So, why not just start searching for any obit for any Hanlon prior to 1900? This is the start...I'll look for Hanlons with family names of John, James, Frank & Thomas in Illinois in newspapers scanned by NewspaperArchive.com. I've used the following words in the search to try and narrow down the results: "dead or death or killed or obituary or funeral or dies or died or suicide or murde or called" .
Oak Park Lake Vindicator | Oak Park, Illinois |
Saturday, January 10, 1885 | Page 4
"An infant son of Dennis and Hannah Hanlon, aged 1 year and 3 months, died at their residence, Duncan Park and Wallace street, on Saturday last."
Alton Evening Telegraph | Alton, Illinois |
Tuesday, August 15, 1899 | Page 3
About 11:30 o'clock to-day as four workmen were engaged in getting out rock from the quarry near the stone crusher, a large fragment of rock fell unexpectedly and Mr. John Hanlon, one of the number, was caught by the falling mass and instantly crushed to death, the weight falling principally on his breast."