Gentry County Missouri
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Sarah Bentley
Died on Wednesday Sept. 16th, 1889, Sarah Bentley, aged 84 years, 5 months and 11 days.  The death of Mrs. Bentley removes one of Gentry counties oldest settlers.  She removed to this county from Illinois in Apr. 1840, and was the first white woman to cross Panther Creek, and the wagon which carried the new settlers to their new home, was the first one to make tracks in the soil of Gentry County''s now most thickly settled portion.  She was the mother of eleven children, four of whom are now living.  As a mother she was kind to her children, always anxious  for their welfare, and willingly toiled to make them happy.  She was kind to her neighbors, kind to the sick and kind to the poor.  The funeral services were held on Thursday, conducted by Rev. Mr. Coffey, and the remains were interred at the Henton cemetery.  Peace be to her ashes.
Source: The Albany Ledger, Albany, MO, Sept. 18, 1885

Dr J. E. Cadle
Chillicothe, Mo., July 9 - Dr. J. E. Cadle, formerly of this city, died to-day at King City, Gentry County, where he has resided for the past four years. Dr, Cadle was an eminent physician and represented this county in the Twenty-seventh General Assembly. He was also a prominent Mason: had served as grand master of the Grand Lodge, grand high priest of the Royal Arch Chapter of the State, and also as secretary of the Masonic Mutual Insurance Company of Missouri His funeral will take place here late tomorrow afternoon. [Thursday, July 10, 1890; St. Louis Republic (St. Louis, MO) Page: 9]

Johnathan Dorsey
Gentry county's oldest resident, Johnathan Dorsey, died September 17 at the age of ninety-eight years. He had lived in the county sixty years and for the past ten years had been blind. The honor of being the oldest man in the county now belongs to John Kurtright, of Evona, who is four months younger than Mr. Dorsey whose home was near Albany. [St. Joseph Observer; October 7, 1916, page 7]

David Hall
died at his home in this city, last Saturday.  He had been sick for some time, and on account of his poverty his wants had been partially supplied by the G.W.C.
Source: Albany Ledger, Albany, MO., July 3, 1885

Josiah Messer
Josiah Messer, residing six miles of Albany in the same county, swallowed a dose of poison early yesterday morning and died shortly afterwards. Both suicides are supposed to have been caused by despondency.[Wednesday, March 18, 1885; Kansas City Times (Kansas City, MO) Page: 2]

Wesley Osborn
Stanberry, Mo, Jan. 25: Wesley Osborn, 69, a widely known farmer of Gentry County, died last night while sitting at his radio in his farm home northeast of Stanberry. He was born and had lived his entire life in Gentry County. He has served several years both as a school director and as a member of his township board. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and three sons. [Sunday, January 26, 1941; Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO) Page: 12]

Eudolia Neil Patten
PATTEN – Eudolia Neil was born in Lee co, Va, in 1810. She was converted and joined the Methodist Church when about 16 years old. She was married to Arnold Patten, 10 Oct 1833, who was then an itinerant preacher, and was soon called from labor to reward. He died 5 Apr 1839, leaving Sister Patten and three little daus, who have been raised to womanhood, and now occupy their places as devoted Christians in the MECS, and as wives and mothers, among the best families of Northwest Missouri. Sister Patten, in company with others, came to Mo. and settled in Grundy co. some time in Nov 1843, where she lived to raise her children who yet survive her, Mrs Graham, Jamesport, Mo; Mrs Maupin, Gentryville, Mo; Mrs Nichols, Edenburg, Mo. (eulogy) She died at the home of Mrs. Maupin, her dau, in Gentryville, Mo, 16 Jan 1878, and buried in the Gentryville cemetery. – WT Conwell (Source: The St. Louis Christian Advocate; Compiled and Published by Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff, C.G.R.S.; Obituaries, July 1877 – Dec. 1879; 30 Jan. 1878; transcribed by Kim Mohler)

Bettie Lulu Shapard
SHAPARD – Bettie Lulu, dau of JP & AM Shapard, was born 17 Jan 1874 and died in Gentryville, 26 Sept 1877. (Source: The St. Louis Christian Advocate; Compiled and Published by Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff, C.G.R.S.; Obituaries, July 1877 – Dec. 1879; 24 Oct. 1877; transcribed by Kim Mohler)

Mrs. Mark Slater
Special to the Kansas City Times St. Joseph, MO.,March 17: Mrs. Mark Slater, residing near Darlington, Gentry county, commited suicide Sunday by cutting her throat with a razor. [Wednesday, March 18, 1885; Kansas City Times (Kansas City, MO) Page: 2]

Cecil Sprague
McFall, Mo.
Cecil Sprague, 53, died Saturday at a St. Joseph hospital.  Survivors include his wife, Frances; his mother, Mrs. Mary Sprague, McFall; a brother, Ben Sprague, McFall, and a sister, Mrs. Thelma Sowards, Darlington, Mo.  Services will be tomorrow at 3 at the Robertson mortuary, Pattonsburg, MO.  Burial will be in the McFall cemetery.  The body is at the Robertson mortuary.
Source: Unknown Newspaper Clipping

Velma L (Pierce) Wharton
In March of 1924 she married Lloyd Wharton. Together they owned and operated the Wharton Hardware in Pattonsburg from 1959 - 1969. He preceded her in death in 1987.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Stanberry where she had been the oldest living member.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Dudley Wharton and one sister, Norma Pierce Fulton.  Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Margie Wharton, Stanberry and granddaughter, Dana Wharton Newby, St. Joseph.  Funeral Services were held Dec. 22 at Roberson-Polley Chapel with burial in High Ridge Cemetery, both in Stanberry. [The Tri-County News; 21 December, 2001; Submitters Name: Terry Dicken]

Rosa Lee Whiteley
Dau of W B & B C Whiteley, died at Albany, Mo. She was born 23 July 1876, and died 11 Oct 1877. (poem omitted) - W T Conwell [St. Louis Christian Advocate, 17 October, 1877; Submitters Name:  BZ]


Bessie Williams
Bessie Williams (nee McFall) was born Feb. 11, 1881 and died July 29, 1901. She was married to Wilber Williams on June 13, 1901. She was a loving and obedient daughter, a kind and considerate sister, a faithful and affectionate wife. She bore her sufferings with patience and Christian fortitude. Her last request was that some one should come and sing "Praise The Lord." A few minutes after making this request she quietly passed away.
On July 30th was held a short prayer service at the home of her parents, and then her remains were taken to the Bushy church where we preached her funeral in the presence of a large congregation of sorrowing friends and relatives, after which her body was interred in the Brushy cemetery.
Source: The Albany Capital, August 2, 1901, submitted by:  W.O. WOZENCRAFT.

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