Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, September 2, 1936
Page 1 column 3
Passes Away at Home in Liberty Township;
Only Two Veterans of War Remain
          James A. Nicely, 90 years old, last member of the Dumont Post Grand Army of the Republic and honorary member of Victory Post No. 70 of the American Legion died at 5:20 o'clock this morning at his home in Middletown, Liberty township. Mr. Nicely had been ill two years.  His advanced age was said to have been the cause of his illness.  His death leaves only two veterans of the Civil War still living in Shelby county.
Funeral At Waldron.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the Waldron M. E. Church, of which he was a member, Friday morning at 10 o'clock.  The Rev. R. O. Pearson, of Bloomington, former pastor of the church, will conduct the services.  Full military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Members of Victory Post No. 70 will compose the firing squad at the grave, and other members of the post will act as pallbearers.  Burial will be in Moscow cemetery.  Loren H. Murphy, funeral director in charge, announced that friends may call at the home after 6 o'clock this evening until the hour of service.  Born in 1846, Mr. Nicely was born May 29, 1846 in Cabel, West Virginia, the son of  Zachariah and Elizabeth Nicely.  When he was 18 years old he enlisted in the Union army.  His regiment was the First Virginia Volunteers and he was a member of Company D.  The date of his enlistment was February 28, 1864.  He served until the war had einde In 1867, shortly after the war he was married to Miss Lucinda J. Munsell, of Lawrence county, Ohio.  She died November 26, 1923.
Moved Here in 1898.
          The couple moved to Middletown from Madison county, Ohio in 1898, and have lived there since then.  They had ten children.  Two died in infancy.  One son, Benjamin was a member of the United States army during the World War and died in Germany in February 1919.  Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Mary Marsh, of South Solon, Ohio;  Mrs. Mabel S. Owen, of Rush county, and Mrs. Grace Spurrier, who lived at her father's home; four sons, Thomas J. Nicely, of Palmyra, Indiana;  John S. Nicely, of Brandywine township, Shelby county; Reuben Nicely, of Rush county; and Robert L. Nicely also of Rush county.
Submitted by Barb Huff

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