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Civil War Veteran Spotlight.
George White

  By Helen Jennings

Maybe you have wandered around Mt Harmony Cemetery coming across this tombstone. Ever wonder who he was? Well George White was in the 3rd Infantry, Missouri I Captain. from Elkport,Iowa. Born 4 FEb. 1827 in Baltimore ,MD and died 5 March 1911 in Elk twp. Clayton Co. Son of Joseph White and Julianna Green . He was listed as a millwright on the census. He was married to Frances Erline Palmer Dec 1853. She was born 1834 in VA. and died 1861 in Garber. Frances E. wife of George White and son Joseph age 22 days and daug. Mary 11 months are buried in Ia. Garber Cemetery. Back in the 1950's some of the stones got push over the hill and never put back. SAD. I wonder who took care of his little ones when he was in the Civil War as he had lost his wife and had 3 children.

Oct 17, 1867 he married Mary Ellen Ridenour daug of George & Martha Kirk Miller in Clayton Co. Ia. She was born 10 Aug 1840 in PA and died 4 Sept 1924 in Ia. Her name is not on the tombstone but there is a Father and Mother foot stones.

Children of George and Frances were Alice Jane 1854 born in Va, Frances Julianna (b) 1856 died in Wyoming 1902, Martha 1858 Iowa, Joseph and Mary died as babies.

George and Mary had Samuel 1868, Annetta 1870 (M) John Purman. Ida 1872, Peter White (b) 1873 (M) Anna Thein daug. of Michael & Katharine Berks Thein, Edith (b) 1874, and Mark (b) 1877 all born in Clayton County Ia.This George White Family lived in the same neighborhood as did John Schweikert,James Hayes ,Ben Swisher, Asa Smith & Michael McMorrow .This would be just above where I live on Jupiter road and then down on Wayne Road to the right. John Schweikert place was the just above the Jennings farm.

Samuel and wife Florence ? are both buried at Mt Harmony. Peter and Anna Thein White were both school teachers at the Elkport School. Annetta "Nettie" White. She married John B Purman 25 Apr 1896 in Updegraf, Clayton, Iowa, son of Peter Burns Purman and Nancy Ann Woods. He was born Aug 1866 in Mallory, Clayton, Iowa, and died 12 Dec 1947 in Manchester, Delaware, Iowa Tombstone. says 1945. From what I can figure out Annetta & John B Purman were divorced. She was buried in Texas. Her son Ernest Purman lived in Texas and was also a 1917 graduate of Elkport High School . This John B Purman was the one who lived in a small log cabin to the right of the road going down to the Richard Pritchard Farm. My husband Clyde has mentioned him different times. I will be starting a web site called garberiowa.com . If I can figure out how to do it!!! Will try and put Garber and Elkport History on it. If interested you can e-mail me at chjenn@alpinecom.net



Civil War Spotlight



George W Wilson

by Helen Jennings

George W Wilson age 40 enlisted Sept 12,1861. Eng Reg of the West Co. 5. Mustered out Oct. 31,1861. Relisted Feb 6,1864 Co B First Missouri Eng, discharged at Louisville, KY July 2, 1865. His wife Hannah Hearld Wilson (b) 1818 in Vermont died Aug 1,1895 .

His Obituary . Taken from the Journal. At the home of Elias Hall in Elk twp, May 25,1879 George W Wilson of old age. Aged 69 years.

Mr Wilson was born in New York came to Iowa in 1854 and settled near Wolf Creek in Elk township where he resided for a good number of years. For the last 3 or 4 years he has made his home with Mr Hall. His health has been failing for a year or more and all the money and kind friends could do was of no avail. Before he died he had a monument erected at the head of his grave, and now marks his last resting place. Mr. Wilson was an old and respected citizen and many friends mourn his loss.The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. McLean of Colesburg. .

George lived in 1860 by Elk Valley Woollen Mills. Other neighbors were A Stone 34,Robert Ross 41,George W Wilson 51, David Foster 38,Isaac Otis 66, William Otis 22. Isaac Otis Jr 24, Otis were the ones who had the mills.Flour,Woollen and sawmill. They hired a lot of help so this little area was called Otisville.

He was married to Hannah Heald born 1818 in Vermont. Her mother Esther Smith Heald born 1782 in Vermont age 68 was living with them in the 1850 census,Allegany County,Centerville twp. New York, taken July 29,1850. George was listed as a Shoemaker there.

Were the parents of 10 children. below.

1. Lucy (B) 6 March 1837 NY, died in Millers Landing, Colusa,CA

2. Esther L (B) 18 April 1839 NY , died Jackson, Jackson MI. Married Joel Smith 9/30/1854 in Clayton Co. Had Adelbert,John F, Irene, Martha by 1870.

