Civil War Veteran Dead
Franklin Parker, an old and highly
respected citizen of Grant township,
died Monday, Oct. 14,' 1929, at the
home of his daughter, Mrs. Jay Andrews,
where he has made his home
the past seven years. He was 89 years,
8 months and 10 days old. 'Benjamin
F. Parker was born at Stoney Creek,
Canada, on Mar. 4, 1840, came to
Michigan in 1857 and settled in Van
Buren County. He went to the call of
his country and served four years
and eight months. Shortly after his
return, he was united in marriage
to Miss Emma Feezel. One daughter
was born to this union. His wife died
after they were married 1 ½ years.
In 1869 he was united in marriage to
Miss Mary McIntyre. To this union were born seven children,
Twins dying in infancy. He leaves to mourn their loss, three daughters, Mrs Lewis Cummings of Brookfield, Mrs. Harry Halll of Flint, Mrs. Jay Andrews of Grant;
Two sons, Thomas of Flint and Silas of Pontiac; 24 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, besides a hos of other relatives and friends.
His wife preceded him in death 14 years ago and his daughter, Mrs. Thomas Walsh, three years ago. He was again united in Marriage to Mrs. Sarah Rathburn in February, 1921, and she died May, 1921. He united with the Re-Organized church of Jesus Christe of Latter Day Saints some years ago and has been a true and faithful member ever since.
Funeral services were held at the Cangoro L.D.S. church on Thursday, Oct. 17
The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Rev. Myron Carr of Jeddo preached the funeral sermon and he was laid to rest in the Grant cemetery. His four grandsons were pall bearers, Ervin and Harlan Andrews, archie Walsh and Jerry Stickly.
A military service was also given. His old comrade of the Civil War, Jacob Hartsell, aged 85, carried the flag and nine soldiers of the word war carried rifles. Twelve rifle shots were fired over his grave in honor of his service to his country. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the whole community in their sad bereavement.
Among those who attended the funeral from a distance where Mrs. F.E. Namara, Mrs. Gifford Shaft and son, MRs. Glen Cummings and baby, Lewis Cummings, jr., Mr. and MRs. Harry Hall, Miss Vernita gunsell, and Thomas Parker of Flint, Mr. and Mrs. John Parker of Pontiac, Mrs. Peter Anderson of Pigeon