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These obituaries were taken from the Lincoln County Beacon. Further information and clarifications were added as needed by the transcriber.

John Adams
March 17, 1887

At Milo, Kansas, U.S.A., March 6, 1887, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert McBride, John Adams, aged 76 years, born at Fife, Scotland. He had lived in America seven years. He died quite suddenly. Only a few days before his death he taught Mr. McBride’s five-year-old boy the 23rd Psalm, of five stanzas.
His funeral was held in the First Church of Milo. He was the oldest and first member of this organization. The whole neighborhood was present. [Burial not found in Lincoln County records.]

William Allen
March 3, 1887
Died, in Salina, Kansas, at 8 a.m. Feb. 22, 1887, William Allen, aged 69 years and six months, of chronic bronchitis.
He was born in Chambersburg, Franklin county, Pa., Aug. 22, 1817. He was married May 20, 1845, to Ann Eliza Kissell, whom he survived less than three months. In their lives they were truly one, and in death they were not long divided. They were the parents of three children: Dr. Sallie A. Goff, and Frank and Denny H. Allen, of Colorado. In 1854, they removed to Springfield, Ohio, where they resided until the fall of 1877, when they came to Lincoln, to be near their daughter. Mr. Allen was thoroughly respected by all who knew him. Under an unusually quiet manner dwelt a spirit equally strong in all the elements which make up a truly noble, christian character. A member of the Presbyterian church from early youth until his marriage, when locating at a place where there was no Presbyterian church he joined the Lutheran church of which his wife was a member and in which church he retained his membership at the time of his death.
For nearly 40 years he had been afflicted with the malady which caused his death, and his decease has long been expected by those who have been acquainted with him the past 10 years and noted his gradually declining strength, which has been especially marked since the decease of his wife. He was anticipating a visit to his brothers and other relatives and friends in the east, when after a sickness of six days, of not unusual severity, his life suddenly went out like an infant falling asleep, painlessly and so quietly that his watcher, whose face happened to be turned from him, did not know the exact moment when his spirit took its flight; a fitting close to the life of preparation for the supreme moment. His remains were brought to Lincoln and interred beside those of his wife. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.D. Ward. [Burial not found in Lincoln County records.]

Hattie Gustava Anderson
Aug. 4, 1887
At her home near Lone Walnut, Lincoln county, Kansas, July 29, 1887, Hattie Gustava Anderson, wife of John Anderson, aged 46 years. She was born in [illegible] Mohla, Sweden. Twice she had been left a widow. John Swansan and Victor Pier Ackland were the names of her husbands who died. In 1885 she married John Anderson and had a very pleasant home. She contracted typhoid fever from taking care of some of her neighbors who died of that disease.
Her funeral was at Lone Walnut school house last Saturday. Many friends came to sympathize with the husband, sister and her two boys. [No burial given.]

Achilles P. Bell
Feb. 24, 1887
Achilles P. Bell was born in Harrison county, Ohio, Oct. 19, 1843; came to Kansas in 1868, lived in Leavenworth county eight years, came to Lincoln county in the fall of 1876 and settled near the town of Beverly, where he died Feb. 19, 1887.
He accumulated a nice property, building up a fine home for himself and family. He was one of the most respected citizens of Lincoln county. He came to the altar of prayer on the evening of the 14th inst. and was converted. He was taken sick the same night and lived but four days. Mr. Bell leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his loss.
The family desire to tender their heartfelt thanks to their kind neighbors for the care and sympathy extended to them in this the hour of their darkest trial.
The funeral services were conducted by the pastor of the M.E. church, under whose labors the deceased was converted. A very large concourse of people followed the remains to their last resting place in the new and beautiful cemetery just recently laid out on the elevated grounds north of the beautiful town of Beverly.

Andrew Bell
April 14, 1887
On Good Friday, April 8, Mr. Andrew Bell, of this township (Colorado). The deceased had been in declining health for some years. He lived to the advanced age of 80 years. He was much respected by all who knew him, and will be very much missed in this neighborhood. [Buried in Beverly Cemetery.]

