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Update on Benjamin Hartzog, alias Walter Davis, of Donaldson

Posted By on February 10, 2016

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A brief description of the service Benjamin Hartzog was given here on this blog on 24 April 2012 when he was added to the Civil War Research Project.

Benjamin Hartzog (1843-xxxx), a resident of Donaldson, Schuylkill County, was a laborer who enlisted in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  After the war he became a member of the Regular Army.  Later in life he resided in a veterans’ home and used the alias “Walter Davis.”

Donaldson is within the Project’s geographical area of study.

Based on current research, additional information about him can now be added to his file.

At the top of this post, Hartzog’s Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card (from the Pennsylvania Archives) is shown.  That card gives a physical description including age 18, a height of 5 foot-7.5 inches, a florid complexion, light hair and gray eyes.  Also, at the time of his enrollment in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private, he was employed as a laborer and his residence was Donadlson.  Nearly all the men who served in this company of the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry had a connection to the Lykens Valley area.

Benjamin Hartzog was mustered into service on 9 September 1861 at Harrisburg.  On 1 January 1864, he re-enlisted at Blaine’s Crossroads, Tennessee. And, on 30 July 1865, he was mustered out of the service with his company.

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Benjamin Hartzog died on 6 January 1922 in Bland, Missouri, as shown on the Pension Index Card (above, from Fold3).  The card also names the three regiments and companies in which he served, the first, matching the service record from the Pennsylvania Archives (shown above), followed by the 1st United States Infantry, Company D, and the 3rd United States Cavalry, Company K.

On 25 October 1892, from Missouri, Benjamin Hartzog applied for a Civil War pension, which he received and collected until his death.  No widow survived him.  From current research, no wife has been located.

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Click on document to enlarge. Hartzog appears about halfway down the sheet.

Benjamin Hartzog appears on an 1866 army enlistment sheet (shown above from Ancestry.com).  On 24 October 1866, he joined the 1st United States Infantry, Company D, as a Private.  He was discharged at the expiration of his service on 24 October 1869, at Fort Brady, Michigan.

HartzogBenjamin-Census1870-001In 1870, Benjamin Hartzog appears on the census sheet of the 3rd United States Cavalry regiment stationed in the Arizona Territory near what is now Tuscon.  The document at the left is from Ancestry.com.  Click on thumbnail to enlarge.  Hartzog’s name is at the top of the sheet.

 

 

Two ledger pages from Soldier Home records have been located on Ancestry.com and are shown below.  One is from the home in Leavenworth, Kansas, and the other is from the home in Vermillion, Illinois.  Both documents give his alias as Walter Davis.

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The home history for Benjamin Hartzog is shown on the right side of the ledger.

 

 

 

 

The home history for Benjamin Hartzog is shown on the right side of the ledger.

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On 11 January 1917, the Leavenworth Times, of Leavenworth, Kansas, which ran a regular Soldiers’ Home news column, reported that Walter Davis, alias Benjamin Hartzog, was discharged from the home at his own request during the month of December [1916].

At this point in the research the following information is not known:

  1. Where is he buried?
  2. Why did he have an alias?
  3. Was he married and did he have descendants?
  4. Other than his Civil War service, which can be documented through his military and the regimental records, where did his post-war service occur?
  5. Other than his 1861 residency in Donaldson, Schuylkill County, what other connections (family, geographic, etc.) did he have to the area?
  6. Are there any known surviving photographs of him?

Help is requested to complete the story of this Donaldson resident.  Contributors can attach information to this post as a “comment” or can e-mail the information.

Jacob Swab & Jacob W. Swab – Two Different Elizabethville Area Veterans

Posted By on February 8, 2016

In the 1967 published list of Civil War veterans from the Elizabethville, Dauphin County, the name of Jacob Swab appears.  In researching this soldier, it is now known that there were actually two persons of this name, one found in the records as Jacob Swab and the other found as Jacob W. Swab.

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JACOB SWAB (1822-1905)

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Jacob Swab was born 7 April 1822 in Mifflin Township, Dauphin County, the son of John Jacob Swab (1792-1867) and Catherine [Metz] Swab (1790-1853).

In the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Elizabethville, he indicated service in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private, from 30 October 1862 through 16 August 1863.

