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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 born on October 23, 1826 in Monroe County, New York, one of at least five children 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 Henry Auten and Harriett E. (Peet) Auten. The include;
1. Orlando Auten was born __________ __, 1854 in __________, Illinois, the son of William Henry Auten and Harriet E. (Peet) Auten. In 1860, Orlando is found with the family in Peoria County, Illinois and in 1870, Orlando is found with the family in Stark County, Illinois. Sometime between 1872 and 1876, Orlando's parents moved the family to Missouri. Familysearch has a record which shows that Orlando Auten was married to Verdie Ward (1854 - 1893) on September 14, 1876 in De Kalb County, Missouri. Two children were born to Orlando and Verdie (Ward) Auten;
A. Arthur T. Auten was born July 8, 1877 in Missouri, the son of Orlando Auten and Verdie (Ward) Auten. Arthur T. Auten was married to Etta B. ___________. At the time of the 1920 census, Arthur and his family are found in Brookfield Ward 4, Linn County, Missouri;
Arthur Auten Head M 40 Missouri
Etta Auten Wife F 37 Missouri
Ray Auten Son M 16 Missouri
Mary Auten Daughter F 14 Missouri
Moss Auten Son M 8 Texas

At the time of the 1930 census, Arthur and his family are found in Cameron, Clinton County, Missouri;
Arthur T Auten Head M 50 Missouri
Etta B Auten Wife F 46 Missouri
Mary B Auten Daughter F 23 Missouri
John M Auten Son M 19 Texas
James R Auten Son M 8 Missouri

Familysearch has the following record of Arthur T. Auten;
Name Arthur T Auten
Event Type Death
Event Date 09 Apr 1972
Event Place Taft, San Patricio, Texas, United States
Gender Male
Marital Status Widowed
Birth Date 08 Jul 1877
Birthplace , Missouri
Father's Name Orlando Auten
Mother's Name Tamer Ward

Arthur's mortal remains were returned to Cameron, Missouri, where they were laid to rest in the Evergreen Cemetery in Cameron, Clinton County, Missouri. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 72944248.

B. Mable M. Auten, born c. 1878/79 in Missouri.

At the time of the 1880 census, Orlando and Verdie are found in Colfax, Daviess County, Missouri, where Orlando is farming;
Orlando Auten Self M 26 Illinois
Verdie Auten Wife F 25 Missouri
Arthur F Auten Son M 2 Missouri
Mable M Auten Daughter F 1 Missouri
Sarah E Chisham Cousin F 14 Missouri

Orlando died on December 13, 1880 at __________, Missouri and his mortal remains were laid in the Wamsley Cemetery near Fordham, DeKalb County, Missouri. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 93438648.

2. Arthur Auten, born c. 1856 in Illinois. As his brother, Orlando, Arthur is found with the family in Peoria County, Illinois in 1860 and in Stark County, Illinois in 1870. In 1880, Arthur is found teaching in Colfax, Daviess County, Missouri. He is still single at this time;
Oliver H Smith Self M 56 Ohio
Eloesa C Smith Wife F 54 Georgia
Minnie L Smith Daughter F 20 Illinois
Arthur C Auten Other M 25 Illinois

3. Wesley (or Weslie) E. Auten, born July 31, 1858 in or near 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 and his mortal remains were laid 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 April 10, 1866 in or near Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois. In the 1930 and 1940 census records, Ida M. Auten is found residing in the city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles County, California. In 1930, she is living at 1221 W. Thirty Ninth Street as follows;
Idah M Auten Head F 62 Illinois
Grace P Richart Boarder F 44 Kansas
Drury W Boatman Boarder M 64 Illinois
Jessie S Evans Boarder F 60 New York
Ludom Pierson Boarder M 54 Pennsylvania

The California Death Index lists the following;
Name Ida M Auten
Event Type Death
Event Date 24 Nov 1946
Event Place Los Angeles, California, United States
Birth Date 10 Apr 1866
Birthplace Illinois
Gender Female
Father's Name Auten
Mother's Name Peet

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.

Now to continue with the biography of William Henry Auten;
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

On August 7, 1862, William volunteered to serve in a company which was being raised in Princeville, Illinois by a Princeville area School Teacher by the name of John F. French. Two days later, William's younger brother, George, also volunteered to service in this company.

