Captain William Thornton
Captain William Bishop*
1st Lt James Blue
2nd Lt Orlando Russell
1st Sgt Otho Collier*
Sgt Ludwell Thacker*
Corp Gilbert White
Musician Henry Zigler
Wagoner John Kenzig*
Alringer Isidore Anderson David Anson* Sidney Barringer* John Blue* Lewis Breechbill Abe Bridenbaugh William Brown* William Burnett Avery Casselman* Oliver Cheney William Clark Aaron Clemner* George Critchfield*Lyman Davis* John Dirr* Peter Duck Frank Dunlap* Henry Dutter* Ephriam Figley* Simon Fleming* James Fulmer* John Giselman John Grandstaff Alexander Hull George Harper* David Hilbert* William Hill George Hill Henry Himes* Samuel Hopkins* Asa Hopkins Hiram Hosack* Uriah Howty* John Hufford Wilson Hulet Edward Hutchinson Benjamin Johnson* Asa Johnston Myron Kyle* Samuel Lambert* Valmore Lewis Charles Logan Samuel Mansfield* Harvey Mansfield Job Miller Isaac Miller Levi Miller Martin Miller William Minsel* Andrew Morris William Mulnix* Gideon Myers* John Obee John Ohlinger* George Page Mark Peterson Thomas Poorman John Schmidt Jacob Shasten Uriah Shoemaker Henry Shultz William Shultz Augustus Talbert Augustus Wardenbee William Weismantel Frank Wells* John Wepels John Wheeler* William Wiler* Fredrick Wiley Joseph Wilson John Woodering Edward Woodward George Worden Martin Young Joseph Zeigler Frank
Valmore Lambert b. 19 Dec 1829, Warren Co., Ohio. His father was Aaron Lambert, whose parents were Josiah Lambert (b VA) and Lucy Webb (b Monmouth Co., NJ). Valmore's grandfather, Josiah was a prisoner in the Revolutionary War. Valmore's mother was Phebe Wood (b NJ) of Beriah Wood of NJ and Rhoda Crane of NJ. Rhoda's first Crane ancestor in America was Jasper Crane who came to America from England to E Haven, Conn. in 1605, then to Newark Colony and was a magistrate there. Rhoda's ancestor, Henry Lyon, came to America in 1625 from Scotland to E. Haven, Conn, then to Newark Colony and was the first treasurer of Newark Colony, 1668-1673. In Warren Co., Ohio, 22 Jun 1850 Valmore married Rebecca Angelina Fouch whose parents were William Fouch and Catherine Dunn. Valmore and Rebecca settled in Highland Twp., Defiance County, Ohio, and were the parents of four children,; Malinda b 11 Jul 1851 m. William S. Ashton, Jesse Newton m. Francis Elizabeth Brechbill, Amos Franklin, and Walter. Valmore was a farmer near Ayersville, Ohio when the Civil War broke out and although when the "unreasonable rebellion against our excellent government arose, it aroused my feelings so that when the President's call came for men I would have enlisted, but I thought there was single men enough to put down the rebellion, and it was more my duty to stay at home and take care of my family." But when the last call came, on 31 July,186?, Valmore enlisted and was mustered into Co D 100th Regiment, Ohio Volunteers. Since it was only two years since Valmore had the measles, he had been in a weakened condition and in about three weeks typhoid fever set in and he was in the hospital in Covington, Ky. After recuperation at his father's home in Warren Co, OH, then home with his family in Ayersville, he rejoined the Army and was on detached service guarding a railroad, when he was taken prisoner near Atlanta, GA in Aug 1864. He was an Andersonville Prisoner until the end on the War. Returning home, Valmore Lambert was killed 12 April 1865 by the explosion of the steamer Sultana on the Mississippi River 50 miles outside Memphis. His body was not found. (By Zelma Oleta Ashton Anderson)
William Wheeler was a survivor of the Sultana Steamboat Disaster. He was in the Civil War Company D 100th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. William a prisoner at Andersonville, and had been exchanged a little over three weeks before the steamboat blew up. When the Sultana's boilers exploded, April 27, 1865, over 1,500 lives were lost. William Wheeler survived by hanging onto a trunk lid which allowed him to reach shore. He and other Ohio units would have been headed for Cincinnati in Ohio along the Ohio River to disembark and receive their discharge from the Army and then head for home. Family stories say he had terrible scars on his chest and back from the burns he received when the Sultana exploded. My great uncle Ben Hall remembered seeing the scars on his chest and back when William took off his shirt. William Wheeler was my Great Uncle Ben Hall's grandfather. 13 men from the 100th Ohio were on the Sultana, 8 were killed, 5 survived. In the 1850 census for Defiance Co., Ohio William Wheeler age 23 was living with Thomas Githens as a laborer. William Wheeler was born in 1828. Lafayette Githens was the name on an obit. in my grandmother's Bible. Lafayette had a brother Thomas who could have been the Thomas Githens that William was living with in 1850.
