(REV.) WILSON LUMPKIN (1838-1919),
the oldest son of Anderson Lumpkin and Susannah
Williams, was born Sept. 22, 1838, in Randolph County, Indiana. In
1853, when he was fifteen years of age, he moved with his family to
Iowa by covered wagon pulled by oxen. His mother died when he was 16,
and being the oldest son he worked hard to help his father run the farm
and take care of the family. In the late 1850's he left Iowa and went
to the California gold fields for a few years. When the Civil War
broke out, he returned to Iowa and enlisted in the Union army in 1861,
at the age of 23. (Ironically, many of the Lumpkins, cousins to each
other, were fighting on opposite sides in the Civil War, and Wilson
Lumpkin's namesake, the former governor of Georgia, was still living.
The Iowa volunteers were with the Union army on the march through Georgia
and the burning of Atlanta, which is dramatically depicted in the
movie GONE WITH THE WIND).
After serving all four years in the war,
Wilson Lumpkin again returned home to Iowa, where he became established in
business. He married on September 16, 1866 (at nearly 28 years of
age) to Mary Melinda Long, in Deer Creek Township, Webster County, Iowa.
She was born December 12, 1845, in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, the
daughter of Lemuel and Jane (Schumaker or Shoemaker) Long
Wilson's sister Emily (Emma) Lumpkin married Charles Long (a brother
of Mary Melinda Long) on 3 July 1866 in Webster County, Iowa.
"Charles was (like Wilson Lumpkin) one of but few who saw service for
nearly the entire duration of the Civil War. At the age of 18 he enlisted
(Feb. 13, 1862) in Co. B, 15th Iowa Infantry Volunteers (same company as
Wilson Lumpkin), as a private. They took part in the Battles of Shiloh,
Corinth, Vicksburg, Iuka, Atlanta, Ezra Church, March to the Sea, and
Bentonville, N.C. They were discharged July 24, 1865. There were but few
who came through all these battles alive, and none without impaired health.
Charles was never in good health afterward but he continued to farm and
ranch for the rest of his working life ... Charles and Emma lived and
farmed in Webster County, Iowa until 1888, then they moved by train via
Sioux City to a farm about thirty miles southwest of Niobrara, Nebraska.
It took a full train to transport all of their livestock and equipment.
Charles died in 1916, and his widow Emma (Lumpkin) Long used his homestead
rights to acquire 80 acres in Wyoming, now under oil lease.
There is no way of telling how long Emma might have lived had it not been
for the automobile accident (in which she died in 1927). At the time of
her death, at 84, she was a very healthy, vigorous woman, engaged in church,
Sunday school, Women's Relief Corps and helping in general with the
well-being of the community. She had returned to Norfolk (Nebraska) after
she proved up on her husband's claim in Wyoming. She always said to her
descendants, 'Now remember, you are somebody. You come from fine stock.'"
(My grandma -- Grace Lumpkin Bray once told me of her great-aunt Emma
coming to visit her family in Utah...apparently she made quite an
impression on them. She had a big car and a driver who worked for her).
The ROBERT LUMPKIN FAMILY book is dedicated to Emma Lumpkin Long and has
a picture of her in the front. It says, "Emma was a pioneer's pioneer ...
she was loved by everybody because of her constant concern about everyone's
Wilson Lumpkin operated a lumber yard at Fort Dodge, Iowa for many
years and "did a little preaching on the side." He was the father of
eight children, all born in Fort Dodge:
FRED E. LUMPKIN, Sept 5, 1867
ED A. LUMPKIN, July 2, 1869
**WEBB L. LUMPKIN, Aug. 11, 1871
CORA M. LUMPKIN, Sept 14, 1872
LULU (LULA) LUMPKIN, March 31, 1875
FRANK LUMPKIN, Nov. 20, 1876
HARRY LUMPKIN, Oct. 28, 1878
KITTIE LUMPKIN, Nov. 20, 1882
In the 1890's he homesteaded on the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma, and
during this period he was ordained to the Christian ministry. (It is
said that he "felt called" to preach, and at first was a circuit
preacher who rode on horseback to visit and carry God's word to the
isolated homesteaders in Oklahoma). Soon after this he moved with his
wife to Jennings, Louisiana, where he had been offered a position as
Pastor of the Congregational Church there. He died August 9, 1919, at
Jennings, Louisiana, aged 80 years 10 months and 13 days.
REV. WILSON LUMPKIN
Rev. Wilson Lumpkin, a resident of Jennings for the last nineteen
years, passed away at his daughter's, Mrs. K.K. Thomas, Saturday evening
at seven o'clock August 9, 1919.
Mr. Lumpkin was born in Randolph County, state of Indiana, September
22, 1838, and united in marriage to Miss Mary Long September 16,
1866 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. To this union was born eight children, five
boys and three girls. His wife, one son and daughter preceded him to
the grave. Those who are left to mourn their loss are E.A. Lumpkin,
Oakland, Cal.; Webb Lumpkin, Myton, Utah; Harry Lumpkin, New York;
Frank Lumpkin, Dallas, Texas; Mrs. C.S. Whittlesey, Durango, Colorado;
Mrs. Lula Thomas (of Louisiana), together with grand and great-grand
children. He lived a Christian all his life, having joined the church
at the age of 10, carrying his testament all through the Civil War, was
always faithful in his home service and church, was dearly loved by
nearly everybody that knew him.
