A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. Ezra DICKINSON (1800 – 1886)

How Related: My 4th-great-grandfather

Born: 26 August 1800 in Sharon, Litchfield Co., Connecticut

Parents: Philip DICKINSON (1770 – 1859) and Phoebe HUTCHINSON (1773 – 1858)

Siblings: Are you ready for this? Ezra was one of 14 children!

  • Philip, Jr. (dates unknown)
  • Irena (1792 – 1841)
  • Eliza (1794 – 1830)
  • Nathaniel (b. 1796)
  • Delana W. (b. 1798)
  • Martha “Patty” (1802 – aft. 1892)
  • Laura (b. 1803)
  • Harriet Amanda (b. 1805)
  • Elisha (1808 – 1893)
  • Samuel (1811 – 1897)
  • Amelia (1814 – 1845)
  • Mary (1817 – 1872)
  • William (1819 – 1901)

Married: Ezra married five times! His first wife was my ancestor.

  • Cynthia PHILLIPS (1802 – 1852), 20 November 1820 in Johnston Twp., Trumbull Co., Ohio
  • Hannah Elizabeth (LOUNSBERRY) MAXWELL (1802 – 1871), 15 August 1852 in Elkhart Co., Indiana
  • Sarah R. WOODBURY (1821 – 1878), December 1874, possibly in De Kalb Co., Indiana
  • Mary [–?–] (1810 – 1882), before 1880, probably in De Kalb Co., Indiana
  • Rebecca (WALDRON) SIBERT (1822 – 1899), 22 April 1883, probably in Auburn, De Kalb Co., Indiana

Children: Of course, since Ezra had lots of siblings and lots of wives, it would only stand to reason that he would have lots of children! Amazingly enough, all his children were from his first wife, Cynthia, which might explain why she died young.

  • Elizabeth (b. c. 1822)
  • John F. (b. c. 1825)
  • Philip Reuben (1827 – 1912)
  • son (b. c. 1828 – 1830)
  • Wallace William (c. 1831 – 1897)
  • son (c. 1833 – c. 1848)
  • Sherman S. (b. c. 1836)
  • Mary E. (1838 – 1924)
  • Harriet Anna (1840 – 1918)
  • Lucy May (c. 1842 – 1872) – my ancestor
  • Sarah Ann “Sally” (1846 – bef. 1900)
  • child (dates unknown)

Source: Civil War Pension Index Cards of Ezra Dickinson. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/].


Mustered in:
22 Nov 1861 in Company F, 44th Indiana Infantry, probably in Butler, De Kalb Co., Indiana; private; age 63!

Side Served: Union

History of Unit: 44th Indiana Infantry

Discharged: 28 Apr 1862, for disability

Biography or Information of Interest: Born into a family that had settled in America during Puritan times, Ezra was distantly related to Emily Dickinson, the poet. His grandfather, Elisha Dickinson, served in the Continental Army during the Revolution. Like many Connecticut families, they migrated to the Western Reserve in Northeastern Ohio, settling first in Trumbull County. After living in Indiana for some time, Ezra moved his family to a farm near Hicksville, Defiance Co., Ohio to be near a school for the deaf, since three of his children were deaf-mutes. All three–John, Sherman, and Harriet–grew up to marry and have children, unusual for that time. Ezra’s family later returned to De Kalb Co., Indiana, where he signed up to serve in the Union Army at the age of 63, stating that he was 45. His brother William, and his sons Philip and Wallace also served in the Union Army. You can read Ezra’s biography from the History of De Kalb County, Indiana here (some dates in the biography do not match our records).

Died: 17 September 1886 in Auburn, De Kalb Co., Indiana

Source: Tombstone of Ezra Dickinson, Evergreen (Auburn) Cemetery, Union Township, Indiana. Photograph taken at the request of Miriam Robbins Midkiff by Find A Grave volunteer Donald Ladd. Digital copy in the possession of Miriam Robbins Midkiff, Spokane, Washington. 2008.

Buried: Evergreen (Auburn) Cemetery, Union Twp., De Kalb Co., Indiana

A Civil War Soldier: Pvt. Ezra DICKINSON (1800 – 1886)

How Related: My 4th-great-grandfather

Born: 26 August 1800 in Sharon, Litchfield Co., Connecticut

Parents: Philip DICKINSON (1770 – 1859) and Phoebe HUTCHINSON (1773 – 1858)

Siblings: Are you ready for this? Ezra was one of 14 children!