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On 26 July 1890, Jacob Swab applied for a pension based on that service, which he received and collected until his death on 13 March 1905.  Although he was survived by a widow who was his second wife, Elizabeth [McColly] Snyder Swab, Mrs. Swab collected the pension of her first husband, George Snyder, as is noted at the bottom of the Pension Index Card shown above from Fold3. George Snyder served in the 210th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A.  George Snyder died in 1865 and is buried at the St. Jacob’s Cemetery in EndersJacob Swab‘s second marriage took place on 6 October 1881 at Berrysburg.  His first wife, the former Anna “Mary” Matter had died 3 February 1880 and is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery, Elizabethville.  Widows could only collect one pension and since the second Mrs. Swab had apparently been collecting a pension based on Snyders’ service from the year 1865 to her marriage to Swab in 1881, she reverted to re-collecting the Snyder pension following Swab’s death in 1905.  When Civil War widows remarried, it was expected that their new husbands would support them and they lost benefits from any prior marriage.

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The Pension Index Card for George Snyder (from Fold3) is shown above.  It indicates his death as 15 April 1865 and Elizabeth’s application on 20 July 1867. The application and certificate file coordination is noted in the “remarks”.  For those wishing to research this application further, the complete file is available on Fold3 and can be downloaded by those who have a subscription to the Fold3 service.

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On 7 February 1905, two months before his death, the Harrisburg Telegraph reported in its Elizabethville news, that Jacob Swab, who was one of the town’s oldest citizens, was critically ill at his home at the West End, and that “slight hopes are entertained for his recovery.”

Jacob Swab is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Elizabethville – next to his first wife.  His grave marker is pictured at the top of this post.

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On the Lykens G.A.R. Monument, the name “Jacob Swab” appears as as a member of Heilner G.A.R. Post No. 232, Lykens, Pennsylvania, who “Joined After Organization.”  It is not known for certain whether this is the Jacob Swab who died in 1905, or the Jacob W. Swab who will next be reported on who died in 1882, but it could be assumed that the one who died earlier may not have been a member of the Lykens G.A.R. and may have been forgotten at the time the monument was erected in the early 20th century.

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JACOB W. SWAB (1826-1882)

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Jacob W. Swab was born on 21 June 1826, the son of William Swab (1800-1869) and Anna Mary [Matter] Swab (1805-1882).

In the 1890 Veterans’ Census for Elizabethville, his widow, Sarah [Linderman] Swab, indicated that he served in the 147th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G as a Private, from 20 September 1862 through his discharge on 6 June 1865.

In the 1880 Census for Washington Township, Jacob W. Swab gave his occupation as “sewing machine agent.”  In that Elizabethville was rapidly becoming known as a “factory town,” in the late 19th Century, this occupation had to revolve around the growing clothing manufacturing industry developing there.

When Jacob W. Swab died on 19 December 1882, he was buried at Sweitzer’s Cemetery in Berrysburg.  His grave marker is pictured above.

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The Veterans’ File Card (pictured above from the Pennsylvania Archives) notes that at the time of the Civil War, Jacob W. Swab was working as a farmer and living in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, which is where he enrolled in the service at age 37.

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The Pension Index Card (show above from Fold3) indicates that Jacob W. Swab applied for benefits on 8 January 1880, which he received and collected for about three years until his death in late 1882.  His widow followed by applying on 5 January 1884, also receiving benefits which she collected until her death in 1906.  Sarah is buried next to her husband at Sweitzer’s Cemetery in Berrysburg.

It must also be noted that although this blog post has differentiated the two Jacobs by using the middle initial “W” for the one who died in 1882, the military and pension records do not have the two differentiated – referring to both as “Jacob Swab.”  Neither do the grave markers.  Thus it is possible that the records of the two have been confused, at least in some research.

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More information is sought about each of these men – particularly stories about their personal lives, military service, and descendants.  Especially of interest are pictures of the men, if they have survived over time.  In 2017, Elizabethville will celebrate its bicentennial and a display of Civil War soldier pictures is planned.  Anyone willing to contribute a photo should contact the Project by e-mail.

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The news clipping is from Newspapers.com.

January 2016 Posts

Posted By on February 5, 2016

A listing of the January 2016 posts on The Civil War Blog with direct links:

Simon Gratz and the Virginius Affair

Obituary of George W. Geesey of Millersburg

December 2015 Posts

Rev. Thomas Garland – Served in Lykens, Halifax, & Williamstown

The Millersburg Roots of John H. Geist

Obituaries of the Three Geesey Men in the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry

Charles J. Hartleaf – “Dutch Charlie”

Who Was Henry Garmer of Hebe?

