Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal Friday, 21 August 1896
Alfred McJunkin, son of Landlot and Eliza McJunkin, was born in Montgomery County, Indiana, Jan. 15, 1845, died Aug 11, 1896, aged 51 years, six months and 27 days.
He was the youngest child of ten children, seven sons and three daughters, six of whom survive him. He was left an orphan in early childhood and was fostered in the home of John H. Compton, who gave him parental protection and care, where he remained until the Civil War broke out, when on July 13, 1863, at Indianapolis, he enlisted in Co. G, 63d Indiana Infantry and served to the close of the war. In 1865 he was transferred to Co. E, 128 Ind. Regiment, which was retained to guard the war supplies until sold. On April 13, 1866, he received his discharge at Raleigh, N. C., and returned to the home of his foster parents, where he remained for a short time and then went west, finally locating in Iowa where in Keokuk County Dec. 20, 1877, he was married to Emma M. Miller and to them were born three children, Mary Elizabeth, John Arthur, and Sarah Jane. In 1879 he moved from Iowa to Smith County, Kansas, where for four years he endured the privations of western life, and driving at times to be in almost destitute circumstances by drought until in March, 1884, he removed with his little family to Indiana and settled on the farm of his foster father where he has ever since resided. He united with the Disciples of Christ at Antioch Church near Fremont, Ill., January 1, 1869.
He was a member in good standing and when in health was always in attendance at services in God’s house. For the past year he was a sufferer from cancer on the face. He bore his affliction patiently, never murmuring at his lot. He was conscious to the last, but weakened by prolonged sickness, was unable to speak. All was done that could be to make him comfortable. Neighbors and friends alike showed him their love and respect in visiting him during his illness and their kindness was appreciated by him and his family.
He leaves to mourn his loss, a companion and three children, two sisters, one living in Missouri and one in Kansas, four brothers, one living in Illinois, one in Iowa, one in Colorado and one in Kansas.
Thus another one has been called from our midst but God knows best and He who can temper the winds to the shorn lamb, can help those who put their trust in him to bear the burden of sorrow and we can only look to him and trust until he sees fit to reunite the family circle in heaven. - s