  • Philip, Jr. (dates unknown)
  • Irena (1792 – 1841)
  • Eliza (1794 – 1830)
  • Nathaniel (b. 1796)
  • Delana W. (b. 1798)
  • Martha “Patty” (1802 – aft. 1892)
  • Laura (b. 1803)
  • Harriet Amanda (b. 1805)
  • Elisha (1808 – 1893)
  • Samuel (1811 – 1897)
  • Amelia (1814 – 1845)
  • Mary (1817 – 1872)
  • William (1819 – 1901)

Married: Ezra married five times! His first wife was my ancestor.

  • Cynthia PHILLIPS (1802 – 1852), 20 November 1820 in Johnston Twp., Trumbull Co., Ohio
  • Hannah Elizabeth (LOUNSBERRY) MAXWELL (1802 – 1871), 15 August 1852 in Elkhart Co., Indiana
  • Sarah R. WOODBURY (1821 – 1878), December 1874, possibly in De Kalb Co., Indiana
  • Mary [–?–] (1810 – 1882), before 1880, probably in De Kalb Co., Indiana
  • Rebecca (WALDRON) SIBERT (1822 – 1899), 22 April 1883, probably in Auburn, De Kalb Co., Indiana

Children: Of course, since Ezra had lots of siblings and lots of wives, it would only stand to reason that he would have lots of children! Amazingly enough, all his children were from his first wife, Cynthia, which might explain why she died young.

  • Elizabeth (b. c. 1822)
  • John F. (b. c. 1825)
  • Philip Reuben (1827 – 1912)
  • son (b. c. 1828 – 1830)
  • Wallace William (c. 1831 – 1897)
  • son (c. 1833 – c. 1848)
  • Sherman S. (b. c. 1836)
  • Mary E. (1838 – 1924)
  • Harriet Anna (1840 – 1918)
  • Lucy May (c. 1842 – 1872) – my ancestor
  • Sarah Ann “Sally” (1846 – bef. 1900)
  • child (dates unknown)

Source: Civil War Pension Index Cards of Ezra Dickinson. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/].


Mustered in:
22 Nov 1861 in Company F, 44th Indiana Infantry, probably in Butler, De Kalb Co., Indiana; private; age 63!

Side Served: Union

History of Unit: 44th Indiana Infantry

Discharged: 28 Apr 1862, for disability

Biography or Information of Interest: Born into a family that had settled in America during Puritan times, Ezra was distantly related to Emily Dickinson, the poet. His grandfather, Elisha Dickinson, served in the Continental Army during the Revolution. Like many Connecticut families, they migrated to the Western Reserve in Northeastern Ohio, settling first in Trumbull County. After living in Indiana for some time, Ezra moved his family to a farm near Hicksville, Defiance Co., Ohio to be near a school for the deaf, since three of his children were deaf-mutes. All three–John, Sherman, and Harriet–grew up to marry and have children, unusual for that time. Ezra’s family later returned to De Kalb Co., Indiana, where he signed up to serve in the Union Army at the age of 63, stating that he was 45. His brother William, and his sons Philip and Wallace also served in the Union Army. You can read Ezra’s biography from the History of De Kalb County, Indiana here (some dates in the biography do not match our records).

Died: 17 September 1886 in Auburn, De Kalb Co., Indiana

Source: Tombstone of Ezra Dickinson, Evergreen (Auburn) Cemetery, Union Township, Indiana. Photograph taken at the request of Miriam Robbins Midkiff by Find A Grave volunteer Donald Ladd. Digital copy in the possession of Miriam Robbins Midkiff, Spokane, Washington. 2008.

Buried: Evergreen (Auburn) Cemetery, Union Twp., De Kalb Co., Indiana

Some Civil War Soldiers Buried in Spokane, Washington

As I mentioned before, I photographed a few Civil War veterans’ graves in Greenwood Memorial Terrace here in Spokane on Sunday. Here’s a list of the veterans, with links to their memorial pages and grave photos on Find A Grave:

C. R. Bardwell – Company C, 6th Minnesota Infantry

His wife, Mary E. Bardwell.

Eugene S. P. Bolton – Company A, 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery

F. W. Fiske – Company C, 8th Minnesota Infantry

Martin Holston – Company B, 1st Illinois Cavalry – UPDATE 23 Sep 2007: Read his biography here.

Pvt. Albert B. Hurd – Company H, 6th Minnesota Infantry (He already had a memorial page and photo, unbeknownst to me, but I added the photo I took.)

Hiram O. Johnson – Company H, 9th Indiana Infantry

Pvt. Joseph Litterneau – Company F, 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry

William W. Mason – 39th Massachusetts Infantry

John W. Proctor – “U. S. Soldier”

Corp. Christian Sanders – Company F, 6th Wisconsin Infantry

His probable wife, Elizabeth Sanders.

