Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Frank A. Braley.

Frank A. Braley.

Birth: 1844, Northfield, Merrimack County,New Hampshire.
Death: July 11,1892,Gilford, Belknap County, New Hampshire.

Parent: George W. Braley.

Wife and children are unknown.

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth,Grafton County,New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Twelfth, Infantry.

Frank A. Braley,Twelfth New Hampshire Infantry, Company F.; Born Northfield; Age 18; Residence Northfield; Credited to Northfield; Enlisted August 21,1862;Mustered in September 5, 1862, as Private;  Wounded; Deserted December 12,1862, at Falmouth,Virginia; Apprehended; Mustered out June 21, 1865.  Died July 11,1892, Gilford.

Author.  On his pension file the beneficiary was a minor child Carrie G. Colby,June 13, 1893, how their related I couldn't find out.

Edmund F. Prentiss.

Edmund F. Prentiss.

Birth: September 6,1837.
Death: February 5, 1897.

Mother:Eunice A. Prentiss.

Wife: Anna Maria Prentiss.

Children: Mary Elizabeth Prentiss, ( 1879-1885 ), Henry Wilson Prentiss, ( 1875-1891 ).

Burial: North Burial Ground, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Second Infantry.

EDMUND F. PRENTISS, Providence: Corporal, Com pany C, June 5th, 1861; sergeant, November 4th, 1861; first sergeant, October 2nd, 1862; second lieutenant, K, May 10th, 1863; first lieutenant, A, October 30th, 1863; wounded near Spottsylvania, May 18th, 1864.
Wounded at the battle of Spottsylvania,also known as the battle of the Wilderness; Wounded in the head and thigh, May 18, 1864.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

William A. Boyd.

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William A. Boyd.

Birth: 1824.
Death:July 11, 1864.

Wife: Sarah A. Thompson Boyd, (1833-1884.)
Married February 25, 1851.

Children: two, but no names given or found.

Burial: Crown Hill Cemetery, Centerville, Wyane County Indiana.

Directory and Soldiers Register of Wyane County Indiana.
Publish Date, 1865.

Boyd, William A. enlisted in Co. C, 84th Beg Ind Vol Inf, for three years. September, 1862. Was commissioned as captain at the organization of his company, and was with the regiment in Western Virginia and Eastern Kentucky, participating in all its battles. until May 9th, 1864, when he was in command of six companies of skirmishers at Rocky Face, Georgia, and was wounded by a shot through both thighs ; the left one was amputated, but his life could not be saved He died in hospital at Chattanooga July 11. 1864, leaving a wife and two children residing at present in Centerville. A short time previous to his death. Mr. Boyd was promoted to major of his regiment, and was holding that office at the time.

Sarah A. boyd,widow,William A. Boyd, soldier.  Residence a quarter mile north of Centerville, Center Township.

Oliver P. Posey

Oliver P. Posey.

Birth: 1843,Ohio.
Death: Unknown.

Parents: John B. and Dulcina Posey.

Brothers and Sisters: Mary, Oliver P., Eugenia, Charlotte Posey.

Burial: Unknown..

Directory and Soldiers Register of Wyane County Indiana.

Oliver P. Posey, enlisted April 1, 1861,in Company C., Eight Regiment Indiana Volnnteers Infantry, for three months, was in battle of Rich Mountain, and was discharged at expiration of term of enlistment.  

Reenlisted in same company August 1,1861,for three years; was in the battles of Pea Ridge, and all the battles incident to the capture of Vicksburg, including Port Gibson ( where he was wounded , the ball remaining in his arm ), Black River Bridge, the assault or Rebel works at Vicksburg,Jackson, Mississippi,and also the battles of Winchester, Cedar Creek and Fisher's Hill.

He fought by Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley, and is yet in the service, May, 1865.  He is the son of John B. Posey, of Richmond, Wyane County,Indiana.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Michael Wert

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January 6th, 1864. Went to see Michael Wert of the One Hundred and Eighty-fourth Pennsylvania shot for desertion."This was a most solemn sight. I did not go of my own volition, nor did any of the regiment, I presume. The whole division was ordered out to see the execution, that they might see the penalty for desertion.

