|Birth: ||Aug. 2, 1840|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 1897|
Daniel McTaggart was born in Henryville, Quebec, Canada on August 2, 1840. He was the son of John McTaggart and Maria Billings McTaggart. His father was a farmer but was also an officer in the British Army during the Canadian Rebellion of 1837. John died in May/June 1840 from a disease he contacted during this conflict. Daniel was born 2 months after his father died.
In 1852, Daniel moved with his family to Rock County, Wisconsin and then to Chickasaw County, Iowa in 1854. Daniel was educated in Chickasaw and became a teacher until he entered the Union Army on July 8, 1861. He would be taken prisoner four times and each time would make his escape. He was captured at Belmont, confined at Memphis, escaped after 4 months; recaptured 6 days later, confined to a dungeon at Jackson, Tennessee, escaped during transfer to Corinth a month later and rejoined his company at Pittsburg Landing; captured at the 2nd Battle of Corinth October 2, 1862, escaped two days later. In January, 1864 he was appointed Captain in the 111th Colored Infantry at Athens, Alabama. He was again captured along with approximately 1000 Union soldiers. He was being moved to the south when he again made his escape.
Daniel later served as provost marshall at Murfreesboro, Tennessee where he met and married Maggie A. Beigle on June 4, 1866. They had 5 children Hattie J., William, Alton Charles, Daniel, and Claude D.
Just prior to his discharge on April 3, 1866, he became the superintendent of the Soldiers' Cemetery at Murfreesboro and continued in that capacity until September 1866; then was appointed superintendent of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at Nashville until the spring of 1868; he then became superintendent of the Soldiers' National Cemetery at New Albany, Indiana until 1869.
Daniel moved to Kansas and lived in Montgomery County where he farmed 600 acres and operated a grist mill on the Verdigris river and a cotton mill.
Daniel helped organize Montgomery County and was its first Treasurer. He served in the Kansas House of Representatives and the Kansas Senate starting in 1883.
In 1897, Daniel McTaggart had won a judgment against Henry Sheesley who had been renting the McTaggart grist mill. The constable was conducting an auction of some flour at the mill on August 3, 1897 to satisfy this judgement. Sheesley walked up to Daniel and shot him in the chest. Sheesley then shot Daniel's son, William, two times. William recovered from his wounds but Daniel died about 2 hours later at 2:00 p.m. He was buried in the Liberty Cemetery, Liberty, Montgomery county, Kansas on August 5, 1897.
Mariah Billings McTaggart Nigus (1815 - 1899)
Maggie A McTaggart (1840 - 1926)
Hattie J. McTaggart Deichler (1868 - 1959)*
William A. McTaggart (1873 - 1899)*
Alton C. McTaggart (1878 - 1960)*
Daniel McTaggart (1880 - 1948)*
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Record added: Jul 20, 2011
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