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ID,ed on the back Pvt. William J Kelly
Co.K 4th Alabama Calvery 1862

Courtesy of the William H. Stegeman collection of Fairfax VA.

     William James Kelly was born on September 15, 1839 in Madison County, Alabama and died April 7, 1916 at his home in Deerfield, Florida  at the age of 76 with internment at Woodlawn Cemetery.


     William’s father, also named William J. Kelly, was originally from Brunswick County, Virginia and moved to Alabama as a young man following a few years later several of his older brothers. They had settled in Madison County, Alabama. William Sr. was the grandson of Revolutionary War Patriot Edward Wesson DAR # A12213491.  There was a mass migration of Brunswick County, Virginia families to the Madison County area when the lands were opened up for settlement in the early 1800s.  These included the Goochs, Wessons, Pettus and Phillips families who were all  related or soon to be related to the Kelly family.  William Sr. was a farmer but unfortunately died in 1862 from typhoid fever.  This had a drastic effect on his family as they had to sell off the home place to pay off his outstanding debts.  William Jr. was had already left home for he had enlisted in the Confederate Army in June of 1861 along with several of his brothers and cousins - some of whom did not make it back.  William had enlisted in Company D 2nd Confederate Infantry June 17, 1861 at Huntsville, Alabama. He reenlisted in Company K Russell's 4th Alabama Cavalry in December at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Captured at Shelleyille, Tennessee June 27, 1863, he was received at Fort. Deleware and ended up at Point Lookout, Maryland October 26, 1863.  He spent the remainder of the war in prison.  William's older cousin, Joshua O. Kelly, had also enlisted with the same group.


     On February 1, 1866, in  Madison County, William married Martha E. Gooch.  Martha was born in 1845 in Alabama and died two weeks after having suffering from a fall at the home of her grand-daughter, Alice Carr Ewing,  September 28, 1932, in West Palm Beach, moving there in 1920. Martha was the daughter of William McGeehee Gooch and Mariah Hannah Combs.  Her family had been in Madison County as early as 1818.  The Gooch family can trace their lineage back to the very first settlements of Virginia.


     William, Martha and family were living in Huntsville in 1907. His military pension was applied for in Madison County Alabama (number 15528). In about 1910,  whether together or separately William,  Martha  and his daughter, Ada Kelly Carr -She had married Marshall Carr on May 28, 1891 in Huntsville - moved from Alabama and settled in Miami.  Two years later they relocated to Deerfield Beach.  William and Martha had two children, a daughter, Ada Kelly and a son,  William James Kelly Jr. who had married Ella Harris Pettus in Huntsville.  He served as Treasurer for Madison County in the mid 1890s, then relocated from Alabama to Savannah, Georgia around 1900, eventually ending up near Baltimore Maryland. 


Mary S. Carr   (Daughter of Marshall H. Carr - Unmarried)
Marshall H. Carr  (Father of Marshall Carr and Mary S. Carr)
Marshall Carr   (Husband of Ada Kelly Carr, Son of Marshall H. Carr)
William J. Kelly   (Husband of Martha E (Gooch) Kelly,  Father of Ada Kelly Carr)
Martha E. Kelly  (Wife of William J. Kelly)
Ada Kelly Carr   (Daughter of William J. and Martha E. Kelly , Wife of Marshall Carr)
U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865

Name    William J. Kelley
Side    Confederate
Regiment State/Origin    Alabama
Regiment    4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Russell's)
Company    K
Rank In    Private
Rank Out    Private
Alternate Name    W.J./Kelly
Film Number    M374 roll 24


Pvt William James Kelly

Birth: Sep. 15, 1839
Madison County
Alabama, USA

Death: Apr. 6, 1916
West Palm Beach
Palm Beach County
Florida, USA

William enlisted in Company D 2nd Confederate Infantry 6-17-1861 at Huntsville, Alabama. He reenlisted in Company K Russell's 4th Alabama Cavalry in December at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Captured at Shelbyville, Tennessee 6-27-1863, he spent the remainder of the war in prison. He lived in Huntsville in 1907. His military pension was applied for in Madison County Alabama(number15528).The site of his burial is unknown at this time. 
Family links: 
  Martha E Kelly (____ - 1932)*
*Calculated relationship


Woodlawn Cemetery 
West Palm Beach
Palm Beach County
Florida, USA
Plot: Block 36


  1850 United States Federal Census

Name:  William J Kelly
[William James Kelly] 

Age:  42

Birth Year:  abt 1808

Birthplace:  Virginia

Home in 1850:  Second Regiment 33, Madison, Alabama, USA

Gender:  Male

Family Number:  37

Household Members:

Name   Age

William J Kelly   42

Catharine Kelly   40

David Kelly   15

Martha Kelly   13

Thomas Kelly   12

James Kelly   11

Emmer Kelly   9

Emmer Kelly   4

Robert Kelly   2

Elizabeth Wepen7   7

Lycurgus Kelly   12

Benjamin Kelly   19

1860 United States Federal Census

Name:  Wm I Kelly
[Wm J Kelly] 

Age:  52

Birth Year:  abt 1808

Gender:  Male

Birth Place:  Virginia

Home in 1860:  North Western Division, Madison, Alabama

Post Office:  Madison

Family Number:  161

Value of real estate:  View image

Household Members:

