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Reuben Allen REYNOLDS, b. Nov. 29, 1841, Providence, RI. Son of James B. REYNOLDS & Caroline ROBY.

Married Lydia Catherine TRACY on March 6, 1866, in Springfield, IL.
     John A. REYNOLDS - Dec.11, 1866  Bloomington, Il.
     Harriet REYNOLDS - Sep. 7, 1868  Utica, NE.  (Jim SINCLAIR, m. 1896)
     Josephine REYNOLDS - March 30, 1870  Utica, NE. (Will COREY, m.1884)
     James Frederick REYNOLDS - Feb. 2, 1872 Utica, NE. (Elizabeth CROSTON)
     George REYNOLDS - Nov. 13, 1873  Utica, NE.
     Jane E. REYNOLDS - Sep. 30, 1875  Utica, NE. (Leonard BRYANT, m. 1915)
     Frances REYNOLDS - July 17, 1877
     Eva REYNOLDS - Feb. 8, 1879  (Henry BATEMAN, 1900)
     Erford REYNOLDS - March 30, 1881  (Elnora LENTY, 1905)
     Albert REYNOLDS - March 7, 1883  (Bertha STILL, 1911)
     Myrtle REYNOLDS - Feb. 9, 1885  Sweetwater, NE. (Perle PARKER)
     Wm. Lloyd REYNOLDS - Dec. 6, 1886   " "
     Roby Ann REYNOLDS - Nov. 9, 1888  " " (Henry LADGARD, m. 1912)

Reuben REYNOLDS enrolled as a private to Company A, 38th Regiment of Illinois Infantry on Sept. 20, 1861 to Capt. John Richard. He was discharged on June 9, 1865 at Springfield, Il. by reason of a telegram from the War Department from May 12, 1865.The discharge was given by James A. Hall, 'Captain of the first U.S. Cavalry'. Paymaster was R.W. McLaughy, June 19, 1865. Reuben was 5 foot six inches tall, fair complexion, dark eyes and dark hair, and 20 years old at the time of his enlistment. His occupation was given as 'farmer.'

Reuben was captured the 3rd day of Chickamauga, and spent 18 months in Andersonville Prison. This may be why his original 3 year enlistment took him to 1865. An Andersonville source states that 'R. Reynolds was exchanged April 15, 1865.'

Reuben and Lydia moved to Nebraska in 1868, living on Lincoln Creek, 5 miles south of Utica in Seward Co. His father James and one brother are listed in the 1870 census along with 'Ruby'.  In 1883 they moved to Buffalo Co. Nebraska. His daughter, Eva Bateman, tells of moving in the covered wagons, and driving a herd of cattle along with them. The family of 9 children settled in a 3-room house, a "big long bedroom and a big kitchen and living room together." After some good crops, they did manage to build an additional 2 bedrooms, dining room and pantry.

Reuben REYNOLDS died at Presbyterian Hospital in Omaha, NE. on March 5, 1921. He is buried at the Ravenna Cemetery in Ravenna, Buffalo County, NE.

His daughter Eva portrays an industrious man who worked hard, but provided well for his family. As a farmer, he raised hogs for meat, cattle for dairy, and the lots of produce to be used fresh and preserved, such as tomatoes and cucumbers, besides potatoes, onions, sweet corn and popcorn. Fresh fruit, such as melons and cherries, were to be had in season. Reuben also raised sugarcane, and at one time bought a cane-mill for pressing molasses. The family raised herbs which they used for 'doctoring' and Eva states that even with 13 children, a doctor was only called to their home 3 times.

Military records from Eva Bateman, family history
Submitted by Cherilyn Reynolds Trusty,

Francis E. SATTERLEE born 3 Apr 1842 at Edgar, IL. Son of Ora SATTERLEE & Anna Maria DESART
They moved to Wisconsin in 1847. Sibling: Mrs. Sarah PENNIES (who survived him). Others?

Married first: Lucinda CROWELL 27 Sep 1862-63 at York, Green Co., WI. Wife died in 1915.
They lived - 1865: WI; 1868-83: Lake City, Iowa; 1883-98: Hawarden, Iowa; 1898-08; Keya Paha Co., NE; 1908-15: Herrick, SD.
     Alice M. SATTERLEE b 1865 WI (---- WEEKS and William A. YETTER)
     Albert E. SATTERLEE b 9 Nov 1867
     Laura D. SATTERLEE b 22 May 1870
     Learin G. SATTERLEE b 11 Sep 1872
     Myra SATTERLEE (---- SMITH)
     George J. SATTERLEE
Married second: Ada/Ida CROWELL BENSON (sister of his first wife). Ida died in 1918. They lived in Fullerton, NE.

