Source: Various, as noted

INNMON, Anthony Tony - 2 June 1954

from June 1954 Bertram paper, By N. OLIVER COX, EDITOR

Anthony Tony Innmon died Wednesday night, June 2nd in the Bertram Hospital, after an illness of about ten days. Tony Innmon was born March 10, 1881 in the Rock House community in Williamson County, being a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Innmon. He was united in marriage to Miss Susan Smith on August 11th, 1904. Seven children were born to this union, four daughters and three sons. One daughter, Savanah preceded her father in death. Mr. and Mrs. Innmon moved to Bertram the early part of 1947. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Friday morning, June 4th at the Edgar Funeral Home in Bertram, with Rev. A.D. Eberhart of Austin officiating.

Pall bearers were his grandsons: Weldon Staton, Darwin Staton, Carroll Innmon, Earl Innmon, L.V. Staton and Russell Law. Burial was in the Liberty Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Edgar Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Susan Innmon of Bertram; three daughters, Mrs. Hays Belk, Mrs. Ira Staton and Miss Earldene Innmon, all of Austin, Anthony Innmon of Liberty Hill and LeRoy Innmon of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two brothers, Jack Innmon of Austin and Francis Innmon of Harlingen. One sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Harriston and four brothers, Hite, Willie, Joe and John Innmon preceded their brother in death. He is also survived by twenty grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Attending the funeral were:

Abilene: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Smith and Wanda, W.T. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Smith, Derriel and Mary Francis, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Williams and Charlie Williams.

Austin: Mr. and Mrs. Francis Innmon, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Bush, Mr. and Mrs. August Whitehead, Mrs. Lee Roy Harris, Miss Joice Wright, Miss Joyce Smith, Mrs. Milthilda Priest, Miss Arleta DeSpain, Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Parks, Mrs. Maurine Young, Miss Emma Lee Bradford, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Innmon, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Innmon, Miss Minnie Bell Draughon, Miss Louis Shepard, Mrs. Lessie V. Staton, Mrs. Mildred Thompson, Miss Grace McCormach, Mrs. Betty Lou Pasley, Mrs. Mary Jo Stovall, Mr. and Mrs. Olin Humphries, E.B. Thompson, John Roelyn, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Shepard, Mrs. A.D. Eberhart, Mrs. Zula Carrall, Mrs. Nellie Law, Mrs. R.B. Sanders, Mrs. L.D. Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Joseph.

Clyde: Joe Scott.

Georgetown: Mr. and Mrs. John Cole, Mrs. George Sedberry, Mrs. Marler Donnell.

Harlingen: Bob Seay, Francis Innmon and Arthur Innmon, Clarence Lee and Charlene, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Smith.

Junction City, Kansas: Mrs. John Rushing.

Lampasas: J.C. Beall.

Killeen: Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Shed and family, Mr. and Mrs. Burt Norman.

Marble Falls: Mr. and Mrs. Miles Meador, Mr. and Mrs. Henitz Fry.

San Antonio: Carroll J. Innmon, Herchell F. Innmon.

Burnet: Mr. and Mrs. Bill Spickerman, Roy Dycus, Wallace Riddell, R.C. Hullum, Jr.

Elgin: Sam Staton, Floyd Staton.

Liberty Hill: Mrs. Julian Bell, Mrs. Mary Pipkin, J.A. Bell, Mrs. Lila Joseph, Mrs. Charlie Cole, Mrs. Irene Marshall and Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Joseph.

INNMON, MRS. A. T. - 20 March 1961

From BURNET Bulletin, March, 1961.

Mrs. A.T. Innmon of Bertram died at about noon Monday, March 20th in a Burnet hospital.

Mrs. Innmon, nee Susan Smith was born October 6, 1885, in Bastrop County, Texas, being a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Smith. She was united in marriage to Anthony Innmon on August 11th, 1904. Seven children were born to this union, 4 daughters and 3 sons. She was a member of the First Baptist Church at Bertram. Mrs. Innmon had lived most of her life in Bertram. Her husband preceded her in death June 2, 1954. One daughter also preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 o'clock Wednesday morning, March 22nd at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Bertram, with Rev. Tom S. Ballard and Rev. W.E. Dickerson officiating. Interment was in the Liberty Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Edgar Funeral Home.

Pall bearers were her grandsons: Carroll Innmon, Earl Innmon, Larry Innmon, Charles Staton, Darwin Staton and L.V. Staton.

