Southern Illinois Herald - Carbondale
June 1, 1895, Page 1, Column 1 and 2
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Captain Edmund Newsome died at the family home, this city, at 3 o'clock Tuesday morning last, May 28, 1895. His death was a surprise to all, though for a long time past he had been in feeble health.

Capt. Newsome was born in Earisheaton, England, December 1, 1826, and was at the time of his death in the 70th year of his age. he came with his father to this country and State in 1843. He began the following year to work his own way, applying his hands to anything they could find to do. In 1830 he began school teaching, which profession he followed for several years, and then obtained employment as telegraph operator. In 1861 he was chosen county surveyor of this county, but did not finish his term. In August, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company B, 81st Illinois Infantry. Immediately afterward he was made sergeant. June 13 or 15, 1863, he was promoted to 1st lieutenant, and January 18, 1864, was advanced to the rank of captain. He completed his military service May 13 or 15, 1865. But few soldiers were called on to do harder work, more severe fighting or to bear more suffering than Capt. Newsome. He participated in all the battles, skirmishes and marches in which his regiment was engaged until the battle of Guntown, Mississippi, June 1-, 1864. In this disastrous fight he was made prisoner. In company with a number of other captured officers of his regiment he was sent to Charleston, South Carolina. Here his sufferings were terrible. Poorly fed and clad, confined in quarters not fit for human beings and exposed to the fire of the federal guns then employed in reducing the city, it is wonderful that a man of his physique came out alive. He was finally exchanged March 1, 1865.

After his return from the war Capt. Newsome again took up the occupation of surveyor, which he continued until enfeebled by disease. He was elected three times and served three terms as county surveyor.

In 1856 Edmund Newsome and Miss Mary Phipher were united as husband and wife and from that time made Carbondale their home. In the same year Capt. Newsome built the house in which he died.

Of Capt. Newsome it may be truly said, "he had not an enemy in the world." He was a just and upright man, a Christian gentleman.

*Here the text ends but from the portion of the next two paragraphs that are available, it appears he was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Post No. 297 G. A. R. Burial was possibly on a Tuesday at 3:--

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Southern Illinois Herald - Carbondale
December 29, 1894, Page 1, Column 2

The sudden and serious illness of Mr. Elliott H. Sykes was noted in the Herald of last week. From the first it was feared that recovery was improbable. He became unconscious when smitten and remained in that condition until the end, which occurred last Wednesday morning. His age was 60 years.

Mr. Sykes was of English birth, but came to this country when a young lad with his parents, who settled near DeSoto at a date we have been unable to learn. He enlisted in Co. D, 21st Ill. Infantry, August 5, 1862, and served three years. After his discharge from the army, in 1865, he took up his residence in this city and followed the occupation of painter. He was twice married and was father of several children, only one of who, James, survives.

He was a man of quiet and retiring disposition and was generally well liked. He was industrious, but for some years past his health permitted him to work but little. The remains were interred in Oakland Cemetery Thursday afternoon.

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