Wells, Joseph Perry, Pvt. Co. A, 82nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry.

Born 14 July 1830 Graham Township, Jefferson County, Indiana. Joseph Wells served in W.Y. Monroe’s Co. A, 82nd Regiment of Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He enrolled and mustered in as private, on 30th August 1862, at Camp Emerson, Indiana, for three years at 32 years of age and 6’ 1-1/2 “ tall. Joseph was a farmer when he entered service as a Union soldier.

He married Nancy Jane Howell on March 2, 1852.  In 1860 they had three children 7, 3, and 1.  He had 9 children with Nancy.

Wells headstone

Joseph Perry Wells was buried in the GAR area of the Springdale Cemetery, Madison Township, Jefferson, Indiana

Joseph’s regiment was ordered to Louisville, Kentucky September 1st and pursuit of Bragg October 1-15, 1862.  They were at the Battle of Perryville, Ky. October 8.  They marched to Nashville, Tennessee October 16- November 7.  They had duty there until December 26 and advanced to Murfreesboro Dec 26-30.  The Battle of Stone’s River was December 30-31 and January 1-3, 1863. Along the way, Joseph became very ill and was sent to Gallatin Hospital. The rest of his regiment continued on and mustered out on June 9, 1865. Wells was discharged as private, on 2 January 1863 at Gallatin, TN. by reason of a Surgeon’s Certificate of disability. After the war, Joseph Perry Wells returned to farming and became a lawyer and helped veterans obtain pensions.

After his wife, Nancy died he married his second wife, Elizabeth Cope on July 9, 1873.  They had one child, Roger W. Wells, from which child descends this line to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865.

Elizabeth died of typhoid fever on  August 9, 1881. Joseph’s third marriage was on August 10, 1882, to widow Talitha M. Myers.  There were no children born into this marriage. He died of Phithsis and heart disease on 12 Dec 1893 in Jefferson Co., Indiana, and was buried at Springdale Cemetery, Madison Township, Jefferson, Indiana.

Stark, John Pvt. Co. B, 6th IN Cavalry

John Wesley Stark was born July 2, 1844 in Pimento, Vigo County, Indiana; son of John Arnold Stark (father) and wife, Sarah Ann Welch.  He was married to Mary Jane Cooper on September 20, 1866, in Piatt County, Illinois. John Wesley Stark and his wife, Mary Jane Cooper had at least one child, Martha Evalina Stark, from which child descends this line to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865. He died on July 2, 1894, at Jacksboro, Jack County, Texas. Buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

He was the fifth child of twelve living children born to John Arnold Stark and Sarah Ann Welch. His father was a farmer, born in Kentucky; his mother, keeping house was born in Ohio. They married in Indiana, owned property in Indiana, and were buried in Indiana. 

John and Mary Stark photo

John Wesley Stark and Mary Jane Cooper Stark

John Wesley Stark and Mary Jane Cooper married in Illinois about a year after he was discharged on September 20, 1866.  They had seven children; five of these were born in Illinois and the other two in Texas. His wife Mary Jane, died in 1889. John remarried in Texas in 1891 to Lenora Oliver; they had one child together. His occupations after discharge – were merchant, and farmer.

On August 5, 1862, he enrolled in the Regiment in Terre Haute Indiana at the age of 18. This Unit was organized at Terre Haute, Indiana, from July 21 to August 18 1862 and he mustered in at Indianapolis on August 18, 1862. The designation of the Regiment changed to 6th Indiana Cavalry on February 22, 1863 (See 6th Indiana Cavalry). He was honorably discharged at Pulaski, Tennessee on May 8, 1865. 

Immediately after being organized, this regiment was sent to Kentucky to assist in repelling Kirby Smith’s invasion. It was engaged in the battle of Richmond where it lost 215 killed and wounded and 347 prisoners. Only 225 escaped capture. The captured were paroled, returned to Terre Haute, and exchanged late in the fall. It returned to the field on December 27 when 400 were sent to Muldraught’s Hill to guard trestle work and the following day was surrounded by 4,000 of Morgan’s cavalry and captured. The regiment was returned to duty and in February, l863 was changed from an Infantry regiment into a cavalry organization. Two additional companies were organized and added during the year. Battles in which the regiment was involved included the siege of Knoxville, Resaca, Dallas,  New Hope Church, Allatoona, and Kennesaw Mountain. It took part in Stoneman’s raid to Macon GA – losing 166 and returned to Nashville where it took part in repelling Forrest’s invasion of middle Tennessee at Pulaski and the Battle of Franklin and Nashville. Throughout the war, the soldiers in the field endured extreme cold, deep mud, rain and snow, heat, and dust. 

