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Lena Ward (#46807370)
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Bio Photo I have been doing genealogy and cemetery research since 2000. My mother's family is from Sequoyah County, Oklahoma. I have done extensive research at several cemeteries around Sallisaw, Oklahoma.
My family names are Watts, Corley, Lamb, Tidwell and Woirtinek. My husband's family names are Ward, Jelks, Singer and Harris.

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Rhonda Riley
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After locating my grandmother and grandfather's graves, I have searched for my step-grandfather's final resting place. His name as I knew it was Orville Compton. He was married to my grandmother, who was widowed, married Orville Compton in or about 1945. I have no more information than that. Can you help? They lived in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and my grandmother died in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1979. I know that Grandpa Orville had a daughter, but that is all I know. I can't remember her name.
Added by Rhonda Riley on Nov 23, 2015 2:13 PM
Col. J.B. Kirwan
Please add this to his bio. Source: Goodspeed's 1889 History of Texas Co., MO. If you look at his tombstone photo, you will see his name is J.S. Kirwan.

Col. John S. Kirwan was born in Lempster, Sullivan Co., N. H., June 22, 1840. His parents, Hugh and Bridget (Hanigan) Kirwan, were born in the counties of Galway and Rosscomon, Ireland, respectively, and were the parents of ten children, five boys and five girls. John, the youngest of the family, is the subject of this sketch. In May, 1840, Mr. Hugh Kirwan and his family immigrated to America, locating in Sullivan County, N. H., and engaged in farming. In 1851 he died, at the age of sixty-five years, and his widow and the remainder of his children at home, Timothy, Ann, Cecelia, Delia and John,
moved to the city of Manchester, N. H., where John attended school, and at times worked in the factories. In 1855 he entered the dry goods
house of H. Doherty & Co., 339 and 341 Washington Street, Boston, Mass., as salesman, and remained there until 1856, when he returned to Manchester, N. H., and acted as salesman for Wright & Gill and
W. A. Putney &. Co. In 1858, at the age of eighteen years, he ran away from home, and enlisted in the Regular Army (First, now the
Fourth, Cavalry), at Boston, Mass. He was sent from Boston to the school of instruction for cavalry at Carlisle Barracks, Penn., and later
joined his regiment at Fort Riley, Kas., on the last day of May, and on the following day, June 1, 1859, the command started for the Upper Arkansas River, for the purpose of observing the movements of the Indians, and to protect the mail and Pike's Peakers (it being the time of the Pikes Peak craze). In September, 1859. the Comanche and Kiowa Indians declared war, killing Mr. Peacock, who was keeping a ranch on Walnut Creek. Kirwan’s company, “ K,” was kept pretty busy the fall and winter of 1859—60, fighting Indians and building Fort Learned, on Pawnee Fork, Kas. The spring and summer of 1860 found him with Maj. Segwick (afterward Maj.Gen.
Segwick, commanding the Sixth Army Corps, who was killed at the battle of Spottsylvania, Va.). In August, 1860, he was engaged with Indians at Blackwater, about forty miles north of the Arkansas River,where the Indians were defeated. First Lieut. J. E. B. Steward (afterward the famous rebel general) was in command. Immediately
after this battle the Indians sued for peace. Maj. Segwick was ordered to build a fort, then called Fort Wise (now Lyons), at a place called Bent’s Fort, on the Upper Arkansas River. The
company of which he was a member remained at Fort Wise until the fall of 1861, when it was ordered to Fort Leavenworth, Kas.. and from there to West Point, Ky., being assigned to the command of Maj.Gen. Buell, by whom it was ordered to reinforce Gen. Grant in front of Fort Donelson. It arrived there just after the surrender, and was ordered to Nashville,Tenn. On arriving, Companies G and K were assigned as escort to Gen. Buell, and participated in the battles of Shiloh, Miss., and in front of Corinth, and from there to
Huntsville, Ala., and Bridgeport, Tenn., and in the great duel between Gens. Buell and Bragg to the Ohio River, participating in the battles of Perryville, or Chaplin Hill, and Crab Orchard, Ky.
