Monday, April 11, 2011

Military Monday - Andersonville Prison

In my BOTKIN family alone I have 24 confirmed Civil War Veterans.  16 on the Union side and 8 on the Confederate side.  I have 28 more that I have not confirmed but I believe may have served.  There are so many sad stories to come out of this research but lately I have been taking a closer look at the three I know died in Andersonville Prison.

This is their story.

On 19 Jun 1862, 18 year old Amos BOTKIN of Clark County, Ohio enlisted in the 45th Regiment, Company K.  He was the oldest son of Moses and Sally Ann BOTKIN.

On 6 Aug 1862, Amos' uncle, William Innes BOTKIN, age 30 also enlisted in the 45th Regiment, Company K.  Three months earlier William and his wife Nancy had lost their only child.  William was the son of Jeremiah and Anna BOTKIN.

Also on 6 Aug 1862, Willam's cousin, William J. BOTKIN, age 27 also enlisted in the 45th Regiment, Company K.  Willam left behind his wife Clara and two children, 1 year old Kenton and daughter Georgie who was born while Willam was at war.  Willam J. was the son of Abraham and Sarah BOTKIN who lost another son, Wallace, in the war. 

The 45th Regment was mustered into service on 19 Aug 1862 at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio.  They faced many battles in the 15 months leading up to that day that sealed the fate of the BOTKIN men.

On 15 Nov 1863 at Holsten River, TN all three were captured and sent to Andersonville.  I can only assume the two older Uncles were probably looking out for 18 year old Amos and thus were together when captured.

Andersonville prison was the deadliest prisoner of war camp during the Civil War with a total of nearly 13,000 deaths. Over 40% of all Union prisoners of war who died during the Civil War perished at Andersonville.  The conditions were horrible.

Amos died first on 19 May 1864 of Debilitas, a condition described as a weakened and enfeebled condition.  5 days later his Uncle William Innes died of Anasarca followed 22 days later by William J., also of Anasarca. 

All three are buried in Andersonville National Cemetery.  Amos is in grave #1212, William Innes in grave #1368 and William J. in grave #1970.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Follow Friday - West in New England

In honor of the 150 anniversary of the Civil War, Bill over at West in New England is running the following blog challenge between now and April 10th.

Did you have ancestors in America on 12Apr 1861? If so, where were they

and what were their circumstances? How did the Civil War affect them and
their family? Did the men enlist and did they perish in battle or die of illness?
On which side did they fight, or did you have relatives fighting on BOTH sides?
How did the women left at home cope, or did anany of them find ways to help

the war effort? Were your ancestors living as slaves on Southern plantations
and if so when were they freed? Or were they freemen of color who enlisted
to fight?

If your ancestors had not emigrated to America as yet, what was their life

like around the time of the Civil War?

The 150 year celebration of the Civil War is a great source for those of us

blogging about our family history. So, let's do a little research over the coming
weeks between now and April 12th. Find out the answers to the questions
I asked and write about them.  Or if you think of another topic to do with your

family history and the Civil War, write about that. Send me the link when you
publish it on your blog, and on April 12th I'll publish all the links here.

I'll be submitting a link for this challenge and I hope you will too.  I can't wait to read your story!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

On This Day - April 7

Eliza Jane Lyon BOTKIN was born on this day in 1857 in Warren County, Iowa.  On 21 Apr 1878 she married Francis Marion BOTKIN in Warren County.  Eliza died on 1 Jul 1928 and is buried in Belmont Cemetery, Milo, Iowa. Her Find A Grave memorial is found here.

Farra Looker BOTKIN was born on this day in 1868 in Indiana.  On 23 May 1900 in Delware, Indiana he married Susan Kirby.  His second wife was Amy A. Ping whom he married 29 Nov 1916 in Monroe, Indiana.  Farra is the son of  William Tipton BOTKIN and Martha Frances Cropper.

Viola BOTKIN was born on this day in 1871 in Missouri.  She is the daughter of Moses Matson BOTKIN and Elizabeth Gastineau.

Joseph ALTER was born on the day in 1912 in Marion, Grant, Indiana.  He is the son of Claude ALTER and Rosannah Hanley.  Little Joseph died on 20 Dec 1912 at the age of 8 months.

Merrill Oscar KENDALL was born on this day in 1922.  He is the son of Homer Ulysses KENDALL and Vesta Elizabeth Brane.  He married Anne Kruger.

