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Page Chronology: 2012Mar24, page first uploaded; 2012Mar26, more Abernethy tree added other than Jehiel line supplied by Linda and from more Ancestry searching; 2013Apr21, removed the descendent tree back in time from Jehiel Abernathy/Abernethy of Illyria.Twp, Fayette.Co.IA, as there is apparently confusion on Ancestry and other sources with the lineage of Jehiel of Illyria.Twp.
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Jehiel farmed in section 4, Illyria.Twp, Fayette.Co.IA
Jehiel was a major early pioneer leader in the Leo & Illryia P.O. area.
His three sons, Jacob, Alonzo, James, had significant Civil War careers, with Jacob being killed at Atlanta.
Most of Jehiel's offspring were educators.
Trees are also started in the master file for collateral surnames for Jehiel's offspring.
Basic descendent trees of the Abernethy lines buried in Fayette Co, Iowa.
Burials in Fay.Co.IA are listed Abernathy, however most common use is Abernethy for the same familie
Trees are re-createed from online, census, burial info so there will be speculations/best guesses.
These trees can be added too or corrected should anyone want to copy/paste/email info.
Also referred to as Leo Cemetery or Union Cemetery or just Illyria Cemetery.
Located center of sec 2, Illryai.Twp, Fayette.Co.IA,
about 10mi east of West.Union.IA along Hwy 56, the 'ridge road' to Elkader, Clayton.Co.IA.
in Fayette Co, Iowa
Note: All burials listed are the Abernathy spelling, however the most common spelling in census and historical material is Abernethy.
|Surname||First, Middle||Maiden||Spouse or Parents||Birth||Death/Burial||Cemetery||City/Twp||Notes|
Colored rows = info/data updated; white rows = not updated, needing data.
|Abernathy||Anna Mary||Ettinger||Abernathy Jehiel 1806/Can-1888/Illyria.Twp||Feb 5, 1806||16 Mar 1868||ILLYRIA Cem||ILLYRIA Twp||Age 62yr. Dau of Adam Ettinger 1760/PA-1809/PA & Anna Maria Stauch 1764/PA-1843/PA. Ch; Sarah A, Wm, Alonzo A, Jacob, Mary A., Electa Augusta, James, Ellen Augusta.|
|Abernathy||Helen||Abernathy||Abernathy dau of ?||abt 1858||8 Dec 1868||ILLYRIA Cem||ILLYRIA Twp||Listed as age 10yr Fay.Co.Hist.Soc file, shows dau of Allan & Louise, d. 1868Dec8. ?? Possibly dau of Alonzo A. 1836-1914 & Louise Eaton 1839-1916, however mother would have been 52y at Helen's birth. Cannot find Helen in a census or tree. Have removed Helen from FTM file, bz/2012.|
|Abernathy||Jehiel||Abernathy||Ettinger Anna Mary 1806/York.Co.PA-1868/Illyria.Twp.||Jun 17, 1806||15 Mar 1888||ILLYRIA Cem||ILLYRIA Twp||Age 82yr. Son of Thomas Abernathy 1754/CT-1837/NY & Electa Smith 1782/VT-1849/MI. Ch; SarahA, Wm, Alonzo A, Jacob, Mary A., Electa Augusta, James, Ellen Augusta.|
|Abernathy||Earl Alexander||Abernathy||Sheehy Loretta B. 1890/IA-1978/Postville.IA?||Feb 20, 1890||Oct 10, 1956||St Peter||Clermont||Son of Alexander A. Abernathy 1840/VT-1922/Postville.IA & Emma E. Johnson 1841/IN-1925/Postville.IA. Parents farmed 6mi SE of Postville. Earl, grocer/clothing in Postville. Ch; CurtisA, Bargara, One Unknown.|
|Abernathy||Loretta B||Sheehy||Abernathy Earl A.||1890||1978||St Peter||Clermont||Dau of John Sheehy & Anna Till. Ch; CurtisA, Bargara, One Unknown.|
Alexander and son Earl Abernethy line
of Grand Meadow Twp, Clayton.Co.IA & Postville, Allamakee.Co.IA
Burials in St. Peter's Cemetery at Clermont.
No connection found to the Jehiel Abernethy line in Fayette.Co.IA.
Note: Burials in Fay.Co.IA are listed Abernathy, however most common use is Abernethy for the same famiiles.
I had to re-create trees from online, census, burial info so there will be speculations/best guesses.
These trees can be added too or corrected should anyone want to copy/paste/email info.
Descendants of Alexander A.
