Hemenway, Howard Spencer Pvt., 2nd NY Volunteer Cavalry

Howard Spencer Hemenway was born on the 18th of April 1842 in Bristol, Hartford County Connecticut to Nathan and Rachel Spencer Hemenway, Jr.  After the War Between the States on December first of 1865 he married Louisa Matthews in Geauga, Ohio.  They had one child, a son, Hiram Howard Hemenway born the 22nd of November 1867, from which descends this line to the member of the Laura Bella Stoddard Tent 22, Daughter of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865.  He died on the 14th of March 1919 in Ashtabula, Geauga County, Ohio.

On August 9, 1861, this unmarried farmer enlisted for 3 years in Captain Mallory’s Harris Light Cavalry, in Hartford, Connecticut as a private. His company, Company C, was known as the Connecticut Squadron, one of 12 recruited starting in 1861. All twelve companies then became known as the 2nd New York Volunteer Calvary. They fought with the Union Army throughout the entire war (1861-1865).  The 2nd ranked eighth in the list of mounted regiments which lost the most men in action during the war.

Private Howard Hemenway detailed as a waggoner and a teamster starting on July 1, 1862 until the battle of Liberty Mills in which his life would change significantly.  This battle involved General Meade’s Union forces following General Lee’s army in Virginia after they both crossed the Potomac River in Union pursuit of confederates following the battle of Gettysburg. At Liberty Mills, Virginia, on the 23rd of September 1863 the 2nd New York engaged in battle with General Jeb Stuart’s Confederate Cavalry. Hemenway was captured there and confined at Belle Isle on the James River near Richmond, Virginia for five months. For during his capture, he became very ill due to exposure and want of proper food.  He describes himself as a “broken down man sorely afflicted with rheumatism, bronchitis, disease of the kidneys (dropsy), liver enlarged and hardened so as to affect his lungs.” On the 21st of March he was sent to Camp Parole in Annapolis, Maryland spending most of the month of April.  He was then sent to Camp Stoneman in Alexandria May 18th 1864. He rejoined his regiment in July of 1864 but so disabled from his imprisonment that he was no longer able to ride a horse.  Instead, he drove teams to continue his service and fulfill his commitment to the Union.  His received an honorable discharge in New York on September 10, 1864.  He then married Louisa Matthews on the first of December, 1865 in Geauga, Ohio.

Sources: Birth, Death and Marriage Records; Pension Records from the National Archives; Muster Rolls from Company C, Harris Light Cavalry; Wikipedia; Robert J. Trout: After Gettysburg Cavalry Operations July 14 – December 31, 1863; 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, Volume II: New York, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co. 1908.

Respectfully Submitted:  Debbie Nelson Zemer Kendrick

Mahan, Julius P. Cpl. – Co. H, 76th OH, Infantry

Julius was born at Mt. Morris, New York, New York in 1820 to John Mahan and Martha Alcemener Camp Mahan. He was baptized at the United Church of Mount Morris on February 2, 1822.

Julius’s maternal great-grandfather is Moses Camp who served in the American Revolution.  Moses was in Captain Bostwick’s Company when he crossed the River Delaware the evening of December 25th, 1776, with George Washington.  His name is on a War Department record with the other 29 men in his company.

Julius married Frances M. Olney on April 14, 1845, in Knox County, Ohio.

Julius P. Mahan was a 41-year-old shoemaker, married with three children when he enlisted to serve his country in the Civil War.  He enlisted in Company H, Ohio 76th Regiment, Infantry, as a corporal, on October 2, 1861. The Ohio 76th was organized at Camp Sherman, Newark, Ohio October 5, 1861, through February 3, 1862.  It moved to Paducah, Kentucky February 9, then to Fort Donelson, Tennessee. Julius participated in the investment and capture of Fort Donelson, Tennessee February 13-16, 1862, Expedition toward Purdy and operations about Crump’s Landing, Tenn., March 9-14, Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, April 6-7.

An Army of The United States Certificate of Disability for Discharge of Corporal Julius P. Mahan states he has been unfit for duty for 60 days.  He says that exposures while at the Battle of Fort Donelson he took a severe cold which settled in his breast and so sinks to have but little use of himself for a long time.  He also had diarrhea.  He was also in the Battle of Shiloh but in a few days was sent to Hospital on account of sickness brought on by exposures while at the Battle. The examining physician reports he has had pain in his Breast and side ever since, also diarrhea, and has been unable to do any duty since that time.

Cairo, Illinois, March 30, 1863: He is found incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of Chronic Diarrhea and General Disability, thus ending his service. The pension file for Julius P. Mahan contains 86 pages. Sworn people including his son-in-law Isaac Keller Vance, a civil war veteran, wrote on August 26, 1882, for Proof of Disability that during the latter part of conquest while in the line of duty at or near Louisville, Kentucky did on or about last of August 1862 did become disabled in the following manner.  He was guarding deserters; prisoners were sent ashore from the boat, by an officer in command of prisoners, to land to Provo marshal to take charge of prisoners and broke his ankle.

From the War Department, Surgeon General’s Office, Record, and Pension Division, Washington, D.C. dated June 8, 1883, to support the claim No. 421583 filed by Julius, the assistant Surgeon, Pope, wrote (from the records filed in the office):   “J.P. Mahan was admitted to G.H. Camp Dennison, Ohio June 9,62 with debility and furloughed June 10 62; that he was admitted to Port Hospl. Camp Chase, Ohio Aug 7 62, diagnosis not stated and returned to duty Aug 21, 62; and that he was admitted to Port Hspl. Cairo, Ills Mch 30. 63 with chronic diarrhea and discharged from service Apl 1. 1863.  Records of the regiment from Jan.1863, when they commence to Apl.1.1863 furnish no information in this case.”