He had a disposition that was genial as the summer air, always
looking on the bright side of life, never complaining even when the way
was rough and dark. He was not born in the lap of luxury but was a
millionaire in an upright and honorable life that will reflect back
through years to come. Having served his country the full four years
of the civil war, being one of the first volunteers from Iowa, Father
Lumpkin, as many called him, lived through the most remarkable period
of this world's history.
Affectionately he was laid to rest in the quiet tomb in the Greenwood
cemetery beside his wife and son. Funeral services were held at
the Jennings Congregational Church conducted by Rev. Paul Leeds of Kinder
and Rev. Faulk of Jennings. The Jennings G.A.R. holding their services
at the grave.
Wilson Lumpkin's military record (source: Ancestry.com):
Wilson Lumpkins enlisted 5 Oct. 1861.
Age at enlistment: 23.
Rank at enlistment: Corporal.
Promoted to Full Sergeant on 6 July 1862.
Promoted to Full 1st Sergeant on 21 March 1863.
Served from the state of Iowa.
Residence in Fort Dodge.
Enlisted in B Company, 15th Infantry Regiment of Iowa.
This unit was organized 22 Feb 1862.
Shiloh, Tennessee on 6 Apr 1862
Corinth, Mississippi on 3 Oct 1862, 4 Oct 1862, 6 Oct 1862,
and 8 Oct 1862
Corinth, Mississippi on 6 Oct 1863
Holly Springs, Mississippi on 20 Dec 1863
Corinth, Mississippi on 14 Feb 1864
Canton, Mississippi on 29 Feb 1864
Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia on 6 June 1864
? , Georgia on 15 June 1864
Atlanta, Georgia on 17 June 1864
Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia on 17 June 1864, 19 June 1864,
20 June 1864, and 24 June 1864
Marietta, Georgia on 25 June 1864
Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia on 27 June 1864, 1 July 1864,
and 3 July 1864
Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia on 4 July 1864
Atlanta, Georgia on 5 July 1864
Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia on 5 July 1864
Marietta, Georgia on 5 July 1864
Nickajack Creek, Georgia on 7 July 1864
Atlanta, Georgia on 14 July 1864, 20 July 1864, 21 July
1864, 22 July 1864, 23 July 1864, and 28 July 1864
Ezra Church, Georgia on 28 July 1864
Atlanta, Georgia on 9 Aug 1864, 10 Aug 1864, 11 Aug 1864,
13 Aug 1864, 15 Aug 1864, 17 Aug 1864, 19 Aug 1864, 20
Aug 1864, 22 Aug 1864, 23 Aug 1864, 25 Aug 1864,
26 Aug 1864, and 27 Aug 1864
? , Georgia on 3 Sep 1864
? , Georgia on 23 Sep 1864
? , Georgia on 5 Oct 1864
Savannah, Georgia on 21 Nov 1864
? on 14 Jan 1865
Columbia, South Carolina on 16 Feb 1865
? , South Carolina on 18 Feb 1865
Fayetteville, North Carolina on 12 March 1865
Bentonville, North Carollina on 21 March 1865
Falling Creek, North Carolina on 21 March 1865.
Officers killed or mortally wounded: 8
Officers who died of disease or accident: 1
Enlisted men killed or mortally wounded: 118
Enlisted men who died of disease or accident: 260
Mustered out on 24 July 1865.
Typed transcript of WILSON LUMPKIN's family bible:
WILSON LUMPKIN son of ANDERSON LUMPKIN and SUSANAH LUMPKIN
was born September 22 A.D. 1838 in Randolph County
State of Indiana
Mrs. MARY M. LUMPKIN daughter of LEMUEL LONG and JANE LONG
was born December 12th A.D. 1845 in Kalamazoo County Michigan
FRED E. LUMPKIN son of WILSON LUMPKIN and MARY M. LUMPKIN
was born Thursday September 5th A.D. 1867 in Fort Dodge
Webster Co. Iowa
ED A. LUMPKIN son of W. LUMPKIN and MARY LUMPKIN was born on
Friday July 2 A.D. 1869 in Fort Dodge Webster County Iowa
WEBB L. LUMPKIN son of W. LUMPKIN and MARY M. LUMPKIN
was born on Friday the 11th day of August A.D. 1871
in Fort Dodge Iowa Webster County
CORA M. LUMPKIN daughter of W. LUMPKIN & MARY M. LUMPKIN
was born on Saturday the 14th day of September A.D. 1872.
in Fort Dodge Iowa in Webster Co.
