I am descended from Bryant C Cartwright through his daughter Amanda Cartwright-Griffith. I was able to find this about him after borrowing micro films from Kansas.
The following three articles are from the same newspaper. I have recorded them exactly as written, which includes words spelled incorectly.
THE ERIE SENTINEL
Erie, Kansas, Friday, August 6, 1897
Mrs. Griffith of Illinois, is at E. W. Wheelers, where she has been since the death of her father, Mr. Cartwright.
We are sorry to have to record the death of Uncle Ben Cartwright, which occured at the home of E. W. Wheeler on Thursday, July 29, 1897. Mr. Cartwright was one of the oldest citizens of this locality. He was nearly eighty years old and for about thirty years has lived on his farm near here. He served in the U.S. army under Capt. Zachari Taylor and an indian scout under Sheridon. He leaves a wife and two children and a host of friends to mourn his departure.
For more than 25 years in a little house near Big Creek in this county lived B. Cartwright alone. Years before the civil war and prior to any white settlement here, as a soldier in the regular army, his duty brought him this part of the state and thus he became early acquainted the country. When he settled in Big Creek township and why he chose to lear a quiet secluded life I do not know. Of superior mental caleber, sound judgement and well informed, he was somewhat excentric in word and manner. A relative of the celebrated preacher, Peter Cartwright, he ingerited some of his peculiar ways and mode of expression. These attracted me when I first met him 25 years ago and we became friends. He hated a lie and detested the liar. He dispised dishonesty and did not hesitate to denounce the thief, whether a public officer or a private citizen. Honorable and upright in his transactions with his fellow man, he demanded the same treatment from them. As the years passed and age told upon him I have thought that some day some neighbor, passing that way, would miss the old mand and , searching, find him dead within the cabin. Some neighbor, passing there, one day last week did miss him and did find him so near death that it was evident he could ont recover. He was removed to the residence of E. W. Wheeler where he was kindly cared for until his death, July 28, 1897, at the age of about 79 years. His religion I do know know, I only know that he would say "Be just and fear not." F.F R.
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