Saturday, September 05, 2015

Michael Martion, Iowa.

Michael Martin, dealer in groceries and provisions; Lawler, lowa, was born in Ireland, in 1829, and is the eldest son of Edward and Catherine Martin. When he was twenty -two years of age, in '51 he emigrated to America, locating for three or four years at Cincinnati, Ohio, removing from thence he came to this state, settling in Clayton county, in 1855. Here he remained until 1873, when he removed to Lawler engaging in the grocery and prowision trade and has remained there ever since. Notwithstanding his loss by the fires, that have devastated the town, he is considered, by all, to be financially sound. He was married in 1858, to Bridget Boughana, a native also of the "Emerald isle" and they have six children, Katie, Edward, Lizzie, Mary A., Joseph and John. Mr. Martin has been identified with the educational system of his adopted home, having been a member of the school board, and is one of Lawler's most influential citizens.

Matthew Y. Buchanan & family.


(Farmer and Stock-raiser).

Mr. Buchanan was born in Randolph county. Mo., April 5, 1838. His father, C. C. Buchanan, and mother, Elizabeth Jenkins, were natives of Tennessee, but moved to Missouri in the year of 1836.
They settled in Randolph county near Moberly, and entered land where the north-west portion now stands. The father died here July 9, 1881, aged 68 years, two months and 21 days. Matthew Y. was
next to the eldest of a family of seven children, of whom four, three sons and a daughter, are still living.

Their names were Luty J., Matthew Y., Cicero G., Cyrus W., Alonzo M., James H. and John T. Cicero, Cyrus and James died prior to the death of their father, the first named dying when young, the other two reached maturity, and graduated from college with high honors. Cyrus had chosen the profession of physician, while James had become a lawyer. Alonzo is a minister, and John T., who graduated from Commercial College, is now proving the value of his business course by keeping books.

During his youth Matthew Y. lived on the home farm, having all the advantages in education that the county afforded. In September, 1861, Mr. Buchanaa enlisted under Gen. Sterling Price, first in cavalry but principally as a private in the tenth Missouri infantry. He took part in the second fight at Boonville, Corinth, Miss., Helena,  Ark., and numerous smaller skirmishes. He fought with signal courage until 1863, when nearly all of his regiment was captured. For 20 months he was kept a prisoner at Fort Delaware and Alton ; then being exchanged, he returned to the service only to be again captured near Natchez, Miss. He was taken to Alton and not released until the close of the war.

Not long after, Mr. B. was married, in Randolph county, to Miss Mary Ficklin, daughter of Tyre and Louisa Baker. This estimable lady survived but one short year leaving an infant daughter, Ida Mary, who died September 24, 1875. After his marriage Mr. Buchanan made a home for himself on the farm where he now resides. He has nearly 150 acres of very valuable land adjoining the town of Moberly, all in good state of cultivation. He has besides about 105 acres of timbered land in the same vicinity.

His residence is a comfortable one, a  are his other buildings. In February, 1871, Mr. Buchanan was married a second time, the lady of his choice being Miss Sarah, daughter of Alexander and Martha T. Wisdom, of Macon county. There are five children : C. Earl, Katie M., Onie A., Walter C, and Claud. Mr. and Mrs. B. are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and take an active part in church matters. They are highly respected members of the community.

Author. Matthew Y. Buchanan Death was April 7, 1903.  Burial Sugar Creek Cemetery, Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri.

Friday, September 04, 2015

William Evans Jenkins & family.

I would like to thank Troy Jenkins for sending me this information on his family.

I too am a native Kansan but am now a naturalized Texan. I saw your post on Indiana Soldiers and thought I would send you some information I found of my Great-Great Grandfather, William Evans Jenkins. He served in Company C of the 69th Indiana Infantry with the rank of Musician and survived the war and moved to Vermilion County, Illinois with his family not long afterward. He had two brothers, John Finley and Richard Cochran Jenkins, who both served in the 8th Indiana Infantry and died in the war, Richard of smallpox in St. Louis and John in battle at Opequan Creek in Winchester, Virginia. William married after moving to Illinois and settled in Fithian where he was a charter member of GAR Post 741. He attended the 1915 69th Indiana reunion and died in 1917. His grandson Albert was born in Fithian but ended up in Hutchinson, KS, which is where both my father and myself were born.

