Shelby  County  Indiana

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, April 15, 1920
(From Tuesday's Daily.)
          Benjamin McFarland,  aged about 75 years, one of the best known men of Shelby and Rush counties, died Monday evening at 6 o'clock at his home in Rushville from a complication of diseases.  Mr. McFarland, formerly resided in Orange township, Rush county, just across the Shelby-Rush county line, and he was probably as well known in this county as in his native county.  He was quite prominent in local politics, serving Rush county as commissioner and sheriff and was also postmaster at Rushville for a term.  He served for three years in the Union army during the Civil War and was a leader in G.A.R. circles.  Mr. McFarland left no relatives, his wife having died several years ago.  A daughter was drowned at Morristown some time ago.  The funeral will be held from the late home in Rushville Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial will be made in the Rushville cemetery.
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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday March 5, 1909
Page 4 column 1
          William E. McFarland died at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Worland  in Shelby township, at 6 a.m. Friday, March 5th, aged seventy years, ten months and 27 days.  He was a veteran of the civil war, having enlisted in 1863 in Company B, 123rd Indiana and served until the close of the war.  He is survived by two sons and three daughters.  They are  Albert and  George McFarland,  Mrs. Albert Worland,  Mrs. Emma Bash  and  Mrs. Euphema Demoss.  Funeral services will be held at the late home at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 6th.  Burial will be in Forest Hill in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
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The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Friday March 5, 1909
Page 1 column 3
W. E. McFarland Dead
          William E. McFarland  died at the home of his daughter,  Mrs. Albert Worland,  three miles west of this city, at 4 o’clock Friday morning, aged seventy years, ten months and twenty-seven days.  He leaves two sons and three daughters,  Albert and  George McFarland,  Mrs. Anna Worland,  Mrs. Emma Bash  and  Mrs. Euphenia Demoss.  The deceased was a soldier in the Civil war, having enlisted in 1863, serving in Co. B, 123d Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the home at 10 p.m. Saturday, March 6, the Rev. J. P. Myers officiating.  Interment in Forest Hill in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
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The  Democrat - Volunteer.
Shelbyville, Ind., Feb. 26, 1880.
          Mrs. Betsy McFarland  mother-in-law of  Judge Hord, died at the residence of the latter on Tuesday night, after a long illness.
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The  Shelby  Union  Banner
July 21, 1864
Page 2,  column 4
          PROCEEDINGS  OF  THE  SHELBYVILLE  BAR  ON  THE  DEATH  OF  CAPT. THOS. A. MCFARLAND ---- The Shelbyville Bar met on July 15th, 1864, at 2 o'clock P.M., to give an expression of the feelings produced by the death, on Wednesday evening, July 13th, 1864, of Captain Thomas A. McFarland.  All the members of the Bar were present.
          On motion, E. H. Davis was appointed Chairman, and K. M. Hord Secretary.
          A committee of three were appointed to draft resolutions expressive of the feelings of the Bar.  The Chair appointed James Harrison,  M. M. Ray,  and  Alfred Major.
          While the committee were engaged, Mr. Harrison, by request, addressed the Bar as follows:
          Gentlemen of the Bar --- Thos. A. McFarland, for twelve years a member of this Bar, is no more.  He expired at his residence in this city on Wednesday evening, the 18th inst., at 6 o'clock, in the 37th year of his age.  After a brief illness of three days, he passed away without pain; and so gently did the spirit leave his frame, that the moment of departure was not observed by the friends who watched by his side.
          He was a man endowed by nature with fine health and constitution and remarkable for animation and uncommon social qualities, of an active, cordial temperament, and a hih-wrought organization.  His brief life was crowded with action and incident. Strong and vigorous in his feelings, he was a warm and sincere friend, but if occasion called for it, an opponent both courageous and generous. In 1852, he was elected District Attorney, in the District then composed of this county, in which office he served one term of two years; in 1854 he was elected as Representative of this county to the Legislature, and at the expiration of his term was reelected in 1856. During the time he held these several public positions, few men of his age enhoyed so large a share of the confidence of the peopleof this county. At the breaking out of the rebellion, he took a decided stand on the side of the Union cause and in favor of putting down the rebellion unconditionally and by force of arms, and being one of those who are always willing to carry their convictions and professions into practice, he went earnestly to work to recruit and organize a company of volunteers in this county for the twelve months service. Through his influence and energy the company was soon recruited, and he was immediately chosen as their Captain, the company was accepted and soon set out for the seat of war, where they were assigned for duty in the department then under command of Gen. Banks, on the Potomac. At the expiration of their term of service, Capt. McFarland returned with them to this county in June 1862. And it may be proper to say in this connection, that during the entire time that this company was in service and until their return, he retained the confidence and the affections of his entire command.
          Since Capt. McFarland's return from the army he has devoted but little attention to his profession, but has been mainly engaged in the recruiting service. To his influence, zeal and energy this community owes much in having the several requisitions by the Government on this county for men, raised by volunteer enlistments, thereby averting and saving Shelby county from impending drafts.
          Therefore, as an expression of our unfeigned sorrow for his loss, and of sympathy for his bereaved family,
          Resolved, That in his untimely death the profession has lost one of its most talented, generous and prmising members.
          Resolved, That we tender to his family and friends our sincere condolence, feeling that their loss is irreparable.
          Resolved, That a copy of the proceedings of this meeting be presented to this Court, with a request that they be spread on the minutes of this Court, and that the Secretary furnish a copy thereof to the family of the deceased.
          The meeting then adjourned.
E. H. DAVIS, Pres't.
K. M. Hord, Sec'y.
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