Tuesday, February 18, 2014

52 Ancestors-Week #6-John Stephen Renfro

This post is part of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  The object is to write something about 1 ancestor each week.  More information can be  found at her blog No Story Too Small.

John Stephen Renfro (1846-1923)

John Stephen Renfro-date unknown

John Stephen Renfro-date unknown

According to the 1954 application for a headstone that was filled out by his son James Herbert Renfro (1887-1973) John was born on 12 June 1846.  The US census records where he appears has his birthplace as Alabama. 

By 1880 he had moved to Little River County Arkansas and worked as a farmer.  In 1910 he was living in nearby Sevier County, Arkansas and remained there until his death in 1923. 

He died on 8 December 1923 and is buried in Brownstone Cemetery in Sevier County.

He served in the Civil War and his pension application from 25 June 1906 states that he is "60 years of age...I am physically broke down...just wore out...I am very hard of hearing, could be from firing during the war...Eyes weak."

Here is a transcription of his obituary from the Arkansas History Commission:

John Stephen Renfro

     The friends and acquaintances of John Stephen Renfro, aged 77 years, 6 month and 26 days, will be grieved to learn of his death which occurred at the family home near Paraloma, Friday night, December 7.  The remains were laid to rest near Brownstown Saturday, Dec. 8.
     He was a Civil war veteran, being a member of Newton’s Cavalry.  He leaves a wife, one son, two daughters, Herbert Renfro and Miss Maude Renfro of Paraloma, and Mrs. Dena Sample of White Cliffs, other near relatives and a host of friends.

Application for Headstone or Marker

Application for Pension

Arkansas Death Index

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