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"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.


Wills Point Chronicle

December 19, 1913

"Uncle Mark", as he was lovingly called by all who knew him, was born in Cass county, Texas, Dec. 9, 1843, and died at his home in this county Dec. 3, 1913. He just lacked five days of being 69 years old.

His father moved to Van Zandt county when "Uncle Mark" was only ten years of age, and this has been his home for 59 years. He was married to Miss Nannie Smith of this county March 16, 1869, who survives him. They had no children but he has helped to rear and care for the orphan children of his brother.

He joined the Confederate Army in 1861 and served through the entire war. He enlisted in company I, Rogers Regiment, Walker's division of Eleventh Texas.

He was a member of the order of Free Masons, his membership being in the lodge at Wills Point, several of whose members attended his funeral and buried him with the honors of that fraternity.

He was converted to Christianity in 1895, while temporarily residing in Montague county, under the preaching of F. M. McConnell, who is now superintendent of state missions of the Baptist General Convention. He was baptized in August, 1910, by Eld. H. P. Davis and united with the Baptist church at Hayden. Eld. H. P. Davis, his pastor, preached his funeral at High school house to a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends, some of his old comrades in arms attending, and mingling their tears with the bereaved loved ones.

"Uncle Mark" was a good man. He did not have an enemy. He was an affectionate husband, a kind neighbor and an upright patriotic citizen. He always cheerfully bore his part in every enterprise for the good of his community. He was a man of strong convictions but considerate and conservative. This is shown by a talk made to his nephew a few days before he died when he said: "Instead of the denominations fighting one another they ought to pray for each other and thus help one another to live right before God."

Though seriously ill for several months he never complained and though hardly able to be up, he had them to bring him to Wills Point on the last election day that he might vote.

It is such men as "Uncle Mark" High that have made our country what it is and though his body has gone back to dust and his spirit has gone to God who gave it, yet the influences that flowed from this good man's life will never die. The sympathy and prayers of all good people who knew him are enlisted in behalf of his bereaved companion and of his sorrowing sister, the only one of the immediate family who remains.

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