Matthew SHAUL died on this day in 1851 in Springfield, Clark, Ohio.  He is the husband of Mary B. Botkin and the father of 16 children.  Matthew was a veteran of the war of 1812.  He is buried in Asbury Cemetery, Catawa, Ohio.  His Find a Grave memorial can be found here.

Jonathan SCOTT died on this day in 1862 at the age of 22.  Jonathan is the son of Charles "Right" SCOTT and Mary Ann Chumney.  Enlisted as a Corporal on 23 October 1861 in Company H, 36th Infantry Regiment Indiana. Killed on 7 Apr 1862 at Shiloh, TN.

Sarah Jane COCHRAN died on this day in 1911 in Delphos, Ohio.  The wife of Benjamin BOTKIN, she is the mother of Alonzo, Catherine, Ann Maria, Lucy, William, Charles and Mary.

Charlotte Elizabeth BRANE died on this day in 1927.  She is the wife of William Schoby whom she married 6 Mar 1873 in Wabash County, Indiana.  Charlotte is the daugher of Peter BRANE and Elizabeth Ritchie.  She is buried in Center Grove Cemetery, Lincolnville, Indiana.  Her Find a Grave memorial can be found here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tech Tuesday - Webinar Overview - Backing Up Your Genealogy Data

As a part of my plan to increase my research skills I have been taking advantage of something new to me - Webinars!  Wow, what a world I have been missing out on!

On my lunch hour last week I listened to the archived webinar presented by Thomas MacEntee - "Backing Up Your Genealogy Data"  As everyone knows, Thomas is a wonderful speaker and it turns out he is just as gifted as a webinar instructor!

I have to admit to being lax about backing up my data on a consistent basis.  I thought the webinar would give me hints on developing a back-up plan and it did.  But I learned so much more!  I now have a firm grasp of what "cloud computing" is and, I am proud to say, am the new owner of a Dropbox account!

The biggest take away from the webinar for me was identifying where my genealogy files reside on my computer.  In addition to my FTM files I have files of genealogical photos, documents, emails I'd hate to lose in addition to all those favorite bookmarks.  It's been a long process finding all the files I need to backup but, as Thomas pointed out, my research represents a large investment for me in terms of both time and money. 

I need to start treating it as such.

If you want to purchase a copy of the webinar Backing Up Your Genealogy Files visit Legacy Family Tree Webinars for more information.  And while you are there be sure to sign up for Thomas's upcoming April webinars:

April 6, 2011 - Building a Research Toolbox. Are you overwhelmed with the number of online resources for genealogical research? Are you constantly working with unorganized bookmarks or favorites? Printing out lists of websites you use most? Learn how to build a research toolbox that is organized, easy-to-use, and can be accessed from almost anywhere. Presented by professional genealogist and's Thomas MacEntee, participants will learn not only some of the most important online resources for genealogical research, but also how to organize these resources into an easy-to-access and portable virtual toolbox.

April 21, 2011 - Dropbox for Genealogists. Are you familiar with Dropbox – a program that provides 2 gigabytes of online storage for free? Learn how to sign up for Dropbox, install the program and get started ensuring the safety and security of your genealogy research data. Seems too good to be true, right? Two gigabytes of online storage for free? And storage that can synchronize files across your computer, your laptop and even your mobile device? It is true, and you can learn how to leverage the power of Dropbox – a free online program to back up your genealogy data and even share files with friends and family.

See you in class!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Granville Moody Botkin Letter

This letter was written by Granville Moody BOTKIN and has been passed down by his descendents.  I received a copy recently from Al BOTKIN. 

There is a note at the top of this letter which reads:
"Copy of this story was given to Aunt Mabel BOTKIN by Granville Moody BOTKIN.  Aunt Mabel gave her copy to Aunt Sarah BOTKIN, who loaned it to me on this date to make copies of it"  Wayne BOTKIN, July 2, 19(51?)

(By Granville Moody Botkin)
     The most vivid of my impressions concerning the American origin of the Botkin family was made by a conversation at my father's house between my grandfather, George Botkin, and his brother Richard, when the former was back from Illinois on a visit, and the latter was there making up my father's broom corn crop into brooms.

     In these early years of my life the only book that could interest me a "History of the French & Indian War".  In fact, it was the only book, I think, that was about the place except the Bible and an old "Buck-wheat Note" songbook.  I had been reading about the slaughter of General Braddock's army, and the noble and courageous action of Col. George Washington and hsi Virginia Riflemen, and had imbibed therefrom the idea that the Virginians did all the fighting that was done.  Some how or other that subject came up in the hearing of Grandfather and Uncle Richard, whereup they corrected that false impressino of mine.  In doing so they related the following story in substance.

