Eleven: David Reminisces

L. M. Kokernot returned from the Civil War to find the family farm had deteriorated under wartime conditions. His sheep were gone, and his and his father's cattle numbers had fallen, but he wasted no time acquiring land and replacement cattle. Within ten years his holdings at Big Hill alone exceeded his father's by a factor of ten. L. M.'s wealth allowed his father, David, the leisure to spend on his religion, charity, his grandchildren, and old friends from the days of the revolution. Both David's sons—first L. M. then John—lost their wives as a result of childbirth and sent their children to David and Caroline until they remarried.

His Reminiscences, a selective and distorted account of his life through 1836, appeared in his local newspaper as part of his campaign for county office. He lost by a wide margin, but so enjoyed storytelling that he repeated increasingly richer versions into old age. Classmates of his grandchildren, newpaper reporters, and fellow veterans of the revolution, all benefitted from his memories. The last known photograph of David Kokernot shows a white-bearded man with a cane seated among a small group of similarly aged men, all veterans, taken just a few years before his death at home in 1892.

David Reminisces
War Again!
To the Waters of Peach Creek
Tories Strike Back
Tory Chase
David and Caroline Kokernot's Children
Finest Looking Man I Ever Saw
Well Nigh Dead
Barbarous Strife and Drunken Debauch
"I Came to the United States with My Father"
"I Was Born in the City of Amsterdam"
Who Was David Kokernot and Why Should You Know Him?
The Author