Auburn Twp., Tuscarawas County, Ohio (Their Civil War Soldiers)

Looking for? Alphabetical List of Surnames:

Arion, Ash, Beer, Beers, Bippus, Blackford, Connell, Espenschied, Garrett, Good, Hochstetler, Isenogle, Keiser, Keyser, Klein, Kohr, Kuhn, Kunse, Kuntz, Lahmers, Jacob Lang, Meyer, Mizer, Mutey, Mutti, Neff, Oesch, Pershing, Peters, Renner, Schneider, Schneulle, Schwendiman, Shepfer, Sommer, Stuckey, Thomas, Weaver, Wirt, Winter, Witwer, Wittwer, Whitmer, Wyler, Young, Zimmerman.

Also see page for Bucks and Jefferson Townships in this site. The three townships are connected in many ways. One, though connected borders, and secondly through families.

Civil War Soldiers and Their War

Auburn Twp., Tuscarawas County, Ohio lies some thirty miles south and slightly west of Canton, Ohio. Today it is along a major highway that runs north to south the whole length of Ohio. In the year 1829 people were brought to this farming area because of water, and a road – the Ohio and Erie Canal, and the National Road (roughly I-70 starting in Wheeling). The canal started at Lake Erie, was completed to the town of Dover in the county, bringing more people and progress to the area. By the year 1860 fourteen hundred (1400) people lived in the township, the peak of its population. Residents were, for the large part, immigrants from Switzerland and southwest Germany. It was, and is, part of what Ohioans now call “Amish Country.” Milk farms and cheese factories were plentiful along with other varieties of farming and some mining.

The men and boys of Ohio fought in nearly every major campaign during the Civil War. Nearly 7,000 Buckeye soldiers were killed in action. Auburn Township and the little town of Ragersville played their roles in support of the war effort.

While the numbers will not necessarily match fact, area history books tell us that in the spring of 1862 Auburn Township reported that 10 men had volunteered to serve. By mid-late summer alone, the list below holds names of as many as 19 men who mustered into the 126th O.V.I. in Sept. of 1862. The story further states that in October, 1862 a draft of 40 more men took place in the township. In the summer of 1863 Peter Kunz of Ragersville was appointed to enroll all able bodied men between the ages of 18 and 45 years old from a two county area which included Auburn Twp. The township had 39 volunteers. By the summer of 1864 the township was instructed to gather 29 more. Of these, more than 100 young men, it is obvious many did not serve. Certainly some who volunteered were not able. Others may have been excused for religious reasons. A few may have even paid the bounty for a substitute. Although Auburn may not have been included, some townships were known to pay these bounties, so that their boys could stay and work and support their families and the local economies.

While Ohio’s Protestants strongly supported their government‘s efforts, members of religious sects like Amish-Mennonites struggled with the conflicting duties between state and religion. By the 1860’s Ohio’s Amish community had a distinct divide among them. About two-thirds categorized itself as change-minded, more open to the English society around them. The remaining upheld the Old Order, or traditional Amish way of life. While most Amish-Mennonite communities opted to distance themselves from the conflict, there would be small congregations, whole families, or individuals who identified joining the war as a civic duty. This divide had to have some effect on many of the families in the area.

The following list of Civil War soldiers from Auburn Township, Ohio is for the most part taken from Ragersville, Auburn Township, Ohio 1830 -1980 The Sesquicentennial Story of a Community written by Maxine Renner Eberle, Howard Mizer, Lloyd Mizer, G. Edger Schumacher, and Weldon Yakley. There are forty-seven listed. In their story there is but little reference to the units these men were attached to and therefore little idea of the places, battles, and trials they endured, including their wounds or deaths. To their credit, of course, little information was available to Maxine and her fellow authors. Now-a-days a press of a computer button may result in individuals or regiment histories. This is my best effort to add to Maxine’s list and further honor the memories of all these men from that period, 150 years ago.

Be aware that the information may not be totally accurate. We are confronted with incorrectly spelled names, many duplicates of names in Civil War Soldier databases and information that is 150 years old. Examples might be a John Thomas. Ohio’s Civil War data-bases have dozens of John Thomas’, or Jacob Ash – according to family history he was Jacob Oesch until he was mustered into the army. As luck would have it, Jacob is my great-grandfather, and we had figured out who was who some time ago.

Bob Werner – 2016

Visit https://ourgrampascivilwar.wordpress.com  This document is posted on my web-site and may, at times, differ from the document at hand in the museum due to continued discovery.

  • Age shown is that when they mustered in, or at the war’s start in 1861 if a real date was vague or missing.
  • If no “mustered out” date is shown that soldier mustered out with his unit as described in the regiment histories.
  • Regiment history is from the Ohio in the Civil War website by Larry Stevens, Copyright ©1995 – July 30, 2012.
  • Any additional speculation or detail shown has been collected from FamilySearch.com,  FindAGrave.com, and RootsWeb.com

George W. Arion (1844-1864); age 18, 126th Ohio Company E Private, mustered in Sept. 19,1862, captured Jun. 15,1863 at Williamsport, MD, returned to his unit Sept. 23,1863, killed May 12,1864 at Spotsylvania, VA. George is buried at Fredericksburg National Cemetery. He was the son of George and Abigail Arion.

Jacob (Oesch) Ash (1846-1902); age 17, 183rd Ohio Company K Private, mustered in Oct. 22, 1864. Jacob was wounded in a leg at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, but continued his service, going east with his regiment to join with Sherman’s Army’s final battles in the Carolina’s in 1865. He also suffered hearing loss due to his service.

  • Jacob was the son of Samuel and Catherine Oesch whose family arrived in the U.S. in 1852 from Canton Bern, Switzerland. They settled in Auburn Twp. and first lived on the Ladrach Farm where they later purchased land. It is thought that the family name changed when he volunteered. He signed his papers with an x, and with the stroke of a pen by another he became Ash. Jacob died in Ragersville in 1902 and is buried in the cemetery there, Sec. D (east) Row One. Late in their lives, he and wife Mary Miller Ash lived in a house that was on the lot where Ray Hisrich’s car lot is today. Jacob and Simon Neff are credited with being the contractors for the building of the Lutheran Church, today’s history museum.

