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Posted By: Chantel Schmitt (email)
Date: 5/6/2012 at 17:17:08

Mrs. E.O. Upright (1806-1890)

Elizabeth Marchant Upright may have been the only mother to have had 10 sons in the Civil War. Born in New York in 1806 she married Arlo Marchant and to them were born thirteen sons and four daughters. After the death of her husband she moved with her sons to Winnebago County (Rockford), Illinois. There ten of her sons enlisted in the army. They were George, Abel (who died in service), Enoch, David, DeWitt (killed in action), Lewis, Silas, Aaron (killed in action), James and Norman. Following the war she married M.J. Upright, also a Civil War veteran, and in 1875 they moved to Butler county, Iowa. She moved to Rockford in 1888, where she lived until her death in 1890 at the age of 83.

In 1881 a bill passed by Congress to pay pensions of $8 per month to parents for the loss of children in the war was never received by Mrs. Upright until 1888, when the amount was raised to $30.

Vala, Michael F. The Story of Rockford, 328. M.F. Vala Publishing, Dubuque, IA. 1970.

Clipping, Mason City Globe Gazette (1957).


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