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52 Ancestors: Week 17: S S Sprague, age 55 and a Captain in the Civil War

Sidney S Sprague was born 29 April 1806 at Lake Simcoe, Ontario, Canada.  (They were Americans, only briefly in Canada.) His family moved to Ohio when Sidney was 8 years old.

He married Mary in about 1832 in Defiance, OH. They had four children.  Sadly, his only son Frederick drowned in the Maumee River in childhood.  He also had three daughters, Caroline, Mary (who later married John B Lewis) and Adaline.

“Sidney was an attorney and merchant in Defiance, OH where he held several minor town offices.  He was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, in 1843-44 and  in 1849-1850. In 1851, Sidney was elected Mayor of Defiance, OH.

At the opening of the Civil War, Sidney (age 55) raised Company D for the 14th Ohio Infantry and was elected captain." (1)    At that time, the 14th Ohio Infantry service term was for three months.

52 Ancestors: Week 16: John B Lewis in the Civil War: deserted, arrested, captured at Spring Hill, dead in a fiery explosion!

When I first found John B Lewis (1837-1913) on the list of soldiers for the 9th Indiana Infantry, I was so happy just to find his name.  As I read across the page, under remarks, it said: deserted, returned, captured at Spring Hill, mustered out June 28, 1865.  Wow.  I had to know more.

 I got his service file from the National Archives… and it’s a good story.

John B Lewis was born in Indiana, got married to Mary Sprague, and had a little girl named Ida May.

Then on March 1, 1862, he volunteered and joined the Union Army.  He was assigned to the 9th Indiana Infantry in Company K for a three year term.  The Regiment shipped out and arrived in Nashville one week later.

And a week after that, John was sick in the hospital.  (He had passed his physical just two weeks prior.) He was granted a 5 month discharge furlough on March 27, 1862 and he headed back home. While John was gone, his unit fought in the Battle of Shiloh, a major battle of April 6-7, 1862. When August 18 came around, he …

52 Ancestors: Week 15: Skidmores in the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War

This is the fifth, and last entry for the Skidmores; they were an amazing, adventurous family.  Again, this is the research work of Warren Skidmore in 1980.  Here is a synopsis:

James Skidmore was second son of Joseph and Annes Skidmore.  He was born in 1732 in Murderkill Hundred, Kent County, Delaware. As a young man, he moved with his family to (West) Virginia in the early 1750s.

He married Sarah McDonald in about 1758.  They had 6 children.

He served in the French and Indian War with his brothers Joseph and John in the company commanded by Capt. Abraham Smith.

In 1768, James and his family moved south to Virginia and purchased 88 acres on the James River near Jennings’s Creek for £55 and in 1779 he bought a plantation of 123 acres on the south side of the James River.

He filed a claim in Botetourt (pronounced Bot-i-tot) County under the Commissary Provision law of 1782 and a certificate was issued to him for the payment of 468 lbs of beef furnished to the Revolutionary Army on 14 …

52 Ancestors: Week 14: Two Joseph Skidmores, Indian Raids and Life on the Frontier

Again, this is the research work of Warren Skidmore in 1980.  Here is a synopsis:

Joseph Skidmore Sr. was born about 1674 at Jamaica, LI.  The 4th of 5 children of John Skidmore and Susanna Davis. His mother died when he was 3 and his father died when he was 6.  It is assumed that he was raised by kinsmen.

As adults, two of his older brothers went to Kent County Delaware, and Joseph Sr. joined them there.

Joseph Sr married Rebecca Miller of Kent County, Delaware in about 1702, and they had two children.

On 10 July 1702 Joseph Sr (age 28) purchased for £14 silver money, a 92 acre tract called “Fisher’s Delight” from his brother Thomas (age 37).

Joseph Sr (age 34) died in Murderkill Hundred, Kent County, Delaware before 12 May 1708.  In his will, Joseph Sr left his entire estate to his wife Rebecca.  His daughter Susanna was to have a yearling colt and his son Joseph was to have “the 92 acres of land that I dwell on.”

Murderkill Hundred = A”hundred” is smaller than a county, each with 100…

52 Ancestors: Week 13: John Skidmore and a Murder Trial

Again, this is the research work of Warren Skidmore in 1980.  Here is a synopsis:

John Skidmore was born at Cambridge, Massachusetts on 11 April 1643, the youngest child of Thomas and Ellen Skidmore.

John married Susanna Davis in about 1662 in Jamaica (named after the Jameco Indian Tribe), Long Island, and they had five children.

John had settled at Jamaica, Long Island, by 1662 when it was voted and concluded at a town meeting that “John Skidmore shall have the first lot next the highway…upon consideration that he shall do the town’s work for smithery.”

On 1 January 1663/4 his name is signed as one of the proprietors of Jamaica in the statement of allegiance addressed to Charles II.  Long Island was under Dutch rule at this time and the men of Jamaica protested that their “soil being invaded and His Majesty’s rights usurped by the Hollanders to the great scandal of government and discouragement of His Majesty’s hopeful plantation which we will for the future defend as Englishmen, jus…