AMOS MILNER GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Madison Mirror, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1917, Pg. 4
Amos Milner was born September 9, 1834 in Fayette County, Indiana, and died at his home in Madison, Kansas, February 13, 1917, aged 83 years, 5 months, and 4 days. He moved with his parents to Hancock, Indiana, when 13 years old.
On October 26, 1857, he was united in marriage to Miss Bertha E. Franks. To this union was born a son, James E. After four years of happy and active life, death removed the wife and mother.
Mr. Milner was mustered into the service of his country August 13, 1862 as corporal and served for three years in Company B, 99th Indiana Infantry. He was honorably discharged June 5, 1865 at Washington D. C.
He was married a second time, Miss Pheby A. Blakley being his bride. The marriage took place in Hancock County, December 24, 1865. To this union a son, W. Lewis, was born. He died in Madison, Kansas, March 12, 1893. The family had lived in Hancock county, Indiana, until September 1865, when they moved to Kansas, settling on a farm in Greenwood county five miles northwest of Madison.
Amos Milner joined the M. E. church, at the Line schoolhouse northwest of Madison in 1872.
Those who survive the departed are his wife and oldest son, James E. The son and his family live on a farm in Lyon county just over the county line and adjoining the Milner homestead. There are also a large number of relatives including nieces and nephews. All these feel the loss keenly. The family and relatives are receiving the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.
The deceased was an active and honored member of the Madison Grange for many years. He was also a member of the G. A. R.
“Uncle Amos” as most of those who knew him best called him because they loved and respected him, was active in church work, being heartily joined in this holy work by his companion and helpmate of 52 years, walking the pathway together.
He had been seriously sick for nine weeks before death came. He died of old age and complication of diseases. During his last weeks, he was a great sufferer, but he bore the pain patiently and without complaint. He had a smile and a hearty greeting for all who called to see him, and very graciously inquired for those absent.
This respected citizen and Christian gentleman was quiet and kind, to all. The church has lost one of her pillars and will miss him in her services and councils. He will be missed by his pastor for whom he always had a warm greeting and kind words of appreciation. Those who live right before God will surely meet Uncle Amos in the Heavenly City. Until then farewell. Now we hear him saying victoriously:
“I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give at that day: and not to me only, but to all them also that love his appearing.”
The funeral services were held at the M. E. church, Thursday, February 15, 1917, at 2 p.m. The sermon was preached by Reb. J. D. Smith of Emporia, Kansas. Rev. Smith had known Mr. Milner for 30 years. The pastor, Rev. Phillip Evans, assisted in the services. The house was crowded and many could not get inside the church. The choir sang some beautiful hymns. The floral offerings was touching, people were thinking of death and eternity. Interment took place in Blakley Cemetery.