Madison County



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Veteran's Name: Fisher, John Wesley

Father: John Fisher
Residence:  Father's nativity: New Jersey
Occupation: Farmer Mother: Barbary Shetterly
Date of birth: 06 Oct 1825 Mother's nativity: Pennsylvania
Place of birth: Goshen Township, Clermont, Ohio Wife: Elizabeth Ann Gwinn, born 30 May 1830, Greenbrier County, Virginia, died 30 Mar 1859, Warren County, Iowa
Date of death: 13 Jul 1903 2nd wife: Susan E. Shepherd (nee Maxwell)
Place of death: Des Moines, Polk, Iowa 3rd wife: 
Place of burial: Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines  
Cause of death: 


  Almeda Jane (Saml P. B.) Shepherd

  Laura (Geo) Jeffries - died Truro, Madison, Iowa

  Katherine (edward) Shutt - died Madison County, Iowa

  Robert died at age 7 (by 2nd marriage)

War record
  Rank: Private Company: G Regiment: 3rd
  State: Iowa Organization: Infantry
  Enlistment date: 21 May 1861, mustered in 08 Jun 1861
  Enlistment age: 33 Residence: Hartford, Warren, Iowa
  Mustered out: 18 Jun 1864 at Davenport, Scott, Iowa
  Service: Wounded 17 Sep 1861, Blue Mills, Missouri. Missing and taken prisoner 12 Sep 1863, Jackson, Mississippi. Exchanged and returned to Company 10 Oct 1863.
GAR membership
  Post name: Pitzer Date joined: 05 Nov 1886
  Post No.: 55 (125) Age at joining: 
  Place: Winterset Transfers: Sus. 30 Sep 1888, transferred 06 Apr 1901
  Post name: Crocker Date joined: 03 Aug 1901
  Post No.: 12 (S) Age at joining: 76
  Place: Des Moines Transfers: 
Sources: Roster Iowa Soldiers; Ex. Soldiers living Ia. 1886: - Winterset./ Desc. Book Post 12: Fisher, John W born Ohio age 76 in 1901, tr. from Post 55/ Des Moines News 14 Jul 1903, p. 3, col. 3

1. Unlike most GAR records, John Wesley Fisher had four cards rather than two. The cards were filled with family information. The notes that follow are from the cards.

2. Fisher, John Wesley, born 06 Oct 1825, Goshen Township, Clermont, Ohio, son of John and Barbary Shetterly Fisher. John born ca 1778 in New Jersey, died ca fall of 1850 at Stony Creek Township, Madison, Indiana. Barbara Shetterly born 1785 in Pennsylvania. (1850 census shows John, age 72 and Barbary age 65).

3. Married 08 Mar 1849 to Elizabeth Ann Gwinn at Fisherburg, Madison, Indiana. Elizabeth Ann Gwinn born 30 May 1830, Greenbrier County, Virginia, daughter of Alexander Gwinn and Mary Gwinn, 1st cousins. Elizabeth Ann died 30 Mar 1859 Richland Township, Warren, Iowa.

4. Children of John W. Fisher and Elizabeth A. Gwinn: Almeda Jane, born 10 Dec 1849, married Samuel Peter Beeks Shepherd at harford, Iowa 04 Nov 1866 or 1867. Had 7 children (See also Shepherd, Post 12 G.A.R.) Phoebe Catherine (called Kate), born 01 Apr 1855, married 16 July 1876 to Edward Shutt. Laura Ellen, born 13 Sec 1856, married 01 Nov 1874 or 1875 to George Jeffries, died at Truro, Madison, Iowa. By 2nd wife, Robert C. W. born 15 Jul 1866, died 05 Jul 1873 near Hartford, Warren, Iowa.

5. Married 2nd, Mrs. Susan E. Shepherd (Widow of Oliver H. Maxwell), 25 Aug 1864.

6. Lola Shepherd Elliot of 1603 E. 14th Street, Des Moines has family Bible, is daughter of Samuel Peter Beeks Shepherd and Almeda Jane Fisher. Claimed eligibility to join Daughters of Union Veterans from John W. Fisher and father.

7. Was in Libby Prison.

8. Census - John and Barbary Fisher in Stony Creek Township, Madison County, Indiana.

9. John Fisher and Barbary Shetterly were married in Clermont County, Ohio. They moved in 1829 or 1830 to Madison County, Indiana and settled in Stony Creek township. Not found in 1830 census. Their youngest child was born in 1831.

10. Parents of Elizabeth Gwinn were Alexander Gwinn and wife Mary Gwinn (1st cousins). Alfred Fisher moved 1852 or 1853 to Warren County, Iowa, lived near Hartford in Richland Township.

11 Samuel Peter Beeks Shepherd served in the Union Army, company A 48th Iowa Infantry, was a member of Post 12, Des Moines. His daughter, Lola Shepherd Elliott served as National President of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

12. Greves Registration: Has taken record of Fisher, John (Roster Iowa Soldiers Co D 3 Ia Inf age 33. res. Decorah, nat. Germany. Enl Ja 28, 1861. Must Jul 28, 1861. Wounded slightly in breast Apr 6, 1862, Shiloh, Tennessee. Re-enl and re-must Feb 2, 1864. See C Co C 3 Vet Batta. Age 33. Res. Hartford, nat. Ind. Enl Jan 4 and must Feb 2, 1864. Trans from Co. D, 3rd Inf. See Co I, 2/3 Cons. Age 44. res Decorah, nat. Germany. must out Jul 12, 1865, louisville, Ky) 2110 Meek Ave. Des Moines.

13. Family record given by Mrs. Lola Elliott, granddaughter (Jan 7, 1947 and Robert Fisher, 4900 Woodland Apr 3, 1963)

14. Alfred Fisher, a brother, in Co. E 17th Ia. Inf. Fisher and Shetterly families settled in Richland Township, Warren County.



Transcribed by Kent G. Transier 04 Nov 2005.