3. Maria A (B) 9 June 1841 NY, MariaAdelaide died in 1859] buried at Mt Harmony,

4.John Heald (B) 1 Oct,1843 NY, died in Minneapolis, Hennepin County MN.

On the 1870 Federal Census, Black Hawk County, Cedar Falls, Ward 4, P.O. Cedar Falls, Iowa, page 15, taken 8-10-1870

110 - 117 lines 21 to 23

Wilson John Heald , age 26, works in saw mill, born in NY

Belle, age 18, keepinghouse, born in Ohio

George, age 57, day laborer, born in NY

Pitt, William, age 20, day laborer, born in Ohio [do you think this is Belle's brother]

On the 1880 Federal Census, Bon Home County, Twp. 92 - R 60, Dakota Territory, page 12-D, ED # 95, taken 6-17-1880

160 - 115 lines 21 to 24

Wilson, John Heald head, age 36, railroad engineer, born in NY

Belle, wife, age 28, born in Ohio

Mary, daughter,1872 age 8, single, born in IA

Willie, son, age 1887 age 3, single, born in IA

On the 1900 Federal Census, Fayette County, Jefferson Twp., Oelwein City, Iowa, page 2-B, ED # 78, taken 6-4-1900 

30 - 36 lines 60 to 62 Charles Street 

Wilson, John H., head, age 56 Oct 1843, married 26 yrs., carpenter, born in NY

Belle, wife, age 48 March 1852, married 26 yrs., had 3 children - 2 living, born in OH (they had to be gone from home) Looks like they had lost one. 

Susie L., daughter, age 14 July 1885, single, at school, born in Iowa 

5. Eleanor Jane (B)11 March 1846 NY died in Fayette Co. Fayette,Ia 1846 (m) William M Bunnell had Cora & Pearl. William was a harness maker.They had two girls Cora M & Pearl T Bunnell.

6. Julia A (B) 10 Nov 1848 NY ,died in Fayette Co, Fayette,Ia

7. Hannah L (B) June 23, 1851 NY, Hannah Laurette. died in 1869] buried at Mt Harmony. 

8. Lilly Evangeline (B) 4 Sept. 1853 NY, died in Fayette Co Fayette,Ia Married George Beatty lived in Volga Twp listed as a farmer in 1900 census and by 1925 was in Fayette Co. as a widow. They had 8 children.Clifford Bert Beatty married Iola Coon .They had  Son Beatty  now living in Garber. Ia who served as a  Korean Veteran

Another veteran you could add to your story is Private Harry Pond
Beatty, son of George and Lilly Evangeline Wilson Beatty. He served
with the Marines during WW I and died June 11, 1918, in the Battle of
Belleau Wood, a successful effort to keep the Germans from reaching
Paris. He is buried in Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France. (Just
thought I'd mention this, since you have highlighted other veterans of
various wars in your section on George W. Wilson.)
From Kennie Harris


Probably a 4 generation picture

9. Emma Marie Wilson born Aug 1,1858 died Aug 12,1918. Married July 4th 1874 to Charles Franklin Sprague born Feb 18,1853 and died Oct 3,1900 both buried at Edgewood Cemetery. Iowa. This is by Emma's grand daughter Irene Winkler O'Connor..

Children of Emma Wilson and Charles Sprague.

(1) Georgia Ann born 1 Sep 1875 died 15 Sept 1904 married William Henry Hafhill and they had 4 children. William remarried and moved to PA. 1. Frederick born 2 Nov 1898 and died June 1970. 2. GeorgeHalfhill born 23 Jan 1900 and died 12 Jan 1962 married Annie Billmeyer. Don Billmeyer's sister . 3.Mary Lulu born 28 Sept 1901 married Harold LeRoy Harris son of Freeman Harris from Colesburg. 4. Charles born 14 May 1903 and died 2 April 1918.

(2) Charles Coleman born 8 Aug,1877 died 8 Sept 1966 Married a Dresser.

(3) Oley Burr born 10 July 1879 married a Fishel

(4) Frank Delbert (b) 31 Aug 1881 was the father of 15 children. Son Sprague of Colesburg being one of them. Great grandson of George W Wilson also a veteran of World War II.

(5)Hattie Hannah Sprague (b) 19 )ct 1883 married Henry Hilsenbeck and they had Minnie Mae who married Glen Dodge. she was my 4-H leader. No children.

