|Death: ||Dec. 18, 1886|
He was born in Kentucky and
died in Newton County, AR
Son of William Owen and Susanah Fizer Owen
Husband of Nancy Jane Moody Owen
He was my 3rd great grandpa on my Sparks families*
received the below by email from Everett Mefford..thank you for sharing...
Family Legend #1 about Aaron's cause of death:
At this time Aaron was a minister and also a farmer. It seems a group of Missouri
bushwhackers were on the prowl and came to the farm of Aaron and Jane looking for
food, money, chickens or any other thing that was edible or of value. Aaron was sick
in bed. They told him of their intentions to kill him. He begged to be allowed to lay
on the fire place hearth so it would not make a bloody mess for his wife to have to
clean. They granted him this favor and then killed him on the hearth. It was Dec 18,
1886. This story was passed to me by Aaron's gg-grandson, Stan Taylor, Pastor of the
Lurton Assembly Church at Pelsor, AR.
Family Legend #2 about Aaron's cause of death:
Although Aaron was a primitive Baptist preacher, he was known to "hit the sprits
jug" a little too much on occasion and could be a pretty nasty guy afterwards. He
did this once too often and after coming in drunk and causing a fuss, he passed out
and afterwards his wife Nancy drug him over by the fireplace and poured molten lead
into his ear which killed him. They then made up the story about the
"bushwhackers" and how they were "kind enough" to lay him by the fire
place hearth before putting a bullet in his head. (e.g. lead in his ear].
UPDATED Received the below from William Gordon June 2015:
"In spite of the 1885 year of death on his tombstone, Aaron was still alive as late as Nov 1886 when he signed his Last Will and Testament and had it dated and witnessed. It is obvious from the style of the dual marker that it was erected after Jane died in 1914...perhaps even several years after her death. The family members paying for the marker obviously were going on poor memory or just guessing.
Several years ago Lina Boyd (rest her soul)dug out and transcribed Aaron's Last Will and Testament which was dated 24 November 1886. She posted this on Judy Tate's Newton County Web page.
From the wording, it appears Aaron was ill and on his death bed when he made the will; he died 3 weeks later, most likely from natural causes and not from either of the fictional rumors we both have seen being passed around with no authority.
Note that the will was proven on Dec 30, 1886 which was 5 weeks after Aaron made the will and 12 days after he died. Here is what Lina posted:
LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF AARON OWEN
In the name of God Amen. I, Aaron OWEN of Union Township in Newton County in the State of Arkansas being in ill health but of sound mind and disposing memory calling to mind the frailty and uncertainty of human life and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs and directing how the estate with which it has pleased God to bless me, shall be disposed of after my decease while I have strength and capacity so to do. To make and publish this, my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making null and void all other last wills and testaments by me here-to-fore made and, first, I commend my immortal being to him (who) gave it and my body to the earth to be buried and as to my worldly estate and all the property personally or mixed of which I shall die seized or possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my death I desire, bequeath and dispose thereof in the manner following to wit:
First, my will is that (I) give and bequeath to Samuel OWEN, my son, one gray stallion horse and one red brindled cow and one red and white brided calf and one black and white spotted mare and six pigs to dispose of as he pleases and I also give to Joseph A. OWEN my son one chestnut sorrel horse with star in forehead and three white feet and (to) the balance of my bodily heirs I give five dollars to each one at my death. And I give to Jane OWEN my wife the balance of my personal and real estate, to have and to hold during her life time and at her death the said real estate I gave to my four boys and to be equally divided between them to wit:
Jonathan OWEN, Aaron OWEN, Samuel OWEN, Joseph Alexander OWEN to have and to hold as their real estate and to have their free exercise over the same after their mothers death, this Wednesday 24th day of Nov. 1886.
Aaron OWEN (SIGNATURE)
T. S. Bethel
this Nov. 24th 1886
Duly recorded Dec. 30th 1886
J. C. B. Lindra, Clerk, Newton Co. AR
(Submitted to Judy Tate's Newton CO Home Page by Lina Boyd, March 30, 2001)"
Nancy Jane Moody Owens (1826 - 1914)*
Rachel Owen Dial (1846 - 1934)*
Susan Anna Owen Wood (1853 - 1930)*
Harriet Owens Curtis (1862 - 1943)*
Harriet Owens Curtis (1862 - 1943)*
Joseph Alexander Owen (1871 - 1953)*
Lone Hill Cemetery
Created by: Rosa Cline
Record added: Jan 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17680678