The Star takes pleasure in presenting the following data about the life, death and burial of the old and honorable veteran and pioneer, Mr. James Sheppard Brinson, whose death occurred on the afternoon of the Fourth of July, at the home of his son Mr. J. J. Brinson. The data was furnished by his son Mr. J. H. Brinson, superintendent of the schools for Marion.
Mr. Brinson was born in Jefferson County, Georgia July 7, 1821 lacking three days of rounding out his 89th birthday. He was married to Miss Anna Redding in his native state and came to the Orange Lake section in 1848 and later settled on the Ocklawaha River where he ever afterward made his home.
Nine children blessed the union of Mr. Brinson and Miss Redding; five boys and four girls all of whom are living but two daughters. The children are J. J., Ben, D. B., W. H. and H. B. Brinson, all of Eureka, but the last named, who lives at Oxford. His daughters are Mrs. Martha McGehee, of Punta Gorda and Mrs. Elizabeth Martin, Citronelle.
Mr. Brinson had always been a consistent Christian, a member of the Baptist Church. He was one of the charter members of the Marshton Masonic Lodge…Ft. McCoy, was buried by the Lodge. W. M. John W. Stephens, remarking a year ago, the lodge had four members whose united ages were 336. Mr. Brinson being one of them, but during the year three of the aged veterans has crossed the river.
Mr. Brinson lost his wife some five years ago and his remains were interred by the grave of his wife in the Eureka graveyard.
It was the purpose of his children and grandchildren as had been the custom for some years, to indulge in a family reunion on his 89th birthday. For that purpose his daughter Mrs. Martha McGehee, of Punta Gorda, his daughter-in-law Mrs. Hamp Brinson of Oxford had gone to the home of Mr. J. J. Brinson to assist in preparing for the anticipated feast.
Mr. Brinson enjoyed good health until the Wednesday before his death when he began failing rapidly and death came from the infirmities of old age. He was a man of sterling worth, a good citizen, a brave soldier during the War Between the States under Capt. Joshua McGahagins Company and the last of that noble band of civic warriors. He had so lived that he left the world as better place for having lived in it as an example worthy of emulation.
Source: Ocasla Evening Star: 7-7-1909
Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted by Linda Flowers
(My 3rd great Grandparents)