The angel of death has once more visited us and we are left to morn the loss of a good man. Mr. Cain was a native of Kentucky, and was born near Barbourville, in Knox county in that state Nov. 11, 1818. He moved to the state of Illinois when in his eighteenth year and in the year 1838 he came to Missouri and settled in Mercer County, and was therefore married to Missouri A. Mullins on Dec 2nd, 1841, with whom he lived a happy life for over 33 years. Mr. Cain was twice Sheriff of Mercer County and at the time of his death held the office of County Judge. He was universally respected for his wisdom and judgement in public affairs, and a friend and benefactor to the poor. His death was caused by a fall from his horse on Feb 14th, which fractured his right leg near the ankle joint. This injury which was known to be serious, seemed to promise speedy recovery, but our bright hopes were doomed to disappointment. On the 28th day of March after 40 day intense suffering, he grew much worse and soon became delirious. He continued to experience the greatest bodily pain until Friday evening, April the 3rd, at ten minutes past 3 o'clock p.m. After 48 days suffering his weary soul passed peacefully from pain and sorrow, to happiness and rest. Whenever aroused by his friends, he became perfectly conscious and conversed in glowing terms of "that bright and happy day to come." He bore up under all his suffering without mumering or complaint with perfect humility and patience. He died at the age of 55 yr., 4 months and 23 days. Every effort was made to save his life so dear to his friends and so valuable to his country, but all in vain, every human effort was forced to give was to the stern hand of fate. His wife and family and the host of friends who sorrow for him feel that he was only gone to meet his dear children who sleep in the quiet graveyard, yes "Dear is the spot where those loved ones sleep sweet are the strains which angles pour, O, why should we in anguish weep? They are not lost but gone before. Then let us look forward without dread to that day when we shall be called to join that happy company in that "home bright and fair". [April 1874; Sub. by Amy Blakeney: Copied from papers belonging to Edna (Kesterson) Thogmartin, Princeton, MO Tombstone Peter--Husband of M. A. Cain Died April 3, 1874 Aged 55 years., 5 mo., 22 da. This does not agree with the above obituary. There is apparently an error on tombstone]
The Albany (Mo.) Freeman of December 1st, contain a lengthy and well written obituary notice of Eld. Hiram Casteel, late of this county, from which we clip the following: The deceased was born in Laurel county, Kentucky on the 27th of September, 1808 and was therefore about seventy two years old. He was married on the 21st day of March 1833, and was the father of ten children. His bereaved wife four children still survive him. John Casteel, our respected postmaster at Princeton is his only surviving son. Father Casteel was converted and born again on the 19th day of May 1837 and soon afterwards united with the Baptist Church. He was specially called to God to preach the Gospel, and was ordained as a minister on the 27th day of August 1842; and for the past 38 years has been an earnest and faithful messenger of the lord Jesus Christ. For a great many years he preached to and was the pastor of four messenger churches at the same time; one about thirty miles distance from his home in Kentucky. He moved to Illinois in 1857, and from thence to North Missouri in 1864. To see an abolition preacher from Kentucky was a strong incentive to loyalty to the people of Missouri, but to hear him speak was far stronger. Father Casteel lived, and prayed and talked and preached loyalty and Union until victory perched upon the Flag of our country, and has two sons returned from the battle field. Father Casteel's character was unimpeachable. He was dearly loved by his friends and respected by his opponents. A loving husband, a kind father, a loyal and patriotic citizen, a true friend a good neighbor and a sound Bible Christian. His loss to us seems irreparable. [Telegraph, Nov 1880; Sub. by Amy Blakeney]
Mary C. (Catherine) Cain Casteel
Thursday night a telegram was received announcing the death of Mary C. wife of John C. Casteel, at San Antonio, Texas. It was wholly unexpected by our people, who were under the impression that her health was improving in that balmy clime[mate]. Mrs. Casteel's health had been on the decline for several years, and on the 19th day of November last, in company with her husband and youngest son, Arthur, she went to San Antonio. From all that our people could learn her health appeared to be improving. This caused them to hope for her final recovery, and made the announcement of her death a greater shock than under other circumstances. Her death occured in a strange land, but she received all the care and attention that medical aid and a devoted husband could supply. Mr. Casteel arrived in this city with all that was mortal of his beloved wife, Saturday night. The remains were taken to her late home and on Sunday morning at 10 o'clock funeral services were conducted at the residence of Rev. Beeson assisted bye the Baptist church choir. The remains were interned in the afternoon in the Cain cemetery near the home of her birth. The casket was beautifully decorated with flowers representing the purity of her life and conduct. The bereaved husband and children have the deepest sympathy of our people. An obituary follow, written by one of her former pastors, who knew her excellent qualities as a neighbor and Christian.
