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I found this obituary in the Corning, AR. library: Ripley County, MO. obituary for 26 Nov 1896. "Died at his home near McILLROY, MO., 15 Nov - J M POND, age 59 yrs, 6 mths, 22da. Born 23 May 1837... ailing 18 yrs this November - confined to his room since May 1st and kept in his bed for past 2.5 months. He leaves 3 brothers, wife and daughter, age 2yrs,6mths, also 8 grown children and 22 grandchildren."
a note from the submitter was offered: "Good husband, kind father, worthy citizen, amiable neighbor and friend and may his sleep be peaceful." (signed "X")