Spencer Thomas Kilts - Timeline 1823-????

Spencer Thomas Kilts (Thomas Kilts, Spencer T Kilts, S T Kilts), if these are all the same person, which I believe they are as there are many facts to suggest that they are, led a very interesting life. I have found 3 different women listed with him:

I think that sometime between 1860 and 1867, he married Clara and moved to Iowa, taking the two oldest boys (Preston and Homer) with him (supported by Mn marriage records). Where Clinton D Kilts was born, then they all moved to Redwood area of Mn. Where he purchased land a coupld of times, and Homer and Preston were married.

I looks like sometime between 1875-1878, he moved on to Ill, and his wife Clara moved back to New York to live with a cousin (1880 US Census).

I have been told that, it is thought that he at some point when west into Indian Terrritory and did not come back or was killed. Some said he was part of Custer's Last Stand, but he is not listed as one of the dead or wounded there,as reported in the Bismarck (Dakota Territory) "Tribune", dated 6 July 1876.

These are the documents from Ancestry.com that I have found so far. Still would like to find what happed to Melissa and the two younger children, where Spencer Thomas was in the 1865 state censuses, the 1870 US Census, the 1880 US Census, and when he died and where. Did he die in Henry County Illinois or did he move on again?

Spencer Thomas Kilts 1850 Census Age 27

1850 United States Federal Census
about Thomas Kilts

Name: Thomas Kilts
Age: 27
Birth Year: abt 1823
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1850: Lenox, Madison, New York
Gender: Male
Family Number: 365
Household Members:
Name Age
Christopher Kilts 56
Catherine Kilts 56
Betsey Kilts 32
Thomas Kilts 27
Harvey Kilts 27
Christopher Kilts 20
Colista Kilts 23
Catherine Kilts 15
Amanda M Kilts 12
Charles Kilts 6
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Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: Lenox, Madison, New York; Roll: M432_526; Page: 186B; Image: 377.

Spencer Thomas Kilts(Rlls) 1860 Census Age 37

1860 United States Federal Census
about Preston Rlls

Name: Spencer T Rlls
[Spencer T Kilts]
Age in 1860: 37
Birth Year: abt 1823
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1860: Lenox, Madison, New York
Gender: Male
Post Office: Wampsville
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Spencer T Rlls 37
Melissa Rlls 26
Preston Rlls 8
Homer Rlls 7
Peter Rlls 5
Rosetta Rlls 3

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Lenox, Madison, New York; Roll: M653_781; Page: 711; Image: 212; Family History Library Film: 803781.

Spencer T Kilts 15 Aug 1872 New Ulm Minnesota Land Purchase 160 Acres #7043

U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907
about Spencer T Kilts

Name: Spencer T Kilts
Issue Date: 15 Aug 1872
State of Record: Minnesota
Acres: 160
Accession Number: MN1250__.370
Metes and Bounds: No
Land Office: New Ulm
Canceled: No
US Reservations: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Document Number: 7043
Legal Land Description:
SectionTwpRangeMeridianCounties
8110-N42-W5th PMLyon
8110-N42-W5th PMLyon
8110-N42-W5th PMLyon

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Original data: United States. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records. Automated Records Project; Federal Land Patents, State Volumes. http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/. Springfield, Virginia: Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, 2007.

S T Kilts 1 May 1875 New Avon, Redwood, Minnesota Census

Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905
about S T Kilts

Name: S T Kilts
Census Date: 1 May 1875
County: Redwood
Locality: New Avon
Birth Location: New York
Gender: Male
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1823
Race: White
Father's Birth Location: New York
Mother's Birth Location: New York
Roll: MNSC_14

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
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Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905
about Clara Kilts

Name: Clara Kilts
Census Date: 1 May 1875
County: Redwood
Locality: New Avon
Birth Location: New York
Gender: Female
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1837
Race: White
Father's Birth Location: New York
Mother's Birth Location: New York
Roll: MNSC_14
Clara A Kilts Wawayanda, Orange, New York living with son and cousin 1880 US Census

1880 United States Federal Census
about Clara A. Kilts

Name: Clara A. Kilts
Age: 42
Birth Year: abt 1838
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1880: Wawayanda, Orange, New York
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Cousin
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: House Keeping
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Household Members:
Name Age
H. B. Hulse 55
Clara A. Kilts 42
Clinton Kilts 13

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Wawayanda, Orange, New York; Roll: 912; Family History Film: 1254912; Page: 406D; Enumeration District: 047; Image: 0190.

Spencer T Kilts 10 Sep 1875 Redwood Falls Minnesota Land Purchase 121.71 Acres #208

U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907
about Spencer T Kilts

Name: Spencer T Kilts
Issue Date: 10 Sep 1875
State of Record: Minnesota
Acres: 121.71
Accession Number: MN1460__.126
Metes and Bounds: No
Land Office: Redwood Falls
Canceled: No
US Reservations: No
Mineral Reservations: No
Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Document Number: 208
Legal Land Description:
SectionTwpRangeMeridianCounties
6111-N36-W5th PMRedwood
6111-N36-W5th PMRedwood
6111-N36-W5th PMRedwood

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Original data: United States. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records. Automated Records Project; Federal Land Patents, State Volumes. http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/. Springfield, Virginia: Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, 2007.