Survivors are three daughters: Mrs. Lemma Staton of Austin, Mrs. Della Belk of Austin and Mrs. Earldene Seay of Japan; three sons: Anthony Innmon of Liberty Hill, Cap Innmon of Austin, and Leroy Innmon of Minneappolis, Minnesota; four sisters, Miss Ella Smith of Bertram, Mrs. Annie Whitehead of Bertram, Mrs. Lizzie Bush of Austin, and Mrs. Lillian Webb of Spokane, Washington; and one brother W.T. Smith of Abilene. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

JAMISON, Samuel S. - Nov 1904

Burnet Bulletin &endash; 24 Nov 1904


Mr. S.S. Jamison died at his home near this place Friday night and was buried at the Odd Fellow's Cemetery Saturday. The religious service was conducted by Rev. E. Bailey. He was also buried with Masonic honors, Col. Norton Moses conducting the service.

Mr. Jamison was near four score years of age, and was an exemplary Christian gentleman. He was an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and ever faithful in his Christian duties and his obligations to his fellow-man.

Mr. Jamison had been a citizen of this county for many years, and he will be sadly mnissed by many of our citizens. The Bulletin extends condolence to the bereaved relatives.

(Will not Col. Stevens or some other close friend of deceased furnish an obituary for publication?)


Burnet Bulletin Dec 1, 1904


As I delight to be in the society of men older than myself, so the gradual going out of the patriarchs is to me a source of infinite pathos. May those of us in this community who are soon to follow him to the grave be as well prepared as my late friend, S. S. JAMISON.

Months ago, the close observer noticed that his steps were getting slower, his visits to town less frequent, and he began to be missed from his accustomed seat in the church and Sunday School. For many a day, the writer of this will regret the absence of his tall gaunt form, his kindly greeting, his unfailing good humor and words of cheer.

Mr. Jamison was a native of Illinois, the rigorous climate of which was too much for him, so he was advised by his physician, who suspected he had incipient consumption, to seek the Sunny South, and he has lived in Texas over 40 years. The fact that he reached past the allotted three score and ten years is an eloquent tribute to the temperate life he has led. Had he survived til next June the 8th, he would have been 78 years old.

The dominant traits of Mr. Jamison's character were firmness, cheerfulness, courage, strong convictions, and stern religious duty, partaking of the nature of the old Scotch covenanters, of whom he reminded me, and from whom he was descended. One of his ancestors fought at the siege of Londonderry.

I said a noticable trait was a piety, but it was not of the dismal, sanctimonious kind; with the most clock-like regularity at service, there was sunshine in his devotions. He and I were comparing notes once as to Sunday School experience. My record was over fifty years, barring the time I was a Confederate soldier. He modestly remarked, "I can beat you: I have been going to Sunday School over sixty years!" Sunday after Sunday for years, he walked to the Presbyterian house of worship, in Burnet, a distance of one and a half or two miles, in all sorts of weather, until declining health forced him to desist. What an example to the rest of us!

Another tie that bound me to him was his ardent belief and practice of Prohibition. Next to his religious views, the theme of his heart was opposition to the accursed Liquor Traffic. May the memory of his brave, consistent course here cause many a boy who knew him to "go and do likewise."

As I stood by his bedside and studied his giant form, his majestic face and head, saw this consistent, brave, restless spirit go out like a candle with the stainless life passing into the hands of the recording angel, I recalled Victor Hugo's description of Jean Valjean's death: "Those august hands moved no more...Without doubt, in the gloom some mighty angel was standing, with outstretched wings, awaiting the soul."

Those who knew Samuel S. Jamison well, know how to sympathize with the devoted daughter and his brave sons. I do with all my heart.

Rest from thy labors, worthy old friend! Well can you say with heroic Paul: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; hence forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

J.A.S., Burnet, Nov. 25, 1904

JAMISON, W.O. - 1 Feb 1902

from the Burnet Bulletin, 13 Feb 1902

W.O. Jamison Dead

S.S. Jamison informs us of the sad news of the death of his son, W.O. Jamison, who passed away February 1st, near Ban Arnold, Texas. He died of pneumonia. Mr. Jamison was a good citizen, and had many friends in Burnet county who will deeply regret his death. He leaves many dear relatives to mourn his death. To the aged father and other near relatives, the Bulletin extends sincere sympathy.

JENNINGS, Clara (Bowmer) - Oct 1901

Burnet Bulletin, 10 Oct 1901

A Lady Killed in Leander. Last Friday night about 12 o'clock, Mr. Charley Jennings, residing near Leander, shot and killed his wife. He was under the impression that she was a burglar.

The Bulletin has heard several versions of the sad affair, which placed together are about as follows: For some time, Mr. Jennings says, burglars had been prowling about the house at night, and he and his wife agreed on a plan to stop it. In other words, Jennings expressed a determination to his wife that he would shoot the next time they were molested. Friday night, he heard again what he believed was a burglar. He reached for his gun and loaded it with buck shot. From what we can gather, his wife was sleeping in an adjoining room, with their little children, and after he had loaded his gun Jennings called to her once or twice but received no answer. As the supposed burglar reached the door, Jennings thought it time to shoot, which he did with fatal effect. The discharge of the gun was followed by a piercing scream, and the awful realization came to the man that he had shot a woman. He tottered to her side, and horror of horrors, found that he had killed his own wife.

