Saturday, August 27, 2016

Benjamin Franklin Coxsey 1836-1875

Benjamin Franklin Coxsey was born  about 1834/36 in Tennessee, probably in either McMinn or Polk County to Absalom and Elizabeth Haile Coxsey.  He married Martha Louise Barksdale [1838-1894] in Tennessee before 1859.

Benjamin served in the Civil War in the Confederate Army.  I sent for his service records and these are my notes from the file.

Benjamin F. Coxsey Elisted Nov 13 1861 at Cleveland By whom Jas. W. Gillespie period: 12 Mo age 27 years Capt. Robert W. McClary's Co Tennessee Cavalry Pvt.
Nov 13 to Dec 31 1861 Co D 1st Reg. Tn Cav. Absent on sick Furlogh Jan Feb 1862 Amt due for horse 43.20 Present March April 1862 Co D 1st Reg. Tn Cav Amt due for horse 24.40 Present
May June 1862 Present Co. D 2nd Battn Tn Cav
July Aug 1862 Present Co D 2 Battn Tn Cav Pay for horse 24.80
Nov Dec 1862 Present Co E 5 Reg Tn Cav
Jan Feb 1863 Absent Sic since Feb 12 Bounty due 50.00 mounted Co E 5th Reb Tn Cav
March April 1863 Present Mounted 242 days Bounty Due 50.00
B. F. Coxsey Pvt Capt Thadius M. Carder's Co 5th Reb Tn Cavalry 27 years Roll dated Camp near Tunnell Hill GA March 12 1864 Promoted to 1st Corp 
deserted Oct 10 1863

Civil War Muster Rolls from
SurnameGiven NameMiddle InitialCompanyUnitRank - InductionRank - DischargeNotesBox #Extraction #Record #
CoxeyBenjaminF.E5 (McKenzie's) Tennessee Cav.PrivatePrivateCoxsey, Benjamin F.000231001000001658
CoxeyGeorgeA.E5 (McKenzie's) Tennessee Cav.PrivatePrivateCoxsey, George A.000231001000001659
CoxeyJohnB.E5 (McKenzie's) Tennessee Cav.1 Lieutenant1 LieutenantCoxsey, John B.000231001000001662
CoxseyBenjaminF.E5 (McKenzie's) Tennessee Cav.PrivatePrivate000231001000001664
CoxseyGeorgeA.E5 (McKenzie's) Tennessee Cav.PrivatePrivate000231001000001665
CoxseyJohnB.E5 (McKenzie's) Tennessee Cav.1 Lieutenant1 Lieutenant0002310010

know that John B. Coxsey above is Benjamin's brother and I believe George A. is also a brother.

Benjamin and Martha Coxsey, along with several other Coxsey family members moved from Tennessee to the Bobo area of Carroll County, Arkansas soon after the close of the war.

Benjamin's sister,    Rachel Luvena Coxsey Johnson, moved to Searcy County, AR soon after the Civil War.  Rachel to this day has many Johnson descendants in Searcy County.

Benjamin and Martha are buried in the Carrollton Cemetery, Carroll County, Arkansas.

Benjamin Coxsey in our Powell Rootsweb database

Monday, August 15, 2016

Bonnie Marie Still Harris

 I find joy in solving any puzzle.  I do the crossword in the paper almost everyday.  I look for lost ancestors daily.  I search for dead relatives of others.  I helped a sweet girl in Texas who was adopted in 1960 find her mother with ancestry DNA.  Well, today, I have a new match Jimmie Lee Harris.  A male born in 1941 in OK.  The only clue in the DNA file was Jimmie Harris.  When I looked at shared matches, I knew our connection was through Willis Powell.  Only took me about 5 minutes to figure out that Jimmie is the son of Bonnie Marie Still.
Jimmie Lee Harris
Bonnie Marie Still
Myrtle Powell
Richard Powell Betty Cooper

Willis Powell
Robert Melton Powell
Richard Powell Betty Cooper
At Find A Grave (one of the few great genealogy sites still free and kicking), I found Jimmie's fathers obituary.  Bonnie did not have one at her grave. It validated who Jimmie was.  Then...when I looked into my tree, bam, I already had him in there.  Jimmie has added no tree to his DNA data.  Another counsin found!
James Wesley Harris
Birth: Nov. 10, 1912
Craig County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Sep. 28, 1988
Washington County
Oklahoma, USA

Obituary and Life History

James Wesley Harris, 75, died Sept. 28 at this home, R.R. 4, Bartlesville.
Harris was a retiree of Washington County Butane-Propane Company and Lincoln Life Insurance Company; he grew up in Alluwe and graduated from Nowata High School in 1930. He had worked in the oil fields in the Nowata area.
Funeral services were held Sept. 30 in the chapel of Arnold Moore Funeral Services, Bartlesville.
Interment was in the Memorial Park under the direction of Arnold Moore Funeral Service.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Bonnie Marie (Still) Harris of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Tom J. (Norma Jean) Standeford, Topeka, Kan., Miss Janet K. (Harris) Reese; and Mrs. Dean Jerrold (Judith Ann) Marshall, both of rural Bartlesville.
Also, two sons: Jimmie Lee Harris, Albuquerque, N.M., Jerry Wayne Harris, rural Bartlesville; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.