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Andrew Wilson McDonald
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Birth: May 24, 1837
Jefferson County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 11, 1911
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA

Andrew McDonald served in the Civil War with Company F, 69th Illinois Infantry. His G.A.R. card indicates he is buried in the Avoca, Iowa Cemetery although no gravestone was located there. Death date, birth county, and military unit differ from his newspaper obituary.

("The Journal-Herald" newspaper dated November 16, 1911 on page 3)

Andrew Wilson McDonald was born in Clearfield County, Penn., on May 24th 1837, and died at his home near Avoca, Iowa, on November 14th, 1911, at the age of seventy-four years, five months and ten days. He moved from his native state to Illinois in the year 1857, where he resided until the 2nd year of the war of the Rebellion, when he enlisted in the 18th Ill. Vol. Infantry in which service he continued until the close of the war, receiving his honorable discharge in the year 1865. He was married to Miss Arista Whitaker on May 24th, 1871, by this union there were born twelve children, nine of whom still live to mourn his departure, beside the wife of his youth, who have shared the joys and sorrows incident to life's pilgrimage journey during the forty years of their married life.

Mr. and Mrs. McDonald moved from the state of Illinois in the year 1876, coming to Avoca where they have since resided and engaged in the pursuits of life and witnessed the developement of this part of the state during the thirty-five years of their residence.

Mr. McDonald was converted to the Christian faith and united with the Prot. Methodist church in the year 1879, from which profession he never swerved, remaining faithful until called by death to join the eternal ranks.

Though never having accumulated much of this world's goods, yet he lived to see all his children brought into the christian faith and members of some branch of the Kingdom of God. This is a legacy far above the wealth of this world and links their lives to the riches of that world which knows no end.

Mr. McDonald has been in poor health for years owing to the infirmaties brought on by his service for his country, but during the last year he has rapidly declined and much care has been bestowed upon him by the family to minister to his needs. Thus, another of the "Boy's in Blue" in the conflict of the 60's has answered to the roll call on high. "Soldier rest! Thy warfare o'er."

The funeral was held from the Congregational church today (Thursday) at 2 o'clock p.m., conducted by Rev. J. E. Grinnell, who spoke from words found in the 90th Psalm and the 12th verse. "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." May this be the object of all that we may meet in the great beyond. 
Graceland Cemetery
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Barbara Butcher
Record added: Mar 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87186758

 Added: Jan. 3, 2013

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