Henry Harris Sidwell
- Born: 17 Aug 1836, Ripley, Brown County, Ohio
- Marriage: Elizabeth Ann "Annie" Vale on 5 Apr 1866 in La Salle County, Illinois
- Died: 22 Feb 1919, Viola, Mercer County, Illinois at age 82
- Buried: Aledo Cemetery, Aledo, Mercer County, Illinois
Noted events in his life were:
• Census, 1870, Missouri, Carrol County, Wakenda Township, Image 126 of 137. Age 33 yrs., Teaching School.
• Census, 1900, Illinois, Mercer County, Green Township, District 70, Image 3 of 42. Age 63 yrs., married 34 yrs., father born Kentucky, mother born Ohio, school teacher.
• Obituary, 1919. Henry Harris Sidwell was born in Ripley, Brown County, Ohio, August 17, 1836, and died at Viola, Illinois, February 22, 1919, at the age of 82 years, 6 months and 5 days. He was the son of Harris and Elzabeth Sidwell. His father was a Methodist minister. Mr. Sidwell united with the church in early childhood. For many years he has been a consistent member of the United Presbyterian church of Viola, Illinois, serving as a Sabbath school superintendent for many years. He was the third child of a family of eleven children. His early childhood and youth was spent in helping his mother care for the home. At the age of 17 he began work in a store, and thus put himself through school, graduating from Brown's Academy. The greater part of his life was spent teaching, having taught in Ohio, Missouri and Illinois.
Mr. Sidwell's teaching career covered more than fifty years in all, and his pupils consciously or unconsciously, received from him ideals of justice and uprightness that influenced their after lives.
On April 5, 1866, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Ann Vale, and to them was granted fifty three years of happy home life together ere the grim reaper came into the home taking the husband and father. Two children blessed this home, Henry Eli, born September 18, 1869, and died October 16, 1869, and Mary Elizabeth, born November 17, 1870, and married October 16, 1901, to Thornton Detwiler Winders. Two children were born to this home. Mr. Sidwell leaves to morn his loss, a wife, one daughter, Mrs. Winders and her family, and four brothers and two sisters. Besides these relatives, Mr. Sidwell leaves a host of friends far and near who will long remember his work and influence upon their lives.
It is hard to say "Thy will be done" but our Heavenly Father needed him at his own in a better land.
Funeral services were held at the home at 10:00 o'clock Tuesday morning and the body was then taken to Aledo on the morning train where internment was made in the Aledo cemetery.
The services were in charge of Rev. E. E. Karnes of the United Presbyterian church of which Mr. Sidwell had long been a member.
The pall bearers were Dr. V. A. McClanahan, Sam Collins, H. E. Wood, Elmer Russell, Frank Terrey and Chas. Ashenhurst.
The remains at Aledo were carried to their final resting place by four of the boys who had been pupils of Mr. Sidwell at the Marsh school, southwest of Aledo, where he taught for forty-two months. They were A. C. Greer of Seaton, W. A. Marsh, A. J. Douglas and T. E. Greer.
Henry married Elizabeth Ann "Annie" Vale, daughter of Isaac Vale and Mary Ann Walker, on 5 Apr 1866 in La Salle County, Illinois. (Elizabeth Ann "Annie" Vale was born on 14 May 1842 in Bentleyville, Washington County, Pennsylvania, died on 30 May 1930 in Aledo, Mercer County, Illinois and was buried in Aledo Cemetery, Aledo, Mercer County, Illinois.)