The Most Interesting Ancestor I Have in 100 Words – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 22)

Randy Seaver on his Genea-Musings blog has put out a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – 100 Word Genealogy Challenge to write a short story that includes the phrase “the most interesting ancestor I have” in 100 words. Here is mine:

The most interesting ancestor I have is John Marion Renfro. Born in 1846 in Illinois, John served as a Private for the Union, enlisting in 1864 in Rock Island, Illinois, and mustering out in October 1865. He married possibly seven times with only one known divorce, and had seven children. In 1893, a warrant was issued for his arrest for bigamy. He worked as a painter in Manhattan, Wyoming, Iowa, Chicago, and Kansas, where he spent his final 15 years. He died in Wichita on 20 December 1916, and is buried in Butler County, Kansas, with a Union grave stone.

John M. Renfro obituary, The Wichita Eagle [Wichita, Kansas], Friday Morning, December 22, 1916, Page 18, Cols. 3-4;
NOTE: Lawrence, Wesley, and Eugene are listed as his brothers. This is incorrect. They are his sons.

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