Archive for November, 2017

Battle of Wilson’s Creek as told by an obituary of 1945.

November 17, 2017

While working on obituary’s this one was given to the Historical Society, dated April 16, 1945.  A little back ground before copying the obit.  We know from history that General Lyon was taken to the John Ray house, but I have not read any thing from the Ray family who may of cared for him.

France Elizabeth Ray, was born to John and his first wife on Jan 10, 1844, in Missouri. France married Claiborne Jerome Stewart September 7, 1865 at the Ray House.  Claiborne served in the Civil War, 24th Missouri Volunteer Infantry. Now for obit of Edwin Jasper Stewart.


Edwin Jasper Stewart, 75 retired cattleman of the Battlefield community, died last night at his home after an illness lasting two weeks.

Mr. Stewart was well known throughout Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma in the cattle business and at one time owned and operated a large cattle ranch in Stone County.

A native of Battlefield community, he was born June 24, 1869, on a farm where the present town of that name stands and a mile and a half from the site of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.  He was the son of C. J. Stewart, a Civil War Union Veteran, and France Wray Stewart who nursed General Lyons, Union general, when he was brought to her father’s home after being wounded in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek on August 10, 1861.  The Wray family cared for General Lyons for several days before he was brought back to Springfield.

When the Missouri Pacific railroad laid a line between Springfield and Crane, they ran it directly across his father’s farm.  Mr. Stewart, with visions of a future there, purchased 40 acres of his father’s farm land and laid out the present town of Battlefield.  When the little country Methodist church was moved into the town he helped to erect a building to house the congregation of which he had been a member for many years.

Funeral services will be held in the little Battlefield Methodist church a 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon with Rev. Frank Nelson officiating  and burial in Manley Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be his nephews, Hubert, and Paul Stewart, Hershel Perkins, Homer and Lee Young and Earl Mikesell.

Mr. Stewart is  survived by his wife, the former  Miss Betty Young, a neighbor girl to whom he was married in 1891;  one son, R. E.  Stewart, 801 East Grand;  one daughter, Mrs. Verna McDaniel, battlefield;   one sister, Mrs. C. T.  Perkins, Battlefield;  two brothers, W L Stewart, Morrisville, and J B Stewart, Wilson Creek;  six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

One grandson Leon McDaniel is aboard a ship in the Pacific with the Navy, and another, T/Sgt Ralph McDaniel, radio operator on a B-17 Flying Fortress, has completed 35 missions over Germany and is back in the United States stationed at Scott Field, Ill.