Friday, September 18, 2015

Charles E. Bowen, Indiana.

Charles E. Bowen.

Birth: Dec., 1858, Randolph Count, Indiana.
Death: Jun. 10, 1910, Lynn, Randolph County, Indiana.

Parents: James D. Bowen (1832 - 1899), Mary Bowen (1836 - 1902).

Wife: Josephine Nelson Bowen (1870 - 1930). Children:

Children: Ephriam Freemont Bowen (1892 - 1937).

Burial: Spartanburg Cemetery, Spartanburg, Randolph County, Indiana.

In 1909, Mr. Bowen was living in Randolph county, Indiana,in the township of Green's Fork in the town of Spartanburg. He was a Merchant, Dealer in Groceries, Dry Goods, Harware and general Merchandise.

Family History.
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thomas J. Melvin, Illinois.

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Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: MELVIN, THOMAS J Rank: PVT. Company: C. Unit: 59 IL US INF.

Personal Characteristics. Residence: ELLISVILLE, FULTON CO, IL. Age: 29. Height: 5' 7. Hair: LIGHT. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: LIGHT. Occupation: CARPENTER. Nativity: VA.

Service Record. Joined When: DEC 5, 1863. Joined Where: WHITESIDE, TN. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: JAN 12, 1864. Muster In Where: WHITESIDE, TN. Mustered Out: DEC. 8, 1865. Remarks: VETERAN PROMOTED COMMISSARY SERGEANT DEC 5, 1863 & TRANS TO NON COM STAFF. Remarks: PROMOTED COMMISSARY SERGANT OCT 1, 1862 REDUCED TO RANKS JUN 30, 1863 & REENLISTED AS A VETERAN. Remarks: REDUCED TO RANKS JUN 30, 1863 REAPPOINTED DEC 3, 1862.

Illinois Fifty-Ninth, Infantry, Regimental History.

Page 191, This morning the Acting Adjutant, Hale Phillips Adjutant West being on Colonel Post s brigade staff and the Commissary Sergeant, Thomas J. Melvin, obtained permission to return to Nashville on business.

On their way they overtook the train a few miles from Nashville. With the train was Captain Clayton Hale and Lieutenant Fred. Brasher, Quartermaster: the former returning to the regiment from a leave of absence, and the latter in charge of the train. Very soon after  the Adjutant and Commissary arrived at the train, and before they had dismounted from their horses they were surrounded by a large squad of rebel cavalry and all taken prisoners. Resistance was useless, as there was no guard with the train, and consequently they surrendered without an effort to escape. They were treated very kindly by their captors paroled and allowed to proceed to Nashville. 

David Evans, Ohio.

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David Evans, Jr..

Birth: 1837, Ceredigion, Wales.
Death: Jun. 14, 1863, Mississippi.

Parents: David D. and Ann Evans Evans.

Siblings: David Evans (1837 - 1863), Richard D. Evans (1839 - 1899), Fredrick Evans (1850 - 1852).

Burial: Sardis Cemetery, Oak Hill, Jackson County, Ohio.

Ohio 56th, Infantry, Regimental History.

Page 138, Corporal David Evans of Company C, the son of David and Ann Evans, was born in Wales in 1837.  The family emigated to the United States when he was quite young. This comrade was a close friend of the writer, and we were attending school at a distance from each other in 1861, but the war spirit was strong in the land, and on September 9, 1861, we started for Portsmouth, Ohio, to enlist; and at a railway station we met, and on September 10 we volunteered, and were never separated until the catastrophe at Champion's Hill, where he was mortally wounded on May 16, 1863, from which he died July 14, 1863. He was a very strong man physically, and few would have survived as long as he did with such a terrible wound.

Page 48, A shell struck Corporal David Evans of Company C, and tore a terrible gash in his breast. He was a man of line physical frame, but from the effects of this wound he died July 14, 1863. He was the comrade that captured the flag at Port Gibson on May 1, 1863.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Roscoe F. Hersey.

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Roscoe Freeman Hersey.

Birth: Jul. 18, 1841, Milford, Penobscot County, Maine.
Death: Sep. 30, 1906, Bangor, Penobscot County, Maine.

Parents: Samuel Freeman Hersey (1812 - 1875), Jane Ann Davis Hersey (1819 - 1862).

Wife: Eva C Wardell Hersey (1843 - 1936).

Children: Jane Ann Hersey Finch (1865 - 1948), Eva Estelle Hersey Mudge (1869 - 1959), Clinton Burnett Hersey (1874 - 1899).

