Gideon Reed Brainerd

Gideon Reed Brainerd

Birth
Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio, USA
Death 18 Apr 1901 (aged 65)
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Plot Block 10, 172
Memorial ID 31201749 · View Source
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Civil War veteran. Gideon Brainard joined the 10th Illinois Cavalry on October 1, 1862 as Adjutant at Headquarters. His residence was Springfield, Illinois. He resigned April 20, 1863.

Died, at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18, 1901, at his residence, Charles and Second streets, Gideon R. Brainerd, aged 65 years. Gideon Reed Brainerd was born in Portsmouth, O., March 16, 1837 [stone has 1836]. He came to Springfield in 1857 and after remaining here a short time went to Lincoln where he was engaged with the firm of Logan, Cox & Co. in settling up their business. The same year Mr. Brainerd returned here and took a position in the Marine bank, where he remained for some time after his marriage on June 8, 1864, with Elizebeth, daughter of James L. Lamb.

Soon after his marriage Mr. Brainerd went to Chicago and there engaged in the brokerage business, the firm being known as Brainerd, Ives & Co. Mr. Brainerd remained in Chicago about a year, when he came back to Springfield and went into the pork packing business with James L. Lamb & Co. In the spring of 1874 he became a farmer and stock raiser, locating on a farm west of the city, part of which is now used as the golf grounds. This land he sold to Milton Wood just before his removal to the city, about twelve years ago.

Besides his wife he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Brand (Susan) Whitlock of Toledo, O., who, with her husband, had been in attendance at his bedside for several days; and four sons, Legh K., Benjamin H., James L., and Albert E. Brainerd, all of this city.

Mr. Brainerd was a member of El-Hewood commandery No. 6, Knights Templar, and of Tyrian lodge, A. F. and A. M. He became a member of the First Presbyterian church of Springfield when a young man and had always continued in that membership. Besides his immediate family he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Sophia McKee and Miss Frances Brainerd, both of Louisville, Ky. They came to Springfield when Mr. Brainerd's condition first became alarming and remained at his bedside until the end.

Mr. Brainerd rather shrank from any active participation in public affairs. He was of a modest and retiring nature, but to those who were permitted to know him intimately he revealed the graces of a man that had received its first impressions in an academic atmosphere and had been cultivated by wide reading, for in his books he ever found his greatest pleasure. During his long life Mr. Brainerd dwelt in this community as a singularly just and honorable citizen, and now that he is gone, there are many of his town and county, besides the family, to which he was so tenderly devoted, who will mourn the departure of a gentle and generous man.

IL State Journal, Springfield, IL 4-19-1901
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 31201749
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gideon Reed Brainerd (16 Mar 1836–18 Apr 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 31201749, citing Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by BjJ (contributor 46902476) .