Sunday, January 27, 1901, will be remembered by many as a day of great sorrow, yet not the sorrow that is not without hope, for to those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ the day is looked forward to when the dead in Christ will meet again in the home which Jesus has gone to prepare for His own. On December 31, 1845, on the home place three miles southeast of Cainsville, was born to Peter Cain and his wife Missouri Ann (her maiden name Mullins), a girl, and to her was given the name, Mary. September 11, 1867, she was married to John C. Casteel. To them was born one girl and three boys. A sister and brother-in-law dying, she had the care of their children, a nephew and niece. Her daughter, Amy, is the wife of our honorable citizen, W. E. Hershberger. One son and her nephew and neice are well married. Her two remaining sons are single. For some time her health failing, it was thought that a trip to a warmer climate would be beneficial. So some months ago, accompanied by husband and youngest son, Arthur, San Antonio, Texas was visited. The end of life came sooner than expected and among strangers. On January 24th she went from her earthly tenement to her heavenly home. She leaves her husband and children, three brothers and three sisters, to mourn their loss, and besides these other relatives and very many friends. Her father, mother two sisters and a brother preceded her to the better land. During the pastorate of Rev. A. T. Ringold Sister Casteel united with the Baptists in Princeton. She has been faithful in waiting in God's house. As a teacher in the Sunday school as assistant superintendant, often taking the place of the absent superintendent, modestly but efficiently doing the work falling to her lot. Of Sister Casteel it could be truthfully said, she was a good woman, daughter, wife, mother, friend, Christian; ever helpful and comforting, gentle, patient and charitable. Kind memory may recall her works and deeds, her prayers and counsels, and aid us to imitate her holy life. According to her request Psalms 23;1-4 was used, and specially the words, "thought I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for Thou are with me, Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." and by request "The Home of the Soul" was sung at the grave. The body was laid at rest in the family graveyard on the old farm southeast of Cainsville. I.R.M. Beeson. [unknown newspaper, Jan 1901; Submitted by Amy Blakeney]
Mrs. Mary Daugherty
Mrs. Mary Daugherty died at the home of her son, Manford, near
Davenport, Oklahoma, on Friday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m. after an illness of one
week. She suffered a stroke of paralysis one week before her death. Her
age was 75 years, 10 months and 8 days. She was born in Pennsylvania.
There she was married to Alfred M. Daugherty. They moved to Illinois,
and then to Mercer County, Missouri, near Pleasanton, Iowa. Here about
fifty years of her life were spent. Mrs. Daugherty was the mother of
nine children, seven of whom are living, three being presentat the funeral
services. Her husband passed away about twelve years ago. Mrs.
daugherty spent the last three years of her life with her children, and the
past year and a half with her son near Davenport. During her last
illness she was unable to talk, but she died in the christian's faith, having
been converted and a member of the Baptist church for years. The funeral
was preached at the home of her son Manford, Saturday afternoon, at 3:30
o'clock by Alonzo Horn, an evangelist of the Church of God in Christ, from 1
Thes. 4:13-18, Source: The Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa, Nov. 13,
Henry Bascom Duncan
Henry Bascom Duncan was born in Mercer County, Missouri on the farm of his parents, on August 16, 1876 and died in a Princeton hospital on November 26, 1958. He was the fifth of six children born to his parents, Joseph Alexander porter Duncan and Margaret Ruth Early Duncan, all of whom have preceded him in death. His parents were among the pioneer Kentucky and Tennessee families that helped to settle Mercer County and the Lineville community more than a century ago.
