George W. James
d. December 8, 1916
Mr. G.W. James was born in New Hampshire, June 6, 1838. Died at his home in Dickens,
Iowa, at 2:00 o'clock Friday, December 8, 1916, at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 2 days. Mr. James moved from
New Hampshire to Woodstock, Illinois, where he was united in marriage to Miss Marcia D. Barnard. Seven children
were born to this union, all of whom live in Clay and Dickinson counties, except one daughter Nettie, who passed
away a few years ago. He leaves to mourn his demise a wife, five daughters and one son. The deceased came to Iowa
in 1874 and settled near Storm Lake, where he resided until 1888, when he came to Clay county.
Mr. James gave three years of his life to serving his country during the civil war. He enlisted in the Eighth Illinois and received an honorable discharge. Religiously Mr. James was a spiritualist, and he has now passed into that spiritual realm that he loved to talk so much about and where death is no more and where all is spirit. In his departure can be said that a very amiable countryman has gone, an indulgent husband and father has left us.
When marble wears away
And monuments are dust;
The songs that guard our soldiers
Clay will still fulfill their trust.
With lifted head, and steady tread,
Like stars that guard the skies,
Go watch each bed, where rest the dead.
Brave songs? With sleepless eyes.
The funeral services were conducted from the Congregational church by Rev. George
O. Long, pastor of the church, on Sunday, December 10, at 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon. Interment took place in
the Dickens cemetery. [Source: Spencer Reporter, Spencer, Iowa. Contributed
by: Jane Culver Ingram]
Marcia D. (Barnard) JAMES
1849 - 1919
Mrs. George James -- Miss Marcia D. Barnard was born August 4th, 1849, at Solan Mills,
Illinois, where she lived with her parents in a happy home to the age of 17 years. When in the year 1886 she was
married at Greenwood, Illinois to George James, who preceded her to the spirit world on December 8, 1916. Mrs.
James died September 3rd, 1919, in Dickens, Iowa, in her 70th year. Mrs. James reared the large family of six girls
and one boy, all of whom survive her, except one. Nettie Brownell, who died in 1904. The children who survive their
mother are: Mrs. Ina Miller, Mrs. Etta Horn, Mrs. Grace Culver, Mrs. Ruth Logan, Mrs. Georgie Taylor and son, Fred.
There are twenty-seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. One brother, Ensley Barnard of Ringwood, Illinois
and a sister, Ida Burk, Who made her home with Mrs. James. Mrs. James with her husband and family have lived in
this community many years and have formed friendships that will abide. It will be a willing duty as we journey
through life to cherish the memory of her whose loss we mourn today. There is no time so solemn as the hour of
death, no services so mournful as when on occasions like the present when we meet to perform our last duties to
a dear and loved friend: a good woman has gone. She was a just and faithful friend. She leaves a memory behind
her that can be most fondly cherished. Her life was one of usefulness, honesty, integrity and true morality. Her
aim was to discharge every duty that devolved upon her, to aid mankind as far as circumstances would permit and
to do injury to none. Her life was one of good motives and good deeds. The funeral services were conducted from
the Congregational church on Friday of last week, after which her body was laid to rest beside that of her husband
in the Dickens Cemetery. [Source: Spencer Reporter, Spencer, Iowa, Wednesday,
September 10, 1919. Contributed by: Jane