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Biographical Sketch Of James Everingham
Born: 1845, Died 1910

James was born on July 15,1845 at Alton, Illinois, the first child of William and Elizabeth Everingham. His father was born in 1823 in Willoughby Township, Welland County, Ontario, Canada (near the Niagara Falls). James' mother was born in 1823 in Ohio. William's family had migrated to Freeport, Illinois in 1839. William and Elizabeth had married there in 1844 and James was born as they were moving with the grandparents, further West.

In 1846 James' parents and grandparents (Jacob and Margaret Everingham) bought land in Dubuque County, Iowa and farmed near Cascade, Iowa. In 1854 James parents and grandparents relocated once more to Utica Township, Chickasaw County, Iowa. Each bought farmland and proceeded to establish new farms. James grew up on his Father's farm from the ages of 9 to 15.

With the outbreak of the Civil War, James' father (Pvt-Co.I 9thIOWA Inftry) enlisted in September,1861. He was 38 years old and had seven children at home and one on the way. Like his father, James enlisted on April 18,1862 for three years service in the Regulars, as a Private in Co.”B”, 2nd Battalion, 16th U.S.Infantry. He lied about his age, he was 15 years old, not the required 18 years of age. He enlisted at Lansing, Iowa.

James' Uncle, Barsnett Dell Everingham, also enlisted as a Volunteer for three years. He served first as a Sgt. in Co..”I”, 38th Regiment, Iowa Infantry and later as a 2nd Lt. in Co.”F”, 34th Regiment, Iowa Infantry. His war campaigns included: the Siege of Vicksburg; Expedition to Jackson, Mississippi; Pusuit of General Johnson; Capture of Brownsville, Texas; Siege of Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay; and the Battle of Blakely, Alabama. Barsnett was discharged in September,1865 at Davenport Iowa.

William Everingham fought in the Battles of Nubbin Ridge and Pea Ridge in Arkansas. During the Pea Ridge campaign) William suffered exhaustion and collapsed and was hospitalized until his discharge in October,1862 at St. Louis, Missouri. He returned to his father's farm in Utica Township.

James served out his full three year enlistment and was honorably discharged on April 18,1865 at Lookout Mountain,Tennesse, whereupon he returned to his father's Utica Township in Chickasaw County, Iowa.

It should be noted that when James was three, in 1849, James' father and grandfather led a wagon train out from Iowa to the California Gold Fields. Apparently they didn't stay too long (we think one year) because they were soon back farming in Chickasaw County and are both listed in the 1860 U.S.Census in Iowa.

On October 30th,1870 James married a neighbor, Margaret Allison Wright, who already had one child Jennie from a brief previous marriage to one William P. Wright. James and Margaret were married at New Hampton, Iowa. They had 4 children together, all born in Utica Township; William (Will) Joseph b.1872, Margaret Elizabeth (Lizzie) b.1873, Minnie b.1879, and Sarah Ellen (Sadie) b.1881. James was listed as a farmer owning land in the 1880 US Census.

In the summer of 1885, James went to Missouri by himself. He had written to his wife suggesting she sell the stock and come down where he was and buy herself a house. The economy was not favorable and the crops were poor as well. Instead, in 1886 Margaret took her four Everingham children and went with Horace Parrott to Kellogg, Minnesota. Horace rented a small farm/house for the family group on a hillside above the Zumbro River about one mile from town. Horace and Margaret had a daughter Edna, b.1886. Chickasaw County records show James divorced Margaret in 1888. Horace and Margaret had a second child, Raymond Nelson, b.1889 at Kellogg, Minnesota.

Sometime before 1898, James applied for, and received, a Veteran's Pension from the Government. The 1900 US Census found James to be living alone in Little Texas Township, Craighead County, Arkansas, age 55, widowed, occupation: railroad tie maker.
In 1907 James applied/reapplied for a Veteran's Pension. He was then living in the National Military Home, Leavenworth, Kansas.He died December 15,1910 and was buried in the Leavenworth National Cemetary in Kansas.
Most data about James comes from official documents as he had so little contact with his Family.

Contributed and Written by Grant Hayes, 15 February 2004, Duluth, Minnesota
Transcribed by Mike Peterson
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Biographical Sketch Of William W. Everingham
Born: 31 Mar 1823, Died 9 December 1898

William Everingham, farmer, section 21, Post Office: Lawler, owns 175 acres of land, was born in 1823 at Chippewa, Canada. When he was 16 years of age, his parents moved to Stephenson Co, Illinois, where he was engaged in farming for 7 years. In 1846 he came to Iowa, then a territory, settling in Dubuque Co. In the spring of 1854 he came to Chickasaw Co. and located in this township entering his land from the government, the land he now resides upon being the identical land. On August 12th, 1861, he enlisted at this place in Company "I" 9th Iowa Infantry under Captain J. H. Powers, serving only 14 months participating in the engagements at Nubbin Ridge and Pea Ridge and being disabled by exposure at the latter place he was discharged October 12th, 1862 and is now a pensioner of the Government. He returned to his home and has since been engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was married at Freeport, Illinois, in October 1844 to Elizabeth Sprouls by whom he has 9 children living: James, Mary Jane, John, Sarah E., Jacob, William, Margaret E., Martha C., Andrew L., Martin A., Clara Amanda, Minnie Caroline, and Doc. They have also had five children who have died - three daughters and two sons. Mr. Everingham is one of the first pioneers of this township and a man of mark in the community in which he resides.

Source: The History of Chickasaw and Howard Counties 1883, by W. E. Alexander, Published by Western Publishing Company, Page 566, located in Public Library at New Hampton, Iowa 21 April 1981.

Contributed by Grant Hayes
Transcribed by Mike Peterson

Everingham Family Photos