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Obituary ~ Eliza Jane (Wasson) Jordan
August 05, 1845 ~ May 25, 1921

Leon Reporter
Leon, Decatur County, Iowa
Thursday, June 16, 1921

ELIZA JANE WASSON was born August 5, 1845, in Jacksonville, Illinois. She was the daughter of JOSEPH DELPH and MARY (COSSELL) WASSON, who were descendants of early Virginia settlers. In 1851, her mother died leaving a family of four small children of whom ELIZA was the eldest. In 1852, she came with her father to Iowa, coming by ox team and covered wagon, in company with other relatives and settled near Lineville, in Decatur County, Iowa. Here she met and married JOHN P. JORDAN in 1864. They lived in Wayne Co., near her father's home until in 1872 when they bought the farm five miles northwest of Garden Grove, where they lived ten years, then moving to a farm 2 miles east of Garden Grove, going from there in 1898 to Des Moines, Iowa, and later in 1912 going to Indianola, Iowa, where her husband died in 1915. Since that time MRS. JORDAN has made her home in Indianola until a year ago when she went west to spend the summer with her daughter, MRS. FRANK LILLARD, of Bozeman, Montana, and later going for the winter to be with another daughter, MRS. C.W. GILWICKS, in Glendora, California, where she died May 25, 1921.

MRS. JORDAN was the mother of eight children, one, CARL, dying at the age of three in 1871. The other children are JOSEPH DELPH, of Weldon, Iowa; ATTIE J., of Bozeman, Montana; OTTO C., of Garden Grove; OLLO C., of Garden Grove, Iowa, and ROSS P. and M. VIVIAN, both of Des Moines, Iowa.

MRS. JORDAN was converted when quite young and joined the religious body known then as Campbellites, of which her mother's people had been members a great many years. Then she joined with the Presbyterian Church of Garden Grove during the time of Rev. Robert Beers, Pastorate of the Church.

MRS. JORDAN was a faithful consistent member of her church at Indianola, Iowa, at the time of her death. MRS. JORDAN had been frail and not at all strong, for more than a year before her death, but was confined to her bed only about 3 weeks. During this time her children were all with her, with the exception of J. DELPH and ROSS P. It was a very great comfort to the mother who wanted most of all this time to have those nearest and dearest with her.

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[Interment was made at Garden Grove Cemetery, Garden Grove, Iowa.]

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