Josie Nesbit, Angel of Bataan

Josephine “Josie” May Nesbit was born on 23-DEC 1894, in Butler Missouri.  Her father was James Allen Nesbit (1857-1898) and her mother was Florilla Zeruiah Craw (1856-1931).  In 1900, Josie lived in Mt. Pleasant MO.  Josie had eleven siblings.  Her father, James A. Nesbit died 26-APR 1899. In the 1900 U.S. Census Josie was living in a household headed by her widowed mother, Florilla along with five brothers, and three sisters. Her mother remarried Alfred Roberts (1833-1906) on 25-Feb 1901.  Alfred Roberts died 17-JUN 1906. Josephine’s mother Florilla was admitted to a state mental asylum, State Hospital #2, in St. Joseph, Missouri in November 1906, where she would live until her death 8-JUN 1931.

On 18-MAY 1914, she and her sister Zetta graduated from the Red Cross Nursing Program. Josie and Zetta lived in Kansas City through about 1919.  On 1-OCT 1918 Josephine Nesbit enlisted in the Unites States Army, beginning a long career in the Army Nurse Corps.

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