Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
of David H. Hawkins and Hannah A. Criswell
from Company B, Sixth Kansas Cavalry
by the War Department in support of
Hannah A. Hawkins' Widow's Pension Application
- Sarah Ann Hawkins was born in October, 1846, and died in November, 1846, in Lee County, Iowa.
- John Isom Hawkins was born 9 May 1848 in Lee County, Iowa; married first on 5 October 1870 in Jackson County, Missouri, Susan Julia Rogers, daughter of Wilson Rogers, a Shawnee, and Polly Samuels, a Munsee; married second Hestor A. Ketchum Daniels, a full blood Indian of the Delaware Tribe, widow of Walker Daniels; died 10 July 1935 at age 87, in Craig County, Oklahoma, near Vinita, and was buried through the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita in the Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Craig County, Oklahoma. Susan Julia Rogers was born 2 March 1853 in Kansas; died 2 March 1880 in Oklahoma; and was buried in the Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Craig County, Oklahoma. Hester A. Ketchum was born in 1849; died 15 April 1942 at age 92, at the Indian Sanitarium in Claremore, Rogers County, Oklahoma, following a long illness; and was buried through the Burckhalter Funeral Home of Vinita in the Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Craig County, Oklahoma. John Isom Hawkins and Susan Julia Rogers had three children: (a) Charles David Hawkins, born 9 September 1869 in Kansas City, Kansas; served as a Private in Company L, 1st Regiment, U.S. Volunteer Cavalry during the Spanish American War; married on 28 January 1907 in Craig County, Oklahoma, Dolly Singleton, daughter of William W. Singleton and Anne Chouteau; died 29 March 1929 in Afton, Ottowa County, Oklahoma; and was buried in the Ketchum Cemetery. Charles and Dolly had six children: John Hawkins, Edith Hawkins, Nola Hawkins, Sue Hawkins (Hutchinson), Lucy Hawkins and a son who died as an infant. (b) Lucy Hawkins, born 2 November 1872; married around 1894 Charles Norris and lived in Ketchum, Oklahoma; died 7 June 1951, at the home of Adrian Blount, nine miles southwest of Vinita, Oklahoma; and was buried in Ketchum Cemetery under the direction of Burckhalter Funeral Home. She had been a long-time resident of Ketchum and a member of the Methodist Church at Ketchum. (c) Abbie Hawkins was born 1 April 1878, died 26 April 1916, and was buried in the Ketchum Cemetery. No children were born of John's marriage to Hester Ketchum Daniels.
- Emma Narcissus Hawkins was born 31 July 1850 in Appanoose County, Iowa; married 7 October 1869 in Johnson County, Kansas, Samuel Joseph Rankin, son of David Rankin and Mitilda Nicholson; and died 17 May 1880. Samuel Joseph Rankin was born 24 January 1848 in Illinois; after Emma died, he married, separated and eventually moved to Ft. Worth, Texas; died 27 April 1907 at St. Margaret's Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas; and was buried on 29 April 1907 in Woodlawn Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas. Emma N. Hawkins and S. Joseph Rankin had five children: (a) Louise Marie Rankin was born 15 September 1870 in Wyandotte County, Kansas; married 10 April 1889 in Witchita, Kansas, Elmer Ellsworth Simpson; died 23 September 1943 in Kansas City, Kansas; and was buried in the Highland Park Cemetery in Kansas City. Elmer Ellsworth Simpson was born 27 February 1865; died 8 October 1944 at Bethany Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas; and was buried in Highland Park Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas. Their children were: Joseph Edward Simpson and Mary Pauline Simpson. (b) Lillian Rankin was born 20 June 1872; married 30 December 1896 William L. McCart in Fort Worth, Texas, by C. P. Bridwell, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church; died 29 November 1953 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas; and was buried in East Oakwood Cemetery. Their children were: Nancy Louise McCart, Elisabeth Howe McCart; Mary Tom McCart; MacGregor Rankin McCart; and William Lawrence McCart. (c) Lizzie Ellen "Nellie" Rankin was born 12 June 1876; married Charles or Robert Matthew who had tuberculosis; both died of the disease, leaving a small child, Charles or Robert Matthews who was raised by the Matthews in Temple, Texas. (d) William Thomas Rankin was born 1 June 1878 and died young, probably in Shawnee Township, Wyandotte County, Kansas. (e) Frank Rankin was born 31 August 1874 and died 1 December 1874, probably in Shawnee Township, Wyandotte County, Kansas.
