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Elijah Shaw "Doc" Camery

1835 - 1910

Another Long Time Citizen of Henry Has Paid the Debt of Nature and Ended a Life's Career

Elijah S. Camery was born in Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, April 16, 1835, and died Jan 9, 1910, aged 74 y 8 m 24 d. He was married to his bereaved wife, whose maiden name was Miss Isabell Brown, daughter of the late Jesse Brown, May 17, 1865. To them six children were born; two are dead, four are living. About 25 years ago Mr. Camery came to Henry, but previous to that time he had resided on a farm in Saratoga township. Mr. Camery had been sick with paralysis of the abdomen for several months preceding death and during his illness he was a great sufferer. Familiarly Mr. Camery was known as "Doc" and few knew his real name, so general was this title accorded him. While engaged in farming in his younger days, he was acquainted with horses and their diseases, and in the vocation of an unlicensed veterinary (there were no licensed ones in those days) he earned the title of "Doc," which nomenclature remained with him. Coming to Henry he devoted his time to carpentering, and many of the houses of Henry and vicinity had "heard the sound of his hammer and tools of iron." Until his last sickness, he was a pretty strong well built man, and enjoyed fairly good health. The deceased, while not identified with any Christian organization claimed fellowship with the body of Christ. On Tuesday afternoon funeral services were held in the M.E. church, the pastor, R.L. Vivian, officiating. Many wre present of the elderly class of acquaintances. The mortal was interred in Henry cemetery, beautiful for situation. Mr. Camery leaves to mourn his departure a devoted wife and four children, three daughters and one son -- Allie (Mrs. Forbes) of Kansas; Maud, Lenora and Dorton and two sisters, Mrs. Applen and Mrs. F. A. Raymond, and three brothers, Christopher, James, both of Iowa and Isaac of Henry, with other relatives and friends. Mr. Camery was a member of the Northern Illinois Co-operative Burial association, and the interment was under its auspices. The pall bearers wre Owen Allen, Theodore Kaifer, S. L. Case, J. O. Hill, J. A. Williams and C. E. Burt. Undertaker A. B. Smith.

After an illness extending over several weeks, occasioned by a complication of diseases, Elisha S. Camery, familiarly known as "Dock," departed this life Sunday morning, aged 74 y 9mos 23 d. Mr. Camery was born near Mt. Vernon, Knox county, Ohio, April 16, 1835, and lived there till he was 19 years of age when the family moved to Illinois and settled upon a farm in Saratoga township. Elisha was the seventh of twelve children, nine sons and three daughters. Three of the sons, all older than Elisha, are still living -- James in Iowa, Christian, also in Iowa, and Isaac W. in Henry. Two of the sisters, Mrs. Mary Applen of Milo and Mrs. F. A. Raymond also survive him. About 1804 (error) Mr. Camery was married to 'Miss Belle Brown who is left to mourn the loss of a loving husband. To this union five children were born, four daughters and one son, four of whom are living--Allie, now Mrs. Forbes, living in Kansas; Maud, the popular saleslady in F. E. Lovett's news and notion store and lives at home, and Nora, who is away teaching school, Dorton married and living in Kansas. Madge, who had grown into a beautiful and accomplished young lady, sickened and died a few years ago. Mr. Camery was a carpenter by trade and has plied his craft in Henry for a good many years. He was a very genial, companionable man and had a pleasant greeting for everybody. The funeral was held at the M. E. church on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., Rev. R. L. Vivian officiating clergyman and ....

(Henry Times Jan 14, 1910)

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