Joseph Gaskill and the 104th O.V.I.

History of the 104th O.V.I. 1862-1865
Told by J.W. Gaskill
Joseph W. Gaskill, Clothing Merchant, Soldier, Author
and son of Ohio Pioneer Family


In my humble opinion history written by the people that lived it is our most cherished and true form of historical information. Regarding the Civil War, or better said in general, War, it is often ego and defensive mechanisms that can fog that written information. If a regiments history is written by it’s commander it can be fogged by that persons needs; maybe to glorify, maybe to defend. Written by the privates, corporals, surgeons and wagon drivers it is quite different and probably truer to the truth. Therefore be introduced J.W. Gaskill’s book Footprints Through Dixie.

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Joseph W. Gaskill joined the 104th Ohio Infantry Regiment at the age of 19. The regiment was organized at Camp Massillon Aug. 1862 to serve three years. They mustered out June 1865 at Greensboro, NC by Capt. A.B. Smith, Capt. 100th O.V.I. and C. M. 23rd Army. While not the only battle service, certainly the most significant was at Franklin, TN. Joseph was appointed Corporal Jan. 1, 1865 immediately after the battles at Franklin, and soon after Nashville that followed in December. Joseph received his military pension in 1907.

I leave the full story of the 104th to J.W. Gaskill’s book Footprints Through Dixie.

I have a slightly used copy of the book that I will gladly mail to a Gaskill ancestor, or to any person with a family interest in the 104th O.V.I., particularly Co. B, but not limited to that. Obviously copies are available online.


Joseph W. Gaskill was born Mar. 22, 1843 in Marlboro, Stark, Ohio. The center of Marlboro Township is about 10 miles west and north of Alliance, Ohio. Joseph died Aug. 31, 1932 in Alliance, Ohio in the Alliance City Hospital. He suffered Gall Stones and a perforated Gall Bladder.

In 1868 Joseph married Lucrecia, or Lucretia, M. Clapsaddle. She was born in 1846 near Columbiana, Ohio and died Oct. 27, 1925 in Alliance. Columbiana is about 35 miles east of Marlboro, but I do note on a historical map Clapsaddle acreage in Marlboro, thus assuming they relocated there. Her parents were George and Lovine Neigh. Her brothers were; Franklin A. (1842), John W. (1852), James W. (1852), Samuel S. (1855), Charles B. (1858), and George Lawrence (1844) who married Elizabeth Caroline Gaskill. Joseph and Lucrecia lived in Ohio for their early years lives, then relocating to Muscatine County, Iowa from about 1868 to 1875. Both are buried in the Marlboro Cemetery, Stark County.




Eulalia (Eula) b. abt. 1869 in Iowa, married (?)Miller
Cora b. abt 1874 in Iowa, married Ralph Husecker
Ralph b. abt 1876 in Ohio, married Cora M. Schrader in 1911 in Cuyahoga County. He was a salesman.
Ellen b. abt 1869 in Iowa


Daniel b. Aug. 12,1803 in New Jersey, d. Sept 27,1854, Buried in Marlboro Cemetery, Stark. Mother: Elizabeth Gruelle (Grunwell) b.1807 in Ohio, d.1889 in Iowa.

Elizabeth Clements Gruwell was the first baby born in Marlborough Twp., Stark County, Ohio. The family were Quakers. Elizabeth married (1) 1824, Daniel GASKILL, the son of Nathan and Hannah (Owens) Gaskill. They were the parents of ten children (Gaskill/Gaskile): Alice, 1825; Mary, 1827; Huldah, 1829; Jane, 1831; Hannah, 1833; Eliza, 1834; Nathan, 1837; Rachel, 1839; Joseph, 1843; and Caroline, 1847. Daniel died in 1854. Elizabeth married (2) at Stark Co., Ohio, 1 June 1857, Edward Hussey. Her grave is listed in Cedar County Cemetery Records for Honey Grove Cemetery

