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The back of this photo has handwritten ages of 23 and 25 so was taken in either 1867 or 1869. It is imprinted with the following information:

T.H. Butler
Photograph Artist
Cor. Water St., and City Park
Over 1st National Bank
Decatur, Illinois

John A. Kimberlin was born on March 15, 1844, Macon, Illinois to Lewis and Nancy Kimberlin.

He mustered into the 116th Illinois Infantry Company K on September 6, 1862, and mustered out on June 7, 1865. I have been told that he fought at Gettysburg, but have not verified this.

John married Carrie Meyers, also of Macon, IL, on December 15, 1867. By 1881, John and Carrie had relocated to Joplin, MO, where my grandmother, Donnie Chloe Kimberlin was born December 4, 1881. The family then moved to Alvarado, TX. Donnie married Bates C. Bledsoe and the family moved to Florence, CO, where Donnie died at the age of 103, March 3, 1985.

Photo and information kindly submitted by: Elaine Bledsoe Wischnowsky


Hiram was a WWI soldier, and married Bessie Lowe prior to fighting in WWI. He was a medical officer of some sort, because of his veterinarian experience. He came from Canajoharie, NY to go to Veterinary school at the University of Kansas City, Missouri. He heard that Blue Mound, IL did not have a veterinarian, and that's how he ended up there. I am not sure how he met Bessie. Hiram was mayor of Blue Mound for a period of time, and along with his house in town, he had a farm outside the town. He died in the early 1960s.


Andrew Jackson Florey, son of Israel Florey, and grandson of John Flora, was mustered into Co A of the 8th Ill Inf on July 25, 1861. He was discharged on Aug 15, 1862 due to wounds that he received at Fort Donelson. Jack re-enlisted July 3, 1863. He was promoted to Serg. and mustered out of service on Feb. 23, 1866. Jack was wounded in the jaw and hip.


A Civil War Veteran. He is buried in Friends Creek Cemetery in Argenta. In the vet. records his name on the web page is misspelled as Strop. At the breaking out of the late war, prompted by patriotic impulses, he responded to the country's call for troops, and on the 5th day of August, 1861, he enlisted as a private of Company A, Forty-First Illinois Infantry. He was mustered into service at Decatur, and the first active engagement in which he participated was at Ft. Donelson, where he was wounded in the right leg, below the knee, by a minnie-ball. He also took part in the battle of Shiloh, but on the 27th of April 1862 he was honorably discharged on account of sickness."

Submitted by: Craig Kennedy


William W. Crain enlisted June 10, 1861 in the 2nd IL Cav. Regiment at Monticello, IL. He was a Cpl. in Co.'s F and A and served from 1861 to 1865. He fought in the last major battle of the Civil War at Ft. Blakely, Ala. on April 9, 1865. He mustered out in Sept. 1865 at New Orleans, La. He applied for and received a disability pension under certificate No. 745.731. The qualifying disability consisted of "piles, chronic diarrhea and rheumatism". He received a monthly disability payment of $12.00. According to the Department of Interior,United States Pension Agency, the pension was dropped due to William Crain's death on Jan. 30, 1912. The last pension was paid Nov. 4th, 1911. William W. Crain is buried in Chetopa, Labette County, Kansas beside his wife of 58 years, Louisa Jani Bowzer Crain.


This photo is of an officer of the 152nd Regiment of the Illinois Infantry. I do not know who he is, however I am fairly certain that he is from this regiment as his picture was with photos of the William Albert Hart family, who served as a corporal in that regiment, he was in Company D. Perhaps someone will recognize who he is.

Submitted by: Glenn E. Sheets

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