LULU LUMPKIN daughter of W. LUMPKIN & MARY M. LUMPKIN was born
on Wednesday the 31st day of March A.D. 1875 in Fort Dodge
Webster Co. Iowa
FRANK LUMPKIN son of W. LUMPKIN and MARY M. LUMPKIN was born
on Tuesday Morning Nov. 20th 1876 in Fort Dodge Iowa
HARRY LUMPKIN son of W. LUMPKIN and MARY M. LUMPKIN was born
on Tuesday October 28th 1878 in Fort Dodge Iowa
KITTIE LUMPKIN daughter of W. LUMPKIN & MARY M. LUMPKIN was born
on Monday Nov. 20th 1882 in Fort Dodge Iowa
WILSON LUMPKIN and Miss MARY M. LONG were duely joined in
matrimony on Sunday September the 16th AD 1866 at
8 o'clock A.M. in Deer Creek Township Webster County Iowa
W LUMPKIN aged 27 years 11 months and 24 days
Miss MARY M. LONG aged 20 years 9 months and 4 days
CORA LUMPKIN was duely joined in matrimony to CLAUD S. WHITTLESEY
at Guthrie Oklahoma Feb 24th 1892 at 8 O'Clock P.M.
LULU LUMPKIN was duely joined in matrimoney to K.K. THOMAS at
Garney, Oklahoma Nov 29th 1893.
WEBB LUMPKIN was duely joined in marriage to Miss BEULAH ELLEDGE
at Manassa Colorado July 30th 1903
KITTIE LUMPKIN daughter of W. LUMPKIN and MARY M. LUMPKIN
departed this life Dec 7th (on Thursday) 1882
being Two Weeks and 4 Days old.
She is at rest and soon we will meet her on the other shore
where sickness & Death will be no more!
FRED E. LUMPKIN son of W. LUMPKIN and MARY M. LUMPKIN
departed this life April 14th 1908. Was taken sick
in August 1907 with Bright's Disease of the Kidneys.
Sufferd long & patiently & died at Jennings, La
the above date.
MARY M. LUMPKIN Wife of W. LUMPKIN departed this life
at One O'Clock A.M. Dec. 26th 1913 at Jennings La
after a lingering illness of several years
of the disease of Diabetus.
* * *
From a newspaper article, Jennings, Louisiana:
Mrs. Lumpkin Dead
Wife of Pastor Lumpkin Passes Away After Long Illness
At the family residence in Jennings at one o'clock this Friday
morning, Mrs. Mary M. Lumpkin, beloved wife of Rev. W. Lumpkin, died
(at age 68) after a long illness of several years' duration from diabetes.
Mr. and Mrs. Lumpkin have been residents of Jennings for the past
twelve years and both have endeared themselves to a large circle of
friends. While she has been confined to her home practically all of
her residence in Jennings, Mrs. Lumpkin yet succeeded in making her
Christian influence felt far beyond the confines of her home and she
departs for her eternal reward leaving behind many who will mourn her
Her Christian fortitude and uncomplaining spirit were in themselves
daily sermons to all who knew of the battle she constantly waged
against the insidious disease from which she suffered.
Services were held in the Congregational Church, of which the deceased
was a life-long member, at 2 o'clock this afternoon, with interment in
Greenwood cemetery at 3:30, Rev. Alonzo Early officiating.
Once more we are brought to mourn the loss of a dearly loved friend
and member of the Women's Relief Corps and the O.W.L. None knew Mrs.
Mary Lumpkin but to love her. She was warm hearted, kind and true, always
ready to help when assistance was needed. She will be sadly
missed from our midst. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved
husband and children in their sore affliction. May God in His infinite
mercy comfort their hearts.
In the name of the W.R.C. and the O.W.L.,
Mrs. E.E. Sockaider
Mrs. J.E. Brainard
Mary M. Long Lumpkin was born December 12, 1845, in Kalamazoo County,
Michigan, and departed this life at Jennings, La., December 26, 1913.
On September 16, 1866, she was united in marriage in the State of
Iowa, to Wilson Lumpkin, and to them were born eight children, all of
whom survive her except one.
Those who remain to mourn the loss of this devoted wife and mother
are the husband, Rev. Wilson Lumpkin; Ed A. Lumpkin of Los Angeles,
Cal.; Webb Lumpkin of Myton, Utah; Frank Lumpkin of Dallas, Texas;
Harry Lumpkin of New York City; Mrs. Cora Whittlesey of Durango, Colorado;
and Mrs. Lula Thomas of Elton (Louisiana).
In 1889 Mrs. Lumpkin, with her husband and children, took up a
homestead in Oklahoma. It was during those trying days of great need
of moral uplift that Mr. Lumpkin was ordained to the Christian ministry
and his faithful wife gladly and willingly took upon her the
responsibilities of a minister's wife. She was no novice in Christian
service, for she had years before given her life in consecration to God.
In 1901 the family moved to Jennings and here she has lived a life
that has drawn the admiration of all for her lovely Christian character.
She has been failing for many months and the family knew she could
not fight very long against the disease that was seated in her and,
after several weeks of patient suffering, she succumbed to the arch-enemy,
death, early Friday morning.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Congregational
church, with interment in Greenwood cemetery, Rev. Alonzo Early officiating.
This paper and a host of friends extend to the bereaved family sincerest
condolences in their grief for the loss of this devoted Christian wife,
mother, and friend.
by Karen Bray Keeley
by Sandra S. Bray