Monday, August 31, 2009

Charles Decker 1827-1909

This entry is from the J.J. Watts collection. John J. Watts hailed from Warren, Maine and moved to the northern Ozarks of Missouri sometime after the Civil War. He was a circuit-riding Baptist Minister and his territory covered Phelps, Pulaski, and Texas Counties and parts of Maries and Dent Counties. He established a cemetery, Watt’s Lawn, which is located 1 mile West of J Highway, near the Pulaski County-Phelps County line. This collection covers 1878-1912.

Charles Decker did at Decker, in Pulaski Co., MO., Dec. 2d 1909 at 9-30 a.m., aged 83 ys., 6 ms., & 22 ds. Bro. Decker was born in Tompkins Co., N.Y., May the 10th 1826 and was of a family of 6 children, 3 surviving=Two sisters and one brother. Father of 5 children, 2 living. Mr. Charles R. Decker of Decker, MO, & Robert Earl Decker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was a member of the Episcopal Ch. of Fairbo, Minnesota, and has lived at Cedar Rapids for the last 20 years. Was buried at the Dry Creek Cemetery, Dec. 3d 1909 at 3 p.m. Prayer at the house and sermon at the cemetery.

10 May, 1827 - 2 December, 1909

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