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Leroy King Bookwalter was the son of Joseph Addison Bookwalter and Zelinda Melissa Ross and was born on February 27, 1852, in Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, USA.  It is unclear when or why he removed to Brazil.  In November 1884, in Brazil,  he married Anna Lucina Miller, the daughter if James Williamson Miller and Sarah Boyd McGill of Chester County, South Carolina who were original Confederados arriving in Rio de Janeiro on Christmas Day, 1868, having sailed for a month on board the steamer "South America".  She was ten years old at the time of her arrival,  The Miller's established their home in the then "wilderness" near Santa Barbara d'oeste along with a large number of Southern expatriates

Leroy was a planter and had established a profitable plantation.  He died on August 17, 190 in Santa Barabara, leaving Anna with seven young children to raise - two sons and five daughters.  Her oldest son, James Miller Bookwalter, had returned to the United States to go to college but returned after his father's death but was killed shortly afterward by a team of runaway mules.  She managed the farm and remarried with her second husband taking over affairs. The second husband's name is not mentioned and she is buried in Campo Cemetery with the Bookwalter name.   Eventually, the farm was taken over by her second son, Leroy King "King" Bookwalter.  The farm prospered primarily with rice, corn, and watermelons with King stating that the only thing they could not grow was potatoes. 

The following is from "The Confederados"  by Dawsey,  page 149

"In 1878, over a decade after the first Americans moved to the region, the chapel at Campo was constructed.

The dream that had finally been realized was an old one.  The first collection of moneyto support the construction had been taken in 1870, eight years earlier.  Built by the community and used by three Protestant denominations, the chapel belongrd to everybody.  When Colonel Asa T. Oliver, originally fron Georgia, died in 1873, James Miller bought the property and the land continued in the hands of the Miller's descendants, Leroy, Anna, and Mary Bookwalter ubtil 1954.  Thogh the Campo chapel and cemetery remained on privately owned land during this period, the family kept it available for all to use.  The one-hectare compound that included the cemetery and chapel was deeded to the Fraternity of American Descendancy in 1954, and since then families of deceased descendants have continued to seek burial for their loved ones." 



Ross Magill Bookwalter

BIRTH 17 Feb 1885 • Santa Barbara, São Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 17 Feb 1885 • Santa Barbara, São Paulo, Brazil


Elizabeth Bookwalter

BIRTH 12 Aug 1886 • Santa Barbara, São Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 4 May 1940 • São Paulo, Brazil

Married:  Jun 1906 • Sao Paulo, Brazil

Charlie Sylvester Vaughan

BIRTH 12 Oct 1887 • Sao Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 19 May 1949 • Sao Paulo, Brazil




               Mary Elizabeth Vaughn

                    BIRTH 1911 • Brazil

                    DEATH Unknown


               Robert Burton Vaughn

                    BIRTH 1913 • Brazil

                    DEATH Unknown


                Agnes Vaughan

                     BIRTH 27 Oct 1918 • Nova Odessa, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                     DEATH 18 Sep 1965 • Sao Paulo, Brazil


                Joseph Addison Vaughan

                     BIRTH 15 Dec 1923 • ,, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                     DEATH 19 Jul 1945 • ,, Sao Paulo, Brazil


James Miller Bookwalter

BIRTH 14 Jun 1888 • Santa Barbara, São Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 29 May 1906 • Villa Americana, São Paulo, Brazil


Mary Bookwalter

BIRTH 21 Oct 1889 • Santa Barbara, São Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 12 MarH 1973 • Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Margaret Bookwalter

BIRTH 22 Aug 1891 • Santa Barbara, Município de Itararé, São Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 23 Oct 1976 • Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil


Belton Carr

BIRTH 9 Jul 1895, Brazil

DEATH 24 Jan 1976 • Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Son of  Confederados James Edward Carr and Leila Broadnax



               Rosa Lee Carr

                    BIRTH 17 Dec 1927 • Pinhalzinho, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                    DEATH 1987 • Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, São Paulo, Brazil


               José Costa Conti

                    BIRTH 5 May 1925 • Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                    DEATH 1997 • Americana, Sao Paulo, Brazil


               Arthur Belton Carr

                    BIRTH 1931 • Santa Barbara d'Oeste, Sao Paulo, Brazil

                    DEATH 1931 • Brazil


Katharine Bookwalter

BIRTH 27 Nov 1892 • Santa Bárbara, Sao Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 18 Nov 1983 • Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Married:  24 Dec 1924 • Brazil

John Henry Wheelock

BIRTH 21 Jan 1898 • Colfax, Iowa, USA

DEATH 5 Mar 1961 • Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Son of Mortimer Brigham Wheelock and Annie Manabel Mannington

John Henry Wheelock graduated from Colfax High School in 1915. He earned a B.S. from Iowa State University in 1920. He earned his M.S. from Texas A&M in 1921, and moved to Brazil in the following year. (Src: Records of Bryan King Wheelock, grandson, Dec 2001.)


Florence Bookwalter

BIRTH 22 Sep 1894 • Santa Barbara, São Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 13 Nov 1981 • São Paulo, Brazil

Married:  1918

Robert Emory Pyles

BIRTH 18 SEP 1889 • Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, São Paulo, Brasil

DEATH 5 FEB 1981 • Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Son of Ezequiell Belton Pyles and Fleming Margaret McKnight

When Florence Bookwalter was born on 22 September 1894, in São Paulo, Brazil, her father, Leroy King Bookwalter, was 42 and her mother, Anna Lucina Miller, was 37. She married Robert Emory Pyles about 1930, in São Paulo, Brazil. She died in November 1980, in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, São Paulo, Brazil, at the age of 86, and was buried in Santa Bárbara d'Oeste, São Paulo, Brazil.


Leroy King Bookwalter Jr

BIRTH 25 Nov 1896 • Santa Barbara, São Paulo, Brazil

DEATH 13 Mar 1961 • Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Leroy King Bookwalter

BIRTH 27 Feb 1852 • Chillicothe, Ross Co, Ohio, USA

DEATH 17 Aug 1900 • Santa Barbara, São Paulo, Brazil

MARRIED:  Nov 1884

Anna Lucina Miller

BIRTH 10 Jul 1857 • Chester Co, South Carolina, USA

DEATH 10 Aug 1944 • Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Daughter of James Williamson Miller and Sarah Boyd Magill

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