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The remains of Mr. John Roach were brought here from Virginia, Ill., last Friday for burial, he having died the day previous at the home of his son, Jos. Roach. He had, until recently, lived here, being an old and esteemed citizen of this neighborhood for many years. He had enjoyed the honor of being the oldest man in the township for a long time, was a veteran of 1812 and the oldest Cumberland Presbyterian preacher in Illinois. He had been in poor health for several years, the infirmities of age bearing heavily upon him. The remains were interred in the Clear Creek grave yard.Lincoln Herald, December 31, 1885
Death of a Veteran. Tuesday the 22d Mr. John Roach, so familiarly known as "Uncle Jackey", breathed his last at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Roach, of Virginia, where he had been taken to spend the rest of his days, but a short time previous Mr. Roach was, with but one exception, probably, Atlanta's oldest resident, being at the time of his death in his 93d year. He was a veteran of the war of 1812, was with Jackson at New Orleans, and lived under every presidential administration since the formation of the government, casting his first vote for Gen. Jackson, whose political precepts he ever strongly favored. Mr. Roach was an early settler in this vicinity, and was a man well known and highly respected. His remains were brought here for burial, Thursday and the funeral was held at Roach Chapel, at Clear Creek, where they were laid to rest.
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