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Charles John Helm Sr.

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Charles John Helm Sr.

Birth
Hornell, Steuben County, New York, USA
Death
26 Feb 1868 (aged 50)
Havana, Municipio de La Habana Vieja, La Habana, Cuba
Burial
Southgate, Campbell County, Kentucky, USA Add to Map
Plot
Sec 17 Lot 73 Grave 1 - Helm family plot
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Helm, Chas J b-New York; a-51y; s/o Francis T & Sallie B; d-26 Feb 1868 in Havana Cuba; br-29 Mar in C J Helm lot

Helm, Charles J. of Newport, Campbell County, Ky. Served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; U.S. Consul General in Havana, 1858-61.

Charles John Helm 1817-1868
Charles John Helm was born at Hornellsville, Steuben Co., N. Y., June 20, 1817, to Francis Taliaferro and Sallie Bankhead (Carney) Helm. Francis Taliaferro Helm was the son of Capt. William Helm, of Caroline County, Va., an officer in the Revolutionary army, and the owner of large estates in Virginia, among which were "Greenlevel", "Epsom" and "Blenham".
William married Miss Pope, of Virginia. Their children were Capt. John Helm, of the regular army, who married Margaret Kinzie, and served in the war of 1812; Hay Helm, who was killed in Louisiana, was not married; Matilda Helm, who married William Fitshugh, of Loudoun County, Va., and Francis Taliaferro Helm, the father of the subject of this sketch.
In 1815 he married Sallie B. Carney, daughter of Maj. John T. Carney, an officer who served under Gen. Lafayette, and enjoyed his personal friendship. The subject of this sketch was their eldest child; the others were Algernon Helm, now a resident of Missouri; James Taliaferro Helm, an Episcopal minister in Louisville, Ky; H. D. Helm, now deceased, late of Campbell County, Ky.; William Helm, a lawyer in Louisville, Ky., and Matilda Helm, who married a Mr. Ford of St. Louis, Mo.
Charles John Helm was educated in the schools of Campbell County and the city of Newport, he studied law under Col. John W. Tibbatts, and was admitted to the bar in 1842. He was a partner of his preceptor for some years, and soon rose to prominence in his profession. At the commencement of the Mexican war he was commissioned lieutenant in the Sixteenth Kentucky Regiment, Col. Tibbatts commanding; he served on the staff of Gen. Wool, and was brevetted major for meritorious conduct on the field of battle. The regiment was disbanded August 16, 1848.
In 1851 he was elected a member of the House of Representatives from Campbell County, and was a prominent candidate for speaker, though unsuccessful. In 1853 he was appointed by President Pierce commercial agent for the United States at the Island of St. Thomas, in the West Indies. While occupying this post he was instrumental in having the Danish Government abolish some imposts and dues that had become very onerous to the American shipping, and in testimonial of their appreciation of his services the ship owners of the United States presented him with a magnificent service of solid silver.
In 1854 he was married to Louise A. Whistler, a daughter of Col. William Whistler, an officer in the regular army, at Newport, who returned with him to his post at St. Thomas. In 1858 President Buchanan appointed him consul general at Havana, Cuba for the United States. He discharged the duties of this position so creditably that, at the breaking out of the late war, Secretary Seward, hearing of his intention of resigning and casting his lot with the Confederacy, wrote him urging him to remain, and sent him a silk flag, but, believing his duty to be otherwise, he resigned, and tendered his services to the Confederacy.
Mr. Davis sent him back to Havana as a special agent for the Confederate States. He served in that position all during the war, and by his abilities and integrity rendered valuable service to his cause. At the close of the war he went to Europe, en route to Canada, where his family had preceded him through the States; here he remained until his death in February, 1868, forming one of the coterie of prominent persons who had been in the Confederacy, among whom are numbered Mr. Davis, Gens. Breckinridge and Early, Mr. James Mason and many others.
He left surviving him his widow, (Louisa Whistler Helm's Obituary) who since, in 1883, died at Detroit, and three children, Charles John Helm, who was born in St. Thomas, October 11, 1855; Louise, who was born at Havana, October 31, 1864, and now resides with her brother, Charles J., at Newport, Ky., and William W., who was born at Niagara Town, Canada, September 3, 1866, and is now a cadet at West Point military academy.
Charles John Helm, the younger, received his education in Canada, and after his father's death returned to Kentucky. He studied law under William S. Abert at Newport, Ky., and was admitted to the bar in September, 1875; he then began its practice in said place. In July, 1876, he married Anna Mannville Webster, a daughter of F. M. Webster, a prominent member of the bar of northern Kentucky. He has two children, one, Charles John Helm III, born July 26, 1877, and F. M. Webster born March 27, 1879. He is a Democrat in politics, is a member of the school board of the city of Newport, and has also been county attorney for Campbell County, and enjoys a lucrative practice in his profession. He is a member of the Episcopal Church, and a Mason.
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed., 1887, Campbell Co.