Homer T Kilts 1 Nov 1876 Redwood Falls Minnesota Married Ida F Scrivins

Minnesota, Marriages Index, 1849-1950
about Homer T Kilts

Name: Homer T Kilts
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 1 Nov 1876
Marriage Place: Redwood Falls, Redwood, Minnesota
Spouse's Name: Ida F Scrivins
Spouse Gender: Female
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 1321613

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. Minnesota, Marriages Index, 1849-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data:

"Minnesota Marriages, 18491950." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

Spencer T Kilts 17 Mar 1878 Henry Illinois Marriage Amy L Ellsworth

Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900
about Amy L. Ellsworth

Name: Amy L. Ellsworth
Gender: Female
Spouse Name: Spencer T. Kilts
Marriage Date: Mar 17, 1878
Marriage County: Henry
Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records, Film # 1435944 - 1435945.

Source Information:

Jordan Dodd and Liahona Research, comp.. Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Index compiled from county marriage records on microfilm located at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah by Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research (P.O. Box 740, Orem, Utah 84059). Specific source information is listed with each entry.
-------------- 20 Oct 1881 Henry Illinois Marriage Amy L Ellsworth

Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900
about Amy L. Ellsworth

Name: Amy L. Ellsworth
Gender: Female
Spouse Name: James Gilchrist Bricker
Marriage Date: Oct 20, 1881
Marriage County: Henry
Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records, Film # 1435944 - 1435945.

Source Information:

Jordan Dodd and Liahona Research, comp.. Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Original data: Index compiled from county marriage records on microfilm located at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah by Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research (P.O. Box 740, Orem, Utah 84059). Specific source information is listed with each entry.
SP Kilts Lyon, Mn 25 Dec 1878 Married Ida Slater

Minnesota Marriages, 1849-1950 for S. P. Kilts

Groom's Name: S. P. Kilts
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Bride's Name: Ida Slater
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Marriage Date: 25 Dec 1878
Marriage Place: Lyon, Minnesota
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M74631-5
System Origin: Minnesota-EASy
Source Film Number: 1255713
Reference Number: Bk a p172
Preston Kilts Dunn, Otter Tail, Mn 1880 US Census

1880 United States Federal Census
about Preston Kilts

Name: Preston Kilts
Home in 1880: Dunn, Otter Tail, Minnesota
Age: 28
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1852
Birthplace: New York
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Ida Kilts
Father's birthplace: New York
Mother's birthplace: New York
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Cannot read/write:

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Household Members:
Name Age
Preston Kilts 28
Ida Kilts 20
William Kilts 5m

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Dunn, Otter Tail, Minnesota; Roll: 628; Family History Film: 1254628; Page: 77A; Enumeration District: 152; .

Preston S Kilts 19 Oct 1888 Fergus Falls Minnesota Land Purchase 160 Acres #5664

Minnesota Land Records
about Preston S Kilts

Name: Preston S Kilts
Land Office: FERGUS FALLS
Document Number: 5664
Total Acres: 160
Misc. Doc. Nr.: 792
Signature: Yes
Canceled Document: No
Issue Date: 19 Oct 1888
Mineral Rights Reserved: No
Metes and Bounds: No
Statutory Reference: 12 Stat. 392
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: May 20, 1862
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Homestead Entry Original
Land Description:
1NW 5TH PMNo 136 N 41 W2

Source Information:

United States, Bureau of Land Management. Minnesota Land Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.
Original data: United States. Bureau of Land Management. Minnesota Pre-1908 Homestead and Cash Entry Patents. General Land Office Automated Records Project, 1995.
S P Kilts Dora, Otter Tail, MN 1895 Minnesota Census
Name: S P Kilts
Titles & Terms (original):
Residence: Dora, Otter Tail, Minnesota
Age: 43y
Estimated Birth Year: 1852
Place of Birth: New York
Race (original): W
Gender: Male
Line Number: 0
Family Number: 82
Page Number: 1
GSU Film Number: 000565794
 HouseholdGenderAge
  S P Kilts M 43y
Ida Kilts F 35y
William Kilts M 15y
James Kilts M 11y
Angy May Kilts F 9y
Harvey Kilts M 7y
Arthur Kilts M 5y
Minnie Kilts F 3y
Preston Kilts Dora, Otter Tail, MN 1900 US Census

1900 United States Federal Census
about Preston Kilts

Name: Preston Kilts
[Spencer Preston Kelts]
Age: 46
Birth Date: Dec 1853
Birthplace: New York
Home in 1900: Dora, Otter Tail, Minnesota
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Ida Kilts
Marriage Year: 1879
Years Married: 21
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Preston Kilts 46
Ida Kilts 40
William Kilts 19
Herman Kilts 15
Angeline Kilts 13
Harvy Kilts 11
Marial Kilts 10
Minnea Kilts 8
Bertha Kilts 3

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Dora, Otter Tail, Minnesota; Roll: T623_779; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 156.