1 ABERNETHY, Alexander A. b: 1840 in Vermont d: 13 Jan 1922 in Postville, Allamakee.Co.IA Burial: Postville Cem, Grandmeadow.Twp, sec 28, Clayton.Co.IA. Note 1: 20 Mar Abernethy last reviewed; Barry.Zbornik Hannibal.MO email@example.com Note 8: Farmed 6mi SE of Postville.IA in Grand.Meadow.Twp, Clayton.Co.IA. Note 10: 1902 Plat; 240a corner area of sec's 22, 23, 26, 27, Grand.Meadow.Twp, Clayton.Co.IA. Note 11: 1902 Plat; 166a i n N half, sec 34, Grand.Meadow.Twp, Clayton.Co.IA
.. +JOHNSON, Emma E. b: 1841 in Indiana d: 13 Mar 1925 in Postville.IA or Grand.Meadow.Twp, Clayton.Co.IA Burial: Postville Cem, Grandmeadow.Twp, sec 28, Clayton.Co.IA.
2 ABERNETHY, Lyn b: 1870 in Postville, Allamakee.Co.IA
2 ABERNETHY, Frederick Fred b: 1877 in CA
2 ABERNETHY, Lulu b: 28 Sep 1879 in Postville, Allamakee.Co.IA d: 27 Sep 1901 in Grand.Meadow.Twp, Clayton.Co.IA Burial: Postville Cem, Grandmeadow.Twp, sec 28, Clayton.Co.IA.
2 ABERNETHY, Earl Alexander b: 20 Feb 1890 in Farm 5mi SE of Postville in Grand.Meadow.Twp, Clayton.Co.IA d: 10 Oct 1956 in Rochester.MN hosp; Postville.IA res. Burial: St. Peter's Cem, Clermont, Clermont.Twp, Fayette.Co.IA Note 14: 1905 Census; Grandmeadow.Twp, Clayton.Co.IA, Postville P.O. Note 15: Attened Postville H.S., moved to St.Paul few yrs, bought business in Manley.IA. Note 16: Aft. 1910 Grocery & clothing business, Postville.IA, rest of life. Note 19: 1915 Census; single, groc. clerk, earnings $350, 2.5y H.S., Postville.IA. Note 21: 1920 Census; grocery store, wf & son, William's St, Postville.IA Note 24: 1930 Census; grocery store, wf, son, dau, Postville.IA. Note 28: Aft. 1944 In clothing store business with son Curtis, Postville.IA.
... +SHEEHY, Loretta B. b: 1890 in Iowa d: 1978 in Postville.IA? Burial: St. Peter's Cem, Clermont, Clermont.Twp, Fayette.Co.IA m: 1916 in Manley, Worth.Co.IA Father: John SHEEHY Mother: Anna TILL
3 ABERNETHY, Curtis Alexander b: 1919 in Postville, Allamakee.Co.IA d: 10 Oct 1993 in Elgin.IL hosp; St.Charles.IL res. Burial: Pleasant Grove Cem, McGregor, Clatyon.Co.IA. Note 6: Grad. of Postville.IA H.S. Note 7: Attended U.of.MN & U.of.IA. Note 11: Grocery clerk with father in Postville.IA. Note 14: 18 Oct 1941 Enlisted at Ft. Des Moines, Army Air Corps, 2y college, single, 5'7", 171lb. Note 15: Bomber pilot, European Theatre, 62 combat missions, shot down 3x, numerous metals. Note 18: 1944 In clothing store business with father, Postville.IA. Note 21: 1960 Moved to Elgin.IL, managed men's clothing in Arlington.Ht's.IL.
.... +FITZGERALD, Jeanne M. b: 23 Apr 1924 in Waukon, Allamakee.Co.IA d: 13 May 1997 in Elgin.IL hosp; St.Charles.IL res. Burial: Pleasant Grove Cem, McGregor, Clatyon.Co.IA. m: 04 May 1946 in Waukon, Allamakee.Co.IA. Father: William FITZGEARLD Mother: Alma GARROW Note 8: Attended St. Patrick's H.S. in Waukon.IA. Note 9: Grad. of Clark College in Dubuque.IA. Note 12: Taugth Elem. Sch. in Elgin.IA, 24yrs.
. 4 ABERNETHY, Michael
3 ABERNETHY, Barbara b: 1930 in Postville, Allamakee.Co.IA Note 9: 1956 Living in Elkader.IA.
.... +DICKEY, Unknown
3 ABERNETHY, Unknown
Jacob Abernethy died in
combat at the beginning of the Battle of Atlanta,
Jacob, while a student at UIU, was the first person to sign the volunteer roster from Fayette.Co.IA, at College Hall.
Burial Marietta.GA Nat Cem, Sec G, site 8327.
Marietta.GA Nat Cem, Sec G, site 8327.
b: 04 Dec 1837 in Lyme.Twp, Huron.Co.OH
d: 21 Jul 1864 as start of Battle of Atlanta, Lt. Col, 3rd Iowa.
Burial: Marietta.GA Nat Cem, Sec G, site 8327.
Note 6: 1854 Census; with parents, sec 4, Illyria.Twp, Fay.Co.IA.
