Ellington, Daniel

Ellington, Daniel

Male 1843 - 1929  (86 years)

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  • Name Ellington, Daniel 
    Born 23 May 1843  DeWitt Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Oct 1929  Waynesville Twp Dewitt Co Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Evergreen Cem. Waynesville Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Daniel was born on his family farm in Waynesville, Illinois. (DeWitt county) On June 16, 1861 Daniel, along with 18 other young men from DeWitt county rode to St. Louis Missouri and enlisted in the Army. (We think this is because he wanted to get into an outfit that would go right into the war). He joined for a 3 year term as a private in CO. E. Regiment of the 8th Missouri Infantry. Daniel was in many skirmishes, but the battles he was in were the "Battle of Fort Henry", the "Battle of Fort Donelson" and the "Battle of Shiloh". On April 7, 1862, the second day of the Battle of Shiloh, Daniel was severely wounded. The battle was so intense that Daniel was left on the battlefield between the lines for the entire day, until night. After sundown he was rescued and taken to a temporary hospital tent where they found his injuries to be a shattered left hip. They sent him by wagon (Hospital wagon train) to the Tennessee River where he was transferred to a hospital barge and taken to Cincinnati, Ohio to the West End Military Hospital. So 85 days after he was wounded he finally got to the hospital to see a surgeon. (All of this is documented in newspaper clippings and documents). He was treated, stayed until he could ride either a train or a horse and released with an Honorable Discharge. (I have 6 Army issued copies of papers from the Civil War on Daniel). On May 30, 1863, at the age of 20 Daniel married his first cousin Catherine Ellington age 21. She was the daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Rubottom) Ellington. They had 9 children, 5 boys and 4 girls. All were born in a log cabin Daniel built when him and Catherine were married. On October 18.1917 Catherine passed away. (I have her obit from the paper and the one the family wrote out.) On October 31, 1929 Daniel passed away. They are buried together in the Evergreen cemetery in Waynesville.

