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James R. Oxford (20 May 1821-11 Apr 1890)


Sarah A. Oxford (19 Mar. 1824-1 May 1865)


Every breeze that is wafted over this beautiful earth is laden with the miasma and taint of death. The bright and the beautiful, the noble and the lovely of earth, have fallen before his unsparing and rentless scythe. From every quarter come to our ears the sounds of grief and lamentation. The members of our beloved family cannot escape the common--yea, the universal--doom of man.

Only a few days ago "the grim visaged tyrant" claimed the oldest, noblest and most trusted and honored of our family; and this week it is our mournful duty to chronicle the death of our esteemed uncle, Rev. JAMES R. OXFORD, whose earthly career closed on Friday evening, April 11th, 1890, after a brief, though painful illness of a complications of troubles, at his home on Harris Creek in this county. The subject of this sketch was born in Burke Co. N.C. May 20th. 1821, and consequently was nearing the close of his 69th. year.

He came to Illinois with his father in 1836, a lad of 15 summer's .At the age of 21 years, he was happily married to Miss SARAH A. GREER, to whom 10 children were born, 6 of whom survive him. His first wife, an exceptionally devoted and loving wife and mother died May 1st. 1865. On the 29th. of August following, he was married to Mrs. Martha A. Stokes, a most estimable woman, who survives him, and who bore him three children, all of whom are living.

Deceased began the struggle of married life with no other advantages than an industrious and ever willing helpmate, and a strong and vigorous manhood. His father came to this State when this section of country was but sparsely settled, and brought with him 6 boys and 2 girls. The boys grew to be large and muscular men, of superior strength and endurance, and well fitted to
settle in this (then) new country. Deceased early settled on the farm on which he has lived every since and on which he has, by dint of industry and a frugal and economical management of his business amassed a considerable fortune, having set up in a respectable manner for housekeeping and farming for eleven children, and had at his death about $6,000 in personal effects, besides some real property. He was what might be called a money lender, and as such was very fair and honorable in his dealings, rarely every exacting over 10 per cent, and often accepting the legal rate. no person ever borrowed money from a man who showed more leniency or gave better chances to pay. Deceased began his Christian life by first joining the C.P. church but soon after put his membership in the G.B. church and went into the organization of the Ohio Association in Nov. 1854, and has every since been a prominent and one of the leading members of said Association, often filling the highest positions of honor and trust in the body.

He began his career as a minister of the Gospel about the year 1855, and consequently has stood on the walls of Zion 35 years, during about 30 of which he did active and efficient work for the church of his choice, and for Christianity in general. During the last few years of his life, however, he was compelled by declining health, to practically give up the work of the ministry.
Sometime last summer, deceased was stricken with rheumatism, erysipelas and dropsy, and every since his life-tenure has been in imminent peril. He went to two health resorts in Ind., in the vain, and what proved to be delusive, hope and the medical water of those places would restore his failing health, and recuperate his wasted form and energies. But the fell-destroyer came at last, not with standing all that loving hands and best medical skill that could be had.

James R. Oxford (20 May 1821-11 Apr 1890)


Sarah A. Oxford (19 Mar. 1824-1 May 1865)


James and Sarah are buried in Rutherford Cemetery, Hardin Co. IL. (wr)


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