Note 7: 1856 Census; with parents, single, sec 4, Illyria.Twp, Clayton.Co.IA.
Note 8: 1860 Census; with parents, single, sec 4, Illyria.Twp, Fay.Co.IA.
Note 10: 24 Apr 1861 1st name from Fay.Co.IA; 18 UIU students at College Hall, Co F, 3rd IA Vol. Inf.
Note 11: 20 May 1861 Enlisted as 1st Sergeant, Co F, 3rd IA Vol Inf.
Note 12: 08 Jun 1861 Mustered out, likely from Dubuque.IA.
Note 13: 01 Sep 1862 Promoted 2nd Lt. Note 14: 12 Jul 1863 Wounded in rt. knee, taken prisoner, Jackson.Miss.
Note 16: 08 Jul 1864 Appointed Lt. Colonel from 2nd Lt. of Co.F, 3rd Iowa.
Note 19: Abt. 21 Jul 1864 Killed at start of Battle of Atlanta.
Jehiel Abernethy and family
farmed sec 4, Illyria.Twp, Fayette.Co.IA.,
along the 'ridge road,' between West Union and Elkader.
Henry Wychoff his s/law was adjacent, other collateral surnames close.
1851Jul22 to 1900Dec31 Illyria Post Office was operational, and sent mail through Elgin, Fayette.IA.IA. Illyria P.O. was on the ridge road between West Union and Elkader.
1855Mar23 to 1869Apr11, Leo Post Office was operational and sent mail through Highland, Clayton.Co.IA. Leo was about 2mi east of Illyria P.O. Leo was a small 'settlement' on the ridge road, with at least a blacksmith shop, tavern and likely merchant operating out of their residences/farmstead.
1898Oct27RockRapids.IA, Mrs. James Abernethy arrived at Rock.Rapids yesterday and is a guest at the home of E. R. Carpenter. Mrs. Abernethy passed the summer months in West Virginia, and is en route to her home in Portland, Oregon.
1903Oct26RockRapids.IA, Hon. Alonzo Abernethy of Osage.IA, was in Rock Rapids this week for a visit with his sister, Sarah (Henry) Wychoff, and other relatives.
1907Dec19Fayette.IA, Mrs. James Abernethy formerly of West Union, made a short visit at the C. R. Carpenter home the last week of her return from Virginia to her home in Portland, Oregon.
1917Sep13Elgin.IA, School opened Monday morning in different districts. Miss Bertha Medberry of Fayette is teaching in Highland (Clayton.Co.IA, just east of the Illyria-Highland or Leo Cemetery. The Medberry family were pioneers of the Leo area). Miss Flossie Robbins teaching in Illyria District (school) No 1. Miss Mildred Yearous teaching in Illyria "Leo" school house.
1921Jan13RockRapids.IA, The last issue of "Annals of Iowa,' a magazine issued by the Historical Dept. of Iowa, contains an extended and very interesting paper entitled "Incidents of an Iowa Soldier's Life, or Four Years in Dixie," written by the late Colonel Alonzo Abernethy, an uncle of Mrs. J.K. Medbery, of Rock Rapids. Col. Abernethy was a member of Co. F, 9th IA Inf, as a private, but rose to the rank of Lt. Col. He was a member of the 11th General Assembly of Iowa in 1866, and later state superintendent of public instruction serving from 1872 to 1876. He was a brother of the late Sarah (Henry) Wyckoff, one of the pioneer residents of Rock Rapids, Iowa.
1922Feb02Elgin.IA, The report of the Leo School, sub-district No.2 of Illyria.Twp for the month ending Jan 2. Number of pupils 17, total days attendance 335.5, total days absence 4.5, average daily attendance 16.75, cases of tardiness 7. Neither absent nor tardy 9; Earl, Leo, Helen, Hazel and LeRoy Rothlisberge, Howard Shaffer, Gladys and Anne Baldwin, Cornelius Yearous.
1927Dec29Elgin.IA, Illryia residents for 50 yrs. On Mon. evening, Dec 25, 1927, the C.H. & G.E. Medberry families celebrated an event of unusual interest, it being the 50th anniversary of their settlement in Illyria.Twp. They met at the home of C.H. Medberry which has been the family headquarters for three generations of Medberry's. On Dec. 27, 1877, Medberry brothers Charles H, Geo. E, and Frank L. came from Bethel.Twp and settled on the farm not occupied by Charles H. Another brother, J.K. Medberry, who lives in Rock Rapids was teaching school at that time in the southern port of Iowa but later made his home here and about 40yrs ago moved to his present location. Frank is deceased. The Medberry brothers remember well the winter of 1877as it was a decidedly open one. Plowing could be done most any thime, they set fence posts most of the winter. They did a great deal of plowing in Jan. and sowed wheat in Feb. The parents of the Medberry boys were of Scotch-Irish stock and settled in Penn. where some of the boys were born. The Medberry's came to Bethel.Twp for several years, then moved to Illyria.Twp for good. The home which is now occupied by Chas. Medberry has been the family home of three generations and the "Leo School" near there has also been the educational seat for the same three generations. It was built in 1868 and is one of the oldest common schools in Fayette County. Those present Monday were: G.E. Medberry, Walter Medberry, Miss Popenhagen, Elmer Frieden and family, Rex Medberry and family, Albert Dennler and family, Alton, Edward, Max, Kenneth and Howard Medberry.
