Shelby  County  Indiana


A  Shelby  County  Newspaper
January 27, 1941
          Funeral services for  Mrs. Alice M. Burgess, age seventy-five, who died this morning at 12:25 o'clock at her home at 212 East Pennsylvania street, will be conducted Wednesday at 2:30 p. m. at the Mt Pisgah Baptist church east of the city.  Mrs. Burgess was a member of the church.  Rev. James Paddock and Rev. W. P. Halbert will officiate at the final rites and burial will be made in the church cemetery in charge of Edwards and Kohlmeyer.  Friends may call at the funeral home until noon Wednesday.
     Mrs Burgess had been ill for some time but her condition became serious only last Friday.
     She was born in Rush county, July 27, 1865, the daughter of Addison Clay and Mary (Linville) Brown.  She was one of a family of nine children.  On November 13, 1882, she was married to  J. E. Burgess  who died a number of years ago.
     Survivors are one brother, Lon Brown, of Shelby county; three sisters, Mrs. Louella Thompson of Denver, Colo, and Mrs. Connie Midkiff and Mrs. A. L. Yeager, of this city.
Contributed by Richard Weightman

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, March 17, 1938
Death of Mrs. Margaret Ann Burgess
Is Shock to Community
--- Funeral Sunday.
          The death of  Mrs. Margaret Ann Burgess,  of near this city, which occurred Thursday afternoon at 1:45 p.m. is a great shock to her hundreds of friends in the community as she had been ill for only six hours.
          Mrs. Burgess' death was due to cerebral hemmorhage.  She was eighty two years, nine months and two days old being born the daughter of  Samuel and  Martha (Sharp) Jacobs,  in Scott county, Kentucky, June 3, 1855.  Early in life she moved to the community where she died.
          On April 29, 1873, she was united in marriage to  Greenburg F. Burgess,  who preceded her in death, and to this union five children were born, four of whom also preceded her in death.  Her only remaining child is  Mrs. William Midkiff,  of four miles east of Shelbyville in Liberty township, at whose home she died.  She also leaves six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  She is the last of thirteen children.
          Mrs. Burgess was a member of the Mt. Pisgah church for fity years and was a very active worker, having lived a Christian life and served her community, friends and family well.
          Funeral services will be held Sunday at the Mt. Pisgah church at 2:00 p.m. with the  Rev. James Paddock  officiating.  Burial will be made in the Mt. Pisgah cemetery.
          Friends may call at the home at any time after 5:00 p.m. today.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, December 28, 1923
Page 1 ----------
William C. Burgess Suffered
Attack of Heart Trouble
At Mother's Home.
          William C. Burgess,  age 45 years, died at nine o'clock last night at the home of his mother,  Mrs. G. F. Burgess,  three and one-half miles east of town on the Michigan road.  Death resulted from acute heart trouble, and was unexpected.  Mr. Burgess worked about the barn until late Thursday evening, then went into his home and ate a very hearty supper and was suddenly taken ill.  He had been in failing health for the past year, having suffered a stroke of paralysis a year ago last November.
          Mr. Burgess was the son of  Greenburg and  Margaret Burgess  and was born on September 15, 1878 on the farm where he died.  His entire life was spent in Shelby county where he lived with his mother, Mrs. G. F. Burgess until the time of his death.  Besides his mother, he is survived by a sister,  Mrs. Will Midkiff,  of Liberty township; one brother,  Roy Burgess  of Addison township; three half sisters,  Mrs. John Fagel,  Mrs. Sarah Bates,  and  Mrs. Margaret Thompson,  all of Addison township, and a half-brother,  James Burgess,  also of Addison township.
