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April 13, 2007, added Lewis Yetter's obituary.



LEWIS YETTER 1832-1896


APRIL 15, 1832.
FEB. 3, 1896.
SEP. 14, 1828
JAN. 17, 1904


Portraits from the collection of Margaret Westman

Hancock County marriage license #2079 was issued at Carthage on August 4, 1853, to Lewis R. Yetter and Miss Martha E. Wright.  They were married on the 11th by W. S. Bobbitt, J. P.  This license is the only record found so far indicating that R was Lewis' middle initial.
Marriage License

Martha was the daughter of Hickerson and Cynthia Wright.

Lewis, born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was the son of Lewis and Elizabeth Yetter.  Yetter researchers should take note of the statements in Lewis' obituary, below, that when he was 4 years old, Lewis and his parents moved to Miami County, Ohio, where Lewis resided until he was 21, and then he and his parents came to Fountain Green Township.

Lewis and Martha farmed and raised their family in Fountain Green Township and were very much involved with Majorville Church.  See page 14 of the SOUVENIR and Historical Sketch Of The MAJORVILLE CHURCH.  Mrs. Yetter, described as the first advocate of a new church building, contributed $100.00 toward the construction of that building.  See also: Sunday School Class 1890s

Lewis and Martha's children were:

i. William Yetter, born about 1854.  From one of his mother's obituaries, "Willie, who was never heard from since the war."
ii. Charles Alexander Yetter, born April 17, 1856, died October 14, 1920, burial at Majorville Cemetery.
iii. Thomas Burton Yetter, born May 24, 1859.  He died June 30, 1919, interment at Bushnell, McDonough County, Illinois.
iv. James B. Yetter, born November 22, 1860, died February 12, 1918, at Galesburg, Knox County, and was buried at Linwood Cemetery in Galesburg.
v. Margaret Elizabeth Yetter, born January 16, 1863.  She died June 15, 1939, in Brooking Township, Jackson County, Missouri.  Burial at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.
vi. Ella Florence Yetter, born December 27, 1864, died November 22, 1934, at LaHarpe, Hancock County.  Buried at Majorville Cemetery.
vii. Susan Adeline Yetter, born June 7, 1869.  She died December 23, 1931, at Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, and was buried at Maple Hills Cemetery in that county.
viii. Maurice Hickerson Yetter, born April 12, 1871.  He died at Jacksonville, Illinois, on July 30, 1953, the last survivor of the Yetter siblings.  Burial at Majorville Cemetery.

The Republican
Carthage, Illinois, October 30, 1895
Excerpted from J. B.'s Fountain Green column

Lewis Yetter is quite poorly again.  A celebrated doctor of Chicago performed a very difficult surgical operation upon him last Saturday, and he has been doing as well as could be expected since then.  His disease was pronounced cancer of the rectum.  We hope that the operation will alleviate his sufferings if it does not restore him to health."


The Republican
Carthage, Illinois, February 12, 1896
As transcribed by Cora R. Swift

Fountain Green -- Death of Lewis Yetter -- The Meeting of Teachers

Fountain Green township, and Hancock County as well, lost one of its best citizens on the 3rd inst. in the death of Lewis Yetter.  He was one of the strong pioneers of this county, of the west.  He was a good christian, a good neighbor, and good democrat, all his life.

