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Michael Patrick Best
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Birth: Mar. 7, 1839
Armstrong County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 3, 1926
Sylvan Grove
Lincoln County
Kansas, USA

Michael is the son of Alexander and Susannah (Sumney) Best. He married Harriett Titus May 23, 1861. Michael served in Company A, 78th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania during the Civil War. Children born to them included: Florence, George, Matilda, Mary, Clara, Alonzo, Alexander, James, Charles, Ira, John, William, Cora, and Edith.

Michael B. Best, veteran of the Civil War, farmer, widely known pioneer of Lincoln County, and one of the best liked citizens of early days, died at his home south of Sylvan Grove Wednesday morning at 8:30 from heart trouble from heart trouble and a long and painful illness. His span of life, lacking only three days of being 87 years, is longer than is allotted the average man.

Mr. Best came to Kansas in 1885 settling on the farm where he died and the early association with people there was the beginning of friendships that have always continued. There are few residents of Sylvan Grove and vicinity who do not feel a sense of loss of a loving friend and a kind and helpful neighbor in the passing of Michael Best.

He was born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, March 7, 1839. On May 23, 1860 he was married to Miss Harriet Titus, who preceded him in death, passing away June 26, 1919. To them were born 14 children, eight of whom survive their father. They are: Albert, of Denver, Lon, James and John and Mrs. Arthur Bell of Sylvan Grove, Alex of Topeka, Charles of Byers, Colorado, and Mrs. Clara Linder of Nysa, Oregon.

Mr. Best enlisted on August 23, 1863 in Co. B, 78th Pennsylvania Volunteers and was mustered out July 29, 1865. He was taken prisoner and confined in the Libby prison for eleven days and then exchanged was with Sherman on his march to the sea. Mr. Best was in Washington DC the night that President Lincoln was shot, standing on the sidewalk near the theater and heart the fatal shot and saw Booth come out the door and get on a horse and gallop away, but do not know what had happened.

Funeral services were held at the home, four and a half miles southwest of Sylvan at 1 pm Friday Rev. H.P. Woetendyke officiating. The interment was in the Wilson Cemetery and the services at the grave was in charge of the GAR and Sons of Veterans of Wilson. 
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  Harriett Martha Titus Best (1844 - 1919)
  Alexander Best (1876 - 1932)*
  Ira Curtiss Best (1881 - 1887)*
  William James Best (1884 - 1907)*
*Calculated relationship
Wilson Cemetery
Ellsworth County
Kansas, USA
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Record added: Mar 12, 2013
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Michael Patrick Best
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 Added: Mar. 12, 2013

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