||DIED—In Scotch Grove township, April 7, 1883, Mr. David Kenison, aged 81 years.
Mr. Kenison was born in Lower Canada, where he spent his early years. He had lived in Iowa about thirty years previous to his death. He had been a church member for many years and was respected by all who knew him. He was a kind father, an affectionate husband. His wife and children mourn not as those without hope, for he died in the full assurance of a glorious immortality. The funeral service was held in the Presbyterian church at Center Junction, on Sunday, April 8. A sermon was preached by the writer from Phil. 1, 23: "For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better."---T. A. Maxson.
Submitted by: Margie (Kenison) Kawamoto
Source: Anamosa Eureka, 26 April 1883, page 3.
Notes: David Kenison was born 21 April 1802 in Shefford Twp, Province of Quebec, Canada, the second son of Jacob and Mary (Berry) Kenison. On 27 Oct 1823, at St. Johns Anglican Church, he married (1st) Mary Allard, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Mary (Berry) Allard. They had the following known children: Drusilla (may have been an adopted daughter), Levi (died in infancy), Nathan (died in infancy), Mary E., Jonathan, James, Henry, Sarah Jane, and Miriam Roxana.
In 1850 David and Mary are living in Stephenson Co., Illinois. David is said to have moved to Jones County, Iowa, in the fall of 1852. Mary apparently died sometime between August 1850 and David's marriage to his second wife, Emily P. Sheffied, at Bowen's Prairie, Jones Co., Iowa, on 20 June 1853. Emily's parents were John Sheffied and Anne (Miner) Sheffield. David and Emily resided in Scotch Grove Twp, Jones Co., Iowa, until his death on 7 April 1883. They had the following known children: John Albert, Mary Ann, Abraham Martin, Samuel Peter, Silas David and Elizabeth Mariah.
David is buried at South Mineral Creek Cemetery, Wyoming Twp, Jones Co., Iowa. His widow, Emily, later moved to Ashland, Clark Co., Kansas, where she lived until her death on 12 Dec. 1911. (Margie (Kenison) Kawamoto)