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Ringgold Record, 1880

A SAD BUT HAPPY DEATH.

W. NICHOLSON gravestone.jpg Civil War Flags.jpg William NICHOLSON of Rice township, who was struck by lightning and instantly killed during a terrific thunder storm on Saturday, the 25th inst., was born in Crawford county, Ind., Dec. 2nd, 1835; came to Iowa with his parents in 1850, joined the Union Army in November 1862, served two years and nine months in defence (sic) of his country. At the close of the war he returned to his home in Henry county, where he was married to Miss Nancy McKINLEY, Jan. 22nd, 1867. They lived with his parents until the death of his father, when they and his mother moved to Rice township where they lived when he was removed by death. Nearly five years ago he was converted to Christianity and joined the M. E. Church at Enterprise. Mr. NICHOLSON was a man of innate integrity, a devoted Christian and an active worker in the Sunday School. His death is deeply lamented by his wife and children, his aged mother, a brother with whom he lived in peace and happiness for twenty years, his sister in Decatur county and the entire community. He fell while singing

"Rock of ages cleft for me,
Let me bide myself in thee;"

The funeral services were held at the family residence on Sunday and his remains were followed to the grave by a large number of relatives and friends.--E. B. HIMEBAUGH.

NOTE: William NICHOLSON died at the age of 43 years, 7 months and 23 days on September 25, 1880 with interment at Marshalltown Cemetery near Benton, Ringgold County, Iowa. William's wife, Nancy (McKINLEY) NICHOLSON died at the age of 72 years on October 23, 1909 with interment at Marshalltown Cemetery.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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

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