Decatur County Journal-Iowa
Thursday, July 3, l9l9
W.H. STEPHENS was born Sept. l4, l833, near Bangor, Maine. He was the youngest of ten children, and when about four years of age was taken by his parents to Philadelphia where they resided for about three years. In l840, the family moved to Meigs County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood. His early life was passed on a farm. He was united in marriage, Sept. 28, l858, to MISS MARTHA HOGUE, of Meigs County, Ohio. This union was blessed with three children, HARVEY E., DELMONT D., and JAMES F..
They came to Iowa in l869 and built them a home on what is now known as the Lockwood farm, two miles east of Weldon, where they lived until they moved to Weldon in l900, making this his home until he died. His wife died six years ago, since which time he has been cared for by his children who sought to make his declining years as comfortable as possible. His three sons were with him during his last illness, tenderly caring for him in all that filial love could administer.
In l868 he joined the Masonic Lodge. In early life, he and his wife were converted and joined the Freewill Baptist Church remaining members of that communion until removing to Iowa where they transferred their membership to the Methodist Church at Hebron, and continued their membership in that church until their removal to Weldon, when they transferred to the Weldon class, continuing in that relationship until death.
He was a faithful member of the church, supporting all of its interests in the progress of the Kingdom.
During the Civil War, he enlisted in Co., D. l5th Ohio Battalion Guards, June l6th, l863, on January l5, l864 he re-enlisted in the service in Co. A. 2nd West Virginia Cavalry and was honorably discharged at Wheeling, West Virginia, July 4, l865.
Father STEPHENS was a loyal citizen, true to his friends, and all the interests for the betterment of society. He was of a retiring disposition, and yet the strength of his character is woven in the warp and woof of the community in which, as a pioneer, he did much to bring to its present high state. After a short illness at his home, he passed away, Tuesday, June 24, l9l9, at the advanced age of 85 years, 9 months, and l0 days.
Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church on Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Thompson, assisted by Rev. Larrick. The body was taken to the Hebron Cemetery for burial and the Masonic ceremony used at the grave.
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