Plattsmouth Journal, Thursday, May 25, 1916
MRS. ELVIRA TEWKSBURYâ€™S 86TH BIRTHDAY
It Is Quite a Distinction When a Citizen Can Show Such a Record â€“ A Real Daughter of the American Revolution.
From Wednesdayâ€™s Daily.
The distinction of being a descendent of the American families whose founders served in the early struggle for the independent of the country is highly prized by a great many, but the honor of being a real daughter of the American revolution is held by a pioneer Cass county lady, Mrs. Elvira C. TEWKSBURY, who will celebrate her 86th birthday tomorrow, and in the pleasant event will be showered with good wishes by her many friends, both in this city and in Omaha, where she is at present enjoying a visit with her great niece, Mrs. Grace M HOOPES.
â€œAuntieâ€ Tewksbury, as she is known to the many warm friends, came to Cass county many years ago in company with her husband, John S. TEWKSBURY, from the state of New Hampshire, where they had spent their happy younger days, and they settled at Weeping Water, and then at Plattsmouth, making their home here for a period of time. While a resident of this city the husband was engaged in the grain business and was one of the most highly esteemed residents. Later Mr. Tewksbury engaged in railroad construction work and assisted in the building of the St. Louis & Iron Mountain railroad, south of St. Louis. The family moved to Omaha in the nineties, and has since made their home for the greater part of the time in that city. Mr. Tewksbury passed away some fifteen years ago, and since then the widow has made her home with her niece, Mrs. Anna Maxwell WOOLEY, and her great niece, Mrs. Grace Maxwell HOOPES, with frequent visits back to the old home in Plattsmouth, and the past winter was spent here by Mrs. Tewksbury.
The recollection of Mrs. Tewksbury of her father, James WALKER, is rather distant, as she was but 6 years of age in 1837 when he passed away after a long and eventful life, leaving the little girl, the subject of our sketch and a son, Isaac F. WALKER, of the age of 9 years, and who, like Mrs. Tewksbury, is still living, back in the old New Hampshire home, where the father had first heard the call to arms to free his country from the oppressorsâ€™ wrong. The exact age of the father at the time of his death is not known, but it was fifty-nine years after the close of the war before he was called home. He is mentioned in the revolutionary records at the office of the adjutant general in Concord. A payroll of Colonel Jonathan CHASEâ€™S regiment of New Hampshire militia, which was commanded by Major Francis SMITH and marched from Cornish, N.H., and adjacent towns to re-enforce the garrison at Fort Ticondergo [sic], shows James Walker as a private, enlisted June 27, 1777, and discharged July 20 of the same year.
A payroll of Captain Samuel MC CONNELLâ€™s company, General STARKâ€™s brigade, which marched in July, 1777, and joined the northern Continental army at Bennington and Stillwater, shows James Walker as a private who was discharged September 18, 1777. A muster and roll call of a detachment of men under Lieutenant GEROULD, which marched to Saratoga in September, 1777, shows that James Walker was a private, engaged September 22 and discharged October 22 of the same year.
Another payroll for Captain James AIKENâ€™S company, in Colonel Moses KELLYâ€™S regiment of volunteers, which marched from New Hampshire and joined the Continental army in Rhode Island in 1778, shows that James Walker was a private engaged August 7, and discharged August 27. The Walkers referred to in these enlistments is without doubt one and the same man, and the father of Mrs. Tewksbury and Isaac F. Walker, as the records show him to have enlisted each time at New Boston, N.H>, where the records show that the parents of these worthy people resided.
Mrs. Wooley is at present making her home in this city and will be able to join in the celebration of the birthday anniversary of her aunt, with whom she has made her home since childhood, as her father, Isaac F. Walker, brother of Mrs. Tewksbury, sent her west while a little child to make her home with the childless aunt, and here she has spent the greater part of the time since.
The distinction that is possessed by Mrs. Tewksbury has frequently been mentioned in the leading papers of this part of the west, and throughout the state as she is well known as Nebraskaâ€™s only real daughter of the revolution. It is to be hoped that this grand old lady will live many years to enjoy her honors and to be with her friends on many more birthdays.