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Flint, Horace and Luther's Families

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Horace Flint was born on 15 Apr 1842 in Scio, Allegany County, New York to Solomon Flint and Rebecca Jane Clark.  He was the fourth child of nine. He joined the 13th Wisconsin Infantry Tredway Rifles during the Civil War.  He documented his service with letters that have been saved in the Wisconsin Historical Society.  He wrote to his mother, sending her money during the war.  One of the letters mentions how he needs new boots but his mother did not want him to because she was wearing government issued boots.  When his brother, John Albert Flint died in Natchez, Mississippi, Horace marries his widow, Mary Ann Millard.  Mary had at least one child already named Mina.  John Albert Flint was part of the 33rd Wisconsin Plow Boys.

This is a transcription of John's letter to Mary on his death bed in Natchez, Mississippi:

"1863 When I last wrote to you I expected by this time to have been on my way up the river to St. Louis or some other place but you will perceive by the perusal of this that I am still here.  They seem to be very slow in their proceedings in regard to the sick.  It is now about three weeks since the names of those who were to be sent north were registered.  So we have not heard from it since although we expect an order for our removal every day.  The day after I wrote you last I had a pretty bad turn forty eight hours and since then I have been slowly but surely steadily gaining and now with proper care I think i will get along.  I have not received any letter from you in some time owing I presume to the mismanagement in the post office of the Army Corps at Vicksburg.  We learn that there is a heavy mail for us at that point.  Our postmaster has started for Vicksburg this morning to see about it.  You see now out Div, is separated from the Army Corps which has caused the blunder in regard to our mail.   I hope we will have some mail soon for I am very anxious to hear from you besides I would experience much pleasure in the perusal of a good letter from you now it would help much to very the monotony of my situation at present.  However, I hope it will not be long ere I am transferred to  a more northern and healthier home while I hope to gain strength more rapidly.  One of our boys has returned from furlough this morning.  He says there will be mail this evening and when I hope to hear from you and now Dear Wife I wish you would give my love to Father and to all the friends tell them to write me.  I shall be happy to hear from them if I were able to write I should write a line but as it is nor I do not wish to ask my friends to sit down and write for me every time.  As soon as I am able I will write as often as possible.  An now Dear Wife I believe there is nothing more to write at present.  Please write as often as you can but do not think of coming down here for it is no place for a woman.  It is a place Dear Wife that I would not wish to you and now with my love to you and my compliments to all the friends I will close.

From your affectionate Husband

John A. Flint"

Transcription of a letter from Mary to her mother-in-law just after her husband died:

"Owen Center  February the 2nd 1864

Dear Mother,

According to promise I set down to write you a few lines to let you know that we got home safe and sound.  We are all well and hope that this will find you enjoying the same great blessing of God.  We did not get home until the next day night.  I ....had been there but concluded we want again to come that night and went back home and the consequence we had to stay all night.  I was somewhat lonesome at first but I feel quite resided  again.  You must excuse this poor writing.  Mina stands here a laying on me and jiggling me so I cant half write.  In fact I don't know what to write.  Helen is well but a little lonesome at times but give her a good laughing and she gets over it.  Is Serepta there yet.  If she is tell her to write for I want a letter from someone and if she will I will pay her as I go along for I think that would be a good thing.  I have not forgot that yet I meditate on it a great deal.  I need never trouble myself any more about how I shall get things and pay for it.  I have learned a new way...always pay as I go along whether I have money or not.  I can't think of any thing to write.  All I have to say is I don't take Eber for a judge.  No there is a great and good God on hight that know and is the judge of all and when all friends here on earth forsake us and say all manner of evil against no there is one that will never forsake me but in time of trouble he will stand by you and lead in paths of peace if only we prove faithful to the Grace given us and I feel to bless His Holy Name that he is a friend to me for through all my trials and affliction I have found him a faithful friend.  No more this time only write soon.

From Mary A. Flint

To my affectionate Mother-in-law and all."

Horace wrote a letter to his mother asking about a young girl that I think he was sweet on.  He had to give her up to marry his brothers widow.

Horace's Examining Surgeon's Certificate dated 26 Dec 1877 shows he is living in Denison, Texas.
Horace and Mary dedicated their lives to serve Jesus in 1878, while they were in Denison, Texas.  This is noted in the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald.

From 1881-1885 his military pension records record his address as Fairbury, Nebraska.  By 3 June 1885 he remains in Jefferson County, Nebraska per the 1885 Census.

On 13 July 1889, Horace was granted a homestead in what is now Bird City, Cheyenne, Kansas with the certificate out of Oberlin, Kansas.  This is perhaps where Irvin Farnsworth met Ermina.  Irvin homesteaded land along with a few of his brothers nearby and was granted a homestead on 1 Mar 1890.  The land record states that Irvin was from Rawlins County, Kansas (where he was living when this land transaction took place.)
Horace's land was at the SE 1/4 of Section 5 Township 5 S of Range 36 West.
Irvin's land was at         NW 1/4 of Section 18 Township 5 S of Range 36 West.  These were about a mile apart but each had approximately 160 acres.  There may have only been one neighbor between them.

