JEFFERSON COUNTY IL
Joshua WILKEY, Sr., passed peacefully away Thursday morning at 6 o'clock.
He had ? ? ? in Jefferson and Franklin counties. His first attack was that of grip,
which afterwards terminated in a complication of other diseases, of which spinal meningitis,
that most dreaded disease, being the main factor.
Deceased was born in Jefferson Co., Ill., May 15, 1836, enlisted in the Union army at
Centralia, Ill., August 5, 1862, as a private in Co. E. 80th Ill. Volunteer Infantry. He
was honorably discharged at Camp HARKER, Tenn., June 10, 1865. During the time
he participated in the following battles: Perryville, Resacca, Atlanta, Franklin, Kenesaw
Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga, and Lookout Mountain and was in Libby
prison two weeks.
At the time of his death he was connected with the Dahlgren state bank as a director
and original stockholder. In business matters he was very conservative, always weighing
matters fully before entering any important undertaking.
He was married to Eliza J. ROSS, December 2, 1866 and to this union five children
were born, Mrs. Levada FISHER, George W. WILKEY, Mrs. Garrison PHILLIPS,
Maxey B. WILKEY and Joshua WILKEY, Jr., all of which together with the widow,
survive him. He professed faith in Christ while in the service of his country for freedom,
and while he had never united with any church, the one of his choice was that of the
Methodist, and he expressed his readiness to go to his future abode.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Joseph ALLEN, of Dahlgren, and his remains
were laid to rest in the cemetery at Oak Hill, March 11, 1910.
March 17, 1910 Mt. Vernon Daily Register
submitted by Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera
Sept 22, 1997
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