James H. Boyle
Oct. 27, 1887
James H. Boyle died at his father’s house, near Pottersburg, Lincoln county, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1887. He was born July 1, 1855, and was therefore 32 years, 3 months and 8 days old at the time of his death. He was a faithful and consistent servant of the Lord. He had been a member of the Christian church for seven years.
It should be great comfort to his friends to know that his character was very exemplary. His body was consigned to the tomb at Pottersburg, attended by a large concourse of people. His funeral sermon was preached by Rev. L.H. Dugger, at Pottersburg, on Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. – Friend.

Rufus Brewer
May 5, 1887
Sunday, May 1, at the home of his parents, in Orange township, Rufus Brewer, aged 14 years, of scarlet fever. He was a son of B. Brewer.
The funeral services were held upon Tuesday, at the home, and were conducted by Rev. L.A. Dugger. The interment was made upon Mr. Brewer’s farm.

Michael Britegam
Nov. 3, 1887
Last Sabbath afternoon our people were startled with the sad news that Michael Britegam had suddenly fallen dead on his farm, one and a half miles northeast of Lincoln. He had just been driving some cattle and had overexerted himself. Mr. Robert Parker saw him holding to a post and Mr. Britegam said something that was interpreted as a call for help. When Mr. Parker reached the spot he found Mr. Britegam had fallen backward and was dead. No inquest was held, as the family say that their father had been subject from childhood to severe attacks of heart disease. He was 57 years of age. He came to Lincoln county 15 years ago this fall. Eight years ago his wife died. Many of his near neighbors have died in that time, too. Mr. Estes, John Parker, O. Nelson, A Shriner, F. Doolittle, Mrs. Prouty, and John Sultzenberger and wife. The two oldest of his boys were away in Colorado, working on the railroad at the time of their father’s death. Two daughters and a son were at home. He made many friends by his kindness. The funeral services at the house were conducted by Revs. McMillan and Bradbury. Many neighbors and town people were present. [Born 7.8.1830; buried in Lincoln Cemetery.]

Anna Brita Broberg
Feb. 24, 1887
February 15, 1887, at 12:15 a.m., of consumption, Mrs. Anna Brita Broberg, wife of John Broberg, of Herman, Lincoln county, Kansas; aged 26 years, 8 months and 15 days.
Mrs. Broberg was born in Denmark, and came to America in 1880. Was married with Mr. John Broberg, in 1881, and left one child, a boy, aged one year and 10 months. Mrs. Broberg was confirmed into the Lutheran church when a child, and has always been known as a devout, christian woman. She was very popular among all who knew her and was beloved by all her neighbors.
The funeral services were held at the Pfaff school house and were conducted by T.M. Strange, at 2 p.m. upon Feb. 16, and the interment was made in the Pfaff cemetery. A very large concourse of people attended the funeral and testified thus to the unusual regard in which Mrs. Broberg was held throughout Battle Creek township. [Pfaff cemetery is now known as Prairie Grove Cemetery.]

Dennis Rush Coil
Jan. 27, 1887
January 21, at Prairie Grove, Lincoln county, Kansas, Dennis Rush, child of Wm. and Jane Coil. Had he lived to the 31st inst. he would have reached the 5th anniversary of his birth. He yielded his young life to the terrible malady, diphtheria. His parents feel the loss very deeply, though they have the christian’s hope of meeting the loved and lost in a better world. Rev. W. D. Ward conducted the funeral services, which were largely attended, at the Prairie Grove school house. [Buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery.]

Ella (Ellen) Dougherty
March 3, 1887
At Sylvan Grove, Lincoln county, Kansas, Feb. 28, 1887, of measles, Ella Dougherty, aged 13 years, 7 months and 21 days. Thus in one week is this family doubly bereaved, having lost a son [Harry] 21 years of age, Feb. 21. Another daughter 7 years of age is lying ill with the same disease, with but slight hope of recovery. [Buried in Lincoln Cemetery.]

Harry Dougherty
Feb. 24, 1887
At Sylvan Grove, Lincoln county, Kansas, upon Feb. 21, 1887, at 10 p.m. of congestion of the lungs, Harry Dougherty, aged 21 years and 1 month.
Father Dragoon, of Wilson, conducted the funeral services, which were held Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. Temporary interment was made upon Mr. Dougherty Sr.’s farm, near sylvan Grove. [Buried in Lincoln Cemetery.]

