Friday, January 15, 2016

Erasmus Darwin Steen.

Erasmus Darwin Steen.

Birth: Oct. 1, 1835, Pennsylvania.
Death: Mar. 22, 1913, Illinois.

He was the son of Matthew Steen and Elizabeth Galbraith. He married Martha Fair on November 15, 1855 in Warren, Illinois.

Parents: Elizabeth Galbraith Steen (1797 - 1883).

Wife: Martha F. Fair Steen (1836 - 1921).

Children: Ernest Steen (1856 - 1922), Mary Steen Thompson (1861 - 1934).

Burial: Spring Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.

Illinois 115th. Infantry, Co. B. Regimental History.

ERASMUS D. STEEN,  First Lieutenant, Brevet Captain,U S. Volunteers. Captain Steen actively assisted in the formtion of Company B and was an efficient officer in the compny until the battle of Chickamauga. While gallantly leading his men in the action on that eventful Sunday afternoon Lieutenant Steen was very severely wounded by a musket ball through the abdomen. Supposed to be mortally wounded he was carried from the field by his comrades to save him from dying among the enemy.

However, to the surprise of all who saw him after receiving his wound, he endured the jolting of the transfer from McFarland's to Chattanooga and the weary months in hospital and so far recovered that he is now able to do some business. After returning to the regimnt his wound still so far disabled him that he was unable for duty and resigned his commission on April 20, 1865, and returned home.

He was some time in business in Shelbyville and later several years in business at Danville, ILL He then spent several years as excursion agent for various railroads,residing in Chicago. He was married before entering the amy and has several grown children, a son being in partnrship with him, a daughter, the wife of Judge Thompson of Dnville. ILL., and two daughters at home. He is now in the real estate business at Room 38 Merchants' Building, and resdes at No. 240 Hampden Court, Chicago.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

James M McBeth.

James M McBeth.

Birth: Jul. 31, 1842, Ohio.
Death: Nov. 28, 1921.

Parents: William McBeth (1795 - 1854), Anna Steele McBeth (1804 - 1883).

Wife: Sarah Cornelia Turner McBeth (1852 - 1939).

Children: William E McBeth (1873 - 1874), Bertha McBeth Moorhous (1878 - 1902), Louis McBeth (1884 - 1884), J Edgar McBeth (1885 - 1886).

  Sibling: John S. McBeth (1829 - 1864), James M McBeth (1842 - 1921).

Burial: Old Monticello Cemetery, Monticello, White County, Indiana.

Indiana Forty-Sixth Infantry Co. E., Regimental History. 

Page 57, James M. McBeth, of Company E, fired upon and wounded the color-bearer of the Fifteenth Arkansas. McBeth took the colors, but inadvertantly let them pass into the hands of some
Thirty-fourth men, who had come up.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Abraham Vanderpoel

Wisconsin Twelfth Infantry, Co. E. Regimental History.

Capt. Abraham Vanderpoel.

Abraham Vanderpoel was born in Columbia County, New York, on the 1st day of April, 1806. He was married, in 1825, to Christina Gifford.

In 1828 he removed to Oswego County, and, settling in the heavy timber land, cleared up a large farm. In 1838, with his wife and seven children  two boys and five girls he moved to the Territory of Wisconsin, and settled at Jefferson, in the county by the same name.

Two years later he removed to Waterloo, in the same county, where he lived until 1858, when he changed his residence to Newport, in Sauk County.

Mr. Vanderpoel was a member of the Second Constitutional  Convention of Wisconsin the convention that framed our present constitution from Jefferson County. This convention was in session from December 15, 1847 to February 1, 1848.

In the year 1850 he was a member of the Assembly for Jefferson County.

In September and October, 1861, he raised a company for service in the Civil War, his commission as Captain dating from Oct. 3. This company was recruited at Delton, near Newport, and was known locally as The Wisconsin River Rifles." It afterwards became Company E of the Twelfth Wisconsin Infantry. He commanded the company until May 3, 1862, when he resigned on account of ill health, his disease being sciofula. The same disease was the cause of his death, in a hospital at Fond du Lac, Wis., Sept. 28, 1874. His business through life had been that of a farmer.

Abraham Vanderpoel.

Birth: Apr. 1, 1807, Columbia County, New York.
Death: Sep. 28, 1874, Fond du Lac Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.

Wife: Christina G Vanderpoel (1808 - 1889)

Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Mitchell, Mitchell County, Iowa.