09 February 2012

Edon Man Was A Veteran of Both the Mexican-American War and the Civil War

By Pamela Pattison Lash

Robert Harper Chisolm (7 Mar 1822, Huntingdon Co, PA – 23 Apr 1907, Edon, Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH; buried in Edon Cem; possibly s/o Alexander Chisholm and Sarah Warntz Varnes)

Rachel A. Jewell (Dec 1832 New Lisbon, Columbiana Co, OH – 3 July 1906 Edon, Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH; buried in Edon Cem; possibly d/o George Jewell and Delila McKee)

His parents: Alexander Chisholm (Dec 1798 PA – 15 Aug 1875 Cumberland Co, PA; buried in Petersburg Cem; s/o John Chisholm 14 May 1763, Inverness, Scotland – 4 Aug 1842, Duncannon, PA and Margaret McBride 1788 – 28 Feb 1838 Duncannon, PA )

Sarah Warntz Varnes/Varns (1804 Watts, Perry Co, PA-1862); mar 26 June 1819 Cumberland Co, PA; possibly d/o Valentine Werntz, making her a widow perhaps of ** Varns

Her parents: George Jewell (Sept 1810 OH –24 Sept 1900 South Whitley, IN) – 1870/1880/1900 St Joseph

Delila Mattie McKee (1814 Columbiana Co, OH – 1880 or 1891 pos Williams Co, OH); mar 17 Mar 1832, Knox Twp, Columbiana Co, OH by John Wallace, JP; pos dau/o Daniel McKee

Robert Chisholm married Rachel A Jewell on 17 July 1849, Columbiana Co, OH

From National Archives Military Service Record: Mexican-American War, Jan 1847-June 1849 – grey eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, 5’4”, PA, Hintagella ? , cabinet maker, 23 Apr 1847 Harrisburg to 31 July 1848; expires of service; at Jefferson Barracks

CW Vet Co B 104th OVI – 1862 to 1864: Enlisted in Company B, Ohio 104th Infantry Regiment on 30 Aug 1862. Promoted to Full Sergeant. Promoted to Full Private on 01 Jun 1864. Mustered out on 29 May 1865 at Louisville, KY.

The couple had 9 children (I can only find 8):
1. Frances Ann (15 Mar 1850 Knox Twp, Columbiana Co, OH-14 Feb 1934 Kansas City, Jackson Co, MO; mar Hugh Lees, 4 July 1872, Williams Co, OH)
2. Loranse Ann (25 December 1851 Georgetown, Columbiana Co, OH – 1925; mar Edwin Wallace Elya)
3. Martha Jane (6 January 1854 Columbiana Co, OH-aft 1875; mar George Phelps, 14 Dec 1875, Defiance Co, OH)
4. Almira/Almyra (3 March 1856 Columbiana Co, OH –aft 1880
5. George Alex (27 Sept 1859 Columbiana Co, OH – aft 1880
6. Edward Stanton (17 June 1862, Limaville, OH – 6 Oct 1922 Cleveland, OH; buried in Edon Cem)
7. Carrie Belle (11 Mar 1870 Edon, Williams Co, OH – aft 1920 /bef 1930 Redding, Clare Co, MI ; mar Charles Weston Brandeberry c 1889)
8. Daisy E (10 Feb 1874 Edon, Williams Co, OH – aft 1910 pos Ft Wayne, Allen Co, IN; mar John Spake, 16 Mar 1896 Williams Co, OH)

1850 Knox, Columbiana, Ohio; Roll: M432_669; Page: 297B; Image: 596.
h/h 349/349 Chisholm, Robert 27 PA laborer
Rachel A 17 OH
Frances (f) 3M OH

1860 Deerfield, Portage, Ohio; Roll: M653_1025; Page: 198; Image: 401; Family History Library Film: 805025.
h/h 138/132 Cheshelm, Robt 37 PA carpenter
Rachel 27 OH
Frances 10 OH
Lorenzo 8 OH (m)
Martha 6 OH
Almira 4 OH
George 1 OH

Ohio Roster of Soldiers of State of Ohio, CW Record: Robert H Chisholm, age 40 – enlisted 18 July 1862 as corporal;
Enlisted in Company B, Ohio 104th Infantry Regiment on 30 Aug 1862.
Promoted to Full Sergeant.
Promoted to Full Private on 01 Jun 1864.
Mustered out on 29 May 1865 at Louisville, KY.

