July 22, 1807–July 1, 1892
|Ervin Green was born July 22,1807 and died July 1, 1892, thus lacking 21 days of attaining the extraordinary age of 85 years. He was born one mile and a quarter from Geneva, on Seneca Lake, in Orange Co., NY. He was the eldest son of John J & Effie Green. When he was about 6 years of age his mother died leaving 4 children, and was buried near Seneca Lake. His father married again, and about the year 1814 moved with his family to Gallio Co., OH, and located on a farm some 13 miles from Gallipolis.
Ervin Green was brought up in sturdy farm life, picking up as opportunity offered his own education, but attending school only a very little. On the 27th of January, 1827, he was married to Miss Polly Prose. They lived happily together on a farm near Gallipolis for about 19 years when his wife died. Eleven children had been born to them, nine of whom were living at her death. In the year 1837, Mr. Green united by profession of faith with the Missionary Baptist church.
On the 8th of November, 1846, he was married to Miss Cordelia Boggs. He continued farming as before until Sept. 18, 1854, when he started for the west, and after 45 days traveling by team, reached this part of Iowa, locating on a farm near Wyoming. Where he remained for a year and then moved into Wyoming and for years was engaged in keeping drug store. On the 8th of March, 1856, his second wife died leaving 4 children. January 7, 1858, he was married to Mrs. Sarah Clark of whom he was bereft in a few years, whe dying on the 30th of March, 1864, leaving him two small children. In the spring of 1865, he moved to his farm, 1-1/2 miles NW of Wyoming, where he resided until the day of his death. On November 29,1866, he was married at Scotch Grove, Iowa, to Miss Mary Ann Devore, who with 3 children survive him and mourn his loss. 14 of his children are still living but scattered in different states, and therefore a number of them were unable to be present and assist in the last sad duties to a loved and honored father.
In 1867 Mr. & Mrs. Green united with the Presbyterian church of Wyoming, but in 1880 removed their letters and with their daughter, Lizzie, became members of the United Presbyterian church.
Mr. Green lived a faithful and upright life, honored and loved for his sterling character, his genial disposition. Throughout his long and varied experiences he tried always to do what he believed right, making the Bible his guide, and his fellowmen can attest to the manner in which he exemplified its principles.
His death resulted from a cancer on his left temple, which was first noticed last August. From that time on he suffered more or less, but for the last 3 months he endured almost incessant pain and of the severest kind from which relief, in part, could be obtained only by means of opiates, yet in all he was patient and resigned. He died in faith, willing to go. If God so willed,at peace with the world and trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ, his Savior. As the corn is cut down when fully ripe, so he in a ripe old age has departed this life and has gone to engage in that higher mission which the Lord has prepared for his children beyond the skies.
The funeral services were conducted in the Presbyterian church of Wyoming on Saturday afternoon, July 2 by his pastor, Rev. D. E .Smith, kindly assisted by the other pastors of the city.
Mrs. Green and family desire to express their gratitude and thanks to all their friends who so kindly and efficiently assisted them during the sickness and at the death of Mr. Green.
Submitted by: Joanne Wilken
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