Showing posts with label Indiana. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Indiana. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Avery

John Avery
1842 - 1936

John Avery was born in about 1842 (the 1900 census says Sep 1843) in England. His parents were John and Ann (or Hannah). He immigrated to the United States in about 1850 and did become a naturalized citizen. 

In 1880, he and his wife Amanda were living in Lake Creek Township, Williamson County, Illinois, with some of their children. The youngest were twins name Merty and Gertie. In both 1900 and 1910, they lived in Owensville, Gibson County, Indiana. Only two grandchildren lived with them in 1910. By 1920, Amanda had passed away and John was living in Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington, with his son Thomas. In 1930, he was still living in Bremerton; this time with his daughter, Gertie Meyer. 

John died on January 28, 1936, in Bremerton. He is buried in the Ivy Green Cemetery in Bremerton.

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

In Memory... Isaac Gothard

Isaac Gothard was my Grandpa Epps' great-grandfather. Isaac was a free person of color with a twin brother, John. They were born in Indiana and lived in Iowa, but Isaac's life ended at the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia.
Andersonville Prison
By John L. Ransom [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
On July 1, 1863, both Isaac and John enlisted in the 3rd Iowa Infantry, Company B. They were living in  Westfield, Fayette County, Iowa. I do not know exactly when Isaac began his service, but the information below is from the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors website showing the areas in which his unit served until the time of his capture.

"Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 5-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. Assault on Jackson July 12. Duty at Vicksburg till November. Moved to Natchez, Miss., November 18. Return to Vicksburg December 16, and duty there till February, 1864. Meridian Campaign February 3-March 2. Veterans on furlough March to May. Non-Veterans on Red River Campaign March 10-May 22. Fort DeRussy March 14. Pleasant Hill April 9. Pleasant Hill Landing April 12-13. About Cloutiersville April 22-24. At Alexandria April 30-May 13. Boyce's and Wells' Plantation May 6. Bayou Boeuf May 7. Retreat to Morganza May 13-20. Mansura May 16. Yellow Bayou May 18-19. Non-Veterans mustered out June, 1864. Veterans moved to Cairo, lll., thence to Clifton, Tenn. March to Ackworth, Ga., via Huntsville and Decatur, Ala., and Rome, Ga., May 5-June 10. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign June 10-September 8. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Chattahoochie River July 6-12. Leggett's, Bald Hill, July 20-21. Battle of Atlanta July 22."

Isaac was captured on July 22, 1864, at Atlanta, Georgia. He died on October 5, 1864, one of approximately 45,000 Union prisoners to die there. I honor Isaac Gothard for his willingness to defend the principles of freedom.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Cowger

Gustavus Cowger
1825 - 1861

Cowger Cemetery
Burr Oak Township
Doniphan County, Kansas

Gustavus was the son of Gustavus and Barbara (Swadley) Cowger. He was born in Rush County, Indiana. He married Sarah Ann Wheeler on December 14, 1848, in Wapello County, Iowa. His sister, Susannah, was married to Gustavus C. Cowger. After Susannah's death in 1862, her husband and Sarah were married.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Backward Glance - James Paxton Harper

James was born in Hendricks County, Indiana, on February 2, 1834. His parents were Jesse and Mary Ann (Clifton) Harper. James, also called Paxton, was the eldest of three sons. His brothers were Francis Marion and John Thomas.

Jesse and Mary moved their family from Indiana to northwestern Missouri by 1844 in what would be known as Jackson Township in Nodaway County. Jesse and some of Mary's relatives were among the earliest settlers in that area. James was a child about ten years old. It appears that Jesse died between 1851 and 1856.

picture taken shortly before his death
Sometime before 1856, James moved with his mother and brothers to Wolf River Township, Doniphan County, Kansas. In October of 1861, he enlisted in Company I, Seventh Kansas Cavalry and saw service during the Civil War. He was discharged because of disability in December, 1862.

After returning home, James married Barbara Jane Cowger, also of Wolf River Township, on April 4, 1864. They were the parents of eight children: Thomas M., James G., Rufus G., John W., Mary S., Minnie May, Chester L., and Inez Jane. Barbara died on April 25th, 1880, just 23 days after Inez was born.

On August 24, 1884, James was married to Mrs. Polly Morgan in Dekalb County, Missouri. They were married in her father's home, but the record doesn't state where that home was. Their children are Myrtle A., Stella A., Raymond Paxton, Ernest Miles and Hazel Dora.

James was a farmer for much of his life. In 1908, he went into the lumber business in Leona, Kansas, for about seven years. He retired in 1915 to his farm about 1/2 mile northwest of Leona. He died there on September 7, 1915, and is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Doniphan County. Both of his wives and some of his children are also buried there.