- Rebecca Jane Hawkins was born 4 August 1853 in Illinois; married 30 December 1869 Lansing Parker Hewitt, son of Dr. Richard Hewitt and Hannah Parker; died of pneumonia 1 January 1922; and was buried on 4 January 1922 in Maple Hill Cemetery, Argentine, Kansas. Lansing Parker Hewitt was born 27 February 1847, died in 1912, and was buried in the Shawnee Township Cemetery. His body was later transferred to the Maple Hill Cemetery, Argentine, Kansas. Their children were: (a) William E. Hewitt was born 15 August 1874 and married 24 October 1895 in Wyandotte County, Kansas, Lulu "Lou" Stanley. Their seven children were: Ella Hewitt, Harold L. Hewitt, Edna Hewitt, Charles William Hewitt, Gordon R. Hewitt, Ruth M. Hewitt and Nellie Hewitt. (b) Frank R. Hewitt was born 24 November 1875; married Amelia Martin and lived in Watertown, South Dakota; died 4 July 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They had five children: one died at the time of Amelia's death with influenza, Harry, Louella, Mona and Alma. (c) Hannah Maud Hewitt was born 17 April 1876; died 21 September 1877 from pneumonia after the measles; and was buried in the Shawnee Township Cemetery. (d) Warren Merrick Hewitt was born 28 August [c1878] in Turner, Wyandotte County, Kansas; was a resident of Kansas City most of his life; and died 9 July 1953 at Providence Hospital after a four-week illness. He was a member of the Turner Baptist Church, Kaw Masonic Lodge, Caswell Consistory, Abdallah Shrine, the Eagles Lodge and the Shrine Club. He "experienced the tradedy of the death of his intended with pneumonia before their marriage. He never dated again." He served for 30 years as the assistant cashier of the Kansas City municipal water and light department. (e) Elizabeth Irene "Mae" Hewitt was born in August 1881; married early in 1901 George Washington McCamish, son of William H. McCamish and Mary J. Wells; and died in 1966. George W. McCamish was born 17 October 1869 and died 22 September 1963. They had six children: Nina Louise McCamish, Helen Marie McCamish, Dee Alma McCamish, William Warren McCamish, Merrick Warren McCamish and George LeRoy McCamish. (f) Ida Burke Hewitt was born 24 1884, married Byron Leroy Orvis and lived in Lake Charles and Welsh, Louisana; and died 3 July 1943. Byron died 1 January 1960. They had three children: Harriet J. Orvis, Byron Leroy Orvis Jr., and Betty Orvis. (g) Louella Hewitt was born 11 October 1887; married first Joseph A. Eagle, Sr. and second on 18 January 1939 John V. Hoefer; and died 10 October 1966 in Lake Charles, Louisana, where she had lived for 53 years. She had two children by her first marriage: Lansing H. Eagle and Joseph A. Eagle, Jr. (h) Alma Dee Hewitt was born 7 October 1890 and married 21 June 1911 Charles Jay Trevor who had been born 22 October 1885. They had six children: Charles Leslie Trevor, Lora Mae Trevor, Ella Jane Trevor, Alma Marie Trevor, and Helen Marquerite Trevor.
- William Franklin Hawkins was born 19 October 1855 in Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa; married 11 October 1885 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, his first cousin, Mary Belle Hagan, daughter of James Hagan and Elizabeth Burch Criswell; died 24 August 1945 in Jerome, Appanoose County, Iowa; and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery. Mary Belle Hagan was born 17 October 1856, died 19 April 1917 in Jerome; and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery. They had seven children: Cadd Ruth Hawkins, Kathryn Elizabeth Hawkins, John William Hawkins, James Hagan Hawkins, Archibald Franklin Hawkins, William Earl Hawkins, and Edmund David Hawkins.
- Mary Dell Nora Hawkins was born 11 May 1858 in Appanoose County, Iowa, married 11 December 1881 John Augustus Hackborn; died 9 January 1922 in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas; and was buried in Highland Park Cemetery in Kansas City. Her sister, Rebecca Jane Hawkins Hewitt, had had pneumonia, and Mary went to care for her. The conditions were not very good and Mry Dell Nora caught pneumonia and died only eight days after Jane. John Augustus Hackborn was born 17 February 1854 in Dusseldorf, Germany. He came to America in 1854 or 1855 with his parents when he was about sixteen weeks old and settled in Philadelphia. He wen to Kansas in 1878 and was employed as a butcher in a packing house in the Kansas City, Kansas, river bottoms. John Hackborn died in California 12 November 1934 and was buried in Highland Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas. They had two children: (a) Frederick August Hackborn was born 23 November 1882 in Kansas City, Kansas, married a widow Henretta M. Fessler, died 23 March 1962, and was buried next to his wife in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. (b) Louise Marie Hackborn was born 23 March 1886 and died unmarried 3 September 1986 in Los Angeles, California.
- Archibald Fisher Criswell Hawkins was born 10 November 1860 and died 6 October 1861 in Appanoose County, Iowa.
