n. d. [ca. 11/30/1938]
Andrew Kiser was born Aug. 5, 1841, in Russell County, Virginia. He served three years and ten months in the Union Army of the Civil War of the United States. He served under General Sherman in the 16th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. One of the worst battles in which he fought was at Franklin, Tennessee. He went with this infantry to Washington, D.C. and sailed to the mouth of Cape Fear River, North Carolina, where they met General Sherman and his army. He was present when General Joseph E. Johnston, the Confederate General, surrendered to General Sherman at the close of the war. On one occasion, he marched three days and three nights without food. At the end of the war, he returned to Washington, D.C. where he received an honorable discharge. He went from there back to Russell County, Virginia, and soon afterwards married Melissa H. Selfe.
To this union were born seven children, four boys and three girls ... Nancy Belle Stinson of Castlewood, Virginia; William Sherman Kiser of Ajlune; Thursie Caroline Rhodes of Buckley, Washington; James S.; Joseph W. and Samuel J. of Ajlune, Washington; Susie Virginia who preceded him in death.
He lived in Russell County until 1905, then came to Lewis County, Washington, where he made his home ever since. His hope in eternal life became brighter toward the end. He was heard to speak out many times in praise to the Lord. He was always ready to help the needy.
He passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 29, 1938, at 9:14 a.m. at the home of his son William Sherman Kiser of Ajlune, with whom he has been living. His four sons and one daughter and other relatives were at his bed side at the end. In parting, he leaves a host of friends.
[From the book "Kiser-Family and Descendants of John M. Kiser" by Mildred Gail Kiser Rose, May 1980, page N-38.]