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James Henry Skelton
Birth: Nov. 17, 1838
Haywood County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jul. 26, 1935
Ford County
Illinois, USA

James Henry Skelton Was born in Fairfield, Hayward County, Tennessee, the son of James D. Skelton and Rachel D. Powell Skelton, on November 17, 1838. Henry (as he was known) was married to Ruth Foote, 9 Jul 1965 at LaSalle, Illinois.

Rites for the Man who knew Lincoln

Funeral Services for Henry Skelton, 96, last survivor of the Civil war in Mission township, and probably the last survivor of his regiment, who as a boy was given a pup by Abraham Lincoln, were conducted today in Sheridan. Rev. Henry Moser of Aurora, former pastor of the Methodist Church in the village, officiated.

The American Legion post of Sheridan accorded military honors to Mr. Skelton, who died Friday after a long illness. Burial was in Ford county where Mr. Skelton was engaged in farming for many years.

Mr. Skelton was born in Hayward County, Tennessee. His father was a brother-in-law of John Henderson, who with his family escaped death in the Indian Creek Massacre of May 20, 1832. The Skelton's came north and at one time were residents of Taylorville.

It was in that town that the incident of Lincoln giving the pup to the Skelton boys occurred. Lincoln then was a circuit riding lawyer. He knew every boy in the village. On one of his regular trips when one of the Skelton boys failed to appear when the other youngsters did, Lincoln was told the lad was ill. He then bought a pup and gave it to the Skelton boys. The incident was one of the cherished memories of Mr. Skelton's life.

In his young manhood, Mr. Skelton taught school at Munsontown, a pioneer village a mile north of Harding. The town, long since vanished, was laid out by William Munson who married Sylvia Hall, kidnapped by the Indians at the Indian Creek Massacre.

Mr. Skelton served three years with Battery D of the Second Illinois Light Artillery. His hearing was permanently impaired by the roar of cannon in one of the great battles of the Civil war.

At his death, he left surviving 99 descendants. Youngest of the 99 is Ruth Mary Auchstetter of Mendota, 16 months old, who was his great great granddaughter and is also the great great granddaughter of Mrs. Alice Ohey of 102 East Norris Drive, Ottawa.

Battery "D", 2nd Regiment Light Artillery

Organized at Cairo, Ill., and mustered in December 17, 1861. Attached to District of Cairo to February, 1862. 1st Division, District of Cairo, February, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, District of West Tennessee, to April, 1862. Artillery, 1st Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1862. Artillery, 1st Division, District of Jackson, Tenn., to November, 1862. District of Jackson, Tenn., 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. Artillery, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps, to May, 1863. 2nd Brigade, District of Memphis, Tenn., 5th Division, 16th Army Corps, to December, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, 16th Army Corps, to January, 1864. District of Memphis, Tenn., 16th Army Corps, January, 1864. Artillery, 4th Division, 16th Army Corps, to March, 1864. Decatur, Ala., District of Northern Alabama, Dept. of the Cumberland, to November, 1864.

SERVICE.--Duty at Cairo, Ill., until February, 1862. Expedition from Cairo into Kentucky January 16-21, 1862. Operations against Fort Henry, Tenn., February 2-6. Investment and capture of Fort Donelson, Tenn., February 12-16. Moved to Savannah, thence to Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., March 5-25. Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. March to Jackson, Tenn., June 5-8, and duty there until November. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November and December. Action at Davis Mills, Wolf River, Miss., December 21. Post duty at Grand Junction until January, 1864. Expedition to Senatobia, Miss., May 21-26, 1863. Senatobia May 23. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., thence to Vicksburg, Miss., January, 1864. Meridian Campaign February 3-March 2. Ordered to Decatur, Ala., March, 1864, and duty there until November, 1864. Action at Pond Springs, near Courtland, May 27, and at Decatur June 1. Siege of Decatur October 26-29. Ordered to Louisville, Ky., November 1. Mustered out November 21, 1864. Veterans and Recruits transferred to Battery "K," 2nd Light Artillery.

Battery lost during service 6 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 13 Enlisted men by disease. Total 19.
Battery "D", 2nd Regiment Light Artillery

American Civil War Soldiers about Henry Skelton
Name: Henry Skelton
RESIDENCE: Freedom, Illinois
Enlistment Date: 25 Aug 1861
Side Served: Union
State Served: Illinois
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 25 August 1861.
Enlisted in Company Battery D, 2nd Light Artillery Regiment Illinois on 25 Aug 1861.
Discharged from Company Battery D, 2nd Light Artillery Regiment Illinois on 24 Sep 1864.

Transcribed by Charlotte Stevens Schneider, wife of Gary E. Schneider, Great-Grandson of James Henry Skelton

Family links: 
  James D. Skelton (1811 - 1893)
  Rachel Docton Powell Skelton (1819 - 1865)
  Ruth Foote Skelton (1842 - 1892)
  Kathryn Skelton Firestone (1866 - 1957)*
  Margaret Sarah Skelton Dickerson (1868 - 1960)*
  Nettie Mae Skelton Garland (1870 - 1954)*
  Mary Ellen Skelton Borer (1872 - 1943)*
  Francis Skelton Martin (1874 - 1936)*
  James Henry Skelton (1876 - 1966)*
  Louis Frederick Skelton (1879 - 1958)*
  Edna Maude Skelton Ferner (1881 - 1974)*
  Alvie Harold Skelton (1890 - 1969)*
  Hattie Skelton (1892 - 1892)*
  James Henry Skelton (1838 - 1935)
  Mary Skelton Jeffords (1844 - 1929)*
  Columbus Skelton (1847 - 1942)*
  Sarah Skelton Smith (1858 - 1946)*
*Calculated relationship
Clayton Cemetery
Ford County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Grave 3 Lot 28 Section 3
Maintained by: Amilyn Skelton
Originally Created by: Charlotte Schneider
Record added: Jul 30, 2008
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James Henry Skelton
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- 1 who lives In Christ sleeps In Christ.💕
 Added: Apr. 14, 2010
James Henry, I wonder if this fella looks like the pup that Abraham Lincoln gave your family. How lucky and priviledged you were to meet and know that great man! Rest in Peace. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Nov. 27, 2009

- Neil B (John 3:16)
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