From the Chatsworth Plaindealer Chatsworth,Livingston,Illinois
SAMUEL FRANKLIN MEGQUIER NOVEMBER 23, 1888
Died of consumption at the residence of his parents in this city, on Saturday evening, Nov. 17, aged 24 years, 6 months and 17 days. Deceased was born on May 1, 1864, in the house now the home of Mr. B.L. Yates, this city, and passed his boyhood days here. He attended the public schools of this place, and before arriving at man's estate sought employment for himself. Time and its changes found him employed at Little Rock, Arkansas, fourteen months ago, where his health gave way to the ravages of the disease which ultimately claimed him as its victim. He left Little Rock for the mountains and spent some time in New and Old Mexico in hopes that a change of climate might be the means of restoring his vital powers. But to his disappointment he found no relief -- in fact grew visibly worse, which caused him to retrace his steps eastward as far as Kansas City, where he spent some two months with his brother, William and wife, all of which time he was under treatment from on the most skilled physicians of that city, but with out the desired results. The physician despairing of all hopes, so informed the patient's brother, when at the earnest solicitation of those at the parental home he came on here, where he arrived on June 29 last. For a short time after his coming he was able to walk down the street and speak with many of his old acquaintances, but the ravages of disease, which makes no distinction between young or aged, soon caused him to be confined under the parental roof, where he continued to waste away until he slept peacefully away in the embrace of his fond father and mother, who had done all that the loving hearts and willing hands of parents could do for his comfort during his long and painful suffering. The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church on Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. H. McVay, of Forrest preaching the discourse.