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Obituary of John Doran

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Hopkins Journal
March 18, 1897




John Doran was born in New Brunswick, Canada, March 19, 1830, and died March 9, 1897.  He lived in New Brunswick till 1850, when he came with his parents to Marshall County, Illinois.  On the 25th of December, 1855, he was married to Sarah A. White, of which union 12 children were born, five of whom have passed on before – Myram R., Jesse B., Eliza J., Clarence R., and Margaret E., while seven yet remain – Lucy W., Wm W, Pheobe A., Elsienore R., James C., Sarah A., and Beatrice C.  He moved from Illinois to Kansas and then to Nodaway County, MO., six and one-half miles southwest of Hopkins, in 1881.   He became a member of the Good Hope M.E. Church during Rev. Sapp’s revival about the number 13 years ago.  He served his church in the capacity of class leader for about six years, being Sunday school superintendent part of the time.  He was ever faithful to the trust reposed in him.  On Sunday night, two weeks before his death, he lead the prayer meeting and spoke with unusual interest.  He often said he wanted to be ready when the Master called him.  His suffering was excruciating, caused by dry gangrene.  He soon realized that he had but a short time to live.  His faith and hope were perfect, and his last words were, “Blessed Jesus on the Cross.”  He passed away calmly and sweetly.  Telegrams were sent to all the family, but all could not come.  None doubt his acceptance into the home prepared for him.  What a sweet comfort to trust in Jesus in death.  He maintained family worship in his home and will be greatly missed at the hour of prayer.  The family have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.  We are standing on the promises, but he has entered into his reward.  Rev. Wood conducted the funeral exercises in a very impressive manner, and the remains were laid to rest in the Hopkins Cemetery.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.



The Nodaway Democrat
March 25, 1897




It has again pleased Almighty God in his infinite mercy and wonderful works of nature to remove from our midst our beloved and much adored father and friend, John Doran.  He was born in New Brunswick, Canada, in 1830 and died March 9, 1897, at his home, six and a-half miles southwest of Hopkins.  He was taken suddenly ill with the dreaded disease gangrene, pronounced by the physician.  His sufferings were beyond expression of the human tounge.  All the medical skill and tender watch care from many faithful friends could not relieve his pains nor restore him to health again.  He was hopeful of recovery by many until about five days before his soul took flight to that better home beyond the river.  We have known the deceased only a few short years, but his daily life and actions have been such that any one might feel safe to take example of.  He was married to Sarah White in Illinois about the year 1855 and has made Illinois and Missouri his home most of the time since.

He was a true friend to his fellow man; always ready to lend a helping hand in any time of need, a kind and loving husband and father, setting good examples daily for his children to follow, and above all a true friend to God and a faithful worker in His cause.  But his days were numbered and the Lord saw fit to take him up to the land of glory where he’ll sing and praise His holy name forever.  Mr. Doran was a great lover of song and might be heard singing the beautiful hymns of praise most anytime he was round about his daily work.

During his illness his whole thought and attention were directed toward Heaven, in song and prayer.  He was a consistent worker in the M.E. Church, and will certainly be missed in the services of every kind.  No one was more faithful nor attended every means of grace more regularly than he.  His pastor called to see him.  But he did not talk very much, as he was so weak, yet he said, “The Lord has been with me all the time, and is with me still.”  A blessed thought.  The last words he spoke were, “Blessed Jesus on the Cross.”

He was the father of twelve children, of whom five have passed over the river of death.  He leaves his aged mother, wife and seven children, with many near relatives and friends to mourn his loss.  May all he loved meet him in that better land where all is peace and love.

The funeral services were held at Good Hope, a little country church near his home, on last Thursday, at 11 o’clock a.m., conducted by his pastor, Rev. C.E. Wood of Pickering, afterwich the remains were laid to rest in the Hopkins cemetery, and a very large concourse of people followed to pay the last side rites to the honored man.    A FRIEND.


Obituaries provided by the wonderful people at the Nodaway County Historical Society


Written by Michael S. Doran

March 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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