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Warren County Local History by Dallas Bogan

Massie, Salem, And Harlan, Township Participants In The Civil War

Dallas Bogan on 27 August 2004
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ISRAEL D. COMPTON was born in Manchester, Adams Co., Ohio, May 12, 1829; he was a son of Stephen W. and Harriet Donaldson Compton, natives of Adams Co., Ohio. The maternal grandfather, Israel Donaldson, was a native of Virginia. Our subject married in Highland County, Ohio, in February, 1859, to Mrs. Margaret Ellis.
At the breaking out of the war Mr. Compton enlisted in Co. H, 79th O.V.I., and at the organization of the company, he was elected 1st. Lieut. He served but five months, when, at Gallatin, Tenn., he was stricken down by sickness and died December 31, 1862. His remains were brought home and interred in the Harveysburg Cemetery.

JABEZ H. TURNER was the son of William and Edith Turner, natives of North Carolina. Our subject married, Eleanor C. Edwards in Warren Co, Ohio. He was a native of North Carolina and she of Ohio.
He enlisted May 31, 1861, in the 12th O.V.I., and served only about one month, when, in a skirmish at Scarry Creek, W. Va., on July 17, 1861, he was killed; thus being the first mortality in the War of the Rebellion in Warren County.


ALFRED COUDEN was the son of James S. and Ann Tea Couden, who were married in August, 1839. He was the grandson of John and Susan Skinner Couden, who moved to this county about 1823 and settled in what is now Washington Twp.
Alfred enlisted in the late rebellion in the 146th O.N.G. and served his 100 days.

W.H. McKINNEY was born March 31, 1828, and was a native of County Cavan, Ireland. He came to America with his parents at 6 months of age, landing at Quebec, Canada. Among his many accomplishments was the superintending of the Little Miami Railroad until the year 1854. In Sept. 27 of that year, he married Mary J. Whitacre.
He enlisted in the War of the Rebellion as a member of Company F, 146th O.N.G.

J.L. MOUNTS was born in Hamilton Twp., Warren County, Ohio, August 19, 1831, and was the seventh in a family of eleven children.
His drive for the study of medicine enabled him to serve as Assistant Surgeon of the 31st O.V.I., from August, 1861, to February, 1863, when he was appointed by Governor Tod to look after the sick and wounded Ohio troops; he was afterward appointed Surgeon of the 144th O.V.I., and was discharged at the expiration of the regiment's term of service, in August, 1864.

SAMUEL REED NICKERSON was born in the eastern part of Clinton Co., Ohio, on the 14th day of June, 1823. His father Artemus Nickerson was born in Putnam Co., N.Y., in 1796. The family emigrated to Ohio in the year 1805, settling on the banks of Todd's Fork, in what was then a part of Warren County.
In 1846, Samuel married a Miss Humphrey, the daughter of James Humphrey.
He entered the army as a private in Company C, of the 79th O.V.I., and was discharged in February, 1864, by reason of a broken arm received in said service.

NOAH STUBBS was born near Morrow, Ohio, November 16, 1841. He at tended school at the Washington District in a log building where oiled paper was used for light. He was employed in a woolen mill and followed farming until 1861.
He enlisted in Company A, 12th O.V.I., for a term of three months. On Sept. 10, 1861, he joined Company H, 2nd O.V.I., serving three years and one month. The Regiment was mustered out of service at Camp Chase, October 10, 1864. In February, 1888, he moved to Butler County, locating at Heno. Mr. Stubbs was appointed a member of the Soldiers Relief Commission, September 17, 1894.


DANIEL S. BIRD was a native of this county, and was born Dec. 31, 1833. He was the son of William and Miss C. Hutchinson Bird, their marriage being consummated about the year 1802; both were from New Jersey. Daniel was one of thirteen children.
In 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company E, 17th O.V.I., serving until the end of the war. He was promoted in regular order and finished his term as a 1st Lieutenant.

JOHN W. COUDEN was born in Washington Twp, March 26, 1844. He was the son of Theodore and Sarah Howell Couden, the former a native of this state and the latter of Loudoun Co.,Va. John was one of six children.
John enlisted in the 100 day's service joining the 146th O.V.I. He gallantly served his term.
He was married May 12, 1868, to Miss Hannah W. Jack, daughter of William and Priscilla Corwin Jack.

D.T. COX was a native of Clinton Co., Ohio, born Jan 6, 1847. He enlisted in the War of the Rebellion in Company G, 49th O.V.I., and Company D, 188th O.V.I., He was sergeant of the latter company and regiment; his term of service lasted nearly three years.
He was married twice; the first time to Sarah E. Bishop, Dec. 28, 1870; his wife died in the year 1877; he was again married, Oct. 28, 1878, to Miss F. C. Jackson of Columbus, Ohio.

