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JUNKIN, Matthew Johnston 1829 - 1887


Posted By: Deborah Brownfield - Stanley (email)
Date: 5/2/2004 at 18:05:11

The Fairfield Ledger
Wednesday, May 25, 1887
Page 3 column 6


... Matthew Johnston JUNKIN was a son of Joseph and Sarah JUNKIN, pioneer settlers of this county, both dying here, and was born at Wheeling, West Virginia, May 16th, 1829, celebrating his 58th birthday the Monday preceding his death. He was the 10th child of a family of 11 children, three sisters and two brothers surviving him. With his fathers family family he came to Iowa in 1843, when a lad of 15, living a year in Lee and Louisa counties. In 1844 the father entered what is now known as the Wells farm south of this city, where the family made their home for several years. Like many another young man Mr. JUNKIN was afflicted with the gold fever of 1849-50, and in the latter year made the trip to California overland, enduring all the hardships of that toilsome journey. He remained in that state five years, and upon his return was married to Miss Ellen MOORMAN, who died in 1870. Remaining here on a farm until 1859, MR. JUNKIN again made a year's stay in the mines of Colorado. Later he again made a trip to the Pacific coast, and was in the mines of Idaho and Washington Territories for two years, making the trip home by packhorse. For several years afterwards he remained on his farm in the northwest part of this township, but in 1873, after the death of his second wife, Miss Ellen SINCLAIR, he again returned to the mountains of Colorado, taking his family of five children with him. He lived near Colorado Springs for a time, and then removed to the new town of Rosita, where he engaged in mining and ranching. When the great silver discoveries were made at Silver Cliff, Mr. JUNKIN located one of the earlier claims, which he sold for a large sum, and in 1880 returned to Iowa, locating in this city. In the spring of 1885, at Centerville, he was married to Miss Mattie SHAFFER, who survives him.

MR. JUNKIN was the father of five children by his first marriage, and one by his third, the latter an infant, all of whom survive him. Frank W., Thomas M., Harry G., and Rolla, live in this county, while the daughter, Mrs. Dr. CARPENTER, makes her home at Fargo Springs, Kansas....

Funeral services were held in this city Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the family residence, conducted by Rev. D. C. Smith, assisted by Dr. Magill. The remains were taken to the Moorman Cemetery, six miles northwest of this city, for interment, and there were 30 carriages in the procession which followed the body to its final resting place.

Mr. JUNKIN was a brother of the senior editor of this paper, and Mrs. J. S. BECK of this city, Mrs. Saram M. SHEARER of Dexter, this state, Joseph JUNKIN of Red Oak, and Mrs. Nancy G. HUNTER of Newcastle, Penn., are his surviving brothers and sisters. His death is the first one which has occurred among children or grandchildren of the family in 22 years, with one exception, and the first among brothers or sisters for 42 years.


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