During his 82 years of life he was engaged in both farming and business. With his brother, the late Harvey G. Duncan, he operated a grocery in Lineville for several years in the 1920s. Before then he had operated a dry goods store in Lineville and had been in partnership with his brother-in-law the late V. E. Foxworthy in several enterprises. He also worked at various times in a wholesale dry goods house in St. Joseph, Mo. And in stores elsewhere in Missouri and Oklahoma, including one in Princeton. He farmed until four years ago and has since supervised the farm southeast of Lineville which his grandmother obtained from the government land office about 110 years ago. He was educated in the country school known as Duncan School and at a Chillicothe, Mo., business college. For many years he was a Democrat in politics but later became a strong advocate of independent voting.
He was married to Mattie Elizabeth Morley on October 6, 1897 at Browning, Mo., who survives him. Born to them was a daughter, Ruth Elizabeth, who lived for only a short time, and a son, Joseph George, who lives in Lexington, Ky. Also, he is survived by his daughter-in-law Darleene (Handlin) Duncan of Lexington, Ky., whom he loved as a daughter, and a niece, Mrs. Donna Benton of Lees Summit, Mo., and Bazzell M. Foxworthy of Kansas City, Mo. Though not affiliated with any organized religious group, Mr. Duncan lived an exemplary life. He maintained high standards of personal honesty and was a person of strong moral convictions and integrity. He was loyal to his family and to his many friends. He was widely known for his friendliness and accommodating disposition. He will be sadly missed by his family and by countless numbers of townspeople whom he greeted almost daily on the streets of Lineville until the time of his accident a week ago. Truly it can be said that he world has been better because of him. Funeral services for him were conducted by the Rev. Roy A. Donelson of Princeton, at the Greenlee Funeral Home in Lineville Saturday afternoon with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers were Monzy McElfish, Floyd (Todd) McElfish, Dwight Marsengill, Harod Epperly, O. T. May and Otis Stuteville. Music was furnished by Mrs. Mary Marsengill. [unknown Wayne County, Iowa newspaper; Nov 1958]
Francis M. Houtaling
son of I.W. and Armanda Houtaling was born on the 24th of December, 1873, in Mercer County, Missouri and died Dec. 27th, 1896, at his home in Jewell county Kansas of rheumatism and typhoid fever. The deceased united with the M.E. church some three years ago and died with great hope of eternal life. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G.W. Hummel in the Stone Chapel in Jewell county, Kansas and his body was laid to rest in Highland cemetery, followed by a large procession of sympathizing friends..
Source: The Red Cloud Chief, Red Cloud, Webster Co. NE, Jan. 1, 1897
Iva Adene (Harris) Mitchell
Iva Adene Mitchell, daughter of Greenberry and Ella Harris, was born on May 19, 1903, near Saline, Mercer County, Mo. And passed away at Wright Memorial Hospital at Trenton, Mo. On Oct. 25, 1954, at the age of 51 years, 5 months and 6 days. On December 17, 1921 [in Mercer County, Missouri] she was united in marriage to Gerald Otho Mitchell. To this union four children were born, two preceded her in death, Bobby Joe in infancy and Betty Arlene at the age of twenty months. Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Naomi Moore of Kansas City, Mo., a son, Wilford Mitchell of Cainsville, Mo., a daughter-in-law and son-in-law, five grandchildren, Sandra and Bernie Moore, Larry, Gary and Mary Mitchell, her aged father of Pleasanton, 3 sisters, Mrs. Ulna Getman, Mrs. Ada Pitman of Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Irene Corlett of Cainsville, Mo., also many aunts, uncles, and a host of other relatives and friends. She united with the Unity Baptist Church near Humeston, Iowa in 1926 and has lived a Christian life since. It can certainly be said she gave her life for others. Although she had been ailing and suffered for years she always had a smile for everyone and was jolly through her last illness. Funeral services were held from the Freedom Baptist Church near Pleasanton Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Elba Dale assisted by Rev. V. F. Walker officiated. Music was furnished by Helen Williams with Marie Molleston at the piano. Burial was at Bethel Cemetery southeast of Pleasanton. [unknown; October 1954]
