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Rev Reuben William "Rube" Courtney
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Birth: Apr. 18, 1843
Simpson County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Jan. 20, 1920
Polk County
Texas, USA

In Memoriam

The Courtneys migrated from England in the 1600s to the new life awaiting them in America. The Courtney pioneers made their way from Virginia to North Carolina to South Carolina to Mississippi and on to Texas through the generations.

John Courtney was born in 1670 Virginia to Robert and Hannah (maiden name unknown) Courtney. They both died by 1680. John Courtney married Susanna Gray about 1690. They had a son whom they named Robert Courtney in 1697, Prince George County, Virginia. John Courtney died about age 29 in 1799. Robert Courtney, age 21, and Abigail (maiden name unknown)age 18, were married in 1718, New Castle County, Delaware.

Robert and Abigail Courtney's youngest of seven children, Rowland Courtney, was born May 2, 1734, Baltimore, Maryland. Abigail Courtney died in 1739. Robert Courtney and Hannah Cook widow of William Curtis married October 2, 1740 (Marriage Record 1B-315) in Baltimore, Maryland. They each died in 1851.

When Robert Courtney's will was probated in 1852, Onslow County, North Carolina, Rowland Courtney's inheritance was 100 acres of land on part of his father's plantation. Rowland married Sarah Hodge in 1763 in South Carolina.

Their first born of six sons was James Courtney, born October 17, 1764, Craven, South Carolina.
James Courtney was a young patriot who enlisted in the Virginia Militia at age 15, serving in the Revolutionary War.

James Courtney
Pension Application 1779
According to James's Pension Application at age 15 in 1779 he joined the Virginia Militia.
Pension No. S9265. Service: Virginia Rank: Pvt. Service Description: (1) Capt. Joseph Cole, Capt. Robert Edmuston. (2) Col. William Campbell.

James Courtney married Elizabeth Laws in 1788 in South Carolina. James and Elizabeth became the parents of four sons and a daughter. James's father Rowland Courtney died in 1805, Onslow, North Carolina where he and his family lived on a plantation. More sorrow came to James when his beloved wife Elizabeth died in 1808. A couple of years later he married 20 years old Ann Giles, March 10, 1810 Orangeburg, South Carolina. They moved to Mississippi.

James Courtney served his country again.
U.S. War of 1812 Service Records
Name: James Courtney
Company: Lieut. Col. Nixon's Regiment Mississippi Mil.
Rank - Induction: Private
Rank - Discharge: Private
Roll Box: 47
Microfilm Publication: M602

U.S. Pensioners 1831 - 1848
James Courtney
Pension Year: 1833
Archive Publication Number: M804
Archive Roll Number: 664
Pages in Archive: 29

Their first born was Samuel Courtney January 21, 1814, Mississippi. From 1814 though 1835 they had six sons and four daughters. James' wife Ann Giles Courtney died in 1840, Simpson County, Mississippi. James Courtney joined her July 10, 1846, Simpson County, Mississippi.

Rev. Samuel Courtney and Sarah Riley Sessums welcomed son Reuben William Courtney January 21, 1814, Simpson County, Mississippi. Samuel and Sarah Courtney arrived in Texas by 1850 with their large family. They eventually settled in Polk County.

Military Service in Civil War:
Reuben Courtney
Serg Co D 7th Tex Infantry
Confederate States Army

Georgie Ann Chandler's father Drury Hodge Chandler died March 22, 1848, Simpson County, Mississippi. In 1850s her mother Nancy (Hickman) Chandler made the journey with her children from Mississippi to Walker County, Texas, and settled near Dodge. Georgie grew up in Texas. She married young to Stephen McKim, a son of Charles McKim and Nancy Dally.

The Civil War began in April 1861. Reuben Courtney with brothers Sam Courtney and Robert Courtney traveled to Lufkin, Texas to enlist in Co D, 7th Texas Infantry, Confederate States Army. They were sent to New Mexico to guard the western frontier from the Union Army. They fought in battles at Apache Canyon, New Mexico and Glorieta, New Mexico. Battered, they were forced to retreat across New Mexico. It was a resounding defeat with the loss of about half their men from fighting and retreating. The Courtney brothers lived to come home safely. Reuben Courtney was a leader; he was a Sergeant by war's end.

Stephen and Georgie Chandler McKim's daughter Jennett Josephine McKim was born November 18, 1862 Texas. Stephen McKim died by 1864, thought to have died in military service in Confederate Army.

