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Pvt Andrew Jackson Mefford
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Birth: Aug. 9, 1839
Dubuque County
Iowa, USA
Death: Nov. 5, 1901
Calhoun County
Illinois, USA

Andrew was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Mefford. While his father was born in Kentucky and his mother in North Carolina, Andrew was born in Dubuque, Iowa when it was still part of the Wisconsin Territory.

Andrew married Elizabeth Angeline Pistole on 12 Aug 1858 in Jerseyville, Jersey County, Illinois. They lived next to her parents during the early years of their marriage. He was a farmer, and they were the parents of 9 children.

Andrew enlisted in the infantry on 13 Feb 1865 along with William A. Pistole. Both were given $50.00 to enlist and served in Company G of the 154th Illinois as infantry soldiers late in the Civil War.

After 1880, Andrew and his family moved from Fieldon in Jersey County to Calhoun County, Illinois where he continued working as a farmer. For a short time, he served as the first mail carrier between Hardin and Kampsville, Illinois.

Andrew was injured in the fall of 1901 when he was kicked in the abdomen by a horse. He was expected to recover from his injuries and made steady progress for a few days until taking a sudden turn for the worse. He died a few hours later.

At the time of his death, Andrew was 62 years, 2 months and 27 days old. He was survived by his wife, Elizabeth, who passed away in 1931.

Children: 7 daughters, 1 son, 1 unknown.

Father of:
Mary C. "Mollie" Mefford Snow
Infant Mefford
Ella Laomi Mefford Grassmann (twin)
Anna Naomi Mefford (twin)
Lavona E. Mefford
Hester F. Mefford Devening
Alice Mefford Bryant
Laura Mefford
George Edmon Mefford, Sr.



Andrew Jackson Mefford was born in Beetown, Iowa August 15, 1838; died about five miles southwest of Hardin November 5, 1901 at 7 o'clock p.m.; aged 63 years, 2 months and 21 days.

Our subject was sick but only a few days before death, which was due to a kick in the stomach received from a horse. His recovery, however, was expected as he steadily grew better until the morning of his death when he took worse and died a few hours later.

On August 17, 1858 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Pistole of Jersey County. To this union nine children were born, two of them dying in infancy.

After residing in Jersey County about 23 years, he, with his family, moved to Hardin where he engaged in carrying the mail between Hardin and Kampsville; he being the first mail carrier between these two points. He followed this occupation for a few years then gave it up and moved to Gilead where he engaged in farming, later moving back to Hardin where he remained until a few months ago when he moved to the place of his death.

In 1861 he enlisted in the army and remained therein until the war was ended. He was a member of Hardin G.A.R. Post No. 448 and his comrades who remain took part in the funeral ceremonies.

Mr. Mefford was a worthy citizen and at one time was one of Hardin's Aldermen. He was highly respected and had a host of friends. He was a kind and loving husband and father and his presence in the family circle will be greatly missed.

He leaves to mourn his death a wife, six daughters and one son, namely: Mrs. Alice Bryant of Ashley, Mo.; Mrs. Hester Devlin of near Spankey, Ill.; Mrs. Belle Hardesty of Batchtown; Mrs. Ella Grassmann; Mrs. Mollie Snow; Anna Mefford; and George Mefford of Hardin.

The remains were laid to rest in the Hardin cemetery Thursday, November 7 at 12 o'clock after services at the Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. John Wilson of Indian Creek. The HERALD extends sympathy to the bereaved ones.

(Calhoun Herald; November 1901)
Note: All spelling, capitalization and punctuation marks in obituary are exactly as they appeared in the original text.


Additional information:

Two Civil War stones are located side-by-side at Hardin Cemetery. The one that appears to be the older marker is for A. J. Mefford, Company G of the 154th Illinois Infantry. The newer stone next to it is for Andrew J. Mefford, a private with the 154th Illinois Infantry. The 2011 Calhoun Cemetery book published by the Calhoun Historical Society lists these as two different people.

The statistical information published for A. J. is that he was born on 15 Aug 1838 and died 05 Nov 1901. That given for Andrew J. was that he was born 09 Feb 1839 and died 25 Nov 1904.

Census records do not support the existence of 2 separate individuals. An A.J. Mefford, born in Iowa and married to Elizabeth, lived in Greene County, Illinois in 1860, 1870 and 1880. Children listed in 1880: Naomi A., Lavona E., Hester F., Alice, Laura and George Mefford. Nephew: Scott Pistol.

In 1900, Andrew J. Mefford, born in Iowa and married to Elizabeth, lived in Calhoun County. They were the parents of 9 children, 7 still living. Ann N. (same age as Naomi A.) was the only child still living at home. Andrew's birth was given as August 1938.

Soldiers listed with the 154th Illinois Infantry included only one man with a similar name. Andrew J. Mifford was a member of the 154's Company G.

Despite the fact that there are 2 stones, it seems almost certain that there was only 1 Andrew J. Mefford. The dates on the second, newer stone are most likely incorrect. This is also supported by other Internet sources.
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Angeline Pistole Mefford (1841 - 1931)
  Mary C. Mefford Snow (1860 - 1950)*
  Ella Laomi Mefford Grassmann (1862 - 1938)*
  Anna Naomi Mefford (1865 - 1941)*
  Laura Belle Mefford Hardesty (1876 - 1925)*
  George Edmon Mefford (1882 - 1945)*
*Calculated relationship
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Hardin Cemetery
Calhoun County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Nov 15, 2011
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