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Sunday, March 25, 2012
OBITUARY SUNDAY ~ JAMES W WOODMANSEE
Decatur County Journal
May l9, l898
JAMES W. WOODMANSEE died Monday morning, about 9 o'clock, at the
residence of his son, JOHN WOODMANSEE, in this city, aged 8l years, 4
months and l5 days. Though a man endowed with a strong constitution he
had suffered the extremity of ill health for many months. He is
survived by six children--MRS. ANN MILLSAP of Hamilton County, Kansas;
JOHN WOODMANSEE of Leon, MRS. MARY MCLAUGHLIN of Decatur Township,
REUBEN S., of Indianola, GEORGE of Mt. Ayr, and MRS. SUSAN GRAYSON of
MR. WOODMANSEE was born in Clermont County, Ohio, December 3l, l8l6, the
youngest of six children of JAMES and AGNES (HAMMER) WOODMANSEE, natives
of Pennsylvania and pioneers of Ohio. In l820 they moved to Jackson
County, Indiana, where the mother died in l829 and the father in l847.
The deceased was married October 29, l835, to MISS RACHEL HAMMER, who
was born November l4, l8l9 in Jackson County, Indiana. In l849 he came
to Iowa and entered l60 acres of land on section 3l, Decatur Township,
and built a house l8 x 30. In March of the following year he occupied
the house with his family and thus became the first permanent settler in
Decatur Township. In l853 he built a grist mill and as it was the only
one in this section of the State, it was patronized by settlers within a
radius of fifty miles.
The deceased was an industrious and frugal citizen and had accumulated
considerable property during his life time. He was a good neighbor and
noted for his honesty. His departure has left us the example of a well
spent life and a good name. The funeral exercises were conducted at the
residence yesterday forenoon at l0 o'clock by ELDER STEVENS, after which
interment occurred in Woodmansee Cemetery, Decatur Township.
Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert this was found on the internet
Thanks for stopping by Obituary Sunday. If you think we may be related I would love to hear from you . Grace