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Augustus Smith

Male 1842 - 1912  (70 years)


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  • Name Augustus Smith  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born 23 Mar 1842  Peekskill, Westchester, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Civil War Veteran Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Farmer 
    Residence 1880  Weston, Clark, Wisconsin, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1900  Neilsville, Clark, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 01 Jun 1905  Neillsville, Clark, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Residence 1910  Neillsville Ward 1, Clark, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Age: 68; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Head 
    Died 05 May 1912  Neillsville, Clark County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Neillsville City Cemetery, Pine Valley, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Enlisted Sep 17, 1861 at West Bend, WI into D Company 12th Wisconsin Infantry. Mustered November 1, 1861 at Madison, WI. Reenlisted as a Veteran Volunteer January 8, 1864 in Hebron Mississippi. From October 1864 to May 1865 was detached for duty with 3rd Division of the 17th Army Corps supply train supporting Sherman’s march to the sea, from Atlanta to Savannah Georgia, and the Carolina Campaign.

      ---------Source: CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN & PRESS (Neillsville, Wis.) 05/09/1912

      Augustus Smith died at his home in this city (Neillsville, Clark Co.), may 5, 1912. He had been ailing for some time with Bright’s disease, but was able to be about and the end came very suddenly.

      Deceased was born at Peekskill, N.Y., March 23, 1842. About the year 1846 his mother died and his father brought him and his brother Elias to Milwaukee, Wis., where the father ran the engine in the first paper mill operated in the city. After residing there two or three years they moved near West Bend in Washington Co., on a farm. At the age of 19 he enlisted in Co. D. 12th Wis. Infantry and was in the service for three years and nine months, being a veteran volunteer. He was with General Sherman on his famous march from Atlanta to the Sea. After his return from the war he was married to Mary J. Brown April 22, 1866. In 1869 they came to Clark County and settled on a farm on the north road in Weston, where they lived until about 15 years ago, when they moved to Neillsville.

      Mr. Smith was a brave and patriotic soldier and always took great interest in old war days and army life, but as a citizen he was peaceable, loved his home and family, did the fair thing at all times with his neighbors, and gave to this daily work all the strength he had. He was a member of the local G.A.R. Post and took an active interest in its meetings and the welfare of his comrades.

      Besides his wife, he leaves four children: Mrs. Willis Melville, Milton and George A. Smith, all of Chicago, and Mrs. Fremont Burge of Owen, Wis., and eight grandchildren. All of his children were present at the funeral, also Mrs. George H. Smith and daughters, Florence and Lucille, and Mr. Fremont Burge.

      The funeral was held at the home Wednesday afternoon, Rev. H.A. Risser preaching the funeral sermon, and the G.A.R. ritual service being given. The G.A.R. and W.R.C. attended in a body.

      ----Source:  Neillsville Times (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.)  May 16, 1912

      Smith, Augustus (Memorial - 1912)

      Passed by Chas. G. Bacon Post G.A.R., in memory of Comrad Augustus Smith, who died May 5th, 1912:

      Once again death hath summoned a comrade and the golden gateway to the Eternal City has opened to welcome him to his home.  He has completed his work here on earth, and as his reward received the plaudit "well done" from the Grand Commander.  Therefore, be it resolved that in the death of Comrad Augustus Smith our Post has lost a good and faithful member and his wife and children a kind husband and father.  We, his comrades, extend to his family our sincere sympathy, trusting that time will heal the wounds that death has inflicted.

      Resolved further, that a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to his family and that the same be given to the press of the city and spread upon the records of our Post, and that our Charter be draped for thirty days.

      Geo. K. Redmond, Nate Anderson, Mile Moldenhaur, Committee

      From the Wisconsin Bluebook - The 12th Wisconsin Infantry trained at Camp Randall and deployed to Leavenworth, Kansas, in January 1862. Given orders to accompany an expedition into New Mexico, they began marching west. The expedition was cancelled later in the spring, but the 12th Wisconsin continued marching. From Leavenworth to Fort Scott to Lawrence to Fort Riley and back to Leavenworth. A member of Company K wrote in a March 1862 letter from Fort Scott, “We left Leavenworth City on the first of March, and shall probably reach Lawrence about the first of April; thus spending one whole month for nothing besides marching and countermarching, hauling rations, &c., which has cost the Government thousands of dollars for worse than nothing.”

      The 12th Wisconsin eventually left Kansas by steamer, and went on to participate in the Vicksburg and Atlanta Campaigns, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and the Carolina Campaign. During their service, they marched just under 4,000 miles, rode as passengers for 2,500 miles by train, and travelled over 3,000 miles by steamer for a total of 9,500 miles traversed. For this reason, they were often referred to as the “Marching Twelfth.”

