Another pioneer settler, full of years and good works, has passed into eternity. Jacob Bright died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nancy Cozad, in Morgan Township, on Friday last, aged nearly 83 years. He was born in Augusta County, Virginia and after becoming of age moved to Gallia County, Ohio, where he married Miss. Maria Shields in 1841. In this county all of his children were born. In 1852 he moved with his family to Wapello County, Iowa and three years later located in Morgan Township in this county. His wife died many years ago.
He was repeatedly elected justice of the peace of his township and discharged the duties of the office very acceptably. About ten years ago he located in Miltonvale, Kansas, where he served for some time as police judge. Two years ago he returned to Morgan Township and made his home with his daughter. The deceased is survived by the following children: Henry Bright of Leon, Mrs. Emeline Hinds of Miltonvale, Kansas, W.W. Bright of Newkirk, Oklahoma, and Mrs. Nancy Cozad and Alonzo Bright of Morgan Township. One son Leander died many years ago. Two of his sons, Henry and Leander, served in the Union Army.
Funeral services were conducted at the residence last Sunday by Reverend Thomas Glendenning, after which the remains were laid to rest in Union Cemetery.
The writer of this brief and imperfect sketch, knew Uncle Jacob Bright for more than a quarter of a century. He was an honorable man in all his business transactions, a true friend and a patrotic citizen. He leaves a memory in the minds of many qcquaintances which will linger pleasantly until they each in turn shall be called up to cross the mysterious river.
Posted in Decatur County Journal-IowaMarch 17, 1901