52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2018 #1 – Start

Obituary for Levi Squires

From the Wisconsin Tobacco Reporter, Edgerton, Wisconsin, Friday, November 24 1882:

Again, we are called upon to chronicle the departure from this life of one of Rock County’s most respected citizens.

Mr. Levi Squires, late of the town of Porter, died at his residence in this village, November 19, 1882. He was born in Caldwell, Warren Co., N.Y. June 22, 1802. In 1839 he removed to Glenns Falls, N.Y. where he resided til 1848, when with his family he came to Wisconsin where he settled on a tract of wild land in the town of Porter. By his own industry it became one of the most desirable homes in Southern Wisconsin, where he resided til a few weeks before his death.

One of the pioneer settlers of the county, he became widely known for his reliable business qualities and integrity of character. In religion, he was a Baptist, which faith he embraced in youth, and ever found hope and consolation in the Bible, which was his companion to the end.

He leaves a widow, two sons and one daughter, who were present during his last hours, to mourn his loss.

The Family

Levi Squires married Sabrina Scofield in New York sometime before 1838, they had three children Edwin R. Squires 1838-1906; Jane Squires 1841- unknown date of death and Eugene Squires 1851-1925. They were all members of the Seventh Day Baptist Church. This “clan” of families, Squires, Scofield, Wheeler, Vaughn and a few others all left New York state and moved to Wisconsin about 1848, settling near the small village of Porter in Rock County, Wisconsin. Much of this history can be found in Roots Webb “They Came To Milton.”

Edwin married Mary Salina (Kenyon) and they had six children: Francis Charlotte 1860-1900; Mary Ivadine 1866-1921; Harvey Leon 1871-1953; Clarence DeLano 1874-1953; Jesse Eugene 1877-1960 and Grace Irene 1879-1933.

Jane Squires married  John Wheeler and they had one child Louis Wheeler and Eugene married Kathryn Pond and they had no children.

In Edwin’s family Francis Charlotte known as Hattie married Wilbur Allen and had four children Mary, Edwin, Jennie and Harvey; Mary Ivadine called Aunt Ivy by Grandma Hancock never married; Harvey married Sarah and they had four children, Jessie Byron, Arthur Byron, Harold and Joseph Squires; Clarence married Mae Florence Russell and they had three children Earl, Roy and Mae Squires Gresham. Jessie Squires never married and Grace Irene Squires married Robert Sidney Foreman and they had four children Mary Frances, Jacob, Margaret and Robert James Foreman.

Although I have met many of the cousins who descend from Clarence Squires it is the Greshams that I keep in touch with to share information such as the recent find of Levi Squires Will and the property owners of the City of Porter, in Rock County, Wisconsin.

Here is the map of the City of Porter in Rock County, Wisconsin. Levi Squires property is just to the right and a little above center. Edwin Squires property is just above Levi Squires.

City of Porter WI land ownership

Another interesting find included in the Will for Levi Squires is the letter from Edwin Squires regarding the reading of the will that he was unable to attend. Notice the letterhead which reads Taylor and Squires, Fine Leaf Tobacco.

ER Squires letterhead

My history of the family started in 1998 when my mother and sister, Linda, asked me to visit the library to get copies of records to qualify for the Pioneer license plates.  The search has taken me all the way back to the Mayflower passenger list. I love this unending search for the stories of our family. 

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, #2 – Favorite Photo.


Pictures Are Worth 1000 Words And Tell An Easy Story.

Having a fairly large family and experiencing, for the most part, growing up in the same city fosters that closeness I have always felt with my cousins. One particular cousin whom I have never met but who was always the topic of conversations and stories was Troy. I’m not sure why I never met Troy, except perhaps because I moved from Denver in 1970 when he was very young.

Troy was born the year after I graduated from high school so there is a good 20 years between our ages. Perhaps hearing about his growing years and the outstanding experiences he has had is what peaked my curiosity about this young man (remember he is young because there is 20 years difference in our ages.) Several years ago we connected on Facebook and I love the pictures of his family and his travels, and he still peaks my curiosity. Well, ok, I’m the nosy cousin!

Troy recently sent me pictures taken long ago of family members and I am pleased to share them with all my cousins. If you have pictures or memories you would like to share, send them to me and I will add them to this blog.