Name   Age

Wm I Kelly   52

Catherine Kelly   50

David L Kelly   26

Mary Kelly   26

Jas Kelly   20

Emmet Kelly   18

Emma Kelly   14

Robert Kelly   12

Ann Kelly   7

Thos Kelly  1

1870 United States Federal Census

Name:  James Kelley

Age in 1870:  30

Birth Year:  abt 1840

Birthplace:  Alabama

Dwelling Number:  80

Home in 1870:Township 2 Range 2, Madison, Alabama

Race: White

Gender:  Male

Occupation:  Farmer

Male Citizen Over 21:  Y

Personal Estate Value:  500

Household Members:

Name   Age

James Kelley   30

Martha Kelley   22

Alice Kelley   3

Ada Kelley   2

1880 United States Federal Census

Name    Ada Kelly
Age    12
Birth Year    abt 1868
Birthplace    Alabama
Home in 1880    Beat 11, Madison, Alabama
Race    White
Gender    Female
Relation to Head of House  Daughter
Marital Status    Single
Father's Name    W. J. Kelly
Father's Birthplace    Alabama
Mother's Name    M. E. Kelly
Mother's Birthplace    Alabama
Household Members    
Name    Age
W. J. Kelly    40
M. E. Kelly    35
Ada Kelly    12
W. J. Kelly    5

1900 United States Federal Census

Name    William J Kelley Senior
Age    60
Birth Date    Sep 1839
Birthplace    Alabama
Home in 1900    Huntsville, Madison, Alabama
Race    White
Gender    Male
Relation to Head of House    Father
Marital Status    Married
Spouse's Name    Martha Kelley
Marriage Year    1866
Years Married    34
Father's Birthplace    Virginia
Mother's Birthplace    Virginia
Household Members    
Name    Age
William J Kelley    25
Martha Kelley    55
William J Kelley Senior    60
Alla H Kelley    25

William J. Kelly
 Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1957

Name:    William J. Kelly
Gender:    Male
Marriage Date:    1 Feb 1866
Marriage Place:    Madison,Alabama
Spouse:    Martha Gooch
FHL Film Number:    1305698 V. 4B-5

1910 United States Federal Census

Name:  William James Kelley

Age in 1910:  70

Birth Year:  abt 1840

Birthplace:  Alabama

Home in 1910:  Monrovia, Madison, Alabama

Race:  White

Gender:  Male

Relation to Head of House:  Head

Marital Status:  Married

Spouse's Name:  Martha E Kelley

Father's Birthplace:  Virginia

Mother's Birthplace:  Virginia

Native Tongue:  English

Occupation:  Own Income

Home Owned or Rented:  Own

Home Free or Mortgaged:  Free

Farm or House:  House

Able to Read:  Yes

Able to Write:  Yes

Years Married:  44

Survivor of Union or Confederate Army or Navy:  CA

Neighbors:View others on page

Household Members:

Name   A ge

William James Kelley   70

Martha E Kelley   65

The Miami New, Wednesday, April 12, 1916,  Page 3








     DEERFIELD, April 12,-- William James Kelly, born in Madison County, Ala., September 15, 1839, passed away at the home of his daughter at this city just at sunset, April 6, 1916.  Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Dr. Carpenter, pastor of the First M. E. church, south, ofWest Palm Beach at 3 o'clock on April 7.  Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery by the Masonic lodge of West Palm Beach.



     Mr. Kell has spent the last four winters in Florida, the first two being spent in Miami and the last two at Deeerfield.  He was a member of a prominent and influential family of North Alabama.  For fifty-four years he was a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South.  He was a soldier and officer in the war of''61-'65.  He was a member of Egbert J. Jones Camp, U.C.V. at Huntsville, Ala., and a member of Helion lodge number 1 A. F. and A. M. of Huntsville.



     Mr. and Mrs. Kelly are among the few who reach the golden anniversary of their wedding.  This anniversary they celebrated on February 1 of this year.  Mr. Kelly is survived by his widow and two children with their unbroken families.  They are Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Carr of Deerfield, and Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kelly Jr., of Savannah, Ga.  The five grandchildren are Kelly Carr, Miss Alice Carr, Mrs. Thomas O'Sullivan, William David Kelly and Miss Martha Kelly, and one great-grandchild, Thomas Kelly O'Sullivan.


 The Palm Beach Post, Thursday, September 29, 1932,  Page 3


Mrs. Martha E. Kelly Dies Following Fall


     Mrs. Martha E. Kelly, 87, widow of the late William J. Kelly, Confederate army officer, died last night at the home of her grand-daughter, Mrs. Clifford Ewing, 631 Valley Forge Road.  She suffered a fall nearly two weeks ago and had been confined to her bed since.



     Mrs. Kelly came to Florida with her husband in 1910 and settled in Miami, moving here in  1920.  Her husband died 16 years ago and is buried in Woodlawn cemetery.  Plans for funeral services have not been announced but she will be buried beside her husband.  She was a member of the Methodist church, South.


     She is survived by a daughter. Mrs. Marshall Carr: two grand-daughters, Mrs. Ewing and Mrs. Annie O'Sullivan, and four great-grandchildren, all of this city, and a sister in Alabama.




