Sheldon Hamilton McCLAURY
Oberlin Eye Jan 16, 1908
Sheldon Hamilton McClaury was born in Delaware County, New York, October 14,
1828, and died at his home in Oberlin Tuesday, January 14, 1908, aged 79 years
and 3 months.
He came west early in life, and enlisted in an Illinois infantry regiment April
14, 1861, being one of the first to
respond to his country’s call. He re-enlisted in Cogswell’s Battery, 2nd
Illinois light artillery, where he received a lieutenant’s commission and
was not mustered out of the service until August, 1865, serving 4 years
and 4 months.
Shortly after his return he was married in Illinois, in October, 1865, to Miss
Jennie Payne. Ten children, seven daughters and three sons, were born to them,
who are now living.
The family moved to Kansas in 1876, first settling in Smith county. They then
came to Decatur county in 1881 where they have since resided. The older
children, Mmes. J.H. Rice, Fred Pratt, and A. R. Quintard, of Kensington, Mmes.
Henry Wood and E.M. Turner of Norton, Misses Mattie and Minnie McClaury of Smith
Center and Harry McClaury of Cheyenne county arrived in Oberlin some days before their
father’s death, and with the two younger children, Roy and Eugene, who are
living here were with him in his last hours. Dr. Turner, and Messrs. Pratt,
Quintard, Rice and Wood were present at the funeral.
Mr. McClaury was on of the good men of Decatur county, was at one time county
commissioner and held the respect and esteem of all who knew him. He was a
faithful husband, a loving father and a kind a generous neighbor.
funeral was held at the Christian church Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock,
Rev. F.C. Everitt conducting the service. The church was filled by old friends
and neighbors of the deceased.
by Walt Jones email@example.com