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Corcoran Obituaries

Clarence Valerian Corcoran

"The Oberlin Herald" Jan 23, 1964, pg 12


Clarence V. Corcoran, 68, of Wichita, died Friday night, Jan 3, 1964, in Wichita.

He was born Dec. 15, 1895 at Oberlin, son of Timothy and Elizabeth Slaven Corcoran.  He grew to manhood on the family farm southwest of Oberlin. He married Wilna Hanchett of the Lund neighborhood, April 23, 1924.  To this union were born four children, three of whom survive.  His wife died when Eva was 20 months old.  His sister and her husband, Anna and John Bivans, raised the girls. On Feb. 12, 1937, he married Bula Sherich, who survives him.  They moved to Wichita in 1943, and he was an employee of the Santa Fe Railway Co., and later retired.  He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church of Wichita, and the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks.

Survivors include his wide, Bula; three children, Virgil D. of Denver, Color.; Gladys Madden, Abilene, and Mrs. Eva McGee, Norton; two sisters, Margeret Nielsen, Trenton, Mo.; Cleo Kernette (Wernette), Arvada, Colo; three brothers, J. M. Corcoran, Denver, C. E. Corcoran, St. Joseph, Mo.; and W. J. Corcoran, Oberlin; and nine grandchldren. 

Two sisters preceded him in death, Anna Bivans, Arvada, Colo., and Mary Hines, Rexford.

Interment was in Calvary Cemetery, Jan. 7, 1964, at Wichita.

Wilna Florence Hanchett


Wilna Florence Hanchett, was born in the Lund community Decatur county, June 3, 1897.  She departed this life on September 28, 1932.  She was at the time of her death, 35 years, 3 months and 25 days of age. She became a Christian in 1913 uniting with the Christian church.  Miss hanchett was married to Clarence Corcoran April 23, 1924, since which time they have lived on a farm in Bassettville township.  She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, together with her three sweet little children.  Virgil Dale, 5 years, Gladys Elizabeth, 4 years, and Eva Eliza who will soon be two years old; her eldrly (sic) mother, Mrs. Charles Hanchett of Lund community, two brothers Herbert of Norcatur,, and Harry of Gem, Kansas; a sister Mrs. Herman Wenger of the Lund community; and a sister, Mrs. Fred Counter of Bassettville school district. A brother, Earl, preceded her in death in 1918.  Her father preceded her in death on June 17, 1923.  Also a large host of friends mourn her departure and sympathize with the dear ones who remain.  Mrs. Corcoran was devoted to her family and faithfully performed every duty, she was a kindly neighbor and will be sadly missed.

Her favorite song expresses the desire to be with Christ here and hereafter:

Keep me sweet along life’s pathway,‘Till I reach the heavenly goal; Keep my weak and weary footsteps.As the warning-timebells toll. When my journey is complete, Bless me with thy loving presence, Keep me sweet, keep me sweet.” 

Funeral services were conducted at the Federated church in Oberlin September 30 by Rev. J. D. Bowles-assisted by Rev. Nygren.

Card of Thanks

We are indeed grateful to our numerous friends for their continuous kind aid to us during the illness and death of our dear wife, mother, daughter and sister, and are also appreciative of the beautiful floral contributions, the comforting words of the sermon and the fine songs sung.  May God bless each of you for these acts of kindness and expression of sympathy.

Mr. Clarence Corcoran and children.  Mrs. Charles Hanchett and children.

Timothy Corcoran


Timothy Corcoran was born October 15, 1854 in Illinois.  (Note:  Census records over the years dispute the birthplace as being Iowa.)  When a small boy, he moved to Burlington, Iowa where he lived until he was sixteen years of age.  He then went to California and was engaged in gold mining for thirteen years. January 14, 1886, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Slaven of Dodgeville, Iowa. They lived a year in California and then moved to the farm southwest of Oberlin, where he lived until his death, May 10, 1929.He is survived by his wife and eight children, four sons and four daughters, Matt, Clarence,  Emmett,  Jeff, Mrs. John W. Bivans and Miss Cleo Corcoran all of Oberlin and Mrs. Chester A. Hines, Rexford, Kansas, and Mrs. Galen Nielsen, St. Joseph, Missouri.Funeral services were held at the Catholic church, Oberlin, Monday, May 13, 1929.


