Josiah B. McAfee obituary

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J.B.M'AFEE5 USEFUL LIFE HAS ENDED Death Came to the Pioneer Last Night. Had Been Failing Since October. CAME TO STATE IN 1858 Helped Organize First Kansas Sunday School. Was Leader in Church and Educational Affairs. has the the the in of of and by it his Rev. J. B. McAfee, for forty-four years a resident of Topeka died at eight o'clock last night at his home two miles west of Topeka on Sixth street. Death was the result of a stroke of paralysis, suffered last October, and since that time his health has gradually failed and for the past few months he has been slowly sinking. He was 78 years of age. He is survived by a son and two daughters, all residents of Topeka. . They are H. W. McAfee, Mrs. D. H. Forbes ad Mrs. D. C. Nellis. Mrs. McAfee died about a year ago. The term "pioneer" applies to Josiah B. McAfee with more than ordinary force. He was here in the very genesis of Kansas, and his name has been closely identified with the history of the State for nearly half a century. He was born August 8, 1830, at McAfeetown, Juniata county, Pennsylvania. ;His early school life was passed in the district school of Freedom township, and at Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg. Afterwards he was principal of Clearspring academy, "Washington county, Maryland, in 1853, and studied theology under Dr. Anspach, of ',v-;'' ' X '4"' '"i-i-.-J- mmm "jr v.jc : REV. J. B. MeAFEE, "VVTio Lived In Topeka for 44 Years. Hagerstown, Maryland. His parents were James and Sarah McAfee, of Juniata county, Pennsylvania. , where his grandparents, John and Jennie McAfee, also resided.. He passed the examination before the Lutheran Syned of Maryland in 1854 for licensure to the gosppl ministry, and removed to Kansas in 1855, arriving with his family at Leavenworth Anril 15 of that year. He assisted In forming the first Sabbath school in Kansas after the organization of the Territory, and . May 15th, 1S55 founded he Leavenworth Collegiate Institute, the first school in Kansas. Indian missions and government forts excepted. He taught school, opposed slavery, and preached the gospel during the whole period of the state's early history. In 185S he participated in the Fremont campaign in New Jersey an Pennsylvania, and' during hi? absence his household goods were destroyed by border rnffirvns. Upon-his return he located at Grasshopper Falls, now Valley Falls, and spent the ensuing six years, farming and preaching. In August. 1862 he enlisted in the Eleventh Kansas Volunteer Infantry, and was elected first lieutenant of cosipany I. In February, 1863, President Lincoln cojmmlssioned him to be chaplain of the Fourth regiment of Indian Home Guards. This regiment was mustered out. and he became chaplain of the Second Kansas Volunteers, afterwards the Thirty-third United States Colored Infantry. From May to August. 1S64 he was assigned to duty as post chaplain and superintendent of refugees at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Resigning the chaplaincy in 18C5 he became private secretary to Governor Samuel J. Crawford, which position he held until August 1967, when he was appointed Adjutant General of Kansas, and assisted in compiling the "Military History of Kansas Regiments in the War for the Suppression of the Great Rebellion. In 1R70 he was elected mayor of Topeka. his administration being characterized by a relentless warfare upon saloons and gambling houses. He was a member, of the temperance committee of the legislature of 1SS7 that reported the Murray prohibitory liquor law. He has been a steadfast advocate of prohibition and in 1894 and 1P5 was president of the state temperance union. Neither in his services to the temperance cause nor in his work as a minister has he ever accepted any compensation, his income being almost wholly derived from real estate investments an3 stock-raising. It was through his in- strumentalitv that the first five Lutheran churches of Kansas were organized, and he was the only one of the organizers of the Lutheran Synod of Kansas residing within the bounds of the state. He-was a director of the State Historical so ciety and a member of Lincoln Post, of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Mc- j Afee was married in March 1S32 at Get- j tysburg. Pennsylvania to Anna R. Tow- ; ler. Their daughter Celeste was born In Hagerstown. Maryland ' in March 1853. The second daughter, Emma Virginia, was born ' In Leavenworth, Kansas. In June 1S55. Both daughters were married i in Topeka in March, 1S74. the former to ! D. H. Forbes and the latter to Judge D. i C. Nellis. the father performing the dou- ble marriage service.- Hehry W., a son. ' was born at Valley Falls in June 1S57. 1 and was married to Sarah' Louisa Nellis, In Topeka in June ISSu, , 1 a a-free to a a of is Is Is

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  1. The Topeka Daily Capital,
  2. 20 May 1908, Wed,
  3. Page 10

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