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Sgt Albert Lester Bollinger
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Birth: May 14, 1839
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 1901
Scott County
Iowa, USA

1st Sergeant ALBERT LESTER BOLLINGER, Co. I, 86th Illinois

Albert Lester Bollinger was one of two twin boys born on May 14, 1839 in Lancaster Township, Peoria County, Illinois to Samuel Fahnestock Bollinger and Catherine (Bauman) Bollinger. His twin brother was named Alfred Clarence Bollinger. Samuel and Catherine were married in the late 1820's or early 1830's and are known to have had at least six children. They are;
1. William D. Bollinger, born October 25, 1837; Volunteered to serve in what was to become Co. I of the 86th Illinois on August 9, 1862; See his Find A Grave site for more information about him and his family.

2. Albert Lester Bollinger, a twin, born May 14, 1839 in Lancaster Township, Peoria County, Illinois; died on September 11, 1901 in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA; buried in the Oakdale Memorial Gardens in Davenport; See his biography below.

3. Alfred Clarence Bollinger, a twin, born May 14, 1839 in Lancaster Township, Peoria County, Illinois; Alfred is believed to be the Alfred C. Bollinger who died in 1928 and who is buried in the Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA.

4. H. Elizabeth Bollinger, born c. March 15, 1840 in Lancaster Township, Peoria County, Illinois; died c. June 25, 1842 at the age of 2 years, 3 months and 10 days in Lancaster Township and her mortal remains were laid in the Lancaster Cemetery in Glasford, Peoria County, Illinois.

5. Samuel Edwin Bollinger, born January 14, 1842 in Peoria County, Illinois; married to Rachel Elizabeth Chenoweth who was born December 11, 1841 in Highland Co., OH and who died on October 11, 1927 in Elverta, Sacramento Co., CA; Samuel died on May 13, 1923 in Elverta, Sacramento Co., CA; Samuel and Rachel are buried in the Union cemetery, Roseville, Placer Co., CA.

6. Marcus Paul Bollinger, born c. 1848. five children. They are;

In later years, Col. Allen L. Fahnestock wrote the following. "Samuel F. Bollinger and wife came from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1836, and with my father, Jacob L. Fahnestock, laid off the town of Lancaster. Jacob Fahnestock, a manufacturer of plug tobacco, cigars and snuff, came to Illinois in 1836 from Abbottstown, Pa. With Samuel F. Bollinger, of Canton, he bought 160 acres in Sec.17 and laid off the town of Lancaster. He (Fahnestock) returned to Pennsylvania and the next year brought his family to their new home. Two of Mr. Bollinger's sons (Albert L. & William D.) were in my Co. I, 86th Ill. The old people are all dead. Wm. Bollinger lives in Lancaster, Penn., a homeopathic physician."
At the time of the 1840 census of Peoria County, Samuel Bollinger and his wife are found residing next to Jacob Fahnestock and his wife and family in what is then called the LaMarsh District of Peoria County. Samuel has three sons under the age of 5 at this time.

In the 1850 Federal Census of Peoria County the following is found;
Samuel F. Ballinger, 42, clerk, $4000, PA
Catharine Ballinger, 42, PA
William Ballinger, 12, IL
Albert Ballinger, 11, IL
Alfred Ballinger, 11, IL
Edwin Ballinger, 8, IL
Marcus Ballinger, 2, IL
[Next family in census listing is Allen and Sarah Fahnestock.]

At the time of the 1860 Federal Census the Bollingers are found in Timber Township of Peoria County;
Samuel F. Bollinger, 52, Tailor, Real estate $5,000/personal $1000, PA
Catharine Bollinger, 51, PA
Wm. D. Bollinger, 22, Student, IL
Albert Bollinger, 21, Carriage maker, IL
Alford C. Bollinger, 21, School teacher, IL
Samuel E. Bollinger, 18, IL
Marcus Bollinger, 11, IL
[Next family in listing is Allen Fahnestock; family preceding is Henry Fahnestock.]

About 1866, Samuel and Catherine moved the family to Geneseo, Illinois in Henry County. At the time of the 1870 census, Samuel and Catherine are found in Henry County, Illinois;
Samuel F Bollinger M 62 Pennsylvania
Catherine Bollinger F 62 Pennsylvania
Marcus Bollinger M 22 Illinois
Edwin Bollinger M 8 Illinois

Catherine (Bauman) Bollinger died there in Henry County on July 10, 1872 and her mortal remains were laid in the Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois in Block D, Lot 79, Grave 1. Samuel stayed on in Geneseo until the fall of 1873, when he moved to Davenport, Iowa to live with his son Albert Lester Bollinger.
Samuel Fahnestock Bollinger died on Feb. 4, 1874 in the home of his son, Albert Lester Bollinger in Davenport, Iowa. However, his body was returned to Geneseo, Illinois, where it was laid next to those of Catherine to rest in the Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois in Block D, Lot 79, Grave 2.

