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Hamilton County, Iowa

Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949

"Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949." Database and images. FamilySearch. : 7 December 2016. State Historical Department, Des Moines.

There were three G.A.R. Posts in Hamilton County: Cassius Fairchild #431, Williams, Ia.; Daniel Hill #372, Stratford, Ia.; Winfield Scott #66, Webster City, Ia..

G.A.R. Post

Cassius Fairchild #431, Williams, IA

Chartered: May 17, 1887, charter members 26 Total 40, disbanded 1918

Property: At Headquarters, Des Moines, Iowa

Cash book, Ledger, Minutes, Descriptive Book (37 names enrolled), Charter (Re-written and dated March 18, 1899)




Personal History


War Record






Fairchild, Cassius



Died: Oct 24, 1868


Sources:  Roster Wis Vols.

Historical Register U.S. Army by Heitman; death date Bvt. Brig. Gen. of Vols. For meritorious service during the war.

Commissioned Col. Mar. 17, 1864; Major, Oct. 10, 1861; Lieut. Col. Dec. 10, 1861; wounded Shiloh; Brevet Brig. Gen. U.S. Vols., Mar. 13, 1865; Mustered out July 12, 1865

No personal history listed

Allinson, William

Joined Post 431 (24) My.17,1887

Born: Ap 12, 1842 Davis Co, Ill.

Died: 22 F. 1901 Williams, IA

Bur: Williams Protestant Cemetery

Father: John Allinson Mother: Elizabeth Tool; wife: Jane Armstrong

Children: William A.; John;

(John) Johnson

(Frank) Millsap

“Mr. Allinson was a native of Ill. When he enl he was assigned to a Wis Inf serving until Nov 1863. In 1875 he came to Hamilton Co & farmed for 2 yrs & then went into the implement business. He held various offices in the town of Williams & was active in the Methodist Church & Cassius Fairchild Post of the G.A.R.”

Prvt. Co.I  16 Reg. Wisc. Infantry

Enlisted Nov 28, 1861

Disch Jan 20, 1863


Res. Hazel Green Age 19


Blackledge, Stanton

No personal data.


Joined Post 431 (39) May 3, 1896

Age 47

Cd. 1st Term 1896

Post 431 Ledger, p. 74 Must in Ap 4, 1896 (error according to Minutes) Dr nonpayment dues Dec 1900.

Sources: A.G.R. Ind. Blackledge, Stanton.

Post minutes May 3, 1896 Stanton Blackledge must in.

Prvt. Co. I 136 Reg Ind. Inf

Res. Spencer Co.,

Enlisted My 23, 1864

Supposed Mus. Out, term exp.

Blackley, Edward C.

No personal data.





Joined Post 431 (23)

Joined My. 17, 1887

Sources: Roster Iowa Soldiers: Ex-Soldiers Living in Iowa 1886.

Res: Williams

Post 431 Desc Book.


U. S. Pension List of 1883: # 123 195 g.s.wd $8.00


Prvt. Co G., 5 Reg IA Inf

(Veteran) age 20, Res. Vinton, nat. N.Y.

Enlisted: June 24 and must Jl 15, 1861. Re-enl and re-must Jan 5, 1864. See Co. I, 5th Cavalry cons. to which trans Aug 8, 1864. Wounded. Disch for wounds Sept 1, 1865, Keokuk, IA


Blank, Ernest


Died 18, 1901 Des Moines, Iowa

Bur: Williams Protestant Cemetery

Graves Reg: died 6 My 1901


Joined Post 431 (27) (date not listed)

Ex-soldiers living Iowa 1886

Res. Dows

Roster Iowa Soldiers:

G.A.R. Muster Roll 1st & 3d ed; Co K 6 R.C. / Williams Wasp 8 My 1901; Graves Reg; d. 6 My 1901; burial

Prvt. Co. B 6 Reg

IA Cavalry

Enlisted Oct 23 and must Nov. 12, 1862

Must out Oct 17, 1865, Sioux City, Iowa

Age 21 Res Buncombe, nat. Prussia

Bouchner, Lawson

Joined Post 431 (13) May 17, 1887. Sus. Ja. 2, 1893; Sus. 1st Term 1893.


Born: Canada





Age 23. Res. Davenport, Nat. Canada

Prvt. A 11 Iowa Infantry; enlisted & must Oct. 4, 1864. Must out May 29, 1865 Davenport, Ia.; age 25 when enl. Roster of Iowa Soldiers

Bradfield, Harvey S.

Joined Post 431 (36)

Born: Jan 22, 1847 Knox Co., Ohio

Died: 30 June 1919: Buried: Berlin, Iowa Berline-Jackson Cemetery, Owasa, Iowa

Occupation: farmer

Wife: Mary L. Hughes

Children: Allen, Cecil, Roy, Grant, Laura Wolcott, Edith Nassen, Dora Liesvelt

Mrs. Geo Lynk, Bernice B. (Sources: Eldora Herald Jl 3, 1919; Hardin Co. History 1883

Membership: joined Post 431 Williams after 1897. Age 51.

