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Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry
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Birth: Mar. 22, 1837
Steuben County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 15, 1914
Lucas County
Iowa, USA

Husband of Emeline Force. He was the son of Nathaniel Goltry and Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Known about the countryside as "Whistlin' Jake."


Chariton, Iowa
Thursday, October 22, 1914


Jacob F. Goltry was born March 22, 1837 in Steuben county, near Tyrone, New York. He was the son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Fitzgerald Goltry, and was one of a family of thirteen children, of whom one, Mrs. Philena Sellers, of Melrose, Iowa, is living. He was married to Miss Emeline Force on February 16th, 1860, at Hayden, Jennings county, Indiana. To this union were born thirteen children, of whom nine are living. There are forty-one grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. He embraced the Christian faith at the age of eighteen years and united with the Methodist church at Hayden, Indiana, in 1858. This act seemed to influence all his later life, and laid the foundation of his well known business integrity and honorable straightforward dealings with all mankind, which in his later years developed into a studied and thoughtful kindness toward all, and especially to his life companion and family. His last words were a thoughful regard for them and getting his business affairs in shape in order to relieve them of all care.

He spent his early manhood in the southern part of Indiana where he worked as a carpenter. He responded to the call of his country and in September, 1861, enlisted in Company C, 37th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. In February 1864, he re-enlisted for three years longer, but upon consolidation of the regiment he was discharged as a non-commissioned officer in October 1864. As a soldier he was always obedient to orders, cheerfully doing his duty in a true soldierly spirit, which always commanded the respect of both officers and comrades. He was in all the campaigns participated in by the 14th Army Corps in the army of the Cumberland, doing service in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. He was a charter member of the Frank Nolan Post G.A.R., serving as commander for several terms, and for twelve or fifteen years was adjutant of the Post, doing the work in an orderly and efficient manner. He always took a great interest in all Grand Army business.

In March 1865, he removed with his wife and eldest daughter to Lucas county, Iowa, and has resided in and near Russell all the remaining years of his life, the end coming Thursday morning, October 15th 1914 at 6:30 o'clock, when he passed away peacefully and without pain as though going into a dreamless sleep, at the age of seventy-seven years, six months and twenty-three days. Funeral services were held at the late home of the deceased on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. M. E. Goodrich of the Russell M. E. Church.

The children present were Mrs. Anna Duckworth, Western, Neb., Mrs. Jennie Drake, Mrs. Mollie Wright, Mrs. Margaret LaFollette, A. R. Goltry, all of Russell, and J. B. Goltry, of Dudley, Iowa. Other relatives from a distance present were Mrs. Ethyl LaFollette Littleton, of Dudley, Iowa; Ed Goltry of Red Oak; Mrs Jennie Fluke, of Osceola. Three children were unable to be present, Mrs. Dollie Cooper, of Red Oak, Mrs. Chas. LaFollette, of Siloam Springs, Ark., and W. S. Goltry, of Farwell, Mich.

Interment was made in the Russell Cemetery where the impressive service was conducted by the members of the G.A.R. according to the G.A.R. ritual, and including the solo "Tenting on the Old Camp Ground," sang touchingly by Miss Ethyl Cassity, followed by "Taps" sounded on the cornet by John Herbert Woodman, both of these numbers being requested by the G.A.R., and greatly appreciated by the relatives and friends. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. The music was rendered by the double quartet of mixed voices, which sang so beautifully the songs loved by the deceased and requested by the family. A large concourse of friends were present to show their last respects to an old and honored citizen and extend their sympathy to the bereaved ones who are left to mourn the loss of a dear husband and father.

Family links: 
  Nathaniel Goltry (1794 - 1871)
  Elizabeth Fitzgerald Goltry (1798 - 1865)
  Emeline Force Goltry (1843 - 1934)
  Charles Edgar Goltry (1860 - 1862)*
  Anna King Goltry Duckworth (1862 - 1925)*
  Jennie Goltry Drake (1865 - 1952)*
  Mary Emeline Goltry Wright (1868 - 1954)*
  Margaret Goltry LaFollette (1869 - 1957)*
  Deborah Mae Goltry LaFollette (1871 - 1955)*
  Walter Stephen Goltry (1873 - 1940)*
  Flora Goltry Cooper (1874 - 1959)*
  George Goltry (1877 - 1880)*
  Josephine Goltry (1878 - 1887)*
  Albert Raymond Goltry (1880 - 1962)*
  James Blaine Goltry (1883 - 1933)*
  Thomas Nelson Goltry (1885 - 1893)*
  Mary Goltry Whitcomb (1817 - 1895)*
  Margaret A. Goltry Powell (1819 - 1884)*
  Harriet Goltry Symonds (1820 - 1904)*
  Sarah Ann Goltry Dean (1822 - 1901)*
  David Goltry (1824 - 1840)*
  William Goltry (1826 - 1903)*
  Elizabeth Goltry Griffith (1828 - 1904)*
  John Goltry (1831 - 1910)*
  Thomas Nathaniel Goltry (1832 - 1913)*
  Nancy Goltry (1835 - 1838)*
  Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry (1837 - 1914)
  Philena Jane Goltry Sellers (1840 - 1918)*
*Calculated relationship
Russell Cemetery
Lucas County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 3 Row 5 Grave 6
Created by: Skip
Record added: Feb 15, 2008
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Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry
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Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry
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Jacob Fitzgerald Goltry
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- kerri
 Added: Jun. 15, 2012
In Loving Memory of my Great-Grandfather Goltry Rest in Peace
- Charles Wright
 Added: Feb. 1, 2012

- Skip
 Added: Jun. 9, 2011
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