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Deceased
(1767-1820)
Ambrose Bush, Sr.
(1748-1815)
Lucy Gholson
(1746-1814)
Thomas C. Rawlings
(1784-1846)
Esther Bush
(1781-1851)
Commodore Perry Rawlings
(1823-1869)

 

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Pauline Adams

Commodore Perry Rawlings 1 2

  • Born: 2 Jan 1823, Howard County, MO 1 3 4
  • Marriage: Pauline Adams est 1855 1
  • Died: 30 Oct 1869, Rocheport, Boone County, MO at age 46 1 3 5 6 7 8
  • Buried: Rawlins-Farris Cemetery, Howard County, MO 1 5
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bullet  General Notes:

According to RAWLINS family bible, C. P. was accidentally killed on a hunting trip on his farm. He left no will.

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The Missouri Statesman, July 3, 1863 (P. 3, col. 1), contained the following account of a Militia attack on a Howard County guerrilla camp on the Rawlings farm June 18, 1863:
'Another fight between Jackman and Rucker's men and a squad of Guitar's regiment from Fayette, under Lieutenant Boller, took place this morning two miles from Rocheport, on the farm of Commodore Rawlings. The Federals had, by putting on butternuts, gotten into the confidence of a rebel farmer, who was up to the ropes, and finding out from him what they wanted, made him show them the camp, upon which they came before daybreak.
'After the first volley, which took the rebels by surprise, they rallied and returned a deadly fire, killing one and slightly wounding two others. 'the rebels retreated in good order. One of their officers was seen lifted on a horse, and Jackman wounded. Two physicians from Rocheport were sent for, and dressed his wounds in the brush. One prisoner was taken, and one horse. The Militia are still in pursuit." (see also OR, Series 1, Vol. X)W, Part I-Correspondence, pp. 373-374)
An interesting sidelight on this incident involves C. Percy [Perry] Rawlings who owned the farm on which the fight took place. This information comes from P. 45 in Michael Feilman's Inside War (1989) and is derived from Provost Marshal Charges of Disloyalty File 2792, Record Group 393, National Archives, Washington, D.C., United States vs. C. Percy Rawlings, St. Louis, July 3, 1863:
"In 1863 C. Percy [Perry] Rawlings, a forty-six-year-old Howard County farmer, was arrested after hauling corn to William Jackman's guerrillas. Although he deposed that he had only aided the guerrillas because he 'was compelled to do that' (the usual defense of arrested guerrilla abettors), Rawlings refused when asked to make the usual stock acknowledgment of Unionist sympathies. 'I am a Southern sympathizer,' he declared. 'I do not desire to see the South put down in the rebellion nor do I desire to see the authority of the U.S. Government reestablished over the South. I have one Negro. I have some nephews in the southern army.' Rawlings was exceptional in professing southern loyalties under such circumstances. Almost every guerrilla and sympathizer became a verbally loyal Unionist when asked those same questions while under Union arrest."
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Commodore became a member of the Masons in 1866. His last year of membership was 1869 [the year he died] 1 9

bullet  Death Notes:

accidental discharge of his gun as he was getting over a fence on his farm.

Further clarification was given on the accident in this Missouri State Times (Jefferson City) on 12 Nov 1869:

"C. P. Rawlings of Howard county, was accidentally shot and killed by James M. Bearce on Saturday. Rawlins had just climbed a fence and Bearce was following him, when the hammer of the gun caught on a rail, exploding the cap, and sending the entire charge through the body of Rawlins, who died two hours after the accident occurred"

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bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Census, 1860, Moniteau Twp, Howard County, MO. 1 10

Alt. Death, 10 Oct 1869. 1 11

Census, 1870, Howard County, MO. 1 12


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Commodore married Pauline Adams est 1855.1 (Pauline Adams was born on 18 May 1835 in Howard County, MO,1 13 died on 5 Apr 1915 in Kiowa County, OK (Probably) 1 13 and was buried in Rawlins Cemetery, Howard County, MO 1.)


