Submitted by Joseph D. Parriott; typed by Linda Fluharty.
Jesse Burch, an aged and well known citizen of this city, was found dead in bed this morning at the home of his daughter Mrs. Mary Henderson at the corner of Eighth street and Jefferson avenue.
The deceased was 92 years old and had been in poor health a number of years with afflictions incidental to old age. He went to bed last night in usual health and passed away quietly. Not arising at his usual hour attracted attention and he was found dead, apparently having been dead an hour, with a peaceful smile upon his usual pleasant countenance.
He leaves a number of children and grandchildren to mourn his death, besides many friends. Of his children Mrs. Mary Henderson, Mrs. C. C. Gordon, Mrs. Fred Smith, Mrs. J. B. McPeek, Mrs. Wm. B. Catlett, and Clarence Burch are residents of this city, and R. I. Burch of Bellaire.
He was a blacksmith and wagon maker by trade and spent many years at his trade at Limestone. He served through the civil war and was a good soldier not only on the battlefield but in camp, being a pleasant companion. He united with the Baptist church in Belmont county, Ohio, in his early days and a letter from the Bristol Baptist church in that county, written with a quill pen in 1845 is now in the hands of his daughter. It is not discolored but looks as fresh almost as when written.
He never depositd his card until June the 9th of this year, when he deposited it in the Baptist church here, as he never lived where he had an opportunity to affiliate with the church of his choice. He had a presentment of death in this peaceful manner and it was a custom of his to bid all good night when he retired, and would often remark: "I may be in another world in the morning."
The funeral will occur Sunday afternoon under the direction of the G. A. R.