JENKINS (VETERAN UNION), SYLVESTER "SYL" - Benton County, Arkansas | SYLVESTER "SYL" JENKINS (VETERAN UNION) - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Sylvester "Syl" JENKINS (VETERAN UNION)

Hillcrest (formerly I. O. O. F. (Gravette) Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

CORPORAL US Army
Company G 27 Regiment Illinois Infantry
Civil War Union
August 28, 1821 - February 4, 1909

*Obituary
Gravette News-Herald
Friday, February 5, 1909

JENKINS, Sylvester - One of Gravette's most honored citizens, the oldest Odd Fellow of Arkansas, and a prominent "Boy in Blue" has gone to join the army and fraternity beyond this life. Sylvester Jenkins is dead. The death of Mr. Jenkins came as a shock to the army of friends, he being suddenly stricken last Wednesday and died Thursday afternoon at six o'clock. Only the day before he was stricken he seemed so lively, hopeful and jolly that his death could hardly be realized. On Tuesday he was in the News-Herald office and we told him he was still the youngest boy in town, able to run a foot race with anyone and Mr. Jenkins said: "I am never going to get old and when the old fellow with the scythe comes along I expect to give him a foot race." But not so. On Wednesday while starting to get into a wagon with Mr. Spence he was stricken with paralysis and was only able to speak a few times afterward, dying Thursday as above stated. Sylvester Jenkins was a man of unusual character and activity and although he had passed the 87th milestone of life he was active, not only physically, but mentally. He was a fraternalist of exceptional quality; he believed thoroughly in that great principle of the "Brotherhood of Man," and if ever an Odd Fellow practiced those principles Mr. Jenkins surely did. Sylvester Jenkins was born in Boston, Mass. August 28, 1821, his father was Edward Jenkins and his mother's maiden name was Sophia B. Call, both of New England type. Mr. Jenkins learned to make shoes when but 14 years of age but at the age of 18 he decided to try a life on the ocean waves and he followed the sea life four years, during which time he visited nearly all ports in Cuba, South America and Mexico, returning to Illinois where he resided 30 years. There he married Dec. 22, 1844 to Miss Rebecca Watson who died in 1852. He was again married on August 24, 1856 to Miss Jennie Jackson who survives him. To the first union were born six children and to the latter ten children. At this time eight sons and one daughter are living: the daughter, Mrs. Mary Willets of Clinton, Iowa was here visiting when death claimed the father. Three sons, Glenn of Gravette; Amer of Mound Ridge, Kansas and Fred of Waterloo, Iowa were present at the obsequies but the other sons could not reach here in time. The other sons are George of Big Pine, Calif.; Wesley and Willie of Ellsworth, Minn.; Amos of Lone Rock, Ia. and Otis of Klondyke. Besides these Mr. Jenkins has about forty grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. Mr. Jenkins moved to Minnesota in 1872, to Kansas in 1892 and came to Arkansas in 1898. He enlisted in the army, 27th Illinois Volunteers, and served throughout the war. In New Boston, Ills. on March 6, 1866 he became an Odd Fellow. He was a member of Gravette lodge 118, Camp 29, and Rebekah lodge 47. The funeral was held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. under the auspices of the I.O.O.F., there being over 100 present, including the local lodges and many from Siloam Springs, Decatur, Beaty, Sulphur Springs, Centerton, Hiwasse and the marshalled concourse proceeded to the Methodist church where Eld. W.G. Hearne preached the excellent funeral discourse, assisted by the fraternities. After hundreds of friends viewed the features of the departed neighbor, the concourse proceeded to the I.O.O.F. cemetery where the body was laid to rest. In the death of Mr. Jenkins the News-Herald joins with the host of sympathizers in extending condolence to the wife and other bereft relatives.

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