Joseph’s Sisters and Brother

1)Rachel (1839-1885) married Edward Savage
2)Eliza Caroline (1847-1932) married George Clapsaddle. Both lived and are buried in Grundy County, Iowa
3)Nathan (1837-1915) Civil War for 35th Iowa, buried in Cook County.
Chicago Tribune (IL) – September 22, 1915 – Nathan Gaskill, at his residence, 6239 Lariin-st., Sept. 20th, 1915, beloved husband of Mary E. and father of Mrs. Lincoln Ferguson, Harry, Mrs. Clarence Bowersock, Mrs. William Clark, Mrs. T. P. Roberts, and Ernest Gaskill. Funeral Thursday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m., under the auspices of Whittier lodge, No. 666, I. O. O. F., and Mead post No. 444, G. A. R., thence by large funeral limousine to Mount Greenwood.


Nathaniel “Nathan” Gaskill b.1774 in Burlington County, New Jersey, d.1841 Lexington, Stark County, Ohio. Buried in Canal Fulton Cemetery, Stark. In 1817 Nathaniel was the Justice of the Peace in Lexington. Nathan married Hannah Owens, b.1774 d.1845 in 1797. Nathaniel is the son of Daniel and Hulduh Mott, who had ten children; Martha, Joseph, Eliza, Daniel, Israel, Abigail, Abraham, Levi, Mary, and Wesley. From the history of Lexington Village, Lexington Township, Stark County; “The earliest settlement in the township was the village of Lexington, laid out by Quaker settlers Amos Holloway & Nathan Gaskill in 1807. The settlement was on the banks of the Mahoning River, a grand waterway at the time. The remnants of the village are at the corner of Rockhill Ave. NE and Greenbower St. NE across from the Lexington United Methodist Church.


Daniel and Hulduh Mott-Gaskill. Apparently Daniel was not a practicing Quaker, however some of Huldah’s minor children were admitted to membership in the Mount Holly, New Jersey meeting and the dates of their births are recorded as follows: Sarah b. Dec. 13, 1778; Hannah b. June 18, 1781; Huldah b. April 11, 1784; Daniel b. July 21, 1786; Martha b. June 28, 1788; Solomon b. Sept. 7, 1792. The death of Martha on November 4, 1796 at the age of eight is also recorded. Daughter Sarah was married the following year to Gideon Stratton, and the Mount Holly minutes now for the first time mention the father in referring to Sarah as the daughter of Daniel, deceased, and Huldah. Witnesses to the marriage were Huldah, Israel, Zilpha, Huldah and Daniel Gaskill and others. Records also note that they had a little son, Nathan, who married in 1897.

Daniel and his brother John Gaskill were plundered by Hessian Troops during the Revolution. They filed claims for the lost items.


Joseph W. Gaskill Census Records

1920 living in Alliance, Stark County with Lucretia

1910 Living in Liberty, Logan County, Ohio with Lucretia M.

1890 (special veterans census) living in West Liberty, Logan County, Ohio

1900 age 57 living in Bellefontaine, Logan County, Ohio with Lucrsia M (54)., Cora W. Gaskill-Husecker (26 b.Iowa), Ralph D. Husecker (25), Corinne Husecker (6), Eula Gaskill-Miller (31 b.Iowa), and Joe G. Miller (10)

1870 age 27 living in Wapsinonoe Township, Muscatine County, Iowa (post office city is Atalissa) with Lucretia (24) and Ellen (11 months). Occupation Clothing Merchant.

1880 age 37 living in Marlborough, Stark County with Lucretia (34), Eulalia (10 b. Iowa), Cora (6 b. Iowa), Ralph (4 b. Ohio)


2 thoughts on “Joseph Gaskill and the 104th O.V.I.

    • Barbara, I am simply an amateur historian with a particular interest in the Battle of Franklin and the 183rd Ohio. Our daughter gave me Gaskill’s book for Christmas one year, and while I probably didn’t read it in it’s entirety I certainly was interested in the portions regarding Franklin, Nashville and movements east which copied the 183rd’s movements. From there I felt it necessary to honor him (and family) for his service and written story. I still have the book if you are at all interested. I’d mail it no charge.

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