Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kessie Jessie Brinkley and Lawrence Raymond Webber

Kessie Jessie Brinkley was the daughter of John Dennis Brinkley and Mary Alice Kinney. Kessie was born 8 March 1895, in Appanoose County, Iowa and died July 1981, Iowa. She is buried in Livingston Cemetery, Livingston, Appannose County, Iowa.

Kessie married Lawrence Raymond Webber, 9 January 1918, Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa.

Lawrence Raymond Webber was born 16 August 1896 in Putnam County, Missouri, and died 11 November 1986, Centerville, Appanoose County, Iowa. He too is buried in Livingston Cemetery, Livingston, Appanoose County, Iowa.

They did not have any children. It is believed this photo was taken in 1917 at about the time of the marriage.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Joseph S. Cookus, Civil War Veteran

From his Civil War packet, we find that Joseph S. Cookus was born in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia). On 7 August 1862 at Mt. Vernon, Linn County, Iowa, he joined the Civil War as part of Company F, 24th Regiment, Iowa Infantry. He was discharged 17 July 1865 in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, more than a 1000 miles from home, but he made it home quickly. On 23 August 1865, he and his wife, Minerva sold their 'town lot' to Kitty Ann Peddycoat. He had been wounded in the war, and at one time taken prisoner. For his service to his country, he received a pension.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

George Alexander Fitzwater

George Alexander Fitzwater was born 5 June 1821, in Posey County, Indiana. He married first, Celia Ann Steppe Bunyard on 5 November 1846 in Crawford County, Missouri. They bought land in Holt County, Missouri on 19 March 1855; were in the 1860 census living in Claytonville, Brown County, Kansas Territory. They kept following the Oregon trail, son Martin Densmore Fitzwater was born in Oregon [expect Linn County] 17 August 1865. I don't know why the didn't stay in Oregon. The family pushed south to Shasta County, California where they were found living in Township 6, Shasta County, California for the 1870 census. Celia died, 17 May 1872, Millville, Shasta County, California. She was 43 years old, her youngest child was only 4. This family stayed in Shasta County for generations. They are buried all over the county. George remarried on 20 October 1874, to Leah B. Coots; they divorced in 1899. Then George married Frances A. Norwood on 25 May 1900. George died 14 November 1914, in Millville, Shasta County, California. Both he and Celia are buried at the Masonic Cemetery, Millville, Shasta County, California. Their gravesite is very close to the front gate.