It seems to be the general belief that Mrs. Jennings was walking in her sleep and failed to hear her husband's voice. In fact, that is the only view that can be taken.

Mrs. Jennings, whose maiden name was Miss Clara Bowmer, has many relatives in Burnet County, among whom are Mrs. L. C. Kincheloe, Rev. B. E. Bowmer, and Mrs. Sarah Schooley.

JENNINGS, John - April 1909

Burnet Bulletin, 15 April 1909

Mr. John Jennings, an oldtime resident of Burnet County, died at the home of his son, Robert, in San Saba county last Friday night. The body was brought to this place and the funeral service held Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. L. Shipp, Rev. C. A. Taylor officiating, after which the remains were interred in the family burying ground at Jennings Creek Cemetery, eight miles east of Burnet.

Deceased was born in Missouri, in 1833. In 1851 he moved to Burnet County and settled ten miles east of town, where he resided until a few years ago. He assisted in freeing this country from Indian depredations and otherwise rendered aid in building our present splendid state of civilization.

Mr. Jennings had been paralyzed for a number of years, which at times affected his mind. Until stricken with this malady he had for a long time been an active member of the Baptist church.

He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his death, as follows: Rob of San Saba, Bosh of Humble, John of San Antonio, Billy of Shep, Texas, Mrs. L. L. Shipp of Burnet, Mrs. Kolb of Llano County, Mrs. McCarty of Dublin and Mrs. Milliron of Oklahoma.

The Bulletin condoles with the bereaved relatives.

JOHNSON, Mrs. Martha Lucy -- 22 Jan 1902

From the Burnet Bulletin, 6 Feb 1902

The dark angel of death came to our community and claimed for its victim, Mrs. Martha Lucy Johnson, living two miles north of Bertram, Burnet Co, Texas.

She was born Sept 23, 1857. Her maiden name was Hall. She departed this life Jan. 22, 1902, leaving a large family of children and a husband to mourn their loss. Her babe, a fine pretty boy, only two months old, died on the next Wednesday, only one short week and her babe joined her in heaven. Sister Johnson was a faithful Christian, a loving wife and a very devoted mother. But she and the little babe are gone to live with the Angels.

May God's blessings rest upon the husband and children. Oh, may they live so that they may meet mother and those gone before and be an unbroken family on the Evergreen shore.

JOHNSTON, Sue - 26 March 1925

From the Burnet Bulletin, Thursday, 2 April 1925

Mrs. Sue Johnston died Thursday, March 26th, 1925, at her home in the Council Creek neighborhood. The body was interred Friday. Deceased had been ill for some time.

Mrs. Johnston was born in Missouri July 6th, 1848, making her at the time of her death 76 years, 8 months and 20 days of age. At an early age, she moved with her parents to Texas, and about 60 years ago moved to Burnet County.

She is survived by one son, Tom Johnston, and four step-children, as follows:

W. A. and Ed Johnston, and Mrs. A.B. Baker of this section, and George Johnston of Bertram. Two Sisters, Mrs. Mary Gibbs of this place and Mrs. S. J. Glasscock of Coleman County, and two brothers, J. L. King, of Haskill and R. P. King of California also survive her.

Mrs Johnston was a good woman in all that the word implies, and she was held in high esteem and regard by all who knew her.

The Bulletin joins others in extending condolence to the bereaved family and other near relatives.

KEELE, Dolan -- (1921 - 13 Aug 1936)

Newspaper date and source unknown.

Dolan Keele, the fifteen-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Keele, of this community died August 13th, 1936 at the Lampasas Hospital where he had been taken for treatment. The body was interred the next day in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at Burnet. The Burnet Funeral Home had charge of the funeral arrangements. The service was conducted by Bro. L. V. Nobles, Church of Christ minister, of which the deceased was a member. The pallbearers were Bunk Gibbs, Frank Moreland, Buck Wolf, B. Pogue, Clen Shilling and C. E. Shilling.

Dolan is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Keele, and one sister, and numerous near relatives. He was a sturdy upright lad, having the respect and friendship of every one that knew him. The sympathy of the people of this entire section go out to the heart-broken father, mother, and sister in their bereavement.

KING, Betsy -- 16 Jan 1902

In the 16 Jan 1902 Burnet Bulletin:


Last Saturday morning Aunt Betsy King died very suddenly at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. B. Johnson on Council Creek. She was very old, and while her death at this time was unexpected, it could not have been a great surprise. Her body was interred in the Oatmeal Cemetery, her nephew, Rev. L.S. Chamberlain, conducting the service. She leaves a number of children and one sister to mourn her death. An obituary will be given later.

