4. Benjamin Abbott2 Atwell (William Taylor1)(87) was born in Lancaster Co., PA 12 Mar 1836.(88) Benjamin died 14 Jul 1907 in Independence, Jackson Co., MO, at age 71.(89) His body was interred 14 Jul 1907 in Independence, Jackson Co., MO.(90)
He married Mary Ann White 17 Feb 1861 in Harrison Co., MO.(91) Mary was born 2 Feb 1839 in Lawrence Co., OH.(92) Mary(93) was the daughter of Almon White and Mary Burke. Mary died 23 Feb 1919 in Independence, Jackson Co., MO, at age 80.(94) Her body was interred 25 Feb 1919 in Independence, Jackson Co., MO.(95) She was baptized 15 Oct 1868.(96) She was listed as a resident in the census report 11 Jul 1870 in Newton, Jasper Co., IA.(97) She was listed as a resident in the census report 9 Jun 1880 in KS.(98)
Benjamin was employed at organization unknown as a Farmer/Carpenter in MO abt 1861. He was listed as a resident in the census report 11 Jul 1870.(99) He was baptized 28 Mar 1875 in Indian Creek, Elk Co., KS.(100) He was listed as a resident in the census report 9 Jun 1880 in Salt Springs, Greenwood Co., KS.(101)
Benjamin Abbott Atwell and Mary Ann White had the following children:
+ 14 iii. Ernest Taylor Atwell was born 12 Aug 1864.
+ 15 iv. Oliver Rufus Atwell was born 22 Mar 1869.
16 v. Lilly May Atwell was born 3 Sep 1870. Lilly died 6 Oct 1885 in Cabool, Texas Co., MO, at age 15. Cabool, Mo., Oct. 12th, 1885. Bro. Blair:-I am sad that it is my lot to have to pen to you the loss of our only daughter. Yet when I reflect on what she would say to me, I should not grieve. She often told me that Christ could heal her, but He didn't wish to. She saw a vision of angels in heaven--all girls about her size, playing music on instruments of gold. She said all that she desired to stay here for, was to help me. She said: "Ma: I must go; something draws me away." She dreamed she flew away up so high and looked down here. She said she could see all of us; but we couldn't see her. She had this dream after death was pictured on her face. I was all alone when she died, in her chair. It happened just as she wished. She told me frequently not to let any be hear her but me when she died, as she could not bear to see them weep. She died praying. Her last words to me was: "Ma, don't cry!" Your sister in gospel bonds, MARY A. ATWELL (106)
DIED. ATWELL--Departed this life October 6th, 1885 at Cabool, Texas county, Missouri, of consumption, sister Lilly May, the beloved daughter of Bro. B.A. and Sr. M.A. Atwell, aged 15 years, 1 month, 3 days. She was baptized in the spring of 1884, at Edenville, Iowa, by Elder J. F. McCowell. She died in the full assurrance of the first resurrection. Below are words she left for a memoriam.
Afflictions sore long time I bore, Earthly help it was in vain, Till God did please my soul to take, And ease me of my pain. Mourn not, dear parents, that my life is spent, I was not given, but only lent. The Lord he gives and takes away; We shall meet again at the judgment day. Farewell, dear friends and schoolmates all; Prepare to meet me when you are called. Evil shun, and all its train; Goodness seek, then life is gain. Mother; you are tired, I know, Watching o'er me night and day; Mother, mother, do not weep; Kiss me as I fall asleep. (107)
+ 17 vi. Willard Ammon Atwell was born 21 Jun 1872.
+ 18 vii. Harry Melvin Atwell was born 17 Oct 1874.
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