JAMES MANSFIELD GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Wamego Reporter, Thursday, Apr. 15,
1915, Pg. 5
Vol. 5, No. 15
Jas. Mansfield, a pioneer of this
community died at his home in West Wamego Friday, April 9, 1915. Funeral
services were held at the home Sunday afternoon in charge of Rev. Phillips and
services at the grave in charge of the Masonic Lodge.
James Mansfield was born in
Columbiana, Co., Ohio, Oct. 31, 1842, and died in Wamego, Kans., April 9, 1915,
being at the time of his death 73 years 5 months and 8 days old.
He enlisted in Co. F, 101st
Regiment Penn. Vol. Infantry, Oct. 21, 1861, being at the time less than 19
years of age. He was taken prisoner at Plymouth, N. Carolina, and held in
the prison at Andersonville for eleven months. He received his discharge
at Pittsburg, Penn., on May 8, 1865.
He came to Kansas in the year 1869
and purchased land in Union Tp., this county.
In February 1871, he was united in
marriage to Ida M. Jones who survives him. To this union was born 8
children, seven of whom are living, one dieing in infancy. The surviving
children are, Mrs. Margaret E. Miracle, Mrs. Maud S. Talbott and Harry Mansfield
of Wamego, Mrs. Bertha Smith of Salina, Kans., Mrs. Pera B. Timmons of
Vancouver, Wash., Mrs. Pauline Stewart and Benj. J. Mansfield of Center, Neb.,
and twenty-one grandchildren.
Besides these he leaves one
brother, William Mansfield of Nagley, Ohio, and four sisters, Mrs. Rebecca
Wright of Wamego, Mrs. Lucy Jones of Tiffin, Mo., Mrs. Martha Wilson of E.
Palestine, Ohio, and Mrs. Katherine Johnson of Oregon, to mourn his loss.
In 1882 he purchased and moved his
family to the farm near Wamego where he lived until advancing years forced him
to retire to the home where he resided at the time of his death.
The sickness which caused his
death was of several years duration, being caused by a cerebral hemorrhage of
the brain which gradually sapped his vitality until the end of endurance gave
release of life.
James Mansfield was of that sturdy
integrity of character that makes for the best citizenship of the nation.
He was a man of unquestioned honesty of purpose that endeared him to his many
friends, a good neighbor and ever ready to help any good work for the betterment
of the community.