Abner Reed Arrasmith

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Abner Reed Arrasmith

  • Birth 15 Oct 1844 Johnson County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 7 Apr 1924
  • Burial Belleville, Republic County, Kansas, USA
  • Plot 617
  • Memorial ID 110786810

Belleville (KS) Telescope - 17 Apr 1924
ABNER R. ARRASMITH
Abner Reed Arrasmith, son of Abner and Elizabeth Arrasmith was born October 15, 1844 in Big Grove township, Johnson County, Iowa. His early life was spent in Iowa, going to school during the winter months and helping his father on the farm the rest of the year. When war was declared between the North and South he enlisted in Co. A, 13 Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry. While in this service for his country he received injuries from which he suffered all the rest of his life. However, he bore his affliction with resignation, glad he had a part in preserving the Union.
After the close of the war he came with his parents to Kansas in 1865. They settled in Johnson county. In these early days there was much disregard of law. Robbery was pursued as a lucrative business. Brother Arrasmith, with other citizens of his type, gave valuable support to the officers of the law. For some time he carried a revolver in his belt that he might be ready for a sudden call. Sheriff Hadley of Lynn county, wrote his brother who was sheriff of Johnson county, that he could put full dependence on Abner Arrasmith.
He was married to Jennie Rosina Eddy, November 27, 1867 at Mt. Vernon, Iowa. This was the culmination of a friendship that had its beginning in the years of childhood when they went to the same country school. Their love for one another deepened with the coming of the years and their devotion was a beautiful thing to behold. Two children were born to them, Etta Leona and Euna May.
In January 1871 he was graciously converted. He never lost the joy of his experience in the things of the Spirit. He began his Christian life by erecting a family altar. He joined the Methodist Episcopal church and remained a loyal member all the days of his life. For many years he was an officer of the church.
Brother Arrasmith's last days were days of triumph. He spoke many times of the firm foundation that sustained him. He spoke of having seen Jesus. Once, when his suffering was most intense, he was asked by his wife, "Is everything all right?" He replied, "If everything were not all right it would be too late now to make it right for I am suffering so much." In this faith he lived and in this faith he died, with the good assurance that his name was written in heaven.
In 1882 he moved from Johnson county, to Rose Creek township, Republic county. Here he continued in the business of farming and stock raising. In 1892 ill health compelled him to leave the farm, so he moved to Belleville where he has resided ever since.
During the last few months Brother Arrasmith has been a great sufferer. His wife and daughters gave him most loving attention day and night. After many wearisome days he fell asleep on April 7, 1924.
His loved ones who will forever treasure his memory are his wife and daughters; two brothers, George W. Arrasmith of Long Beach, California; Wesley J. Arrasmith of Kansas City, Mo., one sister, Mrs. S.A. Shepherd of Saskatoon, Canada, and many relatives more distantly related.
A man of such worth cannot pass from us without causing the entire community to feel that they had met with a great loss. His geniality never left him. Kindly affectioned toward all. Always zealous for the right. Humble in spirit. Patient in suffering. Strong in love. "Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."
The funeral services were held from the M.E. church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Pastor Cutler, with burial in the Belleville cemetery. The G.A.R. and W.R.C. attended in a body to pay their last respects to their departed comrade.
Members of the G.A.R. were honorary pall bearers.


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  • Created by: Kenneth E Holmes
  • Added: 18 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 110786810
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Abner Reed Arrasmith (15 Oct 1844–7 Apr 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110786810, citing Belleville Cemetery, Belleville, Republic County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Kenneth E Holmes (contributor 47907279) .