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Sangston, John T. 1842-1921


Posted By: Ken Johnson (email)
Date: 8/8/2015 at 19:34:15

Thurs., 8 Sept. 1921, Elkader Register, Obituary, page 6, column 4:

John Tamberlin Sangston was born October 8, 1842 at Union, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. His death occurred on August 28, 1921 at his home in Mallory township, Clayton County, Iowa.

John was the second of three sons born to Isaac and Rachel Sangston. His father died and his mother married Hiram Hatfield and to them were born two sons and a daughter, Lewis Jake [sic] and Mrs. Chas. Brown. John’s full brothers both preceded him in death but the half brothers and sister survive him.

Shortly after the first call of President Lincoln for volunteers of the war, Mr. Sangston enlisted in company K, 2nd Pennsylvania heavy artillery. He served with them all through the war and was in the battles of the east. He received a discharge January 27, 1864 but immediately re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer. He served another two years in the artillery and was given an honorable discharge January 29th, 1866. Shortly after his re-enlistment he was appointed a corporal and faithfully and efficiently performed all the duties connected with that office, until the time of his discharge. He was wounded in the foot at the battle of Gettysburg.

In 1868 he came west to rejoin his mother who had come to this county previously. On July 18, 1874 he was united in marriage to Miss Lelia Bevans. A few years after their marriage they settled on their farm which has ever since been their home.

Ten children were born to this union. Florence passed away nine years ago. The others are yet living, and with the wife and mother remain to mourn the loss of the loved one. The children living are Mrs. Nellie Thoday, Volga City, S. K. Sangston, of Pe-Ell, Washington; John, Jr., of Tacoma, Washington, Alva, of Wyoming; Mrs. Stella Hargiss, Pittsburg, Kans.; Mrs. Maud Kreig [Krieg], Dubuque; Will, Gladys, and Newell at home.

Mr. Sangston was a good neighbor and father. He was inherently a home body although he had the greatest respect for friends yet home ties and affections came first. As a boy he learned the carpenter’s trade and carried it on here in the community until advancing years and infirmities rendered any severe work impossible. During the last years of life he suffered intense pain but always cheerfully and uncomplainingly. He born the ills of life as they came with commendable stoicism.

He was a member of the Elkport Grand Army Post as long as there were enough of the old veterans to maintain the organization, and at his request the ex-soldiers of his country were in charge of the services at the grave.

Mr. Sangston was properly baptized and he was a great reader of God’s word. During his last illness his devoted wife upon whom he rested the great burden of his care in this illness, has read to him from that sacred book.

What though the way be rough and steep,
Thorney and cold, as on I press;
High overhead a beam I keep
To hold my soul in cheerfulness.
This talisman, so gleaming bright,
Illuminates my darkest night—
“Be patient, child, canst though not see,
‘Tis by still waters I’m leading thee?”
And I earnestly strive to make it plain,
To my mortal vision that I am blest,
The lives of others hold more of pain—
The world’s ways leave small place for rest
So, whatever out of my life I miss,
Courage I find where He tells me this,
“Ever press on toward the true and the right,
Thou shalt lie down by the Still waters at night.”

Card of Thanks.

We desire to express our sincere thanks to all those who so kindly assisted us in any way during the illness and death of my beloved husband, and our father. Also thanks to the choir, and for th ebeautiful flowers.



Short death notice previously posted by S. Ferrall on 7/26/2014:

John Sangston died at his home in Mallory twp. Sunday morning at 8 o'clock. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Fairview Church, Rev. Riggs officiating.

~Elkader Register, Thurs., Sept. 1, 1921, Garber column

Notes: See also the obituary of his wife, Lillian Marion Bevans Sangston.


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