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 Joseph Morrison Waddell

Joseph Morrison Waddell

Ohio County, West Virginia, USA
Death 18 Mar 1910 (aged 66)
Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Hazel Cem. S 1/2- 17- 1
Memorial ID 62713275 · View Source
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Married to Margaret Louisa Ferril on March 3, 1868.

(Pawnee Library, book of obits in the Pawnee Republican.)


Joseph Morrison Waddell was born near Wheeling, West Virginia, Dec. 9th, 1843. In early youth he made a public profession of his faith in Christ and thus early consecrated to the services of his Savior, he continued faithful to the end.

At the age of fourteen years he moved with his parents to Christian county, Illinois. When seventeen years of age he enlisted as a volunteer in Co. K. 115th Reg. Ill. Inft. He was taken prisoner at the foot of Lookout mountain and confined in Andersonville prison, where he remained a prisoner fourteen months and five days. While there he contracted that dread disease, scurvy. The disease made such ravages that in his already exhausted physical system, that in his weakened condition he appeared to be dead and was carried out for burial Signs of life, however, were discovered, and he ws resuscitated. He improved some after this and regained some strength and was one of the first thousand prisoners paroled from Andersonville prison.

March 3d, 1868, he was united in marriage with Margaret Louisa Ferril. In 1882 the family removed to Pawnee City, Neb., where they continued to reside until 1902, when on account of his wife's failing health, they removed to Loveland, Colo., in the hope that a change of climate might prove beneficial in restoring her health. This hope, however, was not realized, and on the 9th of June, 1906, her life terminated, and her body lies in the grave in the Pawnee City cemetery, beside the graves of her children, Ralph and Della Ruth.

Mr. Waddell's health having been declining for some time, in last October he went to Omaha for treatment. For a time his health seemed to improve, and hopes for his recovery were entertained, but the disease progressed and gradually exhausted his vitality, and on March 18th, in the 66th year of his age, he peacefully passed away in Emanuel hospital, Omaha, Neb. The body was brought to Pawnee City for burial. The funeral services, conducted by R.J. McCready, D. D., assisted by Rev. S. R. Jamieson, were held in the First United Presbyterian church, in which he had served during his residence here as a ruling elder, and of which his family were members. The services were attended by a large number of his old neighbors and friends and also by his comrades of the Grand Army Post, of which he had been a member.

Mr. Waddell was a good soldier, a good neighbor and a good citizen. In all his relations of life, civil, ecclesiastical and domestic, he was faithful according to the measure of grace given him, and we would write of him as one of whom it is said: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.

(Pawnee Republican, March 24, 1910.)

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 62713275
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Morrison Waddell (9 Dec 1843–18 Mar 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62713275, citing Pawnee City Cemetery, Pawnee City, Pawnee County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Luella Hinrichsen (contributor 47218988) .