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MADISON COUNTY, ARKANSAS
OBITUARIES

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William Turner HARWOOD - Fort Smith Elevator. (died Feb 14 1897]

"Mr. William T. Harwood, father of our townsman, Mr. J. B. Harwood, died at his home near Huntsville, Madison County, Arkansas, on the 15th ult., aged seventy years. His funeral took place on the 16th and was largely attended.

Mr. Harwood was a native of Virginia. At a very early age he went to Tennessee with his parents, where he lived until the breaking out of the Civil war, when he settled in Madison County, where he lived until the day of his death.

In Madison County Mr. Harwood was recognized as a live, progressive, up-to-date farmer, and through his admiration for fine stock the wealth of Madison County was largely increased. He introduced into Madison County some of the finest breeds of stock, and some of his horses sold for large figures.

Mr. Harwood was a veteran of the Mexican war. He enlisted at the first call for volunteers and served until the war closed. He took service in a Tennessee regiment and was assigned to cavalry service, in which he did some very active work. He served under both Generals Scott and Taylor and took part in the battles of Vera Cruz, Chepultepec, Cherubusco, Buena Vista, Monterey and Cerro Gordo. He also participated in a number of other engagements which are not recorded in history.

Madison County papers speak in the highest terms of Mr. Harwood."

[Transcribed and Submitted by Peggy Rogers from James B. Harwood's book, Genealogical and Historical Account of Harwoods Henrys and Dotsons., published in 1902 ]

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Richmond JOHNSON - Madison County Record, 20 May 1926

"Old Native Citizen Passes Away--Richmond JOHNSON, age almost 90 years, died Saturday 15 May 1926 at his home near Huntsville, and his remains were interred in the Huntsville Cemetery Sunday afternoon, Reverends Jake DRAKE and Joe WALKER conducting the funeral service. The deceased was born at Drakes Creek 7 September 1836 and spent his entire life in this county with the exception of the time he served as a Union soldier during the Civil War. He was married to Ruth J. BURCHETT 19 April 1855. Eight children were born to them, five of whom are living , viz: Mrs Mary NEAL of Drakes Creek, Mrs. Lydia SULLIVAN of Oklahoma, Mrs Ellen GRAHAM of Hulbert, Oklahoma, Mrs John SMITH and Miss Sallie JOHNSON of Huntsville. He is also survived by his wife, who has been seriously ill for several weeks and whose recovery is not expected; one brother Noah of Fayetteville, Arkansas, one sister, Mrs. Rhoda BAILEY of Claremore, Oklahoma, three half brothers, Green Johnson of Missouri, Bee and Bock Johnson of Oklahoma, and two half sisters, Mrs. Esther EUBANKS of Drakes Creek and Mrs. Florence McDONALD of Oklahoma also survive. Only three of the children, Mrs. Neal, Mrs. Smith and Miss Sallie Johnson and one brother Noah were present at the funeral. Uncle Richmond, as he was called, was well informed as to the early history of Madison county and enjoyed greatly giving reminiscenses of the pioneer days. His going removes one of the real landmarks of the county and his death, though it did not come to him until in ripe old age, will cause sadness to the hearts of many friends who know him."

[Transcribed and Submitted by C. Hammett]

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Charles Burton SANDERS - Probably from the Fayetteville newspaper - September, 1898

C.B. Sanders died September 18, 1898

The Huntsville Democrat announces the death of a prominent citizen, who was well known and had many friends in Washington county. It says:

