Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Jemima Ann (Simms) Timberlake

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Jemima Simms, daughter of Rev. William and Delilah (Welch) Sims,  married Robert Douglas Timberlake.

Obituary of Robert D. Timberlake Jr., son of Jemima (Simms) and Robert D. Timberlake Sr.:

OLD COUNTY PIONEER DIES SATURDAY NIGHT
ROBERT D. TIMBERLAKE SUCCUMBS AT THE HOME OF DAUGHTER
Funeral Services Held at Home Monday Afternoon—Resident of Mason Township—Active Politician of County for Many Years.
Robert. D. Timberlake.
Robert D. [ouglas] Timberlake, who was stricken with pneumonia a few days ago, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. [homas] E. [lliott] Anderson, at 5:30 Saturday evening. A weak heart and a kidney trouble of long standing caused complications impossible for one of his age to resist.

Funeral services were held from his late home in Mason township Monday, December 13, at 1 p. m., conducted by Rev. C. W. Proctor, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Gravity and the Gilead church. Interment was in the Graceland cemetery west of town.

Deceased had been a resident of Mason Township for more than forty years, where he took a piece of raw prairie land and improved it until it is one of the best farms in the township. He has always taken an active part in the affairs of his township and county, and took a decided and aggressive stand on public questions, being fearless in the advocacy of what he believed to be right.

An ardent believer in democratic principles, deceased was active in local politics and was in one campaign for state representative, receiving a flattering vote for a minority candidate in the November election.

As a friend and neighbor he was highly esteemed and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Robert Douglas Timberlake was born at the old Timberlake homestead near Alpha, Henry County, Illinois, October 24, 1844, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. [homas] E. [lliott] Anderson, Dec. 10, 1915, aged 71 years, 1 month and 16 days.

He was the son of Robert and Jemima [Ann Simms] Timberlake. His early life was spent near the old home in Illinois. In 1866 he was married to Minnie [Amanda] M. [elissa] Gamble of Woodhull, Ill., where they lived until 1874, when they moved to Taylor county, settling on the farm where they have continuously resided since.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake, all of whom are living. They are Harry P. [ierce] Timberlake, who lives on the home farm in Mason township, Mrs. Nellie [Bly] Sparks, near New Market, Mrs. Bertha [Blanche] Anderson of Bedford and Claude I. [rvin] Timberlake, who is now in Havana, Cuba. All except the latter were present at the funeral. In addition to the above named children, deceased had nine grandchildren, five boys and four girls, who are left to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent grandfather, whose cheerful stories will always be to them a loving memory.

Deceased was of a family of thirteen children, ten of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. Seven of these are still living, five sisters and two brothers. They are J. [oseph] M. [adison] Timberlake of Greenfield, Iowa; W. [illiam] S.[imms] Timberlake of Alpha, Ill.; Mrs. J. A. [ugust] Sherbeck [Ann] of Oelwein, Iowa; Mrs. H. J. [osiah] Tilden [Delilah Jane] of Lincoln, Neb.; Mrs. W.[illiam] T. Furlong [Lucy Ellen] of Rochelle, Ill.; Mrs. John J. Walbert, Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. A. [rthur] S.[tanberry] Wainwright [Susan] of Mason Township. His sister Mary died fifty years ago and his twin brother George [Washington] twenty years ago, since which time there has not been a death in the family.

Mrs. Timberlake died Feb. 16, 1899, her death being caused by the same malady that caused the death of Mr. Timberlake.

Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were W. [illiam] J. [ay] Furlong, Jr., Rochelle, Ill., and W. [illiam] S. [imms] Timberlake and O. [tis] B.[rown] Timberlake of Alpha, Ill.
[Source: Bedford Free Press; Taylor County, Iowa; Tues. 14 Dec 1915]

Robert D. Timberlake
Robert D. [ouglas] Timberlake died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T.[homas] E. [lliott] Anderson, in Bedford at 5:30 o'clock Friday evening. Funeral services were held at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon at the farm home in Mason Township, conducted by Rev. C. C. Proctor, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at Gravity, who also officiates at the Gilead church. Interment was in Graceland cemetery.

While there were many older settlers, Mr. Timberlake came here in time to take up prairie land in Mason Township, in 1874, and that has since been his home. He acquired a wide acquaintance in Taylor County and was one of the active men of the community during his entire life. Politically he was a democrat, and was frequently honored by his party.

