1986 - 1992
Viola M. Boston, 85, of Carthage died Monday, Oct. 26, 1987, at Keokuk (Iowa) Area Hospital.
She was born July 3, 1902, near Webster, the daughter of Alfred and Grace Marshall Myers. On Feb. 25, 1920, she married Ray H. Boston of Carthage in Memphis, Mo.
Surviving are two sons, Raymond C. of Carthage and Larry of Livermore, Calif.; four daughters, Mrs. Marvin (Bettie) Merritt of Carthage, Margie Boston of Rolla, Mo., Mrs. David (Shirley) Gnann of Nauvoo and Jean Morris of Winston-Salem, N.C.; one brother, Alman Myers of Carthage; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband; three brothers, Lawrence, Dale and Levi Myers; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Lamporte Funeral Home in Carthage with the Rev. Don Haworth officiating. Burial was in Moss Ridge Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to Montrose Health Center.
The Carthage Republican
August 8, 1934
William E. Boston
William Boston, the son of John and Charlotte (Fletcher) Boston, was born February 14, 1868, at the old homestead about six miles southeast of Carthage, and departed this life at his home in that vicinity, August 4, 1934, at 4:00 o'clock a. m., after a brief illness, from heart trouble, aged 86 years.
On September 24, 1893, he was married to Olive May Smith, in Bentley, and they purchased a farm adjoining that of the Boston homestead, where they resided until her death, since which time he has continued to make his home there.
To this union was born one son, Orel Frederick, of Winchester, Ind.
Mr. Boston was of an industrious disposition, and cultivated the lands where he resided for so many years, keeping in contact with his neighbors and relatives nearby, and always of the same happy disposition, through adversity as during his happy moments. He has many friends throughout his lifetime residence in this community, who mourn his passing.
He leaves surviving him, his son, Orel Frederick, of Winchester, Ind.; his sisters, Mrs. Mahala Timberlake, of Leadman, Kansas; Mrs. Lottie Tucker, of Bellflower, Calif.; and Mrs. Lizzie Waggoner of this vicinity; also two brothers, Sylvester Boston, of East Carthage and Fred Boston, of near Bowen.
Funeral services were held at "The Elms" Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Morgan Webb, with interment at Moss Ridge.
The Carthage Republican
November 28, 1917
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Boston
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Boston of this city celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Saturday, Nov. 24th, very quietly at their home. On account of the illness of the father only a few of their children and friends were entertained.
William Hickman Boston was born in Illinois in Carthage township, Dec. 4, 1843, living here all of his life with the exception of about one year in the civil war and five years out west.
In 1862 he enlisted in the 118th Reg. Ill. Inf., for three years, but only served about one year on account of disability. He crossed the plains in 1864 and was just five months crossing.
Nancy Elizabeth Bryant was born Nov. 22, 1845 in Virginia, Jacksonville, Floyd county, and came west when she was 9 years old, remaining here with the exception of one year which was spent in Missouri.
Mr. and Mrs. Boston were united in marriage Nov. 24, 1867, and to this union was born ten children, three gone to the great beyond and seven survive, namely: Marvin Edward, Joseph Hickman, Charles Thomas and Ray Harold living at home, also Mrs. Ella Burns, Mrs. Minnie Edgecomb and Mrs. Clark Davis, all of whom live in this city. They also have twenty-two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
They received some presents and several congratulatory cards.
Mr. and Mrs. Boston are among our respected citizens. They have lived their lives quietly following the path of duty with the best intentions and with quiet industry. May they live many years to enjoy the devotion of their children.
The Carthage Republican
June 25, 1919
DEATH OF WILLIAM BOSTON
Again one of our old soldiers has answered death's call, being William H. Boston, who passed away at his home in the south part of the city Sunday evening at 10 a.m., aged 76 years.
Mr. Boston has been in poor health for some years, yet able to be up and had been to the city quite recently, however for the past week he had been ill at his home.
Mr. Boston, the son of Hickman and Melia (Davis) Boston, was born December 4, 1843, in Illinois, his father being a native of Kentucky and the other of Illinois. Mr. Boston has spent the greater portion of his life in this state, and in fact has been a resident of this city for more than thirty years. Prior to his removal to the city he was engaged in farming.
Mr. Boston was one of our soldiers, having enlisted and served four years, but this service did not complete his record for his country as he had one son, Ray, who was called into service in the world war. He was a member of the G.A.R. of this city. He leaves surviving beside his wife, four sons and two daughters, Charles, of Missouri; Ray, Marvin and Joseph of this city, and Mrs. Ella Burns and Mrs. Jessie Davis, also of this city.
Funeral services were held from the home Tuesday at 3:00 o'clock p.m., Rev. L.E. Frazee of Bentley officiating. Burial at Moss Ridge cemetery.
