Andrew Jackson Blakeman 11 January 1912 Jesup Citizen Herald
A PIONEER GONE Andrew J. Blakeman, an Old and Highly Respected Citizen Succumbs to Heart Trouble
On Tuesday morning a sad message was flashed from lip to lip the the effect the A.J. Blakeman, one of our oldest and ,ost highly respected citizens had answered the call of his Maker and passed to that eternal city where sickness and suffering is not known. Andrew J. Blakeman was born in Reidsville, Albany county, N.Y., on January 6, 1836, and died in his home in Jesup, January 9, 1912, aged 76 years and 3 days. When he was 12 years old the family removed to Bloomfield, Wisconsin, where is remained for 12 years, coming from there directly to Jesup which has bee the family home for forty-four years. On June 19, 1861, in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin he was united in marriage to Louisa Hicks, a happy married life that endured for over half century, Mr. And Mrs. Blakeman celebrating their golden wedding on June 19; of last year. To their union was born five children all of whom are living, they being Herbert L who lives on the old home farm south of Jesup; Rse Mary Tefft, of Nashau, Iowa; Robey Adell Brierly, of Spring Prairie, Wisconsin; Emma Louisa, of Portland Oregon and George Edward of Lewiston, Idaho, all of whom are here, with the exception of Miss Emma who was unable to reach here on account of the distance and traveling conditions. Mr. Blakeman was troubled for some years with an affliction of the heart which finally caused his death. He has been practically confined to the house all during the winter. Though at times a great sufferer he was cheerful and patient, and strong hopes were entertained for his recovery until a few hours before the end came. In the year 1884, Mr. Blakeman professed conversion and though he never united with a church, strove by prayer and good works to live a consistent Christian life. Known as a good husband and father, a kind neighbor and a faithful friend, one more of our old pioneers has passed to the beyond and his death, will be deeply mourned by all who knew him. Besides his wife and five children, Mr. Blakeman leaves to mourn his loss two sisters, Mrs. Perry od this place, Mrs. Jenkins of Knoxville and ten grand children. Rev. H.C.. Irvine assisted by Rv. O.C DePuy conducted the last sad rites at the family residence this Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock, Interment in Cedar Crest.