Now to continue with the biography of Albert Lester Bollinger;

On August 1, 1862, Albert Lester Bollinger was one of the first men to volunteer to serve in a company which was being raised in the Lancaster, Illinois/Timber Township area of Peoria County by a well known business man and Lancaster area merchant, Allen L. Fahnestock. On August 9, 1862, William D. Bollinger also volunteered to serve in this company.

Rank 1SGT Company I Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence LANCASTER, PEORIA CO, IL Age 23 Height 5' 7 Hair DARK
Eyes BLUE Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation CARRIAGE MAKER

Service Record
Joined When AUG 1, 1862 Joined Where LANCASTER, IL
Joined By Whom A L FAHNESTOCK Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out JUN 6, 1865
Muster Out Where WASHINGTON, DC Muster Out By Whom LT SCROGGS

When Fahnestock had about 100 volunteers he led his company into Peoria, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. Fahnestock was elected Captain of the men of the Timber Township company and on August 27, 1862, Fahnestock, and 96 of the other Timber Township volunteers, including the Bollinger brothers, were mustered in as Company I of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Albert L. Bollinger was elected by the men of the Lancaster/Timber Township company to serve as their 1st Sergeant.
The men of the 86th Illinois marched out of the gates of Camp Lyon on September 7, 1862, with much fanfare, through the streets of Peoria down to the railroad depot. There they were joined by the men of the 85th Illinois, who had been mustered into service at Camp Peoria. Together, at the depot, the men of the 85th & 86th boarded trains bound for Camp Joe Holt in Jeffersonville, Indiana, located across the Ohio river from Louisville, Kentucky. Three weeks later the men of the 85th & 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Colonel Daniel McCook's Brigade chasing Confederate troops. On October 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those Confederate troops during the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, suffering their first casualties. There would be many more in the next few years. After the Battle of Perryville, the Confederate forces withdrew from Kentucky, while the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, where they went into winter camp.
Sometime after the Battle of Perryville, something occurred and Sergeant Albert L. Bollinger was reduced to the ranks as a Private. This occurred by January 5, 1863 as on that date 2nd Sergeant John M. Glasford was elected and promoted to 1st Sergeant at this time and 6th Corporal was elected and promoted to Sergeant to take John M. Glasford's place. It is now believed from information found in the biography below, that 1st Sergeant Albert L. Bollinger became ill and was just never healthy enough to perform his duties as 1st Sergeant so he was transferred to other duties and reduced to the rank of Private. It appears that he was with the 86th little if ever after this.
During the next three years, the Private William D. Bollinger would serve on in Co. I as the men of McCook's Brigade were witness to and participants in numerous battles and skirmishes, some of the bloodiest fighting in the Western Theatre of the war, including the Battles of Chickamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia; Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia, Averysboro, North Carolina; and Bentonville, North Carolina, just to name a few. They also participated on General Sherman's famous "March to the Sea".
After the war came to a close, the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Washington City (now D.C.) where they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on the 2nd day of the Grand Review in May of 1865. It appears that Private Albert L. Bollinger, whereever he was, was mustered out of the service on June 1, 1865, while, Private William D. Bollinger was mustered out with the surviving members of the 86th on June 6, 1865 at Washington, D.C. They soon found themselves on a train bound for Chicago, Illinois, where they received their final pay and were discharged. By the end of June 1865, the Bollinger brothers and the surviving members of the 86th were back home with their families in Central Illinois.
On June 18, 1866, Albert Lester Bollinger was united in marriage to Miss Emily Diana Wills, a daughter of James Wills, who lived and died in Canton, and Charlotte (Smith) Wills. Three children were born to Albert and Emily. They are;
1. Judge James W. Bollinger, of Davenport, Iowa

2. Cora Josephine Bollinger, born c. August 22, 1867/68 in ___________, Illinois; Cora was married to Louis Block on ___________ __, _____ at ___________, ___________. Louis was born on

Louis and Cora were the parents of three children;
Albert Frederick BLOCK
birth: 31 May 1894
Lawrence August BLOCK
birth: 1 March 1898
Robert Lester BLOCK
birth: 27 June 1900

Cora died on October 3, 1944

3. Mary Kellogg Bollinger, born c. 1873 in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois; Mary was married to Waldo Becker on April 30, 1896 in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa; Waldo was born on ___________ __, 18__ at Le Claire, Iowa, the son of William Becker and Lina (__________) Becker.