Lewis Yetter was born April 15th, 1832 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; died February 3rd, 1896, aged 63 years, 9 months, 18 days.  When but a child of four years, he, with his parents moved to Miami County, Ohio, where he resided until he was 21 years of age.  He then came with his parents to Fountain Green township, where he remained until removed by death.  He was married to Martha E. Wright, August 11, 1853.  To this union were born eight children, seven of whom, with the mother, survive, namely: Thomas B., Charles A., Morris H., Mrs. Maggie Humphrey and Mrs. Ella Day, of this vicinity, and James B., of Galesburg, and Mrs. Susie Fortney of Tulip, Missouri.  Besides these are four sisters, Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Shoe, Mrs. Lenix, Mrs. Sticter [sic], and five brothers, Christopher of Kansas, John of Colorado, Martin, of California, Henry of Galesburg, and William of Carthage.*  When quite a young man he united with the M. E. Church to which he remained a consistent and untiring servant.  For seventeen weeks he suffered with cancer untold agony at times--yet he never murmured nor complained of his fate, deeming that He who "doeth all things well" had an all-wise purpose to accomplish.  He was prepared to meet his fate, and he met the end with the quietness of one going to sleep, bidding all who were near his bedside a fond farewell, exhorting them to meet him in the great beyond.  The choir and songs were of his own selections; the pall bearers his four sons and two son-in-laws. Rev. Mr. Holmes, the presiding minister, preached an able and consoling sermon to the largest audience of sympathizing friends ever collected on a similar occasion.  His text was taken from Heb. 11:16: "But now they desire a better country."  The A.O.U.W. lodge, of which he was a member, were present in a body and assisted in the services.  The remains were conveyed by hearse to Majorville cemetery for burial.  The floral tributes were lovely in the extreme and were as follows: A broken syckle made of roses and lilies lying over a bunch of ripened grain, from brother Henry and wife and a wreath of purple and white flowers bearing the word "Father" from son J. B. Yetter and wife, all of Galesburg.

A post mortem made upon the body by Drs. Barr and Ferris confirmed the medical diagnosis as to the nature of Mr. Yetter's illness.

Mr. Yetter was a man who had many friends and few, if any, enemies.  He never saw a neighbor in want that his big generous heart was sure to lend assistance.  He was an indulgent father and husband and he will be sadly missed by many, yes, very many sympathizing friends.

Pain never more will shade his brow,
  Nor tears his loving eyes
Nor grief the pure and loving lips
  Whose musical replies
Are falling soft on memory's ear.
  Like dear words from the skies.

Our Father, who, in tender love,
  Hath taken from our care,
One whom our weak hearts loved so much,
  Regard our tearful prayer--
This loss--such wond'rous gain to him--
  O, give us strength to bear.


The family of the late Lewis Yetter is desirous of making public their deep sense of appreciation of the many and loving acts of neighborly kindness rendered during the illness and at the death of Mr. Yetter.

*According to other records, Lewis' eldest brother, Simon Benton Yetter, was also living when Lewis died.

On February 17, 1897, Martha married Hiram E. Stahl, a Civil War veteran and widower who had moved to Hancock County from Madison County, Illinois. George P. Snedaker performed the nuptials at LaHarpe.  Witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. John Frank, Hiram's son-in-law and daughter.  Marriage Documents

They maintained the farm in Fountain Green Township for several years.  Martha died January 17, 1904, and was buried at Majorville Cemetery.  Hiram survived her.

Also buried at Majorville from Martha's family, see:
Seborn A. Wright (brother)
Thomas G. Wright (brother)

The Carthage Republican
January 20, 1904, page 8, column 3

We are pained to hear of the death of Mrs. Martha Stahl of Fountain Green, who died at 7:20 p.m. Sunday the 17th.  Mrs. Stahl was a lifelong christian, a model of purity and gentleness, a mother to all who came within her door.  The writer has known and loved her since we can remember.  Truly a good woman had been called to wear the crown and occupy the place prepared for all those who love His appearing.  Our sympathy is with those who mourn.  She leaves seven children, twenty-five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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The Carthage Republican
January 20, 1904

Notwithstanding the bitter rain storn which prevailed throughout the day last Wednesday, the friends of Mrs. Martha Stahl, assembled together at Majorville M. E. church, to do honor to her memory and join in the beautiful service of the "Burial of the Dead" in the ritual she so loved.  The sorrowing hearts sought relief by thus paying tribute to their late companion and friend.  To those who knew her she was a valued friend and companion and in speaking of her we speak of one who has made the world and society better for having lived in it.  She was a true christian woman and because of those sterling qualities of mind and heart which endeared her to all with whom she came in contact.  The whole community in which she lived feels deeply bereaved and mourns her loss.  While we are sure our Fountain Green correspondent will furnish us with an obituary, we felt it our duty to speak a few words of one whom we have known and loved all our life.