John Thomas Baber
John Thomas Baber, stepfather to Bernard Hancock
Leon Baber, Lulu Brace Hancock Baber, Bernard Hancock

Leon Baber, Lulu (Brace) (Hancock) Baber, Bernard Hancock

Lulu Baber, Bernard Hancock and John Baber

Lulu (Brace) (Hancock) Baber, Bernard Hancock, John Baber

Frances and Bernard Hancock

Mary Frances (Foreman) Hancock and Bernard Floyd Hancock

Hancock Girls abt 1942

Hancock girls, Charlotte, Charlene (twins); Pearl; Evelyn; Dorothy and Shirley

Dorothy, Shirley and Robert Hancock

Dorothy, Shirley and Robert Hancock

50th Wedding Anniversary Frances and Bernard Hancock

50th Wedding Anniversary for Bernard and Francis Hancock seated with Evelyn; standing is Dorothy, Shirley, Pearl, Charlotte, Charlene and Robert.

Wibur Foreman

And the odd picture tucked in with the Hancocks is Wilber Foreman, son of George Edwin Foreman the youngest brother of Robert “Syd” Sydney Foreman. This would be Frances Hancock’s cousin.

The Norwegian side of Stalter

Himberg (Hinberg) Anderson was born July 4, 1864 in Harstad, Norway. He married Simmonitte Signe (Sena) Christoferson in 1870. Sena was born 26 October 1870 in Oslo, Norway. They immigrated to the United States in 1893 and were naturalized in 1896. Himberg, Sena and their first child Adolf who was born in Norway settled in Buce, Wisconsin, a small town in the west-central part of the state in Rusk County.

Sena and Himberg had 9 children, 8 living to adulthood. Adolf 1891-1977 age 86; Clarence 1893-1979 age 86; Harry 1896-1972 age 76; Jureen (Jack) 1897-1982 age 85; Helmer 1899-1962 age 63; Signe Helmena born 03 September 1902 (Jerry’s mother) died 23 August 1950 age 48; Stafford 1905-1991 age 86; Birt born before 1910 but did not survive; Arnold 1910-1962 age 52, all born in Bruce, Wisconsin.

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According to Stafford Anderson’s autobiography notes, the family farmed and Sena ran a restaurant in Bruce, Wisconsin. To support the farm the sons were not drafted to serve in World War I. The 1920 census shows Sena and Himberg in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota. Himberg was employed by the Federal Government in the prison system. One census classifies him as custodian. The 1930 census shows Sena and Himberg in St. Paul, Minnesota and I have not found them in the 1940 census yet.

After Sena’s death in 1945, Himberg moved to Springfield, Missouri to be near his daughter Signe.

Sena Anderson
Sena Anderson
Sena Anderson and Viola Martin. I don’t exactly know the relationship between Viola Martin and Sena Anderson yet, however references by the Anderson children to Viola and Frank Martin are aunt and uncle.
Viola Martin and Sena Anderson
Seated inside the car is Himberg Anderson. Left to right in front of car is Jerry Stalter, Clarence Frahm (Jerry’s step-father) and Frank Martin.

Through the web site Find A Grave, I made contact with a gentleman who sent me pictures of the headstones for Sena and Himberg who are buried in Acacia Park Cemetery in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Himberg Anderson (also spelled Hinberg) Memorial #93011794 on Find A Grave
Sena Anderson Memorial #93011765 on Find A Grave

The birth year for Himberg is not correct on the headstone and I don’t know why Sena has a middle initial of ‘D’. More puzzles to solve!

More stories and pictures on the Anderson children to come, stay tuned!

April 4 to April 7, 1862 – The Battle of Pittsburgh Landing better known as Shiloh

From the National Park Service:

In March, Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck, commanding U.S. forces in the West, advanced armies under Maj. Gens. Ulysses S. Grant and Don Carlos Buell southward to sever the Southern railroads. Grant ascended the Tennessee River by steamboat, disembarking his Army of the Tennessee at Pittsburg Landing, 22 miles northeast of Corinth. There he established a base of operations on a plateau west of the river, with his forward camps posted two miles inland around a log church called Shiloh Meeting House. Halleck had specifically instructed Grant not to engage the Confederates until he had been reinforced by Buell’s Army of the Ohio, then marching overland from Nashville. Once combined, the two armies would advance on Corinth and permanently break western Confederate railroad communications.

