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DARNALL, Turpin - 1881

Turpin Darnall

Source: Greencastle Star 13 August 1881

Turpin Darnall was born in Montgomery County, Kentucky on the 8th day of August 1799.  He was married to Louisa Yeates on the 4th day of March 1822.  He was received into the Baptist Church then known as Particular Baptist at Mt. Carmel, Clarks County, Ky in June 1827 and bapitzed by Elder Lewis Corbin, pastor of the church.  In September 1831, he, his wife and family of small children, left the land of their birth, the
home of their fathers, and moved to Putnam County, Ind and settled in the almost unbroken forest about 12 miles northwest of Greencastle, where he remained until the year 1863, when he moved to Bainbridge,
about 9 miles from his former home, where he lived up to the time of his death, which occurred on the 6th day of August 1881 at 6:30 o'clock in the morning.  His age was 81 years, 11 months and 28 days, as was said of Abraham, "a good age, an oldman and full of years."  He leaves the wife of his only marriage, a most estimable and exemplary lady and Christian mother, with whom he lived happily 59 years 4 months and and 22 days.

They were the parents of 7 children, two of whom died in infancy, and five lived to attain their majority. Four of these survived their father, namely: Mrs. James McMurray of Indianapolis; Mrs. George Fleece
of North Salem; Hon. J.F. Darnall of Greencastle and H.C. Darnall of Monroe Township, two miles west of Bainbridge. Mrs. Bridges, consort of James Bridges, died in 186. These are the parents of 17 grandchildren
and there are 13 great grandchildren who survive him.

In April 1833, he and his wife were received by letter into full membership with the Baptist Church in this county called New Hope, where he lived an exemplary and honored member till the time of his death.

In April 1843, he was licensed by the unanimous voice of the church to "exercise his gift of teaching wherever the Lord in his providence should cast his lots.  He was a zealous exhorter in the church, and
often while portraying the grandeur, beauty, sublimity and unsearchable riches of God's plan of salvation and redemption for his people, he would manifest an ardent goal that was equalled only by the earnestness and the pathos by which it was expressed. There was much in the life and character of Uncle Turpin Darnall, as he was familiarly  called, that is worthy of imitation.  He was a kind and genial husband, a tender, loving father, a social, good neighbor given to hospitality. Perhaps no man in Putnam County has been so hospitable to the household of faith as he.  Never discriminating between the rich and poor, those who had been made partakers of a like precious faith with himself he treated as brethren.

We mourn not as those who have o hope. His hope was in Jesus, and His atoning blood which cleanses from all sin.  "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord hencefort, yeah, saith the spirit, that they may rest
from their labors, and their works do follow them.

The funeral services took place at the late residence of the deceased, and consisted of a discourse on the resurrection, by Elder GM Thompson of Crawfordsville and the reading of the above tribute by Samuel
Colliver. His grandsons acted as pall bearers. A large per cent of the multitude of friends attending the services were aged people of both sexes, who came to pay their last tribute of respect to their friend and
brother and to comfort their beloved and devoted sister. His remains were conveyed to Forest Hill Cemetery, near Greencastle, where they now rest in peace. Elder Badger, of this city, conducted the services at the grave. - kbz

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