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Marietta Times Thursday January 19, 1933

Civil War Veteran Dies

Abram G. O’bleness, ages 84 years, Civil War veteran, venerable and highly esteemed citizen of Marietta and Washington County, died at this home, 702 Fourth Street, on Thursday morning at 7 o’clock of infirmities. He had been in declining health for the past two years.

 Mr. O’bleness was a son of the late John Vark and Susan Hoff O’bleness, pioneer residents of Washington County. He was born near Newport On December 20, 1843. He enlisted in the service of the Civil War., when a young man and served during three enlistments, the last as a member of Company G, 148th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was a member of Buell Past No. 70, G.A.R., and had served as adjutant of the post for many years and held this office at the time of his death. He gave much of his time in later years to work of the post. He was one of the active members of the Washington County Veteran’s Association during the more that a quarter of a century of active existence of the organization and he served as vice president for a number of years.

Mr. O’bleness was united in marriage with Miss Julia Kerr of Newport on May 29, 1866. They lived at Belpre for many years and came to Marietta in 1901. Mr. O’bleness was a contractor and builder in the active years of his life. He was a member of the First Methodist Church and was the oldest member of the congregation, a faithful attendant until prevented on account of failing health. He was known for his friendliness and kindliness which made him revered by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Mrs. O’bleness passed away two years ago. Surviving are a son, Henry M. O’bleness of Pittsburgh, Pa., who arrived on Thursday; Mrs. William L McMorris of Portsmouth, Va., who arrived on Wednesday and Mrs. Edward H. Boyes, who was her father’s companion in the family home. William L……. [cut off here]

Marietta Times July 31, 1895


Mr Ezra O'Neal died at his home in Newport township Monday morning from a general breaking down of the system consequent upon his advanced years, after an illness of only a few days duration. He was born in Culpepper County, Virginia, on August 6th, 1802, and came to this country with his mother when a young lad; they lived for a short time in Belpre Township, but soon moved to Newport, of which he has been a resident for upwards of 70 years. At the age of twenty-three he was united in marriage to Matilda Ferguson, who departed this life about twelve years ago. He has been a member of the Baptist Church for about sixty years and was a consistent Christian. His neighbors have always known as an upright citizen and held him in high esteem. Six children are left to mourn his death, viz.: Thomas O'Neal, of Mercer Co., Pa.; Juda O'Neal, of Bridgewater, Mass.; George O'Neal, of Mercer County, O.; Gilbert O'Neal and Huldah Taylor, of Newell's Run, and Joseph O'Neal, of this city. The funeral took place yesterday, Tuesday, afternoon at two o'clock from the Baptist Church of Newport.

May 18, 1911 Marietta Daily Times, Marietta, Ohio

Mrs. O'Neal Dies Very Suddenly

 Mrs. Huldah Ora O'Neal, wife of Joseph O'Neal died very suddenly this morning at 10:30 o'clock, from an attack of heart trouble.

While engaged in ironing, she suffered an attack of a weak heart, but as she had been subject to such spells for a long time and had always recovered, she asked the other members of the family not to send for a physician, believing that she would feel better in a short time. She was assisted to a couch in another room and lay there for a few moments. She asked her husband for something that required him to leave the room., and when he returned a few moments later, she was breathing her last.

Mrs. O'Neal's death comes as a severe shock to the family and her large circle of friends. The deceased was born in Alden, N. Y., on Dec. 23, 1840, and resided there until after she was married to Mr. O'Neal, which event took place 48 years ago last November.

A short time after they were married, Mr. and Mrs. O'Neal moved to Newport, O., and resided there for some time, when they moved back again to Buffalo, N. Y., then back again to Newport. They have been residents of Marietta for 28 years. For nearly 60 years she was a consistent member of the Baptist church.

Besides her husband, she leaves three children, W. A. C. O'Neal of Cincinnati, Mrs. E. W. Jones of Washington D. C., and Mrs. H. C. Oesterle of this city.