Thursday, April 24, 2014

David A. Davis Kills Jack Davis, Ohio.

From the history of Perry County, Ohio.

The Killing of Jack Davis.  

The killing of Jack Davis, at Shawnee, occurred January ist, 1879, under the following circumstances, as disclosed at the trial: It appeared that David A. Davis, a Welshman by birth, and coal miner by occupation, kept a disreputable house. He was a married man, but his wife had, for some cause, gone off and left him. All parties connected with the tragedy had been drinking freely, as it was New Year's Day and nobody at work. After dark, probably about nine o'clock, Jack Davis and other persons visited the house of David A. Davis, and asked to be admitted.

They were informed by the inmates that their company was not wanted and told to go away. After some parleying they tried to force the doors of the house, or hammered loudly against them, when David A. Davis snatched up a gun, tired through the window, shooting Jack Davis in the head and killing him instantly. He was also a Welshman, having a wife and one child, and stood comparatively well in the community among those who knew him.

His sudden death, under the circumstances, caused intense excitement, and there was, at tirst, strong talk of lynching David A. Davis, if he could be found ; but he had made his escape. He, however, subsequently came back and gave himself up. He had a preliminary  examination and was committed to jail. He was indicted by the grand jury for murder in the first degree. The trial was a long and tedious one, and of much interest. The Jury rendered a verdict of Manslaughter, and Judge Wright sentenced the prisoner to the Penitentiary for a term of four years.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

United States Ram Switzerland.

Report of Colonel Charles Rivers Ellet, U. S. Army, commanding U. S. steam ram Switzerland.

U. S. Ram Switzerland.
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U. S. STEAM RAM SWITZERLAND, Below Vicksburg, March 25, 1863.  GENERAL: I have the honor to report to you that, in compliance with your obstructions, I started before daybreak this morning, with the rams Switzerland and Lancaster, to pass the Vicksburg batteries. The short time which I was allowed for preparations, and the necessity of taking in large quantities of stores and provisions, delayed our departure until it was nearly light. The wind was extremely unfavorable, and, notwithstanding the caution with which the boats put out into the middle of the stream, the puff of their escape-pipes could be heard with fatal distinctness below.

The flashing of the enemy's signal lights from battery to battery as we neared the city showed me that concealment was useless. The morning, too, was beginning to break and I saw that, if we were to pass at all, it was to be done at once. I ordered my pilots to give the Switzerland full headway, and we went round the point under 160 men pounds of steam. The rebels opened fire at once, but the first fifteen or twenty shots were badly aimed. As we got nearer to the guns, however, the fire became both accurate and rapid. Shot after shot struck my boat, tearing everything to pieces before them. A few hundred yards behind us the Lancaster, under command of Lieutenant Colonel John A. Ellet, still steamed steadily down, but I could see the splinters fly from her at every discharge. When about three quarters of a mile below the point, and full in front of the enemy's heaviest guns, a 10-inch shell plunged through the boiler deck of the Switzerland and into her center boiler.

The explosion of steam which ensued was very severe, and was welcomed by the traitors with shouts of exultation. The engines stopped at once, and even the pilot house was filled to suffocation with the hot steam, but the pilots stood to their posts like men, and, by my order, kept her out in the stream, when she floated down with the current. The enemy relaxed their fire, and the steam had scarcely cleared away from the Switzerland when I saw the Lancaster blown up. She commenced to sink rapidly, and in a few moments went down, bow foremost. I ordered the crew of the Switzerland into as secure a position as possible, and floated past the remaining batteries without any loss of life or material damage to the boat.

A few moments after your arrival on board with Adjutant-General Crandall, and when opposite the mouth of the canal, Lieutenant-Colonel Ellet came alongside in a yawl, having rowed down to us through a fire of grape and shell, to offer us any assistance in his power. He had previously set ashore his own crew and wounded men and fired the upper works of his boat. When out of range, the Switzerland was met by the Albatross and towed into shore. I cannot conclude this report without referring to the heroic conduct of the officers and crew of the Switzerland. No fear or lack of discipline was exhibited by any person on board, and although we were within a pistol-shot of shore, not a man attempted to desert the boat or to leave his post without orders.

Among those who especially distinguished themselves by their resolution and courage were Major John W. Lawrence, Pilot Alexander McKay, Lieutenant Edward C. Ellet, and third  Engineer Granville Roberts. This is the second  time that the three last named officers have passed the batteries at Vicksburg. The damage to the Switzerland's boilers is considerable, but will be repaired in a few days by the machinists now on board; her engines and hull are in good condition. Her loss comprises only 3 negroes badly scalded; 1 man on the Lancaster was drowned, another severely scalded, and Pilot T. W. L. Kitson lost a foot. The very limited loss of life on both boats is due to the extremely small number of men who were selected to run the boats through. The remainder of the crews were sent across by land.

I inclose Lieutenant-Colonel Ellet's report of the Lancaster. Very respectfully, CHARLES RIVERS ELLET,  

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 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.  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.

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.

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.