|Buntyn Family Plot|
Masonic rites will be performed at Elmwood cemetery, at four o'clock today, at the grave of the late Dr. Geraldus O. Buntyn. Buntyn was a very prominent and influential citizen of this county before the war, and especially well known at that time in the Masonic fraternity, having been long master of his lodge, and an active Knight Templar. Losing a leg during the war, his health became impaired there from, and his mind eventually gave way. His body came from Nashville by rail. Park avenue lodge, of which he was a member, was compelled to defer paying the last acts of respect to their brother until this time. The impressive ceremonies will be conducted by Bun F. Price, W.M. of Desoto lodge, by special request. All brothers who desire to take part in the services are requested to assemble at the Masonic Temple at three o'clock.
Originally posted in the Memphis Daily Appeal, March 21 1880
Geraldus Oscar Buntyn was the son of prominent land owner Geraldus Buntyn and his wife Ann Eliza Carraway. He married Adaline Cherry Odom in 1853 in Desoto County Mississippi. Ada died in 1856 leaving behind two young daughters in the care of Geraldus who returned with his daughters to Memphis after her death. During the war he mustered in and out as a private with CO. B 7 Cav. (Duckworth's) Tenn. Adaline was interred in Mississippi but her husband and children are interred at Elmwood.
Elmwood Cemetery records list his cause of death as "softening of the brain" while the Public Ledger reported that his death was caused by the wound he received during the war. The Ledger also reported he had been a long-time member of the county court. Public Ledger March 20, 1880