(6) Grace Matilda Sprague was born 18 Nov 1885 in Greeley, Delaware, Ia, and died 3 Jan 1990 in Winslow Care House, Marion, Linn, Ia. She married Lewis Elmer Howell 25 Mar 1908 in West Union, Fayette, Ia. He was born 12 Apr 1883, and died 17 Mar 1952. They had no children. She went to Fayette Co as did some of her Aunts.

(7) Ida Mae born 16 April 1888 married Ed Combs. Had 4 children. Son Combs of Garber being gg grandson of George Wilson was a Korean Veteran.

(8) Bertha Bell born 1 June 1890 (m) Guy Vernon Phelps

(9) Fern born 16 June 1892 (d) 1 Jan 1994 (m) Gates

(10) Stella Hazel born 13 Aug 1894 and died 3 Dec,1991 Married Charles Winkler from Elkader. Had 3 children. Irene and 2 sons

(11) Golda I (b) 19 Jun 1896 died 1870 married Leon Jones.

(12) John Earl born 22 Aug. 1898 died 7 Jan 1988 (m) Whitford.

10 .Ida May (B) 25 Feb 1860 IA Died in Scott City. Scott K.S.(m) LaVern William Burdick .He died 6 July 1926. 4 children. 

George and Hannah were divorced by 1870 : Mary Ida b. 1860 - Emma M. b.1858 - Lilly E. b. 1853, I find them in a Orphanage Home in Blackhawk County, Cedar Falls, Iowa - that's where their brother John Heald Wilson family and George W Wilson was living in 1870.

His wife Hannah Hearld Wilson (b) 1818 in Vermont died Aug 1,1895 .Is buried at Asbury Cemetery no marker according to her g granddaughter. She did remarry but doesn't know to who. Looking in the 1885 census it looks to me like she married Vass S. Burdick (b) NY was 71 and Hannah (b) VT. 67.

This ends my search for George W Wilson that I knew nothing about in 2005. Helen Jennings 33794 Jupiter Rd. Garber,Iowa 52048. e-mail chjenn@alpinecom.net



Civil War Spotlight 


Alonzo Moore GG Grand father of Adrianne & Majorie


By Helen Jennings

Alonzo Moore served in the 21st Iowa Infantry was organized at Dubuque, Iowa and mustered in for three years of Federal service on August 25.1862. Mustered out at Davenport 8 July 1865.

Company: B, G, H, I
Called to Duty Organization: 1 November 1862
Battles: Benton, Tama, Jasper, Poweskiek, Iowa and Johnson county mean. Iowa City to Helena, Arkansas, White river, Vicksburg, Milliken's Bend to New Carthage, Thompson's Hill, Port Gibson to Vicksburg near Bolton, Jackson, MS, Champion's Hill, Natchez,, Carollton, LA, Red River campaign, Sabine Cross Roads. Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, Shenandoah Valley, Savannah, GA, mustered out at Davenport 8 Jul 1865.

Total strength and casualties

The 21st Iowa mustered 1181 men at one time or another during its existence. It suffered 4 officers and 77 enlistedmen who were killed in action or who died of their wounds and 1 officer and 168 enlistedmen who died of disease, for a total of 250 fatalitie

Alonzo was the son of John Bartlett Wrightson Moore born in Ma. and died 1902 in Il. John married Elizabeth McGinnis in Australia and had Alonzo,Louise C, Alphonse,Lucinda, William. all born in Australia. John went back to Australia and got married and raised his family Then came back to America.

Alonzo Moore born 5 Feb 1840 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia (married) Jennetta Oaks in Iowa ,Death: 30 May 1888 in Dubuque County, Iowa. 1860 census Occupation farmer Jefferson Township, Dubuque County, Iowa, Alonzo & Jennetta Moore were the parents of: 1.Daniel B, 2.Lewis N, 3.Clara , 4.Joseph ,5 Sarah, 6.William.7..Grace,8.Rosetta,9.Elizabeth, 10.Lillian.

Rosetta Mae Moore married William McLane and they had one child. Ruby McLane Peterson Taylor. Joseph and Lewis Moore also are buried at Mt Harmony.

A little about Alonzo Moore's Dad:

A transcription of his obituary from the paper states that:

"Joseph Bartlett Baldwin Wrightson Moore died January 21, 1902 at the residence of E.W. Jewett. Mr. Moore was born in Boston, Mass., in April 1809, educated at Cambridge, Mass. and began life early on the high seas where he remained for 25 years. He married in Melbourne, Australia, and accumulated a fortune there.
He is survived by five children, four of which survived him, his wife dying in the 70's. He was the son of Sir William Henry Moore, triplet brother to Sir Wrightson and Sir John Moore, English Generals.
He leaves four Children, twenty-one grandchildren and six great grandchildren to mourn their loss."