      “From that day to the close of the war the 12th Wisconsin was taken into full fellowship with the other regiments of the old 3d Division of the 17th Army Corps, and no divisions in the Union army saw more hard service or more hard righting. It never attempted to take a position and failed. It was never driven from a position it attempted to hold, and was never defeated in battle. These are facts of history which the survivors of your regiment, and of all other regiments of the division, may well remember with pride.
      My most earnest greeting to all the survivors, officers and men of the old 12th Wis. Veteran Volunteer Infantry.”
      Truly, etc.,
      M. D. Leggett, Maj General 3rd Div 17th AC
    Person ID I79  vanhees
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2016 

    Father Alfred H. Smith,   b. 09 Aug 1822, New York City, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 1895, West Bend, Washington, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Hannah Knapp,   b. 28 May 1822, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1847, Carmel, Putnam, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F222  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Jane Brown,   b. 18 Dec 1846, Buffalo, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1920, Neillsville, Clark County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 22 Apr 1866  West Bend, Washington, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 6, 7
    Children 
    +1. Lillian May Smith,   b. 26 Feb 1867, West Bend, Washington, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1951, Brookfield, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +2. Milton Arthur Smith,   b. 28 Aug 1870, Neillsville, Clark County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1957, Oak Park, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +3. George Huntington Smith,   b. 18 Jul 1872, Neillsville, Clark County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1956, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    +4. Josephine B. Smith,   b. 12 Jun 1880, Neillsville, Clark County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1949, Traverse City, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2016 
    Family ID F57  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Mar 1842 - Peekskill, Westchester, NY Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Apr 1866 - West Bend, Washington, Wisconsin, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 05 May 1912 - Neillsville, Clark County, WI Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Alfred H. Smith Homestead
    Alfred H. Smith Homestead
    Located at County Highway Z and Townline Road. Built ~1856 with 'Cream City' brick from Milwaukee.

    Documents
    Augustus Smith and Mary Jane Brown Marriage Certificate
    Augustus Smith and Mary Jane Brown Marriage Certificate
    The marriage certificate of Augustus Smith and Mary Jane Brown dated April 22, 1866 in West Bend, Wisconsin.
    Augustus Smith Civil War Reenlistment
    Augustus Smith Civil War Reenlistment
    Augustus Smith's reenlistment document dated January 5, 1864 in Natchez Mississippi.

    Headstones
    Augustus Smith and Mary Jane Brown
    Augustus Smith and Mary Jane Brown
    Plot: L-42

    Histories
    Old Globe Road
    Old Globe Road
    Mary Jane Brown Smith reminisces on the early days in Clark County WI

  • Sources 
    1. [S387] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Neilsville, Clark, Wisconsin; Roll: 1781; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0028; FHL microfilm: 1241781.
      Name: Augustus Smith
      residence date: 1900
      residence place: Neilsville, Clark, Wisconsin, USA
      marriage date: 22 Apr 1866
      marriage place: West Bend, Washington, Wisconsin, USA
      birth date: 23 Mar 1842
      birth place: Peekskill, Westchester, NY

    2. [S441] U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, National Archives and Records Administration, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2000;).

    3. [S393] 1910 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.Original data - Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Was;), Year: 1910; Census Place: Neillsville Ward 1, Clark, Wisconsin; Roll: T624_1704; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0035; FHL microfilm: 1375717.

    4. [S392] Wisconsin, State Censuses, 1895 and 1905, Ancestry.com., (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.Original data - Wisconsin. Wisconsin State Census, 1895 Microfilm, 10 reels. Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin.Wisconsin. Wisconsin State Census, 1905. Microfilm, 44 reel;).
      birth date: 23 Mar 1842
      birth place: Peekskill, Westchester, NY
      residence date: 1 Jun 1905
      residence place: Neillsville, Clark, Wisconsin
      Name: Augustus Smith

    5. [S386] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010;), Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Weston, Clark, Wisconsin; Roll: 1419; Family History Film: 1255419; Page: 467A; Enumeration District: 174.
      residence date: 1880
      residence place: Weston, Clark, Wisconsin, United States
      birth date: 23 Mar 1842
      birth place: Peekskill, Westchester, NY
      Name: Augustus Smith

    6. [S210] Marriage Certificate of Augustus Smith.

    7. [S387] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2004;), Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Neilsville, Clark, Wisconsin; Roll: 1781; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0028; FHL microfilm: 1241781.
      birth date: 18 Dec 1846
      birth place: Buffalo, NY
      residence date: 1900
      residence place: Neilsville, Clark, Wisconsin, USA
      marriage date: 22 Apr 1866
      marriage place: West Bend, Washington, Wisconsin, USA
      Name: Mary Jane Brown