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Charity L. Bacon, daughters Lottie Johnson, Flora Galbreath, and Nora Colpitts,  Joes

Charles Bacon, of Somers, Wisconsin, enlisted Sept 10, 1861, promoted to Full Sergeant, disability discharged Nov 6, 1862, re-enlisted Nov 1863, and mustered out July 19, 1865 at Edgefield, TN. 

He possibly was with the unit that captured Jefferson Davis at Irwinville May 10, 1865.

In 1880 Lincoln, Nebraska, C.D. Bacon is 37, a carpenter, with Mrs. Bacon 36, C.M. 12, F.M. 6, and Norah 3.

In 1885 Red Willow County, Nebraska, Aaron Bacon 78 and Sharlott 70, both born in New York, have Chris D. Bacon, 44, Wisconsin, Charity 43, New York, Lottie 17,   Flora 10, and Nora 7, all three born in Wisconsin.

Red Willow School District No. 23 in 1886 listed Charles Bacon, with Lotta 18, Flora 11, and Nora 8 living in the southeast of 20, 3N 30W.  L.C. (Leonard) had Frank 10 in the northeast quarter of 20, and M.H. (Marvin) had Lucy 9, Bush 13, and Halbert 8 in the northwest of 20.

The Red Willow index to probate had a Hiram Bacon in 1876.....

Source; Kenosha Evening News September 29 1899

An early settler Charlotte Bacon died at her home on Park Avenue on Sunday Evening. She came to Kenosha in 1836. During her sixty three years as a resident of this county she took an important part in the development of early Kenosha, a woman of great patriotism she rendered a great service to the country during the war.

Shortly after 8 O'clock Sunday evening occurred the death of Charlotte Bacon, widow of the late Hiram, who for many years held the proud distinction of being the oldest living representative of the early pioneers of Kenosha county. Over sixty-three years ago Mrs. Bacon came to this country with her husband and since that time her life has been so closely connected with the development of early Kenosha that her death is a matter of more than usual historic interest. For many years she has lived an active life, but in the retirement of her home she has found a sweet pleasure in telling to the rising generation the story of the struggles and victories of the early settlers of Southport.

While she has been blind for nearly twenty-five years, her interesting life has been a most active one and up to the end she was in possession of all the qualities which made her one of the most entertaining women in the city. Her stories of the early days, if they could be published would make a volume of commanding interest to the state. She came to Kenosha county when it was an untrodden wilderness and lived to see it rejoice and blossom like a rose.

Mrs. Bacon was a woman of great patriotic spirit; Her life was given to her country as well as the lives of her two sons. In the Civil War she did valiant service for the country on the field of battle, as an army nurse and since the war she has taken great interest in all patriotic movements.

For Several years she has suffered from consumption and the last week she had been growing weaker. On Sunday evening, while surrounded by the entire family, she called them to her bedside and the sight which had been lost so long ago returned to her and once more she was permitted to look upon the faces of the ones she loved. But with the return of sight came death and a half hour later she fell into a sleep which knows no waking.

The funeral services will be held at M. H. Bacon at 577 Park Avenue at two p.m. tomorrow. The funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. H. S. Roblee of the Congregational Church, and the remains will be laid to rest in the family plot in the city cemetery.

Charlotte Bacon, the daughter of John & Elizabeth Dean, was born near Skaneatelas, Onadaga County, New York, February 5, 1814. In early life she was a school teacher, teaching in the schools of her native county until her marriage to Hiram, October 20 1833.

Her husband came to Kenosha county, Wisconsin in 1835, taking up in a farm in the town of Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha county, where she joined him June 6, 1836. They lived on this farm until March 1852, when they removed to Somers, where they lived until 1883, when, with their sons, they moved to Red Willow county, Nebraska where her husband died July 4, 1885.

In April, 1893, with her son M. H. Bacon, she returned to Kenosha, where she has made her home up to her death.

She comes of Revolutionary stock, her father being in the American Army during the war, and also in 1812. She was the youngest of a family of nine children, all of whom lived to a ripe age except her twin brother.

She was a very patriotic woman, and during the war of the Rebellion she labored with and for the Sanitary Commission, collecting and forwarding to the soldiers in the hospitals, many boxes and packages for their comfort.

