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Lt. Abraham DEYO

Discharged December 8, 1863 Plattsmouth, Nebraska
The Second Regt. Nebraska Calvary of Volunteers Company II

   Abraham Deyo was born in 1815 in New York. He descended from the French Huguenot family of Deaux. Escaping religious persecution in the 1500's the family migrated to Ireland and changed their name to Deyo. They migrated to the US in the 1600's around Boston, MA.
   Abraham's first marriage was to Phebe Deyo 1837 in Pennsylvania. They had 3 children, Julia King of Humbolt, Iowa; Adelia Habrowk of Hurleston, Iowa; and M.S. Deyo of Yuma, Colorado (1)
   His second marriage in 185O's was to Sarah C Potts Kempton of Pottsville, PA. She had two children from a previous marriage, Abraham Kempton born 1847 and Dell Kempton born 1949 both born in Pottsville, PA. (1)
   In the late 1850's, Abraham and Sarah moved to Bellevue, NE. They started a nursery and taught school. Both were well educated. Sara spoke fluent German and French. She was also an artist.
   They are listed in the 1860 Nebraska Census as farmers in Plattsmouth (Cass County) (3)
    Abraham and Sara had two more children Sallie Vail and Clifford Deyo (3).
   December 8, 1863, Abraham Deyo was discharged as Second Lieutenant from the Second Regiment of the Nebraska Cavalry Volunteers, Company II.
    December 8, 1863, Mustered out to Plattsmouth, Nebraska (1)
   May 1872, Abraham Deyo published the first newspaper, "The Nebraska Farmer" of Lincoln, Nebraska (I have a personal copy of the first draft)
   October 1, 1875, They were granted homestead rights in Ashland, Nebraska as signed by U.S. Grant
   In 1886, Abraham died in Nebraska, (1)
   April 10, 1910, Sara Deyo, died in Council Bluffs, Iowa (letters from my grandmother Lois Glenn, Astleford Cateron)
    In 1998, Clifford Deyo passed away in Omaha, Nebraska.
   This concludes what I have researched so far. I would love to become more active in this web-site. And hope to add to this rich local and county history.

Karin Wilson 8306 West 90th Avenue Westminster, Colorado 80021 (303) 940-5598

1. Adjutant Genral's Office Roster of Nebraska Volunteers From 1861 1869, Page 181, Denver Public Library, G.973.7482 A2nG.
2. 1860 Schedule A Production of Agriculture Census. Nebraska 1860 Territorial Census, Accelerated Indexing Systems 929.3782 J137NEST.
3. Iowa Genealogical Society, Iowa Genealogical Society Surname Index A-L Volume 3, 1977, Page 171 Dewey-Dick, Denver Public Library, G929.1777 I 6475 SO. Discovered on 1st genealogical trek to Denver Public Libaray with dearest friend Kitty Bond Winter of 1998.

Clark William EATON b 9 Jan 1844, Rockport, Ohio
Son of Dyer B. Eaton (1802, NY - 1895, IL) and Emoline CLARK(1812, OH - 1875, IL)
The family moved to MI in 1849, then to Dekalb Co., IL in 1851.

Siblings of Clark William were:
Rosanna Polly EATON (1831-1917) m Hosea LAFLER
Edwin Lewis EATON (1833-1834)
Alberteen Adelaide EATON (1835-1924) m Josiah Fisher Wilson SANBORN
Cordelia Ann EATON (1836-1921) m Theodore SPENCER (CW veteran)
Charles Nelson EATON (1838-1909, CW veteran) m Julia E. HELLOCK
Orson Mortimer EATON (1840-1933)
Oscar L EATON (1842-1849)
Hazard C. EATON (1846-1924, CW veteran) m Emma GREGGE
Fanny EATON (1848-1938) m Laverne CADY
George Washington EATON (1850-1894) m Francis Eaton
Ealine L. EATON (1853-1854)

Clark William EATON (1844-1917) enlisted 8 Dec 1861 at Earlville, IL in Co. D, 53 Illinois Infantry at the age of 17 . He was wounded in action at Jackson MS on 12 July 1863, the record does not show what the wound was; he returned to duty 15 Sept 1863. Clark re-enlisted as a veteran in 1864 with Co. D, 53rd Illinois Infantry (Description: 18 yrs, hair brown, eyes blue, complexion light; occupation farmer, sg.) His final discharge was 22 July 1865, at Louisville, KY.

