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Samuel H. KIMBLE came to Dundy County in 1890. He was in Haigler for three years and left in 1893. His pension application made in 1890 reads "On this 5 day of Oct, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and 91 personally appeared before me, a Samuel H. Kimble. Samuel H. Kimble, aged 51 years, a resident of the town of Haigler, county of Dundy state of Nebraska."

Samuel was born in PA in 1840. He enlisted in the MD Light Artillery Battery B in 1861, he was wounded at New Market in 1864 and was in a VA hospital until his discharge in 1865. After his discharge he was in the Cumberland hospital in MD. Erika Quesenbery the curator for the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation's Paw Paw Museum has written a book "A Snowball's Chance" which gives the history of this unit and has many letters from those in it. Samuel is mentioned in several of the letters. Following is abut Samuel H. Kimble, from that book about Battery B, Maryland Light Artillery.

Private Samuel H. Kimble
Re-enlisted Volunteer Veteran*
October 1, 1861 - June 30, 1864 [Probably July 3, 1865]
Shortly after mustering in Private Kimble requested and received a
Furlough on October 19, 1861.
At the Battle of Malvern Hill, VA, July 1, 1862, Pvt. Kimble was
A driver on the 2nd Piece.
At the Battle of New Market, VA, May 5, 1864, Pvt. Kimble was
Wounded in both legs severely, but apparently he was able to recover
From these wounds to be discharged at a later date, although the date of
His discharge is disputable. A letter written by Sgt. Samuel Fisher
Seems to indicate that Pvt. Kimble had been discharged and was still 
Lingering in a maryland area hospital or that Kimble had been
Discharged and re-enlisted in the battery, at least as of June 1865. The
Two men, Fisher being hospitalized at the time, had a conversation in
Regard to the wisdom of remaining in the battery until being honorable
Discharged since no word had been received about their imminent
Discharge since Lee's surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia on
April 9, 1865. 

I have the pension papers that Erika Quesenbery did not have. They verify his discharge in 1865 and then in the Cumberland MD hospital. 
The artillary used by the MD Light Artillery was a Parrott rifle. It had a 3 inch rifled bore. The Parrott rifle was designed by Robert Parker Parrott, a graduate of West Point. Capt. Alonzo Snow was the Capt. of Battery B. 
One of the first battles for Battery B was Malvern Hill. They were later in many others such as Antietam and New Market.

Samuel married Mary E. Tucker in IA in 1870. The 1880 IA census, Page County, has:
Samuel H. Kimble
Mary E. Tucker wife
Sarah Bell b. 1871 daughter
Charles Wesley b. 1873 son
Harvey b. 1875 son
John Ira b. 1879 son
Samuel moved to Haigler, NE in 1890. He left in 1893 and was headed for Hutchinson, KS. He died on the way near Almena, KS.

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William H. KINGDON born 24 Oct 1839 at Auburn/Adlman, NY.
Son of William KINGDON & Margaret CARKINS/CALKINS. Family lived in NY, WI and IL.
     Charles E. KINGDON b1841 Albany, Malmouth, NY (m Esther Gugin)
     Margaret KINGDON b abt 1844 NY
     Emeline J. KINGDON b abt 1847 WI (m William SIGLER)
     Mary E. KINGDON b c1849 WI (m Unk. GAILEY)
     Grace P. KINGDON b 1855 IL (m John C. COBURN & William H. CRABTREE)

William married: Margaretta A. YOUNG (b1837 Crittendon Co., KY. Dau of John A. YOUNG & Catherine ELDER) on 9 Feb 1865 at Girard, Macoupin, IL
     Katherine E. KINGDON b1866 Blair, Washington, NE (m Richard L. SWIFT)
     Minnie J. KINGDON b 1869 NE (m Arthur MOORE)
     Two others that probably died in infancy.
They lived in Washville, Montgomery Co., IL briefly, then moved in 1865 to Washington Co., NE

Military service: Enlisted at Springfield IL 2 Aug 1861, Co. L, 3rd IL Cav., pvt. Discharged: 3 Sep 1864.
Roster of 3rd IL Cavalry, Co L (from ILGenWeb) shows he was resident of Gillespie, IL (dates are slightly different).