- Lizzie Erminnie Hawkins was born 15 September 1866 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and died of measles 8 October (or 1 May) 1876 in Wyandotte County, Kansas.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
- 22 September 1905 - James E. Condra, 31, of Jerome, Iowa, born in Appanoose County, Iowa, and Etta M. Sidles, 30, of Jerome, Iowa, born in Appanoose County, Iowa. Wedding was at the M. E. Church in Jerome, Iowa. Rev. S. F. Bishop officiated. Remarks: A pleasant day. A small audience. Fee $2.00.
- 11 April 1909 - George W. Easton, 29, of Caffeyville, Kansas, born in Floris, Iowa, and Jennie E. Brough, 31, of Centerville, Iowa, born in Centerville, Iowa. Wedding at home of F. M. Iwalt in Plano, Iowa. Rev. S. F. Bishop officiated. Remarks: Easter Sunday. A small company. Fee $5.00.
- 21 May 1909 - A. H. Dove, 26, of Plano, Iowa, born Centerville, Iowa, and Ida B. Connor, 22, of Centerville, Iowa, born in Centerville, Iowa. Wedding was at home of Mrs. George Sidles in Jerome, Iowa; Rev. S. F. Bishop officiated; Remarks: A pleasant afternoon. Small company. Fee $5.00.
- 4 July 1909 - Walter Law, 26, of Mystic, Iowa, born Webster County, Iowa, and Nellie L. Lowe, 18, of Brazil, Iowa, born in Appanoose County, Iowa. Wedding was at the home of the bride in Brazil, Iowa. Rev. S. F. Bishop officiated. Remarks: Rainy afternoon. A large company. Fee $5.00.
- 29 May 1910 - Mr. James Swan, 72, of Plano, Iowa, born in Pennsylvania, and Miss Lattie Lemaster, 46, of Iconium, Iowa, born in Iowa. Wedding was at the parsonage in Jerome, Iowa. Rev. J. H. Krenmyre officiated.
- 13 January 1915 - Charley Moore, 28, of Plano, Iowa, born in Iowa, and Rosie Dooley, 17, of Jerome, Iowa, born Iowa. Wedding was at the home of the bride in Jerome, Iowa. Rev. Geo. L. Roper officiated. Remarks: Family present. Fee $5.00.
- 20 January 1915 - George Hunter, 21, of Jerome, Iowa, born in Mystic, Iowa, and Opal Steen, 19, of Jerome, Iowa, born in Mendota, Missouri. Wedding was in the home of the groom in Jerome, Iowa. Rev. Geo. L. Roper officiated. Remarks: A large crowd.
- 28 May 1916 - William W. Packard, 21, of Centerville, Iowa, born in Centerville, Iowa, and Mary Hardy, 19, of Centerville, Iowa, born in Centerville, Iowa. Wedding was in the parsonage in Jerome, Iowa. Rev. Geo. L. Roper officiated.
- 18 November 1923 - Walter W. Long, 35, of Promise City, Iowa, born in Iowa, and Ada Wales, of Plano, Iowa, born in Iowa. Wedding was in the home of the bride in Plano, Iowa. Rev. John F. Barnett officiated.
On May 11th, the Trustees were B. A. Morrison, Ettie M. Condra, Cora Beer, Manford Moore and Peter Sidles.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Jacob Norris was a member of the Numa Methodist Episcopal Church, serving as a class leader and trustee of the church; first a Whig, then a Republican; and a farmer. His farm was located east and south of Jerome in Section 12 and School District #1.
- Ellen Minerva Elizabeth Norris, born 13 October 1852 in Davis County, Iowa, and died 1 January 1919 in Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho. She married in Numa, Appanoose County, Iowa, 12 September 1872 [Book 5, Page 474], John Hayes Murphy, who was born 15 August 1850 in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, and died 26 September 1933 in Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, son of William Porterfield Murphy and Mary Amanda Nason. Children: Lillie Murphy, born c1873; Carrie Murphy, born c1875; Earnest Murphy, born c1877; Elbert Murphy, born c1879; Charles Murphy, born c1880; Winifred Murphy, born c1884; Nellie Murphy, born c1890; Bernice C. Murphy, born c1893; and Claude L. Murphy, born c1892.
- William L. Norris, born [c1855] in Davis County, Iowa, and died [apparently before 1860].
- Glendora Norris, born 16 February 1856 in Davis County, Iowa, died 17 April 1940 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
- Pheba J. Norris, born 8 November 1857 in Davis County, Iowa, died 5 December 1940 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
- Jacob A. Norris, born October 1859 in Davis County, Iowa, married [date] in [place], Anna A. [Maiden Name], died [date] 1931 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
- James E. Norris, born [c1861] in Davis County, Iowa, married in Appanoose County [Book 11, Page 334] 26 Februay 1893 Lillie Holloway, and died [before 1933]. Lillie Holloway was born c1866.