Edward C. Buckner Post 154, Eldora 2 Dec. 1885.

Sus 30 S. 1886; re ist trm 1906.

Enl age 18. Res. Hardin Co., nat. Ohio; Jan 2, and must Jan 2, 1864. Must out Feb 15, 1866, Austin, Texas.

Prvt G 1 Iowa Vol. Cavalry.

Bratenober, Ralph H.

Death: F 16, 1925; Burial: Lester Cem, Dunkerton, Ia.

Name borne, Ralph H. Bratnober

Joined Post 66 Winfield Scott, Webster City, My 25, 1918 Sus. Casius Fairchild 431 Williams joined May 3, 1903. Dues paid to Aug 15, 1912. Post 68 Robert Anderson, Waterloo joined My 13, 1920 age 74, cd 1st trm 1896, age 49

Private K 44 Wisconsin Inf; Roster Wisconsin Vols: Res. Hazel Green, Wis.

Enlisted: Feb 6, 1865. Must out Aug 28, 1865

Cady, Lemuel L.

Birth: 1 Je 1843 Tioga Co., Penn

Death: 15 Ap 1891 Williams, Burial: Williams Prot. Cem

Father: Lemuel

Mother Cerneption Place

Wife: Fanny M. Eaton

Children: George, Winifred, Joe


Occupation: farmer


Post 431 (7) joined My 17, 1887.

Member-At-Large: “L.L. Cady, a well known & respected citizen of Williams, came to Hamilton Co. from Illinois. He enl in the war soon after that & served until the close of the war. He was a blacksmith by trade & followed that profession for a number of yrs, later purchasing a farm in Williams Twp. It was there he remained until his death.”

Sources: Adjt Gen Rept Illinois; Webster City Tribune 17 Ap 1891; Hamilton Co Hist; Grave Reg: birth, death, family, burial/ Post 431 Desc Book


Iowa Census 1895, Hamilton Co., Williams Twp. p. 765. Cady, Mrs. Fannie M. (Soldiers’ widow, age 46, born Ohio Joe Cady 16, born Hamilton Co., Iowa

Enlisted Res. Earlville, Ill Aug 13, 1862 Must Aug 27, 1862; Trans to Inv. Corps Nov. 25, 1863


Campbell, Caleb

Birth: N.Y.

Death: Burial: Alden Cemetery


Sources: Post 431 (22) Desc Book: Age 23, birthplace N.Y. appears to be Mos 3 Reg; Post Ledger shows G 3 Wis Cav overwritten G 3 Ind Cav (not found in either) Record of Posts Co G 3 Mo Cav

Prvt. G 3 Missouri Cav; age 23 Enl Sept 1861 Served one year. Disc for disability


Post 431 Williams joined My 17, 1887 Sus. 2nd Term 1893; Dr. 1st Term 1896

Cole, Edgar

Birth: 1846

Death: S 15, 1913

Buried: Alden Cemetery, Alden, Iowa

Post 431 (40) Cassius Fairchild, Williams, Ia 2nd Tr.

Joined Dec 3, 1906

Sources: 1913 Annual Encpt.; Cole, Edgar-no record.

Record from Post 431 Ledger, p. 95 Roster Wis Vols: Edgar /Graves Reg. 1846-1913, burial

Prvt E 51 Wisconsin Inf

Res. Rubicon

Enlisted Must Feb 27, 1865 Corp., Sergt.

Must out Aug 21, 1865

Crabtree, Edmund

Birth: 11 0. 1839 Oldham, England

Death: 12 S. 1909 Long Beach, Calif

Burial: Williams Cem., Williams, Iowa

Father: John

Mother: Alice Mills

Wife: Melissa A. Altizer




Children: (G.N.) Orris, Williams, Ia

(I.G.) Cole

Edmund Ernest


Post 431 (8) Joined My. 17, 1887 Tr. 1st Term 1895


“Mr. Crabtree was born in England & came with his parents to America in 1841 settling in Grant Co, Wisconsin. At that time there was a lead boom in that part of Wis. Some few years later he went to California  via N.Y. City & Isthmus of Panama. After the war he came to Hamilton Co & settled in Williams Twp & that was before there was a house on the present site of Williams. In 1882 he moved into Williams & established a mercantile business. He also held several responsible County Offices, having been on the Board of Supervisors at the time the present Court House was built.”

Sources: Roster Wisc Vols/ Ex-Soldiers Living Iowa 1886: Res. Williams/Williams Was 16 Sep 1909; Graves Reg: birth, death, family, bur., Post 431 Desc Book

Prvt. H 43 Wisc. Inf.

Res. Clayton Grant Co., Wis

Enlisted age 24 Sept 2, 1864; M.O. June 24, 1865

Crabtree, John G.