Despite developing a severe cold at the Battle of Fort Donelson and developing pain in his breast and side along with diarrhea at the Battle of Shiloh, sent to the hospital and unfit for 60 days, then sustained an ankle injury while guarding prisoners, he returned home to Howard, Ohio as a shoemaker until 1875.  He then moved to McCune, Crawford County, Kansas where he was farming.

By 1881 he was 61 years old and becoming unable to do manual labor due to his wartime illnesses and injury. He hired Stoddart & Co. Lawyers in Washington, D.C. to apply for a pension.  It cost him two dollars May 4, 1881, three dollars Nov. 4, 1882, and five dollars July 12, 1883, a total of $10.00. On January 30, 1884, he wrote a four-page letter to Hon. WH Dudley, Commission of Pensions WA., D.C.  He references the dates and years evidence was sent regarding his request for a pension. He is now providing the same evidence for the third time directly instead of through the Stoddart firm.  He names the officers who are now dead.

He states, “If I cannot get my claim through honorably, I do not want it at all.” “I have simply asked what I felt I had a right to ask and obtain.” He died November 24, 1884, with no pension.
His widow Frances M. Olney Mahan applied for a widow’s pension in 1887 sending in many affidavits over three years.  She is to receive a pension commencing July 18, 1890, for $8.00 a month.
She died on March 6, 1891, was never paid, and was dropped from the Pension Roll at her death according to the US Pension Agency Topeka, Kansas.

Julius P. Mahan was a highly esteemed citizen of McCune, Kansas.  He was a member of the Presbyterian church that was so crowded at his funeral, that there was no room for all who attended.  He was a member of the Osage Post 156 G.A.R.  The lodge attended his funeral.  Julius was 64 years when he died on November 24, 1884, in McCune, Crawford Co., Kansas.
Frances was born on August 7, 1824, in Knox County, Ohio. She died on March 6, 1891, in Crawford County, Kansas.

They are buried at McCune Cemetery, Crawford Co., Kansas. Plot:  Section 1 Lot 13 Space 1.


Malott, Alva Coates, Cpl., – Co. H, 59th OH Infantry

Alva Coates Malott in Civil War Uniform


Alva Coats Malott was born to Hiram Malott and Matilda Smith on Dec 31, 1840 in Brown County, OH (southwestern OH, near Cincinnati).  His parents were, also, both born in Brown Co, both having pioneer ancestors there since about 1780.  Alva’s mother died when he was three and his father married his second wife, Mary Ann Lane, who raised Alva, his older brother, and four half-siblings.  His father, Hiram, was a farmer of modest means in Sterling Township.  The 1860 census listed his father with a real estate value of his farm of $1500 and a personal estate value of $500.  Despite farm life, Alva and his entire family could read, write, and speak English.  After Alva finished school, he started farming with his father.

Alva was described as a stout, rugged young man of excellent character; 5’8”, light complexion, light hair, and blue eyes.  Attached are two photographs of him: one as a young man in his Civil War uniform (20-23 years old) and one as an old man (age unknown).

Alva enlisted at 20 years of age in the Civil War on September 30, 1861 in Bethel, Ohio for three years as a Private in Company H, of the 59th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry commanded by Sergeant James S Riley and Colonel James P Fyffe; he served under Generals:  Nelson, Buell, and Sherman.  He mustered in on October 13, 1861 at Camp Kenton, KY.  Alva fought in battles at Pittsburg Landing, Corinth, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Stones River, Tullahoma, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Peach Tree Creek, and Jonesboro, the last three being in Sherman’s March to the Sea.  On December 5, 1861, Alva was admitted to Eruptive General Hospital Louisville, KY with Rubeola and returned to duty on December 23.  During the summer of 1862, Alva injured his feet from hard marching and marching through hot sand.  About June, 1863, at Stones River Ford, TN, approximately 6 months after the Battle of Stones River, where 6000 Union soldiers were killed, Alva was detailed by an Ordering Sergeant to go with Teamster, John Meyers, to help him haul wood.  Alva was thrown by a mule and trampled under its hooves, incurring an injury to his back and left side.  He was carried back to camp in a wagon and described by fellow comrades as being stiff all over and suffering a great deal.  His injuries were severe enough that he was excused from duty for over a month.  He was treated by a surgeon in the Regimental Hospital and left at a Convalescent Camp at Murfreesboro.  Alva was honorably discharged November 1, 1864 as a Private at Nashville, TN.

After the war, Alva was married to Abigail Rardin Wilson on March 11, 1866 in Sterling Township, Brown Co, OH. by Reverend Alexander Humphries.  Abigail was the daughter of Curtis Wilson who came to Ohio from Vermont, and his second wife, Isabel Gray, who had been born in Hamilton Co, OH.  Abigail, who was four years younger than Alva, had eight children – four sons and four daughters and kept house.  Abigail and her children could all read, write, and speak English.

Alva had pain in his back and along the short ribs on his left side and difficulty with his feet the rest of his life.  Despite, that he and others that knew him well considered him at least half disabled, he continued to try to earn a living as a farmer.  Most likely, his ancestors had all been farmers and he knew nothing else.  By 1870, at 30 years of age, Alva was a farmer with a real estate value of $400 and a personal estate value of $210.

