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James Day
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Birth: Oct. 25, 1818
Burkes Garden
Tazewell County
Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 3, 1868
Hennepin County
Minnesota, USA

Our great-great-grandfather was the son of Henry B. Day and Rosannah Tarter.

He was the brother of Dr. John Harvey, Jesse Newberry, Dr. David, Nicholas Tarter, Mary Justice, Henry B. and Jane.

He married Ellen McDaniel in Grant County, Wisconsin in 1846.

James was the loving father of William Ballard, George Webster, Lewis Lincoln, Franklin Nicholas, David Walter, Nellie, Laura, Jessie Rosannah and James Henry.

James' obituary reads in part: "Mr. Day was one of the earliest settlers in our City and State...His father died when he was still quite young, and soon after the family moved to the lead region of Wisconsin, at that early day quite on the frontier...In 1848, he came to Minnesota and settled on the St. Croix, near Stillwater.

He worked at his trade, stonemason, for about one year and in May 1849 came to St. Paul and settled here. He carried on his business for several years successfully. He built the first stone business block erected in this city, that adjoined the Opera House. He was afterward in partnership with Mr. Grace and built several of our largest blocks, among them the Ramsey County Jail. The firm of Day and Grace employed a large number of men and were at that time our most prominent builders.

In 1861, Mr. Day's health failed and he determined to relinquish his business here and move to the country which he did and engaged in farming near Belle Plain, Hennepin County. His health constantly failed, however. In 1865, he moved to St. Anthony and again endeavored to carry on his business but found he could not do so.

In 1866, he moved his farm on Getchell's Prairie. His health now failed very rapidly...He was a man of strict integrity and was very kind hearted and benevolent. He was also a very successful business man and until his health failed was known as one of our most enterprising citizens. He was a member of the Old Settlers Association and a life member of the Historical Society. He was also a member of the St. Paul Lodge Free and Accepted Masons while he resided here.

This is the second death in the family within a short time, Mrs. Rosannah Day, the mother of the above died but a few weeks ago. Mr. Day will be interred in Oakland Cemetery today."

Obituary from "Some Days from Virginia" by Jesse H. Day. 
Family links: 
  Henry Ballard Day (1787 - 1834)
  Rosannah Rosina Tarter Day (1794 - 1868)
  Ellen McDaniel Williamson (1824 - 1916)*
  William Ballard Day (1847 - 1926)*
  George Webster Day (1849 - 1913)*
  James Henry Day (1851 - 1902)*
  Franklin Mortimer Day (1853 - 1901)*
  David Walter Day (1854 - 1856)*
  Ellen Day Cripsal (1858 - 1900)*
  Lewis Lincoln Day (1860 - 1906)*
  Jessie Rosannah Day Allen (1863 - 1888)*
  Laura Ellen Day Rich (1864 - 1898)*
  John Harvey Day (1816 - 1897)*
  James Day (1818 - 1868)
  Nicholas Tarter Day (1820 - 1908)*
  Jane Tarter Day Newland (1823 - 1889)*
  David Henry Day (1825 - 1896)*
  Jesse Newberry Day (1828 - 1893)*
  Henry Ballard Day (1830 - 1900)*
  Mary Justice Day Kimball (1833 - 1887)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakland Cemetery
Saint Paul
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: 25 3 W22
Created by: James Burke
Record added: Sep 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15573640
James Day
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