The 6th Cavalry Regiment Indiana fought battles in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia. John Wesley Stark’s pension record shows that between 1862 and 1865 he was present for duty except for the time between August 30 and October 31, 1862, when he was captured and then paroled. He was again captured in Kentucky by General Morgan on December 28, 1862, and again paroled prior to January 10, 1863. Medical records show him being seen twice in 1863 with no diagnosis listed. 

Civil War Pension File #1132807, dated November 8, 1897.

ancestry.com – U.S., American Civil War Regiments, 1861-1866

wikipedia.org – 6th Indiana Cavalry Regiment

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Foster, Charles, Cpl – Co. C, 5th IN Cavalry

Charles Foster

Charles Harrison Foster (1839-1898) did not have an easy life.  When he was 16 his father (Caleb Foster 1796-1855) drowned while crossing a creek, leaving his wife (Susanna McClellin 1804-1856) still pregnant with her 8th child.  Her sister came to help with the birth, and when Susanna died shortly thereafter, took the baby home with her to raise.  The other 7 children were left to take care of each other as best they could.  Charles had many years of heavy responsibilities.

Charles Foster enlisted 12 Aug 1862 at Connorsville, Indiana, and was discharged with the rank of Cpl by reason of disability on 15 Jun 1865. [Notes from IN State Archives say he was mustered out at Pulaski, TN on 1 Sep1863]. joined Company C,  Calvary, 5th Regiment, known as the Iron Brigade because of 1,246 men, 199 died in their battles.  He worked with the mules that transported men and materials.  On December 20, 1862, a mule repeatedly kicked him, leaving him with a broken collarbone, a mashed shoulder, and injuries about the head.  He was sent to Woodsville, Kentucky, for medical care, and was discharged on August 12, 1862.  These injuries left him permanently disabled.
Charles married Sarah Denny (1848-1921)  on February 25, 1867.  Their first child, Anne, died very young.  They had three other children, William, Olive, and Josephine.  All of their property was in Sarah’s name and she took care of all legal papers that needed to be filled out.  We assume that this was because the head injuries left him unable to think through complicated affairs.  After his death, Sarah applied for and received a widow’s pension for wounded veterans. Pension Application file #277658 Cert #344811 dated 5 Apr 1879.
Foster was discharged with the rank of Cpl by reason of disability on 15 Jun 1865. [Notes from IN State Archives say he was mustered out at Pulaski, TN on 1 Sep1863].
Their son, William Foster (1870-1935), married Margaret Dudgeon (1875-1945) and had 11 children. Their son, William Orville Foster (1870- 1935) is the child from whom Tent 22 member descends.

Hyatt, Thomas Charles – Teamster, Co A – 44th IN Infantry & and US 1st Reg. – Veteran Volunteer Engineers

My Second Great Grandfather, Thomas Charles Hyatt, was born on July 15, 1841, in Seneca County, New York to John Francis Hyatt and Elizabeth Sylvia Bennett.

At some point, the family moved West to Indiana. They settled in Angola. At the age of 20, Thomas became part of the War of the Rebellion. He enlisted at Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 25, 1861, and joined Captain Kinney’s Company A of the 44th Infantry at Camp Allen. Thomas served in the capacity of a teamster. Mr. M.B. Butler, who wrote an autobiography of his accounts of Company A, stated the following about the teamsters,

“Our wagons were heavily loaded and the teamsters were frequently compelled to double teams to get through the low swampy places and up some of the worst hills.”

While my 2nd Great Grandfather was in the Union Army, Company A participated in the Battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Stones River, and Chickamauga. After fighting in those battles, they traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee for Provost Marshall duties.