We were marched to a large, open field, where preparations had been made, the grave dug, etc. A hollow square was formed, two ranks inward face. After we were formed the provost guard approached with the prisoner. First came the drum corps playing the dead much, with muffled drums, then a small squad of the guard followed by an open wagon, containing a coffin, on which the prisoner sat, then followed more of the guard, all in charge of a captain. They marched through and around the whole square, that every soldier could see, then to the open grave, where he and the coffin were taken out of the wagon, the coffin placed near the grave on which he was made to sit.

The guard then marched a few paces in front. When the captain gave the order : Ready ! Aim ! Attention ! Then again : Ready ! Aim ! Fire ! and that ended the life of one who had placed many, if not the whole army, in jeopardy. He fell over, pierced by as many balls as there were muskets, less one, for one musket was loaded with a blank cartridge. Neither one of the guards knew but that his was the loaded blank, therefore, it is always the other ones who did the execution.

I did not speak of the chaplain who accompanied the prisoner. Sergeant Tyler D. Phillips of my company ( G. ), now a prominent merchant at Menasha, Wis., who was sergeant of the picket. I wrote him to give me a detail of the circumstances of the capture. His answer follows herewith:

Mexasha Wis., February 25th, 1884.

Dear Sir and Friend : I received yours of the 6th inst. and beg your pardon for not answering before, but I could not get the time to look over my papers, referring to the matter you ask about, until this date. I find my records show that on the 7th of December, 1864, I took a deserter, while on picket, by the name of Michael Wert, a member of Company G, One Hundred and Eighty-fourth Pennsylvania. I had placed my vidette and returned to my regular post, when I heard the vidette halt someone. I went to him. I found this man  Michael Wert, We took him on the line.

He said (thinking he was in the enemy's line instead of his own) he was tired of fighting and thought he would get away from the 'Yanks' and come to us. I asked him if he was an en- listed man. He said he was not, that he was drafted and did not like the business, and was bound to quit it. He also said that they had placed him on vidette and that he had set his musket against a tree, and if we would steal out with a few men we could capture the whole picket line, as there were but a few of us, and that the whole army had evacuated the lines and gone to some other place, he did not know where. I find further that on Monday, December 17th, 1861, I was subpoenaed to appear at head quarters as a witness in the case of Michael Wert, and that on January 6th, 1861, at 10 o'clock a. m. he was shot by order of the court, etc., etc.

Yours truly, Tyler D. Phillips. Late Sergeant Company G, Thirty-sixth Wis.

He evidently did not know that the ''whole army" was massed in the second line of works and the rear, waiting for a weak point. The fellow miscalculated, when he started out for what he thought to be the enemy's line. This was the first and only execution I know of in our corps. Deserters from the enemy were coming in to us daily all through the winter of '61-'65, and a sorry lot of fellows they were.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Henry V. P. Kabrick

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Capt Henry V. P. Kabrick. 

Birth: Nov. 15, 1841, Loudoun County, Virginia.
Death: May 20, 1927, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Parents: George and Jane (Morrison) Kabrick from Loundoun County, Virginia.

Wife: Francis F George Kabrick (1841 - 1922).

Children: Lorena Nancy Kabrick Peerson (1872 - 1959), David George Lee Kabrick (1877 - 1916), Lula Edna Kabrick (1878 - 1879).

Siblings: Joseph Edward William Kabrick (1839 - 1918), Henry V. P. Kabrick (1841 - 1927), Rachel Ann Kabrick Major (1843 - 1893). 

Burial: George Cemetery, Oak Grove, Jackson County, Missouri.

Missouri 12th., Cavalry, Co. C.

Henry V. P. Kabrick. Our portrait of Captain Kabrick shows him in the uniform of a Confederate soldier at the close of the war. He entered the service August 14, 1862, and two days later was given his baptism of fire at the battle of Lone Jack. He belonged to Company C, 2nd Missouri Cavalry, Marmaduke's Division. There was no truer soldier and there is no truer friend than Henry Kabrick.

