Son of: Benjamin 1815
On 12 July 1917, Celsius filed for a Pension for service in the Indian Wars, claiming service in 1874.
Celsius served in Captain J. G. Connell's Company C of the Texas Rangers from December 10, 1873 to March 6, 1874 and in Captain June Peak's Company B of the Frontier Battalion of the Texas Rangers from March, 1878 to April, 1878. (Texas Ranger Indian War Pensions, Robert W. Stephens, 1975, p. 10) He also served as a US Government Teamster under General McKinzie in the war with the Comanche and Kiowa Indians on the Staked Plains, the Winter of 1874 and part of 1875.
The Frontier Times describes June Peak's activities as Captain of Company B: "The early part of 1878, June Peak was commissioned by the Governor as a second lieutenant in the Texas Frontier Battalion for the purpose of destroying the Sam Bass gain of train robbers, and was promoted to Captain in May following. By July of that year he had succeeded in disposing of the entire band, excepting Bass, Barnes and Jackson, driving these out of North Texas in the trap arranged by Major John B. Jones at Round Rock In 1878, Company B, Texas Rangers was made up of the following: June Peak, captain; Thomas Floyd, sergeant; and the following privates: James Bruton, Dick Armstrong, Ebb Dee, Sid McHenry, C. R. [P] Bodwell, Alexander Buchanan, W. Y. Buchanan, Tobe Daniels, Mat Peak, Will Scott, Charley Tucker, Lou Wright, Arthur Boren, N. L. (Buffalo) Jenkins, Curron Longmyer, Hirald Berry, Pearce Stevens, Harry C. Carmack, and Bob Williams. Frontier Times, September, 1927, Vol. 4, No. 12, pp. 4-6.
Celcius enlisted first in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas and the second time in Dallas, Texas. He listed his occupation at time of enlistment as cowboy. At the time of his first enlistment he described himself as five feet, seven inches; fair complexion, blue eyes, with black hair. After 1878, Celcius lists his places of residence as: Bowie County, Texas for 23 years and later residences as: Dallas, Johnson, Van Zandt, Upshur and Cass Counties, Texas. (Texas Ranger Pension Application 14297)
|31 Aug 1854||1 May 1941||2 May 1880||Emaline Cassandra Strain|
|Henry Co, Tn||Santa Clara Co, Ca||DeKalb, Tx||b. 11 Sept 1860|
|Jul 1910||Zella Nelson Thweatt|
|Van Zandt Co, Tx|
|Name||Birth Date||Birth Place||Death Date||Death Place|
|1.||James B.*||9 Feb 1881||Tx||2 Aug 1940||Mexico?|
|3.||Callie L.||Apr 1886||Tx||196?||Fort Worth, Tx|
|4.||Mattie T.||Oct 1887||Tx||1934||San Antonio, Tx|
|6.||Grant Howard*||25 Oct 1891||DeKalb, Tx||Aug 1976||Carter Co, Ok|
|7.||Celsius Putnam||17 Dec 1894||Oak Grove, Tx||30 Oct 1957||Fresno, Ca|
|8.||Edward||ABT 1896||Tx||at 2 months|
|9.||Noble Irwin||10 Aug1898||(?), Tx||31 Mar 1962||Winterset, Ia|
|10||Claude Leonce||28 Dec 1901||Oak Grove, Tx||2 Dec 1965||Dallas, Tx|
|11||Adah Mae*||13 Dec 1903||Bowie Co, Tx||196?||Chicago, Il|
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