Thomas was honorably discharged on December 31, 1863, in Chattanooga, Tenn. due to injuries. Later, while still in Chattanooga, he enlisted in the United States Veteran Volunteer Engineers 1st Regiment on July 1, 1864. The 1st Regiment Engineers were organized in the Department of the Cumberland from the Pioneer Brigade. Their duties were: repairing railroads, building blockhouses and bridges, and other engineering duties. Thomas was discharged from the 1st Regiment on September 25, 1865, in Nashville, Tennessee and the men mustered out on September 26, 1865.

Upon returning to his hometown of Angola, Indiana, Thomas (age 25) met and married Sarah Ann Johnson (age 17) on July 10, 1866, in Stuben County, Indiana. He and Sarah had eight children born between the years of 1867-1892. My Great Grandmother, Myrtle Katherine, was born April 7, 1887. She was the 6th Child. Thomas was elected a member of B.F. Crosswaite Post #150, Grand Army of the Republic, Angola, Indiana, on March 4, 1886, and remained a member until it was disbanded.

In the 1900 Census, my 2nd Great Grandfather’s occupation was listed as a farmer. Thomas Charles Hyatt passed away in Sturgis, Michigan on July 10, 1913. In his Obituary from The Stuben Republic dated July 16, 1913, the reporter stated,
“Mr. Hyatt’s war record was a splendid one. He served fruitfully for four years, eight months, and two days when he received an honorable discharge. He was employed as a teamster, a work someone had to do, and a position that brought him into many dangers. In all the years of the war, he did his whole duty.”

In the town center of Angola, Indiana, there is a monument to honor the soldiers who fought in four different wars. My 2nd Great Grandfather, Thomas Charles Hyatt, is listed on the plaque along with the other honorable men who fought in the Civil War with the 44th Indiana Infantry.

Cowell, Solon Benson, Cpt. – Co. A [Vernon Greys], 9th IN Home Guard

Company A [Vernon Greys], Indiana Legion, 9th Regiment [aka] Indiana ‘Home Guard’

Lt-CaptSolonBCowell-CWPortraitSolon Benson Cowell was born on 2 Aug 1830, in Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana. He was a son of Joseph Cowell (b. 17 Apr 1793 NY; d. 25 Jun 1873, buried Vernon IN) and wife Susan (b. ca 1794 NY; d. 29 May 1856, buried Vernon, IN). Solon was the oldest child of four in the 1850 household; but his 1913 obituary states he was the “last” [surviving] of twelve children.

According to his obituary [of which, parts will be included in italics in this mini-biography]: “. . . He grew up [in Vernon] and learned the harness and saddlery trade and established a business there. In 18[57] he, with a party of seventeen persons from Indiana, started for Kansas, and at St. Louis, Mo., met our old citizen, J. B. Hobson. They came up the river by boat and landed at Leavenworth. Coming to Miami-co., the company purchased 320 acres of land and located the town site of Stanton. There were seven or eight houses on the town site.”

“Owing to the turbulent times on the eastern Kansas border, the town did not advance, and Mr. Cowell returned to Indiana. He was married at New Marlborough, Berkshire-co., Massachusetts, in 185[9] to Miss Mary Sisson. They went to housekeeping at Vernon and he continued in the harness business there until 1869, when disposing of his business he returned with his family to this county, living on a farm in Stanton-twp. In 1880 he purchased a harness business in Paola and afterwards with his son purchased the J. A. DeBerry harness establishment and continuously engaged in that business until three years ago.”

” During the civil war he was captain and drill master of a company of home guards at Vernon, Indiana, but was never mustered into the regular service.

Between 17 and 25 July 1862, the 9th Regiment of the Indiana Legion was organized in Indianapolis IN; this unit included Captain Solon B. Cowell. The Legion is an interesting part of Indiana’s Civil War participation. Here is a partial description, taken from “The Union army; a history of military affairs in the loyal states, 1861-65 — records of the regiments in the Union army — cyclopedia of battles — memoirs of commanders and soldiers ” by Federal Publishing Company, 1908Volume 3, Page 207:
    The Indiana Legion.