- Lewis J. Norris, born August 1863 in Davis County, Iowa, married 30 December 1891 in Appanoose County [Book 11, Page 61] Minnie E. Crist, died 3 March 1945 in [place] and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery. Minnie E. Crist was born in [date] 1865 [place], died [date] 1947 [place] and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery, daughter of John G. Crist and Mary Ann Caufmann. Child: Cleo Olive Norris, born 29 July 1896 in Appanoose County, Iowa, died 11 February 1947 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery. She married 28 November 1917 Edward Potter Inman with whom she had seven sons.
- May Norris, born [date] 1865 in Davis County, Iowa, died [date] 1926 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
- Isaac Guthrie Norris, born [date] 1867 in Appanoose County, Iowa, married 1 October 1890 in Appanoose County [Book 10, Page 340] Osta Kinney, died [date] 1947 in Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
- Charles G. Norris, born September 1869 in Appanoose County, Iowa, married 12 October 1893 Louie M. Elliot, and died [date] in [place]. Children: Hobart Norris, born October 1896, and Vurl Norris, born November 1897.
- Flora Lana Norris, born 24 August 1871 in Appanoose County, Iowa, married in Appanoose County, 17 February 1892 Ira T. Brown [12 May 1869-4 September 1932], died 5 May 1951 in Ames, Iowa, and was buried next to her husband in Southlawn, Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa. In 1898 they moved to Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa, where they went into business. She moved to Ames, Iowa, in 1939. Children: Ruth O. Brown who married Raymond Cain and Icil L. Brown who married Cecil Hook.
- Mary Magdaline Norris, born 8 June 1878 in Appanoose County, Iowa, married [place] 12 May 1903, James Edward Dershem, died 1 May 1933 in Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery after a funeral service in the Jerome M. E. Church. [Obituary] James Edward Dershem was born 6 August 1876, son of Solomon Dershem and Eliza Yarger, died [place] [date] 1959, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
is on the American Civil War website
Fort Smith, Ark., July 29, 1864.
Colonel W. R. Judson, Commanding First Brigade;
Sir--I have the honor to report to you that I was in command of company B, Sixth Kansas Cavalry on the morning of the 27th inst., when the enemy made the attack on our camp, on Muzzard Prairie, and as soon as the alarm was given that the enemy was in the prairie, which was about six o'clock, a.m., I sent immediately for the herd which had been out grazing since daylight, and was about three-fourths of a mile southwest of camp. I formed my men on the right of the camp, to protect my herd as it came in, and until it could be secured, but before the horses could be brought up, the enemy charged on us, which stampeded the herd, and left the men on foot to fight as best they could. We drove the enemy back, and as I had received no orders from the commanding officer, I ordered my men to fall back until they could form on the right of the other companies. When I had fallen back to the left of my company's parade ground, I came in speaking distance of Major Mefford, when I received orders to form my company on the right, to protect the camp. I immediately took the position assigned me, with company D on my left. We held our position, repulsing three distinct charges of the enemy. At this time I was that Major Mefford had, with companies E and H, been driven from their position on the left of the line, and had began to fall back across the prairie. I knew that I could not hold my ground much longer, with what men I had; so, without receiving orders from Major Mefford, commenced falling back toward him. As we fell back I had several men captured by the enemy that was advancing through the timber in the center of our camp. We fought and retreated in good order, until we came within half a mile of the house on the prairie, when the enemy closed in on all sides, taking many more of our men prisoners. Those that were left, continued fighting and falling back to the house. There the men that were left were overpowered and captured. Before we reached the house I received a slight wound in the right thigh. Some of my men who were first captured made their escape by hiding in the thick brush, the enemy not staying to hunt for stragglers, but left immediately after the men at the house were captured, taking with them all the men that could travel. All did well under the circumstances--it being a surprise after driving in the pickets, the enemy was in our camp. I lost in the engagement three (3)killed, two (2) mortally wounded, five (5) severely wounded, and forty (40) men taken prisoners.
JACOB MOREHEAD, First Lieut.
Sixth Kansas Cavalry, Volunteers, Commanding Company B
*Jacob Morehead, First Lieutenant company B, severely wounded.
*Thos. McCauley, Corporal, company B, killed.
Antoine Furtmire, private, company B, slightly wounded.
Edwin Jackson, private, company B, severely wounded
*David P. McDonald, private company B, slightly wounded.
*John G. Parker, private, company B, killed.
Edwin Parker, private, company B, slightly wounded.
*George W. Rinker, private, company B, mortally wounded.
*Joshua B. Zents, private, company B, killed.
Forty enlisted men in Company B were captured.
*Were volunteers from
From the History of the Sixth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry on the website of the the Museum of the Kansas National Guard. A Complete Roster of Company B.
W. C. Ransom, Major Sixth Kansas Cavalry, Commanding Detachment
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
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