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Obituary - Albion Register - December 12, 1912JACOB ASTOR BALDING GOES TO REWARDJacob Astor Balding was born October 28, 1830 in Vigo County, Indiana and died December 4th 1912 age 82 years, 1 month and 6 days.The deceased was one of the county's pioneers and well-known citizens and public man.He was thrice married, the first union being with Margaret Morgan in 1852. To them were born eight children. Mrs. Balding died in 1869 and Mr. Balding was later married to Mary Whittaker and to this union was born one son. In 1873 Mr. Balding was again married to Phoebe Montrey and to them was born 8 children, two of whom died in infancy.Of this remarkable family ten sons and four daughters are living and were present at the funeral services which were held at West Village church at 4 p.m. on Thursday conducted by Elder . M. Durham. Besides these there are 61 grandchildren and 27 great- grandchildren.The deceased came to Illinois when a child but soon returned for a time to his native state. In 1866 he came to Edwards county and located on the old home farm where he spent the remainder of his life. During the gold excitement in California in 1849 he made two trips to California.The passing of Jacob Balding removes from Edwards county life one of her most respected citizens, prosperous useful men. At one time he served this county as County Commissioner, and was filling that office at the time of the rebuilding of the court house. His long life covers an eventful span in the development of the county, state and nation, and a few men are permitted to enjoy more than four score years of life as did Jacob Balding.The funeral services were attended by a large concourse of relatives, neighbors and friends., The interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
- June Barker
 Added: Aug. 31, 2009

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