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died and his father departed remember him telling me, as a

for Colorado, August worked for child, about driving a team of oxen

neighboring and directing

farmers. them with

I a

bull whip to haul logs out of the forest. He was working County, when he married Martha Isabella Proffer - 131. Passover Methodist Church were cited earlier. He was a member of his community and belonged to fraternal lodges,

in timbering at Ash Hill, Butler His role in the activities of the faithful churchgoer, a respected including the Woodsmen.

The farm of Jackson Redman Proffer - 66, which passed to Martha Proffer - 131 and her husband August E. Poinsett, was sold in 1936 to Hugh Allmon, father of Webster Allmon - 380, after which August and Martha Poinsett moved to Jackson, MO, with my father and mother. August continued to work at timbering, plowed gardens using horses, and helped with raising a small quantity of livestock that populated our 10-acre place. In his later years he suffered a series of strokes that caused him to be partially paralyzed. He died in a nursing home in Cape Girardeau, MO, in 1955. (The log house that Jackson Redman Proffer had built was taken down by Hugh Allmon; the adjoining house that A. E. Poinsett built burned in 1956.)

4 - Rosina Mary Frances Poinsett - 19 (1869 - 1957) was the fourth child of Charles and Christina Poinsett and was called “Rose” or “Rosa”. She was baptized at St. John's in Leopold 26 Mar 1869; sponsors were John Seiler - 109 and Joanna Braamhaar (I do not know the relation of this person to the other Braamhaars). Rose's granddaughter, Franchon Paisgrove, married Fulton White (27 Mar 1907 - Nov 1977); he is interred in the National Military Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. Lilian Dale was the daughter of “Rose” Poinsett by her

second husband.

Lilian married Lynn Swann.

Both Lilian and





Fairmount Cemetery in Cape Girardeau in plots beside that of Rose.

4 - John Frederick Poinsett - 20 (1871 - 1940) was the fifth child. He was baptized at St. John's in Leopold 1 Sep 1871. His wife was Marsella Proffer - 81, daughter of George

Wesley Proffer.

Their daughter, Millicent Poinsett, married Glenn Norval O'Connell.

Millicent and Glenn had a son, David C. R. O'Connell.

4 - Joseph Sylvester Poinsett - 64 (1873 - 1932) was the sixth child. His baptismal record at St. John's in Leopold is dated 7 Jun 1873; sponsors were August Braamhaar - 139 and Rosina Poinsett - 5. Joseph was one of three of Charles and Christina's children taken in by Christina's brother Frederick Bramer and his wife Cynthia after the death of Christina. Because he had club feet and could not be a laborer Joseph was sent to school to become a teacher. He attended the State Normal School in Cape Girardeau. Joseph married Anna Schumer - 89 29 Aug 1899 in Perryville. Anna's parents were Frank Schumer and Caroline Becker. Joseph taught school for a while in Perryville, then became a rural letter carrier and was in the postal service there for 23 years. He served six years on the board of education in Perryville, was active in community affairs, and was a member of the Western Catholic Union and the Knights of Columbus. He died from hardening of the arteries and high blood


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