ANTHONY, Samuel P.
Muncie News - July 26, 1876
Death of S. P. ANTHONY"
S.P. ANTHONY , the wealthiest, and one of the oldest and most widely known citizens of Muncie, died last Friday night after a very brief illness. He had been at his office all day; attending to business as usual, with nothing to indicate the near presence of death. After he retired for the night, he felt his feet growing cold and prompt steps were taken to warm him up. He seemed to have a premonition of his speedy dissolution, however, and remarked to those around him that his time had come. The coldness in the extremities soon reached the body, and after a short time of great suffering, his spirit passed out of the body. He was buried in Beech Grove cemetery on Sunday afternoon, and a large concourse of citizens attended the funeral.
Mr. ANTHONY was a very methodical business man, always attentive to business and never careless of any matters pertaining to his estate. During the last few years of his life his accumulations were very rapid and long ago he was known as one of the wealthiest men in Eastern Indiana. Very much of his property was in Real estate in this and adjoining counties, and he left large properties in western states. He was a large stock holder in the Bee Line railroad. He was also one of the largest stock holders in the Citizens' National bank of Muncie. His personal property was quite large, estimating by some as high as $250,000. Mr. ANTHONY's aggregate property, assessed for taxable purposes, was two years ago, between six and seven hundred thousand dollars and it is not supposable that his vast estate has depreciated during that time, as he retained his business faculties in excellent condition up to the last day of his life.
We add to the following brief statement of history and obituary notice.
Samuel P. ANTHONY died at the residence of his son, Edwin C. ANTHONY, in south Muncie, on the night of Friday, July 22, 1876. He was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, December 2, 1702, being 83 years, 7 months, and 20 days old at the time of his death. He moved to Muncie March 30, 1831, having lived here over forty-five years, being among the first settlers of the place. His father moved from Virginia to Clinton county, ohio in 1812, where the family resided until the death of his father. About this time S.P. ANTHONY went to Cincinnati, and went into business, under the firm name of S.P. ANTHONY & Co. His father and himself started the first tobacco factory in Cincinnati or west of the mountains, in 1813 where they carried on this business for several years, also general merchandise. In his younger yearshe was and continued to do so until the last few years of his life, a very active business man. He studied medicine in Cincinnati, moved back to Clinton county, Ohio, practiced medicine there for three years, then moved to Cedarville, Brown County, Ohio, where he practiced medicine for three years and selling dry goods , and moved from there to Muncie, where he spent the balance of his days, forty-five years last March, and whereby closest attention to business he managed to accumulate considerable of property, mostly in real estate. He practiced medicine about twenty-five years in Indiana; for the last twenty years he retired from active practice, thugh he was always willing to visit his old patients when called on, notwithstanding. But few men retained their strength and mental faculties as well as he did. He did business at his office till the day of his death, coming home at the residence of his son, as usual about six o'clock, and retiring early to rest. After which resting about two hours - he got up, as common, and sat on the front porch with the family and conversed on general matters until about ten o'clock, when he retired for the night. About half past ten he was taken with violent pains in his right hip, which terminated in paralysis, and he only lived about one hour and a half dying at twenty-five minutes past twelve quietly, without seeming pain, and was resigned to his fate, as he frequently talked of the matter as if he expected death at any time, often saying that he had but a few days for this world, and was ready at ay time. He leaves a widow by the second marriage without children and leaving no will.
Contributed By: Brenda Kerr
Children of Samuel Parson Anthony and Malinda DePoy FAG# 114448243 Joseph Anthony DePoy FAG # 114375737 and Martin DePoy FAG# 16706026