Randolph  County,  Indiana

A  Haviland  Kansas  Newspaper
          Samuel Edwin Byrd, was born in Randolph county, Indiana, on September 24, 1855, and died September 29, 1906, at the age of 51 years and 5 days, in a hospital at Wichita, Kans., where he had been under medical care for five weeks.
          He came to Pratt, Kans. in 1885, and from there to Wellsford the next spring, and on November 27, 1889 was married to Cora A. Davis, of Haviland. He was converted in August, 1893, at an M. E. camp meeting held at Wellsford by Brother Dunning and the pastor, Brother Clapper, and with his wife was received into the M. E. church by Brother Erie.
          He lived in the neighborhoods of Wellsford, Providence, Prairie Flower, Haviland, and Greensburg and everywhere was well esteemed. Being isolated from the M.E. church, he and his family joined the Friends at Prairie Flower in the spring of 1904, and are yet members of that meeting. He was a consistent Christian, never fearing to uphold the cause of Christ, was always sympathetic and cheerful and had a sincere love of his associates.
          His last testimony was clear and decisive. Three days before the end in bidding his little daughter good-bye, he said, "I want you all to be good and meet me in Heaven".  To his mother-in-law he expressed himself as "ready, ready", and to the nurse he said, "I am sorry to leave my family, but I am ready to go at any time", so that while we mourn him, a sister and three brothers, his dear wife and two sons and one daughter, with hosts of friends.
          Funeral services at the Friends church, Haviland, in charge of Isaac A. Woodard, October 1, 1906.
Contributed by Phyllis Long

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