b. 14 Apr 1836 in Lyme.Twp, Huron.Co.OH
d: 21 Feb 1915 in Tampa, Hillsborough.Co.FL
Burial: Osage Cem, Mitchell.co.IA
Note 4: Bef. 1854 Grew up on farm, Lyme.Twp, Huron.Co.OH.
Note 5: Mar 1854 OH to Clermont, Fay.Co.IA, with parents, taught school that winter.
Note 6: Bet. 1855 - 1859 Entered Babtist Seminary/College, Burlington, Des.Moines.Co.IA.
Note 7: Bet. 1859 - Aug 1861 Entered U. of Chicago until Civil War started.
Note 8: 24 Sep 1861 Mustered into 9th Reg, IA Vol. Inf.
Note 9: Bet. 06 - 08 Mar 1862 Severe rt. ankle wound at Battle of Pea Ridge, Benton.Co.AR.
Note 10: Bet. 1862 - 1865 Battles; Sugar Cr, Pea Ridge, Chickasaw Bayou, AR Post, Jackson, Vicksburg, 17total.
Note 11: Promoted Lt. Colonel of 9th Iowa.
Note 13: 1866 Elected as Rep. to 11th Gen. Assembly of IA from Fay.Co.
Note 14: Bet. 1869 - Sep 1870 Bought farm near Denison, Crawford.Co, west central Iowa.
Note 15: 1870 Census; farming, $4850/920, wf & dau Mary, Denison.Twp, Crawford.Co.IA.
Note 16: Sep 1870 Called to Des Moines as Principal of Baptist College.
Note 17: Bet. 1872 - 1876 Elected IA State Supt of Sch's; resigned in Sep.1876.
Note 18: Sep 1876 Accepted Presidency of U. of Chicago.
Note 19: Bet. 1878 - Jul 1881 Sailed to Europe; returned to farm near Denison.IA.
Note 23: Jul 1881 Elected Principal, Cedar Valley Babt. Sem, Osage, Mitchell.Co.IA
Note 24: Oct 1909 FayettePaper; going to move to Des.Moines from Osage.IA.
Note 26: 1910 Census; principal of seminary, wf, Herbert, Clara, Osage, Mitchell.Co.IA.
Note 27: Hist.of.IA; Ranked amoug eminent educators of Iowa.
Note 29: Jun 1913 Elgin.Echo; intro. to IA Legis, resolution for Union Monument at Pea Ridge.
1891 Bio's of Fayette Co, Iowa: Honorable ALONZO ABERNETHY,---The paternal ancestors of Mr. Abernethy came from the north of Ireland to Connecticut at an early day; his mother was a lady of York, Pennsylvania, of Dutch ancestry. Alonzo Abernethy was born in Sandusky County, Ohio, April 14, 1836. In 1838 his father moved to Bellevue, Ohio (farm in Lyme.Twp, Huron.Co.OH), where Alonzo received the rudiments of common school education during the Winter months, working on the farm during Summer seasons until the age of seventeen. In March, 1854, he moved with his father's family to (Clermont area) Fayette County Iowa, and there, during the following Winter, commenced teaching school at a salary of $13 per month. Having accumulated the sum of $60, he went to Burlington (Des.Moines.Co.IA), the seat of the nearest (Baptist) educational institution, which he entered, and there remained three years and a half, with the exception of three months passed in teaching a neighboring district school. He was dependent for support during this time chiefly on his own exertions, added to what little assistance his father was able to render. Alonzo then entered the University of Chicago, and pursued his studies until August, 1861, when he left the senior class (went back to Fayette.Co.IA) and enlisted in Company F of the 9th Iowa Infantry. From this time he was almost constantly with the regiment until the close of its eventful career, having re-enlisted in January, 1864. He served as orderly sergeant of his company during the first months of its history, including the campaign against Price (in MO & AR) in the Spring of 1862, culminating in the battle of Pea Ridge, on the 9th of April, where he was severely wounded in the right ankle. He was able to return to active duty in the latter part of July, having such participated in the attack on Haine's Bluff, above Vicksburg, and the capture of Arkansas Post. As first lieutenant he took part in the campaign against Vicksburg in 1863, and was engaged in the principal battles around the city and near Jackson, both before and after the capture of the former. As captain of his company he led it in the "battle above the clouds." On Lookout Mountain, and at Mission Ridge the day following. In the Atlanta campaign and its principal battles he served as provost marshal on the staff of General Osterhaus. Participating in the "march to the sea," on reaching Savannah he was commissioned major, and took command of his regiment on the final Goldsboro campaign. After this the regiment was ordered to Louisville, Kentucky, where he received the solver leaf of lieutenant colonel, and as such was mustered out with the remnant of the veteran 9th, July 24, 1865. Returning to Fayette County, he was elected the following October as its representative in the Iowa Legislature, and participated in the session of 1866. In 1869 he removed to Crawford County, Iowa, where he purchased land and engaged in farming; but in September, 1870, he was called to Des Moines as Principal of the Baptist College of that city. In 1871 he was nominated and elected Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Iowa on the Republican ticket. In 1873 he was re-nominated by acclamation as the unanimous choice of the State Convention in 1875 he was unanimously re-nominated for a third term. Mr. Abernethy's public life is a record of honorable and efficient services, untarnished by a single unworthy act. His private character is equally blameless and praiseworthy. He became a member a member of the Baptist Church at the age of sixteen, and has ever since maintained his connection with it. In January, 1868, he was married to Miss Louise E. Eaton, and estimable lady of Fayette County. He is described as a man of much energy of character, full of life and power, strict in his business habits, devoted to duty, and a close student.
