH SAVIDGE

Sarah Elizabeth Fletcher, daughter of J. D. and Martha Fletcher, was born in Madison county, Kentucky, September 20, 1854, and departed this life March 19, 1923, at the home of her son, Van, at the age of sixty-eight years, five months and twenty-seven days.

She came with her parents to Hancock county in the fall of eighteen seventy, when she was about sixteen years of age.  She had the influence of good Christian porents and when she was fifteen years of age she was converted, baptised and joined the Baptist church.  In eighteen eighty-eight, there being no Baptist society near her home, she was received in full membership in the Methodist church, Majorville.  On July 4, 1875 she was united in marriage to Warren Savidge.  This union was blessed with four children: Willard J., who lives in Macomb; John S., who preceded his mother in death several years ago and whose going almost broke the mother's heart.  He was nineteen years of age when the death angel took him, a very attroctive, intelligent boy and his parents had made great plans for his future.  The mother heart was still sore over the giving up of their sweet little daughter, Dora B. a little over three years of age when the death of John living on the home place with his family and who gave the mother such loving care in her last days of life. Besides the two sons she is survived by her husband, two brothers, J. P. Fletcher of Carthage, W. C. Fletcher of Ferris and one sister, Mrs. Alice Larson of Colchester, several grandchildren and a number of nephews and nieces and many others who will mourn her passing.

She had been in poor health the greater part of the winter, having suffered with asthma and flu and later with heart trouble.  She seemed better and had gone to the home of her son to help care for the little ones, as their mother was quite sick, where she was soon taken violently ill and all that could be done for her was of no avail.  She was very patient and uncomplaining and Monday evening as darkness settled over the earth and the hearts of the loved ones by her bedside her pure spirit took its flight to be with Him where all is light.

She was a good Christian woman ____ her life was replete with kindness and unselfish service. There are few homes in this neighborhood where she has not ministered to the sick with tender hands and gentle voice.  She was always thoughtful of the comfort of others not sparing herself even when she was physically unfit to go and do.  She was loyal to the church and all of its work.  For years she superintended the Sunday school in the Liberty church trying to keep up an interest in the work there, where we have during meetings in times past, seen her face shine with the love of God as her spiritual strength was renewed.  She has gone to receive her reward, verily, "she hath done what she could."  We will miss her but we would not call her back if we could.  Loved ones prepare to meet her now.

In heaven beautiful heaven,
With its glory and gold and gems,
With its living light and roes of white,
Palm, harps and diadems,
No sorrow nor sighing danger, nor dying,
Within that heavenly home,
But Anthems of praise forever they raise
To Jesus, who bids us come.
-Selected.

The funeral was held at Majorville church, at eleven o'clock, Thursday morning, March 22, and was conducted by Rev. Hardy, the regulor pastor of the Majorville church.  Interment at that place.  A quartette composed of Mrs. Henry Siebert, Ada Spangler, Clem Duffy and Arthur Spangler, with Ellen Lenix as pianist, furnished beautiful and comforting music.  Relatives attending from a distance were: Willard Savidge, of Macomb, Mrs. Alice Larson and sons, of Colchester, W. C. Fletcher, of Ferris, Damon Fletcher and wife, Raymond Fletcher, ond Mr. ond Mrs. Fred Harrison of Carthage, and Eva Fletcher of Burnside.-L.S.L.


Published obituary, unknown original news source and print date, from the files of the LaHarpe Historical and Genealogical Society, verbatim transcription.  Photograph of Sarah Fletcher Savidge from the collection of Delbert Campbell.

See also: James D. Fletcher & Martha Wright (parents)

The images of James and Sarah are from a large group photograph taken in 1910, on the occasion of the 45th wedding anniversary of John Campbell and Agnes Mort.

The Savidge children:

i. Willard Ira Savidge, born April 25, 1877.  He died after August 7, 1936.
 
ii. John S. Savidge, born October 1, 1880.  He died June 14, 1900, burial at Majorville Cemetery.
 
iii. Dora B. Savidge, born about February 26, 1885*, died April 13, 1888.  She was buried at Majorville Cemetery.
 
iv. Van M. Savidge, born August 27, 1893.  He died after August 7, 1936.
 
* Birth date calculated from tombstone inscription.