Immediately after Crab Orchard, Gen. Buell was relieved by Rosecrans, and the name of the army changed from the Army of the Ohio to the Army of the Cumberland, and the Fourth Regular Cavalry was assigned as escort to Gen. Rosecrans, and was recruited up to its maximum strength. On the 1st of December, 1862, young Kirwan was made a corporal in his company, and on the day after
the battle of Stone River he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. On the 10th day of April, 1863, he was captured by the enemy, while leading a charge of eighteen men on the Louisburg Pike, about five miles south of Franklin, Tenn. Six of his men were killed, and he and the remainder of the squad were captured and sent to Libby
Prison, Richmond, Va., where he remained two months, and being exchanged, again joined his company on the 19th day of June, just in time to participate in the advance on Shelbyville, Tullahoma and Decherd, Tenn. At Decherd he was detailed by the War Department to report to Andrew Johnson, military governor of Tennessee,
for the purpose of drilling and organizing the different regiments of Tennessee cavalry then being organized for the Union. On the
1st of October, 1863, Mr. Kirwan was commissioned lieutenant of Company C, Twelfth Tennessee Cavalry, and on the 20th of the same month promoted to captain of the same company, and at short intervals promoted to the rank of major, lieutenant-colonel and colonel of his regiment. In December, 1863, he was ordered to take
command of the post at Charlotte, Dickson County, Tenn., and to clean out the bushwhackers in that vicinity, which he did, killing and wounding quite a number, and capturing 157, which he sent to Nashville to be tried by military commission. In 1864 he was busily engaged against the rebel generals, Forrest, Wheeler and Williams,
and fought them at Elk Creek, Florence, Triune and Pulaski, in Alabama and Tennessee. In the fall of 1864 Col. Kirwan was ordered to relieve Col. Clift of the command of the brigade composed of the Fifth, Tenth and Twelfth Tennessee Cavalry, United States Volunteers, then stationed in front of Gen. Hood at Florence, Ala., and
was placed as Third Brigade of Gen. Ed. Hatch’s Division. Col. Kirwan fought Hood’s army on its march on Nashville, at Campbellsville, Spring Hill and at Franklin, Tenn., where he lost many officers and men, among whom was Maj. Morgan Boland, a brave officer, who was mortally wounded while leading his regiment in a charge.
Col. Kirwan was with the cavalry corps on Gen. Thomas’ right wing at the battle of Nashville, December 15 and 16, and assisted in breaking the enemy’s left wing and capturing eighteen pieces of artillery and 3,000 prisoners. He was also engaged in the pursuit of Gen. Hood to the Tennessee River, and fought his last battle on
Christmas Day, 1864, at Robinson's Hill, Tenn. At Sugar River, Ala., Col. Kirwan was placed in command of 500 picked men to cut off Hood's rear guard and wagon train before it crossed the Tennessee River, which he did (or what was left of it). He was then ordered, with the rest of the cavalry, to Gravelly Springs, Ala., and from there to Eastport, Miss., where he remained until the 1st of May, 1865, when he was ordered with his regiment to St. Louis, Mo. He received a
new outfit of horses and equipment, and was ordered to report to Gen. Dodge at Leavenworth, Kas., and then ordered by Gen. Dodge to establish a temporary military post at the 100th meridian, on the north fork of the Solomon River, Kas., where the city of Kirwin, Kas., now stands. Col. Kirwan remained there with his regiment,
fighting the Indians and furnishing a guard for the corps of engineers that were surveying the land for the Government, until November, 1865, when the regiment was ordered to Leavenworth to be mustered out of service. Immediately after being mustered out of the service, Col. Kirwan located in the Solomon Valley, in Ottawa County, Kas., and opened the first store in the now city of Minneapolis. In 1866 Col. Kirwan was elected a delegate from Ottawa County to the State
Republican Convention at Topeka, Kas., and was there elected one of the vice-president of that convention. In 1867 he moved to St. Louis, Mo., and became a member of the Metropolitan police force of that city, first as sergeant and then as captain of police. In 1870 he resigned from the police, and took the stump, with the rest of the liberal Republicans, in favor of the enfranchisement of those whom he lately fought. In 1871 (October 1) Col. Kirwan entered the St.