     In one of the Britian regiments (the 47th or 54th - I cAnnot be certain now) was a Company made up of young men from the north part of Ireland.  Among them were the two brothers, Charles and George Botkin, the former being my Great-grandfather, and the father of the George and Richard to whom I was listening.

     That company was marching close by a wooded knoll when the firing began at the front, and the head of the British column began to stampede.  Washington chanced to be near and seeing the rout ahead, began to snap out precautionary orders to the British captains near him.  He ordered the captain of the Irish company to march quickly and seize the heavily timbered knoll already mentioned, and place his men behind the trees and hold that position at all hazards until ordered away.

     The quick movement of the Irish company to seize that knoll in the right was none too soon, for on its crest they set the Indians, who, led by a French officer were to seize that hill and cut off the British retreat from theambuscade a quarter of a mile beyond.  A quick, determined bayonet charge drove off the Indians, and the Irish company during the next half hour repulsed several attempts to dislodge of flank them.  At last the fugitives from the front, all who were fortunate enough to escape the rifle balls and tomahawks of the Indians, passed to the rear and the tide of pursueing savages rushing agfer them, came upon the Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvfania fiflemen, who Washington had quickly but adroitly posted for covering the retreat.  An awful battle raged there for a quarter of an hour, when the Indians fell back out of the range of those deadly rifles.  In the meantime Washington sent a messenger to the Irish captain to withdraw and cross Meadow Creek to the rear of his own riflemen.  That messenger was killed.  Another was sent and was also killed.  In the meantime, Washington, ignorant of his second messenger's fate and concluding from the cessation of firing on that hill that the company had received and obeyed his order, bade his own men to fall back behind Meadow Creek.  That movement allowed the Indians to get to the rear of the hill.  But the captain of the Irish company was a clearheaded, resolute, fellow.  Forming his men in two parallel columns and placing the stretchers with his wounded between, he marched to the right and away from the line of retreating troops, and headed his march toward Philadelphia.  They reached a frontier settlement where they found the old men, women and children huddled into block houses expecting every hour to hear either the war whoop of the savages or the shouts of greeting of fathers, husbands and sons who had gone to the front to watch the Allegheny passes for hostile bands.  There the captain halted his company, both for rest and succor for his wounded and for the safety of the almost helpless settlement.  There, the men's time having expired the captain at last discharged his company, and there and elsewhere in the vicinity most of the men stayed.  Amongst them were Charles and George Botkin, who like most of their comrades, had probably joined the army enlisting for service in America, for the ultimate purpose of finding homes in the New World.

     The American Revolution came and found these men ready and willing to stake their all upon the altars of American liberty.  They enlisted in a rising Pennsylvania batallion and joined Washington at or near New York City.  They were with him on the retreat across New Jersey, and their bare feet left bloody tracks on the snow along the Delaware.  They were with him at Trenton on that awful morning's march and charge that gave to our country one of the most glorious victories in its history.

     When Washington disposed of the prisoners by sending them far away into the woods at what is now Carlyle, he sent the remnant of the Pennsylvania batallion to guard them, "and thereby hangeth the tale".

     The Hessians were an industrious lot of Germans and having no home in the Old World. they longed for a settlement in the New.  Their officers had their wives and children with them.  So, too, had some of the men.  In a short time they had felled and hewed the logs, made the clap-boards, and erected their own barracks.  It did not take such people long to clear and plant gardens and small fields of grain and vegetables.

     It seems that while on duty guarding the Hessionans my great-grandfather Charles got acquainted with Major Karhl and family, for in 1783 he returned to Carlyle Barracks and married the Major's daughter Jemina Karhl.  Karhl's first name was Isaac.  He also had a son Isaac, and a grandson by the same name.  Now if you will reflect a moment you will readily see how that name Karhl got changed and that its spelling was changed to Curl.  You will also understand where my uncle, Isacc Curl Botkin, got his name and why.

     Thus originated the Botkin family in America.  But it was a numerous family in the North of Ireland and across the straight in Scotland.  Indeed, so frequently during troublous ages did the people emigrate back and forth in that region, that it was hard to find in the corner of Ireland a family without Scotch boood and history: or to find in the  neighborhing corner of Scotland a family that was not related to Irish neighbors.  An old Scotchman once told me tht he came from that part of Scotland and that he was very well acquainted in his young days with members of the Botkin family on either side of the Strait.

