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Bedford Free-Press
Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa
Thursday, May 4, 1899, Page 1

OLD SETTLER AT REST.
A FATHER IN ISRAEL GONE

JOHN EVANS PASSES TO HIS REWARD
AFTER A LONG AND USEFUL LIFE SPENT ON EARTH.

"Blessed are they that die in the Lord."

Monday morning, May 1, at 3 o'clock, one of God's true noblemen laid down the toils of a well spent life and passed peacefully to his reward in the celestial city, close by the great white throne. This calculation is based on the promise made by the faithful on earth by God himself. It has been said of "Uncle John" that never a nobler, truer Christian lived. His life was one of benedictions and blessings to all those with whom he came in contact. His last hours came peacefully, and he quietly slept his life away from the tenement of clay into the realms of eternal joy with hardly a visible sign of the transition. "His ways were ways of righteousness and all his paths were paths of peace."

John EVANS was born in Augusta County, Va., December 27, 1815, and died at his residence in Bedford, May 1, 1899, at 3 o'clock a.m. He went with his parents in 1826 to Fountain County, Indiana, and settled six miles east of Covington. He was married to Catharine BRISTOW, in Warren County, Indiana, February 11, 1839. To them was born ten children, four sons and six daughters, all of whom have grown up to manhood and womanhood, except one that died in infancy. His wife died February 14, 1864.

February 5, 1865, he was united in marriage to Hannah PROPST (sic, should be PROBST), who survives him.

Uncle John was converted and united with the Baptist church at Covington, Indiana, in February 1849. He moved with his family to Taylor County, March 13, 1856, and has lived in or near Bedford ever since. In 1861 he was ordained to preach the gospel, and has accomplished a great work of soul saving during his active ministry. He was loved, revered and respected by all who knew him, and his departure will be a source of regret and sadness by a large number of friends and acquaintances.

The funeral exercises were held in the Baptist church at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. D. W. GRIFFITH, and were most impressive. The words of the text, "I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am ye may be also," gave sweet consolation to the sorrowing ones. The altar was most beautifully decorated with flowers and draped in mourning. A number of beautiful designs of flowers were conspicuous, some being sent from a distance, contributed by loving hands.

After the ceremonies, the body was followed to Fairview cemetery, where it was laid to rest midst blooming flowers.

The pallbearers were: A. B. Van SICKLE, S. J. DALLISON, Sam MAXWELL, Jacob THOMAS, Alex JOHN and Thos. McCRACKEN.

The children left to mourn an indulgent father's loss are given according to age: W[illiam] F. EVANS; Mrs. [Margaret Jane] J[ohn] C. TURNER; J[esse] J. EVANS; Mrs. [Euphemia] Ann MAY; J[ames] A[lexander] EVANS; Mrs. [Mary] Ada THOMPSON of Bedford; Mrs. [Ellen] Orr CAMPBELL of Osceola; Mrs. Sarah E. SMITH of Carl Junction; Mrs. Delilah MAXWELL of Mount Ayr. Mrs. CAMPBELL and Mrs. SMITH were the only ones not present at the funeral.

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