Clay County

Emily Jane Schooley

Funeral Notice

Emily J. Schooley

Born March 4th 1943
Died January 21st 1914
Aged 70 years 10 months 17 days

Funeral services from Christian Church, Clay City, Ill., Friday January 23rd, 1914, two o'clock p. m., conducte4d by Elder J. A. Battenfield. Casket will be open from 12:30 p. m. to 1:30 p. m.

Pall Bearers
Chas. D. Duff, J. E. Coggan, Sam Davidson, Harry Viskniskki, A. H. Duff, J. E. Gibbs.


Emily Jane Kennedy, daughter of Mary Coultre and David Kennedy, was born in Newtonards, County Down, Ireland, March 4, 1843. She died January 21, 1914 at the home of her youngest daughter, Mrs. C. E. Ausbrooke, Noble, Illinois.

She came to America with her mother and five brothers in 1858. The father had migrated here two years before. The eldest brother was left behind and he joined the Queens Service. Because of a gunshot wound he was never able to make the trip across.

The voyage was made in a sailing vessel and took six weeks. They first settled in Bethel, Ohio, coming to Clay City next and then Wayne Co. finally returning to Clay City, Illinois. Here Emily Jane Kennedy was united in marriage to Orlando D. Schooley, March 15, 1863.

Nine children were born, four sons and two daughters died in infancy. Those left are: Mrs. C. E. Ausbrook of Noble, O. D. Schooley, Vallonia, Indiana, and Mrs. F. W. Brissenden of Bridgeport, Illinois. Four brothers, Henry Leslie, London, Eng., William and Edmund of Fayettesville, Arkansas and Walter of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and one sister, Mrs. W. E. Harlow, wife of Evangelist Rev. W. E. Harlow of Springfield, Illinois.

Mrs. Schooley was raised a strict Presbyterian and brought to America her church letter form Scott's Church, Caven, from the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Iredland dated 1858.

Burial was in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery, Clay City, Illinois.

Contributed 16 May 2020 by John Bartos

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