I recently discovered at FamilySearch.org the Will Records for Jo Daviess County, Illinois, 1829-1926. It’s part of the Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970, collection. I started going through the books individually looking for relatives’ wills. I’ve found about 20, but searching is a pain since the wills haven’t been indexed. Fortunately, all but one of the books have a list of names in the first few pages of the books. The images quality is great. To make my search easier, since I know I’ll need it in the future, I started a spreadsheet which lists the names from different will books. I’ve only started a few days ago, but since it will take some time to enter the names, I thought I’d start sharing the information sooner rather than later. If you see errors, let me know.
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This obituary is for Benjamin Blewett, son of John Blewett and Margaret Brookens. He was born May 20, 1845, in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois, the fourth of six children. He married Rose Stephens and they had a son Benjamin.
He died October 21, 1928, in Elizabeth, Jo Daviess co, Illinois. He was killed by a bullet through the brain. His death was ruled a suicide, but it was suspicious since there was two bullet casings.
Interment made at Oakwood Cemetery in Elizabeth.
Obituary from the Freeport Journal-Standard, 26 Oct 1928, page 16.
Transcription of obituary
Benjamin Blewett was born in Guilford township of this country on May 20, 1845, and spent the most of his life in Jo Daviess county where he was widely known. He spent his early life on the farm of his parents but came to Elizabeth while still a young man and operated a cobbler’s shop here. Later he moved to Nora where he continued the business and at one time he was a traveling salesman for a shoe manufacturing company. Some time later he moved to Sheffield, Iowa, and about 35 years ago he returned to this county making his home in Hanover until a few months ago when he came to Elizabeth.
He is survived by one son, Benjamin Blewett of this city, his wife having preceded him in death about 35 years ago. One sister, Mrs. William Combellick of Gettysburg, So. Dakota and one brother Thomas Blewett of Thornton, Iowa, besides several nephews and nieces of this locality are also left to mourn his departure.