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mother at 4023 Alcott with their two children, Catherine, 7, and David, not quite 2. Both children are indicated as born in CO. Rose died 6 May 1961 in Colorado Springs, CO. A requiem high mass was said at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in that city followed by burial at Fairview Cemetery. She was a member of St. Joseph's Guild, the St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society and the Sacred Heart League. Son David was living in Monterey Park, CA, at that time. Jesse B. Garvin, her husband, died two years later and also was interred in Fairview Cemetery in Colorado Springs after a requiem high mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Ellnora Frances Seiler - 120 (1892 - 1970) (who is variously listed as Frances, Frances E., Eleanor F., Eleanor Frances, and E. Frances) appears in the Denver directory in 1910 and 1912 as a clerk at J. B. Garvin & Co. In 1911 she is listed as a student. In 1913 and 1914 she is an assistant at the University of Denver. In 1915 she is back at Garvin's. In 1917 she is a teacher and still residing at 4023 Alcott. In 1918 she is again at Garvin's. At the time of the 1920 census she was living with her mother; her age was 27; sister Rose and her family also was living at 4023 Alcott at this time. From 1921 to 1923 Ellnora was an instructor at the University of Denver. In 1925 and 1926 she is listed as a teacher and living at 1464 Milwaukee in Denver. She married Albert George Wittman (b 12 Jul 1884, Silvercliffe, CO) on 17 May 1925 in Denver, CO; he worked on a railroad and was killed by an explosion in Colorado Springs, CO. She had a Ph.D. in physics and owned rental property in San Francisco. She is said to be listed in Who's Who in Physics but I have been unable to confirm this. At the time of her sister Rosina's death in 1961 she was a professor living in Santa Clara, CA. She was an avid photographer. Her children, all born in Colorado Springs, CO, are John Philip (10 Apr 1926), Eleanor Rosemary (2 May 1928 - 17 Sep 1983), Katherine Theresa (25 Aug 1931 – 19 Aug 1995), and Agnes Marie Poinsett (8 Aug 1932).

3 - James Ephraim Poinsett - 15 (1853 - 1917), the sixth child, was born in Buffalo and moved to Missouri with the family in 1860. He was a new communicant in St. John's Church, Leopold, on 9 May 1869 (listed as Jacobus Ephraim Poinsett; Jacobus is Latin for James) and was confirmed 23 Apr 1873. James Ephraim also was a witness to the marriage of August Bernard Braamhaar-139 and Mary Chevanue-140 at St. John's in Leopold. Ephraim was the sponsor at the baptism of Samuel Thomas Vandover-8, child of Caleb Bowles Vandover -7 and Rebecca Ann Poinsett -6 in 1872. (James Ephraim seems to have preferred Ephraim as his name.) James E. Poinsett is listed in the 1876 census for Cape Girardeau, MO, living alone and between ages 21-45 (he was then 24). Ephraim was living with the John Schultz family in Cape Girardeau Co at the time of the 1880 census. He sold 337 acres of land to John M. Devore in 1884. James Ephraim married in 3 Feb 1884 the widow of John M. Devore, Susan M. Devore nee Schultz. (John Devore and Susan Schultz were married 22 Sep 1878 in Allenville; Susan had three children with Devore: Thomas, Rose, and Flora.) In the 1900 census Ephraim is listed as birth date unknown, born in PA (should be NY), and living with Susan (age 30, thus born Feb 1870, in contrast to the correct date of 1856) and children: Maud (age 12), Dollie (7), Edith (3) and Elmer (1); also in the household is Thomas Devore, stepson, age 20. I found, at Jackson, MO, several land sales involving James E. Poinsett (index Book 8, p. 417, 1877; 8, p. 426 1877; 8, p. 426, 1878; 9, p. 208, 1879; 10, p. 179, 1879; 17, p. 64, 1884). Three of these transactions are with Thomas


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