Birth: 1848 Grant Co., Wis

Death: Aug 1, 1903 Alden, Iowa

Burial Alden Cemetery, Alden, Iowa




Wife: Lena Berg

Children: William A., Theresa, Maude, Nellie, Maggie & Laura- all of Alden, Iowa Mrs. Wesley Davis Fort Arthur, Tex; Mrs. J.W. Moss N. Platte, Nebr; Mrs. W.R. Sheldon Sioux City, Ia

Source: Roster Wisc  ols: Crabtree, John G/Ex-Soldiers Living Iowa 1886- res. Alden

Post 431 Desc Book

Death from Post 436


Post 431 (17) joined My. 17, 1887 Sus. 1st Term 1893; Dr. 1st Term 1896


Post 436 W. Fairbanks, Alden


Graves Reg.; Alden Times Aug 7, 1903/Soldiers’ Monument of Eldora, Iowa

Prvt. D 42 Wisc. Inf.

Res. Lancaster Age 16 Aug 31, 1864, M.O. June 20, 1865

Davidson, Americus V.



Birth: Courtland Co., N.Y.


Sources: Ex-Soldiers Living Iowa 1886: Co K 1 Cal. Cav: Davison, A.V. – res Blairsburg/ Roster Calif Men: Sgt Co K 1 Cal Cav/ Roster Calif Men: Davison/ Post 431 Desc Bk


Joined Post 431 (20) Williams My 17, 1887; Disch Nov 12, 1888 Tr.

Prvt. K 1 Calif Cav

Res. San Francisco

Enlisted July 9, must Dec 20, 1863

Must out at Sant Fe, N.M., Jl 20, 1866; exp trm service

Eaton, Charles N.

Birth: Oct 24, 1830 Cuyahoga Co., N.Y. [sic Ohio]

Death: Je. 22, 1909 Blairsburg, Iowa; Blairsburg Cemetery

Father: Dyer

Mother: Emaline Clark

Wife: Julia E. Hallock

Children: (Henry) Burkett, Williams, Ia.

Occupation: farmer

Sources: Adjt Gen Report Illinois: Charles N and Chas F/Ex-Soldiers Living Iowa 1886: Eaton, Chas N-res Williams/ Frank Clerff, Webster City; Williams Wasp 6-24-09; Ida Manke; Gloyud Pierce; Graves Reg: birth, death, family/


Joined Post 431 (14) Williams My. 17, 1887 Desc Book: Born Ohio, age 23 when enl.

Prvt. D 34 Ill. Inf.

Res. Paw Paw and Dixon Illinois (Chas N)

Enlisted Aug 26, 1861 Must Sept  1861

Re-enl as veteran (Name Charles F) res. Dixon, Ill. Dec 23, 1863 Must Jan 3, 1864 Must out Jl 12, 1865

Eaton, Hazard C

Birth: Dec. 19, 1846 Rockport, Ohio

Death: Feb. 18, 1924 near Whittier, Iowa; burial: Springville Cem., Springville, Iowa

Father: Dyer

Mother: Emeline

Wife Emma C Gregg m. May 29, 1873

Children: Heath Lehman, Montana; Mrs. Lloyd Creglow, Sprinville, Ia.

Occupation: farmer



Sources: Adjt. Gen Rept Illinois: Eaton, Hazard C. Post 431 Desc Book Springville New Era Feb 21, 1924 Ida Manke, Hamilton Co. Hist.


Joined Post 431 (11) Williams, Iowa My. 17, 1887

Tr. Je. 30, 1891

Dennison 244 Center Point

Prvt. I    4 Illinois Cav res. Paw Paw, Ill age 17 Enlisted Dec 9, 1863 Must Dec 25, 1863; Trans to Co B as Cons. Trans to Co I, 12th Ill Cav. Cons. Must out Dec 21, 1865

England, David Addison

Birth: not listed

Death: 1914

Joined Post 431 (38)

Roll book of Post 66 gives record Co K 115 Illinois


Post 431 Ledger, p. 76 and 94, Ad England, Ledger Index, Adison England. Not shown in Ex-Soldiers


Cd. 2nd Term 1895 Dr Oct 3, 1910


Winfield Scott 66 Webster City

Private K 115 Illinois Infantry


Res. Athens; Enl Aug 9, 1862. Must Sept 13, 1862; Must out June 11, 1865 as Sergeant.

Gade, Friedrich

Birth: May 6, 1835 or 1834 Germany

Father: Fred

Mother: Mary

Death: Jan. 5, 1908 Union Cemetery, Iowa Falls, IA


Fred J, Carl L., William H., Louis A., Mrs. John Hayes, Mrs. J. H. Birdsall, Mrs. George Davis, Mrs. O. H. Hensel

Sources: Hardin County Hist. 1911

Roster Wisc Vols: Gade, Friedrich;

ExpSoldiers Living Iowa 1886: Gade, Fred

Res. Dows

Joined Post 431 (3) Williams; My 17, 1887; sus. 2nd term 1893; Reinst. 2nd Term 1897


Geo Gibson Post 208 (16) Dows tr cd 13 0’85


Post 431 (3) had: Gaude, Fred

Pvt. I   45 Wisconsin Infantry

Res. Manitowoc

Enlisted: 28 Sept 1864

Must Out: 7 July 1865

Knickerbacker, James

Jly 10, 1842 LaSalle Co., Ill

Death: Ja. 1, 1901 Radcliffe Cemetery, Radcliffe, Ia.

