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Re: Rutherford H. Cozad (1876-1953)
Posted by: jeffrey lipscomb (ID *****0142) Date: December 18, 2003 at 09:20:12
In Reply to: Re: Rutherford H. Cozad (1876-1953) by Susan Armstrong of 1448

Thanks, Susan, for replying. According to "Written in Stone: Tombstone Readings of Preston County WV, Vol. II" by Donna Keener, "Peter Z. Cozad 1849-1927 [and] Susian V. his wife 1849-1906" is on a gravestone at Riverview Cemetery, Rowlesburg. The Rutherford H. Cozad (1876-1953) of my query is buried by himself at Red Rock Cem. in Macomber. Oddly, there are 2 death record entries (Preston County Deaths, Vol. 3, p. C-24) for Susan Cozad (both on page C-24). One says simply "Susan Cozad died at Reno on 1-2-1907; married" and the 2nd entry has "Susan V. Cozad, housewife, died [bowel trouble] 3 Jan. 1907." I have always assumed this is just careless duplication. But that middle initial 'V' on the 2nd entry means this COULD be Peter's wife, not Rutherford's (VERY frustrating - no age at death given and no parents' names. If I don't get to heaven and meet that court clerk in the hereafter, I'm gonna give him a real scolding!). However, the death date does conflict with the date for Peter's Susan (1906) on her gravestone. At any rate, Peter's wife was about age 57 when she died, whereas this "Susan M. Lipscomb" (Preston Co. Marriages, V. 9, p. 198) was "age 19" in July 1899 - thus born about 1880. This is yet another example of how EXCRUCIATING the loss due to fire of the 1890 Census has proven to be. This Susan was probably born in 1880 AFTER the census enumeration and already married before the 1900 Census - so who were her parents? My only hunch is she might be a daughter of Solomon King Lipscomb, who had a large family in Rowlesburg at that time. So...after all that huffing and puffing: please contact me if you should ever turn up something on R. H. Cozad & wife!

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