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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.


Charles Lewis Barfield

July 28, 1910

Charles Lewis Barfield Passes Away After Prolonged Illness

Charles Lewis Barfield died at the family residence on Pecan avenue Tuesday morning, July 26, at 9 o'clock after an extended illness of bronchitis. He had been in feeble health for years; being confined to his bed for the past six months; and the end has been expected daily for several weeks. The remains were carried to Wesley Chapel cemetery yesterday morning where they were interred about 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Rev. D. S. Burke, pastor of the Methodist church at Canton, Conducted the funeral services at the grave, assisted by Rev. W. F. Davis, pastor of the Wills Point Methodist church. A large concourse of friends and relatives were present to pay tribute to the memory of this pioneer Van Zandter.

Lewis Barfield was born in Perry county, Ala., Nov. 10, 1835, moved with his parents in 1836 to Mississippi, where he resided till 1850, when he came to Texas, settling first in Smith county near where the town of Bullard is now located. Mr. Barfield accompanied by his two brothers, J. F. and A. M., came to Van Zandt Co. in 1867 and located on Four Mile Prairie, where they bought considerable land, and he resided there till last November when he moved to Wills Point. He was married in 1887 to Mrs. Alice Draper, a daughter of E. B. Turner.

Mr. Barfield enlisted in the Confederate army June 10, 1861, entering the Third Texas calvery, Greer's regiment, and served till May 1865. He was in Ross' brigade and was an active participant in the war, serving in Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia and other Southern states and was in more than 50 battles during the war. He was a valiant soldier and served the confederacy with distinction and honor.

Mr. Barfield became a member of the Methodist church in early life and lived a consistent Christian life, serving as a steward of his church for many years. During his residence of 43 years in Van Zandt county he has taken an active part in the development of the county, from a wilderness to one of the best in the state and has always been identified with the efforts to advance his community morally. He was a good citizen and led an exemplary life and there are few men in the county that have as many friends.

The deceased is survived by his wife and two brothers, J. F. and A. M. Barfield and a number of other relatives, of this county and a sister, Mrs. H. H. Holcomb of Lockney to whom the Chronicle expresses its sympathy.

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