Her second son, C. D. Bacon, being a member of the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry was taken ill while the regiment was at Cape Girardeau, Mo. She went to the hospital and cared for him and some of his companions until they were
able to be brought home, when she brought six of them with her, caring for them and seeing them all safely home.

Of her three children who grew to maturity, her two sons, L. C. and M. H., survive her, and were with her with their families at the time of her death.

Her three sons were all in the army during the war of the rebellion, L.C. and C. D. being members of the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry and M. H. with the 5th Wisconsin Infantry.
She was one of the first members of the Baptist church of this city, and
during her life She was a consistent Christian, and when called was ready to go saying to those around her, but a short time before she died, that she felt that it was well with her, so she had no fears, Father held her carefully and easily. 


In 1888 Red Willow County, court records have "30. Charlotte BACON vs (sons) Leonard C., Charles D., Marion H. BACON - Sep 13 1888 division of her estate pp 416-422."

An 1889 newspaper article said that her petition had the effect of a will, and set aside the suit.

Charity L. Bacon was baptized a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 21 August 1897 at Arapahoe County, Colorado, by O. B. Thomas. She was confirmed by O. B. Thomas and Jas. Houston. She attended the Highland, Colorado Branch.

In 1900 Cope precinct Charity, born July 1842 in New York, is living alone.  She's had six children, three living.

 Charity proved up a quarter in 25, 4S 47W in 1902 - next to George M. Neikirk's quarter where the first Kirk post office was located.

In 1910 Charity L, - from the neighbors' names in the same spot.

  28339851  inscription "In Memory of Mother"

One tree said Roy William bacon born Oct 3, 1886 in Red Willow County, Nebraska, died August 9, 1887, Lula Bacon born and died June 5, 1871 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Hiram Bacon born and died June 1880 in Lincoln, Nebraska,

December 1911 "Mrs. Flora Galbreath, administratrix of the Charity L. Bacon estate, accompanied by her husband was in town Monday settling up the estate.  They live soutwest (sic) of Yuma."  The legal notices said  Flora M. Galbreath, Lottie M. Johnson, and Nora L. Colpitts were heirs.

December 1912 "Mesdames Flora Galbreath, Nora Colpitts and Lottie Johnson and son, Earl, were in Wray from Sunday until Tuesday attending to some legal business and doing some shopping."

Charles D. Bacon - "Serg Co. F, 1 Wis Cav, Nov 26, 1889" is buried in Denver Riverside. 67786955


Jas. C. Galbreath married Flora M. Bacon May 18, 1892 in Arickaree, Colorado, minister D.H. MInisch of Arickaree performing the ceremony.  The marriage was recorded in Denver County.

In 1900 Prowers County Joseph Galbreath, Mar 1860 Pennsylvania, no occupation, is married to Clara/Flora M. Feb 1876 Wisconsin, with Neeta May 1893, Hazel Apr 1897,and Lavier Feb 1900, all three kids born in Colorado.

In 1910 Cope precinct, Washington County, Joseph C. and Flora M. have Meta, Hazel, James C. 10, Edgar J. 7, Sylvia M. 4, and Edna L. 1 - all kids born in Colorado

In 1920 "Mrs. Joseph Galbreath of Cope" was an election judge.

They're still in Cope precinct in 1920, with James C. 19, Edward 17, Sylvia 13, and Edna 10.

In 1930 Cope James is farming and sister Edna is teaching school, and Flora M. 55, is with them, married but no Joseph.

FindAGrave has a Joseph Galbreath 1859-1934 buried in Kirk 67354458 and Flora 1874-1958  67354457


Nora Bacon was born Aug 1, 1877 in Bristol, Kenosha, Wisconsin to Charles B. Bacon and Charity Kenneda.

Obituary from the "Yuma Pioneer"   dated 9 Feb 1922:
Mary Ann Huddleson was born November 29, 1839 at Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois and died near Kirk, Colorado on February 2, 1922, aged 82 years, 2 months and 4 days. The funeral services were held at the Baptist Church at Kirk.
She was married to Thomas Colpitts on February 12, 1860. To this union were born four sons and six daughters, two girls and one boy dying in infancy. The husband passed away in 1880 and a son died in 1896.
Four sons and three daughters are left to mourn - Walter of Weldon, Oregon, William of Thurman, Colorado, Oscar of Enterprise, Oregon, Otto of Kirk, Mrs. Ella King of Boulder, Mrs. Lizzie Wedge (should be Widger) of Imperial, Nebraska, Mrs. Cynthia Carlton of Hagerman, Idaho and 39 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She married Thomas Sutton Colpitts 20 Feb 1860 in Quincy, Adams, Illinois.

