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John Leonard Karr
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Birth: Jan. 8, 1845
Ohio, USA
Death: Jan. 9, 1926
Lyon County
Kansas, USA

Co. H 11th Kansas Vol. Cav.--Served under Preston Bierce Plumb.

KARR John Leonard Karr - Hartford, KS newspaper Jan 1926
"Taps" were sounded for the last time when J. L. Karr, the oldest settler and one of the three last survivors of the Civil War in this community, was mustered out at 3:30 o'clock Saturday morning, Jan 9, 1926, at the home of his son, A. G. Karr east of town, having lived just 24 hours past his 81st birthday. The Tuesday previous to his death he was in town (Hartford) conversing with friends and seemingly in his usual health. Wednesday morning at 5 a.m. he was stricken with paralysis and Thursday about noon he sustained a second stroke from which he never regained consciousness and passed away at the hour stated above.
J. L. Karr was born in Ohio Jan 8, 1845, and soon moved with his parents to Indianola, Iowa. In the winter of 1854 when he was not quite 10 years of age, he came with his parents to Kansas, stopping for a time at Lawrence. Coming farther west in 1855 the family homesteaded the land one-half mile south and one fourth mile west of "17" school house, later known as the John Theobald farm. Here his boyhood years were spent and he attended school at Ottumwa, a distance of seven miles, which he walked twice daily.The deceased was an ardent Unionist and when the Civil War broke out he volunteered for his country and enlisted in Company H 11th Kansas Cavalry under Colonal Preston B. Plumb in 1863 and served until the close of hte war. He was wounded twice, once a bullet grazed his scalp and once a bullet pierced his limb, but he was not incapacitated for any length of time. At the close of the war he was honorably discharged.In the years 1865 an 1866 he carried the mail for Uncle Sam from Fort Scott to Council Grove over the Ozark trail and his little calico pony was watched for eagerly by the scattered homesteaders along his route. Many dangers from Indians, wild animals and roaming bands of marauders lurked along his route, but he braved them all that the U. S. mail might be delivered. Mr. Karr was married to Miss Sarah Ann Boring Nov. 26, 1871 and to this union seven children were born, five boys and two girls. Three boys, with the wife and mother, preceding him in death. Mrs. Karr died July 11, 1917. The surviving children are Mrs. Alice Latta, of Emoria; Mrs. A.A. McCullon, of Collinsville, Okla., and A. L. Karr and A. G. Karr, east of Hartford. The deceased was raied in the Quaker faith, But in 1906 he became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church in this place under the pastorate of Rev. Homer Cullison and remained a true and faithful member until death called him home.Mr. Karr was a charter member of the Hartford G.A.R. known as the I. A. Taylor Post No 166, and for the past ten years had been its commander. Only two members, Jas W. and John E. Edwards survive out of a membership of 186. He ws an active member of the I.O.O.F.., Rebeka and A.O. U.W. lodges. In everything in which the deceased was interested he was a faithful worker and throughout his long life many knotty problems had to be solved.Besides his four children, Mr. Karr is survived by one brother A. J. Karr, of White City, Kans., who was here when he died; also 24 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.Funeral services were conducted by his pastor Rev. Beadle, assisted by Rev. Cole pastor of The Christian church at the "17" schoolhouse Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The singers sang comforting hymns and also the patriotic song "Tenting on the Old Campground." The rostrum and front of the school room was beatifully decorated with bunting, flags and flowers. The casket was draped with "Old Glory," a treasured flag made by the W.R.C. years ago and presented to the G. A. R. A large concourse of people were in attendance to pay a last tribute of respect to this aged citizen and old settler.Interment was made in the Hoover cemetery and the Odd Fellow Lodge, which attended in a body had charge of the services at the grave. The pallbearers all members of the American Legion and the IOOF Lodge were Messsrs. J. W. Kerby, Earl McCormick, William Carson, Harvey Cunnington, Joe Farmer and Lee Webster.And so was laid to rest the last Kansas enlisted soldier of the Civil War in this vicinity.
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  Sarah Pensyl Karr (1822 - ____)
  Sarah Ann Boring Karr (1852 - 1917)
  Andrew Leonard Karr (1873 - 1956)*
  Adrian Garfield Karr (1880 - 1966)*
*Calculated relationship
Hoover Cemetery is on the border of Lyon & Coffey County, Kansas. It is in Coffey County. It is next to Lebo Creek Cemetery.

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Hoover Cemetery
Coffey County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Karr
Created by: Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Record added: Aug 02, 2009
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John Leonard Karr
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