Married third: Lovica SILLOWAY MILLER (widow of Albert MILLER), 6 Jul 1921 at Fullerton, NE (photo at right).

Served in the Civil War, Company H 48th Illinois as a musician. Pension application: 46 Reg Wisconsin Vol Inft. Co J (?). Contracted Cronic Diarrhoea (sic), Bronchitis and rhumatism from exposure. Honorable discharge on 27 Sept 1865. At age 43, he was 5' 8" tall, with fair complexion, brown hair and black eyes.

He died 21 Jul 1928 at Fullerton, Nance, NE of apoplexy. Was buried at Jamison, Keya Paha Co., NE in Elm Grove Cemetery. Lovica would die the following year.

From obit: A son, George J. Satterly (sic) of Billings, Montana, and two daughters survived him, Mrs. Alice M. Weeks of Fullerton and Mrs. Myra Smith of Hawarden, Iowa. Deceased were children: Albert E., Laura D., & Learin G. Also surviving: a sister, Mrs. Sarah Pennies, ten grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, plus six step children (see Albert Miller). Two services were held: Sunday the 22nd at 3:00 PM at the Methodist church in Fullerton, NE and then at the old home at Jamison, NE.

Member of G. A. R. Live Eagle Post 336 at Butte, Boyd Co., NE. Member of the Methodist Church.

Submitted by: Ted W. Miller <>

Dietrich SCHWEITZER was born on 4 March 1838 in Landesbergen; Amt Stolzenau; Hanover Germany.

Parents: Frederck Schweitzer and Louisa Gross

Other siblings: Louisa born about 1836 in Hanover Germany and died in Swanton IA
George born 31 Aug 1842, died 24 Dec 1889 in Palatine IL (Augusta DIEKMAN).
Mary born 31 Dec 1844 in Addison IL, died 23 Jan 1882. (Henry GOEDE).
William born about 1848, died in Swanton IA.

Dietrich was married to Sophia SCHWERDTFEGEER on 5 Feb 1865 in Addison IL.

Children: Minnie L born 5 Nov 1865 in IL (Henry FORKE III)
   Emma L.K. born 16 Mar 1867 in IL (Herman RUNGE)
   Margaretha K born 23 Jul 1868 (Henry GUTHRIE)
   Elizabeth E born 28 Apr in Leyden IL (John FORKE)
   Augusta born 30 Jan 1872 in Leyden IL
   Alvina K born 27 Mar 1874 (Emil KOSSACK)
   George H born 16 Oct 1875 in IL (Kate CUSSACK)
   Matilda D born 26 Sep 1877 in Leyden IL (Tom KIDDER)
   Henry H born 5 Oct 1879 in Leyden IL (Ida WOLKENHAUER)
   Fredrich K born 6 Jun 1881 in Leyden IL (Wilhelmine J SPRINGER)
   Albert A born 13 Jul 1883 in Lincoln NE (Augusta WETENDORF)
   Clara E born 19 Mar 1885 in Raymond NE (Fred BOLDEBUCK)

   Dietrich enrolled on 22 Jul 1861 for 3 years at St Louis MO with Co B 3d Reg't Missouri Infantry and was discharged 3 Sep 1864 at St Louis from the same Regt. This information was obtained from the National Archives which includes Company Muster Rolls for the period covered. Also includes the Declaration for pension filed by Dietrich on the 5th of May 1908. Certificate #388070.
   Although a resident of Illinois, Dietrich apparently enlisted with the 3d MO Infantry due to his being of German descent and the Reg't being made up of personnel of German and commanded by a General Officer also of German descent.
   Dietrich enlisted in the grade of Private and was discharged in the same grade. Only served the one enlistment. He was hospitalized at Rolla MO in Feb 1862 and St Genevieve, MO in Oct 1862. Was also hospitalized at Pea Ridge AR for affection of stomach and for chronic rheumatism. No record of disability upon his discharge.
   He resided in the Chicago area until 1883 after his discharge from the service. He than resided in Raymond NE until 1886, returning to the property he owned in IL until his return to Raymond again in 1904 where he resided until his death.
    He was buried in Wyuka Cemetery; Lincoln, Lancaster County. NE.
   Dietrich was a farmer in Illinois and Nebraska and he also operated a business in Raymond.

Submitted by Duane A. Hoppmann, Dietrich was my Great Grandfather on my mothers side of the family. Her father was Albert A. Schweitzer.