John Beer (Beers) (1847-1914), age 18, 3rd Ohio Cavalry, Co. I, from Jan. 1, 1864-Aug. 4, 1865. John is the son of Daniel and Catherine Beer whose family came from Canton Bern, Switzerland and settled in Tuscarawas County. He was a cheese maker. Preceded by his wife Anna, John died in York Twp. in 1914 and is buried at Ragersville Cemetery Sec. C (north) row 4.

George Jacob Bippus (1830-1889); age 32, 126th Ohio Company E Private, Musician, mustered in Aug. 22, 1862. Jacob, born in 1846 in Germany, died in New Philadelphia in 1889. Jacob is buried at Fair St. Cemetery, Sec. J. He was twice married, first to Barbara Sindlinger who died in 1876, then to Sarah Foster until he died.

  • George Jacob Bippus was a musician with Joseph Kunse, also of Auburn Twp.

N. (Noah) Blackford (1822-1863); age 40, 122nd Ohio Company D Private, mustered in Sept. 20, 1862, mustered out June 6, 1865 at Columbus according to roster records. A find-a-grave entry of Noah buried at Ragersville, Sec. D (east) Row 1, says he died Aug. 7, 1863 which is based on a record of his veterans headstone order. His wife Mary applied for his pension in 1872.

David Connell (1838-1914); age 24, 126th Ohio Company E Sargent, mustered in Aug. 11, 1862, rank reduced to Private (likely unable to perform duties due to sickness), discharged Mar. 17, 1864 on a certificate of disability. Interestingly, he volunteered and was mustered into the 25th O.V.I. in Oct. 1864 and discharged in Mar. 1865 with promotion to join the U.S. 34th Colored Infantry Co. K serving until Feb. 1866. This colored regiment served over much of the state of Florida and was at Jacksonville when they mustered out. David was first a 2nd Lieutenant, then promoted to 1st.

  • David was born in 1838 in Columbiana County, Ohio. His father, Amos, was originally from Maryland who in 1860 was a widow. David married Magdalene Zimmerman who was born in Ragersville in 1843. They were married in 1867 in Clay County, Indiana. David became a lumber dealer and sawmill owner there. In the 1900 census record they lived in Kosciusko County, IN. He died in 1914 and is buried at Hillcrest Cemetery in that county.

Henry (Heinrich) Espenschied (abt. 1831-1904); Henry was born in Germany on 01/03/1831. They emigrated here in 1858. Henry served with the 91st Indiana Company C, mustered in Aug. 30, 1862, discharged Nov. 1, 1863; participated in Union campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee.

  • Henry died 02/01/1904 and is buried in the Ragersville Cemetery, Sec C (north) row 3. The regiment roster (1862) shows his residence as “Raglesville,” Indiana which was, and is even to this day, a small town in southwest Indiana in what appears to be Amish-Mennonite country. His wife’s name was Trucilla and they married in 1866.

Eli Garrett (1842-1925); age 21, 157th Ohio (N.G.) Company I Private, mustered in May 2, 1864 for 100 days of service. He did not serve in the 156th Ohio as indicated on his headstone or in the Cemetery book. Eli was born 12/25/1842 and died May 23, 1923 He is buried in the Ragersville Cemetery Row 8.

  • The 1870 census shows Eli (1842-1925) and Mary Garrett living in Union Twp., Tuscarawas County, and he is a carpenter.

David Moser (Goode) Good (1812-1886); age 59, born 1812 in PA, Mr. Good was given an honorary title of Colonel for his service as a recruiter and for drilling men during the war. He also had the reputation of being one of the best cooks in the county. (Source; Ray Hisrich, Ragersville Historical Museum)

  • David was born in Washington County, PA and died in 1886. He is buried at Ragersville Cemetery, Sec B (west) Row 1. He was married twice, to Leah Carroll and later to “Lizze” Shunk and was father to 12 children.
  • One of David’s boys, 2nd Lt. Wilson K. Goode, born in PA in 1844, served with the 57th OVI Co. F. In 1850 the family lived in Shanesville Twp., Sugarcreek, Tuscarawas County.

Lige Isenagle; this name appears in not found – it actually, or likely, is Hiram; see the following entry.

Hiram Isenogle (Isenagle) (1842-1913); age 20, 107th O.V.I. Co. I, from Aug. 21, 1862 to Dec. 15, 1863, then transferred to the 18th Veterans Reserve (formally invalid corps) Company C. He mustered out of service at Washington D.C. in August 1865. At the time of the special veterans census of 1890 he and wife Julia lived in Jefferson Twp.

  • Hiram Isenogle was born 06/23/1842 and married Julian Keffer. He died in 09/17/1913 and is buried at the Stone Creek Cemetery. Apparently he lived most of his life in Jefferson Township and was a farmer.

Cornelius (Cornellius) Hochstetler (1842-1928); age 22, 27th Ohio Company A Private, mustered in Feb. 15, 1864 on detached duty at General Howard’s headquarters, mustered out July 11, 1865. Cornelius and wife Catherine Gribble are buried in the East Avenue Cemetery in New Philadelphia, Sec. 3. It appears that his father and mother are also buried there.

John Keiser (Keyser) (abt. 1842-?) age 20, 126th Ohio Company E Private, mustered in Aug. 14, 1862, promoted to 1st Sargent. His father was named Joseph and his mother Susanna. The 1860 census shows them living in Auburn Twp.

Michael Keiser (Keyser) (abt. 1844-1929); age 18, 126th Ohio Company E Private, mustered in Aug. 14, 1862.

  • Michael was born in Shanesville (Sugar Creek), Tuscarawas County in 1844. His father, was John and mother Louisa Kirshtten. He married Elizabeth Beck and resided in Auburn Twp. as shown in the 1860 census. He died in 1929 in Portage County, Ohio and is buried at Westlawn Cemetery there. His occupation had been in Flour manufacturing.