We wish to thank our many kind friends for the courtesies, and for the beautiful floral offerings, extended during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father.  We especially appreciate the friendly visits paid him during his illness.

Mrs. Elizabeth Corcoran and family

Sarah Elizabeth Slaven

From "The Oberlin Herald" September 8, 1932, page 3


Sarah Elizabeth Slaven was born at Dodgeville, Iowa, March 28, 1863 and died at the local hospital in Oberlin, Kansas, August 13th, 1932, aged 69 years, 4 months and 16 days.

She was married to Timothy Corcoran, January 14, 1886 at Burlington, Iowa. To this union nine children were born eight of whom are living, one son, John died in infancy.  Mr. and Mrs. Corcoran moved to Sacremento, California shortly after their marriage and lived there for about a year.  They moved to Kansas in 1887 where they bought a farm fourteen miles southwest of Oberlin.  They moved to Ouray, Colorado for about four years, then came back to Kansas where they remained throughout their lives.  Mrs. Corcoran has lived in the city of Oberlin since Mr. Corcoran's death.   

She leaves to mourn her death, Mrs. John Bivans of Oberlin, Kansas; Mrs. Chester Hines of Rexford, Kansas; Mrs. Galen Neilson of St. Joseph, Missouri; Matthew, Clarence, Emmett, Jeff and Miss Cleo Corcoran of Oberlin, Kansas.

Mrs. Corcoran's death was quite a shock as she has been in fairly good health until about two or three weeks before her death.  She was taken to the hospital and everything possible was done to restore her health, but it was not for human hands.

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We sincerely wish to thank all those who so kindly assisted us in the sickness and death of our dear mother, and for the lovely floral offerings.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bivans, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Hines, Mr. and Mrs. Galen Nielson, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Corcoran, Mr.and Mrs. C. V. Corcoran, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Cocoran, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Corcoran, Miss Cleo Corcoran

Charles Wilbur Hanchett

"The Oberlin Times" July 26, 1923


Chas. W. Hanchett was born in Stark Co., Ill., November 20, 1863; departed from this life July 17, 1823, age 59 year 7 months and 27 days.Was united in mariage to Eliza Medearis, to this union there were 6 children, Earl, who was called to the great beyond in 1918; Herbert of Oberlin, Kans. Harry of Portland Ore., Mrs. Fred Counter of Oberlin, Kansas, Wilma and Myrtle of Selden Kansas, all  of the family were at home at the time of his death, there are 4 sisters and 3 brothers, 6 whom are living:  Mrs. F. H. Garwood of Oberlin; Mrs. Alice Steig, Madison, S Dak,; D. W. Hanchett Simpson, Kas; Willis Hanchett, Keewanee, Ill; Lucy Baker, New Winsdor, Ill; Mary Heath Rapid City S. Dak; and Geo. Hanchett of Bradford, Ill who died several years previous.  All of whom mourn his loss.  He moved to Western Kansas in 1888 after 5 years of homestead life in Gove Co., moved to Decatur Co., in 1893 where he resided till his death.  He was a member of the Christen church.

Rev. Elder having charge of the services held at the Federated church of Oberlin.  burial at Oberlin cemetery.


We wish to thank all those who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of husband and father.  Mrs. C. W. Hanchett and family

Ann Eliza Medearis

"The Oberlin Herald" Jan 26, 1933, pg 3



Eliza Maderis was born in Stark county, Illinois on March 1, 1859.  She died at her home in the Lund community on January 16, 1933.  She was, at the time of her death, 73 years, ten months and sixteen days of age.  Her early life was spent in Illinois.  On April 15, 1883 at Madena, Illinois she was united in marriage to Charles Wilbur Hanchett.  They moved to Sterling, nebraska and in 1888 to Gove county, Kansas where they pioneered during several yers of drought.  In 1893 they came to Decatur county, Kansas, where together with the family they have since resided.  To Mr. and Mrs. Hanchett were born six children.  Besides her husband, two hildren have preceded her in death.  Her husband, Charles Hanchett, passed to the great beyond on July 17, 1923; her daughter Mrs. Clarence Corcoran, on September 28, 1932, her son Earl on November 19, 1918.