I am also sending you some information on three other of my family members. William Henry Musselman was born in Chillicothe, Ross Co, Ohio May 16, 1841 to Jonathan and Sarah Musselman. He later moved with his family to Greene County, Illinois and joined Co F, 1st Missouri Volunteer Cavalry 0n August 7, 1861. His father Jonathan enlisted in B Co., 61st Illinois Infantry on December 28, 1861 as a private and was mustered out February 7, 1865.. William attained the rank of Sergeant and was mustered out September 1, 1865 in St. Louis. He married Katie Brown there and moved back to his parent’s home in Illinois. His father died in 1871 in Woodville, Illinois and is buried at Belltown cemetery in Greene County, Illinois.

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His wife Katie died not long after that. He remarried to Alpharetta Wise. Alpharetta’s father, Marquis De Lafayette Wise, known as Lafayette, was born in 1829 in Gallatin County, Kentucky. Lafayette enlisted in H Co., 107th Illinois Infantry on September 4, 1862 as a sergeant and was mustered out June 21, 1865. William and Alpharetta moved to Pawnee County KS, along with his mother Sarah. His father-in-law also moved to Kansas, living in Winfield where he was a member of GAR post 85 and Lafayette died December 16, 1889 and is buried in Winfield. William joined GAR post 8 in Larned, Kansas and he died March 22, 1895 and is buried in Larned Cemetery. I have attached a photo of William that appears to be not long after the war.

 William was born in 1844 in Camden, Preble Co, Ohio and is buried in Stearns Cemetery in Muncie, IL, just south of Fithian. He also left a strong military heritage as his grandson Albert served in the US Navy during WWII and his great grandson Gary (my uncle) and myself both served in the US Army during the cold war, Gary in the mid 1950’s and I in the late 1980’s.

William date of birth was July 17, 1844 and his death date was February 12, 1917. He married his wife Harriet E. Black on April 21, 1870. She also had two brothers in the war. Austin Black served in C Co., 25th Illinois Infantry and died in 1861 of typhoid fever in Jefferson City, MO. Samuel Black served in F Co., 26th Illinois Infantry and survived the war and was also a charter member of GAR Post 741 in Fithian, IL. William and Harriet had 8 children, 6 sons and 2 daughters.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Murder of Louisa McAdams,Illinois.

In 1869, a circumstance occurred near the little village of Dudley ville, which cast a gloom over the entire community. We allude to the brutal murder of Mrs. Louisa McAdams, in July of that year, by John Moore, a near neighbor. He went to her residence in the absence of her husband, grossly insulted her, and when she attempted to escape from him, he pursued her and cruelly murdered her by cutting her throat from ear to ear. For this crime, lie was arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to be hanged by Judge Gillespie. He made a full confession of his guilt, which was afterward published, and, on the 23d of October, 1869, he expiated his crime upon the gallows, under the  sentence of the court the only execution that has ever taken place in Bond County.

Birth: May 30, 1851
Death; July 5,, 1869.

Age: 18.

Burial: Camp Ground Cemetery, Greenville, Bond County, Illinois.

John Bowls, Indiana.

About the year 1838, a man whose name was John Bowls, who lived near -the west bank of Blue River Lake, was arrested upon the charge of killing his wife. His little girl, who was about twelve or thirteen years of age, said that her father and mother quarreled, and that her father struck her mother on the head with a large potato, and knocked her down, after which he stamped upon her breast with the heel of his boot, until he killed her, all of which was witnessed by her.

Whitley County not having been organized at that time, the territory which it at present comprises being then embraced within the bounds of Huntington County, there were no courts nearer than Huntington in which to try him ; and, in consequence of the lack of means for the administration of justice, this man, whom every one believed to be guilty escaped the punishment which he doubtless merited. After holding him in custody for a short time, and after a few of the good citizens had visited Huntington several times, making futile efforts to set the machinery of the law in motion against him, he was set at liberty. In a short time afterward he went away, no one knew whither, and his children were sent back to Ohio, whence they had come.