Jesse Arnot

Jesse Arnot

Monroe County, West Virginia, USA
Death 11 May 1896 (aged 83)
West Virginia, USA
Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 5746376 · View Source
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Folk Figure, Businessman. He owned one of the best known livery and boarding stables in St. Louis. They had a fine line of carriages, coupes, barouches, buggies for use in weddings, balls, concerts, shopping, etc., but their speciality was funeral services. Being the only undertaker in the midwest who had a four-horse hearse, he took it to Springfield, Illinos for the funeral of President Abraham Lincoln. He knotted his reins so that he could drive the four horses with one hand, and he tied a similar knot in his tie; this knot is now known as the four-in-hand.

Jesse Arnot was the son of William Truesdale Arnot & Mary Garten. The family lived in Monroe Co. Virginia.

Jesse's grandparents were, Henry Arnot, Sr., a Revolutionary War Soldier, and Elizabeth (Truesdale) Arnot.

Elizabeth Mary Handley was Jesse's wife. They married in Monroe Co., Virginia.

Three daughters born to this marriage:

Mary (Alfred Bradford)
Margaret (Samuel Hendle)
Ann (Michael Murphy)

Jesse and his brother, Anderson Arnot, owned a livery business in St. Louis, Missouri.

Specializing in funerals, Jesse accepted the honor of burying President Abraham Lincoln.

Jesse Arnot died while visiting his sister in Monroe Co., West Virginia and was returned to St. Louis for burial.

Additional information by Irene (Rose) Warner.

Bio by: Connie Nisinger

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  • Created by: Connie Nisinger
  • Added: 7 Sep 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial 5746376
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jesse Arnot (15 Nov 1812–11 May 1896), Find a Grave Memorial no. 5746376, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Connie Nisinger (contributor 74) .