Hist of Iowa from the Earliest Times, by Benjamin F. Gue: ALONZO ABERNETHY was born April 14, 1836, in Sandusky County, Ohio. His early education was received in the public schools of that State. In March, 1854, he came with his father's family to Fayette County, Iowa. He entered the Chicago University, leaving the senior class in August, 1861, to enlist in the Ninth Iowa Infantry as a private. He was engaged in seventeen battles and won rapid promotion, attaining the rank of lieutenant-colonel before the regiment was mustered out. In 1865 he was elected to the House of Representatives of the Eleventh General Assembly from Fayette County. In 1870 he removed to Denison, in Crawford County, but was soon chosen president of Des Moines College. In 1871 he was elected on the Republican ticket Superintendent of Public Instruction, serving six years by reflections. He was largely instrumental in securing the enactment of the laws providing for Teachers' Normal Institutes and the establishment of a State Normal School. In September, 1876, he resigned his office to accept the presidency of the University of Chicago. After two years' service he made a trip to Europe and upon his return made his home on a farm near Denison. In July, 1881, he was elected president of the Cedar Valley Seminary at Osage. Colonel Abernethy has long ranked among the eminent educators of the State.
The first Fayette County Iowa men to volunteer for
the Civil War were college students who
signed up at College Hall at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.
Jacob Abernethy was the first to sign his name.
College Hall, Upper Iowa University, Fayette, Iowa
UIU History, Palimpsest1965
President Brush traveled the area, far and wide, seeking students to replace those who left the campus during the Civil War. Fired by the spirit of patriotism which swept over the country at the outbreak of the war, the student body of UIU sent fourth the first company of men to enlist from Fayette County. Twenty-two students leaving the school in a body played havoc with the classes and President Brush undertook to counteract the patriotic tendencies of the students by writing letters to parents urging them to use parental authority and forbid the enlistment. His efforts were counteracted by the preceptress, Miss Sorin, who gave the boys here sympathy, became their companion and remained their friend during the war. Miss Sorin and the young ladies of UIU purchased materials and with their own hands made an American flag for the Upper Iowa company. On it they embroidered the name "University Recruits." In a spirited contest the girls elected Henry J. Grannis as the Color Bearer for the company. Later, when the original flag was captured, a second flag was made identical to the first. This flag is now on display at the University. The "University Recruits" became a part of Co. C, 12th Iowa Infantry. They participated in 17 major battles and sustained the heaviest blows from the Confederate Army in several conflicts. Though many of the students were gone, others came to fill the places of the soldiers, and Upper Iowa continued to carry on its work. By 1862 the first class was ready to graduate. Two young men received their diplomas and delivered their commencement orations in Robertson's Woods. John Everett Clough from Strawberry Point received the first Bachelor of Science degree. Jason Lee Paine of Fayette was awarded the first Bachelor of Arts Degree.
The three Abernethy brothers served from the beginning of the Civil War
Alonzo and Jacob both rose to Lt. Col's as their unit numbers were decimated
and saw horrendous fighting in constant battles in the south, with Jacob being killed.
James was in numerous conflicts while serving in the cavalry in Indian Territory.
