Fremont County, Iowa


Jesse Briley

Source: submitted by: Margaret Briley Crawford:
Jesse Briley was born, 18 Jul 1840, in Kentucky (probably Clinton Co.) and died 25 Jan 1922 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He married Mary Jane Raines in Holt Co., MO (her family was from Atchison Co., MO). They had 14 children. It's said that he was a Confederate soldier who was taken prisoner, but I have not been able to locate even a hint of a military record for him. He's buried in Thurman, but his headstone was vandalized in the 1940s and never replaced. I am enclosing his obituary.
Mills County Tribune
Glenwood, Iowa
Jan. 30, 1922

Jesse Briley, a well known and respected former resident of Mills county, died at the home of friends in Council Bluffs January 25. Several of his children are residents of Mills county and have the sympathy of many friends and relatives here in their bereavement. We take the following from the Nonpareil:

Jesse Briley, aged 81 years, died early Wednesday morning at the home of Harry Martin, 245 Benton street, after a prolonged illness. He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Ida Horner of Percival, Ia., Mrs. Hessie Long of Wheeling, Mo., Mrs. L.G. Endicott of Glenwood, Ia., Mrs. Mary Boone of Omaha, and Mrs. Ellen McClary of Pacific Junction; and six sons, James A., of Glenwood; Charles of Pacific Junction, Edward of Council Bluffs, Jesse of Tabor, John of Percival, Ia., and William of Randolph, Ia. He also leaves one brother, W.A. Briley of Strahan, Ia., one sister, Mrs. Ellen Isam of Bartlett, Ia., forty-nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mr. Briley had lived all his life in Mills and Fremont counties, and was a retired farmer. He was a member of the Baptist church and had been for thirty-five years. The body was removed to King's parlors and was shipped on Wednesday to McPaul, Ia., where funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the pastor of the Baptist church of Sidney, Ia., officiating.

Interment took place in the Thurman cemetery.

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