Saturday, March 31, 2012

John F. Hess, Emery M. Eastman, John H. Craven

John F. Hess.

Brith: Unknown.
Death: Unknown
Burial: Great Bend Cemetery, Great Bend, Barton County Kansas.

John F. Hess, Surgeon, 96th., Ohio Infantry, Age32; date of commission as Assistant Surgeon August 14, 1862; on detail with 13th., I. U. S. A., from December, 1862, until April 1, 1863, when returned to Regiment; promoted to Surgeon, and commission date April 2, 1863, and mustered September 29, 1863.  Battles: Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Jackson, Grand Coteau, Sabine Cross Roads, where captured and on duty with union wounded in Rebel Hospitals ten weeks, at Mansfield Louisiana; exchanged and returned to Regiment June 19, 1864; Mobile and Whistler.  Mustered out with Regiment July 7, 1865.  Residence Greant Bend.

Emery M. Eastman., Captain, 96th., Ohio, Infantry, Age 26; date of commission as a Second Lieutenant, Company G., July 28, 1862; promoted to Frist Lieutenant, December 2, 1862, and to Captain Company F., March 19, 1863, and transfrred to Company A., November 1864, on consolidation.  Battles: Chickasasw Byou, Sieges of Vicksburg and Jackson,Mississippi, Grand Coteau and Sabine Cross Roads, La., where wounded in right hand; Fort Gaines, Fort Morgan, Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely, Mobile and Whistler.  Mustered out with Regiment July 7, 1865.  Residence Willsford, Kansas.

John H. Craven.

Birth: Dec. 2, 1833
Loudoun County
Virginia, USA
Death: 1916

John was the first son and third child of Highlen and Eliza Craven. He married Frances Lynde on January 18, 1866 in Knox County, OH. They were the parents of three known children: Gertrude, born abt. 1867; Ulysses L, born abt. 1869; and Mary, born abt. 1871. All were born in Iowa. The family lived in Middlebury, Knox, OH, LaGrand Township, Marshall County, Iowa and Moundridge, McPherson County, KS.

Highlen Craven (1805 - 1886)
Eliza Wynn Craven (1812 - 1900)

Wife: Frances E. Lynde Craven (1837 - 1915)*

Burial: Mound Cemetery, Moundridge, McPherson County, Kansas.

John H. Craven, Private, 96th., Ohio, Infantry, Age 27; enlisted August 11, 1862.  Battles: Chickasasw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Jackson ( sent home October 3, 1863, on sick furlough for sixty days, and returned December 14, 1863 ), Sabine Cross Roads, Fort Gaines, Fort Morgan, Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely, Mobile, Whistler.  Transferred to Company C., November 18, 1864, and mustered out with Regiment July 7, 1865.  Residence Elyria, Kansas.

Friday, March 30, 2012


COL. PERCY DANIELS, P. O. Girard, owner of the "Narragansett Farm," son of the Hon. David Daniels, of the Rhode Island bench, and grandson of Dexter Ballon, one of the pioneers of the woolen manufacturing industries of the New England States. He was born in Woonsocket, Providence Co., R. I., in 1840. He received his rudimentary education in the public schools of Woonsocket, and his literary education at the Westminster Seminary, Vermont, and the University Grammar School of Providence, R. I. At eighteen, he commenced the study of civil engineering, under the preceptorship of S. B. Cushing, Sr. In poor health at the breaking out of the war, and anxious to go, he "roughed it" in the Michigan pineries during the winter of 1861-62, and then returning to Woonsocket raised Company E, of the Seventh Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry, and was commissioned Second Lieutenant July, 1862, First Lieutenant when the regiment left the State, September, 1862, promoted to Captain after the battle of Fredericksburg, to Lieutenant-Colonel on the opening of the siege of Petersburg, was brevetted Colonel for gallant service at the "Mine fight," when inviting the men of a strange brigade to follow him; a line of works were carried from which they had before been repulsed; and assigned to duty on his brevet commission for meritorious conduct at the battle of Pegram farm (September 30, 1864).

During the latter months of the siege his regiment formed part of the garrison of the famous Fort Sedgwick (or Hell, as commonly called), and apart of this time he was in command of the fort, and in the fall of Richmond and Petersburg took part with the Ninth Corps in the pursuit and capture of Lee's army. He returned to Providence in June, 1865, with the 350 men that remained of the original 1,000. After the war, intending to locate in the South, he accepted a position in the Engineer Corps of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad, but after two winters in Tennessee came West, traveled through Eastern Nebraska and Kansas, and concluding to locate here, went East and married Miss Eliza A. Eddy, of Leicester, Mass., a graduate of the Westfield State Normal School, and teacher in the Worcester schools. Returning at once, he engaged in merchandising at Crawfordsville, the then county seat, till 1869.

In 1868, he bought the present farm sited and was engaged in its improvements and cultivation till 1873, when he rented the farm, went back East and accepted a position in the City Corps of Engineers of Worcester, Mass., and subsequently became Chief, staying till 1878. From there he went to Providence, R. I., and was interested in professional duties and the settlement of the estate of a brother, Judge Francis A. Daniels, till 1881, when he returned to his farm, where he has been actively at work since. He has been connected with the Masonic Order since 1865, and he and his wife are active members of the Presbyterian Church. "Narragansett Farm" contains 380 acres and is beautifully located on Section 10, Crawford Township, three and a half miles northwest of Girard, the county seat; 125 acres of it is used for grain tillage, 160 acres devoted to pasture, and the balance is wild grass, which yields an abundance of hay. The land is first quality; handsome dwelling and substantial barn and stables; an orchard of eight acres, a small grove of chestnuts, several groves of other forest trees, and a large fish pond, are located on the farm. Col. Daniels pays considerable attention to the breeding of good cattle and hogs.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


JOHN H. FRASER, farmer, Section, 12, P. O. Hiawatha, and of the firm, Fraser & Burt, dealers in agricultural implements. Was born in Monroe County, N. Y., December 18, 1836. Removed to Kane County, Ill., with his parents, in 1841, where he followed the occupation of farmer to a considerable extent. In 1862, he enlisted with Company 1 of the One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and served in the same till the close of the great Rebellion.

