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Death of J. L. Umberger

James Lockard Umberger died at his home, about eight miles southeast of Larned, on the morning of July 8th, 1901, at 5:30. He was born in Wythe county, Virginia, June 24th, 1840; enlisted in Company C, 45th,
Virginia Infantry, C. S. A., in May 1861; returned to his home after the surrender at Appomattox in April 1865; was married to Miss Matilda Ann Steffey November 21st, 1863, who preceded him to the heavenly home a
little more than four years ago. Nine children were given them, seven of whom are living, four sons and three daughters, who were with him in his last sickness and death. He came to Pawnee county, Kansas, December 2nd, 1887.

On March 18th, 1900, he was again married to Mrs. M. B. Whittlesy, who survives him. In early life he was
converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church, living with an unwavering faith in God, and in
death showing the same trust in an all wise Heavenly Father, ever ready to depart and in his great sufferings for many days saying “Thy will, oh Lord; not mine, be done.” The writer had the privilege to be with him the last two weeks of his life and can testify to his resignation and thought of others, not one word of complaint, always satisfied with what was done to alleviate his sufferings, not even forgetting several dumb animals, which had been for years faithful to him, giving them into the keeping of his son. Last of all he made the preparations for his funeral in selecting the scripture to be read, fourteenth chapter of John, also hymns to be sung, all of which were faithfully carried out by his pastor, Rev. Hestwood, assisted by Rev. Teal, pastor of the Baptist church, both officiating at his request. Rev. Davis of the Methodist Episcopal church was also present and kindly took part in the services at home and the cemetery.

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

Last Updated:  Tuesday, July 26, 2005 14:03:42

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