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James H and Mary Ollie Kelly Pyeatt

James Henry Pyeatt was born January (some records have June) 5, 1861, in San Saba County, Texas, to James B and Margaret J Warren Pyeatt and died March 2, 1942, in Camp Stone, Cochise County, Arizona per his death certificate. (Some researchers have his place of death as Canelo, Santa Cruz County, Arizona). The death certificate shows his father's name as 'Joseph' Benton Pyeatt and his mother as unknown. His wife was the informant. Perhaps when Henry said he wanted to name his son after his dad, he meant the 'Benton' part and his wife thought it was the entire name.

'Henry' was married April 23, 1887, in Ramsey Canyon, Cochise County, Arizona, to Mary Ollie "Mollie" Kelly who was born October 29, 1870 in San Antonio, Texas, and died December 18, 1949 in Tombstone General Hospital, Cochise, Cochise County, Arizona. Both Henry and Mary are buried in the Black Oak Cemetery in Canelo, Santa Cruz County, Arizona. Their marriage was recorded as 'Henry Pyeatt and Ollie Kelly, both of Huachuca, 28 Apr 1887 at residence of bride's parents in Huachuca by William Hughes, JP of Charleston' Rec: 30 Apr 1887, p 113.

Henry and Ollie had the following known children:

Mary appeared alone as a head of household with her children - including a newborn infant on the 1900 census of JP 2 District 151 Taylor County, Texas, next door to her brother-in-law, William Pyeatt, and his family as follows:

This family enumerated #48/48 pg 61B ( image 6/26). Why was Henry in Arizona and not with his poor wife at this time? She isn't listed as widowed, but, 'married' as is he in District 9, Cochise County, Arizona, as follows:

I know that Mary had just recently moved back to Texas from Arizona due to the children's places of birth. Was this just a short trip of six months or something for this family? Why didn't Henry come with them? Evidently, they all moved back to Arizona where they were living at the time of the 1910 census in Elgin District, Santa Cruz County, Arizona, as follows:

This family was enumerated #10 pg 226A ED #117. Ollie says that she has eight children living and seven are in their household. It appears that 20-year-old Ozella has already married. I couldn't locate a J Koogler in Arizona or any place that seemed likely. When the index is expanded to 'every name' - I need to search for Ozella with her birthyear and place.

By the 1920 census, the family appeared in Canello, Huachuca Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona, as follows:

This family enumerated #2/2 ( image 1/2) Neighbors were the Pardas family. 'Garces District' had been written at the top of the page. Also in 'Garces District/District 13' was Henry's brother, John Benton Pyeatt and family. Their son, Joseph, was in Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona.

This article was written about thier 50th anniversary party:
Casa Grande Dispatch | Casa Grande, Arizona | Friday, May 07, 1937 | Page 1
Grandsons Present At Golden Wedding
Grand children from Casa Grande were among the many members of the family which were present at the celebration of the golden wedding aniversary of Mr. and Mrs. James Henry Pyeatt, pioneer Negates couple, conducted Sunday at their ranch in the Huachuca mountains. Ben Pyeatt and Roland Curry were the Casa Grande grand sons present. Mr. and Mrs. Pyeatt were married 5O years ago at Ramsey canyon in the Huachucas being among the early white settlers in that section.

James Henry Pyeatt's obituary appeared as follows:
Tucson Daily Citizen | Tucson, Arizona | Tuesday, March 03, 1942 | Page 5
Funeral For Cochise Pioneer Set Thursday
BISBEE. March 3. Funeral services will be conducted at Canelo in Santa Cruz county Thursday for James Henry Pyeatt, 81, rancher and territorial Indian fighter, who suffered a fatal heart attack while plowing one of his properties west of the Huachuca mountains. Pyeatt came to Arizona 38 years ago with a herd of cattle, living in Douglas and later Hereford. He was employed by the Greene Cattle company until 1901 when he bought the Igo ranch. Pyeatt is survived by his wife, Mary, and five sons, Seth of Florence, Lon and Irving of Tombstone, Russell and Buster of Fort Huachuca, and two daughters, Mrs. H. F. Cooper of Los Angeles and Mrs. J. G. Hanley, Bisbee.

Mary's obit appeared as follows in 'The Arizona Republic' Tuesday, Dec 20, 1949:
Mary Pyeatt, Huachuca Area Pioneer Dies
Bisbee, Dec. 19 -- (AP) -- Mrs. Mary Ollie Pyeatt, 79 years old, who once attended school with Billy Clanton, one of the principals in the Earp-Clanton feud during Tombstone's frontier days, died Sunday in Tombstone. A native of San Antonio, Tex., she came to Arizona with her family in 1880. She was married at Charleston in 1887 and since that time the family lived in the Huachuca mountain area and Tombstone. She was acquainted with Doc Holliday, the McLowery family, Sheriff John Slaughter and other famous Tombstone characters of its heyday. Surviving are four sons, Seth Pyeatt of Florence, Lon of Tombstone, Irvin of Fry, Russell, Nogales, Roland of Elgin; two daughters, Mrs. J. G. Hanley of Bisbee and Mrs. Luella Cooper, Tucson; and brother Dave Kelly, Petersburg, Tex., 33 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Graveside rites are scheduled at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Black Oak Cemetery near the ranch at Canelo in the shadow of the Huachucas.

According to Mary's death certificate, her mother was a 'Davis' born in Texas. She died of Myocardial failure. She also had Hypertensive heart disease and old cerebral hemmorhages with fibrosis. The informant was Roland Pyeatt who was living in Elgin, Arizona.

The following Arizona land purchases probably belong to this Henry:

Others purchasing land in Cochise County were Daisy Blakeslee Pyeatt, John Pyeatt, and Samuel Thomas Pyeatt.


Updated Aug 2012

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