Church, in which latter faith he is supposed to have died.
He was a carpenter by trade, and essayed farming too; but in this, as in almost every other undertaking, he was singularly unsuccessful.
He was placed in possession of several tracts of land at different times and his life, but was never able to pay for a single one of them.
The farm on which he died was one his son purchased, providing a life estate therein for him and his wife.
He never fell in with the routine of labor; was what some people would call unfortunate or unlucky in all his business ventures — if in reality he ever made one--and died near the village of Farmington
in Coles county, Illinois
, on the 17th day of January, 1851.
His son, on account of sickness in his own family, was unable to be present at his father's bedside, or witness his death.
To those who notified him of his probable demise he wrote: “I sincerely hope that father may yet recover his health; but at all events tell him to remember to call upon and confide in our great and good and merciful Maker, who will not turn away from him in any extremity.
He notes the fall of a sparrow, and numbers the hairs of our heads; and He will not forget the dying man who puts his trust in him. Say to him that if we could meet now it is doubtful whether it would not be more painful than pleasant; but that if it be his lot to go now he will soon have a joyous meeting with the many loved ones gone before, and where the rest of us, through the help of God, hope ere long to join them.”