Saturday, April 10, 2010

Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry & Emeline Force Goltry

Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry.

Birth: Mar. 22, 1837, Steuben County, New York.
Death: Oct. 15, 1914, Russell, Lucas County, Iowa.

Husband of Emeline Force. He was the son of Nathaniel Goltry and Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Known about the countryside as "Whistlin' Jake."


Chariton, Iowa.
Thursday, October 22, 1914.


Jacob F. Goltry was born March 22, 1837 in Steuben county, near Tyrone, New York. He was the son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Fitzgerald Goltry, and was one of a family of thirteen children, of whom one, Mrs. Philena Sellers, of Melrose, Iowa, is living. He was married to Miss Emeline Force on February 16th, 1860, at Hayden, Jennings county, Indiana. To this union were born thirteen children, of whom nine are living.

There are forty-one grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. He embraced the Christian faith at the age of eighteen years and united with the Methodist church at Hayden, Indiana, in 1858.

This act seemed to influence all his later life, and laid the foundation of his well known business integrity and honorable straightforward dealings with all mankind, which in his later years developed into a studied and thoughtful kindness toward all, and especially to his life companion and family. His last words were a thoughtful regard for them and getting his business affairs in shape in order to relieve them of all care.

He spent his early manhood in the southern part of Indiana where he worked as a carpenter. He responded to the call of his country and in September, 1861, enlisted in Company C, 37th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. In February 1864, he re-enlisted for three years longer, but upon consolidation of the regiment he was discharged as a non-commissioned officer in October 1864.

As a soldier he was always obedient to orders, cheerfully doing his duty in a true soldierly spirit, which always commanded the respect of both officers and comrades. He was in all the campaigns participated in by the 14th Army Corps in the army of the Cumberland, doing service in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.

He was a charter member of the Frank Nolan Post G.A.R., serving as commander for several terms, and for twelve or fifteen years was adjutant of the Post, doing the work in an orderly and efficient manner. He always took a great interest in all Grand Army business.

In March 1865, he removed with his wife and eldest daughter to Lucas county, Iowa, and has resided in and near Russell all the remaining years of his life, the end coming Thursday morning, October 15th 1914 at 6:30 o'clock, when he passed away peacefully and without pain as though going into a dreamless sleep, at the age of seventy-seven years, six months and twenty-three days. Funeral services were held at the late home of the deceased on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. M. E. Goodrich of the Russell M. E. Church.

The children present were Mrs. Anna Duckworth, Western, Neb., Mrs. Jennie Drake, Mrs. Mollie Wright, Mrs. Margaret LaFollette, A. R. Goltry, all of Russell, and J. B. Goltry, of Dudley, Iowa. Other relatives from a distance present were Mrs. Ethyl LaFollette Littleton, of Dudley, Iowa; Ed Goltry of Red Oak; Mrs Jennie Fluke, of Osceola. Three children were unable to be present, Mrs. Dollie Cooper, of Red Oak, Mrs. Chas. LaFollette, of Siloam Springs, Ark., and W. S. Goltry, of Farwell, Mich.

Interment was made in the Russell Cemetery where the impressive service was conducted by the members of the G.A.R. according to the G.A.R. ritual, and including the solo "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground," sang touchingly by Miss Ethyl Cassity, followed by "Taps" sounded on the cornet by John Herbert Woodman, both of these numbers being requested by the G.A.R., and greatly appreciated by the relatives and friends.

The floral tributes were many and beautiful. The music was rendered by the double quartet of mixed voices, which sang so beautifully the songs loved by the deceased and requested by the family. A large concourse of friends were present to show their last respects to an old and honored citizen and extend their sympathy to the bereaved ones who are left to mourn the loss of a dear husband and father.

The following is given to show their live line.

