Samuel C. Oxford
July 29, 1856 - August. 12, 1941
At his home on Ford's Road near Mt. Zion church, Samuel C. Oxford died Aug. 12, 1941. He was born 29 July 1856, hence at the time of his death he was 85 years and14 days.
His funeral services were supervised by James Herrin and son-in-law, Porter Rose in Mr. Zion Church, where Rev. Arthur Austin, the pastor, delivered an excelletnt tribute to his memory. The song service was led by Vernon Joyner, Circuit Clerk of Saline County, after which the mortal remains were taken to and lowered to repose in the Angleton cemetery near the Oxford old homestead, where he was born and reared to manhood.
Samuel C. Oxford was one of the second generations of the large Oxford and Patton families. In early pioneer days the first generation settled with
their parents on Patton Ridge north of Potts Hill. They were Elihu, James,
Elias, Newton, Morgan and Hannah. These intermarried principally in the
Patton family, entered lands from the government office in Shawneetown,
developed good farms, built substantial homes and reared large families.
Elihu and James became pioneer ministers. Elihu first County Judge of Hardin County and all of them were classed with what rogues of the time called the "Damnable Law and Church Party," because the stood unflinchingly for law and order in a lawless wilderness.
Elias wedded Nancy J. Patton. Their sons were Riley, Isaac, John Allen, Samuel C. and George, their daughters being Elizabeth J. Angleton and Hannah Brownfield. Samuel C. was the last of them to quit the walks of men, and he had lived to see his generation of brothers and sisters and cousins go, all of them, except John Oxford, youngest son of Elihu, who as the last leaf of the twig still weathers the storms of life, living on his farm in Rock Creek precinct of this county.
In early life the deceased married Mary (Mollie) Barnes who after ecoming
the mother of Alfred, Millard and Walter S. Oxford succumbed to a lingering illness and ultimately to an untimely death.
Only a few years later on returning from his first college year the writer
remembers quite well that Sam Oxford, who was their president of Central
School board, called for me to teach that school and among other things he
said, "I have spent about all I had trying to save Molllie's life and if I
meet with a few more such misfortunes, I'll not have anything to give the
boys, but an education, that is one thing that cannot be taken away from them and I want you to help me to push them through."
Later on the writer taught in Yellow Springs district, where the father
arranged to send the boys a number of terms. He then moved to Elizabethtown for further schooling and farmed the place on which the writer now lives, and where he also worked as salesman in some of the stores.
Alfred soon married and farmed for himself, but died at about 30 years of age. Going out from school, Walter began teaching in his home county. After attending Oakland City College, Millard also taught but soon gave up the profession for the ministry.
In the meantime the father married Sarah Shipp, who has made him an
industrious companion and faithful stepmother for his sons. She still lives
to mourn the loss of a husband to whom she was much attached. He as a
stepfather also raised two girls, Nora and Altie to womanhood.
A writer should be allowed a little space at least to speak of the material
worth of a deceased person to his or her country; for singularly enough in
paying their tribute to the dead, preachers usually overlook this. I am
frank to admit that a man's religious values is worthwhile, but what he has
contributed materially and charitably to society-- should not be overlooked
as matters of no moment.
In his deep interest in learning, Samuel C. Oxford served many years on
different boards in the districts and townships and because of his knowledge
of the values of both personal and real property, he was sought as a deputy
assessor. In his eight years of this work he wrote the property of every nook
and corner of Hardin County, and was asked by friends to make the race of
County assessor and treasurer, but his aversion to politics kept him from
offering for office. However perhaps his most devoted convictions connect with the IOOF. The beautiful principles of that order was religion to him. We younger fellows believed that he knew the laws digests and secret mysteries of that great charitable institution by heart. When we needed advice in legal matters or instructions in the unwritten works of passwords, grips, tokens, signs or countersigns, we called on Brother Oxford. He was an IOOF advisor, peacemaker and lawyer, when we visited a sick brother we usually found Brother Oxford already there. We returned to our homes and work but he remained to nurse many a member through a hard spell of sickness. We preached Oddfellowship, he as a good Samaritan practiced it. He has argued to the writer more times than one, that since Oddfellowship is founded upon the Bible, as the church is, he believed it would prepare one for immortal bliss, that is, if he lived up to its scriptural principles, and that he himself was trying to do more and more as the years went by. By these principles he was deeply imbued, by them he lived, and by them perhaps as much as by the prayers of loved ones he had faith to his last days to say "I am ready to go. "Maybe the Savior meant to provide for a few faithful believers who follow him aside from the main corriders of the church, when he said to his church "other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also I must bring in."
Regretting that space and propriety in newspaper writing forbids me to speak more definitely of experiences and virtues, I know of our deceased brother and offering condolence to the bereaved. I am yours in that hope that Jesus the Christ plants in the hearts of mankind.
Written by Elihu Nicholas Hall
Taken from the Hardin County Independent 21 Aug 1941