Henry Klein (1843-1917); age 20, 51st Ohio Company E Private, drafted in on Oct. 14, 1862 for 9 months service. Mustered out Aug. 5, 1863 at McMinnville, Tennessee.

  • Henry married Catherine Huprich in 1871 (note: there were two Catherine Huprich in Tuscarawas County at the time – another married veteran Daniel Thomas). Henry was born in 1843, died in 1917 and is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dover. His father was Peter and mother Anna Marie. At the time of the special veteran’s census in 1890 he lived in Ragersville.

Christian G.B. Kohr (abt. 1844-1931); age 18, 126th Ohio Company E Private, mustered in Aug. 22, 1862, wounded May 6, 1864 at Wilderness, VA.

  • Christian married Rebecca Gonter in 1868. They are buried in the Union Cemetery, Uhrichsville, Tuscarawas County. Mr. Kohr, died May 1, 1931 at age 87 in Urichville, Ohio while at work in his shoe repair shop. He was survived by eight children. Rebecca passed away in 1920.
  • Mr. Kohr’s Obituary: Uhrichville, Ohio, May 2 – C.B. Kohr, 87, Civil War veteran of this city who saw Gen. Lee surrender at Appomattox, dropped dead of heart trouble while at work in his shoe repair shop here yesterday. With him when he fell were I.L. Haskins, 80, Tuscarawas County’s youngest Civil War veteran and Alex Davis, another veteran. Mr. Kohr was born near Ragersville. His wife, Rebecca Gonter Kohr, died in 1920. He enlisted in the 126th regiment, Co. E, O.V.I., in 1862 and took part in the Battle of Cedar Creek and the Battle of the Wilderness. He was a member of Ricksecker Post, G.A.R. of Dover, and of the Old Guards of Newark. Surviving relatives include five sons, three daughters and one brother. Funeral arrangements are not complete.

John P. Kuhn (1840-1908); age 22, 126th Ohio Company E Private, mustered in Sept. 3, 1862, wounded and captured Nov. 27, 1863 at Mine Run, VA, released or exchanged back to his unit, and finally discharged May 29, 1865 for wounds received.

  • John was born in 1840 in Jefferson Twp., a son of John Kuhn and his wife Mary. It appears that he married S.A. Espich and they raised a family in Tuscarawas County. He died in 1908 and is buried at Fair St. Cemetery in New Philadelphia, Sec K. His Obituary: John served in the civil war, he was imprisoned in Anderson Prison and survived that horrific experience. He resumed teaching when he came home from the Civil war and later professor Kuhn opened and ran a Normal School.

Joseph Kunse (Kuntz)(1820-?); age 43, 126th Ohio Company E Private, Musician, mustered in Aug. 22, 1862, discharged Feb. 25, 1864 at Brady Station, VA on certificate of disability.

  • Joseph Kunse was born in 1820. It appears he was married to Eva A. and was raising a family in Auburn Twp. After the war he may have married again to a Susan Greek.

Leonard Kunse (Kuntz) (abt. 1818-1880); age 42, 126th Ohio Company E Private.

  • Records indicate that at one time Kunse was a corporal. His name, with unit and company, is listed on various databases, however his name does not appear on the regiment’s roster. Veteran’s information in the special 1890 Census lists that he mustered in Aug. 22, 1862, discharged March 7, 1865, “leg shot off below knee.” Leonard married Abigail Arian (Arion?) in 1852. He died 09/30/1880 and is buried in the Ragersville Cemetery, Sec. A (south) row 9. Why he is not listed on the roster remains a mystery. The following was published in the Steubenville Weekly Herald, Wednesday, June 22nd, 1864; Saturday, June 18:  More men of the 126th Ohio Turning Up: The following members (there was a list of a dozen or so) of the 126th Regiment O. V. I. are now in Locust Grove Hospital, in the Wilderness, under charge of Dr. Donelly, of the 2nd Pennsylvania Reserves. The names were copied from the Washington Chronicle, of June 16: (L. Kuntz, E. was one of them) Many of these persons were reported killed. I thought their friends would be more likely to hear of their safety through your paper than by any other means. If you publish this list you will much oblige me”. Respectfully, A. S. Martin

Charles Lahmers (abt. 1844-1921); age 18, 80th Ohio Company E Private, mustered in Aug. 27, 1862, discharged June 9, 1864 on certificate of disability. The regiment roster lists his name as Lohimer. The special 1890 veteran’s census lists Charles living in Ragersville and his left arm was disabled.

  • Charles was a son of Johan & Dorothea Lahmers, and immigrated to America with his family in the early 1850s. In 1860 the family lived in Auburn Twp. After the war Charles became a farmer. He married Christena Lembright, with whom he had 13 children: John, Elizabeth, Daniel, Charles, Frederick, William, Phoebe, Emanuel, Albert, Clara, Adam, Herbert and Laura. He died in 1921 and many family members are buried at New Philadelphia in St. John’s German Reformed Church Cemetery.

Jacob Lang (1820-1899); 51st Ohio Company E Private. The 51st was organized nearby in Dover. Jacob mustered in Oct. 1, 1862 and served until Aug, 5. 1863.

  • Jacob was born in Switzerland in 03/12/1820, so at the age of about 40 he volunteered for service. His wife was Magdalene and his occupation was that of a tinner. He lived in Ragersville and died there 01/08/1899 and is buried in the Ragersville Cemetery, Sec. C (north) row 5.

Frederick Meyer (1834-1908); age 26 the 126th Ohio Company E Private, mustered in Aug. 22, 1862, discharged May 26, 1865 on certificate of disability.

  • The 1890 Veterans Census states that he suffered from Rheumatism, a rupture, and verico (vertigo?) Frederick was born 12/23/1834 and married Elizabeth Eckart. They are buried in the Ragersville Cemetery, Sec. C (north) row 7, at the base of the war  Co. G’’

John Wesley Mizer (abt. 1844-1923); age 20, 80th Ohio Co. G Private and mustered in March 9, 1864 and served until Aug. 1865. In 1890 for the special veteran’s census he lived in Bakerville, Bucks Twp. His service caused Chronic Diarrhea and a rupture.

