|Birth: ||Dec. 6, 1834|
|Death: ||May 16, 1913|
Alonzo F. Bridgewater [William Bridgewater, Isaac, Levi of Indiana] a farmer by occupation and a Civil War veteran, was born in December 1834 in Orange Co., Indiana, son of William Bridgewater and Priscilla Boone. Alonzo was married on 9 September 1858 in Orange County to Martha A. Elmore who was born in September 1848 and died on Christmas Day 1910.
Alonzo apparently farmed in Orange County until his enlistment on 20 August 1861 at Little Orleans. He was assigned to Company A, 38th Indiana Infantry, under Captain Webb. He also served in Company I of the 13th Indiana Infantry. He was tall for the times, 5'10", and had dark brown hair and gray eyes. His complexion was described as sandy. After a year in service, Alonzo developed chronic dysentery, the bane of many soldiers during the war. On 24 November 1862 he was discharged at Nashville, Tennessee. The dysentery became a life-long disability for which Alonzo was allowed a pension until his death at his son Perry's home in Martin Co., Indiana, on 16 May 1913. He was buried at Little Orleans in Orange County. In his last five years, Alonzo was almost totally incapacitated by the dysentery, catarrh, heart disease, and weak eyes. However, his death was attributed to gangrene.
Sometime after the Civil War, Alonzo moved his family to Fountain Co., Indiana, where he "farmed a little . . . and did a little clearing" according to a neighbor, Charles L. Wilkey. Mr. Wilkey, in an affidavit signed on 10 June 1902, related that a severe storm had gone through Fountain County in 1876 and Alonzo was living there then because he remembered Alonzo was the first to arrive at a place where several persons had been killed by the storm. In 1880, the federal census indicates Alonzo and his family were in Fulton Township of Fountain County. He moved from there sometime later and by 1890 was in Vincennes Township, Knox Co., Indiana. By 1900, he had moved again, this time to Brown Township in Martin County. In this year, the family consisted of Alonzo; his wife, Martha; their son, Perry Bridgewater; and seven-year-old grandson, Freeman Taylor. In 1910, Alonzo was with his son Perry's family in Martin County.
Alonzo and Martha had eight children:
1. Probable First Child Bridgewater [1859-1859/60]
2. William M. Bridgewater [1861-]
3. Probable Third Child Bridgewater [1862-1869/70]
4. Mary C. Bridgewater [1865-]
m. (7 May 1887) Charles Taylor
5. John M. Bridgewater [Feb 1868-]
m. (2 Jul 1897) Mary I. Clements
6. Sarah C. Bridgewater [1872-]
m. (29 May 1887) James M. Crowder
7. Perry Scott Bridgewater [2 Jun 1876-9 Mar 1963]
m. (28 Jan 1910) Anna Mae Sheetz
8. Elmer F. Bridgewater [1880-]
Perry S. Bridgewater (1876 - 1963)*
Green Hill Cemetery
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Originally Created by: C
Record added: Jun 20, 2008
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