He was a "Copperhead." Wounded in the arm while leaving the Coles County courthouse while serving on a petit jury during the "Charleston Riot" 28 March 1864 in Charleston, Coles County, Illnois.Taken prisoner,sent to Camp Butler in Springfield, IL & later to Ft. Delaware. Was released by order of President Lincoln.
Knew Abraham Lincoln since childhood. The Winkler's were neighbors of the Lincoln's in Spencer/Warrick County IN.
Lincoln served as his lawyer in 1842 in Coles County.
In a letter to President Lincoln in Apr 1864 Dennis Hanks wrote to Lincoln and mentioned the Charleston Riot and stated in the letter "young ewing winkler was wounded"
There is little doubt that Winkler and Lincoln were well acquainted.
Married 3 times, each wife leaving him a widow
Sally Bailey Married in 1830
children Robert, David and Nancy
Sarah Wallace married in 1840
children Joseph, John and Andrew
Margaret Jane Sousley Carnahan
children Snowden, Jacob and Rosetta
He was born in Kentucky the son of David and Sarah Fair Winkler. His father died in IN, Warrick County in 1822. The family moved to IL to Northern Coles southern Douglas County around the Brushy Creek area.
Sarah Fair Winkler is buried at Albin Cemetery south of Newman IL.
He was living with his son Robert when he died. Unable to find a tombstone but believed to be buried next to 2nd wife Sarah.
Sarah Fair Winkler (1765 - 1836)
Sarah Wallace Winkler (1810 - 1855)*
Margaret Jane Sousley Carnahan Winkler (1819 - 1873)*
Robert Bailey Winkler (1831 - 1906)*
Jacob Alsberry Winkler (1862 - 1953)*
Maintained by: Ann Winkler Hinrichs
Originally Created by: Jim Wierman
Record added: Mar 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67396869
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