“—Under the special act of May 11, 1861, an organization to be known as the “Indiana Legion” was authorized. The purposes of this organization were to protect the state from invasion and to aid in recruiting and enforcing the laws … Companies were raised in almost every county in the state, and these were organized into regiments and brigades, though the organization was never fully perfected according to the original intentions of the act, which divided the state into brigade districts—the 3d, 4th, 5th, 6th and 9th [9th from Jennings Co] brigades to constitute the 1st division [of 2]…Twelve regiments or legions were formed bearing the numbers from 1—12, chiefly in the southern part of the state where the danger from invasion was greatest, though partial regimental formations were effected in nearly every Congressional district. The companies forming this organization were generally known as ‘Home Guards.’ Their chief service was during the Morgan raid in the summer of 1863, and in guarding prisoners of war at Indianapolis and … other points in the state.”     <https://archive.org/details/unionarmyhistory03madi>CW-Swords-etc_SolonBCowell

In a History of the 9th REGIMENT (JENNINGS), 3rd BRIGADE – 1st DIVISION INDIANA LEGION [aka:] THE HOME GUARD of JENNINGS COUNTY” 1861-1865 <http://vernongreysmilitia.yolasite.com/history.php> , one finds this tidbit of history specific to the Vernon Greys and its leader: Captain Solon B Cowell:
“From July 17 through August 26, 1862, our Regiment guarded Confederate Prisoners of War at Camp Morton. According to the Adjutant General Report Volume No. 8, 650 men promptly responded. The Regiment consisted of ten companies at this time: [including] Captain Solon B. Cowell’s Vernon Greys (Vernon) . . .”
This History of the 9th also has a Roster of Company A “Vernon Greys” in July 1862, headed by:
“Captain — Solon B Cowell”
Interesting, too, is that the 2nd ranking officer/1st Lieutenant on this Roster is another “Solon B” from Vernon: Solon B Campbell. One might think they were the same man, with a misspelled surname; but not so. Solon Campbell was 10 years younger than the Captain in the 1850 census, when each is found with his respective – and different – [probable] parents!

Continuing from the obituary, “Mr. Cowell was a man of high character. He was reliable and truthful and everyone had the utmost confidence in him. Last week, on talking with his daughter, he remarked that he was fast nearing the end, but was always prepared to go, that he never told a lie or took the name of God in vain. For — years he was continually a member of the Baptist church, and since his residence here he was a deacon of the church and one of the most active members. He was a member of the Odd Fellows for sixty-one and a half years, and with the exception of J. G. Yester was the oldest member in the Paola lodge.”

S. B. Cowell, known to all the old settlers of Miami-co. for a generation and to those who have come here in recent years, died Thursday afternoon, March 6, 1913, at the home of his son, Joseph B Cowell, 303 south Pearl street. His health had gradually declined for five years, and three years ago he gave up work entirely, but frequently was able to be at the harness shop with his son until the first of [this] year. His death was the result of a general decline and uraemic poisoning.”

He is survived by three daughters and one son, Mrs. Lottie Neilson, wife of Charles Neilson, and Mrs. Susan Jaerger [sic] of Los Angeles, California, Miss Flora Cowell of Chicago, and Joseph B. Cowell of Paola, also a grand-daughter and three grand-sons.” Joseph is the child from whom the line descends to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.

Solon “was the last of his generation of twelve children.  . . . In the absence of Rev. R. J. Church, pastor of the Baptist church, the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Charles T. Wheeler, and were held from the residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The services were in charge of the Odd Fellows and were very largely attended. The remains were buried in the Paola cemetery.

[Sources: all accessed in May 2015

  • Family information.
    •ancestry.com databases, esp Census: 1830-1910; Find-a-Grave Index; and Civil War databases.
  • familysearch.org databases, exp Indiana, Kansas, and Massachusetts







<https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/9th_Indiana_Legion_(30_days,_1862)> <https://books.google.com/books?id=8RtCAAAAIAAJ&pg=PR4&dq=%22Indiana+Legion%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YwsjVa7pMM6zogTu3YD4Bw&ved=0CBQQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22Indiana%20Legion%22&f=false>
<https://books.google.com/books?id=UHZIAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA417&lpg=PA417&dq=%22Solon+B+Cowell%22&source=bl&ots=vLQ5qVFW9T&sig=aZ-KtCD9ik2ApFgU9zWk04hu70&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RYZKVaXsFYHgsQWXiYCQAw&ved=0CCwQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=%22Solon%20B%20Cowell%22&f=false >