  • John married a Malinda Jane in 1866. He died in 1923 and they are buried in Evans Creek Lutheran Cemetery in Bucks Twp. The 1860 Census lists 17 year old John with parents George, age 47, and Elizabeth Helweck.
  • There are three other Mizers’, all members of the 80th Co. G. John’s brother Simon P. Mizer, see below. The others were; John E. Mizer, age 20, a Private, mustered in Nov. 30, 1861, detailed in Pioneer Corp (engineers – experts in defense and protection), mustered out at Beaufort, SC on expiration of term of service; Jacob S. Mizer, age 20, Private, mustered in Feb. 29, 1864.

Simon P. Mizer (abt 1847-1939); age 18 80th Ohio Co. G Private, mustered in Feb. 17, 1865 and served until Aug. 1865. He lived in Bakerville, Bucks Twp. and he suffered Vertigo.

  • The 1860 Census lists 14 year old Simon with parents George, age 47, and Elizabeth Helweck. Simon married Phoebe Elizabeth Young(1847-1914) and later married Austich Elizabeth Wiemer (1860-1936). Simon buried in Evans Creek Lutheran Cemetery in Bucks Twp. with his brother.

John Mutti (Mutey) (Muty) (abt.1839-?); age 23, 126th Ohio Company E Private, mustered in Sept. 3, 1862, wounded at Wilderness, VA.

  • John Muty (signed is as) married Elizabeth Bitler Dec. 13, 1865 in Tuscarawas County.

Daniel Neff (1829-1878); age 33 drafted into 51st Ohio Company G Private, mustered in Oct. 14, 1862 for a nine month term, mustered out at McMinnville, TN expiration of that term in August 1863.

  • Daniel was born in 1829, married Elizabeth Pollins Apr. 22, 1855. The 1890 special veteran’s census lists only his wife residing in Auburn Twp. Daniel died Jan. 30, 1878. Both he and his wife are buried in Ragersville Cemetery, Sec. D (east) row 3.
  • The following from the Neff Historical Society offers a bit of confusion; “Parents are Adam Neff and Sarah (aka Sally) Horner Neff. Daniel’s Brother Jacob Neff (Find a Grave # 122734968) also served. Neff Family Historical Soc., Inc.”

Ezera (Ezra) W. Neff (abt. 1842-1904); age 18, 51st Ohio Company G Private, mustered in Sept. 16, 1861, appointed Corporal in April 1865, mustered out Oct. 3, 1865. Ezera is buried at East Ave. Cemetery in New Philadelphia, apparently in an unmarked grave site.

  • Ezra is the son of Jonas and Susan (Royer) Neff. He was likely born in Bucks Twp. and lived in Ragersville in 1860. Father Jonas died in Ragersville in 1896. His brother Jacob also served (see next).

Jacob Neff (abt. 1837?-1898) (with Jacob Weaver – see below) in the 6th Ohio Sharpshooters, Private. My research; Jacob’s father was Jonas, mother Susana.

  • In 1870 he and wife Louisa (abt. 1835-?) live in Auburn Township, he is a farmer. In 1890’s special veterans census they live in Shanesville, Sugar Creek, Ohio. He suffers piles and blood poisoning.
  • From the Neff Family Historical Society; (this offers a bit of confusion, as it did with Daniel) NEFF, JACOB: Pvt. Co. C, Independent Inf. Age 52 in 1891. Soldier said he was never married. Residence: Tuscarawas Co., OH, Sugar Creek. Son of Adam Neff and Sarah aka Sally Horner Neff. No evidence that Jacob ever married. In 1869 as age 24 in the Jacob and Sarah Horner Neff his mother) household.
  • His burial in Union Hill Cemetery (Sugarcreek) is noted in a 1930’s Veteran’s Graves Registration Project of the W.P.A. His memorial was not included in “TUSCARAWAS COUNTY CEMETERIES”, Vol. I, a cemetery inventory by the Tuscarawas County Genealogical Society in 1981. Perhaps his gravestone had deteriorated between the 1930’s and 1980’s.

Other Neff; two other Neff’s were with Daniel and Ezra in the 51st Company G, Lafayette (abt. 1843-?) and Nathaniel (abt. 1839-1863). Nathaniel died in Tennessee while serving. They both lived in Tuscarawas County, but do not appear to have lived in Auburn Twp. at war time. Their father was Jacob b.1809 in PA and mother was Christina b. abt. 1820. Jacob and Christina lived in Auburn Twp. in 1850.

Joseph Pershing (abt. 1840-1905); age 21, 80th Ohio Company C Private, mustered in Nov. 6, 1861, appointed Corporal June 30, 1862, Sargent Dec. 1, 1863 and 1st Sargent May 23, 1865, discharged Aug 13, 1865.

  • The 1890 Veterans Census shows he lived in Ragersville and that he suffered from chronic diarrhea. He and his wife and one child, Ada, are buried at Union Hill Cemetery, Sugarcreek, Tuscarawas County. He was born in 1840, son of Christian and Mary, he married Sophia and they lived in, and raised a family in, Auburn Township. He died in 1905.

Herman J. Peters (1842-1932); age 19, 126th Ohio Company E Corporal, roster records note that he mustered in Oct. 14, 1862, captured and held prisoner Nov. 27, 1863 at Mine Run, VA, mustered out June 12, 1865 at Camp Chase in Columbus near war’s end. The Ragersville book writes that he was captured at Locust Grove, VA, confined to Libby prison, Belle Island, Pemberton Castle, Andersonville, Savannah, Millen, Blackshear, Charleston, Florence, and Goldsboro. After 458 days as a prisoner he was paroled in February, 1865 at Wilmington, NC. He mustered out June, 1865. The special 1890 veteran’s census only lists Andersonville Prison, which possibly given circumstances makes sense.