Graves Reg.: died Ja 31, 1901

Post 431 (26) Williams, date joined: My 17, 1887

Adjt Gen Rept Illinois; U.S. Pension List 1883; res. Jewell/ 49401; dis eyes $24

Mus. G 53 Ill. Inf.

Res. Mission (Private) and must Jan. 7, 1862. Trans to Invalid Corps. Must out Mar. 14, 1865

Lyon, Edward P.

Occup: farmer

Birth: 22 O. 1838 Salisbury, N.Y.

Death: Ag. 13, 1913. Williams Prot. Cem. Williams, Iowa

Father: David N. Lyon

Mother: Deborah Peek

Wife: Flora M. Marsh


Children: Willie E., Iowa Falls, Iowa

David, deceased

Elbert Percy, Williams, Iowa

“Mr. Lyon was a native of N.Y. but very soon moved to Ohio & lived there until 1856. In 1862 he enl in Co. C 104 Ill Inf & was in many notable battles among them Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga & Peachtree Creek. In 1871 he came to Iowa & located in Williams Twp where he has since resided.“

Joined Post 431 (4) My 17, 1887


Source: Adjt Gen Rept. Illinois/Ex-Soldiers Living Iowa 1886; res. Williams/Hamilton Co Hist Graves Reg; birth, death, burial, family/Post 431 Desc Book- age 24 when enl.



Enlisted: Aug 11, 1862; Must Aug 27, 1862;

Must. Out: June 6, 1865

McClure, Thomas

Res: Webster City

Occupation: harness maker

Birth: Nov. 11, 1835 Chillicothe, Ohio

Death Jan. 31, 1904 Iowa Falls, IA. Union Cemetery, Iowa Falls

Wife: Nancy McCullough

Children: (Ed) Mann;

(Homer) Barrett; Charles, William, Raymond, Frank, Roy and Ina

Graves Reg.: Obituary; Enl Apr 1861

Disch: Aug 1865 Sgt G 18 U.S. Inf

Sources: Ex. Soldiers living Ia 1886; Sgt G 18 U.S. Inf-Webster City/ List 1912 Post #66. Pvt 18 U.S. Inf & Sgt B 12 Ill Inf


Winfield Scott Post 66 (84) Webster City. Joined 30 Oct ‘82

Sus. 2nd trm ‘93

Tr 1st trm ’94 (Ap. 16) Age 47


Cassius Fairchild 431 (37) Williams cd 2d trm 1894


Chas Payne 141 Iowa Falls. Joined Apr 20, 1891

Prvt  B  12  Ill Inf

Sgt  G  18  U.S. Inf

Miller, Samuel W.

Farmer, Blairsburg, Hamilton Co., Ia.

Born: NY


Joined Cassius Fairchild Post 431 (35) Ap 5, 1897

Dr non-payment dues D. 1, 1902


Sources: Post 431 Desc Book; Military record: Co. H or K.

Post ledger shows Co K 2 N.H. Art/Rept Adjt Gen N.Y.: Miller, Sam’l W; Co A & K

Prvt-Corp K 2 New York Art. Hvy; enl Prvt Oct 14, 1861; Disch Corp Jan. 2, 1864 Surg Cert Disability

A.G.R.: age 18; ent. 14 Oct 1861 at Frankfort, N.Y.; must as Prvt Co K 14 Oct for 3 yr; re-enl & appt’d Corp 2 Ja 1864; wded 14 Ag 1864, place not stated; tr to Co A 27 Je 1865, disch for disabil 10 Jl 1865, as of Co K; also borne as S.M. Miller.

Morrison, Solomon S.

Res: Webster City; merchant

Birth: 3 F. 1845 Ohio

Death: 9 Jl 1918 Webster City; Graceland Cem.


Child: (Jerry M) Holland, Dunlap, Iowa

Joined Cassius Fairchild Post 431 (15) May 17, 1887

Tr 2d term 1892


Winfield Scott 66 (171) Webster City 1st trm 93

Age 47

Source: Roster Ohio Soldiers: (Solomon S) Freeman Journal 7-11-18; Graves Reg. birth, burial, daughter


“Mr. Morrison was a native of Ohio & came to Iowa & Hamilton Co in an early day. He clerked for a time in a local dry goods store & was later associated with the N.G. Olmstead general store. He was very successful in his business.”

Prvt B 120 Ohio Inf

Enlisted: Age 18. 10 Ag 1862

Trans to Co.E 114th O.V.I., 27 N 1864; to Co.E 48th O.V.I., 24 Jl 1865. Must. Out with company, 14 Oct 1865 at Houston, Tex.

Service 3 years.


