Obits of Johnson Harrison Totty and Susan Spradling Totty / Independence, MO
The following obituary is from the RLDS Archives "Saint's Herald"
1884, Vol. 31 p. 535
Johnston H. Totty
At Independence, Missouri, July 29, 1884,
Bro. Jonathan (should be Johnson) Harrison Totty.
He was born in Hickman County, TN, April 27, 1824;
baptized by Elder Joseph Argyle into the Utah Church, March 21st, 1878;
went to Manassas, Conejos County, CO and settled with others of that church, in the spring of 1880.
Heard of the Reorganization through Bro. W.W. Blair, and was by him baptized, January 9th, 1884.
Came with a portion of his family to Independence, MO, May 27 and united with the branch there.
He several times testified to his family of grown up sons and daughters, that he was now among the people of God and felt rejoiced in spirit.
On the evening of July 29, 1884, he ate his supper as heartily as ever he had done, went to the yard and began chopping wood for the morning. About two or three minutes afterwards he was found dead by members of his family with nothing to explain his departure except a slight abrasion of the skin on the side of the left temple. Physicians pronounced it a case of internal hemorrhage of the brain, caused by a blow from a small stick of wood.
He leaves a widow (his wife for forty-one years), five sons and three daughters to mourn his sudden departure.
At the time of this writing we learn that six of the family (sons and wives) have just united with the church by baptism.
Funeral sermon at the church by Joseph Luff, July 30th, 1884
The following obituaryis from the RLDS Publication "Zion's Ensign"
December 22, 1898
The following are from the RLDS Publication "Zion's Ensign"
Sister Susan Totty.
At Independence, Missouri, December 17, 1898,
She was born in Warren County, Tennessee, March 9, 1822.
She, with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Spradling, subsequently removed to Bedford County, and later to Hickman County, where, on August 12, 1843, she was married to Johnson Totty.
Five sons and three daughters were born to them of whom all but one daughter remain to cherish her memory.
She had fifty-two grand children and thirteen great grandchildren.
She was baptized into the RLDS church in Colorado by Bro. W.W. Blair, January 19, 1884, and removed the same year to Independence, where she has since resided, loved and respected by all who knew her.
She was of a cheerful disposition and led q consistent life.
Sermon by Elder Garrett, December 18th; interment in Independence cemetery.