Kit Carson County, Colorado

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Kit Carson County Pioneers:

Charles H. and Eliza (Lee) Pettis, 6 South 50 West

Elba was born March 3, 1882 in Garden Grove Iowa to Charles H. Pettis and Eliza Lee.

In 1885 Garden Grove, Decatur County, Charles is 29, Eliza J. 26, Elbey C. 3, and Claude 1.

Milan A. Pettis 1892-1894 is buried in Decatur County, Iowa # 43408923.
Another infant son of Charles and Eliza died June 8, 1880, # 43408836.

In 1900 Decatur County, Kansas, Charles, born September 1855 in Iowa, married 20 years to Eliza January 1868 Iowa. Elba March 1882, Claude H. October 1883, Ralph Sept 1886,a nd Vesta I. Aug 1896, were all born in Iowa.

In 1910 Kit Carson County, Elba is farming, 23, born in Iowa, single.

Elba claimed a quarter in 13, 6S 50W in 1912.
Elba C. Pettis 1882-1951 is buried in Oberlin # 60946329, which says his wife was Lizzie Helena (Lange) Williams 1876-1953 ???

Eliza J. Pettis # 60945865 is buried in Oberlin.
"Eliza J. Lee was born at Woodland, Decatur county, Iowa, June 15, 1858. She married Chas. H. Pettis at Garden Grove, Iowa, July 3, 1879. They removed to Decatur county, Kansas, in October 1897, settling near Kanona and in November, 1910, they removed to Seibert, Colo., where she died Oct. 28, 1911. She was the mother of six children, of whom two died in infancy. Those living are Elba C.. Claud H., Ralph and Vesta V. She was a member of the Methodist church at Kanona, having joined some four years ago. The remains were brought to Oberlin, via Dresden, and the funeral held at the home of L. C. Pettis and at the Methodist church. The Royal Neighbors held a short service at the house and Rev. Scott preached a short sermon at the church on "Meeting Death Singly," based on Matt. 24: 41, "Two women shall be grinding at the mill, the one shall be taken and the other left." At the cemetery the Royal Neighbors read the burial serice consigning the body to the grave. Rev. Scott pronounced the benediction. N. B. Bush assisted the Methodist choir in the church service.—Oberlin Kansas, Herald."

C.H. Pettis 1855-1917 is buried in Oberlin # 60945863,.

Claude H. Pettis 1883-1956 is buried in Oberlin, # 60346202, with Amy Ruth Pettis 1882-1945.


In 1917 teachers included "Seibert — Ted Tillotson. Lloyd F. Speake, Vesta Pettis."

" Oscar E. Higgason; b. 15 Oct 1891 in Aspen, Pitkin Co., Colorado; m. Vesta V. Pettis 24 Dec 1917 in Cope, CO."

They're in Washington County, Colorado in 1920, 1930, and 1940, and in Denver in 1966.

School board officers "66   Pres.  F. M. Spencer, Cope ......... 1929     
Sec.   Oscar Higgason, Cope ........ 1928     
Treas. Walter Lynch, Cope .......... 1930"

Oscar's father Oscar C. Higgason 1857-1932 is buried in Decatur County, Kansas # 60458929.
His mother Nancy Brooks Higgason 1872-1947 is also buried there # 60458928.

Maynard Higgason's nice article in the History Of Cope says Vesta died January 10, 1972, Oscar August 22, 1973, both buried in Denver.


Ralph proved up two quarters in sections 20 and 29, 10S 49W in 1916.

Ralph registered for WWI in Kit Carson County, born at Garden Grove Iowa Sept 3, 1886, single, farming.

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