Miami Union

February 16, 1911 

CHILDRESS, HENRY W. - Henry W. Childress was descended from parentage combining French, English and German stock.  His father Henry, senior, was born in Virginia of French and English blood in 1800.  The family came to Kentucky, where he grew to manhood.  Thence he came to the south part of Miami county, Ohio, where he married Mary Waggoner of German linage and who was born in 1805 on the farm in the vicinity of Milton.  Here the young couple made their home a few years and then with their five children moved to the north part of the county, northwest of Covington, where the sixth child, Henry W., was born.  His birth occurred March 9th, 1834, and here he grew to manhood.  The family in the meantime had increased to twelve, eight sons and four daughters.  On November 29th, 1860, Henry W. Childress was married to Miss Hannah Black who has traveled life's path with him for more than fifty years, sharing his joys and sorrows, his successes and disappointments and has truly and nobly filled the place of a helpmate for more than half a century.  To this union were born five children, Levi W., Laura J., Esta G., Alma A., and Edgar.  Henry W. Childress and his wife united with the Greenville Creek Christian church near Covington under the pastorate of Rev. Sharp.  Some time after moving to their home near Union, in November, 1867, they placed their membership in the West Milton Christian church.  Rev. William Jay being the pastor.  This relation they have consistently and honorably continued to the present time.  He would have completed his 77th year March 9th, 1911.  His journey was extended almost seven years beyond the allotted three score and ten.  He was of a cheerful turn of mind and there was sunshine in his life when in others there would have been shadow.  He was a man of truth and uprightness of conduct.  God's mercy, love, justice and truth were not questioned.  He preferred righteousness to riches.  He was the last son of his father to go into the Beyond.  He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Nancy McDowell of Miami county, Indiana, and Mrs. Mary Kendall of Darke county, Ohio, with his wife, children and grandchildren to mourn his departure which occurred Jan. 29th, 1911, age 76 years, 10 months and 20 days.  He and his wife having gone to Richmond, Ind., to visit their daughter, Mrs. Laura Ricker on Saturday before Christmas and on the following Tuesday was taken suddenly ill, from which illness he never recovered.  He bore his last affliction patiently and kindly unto the Great Father of Love called his spirit home.

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