Morr, Philip, Pvt., Co. F, 12th IN Infantry


Philip Morr was born 11 Aug 1841 in Franklin Township, Wayne County, Ohio, the son of George MORR (b. 15 May 1809 Centre Co, PA) and Priscilla PICKARD (b. ca 1810 PA; d. 11 Dec 1887 Wayne Co OK) Morr. Philip’s parents, George and Priscilla, married in Wayne Co OH on either 7 or 17 Mar 1836; the marriage was officiated by John Hughes, Justice of the Peace. George died 15 Dec 1842, Franklin, Wayne, OH, after which, Philip and at least one probable sister, Sarah Morr, were raised by their mother Priscilla. On 3 Apr 1849 in Wabash Co, IN, Priscilla married Thomas Johnson; and a blended family is found in the 1850 census in Franklin Twp, Kosciusko County, IN. By the 1860 census, Priscilla was evidently again widowed, and raising Thomas’ daughter Jane-25 as well as her own Sarah-21, Philip-19, and Mary C-7; all are listed as JOHNSONs.

According to the Indiana Adjutant-General’s report, Phiiip Moore [sic: Morr], residing in Warsaw, Kosciusko County IN, was mustered into Company F, 12th Indiana Regiment of Infantry on 2 Aug 1862 for a 3 year term; and was mustered out almost 3 yrs later, on 8 Jun 1865. A 3 Mar 1863 IN Draft Registration record states this Philip Moore, age 21, resided in Seward Twp, Koscuisko County; and was (then) currently in the 12th Indiana Infantry, along with 8 others listed on the registration page.

During those three years, Philip may have participated in any of the engagements of the regiment, such as the Nov/Dec 1862 Central Mississippi Campaign waged by US Grant; the Siege of Vicksburg 12 Jun to 4 Jul; Missionary Ridge on 25 Nov1863 (where the regiment lost 110 killed or wounded); the Atlanta Campaign 1 May to 8 Sep 1864; and engagements in 1865, including Salkehatchie Swamp 2-5 Feb and the occupation of Goldsboro 24 Mar. From Apr 29 to 20 May the regiment marched from North Carolina to Washington D. C.

Philip was mustered out on 8 Jun 1865; so it is probable that he took part in the March and Grand Review on 23-24 May 1865 in Washington D.C. All together, the Nat’l Park Service Soldiers and Sailors database shows the 12th Regiment participated in more than 50 encounters, battles, skirmishes, & campaigns; and, all-told, fought the war in at least seven states: MS, TN, AL, GA, SC, NC, and VA.

On 9 Jan 1868 at Auburn, DeKalb Co, Indiana, Philip was married to Ella M. Leas [aka Ellen Melissa Sears; b. 14 Oct 1847 in New Philadelphia, Tuscaroras Co, OH]; the wedding was performed by S. B. Ward, the “first regular Baptist minister in DeKalb county.” By the 1870 census, Ellen and Philip and their first known child, 1 yr old George (born in Indiana) were living in Grant Twp, Caldwell Co, Missouri, where Philip was a tenant farmer. This child, George Michael Morr, b. Silver Lake, Kosciusko Co, Indiana on 13 Dec 1868, is the child from whom this line descends to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22 of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.

On May 21, 1880, Philip applied for and was awarded an invalid (medical) Civil War Pension for himself. The application #368.111; the Certificate: 254.775. In the 1890 Census Special Veterans’ Schedule, Philip was noted with “chronic diarrhea.”

By the 15 Jun 1880 census, the family had returned to Indiana for the births of at least 2 more children; and then on, to Ohio and Philip’s birthplace in Wayne County. By this time, their family consisted of farmer Philip-38, Ellen-32, George-11, Sarah-7, William-3, and Ohio-born Florence-1.

According to their 1900 and 1910 census records – both enumerated in Stevens Twp, Ravalli Co, Montana, Ella/Ellen had given birth to 12 children, of whom only 4 survived. Regarding this tragic circumstance, family notes state “In 1893, while at Kimball, Nebraska, an epidemic of black diphtheria claimed five of their young children in one bleak Christmas season.”