Robert Douglas Timberlake was born at the old Timberlake homestead near Alpha, Henry County Illinois, October 24, 1844.

He was the son of Robert and Jemima [Ann Simms] Timberlake. His early life was spent near the old home in Illinois. In 1866 he was married to Minnie [Amanda] M. [elissa] Gamble of Woodhull, Ill., where they lived until 1874, when they moved to Taylor County, settling on the farm where they have continuously resided since.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake, all of whom are living. They are Harry P. [ierce] Timberlake, who lives on the home farm in Mason Township, Mrs. Nellie [Bly] Sparks, near New Market, Mrs. Bertha [Blanche] Anderson of Bedford and Claude I. [rvin] Timberlake who is now in Havana, Cuba. All except the latter were present at the funeral. In addition to the above named children, deceased had nine grandchildren, five boys and four girls, who are left to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent grandfather, whose cheerful stories will always be to them a loving memory.

Deceased was of a family of thirteen children, ten of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. Seven of these are still living, five sisters and two brothers. They are J. [oseph] M. [adison] Timberlake of Greenfield, Iowa; W. [illiam] S.[imms] Timberlake of Alpha, Ill.; Mrs. J. A. [ugust] Sherbeck [Ann] of Oelwein, Iowa; Mrs. J. [osiah] H. [erbert] Tilden [Delilah Jane] of Lincoln, Neb.; Mrs. W. [illiam] J. [ay] Furlong [Lucy Ellen] of Rochelle, Ill.; Mrs. John J. Walbert, Chicago, Ill; and Mrs. A. [rthur] S. [tanberry] Wainwright [Susan] of Mason Township. His sister Mary died fifty years ago and his twin brother George twenty years ago, since which time there has not been a death in the family.

Mrs. Timberlake died Feb. 16, 1899, her death being caused by the same malady that caused the death of Mr. Timberlake.

Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were W. [illiam] J. [ay] Furlong, Jr., Rochelle, Ill., and W. [illiam] S. [imms] Timberlake and O. [tis] B.[rown] Timberlake of Alpha, Ill.
[Source: Bedford Times-Republican; Taylor County, Iowa; Thurs. 16 Dec 1915]

Obituary of William Simms Timberlake, son of Jemima (Simms) and Robert D. Timberlake:

W. S. Timberlake, 99, Dies In Illinois
Harry P. [ierce] Timberlake, Mrs. Nellie Sparks of Gravity, Mrs. T. [homas] E.[lliott] Anderson [Bertha], Mrs. Harold Fitch, Mrs. Verne Timberlake, Mrs. Claude Timberlake, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Stephens returned Wednesday from Alpha, Ill., where they attended the funeral services for their uncle, William Simms Timberlake on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Timberlake was a brother of the late R. [obert] D. [ouglas] Timberlake and Mrs. Susan Wainwright of this community and was the last member of a family of thirteen children, seven of whom lived to be more than eighty years of age. He was in his one hundredth year and had spent his long life in the same locality, residing the past few years on the same section on which he was born.

Possessed of a wonderful personality, Mr. Timberlake retained his cheerfulness and optimism and keen mind to the last. His death was caused by a fall, breaking a bone in his leg, and came peacefully at St. Mary's Hospital in Galesburg, Ill., on Sunday, Oct. 15.

He was a life-long member of the Masonic order and was one of the very last survivors of the 102 Illinois Company, which was of Civil War prominence. His grandfather, Joseph Timberlake served seven years in the Lifeguard of George Washington.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. D. Lee of Goodhope, Ill., under the auspices of the Kewanee Post of the American Legion. Burial was in the Summit Level cemetery at Woodhull, Ill.

Mr. Timberlake is survived by one son, O. [tis] B. [rown] Timberlake. Also by six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His wife was the former Miss Sarah Powell and was an aunt of the Powells of this community.
[Source: Bedford Times-Press; Taylor County, Iowa,Thursday  19 October 1939]

Death notice of George Washington Timberlake, son of Jemima (Simms) and Robert D. Timberlake:

Robert Timberlake received a message last Friday morning from Alpha, Ill., bringing the intelligence that his twin brother, Geo. [Washington] Timberlake had committed suicide on Friday evening at his home near Alpha; Further particulars of the sad affair have not been learned.
[Source: Bedford Free Press; Taylor County, Iowa; Thurs. 27 Feb 1896]








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