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Sources


1 "Bush-Embree-Berry Gedcom," compiled by Neil S. Smith [(E-ADDRESS), & MAILING ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Jefferson City, Missouri 65109; supplied by Smith, 6 Feb 2009, Type any analytical comments about the GEDCOM's reliability, etc.
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=smithns&id=I8729. Repository: RootsWeb - World Connect. Surety: 0.

2 undocumented bible, Family Info: Rawlings, John, Present Owner: Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Location: Columbia, Missouri (19 Aug 1805), Commodore Perry Rawlings. Repository: Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Univ. of Missouri Columbia, Columbia, MO 65201-5149, Call Number: C3724, File 148. Surety: 3.

3 undocumented bible, Family Info: Rawlings, John, Present Owner: Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Location: Columbia, Missouri (19 Aug 1805), Commodore Perry Rawlins was born January 2, 1823, died October 3 [30], 18 69. Repository: Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Univ. of Missouri Columbia, Columbia, MO 65201-5149, Call Number: C3724, File 148. Surety: 3.

4 The Linneus Bulletin: Dudley Rawlins Dead, Location: Linneus, Missouri, Page: 1-5 (16 Aug 1899), that stated he came with his parents to Howard County, MO in 1818. Thus h is brothers born afterwards were born in MO. Repository: State Historical Society of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia, MO 65201. Surety: 3.

5 Commodore Perry Rawlings tombstone, Record Type: Tombstone, Name Of Person: Rawlings, Commodore P., Reader: Smith, Neil S. (Oct 1999), Rawlings, Commodore died Oct. 30, 1869, aged 42y ?m 2? (tombstone was chi pped). There is a Masonic symbol on the back of the large tombstone whic h is lying on the ground. Repository: Rawlings/Farris Cemetery, Rt 240a & Rt 40, MO. Surety: 3.

6 Weekly People's Tribune: State News, Location: Jefferson City, Missouri, Page: 2-5 (10 Nov 1869), stated he died 30 Oct 1869. Repository: State Historical Society of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia, MO 65201. Surety: 3.

7 Howard County, Missouri 1870, Record Type: Mortality Census, Location: Howard County, Missouri (1870), 368, C. P. Rawlings 50 male b. MO d. Oct, accidentally shot. Repository: Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, MO -65101, Call Number: F1072. Surety: 3.

8 Missouri State Times (Jefferson City): none, Location: Jefferson City, Missouri, Page: 2-7 (12 Nov 1869), the only information found that stated he was hunting with someone at th e time of the accident. Repository: State Historical Society of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia, MO 65201. Surety: 3.

9 Missouri Masonic Records, Location: Columbia, Missouri (Missouri Masonic Headquarters, 19 Jan 2001), Commodore Rawlings became a member of the Masons in 1866. His last year o f membership was 1869. Surety: 3.

10 Howard County, Missouri 1860, Record Type: U. S. Census, Location: Howard County, Missouri (1860), 334, Moniteau Twp, dwelling 353 fam 342, Commodore Rawlins. Repository: Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, MO -65101, Call Number: F69. Surety: 3.

11 Boggs, Karen Carmichael;Coutts, Louise Muir, Howard County Cemetery Records (Privately Published, 1995), 468, Kingsberry's records indicate he died 10 Oct 1869, aged 42y 8m 20d. Repository: Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, MO -65101. Surety: 3.

12 Howard County, Missouri 1870, Record Type: Mortality Census, Location: Howard County, Missouri (1870), 2 (penned upper right) line 18, C. P. Rawlings age 50 male marr, b. MO d . Oct, accidentally shot. Repository: Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, MO -65101, Call Number: F1072. Surety: 3.

13 undocumented bible, Family Info: Rawlings, John, Present Owner: Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Location: Columbia, Missouri (19 Aug 1805), Repository: Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Univ. of Missouri Columbia, Columbia, MO 65201-5149, Call Number: C3724, File 148. Surety: 3.


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