"Another of Huntsville's oldest and most highly respected citizens has quit the walks of life and has joined the mighty hosts of the great beyond. Mr. C. B. Sanders died at his home in this city at 4 o'clock Sunday morning, the 18th. He has been in feeble health for several years, but had been confined to his bed for only a few weeks. "Uncle Bert" Sanders, as he was more familiarly known, was born in Jackson county, Alabama, Sept. 14, 1826, and moved to this county with his parents when about four years old. They first settled at Drake's Creek and later on moved to Huntsville, which was then almost an uncleared forest. Here he lived until the famous year of '49 when he went to California to search for gold. He returned to Huntsville in 1852. He went to California again in 1853, but remained only a few months. In 1884 he was elected treasurer of Madison county and served one term. In the death of Mr. Sanders, Huntsville has sustained the loss of one of her best citizens, his family is bereaved of a devoted husband and kind-hearted father, and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church loses a prominent and generous member. Rev. Hogan conducted the funeral services at the C.P. Church Monday morning at 10 o'clock, after which the remains were interred in the Huntsville cemetery under the auspices of the Masonic and Odd Fellow fraternities.

[Transcribed and Submitted by Sherry Healy.]

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Cener Sanders HIGHT - Northwest Arkansas Times, Feb. 23, 1942

"Mrs. Cener Hight Dies Today" Rites to be Conducted Tuesday at 2:30

Mrs. Cener Sanders Hight, long-time resident of Fayetteville and wife of the late Jefferson T. Hight, died early this morning at Elizabeth hospital at Prairie Grove.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 Tuesday afternoon at First Presbyterian church by Rev. J. W. Butler, Jr. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery. The Watson Mortuary will be in charge.

Mrs. Hight was born in Huntsville, the daughter of Burton and Viola Polk Sanders, but had lived most of her life in Fayetteville. She was educated here, where she attended the University of Arkansas and in California.

Mrs. Hight was a member of First Presbyterian church, and was active in the Southern Memorial association in the Wednesday club and the Evergreen cemetery association. Her husband, to whom she was married in 1907 in Huntsville, was a prominent business man of northwest Arkansas, having been in business here and at Springdale and was a former Washington county judge. He died April 24, 1917.

Surviving Mrs. Hight are a step-daughter, Mrs. C. M. Lawson of Fayetteville and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Mamie D. Nunnaley of Fayetteville; Mrs. Alma E. Polk of Huntsville; Mrs. Virginia Laurie of National City, Calif; Mrs. W. H. Johnston of St. Louis and Mrs. M. C. Williams of Broken Arrow, Okla, are cousins.

Two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Mary Sanders of Beggs, Okla; and Mrs. Lutie Sanders of Tulsa survive. Nieces and nephews are: Mrs. Stella Broadie Franklin, Vinita, Okla; Hugh Sanders and Julian Sanders, Tulsa; Mrs. Ruth Holingsworth, Broken Arrow, Okla; Burton Broadie, Ft. Gibson, Okla.; Albery Broadie, Tulsa; Loddie Broadie, Skinloak, Okla; Mrs. Alma Barnard, Tulsa,; Mrs. Bell Jamison, Coffeyville, Kans; and Mrs. Ruby Henderson, Beggs, Okla.

[Transcribed and Submitted by Sherry Healy.]

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Nathaniel L. SANDERS - Broken Arrow Ledger, Thursday, February 10, 1927

"Nat. L. Sanders"

This community was sorrowfully shocked last Saturday morning with the announcement from Tulsa that Nathaniel (Nat) L. Sanders had unexpectedly passed away at his desk in the office of the country assessor where he occupied the responsible position of chief deputy. The summons came entirely without warning.

While known to have a slight heart affection, it was not sufficiently severe to cause apprehension among members of his family or others with whom de daily associated. Saturday morning he was on duty at his desk as usual and entered into conversation with his official associates in a light-hearted and jovial mood. He had taken a seat on one of the office tables surrounded by his subordinates. Leaning forward to spit in a cuspidor, he suddenly toppled to the floor and died almost instantly without having uttered a word.