He married Helen B. (GRAY) O'GALLIGAN on 7 Oct 1865 at De Kalb Co, Sycamore, IL
Helen (1848, NY - 1910, NE) was daughter of David & Mary Elizabeth (CONNER) GRAY.

Places of residence (approx): Paw Paw Grove, IL (1865-1866); Cedar Rapids, IA (1866-1869); Leavenworth, KS (1869-1876); Paw Paw, IL (1876-1880); Ellis, KS (1880-1890); Beatrice, NE (Probate of Dyer Eaton) in 1895; Litchfield, NE (1890-1916). 1900 Census at Scott Twp, Sherman Co., NE on a farm near Hazard. 1910 Census at Hazard Twp, Sherman Co., Nebraska.

Children of CW and Helen B. EATON:
Clarence EATON (no data)
Posie Amber Josephene EATON (b 1878, KS - d 1936, Grand Island, NE)
married John PARRY in 1893; ch: E.Earl (1895-1899) & Lester.
married Mathias C."Tease" WIND before 1910; ch: Glenn & Daphan
married George STEVENSON in 1921; no children
Clyde Leo EATON (b 1884, KS - d 1943, Haxton, CO)
married Roxie Clara "Grace" FREAD, 13 Nov 1907 at Kearney, Buffalo, NE
[Roxie was daughter of Ezra & Nancy (FORNEY) FREAD - see Fread entry]
They lived on farm homesteaded by Grace's father. Grace died 2 Jul 1938 at Litchfield, NE
Children: William Adelbert (1909-1941), Cleo Leola (twin) (1911-1997), Cleta Lucille (twin)
(1911-1928), LeRoy Fred (twin) (1914-1924), Lorena Faye (twin) (1914-1968), Clyde Howard (1918-1918), Nancy Amber Cathalene (1920-1925), Ruth Hazel (1922-), Phyllis Helen (1925-1925), Glenn Franklin (1931-)
Hazel EATON (b 5 Dec 1891, NE - ) married Harry SWITZER
Helen EATON, wife of CW EATON died 10 Nov 1910 at Hazard, NE
Clark William EATON died 15 Sep 1917 at Scotts Bluff, NE after living with son, Clyde for 3 years. He was buried at Fairview Cemetery, Grave 4, lot 103, Scotts Bluff, NE

Clark Eaton's Obituary: Scotts Bluff Nebraska
     Clark Eaton was born in Chicago Co. Ohio January 9, 1844, and passed away while visiting with his son Clyde Eaton of this city. The funeral was held on Monday PM, the service being conducted by Rev. T. C. Osborne of the PRLS Church and interment being in Fairview Cemetery.
     Mr. Eaton was one of the "Boys in Blue" being a member of Company B of the 5th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. He leaves 3 children to mourn him. Son Clyde Eaton and 2 daughters Mrs. Amber Wind, Hazard, Nebraska and Mrs. Hazel Swetzer, Bradshaw, Nebraska.

Sources: Military Pension 1-095-718 (27 July 1912, before Notary Public, E.H. Robinson. CW Eaton's PO is given as Hazard, NE.) Census, cemetery & marriage records.

