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Rev Josiah Kelly "J.K." Alwood
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Birth: Jul. 15, 1828
Cadiz
Harrison County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jan. 13, 1909
Morenci
Lenawee County
Michigan, USA

His parents were Ephraim Kelly Alwood, b. Oct. 11, 1803 in Baltimore, Maryland; & Elizabeth Salspury, b. May 9, 1799 in Toboyne Twp, Cumberland County, PA.

A Carpenter, who became a minister for 25 years along with being presiding elder for 23 of those years in the North Ohio Conf. of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ Church.

Notable in that he wrote the song "The Unclouded Day".
the following are his own words about the inspiration for the song as found in the "Christian Conservator", Feb. 26, 1896.
"A Rainbow at Midnight and a Song with Morning"

"It was a balmy night in August 1879, when returning from a debate in Spring Hill, Ohio, to my home in Morenci, Michigan, about 1 o'clock a.m. I saw a beautiful rainbow north by northwest agianst a dense black nimbus cloud. The sky was all perfect clear except this dark cloud which covered about forty degrees of the horizon and extented about halfway to the zenith. The phenomenon was entirely new to me and very lovely. I had traveled ten miles from the scene of mental toil, Morpheus was playing his sweetest lullaby. Another mile of travel, a few moments of time, a fellow of my size was ensconced in sweet home and wrapped in sweet sleep. A first class know-nothing till rosy-sweet morning was wide over the fields.
"To awake and look abroad and rememeber the night was to be filled with sweet melody. A while at the organ brought forth a piece of muisc now known as "The Unclouded Day." A day and a half was bestowed on the melody and four stanzas."

Dates & Burial information found on RootsWeb & the Alwood family tree information. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Ephraim Kelly Alwood (1803 - 1881)
  Elizabeth Salsberry Alwood (1799 - 1897)
 
 Spouses:
  Sara Susanna Hodges Alwood (1831 - 1912)
  Elizabeth Dinius Alwood (1828 - 1868)*
 
 Children:
  Rufus Raymond Alwood (1855 - 1938)*
  Alice Allwood Martin (1857 - 1892)*
  George Lawrence Alwood (1860 - 1871)*
  Pascal M. Alwood (1862 - 1900)*
  Celestia C. Alwood Seiple (1864 - 1957)*
  Mary Violetta Alwood Warner (1866 - 1911)*
  Olin Good Alwood (1870 - 1945)*
 
 Siblings:
  Levi Salsberry Alwood (1826 - 1897)*
  Josiah Kelly Alwood (1828 - 1909)
  Sarah E.lizabeth Alwood Collins McQuillan (1830 - 1901)*
  Lydia Ann Alwood Geitgey (1831 - 1915)*
  Susan Catherine Alwood Farley (1833 - 1915)*
  David William Alwood (1833 - 1914)*
  Jemima Melissa Alwood Viers (1840 - 1919)*
  Salmah A. Alwood Hill (1842 - 1891)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Grove Cemetery
Morenci
Lenawee County
Michigan, USA
 
Created by: Theron & Helen Smith
Record added: Nov 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62114877
Rev Josiah Kelly J.K. Alwood
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Rev Josiah Kelly J.K. Alwood
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- angel6903
 Added: May. 22, 2015
O the land of cloudless day, O the land of an unclouded day, O they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise, O they tell me of an unclouded day.
- Darlene T.
 Added: Dec. 21, 2014
Thank you for your service & loyalty as a minister in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ during the late 1800's
- Theron & Helen Smith
 Added: Nov. 24, 2010
 
 
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