William J. George – New York War Veteran, Carpetbagger & Harrisburg Publisher

John J. Swab – A Record for the Soldier Homes?

John Gemmell, Alias Price – Not Named on Lykens G.A.R. Monument

Jennie Kissinger – Buried in Her Ku Klux Klan Robes

Obituary of a Civil War Widow, Mrs. Joseph W. Knouff

 

 

Philip C. Swab – A Grand Funeral!

Posted By on February 3, 2016

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Philip C. Swab is buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  During the Civil War, he served in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private.  He was mustered into service on 30 August 1864 and honorably discharged on 1 June 1865.  In 1870, Swab was a retail dry goods merchant in Williamstown, Dauphin County, and in 1880 continued in that occupation in Williamstown adding groceries to his goods for sale.  Beginning in 1885, he served as the elected Recorder of Deeds for the County, a position he held for two terms.  But after leaving that position, he re-located to the Tennessee-Kentucky area where he became President of a mining company.  It was in Tennessee that he died suddenly on 10 January 1900.  Since his roots were in Dauphin County, and in particular Elizabethville and Washington Township, the family made arrangements to bring his remains back for burial.  Thus resulted in one of the most elaborate funerals ever conducted in the Lykens Valley.

The Harrisburg-based news articles describing the life, death and funeral of Philip C. Swab are presented below.  Note the genealogical information tracing the Swab family back several generation, the rail arrangements made to move his body from Tennessee to Elizabethville, and the description of the huge floral pieces present at the funeral.  While one of the articles indicates that the burial took place at the St. John’s Church “graveyard,” located in Mifflin Township, near Berrysburg, interment actually took place at the Maple Grove Cemetery where Philip’s wife, the former Catherine Koppenheffer, had been laid to rest when she passed away in 1894.

Surprisingly, no picture has been located of Philip C. Swab, especially considering that he held an elective office in Harrisburg and that much has been written about the coal company of which he was president.  His brother George Swab, who was also involved with the coal company, lived until 1929, and his son Daniel Swab, when he registered for the draft in 1917, was living in Hartranft, Tennessee, and working for the same coal company.  Someone along the way must have preserved a photograph of Philip.

Additional information is sought on Philip C. Swab, including of his actual military service.  No pension application has been located for him.  Philip C. Swab is one of the Elizabethville area Civil War veterans who will be recognized as part of the Bicentennial of the town which will take place in 2017.

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From the Harrisburg Telegraph, 11 January 1900:

Philip C. Swab

Unexpected was the death of Philip C. Swab, from 1885 until 1894, Recorder of Dauphin County, at his home in Hartranft, Tennessee, yesterday afternoon.  His son, Daniel C. Swab, who is reading law at the office of District Attorney  Millar, received the sad news late yesterday afternoon and the further information that the body would be brought to the old Swab homestead near Elizabethville, this county, Saturday, for interment at St. John’s Church, near Berrysburg, Sunday morning at 10.

Philip C. Swab was born 10 September 1847, in Washington Township, and was the son of the late Eli Swab, who died in January 1899.  His great-great grandfather, John Schwab, was a native of Germany, and came to this country about 1735, first settling in Philadelphia, and later removing to Berks County.  John Jacob Schwab, grandfather of Eli Schwab, removed to Washington Township, where he died in 1819.  Jacob Swab, grandfather of the deceased, served in the War of 1812 and died on the Swab homestead in 1866.

The deceased wedded Catharine Koppenheffer, of Washington Township, about thirty years ago, and before coming to this city was a merchant at Williamstown.  He established a comfortable home at Thirteenth and Market Streets, and shortly after retiring from office as Recorder, removed to Hartranft, Tennessee, to assume the presidency of the Reliance Coal and Coke Company, formed by Dauphin County capitalists.  His brother, George Swab, formerly a clerk in the Recorder’s Officer, later a Common Councilman from the Ninth Ward, is now connected with the Tennessee Company in an official capacity.

The deceased is survived by three children:  Mrs. G. Walter Whiteman, of Philadelphia; Daniel C. Swab, of this city, and Miss Fannie Swab, of Hartranft, Tennessee.  Mrs. Swab died in this city in July 1894.

