BlackHawk War

Among the number,who then resided in the territory, now comprising Brown county, but thena portion of Schuyler county, that responded to the first call for troopsmade by Gov. Reynolds, May 26th, 1831, were: R. N. Curry, S. P. O’Neal,Green McHatton, Daniel Kendrick, Matthew Alexander and John Six, who enlistedin a company at Rushville commanded by Captain Hart Fellows. Also PhilipS. Howes, John Ausmus, Henry Ausmus, Samuel Hollingsworth and Philip Ausmus,who joined a company raised by Captain Vance of the same town.

Hostilities being again resumedin 1832, the Governor issued another call for the troops to assemble atBeardstown, on the 22d of April of that year. The quota of men requiredfrom Schuyler county was one hundred and fifty, the county then being underthe militia law of state. The 23d day of April, 1832, was appointed asthe day of mustering the required number at Rushville, either by voluntaryenlistment or by draft. About four hundred men met at Rushville on thatday; and William Minshall, orator of the day, made a stirring speech, settingforth the object of the meeting; and urged the men to come forward andvoluntarily enlist and shun the brand of cowardice, which would naturallyattach itself to the county did it permit a draft to be made. At the closeof his speech he ordered the crowd to divide, the martial band to proceed,and he at once fell into line as the first man to enlist. Not an hour elapseduntil the requisite number of one hundred and fifty men were enlisted.The company was organized by electing the officers, after which the menwere given a leave of absence of two days, when they again re-assembled,and on the 25th day of April they commenced the march to the rendezvousat Beardstown, where they arrived and were attached to the 3d Regiment,commanded by Col. Abram B. De Witt, of the Brigade of Mounted Volunteers,then commanded by Brigadier-General Samuel Whiteside. The business of thisBrigade was to precede the main body of the army, and clear the way. Weappend the roster of company:

Officers.–WilliamC. Ralls, captain; James Blackburn, first lieutenant; John Stinnett, secondlieutenant; John M. Jones, first sergeant; George W. Penney, James Hunterand James P. Hinne, sergeants; Theodore Jourdan, Stephen A. St. Cyr, JeremiahWhite and Alfred W. McHatton and Jacob Wilkerson, corporals.

Privates.–James Boothe,John Briscoe, Noah B. Ballard, Rosnel Bryant, Jefferson Conrad, StephenCombs, John D. Crawford, Johnson Chapman, Gabriel De Witt, John Davis,David Edmonson, Aaron Earnest, Robert A. Glenn, Lewis Gay, Thomas Hayden,Stephen D. Hambaugh, James Hill, Joel Ives, Michael Killion, William Morris,Daniel Moore, William McKee, Luke Owen, Benjamin Palmer, Jacob Richardson,Aaron Richardson, William B. Ross, Thomas Reddick, John H. Starr, ThomasSellers, Lester Seward, Fleming Tice, Alexander Van Winkle, John Van Vatter,Cornelieus Vandeventer and Benjamin Wilson.

This company was musteredout of the service of the United States at the mouth of Fox river, May28th, 1832, and started for their home a distance of 220 miles.

In a short time after theenlistment of the men comprising the company whose history we have justbriefly recited, another company was organized at Rushville, and attachedto the Old Battalion of Mounted Rangers, called into the service of theUnited States on the requisition of General Atkinson, by the Governor’sproclamation, dated May 30th, 1832. The roster of the company was as follows:

Officers.–John Stennett,captain; Daniel Mahoney, first lieutenant; Joel Pennington, second lieutenant;John R. Smith, first sergeant; Samuel L. Dark, Morris Hobart, Philip Horney,sergeants; Robert Martin, Eli Williams, James Beel, and Josiah Price, corporals.

Privates.–WilliamAllen, William Brown, Isaac Brisco, Matthew C. Brisco, Elias Briggs, CharlesBakewell, Jesse Buson, Abel Friend, Fielding F. Glenn, Benjamin Goldston,James Howard, Eli Hartley, Jesse Hunter, Sanford Holliday, George W. Harrison,John M. Jones, Allen Isaacs, Jesse Luster, William McGeehy, James McKee,Daniel Matheny, Jr., Richard D. Martin, Simon P. O’Neil, Joseph Osborn,Riggs Pennington, Peter Peckingham, Wesley Pennington, Stephen O. Pennington,Riley Pennington, George M. Pettigrew, Nicholas Rice, Stephen Rice, StephenRose, William T. Rigg, John S. Ross, George Smith, Oliver P. Sallee, SamuelSmith, Samuel Steward, Hugh Smith, Joel Tallis, John Van Winkle, MervinWilliams, William McKee, Jeremiah White, Samuel Horney, and William Kennett.

A third company was attachedto the Third Regiment, Col. Abraham B. Hewitt, Brigade of Mounted Volunteersof the Illinois Militia, commanded by Brig. Gen. Samuel Whiteside; andwe give the roster:

Officers.–NathanielWinters, captain; John D. Pinson, first lieutenant; John L. Kirkpatrick,second lieutenant; Leander J. Walker, first sergeant; William D. Johnson,David Grattan, and Thomas J. Cox, sergeants; Asa C. Earle, Bird Smith,James F. New, and George W. Sawyer, corporals.

Privates.–James Adams,William Asher, John Axby, Cornelius Brown, Jefferson Black, Benjamin Beasley,Arthur Bell, Alexander Beall, John Carson, William T. Cox, Benjamin Crisp,James G. Campbell, Asa Cooper, William Coultis, David Campbell, ThomasDixon, Joseph Drew, Tresley Fink, Johnson Forsythe, John Fulton, WilliamH. Green, Thomas M. Gillham, Curtis Holmes, John Hobson, Samuel Johnson,Henry James, Yancey Little, David Moore, James McGee, Robert D. Neal, ElijahPowell, James B. Riggs, David W. Rue, and James Sawyer.

This company was musteredout of the service at the mouth of the Fox river, on the 28th day of May,1832.

Another company, attachedto the Fourth Regiment, Mounted Volunteers, Col. Samuel M. Thompson, belongingto the brigade of Brig. Gen. Samuel Whiteside, completed the quota of troopsfrom Schuyler county. The roster of the company was as follows:

Officers.–Moses G.Wilson, captain, promoted to major, April 30th, 1832; Alexander Hollingsworth,first lieutenant; Harvey Skiles, second lieutenant; John B. Watson, firstsergeant; G. W. P. Maxwell, Samuel Hollingsworth, and J. G. Randall, sergeants;Avanant Hollingsworth, James Martin, David Traynor, L. B. Skiles, corporals.

Privates.–ThomasAbbot, H. Abbot, George Butler, Wm. Barnett, Samuel Bogart, William Cox,Elijah Collins, Adam Dunlap, James Frakes, William Guinn, G. H. Harrison,Abram Hollingsworth, John Hollingsworth, J. S. Holliday, Chauncey Hobart,Gamaliel Hill, Moulin Horney, Ishmael Hills, Samuel Horney, I. W. Justus,Ezra Kirkham, Wm. Lockhart, Rutherford Lane, John McFadden, Robert Murphy,John Murphy, John Morgan, Willis Moore, George Naught, Daniel Riley, JonathanReno, Caleb Riley, Benjamin Skiles, William L. Wilson, Moses Wallace, HenryWright, Eli Williams, William Young.

This company was musteredout of service at the mouth of Fox river, on the 28th day of May, 1832.

Excerpted from the CombinedHistory of Schuyler and Brown Counties, Illinois, 1882
Transcribed by Robin Petersenfor Schuyler County ILGenWeb.

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