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BLAKE, Joseph (1833-1910)

BLAKE

Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 10/6/2017 at 14:35:12

Joseph Blake
(January 20, 1833 – February 10, 1910)

Indianola Herald, Indianola, Iowa, Thursday, Feb 24, 1910, p.1
Obituary – Joseph Blake
An old pioneer has passed away. Joseph Blake was born in Morgan County (now Noble Co.) Ohio, Jan 20, 1833. He came to Iowa in May 1855, going first to Greenfield Township where he lived until 1863 when he came to Palmyra Township where he has since lived on his farm near Palmyra. He was a descendant of one of the oldest colonial families of New England, the Blakes of Maine. He was married in 1854 to Miss Lucinda Wheeler, a native of Ohio, who died March 7, 1873. To this union were born twelve children, all of whom survive him except two, Benjamin and Andy N., both dying in young manhood. The others, George W. of Atkinson, Neb, Eli V. of Oklahoma, Joseph A., Lydia A., Elmer O., of Oregon, Rosalie E., Ulysses G., Leveratta J., Gentileska M. and Mary I., all survive him. He was married a second time Dec. 19, 1877, to Miss Nancy E. Adkins, a native of Indiana, later of Carlisle, Iowa, who with all her family survive him. To this union was born eight children, William H., James W. of Panama, John P., Francis E., Nellie V., Richard I., Horace B., and Oliver L.. Having settled in this country in an early day, he has watched its progress and development with pleasure. He has always been a man of strong mind and body and was a great contender for what he thought was right. Was a kind and loving husband and father, an obliging neighbor and an honest and upright citizen. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. He was a great sufferer for many months and was perfectly resigned, knowing that the end of this long and useful life was near. He bore his suffering without complaint and when the end came at seven o’clock Tuesday evening, Feb 1, 1910, he passed peacefully away with that smile that tells his mourning family and friends that all is well. He leaves beside his wife and family, one sister, Mrs. A. Morgaridge of Indianola, Iowa, and five brothers, Dr. J. D. Blake of Palmyra, Iowa, Israel Blake of Fife Lake, Mich., Moses Blake of Caldwell, Ohio, and J. F. Blake of South Olive, Ohio, and J. A. Blake of Belvidere, Ill, with a host of friends to mourn their loss but his eternal gain. Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock p.m. conducted by Rev. Brewer of Carlisle. Interment in the Palmyra Cemetery.


 

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