Nat Sanders was for many years a highly respected and much honored citizen of broken Arrow. His residence here dated back to the very organization of the town and continued without interruption until about four years ago when he removed to Tulsa. During all these years he was prominently identified with the official, business and civic life of the city. His residence in Tulsa county commenced at the little inland town of Elam in May, 1901, coming there in a wagon with W. N. Williams, M. C. Williams and W. T. Brooks with whom he associated himself in the mercantile business and all of whom survive and are still prominent in this city. With the advent of the railroad and the platting of Broken Arrow townsite the firm moved its business here from Elam. A few years later Mr. Sanders disposed of his interest in the firm to R. C. Knight, but later returned to mercantile pursuits by organizing the company known as the Sanders-Lancaster Company. At the solicitation of friends he later became a candidate for County Commissioner and was elected, and served his constituency faithfully and well during a term of two years. With the advent of the democratic administration of President Woodrow Wilson he accepted the appointment of postmaster of Broken Arrow and administered the office creditably and acceptably for a period of eight years. Although the last four years of his life were spent in Tulsa he still retained property interests in Broken Arrow as well as a lively interest in community affairs. Among his possessions are the two brick business structures at the northwest corner of Main street and Dallas avenue, the postoffice building, residential property and a farm southeast of the city.

Deceased was born in Greenville, Texas, March 16, 1865 but spent his youth in Huntsville, Ark, where his parents had removed when Nat had attained the age of three years. He spent three years in the University of Arkansas, later taking a special course in banking an book-keeping in a St. Louis business college. Then followed 14 years in general merchandising in his home town of Huntsville.

His first official trust was a deputy revenue collector, receiving the appointment at the hands of President Cleveland. This position he resigned after four years service to become cashier of the First National Bank of Huntsville. He was united in marriage to Miss Lucy Berry of Huntsville in 1884 and to this union five children were born all of whom with the widow survive and reside in Tulsa county. One brother, A. B. Sanders of Webber Falls, Okla, and a sister, Mrs. J. T. Hight of Fayettesville, Ark, also survive.

Fraternally Mr. Sanders was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite and the Shrine; a member of the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, Modern Woodmen of America and Woodmen of the World. His religious affiliation was with the Presbyterian church.

Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church in Broken Arrow at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon, following brief services at the family residence in Tulsa. The great throng present at the church was a splendid tribute to the esteem in which this pioneer citizen, friend and neighbor had been held by the community during his life time. It was one of the most largely attended funerals held in Broken Arrow for many years. The services were in church of Rev. C. W. Kerr, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, Tulsa, assisted by Rev. Armstread H. Stephens of Broken Arrow church of the same denomination and of which the deceased had been many years an active member.

The pallbearers were County Assessor D. A. Rowe and five deputies formerly associated with the deceased in the conduct of the assessor's office in Tulsa; W. A. Robbins, T. J. Flack, Dale Reynolds, J. A. Carter and S. A. Holt. Interment was in Oak Grove cemetery where the Broken Arrow Blue Lodge of Masons, assisted by Tulsa Masons, conducted the Masonic ritual for the dead.

All business in Broken Arrow as suspended during the hours of the funeral service. In Tulsa, county and city offices closed from 12:30 until 2:00 p.m. as a tribute of respect to a citizen, an honorable public official, trustworthy business man, considerate husband and father, a genial friend and neighbor -- whose salutation from Him on high may well be: "Well done, my good and faithful servant; enter thou into the Kingdom of the Lord."

[Transcribed and Submitted by Sherry Healy.]

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Freeman SKAGGS - Madison Co. Record

Freeman Skaggs, Old Citizen Dies Suddenly at Hindsville

Freeman M. Skaggs, age 82 years, died suddenly Tuesday [October 17, 1933] morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Everett Clark of near Hindsville. He had eaten a hearty breakfast, appeared as well as usual and was walking across the yard to do a chore when he fell dead. Heart failure is presumed to have been the cause. Funeral services were conducted by Jerry Simpson at the Baptist church in this city Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in the Huntsville cemetery.