 Member:  Martha Elizabeth Miller Edwards    Nat'l #: 581281     Ancestor #: A123491


1.  Edward Albert Miller born on 18 - Mar - 1865 at Covington KY   

died at Huntsville AL on 25 - Nov - 1933 and his ( 1st ) wife

Lucy Ada Gooch born on 18 - Apr - 1881 at Chappell Hill TX

died at Huntsville AL on 17 - Jul - 1959 married on 21 - Apr - 1909  

2.  The Said Lucy Ada Gooch was the child of

William George Gooch born on 8 - Mar - 1847 at Madison Co AL   

died at Manor TX on 8 - Apr - 1885 and his ( 1st ) wife

Malinda Matilda Kelly born on 28 - Apr - 1844 at Lawrence Co AL

died at Decatur AL on 10 - Feb - 1888 married on 28 - Dec - 1865  

3.  The Said Malinda Matilda Kelly was the child of

Josiah S Kelly born on 29 - Mar - 1798 at _______________  

died at Lawrence Co AL on - - 1844 and his ( 1st ) wife

Malinda Cornelius born on 28 - Feb - 1806 at _______________

died at Lawrence Co AL on 11 - Mar - 1849 married on 1 - Mar - 1827  

4.  The Said Josiah S Kelly was the child of

Jesse Kelly born on - - at Brunswick Co VA   

died at Brunswick Co VA on a 29 - Dec - 1817 and his ( 1st ) wife

Martha Phillips born on - - at Brunswick Co VA

died at _______________ on - - married on 5 - Jan - 1787  

married at Brunswick Co VA

5.  The Said Jesse Kelly was the child of

David Kelly born on - - at _______________  

died at Brunswick Co VA on a 29 - Sep - 1790 and his ( 1st ) wife

Lucy Wesson born on - - at _______________

died at _______________ on a 27 - Mar - 1789 married on - -   

6.  The Said Lucy Wesson was the child of

Edward Wesson Srborn on - - at _______________  

died at Brunswick Co VA on a 23 - Jun - 1788 and his ( 1st ) wife

Mary born on - - at _______________

died at _______________ on p 20 - Aug - 1784 married on - -   




Ancestor #: A123491



Death:  ANTE 6-23-1788     BRUNSWICK CO VIRGINIA



Citation proving Jesse Kelly and Martha "Patsy" Phillips to William J. Kelly Sr. and Catherine Wesson    Page 1038.  The next generations are proved by official CENSUS REPORTS    
               ADA KELLY
               +MARSHALL CARR
                              JAMES KELLY CARR
                              +DOROTHY V MILLS
                                             KELLY BARTON CARR
                                             +LUCILLE B HALE
                                             DOROTHY ELIZABETH CARR
                                             +CLIFTON JOSEPH CORMIER
                                                            LESLIE ANN CORNIER
                                                            +JACK SAMLER
                              ANNIE CARR
                              +THOMAS O'SULLIVAN 
                                             THOMAS KELLY O'SULLIVAN
                                             +DOROTHY E CHRITIANA
                                                            THOMAS CARR O'SULLIVAN
                                                            +CAROL JANE HERD
                                                                            KATHLEEN LEA O'SULLIVAN
                                                                            MICHAEL CARR O'SULLIVAN
                                                                            JOHN KELLY O'SULLIVAN
                              ALICE KELLY CARR 
                              +CLIFFORD B EWING 
                                             ANNIE EUGENIA EWING
                                             +HORACE WONSLY WILEY JR
                                             ALLEN CLIFF EWING
                                             +MARJORIE ANN STEWART
                                             +MARION MILDRED KAHL
                                             BETTY CAROLINE EWING
                                             +JAMES GORDON MOODY
                                                            JAMES CLIFF "BUCK" MOODY
                                                           +EDITH PENTLAND "DEDE"  DELL
                                                                          DANNY R MOOD
                                                                          +SUSAN G SHEETS 
                                                                          ANGELIA DENISE MOODY
                                                                          +MICAH JASON SMITH 
                                                            DANNY MOODY
                                                            CAROLYN MOODY
                                                            +RAY CARVER
                                                                           BRIAN RAY CARVER
                                                                           ALLEN CARVER
                                                                            GLORIA CAROLYN CARVER
                JAMES WILLIAM KELLY JR
               +ELLA HARRIS PETTUS
                              ELIZABETH MARTHA KELLY
                               +WILLIAM J RYAN JR
                                             WILLIAM J RYAN III
                              WILLIAM E KELLY
William James Kelly and Martha E. Gooch had two children:
1.    Ada Kelly who married Marshall Carr 
2.   William James Kelly Jr. who married Ella Harris Pettus
1.    Ada Kelly Married Marshall Carr 
Marshall Carr

 Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1957

Name:    Marshall Carr
Gender:    Male
Marriage Date:    28 May 1891
Marriage Place:    Madison,Alabama
Spouse:    Ada Kelly
FHL Film Number:    1305705 V. 18-19
Carr Cottage - 135 Root Trail, Palm Beach, Florida
1900 United States Federal Census