Sgt. Walter Scott – Company K, U.S. Colored Troops Infantry (I’d love to find out more of his story! African-Americans have always been a definite minority in this community, especially at the time this man would have lived here.) – UPDATE: Craig Manson, at GeneaBlogie, has created a “brief study” of Sgt. Walter Scott’s life here.

John C. Squires – Company I, 2nd New York Heavy Artillery

Henry S. Walker – Company L, 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry

James B. Warren
– Company D, 18th Missouri Infantry

Musician Charles F. Wightman – Company C, 26th Illinois Infantry

I used the Sons of Union Veterans National Graves Registration Database to try to find more detailed information on these men. There wasn’t much, but I did get some full names where I only found initials, a couple of dates (most of the stones did not list birth/death dates), and some explanations for some of the abbreviations.

These are but a handful of the 393 known Civil War veterans buried in this cemetery and the 803 total buried in this county. I want to know more about these men, and perhaps this summer I can do some research on them, or find their obituaries in the microfilmed newspapers in the downtown library.

Some Civil War Soldiers Buried in Spokane, Washington

As I mentioned before, I photographed a few Civil War veterans’ graves in Greenwood Memorial Terrace here in Spokane on Sunday. Here’s a list of the veterans, with links to their memorial pages and grave photos on Find A Grave:

C. R. Bardwell – Company C, 6th Minnesota Infantry

His wife, Mary E. Bardwell.

Eugene S. P. Bolton – Company A, 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery

F. W. Fiske – Company C, 8th Minnesota Infantry

Martin Holston – Company B, 1st Illinois Cavalry – UPDATE 23 Sep 2007: Read his biography here.

Pvt. Albert B. Hurd – Company H, 6th Minnesota Infantry (He already had a memorial page and photo, unbeknownst to me, but I added the photo I took.)

Hiram O. Johnson – Company H, 9th Indiana Infantry

Pvt. Joseph Litterneau – Company F, 12th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry

William W. Mason – 39th Massachusetts Infantry

John W. Proctor – “U. S. Soldier”

Corp. Christian Sanders – Company F, 6th Wisconsin Infantry

His probable wife, Elizabeth Sanders.

Sgt. Walter Scott – Company K, U.S. Colored Troops Infantry (I’d love to find out more of his story! African-Americans have always been a definite minority in this community, especially at the time this man would have lived here.) – UPDATE: Craig Manson, at GeneaBlogie, has created a “brief study” of Sgt. Walter Scott’s life here.

John C. Squires – Company I, 2nd New York Heavy Artillery

Henry S. Walker – Company L, 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry

James B. Warren
– Company D, 18th Missouri Infantry

Musician Charles F. Wightman – Company C, 26th Illinois Infantry

I used the Sons of Union Veterans National Graves Registration Database to try to find more detailed information on these men. There wasn’t much, but I did get some full names where I only found initials, a couple of dates (most of the stones did not list birth/death dates), and some explanations for some of the abbreviations.

These are but a handful of the 393 known Civil War veterans buried in this cemetery and the 803 total buried in this county. I want to know more about these men, and perhaps this summer I can do some research on them, or find their obituaries in the microfilmed newspapers in the downtown library.

18th Carnival of Genealogy is Posted

I tried to blog this earlier, and ran into a hiccup…so here goes again! Jasia, over at Creative Gene, has posted the 18th Carnival of Genealogy. The topic is “5 Best Tips for Specific Research Areas.” Nine bloggers share their tips for researching in specific locations including Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Northeast Indiana, Detroit (Polish ancestors), San Diego (CA), Texas, and Upstate New York. There also a blog on five generic tips that can be used for any kind of research. So take a look and check it out. Even if none of these research areas apply to you, you may get an idea or two of how to do research in your ancestral locations.

The topic for the 19th Carnival of Genealogy is “Shelter from the Storm: Stories of Home and Hearth.” I encourage you to take a try at blogging on a specific topic…it’s a lot of fun!

18th Carnival of Genealogy is Posted

I tried to blog this earlier, and ran into a hiccup…so here goes again! Jasia, over at Creative Gene, has posted the 18th Carnival of Genealogy. The topic is “5 Best Tips for Specific Research Areas.” Nine bloggers share their tips for researching in specific locations including Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Northeast Indiana, Detroit (Polish ancestors), San Diego (CA), Texas, and Upstate New York. There also a blog on five generic tips that can be used for any kind of research. So take a look and check it out. Even if none of these research areas apply to you, you may get an idea or two of how to do research in your ancestral locations.

The topic for the 19th Carnival of Genealogy is “Shelter from the Storm: Stories of Home and Hearth.” I encourage you to take a try at blogging on a specific topic…it’s a lot of fun!