Philip Morr died on 21 Jun 1917 in Roanne, Wabash County, Indiana. On June 30 of that year, his widow Ellen, filed for a Widow’s pension: Application #1103.584 and Certificate: 842.930. Ellen died just over a year later on 21 Aug 1918, at Chappell, Deuel Co, Nebraska.

[Sources: all sources accessed in April 2015.

Family records from member of Tent 22

Ancestry.com: esp: Civil War databases, Census: 1840, 50, 60, 70, 80, 1900, 1910; 1890 Veterans Schedule.

Familysearch.org databases: esp. OH/IN/NB Births, Marriages,deaths.


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Campbell, William Cunningham, 2nd Lt., Co. B & G, 52 IN Infantry


William C Campbell was born in Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana on 8 Oct 1840, the 5th child – and 2nd son – of the 10 known children of Alexander (b. ca 1798 KY) and Sophia (b. ca 1812 VT) CAMPBELL.

William was mustered, as a single, 21-yr old Private, into Company B of the 52nd Indiana Infantry Regiment, on 1 Feb 1862 at Versailles, Indiana. The regiment participated in: the siege and capture of Fort Donelson -Feb 12-16; and then garrisoned at Fts. Henry and Helman until April 18, when it moved to Pittsburg Landing TN. Next came the siege of Corinth, MS -April 29-30; after which the regiment marched to Memphis for duty.

There were several engagements during that time frame; and further operations against guerillas in Tennessee and Arkansas by September 30, 1862. The regiment was later ordered to Vicksburg, where it accompanied Sherman’s army on the Meridian raid, participating in the engagement at Jackson.

On Feb 27, 1864, as part of a re-organization of the regiment, those veterans who opted to stay with the unit were furloughed for just over a month home in Indiana; this likely would have included WCC. The veterans returned to the “new” Indiana 52nd “veteran regiment” in April via KY, TN, and to Arkansas in time for the fight at Lake Chicot.

On 27 Feb 1864, William Cunningham Campbell was transferred into Company G in the “new” IN 52nd Infantry, this time with the rank of Sergeant. However, according to the Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume 2, by W.H.H. Terrell, page 520, WCC had been commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant on 1 Jun 1865; though the Remarks in that listing state, “mustered out as 1st Sergeant with Regiment.”

Prior to the Regiment’s final Muster-Out at Montgomery, AL on 10 Sep 1865, the Indiana 52nd Infantry had traveled through at least seven states for duty as garrison, scouting, and/or engaging the enemy in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee. It is unknown to this researcher exactly which engagements William C Campbell personally experienced.

Following the war, on 3 Oct 1866 – at Wirt, Jefferson Co, IN – William, 25, married 24 yr-old Mary A “Mollie” WARD, (b. 11 Oct 1841 Madisonville, OH; d. 8 Mar 1880, Pueblo, Pueblo Co, CO); minister W Y Monroe, of the Liberty Baptist Church officiated.

William and Mary had at least five children including Nettie, b. 8 Jul 1869 in Versailles, Ripley Co, IN, from whose line descends the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22 of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.

William, Mary and their new family of at least 4 children lived in Indiana until sometime between 1872 and 1878, when daughter Mary was born in Colorado. Their last known child, Willis, was born in Feb 1880; his mother Mary died on 8 Mar 1880 and is buried in Pueblo Pioneer Cemetery, Pueblo, CO.

Before the June 1880 census was taken, William had moved his five motherless children, aged 12 to 3 months, to Wellington, Sumner County KS. William is not only found with his family in that census, but also, as a Farmer boarding with the Kimble family in neighboring Palestine, KS. Sometime ca 1890 William married Margaret Angie GRISWOLD; in May 1891, she and William had their only known child, son Frank G.

William’s wife Angie died on 11 May 1909, followed 4 years later, on 18 Aug 1913, by William Cunningham Campbell. Both are buried in the same plot, 7-133, of Sunset Cemetery in Manhattan, Riley Co, Kansas.

Sources: all sources accessed in March 2015.