Frank Farnsworth
Dec. 8, 1887
On Wednesday night a little after midnight, a destructive fire broke out in the Lawrence Hotel in Brookville this county. It is said a strong south wind prevailed, and before the fire could be gotten under control, an entire block of the business part of town was consumed, including the hotel and eight other business buildings. Four men (who were stopping at the hotel) were burned, three of whom are dead and the other was still alive about noon yesterday; but it was thought he could not possibly live. The full extent of the loss and damage is not yet fully reported; but is doubtless very heavy. We do not know at this writing how the fire originated. – Salina Rising Sun
Three of the victims of the above fire, which took place early in the morning of December 1, were Lincoln county men: Chas. Moss and Frank Farnsworth, of Tower Spring, and J.W. Williams, of Lincoln.
Moss is still alive, but in a very critical condition and is under treatment at Brookville. He is 21 years of age. His hands and face were terribly burned and he inhaled enough hot air to jeopardize his recovery.
Frank Farnsworth was a son of Moses Farnsworth, formerly of Tower Spring, and was a brother of Mrs. Samuel. Stine, of Vesper. He was burned to death. He was about 20 years of age, industrious, steady, and in every way a worth young man, whose death under any circumstances would have been a source of untold regret to his hosts of friends and acquaintances.
J.W. Williams came from Iowa to Lincoln a year or two ago and was not very well known. He had been employed some by John Poole while here. These young men were on their way to Wichita to obtain employment and arrived in Brookville the evening before the fire, and intended to leave in the morning. [Frank Farnsworth is buried in Vesper Cemetery. Charlie Moss appears to be buried in Hammer Cemetery with a year of death of 1937, so apparently he did not die of his injuries.]

Anna Fox
Jan. 13, 1887
Mrs. Anna Fox, of Pleasant township, Lincoln county, died Jan. 8, at 1 o’clock a.m.
Mrs. Fox died at the age of 25 years. She leaves a husband and two children, the youngest three months of age; she also left a wide circle of friends to regret her being taken away. The funeral services were held at her home, conducted by Father A. Carius, who came from Ellsworth for that purpose. The interment was made in the Catholic cemetery, in Indiana township [St. John Catholic Cemetery].

Charley Green
Oct. 13, 1887
Charley Green, a young man for many years well known to all the old settlers of Lincoln County, left Lincoln for Salina about Sept. 10, to find work. Upon Tuesday morning of last week he hired out to Oscar Seitz, of Salina, to carry hod for the masons, who had about three hours work to do before finishing their contract. After the mason work was done, Mr. Green was to have the job of clearing up the premises, getting them ready for occupancy.
At 11:30 a.m. he reached the top of a ladder at a scaffold 35 feet from the ground, with a hod of mortar, which he let down from his shoulder. As he did so a rotten board in the scaffold broke and he fell, first striking a second scaffold about 10 feet below, and from there to the ground. He was lying on his stomach with his head doubled under his chest and his neck terribly wrenched but no bones broken or joints dislocated. When raised up he said, "Did I fall?" and then inquired, "How far?"
Being a total stranger to those about him, he was asked where he boarded; to which he answered, "At Mr. Vall's," and immediately became unconscious. He died at 2:30 in the afternoon and did not regain consciousness. He was brought to Lincoln Wednesday and taken to the house of Ed M. Harris, on old friend. No relatives were in Kansas and none arrived to attend the funeral, which was held at Mr. Harris' house on Thursday, at 10 a.m. conducted by Rev. Geo. Tenney. The interment was made in the Lincoln cemetery.
In January 1872, Charley Green, then a lad of 13 years, came to Mr. Harris' house when the latter lived upon his farm 6½ miles southeast of Lincoln. This was the day his father's family arrived in Lincoln county, and Mr. Harris' house was the first he entered after his arrival, and by a most peculiar fatality, Mr. Harris' doors were open to receive his lifeless body nearly 16 years afterward.
Charles Green was born in Fayette County, Ind., in Sept. 1850, and his home was 6½ miles east of Lincoln most of the time since Jan. 18, 1872. He was a young man of exemplary habits, scrupulously honest, quiet, gentlemanly and upright in speech and walk. He filled an humble place in the world's economy, but he filled it with scrupulous fidelity to his employers and to all his obligations and responsibilities. His friends love to think that he neither lived in vain nor will reap a slight reward.