Mullen, James


Birth: Ireland

Death: 29 Apr 1915


Roster Wisc Vols: Co F and G 31 Wisc Post 431 Desc Book birthplace

Joined post 431 (10) My. 17, 1887; Disch. 2nd Term 1893

Winfield Scott 66 (S) Webster City Ja. 26, 1907

Age 66

Desc Book; disch 2d term 1893-G.A.R.Dept: 1892

Prvt. F 31 Wisc. Inf


Res: Albany; Dec. 27, 1862 From Co G; tr. to Co G June 20, 1865; Must. out July 8, 1865



Pettinger, Nicholas


Birth Ag 10, 1836 Germany

Death: O. 24, 1906 Webster City, Iowa; Blairsburg cemetery

Wife: Margaret Atkinson


Albert of Blairsburg;

Nettie of Williams; Weslty of Bue Earth, Minn

(W.F.) Hunter, Webster City, IA.

Joined Post 431 (31) 1st Qr. 1891

Sources: Roster Iowa Soldiers/Webster City Journals 10-25-06; The Daily Freeman Tribune, Webster City 10-24-06; Graves Reg; birth, death, family/Desc Book of Post 431.

(vet) age 24

Res. Dubuque, nat. Germany

Enlisted: Sept 25 and Must. Oct 7, 1861

Re-enl and re-must. Jan 1, 1864. Trans to Co E, 5th Vet Cav Cons Aug 8, 1864. Must out Aug 11, 1865, Nashville, Tenn.

Prentice, Edward


Death: Williams Prot. Cem.

Joined post 431 (12) My 17, 1887

Sus. 2nd Term 1899.

Sources: Adjt. Gen Rept Illinois; Prentice, Edward; Ex-Soldiers Living Iowa 1886; res. Williams/Graves Reg; burial. Post 431 Desc Book

Prvt. K 75 Ill. Inf.

Enlisted: Res. Wyoming, Ill

Age 27; Aug 22, 1862. Must. Sept 2, 1862; Disch Mar 8, 1863


Pyle, Henry


Birth: 3 F. 1844 Brown Co., Ohio

Death: 10 N. 1906 I.S.H. Marshalltown, Ia.

Graceland cemetery, Webster City, Ia.


Children: J.E. of Chicago, Ill; J.S. of Waterloo, IA

(C.M.) Houck, Belmond;

Fannie; Myrtle

Harvey Arnold, Webster City, Ia.

Joined post 431 (30) 4th Qr. 1890. Sus 2nd Term 1894; Reinst. 2nd Term 1895.

Sources: Harry

Rept Adjt Gen Ill/ Pile/Webster City Freeman; Graves Reg; birth, death, family; Post 431 Desc Book


“Mr. Henry Pyle, only a resident to this city for 6 yrs, was a native of Ohio. He came to Iowa in 1882 & located in the Williams vicinity. Four years previous to his death he suffered a severe stroke of paralysis which affected his mind & made him a great care.”

Enlisted: res Newton, age 19; 3 Sep, Must. 30 Sep 1864. Must. Out 22 Je 1865

Rankin, James

Birth: 1840 Ireland

Death May 5, 1927 Alden, IA.; Alden Cemetery

Wife: Margaret Jane Cash

Children: Albert, Dave, Henry, Mary Dutton, Sarah A. Carns, Ellen Palmer

Joined Post 431 (25), 1887

Sources: Sentinel Ag. 16, ’04; Graves Reg.; dates, family Hardin Co., Roster Iowa Soldiers; Rankin, James/Ex-Soldiers Living Iowa 1886. Res. Alden/ Record of Posts, Co. E 11 Iowa Inf

Enlisted (veteran) age 21, res. Mechanicsville/ Sept. 26, 1861. Must. Oct 5, 1861. Re-enl and re-must Jan. 1, 1864. Must out Jl 15, 1865, Louisville, Ky.

Richardson, Jerry


Joined post: My 17, 1887

Sources: Adjt Gen Rept Illinois; Post 431 Desc Book


U.S. Pension List 1883; #124 560 g.s.Wd rt. Leg $4.00

Prvt. C 39 Ill. Inf.

Res. Sunbury; Age 26, Aug 12, 1861. Must Oct 11, 1861; Must out June 24, 1865,

pris war.

Rick, John G.

Birth: Germany

Death: Apr 2, 1911

Joined Post 431 (2) My 17, 1887.

Sus. 1st Term 1900.


U.S. Pension List 1883 #195  456 Ch Rhumatism $4.00 Sept 1881

Sources: Ex-Soldiers Living Iowa 1886; res. Williams

Bates Hist Pa Vols/ Post 431  Desc book

Lt. A 2 Pa. Artillery

Age 26 Enl at Philadelphia; Jan 4, 1864

Pr from 1st Sgt to 2nd Lt 16 Dec 1864; to 1st Lt Jan. 25, 1865; disch by G.O. May 15, 1865. Served 10 years Co H 6 U.S. Inf.

Ripley, Andrew J.


Eldora, Ia.

Birth: Va

Joined Post 431 (5) My 17, 1887. Sus. 2nd Term 1899; Dr non payment dues D. 6, 1909

Source: Post 431 Desc Book; Roster Iowa Soldiers


U.S. Pension List of 1883 $69 928 wd rt shoulder, pension 18- Same list shows Margaret Ripley res. Williams widow 1812 Pension No. 25,049 $8 Je 1870

Sgt. A 32 Iowa Inf.

