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Theresa, and Mary Christine, became wards of Christina's brother, Frederick Bramer (Braamhaar - 172), and his wife Cynthia. The older children were dispersed among the community to work as hired hands. Charles then went to Denver, CO, taking his mother, Rosina Worrell Poinsett, where they joined his younger sister's family, namely John David and Sarah Louisa Vaughan who had came to Denver in 1883, and his younger brother, Thomas Francis Poinsett, who had arrived in Colorado in 1886. Charles is listed only for one year, 1889, in the Denver city directory, living at 2819 Marion, the home of the Vaughans, as well as that of Rosina and Thomas. It is likely that Charles planned to send for his children as soon as he was secure in Colorado, but unfortunately he died (of Rocky Mountain spotted fever, according to anecdotal information) within a year. (I searched Catholic parish records and Denver newspapers but found no death record for Charles or his mother, so I do not know the exact dates of their deaths; Colorado has no vital records before 1900; I have assumed for this history that they died 2 days before their interment.) Charles was interred 24 Aug 1889 in Calvary Cemetery in Denver. In 1908 that site was closed as a cemetery and then abandoned (it is now the Denver Botanical Garden), and Charles, along with 6,000 others, was reinterred in 1950 in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Charles was placed in the same grave as his mother, who had been buried there 25 Oct 1897 (Mount Olivet cemetery was opened in 1891). With contributions from family members, a monument was erected for their shared grave in the spring of 1993.

3 - Thomas Francis Poinsett - 13 (1844 - 1918), the third child, was born in Philadelphia, moved with the family to New York City, then to Buffalo, and finally to Missouri in 1860. His military records indicate that he lived in Dallas (now Marble Hill), in Bollinger Co., and was a carpenter and farmer. When he enlisted in the Union Navy on 23 Jun 1863 in Chicago, IL, he states his post office address was Jackson, MO. He was sent to Cairo, IL, and put on the training ship “Clara Dolsen” and then was assigned to the gunboat “Eastport”. One record states that he “Was never discharged, but was separated from the vessel through a great fright.” A Department of Navy record states that he “deserted from the latter named vessel at Prairie Grove, near New Madrid, MO, July 6, 1863.” Apparently, he returned home. On 12 Apr 1864 he enlisted, as a private, at Cape Girardeau, MO, in Company G 14th Regiment of the Missouri Cavalry and served until 17 Nov 1865. The 14th Regiment Cavalry was organized at St. Louis and Springfield, MO, 30 Nov 1864 to 13 May 1865. Duty at St. Louis until June 1865; scout from Waynesville to Coal Dump Creek May 23-26. Moved to Nebraska, and frontier duty on the plains until November. Mustered out 17 Nov 1865. Lost during service two killed and 34 by disease (from Dyer, F. H., A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion). There is mention in Thomas' records that he “served on the plains” and he was discharged through Ft. Leavenworth, KS, and then Benton Barracks, MO. His records state that he was 5 ft. 6 in. in height, dark complected, and had dark hair and brown eyes.

A marriage of Thomas is recorded at the Jackson, MO, courthouse. The record states “Cape Gir. Co. 7 Nov 1864. On this day I, the undersigned R. C. Phone, joined in holy matrimony


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