18 April 2014

Leon B. Ide Obituary

Published in the Flint Journal on April 19, 1948:

IDE--Leon B. Ide, 824 E. Baker, age 64, died April 18, 1948, at Hurley Hospital.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 20, 1948, at 9 A.M. from the Dawn Chapel of the Darwin L. Groves Funeral Home, Rev. Helen DeLay officiating.  Burial in Cherry Grove... .

Not related; no further information.

17 April 2014

Rewards For Lincoln's Avengers


The United States Congressional serial set, Volume 1272 included the following, for "Reward For The Capture Of Booth":

"The committee further report that the expedition which resulted in the capture of Booth and Herold was planned and directed by Colonel (now General Lafayette C. Baker), then a detective officer of the War Department, the force consisting of Lieutenant Colonel Everton J. Conger, Lieutenant Luther B. Baker, then in the detective service, Lieutenant Edward P. Doherty, and twenty-six privates of the 16th New York cavalry...".

Abraham Snay, my 2nd great grand uncle, was awarded a share of it [the reward]. He was one of the 26 privates of the 16th New York cavalry.

14 April 2014

Return Jonathan Meigs


Return Jonathan Meigs, 1801-1891...was born near Winchester, Clark county, Kentucky, April 14, 1801. His early youth was passed in the household of his uncle, James Lamme, in Bourbon county, where he worked on the farm when not at school.

In 1822 he left Kentucky, riding on horseback to the Hiawassa garrison in East Tennessee, where his grandfather, Colonel Return J. Meigs, was located as the government agent of the Cherokee Indians. 

Mr. Meigs continued his [law] practice in East Tennessee for several years. One of his stopping places was at the house of John Love, whose daughter [Sally K. Love] afterward became his wife....[on] November 1, 1825.

On the 19th of October, 1891, after a few hours' illness, he passed away, having lived to be ninety-one years old. [Source]

United States Census, 1850
Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
R J Meigs M 49 Kentucky
Sarah R Meigs F 46 Tennessee
James L Meigs M 23 Tennessee
Return J Meigs M 20 Tennessee
John Meigs M 15 Tennessee
Josiah Meigs M 10 Tennessee
Fielding Meigs M 6 Tennessee
Amanda J Love F 31 Tennessee

13 April 2014

Court Martial Of George W. Garrett

From the Union Citizens File of Garrett, George W. [He was NOT our George W. Garrett]:

"My charge is murder, my real offense is self-defense."  He was arrested on 13 April 1864.

Source - NARA At Fold3

"Capt. Nichols of the 7th Michigan Cavalry, was present during this affray and, being a stranger to all the parties concerned, may be considered an impartial witness."

11 April 2014

Martial Law At Detroit

From Papers Of The War Department:

A View Of Detroit

April 11, 1799   Martial Law at Detroit  [James McHenry Alexander Hamilton]  McHenry discusses the imposition of martial law in Detroit which has resulted in complaints from Detroit's inhabitants. The President argues that martial law is necessary to prevent the sale of liquor to soldiers and General Wilkinson maintains that martial law has been in effect since 1785.

See a transcription (excerpt below):

War Department
11th April 1799

Governor St. Clair has made a representation to me in a letter dated the 18th of February of which I enclose you a copy, by which it appears that much discontent, and uneasiness has been occasioned by the proclamation of Martial law at Detroit. To give a full view of the subject, I have also enclosed extracts from a correspondence between the Secretary of War and Brigadier General Wilkinson relative to the same business.