EATON, Urias H. 1830-1898
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Date: 9/29/2016 at 07:52:13
An Old Soldier Gone
Capt. U. H. Eaton Passes to His Reward
Urias H. Eaton was born June 28, 1830, at Cortland county, New York, and at the age of four years moved from that place with his parents, William and Emeline Eaton, to Milledgeville, Illinois. When about sixteen years of age he located in Stephenson county and in 1861 was united in marriage to Mary J. Wilson at Freeport, Ill. Eight children were born to them in the many years they have been permitted to enjoy the holy relationship of matrimony. Emma, the oldest, and Maud, the third child, have long since passed from this life to the realities of the great beyond, both having died in childhood. Lyda, the second child, is the wife of Fred Huntley of Beaver township; Millie is the wife of S. W. Record of Forest City; Tom, May, Urias and Frank are at home to bless the declining days of their mother in her widowhood. Capt. and Mrs. Eaton came to Iowa with their family in 1874 and settled near Parkersburg, and in 1880 removed from there to Grundy Center where they have been respected and trustworthy citizens ever since.
The deceased enlisted in the war of the rebellion August 10, 1862, Co. F, 92nd Reg. Illinois Vol. He was discharged before the close of the war for disability and in September, 1863, re-enlisted in Chicago in Co. I, 18th Illinois Vol. and was commissioned first lieutenant on March 22, 1863, and on July 17, 1865, he was promoted to captain of his regiment. He served until the close of the war. He was a charter member of Wilson, Post G.A.R.., of this city and has always been a true and faithful advocate of the principles that he fought for in the times when men's souls were tried in the fire of the rebel cannon balls. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity, having assumed its vows in 1866 in lodge No. 170, A.F. and A.M., at Freeport, Ill. He was demitted to Emerald lodge, this city, in 1881, where he has since held his membership. He was a charter member of the Eastern Star organized here several years ago.
Mr. Eaton was not a member of any church, though personally we have heard him express his faith in the Word of God and he adhered to the doctrine of the Golden Rule for practice among men. He was the kindest of fathers and a devoted husband. His character as a citizen and neighbor was untarnished, and he was one of the best men in the community in times of sickness and was always ready and willing to do his part toward smoothing the thorny paths of his friends. His sickness was only from Wednesday noon of last week until Saturday morning, October 1, when death relieved him of his intense suffering. Dr. Burns, assisted by Dr. Heffelfinger, labored with him faithfully to prolong his life, but all in vain. His ailment was only the long expected result of many years trouble with his bowels. Since he came from the army he has been a sufferer in that direction and the only wonder is that he resisted death as long as he did.
Besides his wife and family he leaves to mourn his death two brothers, Nelson H. of Freeport, Ill., Levi M. of Sheridan, Ill.; and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Wheat of Freeport, Ill., and Miss Melissa Eaton of Sheridan, Ill.
The funeral services were conducted from the M.E. church, Rev. McKim officiating. A large concourse of friends were in attendance in expression of their sympathy for the family and the neighborly feeling and friendship in which the deceased was held. The Masonic fraternity and the G.A.R. assisted in conducting the ceremonies which were very impressive from their beginning to their close. The pall bearers were: S. H. Knapp, J. C. Bourne, W. R. Laybourn, R. M. Finlayson, Joe Boynton of Reinbeck, and H. H. Beaman of Beaman.
--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 6 October 1898, pg 4
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