Bloody Shiloh…

No soldier who took part in the two day’s engagement at Shiloh ever spoiled for a fight again,” recalled one Union veteran. “We wanted a square, stand-up fight [and] got all we wanted of it.” Besides preserving the site of the bloody April 1862 battle in Tennessee, the park commemorates the subsequent siege, battle, and occupation of the key railroad junction at nearby Corinth, Mississippi.

From the history of the 28th:

April 4, 1862 – “Nothing of importance occurred until Friday night April 4, when the enemy sent out a Brigade as a feeler of our position.” General Hurlbut’s Division was put in line, and moved out on the enemy. The night was very dark, and the roads very muddy. After some heavy fighting, for a short time, the rebels fell back. The 28th moved out with the Division a mile and half, and then returned to camp.

April 6, 1862 – Early Sunday morning, April 6, the 28th was called out by the long roll into line, and marched one mile to the front. It was assigned to a position on the left of the line, in the Peach Orchard. The enemy immediately attacked it, but was repulsed with heavy loss, and the 28th held position, under great odds, from 8 o’clock a.m. until 3 o’clock p.m. At 9 o’clock a.m., General U.S. Grant and staff rode up, and the 28th was ordered to hold its position at all hazards, which it did until ordered back by General S.A. Hurlbut, commanding the old fighting Fourth Division. In the conflict the 28th lost heavily in killed and wounded. Lt. Col Kirkpatrick was among the killed, and his horse with him; Major B. C. Gilliam was badly wounded in the left shoulder and his horse killed under him; Adjutant J.B. Meade was mortally wounded and his horse killed.

April 7, 1862 – On the morning of the 7th, the 28th held a position on the right of the line and was hotly engaged until the battle closed and the victory was won.

During those two long, trying days, the Regiment behaved nobly, and was never broken or driven back by the enemy, though often heavily pressed.

The 28th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers sustained 239 killed, wounded and missing. Captain Roberts of Company K, was taken prisoner.

Estimated Casualties Total – 23,746
Union – 13,047
Confederate – 10,699

Jacob Foreman was 22 years and 4 months old.

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March 10, 1862 – Other Places, Other Happenings

Thursday, March 10 1864


From Civil War Interacative – This day in the civil War:
Newly commissioned Lt. Gen. U.S. Grant was today given an additional title: Commander of the Armies of the United States. He did not pick up the paperwork in person, though, as he was already in Virginia holding a rather touchy meeting with Gen. George G. Meade, who still held the title of commander of the Army of the Potomac. The two needed to work out ways to work together, as Grant planned to operate in the field with an army that had been commanded by Meade since just before Gettysburg. In fact the two worked out one of the great partnerships of the War when Meade, unlike his more egotistical predecessors, sent Grant a statement offering his services in whatever capacity Grant thought he would be most useful. In the end Grant kept him in command of the Army of the Potomac, which freed Grant from many onerous administrative duties.

Civil War Florida

A blog by Southern writer and historian Dale Cox, Civil War Florida shares information on and discusses the events of the Civil War in Florida. Topics of interest include troops, battles, skirmishes, campaigns, raids, forts, naval actions, ships, soldiers, officers, books and historic sites.

March 10, 1862 – The Women of St. Augustine chop down the flag staff
Castillo de San Marcos (Fort Marion)
St. Augustine, Florida

Having captured Fernandina and Amelia Island on March 4, 1862, the Union fleet next directed its attention to Jacksonville and St. Augustine.

The Confederacy already had decided to evacuate positions all along its southeastern coast in favor of strengthening key points and developing an interior system of defense. The concept was developed by General Robert E. Lee of Virginia. He had not yet ascended to the command of the Army of Northern Virginia and was then commanding in East Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Unfortunately for Florida, Lee considered the nation’s oldest city of St. Augustine as not important enough expending resources for its defense. The troops there were ordered to load up their supplies and withdraw. And as had been the case at Fernandina, they did so just as the masts of the Union warships appeared on the horizon.

