The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, July 1, 1880
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          George Fletcher McGaughey was born in Morristown, Shelby county, Indiana, August 1lth, 1840.  He died June 5th, 1880, at the same place, after a painful and lingering illness, which he bore with unfaltering fortitude and cheerfulness.  He was the second son of Dr. David S. McGaughey, one of the oldest settlers and medical practitioners of that region.  He, early in life, devoted himself to the medical profession, and after taking the full and regular courses, graduated in 1864 at the Ohio Medical College in Cincinnati.  He immediately entered upon the business of life in his native place.  On the 17th of May, 1865, he was married In June of the same year, he removed to Clark's Hill, Ohio, where he remained three years and then returned to Morristown.  Having thus lived almost all his life in that place, and socially and in the practice of his profession, became acquainted with well nigh everyone in the community, and for miles around his name had become a household word.  Everywhere, he is affectionately remembered.  So great was the shock produced by his death, that in his native town, for two days, the streets were vacant and a solemn hush and awe seemed to be hovering over the entire place.  His memory is sacredly cherished and there is ample reason for it.  The combination of integrity, sincereness and kindness which formed his character, is rarely found in one person.  His virtues won our esteem, his generous amiability secured our affections.  Among the members of his profession he was widely known and universally respected.  In society he was one of those whose presence and rare good fellowship brought sunlight to every face and happiness to every heart.  He was thoroughly unselfish, and of such artless simplicity of character that it seems as if that kindly face were now rising up to deprecate praise. For a number of years he had been a communicant of the Presbyterian Church, but that church having discontinued its organization in Morristown, he united, by letter, a few months before his death, with the Asbury M. E. Church of that place.  Although an invalid for many months, during all the weary time, his Christian fortitude and patience never wavered.  He enjoyed life keenly, and if the Master had so willed it, would have been happy to stay, but weeks before, he felt conscious of the nearness of eternity.  He was ready.  Calmly he awaited the summons.  Tenderly he bade a last adieu to his wife and sister, and then passed into the other world. On earth he was his mother's best beloved -- and he has gone first of her children, to join her in Heaven.
[Buried Asbury Cemetery]
Submitted by Barb Huff

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