Google searches will not turn up
a huge volume of information on Civil War men and battles:
Iowa in the Civil War
3rd Iowa (Alonzo Abernethy's
9th Iowa (Jacob Abernethy's
6th Iowa Cavalry (James
12th Iowa (regiment of numerous
Ninth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry
(Alonzo Abernethy's group)
With notes from Lieutenant Colonel (Alonzo) Abernethy's his "History of the Ninth Infantry"
The 9th Iowa Infantry: On the day after the defeat of the union army at Bull Run, in July, 1861, Hon.William Vandever, representative in congress for the Second Iowa district, went to the secretary of war and tendered a regiment of volunteers to be raised by himself. His offer was at once accepted, and in September 1861 the Ninth regiment was ready to enter the service. William Vandever was commissioned colonel, F. J. Herron, lieutenant-colonel, and William H. Coyle, major. The companies were raised chiefly in the counties of Jackson, Jones, Buchanan, Clayton, Fayette, Bremer, Black Hawk, Winneshiek, Howard, Linn, Chickasaw and Dubuque. The regiment was taken to St. Louis and placed in camp of instruction, where it remained until October, when it was sent to guard the southwestern branch of the Pacific railroad. In January, 1862, the Ninth joined General Curtis' army in pursuit of General Price. At Sugar Creek it was first under fire, making a brilliant charge on the enemy. Colonel Vandever was placed in command of a brigade composed of the Ninth Iowa, Twenty-fifth Missouri, Third Illinois cavalry and Third Iowa battery. In the battle of Pea Ridge, which soon took place, the Ninth, under Lieutenant-Colonel Herron, did gallant service and sustained heavy loss. Herron was taken prisoner after being wounded, Major Coyle was wounded, and the loss to the regiment was nearly 200. General Curtis, in his report, says "The Fourth and Ninth Iowa won imperishable honors." The Ninth was, soon after the battle, marched to Helena, Ark., where it remained for five months and became one of the best drilled regiments in the volunteer service Its next active service was under General Sherman at the battle of Chickasaw Bayou. It took part in the battle of Arkansas Post. For a long time it was with Steele's division, encamped on the low ground opposite Vicksburg, where the army suffered severely from sickness which was more fatal than battlefields. Capt. David Carskaddon was now promoted to Colonel, and soon after the regiment joined Grant's grand campaign against Vicksburg. During the siege its losses were 121 men. It was with Sherman in the battle before Jackson, and in the brilliant campaign of Chattanooga, and the battle of Lookout Mountain it did excellent service. At the beginning of the next year about 300 of its soldiers re-enlisted as veterans and returned home on furlough, where they met a royal reception. On the 1st of May we find the regiment marching with Sherman through Georgia and participating in many of the battles of that glorious campaign. The command of the regiment soon after devolved on Maj. Alonzo Abernethy, as Major Granger had died at Nashville, and Carskaddon had resigned. On the 26th of January, 1865, the regiment began its march northward, and on the 19th of May went into camp in sight of the national capital, and was in the grand review of the 26th. On the 24th of July this veteran regiment reached Clinton, Iowa, and was there disbanded. It had marched more than 4,000 miles, been transported by rail and steamer 6,000 more, and participated in twenty-three battles, and numbered, when mustered out, 594 men.
On the march through the Carolinas, the 9th Iowa was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel (Alonzo) Abernethy, a most excellent officer. He is a brother of the late Lieutenant-Colonel John (Jacob) Abernethy of the 3d Iowa, who was killed on the 22d of July, before Atlanta. Both entered the service as first sergeants, and rose to the rank of lieutenant-colonel.
Third Regiment Iowa Volunteer Infantry (Jacob Abernethy's group)
Of all the battles that have been fought in Missouri, that of Blue Mills Landing ranks second to none in point of gallantry. "Major Stone, Captains Warren, Willet and O'Niel, were severely wounded; and also Lieutenants Hobbs, Anderson and Knight. The latter refused to retire from the field, after being three times wounded, and remained with his men till the close of the engagement." "Scott's horse was hit several times, and several balls went through his clothes. Eight balls went through the flag, in the hands of Lakin, and a ninth one struck the staff." Sergeant (Jacob) Abernethy, who commanded the twelve skirmishers, also deserves special mention for his gallantry
On the 6th of September the Fourth Division entered upon another long and arduous campaign. It marched to Bolivar, Tenn., where it remained until October 3, 1862. On the morning of that day the enemy was closing in about Corinth, and at 3 a. m. General Hurlbut received orders to march for that place. The order was promptly obeyed and the march was conducted with the greatest energy. On the afternoon of the next day the advanced guard intercepted the enemy, on their retreat from Corinth, and the fighting began just before dark, and the opposing forces lay upon their arms during the night. In the morning, the battle was renewed, and continued until the enemy — who made a most gallant and desperate defense — were completely vanquished, and in full retreat. The Third Iowa Infantry bore a most conspicuous part in this conflict, known in history as the battle of the Hatchie. It was under the command of the brave and intrepid Captain Trumbull, and at a most critical stage of the battle crossed the bridge over the Hatchie River, under a heavy fire, and after crossing again formed line of battle under the fire of the enemy, charged up the steep hill, and drove the enemy from their strong position on its crest. The brave Capt. W. P. Dodd was killed. Capt. E. I. Weiser and Lieut. D. W. Foote, both of whom had been wounded in battle before, were here again severely wounded and permanently disabled. Captain Kostman, Lieutenants Hamil and Anderson were severely wounded. Lieutenant Gary remained in command of his company, after the death of Captain Dodd, though suffering from a painful wound, until the close of the battle. Adjutant Cushman, Lieutenants Scobey, McMurtrie, Burdic, Lakin and (Jacob) Abernethy were all warmly commended by Captain Trumbull for their bravery and efficiency, and Corporal Edwards, who again bravely bore the colors, and seemed gifted with a charmed life, received special mention.
