Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Grasson DeWitt.

Captain Grasson DeWitt was born in Gallia county, Ohio, February 28, 1834, where he lived until about fourteen years old when he moved with his parents to Franklin county, Illinois, Here he grew to manhood, choosing farming and school teaching as his vocation and fitted himself for a civil engineer. In i860 he enlisted in the Civil war as an Illinois volunteer in the 110th., Regiment where he served as captain eighteen mouths, when he was honorably discharged on account of poor health. In 1863 he moved with his family to Humboldt, Kansas, where he served in the militia about two years. He bought a farm two and a half miles west of Humboldt upon which he lived for thirty-seven years. He was quite a public spirited man, taking a very active part in all public issues. He wa,s ever a true Republican and by this party was elected to the oflRce of County Surveyor which he held almost continuously for thirty-five years. He held the office of County Superintendent one term and represented his county two terms in the State Legislature. These offices he filled with much credit to his constituents. There was hardly a square section in the county which he had not surveyed and knew fully as well as the owner himself.

He was a man of sterling integrity, a deliberate thinker never jumping at conclusions and seldom ever losing his point in an agument. He united with the Missionary Baptist denomination when quite a young man and clung very tenaciously to this belief until his death which occurred April 9th, 1901.

Henry H. McCormick, on February 22, 1881, was united in marriage to Jennie DeWitt, daughter of Captain Grasson DeWitt.

It also should be noted that Grasson DeWitt, was elected Surveyor in 1872 and for the falling years: 1875, 1879, 1851, 1885, and 1893.  He was elected Rep. 15th., Dist., in 1894, was again elected Surveyor in 1899.

Father was Thomas Jefferson DeWitt.
Mother was Amazonia Davis.

You can find more about his family at the site of ( Find a Grave.)

Allen County, Civil War.

After the burning of Humboldt it was considered to be in danger, and a military post was established there. There were no events of note until the Price raid in 1S64, The militia of the county was organized into a liattalion, known as the Allen County Battalion, and was composed of six companies, three from lola and the northern part of the county, two from Humboldt, and one from the extreme southern part of the county. The officers were: C. P. Twiss, Colonel: Watson Stewart, Major. Among the Captains were J. M. Moore and Grasson DeWitt of Humboldt.

He was found under this spelling.

Rank: Captain.
Company: F.
Unit: 110 IL US INF.
Residence: FRANKLIN CO, IL.
Age: 28.
Height: 5' 10.
Hair: DARK.
Eyes: BLUE.
Complexion: FAIR.
Marital Status: MARRIED.
Occupation: FARMER.
Nativity: GALLIA CO, OH.
Joined When: AUG 15, 1862.
Joined Where: BENTON, IL.
Period: 3 YRS.
Muster In: SEP 11, 1862.
Muster In Where: CAMP ANNA, IL.
Remarks: MUSTERED OUT MAY 8, 1863.

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