Here’s an update to the Kilpatrick Family Ties series. I found this site the other day, which has confirmed some of the information I already had and also alerted me to a few other tidbits. To quote the Dude: Lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-yous, lotta strands to keep in my head, man.
You’ll notice some stuff that expands a bit on Part II and Part III. I found it really interesting that Kilpatrick granddaughter Consuelo Morgan’s husband Benjamin’s father, Benjamin Thaw, Sr, Harry K.’s half brother, was married to a woman named Elma Ellsworth Dows, born in October, 1861. Elmer Ellsworth, the first Colonel of the 11th NY Fire Zouaves, was one of the war’s first martyrs (see here), and there was a multitude of babies born across the North in following years named for him. This is the first time I’ve run across what appears to be a female namesake!
You’ll also see that Consuelo is buried in the Thaw plot in Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Cemetery. I didn’t notice her grave when I made my trek there (see here), and didn’t think to look for her because she remarried after the death of Benjamin Thaw, Jr. It turns out that she is buried not far from her other grandfather, Philip Hicky Morgan. I guess I need to go back there.
The site has lots of interesting stuff about the Thaws that I didn’t know – though you can probably fill a thimble with the stuff I do know about them. For instance, the family supplied two aviators to the American forces in WWI, one of whom died in action. It seems a shame they’re remembered almost exclusively for nutcase Harry Kendall Thaw – of Pittsburgh.