MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 399
submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, Oct. 3, 2007
John Vanatta was born August 30, 1840, in Beaver county, Pa., and came to Muscatine county, Iowa, with his parents, in March , 1849, and lived on the present old homestead until he was 26 years old. He was united in marriage to Miss Abagail Kiser, on March 1, 1866. In February, 1874, he removed with his family to Kansas, where he made his home for six years, engaging in farming and stock growing. He removed with his family to Missouri in 1880, where he had since resided. On the 10th of December, 1893, on account of failing health, he decided to visit his aged mother, and other friends at the old home. After a short time he had a relapse and was confined to his bed four weeks. His sufferings were intense all the time, but were patiently borne with Christian fortitude until relieved by death on the 21st day of January, 1894. He had attained the age of 53 years, 4 months and 22 days.
Mr. Vanatta was a Christian man. He united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church in 1883, and remained a faithful and consistent member until his death. He is survived by his wife and three children, two sons and one daughter: Charles S., George W. and Minnie M. Vanatta. His wife and children came to his bedside and attended him during his last illness. He also leaves an aged mother, four brothers and three sisters to mourn his loss. The bereaved family, now temporarily here, have the sympathy of the entire community.
The funeral services were held at the home of his brother, Joseph Vanatta, on Monday, at 11 o’clock a.m., conducted by Rev. S. H. Parvin, and were attended by a large number of sympathizing friends.---COM.
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