He is proud of his war record, as every real soldier should be. He was in the battles at Lone Jack,Newtonia, Gape Girardeau, Osage River, Lexington, Westport, Mine Creek, and all the battles and skirmishes of his command. He was still a young man when the war closed and he returned to his home near Oak Grove, Mo., where he has resided ever since, following the vocations of farmer and carpenter. He is one of the substan- tial citizens of the county, and is captain of Up. Hays Camp, United Confederate Veterans, at Oak Grove. Captain Kabrick has a son, Lee Kabrick, serving in the United States Army in the Philippine

Friday, December 12, 2014

Isaac M. Bobb


Illinois 46th.,Infantry,Regimental History.
Company D. 

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Lieut. Isaac M. Bobb was born in Marion county. Pa., Dec. 22, 1835. When nine years old he came with his parents to Stephenson county. Ill., and remained at home until 1854, when he started West and located in Winnesheik county, Iowa, at Locust Lane. There he cast one of the two votes that was cast at that place for Gen. J. C. Freemont for President. He remained in the West until 1861, and then returned to Stephenson county, Ill..

On the 15th of July, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, 11th Ill. Infantry, and served in that regiment two years, when he was discharged on account of sickness and returned home. He re-enlisted Dec. 12, 1863, in Co. D, 46th Ill. Infantry, and was commissioned 2nd Lieut, Jan. 30, 1864, and promoted to 1st Lieut. June 6, 1865. He remained with the regiment until it was mustered out of service, Jan. 20, 1866, at Baton Rouge, La., returning home and living on a farm until he died, March 18, 1901.

Lieut. Bobb was a member of John Musser Post, No. 365, G. A. R., and a charter member of the I. O. O. F., of the J. R. Scroggs Lodge. He was also a member of the Rebekah Lodge. On Jan. 20, 1863, Mr. Bobb was married to Miss Sarah Miller, who was born in Center county. Pa. Four children were born to this union : Milton, of Taylor, N. Dakota, Mrs. John Snyder, of Orifino, Idaho, Mrs. Frank Rudy, of Monroe, Wis., and Archie at home.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report 

Name BOBB, ISAAC, Rank PVT; Company A; Unit 11 IL US INF.    

Personal Characteristics, Residence FREEPORT, STEPHENSON CO, IL; Age 26; Height 5' 10 1/2; Hair LIGHT; Eyes HAZEL; Complexion LIGHT; Marital Status SINGLE; Occupation FARMER; Nativity PA,;

Service Record Joined When JUL 30, 1861; Joined Where FREEPORT, IL; Period 3 YRS; Muster In JUL 30, 1861; Muster In Where BIRDS POINT, MO.; Remarks DISCHARGED AT HOLLY SPRINGS MISS 25 DEC 1862 BY ORDER GEN GRANT.

Frank E. Griggs.

Frank E. Griggs. 

Birth: 1844, Michigan.
Death: unknown

Parents: Almond and Ruth M. Griggs.

Brothers and Sisters:  Ester, Edward B., Oliver M., Frank E. Griggs.

Burial: Conway Benjamin Cemetery, Livingston County, Michigan.

Michigan Twenty-Second Infantry
Company, H..

Griggs, Frank E., Conway. Enlisted in company H, Twenty-second Infantry, as Corporal. Aug. 14, 1862, at Howell, for 3 years, age 18. Mustered Aug. 22, 1862. Discharged on Surgeon's certificate of disability at Nashville, Tenn., July 27, 1863.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

William A. Driggs,Sr.& Jr.

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William A. Driggs, Sr. 

Birth: May 30, 1813.
Death: May 25, 1890.

William A. Driggs Sr., Beloved husband of Darlene Driggs 1824-1894.

Wife: Sarah Louisa Boyd Driggs (1821 - 1890).

Children: William A. Driggs (1855 - 1926).

Burial: Englewood Cemetery, Clinton, Henry County, Missouri.

W.A. Driggs Home.
William A. Driggs, Jr. 

Birth: 1855.
Death: 1926.

William A. Driggs, Beloved husband of Nannie (Holliday) Driggs 1858-1914.

Parents: William A. Driggs (1813 - 1890), Sarah Louisa Boyd Driggs (1821 - 1890).

Wife: Nannie Holliday Driggs (1858 - 1914).