The departure of the Confederate troops from St. Augustine took place 150 years ago today (March 10, 1862). Behind they left a city filled with civilians, many of whom were highly displeased that their community was being abandoned to the Union Navy. This sentiment was particularly prominent among the women of St. Augustine:

St. Francis Barracks in St. Augustine, Florida
…There is much violent and pestilent feeling among the women. They seem to mistake treason for courage, and have a theatrical desire to figure as heroines. Their minds have doubtless been filled with falsehoods so industriously circulated in regard to the lust and hatred of our troops. – C.R.P. Rogers, U.S. Navy, March 13, 1862.

So angry were the women of St. Augustine that their city and the ancient ramparts of the Castillo de San Marcos (then called Fort Marion) were being left undefended that they gathered in front of the city’s St. Francis Barracks on the night of March 10th:

…On the night before our arrival a party of women assembled in front of the barracks and cut down the flagstaff in order that it might not be used to support the old flag. The men seemed anxious to conciliate in every way. – C.R.P. Rogers, U.S. Navy, March 13, 1862.

The Union Navy would arrive in St. Augustine the next day. I will post on the 150th anniversary of that event tomorrow, so be sure to check back then. You can read more about the historic city of St. Augustine anytime at http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/staugustine1.

Posted by Dale Cox at 2:57 PM

28th Illinois Regiment moves to Pittsburgh Landing March 9, 1862

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March 9, 1862.
Jacob Foreman was 22 years old. He probably didn’t know that his older brother William had died of typhoid fever on February 27th at Paducah, Kentucky.

Ulysses S. Grant was approaching his 40th birthday.

By swiftly moving and coordinating his attack with a naval bombardment, Fort Henry fell on February 6th 1862 and ten days later Fort Donelson fell with some 14,000 prisoners. In less than two weeks Grant had opened up the road to Nashville and has set the stage for the advance on Vicksburg.

The 28th Illinois Regiment was among the 17,000 troops that left Paris Landing and moved by steamers to Pittsburgh Landing, Tennessee stopping each day to gather rails and wood for boats. The 28th was among the first to land, and went into camp near the double log house on the hill, west of the landing, but only for 2 hours; was then ordered out 2 1/2 miles northwest of the landing under command of Major Gilliam, for 3 days picket duty. When relieved, returned to landing, when the Regiment was again moved a mile and a half south of the landing, where it cut out a new camp.

28th Illinois – March 6, 1862

Abraham Lincoln had set high expectations for the conquest of the Rebel supply routes along the Mississippi River. Grant had experienced many victories in the skirmishes and battles he had fought. He had advanced his command to the area of Paris Landing after taking Fort Henry and Fort Heiman. But Major General H.W. Halleck continued to write to the President asking him to dump Grant.

Civil War author Joe Ryan, a Los Angeles Trial lawyer writes:

Instead, Lincoln made Grant a major-general, with “date of rank” being the date Donelson fell. Hitchcock stayed in Washington and Smith, made a major-general on March 21, remained Grant’s junior in rank. Notwithstanding this, Halleck continued to build a basis to move Grant out of the way.

On March 3, he wrote McClellan: “I have had no communication from Grant for more than a week. His army seems to be as much demoralized by the victory of Fort Donelson as was that of the Potomac by the defeat of Bull Run. Satisfied with his victory, he sits down and enjoys it without any regard to the future. C.F. Smith is almost the only officer equal to the emergency.” McClellan wired back almost instantly—Do not hesitate to arrest him at once and place C.F. Smith in command.” How tenuous sits the crown.

Then came this to McClellan from Halleck.


Saint Louis, March 4, 1862

Major-General McClellan, Washington

A rumor has just reached me that since taking Fort Donelson General Grant has resumed his former bad habits. If so, it will account for his neglect of my often-repeated orders. I have placed General Smith in command of the expedition up the Tennessee (to Pittsburg Landing and beyond). I think Smith will restore order and discipline.”

H.W. HALLECK, Major-General

And to Grant, on March 4, Halleck wrote this terse instruction.

Maj.Gen. U.S. Grant, Fort Henry

You will place Maj. Gen C. F. Smith in command of expedition, and remain yourself at Fort Henry.

H.W. HALLECK, Major-General

Note: Smith was not in fact a major-general as of March 4. His date of rank was March 21, 1862.

