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Date: Tuesday, June 05, 2001 9:27 PM

Decatur County Journal

June 23, l898

EDWARD JOHN died at his home in Franklin Township, last Thursday, in the

59th year of his life, after a lingering illness.

The subject of this sketch was born in Monroe County, Ohio, August l9,

l839. In November, l866, he was joined in marriage to MISS NANCY

BECKHAM. To them were born two sons, both of whom are married and

settled near the paternal home. MR. JOHN was converted and joined the

M.E. Church in l868, and lived an exemplary member of that order until

his death.

In l86l he enlisted in the army, but was discharged after about one

year's service, on account of illness. After recovering his health he

helped organize a company, and was elected first lieutenant, and served

until the end of the war. He was taken prisoner and held in prison for

about eight months. At one time he escaped and was hunted down with

bloodhounds, but was finally exchanged. He moved to Iowa and settled in

Decatur County in l880. He opened up a new farm, and by industry and

economy made a model home. MR. JOHN was a good and useful citizen, a

good neighbor, a kind husband and father. A short time before he died

he expressed himself as reconciled and ready to die.

The funeral services were held at the Fairview Church, conducted by REV.

S. SAMSON, assisted by REV. ELIJAH TILLOTSON, and the remains were laid

to rest in the Leon Cemetery.



We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to our friends and neighbors

for their kind assistance during the sickness and death of our beloved

husband and father.



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