Sylvanus Mabe (5/31/1844 - 6/30/1940)
Special thanks to Brother Garry Walls for submitting the
following grave stone pictures.
Grave is located in the Clayton West Cemetery,
Liberty Township, Hendricks County, Indiana
Note: It appears that the year of death for Sylvanus Mabe on the
stone is incorrect based on the information from the obituaries below.
Special thanks to Brother Mike Beck who submitted the obituary below
Last Civil War Veteran Passes On
Source: Plainfield Messenger Newspaper, Plainfield, Hendricks County Indiana, July 4, 1940, p. 1
Sylvanus Mabe Dies, Age 96; Funeral Tuesday; Clayton Burial
Funeral service for Sylvanus Mabe, age 96 years, last Civil War veteran of Hendricks county, were held at the residence in Pecksburg on Tuesday afternoon of this week, July 2, at 2:00 o’clock, with burial in the Clayton Cemetery.
At the time of his death Sunday morning he was the only Civil War veteran residing in Hendricks County and, likewise, the only surviving member of the Sixth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer.
Mr. Mabe enlisted for service with Company C, Sixth Regiment Indiana Volunteers, on August 20, 1861 at Columbus, Indiana under Captain Augustis Abbett.
The records disclose that this voluntary enlistment was made at the early age of seventeen, since he was born on May 31, 1844 in Brown county in southern Indiana. The records further indicate that the entire Sixth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers, consisting of approximately five hundred soldiers, was mustered into service at Madison, Indiana on September 20, 1861 for three years of service with the Union Army.
His regiment was active in many decisive battles, among which were Tunnel Hill, Chicamauga, Allatoona Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, Shiloh, the March on Atlanta, and others.
All non-veteran members of the regiment were mustered out at Chattanooga, Tenn. on September 22, 1864, after three years of service. Only a small number of veterans and a few recruits, whose term of service had not expired, remained in the service and were immediately transferred to the 68th Regiment Indiana Volunteers.
Mr. Mabe was one of less than forty Civil War veterans remaining in Indiana at the time of his death. It will be remembered that approximately 259,000 men from Indiana saw service with the Union Army.
Mr. Mabe was the son of James Madison and Ann Nobbitt Mabe and was one of thirteen children. He was born near Pike’s Peak in Brown county and lived in Brown county until 1874, moving to Nebraska in 1874 and returning two years later to a farm near Pecksburg. Since March 6, 1934 he lived with his son, Eli and daughters.
He was married to Harriet Bartholomew on March 14, 1869.
He attended school in Brown county and united with the Clayton Christian church after his marriage. He was a successful farmer until his health broke.
The funeral service was conducted by Rev. G. F. Stallings.
Among the survivors are two sons, Lorenzo F. and Eli B. Mabe of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Willard English and Irene Mabe, both of Clayton. Three grandchildren survive, being Lyle L. Mabe of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Willard English and Irene Mabe, both of Clayton. There are also three great grandchildren; one brother, Dave, of Columbus; and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Craig of Indianapolis and Mrs. Mary J. Hancher of Bradshaw, Texas, besides several nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to Brother John Copeland who submitted the two obituaries below
Last of Veterans in County Called Sunday
Source: Danville Republican Newspaper, Danville, Hendricks County Indiana, July 4, 1940, p. 1. Vol. 52, No. 27
SYLVANUS MABE RITES HELD TUESDAY.
Served Three Years With Co. C, 6th Indiana Infantry--Wounded at Missionary Ridge.
Lights were out for the last of the Civil war veterans living in the Hendricks county, Sunday morning, when Sylvanus Mabe, age 96, died at the home of a son, Eli Mabe, at Pecksburg.
Funeral rites were held Tuesday at the home and burial was in the Clayton cemetery with military honors paid by the Hendricks county post of the American Legion. Members of the Danville Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans were pall bearers.
Comrade Mabe was born in Brown county, May 31, 1844, and while but seventeen years old, he declared his age as eighteen and enlisted in the Union Army upon the second call made by President Lincoln for volunteers. Serving three years, he was mustered out just before Sherman's memorial march from Atlanta to the sea. During his service with the Fourth Army Corps, he participated in a number of battles. In an interview with him a little more than a year ago, he told a reporter on this paper that the most important one was the battle of Chickamauga. He was wounded in the battle of Missionary Ridge and spent six months in the hospital at Evansville. During his service he was a member of Co. C, 6th Indiana Infantry. Mr. Mabe's father , James M. Mabe, as well as a brother, Vandever, were also soldiers in the Union army.