(1) Robert Walker Colpitts
(2) William Austin Colpitts
(3) Sarah Ella Colpitts
(4) Elizabeth Ellen Colpitts
(5) Oscar Richard Colpitts
(6) Otis Colpitts
(7) Julious Otto Colpitts
(8) Cynthia Colpitts
(9) Thomas Edmund Colpitts.


Thomas Sutton Colpitts b June 11, 1839 in New Castle, England and died abt 1879 in Missouri in the Burlington Junction Cemetery, Nodaway Co., MO in an unmarked grave. Married to:

Mary Ann Hudelson the 2nd, daughter of Robert Long Hudelson and Susanna Stewart.
Born Nov 29, 1839 in Quincy, Ill, and died Feb 2, 1922.

Robert Walker Colpitts b Nov 29, 1860 married to Grace Barnes.

William Austin C. b June 1, 1863 and married to Frances Florence Sims

Sarah Ella C. b Jan 27, 1865 and married to Robert King. No death date.

Elizabeth Ellen C. b Aug 12, 1867. No other information on her.

Otis C. b Oct 29, 1871. No other information on him.

Julius Otto C. b Mar 23, 1874 in Quincy, Adams Co., IL. D. Nov 27, 1945 in Boulder Colorado. Married to Nora Bacon Feb 5, 1899. I have this family.

Cynthia C. b Aug 12, 1876 No information

Thomas Edmund C. b Aug 3, 1878 ""

Oscar Richard C. b Oct 17, 1879 ""

This would be the only Colpitts I would be interested in finishing out for my Hudelson family. Thank you.  Sue

Julius O. Colpitts married Nora L. Bacon Feb 5, 1899 in Denver, the ceremony performed by  J. Houston, with a title of Elder.

They're in Idalia precinct in 1900, Julius born March 1874, Nora August 1877.

Julius Colpitts proved up on a quarter in 29, 4S 46W in 1906 - about three miles from Charity's claim

1907 in Wray "O.G. Criss was over from Fox the first of the week after supplies for the Colpitts store."

 My Great-Great Uncle "Ott" was a veterinarian, post master in Fox, Colorado, owned a general store, was a rancher,farmer & early Pioneer.

Bev. Colpitts-Lawson

In 1910 Kirk precinct Julius, 36, Illinois, and Nora 32, have Leona 9, Thomas R. 7, Charles L. 6, Viola M. 4, Zelma M. 2, and Cecil D. one month.

In 1920 Kirk precinct they have Thomas 17, Charles 16, Viola M. 14, Velma 12, Cecil D. 9, Frank W. 5, and Julia O. 3.

In 1930 Kirk precinct they have only Frank W. 16 and Cecil D. 19.

In 1940 Nora is in Umatilla County, Oregon, 63, living with Julia 24, a general helper in an electrical shop.  Nora is married, but no spouse.

Julius O. is in Kirk precinct in 1940, and son Frank, 25, with him - both farmers.  Julius has an "M" crossed out, and a question mark or "7" above it.

In 1955 Bellingham, Washington Nora L. (Wid Julius O.) lives at 120 Prospect, Apt 10.

Julius O. Colpitts - Mar 22, 1874 - Nov 27, 1943  is buried in Kirk, per 28339462

Thursday December 13, 1945, Wray Gazette
Julious Otto Colpitts was born at Quincy, Illinois March 23, 1874 and passed away November 27, 1945 at Boulder at the age of 71 years, 8 months and 5 days. He was one of nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Colpitts. Of his family, five brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

In 1893 he moved to Colorado with his mother, two brothers and a sister. he was married to Nora L. Bacon on February 5, 1899 and nine children were born to them. Three of the children preceded their father in death, a son in infancy, a daughter, Viola May on December 30, 1935 and a son, Frank Walter, who was killed in action in Hurtzen Forrest, Germany on November 28, 1944.

