Tombstone Tuesday – Cosby Jane Corel and William Justice

Cosby Jane Corel and William Justice TombstoneThis week’s Tombstone Tuesday is in honor of the 179th anniversary of the birth of Cosby Jane Corel Justice.

Jane, as she often went by, was born on March 17, 1830 in Tazewell County, Virginia.  She was the oldest unwed child of William and Rebecca to travel west with the family into Jackson County, Missouri.

Two months after her oldest sister, Jemima, died, Jane Corel married William Justice on August 14, 1851.  Six weeks later, her father, William Corel died.  William Justice moved his wife and two young children into Kansas in the fall of 1854.  They settled seven miles southwest of Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas, and farmed there until about 1862 when he moved his family more east, near what is known today as the towns of Edwardsville and Turner, in Wyandotte County, Kansas.  William and Jane remained on this land for the rest of their days.  Jane passed away in 1884.  William remained on this earth for another 11 years, passing in 1895.  They are buried at Shawnee Cemetery in Johnson County, Kansas.

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