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Surname/tag: Nothstein, Notestein, Notestine
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Levi Notestine Death in the family Levi outlived many of his family. He had two daughters die as toddlers. His oldest son died from battle wounds in the civil war (more below). Two of his sons worked for the railroad and both died in train accidents (more below). He outlived two wives.
William Finley Notestine Civil War Hero William, the first born son of Levi, must have demonstrated superior leadership when he enlisted in the 11th Missouri infantry regiment. At the time of his enlistment he was only 19 and was mustered in as a sergeant. Two years later when his contract expired, he reenlisted. According to his service his record, it said that he was the acting sergeant major for his unit. After 6 months he was given a commission and promoted to captain. His heroics have been recorded in a couple books, but he led a literal uphill charge against a rebel fort and captured it. He was then shot by a sniper in the leg and eventually succumbed to his wound,
James R Notestine Train Accident The second son of Levi, James fought alongside his brother in the 11th Missouri infantry unit during the civil war. After the war he went to work for the railroad. All that is found to date is that on December 31st of 1889 he died of shock as a result of a train accident. No details of the accident has been found.
Horace G Notestine Train Accident Another son of Levi, Horace is half brother to William and James. Horace worked as a locomotive engineer and met his fate when a rod broke and caught on a railroad tie forcing his train over the side of a bridge he was crossing. The train hit the bottom and exploded killing he and the fireman instantly. He was 62.
Charles O Notestine Train Accident Charles O Notestine was a cousin of all the Notestines mentioned above and son of Jonas Notestine who lived in Olney, IL. (Jonas as older brother to Levi) Apparently Charles was involved in a railroad mishap that crushed his leg which ultimately had to be amputated. According to the "Olney Ledger" from January 13, 1876, Charles brought suit against the Cairo Short Line Railroad.
Andrew Notestein Inventor Andrew received two U.S. Patents for inventions.
Andrew Notestein & Mary Hotchkiss Died Young Most of Andrew and Mary's children died young. Only 3 made it to their 50's and 2 made it to early 60's. Mentioned in Charles' obituary is that he was the youngest of six children, but only five children are known. The federal census is every 10 years so one child must have been no older than 9 when he died. Also, several of their grandchildren also never made it their 50's.
George W Notestine Arrested George W was the son of Henry and nephew of our ancestor Andrew. Henry had moved his family from Ohio to Kirksville, MO. In 1873 his son George owned a billiard room and he was approached by a man asking where he could get something to drink. George said he did not know, but he could find some. He then went to the drugstore and bought medicated whiskey for the gentleman. He gave the man his change then was arrested for selling intoxicants without a license. https://s1.sos.mo.gov/records/archives/archivesdb/JudicialRecords/Detail.aspx?id=202502
Florence Notestine Doctor Florence was the daughter of George W Notestine and also lived in Kirksville, MO. She was born in 1870 and was inspired by her maternal grandfather to become a physician. She became a prominent osteopathic physician in Missouri
Wallace G Notestein Peace Negotiator By the time WWI ended, Wallace was a prominent historian at the University of Minnesota. Due to his extensive knowledge of Germany, Wallace was invited by the U.S. State Department to be an advisor during the peace conference when the armistice was declared at the end of WWI. He later became a tenured professor at Yale University and taught there between 1928 and 1947.
Col James Notestein War Crimes Trial James was a career infantry soldier and by WWII he was a commanding officer of an infantry regiment during the Italian campaign. After the war James was invited to sit in as a member of the first war crimes trial conducted after the war. On trial was German general Anton Dostler who had executed American prisoners of war.
Raymond Notestein B-17 Bomber Pilot Raymond's B17 was struck by a German ME-109 fighter on his 7th bombing mission. The collision broke the aircraft in two and all the airmen in the tail section perished, that included the tail gunner, waist gunners and ball turret gunner. The top turret gunner was also killed. Raymond ordered the co-pilot to have the crew bailout while he remained at the controls to keep the damaged aircraft as steady as possible. He died trying to save his crew. Only 4 airmen of 10 survived.

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