My next post is up over at Family Tree Firsts. I have to admit, my husband had told me the story of how there was a possible connection between their family and Buffalo Bill Cody since we met. No one was sure how exactly, but it was a family legend none the less. Thanks to the published genealogies from the Cody society, I know how they are possibly connected now.
Harry Coad / Henry Thompson has been an enigma ever since I found him. One those nagging puzzles that you just can't stop thinking about. It has become almost an obsession to be able to figure out who he is. I have been desperately trying to piece together his life before the Civil War.
Several family trees over an Ancestry have listed George and Sarah Thompson as his parents. Unfortunately I have not been able to get any of them to write me back about why they think this. All I know about him (mostly from census and death records) is the following:
Harry M Coad
Born: 31 Aug 1840 Springfield, Illinois (one census lists Virginia)
Died: 15 June 1920 Grand Pass, Missouri
Married: Nancy Ann Cody, 12 May 1867 in Kansas
I did find a Henry C Thompson on the 1850 Census in Oquawka, Illinois with parents GW and Sarah Thompson. They were born in Virginia and Kentucky respectively. When I discovered the 1890 Veterans Census, I secretly hoped I would learn more. Below is what I got:
Harry M Coad
Miami Township, Marshall, Saline, Missouri.
So the quest to discover him continues...
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