At the time of the 1870 census, Albert and his family are found in Henry County, Illinois;
Albert L Bollinger M 31 Illinois
Emma Bollinger F 26 Illinois
Jas W Bollinger M 3 Illinois
Cora Bollinger F 2 Illinois

Cora Josephine BOLLINGER
birth: 22 August 1873
Canton, Fulton, IL
death: 3 October 1944
Davenport, Scott, IA

birth: 30 June 1869
marriage: 27 June 1893
death: 3 June 1935

Emily Diana WILLS
birth: 27 February 1843
Canton, Fulton, IL
death: after 1905
, , IL

From the book "History of Davenport and Scott County" Vol. II by Harry E. Downer-S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1910 Chicago the following information comes:
"In looking over the past history of Davenport with regard for the citizens whose earnest lives contributed in no small measure to raising the standard of manhood in the city, respect must be paid to Albert L. Bollinger, who before his death was one of the well known business men here and also one of those who, as an old soldier, was ever an inspiration to the patriotic young men.
He was born in Lancaster, Peoria county, Illinois, May 14, 1839, a son of Samuel F. and Catherine (Bauman) Bollinger, both natives of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. In the town of his birth he was reared and received his early education, later attending college at Abingdon, Illinois. In his young manhood he enlisted in the Union army at the beginning of the civil war and throughout the struggle was engaged in active service, although his duties were frequently not upon the scene of battle. He was particularly useful in recruiting, for he had a fine tenor voice and, being able to play several musical instruments, could accompany others or inspirit the troops with the sound of martial music. He had also the power of eloquent speech and on many occasions he fired the patriotism of the soldiers by his noble words in support of the Union cause. For a time he also served as secretary to General Sherman at the latter's headquarters so that, if the bullets but seldom whizzed by his head and the dangers of engagements were infrequently his, he performed an invaluable service as those who were not so well endowed with talents and could only prove their devotion to their country through valor in front of danger. He was taken ill after the battle of Perryville and was subsequently taken prisoner but being a non-combatant he was paroled.
At the close of the war Mr. Bollinger went to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he learned the finishing part of carriage-making, and then returned to Illinois, opening a carriage factory at Geneseo, which he conducted with success for a number of years. In 1873 he came to Davenport and accepted a position as traveling salesman for the Seig Iron Company, with which he was connected until his death. He advanced rapidly becoming vice president and secretary of the company in 1887, and in November, 1890, was made president, treasurer and business manager, serving as such throughout the remainder of his life. Through steady and unremitting toil he had proved worthy of the highest responsibilities and in guiding the reins of this important business he proved himself a man capable of great things. In the small affairs of life, as in the larger ones, his word was as good as his bond, honor and integrity distinguishing all of his relations in the business world.
On the 18th of June, 1866, Mr. Bollinger was united in marriage to Miss Emily D. Wills, a daughter of James Wills, who lived and died in Canton. Her mother was Miss Charlotte Smith before her marriage and a cousin of Mary Livermore of Vermont. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Bollinger: Judge James W. Bollinger, of Davenport; Mrs. Louis Block; and Mrs. Waldo Becker.
Mr. Bollinger was always a stanch advocate of the principles of the republican party and, while he never aspired to official distinction, he was always interested in questions of national or local importance and was preeminently public-spirited. A man of broad views, he found the tenets of the Unitarian church most in accord with his own ideas of progress and development. Energetic, ambitious, endowed with large ability and the traits of character which command the respect of and admiration of others, he was deeply mourned at the time of his death, September 11, 1901, especially by his family and those who knew him most intimately."

by Baxter B. Fite III and Carol Dorward
Transfer to Phil Bollinger, a _________________________ of Albert Bollinger, when I am finished. (FAG #47247137)

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Bollinger family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Albert Lester Bollinger and the Bollinger family. Baxter would also like to see copies of any other photographs of Albert L. Bollinger which may have survived the years, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

Family links: 
  Samuel Fahnestock Bollinger (1807 - 1874)
  Catharine Bauman Bollinger (1808 - 1872)
  Emily D. Diana Bollinger (1843 - 1928)*
  William D. Bollinger (1837 - 1914)**
  Albert Lester Bollinger (1839 - 1901)
  H. Elizabeth Bollinger (1840 - 1842)*
  Samuel Edwin Bollinger (1842 - 1923)**
  Marcus Paul Bollinger (1848 - 1925)**
*Calculated relationship
Oakdale Memorial Gardens
Scott County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
Record added: Nov 20, 2010
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