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 Joseph Nicodemus

Joseph Nicodemus

Bedford County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 29 Apr 1925 (aged 87)
Marion, Linn County, Iowa, USA
Burial Marion, Linn County, Iowa, USA
Plot Division B lot 8 space 8
Memorial ID 10196320 · View Source
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While the stone is marked NICEDEMOS, it is a unique spelling used in Iowa. The common spelling is NICODEMUS.
Nicedemus is such a rare spelling that for someone searching for the family in order to find this entry, we have listed it under Nicodemus.
The family name in most records is spelled NICODEMUS.

Unknown Iowa newspaper-found in family papers.
[The obituary from the Thurs. 7th of May 1925 edition of the Marion Weekly Sentinel is very similar-thank you to CJeanealogy. The Iowa information is often more detailed than what is available in Bedford Co. PA.]
Joseph Nicodemus Dies
Lived at 835 Seventh Ave. Marion Linn Co. Iowa
Born in Bedford Co. PA March 1, 1838
He was the son of Joseph and Rebecca (Miller) Nicodemus
Remained at home till of age then
learned the Blacksmith's trade which he followed as long as he continued in business, except for the period in which he fought in the Civil War.
Private in Company I 149th PA Vol. Infantry
known as the "Bucktail" Regiment under command of Col. White in the fall of 1863
Took part in several battles and skirmishes and was honorably discharged when his term of enlistment expired.
Robert Mitchell Post No. 206 G. A. R. of Marion.
Methodist Episcopal church.
Last member of a family of nine, eight sisters and one brother.
Married February 19, 1863 to Miss Catherine Elizabeth Nipple [Misprint in NP which had Hipple-the name is sometimes spelled Nipple rather than Knipple] who preceded him in death many years ago.
In 1907 he was married to Mrs. Ella Weagel.
Mr. Nicodemus leaves no surviving children.
Funeral services at the Methodist church.
Burial will be in Oak Shade cemetery.

The Biographical Record of Linn County Iowa, Illustrated, Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1901, pages 73-4.
For almost thirty years this gentleman was prominently identified with the industrial interests of Marion, Iowa, and as a blacksmith met with good success in business, accumulating a comfortable competence which now enables him to spend his declining years in retirement from active labor. He was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, on the 1st of March, 1838, a son of Joseph and Rebecca (Miller) Nicodemus, who spent their entire lives in that county. In early manhood the father followed the carpenter’s trade, and later engaged in farming. In religious belief both he and his wife were Lutherans, and were people of the highest respectability. Their family numbered eight children, namely: Charlotte, now the widow of John W. Hull and a resident of Bedford county, Pennsylvania; Catherine, who married David Blackburn and died in October 1899; Tena, who died unmarried; Susanna, a resident of Marion, Iowa, and widow of Benjamin Trott, who died in the Civil war; Rebecca, who married John Adams and both are now deceased; Maria, widow of Abraham Miller and a resident of Bedford county, Pennsylvania; John, who died at the age of eighteen years; and Joseph, of this review.

During his boyhood Joseph Nicodemus had very little opportunity to attend school, as he had to work hard. He remained under the parental roof until he attained his majority, and then learned the blacksmith’s trade, to which he devoted his energies throughout the remainder of his active business life. His labors were interrupted, however, by his service in the war of the Rebellion. In the fall of 1863 he enlisted as a private in Company I, One Hundred and Forty-ninth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, known as the Bucktail regiment, under command of Colonel White. He went first to Chambersburg and later to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from there to Virginia. He took part in several battles and skirmishes, including the engagements at Culpeper and Brandy Station, and was honorably discharged when his term of enlistment expired in 1864.

On the 19th of February, 1863, Mr. Nicodemus was married, in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, to Miss Catherine Elizabeth Nipple [Knipple], of that county, of which her parents, John and Elizabeth Nipple, were also natives. The father [John H. Knipple] was a miller by trade, and he and his wife always made their home in Bedford county. Their children were Catherine Elizabeth [Catherine Elizabeth Knipple Nicodemus], Jacob, Amanda [Amanda Melvina Knipple Bruce Ham], David [David Shultz Knipple], Charlotte M. [Charlotte M. Knipple Dorsey-grave site unknown], Ida Belle [nothing known], and one who died in infancy.

In the fall of 1864 Mr. and Mrs. Nicodemus came to Linn county, Iowa, and took up their residence in Marion, where he purchased a small shop standing on the site of his present shop, and at once commenced work at his trade. He also bought real estate and erected several houses, building his own home. He still owns his blacksmith shop, but has rented the same since 1893, while he now lives retired. In connection with general blacksmithing he also engaged in manufacturing wagons, buggies, etc., and was fairly successful in all his undertakings. His prosperity has come to him through his own industry, perseverance and determination to succeed, and by his upright, honorable course of life he has also gained the confidence and good will of all with whom he has been brought in contact. He is an active worker and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and is also prominently connected with Robert Mitchell Post, No. 206, G. A. R., of Marion. Since attaining his majority he has always been a stanch Republican.

Source: The Biographical Record of Linn County Iowa, Illustrated, Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1901, pages 73-4.
[Thank you to Alan Ford #47085856 for contributing this. Many Bedford Co. PA families moved to Iowa in the 1850's to 1860's. The Iowa obituaries & biographies often are much more detailed than what is available in PA]






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