BLAND (VETERAN CSA), JOHN WILLIAM - Benton County, Arkansas | JOHN WILLIAM BLAND (VETERAN CSA) - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

John William BLAND (VETERAN CSA)

Bland (aka New Bland) Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

Confederate Home Guard
Civil War Confederate
December 22, 1817 - May 20, 1903

Source: Confederate Veterans Buried in Benton County Arkansas by William W Degge & Dorothy Ruth Miller

*Obituary
Rogers Democrat
Wednesday, May 27, 1903

BLAND, John W. - Larue, Ark., May 23, 1903. John W Bland, better known to the community as "Uncle Jack," was born December 22, 1817 and died May 20, 1903. He was a native of Tennessee but while yet a young man moved to Pea Ridge, Ark. and has since resided in this state. He lived a number of years at Pea Ridge and then came to Rocky Branch where he has lived since some years before the Civil War. He was a good neighbor, highly respected by all who knew him and his acquaintances were numbered by the hundreds. "Uncle Jack" will be greatly missed in this community, not only by his neighbors but also by all comers and goers, on account of his peculiar qualities. His death was rather tragic. Since the death of Petross Bland, his grandson, in 1894, he had daily made a trip to the cemetery to carry flowers and other things to place on the grave. It is thought he had started there Wednesday last when he met his death. He was attempting to cross Rocky Branch, a rapid and turbulent stream, against whose current a strong man could not stand. He lost his balance and fell headlong in the stream, being carried nearly a quarter of a mile over the rocks and stumps before he succeeded in getting out. Friends found him near the spot where he managed to get out and he was carried to his home. His injuries were so severe however that he died within an hour. He leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. The community sympathizes with the children in this sad hour of grief. May the blessings of heaven rest upon them and comfort them. A Friend.

*Obituary
Rogers Democrat
Wednesday, May 27, 1903

{from Larue} In another column will be found a report of the sad death of Uncle Jack Bland. He was 85 years, 4 months and 28 days old.

*Obituary
Benton County Democrat
Thursday, May 28, 1903

BLAND, John William - In the death of J.W. Bland last Wednesday evening, Benton county lost one of her pioneer and most respected citizens. "Uncle Jack" died from the effect of a fall, being also partially drowned in Rocky Branch which he was trying to cross after the hard rain that morning. John William Bland was born near Petersburg, Va. December 22, 1817. When quite young, he with his parents moved to Middle Tennessee, where he grew to manhood and Oct. 9, 1844 he married Miss Malinda J. Porterfield, to whom were born eight children, five of whom survive: Messrs. W.M., W.R.L. and G.C. Bland, and Mesdames E.L. Jennings of Larue and J.N. Reynolds of Canuck; the other three with their mother having gone to try the reality of an unknown world. In 1856 he came to Pea Ridge and lived a part of three years, after which he moved to this neighborhood where he has resided since. Politically he was a Democrat, took little part in the civil war except at the Battle of Elkhorn where he narrowly escaped with his life, having his clothing torn badly in several places. After the war he took a very active part in establishing the public schools and other public enterprises, and served one term as coroner. The deceased was not a member of any church but acknowledged the supremacy of God and the Divinity of Christ. He sympathized with the M.E. Church and was ever ready to help those in need or distress. The funeral was conducted by the Masonic Fraternity and the remains laid to rest in Bland's cemetery amid a large circle of friends, there to await the last trumpet, when all shall be known as we are known. A Friend.

Contributed on 12/1/07 by wfields55
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