The obituary from my g.grandmother's Bible: Wheeling, W. Va., Jan. 23 (AP)- Lafayette Githens, 92, a survivor of the Sultana steamboat disaster, April 27, 1865, died here Sunday. The boilers of the Sultana, which was steaming full speed up the Mississippi River carrying home 1, 700 happy Union soldiers from southern prison camps, exploded without warning. More than 1,450 of the soldiers lost their lives, either by the explosion or in the water. Githens, hurled into the river, managed to reach an island. Lafayette Githens lived in Wheeling, WV. Note- The Githens were originally from New Jersey so may have been related to my Bills, Hall (or the Porter) family. 1890 GITHENS LAFSETT Ohio County WV 001 Wheeling 2 Ward WV 1890 Veterans Schedule
CEMETERY INFORMATION: William Wheeler has a gravestone marking his gravesite, with just his name and military information. Wm Wheeler Co D 100th Ohio VI. He is buried at the Meyer's Cemetery in Highland Twp., Defiance County, Ohio. There is a GAR marker on his grave site. William Wheeler is buried at the end of the Hall plot, and over the hill and alone but is buried closest to his sister, Mary Ann (Wheeler) Skiver. There is no date of birth or death on William's tombstone. The family brought his body to the cemetery in a wagon, unknown where he died. Mariah Wheeler, his wife, applied for a widow's pension in 1889. Mariah Wheeler was Mariah Gilts Wheeler, my great-great grandmother. William Wheeler Co. D 100th OVI. He also served in Co. D 14th OVI. This was for three months service. William Wheeler applied Oct. 10 1879 for his pension. Filed in Ohio.
William Wheeler's father was Levi Wheeler and his mother was Margaret Moon who married second Philip George Hoeltzel, in Yates County, New York. He had one sister, Mary Ann Wheeler, and several Hoeltzel half brothers and sisters. Mary Ann Wheeler, his sister, was married to Isaac Skiver. William's youngest half-brother, Jacob Hoeltzel, died in prison in Atlanta, GA, after being wounded in the battle of Chicamauga. Another half brother Frederick Hoeltzel was a Civil war soldier. His wife, Mariah Giltz had brothers Abraham, Peter, and Daniel Gilts who served in the Civil War. Abraham was a corporal.
Lewis Deweese Blue (September 3, 1832 – January 18, 1907)was born in Staunton Township, Miami County, OH, the eighth child and second of Uriah and Margaret DeWeese Blue. He grew up on the family farm in Section 18. On January 8, 1856 in Piqua, Miami County, he married Martha Elizabeth Kelly, who was born 1836 in Philadelphia, PA. Lewis and Elizabeth lived in Piqua until 1859, when they mobbed to Highland Township, Defiance County OH. There they joined his older brother James Uriah Blue and half brother Joseph Blackford Blue who were already established farmers in the area. On July 18, 1862 Lewis enlisted as a private in Company D, 100th OVI, serving with the regiment through the Union occupation of east Tennessee in the fall of 1863. From October, 1863 he was absent from the regiment on extended furlough for recruiting purposes in east Tennessee. On May 27th, 1864, he was appointed 2nd LT of Company D, 2nd Regiment North Carolina Mounted Infantry (US), a 40-man unit he apparently recruited in east Tennessee or western North Carolina, or both. The 100th Ohio was, by then, deep in Georgia after Joe Johnston, but Lewis apparently never left east Tennessee. He was discharged on October 13, 1864 for physical disability. (His discharge request was initially refused because, said his commanding officer, he was, “the best officer in the regiment”.) Upon discharge, Lewis returned home to resume farming in Section 4 of Highland Township, which he continued the rest of his life. Lewis Deweese Blue is buried beside Martha Elizabeth in the Ayersville Cemetery.
