OBITUARIES OF BENTON COUNTY 

 

RICHARD EDWARDS DIES

 From the Enterprise Richard Edwards, an old pioneer, died March 13, 1904 and was laid to rest in Bethel Camp Ground. He was born in Posey County, Indiana in 1819 and was 85 years old. He was married and emigrated to Benton County about 1238, being one of the pioneers who blazed the way for that tide of immigrants who have carved fruitful fields and happy homes from what was then a wilderness. Left to mourn his loss are six children: Seth Edwards of Knobby, William Edwards of Lincoln, Frank Edwards of Deepwater, C. H. Edwards who resides near Turkey Creek chapel, also over 90 other descendants. He lived to see his great-great-grandchildren. His wife and four children preceded him to the mansions of rest. He had been living with his son, C. H. Edwards since last June. Was taken bedfast December 7, with an attack of grippe but had improved and was able to be out of doors some. The end came very unexpectedly, the family not having time to call in the nearest neighbors. He had been a member of the Methodist Church for a number of years.

ALBERT KINKEAD OBITUARY

From The Enterprise September 26, 1902 Died at his home five miles northeast of Warsaw on Saturday night at 11 o'clock, Albert Kinkead, in his 76th year, leaving seven children to mourn his loss,  He was born near Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky, He came to Benton County with his parents with an ox team in 1833. His father, Milton Kinkead, bought the home place of an Indian for $9 and moved into the wigwam. He afterwards entered 320 acres, mostly rich Tebo bottom land. where he lived and died.  Albert married Miss Rebecca Orr in 1848 and, in 1849, went to California with J. J. Donald and returned in 1851. His father, Milton, died in 1852. He had given his son Albert 80 acres. In 1859 , all the family sold out and went to California and in 1861 Albert returned and bought the original homestead of 320 acres on which he lived and died. -His wife died in 1871 and he married Miss Arminda Cornwall in 1872. She was the first white child born in Warsaw. Of the first marriage, there are six children living, Samuel, Mrs. Mary Ann Minter, Mrs. Christie Coe of Henry County, Mrs. Laura V. Combs of Bolivar, Robert W. Kinkead and Albert Kinkead. By his second marriage, there is one child Living Joseph, His second wife died about three years ago and he had been in declining health since. He has been an active Baptist for 50 years and was always present for duty amid all kinds of discouragements. During the Civil War, he stayed at home without molestation except the usual loss of stock and grain from marauders. Albert Kinkead has been a visitor at Warsaw, always his trading point, for 50 years and being an extensive farmer and stock dealer. Few, if any, men ever in the county were better known. He was of very steady habits. Post- offices were established nearer his home, which were adopted by his more active children, but Warsaw was good enough for him, as was the Baptist Church and the Democratic party. He was kind and neighborly and thought none the less of people who differed with him. He was a good friend, a first-class debt payer and loved his family and home life. Such pioneers as he was can never be known again in America. They pass away like the giant trees of the forest. He was reconciled to die, saying that he fully realized that he had lived his time. He was buried in the family burying ground Monday afternoon, during a lull in the long day's rain storm, which swelled the waters of the Little Tebo so a number of his many friends could not attend the funeral.

OBITUARY OF W. W. COX

 From The Enterprise August 10, 1906 William W. Cox, aged 91, died at his home in Alexander township July 22, 1906. He had been quite feeble for several months. He was the father of 12 children, seven surviving him. All but one live in Alexander and he (W. D. Cox) was at his father's bedside with the others when death came, coming from Central Texas accompanied by his only son, a youth of 16. Mr. Cox was born in Pennsylvania December 6, 1815, spent his childhood in Park County, Indiana, and went to Texas when he was 21. He was there during the stormy days of the revolution and was personally acquainted with Gen. Sam Houston and many other revolutionary figures. He came to Missouri in 1840 and settled in Peal Bend, on the Osage River, .and was there when the great overflow came. He then moved to Warsaw and worked at the carpenter's trade, building many houses in that town which stood more than forty years. He married Aveline Morton in 1841. In 1847, he moved to Little Pomme de Terre, where he resided until his death. He was justice of the peace 16 years; was a county Judge when the narrow gauge railroad was built to Warsaw. He embraced Christianity in 1839 but never affiliated with any church. He was one of the most active builders of the L.P.U. church house, having built the pulpit himself. He was by far the oldest man in the community and was loved by all He was married more than 65 years and buried in the L.P.U, graveyard, beside his departed children, to await the resurrection morn.

OBITUARY OF WM. F. HUGHES

From The Enterprise September, 1906 The late Wm. F. Hughes of Turkey Creek died September 14, 1906 in his 79th year. He was born in Cook County, Tenn. In 1829 His father, George H. Hughes, came to Benton County in 1831 and the family was one of the first six of the county pioneers. His father was the first Justice of the peace and died in 1859. Wm. F. Hughes was a good neighbor, sober and industrious and esteemed by a large circle of friends for more than two generations. In 1850, he married Miss Fidelia Rank, who survives him. Nine children: G. To Hughes; Mrs., J. W. Thorp of Warsaw; Mrs. Charles King and W. E. Hughes, Malaga, California; A. D. Hughes, Mica, Indian Territory; L. R. Hughes, Kalkaska, Michigan; J. H. Hughes, deceased; Mrs. R. Wickliffe, Fredonia; Mrs. J.Ramsey, Clinton. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Geo E. Smith.

OBITUARY OF GREENBURY TURPIN

 O. G. Turpin, known by everyone as Greenbury, and perhaps the oldest resident of Alexander township, died January 26, 1906, at the home of his sister, Mrs., Elizabeth Crabtree, He was 87 and had lived in Benton County for over 60 years, He was born in Russell County. Kentucky; came to Benton County in 1839, moving through in the old-style crooked bed covered wagon with two yokes of oxen. He was married to Miss Mary I. Corder in May, 1845. They had six children. Living are Mrs. Bransteter of Neck, Mo.; J. M. Turpin and Mrs. Govy Wright of Fairfield; D. M, Turpin of Polk County; O. G. Turpin, Oregon County. The mother died July 14, 1886. He spent the last years of his life with his sister, Mrs. Crabtree. He was a man of remarkable zeal and energy. Burial was in Balliot cemetery.