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The Carthage Gazette
January 22, 1904, page 8, column 2

One of the early pioneers and an aged citizen of this town, Mrs. Stahl, was stricken down Wednesday last with paralysis from which she suffered four days, death coming to her relief Sunday evening.  The funeral will be held at Majorville Wednesday, conducted by Mr. Bloomer.  James Yetter of Galesburg, Mrs. Fortney of Missouri and Mrs. Humphrey of Carthage, children of the deceased were called here by the sickness.  A suitable obituary will appear in next weeks paper.

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The Carthage Republican
January 27, 1904, page 5, column 2


Martha E. Stahl died at her home here on Sunday evening, Jan. 17, 1904.  She was the daughter of Hickerson Wright, an old pioneer of this township, who died a number of years ago.  The deceased was born in Tennessee Sept. 14, 1828, and came to Illinois in an early day with her parents, since which time she had lived in this township.  She was married to Lewis Yetter Aug. 11, 1853 and to this union were born eight children, seven of whom survive: Thomas B., Charles A., & Maurice H., of this place; James B., of Galesburg; Ella Day, of Hancock Township; Margaret Humphrey, of Carthage; Susan Fortney, of Adair County, Missouri; William, the oldest, died a number of years ago.

Her husband died Feb. 3, 1896.  She was again married in February 17, 1897 to H. E. Stahl, who survives her.  She was a faithful and useful member of the Majorville Methodist Church.  Her family were all at her bedside and watched and cared for her by day and by night.  The funeral and burial took place at Majorville Wednesday conducted by Rev. Henry Bloomer of Cisna Park, Illinois.

Aunt Marth, as she was called by us all, was a kind and loving mother, and will be missed by her children and her many friends, for she was always ready to divide in time of need.  This community extends deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.

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The LaHarper
January 29, 1904, page 1, columns 3 & 4


DIED.--At her home in Fountain Green, Sunday evening 7:30 o'clock Jan. 17, 1904, Mrs. Martha E. Stahl, aged 75 years, 4 months and 3 days.

Mrs. Stahl was born in Smith County, Tennessee, and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hickerson Wright and with them came to Illinois in childhood.  She was united in marriage to Lewis Yetter, August 11, 1853 and they went to house-keeping and for several years made their home on the farm now owned by their son, Chas. Yetter.  From there they moved to a farm east of Fountain Green where Maurice now lives, and later to Fountain Green where Mr. Yetter died Feb. 3, 1896.

On Feb. 17, 1897, Martha Yetter was married to Hiram Stahl, of Alton, Ill.  In her long residence in and about Fountain Green, she had proven herself a worthy woman, a friend to the poor, a helpful companion, and an affectionate mother and wife.

Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Yetter, all of whom are living and attended the funeral of their mother, but the oldest, Willie, who was never heard from since the war.  The children are Tom, Chas., Maurice and Ella, of Fountain Green; Jim of Galesburg; Maggie of Carthage; and Susie of Willmuthville, Missouri.  Besides these children and her aged husband, she leaves four brothers and three sisters, twenty-seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, who deeply mourn for her.

Yetter and with him joined the M. E. church at Majorville, since which time she has proven herself a woman of God as well as a good and faithful friend of the old Majorville church.  Never was the contribution box passed but what "Grandma Yetter" as she was known to the children, contributed liberally.

Mrs. Stahl was physically strong and had never been sick but a few times in her life, and her sudden death after only four day's sickness of paralysis and appoplexy, during which time she never regained consciousness, makes her loss more deeply felt.  But while no complaint of weariness was ever uttered, the sorrowing ones feel she has gone to her well deserved rest.  Her faithfulness to every duty of life--to family, friends and neighbors--was shown in her daily ministrations and concern for those about her.  Her loss is irreparable to the family and deeply regreted by all.

The funeral services were held at Majorville on Wednesday at 11 o'clock, Rev. H. M. Boomer, of Cisna Park, Ill., officiating, after which she was laid in rest in the old cemetery she loved so well.