Family Parents:
Nathaniel Goltry (1794 - 1871)
Elizabeth Fitzgerald Goltry (1798 - 1865)

Charles Edgar Goltry (1860 - 1862)
Anna King Goltry Duckworth (1862 - 1925)
Jennie Goltry Drake (1865 - 1952)
Mary Emeline Goltry Wright (1868 - 1954)
Margaret Goltry LaFollette (1869 - 1957)
Deborah Mae Goltry LaFollette (1871 - 1955)
Walter Stephen Goltry (1873 - 1940)
Flora Goltry Cooper (1874 - 1959)
George Goltry (1877 - 1880)
Josephine Goltry (1878 - 1887)
Albert Raymond Goltry (1880 - 1962)
James Blaine Goltry (1883 - 1933)
Thomas Nelson Goltry (1885 - 1893)

Russell Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 3 Row 5 Grave 6.

Emeline Force Goltry.

Birth: Nov. 23, 1843, Jennings County, Indiana.
Death: Sept. 19, 1934, Russell, Lucas County, Iowa

Wife of Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry. She was the daughter of David Skinner Force and Eliza Day.

Her Parents.
David Skinner Force (1803 - 1880)
Eliza Day Force (1807 - 1856)


Chariton, Iowa
Tuesday, October 2, 1934

Mrs. Emeline Force Goltry was born November 23, 1843 in Jennings County, Indiana and passed away on September 19, 1934 at the age of 90 years, 9 months and 27 days. She was the daughter of David S. and Eliza Day Force, the youngest daughter of a family of seven sons and three daughters all preceding her in death leaving her the last leaf on the tree.

She was married February 15, 1860 to Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry in Indiana and came with her husband and one child to Lucas County, Iowa in the spring of 1885 at the close of the Civil War, in which her husband served as a soldier from 1861 to its close. At one time, her seven brothers and husband were all at the front. When her husband enlisted she went to live with her father who was postmaster in her hometown and helped him in the post office.

She was the mother of thirteen children. They are Charles, George, Josephine and Thomas Nathaniel who died when young, Annie K. Duckworth who died in 1925 and James B. who passed away Nov. 11, 1933. She leaves seven living children: Mrs. Jennie Drake, Mrs. Mollie Wright, with whom she made her home for three years and A. R. Goltry of Russell, Iowa, Mrs. Dollie Cooper of Red Oak, who was caring for her in her home in Russell at the time of her death, Walter S. of near Red Oak, and Mrs. Charles LaFollette of Siloam Springs, Arkansas and Mrs. Margaret LaFollette of Ottumwa.

She leaves in her passing 44 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

She became a Christian, uniting with the M. E. Church while young, transferring her membership in later years to the Russell Church of which she was a member at the time of her death. She was a kind and loving mother making many sacrifices for her family in he early pioneer home which was established three miles east of Russell, later moving to the farm now known as the A. R. Goltry farm. She was consistent in her faith, a living example at all times. An active member of the local W. R. C. from the time of its organization being its Secretary and President a number of years until unable to be present. She numbered her friends by her acquaintances and will be missed by all.

Six of her great-grandsons acted as pallbearers at her funeral which was held at the Russell Methodist Church Saturday, September 22, 1934. They were: Clifford Wright, Dennis Drake, Clair Drake, Walter Brown, Jubal Sanborn and Keith Sellers. She was laid to rest in the Russell Cemetery.

Those from a distance attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Robbins and son Maynard and Mrs. Lida McCall of Lee Center, Minn., Mr. and Mrs. Paul Goltry and son James of Chicago, Mr.and Mrs. Allen Littleton of Lockridge, Earl Cooper, W. S. Goltry and children of Red Oak, Mr. and Mrs. R. R. LaFollette, Robert LaFollette and friend of Ottumwa, Mrs. Jennie Fluke of Osceola, and Mrs. Maude Goltry and cousin of Dudley, Ia.

Russell Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 3 Row 5 Grave 7.

Authors note.

I would like to thank Skip Mihoover for allowing me to use his family information and photos which was originally posted at ( Find a Grave. ) “Thanks Skip.”

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