  • Dr. Herman Peters has been written extensively in the histories of Ragersville, Auburn Twp. and Tuscarawas County. Briefly, he was born in PA in 1842 and died in 1932. He and his second wife Albertina (1864-1948) are buried at Ragersville Cemetery, Sec. C (north) row 4.  He was first married at Susanna Berger (1850-1894) and they had thirteen children. Albertina is Susanna’s sister and with her they had two children.
  • Of some interest we can find a Herman J. Peters, age 20, in the 80th Ohio Company C Private, mustered in Nov. 9, 1861 for a 3 year term. This record then goes blank which is very unusual. Possibly Herman entered the war in 1861, had to return home due to illness at home or something similar and then re-volunteered?

Frederick Renner (1843-1913); age 21, 15th Ohio, Co. F, Private. Mustered in Oct. 1864 and served until Jan. 1865. The special 1890 veteran’s census lists Frederick living in Ragersville. Roster records spell Renner’s name Rennerel, another, Rennerd.

  • We find a Frederick Renner (1843-1913) married to Elizabeth Maurer buried at St. John’s German Reformed Cemetery in New Philadelphia. They resided in Auburn Twp. in 1910. Also, the 1850 census lists a Frederick born in Germany (1844) residing in Bucks Twp. There is also a F. Renner listed on the roster of Paulsen’s Independent Artillery Battery, one month’s service in Sept. 1862. Frederick’s father and mother were named Valentine and Catherine.
  • According to the 1910 census (Auburn Township, Tuscarawas County, Ohio), Elizabeth and Fred Renner married about 1868. She was the mother of 10 children, although only 7 of them were living in 1910. One of them, 28-year-old son Jacob, lived with Fred and Elizabeth and helped farm the home place.

Christ (Christian) (Christopher) Schneider; Unable to determine for sure. There is a census record that lists Christian Snider, age 15, in Auburn Twp. in 1860; father is John and mother is Mary. There are two possible regiments that this person might have participated with; the 34th O.V.I., Co. E and the 103rd O.V.I. Co. H. Both names are Snyder and both are age 18.

  • There is a Christian Schneider buried at Dayton National Cemetery, born 1841, died 1870, and married to Catherine Harms.

John Schneider (1838-1917); 67th Ohio (some of which was organized in nearby Holmes County), at age 22, Company C Private, mustered in Sept. 8, 1862. He appears in the special 1890 Veterans census living in Goshen Twp. Listed on the same census roster is fellow veteran Christian Kohr. John is buried in Grandview Union Cemetery in Strasburg, Tuscarawas County.

August Schneulle (1828-1904); age 37, 48th Wisconsin Company D, which served in Kansas in 1865.

  • August was born in Germany in 1828, died in Ragersville in 1904 and is buried at the Ragersville Cemetery, Sec. C (north) row 10.

Gottlieb Schwendiman (abt. 1844-1880); age 18, 126th Ohio Company E Private, mustered in Aug. 22, 1862, wounded at Cedar Creek, VA. The above spelling is from the Ragersville Story by Maxine Eberle. The roster from the 126th spells it Schwinderman. That is not an unusual error. Census records find a variety of men, all Gottlieb, but it appears our Gottlieb is;

  • Born in Switzerland, he married Mary Penrod in 1866. He died Dec. 9, 1880 in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Samuel Shepfer (1843-1884); age 19, 126th Ohio Company E Corporal, mustered in Aug. 22, 1862, wounded May 6, 1864 at Wilderness, VA

  • Samuel was born 1843 in Switzerland. He married Mary Travis and died in 1884. He is buried at Ragersville Cemetery, Sec. D (east) row 5

Charles G. Sommer (abt. 1845-?); age 19, 19th Ohio Company F, mustered in Feb. 19, 1864, discharged Oct. 8, 1865

  • The special was census on 1890 lists the same living in Sugar Creek. It appears his wife is Hannah.

Christian Stuckey (abt. 1836-1900); age 18, the 19th Ohio Company F, mustered in Jan. 1, 1864, discharged Oct. 21, 1865. The 1890 Veterans Census shows him living in Sugarcreek and that he suffered from rheumatism and an ear affliction.

  • Christian married Sarah Balcom (1844-1928). He is buried at Greenlawn Cemetery in Stark County.

Daniel Thomas (1842-1922); the 1890 the special veteran’s census finds Daniel living in Ragersville, 27th Ohio, Co. A, mustered in Jan 1, 1864 and served until July 11, 1865. He was on detached duty at General Howard’s headquarters.

  • Daniel, brother of John, was born in Ohio 12/25/1842. He married Catherine Huprich in 1867 and he died in New Philadelphia 01/10/1922. He and his wife are buried in the Ragersville Cemetery, Sec. C (north) row 5. (note: there were two Catherine Huprich in Tuscarawas County at the time – another married veteran Henry Klein).

John Thomas (1839-1923); age 21, b.1839 in Waldgrehweiler, Bavaria, Germany. Brother of Daniel, 27th O.V.I. Company A, Private. Appointed Corporal Jan. 1864, Sargeant Sept. 1864, mustered out July, 1865.

  • John was about one-year old when his family came to America. He and his brother marched and fought through Georgia under General Sherman. John was awarded four medals for valiant service in battle. Upon his return home from service he married Maria Steiner, born April 1839 near Ragersville, Ohio. Maria was the daughter of Rudolph and Susanna Marment Steiner, who had emigrated from Dieratigen, Canton Bern, Switzerland several years before Maria was born. John and Maria purchased a farm near Fresno, Ohio where they resided and raised their family of three children. Maria died April 5, 1919; John died in November 1923. Both are buried in Fairview Cemetery, Fresno, Ohio (see www.findagrave.com). Their children were: Ida Flora (Crile), b. 1867, Charles A. b. and John E. (source Cathy Portz – find-a-grave)

John D. Weaver (abt. 1845-1921); age 20 mustered into the 162nd O.V.I. Co. I at Camp Chase in May, 1864 to serve 100 days. In 1860 he lived in Shanesville Twp., Sugar Creek with his Mother Mary and three sisters. The special Civil War census of 1890 lists John living in Sandy Twp., Sugar Creek. His wife’s name was Mary.

