February 11, 1915
OBITUARY ~ John Jasper Knox
John Jasper Knox was born March 22, 1843 in Mexico, Juniata Co., Pennsylvania,
and died February 3, 1915, at Clearfield, Iowa, after a
short illness lasting but four days.
When thirteen years of age he moved with his parents to Lacon, Illinois. The
following year he moved to Tiskilwa, Illinois. In 1862 he enlisted in Company
I, 93rd Illinois Volunteers and served until the close of the war. Among the
battles in which he fought were Vicksburg, Altoona Pass, and Corinth, and he
marched in Sherman's army to the sea.
In the spring of 1868 he came with his parents to Clearfield, Iowa, and
settled on the farm three miles west of town, which was his home until his
death. With one exception, he has resided longer in Grant township than any
other person now living there.
On December 31st, 1870, he was married to Lucy Etta Sargent, who departed this
life March 14th, 1905. To this union were born seven children, three sons,-
Bert, Howard and John, and four daughters, Mrs. Dan Bruner, Mrs. Granville
Harvey, Miss Clara Knox and Mrs. Clyde Owens, all of whom reside within less
than two miles of the within less than two miles of the parental home. Besides
these there remain to mourn his death, one sister, Mrs. John Shuler of
brother, Alva L. Knox of Kansas City; seventeen grandchildren, and a host of
friends and neighbors.
He was held in high esteem by all who knew him for his honesty of purpose and
high moral character. In his death the family has lost a
kind and loving father, the community, a good citizen.
The funeral services were held in the Clearfield Methodist church at 10:30 a.
m. Friday, February 5th, conducted by the family's pastor, Rev. Mitchell of
Conway, assisted by Rev. Flannery of Sharpsburg.
A very large congregation assembled to pay their last respects to the
deceased. Interment followed in the Clearfield Cemetery by side of his wife.
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