Tombstone Tuesday ~ William J Puckett

William J Puckett

William J Puckett

Today’s Tombstone Tuesday is from ‘Corel Cousin’ Cathie Dixon Constable and is of William J Puckett, first husband of Louisa Corel.  William was born December 21, 1820 in Virginia.  It is believed that his parents were Rhoda Francis Newby and Lewis Puckett.

Louisa Corel and William Puckett were married December 18, 1842 in Tazewell County, Virginia1,2.  The couple would have 13 children, 8 of which were born before the family settled in Wyandotte County, Kansas in December 18573.

On August 15, 1862 Louisa and William’s two oldest children, Henry and Joshua Jeremiah, enlisted in the Twelfth Regiment of the Kansas Volunteers.  Joshua would make it back home, but Henry was one of 16 men in his regiment to die of disease4.  Henry died December 10, 1863 at the Fort Scott Hospital in Bourbon County, Kansas.

In 1871 William Puckett moved his family to Wilson County, Kansas, near the border of Woodson County, Kansas5.  This would be where William Puckett would live out his days.  William died April 8, 1887 and is buried at the Little Sandy Cemetery, Wilson County, Kansas.

  1. Original data: Harman, John Newton. Annals of Tazewell County, Virginia from 1800 to 1922 in two volumes. Richmond: W.C. Hill Print. Co., 1922-1925. Volume 1, page 116. <> (accessed 3/10/2007)
  2. Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850. Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Original data – Dodd, Jordan R., et al.. Early American Marriages: Virginia to 1850. Bountiful, UT, USA: Precision Indexing Publishers. <> (accessed 4/14/2009)
  3. Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1915. Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: 1859 Kansas Territory Census. Microfilm reel K-1. Kansas State Historical Society. <> (accessed 4/14/2009)
  4. “The Ill-Fated Twelfth” History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. (Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.) Transcribed by Tom & Carolyn Ward. <> (accessed 4/14/2009)
  5. Original data: Duncan, L. Wallace. “Part II. Woodson County.” History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas : illustrated : embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county. Iola, Kan.: Iola Register, 1901. Page 746. Online publication – Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. <> (accessed 3/12/2007)
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