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Mathew Jamison 1834-1905


Posted By: Beverly Gerdts (email)
Date: 5/5/2022 at 14:18:51

Columbus Gazette, Columbus Junction, Iowa
Thursday, December 7, 1905
page 1

Died, at his home, five miles south of Wapello, Thursday, November 28, 1905, Mathew Jamison, aged 71 years. Mr. Jamison was born June 28, 1834, near Washington C. H., Fayette county, Ohio. When six years of age, he came with his father's family to Iowa, settling on the Old Merit Jamison homestead, on the bluff directly south of Wapello and this immediate vicinity was his home until death, sixty-five years later.

His father was the late Merit Jamison who died in 1856; his mother was, before her marriage, Elizabeth Nichols. Her death occurred prior, we think, to 1850. She was a sister of the late Samuel Nichols who settled in a very early day in Muscatine county. The town of Nichols derived its name from him. The family, when they came to Iowa, in 1840, besides the parents, consisted of the brother, Samuel, George, LaFayette, William and Mathew and the sisters, Margaret, Susan and Zerilda. Margaret was married to a Mr. Johnson, who died soon after they came. She afterwards married John Deihl and was the mother of the Deihl brothers, Merit and George, and Miss Lizzie Deihl of Morning Sun. Susan became the wife of Josiah Vertrees; Zerilda, the wife of David Herrick. The Jamisons, Deihls and Herricks were large land holders, owning at one time a great part of the real estate in what was, at one time called the Jamison Neighborhood; The Vertrees family lived just north of Morning Sun.

The death of Mathew Jamison servers about the last link that connected those of the old generation with those of the new. All the others, parents, brothers, sisters, brother-in law and sisters-in-law, with the exception of Mrs. Mathew Jamison have now passed over to the Great Beyond. His wife was Miss Martha Reymer, of Greencastle, Penn., to whom he was married in 1857. Of the eight children born to them four are living; four are dead. Those living are Edwin R., Gertrude, Myrtle and William, all of whom reside at or near the old home. The dead are Minnie, the oldest, who died in 1888; Melville, in 1865; Victoria, in 1864 and Frank in 1879.

The funeral services occurred at Bethel church a mile or so from his place, conducted by his pastor, Rev. M. E. Reusch, of the Methodist church. Mr. Jamison had been a member of the society at that place since 1861, uniting therewith during the pastorate of the Rev. Prather. The remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at the same place, besides those of many, many relatives and friends who preceded him. The honorary pall bearers were Capt. W. J. Campbell, of Elrick; Mark S. Dotson, Alexander Hamilton and J. W. Jamison, of Newport; S. F. Small, of Wapello and M. J. Seeds, of Mediapolis. The active bearers were grand sons and grand nephews of the deceased. They were Samuel Deihl and Hal, Gary, John, Frank and Fred Jamison.


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