|Death: ||Dec. 1, 1897|
Gustavus A. Kirtley was born in Boone County, Kentucky, to William Kirtley and his wife, Elizabeth Shelby. His birth year is listed variously as 1839 or 1841. The Kirtley family has a long history of military service dating back to colonial times.
On 18 Aug 1862, Gustavus joined the Confederate Army at Waverly, Missouri. He began service in Company B, 5th Missouri Cavalry (Gordon's Regiment), as a private. After advancing to the rank of sergeant, he was captured by Union forces in Marshall, Saline County, Missouri on 14 October 1863. A few weeks later, on 23 October 1863, he was shipped north to a prisoner-of-war camp at Rock Island, Illinois, where he remained until his release on 21 January 1865.
After the war, Kirtley moved to Arizona and became a miner near Fort Grant. He never married. Late in 1897, his sister, Lora M. (wife of David) Poole, learned that he was ill and brought him back to Phoenix so that she could care for him. He died 1 December 1897 of heart failure and was buried in Porter Cemetery. His body was later removed to Greenwood Cemetery, where he rests beside his sister Lora and brother-in-law, Francis Marion "Dave" Poole.
William Kirtley (1812 - 1888)
Elizabeth E. Shelby Kirtley (1816 - 1899)
Elijah Blue Kirtley (1836 - 1890)*
Gustavus A. Kirtley (1841 - 1897)
Richard Kirtley (1847 - 1931)*
Charles Carroll Kirtley (1850 - 1923)*
Lora M. Kirtley Panknin (1856 - 1934)*
Note: Next to his brother-in-law, Francis Marion "Dave" Poole.
Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery
Plot: Section 5, Block 14, Lot 3, Space 7
Created by: donnatreez
Record added: Jan 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64871172
Rest in peace, old soldier.|
Added: Nov. 10, 2012