Name:  Ada Carr


Birth DateMar 1868


Home in 1900Whitesburg, Madison, Alabama

Sheet Number14B

Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation273

Family Number284



Relation to Head of HouseWife

Marital StatusMarried

Spouse's NameMarshall Carr

Marriage Year1891

Years Married9

Father's BirthplaceAlabama

Mother's BirthplaceAlabama

Mother: number of living children3

Mother: How many children3

Can ReadYes

Can WriteYes

Can Speak EnglishYes

Household Members


Marshall Carr

Ada Carr

Kelley Carr

Anna Carr

Allice Carr

1910 United States Federal Census

Name    Marshall Carr
Age in 1910    47
Birth Year    abt 1863
Birthplace    Maryland
Home in 1910    Huntsville, Madison, Alabama
Race    White
Gender    Male
Relation to Head of House    Head
Marital Status    Married
Spouse's Name    Ada Carr
Father's Birthplace    Maryland
Mother's Birthplace    Maryland
Native Tongue    English
Occupation    Farm Laborer
Industry    Laborer
Employer, Employee or Other    Wage Earner
Home Owned or Rented    Own
Home Free or Mortgaged    Mortgaged
Farm or House    House
Able to read    Yes
Able to Write    Yes
Years Married    18
Out of Work    N
Number of Weeks Out of Work    0
Household Members    
Name    Age
Marshall Carr    47
Ada Carr    41
Kelley Carr    17
Annie Carr    16
Alice Carr    12

1940 United States Federal Census

NameAda Carr


Estimated Birth Yearabt 1868




Marital StatusWidowed

Relation to Head of HouseMother

Map of Home in 1940West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida

StreetValley Farge

House Number627

Inferred Residence in 1935West Palm Beach, Florida

Residence in 1935West Palm Beach Florida

Resident on farm in 1935No

Sheet Number3B

Attended School or CollegeNo

Household Members


Alice C Ewing43

Ada Carr72

Eugeina Ewing15

Allen Ewing14

Betty Ewing11

1940 United States Federal Census

NameMarshall Carr



Estimated Birth Yearabt 1859




Marital StatusMarried

Relation to Head of HouseFather

Map of Home in 1940Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida

StreetBoot Trail

House Number135

Inferred Residence in 1935Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida

Residence in 1935Same House

Sheet Number32B

Attended School or CollegeNo

Highest Grade CompletedHigh School, 4th year

Weeks Worked in 19390


Income Other SourcesNo

Household Members


Annie C O'Sulivan45

Marshall Carr81

Catherine Crowley

Ada Kelly and Marshall Carr had three children:
1.    James Kelly Carr who married Dorothy V. Mills 
2.   Annie Carr who married Thomas O'Sullivan
3.  Alice Carr who married Clifford B. Ewing
Robert Lorimore Mills
  Father of Dorothy V. Mills, wife of James Kelly Carr
       were the parents of a son and daughter   
1.   KELLY BARTON CARR who married
                   DOROTHY MILLS
2.   DOROTHY ELIZABETH CARR  who married
                   CLIFTON JOSEPH CORMIER
Kelly Barton Carr was born on September 9, 1918, in Contra Costa, California, his father, James, was 26 and his mother, Dorothy, was 23. He married Lucille B Hale on September 8, 1962, in Los Angeles, California. He died on January 4, 1976, in Crestline, California, at the age of 57.


Dorothy Elizabeth Cormier died peacefully Dec. 18 at Haven Hospice of Gainesville. She was 93. She was a retired public school teacher and a resident of Gainesville for 53 years.

Dorothy was born in Scotia, California, a small lumbering town in the redwood empire. She attended public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from San Francisco State College. She began her teaching career in Brawley, California where she met her husband Clifton. They were married in Williamsburg, VA. She taught school at military bases in Virginia, the Philippines, and North Carolina.

Dorothy was a member of the Florida Education Association and taught at Stephen Foster Elementary School and later became the school's library media specialist. Dorothy traveled extensively during and after her husband's military career. After retirement they attended Elderhostel programs in the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to Clifton, she is survived by daughter Leslie Samler and her husband Jack of Sanibel, Florida.

Plans for a memorial service will be announced. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Save the Redwoods League, 114 Sansome St., Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94104; or to Haven Hospice of Gainesville.


Published in Gainesville Sun from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2013

Clifton Cormier died peacefully at Terrace Rehab after a brief illness on February 4, 2017. 
Born in Lake Arthur (Southwest) Louisiana, Clif joined the Marine Corps after graduating high school in 1938. 

At the outbreak of WWII he was serving with the First Marine Brigade in Iceland alongside British troops guarding the 'Outpost in the North Atlantic' from German invasion. During this time he stood inspection for Prime Minister Winston Churchill. 
After returning to the States, he helped form the Third Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, NC and was promoted to the rank of warrant officer. In early 1943 the Third was deployed to the South Pacific and participated in the assault and seizure of Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Mariana Islands and Iwo Jima. 
He married Dorothy Carr of San Francisco, CA in 1945. 
In 1946 he served with the First Marine Division in North China which repatriated prisoners of war and guarded railroads from seizure by the Chinese Communist army. 
Clif was posted at Quantico, VA at the outbreak of the Korean War, and in that conflict commanded an artillery battery as a First Lieutenant. He completed tours of duty at Twenty Nine Palms, CA and Subic Bay, Philippines before his retirement with the rank of Captain at Camp Lejeune, NC after 22 years of active duty. 

After graduating from the University of Florida with a journalism degree in 1962 he was employed by The Gainesville Sun as a reporter, columnist and editor for 22 years. He was the recipient of a FL Press Association Award and 2 School Bell Awards for distinguished news reporting in the field of education. 

After retiring from the Sun he and Dorothy traveled extensively attending Elderhostel travel-study programs. Clif was a devoted husband and father who loved to travel, the game of golf, the LSU Tigers and books. 
He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy, and is survived by his daughter, Leslie Samler and her husband, Jack, of Sanibel, FL and many extended relatives, mostly located in Louisiana. 