She leaves to mourn her death:  two sons, Herbert of Norcatur; Harry of Gem; two daughters, Mrs. Fred Counter of the Bassettville community, Mrs. Herman Wenger of the Lund community, seventeen grandchildren; four great grandchildren, one brother, Frank, of Palisade, Nebraska, one brother, Joe, of Kearney, Nebr., one sister Mrs. Lowell Vernon of Crab Orchard, Nebr., together with a large host of friends.

May God impart grace to those who remain to perpetuate that which was Christlike in her life.

May God's peace attend the memory!

Card of Thanks

We, deeply appreciate each and every effort that has been made by friends to aid us during the recent illness of our dear mother.  In our bereavement the communion of sympathetic hearts means much.  Thank you, kind friends, may God richly bless for each unselfish act.

Frank and Joe Madearis; Mrs. Lowell Vernon; Mrs. Fred Counter; Mrs. Herman Wenger; Herbert and Harry Hanchett, and grandchildren.

John Wesley Medearis

Wyoming Post-Herald, Wyoming, Illinois, Thursday January 9, 1890, p.1 col 2-4

An Aged Settler Gone.

Died, at his home in Modena, Stark Co., Ill., Jan. 1, 1890, Mr. John W Medearis, aged 72 5 months and 15 days.

Mr. Medearis was born in Shelby Co., Ohio, July 17, 1817.  He was married to Miss S. Barnett Dec. 5 1838.  Six sons and five daughters were born to them; two of the number have joined the silent majority, leaving the widow and nine children bereaved.  Mr. Medearis with his family, moved from Ohio to Stark County, Ill. in the fall of 1851, where he has lived ever since.  He was a man of unusual physical vigor, resolute and industrious, and has endured a vast amount of hardship.  He was a very benevolent man, and full of sympathy for those who suffered from disease or misfortune.  He joined the M. E. church when a young man in Ohio.  In Illinois he joined the M. E. church in Snareville, having been a member for many years.  In November last he had two strokes of paralysis, to which nature finally succumbed.   His faith in the Bible and the religion of Christ, was strong and unwavering, and was his comfort in his sickness and his joy in his death.  Funeral services were held at Snareville by Rev. W. H. Jordan, on the 3rd, and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery nearby; a large gathering of friends and neighbors being in attendance.

Sirelda Barnett

Stark County News, Friday, October 27, 1899, pg 4 col 2 & 3


Sireldo (sic) Barnett was born in Shelby county, Ohio, September 20, 1822, and resided there until December 1, 1839, when she united in marriage with John W. Medearis and removed to Brown county, Ohio.  In 1851 they came to Stark County, Illinois, and located on a farm on the banks of Spoon River, west of Snareville. 

About ten years ago her husband passed to his final rest, and she was left to occupy the old homstead until last April, when she went to Nebraska to live with her daughter, Mrs. John Vernon.

She was a very industrious, hardworking woman all her life, "earning her bread for the sweat of her brow."  For some years past she has been afflicted with rheumatism.  About two months ago she began to decline in general health and her mind became somewhat impaired.

She had a longing for her old home and could not be reconciled without coming to it.  So her daughter decided to bring her back, arriving on the 25th of September at the home of another daughter, Mrs. T. Shaw, where she lingered along without any apparent disease, until October 17th, three weeks from the day of her arrival here, she passed to her reward age 77 years and 27 days.

Thus the old settlers of Stark county are passing away.

Three children have preceded her, and eight survive to mourn the loss of a mother. 


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