One of my recent distractions was a business trip to Mississippi, and I decided to take a side trip to Corinth, one of the sites in Mississippi where relatives of mine fought during the Civil War. Or, at least, were stationed during the Civil War. It was a sobering experience.
The relatives in question are John and Jacob Guess, my maternal great-great-great-great uncles, if I counted correctly. More clearly, my great-grandfather was Delbert Guess (who married Lily Westerlin, and thus is discussed in Lily Westerlin and Delbert Guess). Delbert’s father was John Guess (b. 1852 in Farmington, Van Buren, Iowa). John’s father, Elisha, was the oldest child of John Guess and Hannah Albaugh. John and Hannah married in 1817 in Jefferson County, Ohio, and Elisha and his many siblings were all born in Lee Township in Carroll County (formerly Jefferson County), and are listed below (I am giving death dates and places in part to show who moved west):
- Elisha (b. 1820, d. 1903 in Van Buren Co., Iowa)
- Abner (b. 1822, d. 1911 in Carroll Co., Ohio)
- Oliver (b. 1825, d. 1904 in Richland Co., Wisconsin)
- Eli (b. 1829, d. 1911 in Cedar Co., Iowa)
- Elizabeth (b. 1832, d. 1833 in Carroll Co., Ohio)
- John (b. 1833, d. 1862 in Alcorn Co., Mississippi)*
- Benjamin (b. 1835, d. 1838 in Carroll Co., Ohio)
- William (b. 1837, d. 1838 in Carroll Co., Ohio)
- Franklin (b. 1839, d. 1932 in Atchinson Co., Kansas)*
- Jacob (b. 1842, d. 1862 in Alcorn Co., Mississippi)*
- Sarah (b. abt. 1845, d. ??)
- Catherine (b. 1846, d. 1933 in Harrison Co., Ohio)
The ones who are starred served in the Civil War. Oliver in the 20th and 46th Wisconsin Infantries, and John, Jacob, and Franklin in the 80th Ohio Infantry, which was at Corinth, as well as Iuka, Port Gibson, Jackson, Champion Hill, and Vicksburg, all in Mississippi. When I was there, I’d actually forgotten that Franklin was also there and survived Corinth, so I focused just on that one and will have to write about the others next time I am there. (I will get to Corinth itself in my next post — this is all setting the stage.)
Quick summary: 7 sons who lived to adulthood. They were ages 41 through 19 when the Civil War started. 4 of them enlisted, ages 35 down to 19 (roughly), 2 of those survived the war, while the other two died, ages 20 and 29.