Posted By:Patricia Kelley
Subject:Re: Will try to help for searches in Mason City
Post Date:February 19, 2004 at 17:26:19
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Forum:Mason County, IL Genealogy Forum
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Hi Elizabeth
Yes, that is William's family in the 1840 census.
William came to Mason (then Tazewell) county in 1837 or 1838. He died 15 December 1841.
The History of Mason & Menard Counties says of William:
“The first practitioner of the healing art was William Coder, who had settled in the eastern part of Havana Township in 1838. He was a minister of some reputation as well as a physician, and sought by his labors to heal spiritual as well as physical infirmities.”
The obituary which appeared in the Pennsylvania newspaper said:
"On the 15th of December, in Mason County, Illinois, the REV. WILLIAM CODER, minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, formerly of Northumberland County, Pa. He died as he had lived, an exemplary Christian, and faithful minister of the Gospel, [there follows a portion of a poem]...He died without a struggle or a groan, he has left a wife and seven children to mourn the loss of a departed Father and friend, but their loss is his infinite gain."

I don't have his wife's name nor do I know what happened to her after he died.

His son, my greatgreatgrandfather David J. Coder went to Ripley County by 1850. David's brother Elisha Coder went to Logan County. Their brother Nelson had died around the time William did. Brother George stayed behind in PA.
I have 3 other brothers: William, Robert, and one unnamed brother unaccounted for.

I thought maybe if William's cemetery record was found I could get a birthdate or at least a year and that would help me trace his place of birth, and possibly his parents. If there was an obituary in Mason County it might also give some help in that direction. I can't get farther back.

Thanks for helping with this.