Submitted by LeRoy Will Eaton

Samuel Cook EVANS, born 24 Feb 1839 at Hinsdale, Cattaraugus, NY.
Son of Robert EVANS & Sarah COOK EVANS
     Lorenzo D. EVANS b1819, Schuyler Co., NY (Hannah ----)
     Mary Ann EVANS b1822 Steuben Co., NY (Almon MILLER)
     Orange C. EVANS b 1825 Tyrone, Steuben, NY (Harriet Graham)
     Sarah EVANS b 1826 Steuben Co., NY (Mobery EVANS )
     Harriet E. EVANS b 1827 Tyrone, Steuben, NY (James PEET)
     Aaron H/M. EVANS b 1831 Steuben Co., NY (Elizabeth C. ----)
     Isaac Warren EVANS b 1835 Hinsdale, Cattaraugus, NY (Mary R. ----)
     Lucy E. EVANS b 1836 Hinsdale, Cattaraugus, NY (William WOODRUFF)
     Note: Probably had another brother, the eldest - name not known
Married first: Helen Permelia YATES (1839-1880) on 13 Jan 1867 at Hinsdale, Cattaraugus, NY. They lived in Rockford, IA & Portville, NY.
     Wife died in 1880.
     Robert Emory EVANS b1867 Rockford, IA (died in infancy)
     Albert Emory EVANS b 1869 Rockford, IA (died in infancy)
     Ralph Adelbert EVANS b1871 NY (Nellie ORMLEY)
     Warren Ray EVANS b1873 Portville, Cattaraugus, NY (Minnie Mae TERRY)
         They lived in Merrick County, NE from before 1897 until c1931
     Allena Melvina EVANS b1875 Portville, Cattaraugus, NY (---- MONTGOMERY)
     Edgar Newton EVANS b 1878 Portville, Cattaraugus, NY (Caroline A STEPHEN)
         They lived in Merrick Co., NE from before 1900 until after 1920.
Married second: Elnora Amanda SMITH on 9 May 1881 at Olean, Catarraugus, NY.
     Lillian Amanda EVANS b 1882 NY (Charles A. MILLER). Lived in Fullerton, NE.
     Samuel Otis EVANS b 1885 NY (Eva Lousie STEWART). Lived in Central City and Grand Island, NE
     Sarah Maud EVANS b 1888 Merrick Co., NE (died in infancy)
They moved to Central City, Merrick, NE abt 1886. Also lived at Clarks, Merrick, NE.

Military Service: Enlisted 15 Oct 1861 at Auburn, NY in Andrew Cowan Co. , 1st Ind. Battalion, NY
Discharged as corporal, 23 June 1865.

Died 2 Feb 1907 at Central City, Merrick, NE. Buried at Bureau Cemetery (Lot 72), Pierce Chapel, Merrick Co., NE. Buried with SC Evans are second wife Elnora, child Sarah Maud, his Mother and his Aunt Harriet COOK HOLMAN (his Mother's sister)

Member of GAR Post 23. (GAR recd: #46-253, mmbr Post 23, rank as Qm sgt.). Member of Pierce Chapel M.E. Church

Federal pension file number: #832026.
Other record sources: Fed Census: 1840-1880 (NY); NY State Census for 1855 &1865; 1900 Fed Census (NE); Probate of father, NY land records; 2nd wife's obit, Evans Family Records from Mary Lou Pullen Eagleson.

Submitted by: Ted W. Miller (great-grandson)

Charles Behrends Foss aka Claas Behrends Fass, born June 21, 1836 in Hanover, Germany. He was the son of Klaas Faß and Antje Gesche Margartha Eden (Aden).
     Charles Foss was the oldest of five siblings:
     Ede Behrends Fass
     Anna Catharina Fass (Johann Gerhard Heinrich Gellermann)
     Gerd Janßsen Fass
     Wessel Fass (Antke Martgaretha Schmidt).

Charles received his education in the public schools of Germany. At age 17 according to the Lutheran doctrine and teachings he was confirmed and joined the Lutheran church in Reepsholt Germany. At the age of 21 he embarked on the ship Bremen at Antewerp and arrived in Illinois October 28, 1857, Charles was the only family member to leave Germany for America.

Charles Foss married Trinye Margaretha Eilers, the first marriage for both December 28, 1868, in Tecumseh, Johnson Co., Nebraska. They had the following six children:

1. Anna M. Foss, born March 8, 1870, Gage Co., NE

(1st husband, John Weers, 2nd husband Charles G. Mack)

2. John Dietz Foss, born January 1, 1872, Gage Co., NE

(1st wife Nellie Hoffman, 2nd wife Engelina F. Ehmen).

3. Edward Charles Foss, born April 14, 1873, Gage Co., NE

(Anna Matthies)

4. Etta Catherine Foss, born November 27, 1876, Gage Co., NE

(Gade Jansen Agena)

5. Theodore "Mike" Foss, born January 20, 1881, Gage Co., NE

(Mary Jones)

6. Tena Elizabeth Foss, born May 9, 1890, Johnson Co., NE

(Henry Aden).

