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Obituary of Josiah McCutchan

From the Decatur County Journal, 9 Apr 1891.
Mentions wife and marriage, 7 children, a brother, and two brothers-in-law.
Josiah was my great-great grandfather. His daughter Mary Hazlet was my great-grandmother, wife of William Hugh Hazlet
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Josiah McCutchan was born in Floyd County, Indiana, October 27, 1833, and died at his home in Decatur County, Iowa, April 3, 1891, aged 57 years, 5 months and 6 days.

Bro McCutchan joined the Christian Church at the early age of seventeen in Floyd County, Indiana.

After his removal to Iowa he joined the Eden Prairie Church and was ordained Elder, which position he faithfully filled until released by his Master. His place will never be filled on earth. He has taken his abode in the mansions of the blessed, there to wait the welcome of his loved ones home.

He was married to Elizabeth A Nelson at the home of her father, Arbuckle Nelson, in Wayne County, Iowa, March 17, 1859, and removed to Decatur County in 1866.

Ten children came to bless their home. Three have preceded their father to the spirit land. The others, Mrs. Clara Leonard, Mrs. Mary Hazlet, James McCutchan, Mrs Ella Hines, Fannie, David, and Sanford, live at or hear home. His brother, D.W.McCutchan, from Mitchell County, Kansas, two of his wife's brothers, Marshall and French Nelson, of Wayne County, and eight grand children were present and did all loving hands could do to relieve and console him.

He passed away without a struggle and we thought, as we beheld the calm peaceful features: "What a nobleman! He has fought a good fight and finished his work.

Although he is dead he still liveth". He was a kind and affectionate father, a loving and dutiful husband, a good citizenand friend. The funeral services were conducted by Bro. Jones, of Leon at the residence on Saturday. After reading the scripture lesson from 1 Cor. v., 1-9, singing and prayer, the Bro spoke very feelingly from PH. iii, 20-21.

The text had been selected by his dear brother, D.W.McCutchan, knowing how aptly it applied to his brother's life.

The remains were then followed to the Chastain cemetery by a large concourse of relatives and sympathizing friends, where they were laid to wait the resurrection morn. The bereaved have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

Sorrow not, dear friends, for you shall meet to part no more.

L.E.C.

Decatur County Journal, April 9, 1891


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