Enlisted: age 22, res. Hardin Co., nat. Va., Aug 11, 1862 as 3rd Serft.. Must Sept 4, 1862. Promoted 2nd Sergt Feb 10, 1863; 1st Sergt Mr 13, 1863. Taken prisoner Ap 9, 1864. Pleasant Hill, La. Disch for disability Je 5, 1865. Dubuque, Iowa

Robbins, Ephraim


Birth: 5 Ja 1849 Pittsburg, Penn.

Death: 27 D. 1930 Webster City. Graceland Cem.

Father: Stephen

Mother: Mary Langstoff

Wife: Ida McMillan

Alice Amanda Douglas

Mary Hermann

Homer, Sedalia, Mo.

Ray D, Clear Lake, Ia

D. Ford, Minneapolis, Minn. Alice () Wickins, Chicago

Joined Post 431 (35) 1st trm 1893. 2nd term 1896.


Winfield Scott Post 66 (S) Webster City. Joined S. 12, 1926. Age 77

Sources: Ex.Soldiers living Ia 1886; Corp-Woolstock. Adjt Gen. Rept. Illinois. Freeman Journal 12-29-30; Graves Reg: birth, death, family.


Post 431 Ledger: Revd E. Robbins, tr. 1896.

Corp H 14 Illinois Inf reorg

Enlisted Res. Cold Brook & Must. 18 F 1865. Must. Oct 16 S 1865

Robertson, David A.


Birth: 17 My 1839 Springdale Co., Ind.

Death: 29 S. 1910 Williams, Ia.

Williams Cem.

Father: David

Mother: Mary Martin

Wife: Mrs. E. S. Spencer

Joined Post 431 (19) My 17, 1887


Desc. Book: was student when enl., age 20. “Mr. Robertson served throughout the entire war & participated in many important battles. The first winter was spent in Jefferson City & then southward to Shiloh, Corinth, & Memphis & on to Vicksburg siege for 40 days. He went with Sherman to the sea & back to Richmond & in the grand Review at Washington D.C. After the war he began to study medicine at Morning Sun, Ohio. He came to Williams & started practicing his profession in 1875 & remained there until his death. He was a brave soldier,  honored citizen, kind physician, beloved husband and abiding friend.

Sources: W. City Freeman 1 Oct 1910; Williams Wasp 13 Oct 1910; Graves Reg; birth, death, burial, family. Roster Iowa Soldiers; Co K 13 Iowa. Ex-Soldiers Living Iowa 1886; res. Webster City.

Lt. K 13 Iowa Inf.

Enlisted: (vet.) Age 21, res. Brighton, nat. Ind

Sept 28, 1861. Must Nov. 2, 1861.

Re-enl and re-must Jan 1, 1864. Prom 3d Sergt Jan 1, 1864. 2d Sergt Oct 1, 1864; 1st Sergt Nov. 20, 1864; 1st Lt. Je 7, 1865. Must out Jl 21, 1865, Louisville, Ky.

Runyon, Joseph

Res. Lehigh

Birth: Dec 4, 1843 Ohio

Death: Sept 26, 1912 Lehigh, Iowa

Age 62 Burial Webster City, Ia.

Wife: Cecelia Deter m. Dec. 7, 1865 Jasper Co., Iowa

Source: Post 236 Desc Bk-no record given

Pensioned SC 138-590

Joined Ft. Donelson 236 (S. Page 237) Ft. Dodge 2nd Tr. 1907

Post 431 Williams Sus 2d term 1893

Source: Ex-Soldiers Living Iowa 1886


Pvt E  40 Iowa Inf

Res. Clyde.

Pensioned SC-699-768 Iowa.

Pension file shows above and another: Runyon, Joseph  Co F  8 Ohio Cav and F  44 Ohio Inf pensioned SC 690-768 Filed Aug 8, 1890 (not shown in Ex-Soldiers)

Seaman, George


Birth: Waynesburg, Ohio


Note in ledger of Post 431, p. 36: “Comrade Seaman is entitled to transfer. Dues were paid…Comrade Ripley neglected to attend to matter. I do not know where Comrade Seaman is.” E. Crabtree Ja 11, 1895.

Joined Post 431 (33) My 10, 1892. Cd. Jl. 14, 1892; Sus. Ja. 2, 1893; Sus. 1st Tr. 1893.


Sources: Roster Ohio Soldiers

Post 431 Desc Book: place birth, occupation.

Prvt G 107 Ohio Inf.

Enlisted: age 18.

Aug 18, 1862  3 years. Must out with company July 10, 1865 at Charleston, S.C.

Shaffer, Soloman M.


Joined Post 431 (6) Williams

My 17, 1887.

Sources: Ex-
Soldiers living in Iowa in 1886. Shaffer, Solomon, D. 143 Pa Inf.

Res. Williams, Ia.


Post 431 Desc Book: Prvt D 43 Pa. Ledger, D 143 Penn Inf (p. 21) & 66 & 89S.M. Schafer & Shaffer, S.M.

Prvt. D 43 Pa. Inf.

