HENRY BRENTON GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Westphalia Times, Thursday, Nov. 9,
1905, Pg. 3
BRENTON PASSES AWAY.
Henry Brenton was born in Pike
county, Indiana, February 5, 1842 where he resided until he was 28 years of age.
November 2nd, 1864, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Muhr, after
which they moved to Butler, Missouri when, after a residence there of eight
years they crossed the line into Kansas. After a short residence in Kansas
they removed to Nebraska, and after a residence there of nine years they
returned to this state, locating in Westphalia where they have since resided.
To this union eleven children were born, nine of whom still survive.
Mr. Brenton, at his country’s
call for volunteers, enlisted as a private in Company G, 58th Indiana Volunteer
Infantry, and participated in all the battles of his regiment. He was
wounded at the battle of Stone River, Tennessee January 2nd, 1863, the result of
which weakened his physical health to such an extent as to cause him to become
totally blind twenty-five years ago.
Mr. Brenton united with the
Baptist church at the age of seventeen, remaining faithful to the end. He
bore his affliction and suffering with patience and real Christian fortitude,
and was always happy, loving, kind and generous. His last illness covers a
period of several months, and he passed peacefully away Monday afternoon,
November 6th, aged 63 years, 9 months and 1 day.
Deceased was one of our very best
citizens. Though totally blind for a quarter of a century he was always
cheerful, ready to laugh and joke with those around end about him, and was in
every way a truly good man. Certainly the bereaved widow and family have
the sympathy of all.
Funeral services were held in the
M. E. church Wednesday forenoon, conducted by Rev. H. A. Church, of Garnett,
after which the remains were followed to the cemetery south of town where, amid
tears the earthly remains were tenderly lain away.
Peace and rest!