Mr. Fraser was married in that State in 1866, to Miss Margaret Miller, and in 1870 came West to Kansas, locating on a farm five miles east of Hiawatha, where he has since made his home. In 1871, he commenced in the pump and windmill business, in connection with his farming, and in February, 1882, removed his business to Hiawatha, and formed a co- partnership with Mr. Burt in the farm machinery line. He is a member of Star of Hope Lodge, No. 1338, of the K. of H.

Civil War.

Rank PVT
Company I
Unit 127 IL US INF
Residence PLATO, KANE CO, IL
Age 27
Height 5' 6
Complexion LIGHT
Marital Status SINGLE
Occupation MACHINIST
Joined When AUG 12, 1862
Joined Where ELGIN, IL
Joined By Whom CPT RAYMOND
Period 3 YRS
Muster In SEP 5, 1862
Muster In Where CHICAGO, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out JUN 5, 1865
Muster Out Where WASHINGTON, DC
Muster Out By Whom CPT NELSON

Monday, March 26, 2012

Thomas J. R. Grant.

Thomas J. R. Grant.

Birth: 1827.
Death: 1910.

Elijah Grant (1793 - 1873)
Ann Marie Meek Grant (____ - 1849)

Charles M Grant (1866 - 1926)
Nellie Grant Muir (1871 - 1960)

Burial: Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, Saline County, Kansas.

Civil War.

Rank PVT
Company K
Unit 7 IL US INF
Age 25
Height 5' 9 1/2
Complexion LIGHT
Marital Status MARRIED
Remarks DISCHARGED 1 NOV 1864 TERM OF SERVICE HAVING EXPIRED. Wounded at Shiloh, April 6, 1862, discharged November 1, 1864.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nannie Harris-Charity Kerr-Alice Van Ness.

Nannie Harris.
Just before the Lawrence Massacre, General Ewing, had a number of women from Jackson County Missouri, arrested for being spies and other reasons.  Nannie Harris, Charity Kerr and Alice Van Ness along with fourteen others were imprisoned in a cheap, poorly constructed, two-story brickbuilding in Kansas City, on Grand avenue between Fourteenth and Fifteenth streets.  The rear of the building extended back into a ravine, where the walls of the foundation had been built without excavation, the ground there being low, and the intenionbeing being to fill about the walls and thus give them earth support.  But this filling had not been done.  The rear room of this building, in the first-story, had never been completed.  There was no floor in it, and the hogs that then reanged at large in Kansas City came there to lie in the shade and the loose dirt which they rooted up along the walls.  It much be said that there was negligence in the case of this building by General Ewing.

Charity Kerr.

Some time in the summer of fall of 1863, it was decided to send the women to St. Louis, where better housing could be found for them.  Some how the women found out they were to be removed from Kansas City, and they determined to escape if possible.  They dug under the foundation wall of that part of the building occupied by them, and in one more night they would have dug their way out and would be free.  But a wind-storm came up and the building collapsed, killing a number of women and wounding others.

Alice Van Ness.
Aka Alice Vane.

If you would like to read more about these women and the Lawrence Massacre, then read the following book, it has many illustrations like those on this page.  This book can be found and read on the internet.
( Quantrill And The Border Wars.)  By Connelley, William Elsey, Pub. 1910.

Friday, March 23, 2012

William F. Creitz.

Fifth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company A.

First Lieutenant, William F. Creitz, Residence Holton, Mustered in July 16, 1861. Promoted Captain September 11, 1861. Captain, William F. Creitz, Residence Holton, Mustered in Sept. 11, 1861. Mustered out Aug. 11, 1864, Leavenworth, Kan.

Birth: unknown
Death: 1893.

Was a 32 year-old Blacksmith. He was described at enlistment as: 5' 7", dark complexion, grey eyes, black hair. Born in Leigh County, PA., died in 1893 in East Portland, OR. His wife was Melissa Jane Creitz (1847 - 1928.) Burial: Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Portland, Motnomah County. Oregon.


I have the honor to report concerning my expedition to Carthage as follows:

I broke camp on Dry Wood about 2 o'clock on the afternoon of the 19th and marched about 8 miles, encamping on the south side of Dry Wood Creek. Owing to the heavy rain that fell during the night and continued at intervals during the following day (20th) I did not move my whole command, but detached Captain Creitz, with a portion of his company, in the afternoon to Lamar, with orders to occupy that place during the night and to move to Carthage the following day.

No. 47. Report of Captain William F. Creitz, Fifth Kansas Battery (improvised), or expedition to Mount Elba.
PINE BLUFF, ARK., April 7, 1864.

SIR: In obedience to your circular of April 6, desiring the names of non-commissioned officers and men of my command that deserve special mention for meritorious conduct during the late expedition under your command, I would respectfully submit the following statement: All, both non-commissioned officers and men attached to my command, performed their respective duties so promptly and efficiently in the management of the guns throughout the action at Mount Elba and subsequent pursuit of the enemy, that I beg to be excused from making special mention of the conduct of any particular one of my command.

Very respectfully, WM. F. CREITZ, Captain, Commanding Fifth Kansas Battery.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Abram D. Clark.

