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Leonora T. Custer, George W. Custer,    Mildred

Manuscript donated by Ann Custer Curtis (Mrs. Erman Leonard Curtis), Salt Lake City, Utah.
George Washington Custer, son of Thomas H. Custer (1822-1863) and Sarah Jane Hunter, and the grandson of John Custer and Nancy Hedge, was born 5 June 1847 in Hocking County, Ohio. He served with the Fifth Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War. He moved to Arizona in 1885. He married Leonora T. Smith, daughter of Leonard Smith and Abbie Coe, 3 January 1891. Relatives lived mainly in Ohio, Illinois and Arizona.


In 1870 Trumbull County, Ohio, Leonora Smith is 17, a milliner, living with the Francis and Almah Lindsley household.

In 1880 Effingham County, Illinois, Sarah J. Custer is 54, with George W. 33 and William T.D. 20.

George W. Custer married Leonora T. Smith January 3, 1892, recorded in Denver (at that time the county seat for the Mildred area)

In 1898 George was a witness for the claim of John M. Kier - with Andrew J. Wakefield, Thomas P. Nevin and William T. Kier, all of Vernon.

Leonora proved up a quarter in 3, 3S 45W in 1898.

In 1900 Glendale precinct, Arapahoe County (now Yuma) George is 52, Leonora F. 49, and Sarah J. 74 is living with them.

George proved up 160 acres in 2, 3S 45W in 1901, and timber-claimed a quarter in 3 in 1908

  In 1902 George Custer was Yuma marshal.  Other newspaper articles later mentioned that he recorded rainfall, had a barber shop, sold coal, and was granted a special veteran pension by Congress.  He participated in most veteran gatherings.

In 1910 Yuma George (own income) is 2, Leonora T. 59 -a carpet weaver- , both born in Ohio.  Nephew Leslie T. 4 is with them.

The three are in Yuma in 1920, none with occupations.

George Washington Custer -1847-1922 is buried in Yuma, as is Elnora Theressa (Smith) Custer 1850-1931.

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