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Lewis James Best
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Birth: Dec. 30, 1844
Salona
Clinton County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 5, 1897
Calhoun County
Arkansas, USA

The son of John W. Best and Katherine Shaeffer Best, he lived in Monrovia Kansas as a young man. He married Altha E. Davis in Atchison Kansas in 1866, they were the parents of Edna and Freddie E. Best.

The Atchison Daily Champion - 08 May 1897, Sat - Page 1
Mr. Best Funeral
Topeka, May 8 Lewis J. Best, who committed suicide in Beardown, Ark., on Wednesday morning by cutting his throat with a razor, will be buried at Monrovia, Atchison county, next Sunday afternoon. The remains, accompanied by his wife and daughter, will be taken to Monrovia direct from Beardown, and will arrive there Saturday night.
Mrs. Best's father still resides in Monrovia and there her mother is buried. Mr. Best died within two hours after cutting his throat and before medical assistance could be procured. No Information as to the probable cause of the deed has yet been received but all of the friends of the family share the opinion that Mr. Best was in a state of temporary insanity as a result of continued ill health when he took his life.
A number of the family acquaintances in this city will attend the funeral at Monrovia Sunday afternoon. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Wendel Best (1809 - 1881)
  Catharine L. Shaefer Best (1815 - 1861)
 
 Spouse:
  Altha E. Davis Best (1849 - 1912)*
 
 Children:
  Freddie E. Best (1869 - 1870)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Margaret Best Toner (1835 - 1910)*
  Aaron Shaffer Best (1839 - 1927)*
  Henry F. Best (1842 - 1922)*
  Lewis James Best (1844 - 1897)
  John Reuben Best (1850 - 1896)*
  Henrietta Catharine Best Lamberson (1853 - 1950)*
  Michael S. Best (1859 - 1890)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Monrovia Cemetery
Effingham
Atchison County
Kansas, USA
 
Created by: Stephen Nottingham
Record added: Jan 15, 2011
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Lewis James Best
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Lewis James Best
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Lewis James Best
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