Aged: 59 Years
The Lyndon Record, Lyndon, Kansas, April 7, 1881, Page 1
DIED, at Burlingame, March 17, 1881, of general debility, Jesse Brockway, in the 60th year of his age.
Jesse Brockway was born February 28, 1882, at Russellville county, Ohio. His father died when he was only eight years old, his mother living with him until he was eighteen years of age, when he removed to the State of Indiana, settling at Ripley, in Ripley county. In 1842 he united with the M.E. church and was a local preacher for about seven years. The year after his conversion, 1842, he married Sarah Amanda Woodfill. Having no children by this marriage, he adopted two girls whom he reared, the oldest eventually marrying Robert McPhillamy, of this township, and present trustee. The other is still at the homestead near this city. Continuing his church relations he was received as conference probationer in 1850, and in 1851 he was ordained deacon. In 1854, he was ordained elder. In 1864 he was transferred from Indiana to the Kansas conference, hoping thereby to recover his health which has been somewhat impared.
His first work in this State was at North Lawrence, where he continued during the years 1865-6. In the two years following he was Bible agent of the State. In 1869-70 he was stationed at Burlingame and afterward worked up the circuit now including Carbondale, Scranton and Highland.
His health at this time was so feeble that he was compelled to give up active ministral labor and he retired to a farm two miles east of this city, where he died.
Rev. Brockway was a consistent christian to the last moment of his life. He was ever kind and considerate and was always found true in the right cause. At times, being called upon, he would preach very acceptably to his former congregation in this city, and his memory will ever be tenderly cherished by all who knew him. At the last moment, strong in the faith, when to weak to speak, and unable to express his wants, he evidenced anxiety for something. Refreshments were offered but he refused. It was only when a thoughtful hand placed upon a Bible standing upon a table near him, that his want seemed satisfied, and as it was passed to him, his face was lighted up with a satisfaction nothing else could bring. He died as he had lived, strong in the faith of the christian.
Gravesite Details The newspapers at the time were reporting the death on the 17th. For whatever reason, the tombstone seems to be a day off.