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Seymour Wilson Day

From "History of Fayette County" (1878)

        DAY, S. W., farmer, Section 26; P.O. Oelwein; born in Underhill, Chittenden County, Vt., in 1830; located in St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., in 1848; in Jackson Co., Iowa, in 1853, and in this county in 1863. He married Miss Eliza A. Hawkins Dec. 7, 1852; she was born in the town of Lawrence, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y., April 5, 1834; they have five children--Alice Eliza, born Oct. 29, 1854; Wilson H., born Oct. 10, 1857; George A., May, 1860; Effie Louise, April 11, 1864; Gurty A., Oct. 22, 1869. Mr. Day owns 150 acres of land, worth $30 per acre; he raises some valuable stock.
From the Oelwein, Iowa, newspaper of August 1898.

Obituary of Seymour Wilson Day

        Seymour Wilson Day was born Feb. 24, 1830, in Chittenden county, Vermont, and died at his home south-east of Oelwein, August 7, 1898. He had been failing for several years from the ills attendant to old age, but was not considered in a dangerous condition, and his sudden death came as a fearful shock to his family and friends.
        The deceased migrated from his native county and state to St. Lawrence county, N. Y., at the age of 18, where on December 7, 1852, he was married to Miss Eliza A. Hawkins, of that place. Soon after the newly wedded couple came to Iowa, then on the frontier, seeking their fortune. They settled in Jackson county but thirty-five years ago they came to Fayette county, settling on the beautiful farm that was his home to the time of his death.
        Five children came as a blessing to their home, two sons, George and Wilson, both successful farmers in this vicinity, and three daughters, as follows: Mrs. Alice Sackville, living north-east of Oelwein; Mrs. Effie Hough, just east of town, and Mrs. Gertrude McDonald, living at Tacoma, Wash. The latter , the youngest of the children, was unable to attend the funeral services.
        Deceased has been an earnest, consistent Christian for more than 40 years, and one of the original members of the M. E. church in this city. He has also been a member of the A> O. U. W. for a number of years and members of this lodge assisted in the funeral services.
        He was a loving and wise husband and father, and the grief of his widow and children is deep and sincere. The have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. The esteem in which he was held by his neighbors was attested by the large number gathered at his funeral service and the beautiful floral tributes which had come from every quarter, many from a distance.
        The services were held Monday afternoon and were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Triem, assisted by Rev. Coneybeare of the Presbyterian church. The sermon was from Revelations XIV:121 "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." The interment was in Otsego cemetery.

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