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Theophilus Berrian Heath (1846 - 1926)

Theophilus Berrian Heath
Born in Burke County, Georgia, USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 24 Dec 1873 in Missouri, USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Stafford Township, Stafford County, Kansasmap
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Aeonium for Theophilus "Lover of Flowers"


Theophilus Berrian Heath was born some time in March 2, 1846 in Burke County, Georgia. He is listed as four years old in the 1850 census, living with his mother, Sarah A. Heath, and siblings:

  1. James W., 13 yrs. old
  2. William O., 11 yrs. old
  3. Caroline L. , 9 yrs. old
  4. Crawford B., 2 yrs. old

His father died between 1848 and 1850, as he is not listed on the 1850 census.[1]


When Theophilus was 15 years old he was living with the James G. Stone and Eliza Stone family in Burke, Georgia.[2] When Theophilus was at the age of 25 he was working on Robert Ely's farm in Clark, Atchison County, Missouri.[3]

Military Service

During the American Civil War, Theophilus fought for the Confederacy, serving in the state of Georgia.[4] Theophilus was a private in Georgia's 27th Battalion, Company A, Infantry.[5]


Cynthia Arelia Steele grew up on a farm in Atchison County, Missouri. Theophilus met Cynthia, here, while working on Robert Ely's farm, nearby, most likely at church, and on December 24, the day before Christmas, Theophilus and Cynthia were married. After their marriage they worked on a farm near the present site of Tarkio. Most likely, Theophilus worked on one of Mr. Rankin's farms, as Mr. Rankin owned most of the land around Tarkio at the time.[6]

Theophilus Berrian Heath Family


Theophilus and Cynthia had four children while living in Tarkio:[7]

  1. William Oliver, b. 25 October 1874
  2. Laura Lou, b. 31 Aug 1876
  3. John James, b. 13 Jul 1881 (twin)
  4. Robert Crawford, b. 13 Jul 1881 (twin)

Stafford, Kansas

Theophilus and Aurelia followed their son, John James Heath to Stafford, Kansas in 1918. Living there for 8 years.

Brother Heath

"Brother Heath was a farmer all his life and a great lover of flowers, as seen in the fine displays in the Stafford city park, which has been under his special care the last few years. Brother Heath was a Methodist of the old order. He was converted in 1883 and joined the M.E. church in 1884. A faithful and most regular attendant at the means of grace." Theophilus' Obituary; Written by the Stafford Newspaper and published on 12 Aug 1926.


Theophilus lived to a ripe old age of 80 years, dying on Wednesday evening on August 4, 1926. [Stafford Obituary]. Theophilus is buried in an unmarked grave at the Stafford Cemetery in Stafford, Kansas. Rest in peace Grandpa Theo!


  1. 1850 U.S. Federal Census; on file courtesy of
  2. 1860 U.S. Federal Census; on file courtesy of
  3. 1870 U.S. Federal Census; on file courstesy of
  4. American Civil War Soldiers; on file courtesy of
  5. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865; record on file at
  6. Genealogy and History of Keyes, North and Cruzen Families; page 257; by M.F. Stipes; published 1914, Missouri
  7. Genealogy and History of the related Keyes, North and Cruzen Families; M.F. Stipes; published 1914, Missouri

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