When he didn't appear at the new home, the family grieved, not knowing what fate had befallen him. They didn't learn until many years later,...his wife Lucinda died without knowing. Rebecca Jane Flannery [Gault],
a daughter of Zion, heard the story by chance 25 years later, when her daughter Anna Lou married G. L. Park in 1888 and moved to a livestock farm in Henry County.
One day the county sheriff, "Uncle Jimmy" Calloway, came riding by and accepted their invitation to stay for dinner. When the talk turned to where they were from and family names, Calloway said, in amazement, "Why,
I buried your grandfather. I saw two men on horseback chasing him," he said, "they had chased him into Lafayette County, then shot him. I asked them why and they said, 'We knew he was a Southern man.' I knew him, so I made him a coffin of walnut logs, and waxed it with beeswax, and buried him on a knoll under a sycamore near where he was killed." Besides his wife , Lucinda [Shepherd] Flannery, he left children James Silas, Rebecca J., Melvina W., John W., MacPendleton, George Zion, and Horace Napolean Flannery.
~ from Branded as Rebels, by Eakin & Hales
provided by Nina Flannery
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