MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 416
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, November 10, 2007
After a brief illness David Mills, an old time resident of Muscatine county, passed away on the 25th inst., in the eighty-second year of his age. Deceased was born in Tuscarawas county Ohio, August 23, 1813. He was united in marriage to Miss Anna Crissman July 10, 1835, and whom he followed to the silent city January 1, of the present year. They came to Keokuk county, Iowa, in 1849, and moved to Muscatine county less than a year after, and here he had since resided. He was about the oldest of his father’s family and was early thrown into the business world with him. He was an industrious man during the active years of his life. To them were born nine children; three sons and one daughter survive; the rest of the children dying while young except one son, who grew to manhood.
His funeral was conducted by the pastor of the M.E. church of Nichols, at Adams station, April 27th. The text used was found in Job xxiii-16-“God maketh my heart soft.” Father Mills was a Baptist in religious belief, but never joined the church; but during the last several months of his life his family and neighbors have great reasons to believe that he had found in Jesus the sinner’s friend, and was ready to go to his eternal reward. On several occasion he expressed himself that he only wished to live that he might be able to tell his neighbors and friends what great things God had done for his soul, but could not for God took him. Neighbors and friends of the family filled the large school house at Adams during the services while children to the third generation sorrowfully realized that his familiar place would be vacant. He was a kind neighbor, an honest man and at last a Christian man.
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