March 19, 1823 – July 3, 1900
|Another good man has gone. At 8:10 P.M., Tuesday, July 3d, Joseph French gave up the long struggle with death. Ever since last fall he has been slowly declining. He had been closely confined to his home, and for the latter part of the time to his bed. He was born in Green county, Pennsylvania, March 19, 1823, being over 77 years of age at his death. When about seven years of age he came with his parents to Licking county, Ohio, where he spent his youthful years. In 1840 he came by wagon to Clay township, Jones county, Iowa, where he lived about three years. In about 1849 he made the trip from Iowa back to Ohio by horseback and from there to Indiana where he was married to Miss Catharine Sinkey in 1850. The young man returned to Jones county, Iowa, with his bride in 1853. Afterwards they removed to Jackson county, where the wife died in October, 1854. Two daughters were given them, both of whom survive. They are Mrs. Charlotte DeMoss of Jackson county and Mrs. Angelina Gracey of Clay county. In 1856 Mr. French was again married. Miss Grace Beaver was the bride, and the wife who survives him. They were married on the old homestead of his father in Clay township. Their married life has all been lived in Jones County. In 1887 they moved from their farm in Madison township to the town of Wyoming.
Three daughters and two sons were the fruit of the second marriage all of whom survive their father, Newton and James of Madison township, Mrs. DeMoss of Jackson county, Mrs. Leroy Bender of Wyoming, and Mrs. Bill of Linn county. All were present at the funeral which was held in the Presbyterian church of Wyoming, conducted by Mr. French’s pastor, Rev. A. P. Cooper, of the Presbyterian church, assisted by Mrs. French’s pastor, Rev. S. M. McConnell of the U. P. church.
Large numbers of his friends came to pay their last tribute of love to one whom they all delighted to honor. He was buried in the Wyoming cemetery. He will be missed as a sincere christian man and citizen in the church and in the community for truly he was “an Israelite indeed in whom there was no guile.”
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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