Burial: Englewo
od Cemetery, Clinton, Henry County, Missouri.

William A. Driggs & Son

W. A. Driggs, president and manager of the Peoples Hardware Com- pany at Clinton, Missouri, is one of the well-known and successful busi- ness men of Henry County. Mr. Driggs was born in Woodsfield, Monroe County, Ohio, September 28, 1854, and is a son of William and Sarah Louise (Boyd) Driggs, the foi-mer a native of Connecticut and the latter of Alexandria, Virginia. William Driggs, the father, came from New England to Ohio with his parents when he was a child. In 1868 he came from Ohio to Missouri, and settled in Henry County. At that time the nearest railroad to Henry County was at Warrensburg, and when he came here he made the trip from Warrensburg to Clinton by stage.

He purchased a farm adjoining the city of Clinton on the north for which he paid forty dollars per acre. Here he followed farming and stock raising, the remainder of his life, with the exception of the last few years, when he built a home in Clinton and practically retired. He died April 28, 1891, age seventy-nine years, and his wife departed this life December 23rd of the same year. Five of their children are now living, Estella, the wife of John H. Lust, Altamont, Kansas ; W. A., the subject of this sketch ; Sopha, the wife of John C. Goodell, Mound Valley, Kansas; A. L. Bald- win, Kansas; Mary Frances, the wife of E. L. Redding, San Francisco, California.

W. A. Driggs was educated in the public schools of Henry County, receiving a good common school education. When he was nineteen years of age he went to learn the tinner's trade and for thirteen years worked as a journeyman tinner. He then engaged in the hardware business -in Clinton, in partnership with G. W. Thomas, under the firm name of Driggs & Thomas. This firm did business about one year, when Mr. Driggs purchased his partner's interest and conducted the business alone until 1897, when he went to Nebraska. After remaining there about a year he went to Kansas and in 1901 returned to Clinton, where he engaged in the furniture business, under the title of the Clinton Furniture Company.

Three years later he disposed of the furniture business and bought the hardware business which had been conducted by Thomas & Foster, and in 1910 incorporated this business under the coi-porate name of the Peoples Hardware Company, and since that time has been president and manager of this institution. This is one of the extensive hardware establishments of Henry County, and it is seldom that one finds such a complete line of hardware made up of such clean stock as is found in this establishment. The store is located on the east side of the square and has a frontage of twenty-three feet and is one hundred feet deep. Two stories are occupied by the hardware business besides a large warehouse in the rear.

Mr. Driggs was united in marriage, June 12, 1888, to Miss Nanna R. Holliday, a daughter of George H. Holliday, deceased. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Driggs, Mary Louise, who resides at home with her parents and John, who now holds a commission as first lieutenant in the National Army of the United States. Mr. Driggs is a member of the Independent Order of United Work- man, Modem Woodmen of America and the Methodist Episcopal Church. One of the greatest bereavement of Mr. Driggs' life occurred December 13, 1914, when Mrs. Driggs departed this life.

Constantine Kunsatis or Frank Kansas.

Constantine  Kunsatis or Frank Kansas.

Birth: 1865, Liithuania.
Death: 1941.

Occ. Coal Digger.

Parent: Stanley Kunsatis.

Wife: Agnes Kansas.

Children Stanley,Adam J., Anna Kansas.

Burial: Virden Cemetery, Virden, Macoupin county,Illinois.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Samuel Hamilton Chiles

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Samuel Hamilton Chiles. 

Birth: Dec. 12, 1844, Jackson County, Missouri.
Death: Sept. 16, 1929, Buckner, Jackson County,Missouri.

Parents: James C. Chiles (1802 - 1883), Ruth Wilson Hamilton Chiles (1803 - 1870).

Wife: Martha Steele Hughes Chiles (1846 - 1932).

Children: Martha Hamilton Chiles Hifner (1867 - 1947). Cornelius C. Chiles (1868 - 1958). Charles Bishop Chiles (1871 - 1947). Annie S. Chiles Roth (1872 - 1953). Mary C. Chiles King (1874 - 1936). Hughes W. Chiles (1875 - 1915). Emma S. Chiles Stapp (1878 - 1931), Ruth B. Chiles Van Allen (1879 - 1960). Henry Chelsea Chiles (1881 - 1950), James Chiles (1883 - 1964).