ABRAM D. CLARK, foreman wood-work department M. P. Shops, was born in LaSalle, Ill., February 16, 1840. Was educated in LaSalle and Chicago; then learned the millwright trade, which he followed until the breaking out of the war. He enlisted, in 1862, in Company C, One Hundred and Fourth Regiment Illinois Volunteers; was discharged on account of disability caused by a wound received at the battle of Chickamauga. Re-enlisted in 1864, in the United States Marine Service, and served until the close of the war. He returned to Illinois, then removed to Iowa, where he engaged in carpentering about two years, then returned to Illinois. In December, 1871, he settled in Kansas in the position of station agent on the Central Branch at Vermillion, Marshall County, a position he retained about four years; then removed to Atchison and engaged in the wood-working department of M. P. R. R. Was appointed to present position in October, 1880. Mr. C. was married in Fort Dodge, Iowa, July 3, 1865, to Miss Mary Conlee, of that city. They have six children - Leslie W., Annabelle, Norval, Harry, Roy, Frank.

Civil War.

Abram D. Clark, Enlisted in the 104th, Illinois Infantry, Company C., April 10, 1863, was in the Tullahoma and Chickamauga campaigns, was wounded and taken prisoner at the battle of Chickamauga, September 20, 1863; escaped afterwards and came into are lines. Discharged for wounds April 21, 1864.

Rank PVT
Company C
Unit 104 IL US INF
Age 23
Joined When APR 10, 1863
Joined Where CHICAGO, IL
Joined By Whom LT RYNARSON
Period 3 YRS
Muster In APR 10, 1863
Muster In Where DECHERD, TN

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Alta vista or Altavista Kansas.

Alta vista or Altavista.
Picture taken 1910.

Altavista is a very active, enterprising town of almost five hundred people, on the Main line of the Rock Island. It is situated in the southwest corner of Wabaunsee County, just at the junction of three counties, and draws a large amount of trade from each, there being no other town of importance between Alma and Herington. Besides the town trade, Altavista has a steady trade of about 560 country families. To the South and West is a vast area of level farming lands. The increasing prosperity of the farmers has caused the population and business of Altavista to double within the last four years. The town is booming, but the boom has the firm reliable backing of a rapidly developing farming community to sustain it.

Alta Vista, one of the larger towns of Wabaunsee county, is situated in Garfield township, on Mill creek and the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific R. R., 15 miles southwest of Alma, the county seat. It was settled in 1887, was incorporated, as a city of the third class in 1905, and in 1910 reported a population of 499. Alta Vista is one of the busy towns of Kansas. It has two banks, a weekly newspaper, a number of high class mercantile houses, a good public school system, express and telegraph offices, telephone connection, does considerable shipping, and its money order postoffice is the starting point of three rural delivery routes which supply mail to the surrounding country.

Altavista or Alta vista
Post offices

The first post office was at Albion and opened October 10, 1880 through January 4, 1883.  Albion name was changed to Pike, who open it's doors on January 4, 1883 through March 22, 1887.  This post office was moved to Altavista or Alta vista, and opened it's doors on March 22, 1887 through ?

It amazes me that there's so many people in Kansas that one can find so little or no information on, but then it's not only Kansas.  It seem every time I find someone interesting to research there's nothing to find.  Take Union Thomas the subject of this page I ran across a picture of his business and liked it and his name also was interesting, but there was no information to find, " now what?".  Do I put the picture aside and forget about it?  I decided I would not put the picture aside I liked it and I know others would too.

Union Thomas Meat Market.

Union Thomas entered business in Altavista in 1888, he sold meat in connection with the restaurant.  He closed the restaurant business in 1890, but continued the meat market.  In 1897, Mr. Thomas dug a ice pond north of town, from which he got not only his own supply of ice, but also supplied his customors.  It is said that the ice from the pond is as pure as well water.  The ice pond was still there in 1919. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Lieutenant Colonel Lewis R. Jewell

Lieut. Colo. Lewis R. Jewell.

Lieutenant Colonel Lewis R. Jewell.

Birth: Aug. 16, 1822, Massachusetts.
Death: Nov. 30, 1862, Arkansas.

Sixth Kansas Cavalry, Field and Staff, residence Fort Scott, Mustered July 27, 1861.

He fought in the American Civil War, lieutenant-colonel of the Sixth Kansas Cavalry Regiment stationed at Ft. Scott, Kansas. Orders to the Colonel to burn the city of Ft. Scott. The colonel replyed, "Only when Gereal Price comes to Ft. Scott will I obey," Price never came. At Cane Hill the Colonel's horse was shot and we was wounded and died.
Burial: Old Arcadia Cemetery, Arcadia, Crawford County, Kansas.

The following information comes from a book which can be found and read on line.
The Union Indian Brigade in the Civil War.  By Willey Britton, Pub. 1922.

Battle at Cane Hill.
The death of Lieut. Col. Lewis R. Jewell.

Colonel Jewell responded to the call, offering to lead the charge and every man of his command present volunteered to follow their leader, and in a moment the bugle sounded the charged, and the Colonel at the head of his men, hardly exceeding two hundred and fifty, with drawn sabers, dashed forward down the valley and soon came upon the enemy filling the road and commenced sabering them right and left, some of his men putting up their sabers and using their colt's revolvers more effectively.

The charge continued down the valley for a quarter of a mile when the Colonel was just entering one of the narrow gorges described, to the left of which was a flat elevation ten to fifteen feet above the road proximal end of a ravine, made by the soil washing down from the mountain, and received a volley from the rifles of a company stationed on the elevation within two or three rods and was struck in the region of the hip with a ball and mortally wounded.  Colonel Jewell died that night November 29, 1862, and was taken back to Fort Scott for interment. 