Mr. Skaggs was one of the best known citizens of the county, of which he was a native and a life long resident. He was born near Huntsville, April 2, 1851. He was married October 22, 1871 to Nancy Jane Adams, who died about 12 years ago. Besides the daughter, Mrs. Clark, with whom he had made his home the past eight years, he is survived by three sons, William C. of Idabel, Okla, Erwin of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Corley of Huntsville, all of whom were present at the funeral: also surviving him are four sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Adair and Mrs. Otto Heflin of St. Louis, Mo., Mrs. A. B. Sanders of Webber Falls, Okla., and Mrs. Lydia Hudson of Seattle, Wash.

[Transcribed and Submitted by Sherry Healy.]

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Nancy Jane Adams SKAGGS - Madison Co. Record, June 1, 1922

Mrs. F. M. Skaggs of near Huntsville, who had been in feeble health for several months, died Sunday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Everett Clark, near Hindsville, where she had been visiting a short time. Paralysis was the immediate cause of her death. Interment was made in the Huntsville cemetery Tuesday afternoon. Rev. A. B. Carlock conducting the funeral service. The deceased is survived by her husband, four sons and two daughters. A more extended obituary will probably be furnished the Record.

Second Obituary for Nancy Jane Adams SKAGGS; Madison County Record, June 22, 1922

Sister Jennie Skaggs, the beloved wife of F. M. Skaggs, was born March 18, 1849; professed a living faith in Christ when eleven years old. She lived a true Christian life, faithful until death, June 4, 1922. Her spirit went to God who gave it and her body was placed in the Huntsville cemetery. Her beloved ones need not weep, because Jesus died and arose again; even so her body which is only asleep in Jesus shall hear His voice and shall come forth unto the resurrection of life, then her spirit shall be crowned with its own body -- spiritual, immortal, incorruptible - on which Jesus will have written the name of His God and the City of God, and will write upon it His new name, the glorious white robe, and wedding garment at the marriage banquet of the Lamb of God.

A. B. Carlock

[Transcribed and Submitted by Sherry Healy.]

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Corley SKAGGS - Madison Co. Record, December 14, 1950

Corley Skaggs Died November 29

Thadius Corley Skaggs, 60 passed away at his home on Rte. 1, east of Huntsville, at 5 p.m. Nov. 29. He had been ill for a long time.

He was born Dec. 4, 1890, in Madison County, and was a life-long and well known resident of this section. He was the son of Freeman Skaggs and Nancy Jane Adams-Skaggs.

Survivors are his wife, Lucy Skaggs of the home; a son, Herman Skaggs of Buhl, Idaho; a daughter, Mrs. Phoenix Ivey of Springdale; a granddaughter, Corriene Cooper of the home. A daughter, Mrs. Roy Cooper, died several years ago. One brother, Conley Skaggs, Oceanside, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Lida Clark of Huntsville.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church at 2 p.m. December 9, conducted by the Revs. R. W. Jones and Cecil Garrison, both Baptist ministers of Huntsville. Burial was in the Huntsville cemetery with arrangements by Brashears Funeral Home of Huntsville.

Pallbearers were Jack, Gerald and Floyd Warren, all of Huntsville, and Melvin, Morris and Willard Skaggs, all of Joplin, Mo.

[Transcribed and Submitted by Sherry Healy.]

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Viola T. SANDERS - Fayetteville Daily, Tuesday October 10, 1911

The sun in all his state, was grey in eastern skies.
She left this world of sin and woe, and walks in Paradise.

Another of Fayetteville’s trust and best mothers has passed into the great beyond. Mrs. Viola SANDERS’ suffering ended with the dawn 1 October at the home of her daughter Mrs. Jeff Hight at 370 Arkansas Ave. in Fayetteville. Mrs. Sanders slipped from a chair to the floor September 2 breaking her limb, from which injury she suffered intensly until God called her gentle spirit home.

