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Notes on Hiram VanBuren

Submitted by Angeles Oakes September 15, 2005

Hiram VanBuren
DEATH: He lived 73yrs, 7mos, 13dys
Death Register; Black Hawk County; Iowa; Book 1, Pg. 53, #621
Hiram VanBuren
Male; White; Age 73yrs 7mos; Married; American
Date of Death; 25 December 1885
Place of Birth; Charlotteville, New York
Years resided in this state; 22
Place of Death; Commercial Street, Waterloo, Iowa
Cause of Death; Valvular disease of the heart.
Complication; Hemipligia, about 35 days
Burial; Leavitts Cem., D27, 27 Dec 1885 (Now called Elmwood Cemetery)
Physician; A Middleditch M.D., Waterloo
Obituary; Waterloo Courier, 30 Dec 1885, Pg 4
Card of Thanks; 30 Dec 1885, Pg 1
(Death record transcribed by; Allaire George of Waterloo, Iowa; copy in file *The book was too fragile to take copies.)

BURIAL: Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo, IA; Section E, Lot 129 
Monument erected, wife Margaret buried with him. 

Last Friday morning, amid the joy of Christmas cheer, the spirit of Deacon Hiram VanBuren passed from this life. As our readers are probably aware, Deacon VanBuren has been suffering for some time past with valvular diseas of the heart which brouth on partial paralysis. He came up town on election day, in November last, and since then has been confined to his house nearly all the time. After the first attack, however, he seemed to recuperate somewhat but on Thursday last he suffered a relapse which terminated fatally as above stated. Deacon VanBuren was born in Charlotteville, New York, May 12, 1812. When about 19 years of age he married and his wife survives him. In 1856 they moved to Wisconsin and remained there until 1863 when they came to Waterloo where they have resided ever since. Five children were born to them but only one, H.S. VanBuren, who is a merchant at Brandon in Buchanon county, is now living. The funeral services were held last Sunday afternoon at the 1st Baptist church, and a large audience gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to the memory of deceased. Deacon VanBuren united with the Baptist church when he was 20 years of age and two years later he was elected deacon, which position he held for fifty years, and his death makes the third deacon of the 1st Baptist church to die during the past year, the others being Deacons Hall and Whipple. Deceased was a conscientious Christian in every respect and a thoroughly honest man in all his dealings. He was well-known and every one respected him highly for his many good qualities of head and heart, his industrious habits and his high moral attributes. During his illness, when he knew that death was approaching, his heart was touched by the kindness shown him by his friends and neighbors and his prayers ascended for their future happiness and peace. In his death the city has lost a good citizen, his relatives a kind husband and father, and the community a man whose many virtues are worthy of emulation.
Waterloo Courier; 30 Dec 1885; Pg 4 (copy on file)
The relatives of the late Deacon VanBuren desire to return their sincere thanks for the great kindness shown them by their neighbors and friends during their recent bereavement. Such lively sympathy touches the heart and its remembrance will ever be a pleasure.
Waterloo Courier; 30 Dec 1885 Pg 1 (copy on file)

Be it known that I Hiram VanBuren of lawful age feeling the uncertanty of life and desiring to make full disposition of any and all property which I may be possessed of at the time of my death hereby make and declare this my last will and testament.
I hereby will and devise unto my beloved Wife Margaret VanBuren all of my property for her use and benefit during her life with full power unrestricted by an(y) one or any thing to use enjoy and if necessary for her support to mortgage or sell and carry a good and perfect title to the same whether real or personal, provided she survives me and at her death or should I survive her at my death the amount which shall remain after paying all debts and funeral expenses and erecting suitable grave stones to each of our grans I hereby (direct?) shall be divided as follows. To my Grand Children Maggie Greek Walter E. VanBuren James VanBuren Lillian VanBuren Hattie VanBuren children of my son John B. VanBuren deceased each the sum of fifty dollars and my grand children Mattie VanBuren Charlie VanBuren and Clinton VanBuren children of my son H.S. VanBuren each the sum of fifty dollars their said father to have and hold the same until they become of age (without?) bond and the remainder of my property is hereby willed and devised to my said son H.S. VanBuren.
I hereby appoint my said son HS VanBuren Executor of this my last will and testament who is directed to carry out its terms and hereby direct that no bond shall be required of him but this appointment is not to in any manner to interfire or control the actions or desire of my said wife hereto for named in the control use or disposition of the said property so long as she shall live and need the same It being my will and desire that she shall have the sole and unrestrictive use and control of said property so long as she shall live.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this Eighteenth day of March AD 1882
Hiram VanBuren
In th precense of: Joseph Taylor (Resides?) Waterloo Iao
A. Middleditch (Resides?) Waterloo Iao
Whom I have requested to witness the same.
(copy in file; received from Cedar Falls Historical Society; *Little to no punctuation was used and is transcribed by Angeles Oakes as it was written.)

Black Hawk County, Iowa; Probate Records; #1000 to #1500; Nov 19, 1878 to Sept 27, 1887
Compiled by Fay Medhaug; Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society 1986
Page 37; Item #1391
VanBuren, Hiram of Waterloo, Ia. died Dec. 25, 1885. Margaret, widow, Children; Walter E., James, Lillian, Hatty, the children of John B. VanBuren, deceased son. Only surviving child was H.S. VanBuren. Will dated Mar 18, 1882. Proven Sept 27, 1886 & final report May 14, 1888. Life estate to wife Margaret then to son H.S. $50. to each granchild. Lillian died Aug 1884. Buried Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo, IA.

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