1860 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 727
enumerated July 24, 1860, dwelling #3296

George Savage, 47, male, farmer, value of real estate 3000, value of personal estate 2000,
born OH
Rememberance Savage, 43, female, born OH
Mary A, 19, female, born OH, attended school within the year
John, 17, male, day laborer, born OH, attended school within the year
Spencer, 14, male, born OH, attended school within the year
Warren, 7, male, born OH, attended school within the year
Eliza, 9, female, born OH, attended school within the year

1860 Kentucky Census, Garrard County, page 763
enumerated August 10, 1860, dwelling #919

James D Fletcher, 32, male, carpenter, value of real estate 400, value of personal estate 375,
born KY
Martha, 32, female, born KY
John, 8, male, born KY, attended school within the year
Wm C, 7, male, born KY, attended school within the year
S E, 5, female, born KY
James, 2, male, born KY
Palustine Wright, 20, male, farmer, born KY

1870 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 151A
enumerated June 13, 1870, dwelling #10

Savidge, George, 56, male, white, farmer, value of real estate 5000, value of personal estate 4000, born OH, male, citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
[continued on next page]
Savidge, [no given name entered], 52, female, white, keeping house, born OH
Warren, 17, male, white, born OH, [father foreign born - stroked but perhaps zeroed out], attended school within the year
Eliza, 19, female, white, born OH, attended school within the year

1870 Illinois Census, McClean County, Allin Township, page 13A
enumerated July 6, 1870, dwelling #174

Fletcher, James, 42, male, white, carpenter, value of personal estate 400, born KY, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
Martha, 42, female, white, keeping house, born KY, could read but not write
John Thomas, 18, male, white, works on farm, born KY, attended school within the year
William, 17, male, white, works on farm, born KY, attended school within the year
Sarah, 15, female, white, at home, born KY, attended school within the year
James P, 12, male, white, works on farm, born KY, attended school within the year
Mary E, 9, female, white, born KY, attended school within the year

1880 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 125D
enumerated June 10, 1880, dwelling #74

Savage, George, white, male, 66, married, farmer, born OH, both parents born NJ
Remembrance, white, female, 62, wife, married, keeping house, born OH, both parents born PA
James W, white, male, 27, son, married, farmer, born OH, both parents born OH
Sarah E, white, female, 24, daughter-in-law, married, keeping house, born KY, both parents
born KY
Willard J, white, male, 3, son, single, born IL, father born OH, mother born KY

1900 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 125A
enumerated June 16, 1900, dwelling #135

Savage, James W, head, white, male, Feb 1853, 47, married for 25 years, born OH, both parents born OH, farmer, months not employed - 0, could read, write and speak English, owned his farm home free of mortgage, farm schedule 118

Sarah E, wife, white, female, Sept 1854, 45, married for 25 years; mother of 4 children, 2 living; born KY, both parents born KY, could read, write and speak English

Willard I, son, white, male, Feb 1877, 23, single, born IL, father born OH, mother born KY, could read, write and speak English

John S, son, white, male, Oct 1880, 19, single, born IL, father born OH, mother born KY, could read, write and speak English

Van M, son, white, male, Aug 1893, 6, single, born IL, father born OH, mother born KY, could read but not write, spoke English

 

1910 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 89B
enumerated April 22, 1910, dwelling #62

Savage, Warren, head, male, white, 57, married (1st) for 34 ears, born OH, both parents born OH, spoke English, farmer, general farm, employer, could read and write, owned his farm home free of mortgage, farm schedule 61

Sarah, wife, female, white, 55, married (1st) for 34 years; mother of 4 children, 2 living; born KY, both parents born KY, spoke English, could read and write

Van, son, male, white, 16, single, born IL, father born OH, mother born KY, spoke English, could read and write, attended school after Sept. 1, 1909

 

1920 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 114B
enumerated February 20, 1920, dwelling #99, farm
[immediately following the household of Sarah's brother, William]

Family #100

Savidge, James W, head, owner, free of mortgage, male, white, 66, married, could read and write, born OH, both parents born OH, spoke English, farmer, stock farm, employer, farm schedule 87

Elizabeth S, wife, female, white, 65, married, could read and write, born KY, both parents born KY, spoke English

Family #101
Savidge, Van M, head, renter, male, white, 27, married, could read and write, born IL, father born OH, mother born KY, spoke English, farm laborer, home farm, working for wages

Myrtle, wife, female, white, 25, married, could read and write, born IL, both parents born IL, spoke English

James L, son, male, white, 2 6/12, single, born IL, both parents born IL

Robert W, son, male, white, 10/12, single, born IL, both parents born IL

 

1930 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Hancock Township, page 113B
enumerated April 18-19, 1930, dwelling #143

Savage, Warren, head, owner, [no entry for home value], did not own a radio, lived on a farm, male, white, 77, widower, age at first marriage - 22, could read and write, born OH, both parents born OH, spoke English, farmer, general farm, whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition - no, farm schedule 134

 

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