This was from the Olney Advocate on January 31, 1902 (Olney, Richland County, Illinois).

More family stories:

(1) When they sailed from Australia to the Isthmus of Panama, it took six months. They did it via Panama (going that far by ship then overland to the United States) The adults then rode mules from there up to the United States, and they hired Negroes to carry the five children. It cost them $50 per day for either a mule or a man to carry. They were said to have carried gold in belts around their waists, and Lucinda's mothers back gave her trouble because of the weight of the gold. They made their way to New York, where John is said to have gone into politics, running for congress. He lost all of his money doing this and then went to Northwest Iowa to homestead. (The version of the story I heard was that they paid $5 a day, not $50. kmh.)

(2) Another uncle of mine remembers being told of an incident when the Moore's had the store in Australia. Lucinda was apparently alone in the store and an Aborigine came in and was giving her trouble. She picked up a rifle (perhaps a muzzle loader) and pointed it at him. He looked down the barrel at her and asked "You gottee Ballee?"

This is from Kristy M Haining of Washington. She come from the Lucinda Moore Family. Adrianne Peterson Gronau also lives in Washington and they got together for lunch. Lived just a short distance apart. Small world Adtianne had told me both her grandfather's served in the Civil War. I want searching. Go to my site
www.garberiowa.com .



 Civil War Veteran Spotlight



 By  Helen Jennings

Borrett, William. Born July 7,1840 London .Age 21. Residence Colesburg, nativity England. Mustered July 15, 1861. Committed suicide Sept.17 or 19, 1861, on Steamer War Eagle.

Burial Jefferson City, MO

Borrett, William, enlisted July 1, 1861; committed suicide on Steamer War Eagle, September 17 or 19, 1861.

5th Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry
in the War of the Rebellion Company K

Brother to George Borrett listed below.

Civil War Veteran Spotlight

George Richard Francis Borrett

By Helen Jennings

George Borrett served in the 16th Regiment, Iowa Infantry.Organized at Davenport,Ia December 10, 1861, to March, 1862. Left State for St. Louis, Mo., March 20, 1862; thence moved to Pittsburg Landing, Tenn. Attached to 2nd Brigade, 6th Division, Army of Tennessee, to April, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 6th Division, Army of Tennessee and District of Corinth, Dept. of the Tennessee, to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 6th Division, Left Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of Tennessee, to December, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 6th Division, 16th Army Corps, to January, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 6th Division, 17th Corps, to September, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 17th Corps, to April, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 17th Corps, Army of Tennessee, to July, 1865

George was disabled and ended up in a wheel chair. George was the son of William Borrett (b) 1 Jan 1813 London ,England (d) 7 Sept, 1872 in Clayton Co (M) Maria Ball (b) 10 Aug 1820 London ,England both buried at Mt Harmony. William was listed as a shoe maker. When William came to Iowa in 1855 from New York he bought land from William Jennings where Leila Minger lives now. Owned by Jerome Moser .

George Richard Francis Borrett was born 3 Aug 1841 in London, England, and died 3 Aug 1930 in Volga twp, Clayton, Ia. He was buried in Mt. Harmony, Elkport, Clayton, Ia. George married Amanda Kimber 8 Jul 1866 in Colesburg,, Ia, daughter of Zarah Charles Kimber and Margaret Beddow they are buried at the Garber Cemetery on the hill in Garber. Amanda was born 12 Mar 1848 in Ohio, and died 24 May 1920 in Volga twp, Clayton, Ia. Amanda was buried 27 May 1920 in Mt. Harmony Cem, Elkport, Clayton, Ia.

They were the parents of

(1) Jessie born about 1868, married William Robinson 30 Dec 1891 one child

(2) Cora M (b) 8 Feb ,1870 (d)17 May ,1947 Married John Wathen, 3 children

(3) Sophia born abt 1872 (m) Paul Brown

(4) Edgar (b) 7 Mar 1878 (d) 4 Feb 1973 Married Genie Baker had 4 children ,

(5) Claude ?,

(6) Mae (b) 13 Aug 1881 (d) 4 Feb 1973 Married George W Barr.

