Saturday, April 4, 2009

Obituary: Henry Wilson

Semi-Weekly Iowegian - March 1906
  Henry Wilson was born in Muskegon county, Ohio, Dec. 5th, 1816, died at his home in Jerome, Iowa, Mar 2nd 1906, aged 89 years, 2 months, 29 days.
  When young he moved with his parents to Knox county, Ohio, was there married to Mary Hall in June 1837. To this union seven children were born, five of whom survive him.
  In 1848 he moved to Mason county, Virginia, from there to Iowa in 1855, locating at the home where he lived until death called him away.  Here he and his faithful wife endured the hardships of pioneer life.  Always a hard worker yet never too tired to help his neighbor, or visit the sick and assist those in need.
  Although he had been in poor health for years he never entirely gave up work.  He was active and fearless in the right, an honored and upright man whose virtues endeared him to all who knew him and whose memory will long be cherished by children and friends.
  As long as health permitted he was a regular attendant at church and always seemed to enjoy the services. During an illness a few years ago, he said to his pastor, "I do not fear death.  I'm ready to go when called."
  Funeral services were held at Jerome, March 3rd 1906, conducted by Rev. Geo. Blagg. The remains were laid away in Jerome cemetery where his wife and on daughter lay. His wife died Sept. 2 1897. His daughter, Mrs. Harriet Hamilton, died Dec. 16, 1900.  His eldest daughter Nancy A. having been laid away in Ohio before they moved to Iowa.
  The children who are left to mourn his departure are Mrs. Martha Fuqua, David F., John H., and Peter Wilson, Mrs. Ellen Dooley and sons, Walter and Bert and Clyde Dooley and family.

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