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The Ringgold Record, 1891

OBITUARY - EDWARD A. CORNELISON

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DIED--at his residence near Benton, Iowa, August 12th, 1891, Father CORNELISON; cause of death heart disease. He had been sick for a long time under the Doctor's hand and it was evident from his conversation that he expected to drop off very suddenly. He bore his sufferings without one murmer and was willing to go and said "The will of the Lord be done."

In the latter part of his life he gave his heart to Christ and as we hope was faithful to the end and it seemed to be his greatest grief to think he had not sought the Lord in his youthful days and he often said so and tried to persuade the young men and women to not do as he had done. He seemed to always be open and frank and passed jokes and always wore the worst side out. He was born in Kentucky, near Richmond, May 17th, 1823, where he lived till after the war of the Rebellion. He served as a soldier the old stars and stripes for nearly two years [as a private with Company B, then Company F of the 14th Kentucky Cavalry, Union Army], thereby proving his loyalty to his country and love for freedom and his love for God and man. He leaves a companion, one son, [Joseph Collins CORNELISON] and one daughter to mourn their loss. The funeral services were conducted by Mr. THARP and Sister ZIKE at the M. E. church at Benton and was attended by a very large congregation of neighbors and friends, who seemed to mourn with those who mourned.

We saw several of our old gray haired neighbors there and the words of the Saviour came to me: "Be ye also ready for ye know not the day nor the hour when the Son of Man shall come." Watch and pray. His body was laid to rest in the Marshalltown cemetery.

NOTE: Edward's gravestone is in Benton Cemetery, Benton, Ringgold County, Iowa. Ann (COWARD) CORNELISON, wife of Edward, was born September 24, 1829 and died May 29, 1896. She was interred at Benton Cemetery.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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