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Submitted by Sharyl Ferrall

Tombstone

George Watkins
Rossville Cemetery
Jefferson Township, Allamakee County, Iowa
(1831 - 1887 Co I IA 27 Inf)

PUZZLE:

Cemetery records show that George Watkins died in 1887 and is buried in Rossville Cemetery, Jefferson Township, Allamakee County, Iowa

According to the roster, George Watkins was age 44 when he enlisted in 1862. That would make his year of birth approximately 1818. Census records appear to confirm his year of birth. However, Cemetery records and the photo of his tombstone says he was born in 1831 - died 1887.

The listing for Rossville Cemetery actually has two George Watkins listed:

George Watkins, born 1831, died 1887 Remarks: Co. I IA 27 Inf
George Watkins, born 1817, died Mar. 8, 1873. Remarks: NM (No Marker)

Were there two George Watkins (with wife Sarah) in Allamakee County? If so, it would appear to me that the George Watkins born 1817, died March 8, 1873 would be the one that was with the 27th Iowa.

Is the headstone with the wrong George Watkins?? Or are the dates inscribed on the tombstone wrong?