Application for Membership in DUV.

Ancestry.com, especially Census: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910.

Familysearch.org esp. Indiana Marriages: <https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18261-66833-28?cc=1410397>






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Williams, Wilbur Francis, 1st Lt., Co. D, 51st IN Infantry

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1st Lt. Wilbur Francis Williams

1st Lt. Wilbur Francis Williams was born 27 June 1841 in Chagrin Falls, OH.  He was the son of  Francis Smith Williams born 02 Feb 1823 at West Mendon, NY and died 20 March 1897 in Minneapolis MN.  Wilbur’s mother was Mary Adelia EARLE Williams born 10 Jan 1825 at Lockport, New York and died 26 Dec 1907 at Wheeling, WV.

Wilbur Francis married Hulda Evalyn GROSS on 07 Jan 1886 in Minneapolis, MN.  She was born 25 Dec 1868 in Malmo, Sweden and died 28 Oct 1917 in Buffalo, WY.  Wilbur and Hulda had three children.  Ella Adelia WILLIAMS Scott, their middle child and only daughter, was born 26 Oct. 1893 in Buffalo, WY and died 13 July 1979 in Wheeler, OR.  Wilbur Francis Williams died 02 June 1908 in Buffalo, WY where Hulda and he moved in 1881.  Wilbur Francis was a rancher/stockman in Johnson County, Buffalo, WY.

1st Lt. Williams was commissioned on 11 Oct 1861 in Co. D 51st Indiana Infantry and was honorably discharged at Pittsburg Landing on 15 Apr 1862.  His first detail was recruiting in Edinburgh, IN on 16 Dec 1861. He rejoined his company at Lebanon, KY on 18 Jan 1862.  The company marched to Nashville and Pittsburg Landing, TN also known as Shiloh.   He resigned due to “disease contracted and untreatable by the army” one week after the Battle of Shiloh.  During the Civil War, the 51st IN lost 56 men due to battle wounds but 208 men died of disease.  Dysentery prevailed in the camps.  The photo shows 1st Lt. Wilbur Francis Williams at his commissioning around 11 Oct 1861.  His pension file is #1110411 dated 1 Apr 1907.





By Lynne BEEMER Halterlein



Wallace, Edward O., Sgt. , 3rd IN Cavalry

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When Edward Oakes Wallace enlisted in the 3rd Indiana Cavalry Regiment in 1862, he was 29 years old and stood all of 5 foot 4 inches tall. . . barely tall enough to keep his cavalry sword from dragging on the ground. He was a husband and father and made his living painting houses and making furniture. His son, my grandfather, was only four years old . . .a much loved daughter had died two years earlier following a fall and head injury at age four.

Edward O. was born in Ohio in 1833 and was the grandson of early pioneers who arrived from Pennsylvania in 1797 to the area north of Cincinnati, Ohio. When he was 6 years old, his family moved west across the border to Greensburg, Indiana where Edward O. grew to manhood. He married Ann Eliza Boggs in nearby Shelby County, Indiana in 1855 and they lived in Waldron, Indiana at the time of his enlistment.

After spending time training at what is now Military Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, the unit went first to Tennessee and then south to Georgia where they saw action around Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain. The Third Indiana fought against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama and then was part of the march to the sea and siege of Savannah.

Just prior to the march to the sea in October, 1864, Edward was injured, when, according to his pension record he said, “During the charge of Hood’s Confederate troops out of the town of Van Wert, Georgia, my horse slipped and fell with me catching my right leg under him and running the chime of the saddle into my abdomen where a rupture now exists. After my horse arose, I got to my feet and mounted again and in the excitement did not at the time know I was hurt, but was very sore in the place where the saddle chime struck me. Afterward it began to show a raising or swelling and has continued to increase in size so that now I dare not lift anything heavy.”

His grandson, my father, was six years old when his grandfather died. He told me that Edward O. loved to tell his four grandsons of his Civil War experiences, especially the story about his injury. My father insisted his grandfather told them his horse was shot out from under him during the battle with the Rebs. . . . I think I’ll have to agree the story to the grandsons in later years is a bit more exciting than the actual facts in the pension record!

