26 October 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Major William Nelson Black

Buried in the National Cemetery at Keokuk, Iowa:

William Nelson Black
Aug. 24, 1850 - Nov. 26, 1911
2nd Lieut. Sept 1, 1879 - 1st Lieut. Mar. 11, 1886
Capt. Apr 26, 1898 - Major Feb 18, 1903
United States Army

Most of the tombstones in a National Cemetery, though obviously not all, are uniform in shape and size. This tombstone was unique among the others.

Major Black was born in Lee Co., Iowa, to Hamilton & Martha Black and died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was living with his parents in Lee County in 1860.

2nd Lieutenant William Black of the 24th Inf. was the head of the household with many military "others" enumerated with him at Fort Clark, Kinney, Texas, in 1880:

William BLACK Self S W 29 IA 2nd Liet 24th Infty OH OH
Robert A. PORTER Other M B 34 KY 1st Sergt KY AL
William ANDERSON Other S B 34 VA 1st Sergt VA VA
L. E. SHIPMAN Other S B 39 KY Sergt KY KY
Edward BOARDINGHOUSE Other S B 29 TN Sergt TN KY

1st Lt. W. Black on a Roster of Troops in 1891 for the 24th Inf. (this group at Fort Bowie, A.T.):

An Annual Report (1888) of the Secretary of War indicated that the Thirteenth Infantry has been removed from this department, and replaced by the Twenty-fourth Infantry [at Fort Bowie].

I did not find William N. Black in either the 1900 nor the 1910 census.

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