Siblings: Roscoe Freeman Hersey (1841 - 1906), Jane Eliza Hersey (1843 - 1847), Dudley H Hersey (1846 - 1900), Eugene May Hersey (1851 - 1906), Edward Lewis Hersey (1854 - 1908).

Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. Brevet

Maine First  Heavy Artillery.

Joined as First Lieutenant from Bangor, promoted Captain March 2, 1863. A student, son of Gen. Samuel F. Hersey one of Maine's most useful and prominent citizens, he brought to the service rare
ability and generous loyalty. He was very active and enthusiastic for the welfare of Company F,  became popular and much beloved by the men; was wounded at Spottsylvania, May 19, 1864; mustered out Oct. 29, 1864. He has since been a prominent citizen, lumberman and banker of St. Paul, Minn. Colonel Hersey would certainly have become prominent had he remained in service

Monday, September 14, 2015

Benjamin H. & William D. Child.

Benjamin H. Child.
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Benjamin Ham Child.

Birth: May 8, 184. Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.
Death: May 16, 1902, Providence, Providence County. Rhode Island.

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Union Army. He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a Corporal in Battery A, 1st Rhode Island Volunteer Light Artillery for action at Antietam, Maryland on September 17, 1862. His citation reads "Was wounded and taken to the rear, insensible, but when partialy recovered, Child insisted on returning to the battery and resumed command of his piece, so remaining until the close of the battle."

Parents: John Griswold Child (1794 - 1876), Mary Ann Ham Child (1803 - 1868).

Wife's: Ruth P. Child (1832 - 1918), Louisa S. Child (1840 - 1871).

Burial: Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.

BENJAMIN H. CHILD,. Wounded at Bull Run battle July 21, 1861; wounded slightly in head at battle of Antietam Sept 17, 1862; promoted corporal; promoted sergeant; wounded severely in
shoulder at battle of Gettysburg July 3, 1S63; promoted to second lieutenant Battery H, Jan. 8, 1864; resigned for disability Nov. 23. 1864.

Benjamin and William were twin brothers.

William D. Child.
William Dayton Child.

Birth: 1843.
Death: May 18, 1898.

Burial: Swan Point Cemetery, Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.

WILLIAM D. CHILD,  Enrolled Oct. 4, 1861; promoted to first sergeant; transferred to Battery B Aug. 12, 1864; placed in temprary command of combined Batteries A and B, for a time after the battle of Reams s Station.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Navy & Army Gunner's.

All these names had Petitions or Bills and other business before Congress.  There will not be a lot of information, but you may find it interesting to learn what your ancestor or a name of interest was doing at this time in history.

Look for notes as there may be some from time to time.  As there is so much information some names may be repeated. ( All the information I have on the names is here, so please not ask for additional information.However I well be glad to answer any questions you have.    

January 27, 1848.  A Bill For the relief of the legal representatives of David Gardner, of Southborough, Massachusetts. Whereas, David Gardner, late of Southborough, Massachusetts, was a gunner on board of the Bonhomme Richard, under the command of John Paul Jones, when captures were made of the Serapis, Countess of Scarborough, the Betsey, the Union, and the Charming Polly, and his name was by mistake entered on the roll of said ship as Henry Gardner:

Note.  The Bill went on to say if there had been a Henry Gardner on said ship and he was paid, said money shall be refunded to the United States.

Note. That vessels, under ten guns, to be commanded by lieutenants, That the pay of the officers in such vessels be paid; Gunners-$12.00.

Note. in 1778, quarter gunners were paid $8.00 per month.

January 10, 1810, a petition of John Lester, praing to be allowed and paid the arrearages of pay due for his services as quarter gunner, on board of the United States' brig "Hornet."

In 1786Benjamin Pierce, late a gunner of the continental frigate Alliance

January 19, 1848, A  petition of Ann Kelly, widow of Darnel Kelly, deceased, a gunner in the naval service, praying a pension.

February 10, 1826, "That there be paid, out of any money in the Treasury, not otherwise appropriated, the sum of two hundred dollars, in semiannual payments of fifty dollars each, to Penelope Denny, the mother of James Denny, late a Quarter Gunner in the Navy of the United States, to commence from the 1st day of January, 1826."

Note. Name was also spelled Denney.

February 13, 1851, A  petition of Samuel Lawrence, praying compensation for services as acting gunner in the navy.

September 17, 1785,  The Memorial of Tousaint Lopes, late a gunner in Colonel Cranes Regiment of Artillery; praying for the payment of the principal and interest of the certificates issued to him on account of pay, beg leave to report as their opinion--
That the prayer of the Memorialist cannot be granted.

Note. May 6, 1844, Any U. S. Navy ship of vessel, lost by shipwreck the Gunner shall be allowed twenty-five dollars for his loss.

