Grant County Obituaries

Grant County Newspaper, MARION, INDIANA,
DEC. 17, 1909

From THE DAILY CHRONICLE, Marion, Indiana, 17 Dec 1909 LIVED HERE FOR 70 YEARS

Samuel Pulley Settled In Wilderness of Van Buren Township in 1839 Samuel Pulley, who died Monday at the age of eighty-eight years, ten months, had lived in Grant county for about seventy years. The funeral was held Tuesday. Concerning Mr. Pulley's life, John C. Coons writes The Chronicle as follows: Samuel Pulley, son of Samuel and Elizabeth Pulley, was born in Guernsey county, Ohio, February 12, 1821, and died at his home in Grant county, Indiana, Dec 12, 1909, at the age of 88 years and 10 months. He first came with his parensts to Indiana in the Spring of 1838, walking the entire distance of more than three hundred miles, returning also on foot the following winter to Guernsey county, Ohio, where he was united in marriage to Margaret Kuhns, February 4, 1939, and soon after his marriage he returned with his wife to Grant county and settled in Van Buren township on the farm where he lived at the time of his death. To the above union were born three children, one of whom died in infancy: another, Catherine Boxell, died about nineteen months ago, and Daniel Pulley, of Van Buren, Ind., still survives him. The mother of these children died April 3, 1845. Mr. Pulley was again married September 23, 1846, to Elizabeth Marsh. To this union were born eleven children, three of whom died in childhood, and one daughter, Emily, died without issue, in young womanhood, after she had been married to Aaron Barley. Seven of these children are still living, namely, Marion Pulley, Simon E. Pulley, Silas A. Pulley, Martha M. Boler, S. Henson Pulley, A Barton Pulley and Phoebe E. Keltner. His second wife died July 23, 1905, since which time he has been cared for by Simon E. Pulley and his faithful wife, who, as well as the other children, did what they could to make him happy and comfortable in the evening of life. Besides his children he is surived by two brothers, one sister, twenty grand children and thirty-three great-grandchildren, besides other relatives and many friends. He had a rugged constitution, was always hardy during his entire life, and up to a day before his death was able to wait on himself and was strong in mind, spending much of his time in reading his bible as well as the current literature of the day. About seventy years ago Brother Pulley professed conversion and united with the church, and when the Antioch Methodist Protestant church, which is now a part of the Hanfield church, was organized, he became a charter member and served this church long and faithfully. He bore the unique record of having served as class leader continuously for more than a half century and became generlly known in the community where he lived as "Class Leader Sam Pulley." He only laid down this duty that had been so long imposed upon him by his brethern when the weight of years was so heavily upon him that he was no longer able to discharge the obligations of the office. He continued true to his church and attended to public worship when the ___ ?____ __?__ his health would permit. "He came to his grave in a full age, like a shock of corn cometh, in his season." Funeral services were conducted from the Antioch church by the pastor, John C. Coons, assisted by Rev. P. W. Boxell; on Tuesday morning, December 14, and he was buried in the Burson cemetery.
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