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Joseph C Tousley
Birth: Sep. 30, 1840
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 22, 1919
Ada County
Idaho, USA

My great-great Grandpa.

Grandpa Joseph enlisted April 23, 1861 and mustered out August 31, 1861, Company K, 19th Inf. Reg. Ohio. Enlisted August 16, 1861 and mustered out September 25, 1865, Company A, 2nd Cavalry Regt Ohio [Unit 104 Ohio Infantry].

Three known marriages:
1) Nov. 29, 1865 to Harriet Bender Gerst, Akron, Summit Co., OH (she died in 1883).
2) June 26, 1895 to Miss Olive Sharp, Enid, Garfield Co., OK; he was 52, her 33. (I have no further information).
3) Dec. 15, 1914 to Addie Barnwell, Boise, Ada Co., ID (she died in 1928).

"In remembrance of Elbert and Olive Snyder: by Phoebe Brooks:
"Joel married a girl from Summit Co., OH, named Susanna McBride. Seven years later in 1840, a son Joseph C. Tousley was born. When the Civil War started, Joseph enlisted in the 2nd Ohio Cavalry.

"In nearby Stark County lived Jacob and Elizabeth (Bender) Gherst, who hailed from Lancaster County. It was to their daughter Harriet Bender Gherst, that many Civil War letters arrived from Joseph Tousley. They were married within six months after the war ended in Akron, OH, Nov 1865.

"Joseph and Harriet crossed the state to set up their new home in Indiana. It was there that their first child, Olive was born. Other children, George, Carl, Calista and a twin sister that died at birth and Lloyd came. In 1879 the family pioneered farther west into Kansas. Olive was 13 years of age and went to live with her aunt Calista Gherst in Walcottville, IN.

"In 1880 Joseph C. Tousley was elected to the Legislature of the recently admitted State of Kansas. Later he was editor of a newspaper and prominent in the affairs of Oklahoma; in 1897 he served as speaker of the House in the Legislature of that state."

Taken from the "Woodward County Pioneer Families Before 1915" Submitted by Ida Ragsdale Kruckenberg: Alice Calista Tousley was born November 9, 1875, at Pawnee Rock, Kansas, youngest daughter of Joseph C. and Harriet Gerst Tousley. Her ancestry was Pennsylvania Dutch, Scotch, and French. Her mother died when she was six. Several years later Joseph took the family to Oklahoma Territory. He was active in politics and when Congress passed the Organic Act in 1890 he was elected to the Territorial Legislature and served as Speaker of the House. He was editor of a newspaper, the first office of which was a tent.".

Grandpa Joseph died at the Soldiers Home in Boise, buried in "Silent Camp" (plot reserved for the Old Soldiers) at Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Ada Co., ID. He lived 79 years 2 months 22 days.

Many thanks to Leila for stone photo, who first listed and graciously transferred memorial and to cousin, Ramona, for personal photos! 
Family links: 
  Joel F Tousley (1812 - 1867)
  Susanna McBride Tousley (1814 - 1889)
  Harriet Bender Gerst Tousley (1846 - 1883)
  Addie Barnwell Tousley (1857 - 1928)
  Olive Florence Tousley Snyder (1866 - 1931)*
  George Knox Tousley (1867 - 1964)*
  Carl Carelton Tousley (1873 - 1946)*
  Alice Calista Tousley Ragsdale (1875 - 1959)*
  Rebecca Tousley Miller (1836 - 1872)*
  Esther A Tousley Miller (1839 - 1912)*
  Joseph C Tousley (1840 - 1919)
  Andrew Tousley (1842 - 1864)*
  Albert M Tousley (1844 - 1927)*
  Joel Thaddeus Tousley (1846 - 1902)*
  Alice Celinda Tousley Myers (1850 - 1928)*
  Malissa J Tousley (1853 - 1854)*
  Henry Watson Tousley (1856 - 1908)*
  Louisa S Tousley (1870 - 1872)*
*Calculated relationship

Note: Headstone has last name spelled wrong; Teusley should be Tousley
Morris Hill Cemetery
Ada County
Idaho, USA
Plot: MHILL_SC_3_8
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Originally Created by: Leila
Record added: May 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26604959
Joseph C Tousley
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Joseph C Tousley
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