Mr. Swab served in the Civil War and was a Mason and member of the G.A.R.  He was a man of kindly and generous disposition and strong character.  He inherited the energy, industry and probity of his forefathers to a marked degree and always had a good word for his fellow man.  Mr. Swab made a popular official and many friends in Harrisburg will regret his sudden demise.

Mr. Swab stated this afternoon that he had not learned any particulars regarding the nature of his father’s illness.  He received a letter this morning from his father, mailed yesterday, in which the writer stated that he was enjoying his usual good health.

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From the Harrisburg Daily Independent, 11 January 1900.   Note:  According to her grave marker, Philip’s wife Catherine died on 24 July 1894, so the information in this obituary that “he leaves a wife…” is incorrect.

DEATH OF PHILIP C. SWAB

Ex-Recorder of Deeds of Dauphin County Dies in Tennessee

The announcement last evening in this city of the sudden death of Philip C. Swab, yesterday afternoon at his home in Hartranft, Tennessee, was received with profound regret by his large circle of friends.

Mr. Swab was born in Washington Township, this county, fifty-two years ago.  He leaves a wife and three children:  Mr. Daniel C. Swab, of the District Attorney’s Office, Harrisburg; Mrs. G. W. Whiteman, of Philadelphia; and Miss Fannie Swab, of Hartranft, Tennessee.

The funeral will take place from the Swab homestead, near Elizabethville, on Sunday, and interment will be made at St. John’s Cemetery, bear Berrysburg.

Philip C. Swab served two terms as Recorder of Deeds in Dauphin County, during which time he won the respect and confidence of many people in the city and county for his courteous and fair treatment for all.  Shortly after leaving the Recorder’s Office, he became interested in the Middleborough Coal Company, of Hartranft, Tennessee, and removed his family to that place, where he has since resided.  At the time of death, he was President of the coal company and had filled the position for several years.

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From the Harrisburg Daily Independent, 13 January 1900:

FUNERAL AT ELIZABETHVILLE

Remains of Ex-Recorder Swab Pass Through the City This Morning

The remains of ex-Recorder Philip C. Swab, who died suddenly at his home at Hartranft, Tennessee, this week, reached the city [Harrisburg] this morning at 1:55 o’clock and were taken to Elizabethville, where the funeral will take place to-morrow morning.  A number of friends of the deceased at Hartranft accompanied the body.

For the accommodation of the deceased’s many friends in this city, who wish to attend the funeral, a special car will be attached to News Express, leaving the city at 7:55 o’clock to-morrow morning.  The car will be detached at Millersburg and taken to Elizabethville by a special engine.  The car will leave Elizabethville in time to connect with the train at Millersburg due here [Harrisburg] at 6:55 o’clock in the evening.  A number of county and ex-county officials will attend the funeral.

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From the Harrisburg Telegraph, 13 January 1900:

MR. SWAB’S BODY HERE

Funeral Services Will be Held To-Morrow Morning

Accompanied by members of his family and close friends and business associates, the body of the late Philip C. Swab, former Recorder of Dauphin County, reached the city from his late home in Hartranft, Tennessee, at 1:55 this morning, coming by way of Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.  Later in the morning a number of friends of the Mingo Coal and Coke Company, Fork Ridge Coal and Coke Company, and Middleborough Coal Company, of which latter Mr. Swab was President at the time of his sudden death, arrived in Harrisburg to attend the funeral at St. John’s Lutheran Church, near Berrysburg, tomorrow morning.  Two of the children of the deceased, Daniel C. Swab, of this city, and Mrs. G. Walter Whiteman of Philadelphia, met the body at this point.  Mr. Whiteman, who is a former Harrisburger, is also here.  Those accompanying the body were Mr. and Mrs. George Swab, the former brother of the deceased; Miss Fannie Swab, a daughter; Mrs. Hannah [Swab] Brubaker, a sister; and General Manager Q. A. Tipten Jr., of the Reliance Coal and Coke Company.  The floral designs ordered in this city by the officials of the above-mentioned corporation are the handsomest seen in Harrisburg for a long while.  At 7:55 this morning, the body and friends departed for Elizabethville.

