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Byrnes, James 1825-1896


Posted By: Audrey Haught, volunteer
Date: 7/5/2015 at 15:47:38

Just before going to press we were informed of the death of James Byrnes of Cox Creek, which occurred at his home last night, July 21, 1896, after being sick but a day.

Funeral services will occur tomorrow (Wed.) at Cox Creek Church at 10 o’clock a.m.

Garnavillo Sentinel: July 23, 1896


Added by Reid R. Johnson 4/18/22:

Elkader Register, Fri., 24 July 1896.

At his residence in Cox Creek twp., at about 9 o'clock Monday evening, July 20th, 1896, after an illness of only two days, of cholera morbus, James Byrnes departed this life in the 71st year of his age.

Deceased was born in Ireland in 1825. He acquired a limited education in his native land, and worked in a rolling mill. In 1841 he was married to Miss Margaret McTaggart. In 1848 with his family he came to America, settling in Massachusetts. March 14th, 1854 he came to Clayton County, first settling in Read twp. and afterwards going to Cox Creek where he and his family resided for many years. Of the seven children born to them, five, Mrs. Daniel Thyne, of Lyon County, Iowa, Mary, William, Eunice and Kate, with the bereaved wife, survive to mourn the loss of a kind father and an affectionate husband.

Mr. Byrnes was one of the highly respected citizens of Cox Creek and of the county, and one of the highest tributes paid to his memory by a friend is the statement "He was an honest man."

The funeral was held Wednesday morning from the Cox Creek church, Rev. Father Rowe officiating, and was very largely attended by sympathizing neighbors and friends of the family. May our friend rest in peace and to those left behind to mourn, we can add, it is only a while, and then will be no parting, no sorrow.

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