Jacob Weaver (abt. 1829-1894); age 34, Private in the “Ohio Shooters”, mustered in Oct. 28, 1862, discharged Jul. 20, 1865. He lived in Ragersville. A post on find-a-grave confirms that Jacob Weaver was in the 6th Independent Company Ohio Volunteer Sharpshooters and his age coincides with the following census records.

  • 1860 census shows Jacob Weaver, age 31 living in Auburn Township alone with three children. He was born in PA and died in Auburn Twp. in 1894. Jacob is buried at the Ragersville Cemetery, Sec. C (north) row 8, along with Elizabeth Cherryholmes Weaver, his 2nd wife (1836-1872).  Also in row 8 are Frederick and Mary, Jacob’s parents and his 3rd wife Anna Meyer (1838-1922). Jacob’s 1st wife, Susanna Speicher Weaver (1831-1859) is buried in row 2. Jacob fathered thirteen children.

George Winter (abt. 1841-1863); age 23, 126th Ohio Company E Private, died Jan. 30, 1863 at Martinsburg, West Virginia

  • George is buried at Ragersville Cemetery Sec. B (west) row 2, likely reinterred from field, or other cemetery, burial. 1860 census records do show a George, age 19, living with his mother Elizabeth and young brother Peter in Bucks Twp.

John F. (or L) Wirt (Wert) (abt.1822-1893); age 42, the 51st Ohio Company G Private, mustered in Feb. 11, 1864, discharged Oct. 31, 1865. The 1890 Veterans Census shows that John, living in Ragersville, suffered from rheumatism. He died in 1893 and is buried at Ragersville Cemetery, row 1, sec. D (east).

Christian Wittwer (Whitmer) (abt. 1837-?); age 24, 80th Ohio Company C Private, mustered in Nov. 29, 1861, mustered out 1865. Unable to find any further records at this time.

Samuel Wyler (1843-1916); age 19, the 126th Ohio, Company E Private, mustered in Aug. 22, 1862, mustered out on certificate of disability Jan. 15, 1865. The special veteran’s census of 1890 lists Samuel living in Ragersville.

  • Samuel was born in 1843, died in 1916. He was married to Elizabeth Gonter. He is buried at Ragersville Cemetery is in Sec. C (north) row 2. The 1860 census records show a family named Wheiler, John and Christina and children, living in Auburn Twp. They were all born in Switzerland.

Joseph A. Young (1839-1900); too common to determine his specific service, but;

  • Joseph was born in 1839 and died 12/28/1900. He is buried at the Ragersville Cemetery Sec. C (north) Row 10.

David Zimmerman (1840-1864); age 21, the 126th Ohio Company E Private, mustered in Aug. 22, 1862, died Mar. 23, 1864 at Brady Station, VA. The 1860 census list Davis, age 20 living with father John and mother Elizabeth in Auburn Twp. A pension was applied for in 1864.

Regiment Histories

  • 3rd Ohio Cavalry Organized in September, 1861, under Colonel Lewis Zahm, for three years’ service; in the following April it moved with Buell’s army through Tennessee. It participated in the siege of Corinth and operated in northern Alabama and Mississippi during the summer of 1862, and in September followed in the pursuit of Bragg through Tennessee and Kentucky. In October a portion of the Regiment was surrounded near Ashland Ky. by John Morgan’s forces and obliged to surrender. Afterwards, the remaining portion with Cavalry and Infantry, attacked Morgan’s camp, capturing his equipage and many prisoners. The Regiment during the winter had many engagements with the enemy, and the following summer advanced with Rosecrans’ army, fighting at Chickamauga and elsewhere with marked success. In January, 1864, the Regiment re-enlisted, and in May moved to Decatur Alabama, became the advance guard of Blair’s 17th Corps and then joined Sherman’s Atlanta campaign, taking part in the battles of Kennesaw, Peach Tree Creek and Decatur. It joined Stoneman’s raid, and after the fall of Atlanta pursued Hood north, fighting at Franklin and Nashville. Again it followed Hood south and afterwards joined Wilson’s raid, losing heavily at Selma. One detachment rode through to the Gulf. The Regiment was discharged August 14, 1865.
  • 15th Ohio Organized for three months service, May 4th, 1861, it served in West Virginia and was discharged August 1st. The regiment was reorganized for the three-years’ service, near Mansfield, in September, by Colonel Moses R. Dickey, and joined General Buell in Kentucky. It participated in the battle of Shiloh and the seige of Corinth, and was with Rosecrans at Stone River and Chickamauga. The 15th re-enlisted as veterans, on the 10th of February, 1864, returned to the field and participated in all of Sherman’s battles in the Atlanta campaign. It moved with Thomas to Nashville and took part in those brilliant victories and then marched to East Tennessee. At the close of the war the regiment was ordered to Texas and performed arduous duties in that remote quarter until November, when it returned to Columbus and mustered out December 27th, 1865. It served four years and eight months and lost over 400 men in killed and wounded.
  • 27th Ohio Organized in August, 1861, under Colonel John W. Fuller, it served in Missouri until March, 1862, when it moved to the Mississippi River, and took part in the capture of New Madrid and Island No.10. In May it joined Halleck’s army before Corinth, and in September, as a member of Fuller’s Ohio Brigade, fought at the battles of Iuka and Corinth. The Regiment joined Grant’s expedition into Mississippi, and after long and tedious marches returned to Corinth in a fearful worn out condition. The 27th followed Sherman in the Atlanta campaign, and participated in the battles of Resaca, Dallas, Kenesaw, Nickajack Creek and Atlanta, sustaining losses of over 200 men. It followed Hood northward and after returning marched with Sherman to the sea. The Regiment moved north through the Carolinas, and participated in the last battle of the war at Bentonville. After Johnston’s surrender it moved via Richmond to Washington, took part in the Grand Review, and then proceeded Louisville. The Regiment mustered out in July, 1865.
  • 19th Ohio Organized for three months service, May 15th, 1861, and for three years, September 26th, it went into active service in West Virginia until November, when it moved to Kentucky. Colonel Samuel Beatty, the first commander of the Regiment, having been promoted, he was succeeded by Colonel Charles F. Manderson, who led the men in the second day’s battle of Shiloh. The 19th fought at Stone River, Chickamauga and Mission Ridge, and at the expiration of three years’ service, re-enlisted and followed Sherman in his Atlanta campaign. It went to Nashville with Thomas and participated in the defense and battles at that place, and followed in pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River. After the war the Regiment went to Texas, and served until September 23rd, 1865, returned to Columbus and was discharged on November 25th, 1865. The 19th lost over 500 men in battle.
  • 6th Independent Sharpshooters Ten Independent Companies of Sharpshooters were recruited and partly organized at different periods during the war; all became parts of regiments in the field, and no distinct organization was affected from them. The 6th Independent Company Sharpshooters was organized at Camp Cleveland, Ohio, and mustered in December 30, 1862. At Headquarters of Generals Rosecrans and Thomas, Commanding Army and Dept. of the Cumberland, March, 1863, to July, 1865. Mustered out July 19, 1865. Also known as Gen. Thomas’ Bodyguard.