KING, James C. -- 6 Dec 1920

Contributed by Teresa Shands, 14 May 2000, From the Burnet Bulletin - Dec 6, 1920


Saturday morning, December 4th, 1920, at his home in Burnet James C. King, following a short illness, departed this life. He was sick only a short time and seriously for only a few days.

The body was interred Sunday afternoon in the Mt. Zion community, by the side of his wife, who preceded him to the Great Beyond some two years ago, and in which community he lived for many years and reared his family. Notwithstanding the very threatening weather, many friends of deceased and family from this place and hundreds from Mt. Zion and Bertram gathered to gathered to pay their last sad rites of respect. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. A. S. Broaddus of Bertram.

The active pallbearers were S.E. Guthrie, Herman Schnabel, Geo. Lamon, Willis Smith, Jesse Root, and Walton Christian. The honorary pallbearers were Gen. Johnson, James Guthrie, Sr., W.T. Cumins, D.T. Munn, J.C. Lamon, R.B. Potts, L.D. Ater, Geo. W. Pierce, H.F. Yoe, and Dr. Howell.

Deceased leaves five daughters, as follows: Mrs. Lon Gothcher of Falfurrias, Mrs. F.W. Jennings of Bertram, Miss Clara King of Dallas, Mrs. Stanley Demand of Oklahoma, Mrs. Bob Reed of Bertram; sons Wat King of Arizona, Tecumseh King of (New) Mexico, and Ben L. King of Burnet. With the exception of Mrs. Gotcher, Wat and Tecumseh, all reached this place in time for the funeral.

Mr. King had been a resident of Burnet County for almost 40 years, the greater portion of this time being spent in the Mt. Zion community. When very young he moved to Texas from Missouri and settled in Karnes County, Texas, where he grew to manhood. When war was declared between the states he promptly volunteered and served under General Tom Green. He made a splendid soldier and was justly proud of the part he played in the Civil War. He attended many of the Confederate Reunions and enjoyed them as few men could.

Shortly after the close of the war he moved to Louisiana, where he remained for several years, and where he married his late companion, a woman of rare gifts and intelligence. J.C. King had the intellect of a Gladstone and in his youth had he been blessed with the educational advantages of the present day, he would have left behind him a great name as a lawyer, educator, journalist or in some field of endeavor. He was a great student of history and current events, and one of the most fascinating talkers and recounter of incidents that had come under his observation that this writer has ever known. I have known him since I was a small boy and King was the only man that by his conversation could completely captivate my attention and make me forget to want to got out and play. He had a rare vein of humor that would give added interest to his descriptions of men and events.

People not well acquainted with him might have thought him gruff and indifferent, but such was not the case. He had a heart as tender as a woman and few men surpassed him in genuine love for his family, friends and neighbors. If he did not like a man, he avoided him, but was never ungracious.

In his death Burnet County loses a spendid citizen, and one who will be missed by scores of warm personal friends. The daughters and sons will mourn a father whom they truly venerated and loved. Especially will he be missed by his younger son Ben who had never left the parental roof and who in his declining years and last days was so tender and faithful in administering to his comfort.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the children in the loss of their loving and faithful father. &endash; Burnet Bulletin.


notes: James Carmichael King, born June 15, 1842 in Johnson Co. MO., was the son of John Lewis King and Elizabeth Barton. He married 1874 in LA, Susie Matilda MILES, who preceded him in death Apr 1, 1918.

KING, Susie Miles -- April 1918

Burnet Bulletin, 2 April 1918


The entire community was deeply shocked Monday night when it was learned that Mrs. J.C. King was dead. Very few of our people even knew that she was ill. She was sick only three or four days. The body was interred Tuesday afternoon in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, seven miles east of Burnet. The funeral service was conducted by Elder Morgan Morgans, Christian minister, of which church decedent had been a consistant member for many years. A very large number of sorrowing relatives and friends were present to pay their last act of respect to the departed dead.

Deceased is survived by her husband, J. C. King, and eight children, as follows : Mrs. Lon Gotcher of Falfurrias, Watkins King of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tecumseh King of El Paso, Mrs. F.W. Jennings of Bertram, Mrs. Bob Reed of Bertram, Ben, Misses Clara and Grace of Burnet. At the time of her death Mrs. King was in her sixty-eighth year. She was married to J. C. King on the 11th day of February, 1874, in Louisiana, the state of her nativity. They moved to Burnet County in 1879, and a short time thereafter settled on the head of South Gabriel, in the Mt. Blanc neighborhood, where they resided until a few years ago, when they moved to Burnet, where they have since been living with the exception of a few years spent in South Texas.