Enlisted: age 23, New Berlin, Pa.

Jan 29, 1863

Smith, William H.


Birth: Union, Pa.

Joined Post 431 (37) after 1897.

Joined W. Fairbanks 436 (37) Alden, Ia. Sus 2d term 1897


Commander Post 431, 1910-1914 or 1918

Sources: Post 431 Desc Book: Smith W. H. not shown in Post Ledger, but in Cash Book, 1911-1917 Ledger, p. 96, dues paid 1915.

Private M  8 Illinois Cavalry

Res. Seward

Enl Dec 21, 1863

Must Feb 4, 1864. Must out Jl 17, 1865.

Strong, Henry

Res: Webster City-


Birth: Ohio

Death: 2nd Tr. 1896

Joined Winfield Scott 66 (17) Webster City 22 Nov 1881 Dr 31 De 1885. Re 8 Oct 1886 Sus 1 Ap 1888 Tr’92

Post 431 (36) Williams cd 1st trm 1893 Mr. 27. Cd. 1st Term 1893.

Sources: Index & Roster Wisc Vols: Co I (not B) Ex-Soldiers Living Iowa 1886; Co I-res. Williams/ List 1912 Post 66: Co D


U.S. Pension List 1883 (No not shown-loss rt. Arm $24.00


Age 43 when enlisted in the Post at Webster City

Prvt. I  12 Wisc. Inf.

Res. Trenton Enl in Co D; Tr to Co I  Oct 3, 1861; Vet. Wounded at Jonesboro Aug 31, 1861; right arm amputated. Disch Apr 8, 1865, wnds. Tr. to Co I Dec 31, 1861.

Tallman, Byron


Birth: 1838 Rochester, N.Y.

Death: 17 N. 1909 New Brighton, Minn.

Williams Cem. Burial

Children: Chas. B. of Saskatchewan, CAnad; William H. of Denver, Colo., John of St. Paul, Minn. (I.C.) Thompson, Buel, Idaho;

(Peter) Ackerman, Estherville, Harriett () Colven, Denver, Colo.

Joined Post 431 (28) Williams. Sus. 2nd Term 1893; Dr. 1st Term 1896.

Sources: Graves Reg: enl 10 Oct 1864 at Perinton, N.Y. must out 1 Ag 1865.


Williams Wasp 11-24-09; Graves Reg; birth, death, burial, family: war record

Post 431 Desc Book


Report Adjt Gen New York: Tallman, Byron. Enl 22d Cav., age 25, Oct 12, 1863 at Perrinton; must 1st Sergt Co A., Dec 20, 1863; for 3 yrs. must 2d Lieut Co H to date Ag 10, 1864; must out with company Ag 1, 1865, at Winchester, Va. Comm 2d Lieut Aug 18, 1864 with rank from Aug 9, 1864, vice Dunning, discharged.

Brevet Capt M 22 N.Y. Cav.

Enlisted: Oct 1862 as Sergt Must. Out 2nd Lt.

“Mr. Tallman held an enviable record as a soldier. He was brevet captain of Co M 22 N.Y. Cav & during the war was frequently in command of either a battalion or a regiment. He was promoted for gallantry at the battle of Winchester & the Wilderness. He was in command of 25 troopers who carried dispatches for Gen Grant. Mr. Tallman was the captor of Maj. Harry Gilmore, the famous Baltimore officer whom he had chased for 3 days & 3 nights. In pursuit of Gen. Early, Mr. Tallman recovered field dispatches and official papers which he kept during the rest of his life.”

Tilghman, Charles Martin


Birth: Mar 11, 1836 Mich

Death: Feb 24, 1916 Williams, Ia.

Father: James Tilghman

Mother: Ann Chapman

Wife: Mary Kinsey

Children: Thos Martin Tilghman, Canby, Minn

(Chas) Stipp

(John) Ranger, Williams, Ia.

(Ray T) Johnson, Williams, Ia.

Joined Thos Riddle 230 Illinois

Post 431 (34) Williams, Ia. Cd. Jl. 4, 1892


Adjutant Post 431  1911-1914

Sources: Adjt Gen Rept Illinois: Sergt B 94 Ill Inf Post 431 Desc. Book: B 20 & 94 Ill Inf Webster City Freeman F. 25, 1916; Graves Reg.


“Mr. Tilghman’ early life was spent in McLean Co., Ill. He was living here at the time of his enlistment and returned to his farming at the close of the war. He participated in many of the notable battles of the war & was wounded in the arm and leg at Prairie Grove, Ark. In 1892 Mr. Tilghman moved to Iowa & located at Williams where he has since resided. He is a most estimable man and held in high regard in this community.

Prvt B 20 Illinois Inf

Sergt B 94 Illinois Inf

Enlisted: Apr 1, 1861 Co B 20 Ill Inf

Must out Je 22, 1861

Re-enl Prvt Je 22, 1861 Co B 94 Ill Inf. Shown Sergt res. Heyworth Aug 5, 1862 Must Aug 20, 1862 Must out July 17, 1865

Van Ness, William H.


