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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.

M. W. Ellis
Wills Point Chronicle
May 7, 1902

It was with the deepest regret that we chronicle the death last week of Uncle Mont Ellis and now we wish to pay our feeble tribute to his sterling manhood and strong citizenship. As a biographical sketch we will simply give the story as told by Uncle Mont himself a few weeks before his death, when we asked him for a sketch of his life for publication, as he was president of the 'Old Settlers' association of Van Zandt county:

"I was born in Giles county, Tenn., Nov. 18, 1832. My parents moved from Tennessee to Knoxby county, Miss., near Macon. My parents and grandparents moved to Crocket, and settled. We had stirring times then on account of the Indians. I had two uncles in the fight on Battle Creek, which is now in Van Zandt county and in which the famous Cherokee chief, Bolds, was killed. Becoming dissatisfied on account of the distance from navigation, father moved in 1843 to Harrison county. We lived through the regulating and moderating period, which was worse than the Indian times. In 1850 I married and had a desire to go West. My cousin, J. M. Gafford, and I moved to Tarrant county before the county was run out. There my eye sight failed me and I had to drop back. I came to Van Zandt county in 1858, my present home. In 1862 I went into the confederate army because I thought the cause was just. I am not ashamed of anything I did during the Confederate war."

He lived to see the destruction of the mighty red man, the deer, the antelope and the buffalo driven from the face of the country. He lived to see his adopted county grow from a wilderness with all the crudeness of a frontier country to one of the most thickly populated and highly civilized counties in the great State of Texas. He was a good citizen, loved and respected for his honesty, sincerity and fidelity to every trust. Last year when the 'Old Settlers' association was organized Uncle Mont Ellis was unanimously chosen as its first president. He has served as county commissioner several terms and was an honored member of the Masonic lodge. He was a loyal ex-Confederate soldier and had arranged to attend the reunion at Dallas but before it began he had gone to join the hosts who wore the gray that have gathered on the other shore.

One by one the old settlers of the county are passing away. We honor them all for it is they who have borne the burden in the heat of the day and made old Van Zandt one of the banner counties of the state. To the surviving relatives of this good man the county tenders its deepest sympathy. His death is not simply a loss to the community but to the whole country.

(M. W. Ellis died 21 April, 1902 and is buried at Rocky Point Cemetery in Van Zandt county.)

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