Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I found this obituary of Mathew George this week:

"Mr. George was born in Chilicothe, Ross County, Ohio, in the year 1804, and died the 17th of November, 1879, at the age of 75 years.

He was married at the age of 20 to Nancy Leonard. He left Ohio in 1828 and moved to Indiana, from thence to Illinois, where he lost his wife. Then he moved to Shelby County, Missouri, where he was married to his second wife, Sarah Vanskike. He then moved to Ottumwa, Wappell County, Iowa, in 1851, then to Jackson County, Kansas, in 1863, where he concluded to live the remainder of his days.

He was taken sick the night of the 13th of Nov, with lung fever, and died the 27th. He was in the battle of Tippicanoe. [See important note below] He was a member of the Methodist church for forty years. He was the father of twenty children, of which sixteen are living. Peace to his ashes."

From:  Holton Signal, Holton, Jackson Co Ks. 10 Dec 1879, pg.2 column.3.

A little question????

How was Mathew in the Battle of Tippicanoe (sic) if he was only about 7 years old at the time?
See Wikipedia article about the Battle of Tippecanoe here.

Does NOT compute. If that doesn't compute, there could be more wrong here.
Perhaps at one time he lived in Tippecanoe COUNTY or a town of that name, and someone heard him say something about being at Tippecanoe and they made that jump. :) 

2 comments:

Stachia said...

Obits can include mistakes. I haven't been able to figure that one out either.
~ Stachia

Stachia said...

Also from the Holton Signal, published 18 Aug 1885 is Sarah van Skike's obituary:

Grandmother George was buried in Soldier cemetery last Wednesday, August 13th, 1885. She was one of the early settlers of Soldier township.