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Obituary of Egbert Garnett Boatright, born 10-1-1826

Buckingham, Buckingham County, Virginia
Son of Jonas Boatwright and Polly Montgomery
Died 7-30-1914, at Newton, Jasper Co, Iowa
Published in the Anita Record

Egbert Garnett Boatright was born in Buckingham, Virginia, October 1st 1826, and died at the 
home of his cousin Arthur Lufkin, in Newton, Iowa, July 30th 1914, aged 87 years, 9 months and 
29 days.  Death was the result of hemorrhage of the brain, brought on by a severe cold, 
contracted a few days prior to the attack.  In company with his daughter, Miss Virginia, 
Father Boatright had been visiting relatives and friends in Iowa and Nebraska, and had stopped 
at Newton on their way home, to visit the Russell and Murphy families, when he was suddenly 
stricken with what proved to be his last illness.

On March 4th, 1855, Father Boatright was united in marriage to Miss Terese Oldaker, and to 
this union six children were born:  four daughters and two sons:  Analiza, who died in infancy; 
Josephine Clerissa, who died in 1912; Miss Virginia Russell Boatright, Miss Mary Price 
Boat-right, of Russell, Ohio; Geo.W. Boatright, of Stuart, Iowa; and H.E. Boatright, of this 
city.  Mother Boatright, his beloved companion for more than fifty years, passed away at the 
old home in Russell, Ohio.  The golden wedding anniversary of Father and Mother Boatright was 
very appropriately and joyously observed at the old home on March 4th, 1905.

Funeral services were held at the Lufkin home in Newton on Friday, conducted by Rev. Perdew, 
of the M.E. Church, whose discourse was especially appropriate; expressing in beautiful 
sentiment, a most worthy tribute to the noble and useful life of the deceased.  Accompanied 
by G.W. and Miss Virginia Boatright, the remains were taken to the old home at Russell, Ohio, 
where services were again held on Sunday afternoon, interment taking place in the family lot, 
where rest the remains of the wife and two daughters.

In early life Father Boatright taught school, and afterwards engaged in the mercantile 
business.  Later, he was appointed Postmaster, and also agent for the B. & O. S. W. R'y, both 
of which positions he held until a few years ago, when age and ill health made it necessary for 
him to re-sign, since which time he has been living a quiet, retired life, in the full enjoyment 
of every comfort and convenience of the evening of his day.  He was a lifelong member of the 
M.E. Church; being a member of the first Board of Trustees of the Church at Russell, Ohio, 
which was established in 1858; one of his associates being his cousin Sam Russell, now a 
resident of Newton, Iowa, and who is over eighty years of age.  In politics, Father Boatright 
was a Republican; a stalwart of the stalwarts; one of those kind of Republicans who stood firm 
for the first and fundamental principles, regardless of the new and varied ideas attempted to 
be injected into platforms of recent making.

It was the pleasure of the writer to enjoy an intimate acquaintance with Father Boatright, 
covering a period of many years; and we knew and appreciated him as one of the grand old men, 
comprising the cherished list of good, true friends.

Egbert Garnett came with his parents from Buckingham County, Virginia to Highland County, Ohio in 1834. William E. Boatwright, in his manuscript titled The Boat(w)right And Allied Families, has an account written by Egbert Boatright 1893-95, while on an ancestor hunting trip to Buckingham and Cumberland Counties VA, Pg 1571a, b, c, d, and a newspaper article 7-7-1939 published in the News-Herald of Hillsboro, Ohio, on Pg 1571d and e, of his manuscript.

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