- Born: 30 Jun 1808, Wayne, Scioto County, Ohio
- Marriage: Maria Simpson on 25 Nov 1830 in Scioto County, Ohio
- Died: 28 Mar 1865, Cedarville, Stephenson County, Ilinois at age 56
- Buried: Cedarville Cemetery, Buckeye Township, Stephenson County, Illinois
Noted events in his life were:
• Census, 1850, Illinois, Stephenson County, Buckeye Township, Image 7 of 31. Age 42 yrs.
• Census, 1860, Illinois, Stephenson County, Buckeye Township, Image 33 of 60. Age 52 yrs., farmer.
• Obituary, 1865, Cedarville, Buckeye Township, Stephenson County, Illinois. Death of Josiah Clingman, Esq.
A Good Man Gone To His Rest
DIED: At his residence near Cedarville, Illinois, after a short illness occasioned by taking a severe cold. JOSIAH CLINGMAN Esq., aged 56 years and 9 months less one day.
In the death of Esq. CLINGMAN, the County loses one of its best men, one of the pillars or society and a reliable supporter of all that is good and true. He was one of the pioneer settlers of the County, coming here as early as 1837, and taking a lively interest in everything pertaining to its growth and prosperity, from that day to this. He was born near Portsmouth, Scioto County Ohio, and emigrated to this State (near LaSalle) in 1835, two years before he came to this county. When he came here, he was 28 years old, so that he has lived just half his life here in Stephenson County. At that time there were few settlers anywhere in the vicinity -- only three or four within a radius of several miles of his new home. He and his good wife lived in their covered wagon for some time after they arrived, until a cabin could be erected. The cabin was built upon the same place where he has ever since lived, he making his claim there and paying for it to the Government when it came into market. When he reached this County, all his worldly possessions were what his wagon carried, and about $200 in money. His estate is now valued at $20,000 to $30,000 all earned by hard labor, and habits of thrift and industry. He has ever been a leading and influential citizen. A man of intelligent mind, modest and retiring in disposition, he was a kind husband, an affectionate father, a devoted friend, a public spirited, generous citizen, ever ready to lend his aid in promoting education, religion, morality and charities. He was in real life, as he was by profession, the true Christian gentlemen. For thirty-five years he has been a consistent member of the M. E. Church, and in his daily life, he had always reflected honor upon the church and his faith. In society he enjoyed the fullest confidence of his friends and neighbors, and was honored by them with all the public trusts in the town, at various times, which it was in their power to confer. He served as their Supervisor repeatedly, and by his upright, consistent course, won the respect of all with whom he came in contact. He was one of the originators of the 2d National Bank of this city, a large stockholder in it, and, at the time of his death, a Director.
He leaves six children, and his wife, to mourn his loss. Three of his sons entered the army, one of whom -- William -- is still a member of the 46th Regiment. Thomas was wounded at Shiloh, and died of the wound. Jason was the "little corporal" of old Co. A. of the 11th , who was at one time a prisoner, and afterward was made a Lt. in a colored regiment, and resigned on account of ill health. He is now at home.
The remains of the deceased were followed to the grave on Thursday last by a large concourse of friends, all feeling deeply that the community had lost one of its most honored useful, patriotic and trustworthy citizens. Just a moment before he passed away, he said to his weeping wife, "weep not for me. All is well with me." With the clear eye of faith, he saw across the river, upon whose banks he that moment stood, and, turning back for but a moment, to give this sweet assurance to those he left behind, he parted with earth, and became heir to heaven and its joys. What was our loss, was his great gain.
Josiah married Maria Simpson on 25 Nov 1830 in Scioto County, Ohio. (Maria Simpson was born on 12 Dec 1809 in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, died on 22 Oct 1916 in Cedarville, Stephenson County, Ilinois and was buried on 24 Oct 1916 in Cedarville Cemetery, Buckeye Township, Stephenson County, Illinois.)