A graveside service will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm at Forest Meadows, 4100 NW 39th Avenue, Gainesville. FL with a reception to follow. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice
Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2017

Marine veteran and former Gainesville Sun reporter and city editor Clif Cormier died Saturday at age 98.

Cormier, who was born in 1918 in Lake Arthur, Louisiana, died while undergoing treatment at the Terrace Health & Rehabilitation Center in southwest Gainesville following a 10-day hospital stay after being diagnosed with pneumonia, said his daughter and only child Leslie Samler of Sanibel.

Samler said funeral services, which will be held at Forest Meadows Funeral Home, have not been planned, but dates and times will be posted on the funeral home’s website as soon as they are finalized.

Cormier’s wife of 68 years, Dorothy Carr, preceded him in death in 2013.

Samler said her father was a wonderful parent and loving husband who was devoted to his family and lived by the book.

“That is kind of a military and Marine Corps way of life,” she said. “It was pretty much black and white — no gray. And because of that, you always knew where you stood with him. It was either right or wrong, not necessarily in his eyes, but in God’s and society’s.”

After Cormier retired from military service, a career that included 22 years of active service, he moved to Gainesville, where he completed his bachelor’s degree in journalism.

After graduation at the age of 40, he accepted a position with The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as an education reporter, columnist and city editor. He retired after working for the paper for 22 years.

Samler said her father remained at The Sun past retirement age because the field of journalism was rapidly changing due to technology and he wanted to learn how to adapt to the age of computers.

“He needed and wanted to keep up with the times,” she said. “He never wanted to not be with it as far as the technology and what was happening not only in journalism but the world. There were just things that he felt was important to learn and understand.”

During his career at The Sun, Cormier received several awards for reporting, including a 1966 Florida Press Association award for feature writing and two School Bell Awards in the 1970s for his reporting on education, said Samler.

“Clif was the city editor who would get on a reporter’s back and make them do a re-write to make sure it was accurate and fair,” said former Sun managing editor Rob Oglesby, who is now retired. “He was an outstanding member of the news department.

Cormier also self-published a book in 2002 titled “A Postcard from Joseph” that details both his WWII experiences and his later reinvention as a journalist. Though it’s a memoir, Cormier wrote the book in third person and referred to the protagonist as Joseph, his middle name.

Samler said her father based the name off an old WWI drawing of Marines raising the U.S. flag that was featured on postcards handed out to enlistees with instruction that they write their mothers, which Cormier did.

His mother kept the postcard and had it framed, and when Cormier found it, he also found the name for his memoir, Samler said.

No matter where he was or what he was doing, Cormier was seen by many as a man of immense integrity, Samler said.

“My father was always respected by other people no matter what he was doing, whether in the military, as a student or working at the paper,” she said. “Anyone who he came into contact with in the community respected him, and I saw that all my life. I was proud to be his daughter.”

Bob Gasche, the last surviving member of the Gainesville World War II veteran’s group that calls themselves the Iwo Trio, described Cormier as not only a great Marine, but a great man.

“He did his duty, he was very well trained with artillery and he was always ready to do whatever was necessary — even under fire — to get the job done.”

“He made his artillery unit one of the best and we were very proud to know him. He served his country well.”

On Tuesday, Gasche will host an Iwo Trio meeting at Jason’s Deli at 6791 Newberry Road, during which a commemorative service will be held. The meeting is open to the community.

Cormier’s 22 years of Marine Corps service included a Pacific tour during WWII and time in the Korean War, during which he served as a first lieutenant of an artillery battery and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal.

Years later, he would form the Iwo Trio with Gashe, now the last surviving member, and the late Clair C. Chaffin, who died in a 2009 South Carolina shooting.

Gasche said Cormier had quite the career, having fought on Bougainville Island, the Solomon Islands, Guam, the Mariana Islands, and eventually Iwo Jima, where he arrived shortly after the initial invasion and worked to place telecommunication lines in the ground so that ships could communicate with those on the island.

Gasche said he also served as a forward observer, who would direct artillery fire.

“He was there in the thick of it,” said Gasche. “He went through the whole Battle of Iwo Jima and never got a scratch from enemy artillery, machine guns of anything else.”

Cormier, Chaffin and Gasche began meeting at the McAlister’s Deli for lunches and soon decided that they should try to organize their meetings into a group that would educate people about the WWII Pacific Campaign and the Battle of Iwo Jima.

They named themselves The Iwo Trio, and over time, their meetings grew so big that they had to look for a new place to meet due to crowd noise and space. After some time, they were offered a private space at Jason’s Deli in Gainesville, where they could hold private meetings and place war memorabilia on a wall, Gasche said.

The group also performed outreach at schools, universities and colleges as well as churches.

“We were able to tell people that they had a heritage that they could be proud of and that there were a lot of young men, mostly teenagers, during WWII and other conflicts that sacrificed an awful lot to give people the freedom they have today and a heritage that they enjoy,” Gasche said.