George Washington Deitzler.

George Washington Deitzler.

Birth: Nov. 30, 1826
Death: Apr. 11, 1884

Civil War Union Major General. From 1857 to 1859, he was a member of the Kansas State House of Representatives and served as Kansas State Indian Agent in 1860. At the beginning of the Civil War, he raised the 1st Kansas Infantry US Volunteers and was appointed Colonel. He was acting Brigadier General at the battle of Wilson's Creek and was severley wounded while gallantily leading his regiment, First Kansas Infantry, in August 1861, and was placed in command of the Kansas Third Brigade in early 1862. That same year, President Abraham Lincoln promoted him Brigadier General in command of the Army of Tennessee.

He led his corps in engagements at the battles of Corinth and Vicksburg Mississippi, until he left the field in August 1863, due illness related to his earlier wounds. He returned to Kansas and was commissioned Major General in comand of the entire Kansas State Militia. On August 23, 1864, he was successful in defeating the Confederates at the Battle of Westport, the last full scale battle of the Civil War in the West. After the war, he engaged in business persuits in the West until his death from a horse and carriage accident at Tucson, Arizona.

Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas.

William Addison Phillips.

William Addison Phillips.

Major William Addison Phillips, commission June 2, 1862 Promoted Colonel Third Regiment Indian Home Guards.

Colonel William Addison Phillips, commission July 11, 1862 From Major First Indian Home Guards.

Was also a US Congressman. Elected to represent Kansas first as an At-Large Delegate, then from the 1st District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1873 to 1879.

Birth: Jan. 14, 1824, Scotland.
Death: Nov. 30, 1893, Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma.
Burial: Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina, Saline County, Kansas.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

John H. Beatty

JOHN H. BEATTY, was born in Bellefontaine, Logan Co., Ohio, September 6, 1845. At the age of fourteen years he was employed as a clerk in the dry goods house of Beatty & Hinkle. He continued to sell goods until 1862. He enlisted in 1862, in Company I, Ninety-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Served about one year. Re-enlisted February, 1864, joining the same company and regiment, and was discharged February, 1866, serving altogether about three years. He came to Kansas in 1869, engaged in different branches of business, traveling as special agent for the Continental Life Insurance Company; also managed the State for Covenant Mutual Life Insurance Company of St. Louis.

Removing from Lawrence to Williamsburg, Franklin Co., Kan., he established the first paper in that town. Disposing of his printing office, he started the Great Central Land Office at that place; after conducting this successfully, he disposed of the business to Hewitt Craik, removing to Garnett, he established the Kansas Land and Investment Company of which he is superintendent. $40,000 worth of Anderson County Land changed hands through this agency the first five months of business. One of the principal features of this agency is investing money for non-residents. Money loaned on Kansas farm property, taxes paid, etc., etc., etc. Have about 100,000 of choice land in Kansas, ranging in prices from $3 to $10 per acre. Improved farm from $8 to $30 per acre.

Civil War.

John H. Beatty, Corporal, Age 16, Enlisted August 7, 1862. Appointed August 23, 1862. Sick in hospital, and discharged April 15, 1863, at Columbus, Ohio, for disability. Re-enlisted February 25, 1864. Battles: Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely, Mobile and Whistler. Transfrred to Company B, November 1864, and to Company A, 77th., O. V. V. L., July 6, 1865, and mustered out February 19, 1865. Garnett, Kan.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ezra R. Russell.

EZRA R. RUSSELL, physician, was born at Galesburg, Ill., January 30, 1840. He began the study of medicine in 1869, at Ellisville, Ill., with Drs. Morris and Hull. On August 11, 1862, he enlisted in Company I, Eighty-third Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving in the ranks until December, 1863, when he was appointed Assistant Surgeon of the Twelfth United States Colored Infantry, by the Secretary of War, which position he retained until October, 1865.

He afterward attended Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, graduating March 10, 1866, and in June following, immigrated to Lawrence, Kas., where he followed his profession. In 1869, he was appointed Assistant Surgeon Nineteenth Kansas Volunteer Infantry, serving six months. The Doctor came to Humboldt in January, 1870, and has since followed his profession at this place, in connection with which he also conducts a drug business. The Doctor has been a member of the Town Council of Humboldt for the past four years.

Birth: 1840.
Death: 1928.
Spouse: Nannie M. Russell (1852 - 1929)
Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Humboldt, Allen County, Kansas.

Civil War.

Rank PVT
Company I
Unit 83 IL US INF
Age 22
Height 5' 6
Complexion DARK
Marital Status SINGLE
Occupation STUDENT
Nativity KNOX CO, IL
Joined When JUL 20, 1862
Joined Where ABINGDON, IL
Joined By Whom
Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 21, 1862
Muster In Where MONMOUTH, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out
Muster Out Where
Muster Out By Whom

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Miles B. Light

MILES B. LIGHT, attorney at law, was born in Tioga County, N. Y., 1827. In 1843, he emigrated to Ogle County, Ill., and soon after began reading law, and was admitted to the bar in 1853, and began the practice of his profession, which he followed until 1862. He then enlisted in the Ninety-Second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, as a private. After serving eight months was commissioned as Second Lieutenant of Company C; was in the service over two years. After coming out of the army he returned to Ogle County and resumed the practice of law. In 1867, he located in Adair County, and was engaged in the practice of law at Kirksfield, remaining there until 1871. Thence to Kansas, locating at Peru, the county seat of Howard County and at once began his law practice.