Siblings: Mary Hamilton Chiles Irwin (1823 - 1916). Henry T. Chiles (1825 - 1898). James J. Chiles (1833 - 1873). Isabella Eille Chiles Shortridge (1837 - 1913). Susan S. Chiles Black (1839 - 1914). William Ballinger Chiles (1844 - 1900). Samuel Hamilton Chiles (1844 - 1929).

Burial: Buckner Hill Cemetery, Buckner, Jackson County, Missouri.

Samuel H. Chiles.

Samuel H. Chiles was only sixteen years of age when the war broke out. He enlisted as one of the Fort Osage Rangers and fought for three months under Rains in the State Guards service. His father then took him home and put him in school. But the military ardor of young Chiles had been aroused, and he ran away from 'home and enlisted in Shelby's brigade. He was soon transferred to Ruffner's battery, John B. Clark's brigade. Parsons' division. He was pleased with the artillery service and continued in it to the end. 

Mr. Chiles fought in the battles of Wilson Creek, Drywood, Lexington, Pea Ridge, Cane Hill, and Pririe Grove. He was in the battles of Pleasant Hill and Mansfield, in Louisiana, when^ Banks was driven back. His command then moved up against Steele, who was retreating from Camden to Little Rock. At the battle of Jenkins' Ferry, Mr. Chiles was wounded. Out of 26 men who served the battery, 20 were killed and 6 wounded. 

Mr. Chiles fell into the hands of the Federals, and for eleven months was a prisoner of war, most of the time at Rock Island, Ill., He was paroled after Lee surrendered; when released, he joined Shelby's expedition to Mexico. Mr. Chiles was about the youngest soldier in the Western armies. He was always ready for duty and never failed to be on hand when there was fighting to be done. 

Mr. Chiles remained but a short time in Mexico, and returned to his native place in Jackson County, Missouri, where he became a successful farmer and stock-raiser. In 1896 Mr. Chiles was chosen marshal of Jackson County. His administration of the office was satisfactory to the people, and he was reelected in 1898 for another term of two years.

Peter Shiatte,Vermont.

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PETER SHIATTE was only 19 years of age when he volunteered into Captain Lonergan's Company A. 13th Regiment Vermont Volunteers. Was born on tile 8th day of May. 1843.His education was limited to the common schools of Vermont, and adverse circumstances prevented continuous attendance even on the district schools. He was a solid healthy young man and to all appearance at time of enlistment well calculated for a soldier. He was on hand to do his full duty at all times night or day never shrank from duty or complained of hardship. He was company cook for a while but was not a success at that so some of the boys claimed. His comrades thought he should prepare cake, pies and pudding occasionally and found fault because he could not make pies, cakes and puddings out of beans, rice, hard tack and salt pork. It was not a soft job to cook for 100 hungry boys and satisfy all. 

Comrade Shiatte was better on the picket line, march, and in the battle than running the company cook tent. He graduated quite early as cook and took up the more suitable duties of a soldier. He never allowed anyone to cross the picket line night or day. friend or foe until they had advanced and given the countersign in a proper manner. Every officer though stars, bars and eagles glistened on breast and shoulder must submit to the same rule when desirous of cross- ing the picket line he walked and guarded. He obeyed instructions to the letter. He made an exemplary soldier and returned home with his share of honors won on the battlefield of Gettysburg. He was mustered out with the regiment .July 21st, 1863. 

On return to civil life learned the trade of tinsmith and metal worker, settled down to business, becoming an industrious hard working. successful mechanic. He married and six children blessed the union. .Josephin Ida, Felix Frederick. Frank. George. Eddy and Tlieodore. all living and prosperous and happy. He says that he shall want one book for each child. Comrade Shiatte has moved about some to better his situation and satisfy his desire and curiosity and to see and know something about this land that he faced cannon to save. The company clerk H. W. Allen says. "He was a pretty good man and soldier, but mighty poor cook!" His present post office address. 127 .Main St., Fall River, Mass