The Courtney and Chandler families were already close when Reuben Courtney began courting Georgia "Georgie" Ann (Chandler) McKim. Georgie's older brother Ransom Daniel Chandler (b 1824 MS - d Feb 15, 1910 TX) married Reuben's sister Isabella Jane Courtney several years earlier, and they had a growing family of five children by 1865.

Reuben and Georgie married about 1865. They became the parents of 8 children. Their eight children were:

1. Nancy Jane Courtney
2. Vinson Alford Courtney
3. Samuel James Courtney
4. Willie Ann Courtney
5. Mary Alice Courtney
6. William Ruben Courtney
7. Amos Burton Courtney
8. Albert Jackson Courtney

In 1879 Reuben's beloved father, Rev. Samuel Courtney, the patriarch of the Courtney family, became ill and died. He was named on the 1880 Mortality Schedule: Polk County, Texas Enumeration District 7, No 31, Year Ending 1880: Samuel Courtney, age 69, male, white, born South Carolina, father born South Carolina, mother born South Carolina, died November, chronic enteritis. M. (W.) T. Hickman.

Jennett Josephine McKim and Joel Henry Pickel, an Englishman seaman, fell in love and were married 1886 in Texas. They first born, John Leo Pickel, called Leo, arrived April 26, 1892. Their infant daughter, Zemma Alice Pickel,was born October 8, 1894. Their happiness was short lived! Jennett Josephine (McKim) Pickel became deathly ill and passed away three months after Zemma's birth, January 22, 1895, age 34 years. The entire family was heart broken! Jennett Josephine (McKim) Pickel was laid to rest in Union Springs Cemetery, Corrigan, Polk County, Texas.

Georgie (Chandler){McKim} Courtney, Jennett's Grandmother and Rev. Reuben Courtney, Jennett's step-grandfather welcomed and loved Jennett's precious infant daughter Zemma Alice Pickel. They both lived long enough to see her grow up to become a fine young woman. Zemma happily married a gentle mannered, caring young minister, Rev. John William Wright in 1911, Texas, likely in Angelina County where they resided from 1910 - 1920. Rev. John William Wright was a Presbyterian Minister and pastored churches through their lifetime. Rev. John William Wright was later Pastor of Presbyterian Church, Superior, New Mexico from 1948 - 1956. John and Zemma had two children. Eventually they settled in Farmington, New Mexico. Both at rest, Greenlawn Cemetery, Farmington, New Mexico, as is their son.

Joel Pickel cared for his son, Leo Pickel, and slowly healed from the loss of his wife. A few years later he remarried, and had a family with his 2nd wife. Joel Pickel died from automobile accident injuries in Humble, Texas, July 10, 1917, with his wife dying August 5, 1917. Their young sons were orphaned. They and some of their children are at rest in Union Springs Cemetery, Corrigan, Polk County, Texas.

Reuben and Georgie Courtney:
1880 Census: they resided in Polk County, Texas.
1900 Census: they resided in Polk County, Texas.
1910 Census: they resided in Angelina County, Texas.
1920 Census: they resided in Angelina County, Texas, with their son Amos B. Courtney.

Rev. Reuben William Courtney and his beloved wife Georgie Ann (Chandler) [McKim] Courtney celebrated over 50 years of marriage. Reuben died January 20, 1920. Georgie joined her husband in eternal rest October 2, 1928. Both in Damascus Cemetery, Corrigan, Polk County, Texas.

Family links: 
  Samuel Courtney (1814 - 1879)
  Georgia Ann Chandler McKim Courtney (1843 - 1928)*
  Vinson Albert Courtney (1867 - 1935)*
  Samuel James Courtney (1870 - 1949)*
  Willie Ann Courtney Bell (1872 - 1964)*
  Amos Burton Courtney (1878 - 1950)*
  Isabella Jane Courtney Chandler (1831 - 1929)*
  Solomon L. Courtney (1838 - 1928)*
  Reuben William Courtney (1843 - 1920)
  Vincent Madison Courtney (1845 - 1929)*
  Samuel Jefferson Courtney (1847 - 1929)*
  Isaac Newton Courtney (1851 - 1934)*
*Calculated relationship
Upright And Just He Was
In All His Ways
A Bright Example
In Degenerate Days

Note: Sergeant Co D 7th Texas Infantry C S A
Damascus Cemetery
Polk County
Texas, USA
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Originally Created by: Herald
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Rev Reuben William Rube Courtney
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