Re: Rev. Thomas Jefferson Middleton b Pennsylvania d Iowa
I may have "your" Thomas Middleton on my tree.
"My" Thomas Middleton was born in 1803 and died 11 May 1884.I have a copy of his obit. Here is a transcription:
Oskaloosa Weekly Herald, Thursday May 22, 1884
Middleton - Died, May 11, at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. Chas. Ferree, Mr. Thomas Middleton.
Father Middleton was one of the early pioneers of Iowa; one of the class of men to whom our State owes much for the sterling integrity and religious faith they brought with them from the east and planted them on her new, rich soil.Mr. Middleton was born in Center county, Pennsylvania.He emigrated from there in 1834; traveled in a one-horse wagon with his wife and five children.From there he came to Washington county, Iowa, in 1840, where he is very well known.He was a local minister in the M. E. church for over forty years; helped to organize the first M. E. class west of Crawfordsville.For seven years his house was a preaching appointment.He lived in mahaska for fifteen years.He has passed through many hard trials and under them all lived a consistent, humble, christian life.Five, out of eight, of his children were present at the funeral.Rev. Horner preached the funeral sermon from the words, "If a man die shall he live again?" to a large concourse of friends.He went "as a shock of corn - fully ripe."
(He is my husband's great-great-great-grandfather.) He was the son of James Middleton and Margaret Coffin.He was married 3 times.While married to Rebecca (I didn't have a last name for her) he had 9 children, including Lucy (married to Charles Ferree) and Reuben.He had two children with second wife Mary Jane Ralston, and no children with third wife Olive King.
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