Obituary of William Vanburen Jeffords
William Vanburen Jeffords
"A Good Citizen Dead"
Died, at his residence, six miles northeast of Mt. Vernon, near Summit Church, Tuesday, at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, of heart failure, Mr. Wm. Jeffords, aged 63 years, 10 months and 11 days.
The funeral services were held at Summit Baptist Church, of which he was an honored member, on Wednesday, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Rev. John F. Williams preached the funeral, after the body was laid away in the Summit Cemetery. Though the farmers were just at busy as it is possible for them to be, the church was crowded to overflowing, to do honor to this noble citizen. It looked like everybody was there.
It was stated by different ones that Mr. Jeffords did not have a single enemy and that no better man ever lived in Lawrence County. He was just such a man as all can and should model after in many respects.
Mr. Jeffords was born in Warren County, Kentucky, May 30th, 1835 and at the age of six years, with his mother, moved to Spencer County, Indiana, where he resided until he was about eighteen years of age, and then came to what is now Lawrence County, where he has lived ever since.
During the late war her served in a three months Kansas Regiment, and Mr. J. J. Cherry said to the writer, that on his return home he brought with him the first greenback five dollar bill that he ever saw. Afterwards Mr. Jeffords served in the 8th Missouri, M.S.M., in Capt. Ozias Ruark's Company. Through the war and after, he was mustered out, returned to Lawrence County and on January 31st, 1867, he and Miss Mary White were united in marriage to this union were born ten children.
In the year 1889 he made a profession of religion, and on February 23rd, 1897 he united with Summit Baptist Church.
Peace be to his soul.