Died 31 Aug 1878 in Washington Co., NE after being kicked by a mule.
Alternate death date given as 3 Aug 1875. Buried at Morley Cemetery, near Arlington (or Kennard), NE.
WH Kingdon was a charter member & treasurer of Washington Lodge No. 41, Independent Order of Odd Fellows when it was organized 11 Oct 1873 in Arlington, NE. Occupation: farmer

Federal pension file number: 346163
Other record sources: The History of Dodge and Washington Counties & Their People (NE) p366; GAR Recd #29-16; 1870 Fed. Census (Lincoln Pct, Washington, NE); Marriage Record of child Katherine E., VIG notes

Submitted by: Ted W. Miller <>

William (Wilhelm) KUEHNZ was born May 18, 1816, in Silesia, near Jauer, Germany.
William married Anna R. ________ abt 1835 in Germany.

Children born to William and Anna R. Kuehnz were:
     E. Paulina KUEHNZ born Jan 22, 1844 in Germany (Herman FIEBIG)
     Emilie A. KUEHNZ born Feb 4, 1854 in Germany (August B. JUNG)

William and Anna Kuehnz along with their daughters immigrated to the United States in 1858. They resided in Evansville, Vanderburgh Co, Indiana from 1860 to 1866 and in Warrick Co, Indiana until 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Kuehnz along with their daughters and their families moved to Loup City, Sherman Co, NE in 1876.

Military service: William Kuehnz enrolled September 2, 1861, in Company K of the 32nd Regiment of Indiana Infantry commanded by Frank Endelmege and was honorably discharged at Indianapolis, Indiana September 7, 1864. Rank was a private. He contracted rheumatism in the line of duty at Savannah, Tennessee in April, 1862 which very much disabled him the remainder of his life.

His physical description at the time of pension review was: Height 5 feet 5 inches, complexion - dark, hair - brown, eyes - brown.

William died in the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Grand Island, NE March 28, 1900.
Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Loup City, Sherman Co, NE.

He was a member of the GAR Post 124 Loup City, Sherman Co, NE and he was a farmer by trade.

References: Pension Certificate No: 336265. Consulted sources: Gravestone, 1893 List of NE Civil War Veterans (listed spelling as Kuehuz, W), "History of Sherman County by M. Owens", 1860 census Evansville, Vanderburgh Co, Indiana, page 625.

Note: Kuehnz is found spelled Kuntz, Kiehnz, Kuentz, Kuhnz, Kuehuz.

Submitted by: Priscilla Davis Webb <>

John Henry Lambert, b. 6 July 1828 in Aid Twp., Lawrence County, OH.
Son of Thomas LAMBERT & Mary SAMPSON
     Jonathan LAMBERT, b. 20 Oct 1818
     Thornton LAMBERT, b 20 Feb 1820
     Margaret LAMBERT, b 1 Feb 1822
     Emily LAMBERT, b 7 Nov 1824
     Jennetty LAMBERT, b 8 Jan 1828
     Bennett LAMBERT, b 30 Aug 1829
     William C. LAMBERT, b 6 April 1831
     Cornelius LAMBERT, b 15 Mar 1833
     Harriet LAMBERT, b 23 Mar 1838
     Thomas LAMBERT, Jr. b 27 Jan 1839
     Mary E. LAMBERT, b 27 Feb 1840
First marriage: Asberina/Almasena RANKIN - date unknown, Lawrence Co., OH
     Child: Henry LAMBERT b. 18 Feb 1849
Second marriage: Sarah Ann REYNOLDS - abt 1850 in Wayne Co., IA


Mary Frances LAMBERT b 28 Jan 1857, d 1914. m. William FARLEY in Pottawattamie Co., IA.
Two children, William & Henry died yg of diptheria, & are buried in sgl unmarked grave, in "Ash Graveyard", rural Monona Co., IA.
They moved to Winnebago, Thurston Co. abt 1890.
Both Mary & William FARLEY are buried near Homer, NE.

Other children were:

Charles "Sweedie"
Stella who m. George King (brother of Minnie Lambert's husband - see below).


Janey LAMBERT b abt 1860, d abt 1864


Margaret LAMBERT b 22 May 1863 m. Oliver Benjamin OPSAL. They moved to SD and she is buried at Carpenter, SD.
   Children: Oscar, b abt 1885 (never married), & Pearl, b abt 1899 (m. "T" WICKS in Carpenter, SD).


Elizabeth Ellen LAMBERT b 17 July 1866 m. C.E. "Ed" LUCART & lived in Thurston Co, NE.
   Their child: "Charley", others unk.


