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VETERANS OF THE U.S. ARMY AND NAVY

BROUSE

CURTIS BROUSE was born in 1840 to Rebecca "Margaret" Wall and Curtis Brouse, Sr.  At the beginning of the Civil War he enlisted in the 30th Regiment of Indiana Volunteers.  Curtis Sr. and Rebecca brought their family to Indiana from Lorain, Ohio sometime between 1850-60. Ulysses Chester Brouse, son of Curtis Jr. and grandson of Rebecca Wall Brouse became mayor of Kendalville, Indiana and a member of the Indiana State Board of Agriculture in 1917.

HOPSON

(Based largely on the research of Nancy Cassada Nelson of Chesterfield, New Jersey (2001); Click here for THE HOPSON FAMILY history.

DANIEL HOPSON was born was born 1830 in East Tennessee and died May 1, 1874 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. He was the son of RICHARD HOPSON and RHODA YARBROUGH and the grandson of Harrod Hopson and Sarah Bunch of Claiborne County, Tennessee. Daniel served as a corporal in Company A, 12th Tennessee Cavalry, USA. His pension certificate is # 82681, application #116859. Catherine's pension certificate is #214629, application #224741.

THOMAS BRINKTON HOPSON was born in 1836 in Claiborne County, Tennessee and died on March 25, 1891 in Union County, Tennessee. Thomas was the son of RICHARD HOPSON and RHODA YARBROUGH, and the grandson of Harrod Hopson and Sarah Bunch of Claiborne County, Tennessee. T. B. Hopson, or "Brink" as he was known, served in the Union Army, Co. A, 12th Tennessee Cavalry. In his application for an invalid's pension he states that his deafness occurred at Clifton, Tennessee while under attack by the Rebels; that the infantry's guns caused the sudden loss of hearing. Certification # 546383. Esther's certification # 308344. He appears in the 1890 veterans census, Union County, Tennessee, ED252, page 2.

WILLIAM YOUNGER HOPSON was born was born 1832 in Claiborne County, Tennessee, and died January 12, 1878 in Grainger County, Tennessee. He was the son of RICHARD HOPSON and RHODA YARBROUGH and the grandson of Harrod Hopson and Sarah Bunch of Claiborne County, Tennessee. William served in the Union Army, Company H, 1st Tennessee Cavalry. He was known as Younger, or Young Hopson.

SMITH

THOMAS G. SMITH was the son of LYDIA WILSON and SOLOMON P. SMITH and half brother of Nathaniel Jonathan Westfall.  He was born March 21, 1841 at Stonecoal Creek, Lewis County, (West) Virginia.  Thomas enlisted on September 8, 1861 as a Private in Company B, 10th Virginia Infantry, USA, renamed the 10th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry.  He was discharged on August 14, 1865.  Thomas married Mildred Lamb in about 1870 and they had ten children, six boys and four girls.  Thomas died on August 11, 1924 and is buried in the Harrison Grove Cemetery, Murphy's Creek Road, about 14 miles south of Weston in Lewis County, West Virginia.  Mildred is buried next to him.  Source: Headstone marker, Harrison Grove Cemetery, Lewis County, West Virginia; 1890 Census, Special Schedule "Persons who served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States during the war of the rebellion (who are survivors) and widows of such persons," ED128, page 1, Court House District, Lewis County, West Virginia.

WILLIAM MCKINDRA SMITH was the son of LYDIA WILSON and SOLOMON P. SMITH and half brother of Nathaniel Jonathan Westfall.  He was born April 14, 1839 on the family farm near Elkins, Randolph County, (West) Virginia.  William enlisted in the Union Army on March 25, 1863.  On January 23, 1865 he was assigned as a Private to Company H, 7th West Virginia Cavalry.  From the time of his enlistment until January 1865 he was assigned to Company H, 8th Virginia Infantry, Light Artillery Battery, then the 2nd Virginia Battery Light Artillery (March 25, 1863), and then Battery G, 1st Regiment, Virginia Light Artillery.  William was discharged on August 1, 1865 having served two years and six months.  He married Sarah Ann Kittle on September 14, 1872 and they had three sons and one daughter.  On March 17, 1891 he married Rosa B. Ables and they had four sons and one daughter.  William died April 9, 1928 at Bridgeport, Harrison County, West Virginia and is buried in the Mount Olive Cemetery in Harrison County.  Source: Compiled Service Records for the Union Army, Smith, William M.; Co. H, 7th West Virginia Cavalry; Research of Michael and Oscar Smith, Parkersburg, West Virginia contributed August 2008; 1890 Census, Special Schedule "Persons who served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States during the war of the rebellion (who are survivors) and widows of such persons," ED128, page 1, Court House District, Lewis County, West Virginia.

