Cyrus Fordyce Obituary

Cyrus Fordyce died Monday, February 6, 1893 at his home, one mile southwest of Table Grove, aged 85 years, 5 months and 6 days. Interment occurred at Harris Cemetery, Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Cyrus Fordyce was born August 30, 1807 in Linn County, Pennsylvania. He came to Illinois in 1829, went to Ohio and then returned to Illinois in the summer of 1831. He was a tanner by trade and worked for Mr. Proctor for a time in Lewistown, Illinois. He was married to Permelia Hughes, April 16, 1835. To them were born four children, three of whom survive him, together with his widow, who came to this state with her brother, George Hughes, in the year 1834 from the state of New York. For a time they lived in Bernadotte, Illinois where he lived until his death. Mr. Fordyce was one of the earliest pioneers of this country, and was a respected citizen all these years. No one lives to say ill of him, or that Cyrus Fordyce ever wronged him out of a cent, or did harm him in any way. He did not amass a large fortune, but lived as long and no doubt as happily, and as well loved by his friends. He was happy in his disposition, light hearted, and the life of those with whom he associated. He filled no large place in the world, humble in his aspirations, unpretentious in his manner of living, he will be long and affectionately remembered by those who knew him and loved him well. He became a member of the Universalist Church in Table Grove at its first organization and always loved and respected the denomination of his choice. The last few years have been full of infirmities of age, and the pain of much sickness, all of which he bore uncomplainingly, until last Monday morning by a sudden and unexpected death, alone with his aged and respected wife he was released from all earthly ills and went to the rest for the weary and worn.

Newspaper obituary, Source unknown, hand dated February 23, 1893 (Fulton County, Illinois)

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