In 1872 was appointed Deputy County Clerk. In 1873, was elected County Clerk of Howard County, serving until the division of the county, when he served a short time as Clerk of Chautauqua County, locating at Sedan in 1875; in 1881-82 served as County Attorney of Chautauqua County, since which time he has been devoted to the practice of law, in which he has succeeded in working up a good practice. Mr. Light is one of the best practitioners in the county, and one of the oldest lawyers. He enjoys an extensive acquaintance and has a host of friends. In 1856, was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Light of Tioga County, N. Y. They have four children -- Mary B., Miles B., Jr., Ellen F., and John H. Mr. Light is a member of Stone River Post, No. 74, G. A. R.

Birth: Dec. 9, 1827.
Death: Nov. 1, 1897.
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Sedan, Chautauqua County, Kansas.

Civil War.

Rank PVT
Company D
Unit 92 IL US INF
Age 34
Height 5' 8
Complexion SALLOW
Marital Status MARRIED
Occupation ATTORNEY
Joined When AUG 19, 1862
Joined Where POLO, IL
Period 3 YRS
Muster In SEP 4, 1862
Muster In Where ROCKFORD, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out
Muster Out Where
Muster Out By Whom

Rank 2LT
Company B
Unit 92 IL US INF
Age 35
Marital Status
Joined When MAR 26, 1863
Joined Where NASHVILLE, TN
Joined By Whom GOV OF ILL
Period 3 YRS
Muster In MAR 26, 1863
Muster In Where FRANKLIN, TN
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out
Muster Out Where
Muster Out By Whom

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Albert C. Schermerhorn

Albert C. SCHERMERHORN, Clerk of District Court. He first came to Barton County in 1874, and engaged in farming and stock raising until elected to the above office in the fall of 1879. Re-elected in the fall of 1882. He was born in Saratoga County, N. Y., September 14, 1840, and was raised in his native county. Enlisted in April, 1861, in Company K, Fourteenth New York Volunteer Infantry. He participated in all the battles of his command until discharged in February, 1863. He then went to Marshall County, Ill., and in May, 1864, re-enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was promoted to First Lieutenant of his company and participated in all actions of his regiment. Mustered out in November, 1864. He then went to La Salle County, Ill, and engaged in the manufacture of harness until he came to Kansas. Married in 1865, to Miss Eliza M. Dougan, of Putnam County, Ill. They have two children - Lena C., and Robert D. He is a member of the two first orders of Masonry, Pap Thomas Post No. 52.

Civil War.

New York, 14, Infantry.

SCHERMERHORN, ALBERT C. Age, 21 years. Enlisted, April 30, 1801, at Hudson; mustered in as private, Co. K, May 17, 1861, to serve two years; discharged for disability, December 8, 1862, at Convalescent Camp, Pa.

Illinois 138th., Infantry.

This was a 100 day service, no record found.
Update, this roster was found, but he was not recorded.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Abran Smith.

ABRAM SMITH, contractor and builder, is a native of Binghamton, Broome County, N. Y., where he was born July 12, 1842, and resided until he was about three years of age. His parents then removed to Castleton, N. Y., where he lived until 1866, then in Syracuse until May, 1869, and in Quincy, Ill., from that time until February, 1870, when he started for Kansas, February 14, 1870. He located on a homestead in Butler County, working at his trade in Humboldt, Allen County, for six months. In March, 1872, he moved to Wichita, and after contracting for the construction of the house next north of the Presbyterian church, he worked as a journeyman carpenter until the fall of 1874, and has since that time been a contractor and builder. Mr. Smith enlisted in Company I, Ninety-first New York Volunteer Infantry, September 15, 1861, serving in that regiment until April 2, 1864, when he was discharged on account of disability caused by sickness contracted in the army.

He re-enlisted in August, 1864, in Company D, Tenth New York Volunteer Infantry, Third Brigade, Second Division, Second Army Corps, and was finally mustered out June 8, 1865. He was married November 16, 1866, at Schenectady, N. Y., to Cornelia P. Fairchild, a native of Hornelisville, N. Y. They have three children - Frank H., Clarence A., and an infant daughter, Hazel C. Mr. S. is a member of the G. A. R., of Garfield Post, No. 25, and scribe in Wichita Encampment, No. 29. The buildings which he has constructed in Wichita are too numerous to mention in detail, but they comprise nearly all the schoolhouses, the store buildings and residences of R. E. Guthrie, Sr. and Jr., residences for Messrs. Mann, Bassant, Sluss, Innes, Dyer, Wall, Woodman (W. T. and W. C.), Allen, Brown, Pollock, Billings, Woodcock, VanNess, Druley, Tucker, Murdock, Roe, and many other residences and store additions. 

Civil War.

New York, 91st., Infantry.

SMITH, ABRAM. Age, 19 years. Enlisted, September 28, 1861, at Castleton, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. I, October 15, 1861; appointed musician, prior to April, 1863; discharged for disability, March 31, 1864, at Albanv.N. Y.

New York 10th., Infantry.

SMITH, ABRAM. Age, 22 years. Enlisted, August 22, 1861, at Troy; mustered in as private, Co. D, same date, to serve one year; mustered out, June 8, 1865, at Munson's Hill, Va.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Zemeriah H. Lowdermilk.

Zemeriah H. LOWDERMILK, proprietor of grocery, provision and feed store, was born in North Carolina, January 8, 1841. He was reared on a farm and received a common school education, and enlisted in the Third North Carolina Infantry, in June, 1861, as a private, and was promoted to Fifth Sergeant, of Company H. He participated in the six days' fight around Richmond, in 1862. Was in the battle of South Mound, Md., September 14, 1862, and in the battle of Sharpesburg, September 17, 1862, where he was wounded in the head by a shell, and left the command for a few days. On his return he was elected Lieutenant, took command, and went through the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 14, 1862. In the spring of 1863, he was with Jackson when he flanked Hooper on the right; May 3d, at the battle of Chancellorsville, where he was shot through both lungs, and considered mortally wounded.