          The funeral will be held from Mount Pisgah church, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Interment will be in Mount Pisgah cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, April 22, 1915
Page 3   column 6
          Greenberry Fields Burgess,  son of  Edward and  Sarah Burgess,  was born July 6, 1819, in Scott county, Kentucky.  He was the ninth child of a family of ten children.  In 1847 he settled in Addison township, Shelby county, Indiana, where he remained a resident the rest of his life.  He was united in marriage to  Elizabeth Wikoff,  October 16, 1841.  To this union were born seven children, two of whom are  Mrs. Sarah Bates  and  Mrs. Maggie Thomson.  His second marriage was to  Arthura Wright  Frebruary 17, 1855.  To this union were born six children, three of whom survive -- John C.,  James E.  Mrs. Nancy Fagel.  His last marriage was to  Margaret Jacobs,  April 29, 1873.  Five children wre born to this union, four of whom are left with the mother to mourn his departure -- Mrs. Laura Midkiff,  William C.,  Roy O.  and  Mrs. Leora Brown.
          On April 18, 1885, he and his companion were baptized into the fellowship of Mt. Pisgah Baptist church, of which he remained a faithful and devoted member until he heard the call.  "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."  During the last few years of his life he was practically helpless and had been unable to take a step for six years.  But during all his suffering and affliction he bore it all in a peaceful and Christian like way.
          Greenberry Burgess was an upright and highly respected citizen, a consecrated Christian, a devoted husband and a loving father.
          He departed this life Friday, April 2, 1915, aged 95 years, 8 months and 27 days.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, April 8, 1915
Page 6   column 6
Greenbury Fields Burgess,
Prominent Pioneer of Coun-
ty, Died Last Night.
(From Saturday's Daily.)
          Greenbury Fields Burgess,  one of Shelby county's widely known pioneers and oldest citizens, died at 11:30 o'clock last night at his home in Addison township, east of this city, at the age of ninety-five years.  His death was caused by pneumonia, from which he suffered only two days.  He had been practically an invalid for the pat six years, his condition being due to his advanced age, and it was realized by his relatives and many friends when the attack of pneumonia came that the end was near.
          Mr. Burgess was born in Scott county, Kentucky, July 6, 1819, and was the ninth child of a family of ten born to  Edward and Sarah Fields Burgess,  natives of Virginia and Maryland.  Only the limited education afforded by the old-time log school houses of that day was secured by Mr. Burgess, yet he was possessed of such good judgment as a tiller of the soil that he was able to provide a good living at all times for his large family and to lay by quite a competence for his advanced years.  He was the father of nineteen children.  He located in this county in 1847 and became the owner of 300 acres of its best land, immediately east of this city, one hundred acres of which he cleared himself, and all of which he still owned at the time of his death.
          In politics Mr. Burgess was a democrat and he was active in furthering the interests of the party and in any good work for the upbuilding of his home community.  He had been a member of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist church for thirty years.
          He had married three times.  His first wife was  Elizabeth Wikoff,  of Kentucky.  They were married in 1841 and she died in 1853.  Of the seven children of this union two survive.  They are  Mrs. Horace Bates,  of this county, and  Mrs. Alfred Thompson,  of Boone county.
          His second wife was  Arthusa F. Wright.  They were married in 1855 and she died in 1871.  Of the seven children born to this union, three survive.  They are  John C.,  of this city, and  James E.  and  Mrs. John Fagel,  both of this county.
          His third wife was  Margaret A. Jacobs.  They were married April 29, 1873.  She survives him with four of the five children born to their union.  The children are  Mrs. William Midkiff,  William C. Burgess,  Roy Otto Burgess  and  Mrs. Albert Brown,  all of this county.
          The funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock, at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist church, the Rev. Frank Level, of Franklin, the pastor, assisted by Rev. Clem Ricketts, of Circlesville, and Rev. John Reece, officiating, and the interment will be made in the Mt. Pisgah cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.  The cortege will leave the house at two o'clock.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Volunteer
Thursday, November 27, 1862
          A son of  Green Burgess,  residing about three miles East of this city, died very suddenly on Monday morning last.  He was in his usual robust health on retiring Sunday evening.  Monday morning his father rapped at his bed room door to awake him, and then went out.  On returning and finding his son had not yet made his appearance he again went up to his room and rapped, but receiving no answer entered, where he found his son in the last agonies of death.  A Physician was immediately sent for, but he died in about fifteen minutes.  He was about 17 years of age.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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