For the convenience of the many friends of Mr. Swab in this city and vicinity who have expressed their intention of attending the funeral, arrangements have been made whereby a special coach will be attached to the train leaving Union Station at 7:55 tomorrow morning.  The car will be detached at Millersburg and taken to Elizabethville by special engine.  The Harrisburgers will be able to return on Philadelphia Accommodation, reaching here [Harrisburg] at 6:55 tomorrow evening.  Funeral services will be held at the Swab homestead near Elizabethville at 10 o’clock and the body will be taken to St. John’s Church, where there will be further services.  Mr. Swab was an old member of the church.  He was also a member of Tremont Lodge of Masons and the G.A.R. Post of Williamstown, both of which will have representatives at the funeral.

Particulars of Mr. Swab’s death were received in the city yesterday.  He had returned from the company’s store about 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon and was informed by his brother George that the stock of feed in the stables was getting low.  He went to [the] stables, and shortly thereafter was found dead in the storage room by Stable Boss St. Clair.  The physicians pronounced the cause of death to be heart disease.

Through the Melrose Floral Company was ordered the following magnificent floral tributes, representing the outlay of hundreds of dollars:  a harp seven feet high, surmounted by three doves, and with golden strings, the sides and base of American beauty roses, and the balance of white roses and ferns, from the Mingo Coal and Coke Company; a standing anchor, four feet high, surrounded by a dove, formed of white and pink roses, lilies, hyacinths, and ferns, the base of galax leaves, white roses and asparagus, from the miners, drivers, and laborers of the Reliance Coal and Coke Company; a crescent and star, four feet high, the star formed of violets, white hyacinths, and yellow roses, the crescent of yellow roses and hyacinths, and the base of yellow roses and asparagus, from D. T. Hodges of Taswell, Tennessee.

In addition to those mentioned above as coming from Tennessee to attend the funeral are the following:  Dr. D. W. C. Senter, nephew of ex-Governor Senter, of Tennessee, and the Swab family physician; Judge G. W. Sansberry, Middleboro, Kentucky, former Vice President of the Middleborough Coal Company, and John Gent, Superintendent of the Reliance Coal and Coke Company; C. M. Woodbury, President of the Mingo Coal and Coke Company, and W. B. Lockett, of W. B. Lockett and Company, Knoxville, Tennessee, were also expected, but have not yet arrived.

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From the Harrisburg Daily Independent, 15 January 1900:

SWAB OBSEQUIES

Funeral of the Ex-Recorder Takes Place Yesterday in Washington Township

The funeral of ex-Recorder Philip C. Swab in Washington Township yesterday was one of the largest held in that section of Dauphin County for years.  The services were held at St. John’s Church, near Berrysburg, and Rev. Mr. Renninger conducted the services.  Members of Swatara Lodge of Masons of Tremont, attended the funeral and furnished the following pall bearers:  Sheriff John S. Reiff; Charles Stine; Deputy Sheriff George W. Melhenny; John Kauffman; Daniel Feagley; J. J. Nutt; Forest Swartz; and John Eby.  There was also a large delegation of the G.A.R. Post of Williamstown in attendance.  Deceased was a member of both organizations and the rites and ceremonies of the orders were appropriately observed at St. John’s Church Graveyard, where interment took place.  A number of floral designs were furnished by friends of the deceased.  The following Harrisburg people attended the funeral:  District Attorney Albert Millar; former member of the legislature, George Kunkel; Deputy Sheriff George W. McIlhenny; Robert Stucker and mother; Reuben Althouse; Arthur Eby; David R. Cadwallader; Simon Duey; Wellington Swab; and J. H. McIlhenny.

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News clippings are from Newspapers.com.

 

Update on Inglis V. Fairbain of Tower City

Posted By on February 1, 2016

On 13 November 2015, Who was Inglis V. Fairbain of Tower City? was presented in a blog post here.  Within a few days, a comprehensive summary was received from Debby Rudy, a regular research contributor who lives in the Lykens Valley area.  Her response answers many of the questions asked in the first blog post, but, as with all research, presents additional unanswered questions.  The e-mail she sent is presented here.

Comments are invited.

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Norm,

What fun! Here’s what I found. With all the misspellings of his first and last name it’s no wonder his info is buried. Spelled as Inglis, Teiglie, Englis, Engits, etc. Misspellings on every census.

His wife lists herself as a widow in the directories in Illinois during the years he is in Tower City. It appears that he returns after she dies in 1901 and is living with his daughter, Agnes before and after she married B.F. Lumley (who had been married to a sister of Agnes).