Decedent possessed a mind of unusual brilliancy, which with a splendid education, made her one of the most interesting women it has ever been the good fortune of this writer to be associated with. She has many friends in every section of Burnet county who sincerely mourn her death. The heart-broken husband and children have the sympathy of all in this, the greatest hour of bereavement any of them have ever before been called upon to suffer.

KING, Larry Fletcher -- 29 Sept 1995

From the Burnet Bulletin, 19 Oct 1995, [transcribed by JM]

Larry Fletcher King, "The Magicman", 81, passed away Friday, Sept. 29, 1995. He was born Apr. 14, 1914 to Esther Eliza and William Thomas King in Graford Texas, in Palo Pinto County. He was one of four brothers, Clarence, Marshal and James.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Juanita A. Hargrove King of Houston, and Flora Tindell King of Burnet, his wife of 10 years.

He is survived by

his son, Fred A. Moritz, and daughter-in-law Cathy
a grandson, Fred A. Moritz, Jr., of St. Inigoes, Maryland
daughter, Shirley E. Kasper and son-in-law Ronald C. Kasper of Old Town, Idaho
four grandchildren,
Anita M. Honsuick of Newport, WA
Michelle D. Gibbs of Priest River, Idaho
John D. Kasper of Salina, Kansas,
Anthony C. Gibbs of Houston
14 great-grandchildren.

Larry was a butcher for 15 years in his early days and later became an active member of the Independent Order of the Foresters until he retired in the early '70s. He was president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 39, in Houston from 1967-69. He was also an avid chess player. You could find him on most any Saturday at Storm's [hamburger place on Hwy 281 in Burnet] playing chess with the best of players. He was a student of knowledge and felt that laughter is the best medicine to a long life.

A memorial service was held Fri. Oct 13 at the First Baptist Church of Silver Creek, the Rev. Paul Flanders officiating.

KINKEAD, John A. - 28 May 1924

From The Burnet Bulletin, Thursday, June 5, 1924

John A. Kinkead departed this life in a Temple hospital last Wednesday afternoon, May 28th, 1924. The body was brought back to his home in Burnet and interred Friday afternoon in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Rev. O. O. Moore, pastor of the Methodist Church conducted the funeral service, assisted by Rev. W. P. Crow, Baptist pastor. Both ministers pronounced glowing tributes to deceased as a man and citizen. As tokens of respect to deceased every business house in town closed during the funeral, District Court recessed and the Grand Jury adjourned. One of the largest funeral processions ever seen at this place gathered at the residence and cemetery to pay their last respects to their departed friend and neighbor. The grave was literally smothered with lovely flowers.

Mr. Kinkead is survived by his wife, and eight children, as follows: Mrs. Clarence Wallace, Leander; Mrs. Harry Laue, Ft. Worth; Allen Kinkead, Wichita Falls; Mrs. Earl Foulds, Burnet; Mrs. John Piper, Ft. Worth; L. D. Kinkead, Wichita Falls; and Misses Helen and Grace, Burnet. All the children, the sons-in-law and the daughter-in-law were present at the funeral.

John A. Kinkead was born at Shelbyville, Kentucky, March 6th, 1870, making him at the time of his death in his 54th year. He came to Burnet in 1883, and resided here continuously since that time until his death. In 1892 he was united in marriage to Miss Mattie Nichols, and they have reared one of the most interesting families this writer has ever known&emdash;seven of them being graduates of the Burnet High School, which is a splendid record that perhaps few families possess. We doubt if any husband and wife anywhere, with as large family, can point with pride to seven graduates out of eight children, and the youngest, still in the low school following in the footsteps of her sisters and brothers.

This writer cannot say what he wants to about John Kinkead without speaking in the personal of him. I know that outside of his family, I knew him more intimately than any other living person. For fifteen years, our shops were in adjoining buildings, his in the rear of Churchill's Store and mine in the rear of the County building, where each of us remained until the fire of 3 1/2 years ago. Unless he was busy out of his shop, I do not believe a day during this time passed, that he failed to visit me, or I visited him. I learned to love him like a brother, and in all my life, with the exception of the death of some near and dear relatives, no one's death has caused me the regret and sorrow that John Kinkead's has. For twenty years he has told me his troubles and joys and always had a sympathetic listener, whose pleasure it ever was to encourage and when possible to extend a helping hand. This place never had a more patriotic citizen, and every public movement for the good of the community, received his encouragement and aid. Especially was he interested in the welfare of the school, and for years he has been giving a medal to one of the grades. He carried this interest for education into his home, with the result that every grown child of his, as stated above, is a graduate of our high school. All of his married children have married well and he was justly proud of these new additions to his family circle.