Charles Edward LAMBERT b 22 Oct 1868, lived & died in Sioux City, IA


Logan Lewellen LAMBERT b 28 June 1870.

Married first: Lucy COLLINS - Jan. 12, 1898 (Lucy d 1905 of "consumption", bur Winnebago, NE).
   Children: Bessie Virginia, b 4 Nov 1899 at Winnebago, NE
   Earl Logan, b 29 March 1902 (died of meningitis abt 1905, buried Winnebago, NE w/mother).

Married second: Maggie Mae PEMBROOK - Sept. 21, 1906. Four children born in Thurston Co., NE.
   Mae Ellen b 29 Jan 1908
   Arthur Lewellen, b 10 Aug 1910
   Ruth Marie, b 28 July 1912
   Blanche Lucille, b 10 Feb 1918.
They moved to Willow Lake, SD where two more were born:
   Phyllis Beverly b 16 Dec 1926
   Albert Lee b 23 Nov 1931.


Minnie LAMBERT b 30 Oct. 1873, m. Roland KING and lived in Macy, NE. Their children are not known

Military service: Enrolled 17 July 1863 as Pvt in Co. G, 1st Ohio Volunteer Heavy Artillery;
Discharged 25 July 1865 at Knoxville, TN as Cpl.
Incidents: Deserted 20 Jan 1864 at Covington, KY; returned from desertion 20 March 1864 at Knoxville, TN. [Elizabeth Lambert stated that her sister Janey died at about this time, and it is presumed that is why he deserted]. Wounded in July 1864 near Covington, KY when a shell exploded about 2 feet from his head, causing deafness in the right ear and partial deafness in the left.

Moved to Thurston Co., NE about 1895.

John H. Lambert died 9 Nov 1898 at Lawrence County Infirmary, Lawrence Co., OH. [Note: He went to OH to visit family in 1897. Had a stroke which left him paralyzed, & was never able to return to Winnebago, NE.] Burial place: Aid Cemetery, Aid, Lawrence County, OH
Member of GAR - post unknown

Federal pension file number: 900270. Military service record file number: ?2045? (Only # on docs)

Submitted by: Virginia A. Cisewski <>


William B. LAPHAM
Birth: 13 November 1838 in Greenfield Township, Wayne Co., Michigan
Death: 8 April 1925 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Burial: 11 April 1925 in Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
Gravestone: Not Known
Father: Benjamin Lapham (1807-1860), born in Hamilton, Madison, New York and died in Springfield, Wayne Co., Michigan.
Mother: Cemantha Broadway (1813-1846), born in New York and died in Springfield, Wayne Co., Michigan.
Siblings: Henry James Lapham (1835-?), Charles B. Lapham (1836-1902), Mary Jane Lapham (1839-1919), Lucy Ann Lapham (1840-?), Samantha Lapham (1842-?), George Lapham (1842-1863), and Caroline Lapham (1843-).

(1) Emoline Pauline Reynolds (1844-1886), daughter of William Reynolds and Ada Miranda Clark; marriage: 21 December 1866 in Paw Paw Van Buren, Michigan. Emoline was born in Elkhart, Indiana and died in Boone Co., Nebraska. She was the widow of Thomas Curtis Harding at the time of her marriage to William B. Lapham. Emoline is buried in Nebraska.
(2) Emiline I. Hoover; marriage: 27 October 1888 in Keya Paha Co., Nebraska. Marriage ended in divorce in 1905 in Nebraska.
(3) Esther Tompkins; marriage: 4 July 1905 in Elyria, Lorraine Co., Ohio. Marriage ended in divorce in June 1911 in Ohio.
(4) Clara (Holden) Bernantz (?-1941); marriage: 13 September 1911 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Were seperated/living apart before 1925.

Children: (All of his children with Emoline Harding)
(1) Horace Irving Lapham (1869-1927), b. in Detroit, Michigan, d. in McMinnville, Oregon
(2) Luella Melissa Lapham (1871-1931), b. in Nebraska
(3) Lois Isabelle Lapham (1873-1898), b. in Nebraska, d. in Nebraska
(4) Charles Lapham (1875), died in same year as born
(5) Laura Edda Lapham (1879-1903), b. in Nebraska
(6) Charles Garfield Lapham (1880-1954), b. in Nebraska
(7) Carolyn Cordelia Lapham (1882-1973), b. in Nebraska
(8) William raised one of Emoline Reynolds' children from her first marriage; there were two children from this first marriage, but the older boy (Miles Bishop Harding) lived with his grandparents and uncles, while the younger one (Thomas Curtis Harding) lived with his mother and was raised by William.

