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Jonas Aden Emery
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Birth: Nov. 8, 1856
Death: Jun. 17, 1915

Major Jonas Aden EMERY, a retired United States Army officer, died at his home on Mechanic Street, Thursday evening, June 17. His death was due to heart trouble, from which he had been a sufferer for several months, and while not wholly unexpected, the sudden call came as a shock to all. Major EMERY was the son of Nathaniel and Susan (MCWHIRTER) EMERY, honored pioneer residents of Greene County, Indiana. He was born November 8, 1856, and reared on a farm in Taylor Township, where his motherís parents were the first settlers. His early education was obtained in the country schools and he taught school until the lure of the soldiers career led him to seek and obtain a cadetship in the United States Military Academy, West Point, in 1877. After four years spent in that institution, he was graduated and received a commission as Second Lieutenant of the Eleventh Infantry U.S.A. His first station after leaving West Point was at Fort Sulley, Dakota, where he served four years. He was afterward stationed at Madison Barracks, N.Y., Fort Huachuca, Arizona, Whipple Barracks, Arizona, and Waco, Texas, where he remained until the beginning of the Spanish American war. Then he was ordered to Porta Rico. While at Waco he was instructor of military science and head of the Mathematical Department of Baylor, University. Returning to the States, after two years service in Porto Rico, he was sent to the Philippines, where he was promoted to the rank of Major of the Twenty-seventh infantry, having attained the rank of first lieutenant in 1886 and captain in 1897. His next station after his service in the Philippines was at Indianapolis where he served as recruiting officer for two years, then was sent to Cuba and back to Fort Sheridan, Illinois, and in 1907 retired under the thirty years continuous service law, since which time he has resided in Bloomfield. He was married September 12, 1882, to Emma GAINEY, daughter of William W. and Eliza GAINEY, of Bloomfield. To this union were born three children, Robert A., who is now First Lieutenant, Twenty-seventh Infantry, stationed at Texas City, Texas, Jessie, who is the wife of Captain A. W. BROWN of the Twenty-seventh Infantry, Nathaniel W., of this place who is a member of the Indiana National Guards, Battery A. Major EMERY was a descendant of a family of soldiers; his father and his fatherís brothers having served their country in the Civil war. His great-grandfather, Ambrose EMERY, served in the Revolutionary war, and his great grandmother often distributed rations to General WASHINGTON and his staff. His ancestry can be traced to the sixteenth century and all have been well known in their respective localities. As a soldier he served his country faithfully, never wavering in the discharge of his duties, and throughout his military career was a brave and gallant soldier and an efficient and popular officer. He was a skillful marksman and was the owner of a number of valuable medals awarded him for marksmanship, winning in 1883 the $100 prize gold medal for the best marksman in the Dept. of Dakota. As a citizen he was universally esteemed, and while not directly connected with any public enterprise, he was ever interested in and ready to support any movement that would tend to build up the community or benefit his fellowman. As a man he was of strong personality and strict integrity and his wide experience and extensive travel made him a most interesting companion. He was broad minded, intellectual and cultured, believing in the common brotherhood of man and in practicing the broad principles of humanity as found in the golden rule. He was a worthy example of a self-made man, whose ambition and determination enabled him to overcome many difficulties in early life and advance steadily until he obtained the object of his desire and gained positions of honor and trust. He was a sportsman in the best sense of the word and found his greatest pleasure in the pursuit of game. To his friends he was ever loyal, to his family kind and indulgent. Bravely he faced dangers and the possibility of instant death in the service of his country. No less bravely did he face and fight the ravages of disease, but when the sadden summons came there were faces of the horrors of death on the battle field, for surrounded by all the comforts of his home and alone with her whom he so tenderly cherished and whose true devotion had shared with him the varied experiences of the soldierís life, he peacefully fell asleep. Besides his wife, his children and three grandchildren, he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Susan EMERY, of this place, three brothers, Charles and Harvey EMERY, of Taylor Township, Jesse EMERY, of Parsons, Kansas, and a sister, Mrs. Charles RAYBURN, of Seattle, Washington. Private funeral services were held at the family residence Sunday afternoon conducted by Dr. L. P. MARSHALL, of the Presbyterian church, and the Rev. J. A. SPENCER, of the Christian church. A quartet composed of M. F. PATE, E. R. MASON, G. E. MCCRACKEN, and H. L. DONEY rendered beautiful and appropriate music. Silent tokens of the esteem in which the deceased was held were the many handsome floral offerings, among them being one presented by his own regiment, the Twenty-seventh Infantry U.S.A. Beneath the stars and stripes the flag he loved so well and followed so gallantly, the remains were laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery. 
Family links: 
  Nathaniel Emery (1831 - 1909)
  Mary Susan McWhirter Emery (1835 - 1916)
  Ambrose Robert Emery (1883 - 1945)*
  Jessie Emery Brown (1885 - 1970)*
  Jonas Aden Emery (1856 - 1915)
  Mary E Emery (1859 - 1878)*
  Jesse Walker Emery (1861 - 1940)*
  Charles S Emery (1863 - 1925)*
  Harvey "Harve" Nathaniel Emery (1869 - 1944)*
  Robert Emery (1872 - 1878)*
  Lillie Victoria Emery Rayburn (1874 - 1953)*
*Calculated relationship
Grandview Cemetery
Greene County
Indiana, USA
Maintained by: Helen Haldeman Daglas
Originally Created by: Susan (Haldeman) Fowler
Record added: Sep 19, 2005
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Jonas Aden Emery
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Jonas Aden Emery
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