A physician’s affidavit states that from November 1880 to February 1881, Alva was confined to the house with lumbago.  Finally, on September 22, 1882, Alva filed for a pension with the federal government.  He was only 41 when he was classified as an invalid and received $6 per month.  He claimed he was disabled to a 1/2 degree and not capable of doing manual labor.  At least eleven people, including one doctor, signed sworn affidavits that were submitted to the federal government on his behalf to get keep his pension.  The government seemed to question if his injury or the incident that had caused it had even taken place, saying that he was never classified as a Teamster or that there were no hospital records.  But he never claimed to be a Teamster and he was treated in a regimental hospital not a regular one so the records were not readily available or were lost during the war.  The communications between Alva and the Bureau of Pensions went on for 47 years, right up until the last few days of his life.  His pension file was a whopping 140 pages; along with his military record, I received about 150 pages from National Archives!

By 70 years old, Alva was still farming, owned his farm free of a mortgage, and all eight of his children were still living.  Alva and Abigail lived their entire lives in Eastwood, Sterling Township, Brown Co, OH with three exceptions for a total of five years when they lived closer to Williamsburg, Clermont Co, OH.  After 49 years of marriage, Alva’s wife, Abigail, died October 26, 1915 in Sterling Township, Brown Co, OH.  Alva was 75.

By 80, Alva abandoned farming because he could no longer stand to plow or walk.  He became a boarder but I’m not sure what became of his farm.  He possibly married a 3rd wife, Flora Abbatol, because his death certificate states he’s a widow but lists her as his spouse; no record found.  His health was poor because of rheumatism, disease of heart, nervousness, dizziness, lower limbs weak and refused to act, rupture of both sides, helplessness, general weakness due to extreme old age, and very bad eyesight.  He required a personal aide or attendance of another person because of these disabilities.

Alva’s last pension check was issued on December 4, 1928 at the rate of $72 per month.  The next day, on December 5, he applied for the last time for an increase in his pension to $90 per month but he would never receive that. Alva died at 1:30 am, December 20, 1928 in Eastwood, Sterling Township, Brown Co, OH at the age of 87 years, 11 months, and 19 days, probably within a few miles of his birth.  His cause of death was stated as arteriosclerosis which he had had for two years with a secondary contributing factor being hypostatic pneumonia.  Alva was buried December 22, 1928 at the lower end of the “circle” in the Williamsburg Cemetery in Williamsburg, Clermont Co, OH.  Attached are a photograph of the gates of the Williamsburg Cemetery and another of Alva and Abigail Malott’s tombstone.

Williamsburg Cemetery Gates
Malott Headstone used with permission from CWhite on Findagrave.com

CBH – February 2022.

Colbrunn, John Eduard Private, Co. K, 7th OH Vol. Infantry


John Edward (Eduard) Colbrunn photo

John Edward (Eduard) Colbrunn

John Edward (Eduard) Colbrunn was born 9 Mar 1841 at Brake, Germany, as the son of Eduard COLBRUNN and wife Augusta Colbrunn. John was the youngest child in the family. In 1848 at the age of 7, his mother brought him and his siblings via the ship Ann Welsh into New York Harbor on 11 December 1848 and eventually to Rockport County, Ohio, where she purchased 100 acres in Rockport. At the time, Germany was in political and religious upheaval; over 100 other inhabitants of their area left Brake to make new homes in America. After John’s father settled his affairs, including the sale of his linen mills and home, he joined his family in Ohio in 1850. It was difficult for the family to leave Germany. Their linen mills had won awards for exhibiting fine damask linen at the Berlin Exhibition of 1844. Germany would not allow Eduard to take printed plans of the mills out of the country, but Eduard had a photographic memory and had the mills’ plans in his head. At Eduard’s death in 1868, he owned more than 600 acres of property in what is now Cleveland Ohio; as was the German custom, most of the property was inherited by the eldest son, Frederick A. Colbrunn, not John.

On 27 Nov 1866 in Cleveland, Ohio, John married Sarah Ann DUCKER (b. in Germany, 29 December 1845; died 18 July 1903 in Cleveland.)

John and Sarah Ann had ten children including Minnie Mae Colbrunn (Nichols), (born 14 Jan 1872 at Cleveland, OH), from which child descends this line to a member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865.

Sarah Ann DRUCKER photo

Sarah Ann DUCKER


Headstone of John E Colbrunn in Monroe Street Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio

Headstone of John E Colbrunn in Monroe Street Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio

John died at Cleveland, OH on 19 Mar 1913 and is buried in Lot No. 1, Section 8 in the Monroe Street Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio next to his parents and wife.

John Edward Colbrunn was enrolled in April 1861 at Cleveland, OH and was honorably discharged in 1862.
[Source: Civil War Pension File #(Certificate # SC20533]

John and the 7th Regiment participated in these 1861-62 engagements:
26 Aug 1861 at Cross Lanes, WV.
26 Aug 1861 at Cross Keys, VA.
28 Aug 1861 at Cross Lane, VA.
23 Mar 1862 at Winchester, VA.
24 May 1862 at Strasburg, VA.
9 Jun 1862 at Port Republic, VA.
At the battle of Port Republic, John was wounded in his right leg and right forearm leading to his disability and honorable discharge. He returned to Cleveland, became an American citizen on March 13, 1863, married and raised 10 children and owned and operated a dry goods store. He suffered pain for the rest of his life because of the wounds incurred at Port Republic. John Edward Colbrunn lived his last years near many close family members. His grandson Kenneth D. Nichols recalls: “I remember my grandfather, John E. Colbrunn as a very formal person, very pleasant, but no stories for me. In my mental vision, I see this erect man, carrying a cane, as he walked slowly along the sidewalk coming toward my house. He lived about a quarter of a mile away on Berea Road.”

