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McCartney, James 1842-1927


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, Volunteer (email)
Date: 8/20/2010 at 11:07:59

LeMars Sentinel
February 1, 1927

James McCartney Took Part in Number of Bloody Conflicts

James McCartney, a veteran of the Civil War, and one of the early settlers in Plymouth County died at his home in Kingsley, Friday, January 21. Death was due to old age and complication of diseases. He had been seriously ill for some time and the end was not unexpected.

James McCartney was born in the city of Philadelphia, April 1, 1942. When he was a lad of ten years of age he came west with his parents who settled in Sand Springs, Jones County, Iowa, where he grew up and assisted his parents in their work while attending school. The Civil War broke out when he was a youth of nineteen and he volunteered for service and served in Company K, Twenty-first Iowa regiment. This regiment was sent down the Mississippi river by boat and under marching orders in September, 1862. McCartney was shot in battle while in Missouri, a bullet passing through his body at the waistline but he recovered and returned to service. He served under General Grant and was in the battle of Vicksburg.

At the close of the war he returned to Iowa and was married in 1866 to Miss Alice Croston and three years later they came to Plymouth County where they homesteaded land in Union township, near where the Mount Hope church now stands. Mr. McCartney broke up land on his homestead with an ox team and experienced all the vicissitudes of the pioneer days. He left the farm in 1884 and took up his residence in LeMars where he lived for a few years. Leaving here he went to California where he lived at Auburn for nine years. Returning to LeMars he later went to Harrisonville, Missouri, making the change in hope of betterment in the condition of his wife’s health. For the past twelve years he had made his home in Kingsley.

He is survived by two brothers, Robert McCartney, of Baytown, Texas, and Nicholas McCartney, of University Place, Neb., and a sister, Mrs. Mary Phillips, of Guide Rock, Neb. All are of an advanced age. He is survived by a number of nephews and sisters. Two nieces, Mrs. John Lehner and Mrs. Mary Cliff, reside in Kingsley. There with their sister-in-law, Mrs. Greg Featherstone, have faithfully cared for him in his declining years since he suffered the loss of the companionship of his devoted wife.

Mr. McCartney united with the Methodist church when a young man. Mr. McCartney was a man of kind and generous soul. He and his wife were widely known especially in the earlier days before the country was thickly settled and were esteemed by all who knew them.

The funeral was held in the Methodist church, Sunday afternoon, Rev. C. V. Hulse, the pastor, officiating. The body was brought here for interment and a brief service held at the graveside. Comrades of the Civil War who represented the G. A. R. at the last rites were W. Price and P. H. Mason of Kingsley, Wallace Winslow, J. D. Billings, J. T. Carpenter, and A. W. Crouch, of LeMars.

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