Cover note:
"Judge Primm's Experience" and "Death of Judge Primm" for Linda and Laura Mahin from their grandmother Effie Leedy Mahin, granddaughter of Judge James L. Primm. Linda and Laura, Judge Primm is your great-great grandfather.

The clipping about his death is from a Pinckneyville, Illinois paper evidently. His daughter, Fannie L. (Primm) Leedy was my mother.

Effie Jeannette (Leedy) Mahin

Death of Judge Primm.

About eight o'clock last Sunday morning, April 29th 1888, the long expected summons came to the bedside of our lamented friend Judge James L. Primm, releasing him from the sufferings incident to a lingering and painful disease, an affection of the throat, which had confined him to his room for months.

About thirty-one years ago, Mr. Primm became a resident of Holts Prairie in this county, where he brought up a family of nine children. Rev. J. W. Primm, pastor of the Baptist church in Carrolton, Ill, Mrs. E. C. Eaton, of this city, Mrs. J. A. Wilks , of Holts Prairie, Mrs. D. Leedy, of Colorado, Mrs. Dr. J. I. Higgs, of Swanwick, James L. Benjamin, Eva and Minnie Primm, who remain with their mother at the old home.

The years of his life were sixty-eight nearly. He was born in St. Clair county, Ill., July 31st 1920. His father and grandfather were among the early settlers, having located in that part of the country in 1802. A. T. Primm, of Belleville is his brother.

His life was a successful one. Through well directed effort he made a comfortable and beautiful rural home, afforded his children good opportunities for education, extended hospitalities to friends. Set a good example by a consistent christian walk. Served faithfully in the capacity of a public servant at the call of the people of his county - as county commissioner for eight years, administered with great care and discretion the financial affairs entrusted to him. Supported cheerfully the concerns of the church in which he was a deacon, and with his "house set in order" resigned himself with composure to the event of approaching death.

His death was a triumphant one. Having committed his ways to the Lord he was enabled to pillow his head upon the promises of the holy word, and when the closing scenes of life drew near, his spiritual vision seemed to be opened to the glories of the better world. "Don't you hear them? Don't you hear them?" he exclaimed, and when asked what it was he heard, he replied in ecstasy, "The angels, singing. I see a great multitude which no man could number." His passage to the world unseen by the natural eye, seemed clear to the eye of faith, and he departed with the prayer upon his lips, "come, Lord Jesus, come quickly."

His devoted companion - formerly Miss Jennette Ballard, to whom he was married in July 1846, and the above named sons and daughters were all present, except Mrs. Leedy. All are members of churches of the Baptist faith.

Funeral services of an appropriate character were held at the residence and at the Baptish church in Pinckneyville, by Elders Marion Teague, Jacob Cole, and W. S. D. Smith. A very large number of persons were present.




Separate clipping:

Bro. Primm was married in July, 1846, to Miss Jennette Ballard, who, with nine children, all members of the Baptist church, survive him. Rev.. J. W. Primm, of Carrollton, is his oldest son. Bro. Primm was converted in 1854, under the labors of Rev. R. C. Keele, in St. Clair county, Ill. His life was that of a humble, devoted follower of Jesus, and his death a glorious triumph of faith. "Many regrets, but no fear; regrets for theh past; no fears for the future," was the reply when asked as to his future. In ecstasy he exclaimed, "Don't you hear them? Don't you hear them?" and when asked what it was he heard, he exclaimed: "The angels singing. I see a great multitude which no man could number," and with an earnest desire to depart, he prayed, "Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly." God gave him sweet release. "He giveth his beloved sleep."


Donated by ©Laura (Mahin-Leedy-Primm) Duey

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