William S. SHUSTER, born 9 Mar 1844, Morgan County, OH;
son of Henry SHUSTER and Nancy SHAFER SHUSTER.
Siblings -
     John S. SHUSTER (married Malissa A. WANEE) serv. Co "D" 2nd West Virginia Cavalry, pvt. & cpl.
     Mary A. SHUSTER
     Margaret SHUSTER
   half sister - Isabel SHUSTER
Married: 29 Jan 1874, Jerseyville, Jersey Co., IL to Sarah Elizabeth McGEE (b 28 Jun 1847, PA)
   Children -
     Walter SHUSTER b - 8 Nov 1874 IL, d - pre-1915 KS?
     Fredric C. SHUSTER b - 28 Dec 1876, IL, d - North Platte, NE (no children)
     Grace M.SHUSTER b - 3 Jul 1878, IL (married Art CARLSON)
     Henry "Harry" SHUSTER b - 21 Jan 1882, IL? (married Bessie C.)
     Jesse Eldridge SHUSTER b - 6 Apr 1885, Shickley, Fillmore Co, NE, d - 27 Sep 1972, Nyssa,
          Malheur Co, OR (married Amelia BELL)

Military Service:
     William S. SHUSTER enlisted 4 Aug 1862 from Vinton Co, Ohio, to serve 3 years or during the war, and was mustered into the U.S. service at Circleville, Ohio, 4 Aug 1862 as a Private of Captain John S. McDOWELL's Company "B", 90th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Col. Isaac N. ROSS commanding, who was succeeded by Charles H. RIPPEY and later by Col. Samuel N. YEOMAN. The 90th Ohio Infantry was organized at Lancaster, Ohio 15 Jul 1862, and on August 28, 1862 the organization was completed and the regiment was mustered into service. It moved to Covington, Kentucky, reporting to General WRIGHT, where it helped in defense of that place against the rebel army then on advance. On September 16 it was assigned to Brigadier General CRAFT's Brigade of Brigadier General Woodruff's Division, 22nd Brigade, 4th Division, 21st Army Corps, and marched with General BUELL's Army in pursuit of the rebel General BRAGG to Crab Orchard and was in action at Wild Cat Mountain. November 4 it reached Glasgow, Kentucky, and then marched to Nashville, Tennessee. December 26, 1862, the 90th Ohio moved with the Army on Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and participated in the battle of Stone River December 31, 1862 - January 1-3, 1863, where it rendered gallant service and suffered severely in killed and wounded. After remaining in camp at Murfreesboro the regiment moved on June 23 with General ROSECRANS on Tullahoma, and during the battle of Chickamauga it supported General THOMAS' right flank, near Lee and Gordon's Mills where it was under heavy fire and led the charge in gallant style. The regiment then marched to Bridgeport, Alabama, where it arrived November 2, and guarded the supply depot and the railroad bridge. On January 24, 1864, it received marching orders and moved to Ooltowah, Tennessee, and on May 3, marched on Sherman's Atlanta Campaign and entered the city of Atlanta September 8, 1864, participating in the battles of Buzzard's Roost, Resaca, Dallas or New Hope Church, Nickajak Creek, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek and Atlanta. It was in the battles of Franklin and Nashville, then was in pursuit of the rebel army. It moved to Huntsville, Alabana, and to Nashville, Tennessee, and was mustered out June 13, 1865. The battles in which this regiment participated were: Perryville, Stone River, Ringgold, Chickamauga, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Nickajack Creek, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Lovejoy Station, Franklin and Nashville Tennessee.

The said William S. SHUSTER was constantly with his command from the time it was organized, bearing a loyal and faithful part in all its campaigns and battles as above outlined and achieving a gallant record for meritorious service and solierly conduct at all times. He received a certifficate of HONORABLE DISCHARGE at Camp Harker, Tennessee, June 13, 1865, by reason of close of the war. He received final pay and discharge at Camp Dennison, Cincinnati, Ohio.

He joined the Grand Army of the Republic in 1867, at Otterville, Illinois, and he served 3 terms as Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic Post at Shickley, Nebraska, and is now a member of Wilson Post No. 22, Department of Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, in which he has filled the offices of Junior and Senior Vice Commander. His wife is a member of the Woman's Relief Corps No. 105.

His brother, John SHUSTER, served in Co. "C", 2nd West Virginia. His wife's brothers, James, Jonathan and John Arthur McGEE, all served in the Union Army from Illinois.

These facts are thus recorded and preserved for the benefit of this soldier's family and of all those who may be interested.

Compiled from Official and Authentic Sources by the Soldiers & Sailors Historical and Benevolent Society, Washington, D.C., dated 24 November A.D. 1915. (Certificate No. 76,026). Signed by A.V. Hayes, Historian.

Physical Description from Declaration for Pension: 5'9", light complexion, blue eyes, auburn hair. Occupation - farmer.

Immigrated to Fillmore County, NE approx. 1883. Also lived in Thayer Co.