     My great-grandfather soon after getting married settled in Rockingham County, Va, near Woodstock, in the Shenandoah Valley.  But about the year 1800 he with others, began discussing the project of moving to the Mad River country in Ohio.  It took them two years to fully mature their plans and to organize their company, for they must expect to fight the Indians.  They crossed the Ohio River at or near Parkersburg in 1802.  They had 124 rifleman besides the women and children, altho a large part of those riflemen were boys in their teens.  They passed through Old Chillicothe to Cincinnati - then Fort Washington, and thence moved north along the old military trail.  A part of the company kept on into what is now Clinton and Shelby counties, while grandfather built himself a home on Sinking Creek in Clark County, on what is now the "Doc" Yeazell place, where that first old cabin still stands. 


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Harry Hanley

Marion Daily Leader
Monday Evening, October 22, 1906


Harry Hanley dies at hospital
of wounds received from gun in
hands of companion

While out hunting with Walter Hanthorn Sunday gun was accidentally discharged

An investingation into the death of Harry HANLEY, which occured at the Marion Hospital at 4:15 o'clock this morning as the result of being shot with a rifle in the hands of Walter Hanthorn, a young man of about the same age, living at Nineteenth and Meridan streets, is being made by the coroner.

Coroner Davis said this morning that the evidence at hand clearly showed that Hanley's death was caused accidentally and he did not believe anyone would be held to blame for the sad affair.

Dr. G.D. Kimball, the attending physician, secured a statement from the youth before he died to which he places the responsibility on no one, but says it was clearly due to an accident.

Hanley formerly lived here, but his house is now in Alexandria. He is a glassworker. He and Hanthorn were intimate friends. The two were together Sunday and decided to go hunting in the afternoon. They took a twenty-two caliber rifle, going across the Railroad Avenue bridge and up the river near the Monroe Pike. They were about a half mile east of the bridge when the shooting occured.

A squirrel had been chased into a hollow log, Hanthron was at one end of the log with the rifle and Hanley was at the other trying to punch the squirrel from the log. The rifle was discharged in some way and Hanley fell crying that he was shot.

Hanley was carried to the Hanthron home and Digg's ambulance was called. The boy suffered intensely during the ride to the hospital, and when examination was made of his injuries it was found there were twelve holes in his intestines. All the perferations were serious.

The bullet entered the abdomen on the right side, only a few inches below the diaphragm.

"Papa, no one is to blame for this affair," said the lad before he died.

The boy's father arrived here from Alexandria several hours before he died. He was conscious at the time and remained so until a short time before the end came.

The Hanthorn boy is almost prostrated as the result of the accident and could hardly be controlled when he learned of his friend's death.

The funeral arrangements have not been made, but interment will be made at Alexandria.

Bert White, superintendent of the police, says all evidence at hand shows that the shooting was entirely accidental. Officer Rosencrance spent sometime on the case Sunday night.

John Hanley, father of the boy, called at the Police Station this morning and demanded a more rigid investigation of the circumstances leading to the death of his son. He said he was not fully satisfied it was clearly accidental. He was referred to the prosecutor and after hearing his story Mr. Friendline sent him to the coroner. Dr. Davis said this afternoon he intended to take all evidence, but as far as he could learn there was no reason to think the shooting was anything but accidental.

Harry HANLEY is my great-grand Uncle. 

He was born 21 Feb 1893 in Hamiton, Ontario, Canada to Henry HANLEY and Mary Jessie Patterson HANLEY.  He was only 13 years old when he died 23 Oct 1906 in Marion, Indiana.  He was the 5th out of 13 children.

Two items in this newspaper account caught my interest.  The first is that it states he is a glassworker in Alexandria, Indiana.  He was only 13 years old but his mother had died in 1902 when he was just 9.  His father remarried in 1903 and began having more children with his second wife, including a step-sister to Harry born just 4 months before his death.  With so many mouths to feed I suppose sending your 13 year old son to work was probably necessary.

It also states that his fathers name was John.  It wasn't.  It was Henry Harry HANLEY.  I've never heard that he went by the nickname John and don't know why he would.  I'm guessing this was incorrect information given to the newspaper.

I want to learn more about Harry including where he was buried.  I have a research trip planned to Marion in May.  I hope to find more to add to the story of young Harry's life.

Friday, April 1, 2011

1940 U.S. Census will be Released....

One year from today!

Enough said.

Edit:  As Thomas pointed out it will actually be one year from tomorrow as April 1st is a Sunday next year.  Darn it........