|Birth: ||Jun. 11, 1831|
|Death: ||Apr. 11, 1920|
Benjamin William Gaskill, my mom's grandfather, was b. in Salem, Butler Twp, Columbiana, Ohio the s/o Thomas & Jane WELCH.
Upon reaching adulthood, Ben moved to Lexington Twp, Stark, Ohio. By 1850, he was living in/nr Lexington Village, Stark, Ohio where he met another Quaker member, Emaline Lola "Em" BORTON. They were married on 18 Sep 1852 in Canfield, Mahoning, Ohio. They were still living in this area when Ben tried to enlist in Ohio's 10th Cavalry. He fell off of his horse, and was injured, so they sent him home.
By 1865, they were living in Jackson Co., Indiana, and Ben wanted to try his luck in joining in the CW fracas, again. He rode his horse to Indianapolis and on 28 Feb 1865, he was enrolled as a Pvt. in Co. K, 148th Ind. Inf. Vol.s which was then marched to Nashville, to guard CSA prisoners. They lost 1 man to diarrhea.
Upon the close of the CW, Ben was discharged and he then walked home to Indiana, from Virginia.
Their next move was to Harlan Co., NE by 1885. It seems that everywhere they moved, crops failed due to flooding or drought, and so they just kept moving west.
Ben obtained some BLM land patents in Cuter Co., NE by the time the 1900 Federal Census was taken. Then, Ben & his son William's families moved into Cozad, NE where my mom was b. in 1910.
By 1915, most of Ben's family had married and went their separate ways. Ben, having served in the CW and was receiving a pension ($8/mo.),he & his wife were permitted to move into a cottage on the grounds of the STATE of NEBRASKA'S OLD SOLDIERS & SAILORS Home in Burkett Station (Grand Is.), Hall, NE. They remained there until they both expired. They were duly bur. in the cemetery of the home. I managed to get them, both, suitable CW gov't supplied monuments, as Ben's had little data on it, and Em's only had a metal marker supplied by the DAV years ago.
Pvt. Co. K, 168th Ind. Inf. Regt-Civil War
Soldiers And Sailors Cemetery
Plot: Row 11 Grave 8
Created by: HeflinHunter
Record added: Mar 13, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49661572
Gaskill, Benjamin W.-- CIVIL WAR VETERAN -- 6-3-1831-- 4-11-1920 --148 IN Infantry Co. K -- Grand Island- GISSH- Hall--|
Added: Mar. 9, 2011