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October 15, 1824–March 6, 1904
|Mr. John McBurney was born October 15th, 1824, in the north of Ireland, of Scotch parentage, and died March 6th, 1904, at 10:00 o'clock A.M., at the age of 79 years, 7 months and 9 days.
Mr. McBurney came with his parents to America when only six months old and settled in Mercer county, Pa. Here he grew to manhood and on August 31st, 1848, he was married to Miss Martha McKean who departed this life on Nov. 7th, 1893, for her home above. To this union were born nine children, of whom four are now dead. Those remaining to mourn the loss of both father and mother are: Mrs. W. C. Paul, Mrs. W. H. McKean, Mrs. Ross Bohler, Mrs. W. P. Coburn, and Mr. John W. McBurney. Mr. McBurney came to Jones County, Iowa, near the town of Onslow, about the year 1868, where he resided up to the time of his death. Mr. McBurney early in life professed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church of which he was a member until the organization of the Presbyterian church at Onslow, after which he united with the church at Onslow. He remained a faithful and consistent member of the church until his death, when he was called to enter the church triumphant. Mr. McBurney's death was a beautiful illustration of the triumph of divine grace. His departure was characterized more by joy and gladness at the thought of the meetings beyond than by grief at leaving dear ones behind. He was truly like a ripened sheaf waiting to be gardened.
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