See my timeline below from Ancestry census, Newspapers.com, FamilySearch etc.  I’ve also corrected info on Findagrave for him and sent links to the memorial owners for his family. This should fill in some of the blanks on his whereabouts, though not what made him leave Illinois for Central Pennsylvania. Did he go to Pennsylvania to find work as a carpenter building houses or to escape a disagreeable wife or was he just a scoundrel who deserted his family and then returned after 20 years away?

Hmm…

Cheers,

Debby

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My Timeline: Inglis Fairbairn

1843:  Born in Edinborough, Scotland 1843

1850 Census:  Inglis is living in Salisbury, LaSalle County, Illinois with parents,  John Fairbairn (a baker) and Agnes Valentine Fairbairn [Note:  Ancestry spells his name as: Inghs Fiubrum].

1860 Census:  Inglis is 17 and living with father John Fairbairn (now a farmer) in Wheatland, Illinois and grandmother Jeanette Valentine (the source for his middle name of V.)

His mother Agnes Valentine Fairbairn and grandfather Valentine are not on the census and are presumed dead.

The next door farm is owned by Thomas Varley & Martha Varley (spelled incorrectly in census as Barley) whose daughter Margaret Varley, 17, later becomes Inglis’ bride.

1865 Discharge:  Discharged for Disability, 22 May 1865 at Newton (?) U.S ._____ Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland.  Source:  U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 for Teiglie W. Fairbairn [Ancestry transcribers are horrid!].  Englis V. Fairburn in the U.S. Returns from Regular Army Infantry Regiments, 1821-1916.

1865:  Marriage to Margaret Varney.  Name: Maggie Varley.   Gender: Female Marriage Date: 15 August 1865 Marriage Place: Will County, Illinois, Spouse Name: Inglis V. Fairbairn.

1870 Census:  Inglis is living in Plainfield, Will County, Illinois, with wife and 3 children: Inglis Fairbairn, 27, Farmer, born in Scotland; wife Margaret Fairbairn, 27, born in England.  Children-Thomas Fairbairn, 4; Agnes Fairbairn, 3; Anna Fairbairn, 2.

1880 Census – Inglis is living in Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, as a boarder, working as a house carpenter, listed as married.  Margaret Varney Fairbairn is living in Wheatland, Illinois, is listed as married, keeping house, living with her sister Martha and the children Margaret had with Inglis:

Margaret Fairbairn, 34; Thomas Fairbairn, 13; Agness F. Fairbairn, 12; Hannah L. Fairbairn, 11; John A. Fairbairn, 9; Martha E. Fairbairn, 5; Martha E. Varley, 16 (Margaret’s sister)

1890 Census:  Inglis in on the Veterans’ schedule living in Tower City, Porter Township, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

1891 Directory:  Margaret Varney Fairbairn is listed in Joliet, Illinois, directory as “widow Ingalls”

1895 Directory:  Margaret Fairbairn is listed in Joliet, Illinois, directory as “widow Ingalls”

Name: Margaret Fairbairn. Gender: Female. Residence Year: 1895. Street address: 105 Dickens. Residence Place: Joliet, Illinois, USA. Spouse: Ingalls Fairbairn.  Publication Title: Joliet, Illinois, City Directory, 1895

1899 Directory:  Name:  Margaret Fairbairn.  Gender:  female.  Residence Year:  1899.  Street Address:  601 N. Chicago. Residence Place:  Joliet, Illinois, USA.  Spouse:  Ingalls V. Fairbairn.

1901 Directory:  Margaret Fairbairn is listed at same address, 601 Chicago Ave, Joliet as “widow Eugene”

1901:  Wife Margaret dies, is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Joliet, Illinois.

1899:  Inglis collected a $6.00 pension in June 1899 in Tower City, Pennsylvania, according to the Harrisburg Star Independent (Newspapers.com)

1900 Census:  Tower City, Schuylkill County, Inglis is living alone, married 35 years, working as a carpenter, renting a residence. He is living next door to Ann Wilson from Wales and her 2 children who were born in Scotland.

1910 Census:  Inglis is not found in a census for Pennsylvania or Illinois as yet, but may turn up under yet another misspelling.  He is not living with daughter Agnes yet;  she is found in 1910 living with her sister Anna and Anna’s husband B.F. Lumley and working in his grocery store. When Anna dies, Agnes marries her sister’s husband..

