|Birth: ||Jul. 27, 1838|
|Death: ||Jun. 28, 1910|
From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
JULY 1, 1910
The people of this community were greatly shocked on Wednesday (June
29) evening when word was received in town stating that James Brydon, of Charlotte township, had died while hoeing in his potatoes at about six o'clock. Although his family and friends knew that his physical condition was not good, no one had an idea that the end was so near, or that it would come so suddenly. For the past six months he had been subject to heart spells, and on Wednesday afternoon he had an attack with his heart and stated to his son, Frank, that the end would come in one of them. He recovered, however, and was hoeing in his potatoes at about six o'clock. He was called to supper and stated that he would come to the house as soon as he finished the row he was hoeing. When he did not come, investigation proved that he had been taken with another attack of the heart, which caused his death. He was found with the hoe by his side, life being extinct, death having been cause by sciatic neuralgia of the heart.
James Brydon was born in the city of Liverpool, England, July 27, 1838. Both of his parents having died when he was quite young, he was reared by a maternal aunt who lived in Scotland. At the age of fifteen years, with his aunt and only sister, he came to America, landing in New York. From there they came to Illinois, locating at Kankakee, where an uncle resided. The following spring he secured employment as a farm laborer, at which he was employed until the outbreak of the rebellion. August 28, 1861, he enlisted in Co. K. 42nd Illinois Infantry. He participated in the battles of Stone River, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, and in the raid through eastern Tennessee to Knoxville. At the expiration of his first term he re-enlisted and was with Gen. Sherman on his march upon Atlanta. He received his honorable discharge January 10, 1866, having suffered but one wound which confined him to the hospital about a month. Upon retiring from the army he came to Livingston county and bought 80 acres of prairie land in Charlotte township. In the spring of 1868 he broke part of the land and July 27, 1868, he was united in marriage with Miss Eliza Jessup, and they commenced life together upon the new farm. They were the parents of nine children, two having died in infancy, those surviving being; Mary, at home; George E., of Muscotah, Kansas; James Franklin, of Charlotte; Florence I., wife of Fred Bittner, of Charlotte; A.I., living in Ford county; Edith, at home; Wesley, now working near Kempton.
The mother also survives, but is in a very feeble and precarious condition, the result of paralysis. His sister, Mrs. Eliza Gurney, of Joliet, aged 73 years, and a host of friends also survive to mourn the loss of a man universally esteemed and most highly honorable.
The funeral services are being held at the family home in Charlotte township this Friday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Long, of Piper City, officiating, and the interment will be at Chatsworth cemetery.
Find A Grave contributor Mary Runyon- Hanshew
Eliza Ann Jessup Brydon (1849 - 1911)*
Mary Eliza Brydon Galbraith (1869 - 1935)*
Created by: William E. "Bill" Robins...
Record added: Jan 18, 2008
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