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William Kidd Best
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Birth: Feb. 10, 1837
Oswegatchie
St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 6, 1918
Jamestown
Cloud County
Kansas, USA

Civil War
106th Regiment
N.Y Infantry

From the Concordia Daily Kansan (Concordia, Kansas) [1918]
WILLIAM KID (sic) BEST. William Kidd Best was born of English parents near Odgensburg, New York, at a little town named Oswegatchie, being the second oldest child of John Milner and Elizabeth D. Best. The date of his birth was February 10, 1837, and if he had lived until February would have reached the eighty second milestone of life. He attended district school until he was sixteen years of age, afterwards attending during the winter months.
War was declared and in 1862, on July 22nd he was mustered into the service at Camp Wheeler, New York. He was made Sergeant of his company which was Co D, 106 N.Y. Vol. Infantry. He served in the Sixth Corps. On the 3rd day of June, 1864, he was wounded in the thigh by a stray bullet just following the battle of Cold Harbor, while assisting in carrying the wounded from the field.
He was taken in a baggage wagon to the White Horse Landing and thence by boat to a hospital at Fredricksburg. There it was found that the copper band of the bullet had not been removed and as a result gangrene set in and only through wonderful grit and vitality survived the trouble and physicians of note wondered at the fight for life he made.
After his recovery he was transferred to the Reserve Corps. He was one of the guards of the assassin of President Lincoln and he cut the murderer's shoes into strips and gave them to his friends.
The subject of our sketch took part in the following battles: Roseburg, Grafton, Martinburg, South Mt. Pass, Brandystation, Locust Grove, Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor.
He was honorably discharged from service at the close of the war in June 1866. After his service to his country, he returned to Odgensburg, New York and fitted up a home for his aged mother and permitted his brother, Isaac, to attend college and prepare for the Presbyterian ministry.
He was engaged as secret service officer of the Custom House department with special duty to arrest smugglers, as a means of livelihood.
In the year 1868, he left New York for Kansas. On August 14, 1869 he was married to Elizabeth Evangeline McNab in Claytonville, Brown County, Kansas. They settled on a home stead in Washington county where two sons, William and John, were born. In 1875 they moved to Irving, Kansas, where two daughters, Hattie and Lorena were born. From there they moved to Clifton where three other children blessed their union and received the care of a good mother and father.
Clifton was the family home until all had taken the wedding vows and until old age left them unable to care for themselves, which in 1913 their youngest daughter, Mabel, prepared a home for them in Clyde where she lived, and was engaged in the newspaper business, owning the Farmers Voice.
They remained with her until April 1918 when this daughter was called into the government service in the postal department at Junction City, Kansas, and they went to the home of their eldest daughter, Mrs. B.R. Carlile.
Mr. Best retained his thinking and reasoning power until the last two months. He was much interested in the war of today and often expressed a regret as to not being able to further the cause of Freedom by going to the fighting lines against the Kaiser. As long as health permitted he took an active part in the Grand Army work and did much to further the opportunities of the Clifton G.A.R. to which he was honored by its members in being given a life and honorary membership. He was a member of the Clifton Presbyterian church for 18 years.
Mr. Best not only fitted the place of a good citizen, but was a kind friend to those in need and in trouble and with his good and faithful wife has left an example of right living, a heritage of which any family of children might feel proud. He filled his place so perfectly, so unselfishly and during his hours of suffering never complained but expressed a readiness to be relived at God's will for in him he put his trust.
The children are William F. of Saskatoon, Canada; John M., who is now in France in Y.M.C.A. work; Mrs. Benj. R. Carlile, of Jamestown; Chas. A., in the employ of the government in Minnesota; Mrs. Robert E. Beaver, of Saskatoon, Canada; Walter A. of Bynum, Montana; and Mrs. Fred W. Hager, of San Antonio, Texas.
The end came peaceably August 6, 1918, at the home of Mrs. B.R. Carlile and the burial services were held at the Methodist church of Jamestown at 2:30 Friday afternoon, Rev. I.H. Parrott officiating. The body was laid to rest in the Jamestown cemetery.

Note: Obit provided by L.W. (#47191748)
 
 
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 Parents:
  Elizabeth Duck Best (1808 - 1897)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Evangeline McNab Best (1853 - 1928)*
 
 Children:
  William Ferguson Best (1871 - 1941)*
  John M Best (1873 - 1949)*
  Walter A Best (1881 - 1956)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas B Best (1833 - 1892)*
  John Milner Best (1835 - 1898)*
  William Kidd Best (1837 - 1918)
  Isaac Oliver Best (1841 - 1923)*
  George B. Best (1842 - 1895)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Jamestown Cemetery
Jamestown
Cloud County
Kansas, USA
 
Created by: Judy Mayfield
Record added: Aug 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41234595
William Kidd Best
Added by: L.W.
 
William Kidd Best
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- Joel Church
 Added: Apr. 5, 2014

- Lance
 Added: Dec. 24, 2012
To my great-great grandfather. Rest in peace.
- L.W.
 Added: Feb. 23, 2010
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