ZEORDE B. KENT (1837-1881)
Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 10/8/2019 at 16:49:12
Zeorde B. Kent, an old settler in Pilot Rock twp., departed this life November 3, 1881. He was born in Welland, Canada May 8, 1837. He moved from there to Tonawanda, New York where he married an estimable young lady. Then when our country was threatened with being brought under the tyrannical rule of the slave masters, he volunteered his services which were highly appreciated by his superiors in office. He was a participant in fourteen hard fought battles and was taken prisoner and suffered the hardships of a southern prison with hundreds of others who are yet living to recount their hardships. He there contracted the chronic diarrhea which had a tendency to hasten him out of this world. He leaves a loving companion, an aged and crippled father and a small son and a host of kind neighbors who will greatly miss him.
By his request, his funeral sermon was preached by Elder E. C. Brown of Fonda, IA, an Elder of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Discourse from the text, "But I would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that are asleep not ye sorrow not even as others that have no hope; for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also sleep in Jesus will God bring with him". Thes. iv. 13 and 14.
Deceased joined the above mentioned church April 27, 1873 and ever after lived a conscientious life, and just before his death expressed himself to his neighbor Dubes, that he had full faith in his salvation. His neighbor Dubes conducted the funeral services for which he has the thanks of his many friends.
"There's a great pleasure in the thought
That he is free from Toll and pain;
And that his home with glory fraught,
And we shall see him again."
Source: Iowa Free Press (Cherokee, IA), Dec 6, 1881, Pg. 3
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