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DEATH OF W.D.MARLEY passed away at a very early hour Sunday morning DEMISE DUE TO HEART TROUBLE Deceased was one of the pioneer citizens of Edgar County, Coming here from North Carolina over Sixty-Three years ago.
The death of Wm. D. Marley, which has been for some days expected, occurred at his home near Marley Station at 12:20 am Sunday, being due primarily to heart trouble, complicated with the general weakness of old age. The departed was eighty one years of age July 31, 1899 being born in 1818 in Randolph Co., North Carolina. He removed to Illinois in 1836 and has been for over sixty three years past a resident of Edgar county. When he reached Illinois his sole means consisted of $2.50 in cash, a pair of strong hands and a willingness to work at whatsoever employment might be offered. He went to work in a saw mill near Sandford and the first property he owned was a 40 acre tract of land in that vicinity which he entered, walking to the goverment land office at Vincennes, Ind, for that purpose. Success attended his efforts and during his long life he accumulated 2,220 acres of land, which something over a year ago he divided equally among his surviving children and the grandchildren whose parents are deceased. He retained a great deal of personal property principally in the shape of bank stock, having been for possibly fifteen years past a director and stockholder of the First National Bank in this city. the apportionment of this property has been made by a will, the provisions of which have not yet been made public.
Mr. Marley was married Nov. 12th 1830, to Julia Yeargin, who passed away nine days after their golden wedding anniversary, Nov. 21, 1889. He was again married to Sarah Evinger, who survives him. Of the first union were born eleven children, eight sons and three daughers as follows: Mary Ann, deceased,wife of R.A. McReynolds; John W., died at seige of Vicksburg in 1863; Geo. W., of this city; a daughter who died in infancy; Wm H. Marley of this city; Alvis A., deceased; Firman and James, twins, living near Vermillion and Ferrell respectively; Usebia, deceased, wife of Wm. Goodman; Raymond W. and Halleck (sic) both deceased. Sixty two years of his life Mr. Marley has spent in Elbridge Township, where he was universally respected as a thoroughly representative citizen. He was a man of the strictest probity and all of his dealings were marked by candor and straightforward honesty. He had no church or lodge connection, but thoroughly respected the doctrines of christianity and shaped his life in conformity therewith.
Mr. Marley has been failing rapidly since last fall, his last visit to Paris being made in September. Since then he has been practically confined to the house and bedfast the major portion of the time. Last Friday he was prostrated with the heart seisure which terminated in unconsciousness, from which he never rallied. Three subsequent attacks of the heart trouble were attended with a constant lowering of vitality, death ensuing at the time above noted.
The funeral will occur from the residence today at noon, interment being made in the Wilson graveyard, northeast of Marley Station, Rev. Moffett officiating.
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