The Cohenour Family
David and Peter Cohenour were among the earliest residents of Vernon County. However David died long before Bronaugh was even a thought.
Note that it was not uncommon to see the name spelled Cohenhour (or even other variations)
By 1860, David Cohenour was living not far from Vernon County, Missouri but just across the state line in Bourbon County, Kansas:
David Cohenour had married Mary Wilson in 1857, so it appears that the three older children listed in the 1860 census were from a first marriage.
By the end of the Civil War (or at least by August of 1865), David Cohenour and family had moved further into Kansas. They were enumerated as living in Eudora, Douglas County, Kansas.
The 1870 Moundville Township census showed the widow Mary Cohenhour living in Bronaugh with her future son-in-law, Philip Shanholtzer.The listing included
Listing the birth place of Irene Cohenour as Missouri confirms that the family had moved to Vernon County in the very late 1860's (1867 according to Mary's obituary). A death date for David Cohenour as November 15, 1869, has been suggested. He died long before Worsley Cemetery at Bronaugh had been founded, so it will probably remain a mystery as to where he was buried.
Interestingly, Sarah Cohenour, future wife of Philip and step daughter of Mary Cohenour was not listed in that 1870 census. Living next door to Peter Shanholtzer in 1870 was David's brother, Peter Cohenour with his wife Frances, and four of their children.
As stated, Philip Shanholtzer was listed on one side of Peter Cohenour. On the other side in the census listing was Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Hardy. This almost certainly means that they lived in the vicinty of Prairie Flower School. The Hardy place was a mile west of that school on the south side of the road and just a half mile or so from the post office of "Igo".
The 1887 Vernon County History, page 788 confirms where the Cohenour families had lived following the Civil War:
"On section 16, a mile northeast of Bronaugh (where he still resides), lived G. C. Hardy, and on the same section were Kenneth Monroe, Peter Schanholtzer (sic Shanholtzer), Peter Cohenour, David Cohenour, M. E. Pike and J. A. Vivion."
In 1850, Peter Cohenour and family had been residing in Pike County, Illinois according to the federal census with four small children, Priscilla, Joseph, Dorothy and John T.
By 1860, Peter Cohenour and family were enumerated in Hopkins, Whiteside County, Illinois. Perhaps, after the civil war ended they moved to Missouri.
In 1880, Peter and Francis were back in Illinois, living at Pea Ridge, Brown County with sons Jacob and Walter.
However, by 1885, Peter and Francis must have been back in Vernon County, MO because Peter Cohenour was buried at Deepwood Cemetery, in Nevada. His dates are: b. Jan. 9, 1819, d. Mar. 3, 1885. Francis was buried beside him ten years later. Her dates are: b. Dec. 4, 1820, d. Sep. 13, 1895. There do not appear to be any other Cohenour burials in Deepwood Cemetery.
In 1880, Almira Cohenour, age 14, was living with her half-sister and brother in law, Sarah and Philip Shanholtzer. The census said that Almira had been born in Kansas. Her mother, Mary, does not appear to be in Vernon County in that census year.
Mary's four daughters married Bronaugh young men:
William Cohenour was said to live just a short distance west of the Brubaker Bank in Bronaugh. He was interviewed as a witness to the bank robbery that occurred in 1900.
Mary was listed in the 1910 census for Bronaugh. She was living with her son-in-law and daughter and listed as age 75. The census did not agree with the obituary when it told that she was the mother of eight children and seven were still living.
To the right is the obituary for Mrs. Mary Wilson Cohenour from the January 14, 1920, Bronaugh Journal. Mrs. Cohenhour died at the home of a daughter in Baxter Springs, Kansas. She was brought back to Bronaugh for burial indicating that perhaps her husband had been buried in the area. Notice that her obituary lists survivors as two step daughters, four daughters and one son, thus accounting for the seven children listed in the 1910 census.
Grave marker for Mary Cohenour, Worsley Cemetery.
At Worsley Cemetery, Mary is buried between Mattie and Newt Satterlee and John and Allie Linthicum. Mattie and Allie are her daughters.
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