JOHN D. HAMER was a native of Deerfield, this county,; he was born Nov. 13, 1833. He worked as a tinner, a silversmith and the artist's trade.
He enlisted at the beginning of the war in Company G, 89th O.V.I., and served the duration of his term. His regiment was attached to the 14th Corps, and he followed it through the Atlanta campaign.

MOSES R. HILL was a native of Clermont County, Ohio, and was born Jan. 22, 1843; he was the son of John and Lavina Hill; the former a native of Seneca Co., N.Y. and the latter of New Jersey.
Mr. Hill espoused the Union cause and enlisted in the 2nd O.V.I., Company C, for three years. He participated in numerous skirmishes, and took an active part in the battles of Stone River and Chicamaugua. At the latter engagement he was captured and taken to Richmond, Va., where he was incarcerated in one of its vile prison pens; from Richmond he was sent to Danville, Va., Charleston and Florence S.C., and finally to that awful charnel house of death and starvation, Andersonville, Ga. Mr. Hill was naturally of a robust constitution and muscular frame; for five months he endured the horrors and suffering of that ever-to-be remembered spot, where sleep approximately 14,000 of our loved dead.

WILLIAM H. H. HITESMAN was a native of this county born May 22, 1841. He was engaged in farming during his boyhood. He learned the stone mason trade, but his health would not permit him to work at it.
Our subject joined the War of the Rebellion enlisting in several different organizations, the last being Company C, 146th O.N.G. His health being impaired, he drew a pension from the Government.
He was married to Mary J. Lewis on May 3, 1868. His father William Hitesman was a native of New Jersey. He married Anna Snyder, of Pennsylvania.

GEORGE HOLMES was a native of Warren County, Ohio, born June 15, 1843; the son of Truman and Sarah Holmes, the former being born in New York and the latter a native of Maryland. They were married in September, 1829.
George enlisted in the cause of the Union in Company F, 7th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. His health failed, caused by a wound in the right arm received at the battle of Winchester, Va.
He was united in marriage to Miss Mary T. Williams, a native of West Virginia on January 16, 1866.

JAMES HUTCHINSON was a native of Clinton Co., Ohio where he was born May 23, 1847; he was the son of Lewis and Sophia Hutchinson.
When the war began he was one of the first to enlist, that being in Company B, 79th O.V.I., but losing his health, he was discharged from the service. The recovery of his health and a determined mind allowed him to reenlist in the 19th O.V.I. in which he served until the close of the war.
On Oct. 1, 1865, he was married to Miss Ingle, who died soon after. In Oct, 1869, he was united in marriage to Augusta Stiles.

WILLIAM NOSCAR was born in Brown Co., Ohio March 11, 1832. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Merrill Noscar, both natives of Pennsylvania. They were of German-English descent. Our subject was united in marriage the first time to Mary E. Ashcroft on March 2, 1854. Due to the death of Mrs. Noscar in 1859, William married the second time to Sibyl Luce, a native of Harlan Twp.
He was an advocate of the cause of the Union and enlisted in the 100 day's service in Company C, 146th O.N.G.

HERSCHEL W. PRICE was a carriage and wagonmaker and undertaker; a native of Hamilton Co., Ohio, born Jan. 2, 1835. In July, 1858, Mr. Price was united in marriage to Elizabeth McMullen. Mr. Price's father and mother were natives of Hamilton Co., Ohio. The family are historic, settling at Fort Washington (Cincinnati) in 1790.
Mr. Price, being a War Democrat, aided the Union cause in various ways; he assisted the Governor in recruiting volunteers for the war, in which he was successful, and was frequently sent on secret missions after deserters and derelict army officials; in 1864, he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant in the 27th Regiment of United States Colored Troops, and followed the fortunes of the Army of the Potomac in its terrible ordeal of fire, sword and blood from North Anna to Petersburg, Spotslvania, the Wilderness, Cold Harbor and Mine Run; having witnessed the terrible trauma of Richmond, Va.

JAMES W. ROSS was born in Hamilton Twp., this county, Jan. 29, 1838. He married, in 1860, Mary E. Lever, a native of Hamilton Co., Ohio. She was the daughter of John and Eliza Riddle Lever, the former a native of Clermont Co., the latter of Hamilton Co.
Our subject espoused the Union cause during the late war, but, although only in the pursuit of the guerrilla Morgan for a few days, contributed in many ways to the success of the war.

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