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LTC Andrew Gray Newgent
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Birth: Oct. 13, 1816
Clark County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jul. 9, 1893
Independence
Jackson County
Missouri, USA

A VETERAN LAID TO REST
Funeral services Over the Remains
of the Late Colonel A. G. Newgent

The funeral services over the remains of the late Colonel A. G. Newgent took place yesterday at the residence, corner of Pleasant and Sea ("C"?) avenues, Independence. Gathered there to listen to the words spoken above the dead were Major William Warner, Major Ross Griffin, Colonel Judd Phillips, J. D. Dew, Commander of Farragut post, G.A.R., and numerous other friends and acquaintances of the family.
The services at the residence were short. Rev. R.K. Malden, pastor of the Baptist church, made a few remarks. He alluded to the public life of the deceased and the life he led as a soldier. Schooled as a soldier, the minister said, he never deserted his colors; tried as a friend, he endeared himself to those around him; firm in the Christian faith, he endeavored to live consistently with that belief. The sweetest sermon that a human life ever uttered embraced the Christian races.
After a few words of consolation to the bereaved family a prayer was offered, which ended the service. The remains were taken in charge by the pall bearers, D.C. King, O.P. Smith, E.F. Rogers, W.F. Cloud, Judd Phillips and Carples, members delegated by Farragut post, and taken to Kansas City for interment.
The body was taken to Union cemetery, only the family and immediate friends forming the funeral procession. At the cemetery gates members of Farragut post G.A.R. formed in line and acted as an escort. A great number of intimate friends and old residents were in attendance. The singing was under the direction of W. F. Henry and was exceedingly fine. Magnificent floral decorations were displayed and the coffin was draped in an old silk war flag.
The remains were placed in a vault after the regular G.A.R. funeral services, conducted by Rev. W.K. Collins, chaplain of Farragut post, had been held.
Kansas City Daily Journal
Vol. XXXVI, No 29, p3
Tues 11 July 1893

AN OLD SOLDIER AT REST
Colonel Andrew G. Newgent Passes Peacefully Away.
The Veteran and Pioneer Behind a Name Bright in the History of Missouri--His Great Military Service for the Union.

Colonel Andrew G. Newgent, a war veteran and pioneer, died yesterday morning at 4:30 o'clock at his home in Independence after a comparatively short illness. Death was due to a general giving way of the vital powers, superinduced by old age. There are perhaps, but few men in Jackson county more intimately associated with its past history than Colonel Newgent. Of late years he has resided at Independence, where it was his desire to live in retirement among his wide circle of Independence friends. His erect carriage, in spite of the weight of years, was remarkable, and although living some distance from the city, the form of the veteran soldier on the streets of Independence was familiar to almost every man, woman and child.
The deceased, to those who knew him best, had a catholic love for humanity and a genuine respect for its rights, and there was nothing in his life that was rude or uncouth, nor we he ever known to use an oath. He was also noted for his quiet and steadfast friendship.
Colonel Newgent's life in Jackson county was closely allied to the fortunes of war. Prior to this he followed the avocation of a merchant. He was born October 13, 1816, in Clark county, Ind., and his parents were among the first settlers of the state. He engaged in mercantile pursuits until 1852 and was quite prosperous. February 22, 1832, he married Dorcas J. Powers, a granddaughter of a revolutionary soldier. During the early part of 1852 the deceased decided to cast his fortunes in Missouri and he chose Cass county for his adopted home.
Here he continued in the mercantile business until the breaking out of the war. In 1861 he organized a force of men which finally blossemed [sic] into the form of a regiment. This military force for a time was poorly armed and for a long time did duty without the usual military orders. The men in them became known as "Newgent's Indians."
His unusual ability made him a conspicuous figure in military operations, and in August, 1851, he received the well earned commission of colones and was stationed in Western Missouri, where he rendered valuable aid to the Union cause. During this period the guerilla warfare raged incessantly and the protection of property was a matter of no idle consequence.
In 1864 Colonel Newgent was sent to the constitutional convention at St. Louis as a representative from Cass, Bates, and Jackson counties. He voted for the abolition of slavery.
From 1864 to 1871 the deceased acted as a claim agent at Washington. January 15, 1873, Colonel Newgent lost his wife by death. In November he married for his second wife Mrs. Susan E. Miner, a sister of Hon. T. B. Bullene, of this city.
Four of the children of his first marriage are still living, B. F. Newgent, a well-known citizen of Kansas City, Levi Newgent and James Newgent, of St. Louis, and Mrs, C.H. Toler, of Marietta, O. A daughter by the second marriage, Mrs. Harry King, lives at Independence.
The funeral will take place to-day. Short services will be held at the residence in Independence at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon, conducted by Rev. R.K. Maiden, of Independence, after which the remains will be brought to this city and Farragut post, G.A.R., will conduct the ceremonies.
The remains will arrive in this city at 4 o'clock this afternoon.
The Kansas City Journal
Vol XXXVI, No 28, p3, c3
Mon 10 July 1893

From cemetery records:
Burial: 12 July 1893
Undertaker: J W Wagner
Lt. Col. in 2nd MO Battalian, H.G. in Civil War
Occupation: Merchant

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Link to mother and middle name provided by AZ Susi, 21 Dec 2015
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With thanks to sondrac11 for sharing the following family story:
"My grandmother, Alice Blanche Crum Grant, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, told me that she remembered Andrew visiting her family in Deepwater, Missouri. Andrew married Alice and Russ L Grant and another in the family as well. He was a minister before he was a military man. He freed his six slaves and became an Abolishionist--was actually a "marked man" in those dangerous years."
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With thanks to Lane Campbell for transcriptions and research.
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 Parents:
  Bennett Nugent (1787 - 1851)
  Lydia Nugent (1787 - 1864)
 
 Spouses:
  Dorcas Juliana Powers Newgent (____ - 1872)
  Susan E. Bullene Newgent (1830 - 1904)*
 
 Children:
  William C. Newgent (____ - 1857)*
  Bennett F. Newgent (1843 - 1906)*
  Thomas Newgent (1868 - 1874)*
 
 Siblings:
  Andrew Gray Newgent (1816 - 1893)
  Levi Ross Nugent (1825 - 1902)*
  Ellen Nugent Whalen (1832 - 1865)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Union Cemetery
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section 16 Lot 4
 
Created by: J F-B
Record added: Sep 08, 2010
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LTC Andrew Gray Newgent
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- DKOWN
 Added: Jun. 10, 2014
Thank you for your service, Andrew. You are not forgotten.
- J F-B
 Added: Jan. 14, 2013
 
 
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