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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.

William Pitman Sides

Friday, June 28, 1935

Uncle Pitt Sides, Pioneer Van Zandter, Passes Away

William Pitman (Uncle Pitt) sides died at his home at Martins Mill Sunday morning, June 23, 1935. Uncle Pitt was born in the state of Alabama March 5, 1841, being 94 years, three months and nineteen days of age at the time of his death, and was probably the oldest resident in Van Zandt county. He came with his family to Texas and Van Zandt when he was nine years old. This journey he often related to his friends it being quite a tiresome one and full of hardships for that day. They settled in the Martins Mill community where he remained his entire life except for a period during the civil war at which time he volunteered his service to his country and again endured many hardships as a Confederate soldier. He is one of the last of this group to pass to his reward and we are again reminded of the trials of the pioneer days and the courage of its settlers in making and maintaining the Texas we know today and more deeply appreciate the fine spirit.

In 1863 Mr. sides was married to Miss Gincy Gibbs and to this union eleven children were born, three of whom survive: W. P. Sides of Dallas, S. J. Sides of Tyler and Mrs. A. R. Mosley of Dallas, Mrs. Sides having died a number of years ago. He later married (Oct. 19, 1892) Mrs. Mary Buchanan who with two step-children, Wylie Buchanan and Mrs. Charley Humphreys, also survive him.

During the early days of his life he resided on his farm near Martins Mill and ably shared in the upbuilding and progress of that community. He was a busy man in every sense of the word but contributed his long life to his regular habits and quiet, peaceful methods of living. He had been a member of the Baptist church since boyhood and lived as a devout Christian through his entire life.

Twenty years ago he left his farm and moved to the little town of Martins Mill and there spent his remaining years in a close circle with his family, friends and neighbors.

Mr. Sides was well known throughout Van Zandt county and the high esteem in which he was held was evidenced by the funeral services, which were held at the Holly Springs cemetery Monday.

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