He was taken off the battle-field to Maj. Lacey's house and kept twenty days before he could be moved. Stonewall Jackson was wounded the same night. Mr. Lowdermilk returned and took command of his company August 1, 1863, and participated in the battle of Mine Run, in November. In the spring of 1864, he participated in the battle of the Wilderness, May 5, and was captured during the day's battle, but escaped the same night, and captured six of the enemy, whom he delivered to the Sixty-first Alabama. He participated in all the battles of the Wilderness, including the 10th and 12th of May, and was, on the latter day, captured by Hancock's corps, and taken to Fort Delaware a prisoner, where he was kept until August 20, when he was taken out with 599 other officers, and shipped on the steamer Crescent, by way of Cape Hatteras to Morris Island, La., where they were placed under the fire of their own guns and kept forty-seven days on three and one-half crackers, two ounces of meat, and half a pint (very thin) of bean soup a day, being guarded by the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Negro Regiment, who frequently shot among the men as though the were shooting at prairie chickens for amusement.

On October 24, he was transferred to Fort Pulaski, Ga., where he was guarded by Col. Brown's regiment, the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh New York. During that winter rations were cut down, by order of Gen. Foster commanding that department, to ten ounces of corn meal per day, without even salt, for forty-three days, and the prisoners were not allowed to buy or receive the provisions that were shipped to them by friends at home. On the 4th of March, 1865, he was sent back to Fort Delaware, where he was kept until June 1, when he was discharged on special release. Mr. Lowdermilk then went to Philadelphia, where he met friends who lent him money to go home to Ashburn, N. C. In 1866, he was elected Colonel of the Sixty-third North Carolina Militia, which afterward disbanded by act of Congress. He remained in North Carolina until 1868, and then went West to Iowa, then to Illinois, and then to Kansas, where he located at Lowell, Cherokee County, and remained nine years on a farm and in merchandise, and now running a flourishing business.

He is also in the drug business, in Galena, and owns business houses and residences, in Galena, and a farm in Garden Township, near Lowell. He was elected Township Clerk and Township Treasurer, of Galena, November, 1882. He is a Freemason charter member, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He was married to Miss Mary L. Bookshere, of Randolph County, N. C., February 3, 1864, and has two children - Mary Luetta and Anzeletta.  His father was William Lowdermilk and mother was Utha Cole.  He died on August 14, 1926, Joplin Missouri.  Burial was in Washington County, Arkansas.

Albert A. Burge.

I always try to post people who have a lot of Information, but not ever one has a lot of infrmation. Dose this make them any less important then those with more?, of couse not. Those who may be looking into this family, this information may be very important.

A. A. BURGE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 28, P. O. Augusta, is a native of Illinois and was born in Lake County, October &, 1845; in 1864 enlisted in the Ninety-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving until the close of the war. He came to Butler County, Kan., in 1868, locating where he now resides. He was married in Kansas to Miss M. A. Aldrich. They have two children - Benjamin and Cora.

Birth: Oct. 7, 1845, Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois.
Death: Nov. 6, 1924, Caddo County, Oklahoma.
Burial: Memory Lane Cemetery, Anadarko, Caddo County Oklahoma.

Mr. B. is a member of the Masonic Order.

Married Sept. 9, 1877 at Augusta, Butler co., Kansas, Martha A. Aldrich; four children - Alice, T.B. 'Bengie', unknown, and Jesse A. Burge.

Civil War.

Civil War Veteran-Union Army, Pvt. Co. G, 21st Ill. Inf., Also served in Co. G, 96th IL Inf., Enrolled 08-Feb-1864 at Waukegan, Ill. in Co G, 96th Ill. Inf.; transferred to Co G, 21st Ill. Inf.; mustered out 16-Dec-1865 at San Antonio, Texas, as a private.

Rank PVT
Company G
Unit 96 IL US INF
Age 18
Height 5' 7 1/2
Complexion DARK
Marital Status
Occupation FARMER
Nativity FREMONT, IL
Joined When FEB 8, 1864
Joined Where WAUKEGAN, IL
Joined By Whom LT REED
Period 3 YRS
Muster In FEB 8, 1864
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out
Muster Out Where
Muster Out By Whom
Remarks TRANS TO CO H 21 ILL INF JUN 9, 1865.

Rank PVT
Company G
Unit 21 IL US INF
Age 18
Height 5' 7 1/2
Complexion DARK
Marital Status
Occupation FARMER
Nativity TREMONT, IL
Joined When FEB 8, 1864
Joined Where WAUKEGAN, IL
Joined By Whom LT REED
Period 3 YRS
Muster In MAR 28, 1864
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out DEC 16, 1865
Muster Out Where SAN ANTONIO, TX
Muster Out By Whom CPT GEIGER

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Reuben C. Chase

REUBEN C. CHASE, green house and nursery, is a native of Otsego County, N. Y., born February 1, 1835; received a common school education in his native county, and also attended the Franklin Institute in Delaware County. At the completion of his studies he secured a situation to teach in Cooperstown Seminary, and afterward became principal of the graded school at Unadilla. He took part in the war of the Rebellion, enlisting with Company E, of the Third New York Volunteer Cavalry, but after serving one year, his health failing from exposure during service, he was discharged. He returned home and October, 1862, married Miss Julia A. Houghton, of Mr. Vernon, Ohio. In the spring of 1864 Mr. Chase re-enlisted with the First New York Engineers and served until the close of the war, and then returned to his native State and resumed school teaching.