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John M. Davis
Find A Grave Contributor: Anonymous (#47015045)
Helm, Chas J b-New York; a-51y; s/o Francis T & Sallie B; d-26 Feb 1868 in Havana Cuba; br-29 Mar in C J Helm lot

Helm, Charles J. of Newport, Campbell County, Ky. Served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; U.S. Consul General in Havana, 1858-61.

Charles John Helm 1817-1868
Charles John Helm was born at Hornellsville, Steuben Co., N. Y., June 20, 1817, to Francis Taliaferro and Sallie Bankhead (Carney) Helm. Francis Taliaferro Helm was the son of Capt. William Helm, of Caroline County, Va., an officer in the Revolutionary army, and the owner of large estates in Virginia, among which were "Greenlevel", "Epsom" and "Blenham".
William married Miss Pope, of Virginia. Their children were Capt. John Helm, of the regular army, who married Margaret Kinzie, and served in the war of 1812; Hay Helm, who was killed in Louisiana, was not married; Matilda Helm, who married William Fitshugh, of Loudoun County, Va., and Francis Taliaferro Helm, the father of the subject of this sketch.
In 1815 he married Sallie B. Carney, daughter of Maj. John T. Carney, an officer who served under Gen. Lafayette, and enjoyed his personal friendship. The subject of this sketch was their eldest child; the others were Algernon Helm, now a resident of Missouri; James Taliaferro Helm, an Episcopal minister in Louisville, Ky; H. D. Helm, now deceased, late of Campbell County, Ky.; William Helm, a lawyer in Louisville, Ky., and Matilda Helm, who married a Mr. Ford of St. Louis, Mo.
Charles John Helm was educated in the schools of Campbell County and the city of Newport, he studied law under Col. John W. Tibbatts, and was admitted to the bar in 1842. He was a partner of his preceptor for some years, and soon rose to prominence in his profession. At the commencement of the Mexican war he was commissioned lieutenant in the Sixteenth Kentucky Regiment, Col. Tibbatts commanding; he served on the staff of Gen. Wool, and was brevetted major for meritorious conduct on the field of battle. The regiment was disbanded August 16, 1848.
In 1851 he was elected a member of the House of Representatives from Campbell County, and was a prominent candidate for speaker, though unsuccessful. In 1853 he was appointed by President Pierce commercial agent for the United States at the Island of St. Thomas, in the West Indies. While occupying this post he was instrumental in having the Danish Government abolish some imposts and dues that had become very onerous to the American shipping, and in testimonial of their appreciation of his services the ship owners of the United States presented him with a magnificent service of solid silver.
In 1854 he was married to Louise A. Whistler, a daughter of Col. William Whistler, an officer in the regular army, at Newport, who returned with him to his post at St. Thomas. In 1858 President Buchanan appointed him consul general at Havana, Cuba for the United States. He discharged the duties of this position so creditably that, at the breaking out of the late war, Secretary Seward, hearing of his intention of resigning and casting his lot with the Confederacy, wrote him urging him to remain, and sent him a silk flag, but, believing his duty to be otherwise, he resigned, and tendered his services to the Confederacy.
Mr. Davis sent him back to Havana as a special agent for the Confederate States. He served in that position all during the war, and by his abilities and integrity rendered valuable service to his cause. At the close of the war he went to Europe, en route to Canada, where his family had preceded him through the States; here he remained until his death in February, 1868, forming one of the coterie of prominent persons who had been in the Confederacy, among whom are numbered Mr. Davis, Gens. Breckinridge and Early, Mr. James Mason and many others.
He left surviving him his widow, (Louisa Whistler Helm's Obituary) who since, in 1883, died at Detroit, and three children, Charles John Helm, who was born in St. Thomas, October 11, 1855; Louise, who was born at Havana, October 31, 1864, and now resides with her brother, Charles J., at Newport, Ky., and William W., who was born at Niagara Town, Canada, September 3, 1866, and is now a cadet at West Point military academy.
Charles John Helm, the younger, received his education in Canada, and after his father's death returned to Kentucky. He studied law under William S. Abert at Newport, Ky., and was admitted to the bar in September, 1875; he then began its practice in said place. In July, 1876, he married Anna Mannville Webster, a daughter of F. M. Webster, a prominent member of the bar of northern Kentucky. He has two children, one, Charles John Helm III, born July 26, 1877, and F. M. Webster born March 27, 1879. He is a Democrat in politics, is a member of the school board of the city of Newport, and has also been county attorney for Campbell County, and enjoys a lucrative practice in his profession. He is a member of the Episcopal Church, and a Mason.
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed., 1887, Campbell Co.

Thanks,
John M. Davis
Find A Grave Contributor: Anonymous (#47015045)


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