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Birth: 1837
Highland County
Ohio, USA
Death: 1870
Knox County
Illinois, USA

Private JOHN A. H. McGREW, Co. F, 86th Illinois

John A. H. McGrew was born on __________ __, 1837 in Highland County, Ohio, the son of William McGrew and Anna (McVay) McGrew. William McGrew and Anna McGrew were married in Highland County, Ohio on April 19, 1831. William was born in Clinton, Ohio on December 28, 1807 the son of John McGrew and Rachel (McCoy) McGrew. William died in 1893 in Ord, Nebraska at 85 years of age. Anna McVay was born in Pennsylvania on November 3, 1806, the daughter of Isaac McVay and Mary (Rude) McVay. Anna died July 11, 1885 in Hermon, Illinois in Knox County at 78 years of age.
At the time of the 1850 Ohio Census the McGrew family is found in Highland County, Ohio;
William McGrew 43 PA Trader
Anna 43 PA
Isaac W 17 OH Carpenter
Clarissa A. 16 OH
Mary J 15 OH
John 13 OH
Wm. H. 10 OH
Rachel 8 OH
Andrew Jasper 5 OH
Rebecca 3 OH

In the 1850's at least some of the McGrew family came west to Illinois. John A. H. McGrew was married to Amanda A. Stephenson on October 9, 1857 in Knox County, Illinois. Amanda was born on June 21, 1839 in White River, Noblesville, Indiana, the daughter of Richard Stephenson and Laura W. (Finch) Stephenson. Richard S. Stephenson was born December 29, 1817 in Lewis County, Kentucky, the son of John Stephenson and Alice (Morrison) Stephenson, while Laura W. Finch was born on December 15, 1820 in Strawtown, Hamilton County, Indiana.
According to the book entitled "BIGGS-MCGREW", two daughters were born to John A. H. McGrew and Amanda A. (Stephenson) McGrew. They are;
1. Belle McGrew, born c. 1858 in Knox County, Illinois.

2. Anna F. McGrew, born __________ __, 1859/60 in Knox County, Illinois.

At the time of the 1860 census, John and Amanda were either living with or next to her parents and her brothers and sisters in Chestnut Township of Knox County, Illinois;
Stephenson, Richard 42 M W KY Farmer $ $300
Laura 39 F W IN
Therease 16 F W IN
Jno 13 M W IN
Emma 10 F W IN
Jas 8 M W IN
Octavie 6 F W IL
Walter 4 M W IL
Velma 1 F W IL
McGrew, John 23 M W OH
Amanda 21 F W IN
Belle 2 F W IL

On August 4, 1862, John A. H. McGrew volunteered in Maquon, Illinois to serve in a company which was being raised for service in the Union Army in Maquon, Illinois by a local Carpenter, Contractor and Businessman by the name of James L. Burkhalter.

Rank PVT Company F Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence MAQUON, KNOX CO, IL Age 22 Height 6' Hair BROWN
Eyes BLUE Complexion FAIR Marital Status MARRIED Occupation FARMER

Service Record
Joined When AUG 4, 1862 Joined Where MAQUON, IL
Joined By Whom J L BURKHALTER 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
Remarks N/A

When Burkhalter had about 100 volunteers, he led the Maquon company into Peoria, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. There on August 27, 1862, he was elected by the men of the Maquon company to be their Captain and Captain Burkhalter and 93 of his volunteers were mustered in as Co. F of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 86th Illinois marched of the gates of Camp Lyon, Capt. James L. Burkhalter leading Co. F, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, and boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana. 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 coming years. After the Union victory at Perryville, the Confederate Army withdrew from Kentucky and McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, where they went into winter camp.
During these next two and a half years, the men of the 86th served in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, John A. H. McGrew 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, Averasboro, North Carolina and Bentonville, North Carolina just to name a few and also marched with Sherman to the Sea.
After the war came to a close, the surviving members of McCook's Brigade marched on to Washington City (now D.C), where they marched down Pennsylvania on the 2nd day of the Grand Review in May of 1865. On June 6, 1865, Private John A. H. McGrew was discharged from the service along with the rest of the surviving members of the 86th and by the end of June, they were back home with their families in Central Illinois.

