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HIS COFFIN Was Made Fifteen Years Ago By Himself and Stored Away loan Old Shed. Peculiar Kocentrtdty of OUl "Uncle Tom" Butter-worth, Butter-worth, Butter-worth, Who Died Yesterday He Staked Off His Own Grave. 1 Henry Thomas Butterworth. the uncle of Hon. Ben Butterworth. died at C o'clock yes terday morning at Ihe advanced age of tUi years, at bis residence at Butterworth Sta tion. Tbe deceased bad been in feeble health for the put three years, but was able to be up unttl about ten days ago, when he contracted cold which forced him to lake to bis bed. and w hich ultimately resulted in bis death He was born near Lynchburg, Va.. and his mother was a daughter of Mr. Lynch, after whom the town was named, and who Introduced Introduced "Lynch Liw," which consisted in meting out summary punishment to murderers murderers and robbers 011 account of the slowness and uncertainly of Justice. . The father of the deceased was Benjamin Butterworth, who, about eighty years ago, traded his laud In Virginia fur a tract of seven niih'i of wild laud near Lovcland. Ohio, and settled 011 It at once. Here Tom butterworth was raised. Hs had Iu walk five miles to get to school. The deceased had taken a great Interest in railroads, and forty-seven forty-seven forty-seven years ago built with Ills OWN RASPS And wilb the help of but two or three bands. the railroad between Lovcland and Fosters, and biter built the railroad between Xenia and Springfield, Ohio. , During the war be was a great anil-slavery anil-slavery anil-slavery man and a good friend to the colored people. He was an Intimate friend of such famous public men as V) m. Lloyd Garrison, Wendell I'hlllliis. Hterhen A. Dooglas, Levi Co f! I ii slid hi brotherWm. Butterworth. all of whom stopi-ed stopi-ed stopi-ed at bis home when in this vicinity, as his guests. lie often told or liow he lit lued noor slaves through to freedom by tucnti of the underground underground railroad. lie was married sixty-three sixty-three sixty-three cars ag to Miss Nancy Wales, of warren Coumy. Ohio, wlm is Mill living at the age of Hi years. Ten children were the fruits of the marriage. Thrfe of theedied at a tenderaec, aud were buried by tiieir faihcrin coffins made by himself on his farm. Tbe other children are as follows: Mr. Isaac W. But terworth. who is i;i the wholesale shoe business business in this city: Mrs. Jane Fatuiof Athens, Tenn.; Mrs. Ann Thatcher, of Pueblo, Colo, 1 Mrs,, tin nut Danforth, of Ann Arbor. MU-li.t MU-li.t MU-li.t Mrs. Barhel Baylcss, of Independence. Kan.: Mrs. Caroline Lawrence, w no is a Vnltarian Missionary, stationed at Tokio, Japan, and Miss Marr Butterworth. the only unmarried daughter, who resides with ber mother at tbe old homestead. A rXCXLUtt ECCENTRICITY Of the deceased was brought to light tie his denth yesterday, and that was that lie did not believe In spending money 011 dead fieople by employing undertaker and bavins' cofflus maue. tils wile soys that niteeu years ao he decided to make his nw 11 coffin. lie took his measurements, and w 1th his own hands made a corn 11 for himelf out of nine board. It was a plain box with two lids, one Inside tne inner. 1 nero was no inscription or Trimmings Trimmings of any kind 011 it. He stored it away in an oiu mm, auu iota 110 one unoiit it it except 1 it is said f and buried his wile. When his children died that be made their comna hlninei them on u knoll in bis farm overlooking the railroad wmcn ne una num. AiMut eight years ago he staked off a grave children and Informed his w ife of it, but said MlthillV In 1,1a HI1. MM IJaVumI .In . ... . 1 . A or nimseii on inL-!ame inL-!ame inL-!ame Knoii aioitfrsioeoi tin called his wife aud told ber to get out the co luii be had mude from its itunsii rmcs In the old abed and tell his daughters to trim it plainly and neatlron the lnid ' He also hud tbe colored man of the farm, Richard Tucker, summoned, and informed him where Ue bad staked off Ills grave, aud reuuested him to dig It as soon as he was dead. A week ago the attending physician. Dr. Moss, informed the family that there was very little clianceof his recovery, and at om-e om-e om-e all tlie children were summoned to his bedidc, except the daughter, wto Is a inUsionary at Japan; This old coffin was taken nown from its Place In lhe..nel and the daughter trimmed It very carefully and neatly. To-day To-day To-day the colored farm band will di tha crave for tbe dead man as he requested. The funeral will take place from the out family homestead, w tiere tne a-ceaseu a-ceaseu a-ceaseu naa lived loveignty years, at I o'clock to-morrow to-morrow to-morrow afternoon. The deceased deceased was well-known well-known well-known as "Cucle Tom Butter worth."

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 06 Nov 1893, Mon,
  3. Page 5

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