TROWBRIDGE

DAVID BOYD TROWBRIDGE, was the son of SAMUEL GRADY TROWBRIDGE and JANE MCGREW and the younger brother of of our ancestor JAMES MCGREW TROWBRIDGE.  He was born January 15, 1830 in Kingwood, West Virginia.  David enlisted in Company B, 3rd West Virginia Cavalry on October 21, 1862, leaving at home a wife and three small children.  He was very seriously wounded in battle, but participated in thirteen different engagements.  He was discharged on June 6, 1865 and returned home to Kingwood.  Before the war, on March 11, 1855, he married Mary Sophia Snyder, the sister of Sarah Ann Snyder (wife of his brother James).  Mary died on July 19, 1866, only a year after David's return from the war. The following year, on July 5, 1867, David married nineteen year old Margaret Walls, daughter of James Walls and Nancy Joseph.  After the birth of a daughter, Jane, in September, 1869 David removed with his family to Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio.  David was a carpenter and followed that occupation his entire life, traveling extensively before settling in Caney, Montgomery County, Kansas where he died on April 20, 1902.  SOURCE: Francis Bacon Trowbridge, THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, New Haven, Connecticut, (1907), pg. 265.

JOHN WILLIAM BARKER TROWBRIDGE son of MALIN (MAHLON) PUGH TROWBRIDGE and ELIZABETH BARKER was born about 1837 in Preston County, (West) Virginia.  He enlisted on June 22, 1861 and served in Company C, 3rd West Virginia Infantry, which later became Company C, 6th West Virginia Cavalry.  Among the many battles he participated in were Bull Run, Antietam, Cross Keys and Winchester.  He was discharged on August 17, 1864 after he was deafened by an artillery shell exploding near him.  John married Frances A. Carr after the Civil War.  He and Frances did not have any children  SOURCE:  1890 Census, Special Schedule "Persons who served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States during the war of the rebellion (who are survivors) and widows of such persons," Kingwood, Preston County, West Virginia, ED69, page 2, "John W. H. Trowbridge."  Francis Bacon Trowbridge, THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, New Haven, Connecticut, (1907), pg. 393.

LEANDER MARION (LEWIS) TROWBRIDGE was born February 1, 1837 to LEANDER and HANNAH (TROWBRIDGE) LEWIS.  His father died when he was very young and his mother moved in with her parents, JESSE and SARAH (PUGH) TROWBRIDGE.  His mother remarried several years later but Leander remained with his grandparents who raised him.  He took on his grandfather's surname and was known all of his adult life as Leander Trowbridge.  As a young man Leander taught school in Kingwood, Preston County, (West) Virginia.  At the start of the Civil War he enlisted in Company F, 6th West Virginia Infantry for a period of three years.  He was discharged in 1864.  Learn more about Leander and his incredible story by clicking on his name above.  Source: Francis Bacon Trowbridge, THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, New Haven, Connecticut, (1907), pg. 394.

PRESTON B. TROWBRIDGE was born May 7,1821 to SAMUEL RUBLE TROWBRIDGE and SUSAN SHEETS in Preston County, Virginia.  Preston served as a Private with Company B, 14th West Virginia Infantry.  Thus far I have not obtained his service records.  Preston was captured by the Confederates on May 9, 1864 at the battle of Cloyd's Mountain, West Virginia.   He was confined and died in the infamous Andersonville Prison in Georgia on September 15, 1864.  His second wife, Christiann (Menear) Trowbridge applied for a widows pension (date is uncertain).  Preston first married Annis Menear in 1843 and they had at least one daughter; he married Christiann Menear in 1847 in Kingwood, Preston County, (West) Virginia.  They had six children, five daughters and one son.  SOURCES: Ancestry.com, The Generations Network, Inc., Provo, UT, "Civil War Service Records, Preston B. Trowbridge"; Francis Bacon Trowbridge, THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, New Haven, Connecticut, (1907), pg. 265.

SAMUEL REESE TROWBRIDGE was the son of Dr. REESSE TROWBRIDGE and HARRIET MORGAN, and the grandson of SAMUEL RUBLE TROWBRIDGE and SUSAN SHEETS of Preston County, (West) Virginia.  He was born December 5, 1847 in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana.  At the age of sixteen on July 10, 1863, Samuel joined Company F, 102nd Indiana Infantry Minutemen but was mustered out a week later when his age was discovered.  Undeterred, Samuel then joined Company G, 116th Indiana Infantry for a term of six months on July 22, 1863.  He was mustered out on March 1, 1864 having served seven months.  I do not have a record of his engagements, if any.  Francis Bacon Trowbridge, THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, New Haven, Connecticut, (1907), pg. 397.

SYLVANUS LAMB TROWBRIDGE, son of MALIN PUGH TROWBRIDGE and ELIZABETH BARKER of Kingwood, Preston County, West Virginia.  Sylvanus enlisted probably in Kingwood as a Private in Company I, 6th West Virginia Infantry.  He was captured by the Confederates during action at Bulltown, West Virginia and was sent to the infamous Andersonville prisoner of war camp in Georgia where he died on July 16, 1864.  He was unmarried.  SOURCE:  Francis Bacon Trowbridge, THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, New Haven, Connecticut, (1907), pg. 262.