John William Davis(October 26, 1840 – April 17, 1915) Born near Ottawa, Putnam County, OH, John William Davis was the second child and second son of Thomas and Mary Peterson Davis. They were farmers. When John William was about three years old, his parents moved to Richland Township, Defiance County. He grew up on the family farm in Section 34 and, excepting his Civil War years, he lived there the rest of his life. On July 30, 1862 he enlisted in Co. D, 100th OVI and with this unit took part in all of its engagements (excepting Limestone Station) through the Union occupation of east Tennessee, the Atlanta Campaign and Hood’s invasion of middle Tennessee. He was wounded slightly at Resaca, then again at Franklin. He was captured at Franklin. Taken eventually to the Andersonville, Georgia prison, at the end of the war he was paroled and exchanged in the rear of Vicksburg for Confederate prisoners. For return to Ohio, he was placed on the infamous steamboat SULTANA, and survived the explosion and sinking of that vessel on April 27th, 1865. Having seen, done and survived nearly everything in a Civil War soldier’s experience, he returned to Ohio and recommenced farming for the rest of his life. On February 27, 1868 John William Davis married Elizabeth Francis Troutwine, born 1845. They are buried in the Ayersville Cemetery.
Abraham Troxell Brechbill(July 18, 1836 – date of death unknown) was the sixth child and third son of Henry and Mary Brechbill, early settlers of what eventually became Highland Township, Defiance County, Ohio. He is said to have been the first white child born in Highland Township. His parents pioneered the “Black Swamp” district of northwestern Ohio, settling northeast of the Ayersville crossroads on what has been for many years the Rohn farm. On September 22, 1859 he married Susan J. Tate. He enlisted in Company D, 100th OVI on July 18, 1862 and served with that unit until November 27 when he was discharged due to ill heath and returned home. After recovery, he again enlisted, this time in an independent company, the Union Light Guards, which served as an escort for President Lincoln. In this capacity he witnessed on April 14, 1865 the assassination of the President. Susan died during his military service, and on March 1, 1866, Troxell married Lucy Kepler, born ca. 1849. For the rest of his life, Troxell was a farmer in Highland Township, owning land directly east of Ayersville. The dates of death and place of burial of Troxell, and his wives Susan and Lucy are not known. However, they are probably buried either in the Ayersville Cemetery or on the family farm.
James Uriah Blue (September 20, 1830 – August 13, 1911)was born in Staunton Township, Miami County, OH, the sixth child and first son of Uriah and Margaret Deweese Blue. In 1853 he married Samantha Terry who was born in April, 1830. With his half brother, Joseph Blackford Blue, they moved to Defiance County in the mid-1850’s, and in the 1860 census were living in Highland Township. James served in the Civil War as Second Lieutenant of Company D, 100th OVI from its formation in July, 1862. After resigning his commission on May 29, 1863, James Blue returned to Defiance County. He engaged in farming and light manufacturing in the Defiance area. James was living in Ayersville, Highland Township when he died. He was buried beside Samantha at the Ayersville Cemetery.
John W. Baringer was a son of Absalom Baringer (born in Germany) and Sarah Rakestraw. Born in 1843, John enlisted as a Private in company D of the Ohio 100th Infantry on 1 September 1862, at the age of 19. During the war he was wounded several times: first, in August 1864 at Atlanta, GA; and again at a later time when his right arm was shot off. He received a disability discharge on 17 May 1865. After the war, he married Charity Povenmire and moved his family to from Defiance to Henry County, Ohio, where he became the first postmaster at the Holgate post office. John W. Baringer was on the Holgate city council, worked as a school teacher, and he owned the Baringer Hotel. He died in April of 1916 at the age of 73.