Richard Rhoades was born 28 Mar 1846 and departed from this life 16 June 1921, being at the time of death 75 years, 3 months and 20 days of age. He was married to Mrs. Gay Jones 02 Sep 1902 and to this union two children were born, Mrs. Raymond Coon and Mrs. Harley McKern, both of Mill Grove, MO. He was the father of eight other children by a former wife. He leaves to mourn his death a wife, 10 children and 4 stepchildren besides other relatives and friends. [Contributed by: Barbara]
Civil War Veteran Answers Last Call
Abraham Trent, Pioneer Resident Of Co. And One Of Few Members Of The G.A.R. Died Tuesday Morning
Abraham Trent, who observed his 88th birthday less than a month ago, passed away unexpectedly at his home here Tuesday morning at ten-fifty o'clock. He had been as well as usual the day before and that morning, going about the house and yard as was his custom. Although feeble with age, Mr. Trent always enjoyed alertness of mind and fairly good health up to the time of his death. He had been a resident of Mercer county for almost sixty-four years and had a wide acquaintance. He was a veteran of the Civil War and a member of the G.A.R., an organization in which there are now only a few surviving members in this county. Mr. Trent was born March 25, 1845 near Springfield, Ill. and enlisted in the Union army when he was sixteen years old. He learned to read and write in the service. He came to Mercer County, Mo., Nov. 27, 1869, and for fifteen years engaged in farming. Later he moved to Ravanna where he operated a cream wagon for a few months, then moved to Princeton. After living here about a year, he built a house in which he has since lived. On March 25, 1871 he was married to Lucinda Taylor and they were the parents of seven children: Tony A., John L. and Claud A. all of Kansas City, Orley E. of Moberly, Mo., Mrs. Leliea Kaserman of Mayberry, Neb., Mrs. Zella O'Hair of this city, and Ulysses Bertie who died when only nine years old. Mrs. Trent passed away Dec. 11, 1927. During his residence in Princeton, Mr. Trent served twenty-two years as Marshal and night watchman, six years as a deputy sheriff, and four years as a rural mail carrier on Route No. 2 out of Princeton. He is survived by four sons, two daughters, two brothers, Alex Trent of Des Moines, Ia. and Henry Trent of Beardstown, Ill. and one sister, Mrs. James Edwards of Greenview, Ill. and a host of other relatives and friends. All of his children, brothers and sister are expected here today (Wednesday) except Orley Trent, who underwent an operation Tuesday morning at ten-thirty o'clock at a hospital in Moberly, Mo. Funeral services for Mr. Trent will be held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock at the Christian church in this city, conducted by Rev. C. E. Nichols. Interment will be made in the Princeton cemetery. Princeton Post, April 28, 1933; submitted by Carole Martin]
Granville Vanderpool of near Mill Grove died Tuesday of last week. The funeral was held Wednesday and was conducted by Rev. V. F. Walker at the Pine church. Interment was in the nearby cemetery.
Granville Vanderpool was a son of Moses and Nancy Vanderpool and was born near Richmond, Mo., Dec. 17, 1842, being 82 years, 6 months and 28 days old at the time of his death. He was married to Elizabeth Barbee in 1859. To this union 8 children were born, 3 having preceded him in death. Those who were at his bedside are Lewis of Galt, W. I. Vanderpool of Mill Grove; Mrs. I. A. Stottlemyre and Mrs. John Stottlemyre of Spickard. He enlisted in the war in 1861, in Co. C, 35th Missouri Volunteers, and served through the entire war. He was a member of Captain Stanley Post, G.A.R. of Princeton. Besides his children, he is survived by 31 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 3 sisters, Mrs. Margaret Hamilton of Mt. Moriah, Mrs. Mary J. of Cheland, Wash, Dilfa Fears of India Valley, Idaho; B. F. Vanderpool, Gilman City, and A. J. Vanderpool, Cashion, Okla.
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