Many of the most pleasant hours I have spent within the past twenty years have been in John Kinkead's company. Although he was a staunch Republican, and we did not agree at all in politics, this furnished a source of additional pleasure to the two of us upon many occasions, in comparing the relative merits of our respective parties. Under some of the Republican administrations in recent years, he has been County and Precinct Chairman and was often consulted by the state leaders. Had he not been handicapped by partial deafness I am sure he would have gone high in the Republican Counsels of this State. He was a man of intelligence far above the ordinary, and always kept abreast of current events and was an intelligent talker and splendid reasoner. He had his convictions and could not be swerved from them, but was liberal in premitting others the same privilege of thought and action that he claimed for himself. He was a close student of human nature and despised sham and hypocracy wherever found. He was what he was to all men, at all times, which was one of the qualities that endeared him to those who knew him best.

Between Mr. Kinkead and his sons, Allen and L. D., there was a sympathy and understanding rare between father and sons. He was proud of his two boys, and had reason to be. I do not believe I have ever seen more loyalty from sons to father than these two possess. I have seen them together, planning fishing trips and other outings, and had it not been for the streaks of gray in Mr. Kinkead's hair, one could not have told which was father and which the sons. I hope that when my boy has reached the age of Allen and L. D. that he will have the same love for my companionship and association that these young men had for their father.

Mr. Kinkead was a splendid, dependable workman, and since he established a shop of his own several years ago, has built a wide patronage from all sections of the County, and extending into other counties. Some three years ago he purchased property upon which he erected a commodious building for his growing business and was enjoying prosperity and a lucrative trade. This to me, is one of the sad features of his death. Always a hard working man, looking closely to the comfort and welfare of his family, the grim reaper came just when he had reached the milestone in life where he could begin to take things easier, but it seems to be often this&emdash;when the days we have been looking forward to come, the Grim Reaper is ready to call.

Another bond that drew me to John Kinkead, was his love for clean, manly sports, and the encouragement he gave other boys as well as his own. I know that I have been criticized by some for the interest I take in such pastimes, and I suspect my departed friend has suffered the same experience, but when the school boy games in this town occurred he followed my example or I followed his, and our shops were closed. The boys knew he was their friend and supporter and they appreciated him as they have few other men that have resided in Burnet.

Goodbye, old friend&emdash;never more upon this earth shall we roam the rugged hills of the Colorado together; never again shall we enjoy our almost daily tilts upon public issues and men, that endeared us to one another as our heads turned gray. I cannot realize that you are gone and that never more shall we meet again. No one knows the hereafter, but if you can look down upon me, I want to tell you that if your boys&emdash;your loved ones, ever need a friend, they may count upon me as long as life lasts. Goodbye, old friend!

L. C. Chamberlain.

KINSER, Artemissa M. Peppers - 14 Dec 1957

Marble Falls Messenger, 19 December 1957

contributed by BARRY CARAWAY,, Aug 2002


This section lost a centenarian last Saturday in the death of Mrs. A. M. Kinser. Mrs. Kinser was born February 11, 1857, and passed away last Saturday at her home here with her daughter, Mrs. Kate Lyda, after 100 years and 10 months. Up until a few years ago, Mrs. Kinser was in good health and much of the history of the county could be related by her stories of the early settlers of this area. She could remember when the Indians frequently visited this section, driving away horses and other livestock belonging to the settlers.

Funeral services were held last Sunday afternoon at two o'clock in the Edgar Funeral Home in Burnet with Bro. W. M. Hoover and Bro. Cliff McDougal officiating. Burial was in the Toby cemetery. Survivors include: three daughters, Mrs. Goldie Walker, Morton, Texas; Mrs. Nora Carter, Oregon City, Oregon; Mrs. Kate Lyda, Marble Falls; three sons, W. C. Kinser, Levelland,Texas; C. L. and G. A. Kinser, both of Marble Falls.

Friends extend sympathy to the relatives in loss of this loved one.

KINSER, J. H. - Apr 1923

Marble Falls Messenger, Thursday, April 5,1923; Contributed by Barry Caraway


Word came to relatives here last Monday morning that John H. Kinser had shot himself at home near Gorman in Eastland County. Details concerning the tragedy are meager. Two shots were fired from a shot gun. The first went wild and the second took effect in the left arm, tearing away the muscle and a part of the bone. An artery was severed and he bled to death before medical aid could be summoned.

This is one of the saddest tragedies we have heard of in a long time. Deceased is survived by his wife and six children, two of whom are married besides a host of other relatives.

J. H. Kinser was a son of the late "Uncle Andy" Kinser and a brother to Mrs. Geo. Whitman, Mrs. A. L. Askew, Mrs. Will Heinatz, and Price, Newt, and Dan Kinser. He was reared in Pleasant Valley and enjoyed the respect esteem of the citizenship of that community. Only recently he sold his farms in Pleasant Valley and moved to Eastland County where he invested in real estate.

Interment took place in Eastland County last Tuesday and was attended by a number of relatives from this section.