6th Iowa Cavalry, James Abernethy's unit.
This regiment was raised in October and November, 1862, and was made up of men enlisted in various portions of the state. Some of the companies went into camp at Davenport late in 1862, and others were not mustered in until March, 1863. It numbered over 1,100 men. The field officers were David S. Wilson, colonel; Samuel M. Pollock, lieutenant-colonel, and Thomas M. Shepherd, E. P. Ten Broeck and A. E. House, majors. It marched to Sioux City in March and April, and crossed over into Dakota territory to serve against the Indians. In June, they marched with General Sully's army on a campaign up the Missouri river to the mouth of the Little Cheyenne river, near which the battle of White Stone Hill was fought. The Sixth cavalry took an active part in it, losing twenty-two men. The Indians were driven from the field, 156 captured, and probably as many more killed and wounded. The march continued up through the bad lands, where several skirmishes took place with the retreating Indians, and the Yellowstone river was reached on the 12th of August. Colonel Wilson resigned in June, 1864, and Lieutenant-Colonel Pollock was promoted to the command of the regiment, which remained in the Indian country until September, 1865, when it returned to Sioux City, and was mustered out on the 17th of October.
Organized at Davenport January 31 to March 5, 1863. Moved to Sioux City, Dakota, March 16-April 26, 1863. Operations against hostile Indians about Fort Randall May and June. Moved to Fort Pierre, and duty there till July. Sully's Expedition against hostile Sioux Indians August 13-September 11. Actions at White Stone Hill September 3 and 5. Duty at Fort Sully, Fort Randall and Sioux City till June, 1864. Sully's Expedition against hostile Sioux Indians June 26-October 8. Engagement at Tah kah a kuty July 28. Two Hills, Bad Lands, Little Missouri River, August 8. Expedition from Fort Rice to relief of Fisk's Emigrant train September 11-30. Fort Rice September 27. Duty by Detachments at Fort Randall, Sioux City, Fort Berthold, Yankton and the Sioux and Winnebago Indian Agencies till October, 1865. Mustered out October 17, 1865. Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 21 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 74 Enlisted men by disease. Total 97.
1924Sep26Oelwein.IA.paper: Wed, Sep10, sixty-three years to an hour after their first engagement in the Civil War, two members of Co. F, 3rd Iowa Vol. Infantry, witnessed the unveiling of a bronze tablet containing the names of the entire company, almost on the very spot where they enlisted for the great conflict. They were J.J. Earle and Franklin Dewey, the only two other members of the company now living Franklin Downs and John D. Dooley being unable to be present.
Sep10, sixty-three years to an hour after their first engagement in the Civil
War, two members of Co. F, 3rd Iowa
Vol. Infantry, witnessed the unveiling of a bronze tablet containing the names of the entire company, almost on the very spot
where they enlisted for the great conflict. They were J.J. Earle and
Franklin Dewey, the only two other members of the company now living Franklin
Downs and John D. Dooley being unable to be present.
...Sixty-three years before on the battle field at Blue Mills, Missouri, Haseline D. Norton laid down his life at almost the hour when these exercises were being carried out on the UIU campus at College Hall in Fayette.
...Surrounded by college students public school pupils and their teachers to the number of nearly four hundred, and by citizens of Fayette one of the most impressive scenes in Fayette history took place. Headed by the ban, the public school students marched to campus, the boys carrying flags, and the girls flowers, also decorated automobiles were scattered along in the parade and the Camp Fire Girls, domestic science girls in their regalia, then the detachment of young men on horseback brought up the rear of the long line, and as they arrived at college Hall they came to a halt about the west entrance where the following program was given.
