John A. Fordyce Obituary

FORDYCE - It becomes our sorrowful duty to note the death of another comrade, whose pure life leads us almost to say, in whom there was no guile. John A. Fordyce, of Centre township, passed away on Friday evening last in his 81st year. Interment was made in the Fordyce burying ground, near where the deceased lived during the greater part of his life. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Stewart. He was one of the organizers of the Holbrook Christian Church many years ago, we believe at that date the church being under the leadership of Elder Leonard. Our last conversation with Comrade Fordyce, as well as an intimate acquaintance for many years, would alone lead us to believe he was a Christian in the true sense of the word. When our civil war commenced he shouldered a musket and as a member of Co. F, 85th Pa. Vol., was a good soldier in defense of our flag through a part of that terrible struggle. At the burial six members of his own company acted as pallbearers - R. B. Church, Jonathan Mitchell, Samuel Thompson, Jacob Weaver, Lisbon Scott and A. M. Scott. However, our comrade not possessing that degree of physical strength with which some of us were blessed, he went down with disease in the second year of his service. He was discharged for disability, at Harrison's Landing, on James river, during the memorable peninsula campaign. This another comrade has left us - a good soldier, a dutiful, honest citizen, a loving Christian man. Let us emulate his good deeds, that we may be united in that home of the soul, prepared for all who are faithful here.

John A. Fordyce, aged 81 years, died at his home January 16, and funeral services were conducted Sunday morning by Elder J. W. Stewart. Mr. Fordyce was one of the most highly respected citizens of this neighborhood, a veteran of the rebellion and a member of the Holbrook Christian Church from the time of its organization. He was of an exceedingly modest, retiring and unassuming disposition, and lived a dignified and exemplary life; and in all of his dealings with his fellow man he was thoroughly and scrupulously honest and leaves behind him not a single unbroken pledge.

Waynesburg Independent, January 21, 1904 (Greene County, PA)


John A. Fordyce died at his home in Center township, January 15, aged 80 years. He was highly respected and had served in the Union army in Company F, 85th regiment. He was a charter member of the Holbrook Christian church and was an upright citizen. The funeral was held on Sabbath, services being conducted by Elder Stewart. Six veteran members of Company F, 85th regiment, acted as pall-bearers, Lisbon Scott, Samuel Thompson, R. B. Church, Jacob Weaver, A. M. Scott and Jonathan Mitchell.

Waynesburg Republican, January 21, 1904 (Greene County, PA)

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