Here are the deaths and marriages found in the 1908-1909 Marion County Republican. You can see the full transcriptions of the newspapers (and many other items) on my website at http://genealogytrails.com/ala/marion/http://genealogytrails.com/ala/marion/ . There is an index on the website for your convenience to locate your ancestors in the newspapers.
MARRIAGES - 1908
FORD – HAMILTON Marion County Republican, December 9, 1908 On Thursday night Hamilton was given a surprise in the marriage of JEPTHA D. FORD and Miss VENA HAMILTON, Judge Pearce officiating. Our best wishes go out to them. We trust that the winds of life may blow their ship over gentle seas of peace and plenty.
GOSSETT – TYRA Marion County Republican, December 16, 1908 Mr. J. H. GOSSETT and Miss S. J. TYRA were married on the 4th inst at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. TYRA, Rev. JOHN A. GREEN officiating. We hope for them a happy life.
DEATHS - 1908
1. FARR, Two Sons of JOHN Marion County Republican, October 21, 1908 We are extremely sorry to hear of the burning of the residence and two children of Mr. JOHN FARR, of Hodges, Ala. The two boys were almost saved, but the flames cut off help at the last moment and they were burned beyond recognition.
TWO BOYS CREMATED News of a terrible tragedy has just reached Russellville from Travis in the western end of Franklin county.The sons of J. H. FARR, the eldest 18 years of age, had been opossum hunting and returning went up stairs, carrying the lantern they used with them.It is supposed the lantern was left burning and in the night exploded or was turned over, a member of the family down stairs discovered the roof of the house on fire and tried to awaken the boys up stairs, but could not. The house was burned and after the fire the charged bodies of the two boys were found in the ashes.
2.WIGINTON, WILLIAM J. Marion county Republican, December 16, 1908 WILLIAM J. WIGINTON residing five miles north of Hamilton died on Saturday morning and was buried with Masonic honors at Pleasant Ridge Church Sunday evening.Mr. WIGINTON had been six about six weeks, and was thought to be on the road to recovery a few days before his death.
Marion County Republican, December 23, 1908 IN MEMORY It is with a sad heart that we attempt to write of the death of our friend WILLIAM JEFFERSON WIGINTON.He was a quiet and unobtrusive man of the highest Christian character.He never made himself conspicuous, but rather preferred to let others take the credit for his good deeds.He was born February 17, 1860 married January 7, 1883 and joined the Baptist Church 1889.As an evidence of the esteem in which his neighbors held him we wills ay that at the time of his death he was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the District School and was deacon in his church.He was preceded to the grave by one son.He left a wife, two married daughters, one unmarried daughter and son, a father step-mother several brothers, sisters and many relatives and friends. He was a Mason in good standing for some time before his demise.He was the nominee of the Republicans of Hamilton precinct for Justice of the peace in the last election.He was a kind father and affectionate husband.His family and many friends will miss himThe Republican extends to the bereaved family and friends it tenderest sympathies.May they all live in a way that they may meet him in that home beyond the river of death where parting will be no more..
3.HARBER, HENRY J. Marion County Republican, Dec 16, 1908 HENRY J. HARBER of Route 1, Detroit died on Monday evening of pneumonia.He was buried at Smyrna on Tuesday evening with Masonic and Odd Fellow honors.
Several Odd Fellows and Masons from Hamilton attended the funeral of HENRY J. HARBOR at Smyrna Tuesday- ( Marion County Republican, Dec 16, 1908)
4.SANDERSON, HENRY Marion County Republican, Dec 23, 1908 HENRY SANDERSON residing on Wood’s Creek died Wednesday morning.He was sick only a few hours.
5SANDERSON, Mrs. JANE Marion County Republican, Jan 6, 1909 Mrs. JANE SANDERSON of Wood’s Creek died Monday morning. She was buried at Pleasant Ridge Tuesday evening.