Below is the history of their service taken from the internet.
SERVICE.-Battle of
Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7, 1862. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. Duty at Corinth and Bolivar till November. Battle of Corinth October 3-4. Pursuit to Ripley October 5-12. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November 2, 1862, to January 12, 1863. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., thence to Lake Providence, La., January 18, and duty there till April, 1863. Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Battle of Port Gibson May 1 (Reserve). Battles of Raymond May 12; Jackson May 14;Champion Hill May 16;Big Black River Crossing May 17. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., May 18-July 4. Expedition to Mechanicsburg May 26-June 4. Jones' Ferry, Big Black, June 28. Surrender of Vicksburg July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 5-10. Guarding Ammunition and Subsistance trains. Duty at Vicksburg till February, 1864. Expedition to Monroe, La., August 20-September 2, 1863. Expedition to Canton October 14-20. Meridian Campaign February 3-March 5, 1864. Veterans on furlough March and April. Moved to Clifton, Tenn., thence march to Ackworth, Ga., via Huntsville and Decatur, Ala., and Rome, Ga., April 21-June 8. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign June 8 to September 8. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Bushy Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5. Chattahoochie River July 6-17. Leggett's Bald Hill July 20-21. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Pursuit of Hood into Alabama October 1-26. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Pocotaligo, S. C., January 14-16. Salkehatchie Swamps February 3-5. River's Bridge February 3. South Edisto River February 9. Orangeburg February 11-12. Columbia February 15-17. Cheraw March 3. Fayetteville, N. C., March 11. Battle of Bentonville March 20-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 9-13. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D. C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 20. Grand Review May 24. Moved to Louisville, Ky., June. Mustered out July 19, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 94 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 219 Enlisted men by disease. Total 323.

Below is information given by Carl Ingwalson








Given by Carl Ingwalson


During the Civil War, Iowa’s 21st volunteer infantry regiment was raised in the fall of 1862 with most enlistments coming from the northeastern counties.  Thirty-two year old Jacob Swivel had been born in Germany and was instrumental in raising a company in Dubuque.  On August 4th an election of company officers was held with Swivel elected Captain, Sam Osborne 1st Lieutenant, and Andrew McDonald 2nd Lieutenant.  On August 19th Alonzo Moore gave his residence as Dubuque when he enlisted as a private in Swivel’s company at age twenty-two. 


Like Swivel, most members of the company had been born in Germany, but McDonald was a native of Scotland while Alonzo had been born in Australia.  Others were from England, Ireland, Switzerland and numerous eastern states.  When sufficient enrollments were obtained, they were mustered in as Company E on August 22, 1862 with only six giving Iowa as the place of their birth.  On September 9, 1862, with nine other companies, they were mustered into U.S. service with a company strength of about 101 (although other rosters say 108) and a regimental strength of about 1,003 (although, again, other rosters differ). 


While none in the regiment listed Garber,"Garber was not a town then." German born Fred Barnes listed Elkport as did Ohio born James Chiles, New York born Alfred Hall, and Illinois born John Hilton, all of whom enlisted as privates in Company B.   


On a rainy September 16th, the regiment left Dubuque with most crowded on an old transport and others on barges.  Initial service was in Missouri, followed by Mississippi where the regiment played a key role in General Grant’s successful Vicksburg Campaign, being the first to draw fire at Port Gibson and leading the assault of May 17, 1863 that routed the enemy at the Big Black River bridge. 


On July 23, 1863, after the fall of Vicksburg and Jackson, Alonzo was promoted to 6th Corporal and, on November 22, 1863, he was promoted to 3rd Corporal.  He then became ill and was transferred to the Invalid Corps on February 29, 1864 when the regiment was stationed in Texas. 


In Company B, Elkport resident Alfred Hall was the first to die when he passed away on October 3, 1862 in Rolla, Missouri.  He was buried in the national cemetery at St. Louis’ Jefferson Barracks, while Fred Barnes, James Chiles and John Hilton all survived the war and were mustered out with their regiment on July 15, 1865 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 


The state's "Roster and Record" of the regiment published in 1910 says 38 in the regiment were killed in action, 37 died of wounds, 124 died of disease, and another 34 from unspecified causes, a total of 233. 


You have information about William Borrett in the 5th Regiment. I checked and the information is basically what the roster shows for him. It says the suicide was on the 19th. I think that’s the first suicide I’ve run across and it’s interesting since he had barely started his service.

The 16th Iowa does not mention George Borrett, but it does have George Barrett which I suspect is an error. It says he was 21 years old when he enlisted on November 15, 1864. He was mustered out July 19, 1865, after serving only about eight months. Thus, most of the military stuff you have regarding that regiment, while possibly accurate, is totally irrelevant as far as George is concerned and, I think, misleading for anyone who reads it since it implies George was involved in all the battles and other stuff shown. Depending on how long it took for him to "go south" and reach Georgia, he may have arrived in time for some of the "march to the sea" and may, or may not, have been involved in the regiment’s subsequent activities.