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I'm researching all the Civil War veterans buried in Stephens Co., OK, and located the grave of the following Nebraska man:

   Thomas F. CLONINGER ˆ (USA), 1st Nebraska Regiment (Cavalry & Infantry), Co.K. b. 27 Aug 1835 - d.7 Oct 1918
First wife's name was "Agnus" (b.12/27/1832; d.4/1926). Second wife's name was "Cora B." (b.1877; d.1955).
Lived in Pilot Knob, MO at time of enlistment on 7 Sep 1861.
Listed as deserted at Helena, AR. as of 13 Aug 1862, but "returned" as of 1 Dec 1863.
Ordered to duty by Col. R. R. Livingstone, General Order No. 49, Headquarters 1st Neb. Infantry.
Discharged by reason of expiration of term of service on 3 Dec 1865.
Indication of military service inscribed on headstone.
Buried in the Fairlawn (Old Fairlawn) cemetery (section 3) just north of Comanche, OK (Stephens Co., OK).

David Smith < >
Project website:

 Michael Earnest COLEMAN, lived in Chelsea, Holt Co., NE about 1870-1890. Reportedly served during Civil War as top-secret spy. Have evidence of service, but not of spy missions. His daugher Alice was first white death in the area. He was one of the Holt County Regulators and also rode with the 'Pony Boys' before that. He was the one who slapped the horse when they hung Kid Wade. Guess he got the job because the Kid had wounded him in an earlier escape attempt (bullet grazed his ribs). Will gather details from documents on hand and add to this!
Ginger Cisewski <>

   Michael Steven COLLINS, b 10 May 1846 near Oregon, Holt Co., MO.
      (James Mason COLLINS m. 2nd Achsah ROBINSON)
     (1) Margaret Rebecca COLLINS (m. Charles CRAWFORD)
     (2) Mary Jane COLLINS (m. 1st John M. LAMBERT & 2nd Frances Marion SCOTT)
     (3) John Wesley COLLINS (m. 1st Virginia ARGYLE, 2nd Nettie ?, 3rd Ruby ?, & 4th Mary Elizabeth LESLIE)
     (4) James Madison COLLINS (m. 1st Julia A. CHANCE, 2nd Anna Jane NOBLE & 3rd Susan E. MILES)
     (5) Permissa
Half siblings:
     (6) Nancy Jane COLLINS (m. Augustus ERRICKSON/ERICTSON)
     (7) Pope Andrew COLLINS
     (8) Noland Ledson COLLINS
     (9) Adelia COLLINS (m. Franklin B. VAUGHAN/VAUGHN)
   (10) Eliza Mason COLLINS (m. 1st Thomas FORNEY, 2nd John T. DAILY/DALEY).

Michael S. COLLINS & Milley Jane OLIVER - m 20 Feb 1868 at Oregon, Holt Co., MO.
     (1) Charles U. COLLINS
     (2) William Mason COLLINS (m. Elizabeth Mary VILMUR)
     (3) Goolman F. COLLINS
     (4) Marvin P. COLLINS (m. Lulu May HAMILTON)
     (5) Minnie Belle COLLINS

Michael S. COLLINS married second, Martha TIMNEY in 1903 at Alberta, CANADA.
     (6) Willis Timney COLLINS (m. Vivian Rosalie FORSYTH).

Enrolled 27 Feb 1863 at Falls City, NE - Co. "L". 2nd Regiment of Nebraska Cavalry. Discharged 24 Dec 1863 at Falls City, NE. His military rank at enlistment & at discharge was a Private. Physical description at enlistment: height 5 feet 6 inches, complexion fair, eyes blue and color of hair light.

Michael's first home was near Oregon, Holt Co., MO. He moved to Atchison Co., MO March 1875; to Ord, Valley Co., NE in 1887; to West Blue Twp (near Hastings), Adams Co., NE in 1892; to Kaya Paha Co., NE in 1900; to Alberta, CANADA in 1902; back to West Blue Twp (near Hastings), Adams Co., NE in 1905 and then back to Alberta, CANADA in 1912 where he lived the remainder of his life.

Died 3 Oct 1931 at Alcomdale, Alberta, Canada. Buried at Goshen Cemetery, Morinville, Alberta, Canada
Member of the Baptist church in Atchison Co., MO in 1882.
Occupation: Farmer
Federal Pension Claim No. 958728. Federal Pension Certificate No. 748414

Submitted by:  Gloria J. Barnes, 34515 25th Ave. S.W., Federal Way, WA 98023-3015

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