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

When French had 100 volunteers he led the Princeville volunteers into Peoria where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. On August 27, 1862, French and 95 of his volunteers were mustered into service as Co. K of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. French was elected Captain of Co. K. William H. Auten was elected 8th Corporal.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 86th Illinois marched out of Camp Lyon, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, and boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Two weeks later, the men of the 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade, chasing the last Confederate troops in Kentucky. On Oct. 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those troops in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the 86th Illinois suffering the first of many casualties to come. William was elected and promoted to 4th Corporal on December 30, 1862.
During the next three years, Corporal William H. Auten and Pvt. George Auten served faithfully in Co. K as the men of the 86th served in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, they were witness to and a participants in numerous battles and skirmishes, some of the bloodiest fighting in the Western Theatre of the war, including the Battles of Chicakamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia, Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia; Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia; Averysboro, North Carolina; and Bentonville, North Carolina, to name a few and marched with Sherman to the Sea. During this time, Corporal William H. Auten was promoted to Sergeant, a testiment to his dedication to service and of his military bearing. On April 22, 1863, Levi A. Ross, then a Corporal, later a Sergeant, in Co. K, wrote the following in his journal. "One soldier does not nor will not play cards, smoke nor chew tobacco, nor take in vain, the name of his God. The name of that soldier is L. A. Ross. There are a few others, too, in Co. 'K', who are so moral that they do not participate in any of the evils common to the camp. Among the number are my friends Charles Alter and Henry Andrews, also the Auten Brothers.
Corporal William H. Auten was elected and promoted to 2nd Corporal on June 27, 1864 after the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia and was elected to and promoted to Sergeant (probably 5th Sergeant) on April 20, 1865 as a testiment to his military bearing.
On June 6, 1865, Sgt. William H. Auten and Private George Auten were with the surviving members of the 86th Illinois when they were mustered out of service on June 6, 1865 at Washington, D.C. They then, with the surviving members of Co. K, returned to his home in Princeville Township.

At the time of the 1870 census, the Autens are found in Toulon Township of Stark County, Illinois;
William H Auten M 44 New York
Harriet E Auten F 35 Illinois
Orlando Auten M 16 Illinois
Arthur Auten M 14 Illinois
Wesley Auten M 11 Illinois
Mary Auten F 10 Illinois
Olive Auten F 8 Illinois
Ida Auten F 4 Illinois

Sometime between 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 William's 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, De Kalb County, Missouri;
Wm H Auten Self M 53 New York
Harriet E Auten Wife F 45 Illinois
Mary P Auten Daughter F 20 Illinois
Olive E Auten Daughter F 18 Illinois
Ida M Auten Daughter F 14 Illinois
Abert H Auten Son M 7 Illinois
Hattie E Auten Daughter F 4 Missouri
Philena Auten Mother F 76 Connecticut
Alice Ward Other F 20 Missouri
D W Prewett Other M 23 Indiana
Henry Bonine Other M 25 Iowa

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 at __________, __________ on ___________ __, 19__. 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, there is a marker for William in the Kidder Cemetery that went unused. This marker can be seen on Find A Grave as monument #21324763. The monuments for three of his children, as stated before can also be found on Find A Grave in this cemetery.

Sgt. William H. Auten died on Apr. 4, 1928.
Milwaukee.—(UP)—Escaping severe physical injury while; serving as a soldier in the civil war and then enjoying good health until he reached, the age of 101, William K. Auten, veteran Wisconsin cheesemaker, died Wednesday as the result of a pin scratch. Auten, who lives at West Bend Wis. was brought to the hospital at the National Soldiers' home here in January, suffering from infection of the leg caused by the accidental scratch of a pin."

by Baxter B. Fite III and Debra Ena Gilbertson Kable, who is a great great granddaughter of Wesley E. Auten. Debra is Find A Grave Contributor #47101236 and her 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 love to see copies of any other pictures that may have survived the years of William Harrison Auten, especially any others of him in uniform, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

Family links: 
  Harriet E Peet Auten (1835 - 1899)
  Jessie A. Gibson Auten (1838 - 1927)*
  John Auten (____ - 1872)*
  Wesley E. Auten (1858 - 1951)*
  Albert H Auten (1872 - 1894)*
  Harriet E Auten (1876 - 1905)*
*Calculated relationship
Rural Home Cemetery
Big Bend
Waukesha County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
Record added: Mar 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49384186
Sgt William Henry Auten
Added by: Baxter B. Fite III
Sgt William Henry Auten
Added by: Debra Ena Gilbertson Kable
Sgt William Henry Auten
Added by: Debra Ena Gilbertson Kable
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- VictoriaSearching
 Added: Oct. 26, 2015
Rest in peace, sir.
- Sentimental Fella
 Added: Mar. 17, 2011

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