RELATIVE OF LINCOLN DIED AT HITT FEB. 8 Benjamin Franklin Mudd was born in Hancock county, Illinois, April 16, 1830, and died at his home at Hitt, Scotland Co., Mo., Feb. 8., 1924. Reverend Father De Van of Kahoka, celebrated mass at the family home Sunday morning Feb. 10 ....o'clock and concluded the funeral ceremony at 2:00 p.m., the same day at Sacred Heart church in the Mudd Settlement a few miles west of Hill.
"Uncle Ben" as he has been familiarly known for many years was a son of Benjamin Edlin and Elizabeth Lincoln Mudd and was the last survivor of a family of eleven children, most of whom lived to a ripe old age, his last surviving brother, Lincoln, having died about ten years ago at the age of ninety-four. On October 18, 1854, He married Catherine Ann Medley, long since dead. To this union nine children were born: John B. Mudd, for many years previous to his death, a prominent attorney of Memphis, Mo.; Charles E. Mudd, of Denver, Colorado; Walter A. Mudd of Hitt, Mo.; Sarah Campbell of Lakin, Kansas; Madaline Mudd, who died while yet a young lady; Martha Peek of Hitt; and three children who died in infancy. ..........run true to form for nearly a century. However he had been on the invalid list for about nine months, prior to his death.
In religion he was a Catholic. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, commonly known as St. Mary's, from the time soon after his arrival in Scotland Co., 85 years ago, until his death. His relgion was to live right. He had positive ideas of what he thought was right, and no person that was ever associated with him in business, in civics or in religion ever doubted his veracity or his fidelity to his ideals. He was compassionate, and no delinquent was ever kicked further down the ladder because of a misstep in an unguarded moment and although he lived in a community that is predominantly Protestant, no one doubts he has made his long home where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest.
As a sturdy citizen he shared the ups and downs of life with his neighbors considering himself as good but no better than the best, as humble as the humblest, but never lowering his manhood to take part in a dishonorable enterprise. In politics he was a constant and positive quantity with no shadow of turning, but never offensive to his opponents. In the Civil War he was a strong Unionist, and was captured and for a time imprisoned by the bushwhackers who were active in parts of Scotland county at that time. He was genial and jovial through all of his long life, and had a disposition that attracted young folk even when he was an old man. As pioneer standards went he was a good musician, and played the fiddle for many a frolic in the days when en......