MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 434
submitted by Vicki Broughton, December 17, 2007
DEMISE OF HECTOR STERRETT
June 1 1896 (hand written)
An old resident of Cedar county, Hector Sterrett, passed away at 5 o’clock yesterday morning and his funeral will occur to-day. He was a native of Tioga county, N.Y., having first seen light June 4th, 1812. With his parents he emigrated to Ohio in 1818, and thence to Indiana in 1830. He was married to Mary Arnett March 28, 1832, and they came to Cedar county, Iowa, Sept. 14, 1836. Their second child was born Sept. 12, 1836—supposed to be the first white child born in the county.
The deceased was the father of fourteen children, six of whom are living, viz: George T., living in Wilton; William H., in Carthage, Mo.; Mrs. Mary Cory, near What Cheer, Keokuk county, Iowa; Mrs. Emma Smith, Lime City, Iowa; Miss Surrilda, the eldest, and Margaret, the second daughter, and widow of the late L.B. Jennings. The two last named have kept house for him on the farm where he settled in 1839, since the death of his wife, which occurred Nov. 20,1889. He with his wife united with the M.E. church in 1885, and remained faithful to the end, dying triumphantly in a Redeemer’s love.
About four years ago Mr. Sterrett met with a serious accident from which he never fully recovered. His late illness was painless, as he slept a greater part of the time, and in all the fifty days of his sickness he did not take over a pint of nourishment except a little lemonade.
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