TYLER

JOSEPH TYLER was born on August 14, 1822 in Copley Township, Summit County, Ohio, and died on November 12, 1901 in Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, the son of Benjamin Tyler and Olive Brown.  He was considerably older than most Civil War Soldiers and at the time of his enlistment and had a wife and three children ranging in age from fifteen to six years of age.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on August 11, 1862 and in November was assigned to the "Clara Dolsen" at Cairo, Illinois as Paymaster Steward.  Joseph was discharged on July 1, 1863 having served for almost a year.

WALL

REUBEN S. WALL was born in December 1842, Medina County, Ohio; son of Peter and Sybella Everhard and grandson of Christian Wall and Catherine Baughman; enlisted September 21, 1861 in Co. B, 42nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

WESTFALL

GEORGE W. WESTFALL, son of JACOB WESTFALL and CAROLINE ELLIOT was born February 27, 1831 in Boone County, Indiana, and died October 28, 1904 in Louisa County, Iowa. George is buried in the Oakland/Carpenter Cemetery in Oakland Township of Louisa County, Iowa. The stone reads b. 1831, d. 28 Oct 1904, Sgt, Co D, 4th IA Cav, Civil War Veteran. "He was among the first to respond to his country's call for troops, enlisting in September 1861 as First Sergeant of Company D, 4th Iowa Cavalry, and was mustered into service at Camp Harlan in Mt. Pleasant. He participated in the battle of Vicksburg, and was engaged in scouting expeditions and skirmishes in the Southern and Southwestern States. In the battle of Oakland, Miss., he was wounded by gunshot, and on the 4th of November 1864, was honorably discharged at Davenport, Iowa." PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM, LOUISA COUNTY, IOWA 1889 F627 28 page 8

PETER WESTFALL, son of JOHN H. WESTFALL and ELIZABETH ALLMAN, half brother of Nathaniel J. Westfall was born on December 6, 1840 in Lewis County, (West) Virginia.  Peter enlisted on October 16, 1861.  He was mustered in to service on March 15, 1862 at Wheeling, West Virginia as a Private in Company C, 10th Virginia Infantry, later renamed the 10th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry.  He was mustered out of service on March 15, 1865 having received his discharge four days earlier.  Peter died February 27, 1913 in Lewis County, West Virginia and is buried in the Harrison Grove Cemetery, Murphy's Creek Road, 14 miles south of Weston, W. Va. in Lewis County.  SOURCE:  headstone marker, Harrison Grove Cemetery; 1890 Census, Special Schedule "Persons who served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps of the United States during the war of the rebellion (who are survivors) and widows of such persons," ED128, Court House District, Lewis County, West Virginia, (page unnumbered).

WHITSETT AND RELATIVES

There is a long list of Whitsett men and their close relatives who served on both sides during the Civil War.  Click here for a list of those I know of who served in the Confederate Army. Click here for a list of those I know of who served in the U.S. Army. Those lists were taken from various "official" lists of Civil War veterans.  Below are additional names of Union veterans.

DAVID P. WHITSETT son of Ralph Crawford Whitsett and grandson of Revolutionary War soldier William Wirt Whitsett of Fayette County, Pennsylvania.  Eighteen-year-old David enlisted as a private on September 15, 1864 at Pittsburgh in the Company B, 16th Cavalry (later transferred to Company G) 161st Pennsylvania Line, USA.  He was discharged on June 15, 1865.  He is described as 5'6" tall, dark hair, fair complexion and hazel eyes.  SOURCE:  Index cards to Civil War Soldiers; Lineages, Inc., comp. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000. (Ancestry.com)

 

HARMON KING WHITSITT died at the battle of Chickamauga on Sept. 20, 1863. As best we can tell, he died defending the Union position on Snodgrass Hill. This stand by the 82nd Indiana and other units prevented a complete rout of the union forces by the confederates which would have undoubtedly changed the course of the war. We have no idea at what part of the battle he died, but the 82nd held off over 20 rebel charges on Snodgrass hill. Harmon was listed as missing (due to a recording error by his Captain), and his children did not receive the pension until 1871. An interesting point. He had 3 children with his first wife, and 1 with his second. The second wife, Arrissa Carder Whitsett and son Oliver M. Whitsett moved to Stockton, Kansas after Harmon's death. Neither Arrissa nor Oliver ever received a pension as it was determined that she was still married to a Timothy Carder when she married Harmon! Oliver and Arrissa (now Cravens) were still trying to get the pension in 1892.

Email from Kelly Roggenkamp [mailto:kelly.roggenkamp@gmail.com], sent Thursday, September 09, 2010 6:51 PM to Ron and Sue (Whitsett) Wall, subject: "Harmon King Whitsitt listed on your Union Civil War veterans page."
"I would really like to see if there were any heirs to Oliver, as I would expect that if there were letters or pictures from Harmon that they may have been passed down his line. Last I have found of Oliver is that he disappeared near Washington Co. Arkansas in the 1920s. He was a truck farmer and left one day in his truck and was never seen again."

Kelly is the G3Grandson of Harmon King Whitsitt of Indiana, a descendant of Samuel and Margaret Whitsitt of Montgomery County, Kentucky and Ralph and Sarah (Wilson) Whitsett of Ireland and Pennsylvania.

 
Ronald N. Wall
Modified: 23 August 2020