In the death of Erasmus Folger, which occurred on April 13, 1891, at his home on section 13, Marion township, Jasper
county, this locality not only lost a good citizen but one of its most estimable and worthy residents. Erasmus
Folger was, born in Henry county, Indiana, on August 6, 1825. His father was Asa Folger, who was born in Massachusetts,
of parents who were natives of Nantucket.
The second thild as well as the second son of his parents, Erasmus Folger was reared in Indiana until he was about
six years old and then accompanied the family on its removal to Vermilion county, Illinois, and remained there
until 1868, at which time he went to Jasper county, Missouri. He immediately located upon the land which now constitutes
the farm upon which Mrs. Folger resides. Mr. Folger commanded uniform respect and esteem, and the confidence of
the community was soon shown by his election as justice of the peace at a time when much trouble was likely to
arise. He was, however, a man of peace, being an active member of the Society of Friends, and until his death enjoyed
the regard of the people throughout the county. In politics he was a Republican, but never in any sense a politician.
With sincere grief his remains were laid away in the Fairview graveyard.
Virginia Ann (Price) Folger, the surviving widow of Erasmus Folger, was born in Vermilion county, Illinois, on
July 29, 1833. She was a daughter of Williamson Price, who was a native of Virginia, where he remained until he
was twenty four years and then went to Tennessee, where he was married to Mary Dillen. Until 1831 he lived there
and then removed to Vermilion county, Illinois, whence he afterward went to Kansas and died there at the advanced
age of ninety six years. His trade was that of carpenter and he was a thorough workman. He belonged to the Society
of Friends and lived a worthy and exemplary life. His wife died when about fifty five years of age. Three daughters
and two sons had been born to them and Mrs. Folger was the second daughter of the family. She grew to womanhood
in Vermilion county and was carefully reared in the tenets of the Friends' belief. Five daughters and two sons
were born to Mr. and Mrs. Folger, namely: Eusebia, who is the widow of Lindley Haworth; Medora, who died in Illinois
at the age of three years; Ammon, who lives in Monett, Missouri, and has two sons, - Fred and Erasmus; Matty, who
died in Missouri at the age of eighteen; Mary, who died in Missouri at the age of twenty seven; Frank, who lives
in Carthage; and Alice, who is the wife of Edwin Owens, has one son, David Benjamin.
Mrs. Folger has a fine farm of one hundred and ninety nine acres of excellent land which she manages herself. She
is held in high esteem in the neighborhood and has proven a kind neighbor, a good and faithful friend and a dispenser
of much charity.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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