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Kathleen (Grubb) Holder (#47149841)
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Margaret A. Donahue Holmes
I am looking for an obituary and or death certificate of a Margaret A. Donahue Holmes died in 1887 or 1888. Ancestry DNA suggests that this Donahue is a distant cousin of my mother. Margaret's name appears on a tombstone at and in St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria along with Joseph K. Davis (1851-1896). The link to find a grave is Unfortunately there is not death date for Margaret. Looking at the city directories for Peoria there is a Margaret Holmes in the 1887 directory. I don't have access the the 1888 city directory.

This is really a long shot but it is the best chance at finding a new relative that might have a paper trail that will help me find my Donahue family ancestral village in Ireland. I've been at this for more than 15 years and have hit road block after road block.

Eileen Poulin

Added by Eileen on Feb 14, 2014 11:39 AM

RE: Martha Jane Spurgeon Clark #65426390
Not sure if you had any of these notes I had under Charles Clark:
Even after the end of the Wild Bunch, Mogollon remained a fairly lawless place. In 1910, Sheriff Sanchez found it necessary to fire his deputies in the area and call in the New Mexico Mounted Police. In Mogollon, there was a shootout between one of the former deputies, saloon keeper Charles Clark, and the mounties. Clark was a poor shot. The mounties weren't.

The most famous gunfight took place in 1910 at Mogollon in southwestern N ew Mexico. Mounties John Beal and Bob Putman were sent there to look in to some cattle thefts that a local deputy and saloonkeeper, named Charlie Clark, tended to ignore. Clark and his friends confronted the two state officers when they arrived in town, but Beal and Putman refused to be cowed. Clark then conspired to arrest Beal on the trumped-up charge of challenging a man named Bill Coe to a duel.

As the Mounties walked past Clark's saloon, Clark called to Beal to step inside, which the officer did. Clark then pulled a gun and attempted to arrest Beal. Beal declined to submit and Clark backed down. But as Beal le ft the saloon, Clark tried to shoot him in the back, but his shot missed. Beal and Putman fired almost simultaneously, both of them hitting Clark. The deputy died later in a Silver City hospital. Beal and Putman were both later charged with murder, but both were acquitted.

Enemies of the Mounted Police finally won out, and on Feb. 15, 1921, the force was abolished. New Mexico would not have a statewide law enforceme nt agency again until 1933, when the New Mexico Motor Patrol was created. The modern New Mexico State Police organization was created in 1935.

Cooney Cem has these graves together

1. Unmarked
2. Charley Clark 2 Oct 1868 - 28 Aug 1910
3. Unmarked
4. Elza May Clark, Daughter of Charley Clark , 29 Jun 1896 - 5 Sep 19 05
5. Unmarked

1900 United States Federal Census > New Mexico > Socorro > Mogollon > District 143, listed as Charles Clark,unknown birth month 1858, divorced and had William, Henry and Olive living with him

CLARK Charles Dec. 1893* Jul 5, 1915* , wonder if this was boy was relate d, buried at Alma Cem too.

Added by Anonymous on May 09, 2013 1:18 PM

RE: Martha Jane Spurgeon Clark #65426390
I have that she married Lyman 18 May 1866 in MO. She is listed as last name of Davis in 1900. Some of my notes on her below:
Divorced or widowed by 1884 when Bud Spurgeon pd her train fare and for 2 of her children Albert and Lula. Henry , her other son, stayed in MO at this time and died there in 1894

1900 United States Federal Census > New Mexico > Socorro > Mogollon > District 143, living with Charles Clark and his children, he was divorced, she is listed as Martha Davis housekeeper, b. Aug 1852 MO widowed, she said she had 4 children 2 still living (Albert James & Lula Mae Emerson) could the fourth child been the Elza Mae Clark born in 1896 buried by Charlie Clark be her child by him?? or a child by another wife?? Elza Mae is not listed in 1900 census with them?? where is she

Added by Anonymous on May 08, 2013 8:53 AM

RE: Martha Jane Spurgeon Clark #65426390
I'm sorry but don't have anything more on the marriages, do you happen to know where Lyman and Black Jack are buried?

Added by Anonymous on May 07, 2013 7:39 PM

Kent Thompson
RE: Thank you for Chillian Davis photo

You are welcome. Happy to help out.


Added by Kent Thompson on Nov 05, 2010 3:47 PM


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