Springs Valley Herald
March 8, 1934
Jefferson Bledsoe, son of William
and Margaret Bledsoe, was born Feb. 2, 1859 on a farm near Elon and departed
this life Feb. 27, 1934, aged 75 years, 25 days.
On March 24, 1880 he was united in marriage to Catharine
Cox. This couple has been blessed in living practically 54 years together.
To this union were born ten
children, five having preceded him in death, namely: Maggie, Eva, Media, Lois
and Sherman. Those
left to mourn his departure are Mrs. Lucretia Reynolds of Hillham, Mrs. Belva
Conrad and Mrs. Mary McIver of French Lick, Edmund of Manhattan, Montana and
Everett of Norton, the home place. He also leaves his devoted wife, who never
left his side during his long illness. She exerted every effort for his comfort
and did all that was possible for him.
He was the grandfather of 25
children, six having preceded him in death and the great grandfather of 14
children. He was especially devoted to three of his grandsons, who with their
wives have done much for the comfort of his last days, namely Ralph, Blye and
He was a member of a family of 12
children, five brothers and five sisters, and one half brother, all having
departed this life except one brother, Samuel Bledsoe of Elon.
He united with the Christian Church
at Cane Creek about 48 years ago. As long as his health permitted he was an
active worker, but for a few years ill health has confined him to his home, but
his true christian spirit was manifested to all those about him. During his
long illness he was always patient, kind and pleasant, often expressing his
gratefulness to his aged companion for her goodness.
Besides those mentioned he leaves a
host of other relatives and friends to mourn his departure.
But the tree that bears the most
leaves cannot always hold them, and dropping one by one, they have all fallen,
but one brother, Samuel, who still clings on.
Dubois County Time and Temp
2009, Charlie Tredway and contributors.