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Wooldridge, John Archer 1830-1917


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 9/22/2011 at 08:57:20

J.A. Wooldrige - An Obituary
Born in Kentucky, August 28, 1830
Died in Oelwein October 14, 1917

On Sunday, October 14, 1917, at 5:30 p.m., occurred the death of John Archer Wooldridge at his home in Oelwein, Iowa, after an illness of long duration, having been confined to his bed for about a year. Mr. Wooldridge was born in Todd Co., Kentucky, August 28, 1830, and while a young man moved to Illinois with his parents who departed this life when he was but thirteen years old.

In after years he came to Clayton Co., Iowa, where he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Burdine, July 3, 1856. The Lord spared them to live together for over sixty-one years. To them were born six sons and two daughters. Mrs. Melissa Jane Doud of Quinn, S.D.; John Archer and Francis Irvin of Edgewood; Willis Sheldon of Cedar Rapids; Otis Thomas of Clear Lake; Ellen Rebecca Brewer of McGregor; Jesse Edward of Maynard and Charles Finley who died at two years of age.

He is survived by his companion who so long was a faithful helpmeet by his side.

Mr. Wooldridge served his country one year and six months during the civil was in Co. D., 21st Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and received an honorable discharge at the end of the war.

While a young man he put his trust in the Lord, his God, and lived a Christian life, uniting with the Free Baptist Church and was a member there until he was called to his heavenly home, where free from suffering and sorrow we all hope to meet him again. His life was an example of cheerfulness and patience. His kindness and Christian activity will be held in loving memory by those who knew him; and those who most came under his manly influence know that he has not lived in vain.

He is at rest, and "his works do follow him." The remains were taken Thursday, October 18, to Edgewood, Ia., where services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. E.H. Gillet, and interment was in Green Hill cemetery, each member of his family being present.

~Oelwein Daily Register, October 18, 1917


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