William Shuster died 18 Dec 1924, Carleton, Thayer Co, NE, and was buried Geneva, NE, 21 Dec 1824.
Gravestone: "Wm. S. SHUSTER Mar. 9, 1844 - Dec. 18, 1924
His Wife Sarah E. June 28, 1847 - Dec. 16, 1919. GAR marker by gravestone.

Other information: As noted above, William and his wife were active in GAR. A photo of Wm. and his wife, Sarah, in front of their home in Geneva is available, but it is from a fair distance and is of them in later life. Quite a bit of information is available on Wm's family. Sources include Federal Pension File No. 1002719

Name of submitter: Shari SHUSTER <>

NOTE: this is the same William S. as listed under William S. SCHUSTER -- there is no "c" in our line of SHUSTERS, though most census takers (and others) put it in!!

Henry T. SPOERRY born 27 Jan 1836, Canton Zurich, Switzerland.
Son of John Henry Spoerry & A. Barbara (Bertschenger/Buchyn?) Spoerry Hoehen.
Siblings: Caroline Spoerry (m. Jacob BODMER) & Dr. Edward HOEHEN. Others?

He immigrated c1854 to MA, later moved to Sheboygan Co., WI. (1861 & 1867)
Married first: Lena KELLER (probably in WI, divorced in 1870). Child: Edward SPOERRY.
1871: HT Spoerry moved to Grand Prairie Twp, Platte Co., NE. Was later joined by family, Dr. Edward Hoehen & the J. Bodmers.
Married second: Albertina SCHMIDT (1846-1887) 6 Jul 1886 at Grand Prairie Tsp, Platte Co., NE.
No children. Wife died the next year & is buried in Platte Co., NE.
Married third: Rosina T. GERBER KUMMER KUHN (1845-1912, widow of Vincent Kummer, divorced from Otto Kuhn) on 5 Jan 1890 at Columbus, Platte, NE. No children.

Military Service - 7 Oct 1861: Enlisted in Co. K. 2nd Wisconsin Infantry as 1st Sergeant. Promoted to 1st Lieutenant, Co. A, 2nd WI Infantry. 30 Jun 1864: Discharged, served 2y 8m 23d. Physical description: 5 feet 8 & 1/2 inches tall, wt 190 pounds; rheumatism in left knee, left arm and shoulder; injury to his left ankle incured in a fall from a scaffold while building house.

Died 27 Jan 1902 at Columbus, Platte, NE. Buried at Columbus Cemetery (Lot 5, blk H) row 33 section 11 with third wife. His Mother is also buried there.

Member of GAR - Baker Post, Columbus, NE. Member of Methodist Church.
Positions, titles : Served as Justice of the Peace (Stearns Pct), Deputy Sheriff (Platte Co), City Alderman (Columbus, Platte, NE)
Occupation: farmed until 1888, when moved to Columbus, NE

Federal pension file number: 717979. View Wisconsin Certificate of Service. Thanks to Michael Hughes!
Other record sources: Fed Census: 1880, 1885, 1890, 1900 (NE); 2nd & 3rd marriage records; cemetery record & gravestone; History of Platte Co., NE by Margaret Curry.

Name of submitter : Carole J. (Gutzwiller) Miller (Gerber family descendent) <>

Thaddeus Harlin STANTON, was born 30 Jan 1835 in Liberty, Union County, in the State of Indiana. He is the first son of Seth and Phebe (Leonard) Stanton. He first joined the Union Army with the 15th Iowa Regiment in 1861. In March on the 17th day of 1876 he fought at the "Battle of Powder River". Stanton was the chief scout serving with General Crook. To quote the correspondent Robert Strahorn, a famous newspaper columnist who wrote about the March 17th battle - "Colonel Stanton, having virtually finished his duties as chief of scouts by piloting the command to the camp of the foe, could have consistently remained at headquarters, but, dismounting, shouldering his long rifle and advancing at the head of Captain Moore's column, it was quite evident that he didn't propose to stop until the fight ended, at least" ("Battles and Skirmishes of the Great Sioux War, 1876-1877 The Military View"). Stanton and his scouts drove 700 captured Indian ponies, horses and mules twenty miles and turned them over to Colonel J.J. Reynolds. The Indians retook them the next day. Reynolds was eventually forced to resign for this major blunder.

Thaddeus later obtained the rank of General, and was a paymaster.

Bio and Portrait provided by <>   Burt Family website.
NOTE: Phebe (youngest sister of Thaddeus H. Stanton) married Silas Besse and moved to NE. Intend to provide a map of their migration route from Apannosse Iowa on my website, in the future.
Listing: Lt. Col. Thaddeus H. Stanton in the 1890 Gazetteer (US Army, Department of the Platte Omaha, NE)


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