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by Darrin Dixon

Obituary of Mr. & Mrs. James Hampton Legrand

From the November 12, 1898 issue of the Knoxville, Iowa, Journal

Seldom, indeed, does the death of husband and wife occur in such close proximity as in the case of Mr. and Mrs. James Hampton LeGrand. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hadfield of Knoxville, at 11 am, October 7, 1898, and she at the home of her son, J. W. LeGrand of Red Rock Township, at 8 o'clock, am, October 25, 1898 and both were buried at Monroe, Iowa.

Mr. LeGrand was born in Breckenridge County, Kentucky, July 27, 1814, and was therefore 84 years, 2 months and 10 days old at his death. He was the son of George and Nancy LeGrand. His father lived to the ripe old age of 100 years. Mrs. Sarah Hamner LeGrand, wife of James LeGrand, was born in Washington County, Kentucky, July 15, 1816, and was therefore 82 years, 3 months and 10 days at death. The childhood of each was passed in their native Kentucky.

They were married August 12, 1834 in Breckenridge County, Kentucky and resided there until 1841, when they removed to Sangamon County, Illinois, near Springfield. Here they remained until 1853 when they came to Appanoose County, Iowa and the following year bought a farm near Centerville. They resided there until the fall of 1864 when they bought a farm in Marion County and moved here. They have lived a part of the time in Red Rock township and a part of the time near Pella.

Eleven children were born to them 6 sons and 5 daughter. Thomas, who now lives in Oklahoma, Newton C. of western Iowa, George, who went west several months ago and whose location is not known, and John W. of Monroe, Iowa. The other sons are deceased. Elizabeth Miller, now living at Santa Rose, California, Marticia Karr, Lacygne, Kansas, Elvira B. Harriet of Missouri, Mrs Martha A. Hadfield, Knoxville, Iowa, and Mary Kimball, deceased.

They were members of the Methodist Church from early life and were believers in true piety and Christian living.

Mr. LeGrand was a enterprising business man, always active and successful. He had been in very poor health the past three years, but in the spring left Knoxville for a visit among his other children, Mrs. LeGrand at the same time coming to her daughters in Knoxville. She was soon after taken seriously ill with rheumatism. On account of her mother's ill health, Mrs. Hadfield sent for her father in September, and he arrived here from Kansas just one week before his death. Soon after his demise, Mrs. LeGrand was removed to her son's home where she died as above noted.

During this sad affliction the grandaughter, Mrs. J. VanLewen of Chicago, has been with her mother, Mrs. Hadfield, to assist in caring for the afflicted. The kind attention of the neighbors and friends is greatly appreciated by the family and will long be remembered.