A Question Raised by the Death of John Wade Vincent at Liberal, Missouri in 1881

“The Wade Family, Monongalia County, Virginia, now West Virginia” published by Franklin Marion Brand in 1927, includes mention of a John Wade Vincent.

John Wade Vincent was preparing himself for the ministry in the Baptist church at a seminary at Liberal, Missouri. He died while a student there in the year 1881 and was buried in the college seminary.

John Vincent, a preacher born abt 1851 in Indiana, was a boarder in the household of the elderly Katrina Stipes in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri in 1880. In 1870 he was given as 18, born in Iowa, and living in the household of John P. and Sarah E. Romain (Sarah Wade, a sister of his mother) in Vermillion, Vermillion, Indiana. In 1860 he was with his widowed mother, Julia Vincent, in Green, Parke, Indiana.

The above is the John Wade Vincent in question, but the story is off. Liberal was newly formed. A freethought community, there were no churches, certainly no seminaries and no seminary cemetery in which to be buried. The Freethought University wouldn’t open until 1886.

One wonders then what was John Vincent doing in Liberal and why he was given as at a Baptist seminary.

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