Athens Free Press, November 1895
COUNCIL:--At his residence east of the city, Saturday, February 16, 1895, at 9 p.m., Mr. George W. Council aged 75 years and 24 days.
The subject of this sketch was one of the early settlers of this region. Born in White county, Ill., Jan. 22, 1820, he removed with the family the following year to Sangamon county, where he has since resided. He was married Sept. 20, 1843, to Miss Jane Metz. Twelve children were born to them, ten of whom are living: William C. Council, A farmer residing in the Indian territory; Mrs. C.T. Tilson of Buffalo Hart, Mrs. Emma Garsey, widow of Ovey Garvey, residing at Illiopolis, John M. Council a farmer of Lanesville, Nelson Lafayette Council, an attorney of Devil's Lake, N.D.; Henry V. Council, a farmer of Logan county, near Williamsville; George C. Council, a farmer and stock dealer residing in Williamsville; Mrs. Theodore Belting, of Illiopolis, Mary A. widow of Charles Sweet, residing with her son, William Sweet, on a farm near Williamsville, and Miss Anna J. Council residing at home. He is also survived by one brother and five sisters.
Not withstanding his advanced age Mr. Council was in robust health, until recently. During the recent severe weather he contrac4ted a cold which resulted in pnuemonia, causing his death.
Funeral services were held at his late residence on Tuesday, at 11 a.m. conducted by Rev. Cantrall, pastor of the Christian church of Williamsville. Interment at Fancy Creek cemetery.
Transcribed by:Rajean Gallagher