Article I: This was found in a family Bible in later years:
At the hospital in Lecompte, La., at 1PM, Saturday, March 28, 1925, the Death angle visited the gentle spirit of Rev.A. J. O'Quinn and called him to his Heavenly home.
" Grandfather or Uncle Jack," as he was known by many of his relatives and friends, was sick eleven days ,when pneumonia developed ,and on the ninth day, when all was done that medical aid and loving hands could do, he answered the call and went with the Angel to meet his Heavenly Father and his many loved ones gone before. The following is a copy found on the flyleaf of his family Bible. "Andrew Jackson O'Quinn was born in Pike county, Mississippi, September 1, 1845, and at the tender age of six weeks emigrated to Natchitoches Parish. La., and was raised on a farm until February 3, 1863, when enlisted as a private soldier in Kelso's company of heavy artillery."
"He served in the army until May 28, 1865 , when he left Shreveport for home and arrived at home June 1, and on the 18th day of June was married to Mary Ann Land, daughter of Joseph D. Land."
"To this union was born eleven children, who all survived him except one son and daughter, who passed on several years before. He was a faithful and devoted husband and father.
He leaves to mourn his loss a wife of his later days and Nine children as follows: Mrs. J. F. Estes, Milton O. O'quinn, Miss Kate O'Quinn, Fulton O'Quinn, Miss Zillah O'Quinn, J. Horace O'Quinn, A. L. O'Quinn, Mrs. Alice Roane and Mr. Z.A. O'Quinn. He also had nineteen grandchildren, and eight Great-Grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his loss."
"He has always lived in Loisiana since his return from the army. Shortly after his return he began to devote his time to the study of the gospel and was one of the oldest Baptist ministers of his State, for he has been in the work for over fifty years. He has served as pastor of many churches. He has done evangilistic work, both preaching and singing, and it was his great delight to do charitable work and help his many friends in every place he could.
He was a great friend to the educational work and the Baptist Hospital of Alexandria, La. While on his death bed, he plead with an old friend to live a Christian life and meet him on the other shore. At the time of his death he was superintendent of the Latanier Sunday School.
He was also occuppied during his, life in lumber business and in farming. For the past twelve years , up until his marriage about two years ago, he lived with his daughter, Mrs. J. F. Estes. In the meantime he worked at Camp Stafford, and in ministerial work, but for the past two years he has been occupied chiefly on his farm.
His remains were conveyed by Hardy Brothers, undertakers , to the Pleasant Hill Church near Pollock, La., where Rev. J. O. Fogleman conducted the services, and his remains were laid to rest by the side of his first wife in the Pleasant Hill cemetery;. This was the last one of the fourteen brothers and sister to pass on to that happy shore.
How sad it is to part with our dear father and grandfather, but he bore his suffering patiently and said that he was ready for his long needed and happy rest.
His department was that of a gentleman, courteous, affable, considerate, and loving to his many friends.
Oh! dear grandfather how we miss you. There is sadness in our hearts we can hardly bear, but God's will be done, not our and let us be prepared to meet him and our loved ones when we are called to that blessed shore where death can part us never more.
Poem by his daughter Mary Estes:
"Dearest grandfather, you have left us
and our sorrows we deeply feel.
But 'tis God that bereft us---He can all
our sorrows heal.
We praise The, dear Lord, to meet him
in that happy home above.
Where there is everlasting joy and love."
Article II: This came from the Colfax Chronicle, Colfax, La. Saturday April 11, 1925.
Rev. A. J. O'Quinn
Rev. A. J. O'Quinn died at a sanitarium in Lecompte, La., at 1 PM March 28, 1925. He is survived by five sons and four daughter: Milton O'Quinn, New Verda , La.; A. L. O'Quinn, Pollock, La.; Fulton H. O'Quinn, Leesville, La.; J. H. O'Quinn, Leland, Mississippi;Zack O'Quinn, Houston, Texas; Mrs. J. F Estes, Alexandria, La.; Miss Kate O'Quinn, New Verda, La.; Miss Zilla O'Quinn, Laurel Miss.; Mrs. A. S. Roane, El Paso, Tex.; besides many granchildren and great-grandchildren
Andrew Jackson O'Quinn was the son of Rev. Daniel O'Quinn and was born in Pike County, Miss., Sept 1, 1845 and was at the time of his death 79 years, 6 months and 27 days old. He was buried at Pleasant Hill cemetery, two miles south of Pollock, La. At 2 PM on Sunday, March 29, 1925, a large crowd of relatives and friends being present to pay their last respects to their old friend,"Uncle Jack," as he was familiarly known to so many. Funeral services were conducted in a very impressive manner by Rev. J. O. Folgleman, assisted by Rev. Calson.
The subject of this sketch came to to Louisiana with parents and brothers and sisters in his very early childhood and settled in what is now ward seven of Grant parish, near old Mars Hill church, which church was organized and built by his father, Rev. Daniel O'Quinn, in 1846, or shortly thereafter, and is still standing and is regularly used. His father built a log house to live in, which is still standing and in use, having serveral additions made to it.
There were in this family ten boys and four girls, all of whom preceded the subject of this sketch to the grave, he being as Longfellow said, "The last leaf on the tree."
A remarkable fact about this large family was that eight of the sons were in the Civil War at one time, two of whom lost their lives at Vicksburg.
A. J. O'Quinn, after the close of the war, Married Miss Mary Ann Land and settled near where he grew to manhood. He participated in the stirring events which restored white supremacy in Lousisiana, being arrested and carried to New Orleans, La., and held prisoner for a long time, charged with participation in the Colfax Riot. He was tried by courtmartial and acquitted.
In early manhood he became a Baptist preacher, as was his father before him. As such he was for many years well and favorably known over a large portion of Louisiana. He continued in his work until enfeebled by age, when he retired to a farm near Lecompte, La., where he remained until the final summons came.
I hope you enjoy getting this and that it will help you in finding some of the O'Quinns that you seek. Anita
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