Mercer County, Illinois
December 15, 1921
Charles William SOUTHERN was born in Pearisburg, Chiles (sic) county, Virginia, April 8th, 1829, and died at the home of
George MARTIN, December 7th, 1921, aged 92 years and 8 months.
When 13 years of age he went to Cedar county, Iowa. After a short residence there he came with his parents to Duncan
Prairie, Mercer county, Illinois, where he grew to manhood. On August 6th, 1851, he was united in marriage to Ruth Ruema
McMANNIS of New Boston. After their marriage they moved to their farm three miles southwest of Viola, Illinois, where
they lived until the death of Mrs. SOUTHERN, June 6th, 1905. To this union were born five children. Catherine B. MARTIN,
Viola, Illinois; Eva ASHENHURST, Tingley, Ia.; William S. SOUTHERN, who died at the age of [illegible] years; Martha
Selma SOUTHERN, who died in infancy, and Mariob (sic) S. SOUTHERN of Viola, Ill. There are seventeen grandchildren, forty
great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
On October 21, 1908, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth STEWART of Adair, Iowa. She preceded him in death
February 10th, 1912, at Adair, Iowa. Mr. SOUTHERN was a pioneer of Mercer county, having lived in the county for about
seventy years. He was a private in Co. D, 83rd Regiment, Illinois Volunteers.
In early life Mr. SOUTHERN a profession of his faith in Christ and united with a Free Presbyterian church that was located
a little west of Viola in the Carnahan neighborhood. Later on, in the seventies, he and his wife became members of the
United Presbyterian church of Viola where he remained a member until the time of his death, with the exception of a short
time he lived at Adair, Iowa. The allotted time for man on earth is said to be three score and ten, but Mr. SOUTHERN has
outlived this time by more than twenty years. It can well be said of him that he came to his "grave in full age, like a
shock of grain cometh in its season." A short time ago he seemed to realize that the end might not be far off for him and
he selected that passage of scripture to be read, the 55th chapter of Isaiah, and the text, the 6th and 7th verses of the
The funeral services were held from the home of George MARTIN, Saturday December 10th, at 11 a. m., in charge of his
pastor, A. S. BAILEY. The pallbearers were Messrs Fred MORRIS, J. M. TARY, W. A. ANDERSON, Alex. McGAUGHY, James Mack and
M. A. FORSYTHE. Burial was in the Mercer County Bethel cemetery west of Viola.
CARD OF THANKS
We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to our friends and neighbors for their kindness during the sickness and burial
of our beloved father. We also extend our thanks to the singers and for the beautiful floral offerings.Mr. and Mrs. Geo.
MARTIN and family
Mr. and Mrs. O. T. ASHENHURST and family
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. SOUTHERN and family.
Read Charles William Southern's Civil War Letters at Michael Cooley's Genealogy Pages:
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