Portus J. Kennedy


Portus J. Kennedy

Argyle, Washington County, New York, USA
Death 24 Jan 1893 (aged 56)
Denison, Grayson County, Texas, USA
Burial Denison, Grayson County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 24582978 View Source

Portius(Porteous, Portus) KENNEDY was born 6 April 1936, in Argyle, Washington Co.,Illinois, the son of Alexander Kennedy(the younger)& Sarah Ann (Tice) Kennedy. (Called "Port" by the family.) The family moved to Illinois in 1848, settling in Mt Pleasant, Whiteside Co.
Port married Eliza/Lida HANNA 31 Jan 1867, in Garden Plain, Whiteside Co., IL. (Record in Morrison, Whiteside Co.Courthouse)

Porteus J. KENNEDY enlisted as a Private, for 3 years or duration of war, on Sept 2, 1861, at Morrison, IL, in Co. C, 8th Regt of Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, and was mustered as a sergeant Sept 18, 1861. He was Honorably discharged at Elys Ford, VA, Nov 29, to reenlist in the same company Nov 30, 1863. He was promoted to 2nd Lieut. Aug 22,1864, to 1st Lieut.Oct 1,1864 and to Capt. Dec 5, 1864. He was mustered out at Benton Barracks, St Louis, Missouri, as Captain, July 12,1865.

Filing for veteran's pension,1876, Sept 11. Invalid. filed from ILL. Certicate No. 267,428. Widow's filing 1893, Apr 8, Texas. Certificate No. 393,445.
Porteus applied for a pension due to lung trouble and soreness brought about by exposure during the late war of the rebellion. He was treated for this at Lincoln Hospital in Washington, D.C. Asked for a physician's record of his state of health before his military service, Porteus claimed he had no such record for he had been in the best of health, because "He has ever, as far as possible, avoided medicine, that he has never made use of any kind of liquor or tobacco or any other kind of stimulus, and that he depends upon a wholesome diet, outdoor life and the best possible sanitary care for life and strength."

Asked where he lived, and his occupation, since his discharge. His answer:
His residence for 3 years prior to the War of the Rebellion was Morrison, Whiteside Co, ILL., his occupation, farming. From discharge until about 1 Nov 1868, he resided near Morrison, his occupation was farming and dealing in Cattle, Horses, and Hogs. From the 1st of Mar 1866 he was unable to endure manual labor or exposure for reasons of soreness and congestion of the lungs and " bronchiles". He was affected three times during that year.
From Nov 1868 to Dec 1877, he resided at Garden Plain, ILL. For three years, from Jan 1869, he lived on his farm overseeing the work and working when able. That during that time Dr. STONE of Garden Plain, since deceased, treated him. ( Porteous was town clerk in 1868.)
In 1872 and 1873 his farm was rented and he spent a portion of his time shipping horses to St Louis and a portion of the time in North Western Iowa, and in Wi--?-- and in Blue Earth Co, Minnesota.
1874 he spent in trading in farm products on the streets of Clinton, Iowa. 1875, 1876 and 1877 he held the office of Assessor and also the Office of Overseer of highways in the town of Garden Plain, ILL. In addition, he compounded and sold horse medicines, being unable to do any hard manual labor. In 1877 he removed to Dennison, Texas, being proprietor and manager of SCHOTT'S Wagon Yard, until Nov 1879.

In Nov 1879, he started for the Territory of New Mexico, arriving in Las Vegas,Co. of San Miguel, Dec.10th . Three times that winter he came near dying from congestion. At these times he was treated with heavy doses of quinine followed by applications of hot water. Afterwards he kept barns (teams ??) and building material on contract until the spring of 1881 when his health gave way and he had to give up all business and spent 6 months in the mountains. Dr. J.H.SULFIN of Las Vegas prescribed for him, once only. Since that time he has done but little manual labor and is presently being treated by Dr.M.M.MILIGAN; all trouble of the lungs dates from the spring of 1863 when he had a severe attack of pneumonia which left his chest and lungs weak and sore and his general health much impaired. Sworn to 22 May 1883.

Porteus was granted a pension, No. 267,428, of $12.00 per month. He resided at Las Vegas, County of San Miguel, Territory of New Mexico.

He died in 24 Jan 1893, in Dennison, Grayson Co., TX, leaving his widow, Lida A/ Liza A.(HANNA)Kennedy. He was buried in Fairview Cemetery,Dennison.

At his funeral, some flowers were laid on the grave, with a note saying "Farewell, good friend." It had no signature. His widow,Lida, placed an ad in the newspaper asking whoever had placed flowers there without a signature to please identify himself to the widow.
It turned out to be a friend of KENNEDY, who was a Captain in the Cavalry of Kentucky. He had not made himself known at the funeral because he had not wanted " to intrude upon her sorrow."


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