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Roderick Walter Justin
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Birth: Feb. 1, 1842
Wayne County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 19, 1912
Blue Island
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Roderick W. Justin served in the U.S. Army during the Civil War, enlisting as a private in Company M, 4th Illinois Cavalry, and attaining rank of sergeant before mustering out of Company I, 12th Illinois Cavalry. He was slightly wounded during his service as extreme advance guard in August 1863 in a skirmish near Byhalia, Mississippi. In Sep 1863 he accompanied his brother-in-law, Harrold Cossum home to Rock Island Co. IL, from a military hospital in Memphis TN; Cossum died within days of his return. Sgt. Roderick Justin mustered out of the army 26 May 1866 in Houston, TX.

Roderick Justin and Elizabeth Zeigler, daughter of David and Sarah Swisher Zeigler were married 25 May 1870 in Port Byron, IL. Birth dates from the family Bible, their children were:

Harry P. Justin b. 2 Nov 1871, Rock Island Co. IL; d. 14 Dec 1948 Cook Co. IL; m. 5 Apr 1899 Charlotta Ella Nanz in Chicago IL (two children)
Fannie Minerva Justin b. 23 Sep 1874 in IL; d. 11 Nov 1948 Chicago, IL; m. 23 May 1893 James Gaston in Chicago. (two children)
Blanche Gertrude Justin b. 7 Jul 1876, IL, d. 21 Sep 1933 Chicago IL; m. 10 Nov 1900 James H. Conlen in Chicago (no children)
Florence E. Justin listed below
Basil D. Justin b. 2 May 1882, Chicago IL; d. 11 Jul 1937, Chicago (never married; no children)

In 1867 Roderick W. Justin was employed by the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad. When first employed, the Rock Island Railroad was only in existence for fifteen years. As the company grew "Rod" and family moved with it from Illinois to Iowa, to Missouri, and eventually to Chicago IL by 1892. He retired before 1910.

Roderick's father was Nathan Justin who was born in 1808 in Canterbury, CT, son of Nathaniel Justin and Susannah Brainard. In 1835 Nathan Jr. married Minerva Huntington in CT and soon afterward they moved to Wayne County, PA where he purchased his house from his brother Jeheil Justin. Their children were born in Wayne County between 1837 and 1849. In 1851 Nathan Justin was appointed postmaster at Priceville PA. By 1859 they were in Rock Island Co. IL. and were still there in Port Byron, IL in 1865 when he was appointed guardian of grandson, Charles Cossum. By 1870 Nathan and Minerva Justin were living in Walnut Creek township, Brown Co., KS. In November of 1872 they took a six week trip to Wayne Co. PA to visit family and from there to Yonkers NY where William and daughter, Isabella Stapleton were living. By 1880 he and Minerva were caring for their Stapleton grandchildren, after the deaths of William & Isabella. In 1882 he sold his farm and moved into Hamlin KS. After Minerva died in 1884, he was found living alone on the 1895 KS state census. He died sometime after 1900. (He was listed on the 1900 U.S. census, but was not found on the 1905 KS state census.) If he was buried in Hamlin cemetery, there is no marker for his grave. 
Family links: 
  Minerva Huntington Justin (1808 - 1884)
  Elizabeth Zeigler Justin (1845 - 1925)
  Florence Ethel Justin Young (1880 - 1959)*
  Jane A. Rains (1837 - 1894)*
  Roderick Walter Justin (1842 - 1912)
  Isabella A. Justin Stapleton (1846 - 1879)*
  Horato D Justin (1848 - 1935)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Linda Bischoff
Record added: May 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69911731
Roderick Walter Justin
Added by: Jennifer Madison
Roderick Walter Justin
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"He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Don Justin, CWO USN (Retired)
 Added: Jul. 1, 2011
"He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels." ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Don Justin, CWO USN (Retired)
 Added: Jul. 1, 2011

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