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Sgt William Henry Auten
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Birth: Oct. 23, 1826
Monroe County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 4, 1928
Big Bend
Waukesha County
Wisconsin, USA

Sergeant WILLIAM HENRY AUTEN, Co. K, 86th Illinois

William Henry Auten was one of at least five children known to have been born to John and Philena Lacy Daniels Aten (Auten).
William's parents are believed to have brought the family to Akron Township in Peoria County, Illinois sometime before 1853.
William Henry Auten was married to Harriett E. Peet on __________ __, 185__ at __________, Illinois. Harriett was born on May 5, 1835 in Illinois, the daughter of Erastus Peet and Mary (__________) Peet. Harriett was the 1st cousin of James Burk Peet, who was the son of Thompson Peet and Diana (Lefever) Peet. James Burk Peet would also serve as a member of Co. K of the 86th Illinois. Erastus was born on __________ __, ____ at __________, New York. Erastus and Mary Peet brought their family west to Illinois in 1834 and were the first to settle in the area of Peoria County that became Radnor Township. They soon moved to the area of Peoria County that became Akron Township. The Peets were soon followed by Erastus' brother, Thompson Peet, and his family. They also settled in Akron Township in Peoria County, near Princeville, Illinois. There, Erastus farmed and ran a saw mill along with his brother, Thompson, near Princeville.
At the time of the 1850 census, the Peets are found in Peoria County;
1641 Peet Erastus 42 M Farmer 2,500 NY
1641 Peet Mary 41 F Ky
1641 Peet Margaret 17 F Indiana
1641 Peet Harriet 15 F Ill
1641 Peet Melissa 12 F Ill
1641 Peet Wm. A. 10 M Ill
1641 Peet Olive 4 F Ill
1641 Peet Arunah 1 F Ill
1641 Ford George 18 M Labourer Unknown
1641 Martin Danl. 21 M Laborer Canada

At least nine children were born to William H. Auten and Harriett E. (Peet) Auten. The include;
1. Orlando Auten, born __________ __, 1854 in __________, Illinois; Married to Verdie Tamer on __________ __, 18__ at __________, __________. Orlando died on __________ __, 1880 at __________, __________; buried in the Wamsley Cemetery in Fordham, DeKalb County, Missouri.

2. Arthur Auten, born c. 1856 in Illinois.

3. Wesley (or Weslie) E. Auten, born July 31, 1858 in Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois. Wesley was married to Gertrude Reynolds on ___________ __, 18__. Their children include;
A. Ena Josephine Auten, born November 27, 1896 in West Chester, Iowa. Ena was married to Edward Tish. One of their daughters was;
a. Mary Alice Auten Tish, born c.

Wesley died on January __, 1951 in Marion, Linn County, Iowa; buried in the Forest Cemetery, Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa.

4. Mary F. Auten, born in 1860 in Peoria County, Illinois.

5. Olive E. Auten, born c. 1862

6. Ida M. Auten, born c. 1866

7. Albert H. Auten, born July 30, 1872; Died December 22, 1894; buried in the Kidder Cemetery in Caldwell County, Missouri.

8. Harriett E. "Hattie" Auten, born __________ __, 1876; died __________ __, 1905; buried in the Kidder Cemetery in Caldwell County, Missouri.

9. John Auten, born unknown; believed to have died about February 8, 1877; buried in the Kidder Cemetery in Caldwell County, Missouri.

At the time of the 1860 census, William and Harriett are found with their family in Akron Township in Peoria County;
139 Peck Erastus 52 M farmer 10,000 1,125 NY
139 Peck Mary M. 51 F KY
139 Peck Olive P. 16 F IL
139 Peck Arunah 11 M IL
139 Peck Thomas L. 9 M IL
139 Peck Marinda 10 F IL
139 Milrine John M. 20 M farmhand IL
139 Milrine James 55 M KY
140 Autin William H. 33 M farmer 740 NY
140 Autin Harriet E. 25 F IL
140 Autin Orlando 6 M IL
140 Autin Arthur 4 M IL
140 Autin Wesley 1 M IL
140 Autin Mary F. 2/12 F IL
140 French John D. 22 M farmhand England

William volunteered for service in what was to become Co. K of the 86th Illinois on August 7, 1862 in Princeville, Illinois.

Rank CPL Company K Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence PRINCEVILLE, PEORIA CO, IL Age 35 Height 5' 8 1/2 Hair LIGHT
Eyes BLUE Complexion LIGHT Marital Status MARRIED Occupation FARMER
Nativity MONROE CO, NY

Service Record
Joined When AUG 7, 1862 Joined Where PRINCEVILLE, IL
Joined By Whom CPT FRENCH 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

William was mustered into service on August 27, 1862 at Camp Lyon, in Peoria, Illinois.
He was elected to serve as a Corporal in Co. K and later was promoted to Sgt.
William served faithfully for nearly three years and was mustered out of the service on June 6, 1865 in Washington, D.C. and he returned to his family in Peoria County.
Sometime after July of 1872 and 1876, William and Harriett moved their family to Missouri. They resided first in Mabel, Missouri and then to Hopkins, Missouri, where Williams brother, George, also a member of Co. K, also lived. At the time of the 1880 census, William and Harriet and family are found in Grand River, MO in De Kalb County.
In 1887, the surviving members of the 86th Illinois held a reunion in Peoria on the 25th anniversary of their being mustered into service. This became an annual event always being held in Peoria on that anniversary which was held until 1923. William was not able to attend that first reunion, but he attended several through the years, the last being in 1910.
On December 15, 1899, Harriet Auten died. She was buried in the Kidder Cemetery, in Caldwell County, MO., along with three of their children.
Sometime after Harriet's death, William was married to Jessie A. Gibson on __________ __, 19__ at __________, ___________. Also sometime after Harriet's death William moved to Big Bend, Wisconsin, where he spent the remainder of his life.
Interestingly, at the time of his first wife's,Harriet's death, William had a plot and a marker set in the Kidder Cemetery in Caldwell County, Missouri for himself. When he remarried and moved to Wisconsin, when he died, William was buried beside his second wife, Jessie. So, this marker in the Kidder Cemetery went unused.
William died in Big Bend, Wisconsin on April 4, 1928 and was buried in the Rural Home Cemetery in, Big Bend, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, USA. This Find A Grave is site #49384186.

Please see his other site for more biographical information.

by Baxter B. Fite III and Debra Ena Gilbertson Kable, Find A Grave Contributor # 47101236, who is a Great great granddaughter of Wesley E. Auten. Debra's email address is

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Auten family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on William Harrison Auten and the Auten family. Baxter would also like to copies of any other pictures of William Harrison Auten that may have survived the years, especially any showing him in uniform from his days in the 86th, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

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  Orlando Auten (1854 - 1880)*
*Calculated relationship
Kidder Cemetery
Caldwell County
Missouri, USA
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: Caryn Hood
Record added: Sep 03, 2007
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Sgt William Henry Auten
Added by: Baxter B. Fite III
Sgt William Henry Auten
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