The Carthage Republican
June 15, 1949
30 YEARS AGO
William H. Boston passed away at his home in the south part of Carthage June 21, aged 76 years. He was the son of Hickman and Melia (Davis) Boston. He had been engaged in farming until 30 years ago, when the family moved to Carthage. He served with the federal troops in the Civil War for four years and his son, Ray, carried on the family loyalty by serving overseas in World War I. He was survived by his wife and these children: Charles, Ray, Marvin, Joseph, Ella Burns and Jessie Davis. Funeral services were held from the home, Rev. L. E. Frazee officiating and interment was in Moss Ridge.
Floyd County, Virginia
Will Book F
I, Josiah Briant, being of sound mind and disposing memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and being well advanced in years, and being anxious to provide for the comfortable support and maintenance of my wife, should she survive me, during the residue of her natural life and at the death of my said wife to dispose of all my estate both real and personal so that there cannot be litigation or controversy concerning the law do make and publish this my last Will and testament.
1st I give, grant, devise, and bequeath to my wife, Mary Briant, (should she survive me) all my estate, both real and personal, of every kind and description for and during her natural life.
2nd At and after my death, or the death of my said wife, should she survive me, I devise that my real estate be disposed of as follows: I give and devise to J. O. Dallas Thomas the land I live on, being in several tracts, and adjoining each other, and containing some 100 acres, more or less, on condition that said J. O. Dallas Thomas shall pay the sum of $800.00 as herein after named, to wit: $100.00 thereof to be paid to Caroline wife of J. O. Dallas Thomas, and in the event my said wife should survive me, then he is to pay her the residue of said $800.00 or so much thereof as she desires, for her support and maintenance, and then at her death, the residue if any to be paid to the heirs of myself and wife as herein after mentioned.
I give and devise to J. B. Wood my mountain tract of land, containing 36 acres, on condition that said J. B. Wood shall pay the sum of $400.00 as herein after named, to wit: $75.00 thereof to be paid to his three children to wit J. J. Wood, Green Wood, & Ellen Wood, $25.00 each and in the event my said wife should survive me, then he is to pay her the residue of said $400.00 or so much thereof as she desires for her support and maintenance, and then at her death, the residue if any to be paid to the heirs of myself and wife as herein after mentioned.
The said J. O. Dallas Thomas and J. B. Wood are to have one, two & three years without interest to pay the said amounts and if they fail to pay same during that time they may have two years longer in which to pay same by paying interest on same after the said three years.
3rd After my wife disposes of such personal property as she sees proper the remainder if any is to be sold by my executors herein after named and the proceeds thereof together with the residue of the land money if any then be due by said J. O. Dallas Thomas & J. B. Wood is to be divided equally among the following persons in the following manner, to wit: 1/7 to Daniel Howell, 1/7 to Aron Nester, 1/7 to Thomas Howell & children, to wit Josiah Howell & Amanda Thomas, 1/7 to John B. Wood's children, to wit: J. J. Wood, Green Wood, and Ellen Wood, 1/7 to John Bryants children to wit Mary Briant, Susan Briant, Sarah Brammer, Martha Jefferson & Nancy Hall, 1/7 to John Sammons children, to wit: Green Sammons & Mark Sammons & 1/7 to the children of Henry Thompson Dec’d.
4th I hereby nominate and appoint J. O. Dallas Thomas and Green Wood as executors of this my last Will & Testament, but they are not to have any appraisement or inventory of my estate nor to be chargable with any part of my estate until after the death of my said wife should she survive me.
For testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal this the 30th day of June 1888.
Signed sealed and acknowledged by Josiah Briant as his last will and testament in our presence & when we were present at the same time and witnessed by us in his presence and at his request.
A. W. Lancaster
John A. Weeks
Virginia, In Floyd County Court, May Term 1892.
A paper purporting to be the last Will & Testament of Josiah Briant deceased was produced in Court, proven by the oath of A. W. Lancaster & John A. Weeks his subscribing witnesses thereto—admitted to probate & ordered to be recorded.
And on motion of J. O. D. Thomas and Green Wood the executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with J. A. Thomas & J. A. Wood then Securities entered into and acknowledged a Bond in the penalty of $1000.00 conditioned according to law a Certificate is granted them for obtaining probate of said Will in due form – And on the motion of the said executors ordered that Henry Lawrence, J. A. Weeks & C. Moran being first duly sworn for that purpose do appraise the personal estate of Josiah Bryant dec’d at a fair value and make a due return of their appraisement.
The Daily Gate City
July 19, 1978
Mrs. Lelah Chloe Briggs, 71, 2900 S. 7th St. died unexpectedly at 5:30 a.m. this morning.
Arrangements are pending at DeJong Funeral Home.