|Birth: ||Feb. 28, 1845|
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 22, 1898|
In the 1855 U.S. Federal Census of Nunda Twp., Livingston, NY, USA, Abram is listed as 10 yrs of ae. which would place his birth at Abt. 1845.
He enlisted in the 25th Michigan Infantry 1 May 1861 at the age of 15 and was discharged 4 Jun 1865. His father got him out three times. He then ran away to Three Rivers, MI where his uncle was a blacksmith and again enlisted- -his father gave up. He served four years. He spent most of his mustering out money for a watch. He also bought a horse, but it was stolen from him and he walked home, (to New York it is thought). His parents were much put out with him. He had not written and they had thought him dead. However, one report was that he returned to Three Rivers. He enlisted in Company G, 25th regiment and was mustered out at D. C. He was at New Orleans when it fell, walked with Sherman to the sea, was shot in the knee and got gangrene at Anderson Prison. He refused to have amputation. The Dr. said, "die then". Maggots cleaned it out and he lived. Prisoners were farmed out to southerners by day and returned to prison at night. One day he saw a northern army regiment passing the field where he was working. He jumped the fence and fell into line. Escape!! It was his own company. After one battle, a confederate woman sold mince pies to the Union soldiers, everyone got sick. He was left on the field for dead. Another southern woman found him and took him in and kept him until he was well. Food was so scarce that the men in Anderson cooked a turtle, box turtle, he said. Some d. of poison. They thought it was the turtle. Another time, a group were fed at a table where there was all they could eat. One man ate until so full that he d. right at the table. These are stories Abram Youells told. A story of his never was lost in the telling! One time he had a fight with his BIG mess mate over raw corn. Of course he won!
KY they were crossing a rocky field. He kicked a big round stone. It broke. It was full of "diamonds" as he told it. It would likely be Quartz crystals. Grandfather stole a woman's sock from a clothes line, (or long underwear, both stories were told). He kept the sock of diamonds under his pillow until almost the end of the war, when it was stolen. (That bears looking into).
Somewhere in the sound an 8 yr. old Negro girl attached herself to him. Many soldiers kept small children with them, otherwise they would starve. Abram abandoned her on the march to the sea. She had red hair.
He carried a small Bible in his shirt pocket. He was shot in the chest. The bullet went through the Bible and lodged just over his heart. It was never removed and a growth got larger as time passed. This caused his death on 22 May 1898 at the age of 53.
He was living on the farm one mile east and one mile north of Lennon, possibly on Nickels Road. He started off across the fields to visit a neighbor. When he did not return, search parties found him in a fence corner. He had failed to climb over. The exertion was too much. (This was the Eaton farm).
For years he had been a blacksmith in Flushing. He did not collect his bills. His son Harry collected many when they moved to the farm where there was a blacksmith shop beside the road near the old house. Abram did not work much then. It is thought Harry worked there until he married and bought the farm across the road form Charlie Sutton. It was one mile north and one mile west of the home place. Abram was building a new square three story house with two wrap around porches on the knoll north of the old house at the time of his death. Harry took over. He sold his farm to Charlie and moved into the new house before 1902.
One of Abram's brothers did not return from the war for 4 or 5 yrs. He had been fighting Indians. He was minus an ear! A wagon wheel ran over him and cut it off. They had found a bear cub in the road and took it. The mother bear startled the horses. The wagon hit a stump. He and the cub bounced out and the wheel cut off the ear. He threw it to the bear.
Civil War medal from Abram's coat says 1861-1866.
Abram and Harriett were married in 1866.
They lived in Three Rivers for 5 yrs, until the fall of 1871.
In 1871 Abram traded 40 acres in Saint Joseph Co. for 80 acres of woodland 2 miles east of Lennon, Clayton Twp, Genesee Co., MI. It was on the edge of civilization. He spent the winters in the blacksmith shop in Flushing. Later he bought the Eaton farm. He settled in Howardsville.
M P Youells (1819 - 1892)
Venus S L Youells (1871 - 1971)
Harriet Millicent Eaton Youells (1842 - 1918)*
Harry Pierson Youells (1872 - 1931)*
Avy Violet Youells Nordbo (1881 - 1940)*
Maintained by: Avon Schwab
Originally Created by: Jack Vander-Schrier
Record added: Oct 04, 2006
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