1912 Directory:  Inglis is back in Illinois working at B.F. Lumley with his, as yet, unmarried daughter Agnes Fairbairn – who marries her deceased sister’s husband B.F. Lumley before next census.

Name: Inglis V. Fairbairn.   Residence Year: 1912. Street Address: 608 Stirling Av.  Residence Place: Joliet, Illinois, USA.  Occupation: Works Publication. Title: Joliet, Illinois, City Directory, 1912.

1920 Directory: In Illinois, working as a clerk in Joliet.  His name misspelled yet another new way:  Engits V. Fairburn.

1920 Directory: Name:  Ingles V. Fairbairn.  Street address: 303 Hebberd.  Residence Place: Joliet, Illinois, USA.  Occupation: Clerk.  Publication Title: Joliet, Illinois, City Directory, 1920

1920 Census: Living with now married daughter Agnes Fairbairn Lumley‘s family in Joliet, Illinois, 77 years old.

1921 – Illinois Death Index:

Name: Ingles Fairbairn.  Birth Date: 10 July 1842.  Birth Place: Scotland.   Death Date: 2 July 1921. Death Place: Joliet, Will County, Illinois.   Burial Date: 5 July 1921.  Burial Place: Joliet.  Death Age: 78.  Occupation: Carpenter. Race: White.  Marital Status: Widowed.  Gender: Male. Father Name: John T. Fairbairn. Father Birth Place: Scotland. Spouse Name: Margaret Fairbairn.

and finally, FROM:  http://www.colfab.org

National Park Service:  Detailed Soldier Record. www.civilwar.nps.gov

Inglie V. Fairbairn – Company F – 18 United States Infantry
Film Number M233, Roll 27

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War:      www.suvcwdb.org
Grave Registration: Fairbairn, Ingles
18 US Federal Infantry. Died:  2 July 1821; Buried:  Oakwood [Joliet] Will County, Illinois

1890 Veterans’ Schedules:  www.ancestry.com

(Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania):
Inglis V. Fairbairn – Pvt – Co F – 18 US Inf
Enlistment – 28 March 1862; Discharge:  23Aug1865; Length of service:  3 years, 6 months, 5 days.
Disability incurred:  Andersonville 10 months, “Wounded in foot shot”

Andersonville Prisoners of War:   www.ancestry.com
Inglis V. Fairbairn

Private – Company F – 18th United States Infantry.  Location of Capture:  Resaca, Georgia; Date
of Capture:  14 May 1864; Code – 49527  Paroled, 24 February 1865, Northeast Ferry, North Carolina;
Died, 2 July 1921.

Published Obituaries:

Joliet Sunday Herald-News – Sunday, 3 July 1921, Front Page

Almost on the eve of Independence Day, Ingalls V. Fairbairn, veteran of the Civil War and a resident of Will County for nearly 75 years, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Benjamin Lumley, 303 Hebbard Street. Mr. Fairbairn would have celebrated his seventy-ninth birthday, July 10.  He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and came to America as a boy, removing to Plainfield where resided until 11 years ago.  He was a prominent farmer of Plainfield and has taken an active part in G.A.R. work.  During the Civil War he served with Company F. 18th United States Infantry, and was a member of Bartleson  Post. G.A.R. who will attend the funeral.  Surviving him are two sons, Thomas Fairbairn and John Fairbairn of Joliet and two daughters, Mrs. Lumley and Mrs. Elvis Johnson of Joliet.  Mr. Fairbairn has been ill about six weeks.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at the Lumley home, the Rev. J. B.Brown, pastor of the Ridgewood Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery with G.A.R. rites.

Joliet Sunday Herald – 3 July 1921 – Page 14

Fairbairn Ingalls V., Company F. 18th United States Infantry, died at 11:30 a.m., July 2, 1921, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Benjamin Lumley, 303 Hebbard St.  Survived by two sons, Thomas Fairbairn and John Fairbairn, and two daughters, Mrs. B. Lumley and Mrs. Elvis Johnston of Joliet.  Funeral from the home of his daughter, Tuesday, 10 a.m.  Burial in Oakwood.  Comrades of the G.A.R. are requested to attend.  By request of E. W. Willard, Commander of Post 6.