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Joseph Talkington

  • Birth 22 Aug 1831 Hempstead County, Arkansas, USA
  • Death 28 Apr 1905 Lincoln County, Washington, USA
  • Burial Harrington, Lincoln County, Washington, USA
  • Memorial ID 53345412

He died at his home in The Lord's Valley, Lincoln County, WA from heart problems after being ill for two days.

They had two children die young and his other six lived near him at the time of his death.

Talkington, Joseph
“The largest concourse of people ever attending a funeral ceremony in Harrington gathered together last Saturday to honor all that was mortal of Joseph Talkington, who was laid to rest in the Harrington Cemetery Saturday afternoon to await the great resurrection. About 25 rigs accompanied the remains from the Lord’s Valley home to the Evangelical church, where Rev E C Scott of Spangle preached the funeral sermon to a house which was crowded far beyond its capacity, the people standing on the outer steps throughout the services. At the conclusion of the services at the church, the body was taken in charge by the Masons, of which order Mr Talkington had been a member for 42 years. Briefly told Mr Talkington’s life was as follows: Born in Washington County, Arkansas, August 22, 1831, where he lived until going to California in 1854. In the early California days he acquired considerable property, for those days, but returned to Arkansas in 1860, just in time to lose all that he possessed in the trying times of the Civil War. He was married Feb 14, 1861, to Miss Rebekah Kirk, who has since been his daily companion and sharer of all joys and sorrows. To them were born eight children, two of which died in infancy, the other six all living in and near Harrington, being T E, J A, W E, and W L Talkington, Mrs G A Bumpass and Mrs Eli Goodwin. Twenty-eight grand children came to cheer them in their latter days, all of whom were present at the funeral. Deceased came to Washington in the fall of ’89 and has since made his home in Lord’s Valley, five miles east of town. Died April 28, 1905, of heart failure, after two days’ illness. This is a brief sketch, but how much more might be said of the man who for three-quarters of a century has fought life’s battles, and in the fighting found ample opportunities for helping a less fortunate fellow man. Always cheerful, even to the last, ever looking on the bright side of lie, believing there is more of good in the world than of evil, fulfilling the divine injunction to ‘love they neighbor as they self’, believing most devoutly in a supreme ruler of everything, in whose care he had the faith of a child. He was a life-long Christian and had been a church member for over 35 years. Honest, not from policy, but from right, and if any one principle predominated in his teachings to his children and associates, it was that of honesty in all things. The wife has lost a husband who was ever a comfort, the children a father whose council will be greatly missed, and the community a man whose influence for good will long remain.” (Harrington Citizen: 5-05-1905)
From An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904:

JOSEPH TALKINGTON was born in Hempstead county, Arkansas, on August 22, 1831, and is probably as well acquainted with the hardships and trying experiences incident to pioneer life as any man now living.

He lives on a farm three miles southwest of Moscow, Washington.

Mr. Talkington was the son of Edward P. and Elizabeth Bland Talkington, early pioneers of Arkansas.

The father was born in Kentucky but came to Arkansas ten years prior to that state's admission to the union, and was a pioneer in Hempstead county and later in Washington county.

He traced his ancestry back to England, and died at the age of sixty-three in 1870.

The mother was born in Pennsylvania, but was reared in Kentucky. She went in company with her parents and the parents of her husband to Arkansas, and died in 1872.

Our subject is the eldest of a family of eleven children, all of whom grew to maturity but only one of them, besides our subject, being now alive. We refer to a brother, Joel D., of Polk county, Arkansas.

Until he became twenty-three years of age Mr. Talkington remained with his parents on a farm.

In 1854 he crossed the plains with an ox team to California, in which state he lived for some years engaged in freighting with his headquarters principally at Mariposa and Stockton.

In the fall of 1860 he returned to Arkansas by stage through Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

He was forced by conscript to join the Confederate Army, but after a few months of service and many thrilling adventures and narrow escapes from death, he managed to escape from the army.

He was pursued and shot at many times by the rebel troops, but fortunately was never wounded. After leaving the army he followed farming.

Mr. Talkington was married on February 14, 1861, to Rebecca A. Kirk, in Sebastian county, Arkansas.

His wife was born in Tennessee but was reared in Missouri, and was the daughter of John and Lucy Long Kirk.

To this marriage have been born six children, J. Albert, married to Miss Seemore McMillan;

Thomas E., married to Belle Long;

William E., married to Maggie Moore;

Walter L., married to Grace Plumlee;

Anna Belle, wife of G. A. Bumpass;

and Lillie May, wife of Eli Goodwin.

The family came to this vicinity in the fall of 1889, and has succeeded, though poor at the time of coming here, in accumulating a vast amount of property.

Mr. Talkington has three hundred and twenty acres of choice school land leased, all tilled and improved according to the most modern methods.

His son Walter lives with him, and he too, is well supplied with land. He has four hundred and eighty acres, well improved and cultivated.

Mr. Talkington's buildings are modern and convenient, he has an excellent water, system and other improvements in proportion.

He and his family belong to the Evangelical church.
[Enlisted as a Private (date unknown).
"B" Co. AR 35th Infantry]





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