The Ringgold Record, 1891
Rev. James WISHARD was born in West Virginia, 15 miles from Wheeling, November 20, 1800.
Emigrated with his father in 1801, to Clermont county, Ohio, and from thence to Highland
county, same state.
In 1805 shortly before his death, his father said to him: "My son, I am
going to die, and I do not know what will become of you, you have such a rugged temper; I will
turn you over to the Lord."
He united with the church in 1825, and, it appears, was converted
a short time afterward in a camp-meeting. While seeking pardon and peace, he seemed to hear a
voice, saying, "Jesus hung three hours on the cross! What for? For me-to redeem sinners." At
this he accepted, by faith redemption through the blood of Jesus.
Years afterward, while at
the sacramental board, receiving the Lord's Supper with the words: The blood of our Lord Jesus
Christ, may it preserve thee, soul and body, unto everlasting life," he entered the experience
of perfect love or entire sanctification. This was about the year 1855, and he has been a
flaming evangel of this higher experience of a holy life.
About 1830 he moved to southewast
Indiana, and his papers indicate that he afterward lived in Illinois. In 1853 he was near
Liberty, Van Buren county, Iowa, and he has lived also in Jefferson and Union counties before
coming to Ringgold county, which was probably in the year 1866.
Father WISHARD had been
married three times; the first being it seems, shortly after he was of age. There was one child
by this marriage, a daughter, whose whereabouts, if living, are unknown. This was his only
child. His last wife was Mrs. Sarah POWELL, to whom he was married in 1866, and who died a
number of years ago. His life in this county, need be but briefly mentioned. Losing property
and strength finally, he was in our county home for the poor, the same stalwart, sturdy
Christian, happy on his way.
Given a home in Mt. Ayr by his brethren in the church about
three years ago, he greatly appreciated not only this, but the marked solicitude of the family
with which he has resided. He was a prince and a mighty man in Israel. Many were saved under
his ministry, and the Methodist Episcopal church, which was his home, years ago ordained him a
The Sunday evening before his death he said: "I have nothing to take back of what I
have said concerning the blessed keeping power of my God."
Again, "My account is settled with God. I have already attended to that."
A few hours before his death he sent a message to the church in about these words, "I am out
on the border land and may have to die; - But it has no sting" With many other words he
comforted the hearts of his friends during his last illness.
While loving his own church dearly, he loved all in every church who loved our Lord Jesus
Christ in sincerity.
He died in great peace at the home of Mr. I. C. TUTTLE, in Mt. Ayr,
Thursday, about 10:30 p.m., March 26, 1891. The funeral services were held at the M. E. church,
Sunday morning, March 29, the sermon being preached by Rev. S. SAMSON, of Van Wert, Iowa, Revs.
MARK, RIGGS, and THOMPSON participating in the service. [Interment at Rose Hill Cemetery.]
DEATH OF FATHER WISHARD.
The death of Rev. James WISHARD, March 26, 1891, aged 90 years, 4 months and 6 days, presents
to us a long stretch of time. He began life with the century, Nov. 20, 1800, near Wheeling,
He spent his youth near New Richmond, Ohio, and just a little ways from Point
Pleasant, the old home of Gen. U. S. GRANT. He remembered well many of the scenes and incidents
of the war of 1812 and could tell them with great vividness and fullness. He recalled the
crying of the wives and children as the husbands and fathers left for the front, and all the
sad times of the war. He could tell, out of his own experience, all about the so called "era
of good feeling," or the MONROE administration, and the bitter contest over the admission of
Missouri, and the supposed finality compromise of 1820. In 1828 he voted for JACKSON, but
opposed him for a second term because he would not aid in releasing the imprisoned missionaries
in Georgia. He looked upon JACKSON's administration as something calamitous to the country and
the era of force; LINCOLN's that of principle. He had the hard times of 1828 to 1836 "pat" as
A,B,C. Wheat went down from $1.00 to 30 cents, and good horses from $150 to $40; cows to $6
and $8; dressed beef to 2 cents, and pork to 1 1/2 cents. He said that free trade swept over
the country like a cyclone, producing desolation. The protective tariff of John Q. ADAMS was
repealed and we became the servants of English capitalists. It was like the old Stamp Act days.
Cotton goods, now 5 to 7 cents per yard, were 50 to 60 cents. Hearty young men roamed the
country in homespun with patched knees, hunting for work and could not find it. The protective
policy of ADAMS and CLAY would have avoided all this trouble, in his judgment. He declared
that those who used the free trade gun got hold of the wrong end and shot themselves. It
always made the balance of trade in favor of England, while protection turned it the other way.
He had a supreme contempt for the democratic administrations of TYLER, POLK, PIERCE, BUCHANAN,
CLEVELAND, and regarded them as but part and parcel of Satan's kingdom. He despised the
Mexican war, engaged in at the nod of the slave oligarchy, and to extend her territory. As to
the finances, he knew all about the "Owl Creek," "Red Dog," and "Wild Cat" money. A cart load
of it was not work a dollar, and beautifully represented democratic finances, as compared with
the grand system of today. During the late war he was of course an intense Union man and helped
the families of soldiers who were at the front. He spans four score years and ten. He was ever
saying, "Now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace," and the promise was realized.
NOTE: Rev. WISHARD was instrumental in the establishment of Wishard Chapel. He was
interred at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.
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