The Ringgold Record, 1887
NOTICE of DEATH.
We are sorry to announce the death of Mr. A[bsalom]. WELLS which occurred on last Saturday evening
at 6 o'clock, after an illness of several months. Mr. WELLS has been a resident of this
township for the last twelve or fifteen years, respected and honored by all who knew him.
His remains were followed to the Diebert (sic) cemetery by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and
neighbors. He leaves a wife [Elizabeth Ann "Eliza" (WARE) WELLS HOPKINS] and several children to mourn his loss. They have the sympathy of
the entire neighborhood in their affliction. - IAGO.
NOTE: Absalom WELLS died at the age of 53 years, 2 months and 27 days on May 14, 1887, with
interment at Forest Home Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa.
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OBITUARY - ABSALOM WELLS
A[bsalom]. WELLS was born in Grayson Co. Kentucky, in 1831. In 1845 he was brought to Davis Co. Iowa. In 1863 he went to
Nevada Co., CA, and stayed in the west mining for three years. In 1866 he returned to the states. He fed cattle several
winters in Mt. Ayr, buying where he lives in 1874, owning 260 acres in Benton and Clinton townships and sells several
cars of stock. Mr. WELLS has a large house, 300 fruit trees, three miles of good hedge and vineyard containing over 500
vines. He has some very fine graded stock on the place. He is a Republican.
Absalom WELLS died as the result of a blood clot, which developed following a bruise he received while repairing a farm
implement — using his leg as an anvil on which to hammer. A Grand American Republic (G.A.R.) monument stands in the park at
Redding, Iowa Park, listing Civil War veteran Absalom WELLS [who was inducted as a Corporal, served with Companies D, & I, 18th Missouri Infantry, and discharged as a 1st Lieutenant]. Absalom is buried at Forest Home Cemetery,
Section 35, Benton Township, Ringgold County, Iowa. His
G.A.R. headstone reads:
A precious one from us has gone,
A voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.
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