      For the Civil War the quota of troops assigned to Illinois was 244,490, and this state furnished 259,092 volunteers. These troops were organized into seventeen regiments of cavalry, two regiments and eight batteries of artillery, 157 regiments and nine companies of infantry, a grand total of 176 regiments, and nine companies, and eight batteries. The following is official from the records of the adjutant general's office at Washington, giving the ages and number of enlistment's for the Union in the Civil War. The number of 10 years and under--------------25 The number of 11 years and under--------------38 The number of 12 years and under---------------225 The number of 13 years and under--------------300 The number of 14 years and under--------------1,523 The number of 15 years and under--------------1,04,987 The number of 16 years and under--------------231,051 The number of 17 years and under--------------844,891 The number of 18 years and under--------------1,151,438 The number of 21 years and under--------------2,159,798 The number of 22 years and under--------------618,511 The number of 25 years and under--------------46,626 The number of 44 years and under--------------16,071 ______________________________________________ THE WAR FOR THE UNION Nothing better can be said that has been said relative to the first company raised in De Witt county in behalf of upholding the nation with a big "N" on the occasion of one of the annual reunions of Company E, Twentieth Illinois regiment, as follows: When it is noted that 1,151,438 biys in blue of eighteen and under entered to field and served in the navy and out of nearly 3,000,000 recruits only 46,626 of them were over twenty-five years of age, the average soldier was a little under eighteen years. The now veterans were then really "boys" and they loyally and successfully wore the blue. There were eighteen boys of seventeen and under, to one man of twenty-five or older in this service. The longevity of the men who served in the Civil war is remarkable. The following is quoted from a letter written by commissioner of pensions, Eugene F. Ware, giving the status of July 1, 1905: "There came out of that great war as shown by the records of the war department, 1,727,835 men. There will be living on the first of this coming July, 800,000 of these old soldiers, showing at the end of nearly forty-three years, over one half of them are still living and the mortality is less per annum than is generally given, or is generally supposed. "The reason for this is that no such race of people ever found their way into the army and no such people ever came out of so great a war inured not only to military service but to all the rigors and vicissitudes of life. In short, the mortuary rate among the old soldiers of the Civil war is less than among the selected risks of the insurance companies." Yet for many years after 1865 the same old soldier was not deemed a desirable applicant for life insurance. It cannot be said in regard to the republic of the United States that it is or has been ungrateful, and that it has not to the letter carried out its contact with its volunteers as faithfully as the same volunteers performed their part. The pension bureau has dispensed to old soldiers and their widows and minor children, since the war, over $3,500,000. On February 7, 1907, congress by a nearly unanimous vote passed the act granting to survivors of the Mexican and Civil war pensions $12. per month for those between sixty-two and seventy years of age; and $15 per month between seventy and seventy five years of age; $20 per month to those over seventy-five years age over. This law is virtually a gratuity and in no manner covers pensions granted for wounds or other disability. The public seems to consider this action fair, and "old boys" applications are being placed on file by thousands daily as an expression of their approval. 185,000 file within thirty days after the enactment. Illinois was born a free state. Her people abhorred the "peculiar institution" of slavery and by her record in the war between the states proved herself loyal to her institutions and maintenance of the Union. The time was now when declarations of fidelity and attachment to the nation were to be put to a practical test. that "the nation possessed no constitutional power to coerce the seedling state, as uttered by James Buchanan in his annual message, was received by the people of Illinois with humiliation and distrust and in the campaign of 1860, when Abraham Lincoln combated with all the force of his matchless logic and rhetoric this monstrous polemical heresy, the issue was clearly drawn between the north and the south and it became manifest to many that in the event of the election of Lincoln to the presidency war would follow between the states. The people of Illinois nursed no hatred toward any section of th country but were determined to hold such opinions upon questions of public interest and vote for such men as to them seemed for the general good, uninfluenced by any threat of violence or civil war. So it was that they anxiously awaited the expiring hours of the Bucahanan administration and looked to the incoming president as to an expected deliverer that should rescue the nation from the hands of the traitors and the control of those whose resistance invited her destruction. The firing upon the flag of Fort Sumter aroused burning indignation throughout the loyal states of the republic and nowhere was it more intense than in Illinois, and when the proclamation of the president was published April 15, 1861, calling for seventy-five thousand citizen soldiers, to maintain the honor, the integrity and the existence of our national Union and the perpetuity of popular government, they were more than willing to respond to the call. Party lines gave way and for a while at least, the party spirit was hushed and the cause of our common country was supreme in the affections of the people. Fortunate, indeed, was the state at this crisis in having a truly representative man as excessive of the state. Thoroughly honest, and as equally earnest, wholly imbued with the enthusiasm of the hour and fully aroused to the importance of the crisis and the magnitude of the struggle upon which the people were entering, with an indomitable will under the control of a strong common sense, Richard Yates was indeed a worthy chief to organize and direct the engirds of the people in what was before them. In Clinton all was excitement and every citizen was imbued with the momentous of the coming struggle. At Clinton, after the great conflict had resulted in victory for the Union cause, a speech was delivered before the surviving members of Company E, Twentieth Illinois Regiment, the first to be raised in Clinton, which gives in a concise and graphic manner the early part taken in the Civil war by the citizens of this community. "On Friday, April 19, 1861, a public meeting was held at the court house in this city to respond to the call of Governor Yates for volunteers under President Lincoln's proclamation for seventy-five thousand men. Old Colonel George B. Lemon, who held a commission in the state Militia, presided, and made a short speech. The crowd that came to the meeting was too large to occupy the court room, so the meeting adjourned to the square. Every loyal heart was full of enthusiasm, and the soul stirring notes of Jack Robinson's fife and John Stoker's drum added to the excitement. It was no time for speech making. Treason had raised its hand against the flag of our country and men of all parties were ready to rush to arms. When Colonel Lemon called for volunteers, Evan Richards, a soldier of the Mexican war, and a practicing physician, was the first to step forward. Then came Clay Phares, J.M. North, Dr. Goodbrake, J. Richey Conklin, and others, who stepped into the line with him. by this time the military ardor became catching and it was but a little while till the company was nearly filled to its maximum. An election of officers was held at once and Evan Richards was elected Captain H.C. Phares, first lieutenant; John Bullock , second lieutenant; J.M. North, third lieutenenat. Instead of telegraphing to Springfield, Captain Richards went by rail to Decatur and from thence to Springfield. By the time he reached the capital, Governor Yates had tendered to him more companies than would thrice fill the call. This was a sad disappointment to the brave boys. However, the company was held in state service and on Friday, May 10, it went into camp at Camp Goodell , at Joliet. Prior to leaving, the ladies of Clinton presented the company with a handsome flag, the work of their own hands. The presentation speech was made by Miss Lydia Gideon, (later Mrs, J.M. Prior) and the flag was accepted on behalf of the company by Dr. Christopher Goodbrake. That flag was worn out in the service.
    Person ID I3768  Hougham
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2002 

    Father Ellington, David E
              b. 27 Aug 1797
              d. 22 Aug 1884  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Hougham, Catherine
              b. 21 Mar 1803, HIllsborough Highland Co. Oh Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 12 Oct 1886, Waynsville Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 21 Jul 1822  Madison County Oh Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F983  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Allington, Catherine
              b. 21 Jan 1841, Green Co Mo Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 18 Oct 1917  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 30 May 1863  DeWitt County Il Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Ellington, William Franklin
              b. 13 May 1864
              d. 14 May 1919  (Age 55 years)
    +2. Ellington, Isaac Melvin
              b. 1 Apr 1866
              d. 18 Mar 1934  (Age 67 years)
    +3. Ellington, Viola
              b. 26 Jan 1868
              d. 1940  (Age 71 years)
     4. Ellington, David Rollie
              b. 1 May 1870
              d. 10 Aug 1934  (Age 64 years)
     5. Ellington, Nancy May
              b. 26 May 1872
              d. 17 Apr 1946  (Age 73 years)
     6. Ellington, Sarah
              b. 15 Feb 1874
              d. 5 Jan 1933  (Age 58 years)
     7. Ellington, Maude
              b. 17 Sep 1876
              d. 1946  (Age 69 years)
     8. Ellington, Michael
              b. 9 Jun 1879
              d. 1946  (Age 66 years)
     9. Ellington, Edgar Lacy
              b. 16 Sep 1881
              d. 3 Apr 1915  (Age 33 years)
    Family ID F1604  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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