"Tribute to Civil War Veterans"

Van Zandt County Genealogical Society

Civil War Veterans Obituaries


We would like to share with researchers our Tribute to Civil War Veterans who lived out their lives in Van Zandt County. Many came here from other states. The following is an obituary found in the collection of old newspapers on microfilm in the Library of Genealogy and Local History, Canton, TX. If you have an obituary of a Civil War Veteran ancestor and would like to share, please contact Sibyl. We would be happy to add your material to this site.


Judge William L. Haynes
Death of Judge Haynes

Wills Point Chronicle
August 22, 1907

Old Citizen, Confederate Veteran and County Judge Passes Away

Terminating an illness from catarrh of the stomach and bowels extending over a period of several months, County Judge W. L. Haynes died at his late home at Canton last Thursday morning, August 15, at 8:30 o'clock. The remains were interred at White Rose cemetery here at 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon of the same day. the funeral services were under the auspices of the Odd Fellows lodge, of which deceased was a member, and Wills Point Camp of Confederate veterans. Rev. R. W. Oaks conducted very appropriate religious services, and Comrade A. W. Meredith spoke feelingly in behalf of the Confederate veterans. The Odd Fellows lodge of Wills Point, Canton, Edgewood and Grand Saline, participated in the beautiful burial service of the order. A large number of the people attended the funeral, many accompanying the remains from Canton.

William L. Haynes was born in Yell County, Arkansas, November 7, 1843. He moved to Texas in 1866 and to Van Zandt County in 1872. Since his residence in this county he has resided at Wills Point, Grand Saline and Canton, and he was many times honored with official position being at various times justice of the peace and city attorney at Wills Point, county attorney and county judge, having been elected to the latter office last November. During the campaign for the nomination the W. C. T. U. ladies at Edgewood and Van presented him with flowers as a token of appreciation of his stand on the local option question. These tokens he appreciated very much and by special request before his death these withered flowers were buried with him. Let us pause here to remark that it was much better to give these flowers in his lifetime rather than wait till he was dead and place them upon his grave. Judge Haynes was a good man and true to his convictions. When the tocsin of war was sounded in the 60's he joined the 12th Arkansas infantry, and elected sergeant being later promoted second lieutenant. He was always active in all things pertaining to the cause of the Confederacy and his record of service in the army was one to refer to with pride. He had long been a member of the Methodist church and has taken active parts in behalf of local option in the various campaigns of the county.

A widow and six children-- Slone Maynes of Okalona, Ark., Miss Laura, Andrew, Robert, Ed, and will Haynes-- survive him and to whom a large number of friends extend condolence.


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