Grant, in his Memoirs, explains the circumstances underpinning Halleck’s March 4th order this way: “On the 2nd of March I received orders dated March 1 to move my command back to Fort Henry. From Fort Henry expeditions were to be sent against Eastport and Paris. On the 6th Halleck wrote me again, `Your going to Nashville without authority” was his reason for [having Smith supercede me in command of the expedition up the Tennessee]. That place was not beyond the limits of my command because it had been expressly declared in orders that the limits of my command were `not defined.’ On the 13th of March I was restored to command. On receipt of the order I proceeded to Savannah. General Smith was delighted to see me. He was on a sick bed at the time, from which he never came away alive.” (edited for brevity)

The historians and civil war writers have heaped much ridicule upon Henry Halleck for his handling of Grant at this time; however, Halleck had—the objective record reflects—legitimate reasons for limiting Grant’s authority for a short time to the environs of Fort Henry. On March 2, Halleck had ordered Grant to move his forces from Donelson to Henry, not aware at the time that Grant had gone to Nashville where Smith’s division had gone, apparently under orders from Carlos Buell. McClellan, as general-in-chief, appears to have been pestering Halleck for a statement of the number of troops and their depositions, under Grant’s command, and Halleck, in turn, was irritated at Grant for not having timely provided them.

At or near the same time, Halleck had received a letter from Illinois Judge David Davis, a close friend of Lincoln, complaining of the fact that government supplies, delivered to Donelson, had been redirected into private hands and had made their way into Illinois to be sold on the civilian market. Compounding his displeasure with Grant was the fact that Grant’s troops, in the days following the victory at Donelson, had pillaged the surrounding countryside, without, apparently, Grant taking any action to stop them. On top of this, an officer had made accusations that Grant was seen repeatedly in circumstances that suggested he was dead drunk. So it ought not come as a surprise that Halleck decided to put Smith in Grant’s place to command the “advance” of the expedition up the Tennessee River.

Saint Louis, March 6, 1862
Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant, Fort Henry
I inclose a copy of a letter addressed to Judge Davis. Judge Davis says the writer is a man of integrity and perfectly reliable.

The want of order and discipline and the numerous irregularities in your command since the capture of Donelson are matters of general notoriety, and have attracted the serious attention of the authorities at Washington. Unless things are immediately corrected, I am directed to relieve you of the command.
H.W. HALLECK, major-general

But the evidence preponderates in favor of the conclusion that, after making a brief effort to get Washington’s approval for dumping Grant, Halleck decided he had no choice, however unpalatable to his taste Grant was, but to leave Grant in command of the District of West Tennessee, which command Grant continued to hold at the time he returned to Fort Henry on March 5; especially if Grant got his act together which he promptly did.

Halleck, at this time, was doing everything in his power to move as much force as possible from every point in his department to the rear staging area of Paducah and up the Tennessee, to reinforce the advance now being made under Smith’s command; the object of which was to reach as far as Eastport—with its strategic objective to establish an advanced staging area for an attack on Corinth, Mississippi, the railroad crossroads between the Mobile & Ohio Railroad and the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. Everything Halleck did, between March 4 and March 17th, when Grant took command at Savannah, was geared to accomplish this goal.

On March 5th, Halleck wired Grant, who then was at Fort Henry, the following: “It is exceedingly important that there should be no delay in destroying the bridge at Corinth or Bear Creek. If successful, the expedition will not return to Paris, but will encamp at Savannah, unless threatened by superior numbers. Prepare everything to reinforce Smith there.” At this time, Halleck had Sherman in command at Paducah, forwarding troops to Grant at Henry, for movement forward to Smith, as he could free them from reserve duty in Missouri, where they were backing up Curtis in his pursuit of Van Dorn into Arkansas and Pope’s efforts to capture the Confederates blocking the Mississippi at Island No. Ten. Plainly, Halleck needed Grant at Henry, managing the movement of gunboats and transports on the Tennessee, more than he needed Grant leading the “advance” of an expedition which, in its initial stages, would be establishing an advanced staging area in anticipation of an advance overland to Corinth where Halleck expected “the battle of the West” to take place.

So, for the 28th Illinois Regiment March 6, 1862 the official history record reads: Having been assigned to General S. A. Hurlbut’s Division the 28th moved from Fort Heiman to Pars Landing, marching in a blinding snowstorm all day. The 28th Illinois stays at Paris Landing until March 9, 1862.

General Stephen A. Hurlbut