Saturday, August 7, 2010

One Family's Sorrow

Late last night I was playing around in my database, still trying to connect all my BOTKIN family, when I came across a family's sorrow, one that I'm sure was repeated many times during the Civil War.

The family of Abraham BOTKIN and Sarah WILKINSON included nine children, seven of whom were male.  Birth order of the boys goes like this:

George 1832 - 1892, Charles 1833 - 1835, William 1834 - 1864, Wallace 1837 - 1864, Granville 1840 - ?, Joseph 1842 - 1929, Lycurgus 1844 - 1927.

I noticed right away that William and Wallace both died in 1864.  Anytime I notice a death between 1861-1865 for a male of this age my heart sinks.  I always suspect they died in the Civil War and in this case, I was right. 

Taking it from the top, starting with George, this is what I found.

George BOTKIN enlisted on 22 Apr 1861, he mustered out 19 Aug 1861 having served just 4 months. 

Charles BOTKIN died at the age of 2. 

William BOTKIN enlisted on 8 Jun 1862 he was captured on 15 Nov 1863 at Holston River, TN and taken as a POW to Andersonville prison where he died of Anasarca on the 25 May 1864.

Wallace BOTKIN enlisted on 8 Jun 1862 with his brother.  He was wounded in battle on 17 Dec 1864 in Nashville, TN and died from his wounds on 27 Jan 1864.

Granville BOTKIN enlisted on 2 May 1864 and mustered out on 7 Sep 1864.  He enlisted while his brother William was a POW and 23 days before William died.

Joseph BOTKIN enlisted on 14 Sep 1861 at the age of 19, just after older brother George mustered out.  Joseph served until 30 Jul 1865 where he mustered out at Clarksburg, WV.

Lycurgus BOTKIN enlisted on 9 May 1864, a few days after brother Granville, and mustered out the 3 Jul 1865 at Washington, DC. 

7 sons.  1 died as a young child.  The other 6 all served in the Civil War -  2 losing their lives.  As a mother of boys, I can't image the worry and sorrow this family went through.

Sources: Andersonville, Georgia. Andersonville Prisoner of War Database. Andersonville, GA, USA: National Park Service, Andersonville National Historic Site.

Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio
Roll of Honor of Ohio Soldiers

1 comment:

  1. Itis so interesting to see genealogists site their civil war information. I don't think I have any of the families that I am working on in the civil war. I suppose if I traced off into other leaves of the branches. So I find it interesting when I read it on others trees.