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Jefferson Bledsoe

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 McGown Harrison.
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.

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