In 1867 he came to Hiawatha, permanently locating on the place where he now lives. In 1870 he was elected County Superintendent of Public Instruction, which position he held three terms, having previously been principal of the Hiawatha school. He also taught the same school in 1880. Mr. Chase established his nursery in 1878 and now has twenty-five acres in all kinds of fruit trees best adapted to this Western climate. He is also proprietor of two large green houses, 18x60, where anything in the form of choice house or garden plants and cut flowers in beautiful designs may be found. He was Township Clerk of Hiawatha a number of terms, and is now one of the Trustees of the Morrill public library. He has always been a strong advocate of temperance and was largely instrumental in ridding Brown County of that able assistant of human depravity, the saloon. He is connected with Hiawatha Lodge, No. 83, I. O. O. F, and is a charter member of the Star of Hope Lodge No. 1338, of the K. of H. and was first presiding officer in said Lodge.

Birth: Feb. 1, 1835.
Death: unknown.
Wife: Julia A. Houghton Chase (1842 - 1911.)
Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha, Brown County,Kansas.

Civil War Service.

New York 3rd., Cavalry.

CHASE, REUBEN C—Age, 26 years. Enlisted August 12, 1861, at Schenevus; mustered in as private, Company D, August 13, 1861, to serve three years; appointed corporal, date not stated; discharged for disability, April 7, 1862, at Washington, D. C.

First New York, Engineers.

C H A S E , R. C—Age, 29 years. Enlisted, August 30, 1864, at Norwich; mustered i n as private, Co. E , August 30, 1864, to serve one year; promoted corporal, November 1, 1864; mustered out w i t h company, June 30, 1865, at Richmond, Va.

Friday, March 2, 2012

William Anthony

WILLIAM ANTHONY was long known as a dry goods merchant in Burlingame, Kansas. When he died there he left his widow and four young children. Mrs. Anthony, who now lives at Topeka, gave a splendid exposition of resourcefulness in a critical time. After the death of her husband she took the active management of the dry goods store, and though little acquainted with mercantile methods, she managed the enterprise so successfully that she gave her children the advantages they required at home and in school, and a few years ago sold the business, and moved to Topeka.

Born at Marysville in Union County, Ohio, the late William Anthony had the qualities of patriotism and enterprise highly developed. When a mere boy he ran away from home and enlisted in the Union army in Company A of the Sixty-third Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He saw three years of regular service and then re-enlisted and veteranized at Huntsville, Alabama. He was finally mustered out of the service of the United States Government at Louisville, Kentucky, on July 13, 1865, as a corporal. He participated in all the campaigns, battles and marches of his command, and made a splendid record as a soldier.

After leaving the army he went to Harrison County, Missouri, and spent about three years teaching school. As a boy he had little opportunity to gain an education, and it was by much hard study in private and by the exercise of a great deal of enterprise that he secured his first certificate to teach. He quickly proved his ability in that field as in practically every other undertaking of his life. From school teaching he entered the dry goods business, and in 1885 moved to Burlingame in Osage County, Kansas. There he continued merchandising, and earned and gained the respect of all who knew him. His death occurred March 29, 1892.

In October, 1868, Mr. Anthony married Miss Delana Ainslie of Worth County, Missouri. Mrs. Anthony was born in Geauga County, Ohio, a daughter of Joseph Ainslie, a native of the same county. The Ainslie family were of English antecedents and were pioneers in Ohio. Joseph Ainslie married Hannah Turner, and their three children were Delana, Irvin A. and Jeannette. Irvin is now living in Oklahoma City, being a commercial traveler for a shoe house. Jeannette married Henry Peek of Los Angeles, California.

To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony were born five children, three daughters and two sons: Irwin, Ella, Alta, Edwin and Nell A. Irwin and Edwin are now dead. Ella is the wife of William M. Bowen of San Diego, California. Alta married A. E. Lake, a successful attorney of Chicago, Illinois. Nell A. is private secretary to a distinguished Chicago woman.

When their father died these children were young people and it was Mrs. Anthony's self sacrifice and careful administration of the store and the estate which enabled them to gain a training fitting them for lives of usefulness and purpose. Mrs. Anthony carried on the dry goods business successfully for over fifteen years. In 1912, having sold the store, she removed to Topeka and now lives in comfort at her home at 1127 Polk Street.

Civil War Card.

Rank PVT
Company A
Unit 63 IL US INF
Personal Characteristics
Age 21
Height 5' 4
Complexion FAIR
Occupation SOLDIER
Joined When JAN 1, 1864
Period 3 YRS
Muster In FEB 10, 1864
Muster In Where HUNTSVILLE, AL
Muster Out JUL 13, 1865
Muster Out Where LOUISVILLE, KY

John Rambo

John Rambo.

Co. L, 15th KS. Cavalry.

William Cutler wrote the following about this gentleman:

JOHN RAMBO, farmer, P. O. Howard, was born in Mercer County, Penn., 1832, living there and in Erie Counties, where he took a course at the Waterford Academy. In 1856, migrated to Kansas, and stopped at Lawrence until the city was sacked, then went to Osage County, and bought a farm and engaged in farming. Soon after he settled here, was appointed County Clerk, and held the office two terms by appointment, and was elected for the third term but did not finish, and the war broke out and he enlisted early in 1861, and resigned the office. After serving three months in Company I, Second Kansas, the only mustered company in the regiment, it was re-organized as a cavalry, and he served on the plains scouting until the summer of 1863; then served in the Fifteenth Kansas Infantry until the fall of 1865; was mustered as Orderly Sergeant.

