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Nancy Jane Soesbe Wagoner Harrison Briggs
3 May 1833–5 February 1904
Nancy J. Soesbe was born in Vigo county, Indiana, May 3d, 1833. At the age of nine years she moved with her parents to Iowa. She lived near Mechanicsville until she was eighteen years of age, afterwards moving on a farm near Fairview. She taught the third term of school that was ever taught in the log school house between Fairview and Anamosa.
She was converted early in life but did not join any church until 1870, then uniting with the Baptist church at Fairview. She remained a member of this church till 1893 when she became a member of the Baptist church of Anamosa.
In the year 1853 she was united in marriage to Wesley Waggoner. To this union were born four children—Hilton, of Kansas City; Alice Byerly, of Onslow; Albert Waggoner, of Anamosa; and Angie Sherman of Anamosa. Mr. Waggoner died April 23d, 1862, leaving her a widow with four helpless children in time of the war. She worked and struggled to maintain her children and educated and kept them all together.
In October, 1865, she was married to Benjamin Harrison. To this union were born two children—Ernest W. Harrison, of Anamosa, and Edith Sigmund of Anamosa. Mr. Harrison died July 23d, 1876, on a farm 2 1/2 miles south of Anamosa. She remained at that place until her children were grown, moving to Anamosa in the spring of 1893. She departed this life Feb. 5th, 1904, at the home of her son Ernest Harrison. If she had lived until the 3d of May she would have been 71 years of age. She was a faithful Christian, never failing to attend church when she was able to do so, but her failing health has prevented her from being an active member for a number of years.
As a mother she was most devoted, always thinking of her children and looking out for their welfare. Her children were all at her bedside and all that they could do toward her comfort was done. She was the oldest child of nine children of William and Angelina Soesbe, all of whom have departed this life but one sister, of Bloomer, Wisconsin, and one brother, E. W. Soesbe, of Greene, Butler County.

Submitted by: EMAIL, her 2nd-great-grandson
Source: Anamosa Eureka, February 1904.
Note: The obituary does not mention her marriage to, and divorce from, William Philander Briggs.

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