48th Wisconsin This regiment was organized at Camp Washburn, Milwaukee, in Feb. and March, 1865. Eight companies left the state March 22 and reported at Benton barracks, St. Louis, Mo. where they were ordered to Paola, Kan. Co. A, B, D and E were sent to Fort Scott. Col. Pearsall was placed in command at Fort Scott early in May, and Maj. Butt was placed in command of all the troops in Miami and Johnson counties, with headquarters at Paola. The regiment was employed by detachments in getting out timber for fortifications, protecting the country from guerrillas, constructing bridges, erecting new buildings, etc. On July 19 Col. Pearsall was assigned to the command of all the troops in and west of Neosho Valley, Kan., with headquarters at Humboldt, Lieut.-Col. Shears succeeding to the command of Fort Scott. Capt. C. W. Felker succeeded to the command of the regiment, and on Aug. 10 the 48th was ordered to Lawrence. It left that place Sept. 6, for Fort Zarah, Kan., where Cos. E and G were stationed, and the remainder of the regiment moved to Fort Larned. On Oct. 1, the regiment was divided into detachments and sent to various posts for the purpose of guarding mail and government trains against the Indians. Cos. A, H, E and G were mustered out at Leavenworth Dec. 30, 1865, Cos. B, D, F and I on Feb. 19, 1866, and Cos. C and K on March 24. The original strength of the regiment was 828. Gain by recruits, 4; total, 832. Loss by death, 9; desertion, 67; discharge, 36; mustered out, 720.

51st Ohio This Regiment was organized October, 3, 1861, under Colonel Fitzgerald, who having resigned, Colonel Stanley Matthews took command. The 51st went to Kentucky in November, and in February, 1862, moved to Nashville. It operated against Bragg, and was present at Perryville. At Stone River it fought with fearful loss, and at Chickamauga performed splendid service. It participated in the storming of Lookout Mountain and the victory at Mission Ridge. In May, 1864, the Regiment joined Sherman’s Atlanta campaign, taking part in all the great battles; followed Hood north into Tennessee; fighting under Thomas at Nashville, and joined the pursuit of Hood south. In March, 1865, it moved into East Tennessee, and in April back to Nashville, where it was soon transferred to Texas, performing arduous duty until mustered out in November, 1865.

51st Companies by County:

Company A Tuscarawas County Company B Tuscarawas County Company C Coshocton and Tuscarawas Counties Company D Coshocton County Company E Darke and Tuscarawas Counties Company F Coshocton County Company G Tuscarawas County Company H Coshocton County Company I Coshocton and Madison Counties Company K Darke and Tuscarawas Counties

County listing from Steve Ward’s Buckeyes All Part III Revised. Thanks to Dr. Richard A. Sauers for the initial research and indexing of the National Tribune articles. Copyright © 1995 Larry Stevens, last updated September 3 2010.

67th Ohio This Regiment was organized by consolidating two parts of Regiments, the 45th and 67th, under Colonel Otto Burstenbinder, who was soon succeeded by Colonel Alvin C. Voris. In January, 1862, it took the field under General Lander in West Virginia, and in March moved to the Shenandoah Valley where it endured severe service until the last of June. It was then transferred to the army of the James under McClellan, and shared in the Peninsula campaign. In December it was transferred to North Carolina. In April it operated against Charleston, and joined the assault upon Fort Wagner with heavy loss. The Regiment re-enlisted in February, 1864, and went to Ohio. It returned to General Butler’s army in May, and on the 10th successfully resisted a heavy assault of the enemy between Richmond and Petersburg, losing seventy-six officers and men. On the 20th it charged the Rebels, recapturing a portion of the lines, with a loss of sixty men, and again in August captured the Rebel works at Deep River, with heavy loss. In October it engaged the enemy almost continuously, and in the spring of 1865 assaulted Petersburg; following the beaten Rebels to Appomattox and was present at the final surrender. The Regiment continued in service until December 12, 1865, when it was mustered out. Copyright © 1995 Larry Stevens. Last updated July 9 2009

80th Ohio Organized in December, 1861, under Colonel E.R. Eckley, it left Ohio for the field in February, 1862. In April it joined Halleck’s army in front of Corinth and after the evacuation operated in Northern Mississippi, taking part in the battle of Iuka, where it lost 45 men. It took a prominent part afterwards in the battle if Corinth, losing heavily, and joined Grant’s movement into Mississippi. In March, 1863, the Regiment moved down the Mississippi River, marching with Grant’s forces in the rear of Vicksburg, fighting at Port Gibson, Raymond and Jackson; and during the siege at Jackson it lost 90 men. In November it marched across the country from Memphis in time to assault Mission Ridge, where it lost nearly 100 men. In January, 1864, the men re-enlisted and went to Ohio in April, and in June joined Sherman’s Atlanta campaign. The Regiment was stationed at Resaca when Hood’s forces invested the place, and demanded its surrender, which was refused. The 80th marched to the sea with Sherman, through the Carolinas, then to Richmond, Washington, Louisville and to Little Rock, Ark., where it was mustered out August 15, 1865. Copyright © 1995 Larry Stevens, last updated May 17 2010.

