Ancestors of Helen R. Hawkins


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picture Charles Edward Stillwagon

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 29 Jun 1896 - Wakefield, Kansas
    Christening: 
          Death: 1 Sep 1975 - San Gabriel, Los Angeles, CA
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Charles Newton Stillwagon
         Mother: Anna Elizabeth Hanna

Spouses and Children
1. *Blanche Augusta Myers
       Marriage: 
       Children:
                1. Verle Elaine Stillwagon

Notes
General:
Excerpt from a letter written to Helen Rose Davis Hawkins from Paula Ogburn-Apodaca (Charles Edward Stillwagon's grand-daughter) August 2, 2004.

Well...OK---Kathleen is Thelma Stillwagon Rowell's daughter? Do I have this right? You know, when I was a girl, I always felt so bad for my grandfather because as the story goes, his father never knew him. It seems that Anna was only three months pregnant with him at the time of Charles Newton's railroad accident in Jacque, Co. When the kids were split up to go off and live with relatives, grandpa was only a tyke. I have a pencil-written letter from Anna to a relative who was supposed to take Charlie in. He had to ride the train to get there, all by himself. He must have only been about four years old at the time. See, the way they always told it in our branch of the family, Grandpa Charles Edward was not born until June, 1896. his mamma died in 1900 and his papa was dead before he was born. He always felt grieved, grandma said, because he never knew what happened to Thelma or Harry.

Well, according to family photos, in the 1960's, Grandpa and his brother Harry got together. It must have been wonderful for them! Still, I never knew what happened to their sister Thelma until Vanessa began chasing down links. She's a wonderful girl, that one! Now, to know that thelma's family still lives on is marvelous. Of grandpa and grandma's kids, there is only 1 left. Everyone else is gone. I think this may be part of Vanessa's drive to connect as many of us up as possible, while we are all still above ground.

Well, according to family photos, in the 1960's, Grandpa and his brother Harry got together. It must have been wonderful for them! Still, I never knew what happened to their sister Thelma until Vanessa began chasing down links. She's a wonderful girl, that one! Now, to know that thelma's family still lives on is marvelous. Of grandpa and grandma's kids, there is only 1 left. Everyone else is gone. I think this may be part of Vanessa's drive to connect as many of us up as possible, while we are all still above ground.



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picture Charles Newton Stillwagon



      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 4 Jun 1867 - Broad Ford, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
    Christening: 
          Death: 4 Dec 1895 - Goodland, Kansas
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: John Wesley Stillwagon
         Mother: Elizabeth Strickler

Spouses and Children
1. *Anna Elizabeth Hanna
       Marriage: 1887 - Broad Ford, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
       Children:
                1. Harry Newton Stillwagon
                2. Wildie Dingle Stillwagon
                3. Thelma Bernadine Stillwagon
                4. Charles Edward Stillwagon

Notes
General:
From the "Colby Tribune" Kansas, December 5th, 1895

Chas. Stillwagon, a Brakeman on the Rock-Island local freight, was killed Wednesday afternoon between Gem and Colby. It is presumed that he fell between the cars as the rest of the crew felt the jar when the wheels passed over his body, and looking back, saw him lying across the track. The body was brought to Colby and prepared for shipment to Goodland, where he lived. A wife and two children are left to mourn the tragic death of a husband and father.


From the "Goodland Republic (Kansas) December 6th, 1895

As the west bound freight No. 41 was leaving Gem Wednesday, Conductor Miller felt the way car strike something, and looking back to see what it might be, was horrified to find the mangled body of a man lying on the track over which the train had just passed.
The train was stopped and the crew went back and picked up the victim, which proved to be the head brakeman, Charles Stillwagon. The Corpse was taken on to Colby and brought in to Goodland on No. 5 yesterday morning.
The deadman leaves a wife and two small children to mourn his loss and fatherly care.
In January 1890, Mr. Stillwagon met with a accident that caused the loss of the thumb and two first fingers of his right hand while working out of this place, and upon his recovery was given a run as passenger brakeman which he held until August of this year when he again resumed his duties as a freight brakeman, although the mangled hand increased the dangers of his hazardous calling.
It is supposed that in passing from the box cars onto the coal cars, sandwiched in between, he slipped and fell under the wheels, whose cruel weight crushed out his life.