Horace and Mary's daughter, Ermina married Irvin Farnsworth 23 May 1889 in Washington County, Arkansas.  They started the first two Seventh Day Adventist Churches in Cleveland County.  Ermina's parents bible has 1889 and Springdale, Arkansas inscribed inside.  Irvin and Ermina's first recorded child is born on 3 June 1890 with two conflicting locations.  One is Wyandotte County, Kansas and the other is Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.   Their next child, Zella is born in Oklahoma Territory.  Presumably the dugout at the family homestead.

22 Sep 1891 was the "Land Run for the Potawatomi, Sac and Fox, Shawnee Lands".  

"A Document" (locate this) states their home on 16 Sep 1894 is Fayetteville, Arkansas.  The next day his son his married and his address is listed as Cleveland County, Oklahoma OT.  The Oklahoma Tax Rolls have Horace in Oklahoma in 1894.

Horace and Mary's son Luther, married Eva Francis Young in Norman in 1894.  It was told to her grandchildren that Mary was angry about Luther's choice in a bride.  She was suppose to be a half breed indian.  I have not proof of that yet.

Mary lists in the 1900 census that she had six children with only two still living.  These four that were not living in 1900 have not been found.

School Records show that between 1903-1904 Horace Flint is the Director of Knoles, District 65, W.H. (Henry) Winegarner is the Clerk, and Horace's son in law, Irvin is the Treasurer.  This is the same for the year of 1904-1905.  In 1905-1906 Horace must have stepped down, possibly due to illness.  Jacob King steps into Horace's position.  Henry Winegarner and Irvin Farnsworth remained in their same position. 

On 2 April 1906 Martin Knoles sells the Pleasant Ridge School land to District 65 for $50.  This is when Knoles School officially became a public school, notarized by John Studholme and witnessed by George W. Stow and A.V. Hulse.  It is all in the same writing, not each signature of a different person.

(1908-1909, and 1910-1911 the positions were held by Charles H. Hendrickson,  Henry Winegarner and Fred S. Knoles. 1911-1912, 1912-1913, 1913-1914 The offices are held by F.A. Snyder, Henry Winegarner and Fred Knoles.)

Horace died just five days after his son-in-law Irvin Elsworth Farnsworth.  I believe he spent many hours in the cold Oklahoma wind in January digging Irvin's grave at the Knoles Cemetery.  Horace died of pneumonia.

His Obit:

"11 Apr 1907  Advent Review and Sabbath Herald


FLINT.— Died at his home in Cleveland,

County, Okla., Jan. 30, 1907, Horace R. Flint,

aged 64 years, 9 months, and 15 days. He

loved to study his Bible, and was always

ready to give every one a reason for the hope

he cherished. He embraced present truth

through the labors of Elder R. M. Kilgore at

Denison, Tex., in the spring of 1879. He

leaves a wife, a son, a daughter, and grandchildren,

besides other relatives. As no minister

of our faith could be secured to conduct

the funeral, a Methodist brother held a short

service at -the grave, offering prayer, and making

a few remarks based on Job 19: 25, 26.


There was not a minister available since Irvin was their preacher and had just died five days prior.  The Methodist minister was also from the Knoles Church, then called Pleasant Ridge.  They shared the building with the Riverdale Sunday School attended my Lena and Martin Knoles.

Horace Flint's Estate 

"JANUARY 9, 1913 




FLINT.— Mrs. Mary A. Flint was born in

New York State, Sept. 27, 1843, and died at

her home near Newalla, Okla., Nov. 5, 1912.

In the year 1879 she accepted present truth

under the labors of Elder R. M. Kilgore. A

son and a daughter are left to mourn. Words

of comfort were spoken at the grave, and we

laid her to rest till God shall call forth his


Dr. Austin cared for her.  She died of pneumonia.  I.M. Jackson was the undertaker.  Mary was buried to the brides side of her husband.  Two graves over from Horace to the south is Ermina, her husband Irvin, and then her son Horace.  Luther lost a baby Dorothy in 1915 and a son John sometime between 1910 and 1920.  It is thought that they are between Horace Flint and Ermina Farnsworth.

Luther was buried at the far south end since the cemetery was full between Horace and where Luther was buried.  I never did understand why Luther was buried so far from his father until I had ground radar come out and they found so many graves.  That explained why Luther was at the south end.  In 1977 Cleveland County graded Luther's grave away.


Luther helped to build a building on what is now Griffin Memorial Hospital.  The Norman Transcript writes (Vol. 14, No. 22, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 9, 1903) The Asylum New Building under the management of the Oklahoma Sanitarium........will build a 40x100 building.