From "The Daily Constitution-Democrat", Keokuk, Lee co., Iowa,
Thursday Evening, January 20, 1916.
KEOKUK MAN DIED LAST NIGHT
SAMUEL JAMES, 109 NORTH SEVENTH STREET, SUCCUMBS.
WAS B0RN IN INDIANA
RESIDED IN MISSOURI FOR MANY YEARS.
Samuel James, of No. 109 North Seventh street, an old and respected
resident of this city, passed away last night at 11 o'clock. He was not
quite 83 years old.
Mr. James was born in Jennings county, Ind., Feb. 4, 1883. He was the
son of Daniel James and Eve Fife James, being the oldest of twelve children,
all of whom have died except two brothers and one sister. Mr. James moved
to Clark county, Mo., with his parents when he was 15 years of age, coming
overland by ox team and crossing the river at Warsaw. Mr. James resided in
Clark county until the spring of 1889, when he moved to Keokuk and has been
a resident of this city ever since. He was married March 9, 1858, to Mary
Elexzene Townsend, who survives him. Six children were born to this union,
one dying in infancy fifty-three years ago. The surviving children are: W.
E. James, Mrs. Mary E. Martin and Charles H. T. James, of Keokuk; Mrs. C. L.
Sullivan, of Rosalia, Kans., and Mrs. A. S. Lurg, of Prossee, Wash. There
are also four grandsons and one granddaughter surviving.
Mr. James joined the Baptist church nearly sixty years ago and had been
a devout and faithful member of that church ever since.
During the civil war he served in the Missouri home guards for nearly
three years. He was for many years justice of the peace in Clark county and
served as a member of the school board there for a number of years, as his
health gradually failed. Funeral announcements will be made later.
Biographical information generously provided by Linda Brandt .
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