From the "Goodland News" Kansas, December 12th, 1895

Just as we were going to press last week we learned of the sad accident that resulted in the death of Brakeman Chas. Stillwagon. He was head brakeman on the local freight No.41 and coming west. About a half a mile this side of Colby he left the caboose to go to the front part of the train and that was the last seen of him alive. Five cars from the caboose there was some coal cars, and on account of the coupling the cars were farther apart the freight cars. It is supposed that in attempting to reach the coal car from the box car, he missed his footing and slipped and fell between them, and the five cars and caboose passed over his body. The wheels of the cars passed over him diagonally just above the waist. His watch when taken from his pocket was mashed flat and partly bent double. The remains were brought to this city and taken in charge by Undertaker Bower. Thursday night the remains were taken to Wellington for burial. He had only been keeping house here about a month. He leaves his wife several thousand dollars insurance.

From Origin Unknown - assumed from Wakefield area.
The grim monster, Death has again made its appearance in our community. The joys and hopes of the loved ones of the household are now scattered by the obeyance of the great command all must sooner or later obey. Almost instantly, Chas. Stillwagon was killed while breaking on a freight train on the R.I. Railroad near Goodland, Kansas. Just how the accident occurred none are able to tell. It is supposed he lost his balance in stepping from on car to another. It is thought about six cars ran over him before he was known to have fallen, this causing instant death. Mr. Stillwagon was the son of John and Elizabeth Stillwagon, of Broadford, Fayette county, Pennsylvania. He was born May 27, 1857, in Broadford, and was married to Miss Anna Hanna (sister to Ed and Charles Hanna) June 28, 1888, at Bala. He died December 4th, 1895. He leaves a wife, two children, seven brothers and one sister to mourn the loss of and affectionate husband, father and brother. The remains were brought here and interred in the Timber Creek cemetery. The services were held at the school house Friday afternoon and were conducted by Reverend Vincent, pastor of the M.E. church of Wakefield. The sympathy of this entire community is extended to them in their sad hour of affliction. Mrs. Stillwagon, her brother-in-law and lady friend left here Sunday afternoon on the R.I. for their home.

picture Harry Newton Stillwagon

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 15 Oct 1888 - On Homestead Near Jacqua, Kit Carson County, CO
    Christening: 
          Death: 10 Mar 1975 - At Aumick Farm N Of Buckeye, Dickinson, KS
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Charles Newton Stillwagon
         Mother: Anna Elizabeth Hanna

Spouses and Children
1. *Anna Agnes Swallow
       Marriage: 30 Oct 1908 - Manhattan, Riley County, KS
       Children:
                1. Robert Leroy Stillwagon


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John Wesley Stillwagon

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 2 Apr 1833 - Connellsville, Fayette Co., PA
    Christening: 
          Death: 1908 - Broad Ford, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Josiah Decker Stillwagon
         Mother: Elizabeth Coughenour

Spouses and Children
1. *Elizabeth Strickler
       Marriage: 5 Sep 1854 - Broad Ford, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
       Children:
                1. Charles Newton Stillwagon


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Josiah Decker Stillwagon

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 18 Feb 1794 - Deckertown, NJ
    Christening: 
          Death: Unknown
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Peter Stillwagon
         Mother: Elizabeth Poole

Spouses and Children
1. *Elizabeth Coughenour
       Marriage: 
       Children:
                1. John Wesley Stillwagon


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Peter Stillwagon

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 1755
    Christening: 
          Death: 1 Dec 1831
         Burial: 

Spouses and Children
1. *Elizabeth Poole
       Marriage: 10 Mar 1775
       Children:
                1. Josiah Decker Stillwagon


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Robert Leroy Stillwagon

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 
    Christening: 
          Death: 
         Burial: 

Parents
         Father: Harry Newton Stillwagon
         Mother: Anna Agnes Swallow

Spouses and Children

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