JACOB FRENCH GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Mildred Ledger, Thursday, Nov. 19, 1911
Died: Oct. 28, 1911
Comrade Jacob French was born in Crawford county, Pa., Feb. 15, 1830, and died in Kincaid, Kans., Oct. 28, 1911, aged 81 yrs. 8 mo. and 13 days.
When he was nineteen he went to Illinois, but afterwards moved to Iowa where he enlisted in the 18th Iowa Infantry, doing his part to make the splendid record of that efficient regiment. He served until the close of the war.
In 1868, he came to Kansas and homesteaded land near the present site of Mildred. In 1874, he united in marriage to Mrs. Lucretia Crist, who died May 24, 1905.
For nearly forty years he belonged to the Baptist church and was a member of Major Rankinís Post No. 439, G. A. R. at Kincaid.
His four step-daughters, whom he reared and loved as his own survive him: Mesdames Eliza Seward, Jones City, Okla.; Lizzie Shockey, Iola, Kansas; Lila Mathews, Kansas City, Mo.; Famia Hackett, Mildred, Kansas. Also one sister, Mrs. Mary Barry, Walker, Iowa.
His sudden and violent death was a great shock to the community, who regret in him, the loss of an honored veteran, a good neighbor and a Christian man.
The funeral was held at Fairview church, which was beautifully decorated for the occasion. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Martin. Comrade J. L. Hosley recited a farewell poem after the sermon, and then the members of Major Rankin Post, assisted by the sons of Veterans, conducted the remains of their fallen comrade to the cemetery and with their beautiful ceremony laid him to rest.