The 7th Regiment, without John, participated in other engagements including:
9 Aug 1862 at Cedar Mountain, VA.
18 Aug 1862 at Culpeper, VA.
1 Sep 1862 at Manassas Junction, VA.
17 Sep 1862 at Antietam, MD.
25 Nov 1862 at Harper’s Ferry, WV.
27 Dec 1862 at Dumfries, VA.
[Source: Historical Data Systems, comp. American Civil War Regiments, Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.]

John’s name is carved in Tablet 3 of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument located at 3 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio

Tablet 3, Soldiers’ and Sailors” Monument, Cleveland, OH




Thevenin, Robert John, Cpl. – Co. G, 18th OH Infantry, 18th Independent Battery, OH Light Artillery

RobertTheveninANDchild (1)Robert John Thevenin was born January 1, 1834 in Gallia County, Ohio near the village of Thivener, Ohio. The village was named in honor of Robert’s grandfather Nicholas Thevenin who was one of the original French settlers of the nearby Ohio River town of Gallipolis, Ohio. The village was named Thivener, which is the English pronunciation of Thevenin. From Robert descends the line to the member of the Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.

Robert’s parents, Francis Collin and Mary Anne (White) Thevenin had eleven children and lived near the village of Thivener. Four of their sons, Robert, John, Nicholas II and Francis (known as FC), served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

When the Civil War broke out, President Lincoln called for volunteers to enlist for 3 months. Most thought it would be a short war. Robert, John and FC enlisted in Company “G” of the 18th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (18th OVI) for three months. The 18th OVI was sent to different points on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad to guard the railroad and trains between Parkersburg and Clarksburg, West Virginia. The three brothers were mustered out at Columbus, Ohio on August 28, 1861.

As the war continued to grind on Lincoln called for more volunteers to serve for 3 years. This time four Thevenin brothers answered the call. John and FC joined Company “F” of the 33rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry (33rd OVI). Nicholas II joined Company “L” of the 7th Ohio Cavalry.

Robert was enlisted in the 18th Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery on July 19, 1862 at Gallipolis by Capt. Aleshire for a term of 3 years. He mustered in at Camp Portsmouth, Ohio on September 13, 1862. His Battery Descriptive Book shows that he was a 32 year-old farmer, 5 foot 4½ inches tall, light complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He was mustered in as a Corporal possibly because of his age and/or because he was an experienced soldier, having previously served for 3 months.

Robert served with the 18th Battery in the western theatre of the Civil War for three years. They fought the rebels at the battles of:

  • Thompson’s Station, Tennessee (March 4-5, 1863)
  • Franklin, Tennessee (April 10, 1863)
  • Tullahoma Campaign, Tennessee (June 23 to July 7, 1863)
  • Chickamauga, Georgia (September 19-20, 1863)
  • Lookout Mountain, Tennessee (November 23-24, 1863)
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee (November 23-25, 1863)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (December 15-16, 1864)

The largest and bloodiest battle that Robert fought in was the Battle of Chickamauga. It took place on September 19th and 20th in 1863 along Chickamauga Creek just over the Georgia state line south of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The battle lines ran north and south with the Union troops under General William Rosecrans on the west bank facing east and the confederates under General Braxton Bragg on the east side facing west. Two of Robert’s brothers, John and FC of the 33rd OVI also fought in this battle.

On the first day of the battle, Robert and the 18th Ohio Battery were stationed with the reserve corps under General Gordon Granger about 3 miles north of the main battle line. Robert’s brothers John and FC, both of the 33rd OVI, were part of the northern end of the Union line under the command of General George Thomas. That day, while the 33rd OVI was fighting in close quarters with the enemy near the Winfrey Farm, John became separated from his company and was captured. He was to die while in rebel captivity about 18 months later.

The second and last day of the battle was a near disaster for the Union army. During a redeployment of the Union line, a gap was accidentally opened and the rebels charged through it thus cutting the Union line in two. The southern section of the Union army, along with its commander General Rosecrans, left the field of battle and retreated back inside the Union fortifications at Chattanooga, Tennessee leaving behind the now vastly outnumbered north section of the Union army battle line.

General Thomas hurriedly formed his remaining troops into a horseshoe shaped defensive line on the slopes of the Snodgrass farm. Here they planned to hold until darkness might allow an organized retreat. The rebels saw this as a chance for a major victory and mounted charge after charge until it was looking bleak for the Union boys in blue.

General Granger, the commander of the Union reserve force 3 miles to the north, sensed something was badly wrong. He took the initiative, on his own and with no orders, to reinforce General Thomas as quickly as possible. Thus Corporal Robert Thevenin and the 18th Ohio Battery, along with Granger’s infantry, became part of one of the greatest last minute rescue operations in American military history. At the same time, Robert also helped to save his younger brother FC, who was fighting to hold the northern section of the U shaped battle-line with his regiment, the 33rd OVI.

Granger’s reserves reached General Thomas in the nick of time. They were ordered into battle on the run. Robert and the 18th battery immediately unlimbered their six 3 inch ordnance rifle cannons and began firing into the charging rebels. A monument honoring the 18th Ohio Battery marks that location today. Thus the remaining Union forces held Snodgrass Hill until nightfall concealed their withdrawal to Chattanooga. There the Union forces regrouped. They began driving General Bragg’s rebel forces south toward Atlanta two months later.

Thevenin_18thLghtAtlyMonument_ChickamaugaChickamauga was the largest and costliest Civil War battle in the western theatre. In the entire Civil War it was second only to the battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania three months earlier. For his leadership in the second day’s fighting, General George Thomas was given the nickname “The Rock of Chickamauga.” He was considered a “soldier’s soldier” by his men who looked up to him as a father figure and affectionately called him “Old Pap.”

During the time between the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, Robert and the 18th Ohio Battery emplaced their trusty battery of six 3 inch ordnance rifle cannons on Moccasin Point under the shadow of rebel occupied Lookout Mountain just west of Chattanooga. According to family oral history, Robert bragged that while there, he “shot the rebel flags off of Lookout Mountain.” History tells us that the armies at that time used signal flags to relay messages. The records also show that while on Moccasin Point, the 18th Ohio Battery was temporarily reinforced with a few of the more powerful, longer range, 20 pounder Parrott Rifle cannons whose range could reach the rebels and their flags atop Lookout Mountain. In Union Army light artillery batteries, the corporals were usually the “gunners”, as they called the ones in the gun crew who actually aimed the cannons. So it is highly likely that he did shoot the rebel flags off of Lookout Mountain.

While driving the rebels south toward Atlanta, Robert fought in the Battle of Chattanooga (November 23 to 25, 1863) under General U. S. Grant. He was also in several smaller battles of the Atlanta Campaign under the overall command of General William Tecumseh Sherman.

After the fall of Atlanta and during Sherman’s famous march from “Atlanta to the Sea”, Robert and the 18th Ohio Battery were sent to Nashville, Tennessee, while Brother FC and his 33rd OVI went with Sherman’s forces. In Nashville, Robert was once again under the command of “Old Pap” General George Thomas.

In late 1864, the last full year of the Civil War, confederate General John Bell Hood marched his army north and set up siege lines outside Nashville. On December 15th and 16th, 1864, Old Pap and his boys in blue came storming out of Nashville in a massive right wheel maneuver and slammed into Hood’s forces. During this two-day winter battle and the following pursuit, Hood’s confederate army was dealt such a crushing defeat by the Union forces that they disintegrated and ceased to exist as an organized force. This was the only time in the Civil War that an army on either side suffered such a fate.

Robert was mustered out with the battery at Camp Dennison, Ohio near Cincinnati on 29 June 1865. After the war, Robert made his home mostly in nearby Putnam County, West Virginia where he was a farmer. He and his wife, the former Joanna Williams, eventually had 12 children, four of whom were born before the Civil War. Near the end of his life, Robert was granted a Civil War pension of $30 per month, which was later raised to $40 per month.

Robert died in Gallia County, Ohio and is buried in St. Nicholas cemetery on Friendly Ridge Road south of the town of Thivener in Clay Township, Gallia County, Ohio. His Civil War headstone is next to those of Collin and Mary, his mother and father. Nearby are now the “In Memory of” headstones of his two brothers John and Nicholas II.


Two Brothers Come Home in Memory

On October 2, 2004, at St. Nicholas Cemetery, the Cadot-Blessing Camp No. 126 of the Sons of Thevenin SUVCW CeremonyPhotoUnion Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) held a full military honors ceremony for the brothers John and Nicholas Thevenin II, two Gallia County Civil War veterans who did not make it home. John was captured the first day of the Battle of Chickamauga. Nicholas II was captured in an early morning cavalry battle near Rogersville, Tennessee on November 6, 1863. Both died of starvation and exposure while in the hands of the rebels.

Though their remains still lie in unmarked graves in the old south, in or near the site of the former rebel POW camp at Florence, South Carolina, they were brought home in memory that sunny fall day.

About 70 Thevenin friends and family attended the ceremony, which was organized by the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22 of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW) and her husband, who also obtained the memorial headstones from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Later that day the attendees visited the grave of the fourth brother, F. C. Thevenin, at Mina Chapel Cemetery in nearby Green Township, Gallia County, Ohio.




Vance, Isaac Keller, Sgt. – Co. C, 142nd OH Volunteer Infantry

Isaac Keller Vance was born 26 March 1835 in Knox County, Ohio. He was the son of Jacob VANCE, (b. 19 Oct 1799 Rockingham VA; d. 18 Oct 1878 Licking, Newton Twp, OH) and wife Salome KELLER, (b. 13 Sep 1808 PA; d. 27 Jul 1884 OH); Jacob and Salome, Isaac’s parents, were married in Licking Co, OH on 28 Dec 1826.

Isaac enlisted on 2 May 1864 at Mt. Vernon, OH. At the time of his enlistment, he was recorded as an able-bodied 29-year-old school teacher with dark eyes, dark hair, and a dark complexion. He received a clothing advance of $2.50 on enlistment. The 142nd had been organized for a “One Hundred Days Service” and was partially composed of the 22nd Battalion, Ohio National Guard, from Knox County OH. It is likely Isaac was with the regiment when it was sent, on the 9th of June, to guard a supply train through the Wilderness to General Grant’s front, near Cold Harbor. The regiment participated in the early siege of Petersburg through August 19, when it was ordered back to Washington, D.C., thence to Camp Chase, where it was mustered out on 2 Sep 1864, including Isaac Keller Vance, who was mustered out with his honorable discharge. The 142nd lost during its service 1 officer and 42 enlisted men; total lost: 43, all from disease.

On 12 Aug 1870 in Fort Wayne, Allen Co, Indiana, Isaac Keller Vance married Flora Fleta MAHAN, (b. 8 Mar 1847 Brandon, OH; d. 9 Dec 1935 Pomona CA). Isaac and Flora had four living children: Daisy (1871), Thomas (1873), Grace (1876-1956) and Katherine Vance McCune (b. 12 Oct 1881 Kansas; d. 27 Jun 1910 Pomona, CA). From this last child descends the line to the members of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22 of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865.

On 23 Aug 1889, when he filed Application #724175 for an Invalid (medical) Pension, Isaac wrote that he had marched in the night in the drenching rain from Columbus to Camp Chase and there he slept without sufficient tent or cover. In 1889 he was recorded as 5’9″ tall, 140 lbs and 52 years old, with a pulse of 90, respiration 32, having incurred Catarrh of the Head and Disease of Lungs due to exposure at Camp Chase and transit to Harper’s Ferry. He was granted the pension: Certificate #486845, on the two disabilities for which he was entitled. On 5 Jan 1891, he received a pension increase to $12.00 per month; at that time he was listed as 53 years old and unable to do any work.

Isaac Keller Vance died of Tuberculosis just 3 years later on 27 Feb 1894, in McCune, Crawford County, Kansas; he was buried at the McCune Cemetery. His wife Flora received a widow’s pension #409399 certificate #592733, having applied on 24 Mar 1894, after his death. Flora survived Isaac for more than 35 years; she was also buried in the McCune Cemetery.Vance_McCuneCem-KS_SahmVance-Epitaph_McCuneCemKS_Sahm1]

Hoisington, Daniel “Dudley” Waldo, Pvt., Co. A, 129th OH Infantry

Pvt. Daniel _Dudley_ HoisingtonPhotoDaniel “Dudley” Waldo Hoisington was born 21 Dec 1844 at Athens, OH), eldest child of Nathaniel Prentice HOISINGTON (12 NOV 1819—7 OCT 1888) and wife Elizabeth W. WEISS (1823 OH — 14 June 1936 OH.) Dudley had seven known siblings, born between 1845 and 1863.

At age 18, Daniel “Dudley” HOISINGTON was enrolled in the Union Army on 23 Jun 1863 at Amesville, Athens Co, Ohio, and was honorably discharged in Ohio on 8 March 1864.

[Source: Civil War Pension File # Application 900171 Certificate 787003, dated 19 Sept 1890]

  • Schedules Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1890, stated Dudley had been “Wounded through right side.”
  • “129th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry: This Regiment was organized at Cleveland, 0H, August 10, 1863, to serve six months, and on the same day started for Camp Nelson, Ky. On the 20th of August the Regiment left Camp Nelson for Cumberland Gap, at which place it assisted in the capture of the Rebel garrison and more than two thousand Rebel prisoners, with a large amount of war materials of all kinds. The Regiment remained at and about the Gap, engaged in foraging, scouting, picket duty, etc., until the 1st of December, when it was ordered to move in the direction of Clinch River, which was reached the next day, at a point where the Knoxville road crosses that stream. At this point a sharp engagement was in progress, in which the Regiment took an active part. From the 2d to the last of December, the Regiment had occasional skirmishes with the enemy. It was mustered out from March 4 to 10, 1864.”


  • While Dudley could not read nor write [Historical Registers of National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938 , Affiliate Publication Number: M1749 , GS Film number: 1577626 , Digital Folder Number: 004832725 , Image Number: 00563], he was a restauranteur, hotel owner, and ended up being commissioned to be in charge of the dining hall of the National Soldiers Home (currently, Los Angeles Veterans Administration) in Los Angeles [Source: Los Angeles Herald, dated 10 June 1903.]
  • The 129th OVI Regiment was organized at Camp Taylor, near Cleveland, Ohio, August 10, 1863. Moved to Camp Nelson, Ky., August10. Attached to DeCourcy’s Brigade, Willcox’s Left Wing Forces, Dept. of the Ohio, to October, 1863; then attached to the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, to January. 1864; and last attached to the District of the Clinch, Dept. of the Ohio, to March, 1864.

SERVICE.–Expedition under DeCourcy to Cumberland Gap, Tenn., August 20-September 8, 1863. Capture of Cumberland Gap September 9. Duty at Cumberland Gap picketing and foraging until December 1. March toward Clinch River December 1-2. Patrol duty along Clinch River until December 29. Moved to Tazewell, thence to Cumberland Gap, and duty there until January 11, 1864. Ordered to Camp Nelson, Ky. Skirmish at Barboursville. Ky., February 8. Ordered to Cleveland, Ohio, March and mustered out March 10, 1864. Regiment lost during service 25 Enlisted men by disease. [Dyer, Frederick H. “History – Ohio Infantry (Part 8).” History – Ohio Infantry (Part 8). N.p., n.d. Web.]

Following the war, Dudley married Catherine Elizabeth “Kate” SMITH circa 1867. This couple had at least ten children between 1867-8 and 1889; all are enumerated as born in Ohio; and the family lived in Athens Co OH for each census between 1870 and 1900. Kate died 20 Nov 1912 in Athens Co, OH and is buried in West Union Street Cemetery there.

By 1910 Dudley was residing at the Pacific Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Sawtelle, (Currently the Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital), Los Angeles County, CA.

“Daniel” married his second wife: Fay Magdalena (MORSE) CHARVILLE on 15 Feb 1915 in Los Angeles. Dudley and Fay had at least three children, the eldest child and daughter was Anna Laurie HOISINGTON (b. 13 Nov 1915 Los Angeles, CA). From this child descends this line to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865.

Daniel/Dudley W. Hoisington died on 27 June 1936 at the L.A. Veterans Administration Hospital (originally the Pacific Branch of the National Home for Disabled Soldiers) and is buried in the Los Angeles National Cemetery in California.


McKinnie, Thomas W., Lt. Col., Co. H, 126th OH Infantry & 126th OH Infantry

Company H, 126th Ohio Infantry, Regimental Field and Staff – 126th Ohio Infantry

Thomas Williams McKinnie was born in 1838 in Harrison County, OH; he died 27 May 1899 in St. Louis Missouri. I believe that Thomas was a teacher in Keokuk County, Iowa, in June 1860; he was definitely a teacher at Ft. Scott, Kansas, when he, his wife Alice and newborn son Carle were enumerated in the 1870 census.

However on 18 Aug 1862 Thomas was back in Ohio, and enlisted in Company H, 126th Ohio Infantry, perhaps as a Sergeant. Thomas rose in the company ranks rather rapidly: from Sergeant to 2nd Lieutenant: 27 Nov 1862; to 1st Lt: 11 Mar 1863; to Captain: 27 Jun 1864; and finally he was commissioned a Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment on 24 Dec 1864.

As a 1st lieutenant, Thomas had been wounded on 6 May 1864 at The Wilderness, when Grant and Lee faced off at Spotsylvania VA near Fredericksburg. The news arrived back in Ohio shortly after, in the Steubenville Weekly Herald of 17 and 25 May 1864:

Re: the battle at The Wilderness   “Among the casualties among the officers of the 126th Ohio regiment the following are reported” and includes “Lieut. McKinnie …..[Co.]..H……wounded.” In another report on this site it indicates his wound was “. . . through the arm . . . ” This webpage has four mentions of Lieutenant McKinnie/McKinney: <http://www.frontierfamilies.net/family/newspap.htm>

Lt. Col.Thomas W McKinnie mustered out with his regiment on 25 Jun 1865 at the end of the war.

On 23 Sep 1868, in Cadiz, Harrison Co OH, Thomas married Alice Martha Turner (b. 21 Feb 1848, Cadiz, Harrison Co, OH; d. 10 Nov 1894, St. Louis, MO.) The marriage was officiated by one William Pittinger [who may be the Congressional Medal recipient who went on to become a M. E. minister.]

Thomas and Alice had at least three children, including first child and son, Carle Turner McKinnie, b. 9 Aug 1868 Cadiz Harrison Co, OH [though 1870 census shows Carl, 11 mo old, ie., b. Aug 1869]; and d. 7 Jun 1948 in San Fernando, CA. In 1909 [NE marriage records online give full date of 6 May 1909], Carle married Lois Winifred Leach, b. 24 Oct 1889 Oakdale, Antelope Co, NE; d. 4 Aug 1971, San Fernando, CA. Carle is the child from whom the member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22, Daughters of Union Veterans descended.

Martha Alice Turner McKinnie died on 10 Nov 1894 in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri and was buried in Columbus, Platt County, Nebraska beside her mother Mrs. Margaret Turner.

Thomas Williams McKinnie died just four years later on 27 May 1899 in St. Louis, St Louis County, Missouri; he is buried at the Columbus Cemetery, Platte County, Nebraska.

[Sources: all sources accessed in April 2015:

Application for DUV membership.

Ancestry.com databases, esp Civil War; Census: 1860, 1870.

familysearch.org databases, esp OH, NE, MO.















<https://books.google.com/books?id=WCRXAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Ohio+in+the+war:+Her+statement,+generals&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZugrVbiiDsLFsAWhvYDICA&ved=0CBQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=Ohio%20in%20the%20war%3A%20Her%20statement%2C%20generals&f=false> ]


-ct/Apr 2015

Clark, William McCracken, Surgeon, F & S, 15th OH Infantry

William McCracken Clark was born in Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio on 24 Sep 1840, the first known child and son of Stephen B CLARK (b. ca 1802 in Maryland) and wife Jane McCracken (b. ca 1820 Ohio). Stephen and Jane had been married on 26 Nov 1839 in Guernsey County. Their son William, 19 years old in the 1860 census was listed as a “Student of Medicine.”

According to the Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio, William enlisted and was commissioned an officer (Assistant Surgeon) in the Ohio 15th Infantry on 20 Jul 1863 at the age of 25 [perhaps fudging a year or two?] He was promoted to full Surgeon status on 14 Oct 1864 and mustered out on 21 Nov 1865 a full half-year after the last battle of the war was fought.

After William joined the 15th Ohio, the regiment participated in more than 45 engagements, duties, skirmishes, campaigns and battles, including these better-known ones: Chicamauga, Mission Ridge, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, Cassville, Pickett’s Mills, Kenesaw Mountain, and in July/Aug 1864, the Siege of Atlanta after which, the Regt commander mentioned William in his report, re: the campaign just completed:

“The 15th’s commanding officer issued the following report regarding the campaign:


Camp near Atlanta, Ga., September 12, 1864.”

“. . . Dr. William M. Clark, assistant surgeon, has also been present with the command during the campaign, and deserves great credit for his untiring devotion to his duties and care for the sick and wounded . . .”

[signed]   Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANK ASKEW, Col., Cmdg. Regt.

Lieut. W. McGraith, A.A.A.G., First Brig., Third Div., Fourth Corps.

[[ <http://www.ohiocivilwarcentral.com/entry.php?rec=1264> ]]

The regiment was also engaged at Lovejoy’s Station, Franklin, and Nashville and more, before the war ended. Even then its job was not complete: it was sent to Texas for duty at Green Lake and San Antonio until November 1865. The 15th OH Infantry Regiment, including Surgeon Dr William McCracken Clark, was finally mustered out on 21 November. It reached Columbus OH on 25 December and the soldiers were discharged on 27 December, 1865. What a Christmas present!

According to the family and Kings County, New York records, on 16 Oct 1866 in Kings County, William married Mary MAGILTON [b. IRE 26 Jul 1836]. But by 1870, William, his wife Mary and their first two children: Frank -3 and Charles -10 months, were living in the 3rd Ward of Missouri’s Kansas City, in Jackson County MO; and William was a Druggist, with real estate valued at $3500, and a personal worth of $10,000.

The family migrated to Lancaster, Lancaster Co, Nebraska before the Jun 1880 census, in which William is shown as a Banker. The family is listed with two additional children: William and Lottie. Charlotte Jane (“Lottie) is the child through whom the line descended to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard, Tent 22 of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.

William and Mary are enumerated in the 1900 and 1910 censuses also in Lancaster, NB (Wm as an insurance agent), but no additional children are included; however a nephew John Elliott does reside with the family in 1900 and 1910. In 1920 William and Mary were listed as in-laws living with the family of daughter Charlotte in Los Angeles, California.

Mary died on 2 May 1922 and William followed her two years later, on 10 Jul 1924. It is unknown to this researcher whether they died while living in CA or if they’d returned to Lincoln, NB. Both were buried at Wyuka Cemetery, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska.

[Sources: all sources accessed in Mar/Apr 2015.

Yockey, Edwin, Pvt., Co. B, 99th OH Inf; Co. F, 50th OH Inf.; Co. B, 183 OH Inf.

Wagoner, Company B, 99th OH Infantry

Wagoner, Company F, 50th OH Infantry

Private, Company B, 183 OH Infantry


Edwin Yockey was born on 30 May 1842, the son of Levi (b. ca 1814 in NY) and Elizabeth SHLOEBIG (b. ca 1823 in PA) YOCKEY. Census records from 1850 through 1880 state his birthplace as Ohio; 1900 says Kansas; but 1910 states Indiana and, according to family notes, he was born in Randolph County, Indiana.

Though the census taker wrote the name “Yorkey” in the 1860 census of Spencer Twp, Allen County, OH, Edwin 18 is shown as a Farmer – as are Levi 34, David 19, and Wm 15. All five male children, including Daniel 13 and Jacob 12, attended school; the only female – besides Elizabeth 31 – was Mary, age 2.

On 19 Aug 1862, 19 year-old Edwin entered the Union Army as a Wagoner in Company B, 99th Ohio Volunteer Infantry (OVI). The 99th Regiment’s engagements during his time in this unit, included:

Stone River, TN: 31 Dec 62-2 Jan 63

Chickamauga, GA: 19-20 Sep 63

Lookout Mountain/Mission Ridge, TN: 24 Nov 63

4 Battles in GA: 7 May to 14 Jun 1864

Atlanta, GA: 28 July to 2 Sep 1864.

2 Battles in GA: 31 Aug to 6 Sep 1864

Nashville, TN: 15-16 Dec 1864.

On 31 Dec 1864 the 99th was consolidated into an existing regiment, the 50th OVI, and Edwin was transferred, again with the rank of Wagoner, into Company F. During the next six months, the regiment traveled from TN to Washington DC and then to NC where it participated in operations against Hoke, Fort Anderson, Town Creek, Wilmington (Feb), the Campaign of the Carolinas (Mar-Apr) including Goldsboro and Raleigh. It was present for the surrender of Johnston and his army; and then had continued duty in NC until June. The 50th OVI was mustered out on 26 Jun 1865; with – at least – the exception of Edwin, who instead was transferred into Company B of the 183rd OVI on that date. Private Edwin Yockey was finally mustered out with this company 21 days later, on 17 July 1865, honorably discharged.

It is unknown to this researcher in exactly which engagements Edwin personally participated throughout his service. At one point probably during his time in the 99th, Edwin was listed as AWOL from his unit. Instead, as the family story goes: he had the measles! For six weeks he was cared for at a makeshift hospital at Blue Springs, Tennessee, before returning to his unit. His illness created vision and heart problems, which lasted through his lifetime.

It was in Allen County Ohio, where Edwin married Catherine Culver. Listed in the 1870 census, Edwin’s family consisted of himself: “Edward” [a common error] 26, wife: Catherine 25 and son: Francis [“Frank”], b. Nov 1869. Soon after the census, Edwin and Catherine, Frank and infant daughter Mary migrated to Kansas.

In autumn 1871, according to the Yockey family, Catherine and daughter Mary died in an epidemic and were buried in a corner of the family property in Delphos, Ottawa County, KS. About a year later Edwin married his second wife, Amanda Jane BRUCE (b. Nov 1854, Iowa); and by the June 1880 census, in Appanoose Twp, Franklin Co, KS, the first three of their four sons were in the family. Their fourth son, William H Yockey, born Jul 1880, is the child from whom the line descends to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard, Tent 22 of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.

Osage County in Kansas became the final settlement of Edwin and Amanda. Edwin and Catherine’s son Frank went to war during Edwin’s lifetime, participating in the Spanish-American War, 1898. Both Edwin and Amanda applied for and received Civil War Pensions: Edwin in 1869, probably because of the effects of his measles illness, and Amanda following Edwin’s death in 1914.

Yockey, Edwin           Dependent name: Widow: Yockey, Amanda J.

Service: Co B 183rd & Co F 50th Ohio Inf [and] Co B 99th Ohio Inf

Date of Filing: 8 March 1869; Class: Invalid [medical]; Application #140,604; Certificate #734,098.

Filing Date: 12 Mar 1914; Class: Widow; Application #1,023,838; Certificate #783,347; State from which filed: KS.

Edwin Yockey died on 5 March 1914 and was buried at Humphreys Cemetery, Quenemo, Osage County, Kansas. His wife Amanda survived him for 14 years and was buried in 1928 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Quenemo, Osage Co, Kansas.


[Sources: all sources accessed in April 2015:

Family Notes from Member of Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22 DUV.

Ancestry.com databases, esp: Civil War, US Fed Census: 1840-1880, 1900, 1910.

Familysearch.org databases, esp: Ohio, Indiana, Kansas.









<http://www.civilwarindex.com/armyoh/rosters/183rd_oh_infantry_roster.pdf> ]