...The band played a selection. President J.P. Van Horn announced that the children would bring their tributes of flowers to be laid before the commemorate tablet, covered by a U.S. Flag and occupying a position on the wall just south of the doorway. J.J. Earle then asked sons, daughters and grandchildren of any member of Co. F, who might be present to come forward. Forty-three took their places before the door, one of them a son of a veteran, the others grandchildren. Rev. Clyde E. Baker, offered prayer and was followed by J.J. Earle, who presented the tablet to UIU. At this time the tablet was unveiled by two of Mr. Earle's grandchildren and reveille was played by Charles Sullivan, followed by an address of acceptance by President VanHorn, and a dedicatory address by Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Parker, whose Uncle J.H. Lakin was one of those who issued the call for volunteers 63 years before. Pres. VanHorn accepted the tablet in the spirit and tradition of the college, which was but four years old when the event being commemorated took place. Dr. Parker spoke feelingly of those men who went out, ready to sacrifice everything, also read the record of the achievements of the Third Iowa and Co. F, and an account of the first engagement as given by Judge Seymour Thompson. At 11am, 63 yrs ago, at this very hour a brief history of Co. F, of the Third Iowa Vol. Infantry is as follows:
....The first call for volunteers in 1861 in Fayette county was issued by (Dr. & Col.) Aaron Brown (farming 2mi SW of Fayette, just S of Eagle Point) and James H. Lakin (of Fayette) and the first meeting was held in the chapel (a room in at that time the new large limestone building called the Seminary) in what is now known as College Hall, on the evening of April 23, 1861. Nineteen men volunteered or enlisted at that time, seventeen of whom went out in Co. F of the 3rd Iowa. Jacob Abernethy was the first to volunteer to sign. They offered to serve for three months, but failed to get in on the first call for men for that periods, and every man then put down his name for three year's service.
...On the May 20, 1861, the Company left Fayette.Co.IA, in lumber wagons for port McGregor on the Mississippi River, and were mustered into service at Keokuk, June 27, 1861.
...The Regiment landed on the river front in Hannibal.MO. (Taking control of the river ports and rails were the primary first objective of the Union from Iowa & Illinois).
...The first engagement was at Blue Mills (near Liberty.MO, just west of K.C.) on Sept 17, 1861. Haseltine Norton was killed in this engagement.
...At Shiloh four were killed. At Hatchic, one was killed. At Vicksburg, two killed. Jackson, three. At Atlanta in Sherman's march to the sea, four.
...From Sept 16, 1862, to the end of the war there was not a death by disease in the original company and but three deaths among the recruits.
...The men were mustered out at Louisville.KY, July 12, 1865.
...Co. F, furnished 18 commissioned officers, 1 colonel, 1 Major, 5 captains and 10 Lieutenants. In the list which is too long to give, there were 20 officers, 76 privates, 33 recruits.
...Wed, Sept 17, will be long remembered by those in attendance at the program on campus as the west entrance of College Hall and it also brought to each ones' mind the unhappiness of our great Civil war from 1861 to 1865.
1932Feb26Waterloo.IA, Fayette to Have Tablet Honoring Col. Abernethy, first of UIU students and Fayette.Co.IA men to enlist for Civil War. A bronze tablet honoring Lieut. Col. Jacob Abernethy, the first student of UIU and the first man from Fayette.Co.IA to enlist in the Union army during the Civil War, has been cast in the plant of the Bronze Memorials Company of Waterloo.IA, and will be placed immediately in the Hall of Fame of Upper Iowa University. Dedication of the tablet is planned for early in May. Funds for the tablet were provided by citizens of Fayette county. Rev. Daniel Parker, Fayette, being one of the leaders in the movement. The tablet measures 14 by 26 inches. At the top in bas-relief are portrayed the head and shoulders of Colonel Abernethy, cast from a wax model made by David McBraidy after a photograph. Below are the words: "Liet. Col. Jacob Abernethy, Third Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Killed in front of Atlanta Georgia, July 21, 1864. The first of the students of UIU and the first man to enlist from Fayette county."
1932Mar01Oelwein.IA, Through the efforts of Dr. D.M. Parker and others a bronze tablet honoring the memory of Colonel Jacob Abernethy who was the first UIU student and the first Fayette county man to enlist in the Union Army during the Civil War, is not being made and will be placed in the College Hall and dedicated sometime in May or June. The late J.J. Earle who has made the first donation toward this bronze tablet and replica of Colonel Abernethy, his comrade. The top of the tablet, which is 14 x 26 inches, portrayed the head and shoulders of Colonel Abernethy with the following inscription: "Lieut. Colonel Jacob Abernethy. Third Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Killed in front of Atlanta Georgia, July 21, 1864. The first of the students of UIU and the first man to enlist from Fayette county." A few years ago the late J.J. Earle had presented UIU with a tablet bearing the names and service of those who from her halls had marched away with him.
Members of Co F, 3rd Iowa Vol. Infantry
After Jehiel Abernethy died in
1888, unmarried adult dau's Mary & Ellen Augusta moved into West Union village.
The Jehiel Abernethy family had left Illyria.Twp by the end of 1889.
View to the west along Hwy 56
(Ridge Road) from Illyria-Highland Cem.
The Abernathy farm was over the knoll, 2miles west.
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