Mrs. Sanders was the daughter of Evan S. Polk of Nashville, Tenn. a brave and honored pioneer of Madison County, Arkansas. This daughter Viola married Charles Burton Sanders of Alabama, in 1852. All her life, save six years in Texas, being spent in Madison and Washington County, Arkansas. No couple in all our state was more widely known or beloved than was Uncle Burt and Aunt Vi Sanders. Kind, noble and generous, they gathered around them a host of friends, devoted and true. For years they were faithful and beloved members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Huntsville, Arkansas, from which alter in 1898 the sorrowing widow and her four children followed the devoted husband and father to the family lot in the Huntsville Cemetery, fully assured that his spirit was at home with God.

And today October 2, 1911 at 3 p.m. from the same alter, loving friends carried the body of the mother and placed it beside that of the father, while the three remaining children stood under that burden of sorrow which God alone can comfort.

May an abiding trust in Jesus lead these sorrowing ones home when our Heavenly Father will crown them one unbroken family in heaven.

[Transcribed and Submitted by Sherry Healy.]

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A. J. HAYES - Huntsville Republican.

A. J. Hayes was born May 27, 1868 near Alabam and died in Huntsville, March 27, 1911.

He was united in marriage with Miss Lotie Grabb, Dec. 27, 1889. In 1892 he made Profession of religion and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church and when that church united with the Presbyterian he went with it and therefore was a member of the Presbyterian church U. S. A. at the time of his death. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his loss.

Brother Hayes as a citizen commanded the respect and confidence of all and his sudden demise was not only sad but a shock to all. He was serving as deputy sheriff and making a good officer, through and honest in all his endeaveors and we believe him to have been pure in heart.

"Blessed are the pure in heart or they shall see God." Matt. - J. B.

J.C. Boatright

[Transcribed and Submitted by Kellie S. Thompson]

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Frederick KECK; Huntsville Republican

Frederick Keck was born near Nashville, Tenn., December 31, 1828 and departed this life near Witter, Ark. on Tuesday, January 17, 1911, aged 82 years and 16 days.

In 1884 he married Miss Mary P. Shopner and to this union there were born two children. Emigrating to Arkansas in 1855, he located in this county. Four years later his wife died and a year or more later he again married. This time his wife was Miss Millie Driver and to them were born ten children. His twelve children all lived to reach their majorities when four sons and one daughter were called away to be followed by his second wife in 1896.

Seven children, 37 grand-children and 37 great grand-children survive him. He professed his hope in Christ at an early age and became a member of the Regular Baptist Church, of which he remained a faithful member until his death. His Bible was his constant companion and he tried to live up to its teachings. He had the unique distinction of having never been in a court house while court was in session, never had a law suit or attended a trial in a justice's court. His last illness was of about three years duration and his suffering at times was severe. Up however until two or three weeks before his death he was able to sit in his chair and read his Bible. The end came peaceful and like one going to sleep he passed away.

Interment was made in the Smith Cemetery beside the body of his first wife, funeral services having been preached by Rev. Will Harris.

It was sad for us to have to part with him but we feel that he has only gone to the home which he striving so hard to reach. And we believe that if we remain steadfastly faithful to the end, we will meet him in that beautiful home above.

A Grandchild

[Transcribed and Submitted by Kellie S. Thompson]

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Robert REEVES; The Madison County Record, Thursday, August 14, 1952.

Robert Reeves Dies August 9, Rites Monday

Robert H. Reeves, 87, a lifelong resident of Madison county, died Saturday, August 9, at his home on route 5, Huntsville, near Aurora.

Mr. Reeves was born June 3, 1865 near Witter and spent his entire life in that vicinity. He was the son of Robert Levi and Elizabeth Goad Reeves. He was married to Jane Foster on May 29, 1890.

A retired farmer, the deceased did not belong to any church group but had been a Christian for many years.

Survivors include his wife and a son, J. B. Reeves of the home. A daughter, Louisa Reeves-Bolinger, preceded him in death. A sister, Mrs. Bettie Spurlock of route 5, seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

Graveside funeral services were held Monday afternoon, at 2 o'clock at the Whorton Creek cemetery with Rev. Charles L. McElhaney conducting. Interment was made in the Whorton Creek cemetery under the direction of the Brashear Funeral home of Huntsville.

