California Genealogy and History Archives
Civil War Veterans
Chaplain: BENJAMIN F. KEPHART of the 2nd Iowa Calvary, Company G. and later the 58th United States Colored Troops as Chaplain.. Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.
Rev. Benjamin F. Kephart was born in Ohio on January 24th, 1838. During the Civil War he was originally enlisted in the 2nd Iowa Calvary in Company G and later was offered an opportunity to serve as a Chaplain attached to the 58th Infantry, United States Colored Troops. His service dates are unknown at this time. His wife is Laura B. and had two daughters. Rev Kephart was a minister of the Methodist Church in Pacific Grove; he performed Missionary work in Liberia, Africa. Later is ministry was confined to Alliance in Humbolt County, Haywards in Alameda County, and Pacific Grove in Monterey County. Rev. Benjamin F. Kephart died at his home in Pacific Grove on April 16, 1908. His internment took place at the El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove, California.
The Following Transcription is an obituary from the Monterey Daily Cypress newspaper issue April 18, 1908.
KEPHART, BENJAMIN F (1838-1908) Pacific Grove, El Carmelo Cemetery (Monterey Daily Cypress April 18, 1908)
Passes To His Reward Minister and Missionary of Pacific Grove Passes Away The Rev. B. F. Kephart, a superannuated minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 70 years of age last January, died at his home in Pacific Grove Thursday evening. Mr. Kephart was a veteran of the Civil war and an esteemed Methodist minister. He also saw service for the church as a missionary under the late Bishop William Taylor in Liberia, Africa. His work in California was confined to two places: Alliance, in Humboldt county and Haywards in Alameda county.
For several years he has been a resident of Pacific Grove, where he has been highly regarded as a Christian gentleman. He leaves a widow and two daughters. The latter live in the east. Mrs. Lewis in Montezuma, Indiana, and Miss Josephine Kephart in Cleveland, Ohio.
The funeral will be held this afternoon from the Methodist Episcopal Church at 3:30 o’clock the pastor Rev. James H.N. Williams in charge.
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and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC