Monday, April 21, 2014

Lieutenant EZEKIEL K. SCHWARTZ, Illinois.


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EZEKIEL K. SCHWARTZ, First Lieutenant, was born in Lewistown, Pa., December 9, 1838. He was educated in the public schools at that place, and in the Lewistown Academy. He removed to Illinois in April, 1859, and taught school in Macon and Shelby Counties. He enlisted in Shelby County as a private in Company B in August, 1862. He was soon made a corporal, and on March 26, 1863, was promoted to be second lieutenant, and on May 11, 1865, was promoted to first lieutenant.

Lieutenant Schwartz was in the regiment in all its campaigns and battles, excepting a short time in the spring of 1865, when he served as aide-de-camp on the staff of the brigade commander. He is deserving of the highest commendation for his patriotism and courage displayed on the battle-field, and for his faithfulness in all his duties of the several positions occupied by him.

He was mustered out with the regiment in June, 1865, and at once, like a good soldier, returned to the duties of civil life, and engaged in farming, a short distance north of Shelbyville, Ill. He was married December 27, 1866, and resided on the same farm until October 20, 1892, when he removed to Findlay, Ill., where he engaged in general mercantile business, in which he is still employed.

Ezekiel K. Schwartz.

Birth: Dec. 9, 1838, Lewistown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Jul. 8, 1909, Illinois.

Burial: Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois.

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES.
Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: SCHWARTZ, EZEKIEL R. Rank: PVT. Company: B. Unit: 115 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: OKAW, SHELBY CO, IL. Age: 23. Height: 5' 7. Hair: DARK. Eyes: HAZEL. Complexion: FAIR. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: SCHOOL TEACHER. Nativity: LEWISTOWN, MIFFLIN CO, PA.

Service Record. Joined When: AUG 13, 1862. Joined Where: SHELBY CO, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: SEP 13, 1862. Muster In Where: CAMP BUTLER, IL. Remarks: PROMOTED CORPORAL SEP 18, 1862 PROMOTED.2LT & 1LT.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

James S. Daskam, Iowa.

James S. Daskam, postmaster, and dealer in general merchandise, Kendallville; was born in Chemung County, N. Y., in 1841. In 1846 his parents moved to McHenry County, Illinois and engaged at farming; came to this state in 1854 and located in Burr Oak township, and entered a quarter section of government land; he remained with his parents on the home farm until the breaking out of the late war, when he enlisted at Decorah in Co. D, 3d lo. Inf., under Captain Willetts, and served his term of three years and then re-enlisted as a veteran, and participated in several of the important battles during the war He received a severe shot wound in the leg at Shiloh, and afterwards at Atlanta, July 21, 1864, he received a gun-shot wound in the left shoulder, which disabled him. He started to return home, and was obliged to lay up at the hospital at Madison, Wisconsin, and remained there until he received his discharge, May 23, 1865.

He returned to Iowa and farmed two years in this township, and then bought land in Orleans township, and farmed there six years; he then sold it and purchased an interest in the business at this place with Mr. Fifield, whose interest he afterwards bought, and has since conducted the same himself. He owns the building and lot, carries a well selected stock of general merchandise, and has established a good business. He received his appointment as postmaster in 1876 to succeed F. Gr. Hale, and still fills that position.

He was married in 1865 in this township, to Miss Henrietta N. Eddy, and they have five children, Emma, Allyn, John, Alson and Frances. Hiram D. Daskam (brother) enlisted in April, 1861, in Co. D, 3d lo. Inf., under Capt. Willetts; was taken prisoner near Atlanta, Ga., after a three days' fight, and was imprisoned at Andersonville, and experienced all the horrors of that notorious place. He escaped with others from the train when being transferred from there to Florence, by jumping from the cars, but was captured by a picket guard they run on to in attempting to cross the Nortii River.

He was then taken to Wilmington, North Carolina, and from there was started again for Florence, and again succeeded in getting away, but was again recaptured and started for Charlotte, S. C, He again escaped was again recaptured, and on the return to Charlotte once more escaped, this time succeeding in reaching the Union lines. He received his discharge near Washington at the close of the war. He died near Muir, Ionia County, Michigan, in the winter of 1870, from disease contracted through his privations in the army.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bentley Weston, South Caroliina, 7th., Cavalry.

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Bentley Weston.

Birth: Apr. 19, 1842.
Death: Feb. 4, 1883.

Wife: Alice Weston (1844 - 1905).

Children: Elizabeth B Weston (1868 - 1893), Twin Sons Weston (1871 - 1871), Joanna Hasell Weston (1876 - 1903).Pauline Weston (1879 - 1893).

Burial: All Saints Episcopal Church Cemetery, Pawleys Island, Georgetown County, South Carolina.

The following information is given by a descendant of Bentley Weston.

Hi there. I just wanted to pass along some family information concerning Bugler Private Bentley Weston of Company A of the 7th Calvary Division of South Carolina. He is a direct descendant of mine and I his picture it was always on the family wall growing up. I recently turned it over and found a footnote written on the back saying he enlisted at Georgetown, S.C. 1862, Was captured at Deep Bottom Va., August 16,1864 and was sent to Point Lookout, Maryland and imprisoned. He was exchanged on March 14th , 1865.

I remember my grandmother telling me he left in a weak state and had no shoes when he was released and it was winter. He had to wrap his feet in rags and had to walk all the way home to South Carolina and it took him many months. I really don't know who to pass this information on so thought here would be a good place to start. I know my family donated the negative # LC-b8184-10640 to the Library of Congress Hirst Millhollen. This is on the back of our old picture too. I believe the one I have is some sort of copy of the original. Anyways, I hope this information can be useful to someone. I see lots of records of soldiers but no where I can share this information so maybe someone who knows how can pass it along. Johnspainting@hotmail.com  if anyone would like to get in touch.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Two Killings in Ohio.

 
Dearborn County, Ohio.
 
When the red men left for the Wabash country one savage alone refused to leave his old haunts, choosing to remain and live among the pale faces, from whom he received the name of "saw-mill." The friendship of this Indian was of much service to the pioneers in that critical period, and his untimely death was greatly lamented.

Near where the town of Harrison now is, he met two of his own race, one of whom bought whisky and gave some to his companion, but none to himself. "Saw-mill," feeling himself insulted, challenged them both to fight him at the same time. The challenge was accepted. They all whetted their knives, then laid them down and took another drink. They then made a ring two rods in diameter, within which they were to confine themselves, and began their bloody conflict. "Saw-mill" first killed one of his antagonists, and then was killed himself by the other.
 
Trumbull County, Ohio.

Sheriff George Mygatt, e., 1834, [executed the sentence of death by hanging jmssed upon Ira Gardner, who killed Miss Mary Buell in his yard about mid-day by stabbing her with a knife, near the junction of South street with Red run. This was the only murder ever committed in Warren]

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Joseph F. Grawe, Iowa.

There will be some  differences in dates places and the spelling of his name.  His name is spelled "Grawe", in some records while others its spelled "Grane."  In some records he can't be found under any spelling.
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Joseph Frederick Grawe.

Birth: Jul. 6, 1843, Germany.
Death: Feb. 24, 1933, Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa.

Wife: Blanche A. Waite Grawe (1852 - 1936).

Children: Carl Frederick Grawe (1874 - 1959), Joseph P. Grawe (1876 - 1957), Harold L. Grawe (1877 - 1952), Avis C. Grawe (1879 - 1950), Adelaide E. Grawe (1881 - 1940), Helen Grawe (1889 - 1937), Dorothy Grawe Treloar (1891 - 1979), Marjorie Grawe (1895 - 1988).

Burial: Harlington Cemetery, Waverly, Bremer County, Iowa.

Joseph F. Grawe, Biography.
Publish date, 1883.
 
Joseph F. Grawe, postmaster at Nashua, and editor and proprietor of the Nashua Post (republican); was born in Prussia, in 1843, and when five years old came with his parents to the United States.  Their first settlement was in Stephenson county, Ill., near Freeport He enlisted in 1860, in company G, ninety-third Illinois infantry, and served till the close of the war; he was shot in the right side at Altoona, Ga., and was also captured and taken prisoner of War again captured at Hllon Springs, Miss. ; twice experiencing the Horrors of southern prison life.

In 1867 he came to Nashua, and was engaged at school teaching until the fall of 1869, when he was nominated by the republicans as superintendent of schools, and was elected with the remainder of the ticket,and served five years.  In 1873 he resigned, having purchased the Nashua Post, which paper he still edits and owns, and has a circulation of 1,100 copies, is republican in politics, and is the only paper published in the town.

The office is in the Greeley block, and is well fitted as a news and job office, has just put in a new Campbell power press, and all the necessary material for a first-class office; he employs four compositors. Mr. G. received his commission as postmaster on April 29, 1879, succeeding I. A. Rutherford. It is a third-class office, and besides being a regular money order office, it is the only international money order office in the county. Mr. G. was married on the 3d of June, 1873, to Blanche A. Waite, and they have five children.

ILINOIS STATE ARCHIVES.
Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: GRANE, JOSEPH F. Rank: PVT. Company: G. Unit: 93 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: ONECO, STEPHENSON CO, IL. Age: 19. Height: 5' 11 1/2. Hair: LIGHT. Eyes: DARK. Complexion: FAIR. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: MASON. Nativity: PA.

Service Record. Joined When: AUG 9, 1862. Joined Where: DACOTA, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: OCT 13, 1862. Muster In Where: CHICAGO, IL. Muster Out: JUN 23, 1865. Muster Out Where: LOUISVILLE, KY. Remarks: CORPORAL.

Illinois 93rd., Regimental History.

Joseph F. Grawe, Private, Oneco, Ill., August 9, 1862.  Wounded in battle severely in left side, October 5, 1864, at Altoona, Ga., Promoted Corporal.  Mustered out June 23, 1865, P. O. Waverly, Iowa.  Editor of the "Bremer County Independent".

Milles W. Quick.

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New York State Records.

QUIOK, MILES W.—Age, 21 years. Enlisted, November 20. 1861, at Canandaigua; mustered in as private, Co. G, November 29, 1861, to serve three years; transferred, October 13, 1863, to Signal Corps.

United States Signal Corps. Records.

Milles W. Quick, Sergeant; Transferred from 1st., N. Y. Eng; Canandaigua, N. Y.; Dept. of South, Dec., 1864, commended for zeal, ect.
Note.  He had a pension.

Alonzo Winn, Illinois.

In the spring of 1874, there was an attempt by one Alonzo Winn to murder his wife. The attack was made about s o'clock at night, April 21, at the residence of Samuel Wilson, on Main street, with a pistol, the shot taking effect in the eye, totally destroying it; but, after much suffering, the lady recovered. Winn made his escape, but was captured over near Decatur, and imprisoned.

This tragedy created the most intense excitement, and, if Winn had been brought through this place on his way to the County Jail at Havana, he would surely have been hung. A great crowd gathered at the depots at the arrival of every train, and the undercurrent of suppressed feeling unmistakably indicated determined vengeance. He was tried at the term of court following, and sentenced to the Penitentiary for a term of seven years.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Henry Crumbo, Indiana.


HENRY CRUMBO is a native of Germany, born July 13, 1818, and a son of Andy and Mary (Bachardt) Crumbo. Henry attended school until he was fourteen years old, when he began to learn the stone cutting and mason trade, afterward working in various places until 1837, when he returned home and was married to Wilomena Ilebner, born August 8, 1818.

In 1838, he came to America, and three years later sent for his wife, and located in New Orleans, where he worked at brick-laying.  On the outbreak of the Mexican war, he volunteered, and after his return he moved to New Albany, Ind., purchased a home, and began business as a stonemason and stonecutter, which he continued nineteen years.

This he then sold, and purchased 400 acres in Salem Township, Pulaski Co., Ind., where he followed farming and stock-raising. While living here, his house and its contents were lost by fire ; he also lost 3,000 cattle by disease. Mr. and Mrs. Crumbo have had ten children  Edward, Sophie, Alfred (a soldier of Company A, Thirty-fifth Indiana Infantry, killed by steamboat explosion at Island No. 12), Henry (deceased), Laura (deceased,) Alexander, Mena, Louisa, Lizzie and Harmon. Mr. Crumbo is independent in politics.

Authors note.  No record could be found on Alfred being in any Indian regiment of companies.

Simeon Oleson kills Andrew Throndson, Iowa.


On the 9th of July 1876, a fatal shooting encounter took place at the residence of Simeon Oleson. They had some supplies left over from the 4th of July and concluded to have a bowery dance on Sunday evening; Andrew Throndson, who was not invited, attended; but it was a fatal visit to him. It seems that one or both of the parties to the affray had been drinking. As Throndson, who, with some others, were shooting in a grove not far off, approached the house of Simeon Oleson, who with some others, went out to meet him, it was charged that both parties shot at each other. Throndson fell in the field where he stood, but the others thought that he meant to decoy them, or at least they did not go out there until the next morning, where the dead body of Throndson  was found. Oleson was bound over for trial. At the first trial the jury disagreed, and at the second he was acquitted.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Frank M. Jones Killes Moses Thompson, Illinois.


Mason county, Illinois.

In 1864, a few days after the Presidential election, when political bitterness and strife had reached and assumed its most desperate depth. Frank M. Jones, who came into this vicinity from Virginia about a year before the tragical event now under consideration, had, from the accident of his nativity, coupled with his undisguised and outspoken sentiments on the political question of the day, incurred the hostility of several parties of the opposite political belief, which was fully reciprocated by Jones, and the bitterness soon ripened into a crisis.

Jones was teaching school at the time, a mile and a half south of town, and, learning that a man from Salt creek Township, named Moses Thompson, had been in town several days watching for him, to "settle a grudge" that had been engendered on election day, about a  week before, he armed himself with a double barrel shotgun, and, in the evening, after school was dismissed, proceeded to town.

He saw Thompson out on the south side of a saloon which was kept in a building a short distance northwest of where the La Forge grain elevator now stands, and heard his threats against him upon which, from the rear of A. & S. D. Swing's store, through which he passed, he fired upon Thompson, mortally wounding him, from the effects of which he died next day. Jones leisurely departed, and was never captured and brought to trial. It is reported that he went to Missouri and, a few years after, was himself shot and killed.