Jephtha [Jeptha] Harbin
Sept. 8, 1887
At his home near Woody, Lincoln county, Kansas, Aug. 31, 1887, Jephtha Harbin, aged 74 years.
Mr. Harbin was the oldest settler in his neighborhood. He was born in South Carolina, then lived in Georgia. He moved to his Kansas farm in 1870. He was generally beloved for his kind and hospitable treatment of others. He has been almost blind for several years. He lately became quite paralyzed. He was always content with God’s will in his troubles. The partner of his life, Mrs. Harbin, is now quite feeble. His three sons are married and live near Woody. The daughter ministers at home to her aged mother. [Born 1815; buried in Elkhorn Cemetery.]

Mary Harbin
Oct. 13, 1887
At her home, near Woody, Lincoln county, Sept. 29, 1887, Mary Harbin, wife of Jephtah [Jeptha] Harbin, aged 69 years.
For fifteen years Mrs. Harbin has had a growing cancer on her breast. The last four years of her life it was very painful. She became very helpless. Only a month ago her husband died. She longed to go home and trusted in her Savior. Her neighbors loved her and came from far and near to weep at her funeral. Three sons and one daughter mourn over a dear mother's departure. [Born 1818; buried in Elkhorn Cemetery.]

America S. Harmon
June 30, 1887
America S. Harmon, wife of J.P. Harmon, of Vesper, Kansas, was born in Harrisburg, Pa., June 18, 1837. She was the only daughter of James Anderson, who moved to York county, Pa., about the year 1850, where he and her two surviving brothers still reside. Deceased was married with J.P. Harmon, in January 1860. They removed to Hagerstown, Md., in the spring of 1864; thence to Kansas in the spring of 1878, where she continued to live until her demise, June 26, 1887, at 8 o’clock a.m.
She was the mother of three children: Eula L. Morgan, wife of W.F. Morgan of Sylvan Grove, Elnora A. and Lalla B.L. Harmon, all of whom survive her. She was a consistent member of the M.E. church for 26 years., then at Vesper she joined the Presbyterian church, in which faith she died.
Her death resulted from a complication of diseases. Latterly chronic constipation resulted in inflammation of the bowels. She was laid to rest in the Vesper cemetery at 10 o’clock on Monday, followed by a large concourse of friends. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. B.F. McMillan, assisted by Rev. Bradbury.
Mrs. Harmon leaves the memory of a woman devoted to the best interests of her husband and children, and leaves a wide circle of friends who admired and loved her as an accomplished and worthy matron.

Ira Earl Hart
Jan. 6, 1887
At Lincoln, Kansas, Jan. 2,1887, Ira Earl, infant son of James L. and Sarah J. Hart. Erysipelas was the primary trouble, followed later on by pneumonia. This little one was the fourth child that Mr. and Mrs. Hart have lost in early infancy. On day more would have filled up the measure of the life to 10 months. The funeral occurred on Monday, Rev. W.D. Ward officiating at the house and also at the grave. Many friends sympathize with the parents in their great sorrow, while the angels of heaven rejoice over one more added to their number. [Burial not found in Lincoln County records.]

James A. Heaton
Nov. 10, 1887
James A. Heaton died in Lincoln, Oct. 23, 1887, aged 82 years, 1 month and 8 days, after being confined to his bed for two weeks with typhoid fever. He leaves a wife and two small children. He was a brother of C.M. Heaton and Mrs. Abbott, of this place. He was born and raised in Meigs county, Ohio. [Buried in Lincoln Cemetery.]

William T. Henry
Oct. 6, 1887
Fell asleep, on Sunday, Sept. 25, 1887, at 3 p.m., at the family residence in Lincoln Center, Kansas, William T., son of Rev. J.S. Henry and wife, aged 15 years, 6 months and 17 days, of paralysis caused by disease of the spine. About four months since he complained of numbness in the fingers of his right hand, and gradually the fatal disease crept over him until about a month ago he was compelled to take to his bed, becoming each day weaker and more helpless, but with his mind clear and bright until a few minutes before the end when he lost consciousness and passed quietly away. He fully realized his condition and met death fearlessly like the brave little Christian that he was. Loving messages to absent friends occupied his last moments of earthly life. He professed religion and united with the Baptist church last winter since which time he has led a remarkably self denying, consistent Christian life for one so young. One tenth of his wages he gave to the church. Tender, loving and cheerful, he was a comfort and joy to his family and friends "who mourn, but not as those having no hope."
The funeral was attended from the Baptist church Monday, at 2 p.m., Rev. N.P. Hunt, of Ellsworth, officiating.
[A death notice in the previous week’s paper indicated he was buried in Lincoln Cemetery.]