Birth: 4 Mr 1892 Watertown, N.Y.

Death: 12 My 1916 Elreno, Okla.

Williams Cem., Williams, Ia.

Father: Nehemiah Van Ness

Mother: Martha Jackson

Wife Ellen Jones

Children: Ned of Algona, Iowa

Edward J, Williams, Ia.

(Z.S.) Talcott, Williams, Ia.

Joined Post 431 (9) My 17, 1887

Sources; Roster Ohio Soldiers. Ex-Soldiers Living Iowa 1886

Res. Williams/W.City Freeman 5-16-16; Graves Reg; birth, death, family; Desc. Book Post 431

Sgt. G 101 Ohio Inf.

Enlisted: age 33 Erie Co., Ohio

Aug 7, 1862 3 yrs. Disch Oct 26, 1863 at Chattanooga, Tenn on Surg. Certf Disability

“W.H. Van Ness, a pioneer settler of Hamilton Co was a native of Ohio & from that state he enl in the war. He served in the army of the Cumberland & was for a time attached to the staff of the army in the field and thus was given opportunity to meet & sometimes to measure, some of the noted men of that day. After the war he located in Tipton, Cedar Co, Ia & resided there until 1882 when he came to Hamilton Co. After the death of his wife in 1895 he went to Oklahoma & remained there until his death. Mr. Van Ness was a man of great intellectual attainments and in all the varied activities of a career, he never lost his desire for knowledge & hence his mind was always young. A rare collection of Indian wearing apparel, beads, etc. was given to Kendall Young Library. This collection was made by Mr. Van Ness in the early days & some of the articles date back to very early Indian times.”

Vollenweider, John J


Birth 26 N. 1826 Arburg Canton, Argonne Switzerland.

Death: 30 O. 1912 Williams, Iowa. Williams Prot. Cem.

Wife: Frances Katherine Kaump

Joined Post 431 (16) Williams, Ia. My.17, 1887


“Mr. Vollenweider took part in many of the prominent battles of the war, such as Antietam, Gettysburg, Pittsburg Landing, Chancellorsville & Bull Run.”

Sources: Roster Wisc Vols: G.A.R. Muster Roll

Graves Reg: birth, death, burial, family

Post 431 Desc Book


Age 37 when enl.

Mus. C 7 Wisc. Infantry

Res. Harrison 

Grant Co., Wis

Enlisted: Aug 3, 1861. Musc.; Prom Princ

Musc. July 1, 1863. Under Princ Musc.: Enl July 1, ‘63

From Co C; Vet. M.O. July 3, 1865

Wille, Henry F.


Birth: 18 Je 1836 Mecklenburg, Germany

Death: 18 F. 1915 Algona, Iowa

Williams Prot. Cem.

Father: Ralph Wille

Mother: Hannah Wulku

Wife: Hannah Cullen

Children: Paul, Algona, Iowa

Joseph H, Williams, Ia.

Hannah () Scott, Kankakee, Ill., George F, Algona, Iowa

Joined Post 431 (1) Williams, Iowa My. 17, 1887


“Mr. Wille’s first yrs were spent in his homeland (Germany) coming to America in 1854. Later he settled at Galena, Ill where he made the acquaintance of Gen. Grant. He was under Gen. Grant’s Command until after the fall of Vicksburg and then was with Sherman’s Army. He came to Iowa in 1870 & has since been a resident of Williams vicinity. Needless to say he is a very popular personally, his radiant personality enabling him to win & return the confidence of those with whom he comes in contact.”

Sources: Roster Wisc Vols/W.City Herald 2-25-15; Hamilton Co Hist; Algona Courier 2-26-15; Graves Reg; birth, death, burial, family.

Post 431 Desc Book.


U.S. Pension List 1883 show his #178 369 inj to rt leg $4.00 Oct 1880.

Mus. I 16 Wisc. Infantry

Enlisted: Res. Hazel Green  Grant Co., Wis

Oct 11, 1861; Vet.; Musc.; trans to Vet Res Corps Apr 28, 1865; Must out July 29, 1865

Wood, Fielding P.


Birth: Ky

Death: Nov 28, 1903

Friends Cem, Iowa Falls, Ia.

Joined Post 70 Illinois

Post 431 (32) Williams 1st Tr. 1892. Cd granted 1899

Chas Payne Post 141 Iowa Falls

Source: Post 431 Desc Book

1st Sergt 8 Ky Inf.

Enlisted: Oct 31, 1861 Disch May 14, 1864

Service 2 yr 6 1/2 mo.

Woodard, Stephen


Birth: Aug 16, 1839 Pa

Death: Feb 15, 1904 LeMars, Colo

Alden Cemetery, Alden, Ia.

Father: Stephen

Mother; Amanda Alden

Wife Martha Kingon

Joined Post 431 (21) Williams, Ia. My 17, 1887

Sus. 2nd Term 1896

Sources: Roster Wisc Vols

Post 431 Desc Book.

Prvt. K 1 Wisc. Infantry

Res. Lomira

Age 21 Sept 16, 1861 Disch Dec 18, 1862 disability