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 Edgar Ebenezer Heath

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Edgar Ebenezer Heath

  • Birth 1 Oct 1860 Oakland County, Michigan, USA
  • Death 12 May 1901 Boone County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Centralia, Boone County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 16177653

Edgar Ebenezer Heath was born Monday, October 1, 1860 near White Lake, Novi Township, Oakland Co., MI. He was the son of Benjamin Samuel Heath and Martha Ann Gragg.
His family lived in Oakland and Lapeer counties in MI. About 1876, they moved to NE.
His father hauled government freight to Old Fort Niobrara, NE. When Edgar was old enough to handle the team, his father moved the family further west. Edgar stayed for about a year and hauled freight. It was pure Indian country and the freighting was done with wagons drawn by oxen. The train consisted of from ten to twenty teams, each "team" being made up of twelve yoke of oxen.
Edgar then moved to the vacinity of Thayer Co., NE.
He married Mary Opal Bugg Sunday, February 15, 1885 at her home in Big Bend Township, Republic Co., KS.. They would be married 16 years, 2 months and 27 days.
8 children were born to this union: Edward Doral, Ray, Roy Harrison, Melvin Earl, Pearl Monroe, Arlene Axie, Mary Opal, and John B.
They homesteaded in Sheridan Co., KS eighteen miles southeast of Hoxie. He also had a tree claim on a quarter section where the town of Indianola, NE now stands. As the homestead in KS and the tree claim in NE were far away from each other, Edgar couldn't set the required number of trees so he had to give up the claim in NE.
He proved up on Sheridan Co., KS homestead in 1889.
It was related by the eldest son that Edgar was a very good shot. He told a story of Edgar driving a team and wagon to Hoxie. Edgar stood in the wagon and shot an elk without having to stop the team for the shot.
About 1890, they moved about three miles northwest of Brown's Station, Boone Co., MO. Edgar moved his family on the train, including equipment and animals.
Edgar traded a team, wagon and harness for a forty acre tract of land. He bought other land later. He also had to pay the note on the land his father bought, so in all he had one hundred acres. The land was very rough as there was coal under all of it. The family farmed in the summer and mined coal in the winter
About 1892, they sold the homestead in Sheridan Co., KS for $500.
Edgar died at 5 PM, Sunday, May 12, 1901 at home in Boone Co., MO, aged 40 years, 7 months, and 11 days. He was preceeded in death by a son.
He was buried at 5 PM, Monday, May 13, 1901 in the Centralia Cemetary, Centralia, Boone Co., MO.


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  • Created by: Eve Heath
  • Added: 14 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16177653
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edgar Ebenezer Heath (1 Oct 1860–12 May 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16177653, citing Centralia Cemetery, Centralia, Boone County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Eve Heath (contributor 46860578) .