Obituary of Jacob Garrett (1835-1910)

This obit was sent to me by Pauline Constant, who has been gracious to share so much

"The news of the sudden and unexpected death of Jacob Garrett, an old pioneer

of Washington township, who located on the farm five miles northwest of

Gravity, where he had resided for 39 years,and where he reared a large and

respected family, cast a gloom over the entire community. He and his wife

had gone to Wetmore, Kansas, about three weeks ago to visit with their sons

who resided near that place, and while there on the 26th of April at one of

his son's home, he had just eaten dinner and seemed cheerful and healthy as

usual, started over to visit one of his other sons. Sometime afterwards he

was found dead sitting by the road where he no doubt died from heart

failure, as we were informed that he had trouble with his heart before.

Uncle Jake, as he was familiarly called here, was conservative, industrious, kind hearted

and honest, a good neighbor, a civil citizen, a loving father and husband.

He loved his famiy to the last and did all for them that he could to make

them happy and useful in life. He stated to his family some time before his

death that he was ready to go whenever he was called. Jacob Garrett was

born in Muskingum County, Ohio, December 8, 1835 being at the time of his

death 74 years, 4 months and 16 days old. When but a child he moved with

his parents to Jackson County, Ohio, coming from there to Iowa in the

pioneer days of the state. He was married to Mary A. Coyan, November 15,

1865, to this union were given 17 children, 10 of which survive his death as

follows; John, George, Charles and Mrs Rachel McCune of Gravity; Clyde of

Paradise, Kansas, Mrs Carrie Green of Fairport, Kansas; William, Samuel, and

Frank of Wetmore, Kansas and Mrs Janie Winslow of Fairplay, Missouri. He

also leaves his aged companion with many friends to mourn his departure.

His remains arrived here from the place of his death on the one o'clock

train Thursday and were taken to the Christian Church, and at two o'clock

the funeral services were conducted byW. L. Dunlavy, assisted by James

Burns, the pastor of the church after which the remains were tenderly laid

to rest in the Holt Cemetery by the side of his children gone before.

Samuel of Wetmore, Kansas; Mrs Carrie Green of Fairport, Kansas and Mrs

Janie Winslow of Fairplay, Mo. were unable to be present at the funeral.

Six of his sons were pallbearers."