THOMAS J. IRELAND

THOMAS IRELAND WAS BORN IN WARREN COUNTY, OHIO, MAY 17, 1832, AND DIED AT HIS HOME IN MOUNT AYR ON FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1901. HE WAS MARRIED DECEMBER 31, 1854 TO MISS ANNA CODDINGTON, WHO DIED IN 1870. THIS UNION WAS BLESSED WITH FIVE CHILDREN, OF WHOM TWO DIED IN INFANCY.  ALLEN AND JAMES IRELAND LIVE IN ILLINOIS AND MISS CORA RESIDES AT HOME.  IN 1874 MR. IRELAND WAS MARRIED TO MARY E. FULTZ, WHO DIED IN 1894.  TO THEM WERE BORN TWO CHILDREN, EDGAR, WHO LIVES AT HOME, AND MRS. KATE REYNOLDS OF KNOXVILLE.  IN 1898 MR. IRELAND WAS MARRIED TO MRS. M.J. MCKAHAN WHO SURVIVES HIM. TWO BROTHERS AND TWO SISTERS ARE LEFT TO MOURN HIS DEATH.  MR. IRELAND CAME TO RINGGOLD COUNTY IN 1885 RESIDING ON HIS 400 ACRE FARM IN THE SOUTH PART OF THE COUNTY.  PREVIOUS TO THAT TIME HE HAD LIVED A NUMBER OF YEARS IN INDIANA.  IN 1896 HE MOVED TO MOUNT AYR WHERE HE HAS SINCE RESIDED.  HE ENGAGED IN THE FARM IMPLEMENT BUSINESS BUT RETIRED FROM ACTIVE BUSINESS LIFE ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO ON ACCOUNT OF HIS HEALTH.  FROM THE TIME OF HIS COMING TO RINGGOLD COUNTY HE HAD TAKEN AN ACTIVE INTEREST IN THE BUSINESS, POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS LIFE AND WAS HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM.  HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH IN RINGGOLD AND THE INTERMENT WAS MADE IN THE CEMETERY NEARBY.

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