Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Annotation of T H Seed Letter

Annotation of T H  Seed letter posted yesterday on the blog by John King:  
Henry A. Clubb (abt 1843 – 1909)
 1st Sgt, 8th Ill. Inf. (3 mo’s); 
2nd Lt, Co K, 70th Ill. Inf.; 
& 2nd Lt, Co K, 9th Ind. Cav.


1.  The middle name of Henry A. Clubb is usually given as “Anton”, Austin, who were married in Lawrence Co, Illinois, on 10/1/1839—Marriage Book B, pg 144.  Henry A. Clubb served in Co I, 8th Ill. Inf. as a 1st Sergeant; in Co K, 70th Ill. Inf. as a 2nd Lieutenant; and in Co K, 9th Indiana Cavalry as a 2nd Lieutenant.  Henry A. Clubb is buried at the Lawrenceville City Cemetery.
which T. H. Seed stated is not correct.  I cannot make out the name in his published letter, but he may have meant “Austin”.  The parents of Henry A. Clubb were Samuel H. Clubb & Catherine J. Austin, who were married in Lawrence Co, Illinois, on 10/1/1839—Marriage Book B, pg 144.  Henry A. Clubb served in Co I, 8th Ill. Inf. as a 1st Sergeant; in Co K, 70th Ill. Inf. as a 2nd Lieutenant; and in Co K, 9th Indiana Cavalry as a 2nd Lieutenant.  Henry A. Clubb is buried at the Lawrenceville City Cemetery.

2.T. H. Seed stated that Henry A. Clubb’s mother was a step-daughter of John B. Maxwell.  Dr. John B. Maxwell (1790 – 1860) served as an Elder of the Pisgah Presbyterian Church and later as the first Elder of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, when that church was organized in 1848.  He and his wife Molly are given credit for the erection of the brick Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville in 1858, which is now the Masonic Hall.  Rumors that this brick church served as a Station on the Underground Railroad remain unsubstantiated, and probably untrue as its minister, the Rev John B. Saye, was fired from his Presbyterian pulpits in Lawrence Co and expelled from the Saline Presbytery, being characterized as a “profound Copperhead”.  The statement that Henry A. Clubb’s mother was a step-daughter of John B. Maxwell would imply that Mary “Molly” Maxwell was married previously to her marriage to Dr. Maxwell, and that her first husband was probably a Mr. Austin.  Daniel Grass, who tendered the first company in Illinois into the Civil War, boarded with the Maxwell’s at the time of the 1850 Federal Census of Lawrence County.

3. T. H. Seed referred to O. M. Clubb as being one of three survivors of Co I, 8th Ill. Inf. (3 months).  I believe he is referring to Ausco Clubb, who served in Co I, 8th Ill. Inf. (3 months) and in Co’s B & L, 1st Missouri Cavalry.  Ausco Clubb (1835 – 1923) is buried in the 2nd Add’n of the Sumner Cemetery.

4.I have thought that Musician Hugh Seeds Jr of Co I, 8th Ill. Inf. (3 mo’s) was Thomas Hugh Seed, once the Editor of The Sumner Press.  T. H. Seed stated in his letter published in the 2/4/1909 Lawrenceville Republican, that he was sick with typhoid fever in the spring of 1861 and did not serve in Co I, 8th Ill. Inf. (3 mo’s).  Later, he served as Sergeant of Co A, 63rd Ill. Inf.

5.T. H. Seed stated in his letter that “11 of them were cut off [from joining the 8th Ill. Inf.] and went into the 7th Ills”.  I have yet to identify any Lawrence Co men who served in the 7th Ill. Inf. (3 mo’s).  The roster of Co E, 7th Ill. Inf. (extracted from the Adj General Reports and part of an online database published by the Illinois Secretary of State) does list Henry H. Baltzell & Eli Mushrush, both of Sumner, serving 3-year enlistments in Co E, 7th Ill. Inf., starting in the late summer of 1861.  I have identified 12 Lawrence Co men who served in Co H, 10th Ill. Inf. (3 mo’s) – Pvt Henry H. Baltzell, Musician Israel Berkshire, Pvt John N. Carlisle, Pvt William Dutton, Pvt Robert H. Goodman, Pvt James P. Green, 2nd Lt James W. Harris, Pvt Asa L. Heath, Pvt Rufus M. Longnecker, Pvt Allen McNeal, Corp Theophilus Smith, and Pvt John L. Waggoner.  It is possible that T. H. Seed meant to write that 11 of 115 men from Lawrence Co were diverted from the 8th Ill. Inf. to the 10th Ill. Inf., when they arrived at Camp Butler in April 1861.