Monday, November 8, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: Obituary of Isaac Newton Wallen

May 16, 1855 - April 27, 1925

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

Isaac Newton "Ike" Wallen was son of Jesse B. and Louisa Tyree Wallen and brother to my ancestor William M. Wallen. Isaac was married to Mary Frances "Fanny" Sutton in Rockcastle Co., Kentucky in 1877. Mary Frances told a fascinating story of early life in Kentucky and their migration in 1881 to Texas and eventually into Indian Territory when she was interviewed in 1938 for the INDIAN PIONEER PAPERS.

Note dated February 10, 2003 from my cousin Connie who is a direct descendant of Isaac: 

"Obituary for Isaac Newton Walling has him listed as S. W. Walling.  Reta Wilson had the obit in her possession.  I video taped it and took it home and transcribed it.  Reta made it very clear that she knew her grandfather (she would have been 15 when he died) and that his name was Isaac Newton, that he is buried at the cemetery in Sulphur.  She also stated that he spelled his last name both ways Wallen and Walling. There is no headstone at the cemetery and I have been having trouble getting confirmation from the city that he is buried there." 

Connie sent me the obituary for Isaac and two photos of him. The photo not shown here is a nude and can be seen at the above link.


"The death angel called at the home of Mr. Andrew Walling and taken away his dear father. Mr. S. W. Walling was born in Rocksten [sic] County, Kentucky, May 16th 1855 and died on April 27, 1925 making his stay on earth about 70 years.  He leaves a wife, two daughters, two sons and many friends and relatives to mourn his loss.  His funeral services were held at the home of Mr. Andrew Walling on April 28 by Eld. R. H. Emerson, assisted by Rev. Fisher to a large congregation.  He was laid to rest until the resurrection morning in the Sulphur Cemetery.  All was done for him that hands could do but to no avail.  As far as we know Mr. Walling was a good citizen and a good neighbor and it was stated by his companion that she had all reasons to believe that he made peace with God before death had overtaken him.  Then we would say to his companion and relatives and friends to weep not for him as on that had no hope, but make preparations and be joyful that we may be worthy of the reward that awaits the joyful.  I ask in conclusion that the God of mercy and peace would rest on the bereaved family and that he would prepare their hearts in such a way that they would make ... unbroken family in Heaven ... sickness and sorrow never... and it will be joy forever.  Rev. R. H. Emerson."


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