The Messenger extends sympathy to those who mourn this sad death. May they take comfort in the promises recorded in the Holy Book.

KINSER, Mary Ann Henderson (Mrs. A. J. Kinser) - Feb 1920

Marble Falls Messenger, Thursday, Feb. 5, 1920; Contributed by Barry Caraway

Mrs. A. J. Kinser of Pleasant Valley, a pioneer citizen of this county, died at her home last Monday afternoon.

Mrs. Kinser was born in Greene County, Tennessee, April 13th, 1834. On January 23rd, 1853 she was married to Mr. A. J. Kinser. In the early sixties, she came with her husband to Texas and located in Pleasant Valley, where she lived up to date of her death.

Mrs. Kinser was the mother of eleven children,nine of whom are still living. They are: Newt Kinser of Pleasant, Price of Mormon Mill, George of Louisiana, John and Dan of Pleasant Valley, Mrs. A. L. Askew and Mrs. Dee Thompson of Pleasant Valley and Mrs. Lela Heinatz of Leander. There are 52 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.

In 1873 Mrs. Kinser made a profession of religion and united with the Methodist Church. From the day of her profession to the date of her death, she lived a faithful, consecrated, Christian life.

Interment took place in the Roper cemetery in Pleasant Valley, Tuesday morning. Rev. F. S. Cornelius conducted the funeral.

The editor joins the many friends in extending sympathy to the grief stricken family. We would admonish those who mourn the death of this good woman, to look to Him who doeth all things well, for comfort in this hour of sadness.

LIVINGSTON, J.M. -- 28 Nov. 1935

From the Burnet Bulletin, Thursday, 28 Nov. 1935


A valiant old soldier has marched up to stand at attention before the throne of God. He was a true patriot, a loyal citizen. It can be said of him as of those who fell at Gettysburg, that he gave his full measure of devotion to his country. He voted in the last election and electioneered with all his heart for his chosen candidate. He wanted to help to others, and to exert his influence on the government of the nation that helped his brave old heart to last so strongly and long.

He was not a man of middle flights. He was a friend to his friends and a foe to his foes, yet he was always fair minded and distributed his generosity to the extent of denying himself to those who needed it. It has been said of him, and truly, that he was too good natured and open handed to prosper.

One had to read between the lines to understand and appreciate his character. I knew him only after he was old, but despite the disparity in our ages I was a close friend of his, and I'm proud of the friendship and of the many hours I've spent in listening to him and studying him.

He was born on September 11, 1839 on a plantation in South Carolina. He moved to Americus, Georgia early in life and that was his home. He was the fifth child of sixteen brothers and sisters and outlived them all by ten years. He was Holmes' "last leaf"; with his passing the last of the old Livingston line expired.

At the beginning of the War Between the States, he enlisted in Company A of the Twelfth Georgia Regiment and served under Stonewall Jackson until he was wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness. He and the two brothers who served with him were messmates. He has told the story of when they used to sit together in the dark, eating whatever they could get, the boys would talk if (sic) what they were going to do after the war was over. He would say in the telling, "Brother George vowed he would never again, eat corn;" Brother William said he would always keep a table set for anyone who came to eat; I promised myself I would always have plenty of light to eat by. Brother William and Brother George kept their word; I was the only one who didn't." He was blind and deaf for a good portion of his life after that, but he bore his afflictions like the good soldier he was.

He was a staunch Confederate and served the Confederacy without reserve. But many times he has told me that he did not want to kill men but it was his duty and he could not and would not shirk it. One of his stories of the battlefield shows his attitude. When they were charging breastworks in the wilderness, he was shot, and fell by the side of a wounded Yankee. After the battle was over, a Confederate soldier came by and seeing a watch on the Yankee, stopped to take it. Grandpa raised up as far as his broken leg would permit, and leveling his shotgun with his one good arm said, "Now take this Yankee's watch". Later when the Yankee doctor was dressing the wounds of the maimed Yankee, the man told him to dress Grandpa's wounds. The doctor said he would be glad to, but there were untended Yankees dying all over the battlefield. The wounded Yankee hastened to tell the incident of the watch, and when he had finished the Yankee doctor said, "I'll dress this rebel's wounds if I don't get to another Yankee on the battlefield." He was glad of the fact that he had friends in both the blue and the gray uniforms.

He went through the war not under the name of Jim nor Mr. Livingston, but as "Pine Know", and it was one of his prides, never failing to bring a proud (smile) to his lips whenever he pronounced it.

After he was wounded, he served as assistant enrolling officer at Americus. In 1866 he came to Texas and stopped at Cameron. Here began a new phase of his life when he followed the old Chisholm trail as a cowboy.

In 1869 he came to Burnet, and in 1871, he married Josephine Catharine Chamberlain, daughter of James and Sarah Chamberlain.