After coming out of the army, was clerking in Leavenworth; then, in company with another party, started a store at Williams' Mill, on the Missouri River, furnishing supplies for the railroad, which was being built. Then, in 1867, was employed in Williams' Mill as book-keeper, and at the end of one year bought the mill. After running the mill there two years, moved it to Howard, locating on the Elk River, where he ran it for a number of years. Also took a claim on Section 1, Township 30, Range 1, joining the town site of Howard, and laid out a few acres in town lots. Also bought a farm in Greenwood County, with forty acres of timber, and well watered, and is engaged in stock-raising. Was married in 1876, in Greenwood County, Kan., to Miss Jennie Kenedy. Is a member of E. M. Stanton Post, No. 23, G. A. R., and of Burlingame Lodge.

Elk County Citizen, Thursday, May 10, 1900
Died: May 7, 1900


John Rambo, an old settler and an old soldier, died at his home in Howard, Kansas, May 7th 1900, in the sixty-eighth year of his age. He was born in Mercer county Pennsylvania September 17, 1832. He came to Kansas in the spring of 1856 and settled near Burlington. He was enlisted in 2nd Regiment, Kansas Volunteers, June 20, 1861, and discharged Oct. 31, 1861. On the 3rd of Sept. 1863, he was enrolled in Co. L 15th Kansas Cavalry and mustered into the U. S. service Oct. 16, 1863. He was mustered out as first sergeant Oct. 15, 1865.

He was married to Miss Jennie Kennedy, of Quincy, Greenwood county. She died in less than a year afterward leaving an infant son who also died in a few days. Mr. Rambo was a member of the Congregational church. His last sickness was protracted and painful. He leaves three brothers and four sisters. Rev. Mackenzie conducted funeral services at the home at 10 o’clock, Wednesday morning. He was buried in Grace Lawn cemetery by the Grand Army of the Republic, of which he was a member. J. W. M.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Iowa 15th. Veteran Volunteers Infantry & Kansas.

Here is a list of men that fought in the 15th., Iowa, who either were from Kansas or came to Kansas after the war.

First Sergeant, Samuel B. Davis, of Atchison, Kansas, commissioned February 22, 1862.  Detched as Medical Director 3rd., Brig. 6th., Division Army of Teen., June 18, 1862, as Med. Director 6th., Division Army Teen., October 21, 1862; appointed Surgeon United States Volunteers February 19, 1863.  Resigned from regiment March 1, 1863, mustered out October 17, 1865.

William T. Cunningham, Second Major, of Knoxville, was Captain of Company G., was promoted Major, August 1, 1862.  He was wounded in the left arm at the baattle of Corinth Mississippi, where he behaved with gallantry.  He resigned on January 16, 1863, because of his wounds.  Died on May 28, 1889, at Pittsburg Kansas.

Amos D. Thatcher, was Third Sergeant Major.  In the battle of Corinth, he acted in the presence of this writer with real bravery.  Colonel Crocker, Brigade Commander, was near him, when a private of the regiment took to his heels, and Thatcher went after him and brought him back.  He may not remember this, but others do, and it will not be forgotten.  He was promoted Frist Lieutenant, 8th., Louisiana Volunteers, ( Colored ), JUne 5, 1863, and now lives in Topeka, Kansas.

Here is more men of the 15th., now in Kansas. 

Campany A.

Lieutenant, William C. Hershberger, Independence, Ka.
Private, Cyrus E. Ferquson, Red Cloud, Ka.
Private, Benjamin F. Gephart, Yates Center, Ka.
Private, Benjamin H. Seriven, Perth, Ka.

Company B.

Private, John Hanan, Galena, Ka.
Private, Newton Strode, Belleplain, Ka.
Private, Loren S. Thompson, Burroak, Ka.

Company C.

First Sergeant, Noah H. Griffis, Belleville, Ka.
Private, William Ainsworth, Marion, Ka.
Private, Edmond Lundy, Battle Creek, Ka.

Company D.

Sergeant, Thomas G. Palmer, Paola, Ka.
Private, Hope Hodge, Minncapolis, Ka.

Company E.

Private, George H. Moore, Leavenworth, Ka.
Private, Robert Orm, Chetopa, Ka.
Private, John F. Romine, Jewell City, Ka.
Private, William Ascott, Ellsworth, Ka.

Company F.

Sergeant, John W. Brown, Cliftord, Ka.
Private, Hiram J. Brown, Concordia, Ka.
Private, William J. Daily, Twin Mound, Ka.
Private, Frederick Ederhardt, Ellinwood, Ka.
Private, Charles C. King, Jewell City, Ka.

Company G.

Private, David H. Elliott, Arlington, Ka.
Private Alexander McGilvery, Harlan, Ka.
Private, John Welch, Burrton, Ka.

Company H.

Private, Benjamin F. Crites, Athens, Ka.
Private, Henry C. Palmer, Burrton, Ka.
Private, Francis M. Thornton, Radical, Ka.

Company I.

Private, Benjamin F. Keck, Leon, Ka.
Private, Theodore Could, Galena, Ka.
Private, Edward Oldenburg, Elmdale, Ka.
Private, Samuel C. Thomas, Burroak, Ka.
Private, Samuel F. Zornes, Neodesha, Ka.

Company K.

Sergeant, William A. Gebhardt, Ellsworth, Ka.
Sergeant, William McArthur, Iuka, Ka.
Corporal, John St. John, Great Bend, Ka.
Private, Jesse Axtelle, Axtelle, Ka.
Private, Elisha Miller, Cedarvale, Ka.
Private, James L. Richey, Burroak, Ka.
Private, Ebenezer G. Stowe, Manola, Ka.
Private, Peter Welch, Haebine, Ka.