Charles enrolled in the Civil War at Petersburg, Menard Co., Illinois, August 4, 1862. He was 5'10" tall, fair complexion, blue eyes and lt. brown hair. Enlisting as a Private with Co. K, 114 Reg., Illinois volunteers. Nov 1, 1864 he was promoted to Corpl. and January 1, 1865 promoted to 1st Sgt. He participated in the battle at Jackson, Mississippi May 14, 1863 and through the siege at Vicksburg, Mississippi, was at the battle at Guntown June 10, 1864, the Battle at Nashville, Tenn. December 15 & 16, 1864 and also the siege at Spanish Fort, Ala. Charles was wounded in the side of the head at the battle of Guntown, Ms., June 10, 1864, he was treated for the wound June 18th - 21st, 1864, then returned to duty. He mustered out of service August 3, 1865 at Vicksburg, Mississippi. When Charles mustered out of service he may have had a permanent limp which he acquired during the march from Vicksburg, Ms. to Milligans Bend. His right leg became so swollen that he was unable to continue the march. Over time the swelling became an enlargement of the leg and at times prevented him from marching during his enlistment.

At age 56 he applied for pension because of this injury, stating that he was completely disabled. April 10, 1924, 8 months before his death and at the age of 87 years, he applied for and was granted an extra $22.00 a month pension for an assistant to help him get around. He had stated in his application that for the past four years he had been helpless and needed constant attention of an assistant. It was after the Civil War that Claas B. Fass' name change occurred. As he wrote in a General Affidavit in the matter of the application for pension No. 946773 "The reason my name appears Claas B. Fass in my discharge, and that I write it Charles B. Foss now as it appears in application for Pension; is because the Americans here called me Charles and I have been called by that name all the time for the last eleven years and liking it better as an American name I have written my name Charles; being the interpretation of Claas in German".

After the Civil War Charles Foss moved from Petersburg, Menard Co., Illinois to the Hooker Township, Gage Co., Nebraska. This would have been after September 1865 but before March 10, 1868. Charles occupation for most of his life, even before leaving Germany was that of a farmer but, upon his arrival to Nebraska from Illinois he drove a freight train for the government to Fort Laramie, Wyoming from Nebraska City, Nebraska. On March 9, 1868 he purchased 80 acres of land in the Hooker Twp., Gage Co., he gave his address as Gage Co., on the land deed. August 8, 1874 he purchased another 40 acres of land in Gage Co., and on February 10, 1875, Charles received his homestead certificate No. 1865, application 2354 for 160 acres in Gage Co., Nebraska from the United States, signed by Ulysses S. Grant. Around 1885 Charles moved his family to a farm in the Latrobe twp. northwest of Sterling, Johnson Co., Nebraska. He purchased two land tracts northwest of Sterling, one consisted of 40 acres, section 7-6-9, the other consisted of 236.55 acres, section 18-6-9. In 1898 Charles had a new seven room, two story home built on the farm site that consisted of the 236.55 acres. In 1916 Charles retired from farming at which time he moved with his wife, Tena, into Sterling, Nebraska. Charles B. Foss was a member of St. John's Lutheran church in Sterling, Johnson Co., Nebraska and a member of the G.A.R. December 11, 1924 at 10:30 a.m. Charles passed away from old age, he was buried in the Sterling Cemetery where he had a few years earlier purchased burial lots and had his headstone erected. The obituary for Charles B. Foss appeared in the "The Sterling Sun", Thursday, December 18, 1924, page 1. (Please write if you would like a copy)

Obituary, "The Sterling Sun" December 18, 1924, Sterling, Johnson Co., Nebraska.
Marriage license of Claas Fass and Trinye M. Eilers.
Land Patent and Land deeds from Gage Co., Nebraska.
Military Record and Pension File No. 946,773 from the NARA
Charles B. Foss' death certificate, State of Nebraska.
"Germans to America" (2 CDs. Edited by Ira A. Glazier and P. William Filby, Scholarly Resources, Inc. Wilmington, DE)

Submitted by Carolyn Kress <> (Great Grand-daughter-in-law)

Ezra FREAD b 10 Mar 1846 at Brookville, Franklin County, IN
Son of Alfred FREAD (1808, IN - 1869, IL) and Ruth Anne TURNER (1816, ? - 1885, IL)
Siblings of Ezra:
Ruth Anne FREAD (1834- ?)
William Henry FREAD (1837-1902) m 1. Josephene C. SIMON; 2. Martha Jane COCHRAN
Calista Ann FREAD (1841- ?) m David G. LINDSAY
James R. FREAD (1844- ?)
George FREAD (1845-1865) Civil War vet, died at St. Charles, Arkansas
Alice Jane FREAD (1851- ?) m Irwin BROOKE
Nelson H. FREAD (1853- ?) m Susan A. PETERS
Joseph Ferdinand FREAD (1855-? )
Arthur John FREAD (1858- ?) m Mary A. MEYERS
Ezra served in Company E, 21st Illinois Volunteers. He enrolled at Sullivan, IL, 4 Jan 1864 and was discharged 16 December 1865 at San Antonio, Texas. (History of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois shows Ezra FRED mustered out December 10, 1865)
Ezra had two brothers who served in the One Hundred & Twenty-Sixth Infantry Regiment (3 yrs service) Illinois.
James FREAD, Private Mustered out 12 July 1865
George FREAD, died at St. Charles Ark., 6 May 1865

