Cornelius was born on 10 MAR 1858 in Bothkennar, Carronshore, Stirling, Scotland, the son of Edward Hotchkiss and Margaret Janet Penman.
He died on 31 MAR 1930 in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas.
His wife was Christina Ferguson, who he married on 31 DEC 1878 in Bothkennar, Carronshore, Stirling, Scotland. Their nine known children were Elizabeth (1880-1962), Edward Ferguson (1882-1947), Cornelius (1884-1958), William (1886-1933), Margaret (1888-1977), Christina (1890-1969), Annie (1892-1966), Thomas (1894-1976) and Alexander F (1897-1972).
|Birth||10 MAR 1858||
|Death||31 MAR 1930||
|Burial||3 APR 1930||
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!Source: A 1905 Topeka Capital article (Source 34 ) gives date of birth as 10 Mar 1858. This has been confirmed with the Scottish Registry of births (Source 33, and 37). However, the LDS IGI micro-fiche (Source 36) show the date of birth as 4 Mar 1858. Obituary agrees with 10 Mar 1858, from which comes the date of death.
!Lived: Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas
!Marriage: Witnesses were William Hotchkiss & Isabella Ferguson.
!Note: Cornelius and Christine immigrated to the United States in 1880 and settled for a few months in Pennsylvania and then Osage City, Kansas for about two years and then to Burlingame. They lived in Trenton, Missouri for about six years from 1892 to 1898 and then moved back to Burlingame. (Quoted from a family record - author unknown).
!Obituary: (The Enterprise, Vol. XXXV No 28, Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas) -- Good Citizen Gone In Death of Neal Hotchkiss -- In coal busines here for 31 years. Took active part in civic and political affairs on council and on Osage County Central Republican Committee. --
!P: Funeral services for Cornelius Hotchkiss who died at his home here Monday, March 31 following several weeks illness with heart trouble were held at the Methodist church Thursday afternoon, April 3 at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. C. P. Broadfoot. Music was furnished by the Presbyterian choir. Interment was in the Burlingame cemetery.
!P: Cornelius Hotchkiss was born at Carronshore, Scotland, March 10, 1858, grew there to manhood and was there married to Christina Ferguson, December 31, 1878.
!P: In 1880 he came to America with his wife and one child. He first went to Pennsylvania, remained there a short time, then came on west to Osage county and Burlingame where he has since resided.
!P: He had been a coal operator here at Burlingame for thirty-one years, where a family of nine children has grown up around him, his boys remaining here with him in the coal business which has been through the years quite an important industry in this vicinity.
!P: He was naturally a great home man, yet he took quite a part in the public life of the city. He served on the city council for a time and also as central committeeman for the Republican party of Osage county.
!P: Always wishing to aid in any good cause, he signed with others a petition asking for an increase in pension for the few remaining Civil War veterans, which petition is now before Congress.
!P: In all business matters and other relations of life, his record is clear as sunlight. He was absolutely honest and dependable, a valuable citizen in the community.
!P: His generosity was an outstanding charactistic. He supported in.... (MISSING TEXT) which was no small burden in addition to the needs of his growing family. He never shirked a duty. After rearing his own large family of nine children, he opened his heart and home to his two fatherless grandsons, the Chalmers boys. One is now in his third year in the State Agriculture College at Manhattan, the other is a senior in high school here. A year ago, two other grandchildren were left fatherless. They also found a home under his roof. To his children he often quoted the text: "Cast thy bread upon the waters for thou shalt find it after many days."
!P: A widow of recent years here recalls that in her first deep loneliness he and his wife spent an evening in her home. In a most earnest, comforting way he said to her, "Remember that my table is your table, remember always that my home is your home." Few outside his family knew the boundless depth of his generosity.
!P: He loved the fine things of life, was fond of music and poetry and in (TEXT BLURRED, British) history was deeply versed. He never lost interest in the fatherland. He often quoted choice extracts from Shakespeare and from Burns to family and friends. The following from Burns the children frequently heard:
!P: To wad some Power the giftie gie us, To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae mony a blunder free us, Of foolish notion."
!P: He made a home so spacious that on occasion the numerous relatives might be gathered there. Home life was very dear to him. Piano music, Scottish songs and even soft chimes of a wonderful grandfather's clock helped to give his home a restful atmosphere.
!P: In his death on March 31, 1930, the general public loses an honorable and useful citizen, the family an (BLURED) and father. There followed him to his resting place, his wife, nine children, thirty-three grandchildren and five great grandchildren which with brothers, sisters and those (BLURRED, they) married were one hundred thirty-(BLURRED) in number. They left him there, (BLURRED) wreath of flowers above him, (BLURRED) as hope oft fades in the human (BLURRED), where he lies, peace-- (BLURRED) benediction falleth for (BLURRED) and the weary.
!P: (BLURRED) to mourn his loss, his wife Christina, his sons, Edward.... (MISSING TEXT)
!Source: Gravestone enscription. Hotchkiss Christina 1856 - 1931 Cornelius 1858 - 1930.