After mustering out at Nashville, Tennessee in 1865, Edward O. returned to his home to Waldron, Indiana where he found his aged mother, Dimmis Oakes Wallace, near death. After her passing and the settling of her affairs, Edward moved his family to Bement, Illinois where he evidently went to learn the harness making trade from his wife’s uncle, Alex Boggs, who had a large business there. After several years in Bement, he moved to Nebraska where he opened a harness making business in Crete.

By 1888, Edward O. and Ann Eliza had moved to Clay Center, Nebraska where he again had a harness making business. Ann Eliza ran a millinery shop just down the 

street on the same block as her husband’s business. Edward O. promptly joined the local John A. Jordan G.A.R. Post #239 in Clay Center, where he was very active until his death in 1910. Both Edward O. and Ann Eliza are buried in the Clay Center Cemetery, their graves marked by a large red granite stone.

                                                                                                                                            Wallace Graves in Clay Center (NE)  Cemetery  
Submitted by: Gr Granddaughter, Merna Wallace McClenathen


Robbins, William Pvt. – Co E, 51st IN Infantry

William Robbins was born 7 Apr 1841 in Indiana; it is believed he was the son of Moses Robbins (Mar 1813 KY – 3 Mar 1858, Knox Co IN) and Margaret PURCELL (1813 – 1851) ROBBINS.

Circa 1868, William married Amanda Johnson, at that time also a resident of Knox County. Amanda was born on 16 Feb 1846 in IN and died 26 May 1922 still in Knox Co. William and Amanda had at least eight children, six of whom were alive in 1900. From daughter Lottie M (b. Feb 1873 Knox Co, IN – d. ?) descended this line to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard, Tent 22 of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865.

William died 14 Nov 1925 in Vigo Twp. IN; he is buried in Freeland Christian Church Cemetery, Freelandville, Knox Co, Indiana. The tombstone also includes “Amanda His Wife: 1846-1922”

 [Sources: Application for membership: DUV.

   US Federal Census 1850-1900.]

 [Online sources accessed Jan 2015:


William Robbins was mustered into Company E, 51st IN Infantry on 14 Dec 1861 and discharged on 14 Dec 1864.  

51st Indiana Regiment history taken from “The Union Army” by Federal Publishing Company, 1908Volume 3

            This regiment was organized at Indianapolis in the fall of 1861 and mustered in Dec. 14. It moved at once to Bardstown, Ky, and with Buell’s army in Feb 1862, towards Nashville, reaching the Tennessee river too late to participate in the battle of Shiloh. It took an active part in the siege of Corinth and moved from there with Wood’s division of the Army of the Ohio through Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. It moved for Murfreesboro in December and participated in the three days’ battle at Stone’s river. It remained near Murfreesboro until Apr 1863, when it joined a force under Col. Streight for a raid in the rear of Bragg’s army at Tullahoma. It was attacked by Forrest’s cavalry at Day’s gap, but defeated the enemy. It was in a fight at Crooked creek, where it again repulsed the enemy, and administered a third defeat near Gadsden, Ala. The following day, while hastening towards Rome, Ga, the expedition was overtaken near Gaylesville, Ala, by Forrest’s command and was compelled to surrender, the entire force being consigned to rebel prisons, where they were held for some time. Upon being paroled, the enlisted men went into camp at Indianapolis until exchanged in November. The officers were treated with great severity. Col. Streight escaped from Libby prison in Feb 1864, by means of a tunnel. The regiment joined the army at Nashville in November and was assigned to the duty of guarding the communications between Nashville and Chattanooga. It was sent into eastern Tennessee and in the winter of 1863 a portion of the regiment reenlisted and was sent home on furlough in March. The regiment was on duty at Chattanooga during the summer of 1864, going to Atlanta after its occupation, and with the 1st brigade, 3d division, 4th corps, took part in the campaign against Hood in Tennessee.

            William was discharged the day before the regiment participated in the battle of Nashville, Dec. 15, 1864. It is unknown to this biographer if William was with the regiment in Gaylesville ca Apr 1863, when “the entire force” surrendered and was “consigned to rebel prisons.”

[Source: Application for membership: DUV.]

[Online sources accessed Jan 2015: < http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1666>