Bertha Hutchins
Sept. 22, 1887
Mrs. Bertha Hutchins, of Lincoln, died early on the morning on Monday, Sept. 19, at her home in Lincoln, at the age of 27 years, 6 months and 24 days.
She had been ill with diphtheria and for a while was almost convalescent, but the disease took an unfavorable turn, resulting in her death. She leaves a husband and a four-year-old boy to mourn her loss. Mr. Hutchins is the manager of the Chicago Lumber Yard in Lincoln. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.A. Stayt, at the resident, and the interment was made in the Lincoln Cemetery.

Julia Warland Ingham
Nov. 10, 1887
Julia Warland Ingham, wife of Fred B. Ingham, and daughter of Captain L.W. Metcalf, aged 27 years, 4 months and 24 days, of dysentery, at Orange Park, Fla., Oct. 15, 1887. At the same place a year and a half ago, she buried a son seven years old.
In July last she was ready to start north to visit her parents in Malden, Mass.; had her children dressed for the journey, when her little daughter, aged 3 years, fell sick and died the same night. She left one daughter, aged 11, and one 7 years, and a babe of 10 months (Johnny Logan) that is dangerously ill with dysentery. Such is the sad story gleaned from a letter just received from Captain Metcalf. The sympathies of a large number of our old settlers will go out to the bereaved family, for we all well and lovingly remember "little curly-headed Julia," as her stricken father calls her. He writes: "I am poorly, can’t do any work. Just able to sit here and mourn for her. She wanted to die and go to her children. She was a broad, commonsense Christian."

Clarence Jackson
Jan. 20, 1887
January 15th, in Marion township, Clarence Jackson, infant son of M.A. and Loreth L. Jackson. Clarence was born Nov. 3, 1885, and died at the age of 14 months and 12 days. Pneumonia was the fatal disease. The funeral was conducted Sabbath afternoon at the Presbyterian church of this place, Rev. W.D. Ward officiating. A long procession followed the little coffin to the cemetery grounds, where it was interred with appropriate services. Let the bereaved parents think of Christ’s words when he said, "It is not the will of our Father which is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." [Buried in Lincoln Cemetery.]

Jimmie Jessip
March 10, 1887
At Milo, Feb. 22, 1887, Jimmie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jessip, aged 1 year, 11 months and 18 days. [Burial not found in Lincoln County records.]

Edwin Sylvester King
May 12, 1887
Monday evening, May 9, at 8:30 o’clock, of whooping cough, Edwin Sylvester, son of H.T. King and wife, aged 9 months and 26 days. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, at Mr. King’s house. The services were conducted by Rev. J.A. Stayt. [Burial not found in Lincoln County records.]

John Kyne
Jan. 27, 1887
Monday, Jan. 17, 1887, at 4 p.m., at his father’s house, in Indiana township, John Kyne, aged 15 years and 10 days; of bronchial affection. Deceased was born in Lincoln county.
Father Carius administered the rites of the Catholic church to the dying boy upon Monday, but was not able to be present at the funeral the next day. The interment was made upon Mr. Kyne’s farm.
Johnny Kyne was a thoroughly good boy – conscientious, truthful and industrious. The burial was attended by a large concourse of people, many protestants being present. [Now buried in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery.]

Luther H. Lang
May 26, 1887
Luther H. Lang died May 23, 1887, at 11 a.m., at his home near Bashan, Lincoln county, Kansas, aged 45 years, 5 months and 23 days.
Mr. Lang was born in Harrison county, W.Va., Nov. 30, 1841, and had lived in Lincoln county about 16 years. He was a man of remarkable energy, industry and thrift and had accumulated considerable property. He was careful, upright and honest in all his business relations and his place is not easily filled. He leaves a wife and five children.
The funeral was held upon Tuesday, at his home, and was conducted by Rev. Geo. Tenney. The interment was made in the Lincoln cemetery.

John Martin McCormick
Feb. 24, 1887
At Rosette, Lincoln county, Kansas, Feb. 10, 1887, of diphtheria, after only four days sickness, John Martin McCormick, aged 13 years, 1 month and 16 days.
He was a manly, noble boy and very helpful at home, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. McCormick, very deeply loved him. Only God can comfort them. [Burial not found in Lincoln County records.]