Florida Death Index, 1877-1998

Name:Marjorie Ann Ewing



Death Date:May 1960

Death Place:Palm Beach, Florida, United States

Allen Cliff Ewing was born on March 23, 1926, in West Palm Beach, Florida, his father, Clifford, was 30 and his mother, Allice, was 28. He married Marjorie Ann Stewart in 1949 in Palm Beach, Florida. He then married Marion Mildred Kahl in March 1961 in Palm Beach, Florida. He died on May 5, 1972, in Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 46.
Marjorie Ann Stewart was born in 1927 in New York, her father, James, was 30. She married Allen Cliff Ewing in 1949 in Palm Beach, Florida. She died in May 1960 in Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 33.
James T. Stewart Home - 326 Valencia Road, West Palm Beach, Florida
PERCY, Hilda Stewart, Age 92, a resident of West Palm Beach, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 23, 2014. 

Mrs. Percy was born on November 20, 1922 in Forest Hills, NY. 

She began vacationing in West Palm Beach in the early 1930's with her family and eventually settled here upon meeting and marrying the love of her life, Vance on July 18, 1942. 

Mrs. Percy attended Duke University and received her Master's degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University. 

She taught 6th grade for a number of years at Melaleuca Elementary School in West Palm Beach. 

Upon retirement, Mrs. Percy and her husband enjoyed traveling often with family and friends throughout the United States, Europe, Central America and Nova Scotia. 

Most notably, Mrs. Percy and her husband generously provided comfort and care for their widowed friends, who often accompanied them on their adventures. 

She was very active in her church, Union Congregational Church, and continued to take care of her friends until her passing. 

Hilda cherished her family and friends wholly and deeply. 

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 70 years, George "Vance" Percy and her son, Garry Percy and her sister, Margie Ewing. 

She leaves behind her son, Glenn Percy (wife, Sandy) of Palm Beach Gardens; her granddaughter, Christie Brown (husband, Bradley); her grandson, Matthew Percy (wife, Alison); and her caregiver, Vibert Woodley. 

She is also survived by many extended family members and close friends. 

Funeral Services will be held at 12 noon on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at the Union Congregational Church, 5088 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33415. I

nterment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park, West Palm Beach. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Union Congregational Church.

To express condolences and/or make donations: Visit

Published in The Palm Beach Post from Nov. 26 to Dec. 5, 2014
George Vance Percy
May 12, 1920 - September 1, 2012

Vance Percy, 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Lake Clarke Shores, with his wife of 70 years, Hilda, and his faithful caretaker, Vibert Woodley, by his side. 

He was born on May 12, 1920, in Savannah, Georgia, and moved to West Palm Beach in 1925. 

He was the the youngest of eight children of Eva and Walter Percy.

He married the love of his life, Hilda, on July 18, 1942, in West Palm Beach, FL, when he was on a short leave from the Army. 

Vance served in the Air Corps and U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II. He was stationed in several locations, including a weather station in the Arctic Circle, where his Boy Scout training came in particularly valuable. He always had fond memories of his time in the service. 

After his military service, Vance worked as a well respected title examiner for Lawyers Title for 40 years. 

After retiring, he did not rest long, and went back to work for Stewart Title on his own terms for several more years. 

He was also an active member of Union Congregational Church for over 55 years, where he served in many capacities and cooked the best spaghetti dinners ever! He and his wife loved life and traveled often. They traveled throughout the United States and visited several ports in Europe, Central America and Nova Scotia with friends and family. 

Vance truly loved life, was a wonderful story teller, true family man and a dear friend to many.

He is survived by his wife, Hilda Percy; his son, Glenn Percy and wife, Sandy of Palm Beach Gardens; his grandson Matthew Percy and wife Alison of Jupiter; and his granddaughter Christie Raymond of Palm Beach Gardens. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his son, Garry Percy.

A memorial service will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 5088 Summit Blvd., WPB, Fl 33415 on Sunday, September 9th, 2012, at 12 o'clock. 

Interment will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Union Congregational Church or VITAS Team 310.

Source: Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation, and Event Center, 
6411 Parker Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
William James Kelly Jr.


This office was created by an act of February 28, 1799, passed by the Mississippi Territory Governor and Territorial Judges, defining the office duties. The Territorial legislature, on March 4,

1803, again established the office and later amended the act on December 18, 1811. The Treasurer was at first appointed by the Governor, followed by the County governing body making the appointment

for a one year term, in accordance with an act approved December 17, 1819 by the Alabama legislature.

Act 26 in 1839 made the office a three year term, still appointed by the county governing body. Act 396, 1852, made the office elective for a three year term. Act 49 of 1846 kept the office on a three

year term, while Act 20 of the 1875-1876 legislature made the term four years, after August 1880. Act 482 of the 1893 legislature kept the office a four year term. Another act provided that the office

would be elective for a four year term, beginning in 1903. The office was abolished by Act 378 of 1915, relating to counties not over 55,000 in population, except as otherwise provided by law.

Although no County Treasurer has existed in Madison County since, some doubt about the legality of acts passed existed, so the 1936-1937 legislature passed Act 8, again abolishing the office. A

county Depository system replaced the Treasurer, calling for the county governing body to select a bank or banks as the Depository. Duties of the Treasurer had included receiving moneys due the

county and drawing checks against the treasury, upon order of the county governing body. The county approved its first depository, W. R. Rison Banking Company, in January 1917. Following that,

various banks were selected and today, the county approves all local banks as depositories. County Treasurers have been:

1811-1823 Wood, Bennett

1823-1826 Craft, Ezekiel

1826-1837 Harris, Daniel

1837-1841 Moore, Dr. Benjamin T.

1841-1848 Eldridge, John B.

1848-1849 Moore, Dr. Benjamin T.

