The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, January 11, 1940
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JAMES  TOWNSEND  DIES  AT  HOSPITAL
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Resident of St. Paul Neighborhood
Dies After Christmas Day Operation
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          James S. Townsend, aged 82, of two miles southeast of St. Paul, died at 7:15 o'clock Wednesday evening at Major Hospital. Mr. Townsend had undergone an emergency appendicitis operation on Christmas Day. He was born on November 13, 1857 in Decatur County, the son of  James & Sarah Townsend.  Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Sarah Bailey, of St. Paul; four nieces, Mrs. Haley Smith,  Mrs. Myrtie Ayers,  Mrs. Grace McIntire &  Mrs. Bertha Clapp & 3 nephews, Eber,  Lewis  &  Ray  Townsend.  Mr. Townsend was married to Miss Lina Demott in 1888, she preceded him in death 14 years ago.  Funeral services will be held at the United Brethren Chapel Church, south of St. Paul at 2:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  Burial will be in the U. B. Chapel cemetery in charge of Ezra Carmony, funeral director.  Rev. Chester H. Grace will officiate at the funeral.  Friends may call at the home of the sister, Mrs. Sarah Bailey, in St. Paul.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, June 5, 1937
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RITES  MONDAY
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John Townsend, 82, Dies at Daughter's Home
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          John Townsend, 82, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Estal Ayers, 317 South Tompkins street, at 5:30 a.m. Saturday following an illness since May 13.  He was the son of James and Susan Warren Townsend and was born March 4, 1855. On February 1, 1877 he married Augusta Leffler, who died December 22, 1913.  Survivors besides the daughter are five other children,  Mrs. Halcy Smith, Oaktown;  Roy,  Eber and  Lewis Townsend and  Mrs. Grace McIntire, of one and one-half miles southeast of St. Paul; one sister,  Mrs. Sarah Bailey, St. Paul; and one brother,  James Townsend of St. Paul.  One son  Rollie Townsend, died in 1918.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the U. B. chapel south of St. Paul.  The body was taken to the home of Mrs. McIntire Saturday afternoon.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, July 9, 1937
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DIES  AT  HOME
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Mrs. Fannie Irene Townsend Passed Away
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          Mrs. Fannie Irene Townsend, 49, wife of  Roy Townsend, died at her home in Adams township, Decatur county, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday after an illness of seven years.  She was born in Clay township, Decatur county, October 15, 1887 and was the daughter of  Archibald and  Mary E. Christian Mercer.  She had spent all her life in Decatur county with the exception of two winters she was in Texas for the benefit of her health. Her marriage took place August 28, 1907.  Survivors besides the husband are two adopted children,  Mary Elizabeth and  Glen Mercer Townsend, at home, one brother,  Harry C. Mercer, Muncie; one sister,  Mrs. Noel Anderson, Letts; one niece,  Mrs. Earl Fox, Hartsville; and two nephews,  Robert and  Max Anderson of Letts.  Mrs. Townsend was a member of the Union Chapel south of St. Paul, where funeral rites will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday after short services at the home at 2 p.m.  The Rev. Joseph Caster, of Hope, former pastor of the church, will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son, funeral directors.  Friends may call at the home anytime.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, August 28, 1925
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DEATH  CAUSED  BY  PARALYSIS
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Mrs. James Townsend, East of St. Paul
Succumbed Early This Morning
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FUNERAL  MONDAY  MORNING
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          Mrs. Mary Lina Townsend, wife of James Townsend, died at her home east of St. Paul, Friday morning at 3:30 o'clock, after an illness from paralysis.  She was a native of Shelby county and was born January 31, 1863. She was the daughter of the late  Abraham and  Sarba DeMott and was married to Mr. Townsend on February 16, 1888. Besides the husband she leaves one brother, Theodore DeMott, of Arcola, Illinois, two nieces,  Mrs. Carter Clapp, of St. Paul and  Andia DeMott, of St, Louis, Missouri, and two nephews,  Virgil and   Sheldon DeMott, of Arcola, Illinois.  The deceased was a devout member of the United Brethern Church and was actively interested in many affairs of her community.  Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Union Chapel Church with interment in the church cemetery in charge of R. T. Stewart.
Submitted by Barb Huff

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