Thursday, August 29, 2013

Robert Coleman, Virginia, War of 1812.

Robert Coleman, was a private in the War of 1812, was in Captain Thomas Davenport's company of the Virginia Militia.  Enlisted July 5, 1813, discharged July 31, 1813, enlisted again on October 15,1813, discharged January 9, 1814.

First wife Mary King, who he sold.
Second wife Sally Mills, who he sold.
Third wife Sarah Cruise, who he sold.
Fourth wife Mary Headen, married December 3, 1863, at Patrick county, Virginia.

His residence in 1852, 1855, 1871, Patrick county Virginia, P. O. Patrick Court House, Patrick county, Virginia.  His wife residence in 1879, 1888, 1890-1899, Bateman, Patrick County, Virginia..

Robert Coleman died March 9, 1879, Patrick County, Virginia.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

James Burns, War of 1812, Indiana..

James Burns, was in the War of 1812, was a Second Sergeant in Captain Hinkle's Company of the Ohio Militia.

Born in Louden Co. Va. Sept. 28,1786. to Ky. 1793. to Hamilton Co. Ohio 1806. to Madison, Ind. 1814. a resident Madison township until his death.

HIs first wife was Delilah Moncrief, who he sold.
His second wife was Catharine Gray, who he also sold.

He married his third wife Roxy Ann Orrill, on December7, 1871, at Madison, Jefferson county Indiana.

James Burns residence in 1850, 1855 and 1871, was Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana. His wife Roxy is recorded living in Madison, in 1887.

James Burns, died September 29, 1875, Madison, Indiana.
Roxy Ann Burns, died May 11, 1887, Madison, Indiana.
Burial: Wirt Baptist Cemetery, Wirt, Jefferson County, Indiana.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Joseph Easter, Arkansas, War of 1812.

Joseph Easter, was in the war of 1812, Captain William Walker's company of the United States 39th., Infantry.  Enlisted November 20, 1814, discharged April 30, 1815.

First wife, was Mary Smith who he sold, his second wife was Lucretia ( Evans ) Easter, married May 10, 1836, Roan County, Tennessee.  Mr.  Easter died April 5, 1876, Boone County, Arkansas. His wife died January 4, 1909, Carrdllton county, Arkansas.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

The Death Of Sergeant Abner F. Bassett.

Sgt Abner F. Bassett.

Birth: unknown
Death: Sep. 16, 1864

Original Burial Place: Taylor's Farm. Gravestone Number: 0714. Comments: Killed.

Burial: Poplar Grove National Cemetery, Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Virginia.

11th., Maine Infantry Regimental History.
First Sergeant Abner F. Bassett entered service as Sergeant ; taken prisoner at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862 ; a prisoner with First Sergeant Brady and others in Libby Prison, Salisbury, N. C. and at Belle Isle in the James River opposite Richmond until Nov., 1862, when he returned to the regiment ; promoted to First Sergeant, Nov. 1, 1862. On recruiting service at Portland, Me., from Aug. 15, 1863, to July 10, 1864 ; returned to the regiment. Killed on the picket line in front of Petersburg, Va., Sept. 15, 1864, and was buried on the 16th near our camp, " amid the booming of cannon and whistling of bullets", so reads the entry in the diary of Sergeant-Major Morton.  
The death of Sergeant Bassett.
First Sergeant Bassett, of D Company, was killed the night of the 15th of September. It was a bright moonlight night.  We relieved the First Maryland. Our men crept forward, each squad well informed of its assigned position, and all suddenly hurried for their positions, getting under cover as speedily as possible, the relieved pickets stealing away for the main line. But some of the relieved pickets moved up the hill somewhat carelessly, their plates and cups clanking noisily and themselves visible in the bright moonlight, so drawing a sharp fire from the enemy's pickets, by which several of the careless fellows were wounded. Sergeant Bassett was to enter the extreme left picket hole to be occupied by our regiment. Lieutenant Maxfield, commanding D, was assisting in placing the line, and was in the picket hole, with Sergeant Bassett running towards it, when the enemy opened fire on the careless Maryland men. Reaching the pit. Sergeant Bassett thoughtlessly stood erect on its edge while saying, "Well, boys, I'm here," then fell forward into the Lieutenant's arms, a bullet having pierced his throat.
He should Have not been there.
A sad feature of Bassett's death was the fact that from the date of his enlistment, September 7th, he had served his full term of three years, and he firmly believed that he ought not to be asked to serve beyond three years from the date he signed the roll. lie presented the case to headquarters, but the ruling was that the service was for three years from the date of his muster into the United States service, which was October 19th. In view of the fact that he had spent months in Confederate prisons, and was a brave, active, and intelligent soldier, who perhaps ought to have been considered when commissions were being recommended, he was told that he need not serve at the front for the remainder of his term of service. But he was too proud a man to take advantage of this offer, and insisted on sharing the labors and risks of his comrades.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

John M. Eddy, 13th., Illinois Infantry.

Taken from the 13th., Illinois Regimental History.

John M. Eddy. 

St. Charles. Kane county, Illinois ; born April 29, 1842 ; mustered May 21, 1861 ; mustered out June 18, 1864; served with company until detailed January 1863, on medical stall; was in battles of Wet Glaze and marched to Pea Ridge and Helena ; participated in every battle with regiment, including Chickasaw, Bayou and Arkansas Post. John was one of the boys. From date of muster out of service until March 1866, attended college ; entered railway service in March 1S66 ; from March 1866 to July 1872 was chairman, rodman, cashier and auditor engineering department, general town lot agent and assistant chief engineer Union Pacific Railway ; July 1872 to November 1873, superintendent construction Texas and Pacific Railway ; December 15, I873 to December 14 1883. president Fort Worth and Denver City Railway Company ; September 1877 to January 1878, superintendent and chief engineer Omaha and Republican Valley Road ; January 1878 to November 1879, general agent, freight, passenger and land departments, Kansas, Pacific and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe roads ; was in Chicago Illinois ; November 1879 to November 1880 ; general superintendent construction Missouri Pacific, and Missouri, Kansas and Texas railways in Texas; November 1880 to July 1883, superintendent Missouri, Kansas and Texas railways in Texas ; July 1883 to November 18S3, superintendent, Texas and Pacific railway ; December 1, 1883 to May 15, 1888, general manager Omaha Belt railway : May 15, 1888, to February n, 1889, general manager International and Great Northern road ; appointed receiver of International road, February 11, 1889. Died at Pasadena, California, January 1891 of hemorrhage of the lungs.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report.

Name: M. EDDY, JOHN. Rank: PVT. Company: H. Unit: 13 IL US INF. Personal Characteristics. Residence: ST CHARLES, KANE CO, IL. Age: 19. Height: 6'. Hair: AUBURN. Eyes: BLUE. Complexion: LIGHT. Marital Status: SINGLE. Occupation: FARMER. Nativity: ST CHARLES, KANE CO, IL. Service Record. Joined When: MAY 24, 1861. Joined Where: DIXON, IL. Period: 3 YRS. Muster In: MAY 24, 1861. Muster In Where: DIXON, IL. Muster Out: JUN 18, 1864. Muster Out Where: SPRINGFIELD, IL.