The floral offerings were beautiful, completely covering the casket.  She was a lover of flowers in life, and it was fitting to place them upon the casket, these sweet tokens of friendship and love.

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The LaHarper
January 29, 1904, page 4, column 3

The family of C. O. Coleman who were attending the funeral of Mrs. Martha Stahl, at Fountain Green, were compelled to remain over night on account of the creek being out of banks, so they could not cross.

1850 Ohio Census, Miami County, Union Township, page 147A
enumerated October 2, 1850, dwelling #2063

Lewis Yetter, 48, male, farming, born PA
Elisabeth Yetter, 47, female, born PA
Lewis Yetter, 18, male, farming, born OH, attended school within the year
William Yetter, 17, male, farming, born OH, attended school within the year
Catharine Yetter, 13, female, born OH, attended school within the year
John Yetter, 10, male, born OH, attended school within the year
Christian Yetter, 8, male, born OH, attended school within the year
Henry Yetter, 6, male, born OH, attended school within the year
Sarah Yetter, 5, female, born OH
Susan Yetter, 3, female, born OH

1850 Illinois Census, Hancock County, page 349
enumerated November 2, 1850, dwelling #1131

Wright, Hickason, 53, male, farmer, value of real estate 1500, born TN, could not read or write
Ada, 50, female, born NC
Martha E, 22, female, born TN
Patrick W, 20, male, laborer, born TN, attended school within the year
Basil, 17, male, laborer, born TN, attended school within the year
Henry D, 15, male, laborer, born KY, attended school within the year
Thomas G, 13, male, born IL, attended school within the year
Jane, 12, female, born IL, attended school within the year
Charles G, 10, male, born IL, attended school within the year
Cynthia A, 6, female, born IL, attended school within the year

1860 Census Record Not Found

Several families known to have lived continuously in Hancock County are absent from 1860 census records, leading to the conclusion that these families were missed altogether, or lines were missed during transcription, or some of the original pages were lost.

1870 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 126A
enumerated June 4, 1870, dwelling #108

Yetter, Leuis [sic], 36, male, white, farmer, value of real estate 5000, value of personal estate 1000, born PA, male citizen of the U.S. aged 21 or more
Martha, 40, female, white, keeping house, born TN
William, 16, male, white, born IL, attended school within the year
Charles, 14, male, white, born IL, attended school within the year
Thomas, 12, male, white, born IL, attended school within the year
James, 8, male, white, born IL, attended school within the year
Maggie, 6, female, white, born IL, attended school within the year
Ellie, 5, female, white, born IL
Susie, 1, female, white, born IL


1880 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 115C
enumerated June 16-17, 1880, dwelling #136

Yetter, Lewis, white, male, 48, married, farmer, born PA, both parents born PA
Martha E, white, female, 52, wife, married, keeping house, could read but not write, born IL, father born VA, mother born TN
Thomas, white, male, 22, son, single, at home, born IL, father born PA, mother born IL
James, white, male, 19, son, single, at home, born IL, father born PA, mother born IL
Maggie, white, female, 17, daughter, single, at home, born IL, father born PA, mother born IL
Ella, white, female, 15, daughter, single, at home, attended school within the year, born IL, father born PA, mother born IL
Susie, white, female, 11, daughter, single, at home, attended school within the year, born IL, father born PA, mother born IL
Morris, white, male, 9, son, single, at home, attended school within the year, born IL, father born PA, mother born IL

1900 Illinois Census, Hancock County, Fountain Green Township, page 116A
enumerated June 15, 1900, dwelling #185

Stall, Hiram E, head, white, male, Mar 1826, 74, married for 3 years, born PA, both parents born PA, farmer, months not employed - 0, could read, write and speak English, owned his farm home free of mortgage, farm schedule 128

Marthia E, wife, white, female, Sept 1828, 71, married for 3 years; mother of 8 children, 3 living; born TN, father born VA, mother born TN, could read, write and speak English


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