Louis postoffice, and worked there for sixteen years and two months,resigning from there on December 1, 1887. On January 1, 1880, he
bought part of the farm he now owns (five miles east of Houston, on the Salem road, and one and one-half miles west of Raymondville),and has since been adding to it. He is now the owner of 330 acres, which are well stocked. Col. Kirwan is, and always has been, a Republican in politics. He cast his first vote for Abraham
Lincoln in 1864. Col. Kirwan’s discharge and papers from the army show that he was in twenty-five battles during the war and with
Indians, and had some narrow escapes and thrilling adventures during seven years’ service. His mother and two sisters, Ann and Cecelia,
moved to Missouri in 1859, and settled in Osage County, where his mother died in 1860, aged sixty years. The elder sister, Ann, married a Mr. King there, and in 1861 moved to Texas County, near Raymondville, where her husband died, and she again married, in 1870, Mr. William H. Wilson. The second sister, Cecelia, married Mr. John McKenna, in St. Louis, Mo., in 1866. She is also a resident of Texas County, near Raymondville. His sister Delia married Mr. George MacKenzie, and lives in Minneapolis, Kas. Col. Kirwan has
been married twice; to his first wife, Jennie Greener, daughter of Nicholas and Ellen Greener, at Nashville, Tenn., in November, 1863.
She died of cholera in St. Louis, October 20, 1867. He married again, Jennie Bierman, daughter of John M. and Rosenna Bierman, at St. Louis, Mo., February 7, 1869. He has one child living by his first wife, Ellen Cecelia Kirwan, now the wife of Mr. Benjamin Osborn Holt, and is also a resident of Texas County. Col. Kirwan and his
near relatives are all members of the Catholic Church. Both his wives were converts to that religion.
Added by Linda on Nov 20, 2015 5:57 PM
Gene L Campbell
I was thrilled to find a memorial for Gene L Campbell, my uncle by marriage. I have left you an edit message requesting that you link him to his parents. Thanks!
Added by Snapper on May 24, 2015 6:57 PM
Dianne Caves Carman
Ward name
Hello, I came across your site in my research. My father was from Sallisaw and my Great grandmother was Matilda Ward.Her husband Rev. Thomas William Caves. Maybe a connection for your husband.
Added by Dianne Caves Carman on May 20, 2015 8:00 PM
PJH / Angelbird
Lighthouse Keeper Kate Moore #95165173
Hi - just noticed you added a photo of a new marker for her. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that. Regards, Phyllis
Added by PJH / Angelbird on May 09, 2015 4:15 PM
Judy Curnell
Thank you
Thank you for visiting my son Virgil. Judy
Added by Judy Curnell on Apr 07, 2015 4:32 AM
jerry turecky
Memorial 31884620, Julian Salethia Hamilton Ellison and 82118556, Elijah L> Ellison
What a surprise when I found the pictures of my gr. great grandparent's, Julian Salethia Hamilton Ellison and Elijah L. Ellison, on FIND A GRAVE's web site. I researched the Hamilton and Ellison families from Georgia to Arkansas for several years consolidating the two families and their lineage. I visited their burial site at the Goodner Cemetery several years ago. From all of my research, it made me wonder what they must look like. NOW I KNOW. What a beautiful woman Julian is, just like her daughter Lucy Ann. There daughter, Lucy Ann Ellison Dickinson, is my gr. grandmother. She is buried in Blackland Cemetery, Little River CO, Arkansas.

Could you please tell me who edited their site to add their pictures. My thoughts were, someone out there very close to this family, might have pictures of them.

I would like to sponsor both of the web sites.

Jerry H. Turecky
Added by jerry turecky on Mar 31, 2015 11:03 AM
RE: Re: Elizabeth Griffith

Thank you for the transfer to my care! Researching this branch of the Keith/Griffin Family has been interesting, (Griffin married Griffith, cousins married cousins :)
All the best, ~ Cindy
Added by Cindy on Mar 26, 2015 8:53 AM
Janie Rietman Hatton
Allene Cole/ Mary Guest
Mary (Thompson) Guest was my mother. Allene Ivajane (Brown) Cole was her mother and my grandma. James Rietman is my little brother. He created a page for our grandma Allene. Thank you for all that you do Lena Ward.

Sincerely, Janie(Rietman,Bray,McGraw)Hatton
Added by Janie Rietman Hatton on Feb 28, 2015 11:20 AM
David McInturff
Dorotha Iris McInturf Dilday
Thanks so much for the quick transfer. I appreciate that. That has to be one of the fastest transfers ever!
Added by David McInturff on Feb 27, 2015 12:34 PM
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