Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Koen & Gilbert's Memphis Nursery 1870

Memphis Daily Appeal Feb 26 1870

Back in the day if you wanted to buy plants and trees for your garden, where did you go?  You might have visited the Memphis Nursery which was owned by Robert Benjamin Koen and Jonathan Moore Gilbert Jr.

Robert Benjamin Koen was the son of James Harvey Koen and Lucinda Louisa Thompson.  He was born Oct 10 1833 in Humphreys County Tennessee.  Family trees show that he was married three times.  First to a woman named Jane, second to Anneliza Joyner in Marshall county MS, 1866 and last to Annie Boggan, also in Marshall County MS in 1872.  During the Civil War, Koen served in the 8th TN Infantry, Looney's Regiment.  He mustered in as a private and mustered out as 1st Lieutenant.  During his time in the military he was "slightly wounded" in the head at the Battle of Shiloh.  He served as the company quartermaster and acting Adjutant for a time.  He tendered his resignation on September 13 1864.  Koen died in Memphis April 18 1914 and was interred at Magnolia Cemetery in Collierville Tennessee.  His occupation was still listed as nurseryman.

I believe that J.M. Gilbert Jr was Jonathan Moore Gilbert Jr., the son of Jonathan Moore Gilbert Sr and Frances Busey of Weakley County TN.   He was born Dec 26 1833.  During the War, J. M. Gilbert Jr served with Co. G 5th Reg TN Volunteers.  He enlisted at Paris TN at the rank of private.  He was discharged on disability June 18 1862. His father, J.M. Gilbert Sr was known to be in Memphis in the 1860's and possibly early 1870's as was his brother Dr. Benjamin Busey Gilbert. J.M Gilbert Jr was the administrator for his brother Benjamin's estate as listed in the Public Ledger, Dec 6 1867.  A notice of dissolution appears in the Memphis Daily Appeal, April 16 1870, of the copartnership of the Gilberts with A.N. Edmonds and J.W. Todd who would continue the business under the name of Edmonds & Todd.  At the time of his death his occupation was listed as a retired tobacconist.  He died Dec 9 1917 in Paducah KY and was interred at Gilbert Cemetery in Weakley County TN.

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