December 15, 1851, A  petition of Ursula E. Cobb, widow of Charles Cobb, late a gunner in the navy, praying to be allowed a pension.
See March 5, 1850 for  more information.

January 19, 1818, A  petition of John Viol, a gunner's mate in the navy during the revolutionary war, praying to be allowed and paid the compensation to which he conceives himself entitled for the time he remained a prisoner of war.

January 31, 1853, A  petition of Matilda Brown, widow of William B. Brown, late a gunner in the navy, praying a pension.

February 20, 1860, The petition of citizens of the State of Pennsylvania in behalf of John L. Kissick, a gunner's mate on board the United States ship Princeton.

February 9, 1846, A  petition of Harriet Ward, widow of Joseph Ward, deceased, a gunner's mate in the naval service praying a pension.

March 5, 1850, A  petition of Ursula E. Cobb, widow of Charles Cobb, deceased, late a gunner in the United States navy, praying for a pension on account of the death of said Cobb from disease contracted by hardships and exposure whilst in the line of his duty.

February 1, 1844, A petition of Ann Gardner, widow of Francis Gardner, of Brooklyn, State of New York, praying a pension in consideration of the services of her husband, who was a gunner in the navy, and died in the service.

January 15, 1866, A  petition of William Peterkin, late gunner United States navy, officer in charge of the 2d cutter of the Shamrock on an expedition under Lieutenant Cushing, United States navy, up the Roanoke river, October 27, 1864, praying a distributive share of the prize money resulting from the blowing up of the rebel ram Albemarle on that expedition.

April 16, 1860, A petition of John L. Kissick, a gunner's-mate injured by the explosion on board the United States steamer Princeton, in 1844, praying a pension.

March 7, 1796, Stephen Minor, of Connecticut Quarter Gunner, one half pension.

January 1, 1848,  The memorial of Ann Carpenter, of the State of Massachusetts, praying for the renewal of her pension, which was heretofore given her in consideration of the services of her late husband, Jacob Carpenter, deceased, a gunner in the navy:

March 9, 1832, "That there be paid, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the following sums to the commander of the American squadron, and the officers and crew of the "ketch Intrepid," for their distinguished bravery in the destruction of a Tripolitan frigate of 44 guns, in the year 1804, formerly known as the United States' frigate Philadelphia, viz.

"4th. To Lewis Heermann, surgeon, Ralph Izard, master's mate, William Wiley, boatswain, William Hook, gunner, and William Keller, master's mate, or their respective heirs, $2,000 each, making, together, ten thousand dollars.

"6th. To George Crawford, George Brown, John Newman, and Paul Frazier, quartermasters; Samuel Endicott, James Wilson, John Ford, and Richard Dayles, quarter gunners; Solomon Wren, sergeant; and Duncan Mansfield, corporal of marines; and to Salvadore Catelino, pilot, or to their heirs, respectively, $1, 136 66 each, making, together, twelve thousand five hundred dollars.

December 15, 1834, A petition of Thomas Barry, gunner in the navy of the United States, praying that his improvement on the repeating arms, originally invented by Mr. Chambers, may be examined and tried, and, if found to answer for the public service, that he may be suitably compensated.

February 9, 1858, The petition of Sarah Brown, widow of John Brown, deceased, who was a quarter gunner in the navy of the United States, praying for a continuation of her pension.

January 21, 1839, a petition of Sarah B. Morse, of Boston, in the State of Massachusetts, daughter and only surviving child of Richard Morse, deceased, who was a quarter-gunner on board the United States frigate President, and died on board and in the service of the United States in 1812, praying for arrears of pension to which she is entitled in consideration of the services and death of her father.

December 15, 1837, A petition of Mary Elliot, widow of Luke Elliot, quarter-gunner, who was slain in the private armed vessel Growler, in the late war with Great Britain, setting forth that she received a pension up to the 5th day of February, 1833, and praying that it may be renewed and continued during her life.

May 28, 1868, A petition of Anna Burneice, widow of William Burneice, late gunner United States navy, praying for a pension.

March 12, 1838, A petition of Sophia Anderson, of the city of Philadelphia, widow of William Anderson, who was a quarter-gunner in the naval service of the United States, and died of disease contracted in Service, praying to be allowed a pension.

June 8, 1844, A petition of Catharine Walling, of the same city and States widow of Thomas Walling, deceased, who was a quarter-gunner in the navy, of like import.
Philadelphia, in the State of Pennsylvania.

February 6, 1840, A petition of John Straughan, of the State of Maryland, praying for pay and rations, as a quartermaster gunner in the naval service of the United States, from the 22d June, 1807, until June, 1812.