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Col John Wesley Childers
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Birth: Sep. 19, 1836
Pendleton County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jul. 13, 1918
Taylor County
Texas, USA

Church leader, Legislator, supporter of education. In 1903, Childers help plant the first church of Christ in Abilene. In 1906, Childers deeded his homesite at North 1st and Victoria streets for a school which was named in his honor, Childers Classical Institute. In 1920 the name of the school was changed to Abilene Christian College and in 1976 the name Abilene Christian University was adopted. --- Resources: Abilene, the Railroads, and the Universities by Jason W. Dean. Don H. Morris and Max Leach, Lie Stars Shining Brightly. Cf. also Abilene Christian University Website.

Obituary in The Abilene Reporter News Saturday, July 13, 1918 -- Col. J. W. Childers, for 17 years a leading citizen of Abilene, died at the family residence in Abilene Saturday, 13 July 1918, after an illness of five years duration. The deceased was born in Grant County, Kentucky, 19 September 1841 and moved to Texas when a boy 14 years of age settling in McKinney, Collin County. He was married to Miss Martha A. Gunter in 1864. He moved to Abilene in 1901. Col. Childers fought in the Civil War with Drew Middleton, C.C. Edwards and D.W. Wristen. He was a member of the 25th Legislature of Texas and of the Constitutional Convention to organize New Mexico and was a member in good standing of the Masonic Lodge of Abilene and the Elk Lodge. Survived by his widow and five children: T.G. and W.H. Childers, Mesdames Dora Reagan and Z. Z. Savage and Miss Rosa Childers, all of whom were at the bedside when death came. Funeral held at the family residence, corner of North 5th and Lavaca streets, Sunday and will be conducted by the Masons." --- Dorman Holub, USGenWeb Archives.
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  Emily Belew Childers (1816 - 1850)
  Martha Ann Gunter Childers (1847 - 1929)*
  Z Z Savage (1868 - 1939)*
  Dora Childers Reagan (1869 - 1954)*
  John W. Childers (1871 - 1909)*
  Lenora Childers Savage (1873 - 1964)*
  Rosa Lee Childers (1876 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: DOD of 1936 appears to be incorrect
Abilene Municipal Cemetery
Taylor County
Texas, USA
Plot: Masonic Section - 9/5/11
Maintained by: Tom Childers
Originally Created by: amtsunshine
Record added: Sep 15, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21567573
Col John Wesley Childers
Added by: James Faulkenberry
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- RoxღEd
 Added: Aug. 22, 2014
Remembering and Honoring a True Southern Hero. A Confederate Soldier who Bravely and Proudly Fought for Southern Independence During the War of Northern Aggression. Deo Vindice.
- Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
 Added: May. 17, 2014
Thank you for your Confederate service. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.
- Martha Reid 19 UDC
 Added: Jun. 6, 2011

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