91st Indiana Organized as a Battalion of seven companies at Evansville, Indiana, they were mustered in on October 1, 1862. They left for Henderson, Kentucky October 10 and were attached to District of Western Kentucky, Department of the Ohio, until June 1863. Soon they were attached to the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of Ohio, to August 1863. For the next two years they were re-assigned numerous times, always within the 23rd Army Corps. Their assignments took them to the Kentucky towns of Russellville and Somerset before moving to Tennessee and duties near Knoxville, Clinch Mountain, and the Clinch River. From there they accompanied the 23rd Army east into the Carolinas where the war ended. They were mustered out in North Carolina in June, 1865.
107th Ohio Organized at Camp Taylor, Cleveland, Ohio, and mustered in September 9, 1862. Known as the 5th German Regiment it was organized August 25, 1862, under Colonel Seraphim Meyer. It moved into Kentucky in September, but was soon transferred to the Eastern Army at Washington. This Regiment participated in the battle of Chancellorsville, where it suffered terribly, losing 220 officers and men. In July, 1863, it moved north with the army and fought at Gettysburg, losing over 400 men. With only 111 men left, it joined in the pursuit of Lee across the Potomac. In August it sailed in transports to South Carolina and in February, 1864, went to Florida; returned to South Carolina in December and remained in active service until the close of the war. The Regiment was mustered out July 10, 1865.

122nd Ohio Organized in October, 1862, under Colonel William H. Ball, it soon moved into West Virginia, where it remained in active service until January, 1863. It operated in the Shenandoah Valley until July, when it went in pursuit of Lee in his retreat from Gettysburg.

The Regiment continued to operate in Virginia, and under Grant participated in the battles of the Wilderness, and under Butler in front of Petersburg. In July it followed Early, north and fought at Winchester and Cedar Creek with Sheridan in September. The Regiment returned to the front of Petersburg, remaining until the fall of Richmond; it then joined in the pursuit of Lee and was present at the surrender. After participating in the review at Washington it was mustered out July 26, 1865. Companies by County:

Company A Muskingum County Company B Guernsey County Company C Morgan County Company D Coshocton County Company E Guernsey and Muskingum Company F Muskingum County Company G Coshocton and Muskingum Counties Company H Guernsey County Company I Muskingum County Company K Muskingum County

126th Ohio Organized September 4, 1862, under Colonel Benjamin F. Smith, it moved the same month to Parkersburg, West Virginia, and then to Cumberland, Md. It guarded the Railroad during the winter, and in the spring of 1863 operated against guerillas in West Virginia. In June the Regiment returned to the vicinity of Martinsburg and was severely pressed by the advance of Lee’s army, but escaped to Harper’s Ferry and afterwards moved to Washington City. It soon re-joined the Army of the Potomac and operated in Virginia under Grant. It took part in the battles of Snicker’s Gap, Opequan, Fisher’s Hill, the Wilderness and Petersburg, and joined the pursuit of Lee until the surrender. The Regiment was mustered out June 25, 1865, and lost during its term of service over 500 men in battle. Companies by County:

Company A Harrison County Company B Belmont County Company C Harrison County Company D Jefferson County

Company E Tuscarawas County – Seventeen men from Auburn Twp. were in this Regiment Company

Company F Carrol County Company G Tuscarawas County Company H Harrison County Company I Fairfield County Company K Perry County

County listing from Gilson’s Concise History of the One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, from the date of Organization to the end of the Rebellion. Copyright © 1995 Larry Stevens, last updated March 19 2011

157th Ohio Originally an Ohio National Guard unit it organized May 16, 1864, for one hundred days service, under Colonel George W. McCook. It was ordered to Washington City and then to Fort Delaware, where it guarded Rebel prisoners the remainder of its time. The Regiment was mustered out September 26, 1864. Copyright © 1995 Larry Stevens. Last updated May 7 2008

162nd Ohio Originally an Ohio National Guard Unit it was organized under Colonel Ephraim Ball for 100 days service. Forming in May, 1864, it moved into Kentucky to repel John Hunt Morgan. Two companies were mounted and the Regiment did post duty at Covington and other points until the expiration of its term of service. It was mustered out September 4, 1864. Organized at Camp Chase, Companies “A,” “C,” “F” and “K” on duty at Tod Barracks, Columbus, Ohio, till September 4. Companies “B,” “D,” “E,” “G,” “H” and “I” moved to Covington, Ky., June 11. Expedition to Carrollton, Ky., in search of Moses Webster’s men. Duty at Carrollton and Covington, Ky., recruiting for the 117th United States Colored Troops and arresting prominent Rebels till September. Mustered out at Camp Chase, Ohio, September 4, 1864. Regiment lost during service 20 Enlisted men by disease. Copyright © 1995 Larry Stevens Last updated May 8 2008

183rd Ohio Organized in November, 1864, under Colonel George W. Hoge, for one year of service, it moved to Tennessee and participated in the battles of Franklin and Nashville, with a loss of over 100 men. The Regiment afterwards went to North Carolina, joined Sherman and continued in active service until the close of the war. It was mustered out July 27, 1865 at Salisbury, North Carolina. Copyright © 1995 Larry Stevens. Last updated October 30 2011

Visit these sources for more information regarding these Regiments and Soldiers:

http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm

http://www.ohiocivilwar.com/

http://www.ogs.org/research/results_ohcwss.php

http://www.civilwarindex.com/ohio.html

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

Respectfully submitted,

Bob Werner   donbob2012@yahoo.com   or   donbob2015@gmail.com

 

 

 

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