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Birth: Feb. 22, 1840
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 19, 1925
McLean County
Illinois, USA

Private ALBERT W. BELCHER, Co. H, 86th Illinois
Albert W. Belcher was born on February 22, 1840 at Brimfield, Illinois, the 2nd of two sons of Daniel Belcher and Rachel (__________) Belcher. The other was named Daniel Belcher Jr. Daniel Belcher Sr. was born about 1796 in Massachusetts. Rachel (__________) Belcher was born about 1807 in New York. Their first son, Daniel Jr., was born about 1837 in New York. In 1838, Daniel and Rachel moved west with their one year old son, settling in Peoria County in what was then called Charleston, Illinois, but soon to be renamed Brimfield. In the spring of 1839 Daniel erected the first frame house in Charleston (Brimfield), which soon came to be known as Brimfield House. The Belchers rented out the lower room to travelers and lived on the second floor. Brimfield House came to known as one of the best managed and popular country hotels in the whole of Peoria County. Daniel Jr. and Albert both worked as Clerks in the Hotel as young adults and Daniel Jr. continued to opeerate the Hotel after his father's passing in the early 1870's. Together, Daniel Sr. and Daniel Jr. ran Brimfield House for more than 50 years.
As stated earlier, Albert W. Belcher was born in 1840 and grew up in the hotel business. At the time of the 1860 census, Albert is working as a Clerk in the Hotel in Brimfield. In August of 1862, Peorian David W. Magee began recruiting a Peoria area company to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War. On August 8, 1862, Magee was recruiting in Brimfield and Albert volunteered to serve in this Peoria area company.

Illinois Civil War Detail Report

Company H Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Age 22 Height 6'
Complexion DARK
Marital Status SINGLE
Occupation FARMER

Service Record
Joined When AUG 8, 1862
Joined Where BRIMFIELD, IL
Joined By Whom D H MAGEE
Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862
Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out JUN 6, 1865
Muster Out Where WASHINGTON, DC
Muster Out By Whom LT SCROGGS

When Magee had about 100 volunteers he and the men of his company went into camp at Camp Lyons, located near present day Glen Oak Park. On August 27, 1862, Albert and ____ of the Peoria area volunteers were mustered into service as Company H of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. David W. Magee was elected to serve as the first ___________ of the 86th Illinois. John C. Hall was then elected by the men of Co. H to serve as their Captain.

On August 14, 1862, Sylvester volunteered at either Brimfield or Trivoli, Illinois to serve in a company which was being raised in the Peoria, Illinois area by David W. Magee, a veteran of the Mexican War, for service in the Union Army during the Civil War. When Magee had about 100 volunteers he assembled his company at Camp Lyons, located near present day Glen Oak Park in Peoria, where they remained in camp until they were mustered into service. On August 27, 1862 Magee and 89 of his volunteers were mustered into service as Co. H of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Sylvester was now Private Sylvester McMahan, Co. E, 86th Illinois. Initially, the men of Co. H elected Magee to be their Captain. Magee, however, because of his past military experiences, was selected and promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel of the entire regiment. After this John H. Hall, was elected by the men of Co. H to be their Captain.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 86th Illinois marched out of the gates of Camp Lyon, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, and boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana, across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. Three weeks later, the men of the 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade, in pursuit of Confederate troops. 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 their first casualties. There would be many more in the next three years.
During the next three years, Private Sylvester McMahan would serve faithfully in Co. H as the men of the 86th served in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, Sylvester was witness to and a participant 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 would march with Sherman to the Sea. Also during his time in the service, Sylvester was first promoted to Corporal and finally to Sergeant as a sign of his military bearing and dedication to service.
On June 6, 1865, Sergeant Sylvester McMahan was still there 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 were sent by train to Chicago, Illinois where received their final discharge and soon were back home in Peoria County.

Albert was mustered out of the service on June 6, 1865 with the surviving members of the 86th.

Albert was married on December 26, 1868 in __________ County to Sarah Elizabeth Slocum. Sarah Elizabeth Slocum was born about 1845 in Illinois, the daughter of Joseph J. Slocum and Elizabeth McCullough. One of Sarah Elizabeth's brothers was George Washington Slocum, who was also a member of Co. H serving with Albert W. Belcher. Four children are known to have been born to Albert and Sarah. They are;
1. Thaddeus Belcher, born c. 1869
2. Lois Evalyn Belcher, born c. 1872
3. Della Ruth Belcher, born c. 1877
4. Allen Elbert Belcher, born c. 18__; died at the age of 6 years of age.

About 1897, Albert and Sarah moved to Bloomington, Illinois where they resided the remainder of their lives.

Private Albert W. Belcher died on July 19, 1925 in his home at 1208 E. Washington Street in Bloomington, Illinois after an illness of several months. 
Family links: 
  Daniel Belcher (1787 - 1872)
  Rachel Belcher (1807 - 1876)
  Sarah Elizabeth Slocum Belcher (1845 - 1933)
  Thaddeus Belcher (1869 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
McLean County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Nov 14, 2010
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- Lois
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