Survivors include the widow, Nora of Redwood, California, three daughters, Leona Busher of Auno, Illlinois, Mrs. Velma Culbeson of Carbondale, and Mrs. Julia O. Gaskill of Redwood City, California; three sons, Thomas R. of North Powder, Oregon, Charles L. of Hermiston, Oregon, Cecil D. of Bellingham, Washington and two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Wedge of Imperial, Nebraska and Mrs. Cynthia Carlton of Gooding, Idaho.

Since 1898 the deceased had lived near Kirk, where he homesteaded 52 years ago. He was called to Boulder November 25 by the death of his oldest sister, Mrs. Ella King and he died there.


Julia Opal (Colpitts) Gaskill - per a FindAGrave listing 70122826 married Stephen Monroe Gaskill and died October 27, 1958 in Lewis County Washington.


Leona M. Colpitts, 18 married J. Ralph Nutter, 21 in Burlington April 6, 1919 - performed by Judge Boger. 

In 1920 they're in Kirk precinct, with six-month-old Grace.

In 1930 Dallas County, Missouri Ralph and Leona B. have Grace, 10, Rosa I. 9, Lois M. 2, and Mary Joe, four months.

Grace Irene Nutter, 21, married Bert Oren Absher December 14, 1941 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Grace Irene Absher - Jan 31, 1920 - May 2, 2005 -  66190253- and Bert O. Absher 1918-1983 are buried in Nampa.


1983 Nampa, Idaho

Graveside Services for Bert O. Absher, 65, of 424 1st St. No. Ext., Nampa, who died Friday in a Boise hospital from natural causes, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Kohlerlawn Cemetery with Rev. Richard Reneau, pastor of the Fellowship Tabernacle, officiating.  Services are under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel.
     He was born on April 22, 1918, at Anna, Ill. where he was reared and educated.  He was married to Irene Nutter on Dec. 14, 1941, at Jackson, Mo.  In 1951 they moved to California where he worked a a carpenter.  In 1973 they moved to Idaho where they have since made their home.  He was a member of the Nampa Moose Lodge #1430.  He is survived by his wife of Nampa;  two sons and daughters-in-law, Bert R. and Janice Absher, Furth, Germany and Ed and Teresa Absher, Nampa;  two daughters and sons-in-laws, Mrs. Ray (Edna) Baxter, Nampa and Mrs. Charlie (Fay) Jenkins, Iona, Idaho;  one brother, three sister, 16 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
     Friends may call at the Alsip Funeral Chapel today until 9 p.m. and Tuesday until 1 p.m.
     The family requests there be no flowers. Memorials may be sent to the Mountain States Tumor Institute, 151 E. Bannock St., Boise, 83702.

In 1940 Leona M. Nutter is in Perry County, Illinois, divorced, a saleslady.

In 1940 Lois, 12, is in Mother's Jewels Home and Hospital in York, Nebraska. Other Nutters there are Noranna, 6, and Mae, 5, both born in Missouri.

In 1940 Rose is a hired girl for an elderly lady in Carbondale, Illinois.

Rose Nutter, 21, married Floyd Lipe September 27, 1942 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.




Thomas Roy Colpitts 1902-1955 buried in La Grande, Oregon is likely another of Julius & Nora's  55646661


Charles Lester Colpitts 1904-1978 buried in Hermiston, Oregon yet another  30015960


Velma Colpitts married John E. Culbertson in Cheyenne Wells Dec 23, 1933, and they're farming near Carbondale in 1940, with no kids.

Velma M. Culbertson - Dec 23, 1907 in Fox CO - April 7, 1994 in Fruita CO,  is buried with John in Glenwood Springs 57750890.  

(Thomas and Mary Culbertson, with five kids, are in Kirk in 1910)


Frank W. Colpitts, September 10, 1914, died Nov 28, 1944 in the Huertgen Forest, Germany,  Sergeant in the 28th Infantry, buried Golden Gate, San Mateo County, California 8312099

Yuma Pioneer January 11, 1945


A telegram was received by Julius O. Colpitts of Kirk, Friday concerning his son, Sergeant Frank W. Colpitts, who was previously reported missing in action. The telegram read "The secretary of State asks that I assure you of his deepest sympathy in the loss of your son, Sergeant Frank W. Colpitts, who was previously reported missing in action. Report now received states he was killed in action on the twenty-eight day of November in Germany. Confirming letter follows."

