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Mount Ayr Journal
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa

OBITUARY - JOHN LESAN

DIED -- At the residence of his son, George W. LESAN, in Mount Ayr township, December 4th, 1874, Mr. John LESAN, aged 78 years and 4 months. He was born in Lincoln County, Maine, August 4th, 1796. He was converted and joined the Free-Will Baptist Church at the age of 19 years. In 1833 he moved to Licking County, Ohio, where he joined the M. E. Church and was appointed leader, which position he held until the year 1835, when a Free-Will Baptist Society was organized. He then joined his own church and continued a member of the same until the year 1839, when he moved to Knox County, Illinois, where at once he became identified with the church. In 1860, he moved to Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa, and joined the M.E. Church, in which he remained a member until 1871, except an absence of two years in Illinois. During his connection with the church at Mount Ayr, he was for a time leader and also Superintendent of the M.E. Sunday School. In 1871 he moved to the country, six miles east of Mount Ayr, when he joined the United Brethren Church, in which he continued a member until his death. Just before he died, he called his son, John A. LESAN of Mount Ayr, and said to him, "Tell all the people of Mount Ayr to meet me in heaven." He was conscious until his spirit took its final departure from relation and friends to become an inhabitant of heaven. God blessed his servant with an extension of the appointed time for man in the earth.

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. For we know that if our earthly home of this tabernacle were disolved we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Interment was at Sweet Home Cemetery, Lesanville, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2009

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
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Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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