1849-1852 Cruse, William

1852-1872 Johnson, Daniel

1872- Wells, William (died)

1872-1877 Rison, William R.

1877-1884 Wynn, Alexander M.

1884-1888 Robinson, J. Otey

1888-1892 Mastin, Charles J.

1892-1896 Kelly, W. J.

1896-1900 Kenney, G. D.

1900-1904 Collier, L. E.

1904-1907 Hereford, F. G.

1907- Bilbro, J. B.

1907-1913 Wright, Lee J.

1913-1917 Lawler, H. J


I.             Col. Thomas Pettus (c.1598-1669) was born in Norwich, Norfolk County, England, and baptized there on Feb. 19, 1598/99 at the St. Simon and St. Jude parish church. He was born into a wealthy, but large family that ultimately grew to include seventeen children, all the progeny of Thomas Pettus, the elder (c.1552-1620) and his wife Cecily King (d. c.1641). The elder Thomas was a draper, who held at various times a number of public offices, including sheriff and mayor of Norwich. He was also the younger brother of Sir John Pettus (c.1550-1614), a Member of Parliament, a wealthy woolen merchant, and an investor in the Virginia Company, with business interests in the American colonies.

Although he was only the seventh son, the younger Thomas still received a considerable inheritance from his father of properties in Norwich. However, he killed a man on March 24, 1628 in a street brawl at a New Year's Eve festival, and following his acquittal in 1629 of the murder, he felt it wise to sell his holdings and relocate elsewhere. This led him in late 1630 or early 1631 to sail to Virginia and begin a new life, possibly at the behest of his family. Thomas apparently was preceded in Virginia by at least one sibling, his younger brother Theodore Pettus (b. c.1600), who arrived in 1623 in James City (Jamestown), but of whom nothing further is recorded.

Thomas Pettus acquired land soon after his arrival and built a large plantation house, which he named Littletown, at a location on the James River about four miles down river from the Jamestown settlement. He also, in time, acquired the adjacent Utopia Plantation, a nearby tract called the Burnt Ordinary, and some unsettled lands in New Kent County, which was the next county up river from Jamestown. His Littletown plantation house has since been excavated, and the site can be visited at the modern Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Although some accounts attribute to Thomas a wife named Elizabeth Mouring, and possibly four children with her, there is no documentation for this in either the Norwich or Jamestown town and church records. However, his son Thomas did marry a woman with the similar name of Mourning Burgh, which might be the source for some of this confusion. Some accounts also claim that Thomas fought in the Thirty Years War, and was sent to Jamestown with 40 men to protect the colonists from Indian aggressions, which earned him the title Colonel. Again, there is little evidence for this either. However, his name does appear in one 1642/43 document as "Capt. Thos. Pettus", when he was serving on the King's Council for the colony and all of the councilors received appointments as captains in the colonial militia. He also appears in a 1652 document as "Coll. Thomas Pettus", when British warships sent by Oliver Cromwell appeared in Jamestown Harbor and fears were raised of a possible confrontation.

Thomas Pettus, due to his wealth and family connections, received in 1641/42 an appointment to a life term on the King's Council of State for Virginia, and served until at least sometime after July of 1661, which establishes him as the longest serving member of the council. He is known to have had at least one wife, Elizabeth Freeman (b. c.1608), the widow of Richard Durrent, whom he married about 1638 in Jamestown when he was 39 years old. There is also evidence for an earlier Indian wife named Ka-Okee (a daughter of Pocahontas), with whom he may have fathered four or five children, but this is somewhat speculative. Col. Pettus is known to have had at least two sons - the Stephen Pettus, who follows, and a younger son named Thomas, who inherited his father's Littletown and Utopia plantations. He died sometime between 1663 and 1668.

(Pettus, 2011 - v. I, p. 107-120, no. 31; Pettus, 2013 - v. II, p. 1349-1360)



II.            Stephen Pettus (c.1642-c.1677), the son of Thomas Pettus and possibly his Indian wife Ka-Okee, was born about 1642 in James City County, Virginia, most likely at his father's Littletown Plantation. Little is known about Stephen, but presumably he married, and he is believed to have had at least two children, a son and a daughter. Although he did not inherit the Littletown or Utopia plantations from his father, both of which went to his younger brother Thomas, Stephen presumably received other properties, as he is known to have been a large land holder in New Kent County. He probably died about 1677 in the Blisland Parish where he was living, possibly in the aftermath of an armed rebellion in the Colony led in late 1676 by Nathaniel Bacon of the nearby Curles Neck Plantation. The likely son of Stephen Pettus is the John Pettus who follows.

(Pettus, 2011 - v. I, p. 206-210, no. 63)



III.           John Pettus (c.1662-after 1704), who is probably the son of Stephen Pettus, was born about 1662 in Blisland Parish in New Kent County, Virginia. Even less is known about him than his father, but he is known to have been a member of the vestry (a governing body) for the Blisland Parish in 1703 or 1704 when he signed a letter from the vestry to Governor Nicholson of the Virginia Colony. He probably married and had a son named John who follows.