Mary Emma Moninger
May 26, 1887
At Vesper on the 21st day of May , 1887, Mary Emma Moninger, aged 11 years and 5 days.
The deceased had complained some of not being well, but the parents and friends did not realize that death was so near until she passed away. The disease, whatever it may have been, resulted in hemorrhage of the lungs. Though but a child she expressed a hope of a better life in the world to come. [Burial not found in Lincoln County records.]

Annie Deborah Moss
April 7, 1887
At the residence of Mrs. Moss, in Lincoln, at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, 1887, Annie Deborah, daughter of L.P. and Hannah Mary Moss, aged 2 years, 1 month and 17 days, of inflammation of the bowels, after a very painful illness of five days. The funeral took place at the house of Mrs. Moss on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. J.H. McReynolds officiating, assisted by Rev. M.P. King. A large number of sympathizing friends were in attendance. [Buried in Lincoln Cemetery.]

Selma Charlotte Nelson
March 10, 1887
March 7, 1887, at her home in Indiana township, Selma Charlotte Nelson, aged 11 years, 2 months and 27 days, of diphtheria. [Born Dec. 9, 1876; buried in Lincoln cemetery.]

Claire Ellen Sassaman
July 7, 1887
Near Rosette, Lincoln county, Kansas, on the 30th day of June 1887, Claire Ellen Sassaman, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Sassaman, aged 2 years, 6 months and 18 days.
This was truly a bright and beautiful child; a treasure to the bereaved and a joy to all who knew her. She seemed to live the life of one far above her in age, and will be missed in the home of our friend Mr. Sassaman. Funeral services by the Rev. B.F. McMillan, at the home of the parents and at Washington cemetery, on the 1st of July. [Buried at Rosette Cemetery.]

Ida Schwerdtfeger
June 16, 1887
At the home of her parents, near Lone Walnut, Lincoln county, of malarial fever, on Sunday, June 12, 1887, Ida Schwerdtfeger, aged 13 years. [No burial found in Lincoln County records.]

Mrs. Seward
March 10, 1887
Sunday morning, March 6, at her home near Denmark, Lincoln county, Kansas, Mrs. Seward. [Burial not found in Lincoln County records.]

N.A. Short
March 10, 1887
At the home of C.C. Berry, of Allamead, upon Feb. 28, 1887, N.A. Short, aged 21 years. Mr. Short came to Milo from Missouri, about three weeks before his death. On the morning of the 28th he complained of feeling unwell, but helped do up the chores. About noon he repaired to his room and lay down, apparently being unwell, but made no complaint. At 2 p.m., he was found to be dead. Coroner DeArmond was sent for, a jury was empanelled and an autopsy was conducted by Dr. Watkins, whose evidence showed that Mr. Short came to his death from heart syncope resulting from fatty degeneration of the heart. [Burial not found in Lincoln County records.]

Alfred Shriner
March 17, 1887
Died, at his residence near Lincoln, Lincoln county, Kansas, March 12, 1887, Alfred Shriner, aged 62 years, 2 months and 23 days. His illness, which was long and very painful, he bore with patience, fortitude and cheerfulness. He was a native of Maryland. In 1849, at the age of 25 years, he went to California, but returned to his native State before the war. During the rebellion he served as a soldier in the Union army, and was discharged on account of rheumatism. He came to Kansas in the fall of 1871, and settled upon the farm where he died.
A devoted husband, kind father and good neighbor, his loss will be felt in the family, the neighborhood, and the church of which he was a deacon. He was a member of Gen. Hazen Post, G.A.R., and his funeral was conducted according to the rites of the order.
He leaves a wife and two sons; a daughter aged about 6 years died 8 years ago.
The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church, Sunday, March 13, and was the largest ever attended in Lincoln. Elder Martin Ellis, his pastor, preached the services, speaking from a text selected by the deceased. [Buried in Lincoln Cemetery.]