Mr. Colpitts, only surviving relative of Sergeant Colpitts, resides on a farm five miles east and one north of Joes.



Cecil D. Colpitts 1910-1996 and Dorothy M. (Loft) Colpitts are buried in Bellingham, Washington 11887435


In 1900 William Johnson is farming in Republic County, Kansas, born Mar 1866 in Missouri, married 13 years to Charlotte, born May 188 in Wisconsin.  Eunice S. April 1888, Roy E. Aug 1892, Charles W. June 1894, Caroline S. June 1896, and Jesse Dec 1898 all born in Colorado.

In 1910 Kirk precinct Sherman W. Johnson 44, Missouri, and Charlotte M. 41, Wisconsin, have R. Earl 17, Charles W. 15, Caroline L. 13, and Jesse E. 11, all four born in Colorado.

Charles Hall, 26, married Eunice Johnson, 20, in Fox, Colorado April 6, 1909 - performed by minister S.B. Kern.

In 1910 Kirk precinct Eunice L., 21 is married to Charles R. Hall, 26.  (the household following her parents))

1910 "J.O. Colpitts and Sherman Johnson, two of the prominent farmers and ranchmen of Fox, were doing business in the county seat Tuesday."

In 1912 Sherman Johnson was a juror in the trial of Thomas Burns for the killing of McKenzie over the location of a fence north of Eckley.

Sherman Johnson proved up on two quarters in 30, 4S 46W in 1913 - about two miles from Charity's claim, witnesses Fred P. Watts, Perry P. Wise, Homer Wise and Jacob Madsen, all of Fox.

March 1916

The Kirk cemetery records have Jesse Johnson born Dec 7, 1898 dying March 23, 1916 - the ony Johnson they have listed.

Charles Richard Hall, born Nov 27, 1884, registered in Audrain County Missouri, nearest relative Orpha Hall, of Audrain County.  (Orpha was his mother).  He died August 13, 1955 in Audrain County, a carpenter, father A.J. Hall, mother Orpha Whisner - "widowed"

In 1920 Kirk precinct William S. 54 and Charlotte M. 50 have Eunice L. Hall, 30, daughter, born in Colorado, with them, and her George 9, and Thelma D. grandson... 5.  Son Carroll Johnson 7 is also with them.

In 1921 Sherman's 320 acres were listed for sale.  "House Barn, Granary and other outbuildings; good well and windmill.

In 1930 Kirk precinct Lotta M. 61, widowed, is farming, and Carroll D. 18, is her farm laborer.

Eunice L. is married to Harry Beso in 1930 Abarr.  They have Harriet five months, and Gerald and Thelmo Hall with them.  So is Wade Wisecarver, 65, widowed, born in Virginia.  (Gerald and Thelmo's father was born in Virginia....) 


C. Dean Johnson 1912-1978 and Edith H. Johnson 1914-1956 are buried in Cedaredge, Delta County  87465431.  The stone says they were married March 17, 1937.


Earl Roy Johnson registered in Yuma County, saying he was born Aug 15, 1892 in Friend, Colorado, single

In 1930 he's in Delta County, Colorado, married to Dora B., 31, with Raymond E. 5.

In 1940 they're in Pagosa Springs - a carpenter doing odd jobs, and in 1948 in Denver, a carpenter, and he and Dora B. live at 3550 Tennyson.

Earle Roy Johnson died Jan 30, 1958 and is buried in Crown Hill, Wheat Ridge, per BillionGraves.

Dora (wid Earle) is in Denver in 1959, still living at 3550 Tennyson.  SSDI has her dying Jan 2, 1990.


Charles William Johnson, born June 20, 1894 at Kirk, is married, and in 1920 Idalia precinct he's farming, married to Lily, 24, born in Kansas.

They're in Pagosa Springs in 1930, Chadwick, Missouri in 1935, and in 1940 are in Montezuma County, Colorado - no occupation.

Charles W. Johnson 1894-1960 and Lilly M. Johnson 1896-1983 13130050 are buried in Delta, Colorado.  The stone says they married Dec 23, 1914.

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