Military Service
Branch of Armed Forces: (Union) Army
Enlistment: Mustered in 20 June 1861 at Adrian, Michigan into the 4th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Company I.
Rank at Enlistment: Private
Discharge: 19 February 1863 by order of General Sykes at Camp Falmouth Virginia; discharge was due to illness.
Rank at Discharge: Private
Battles: Not all Known; According to Martin Nino Bertera's "The 4th Michigan Infantry at the Battle of New Bridge, Virginia," William B. Lapham was in the Battle of New Bridge, which took place on 24 may 1862.
Incidents: handicapped by illness; Rheumatism, Chronic diarrhea, lung trouble (coughed up blood), dizziness of the head, bronchial trouble, numbness of feet and ankles--had these for the rest of his life.
Physical Description: 5'9" with a dark complexion, gray eyes, and brown hair.

Locations & Time Line
Nebraska Connection: Lived from 1871-1905 in Nebraska, mostly in Boone, Boone Co., Nebraska.

1838 - Born in Wayne Co., Michigan
1860 - Marquette Co., Michigan
1861 - Back in Wayne Co., Michigan
1863 - Wayne Co., Michigan after discharge
1871 - Moves to Nebraska-likely in Boone Co., Nebraska
1873 - In Albion, Boone Co., Nebraska
1888 - In Keya Paha Co., Nebraska
1905 - Leaves Nebraska for Ohio; never returns to Nebraska
1911 - Moves back to Michigan, where he remains for rest of life

Nebraska Counties lived in: Boone; Keya Paha; may have lived briefly in Nance.

Other Information
Church Membership: Not Known
Religion: Protestant (probably Baptist)
Education: Unknown; could read and write
Occupation: 1850 - Farm-hand in Wayne Co., Michigan; 1860 - Day-Laborer for Pioneer Iron Company in Marquette Co., Michigan; 1864-1869 - Hotel proprietor, Union House in Bloomingdale, Michigan; 1871-1905 - Farmer in Nebraska; 1887 - owned Fruit and Cigar Stand in Albion, Nebraska

Federal Pension File Number: 11209
Military Service Record File Number: Not Known

Other Records Consulted:
1. Pension records, which include decorations for pension, affidavits, and inquiry request forms from the Bureau of Pensions: for 1873, 1877, 1885, 1890, 1891, 1898, 1911, 1912, 1915, and 1925;
2. Notice of pension record closure 1925;
3. Death certificate.

Submitted by William L. Kernan <>

Henry LAUER, born 1845 in New York City, NY. Son of Conrad LAUER and Sarah BALANCE LAUER
Came to Nebraska City in 1856. His father died in 1857. Only sibling known: Anna LAUER (m. Hiram HATHAWAY)

Enlisted in 1864 in Co A Independent Regiment of Indian Scouts, United States Volunteers & served against the hostile Indians of the northwest. Participated in Battle at Rainy Butte, Montana; went on to Fort Union, Fort Berthold, Fort Rice, Yankton Agency. Was mustered out at Sioux City, IA in 1865. This unit contained the Indians & prevented the withdrawal of any soldiers from the battle line of the Civil War in the South.

After his service in the Indian Scouts, he drove a six-mule freighting wagon between Nebraska City & Julesburg, Colorado, also between Nebraska City and Fort Laramie. In 1872 he took a homestead in Seward Co, NE.

Married Lurene SPERRY in 1873 at Seward Co., NE.
     Annie LAUER (--- LAMB)
     J. Daniel LAUER (Rose ----)
     Fred H. LAUER
     Sadie LAUER (---- BURRIER)
     Charles H. LAUER
     Lureen Pearl LAUER (Arthur SPERRY)
     Mary Sabra LAUER
     Ami Sperry, called Dude LAUER (Ota COOK)
     Nellie Louisa LAUER (---- FISH)

In his older years, Henry charged around his farm on horseback, with his saber raised - reliving his Indian fighting days.
Henry LAUER died 16 March 1916, and was buried at Gresham, NE.

Submitted by Jeanne & Ed Walsh <>

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