He was a man's man. He always faced toward the front. People felt confidence in his confidence and relied on his courage. His philosophy was definite, original and had continuity of direction. He did his own thinking. When I think of him, I think in terms of epics and conquerors. Although he was not a man of creeds, he recognized the Bible as the path to right living, and accepted Jesus as the perfect leader. God welcome his gallant old soul.

He is survived by his wife, eight children, nineteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Livingston of Waxahachie, Mrs. C.M. Compton of Portales New Mexico, Mrs. Angie Ernest and daughter of Cameron, Louis Livingston of Burnet and Mr. and Mrs. Lawson N. Livingston and children of Burnet were present at the last rites. John Livingston of Gadsden, Arizona, Mrs. R.R. Ricketson of Amistad, New Mexico, and William N. Livingston of Burnet could not be present.

The pall bearers were: Mud Gibbs, Tom Johnston, John Clements, John L. Chamberlain, Bunk Gibbs and Brad Warden.

The Reverend G. T. Hester of the Burnet Methodist Church held the funeral services, with Jones-Manor Funeral Home in charge of the body.

LIVINGSTON, Josephine -- 24 Sep 1948

From the Burnet Bulletin, Thursday, 30 Sep 1948


Mrs. Josephine Livingston, Burnet County's oldest citizen was called home Friday, September 24, 1948. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in the Edgar Funeral Home and burial was in the Mt. Zion Cemetery with James E. Rice of the Christian Science Society of Lampasas reading the burial rites. Pallbearers were J. L. Chamberlain, Morris Chamberlain, Woody Chamberlain, Bunk Gibbs, Melvin Kincheloe, Acy Gibbs, Landon Proffitt and Pete Merchant.

Aunt Jo was born in Travis County, August 8, 1851, but had been a resident of Burnet County for 84 years, and was loved and respected by all who knew her.

Those left behind to mourn the passing of this loved one are three daughters; Mrs. Raymond Ricketson, New Mexico; Mrs. G. C. Earnest, Austin; Mrs. C. M. Compton, New Mexico; and four sons; T.B. Livingston, of Waxahachie; L. M. Livingston of Arizona; Louis and W. N. of Burnet.

LONG, Sarah E. - 22 April 1908

From the Burnet Bulletin, 7 May 1908

Mrs. Sarah E. Long, wife of W.L. Long, died at her home near Lake Victor April 22, 1908. She was born in Fayette County, Alabama. The family moved to Burnet county when she married, December 27th, 1868. Eleven children were born to her, eight boys and three girls. All save one boy, whom God called in infancy are grown and living.

Beside her husband and children, she leaves a father, Mr. G. R.R. Berry, and five brothers to mourn her death.

She gave herself to God in 1874, uniting with the North Gabriel Baptist church. The last public act her strength permitted was typical of her loyal service through life. Though in weakness and pain, she was driven to the church of her faith that she might be enrolled as a follower of the Lord. For over six months she was confined to her bed, a constant sufferer, yet cheerful and uncomplaining. Trusting and waiting, she entered quietly and peacefully into rest.

The body was laid away in Cobble Cemetery to await the final call.

--A Friend

LOW, John Aaron - 19 Jan 1941

From the Burnet Bulletin: Thursday, 23 January 1941

Aaron Low Dies of Heart Attack

Aaron Low, former citizen of Burnet county, was called by death in a Brady hospital last Sunday, January 19th, 1941, where he had been under treatment for a few days. He apparently had greatly improved and it was thought that he could be taken home within a short time, but he suffered a heart attack from which he could not rally and succumbed within a short time. The body was interred in the Stacy cemetery in McCollock county, with a very large delegation of relatives and friends present. His home was in Concho county, near Salt Gap.

Mr. Low was born August 8th, 1877, in the town of Burnet, at the old Low place, now owned and occupied by a brother, S.E. Low. He moved west from this place in 1906, but occasionally visited this section to keep alive the friendships of his earlier days. His wife preceded him in death, in 1928. He is survived by five children, Mrs. Carmen Sides of Doole, Texas, Carl Low of Doole, Tommie Low of San Saba, Odes Low of Alpine, Mrs. Velma Thomas of Brownwood, two brothers, S.E. Low of Burnet and Tom Low of Edwards county, and one sister, Mrs. Henry Hill of Burnet. All of them were present at this funeral.

Aaron Low was a good man in the strongest sense of the term. The writer had known him ever since we were boys together and valued his friendship very highly. He was an outstanding figure of that fast disappearing, romantic race, the Texas cowboy, and only a few years ago, about the time he had reached his three-score years, he was an entry in the calf roping contest at the Stamford Roundup, and although he suffered a broken leg, he won the prize in his class of ropers.

The Bulletin extends heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives.



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