Monday, March 28, 2011

Stephen Church

I contacted the Dayton Library and they gave me the name of a lady who is a local genealogy volunteer.  Once again she got back to me within 24 hours with information about the Church family.  She told me that Angeline Cahill was Elias brother.  She is buried in the Dayton City Cemetery and this can be seen on

This information was also incuded:

Angeline C. Cahill - Stephen Church - Herrick - Washington State Death Records
Record Series: Death Records
Collection: Washington State Death Records
County: Statewide

Da Reference Number: {24D28E25-4F05-4B4C-A15C-E88279A9E90F}
Image Number: 35
Document Number: 24
Document Reference Id: 24
Name: Angeline C. Cahill
Date Of Death: 13 Apr 1920
Age: 81
Gender: Female
Father Name:
Stephen Church

Mother Name:
Batch Id: 275789
Batch Locality: Washington, United States
Death Place: Dayton, Columbia, Washington
Mother Name Surname: Herrick
This Obituary comes from Columbia Chroncile, Dayton WA, 14 Apr 1920, Page 1. 

"ill but a short time, being stricken a few days ago with paralysis. She recovered somewhat from this stroke, but suffered another Tuesday and passed away peacefully." ...1850 moved to WI where she married William R. Cahill in 1855 (deceased Jan 1890 according to the obit; cemetery records say he was buried 18 Dec 1889)...after the War they moved to KS; 1878 moved to this area taking a homestead on Eckler Mountain...Mother of 4: Alice D., A.P., W.E., and Stanley (dec'd 1880)...
There was lots of valuable information here.  I have her death certificate which gave me the name of her parents and those happen to be Elias parents too. 

Her son Alpha Patrick Cahill (A P) was a well known figure in the area.  He is also mentioned in Ard’s obituary as being a cousin.  I was able to find an interesting article on A. P. Cahill.

History of Old Walla Walla County,
Section IV, p. 487
Alph Patrick Cahill, manager and cashier of the Broughton National Bank at Dayton, Columbia county, was born at Markesan, Green Lake county, Wisconsin, October 7, 1859, a son of William R. and Angeline C. (Church) Cahill. His paternal grandfather, Patrick Cahill, was born in
Dublin, Ireland, in 1800 while his maternal grandfather was one of the pioneer preachers of western Pennsylvania. William R. Cahill, the father, became one of the early settlers of the state of Wisconsin and contributed in substantial measure to the pioneer development of Green Lake county. At the time of the Civil war he responded to the country's call to arms and went to the front in defense of the Union. At the usual age Alph P. Cahill became a pupil in the public schools of his native state, passing through consecutive grades until he completed a high school course in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in 1873. He then turned his attention to the occupation of farming but afterward engaged in merchandising and subsequently took up the milling business. Step by step he progressed as the years went on and in 1909 he assisted in the organization of the Broughton National Bank of Dayton, Columbia county, Washington, and has since continued as its manager and cashier, largely shaping the policy and directing the activities of the institution. He has been most careful to safeguard the interests of stockholders and depositors alike, while the progressive methods of the bank have ever been tempered by a wise conservatism. On the 2nd of December, 1882, Mr. Cahill was united in marriage to Miss Irene M. Starr, a native of Oregon. For his second wife he chose Frankie G. King, a native of Columbia county, and a daughter of one of the pioneers of this section, William B. King, who was an old-time stage man, operating the Walla Walla-Lewiston stage and mail route in the early days. The second marriage was celebrated April 14, I915. Mr. Cahill's children are: Roy R., who is a graduate of Whitman College and also of the law school of Columbia University of New York and who married Jessie M. Criffield, a daughter of W. R. Criffield, of Walla Walla; Fred V., who is a graduate of Washington University and is now engaged in mercantile business and who married Grace J. Crossler; May, who is the wife of Frank G. Barclay, a Columbia county farmer; Patrick E., who married Ethel Johnston and is a bookkeeper in the Broughton National Bank; Mack, a graduate of the Newberg (Oregon) high school; and Burr, who is at home. Fraternally Mr. Cahill is connected with the Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Masonic orders, being a Royal Arch Mason. He has always been an active worker in these different organizations and has been presiding officer in each. In politics he has ever been a stalwart republican since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and from 1892 until 1896 he filled the position of county auditor, his reelection being an acknowledgment of his excellent service during his first term. He was county commissioner from 1910 until 1912 and he has always been loyal to every cause and trust reposed in him. His military record covers three years' service with the National Guard. His fidelity to duty has never been called into question, whether in behalf of the public or in the conduct of his business Interests. There is nothing spectacular in his career but his record is that of a busy life, such as contributes to the substantial force of every community.

We learn a few things about Stephen Church who was born 17 May, 1795 in Vermont.  He married Jerusha Herrick and was a pioneer preacher in Western Pennsylvania.  I am still reasearching the family.  That will probably be my next post after I receive a package from a 3rd cousin I got in contact with by talking with my new genealogy friend from Dayton, Washington.  I am checking the mail everyday!!

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