The Valley Chronicle, St. Charles, Ill., 6 July 1894
Obituary Died: At his residence in Wayne, DuPage Co., Ill., Tuesday, Juen 26, 1894, of a complication of diseases, Daniel Stearns, aged 77 years and 8 months.
(Extract from Obituary Sermon) Daniel Stearns was the fourth of a family of nine children born to Co Simeon Stearns and his wife, Irene Newcomb Stearns, at their home in Winhall, Bennington Co., Vermont. He first saw the light Oct. 26, 1816. Mr. Stearns possessed the priceless inheritance of an excellent ancestry, being able to trace back upon both sides of the family history through several generations of honorable and honored citizens. His early education was received in the public schools of his native village and of the town of Lebanon, Madison Co., New York, to which place he removed with his parents when about 15 years old.
In 1840, at the age of 24, he left the paternal roof in New York and came to what was then the far West, the state of Illinois. His strong hand and sturdy heart were braced and buttressed by steady habits and a fixed purpose. With true pioneer courage he plunged into the work of the new and undeveloped country. During hs first summer's residnece in the West he worked for thirteen dollars per month ont he Boutwell farm jsut west of wher the Wayne depot now stands; during the following winter he cut wood at thre shillings per cord. By such means as this he accumulated in a few years a small sum with which he bought the pre-emption rights of another settler to the land on which the funeral was held, and paying the government $1.25 per acre became the owner of his farm. By hard and patiently continued labor the farm was gradually improved. For many years its products were drawn with horses to Chicago, a distance of about 30 miles, but his industry never flagged and little by little success came to crown his efforts. Here on this farm he built his home to which he brought in 1848 Jane Dunham as his wife. The fruit of this union was one son, William, who died here on the old homestead, passed from earth but a few months ago. Soon after the birth of William his wife was called home. In September, 1853, he married Helen Dunham (sister of his first wife) who, after more than 40 years of happy wedded life, survives her husband, and with her three children meets us who have to-day come to mourn with them that mourn and pay their last tribue of respect to the memory of him who has departed. He was known to his (missing) as a (missing) neighbor, a kind (missing). He left the world the better because he lived. He has gone from his labors and many are those who rise up to call him blessed.
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