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 Mary <I>Hoskinson</I> Lagrange

Mary Hoskinson Lagrange

Death 4 Jul 1868 (aged 27–28)
Jefferson County, Iowa, USA
Burial Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, USA
Plot Lot 19
Memorial ID 100000720 · View Source
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Note: First wife of Byron LaGrange (the surname can also be found as Lagrange as on her headstone and obituary). He remarried to Alverda Urie LaGrange on March 18, 1869 in Jefferson county, but where they are buried isn't known to this contributor yet. Any clarification or information would be appreciated.

Will use "Lagrange" for this memorial with the above caution. The main difference is how the "G" is or isn't capitalized.


"Fairfield Ledger", July 16, 1868


DIED – Margaret Lagrange, July 4th, 1868, aged 28 years.

An affectionate husband, two small children and a large circle of friends deeply mourn the early departure of one so amiable and good. She was a devoted and kind companion, an affectionate mother, a faithful and consistent christian. She professed a change of heart and joined the M .E. Church under the ministry of Rev. S. HESTWOOD, in the winter of 1867-8. Her religious experience in heart and practice in life were such that she was joyful and happy on the shaded couch of death. Dr. P. N. WOODS conversed with her last, relative to her future hope.--- At 7 o'clock on the morning of the 4th, Dr. WOODS visited her for the last time; and, to use his own language, "found her gradually but surely sinking," and said, "are you aware that you have but a short time to live?" Her reply was, "I do not wish to live any longer; don't give me anything to keep me here." "Do you feel prepared to die?" "I think so, and do not wish to get well." "Is there anything you wish to say or have done before you die?" "I know of nothing; all is done." "Then you feel willing to go?" "Yes; do not give me anything to keep me here longer." "Would you not love to stay with your husband and children?" "Yes, for my dear, dear husband's sake I would like to stay, but I am perfectly resigned." --- "We can only go with you to the valley of death; can you fully trust the Savior to bear you over the dark river?" "Oh, yes! I can fully trust him, and am willing to go." She called and embraced her husband and children, and bade them an affectionate farewell, saying to her husband, "Meet me in Heaven where there is no more suffering, death or parting, and we will be happy forever. Oh! yes, you will meet me there." She then requested the singing of the verse:

"Jesus can make a dying bed
Feel soft as downy pillows are,
While on his breast I lean my head
And breathe my life out sweetly there."

At the conclusion of singing, she uttered her last words, saying, "Oh! isn't that sweet?" Then closing her eyes, she lay till about 1 o'clock, and calmly breathed her last with a Heavenly smile on her face. Her funeral was preached by the writer, in the M. E. Church, in Fairfield, on Sunday, July 5th, at 4 P.M., from the words: "And thou shall be missed, for the seat shall be empty" --- I. Samuel, 20c, 18v. Thus one has left us who is missed by the church, parents, husband and children. May we be as ready and triumphant in death as she, and meet her in Heaven.



"Fairfield Ledger", July 23, 1868

DIED --- July 4th, 1868, Mrs. Mary Lagrange, wife of Byron Lagrange, age 28 years.

Note.--- The above is a correction of the obituary published last week. The substitution of Margaret for Mary was in the copy furnished us.




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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Hoskinson Lagrange (1840–4 Jul 1868), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100000720, citing Old Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Richard K Thompson (contributor 46900770) .