After the war, Mr. Mabe returned to Brown county, where he married Miss Harriet C. Bartholomew. In 1873, they moved to Dawson county, Neb., where they took up a homestead and remained only two and a half years, moving to Clay township in 1876, where later he bought a farm of 160 acres and until his health failed was an aggressive and prosperous farmer.
Surviving are two sons, Lorenzo, of Clayton, and Eli of Pecksburg, at whose home he lived in his later years; three grandchildren, Lyle L. Mabe, of Indianapolis, Mrs. Willard English and Irene Mabe of Clayton; and three great-grandchildren.
Of the 259,000 men from Indiana who saw service in the Union army, it is estimated that only about forty are now living.
Last Civil War Veteran of Hendricks Co. Answered Call
Source: Danville Gazette Newspaper, Danville, Hendricks County Indiana, July 4, 1940, p. 1, p. 4.
Sylvanus Mabe, Age 96, Died at his Home Near Pecksburg Sunday.
WOUNDED IN BATTLE
Funeral Services Were Held Tuesday Afternoon; Burial at Clayton.
Taps were sounded for Sylvanus Mabe, last of the Civil War veterans living in Hendricks county, Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services were held at the home in Pecksburg in charge of Rev. G. T. Stallings, and burial was made in the Clayton cemetery. Members of the Auxiliary Sons of Union Veterans assisted with the funeral services, and members of the Sons of Union Veterans were pall bearers. An American Legion firing squad fired the last salute, and a bugler blew taps.
Mr. Mabe was probably the oldest citizen of Hendricks county, having reached the age of 96 on May 31 of this year. He was born in Brown county, one of eight children of Mathias and Lucinda Mabe. At the age of 17 he enlisted for a 3-year period in the Civil War, as being 18 years old. He served in Company C, 6th Indiana Regiment.
He was engaged in the battle of Shiloh, the siege of Corinth, and in all those engagements which were fought by Grant in Tennessee and Mississippi. His regiment later was transferred to the eastern part of Tennessee, where he fought in the battles of Chichamauga (sic), Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, where he was severely wounded in the right knee by shell fragments. He was treated in a field hospital and later taken to a hospital at Evansville. The wound incapacitated him for six months.
He was mustered out of service on September 22, 1864. His discharge, which is in the possession of one his sons, reads that "He served in the Lieut. Charles A. May Company, 6th Indiana Regiment of foot volunteers." He was described as "having entered the service at 18 years on August 20, 1861; being 5 feet 8 inches in height, light complexion, grey eyes and light hair."
After his discharge from the army, he returned to Brown county, where in 1869, he was married to Harriett Bartholomew. They established their home in Brown county, but in 1874 they moved to Nebraska. Two years later, they returned to Indiana and made their home near Pecksburg. Two sons were born to them. Mrs. Mabe died in 1929. Mr. Mabe spent 64 years of his life in and near Pecksburg. For the past six years he had made his home with his son, Eli, at Pecksburg. He had been active all his life, having engaged in farming and conducting a saw mill, until three years ago when his health failed. He had been bed-fast since Christmas, and his death cam Sunday morning.
He was very patriotic and an advocate of peace. He attended all patriotic meetings so long as his health permitted. He traveled great distances to attend both the state and national reunions of the G.A.R. and to visit the battle fields of the Civil War. In 1832 (1932) he was the only member of the 6th regiment to appear at the G.A.R. reunion in Columbus. He received much attention and publicity at that meeting. He attended every Decoration Day service at Clayton, having missed the one this year for the first time. He was a member of the Clayton Christian church.
Surviving are two sons, Eli B. of Pecksburg, and Lorenzo F. of Clayton; three grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Jane Hancher of Bradshaw, Tex., and Mrs. Margaret Craig of Indianapolis, and one brother , Dave Mabe of Columbus.
Sylvanus Mabe was the first member of his family to enlist
for service in the Civil War. Later his father, Mathias Mabe,
enlisted. He kept a complete diary during his war service. A
third member of the family, a brother of Sylvanus, enlisted at a later
date. Cornelius Hurley of Brown county, boyhood chum of Sylvanus
Mabe, entered the service with him, and they served together, except for a
short period, for three years. It is interesting to note that one of
the sons of Sylvanus Mabe and the daughter of Hurley became man and
wife. They are Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo F. Mabe of Clayton.
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