Little is known of the activities of John A. H. McGrew after the war at this time. The first reunion of the 86th Illinois was held in Peoria, Illinois on the 25th Anniversary of the Regiment being mustered into service, August 27, 1887. At the time of the reunion, the surviving members of the 86th have a mailing address of Bennett, Nebraska for Private John A. H. McGrew. However, it is now believed that they later discovered that Private John A. H. McGrew had died in Knox County, Illinois in 1870. Private John A. H. McGrew died on __________ __, 1870 in Knox County, Illinois and his earthly remains were laid to rest in the Herman Methodist Church Cemetery in Herman, Illinois in Knox County.
At the time of the 1870 census, Amanda and her daughter are found in ______________ County, Iowa, where she is residing with her parents;
R S Stevens M 53 Kentucky
Laura Stevens F 50 Indiana
Jas Stevens M 19 Indiana
Stevens F 16 Illinois
Walter Stevens M 13 Illinois
V Stevens F 11 Illinois
Elmer Stevenson M 9 Illinois
Amanda Mcgrew F 30 Indiana
Belle Mcgrew F 11 Illinois
Anna Mcgrew F 9 Illinois

On September 29, 1881, Amanda A. (Stephenson) McGrew was married 2nd to John Lutz at Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa. John was born c. 1842/43 in Mansfield, Ohio, the son of George Lutz and Elizabeth Stal_____. At the time of the 1900 census, Amanda and John are found in what is called Ward 2 of the City of Des Moines in Des Moines Township, Polk County, Iowa. Amanda is listed as being the mother of 4 children all of whom are living at that time;
J J Lutz Head M 56 Ohio
Amanda Lutz Wife F 61 Indiana
Bessie Lutz Daughter F 19 Minnesota

At the time of the 1910 census, Amanda and J. J. Lutz are found in Four Mile, Polk County, Iowa;
Jacob Lutz Head M 64 Ohio
Amanda Lutz Wife F 70 Indiana

At the time of the 1920 census, Amanda and J. J. Lutz are found in what is called War 12 of the City of Minneapolis in Hennepin County, Minnesota;
Jacob Lutz Head M 75 Ohio
Amanda Lutz Wife F 80 Indiana

Amanda A. (Stephenson) McGrew Lutz died on March 20, 1920 in Hennepin County, Minnesota. At the time of her death, John Jacob Lutz, who was a Civil War veteran, having served with Co. F of the 66th Ohio Infantry, was a member of the Minnesota Soldiers Home in Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, Minnesota. John Jacob Lutz died in 1923. Their mortal remains were laid in the Crystal Lake Cemetery in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota.

by Baxter B. Fite III, Linda Pointer and Sandee, a Great Great Grandaughter of John A. H. McGrew.

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the McGrew family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Private John A. H. McGrew and the McGrew family. Baxter would also love to copies of any pictures of John A. H. McGrew that may have survived the years, especially any showing him in uniform, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

Family links: 
  William McGrew (1807 - 1893)
  Anna McVay McGrew (1806 - 1885)
  Amanda Lutz (____ - 1920)
  Isaac Wilson McGrew (1833 - 1900)*
  John A. H. McGrew (1837 - 1870)
  William Henry Harvey McGrew (1840 - 1895)*
  Rebecca H McGrew (1843 - 1855)*
  Andrew J McGrew (1845 - 1926)*
*Calculated relationship
Co. F 86 Ill Inft
Hermon Methodist Church Cemetery
Knox County
Illinois, USA
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: Florence
Record added: Sep 20, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7881068
Pvt John A. <i>H.</i> McGrew
Added by: Linda Pointer
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John A. H. McGREW, my 2nd Great Grandfather married Amanda A. STEPHENSON, daughter of Richard STEPHENSON & Laura W. FINCH on the 9th of Oct. 1857 in Knox Co., Illinois.Amanda was born 21 June 1839 in White River, Noblesville,Indiana. Richard S. STEPHENSON...(Read more)
- Sandee
 Added: Sep. 7, 2012
My 2nd Great-Grandfather you will always be remembered.
- Sandee
 Added: Jul. 11, 2012

- gaby hayes
 Added: Mar. 28, 2008

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