1870 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 70B; Image: 144; Family History Library Film: 552781
h/h /161 Chesholm, Robert 50 PA (can’t read occup)
Rachel 38 OH
Frances 20 OH
Loranso 18 OH (f)
Martha 16 OH
Almira 14 OH
George 11 OH
Edwin 8 OH
Carrie 6M OH
Platt, Margries 3 OH (m)

1880 Edon, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 557B; Enumeration District: 008; Image: 0749.
h/h 87/93 Chesholm, RW 57 carpenter PA-PA-PA
Rachael wife 47 OH-VA-OH
Edward son 17 laborer OH-PA-OH
Carrie dau 10 OH-PA-OH
Daisy dau 6 OH-PA-OH

1890 Veterans Schedule - Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 61; Page: 3; Enumeration District: 205.
Robert H Chisholm CW 1862-1864 Co B OH 104th Reg; served 2Y 10M 11D

1900 Florence, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 105.
h/h 17/17 Chisholm, Robert 78 (Mar 1822) mar 50Ypainter PA-PA-PA
Rachel E wife 67 (Dec 1832) 9/8 ch OH-OH-OH
Edward S son 37 (June 1862) single, plasterer OH-PA-OH

Williams County, Ohio Cemeteries – Florence Twp – Edon Cem p90

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), 3 May 1907, p1c4 – obit of Robert H Chisholm:
War Veteran Dead at Edon
Robert Chisholm served in two wars and wanted to serve in the third
Robert H Chisholm a veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars died at his home in Edon, Tuesday following a short illness.  He served as a regular in the army during the Mexican War, learning while in Mexico to speak Spanish, and the Mexican language.  He also could speak German.  He was married to Rachel Jewell 17 July 1849.  Nine children were born to this union.  When the call to arms was given in 1862 he left his wife and little children and enlisted 18 July 1862 for three years in the CW where he held office of orderly sergeant in Co B of 104th OVI until his discharge at the close of the war at Louisville, KY, 29 May 1865.  He was a miller, a carpenter, a painter, and a man of genius, but above all things else a man full of patriotism and love for his country was the uppermost thought of his mind and during the late war with Spain would gladly have gone into service again, but his age prevented him.  Robert Chisholm was born 7 Mar 1822 in Huntington Co, PA, being of Scotch descent, bound out as a boy by his father to learn the carpenter trade until 21 years of age.

He died 23 Apr 1907 aged 85Y 1M 16D still having a bright mind and able to recall events of his past war record.  Funeral held at Christian Church conducted by Elder Winbigler and assisted by Rev Hodge.  Burial with military honors by the old soldiers in Edon Cem.

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), 13 July 1906, p7 c1 – obit of Mrs RH Chisholm: On Tuesday afternoon July 3 Mrs RH Chisholm died at her home in Edon.  She had been an invalid for years.  Her Christian life won her many friends and she will be greatly missed.  Funeral services were held at the Christian church Thursday afternoon.  Interment at Edon Cem.

Columbiana Co, OH Marriages, CW Bell, p50
Williams Co, OH Deaths – V3 p23 both Rachel Chesholm and Robert H Chisholm
Williams Co, OH Probate - #7022 – Rachel A Chisholm – 23 Feb 1922 and #7023 – Robert H Chisholm – 23 Feb 1922

Mary E. Maze Yeagley v Charles Henry Yeagley (Journal 8 p534 - 22 May 1876; Roll 28 case number 53 - May 1876)

The couple was married in Williams Center, Center Twp, Wms Co, OH on 14 Mar 1860 (Marriage V3 p96).  Mary, born on 22 Jan 1837 in Crawford Co, OH, was the daughter of Robert and Sarah Delano Mitchell Maze, who lived in Bridgewater Twp.  Charles Henry Yeagley was born in Feb 1839, also a possible Crawford County native. 

Mary charged her husband with adultery; the third party was Martha J. Chisholm.  This happened on 15 Nov 1875 near Edon in a certain buggy and again on 17 Nov 1875. She also stated that Charles was violent and struck her on 17 Oct 1875.  Charles was a habitual drunk for two years or more.  Mary said she owned Lot 96 in Edgerton and wanted a reasonable alimony.  The couple had two sons, James Ashley (15) who temporarily resided with William Britton, and Kyle Clifton (8).  A divorce was granted in May 1876.

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