Mary Florence Smith
June 23, 1887
Saturday night, June 18, 1887, at the home of her parents, near Lincoln, Mary Florence, daughter of J.T. Smith and wife, aged 6 years and 2 months, lacking 2 days.
The deceased was last January attacked with inflammatory rheumatism, which yielded to treatment, after a long siege. Later she became subject to a derangement of the heart, which was the immediate cause of death.
The funeral took place upon Monday, at 10 a.m., at the M.E. church, and was attended by a large concourse of people. The discourse was preached by Rev. J.A. Stayt, Rev. Medcraft assisting in the services.
This little one was one of the brightest and most beautiful children that ever graced and blessed a home, and there is but one consolation for the bereaved family: the trust that death is but a transition and that the little one is out of the reach of all trouble and that after a while the parted will be reunited. [No burial found in Lincoln County records.]

Charles L. Stratton
March 10, 1887
At Rocky Hill, March 4, Charles L., son of William and Mary Stratton. Charley was born at Sumner, Mich., April 12, 1872, and only arrived from that State three weeks previous to his death. His parents accompanied him, and his decease took place in the house of his sister, Mrs. Dickinson. Rev. W.D. Ward conducted the funeral services Sabbath afternoon, which were largely attended. The remains were brought to the Lincoln cemetery for interment. Charley was prepared to go, and with this thought his saddened relatives are comforted.

Elizabeth J. Sutton
Aug. 11, 1887
Mrs. E.J. Sutton, of Colorado township, died upon Sunday, Aug. 7, 1887, at the residence of her son, Jacob Bingley, aged 56 years, 6 months and 6 days. [Buried in Beverly Cemetery.]

Thomas Twibell
June 2, 1887
Thos. Twibell died at his home in Franklin township, Lincoln county, May 26, 1887, of lung fever. He was 66 years, 10 months and 7 days of age.
Mr. Twibell was born in Tyler county, W.Va., July 20, 1820, and migrated to Indiana when a young man. He came to Lincoln county, Kansas, in 1884. His funeral was conducted by Rev. Geo. Tenney, upon Friday, May 26, and the interment took place in the Lincoln cemetery.
Mr. Twibell was known in Lincoln county as an upright citizen, and all regret his going. [Lincoln County burial records indicate he is buried in Hammer Cemetery.]

James Webb
Feb. 17, 1887
Capt. James Webb, a highly esteemed citizens of Colorado township, died at his residence near the late Monroe P.O. on Saturday morning, Feb. 5, 1887, in the 80th year of his age. Capt. Webb was born in England, Nov. 25, 1807, and came over to New York about 1830. When the "gold fever" raged in ’49 he went to California and remained there over three years. In 1853 he turned his back to the ocean, where for 23 years he had served as Captain of sea-going vessels, and came to Illinois. His last remove was to Monroe, Kansas, in ’80. A great lover of home, he was seldom seen abroad; but neighbors and friends always received a cordial welcome. Industrious and provident in his prime, he leaves his widow, Mrs. Ellen Webb, in comfortable circumstances and without care for the future.
The following children survive him: Mrs. Elizabeth Abbott, Mr. George Webb, Mr. Albert G. Webb, Mr. Carter H. Webb, of Beverly, Kansas; Mrs. Carrie Neudick, of Mount Dora, Fla.; Mrs. Ellen E. Woods of Tescott, Kan.; and Mrs. Lucy A. Hedrick, of Lincoln, Kansas.
It was apparent to the friends and relatives of Capt. Webb for the last two or three months, that he was rapidly failing; and conscious himself of the fact, he put his house in order, and prayed that when the final change should come he should not suffer long. His wish was granted. Without any apparent suffering he passed quickly and quietly away.
Though his death was sudden, yet the news spread rapidly, and a long array of carriages at the funeral, notwithstanding the inclement weather, testified to the high esteem in which he was held in the community. [Buried in Monroe Cemetery.]

J.W. Williams
Dec. 8, 1887
(See Frank Farnsworth)

T.A. Woodyard
July 28, 1887
T.A. Woodyard died at his home in Lincoln, July 25, 1886, at 12 midnight, of typhoid fever and heart disease. Mr. Woodyard came to Lincoln last April, for Parkersburg, W. Va., arriving here upon the 25th of that month. He was confined to his bed but about 10 days. He leaves a wife and four children.
The funeral took place at the M.E. church at 4 o’clock p.m., upon Tuesday, and the interment was made in the Lincoln cemetery.
Mr. Woodyard was an industrious and energetic man, honest in all the relations of life and had made many friends during his short stay here. [Born Oct. 10, 1851.]

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