(Pettus, 2011 - v. I, p. 270-271, no. 104)



IV.          John Pettus (c.1680-c.1750), who was probably the son of the John Pettus above, was born about 1680, most likely in the Blisland Parish of New Kent County, Virginia. Although he is unquestionably either a grandson or great-grandson of Col. Thomas Pettus, the immigrant ancestor, his line of descent from Thomas Pettus is not known for certain. The most likely lineage, given the present state of knowledge, is shown here. He married Anne Overton on or prior to about 1702, probably in New Kent County, but some accounts say Yorktown. Some accounts also give her name as Elizabeth, and others as Mary. He and Anne at some point migrated upstream (northwest) along the Pamunkey River with other members of the Pettus clan to a frontier region near the area of modern Richmond, Virginia that came to be known as the St. Peter's and St. Paul's parishes, the latter parish later becoming part of Hanover County. He probably died about 1750 in St. Martin's Parish in Hanover County, Virginia.

John's name in some accounts appears as John Dabney Pettus, but this is incorect and derives from a series of Pettus family assumptions published in 1921 by Patrick Baskervill. John Pettus did in fact have a contemporary cousin named Stephen Pettus (c.1679-c.1759), who was married about 1700 to Elizabeth Dabney. Like John, Stephen Pettus participated in the move up the Pamunkey River, and he similarly died in St. Martin's Parish in Hanover County, Virginia. He also inherited much of the original Littleton, Utopia and Burnt Ordinary estates, and he did indeed have a number of descendants named John Dabney Pettus. However, these descendants do not tie back to the John Pettus of the present narrative. John and Anne had several children,



V.            Col. Thomas Pettus (1712-1780), second of the name in this line and the son of John Pettus and Anne Overton, was born on Dec. 25, 1714 in St. Paul's Parish in New Kent County, Virginia, but grew up in "New Forest", an estate built by his grandfather William Overton. He married Amey Ann Walker (1717/18-1778) on Nov. 10, 1735 , probably in Hanover County, and brought her and their family about 1751 to Lunenburg County along the southern border of Virginia. He served in various public offices and was a member from 1769-1775 of the Lunenburg County House of Burgesses during the American Revolution. Because he signed a protest against British taxation, and the British embargo against import, he is considered a patriot, and his name is honored on a monument in Williamsburg, Virginia. Despite his epithet of colonel, he never physically served in a militia, as far as we know, and the title of colonel is an honorary one that is largely the product of later generations. He died on March 18, 1780 in Lunenberg, and left a will (Will Book 3, p. 33-35 in Lunenburg County, Virginia) that was probated on April 13, 1789 in the county court. This will names his children, who follow.

(Pettus, 2011 - v. I, p. 362-374, no. 139)



VI.          David Walker Pettus I (1755-1805), the son of Col. Thomas Pettus and Amey Ann Walker was born on July 3, 1755 in either Amelia or Lunenburg County, Virginia. He was probably named after his maternal grandfather David Walker. He served with the Lunenburg County Militia during the American Revolution as an ensign, and then in 1802 as a second lieutenant in Capt. Ellison Ellis' company. He married his first wife Anne Whitworth(1750-1802) on Nov. 28, 1776, and shortly after her death married his second wife Elenor or Ellinor Wilson, the widow of Robert Wilson, on Sept. 25, 1802 in Lunenburg County. He died on Nov. 8, 1805, probably in Lunenburg County. Although he is unlikely to have ever ventured out of Virginia, through his pioneer sons who did, he is the patriarch of the Pettus family in the Huntsville-Monrovia area of Alabama. David and Ann had twelve children,



VII.         Thomas Pettus (1779-1854), the son of David Walker Pettus I and Anne Whitworth was born on Feb. 27, 1779, probably in Lunenburg County, Virginia . He married Elizabeth Jouett Rowlett (b. c.1780) on Nov. 24, 1803 in Halifax County, Virginia. He brought his family to Madison County, Alabama on Oct. 25, 1832, and a year after his arrival established himself there as a lawyer. He died on _____________, 1854 in Madison County, and although it is not known where he and Elizabeth are buried, they may be in unmarked graves in the Douglass-Pettus Cemetery on Douglass Road. It is possible, but seems less likely, that they are buried in ummarked graves in the nearby Joyner Cemetery. Thomas and Elizabeth had several children.


VIII.        William Rowlett Pettus (1808-1864), the son of Thomas Pettus and Elizabeth Rowlett was born on Dec. 12, 1808, probably in Halifax County, Virginia . He married his first wife Rebecca Love in _______________ on _________________. He and his brother Thomas W. Pettus left Virginia for Alabama with their parents in October of 1832 and settled on adjacent farms in Monrovia, near Hunstville. Rebecca died there on Aug. 29, 1849 and is buried in the Joyner Cemetery near the intersection of Wall Triana Highway and Nick Davis Road. Her obituary appeared on Sept. 7, 1849 in a Hunstville newspaper called "The Southern Advocate." William married his second wife Charlotte Harris Day (1829-1903) on Aug. 12, 1851 in Madison County, Alabama, Charlotte being the daughter of Richard and Lucinda Day of Spotsylvania County, Virginia. William died on May 25, 1864 in Huntsville, and both he and Charlotte are buried in the Douglass-Pettus Cemetery.



IX.        William David Pettus (1843-1905), the son of William Rowlett Pettus and Rebecca Love was born on April 12, 1843, probably in Madison County, Alabama. He served as a private in the 9th Alabama Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army during the Civil War, and later followed in his father's footsteps by becoming a doctor. He married Ann Dew(1843-1916) on Dec. 23, 1869 in __________; and died on Aug. 13, 1905 in __________________, and both William and Ann are buried in the Douglass-Pettus Cemetery.

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