Ezra FREAD married first to Sarah Jane BROOKE, 27 Dec 1868 in Moultrie Co., IL (near Sullivan). Sarah Jane was born 13 Jun 1848 in Franklin, County, IN & died 23 Sep 1871. Her parents were John & Sarah BROOKE. Children of Ezra and Sarah Jane FREAD were: Lydia A (1870-1874), & Francis G (1871-1873). Both children are interred at Kellar Cemetery, near Lovington, Illinois with their Mother.

Ezra married second to Nancy FORNEY on 23 Dec 1883. Nancy was born 10 Sep 1863 in Richland, County, IL. Her parents were Samuel Michael FORNEY (1836-1908) & Catharine KIMMEL (1845-1931)

The children of Ezra & Nancy FREAD were all born at Litchfield, Sherman, NE.
Samuel Ennis FREAD (1884, Litchfield, NE - 1954, ?) married first in 1908 to Charlotte E. ROYLE (1891-1909) no ch known. Sam married second to Ethel May BROWN (1894, Alliance, NE - 1939, ?)
Their children were: Earl Stanley (1914- ), Robert Alfred (1915-1988), Thelma Grace (1917- ), Thomas Ezra (1919-1988), Marion Lorenzo (1921- ), Clarence Oliver (1922-1994), Nancy Elizabeth (1924- ), Harold Lee (1926-1992), Darrell Wayne (1928-1958), Leah Pearl (1930- )
Mabel Ruth FREAD (1886, Litchfield, NE - 1956, ?) married Samuel Clarkson MOWERY on 30 Dec 1903 at Litchfield, NE. Their children were: Mildred Ella (1905-1978), Luetta Beryl (1908- ), Clell Fread (1914-1966) & Ruth LaVonne (1924- )
Catherine Almina FREAD (1889 Litchfield, NE - 1925, ?) married Alfred Charles ROYLE on 28 Feb 1906. Their children were Leah Dayle (1908-1990), Lottie Leone (1910- ), Enid Nancy (1915- ), Clare Alfred (1919-1991)
Roxie Clara Grace FREAD (1890, Litchfield, NE - 1938, Lexington, NE) married Clyde Leo EATON on 13 Nov 1907 at Kearney, Buffalo, NE. Their children were: William Adelbert (1909-1941), Cleo Leola (twin) (1911-1997), Cleta Lucille (twin) (1911-1928), LeRoy Fred (twin) (1914-1924), Lorena Faye (twin) (1914-1968), Clyde Howard (1918-1918), Nancy Amber Cathalene (1920-1925), Ruth Hazel (1922- ), Phyllis Helen (1925-1925), Glenn Franklin (1931- )
Leah Rachel FREAD (1892, Litchfield, NE - 1961 Roseburg, OR) married first to Arthur Heinrich VOLKER on 10 May 1911. Their child was Cynthia Faye (1917- ). Leah Rachel married second: Jack CHRISTY.
Thomas William FREAD (1894, Litchfield, NE -1912, Kearney, NE)
Howard Lee FREAD (1899, Litchfield, NE - 1958, Litchfield, NE) married on 6 Jun 1923 to Gail Lousia GRANT (1899, Jamaica, NE - 1982, hospital in Lincoln, NE). Their children were: Betty Jane (1924- ), Russell Ezra (1925- ), Wilbur Clare (1927- ), Howard Laroy (1929- ), John Samuel (1931- ), Juanita (1934- ) & Robert Lee (1936- )

Ezra FREAD died 14 Aug 1906 at Litchfield, Sherman Co., NE.
Nancy Forney FREAD survived her husband. She died 17 Jul 1941 near Litchfield, NE

Sources: Military Pension claim number 990741. History of Shelby and Moultrie Counties, Illinois. 1890 Federal Census (Veterans): Sartoria Pct. Buffalo County.

Submitted by LeRoy Will Eaton

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