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.

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.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Your Time Is Up!.

They say you can't cheat death, and when your time is up its up, and for those on this list it was so.

The names on this list were taken from County Histories and Biographies.

I know many of you know when your ancestor died, but may not know how they died.
The information is short maybe only a line, but its always fun to see ones ancestors name in print.

August 24, 1869, Winneshiek, county, Iowa.
David Self, was killed by his wagon tipping over into the river on the dugway, Decorah.  He was thrown under the wagon, his wife and children escaped.

March 28, 1881, Winneshiek , county Iowa.
James McConnell, an old resident of Bluffton, was killed by being thrown from his wagon on his way home from Decorah.

1862, Winneshiek, county Iowa.
Jonah Hole, was killed by being thrown from a buggy by a frightened team.

Hancock county, Iowa.
John Porter, was killed by a fall from a wagon.

January 4, 1878, Winnebago county, Iowa.
Lewis Helgeson, was killed by being thrown from his wagon.

1861, Winnebago county, Iowa.
Mr. Knudson, was killed by being run over by a wagon.

1849, Fulton county, Ohio.
Cornelius Poorman, was killed by a falling tree.

1853, Fulton county, Ohio.
Peter Hornung, was killed by a tree falling on him.

Goslee, Ohio.
Captain James Winder, was killed by a Railroad train.

1824, Ohio.
Rev. George Schwartz, was killed by a runaway team, while returning home from Jeffersonville.

September, 1876, Ohio.
Morris Morris Sr., was killed by the over turning of his carriage.

1860, Marion county, Ohio.
Elias Washburn was thirty-five when killed by lighting.

John J. Kurt, fourteen was killed by being kicked by a young horse which his father was driving.

Hardin county, Ohio.
Thomas G. Vassar, was killed while riding his horse which fall on him.

1877. Ohio.
John Ohler, was killed by a falling tree.

Alexander McDonald, an engineer was killed in a Railroad wreck.

August, 1894, Ohio.
Frederick Gerlach, was killed by lighting.

1798, town of Franklin, Vermont.
Captain William Kendall, was killed by a building falling on him.

February 8, 1864, Vermont.
Eleazer Jewett, was killed by a premature blast of a maple log.

1824, Franklin county, Vermont.
Yaw Joseph, was killed by a falling tree.

April 20, 1868, Jersey City, New Jersey.
Oscar Sandford, was killed by a Pennsylvania Railroad train, on his way back from a business trip.

1867, Essex, county, New Jersey.
Rev. Samuel Y. Monroe, was killed on the Railroad near Jersey City.

June 1, 1872,Allen's Grove, township, New York.
George R. Bratt, was killed by a stroke of lighting which killed him and his horse.

New York.
Charles C. Btgelow, was killed accidentally by a small cannon he was 12 years old

November 22, 1833, New York.
James Barry, was killed by a runaway team.

1879, New York.
Wallace Phelps, was killed accidentally at a Railroad crossing near Beaver Dams.

Bond county, Illinois.
S. D. White, was killed by falling off Shoal Creek, bridge.

December 3, 1864, Greenville City, Illinois.
James M. McAdams, was killed while arresting deserters in Bond county.

Okaw, Illinois.
James Wise, was killed by lighting.

Clay county, Illinois.
Daniel Moore was killed by jumping on a crowbar.

William F. Dye, was killed by lighting, age 21 years..

Sunday, April 13, 2014


ARMATAGE MORGAN, Harrison Township, one of the old settlers of Dearborn County, was born in Montgomery County, Penn., in 1816. His parents, Enoch and Margaret (Moss) Morgan, were also natives of Pennsylvania, and were there married. In 1818 the family left their home near Philadelphia to seek a home in the West. They came by wagons over the mountains to Pittsburg, and from there by a keel-boat down the Ohio River to Cincinnati. The next move was to Harrison, where Enoch Morgan and his brother, together, entered 160 acres, which they subsequently divided, after selling twenty acres to a third brother, a blacksmith by trade, and who, when he first came to this county, plied his trade for some time with an iron wedge driven into a block of wood to serve for an anvil. On the farm above referred to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan resided till their deaths, and here our subject grew into manhood, working for his parents till twenty-two years of age.

He then purchased a farm of 120 acres of Robert Cassidy, for whom he labored five years as payment for the same. In his thirtieth year (February 5, 1846), he married Hannah Lynas. a native of this county, and daughter of Joseph and Sarah (White) Lynas; her father, a native of England and an old Revolutionary soldier. Her parents were early settlers of this county. This union has been blessed by six children, three of whom are still living: Joseph, Jennie and George W. The two sons are both farmers; the daughter, a teacher in the Harrison high school.

After his marriage, in 1846, Mr. Morgan settled on his present farm, and, for about six years, lived in an old log cabin of the popular pioneer sort, when he moved in a wheelbarrow to the comfortable residence which has since sheltered his family. By dint of hard labor, industry and economy, assisted by a faithful and persevering wife, Mr. Morgan has provided well for the frosts of old age, and is now enjoying the fruits of his earlier labors. For many years Mr. Morgan was quite extensively engaged in the culture of small fruit, and at one time had twenty- nine different species of the cherry on his premises, and other fruits accordingly.

It is worthy of note that the family seems doomed to accidents, several members having thus lost their lives. The father was drowned in a canal; his brother Edward was killed by striking a tree while riding rapidly by it on horseback; a third, Benjamin, was killed in falling down a stairway, and a brother-in-law of our subject was killed by a falling tree. Mr. Morgan's family are associated with the Christian Church, of which he has been a worthy member for more than half a century.