Pallbearers were Grayson Bolinger, Ray Bolinger, Jake Reeve, Floyd Spurlock, Albert Carlock, and Richard Mitchell.

[Transcribed and Submitted by Kellie S. Thompson]

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Monda Marie SMITH; Madison County Record of Thursday, August 28, 1952.

Funeral Services for little Monda Marie Smith, six-months-old daughter of Ernest and Faye Stansell Smith, were held in the chapel of the Callison-Sisco Funeral home at Springdale. Thursday, August 14, at 1 o'clock, by Rev. Cecil Garrison.

The baby died August 11 in the Hugoton, Kans., hospital after two days illness with pneumonia. She was born at Marble February 14 of this year.

Survivors are her parents of Hugoton, Kans., three sisters, Linda Kay, Zelma, and Bobby, all of the home; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Stansell of Marble, the paternal grandfather, Frank Smith of Springdale and other relatives.

Burial was in the cemetery at Decatur with arrangements by the Callison-Sisco Funeral home of Springdale.

[Transcribed and Submitted by Kellie S. Thompson]

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Dixie Lee GABBARD; The Madison County Record, Friday, August 8, 1952.

Mrs. Gabbard, 49, Dies July 31 in Fayetteville

Mrs. Dixie Lee Gabbard, 49, of Fayetteville died last Thursday morning, July 31, in the county hospital at Fayetteville after a brief illness. She was born at Delaney, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Anderson. She was a member of the Methodist church.She is survived by her husband Clint, whom she married in1921; two sons, Max Clinton of the Great Lakes Naval Training station and Kenneth Wayne of Springdale; two daughters, Mrs. Joyce Ann Pharris of Fullerton, Calif., and Mrs. Jane Turner of Hot Springs; four grandchildren; her mother, Mrs. Anna Anderson of Delaney; four brothers, Cleburne Anderson of Wilburton, Okla., John D. of Springdale, Russell of Little Rock, and Joe of Fayetteville; three sisters, Mrs. Daisy Toney, Mrs. Lela Baron and Mrs. Billie Lee Griffith of Elkins.

Funeral Services were conducted last Saturday at two o'clock by the Rev. Arnold Simpson at the Walnut Grove community house near Croe. Burial was in the Walnut Grove cemetary.

[Transcribed and Submitted by Kellie S. Thompson]

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John Columbus LONG
 

John Columbus Long was born in Huntsville, Madison County, Ark, Febuary 26, 1842 where he lived until he came to California in 1889. He enlisted in the confederate army june 16, 1861 and was the first man to leave from his locality for the war and the last to return, when he acted as a recruiting officer until july 22, 1864, when was married to Catherine Skaggs afterward however, he joined Price in his raid into Missouri. and was made a lieutenant, which office he filled until he was captured at Fort Smith, Mo., and held prisoner at Johnson island for nine months.  He returned home in July ,1865  In September, 1880 he was elected sheriff of Madison county, Ark,. and at the end of his term was re-elected.
 

 He was ordained Minister of the Presbyterian church in February, 1864 and followed this work the greater part of the time till he came to California, arriving with his family in Susanville April 1, 1889.  While in Susanville he followed various occupations, during the last few years being in partnership with his son, G.B. Long, in the livery Business.  He left Susanville in 1907 with his wife and daughter in search of a milder climate, and settled in San Luis Obispo, where he resided up to the time of his death.

He was a Mason having joined Alabama lodge, No337 in Arkansas, and held his demit from that lodge, having never placed the same in any lodge in this state.  He leaves besides his widow and children one sister, Mrs. Lee Parks, in Arkansas, there were six sons and two daughters, of which five sons and a daughter survive.  They are:T. G. Long of Huntsville, Ark; G. B. Long of Susanville, w. C. Long of San Luis Obispo, H. C. Long of Susanville, Laura A. Long and John J. Long of San Luis Obispo.

Transcribed and submitted by Mike Westbrook
 

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