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 was born in Clinton, Ohio on December 28, 1807, the son of John McGrew (1786 - 1832) Rachel (McCoy) McGrew (1785 – c. 1830), while Anna McVay was born in Pennsylvania on November 3, 1806, the daughter of Isaac McVay and Mary (Rude) McVay. John McGrew and Rachel (McCoy) McGrew were the parents of John Lucas McGrew (1806-1890), William McGrew (1807-1893), Charles McGrew (1812-1895), Alexander McGrew (1812-Unknown), Gladys McGrew (1816-Unknown), Melinda McGrew (1820-Unknown), Thomas McGrew (1823-Unknown), Mary Jane McGrew (1824-Unknown), James McGrew (1826-Unknown), Kirby McGrew (1827-1915) and Ruth McGrew (1829-Unknown).
William McGrew and Anna (McVay) McGrew were married in Highland County, Ohio on April 19, 1831 and were the parents of at least eight children including;
1. Isaac Wilson McGrew, born c. January __, 1833 in Highland County, Ohio. His parents brought the family west to Knox County, Illinois in 1852, where he resided until 1874, when the family continued on to Missouri. Isaac was married c. 1881/82 to Mary J. (__________) __________. Mary was born c. 1843/44 in Tennessee and had been previously married to __________ __________, by whom she had had two children. No children are believed to have been born to Isaac and Mary. At the time of the 1900 census, Isaac and Mary are found in Lexington Township Lexington city Ward 1-2, Lafayette County, Missouri. Mary is listed as being the mother of two children, both of whom are living;
Isaac W Mc Grew Head M Jan 1842 68 Ohio
Mary J Mc Grew Wife F Mar 1844 56 Tennessee
Isaac Wilson McGrew died on November 18, 1900 in LaFayette County, Missouri and his mortal remains were laid in the Machpelah Cemetery in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 12942210.
Mary Jane (__________) __________ McGrew is found living with a granddaughter and her family at the time of the 1910 census in Lexington Ward 2, Lafayette County, Missouri. Mary is listed as widowed;
Frank Swatz Head M 45 Missouri
Florence Swatz Wife F 28 Missouri
Nellie E Swatz Daughter F 0 Missouri
Annie E Duncan Stepdaughter F 10 Missouri
Dorothy M Duncan Stepdaughter F 7 Missouri
Francis I Duncan Stepson M 5 Missouri
Mary Mcgrew Grandmother F 66 Tennessee
Mary Jane (_________) __________ McGrew is believed to have died on January 15, 1921 and her mortal remains were laid in the Machpelah Cemetery in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri. See her Find A Grave Memorial# 113022090.
2. Clarissa Ann McGrew, born c. 1833/34 in Ohio.
3. Mary Jane McGrew, born c. 1834/35 in Ohio. Mary Jane is believed to have been married to Fernando Cortez Humphreys/Humphries on September 19, 1855 in Knox County, Illinois. At the time of the 1860 census, Fernando, Mary and their first two children are found residing in Chestnut Townsip in Knox County, Illinois;
F C Humphreys, age 27, VA
Mary Humphreys, age 25, OH
Rachel A Humphreys, age 2, IL
Mary V Humphreys, age 1, IL
On August 5, 1862, the day after John A. H. McGrew, volunteered to serve in the Knox County company that would become Co. F of the 86th Illinois, Fernando also volunteered, the two brother-in-laws serving side by side in the Civil War, both surviving the war. In the fall of 1870, Fernando and Mary Jane moved the family from Knox County to Princeton, Missouri in Mercer County. Their last three children were born there before Mary Jane (Mcgrew) Humphries died on March 27, 1877. It is not known for certain where her earthly remains were laid, but they may have been laid in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Mercer County, Missouri, as this is where Fernando's 2nd wife is buried. See the Find A Grave Memorial of Fernando Cortez Humphries, #74226490, for more information about Mary Jane and her family.
4. John A. H. McGrew, born c. 1837 in Ohio. See his biography below.
5. William Harvey McGrew, born c. August 22, 1839/40 in Highland County, Ohio. William was married to Rebecca Ellen Morris in 18__. Rebecca was born c. 1840/41 in Illinois, the daughter of James Morris.
William and Rebecca were the parents of eight children. At the time of the 1880 census, William and his family are found in Lindley, Mercer County, Missouri;
Wm Mc Grew Self M 40 Ohio
Rebecca Mc Grew Wife F 39 Illinois
Irvin W Mc Grew Son M 17 Illinois
Clayton Mc Grew Son M 12 Illinois
Ostbu Mc Grew Son M 10 Missouri
Addie Mc Grew Daughter F 4 Missouri
Charlie Mc Grew Son M 2 Missouri
Nettie Humphries Niece F 13 Illinois
James Morris Father-in-law M 70 Pennsylvania
William Harvey McGrew died on June 25, 1895 in Burwell, Garfield County, Nebraska and his mortal remains were laid in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell, Garfield County, Nebraska. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 47186366.
6. Rachel McGrew, born c. 1841/42 in Ohio. Rachel was married to Isaac Thurman. Rachel (McGrew) Thurman died on ____________ __, 19__ in Chillicothe, Missouri.
7. Andrew Jasper McGrew, born April 26, 1844/45 in Ohio. Andrew was married c. 1865 in Illinois to Emily Tennessee Hedspath/Hedgepath, who was born September 5, 1848/49 in Tennessee, the daughter of John Hedgepath and Millie Francis Garner, both of whom were born in Tennessee.
Andrew and Emily were the parents of at least four children, including;
1. Ulysses McGrew, born __________ __, 1866 in Illinois. Ulysses died on ___________ __, 1867.
2. Alverta A. McGrew, born c. 1867/68 in Illinois.
3. William Elmer McGrew, born January 9, 1870 in or near Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois. William Elmer Mcgrew was married on January 16, 1894 in Knox County, Illinois to Mary E. Love. William was 24 and was the son of A. G. Mcgrew and M. E. Hedspath, while Mary E. Love was 19 and was born in Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois, the daughter of William Love and Elmain Fox. William Elmer McGrew died on June 6, 1951 and his mortal remains were laid in the Abingdon Cemetery in Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois.
4. Charles T. McGrew, born c. 1880/81 in Illinois
5. George D. McGrew, born c. 1883/84 in Illinois
6. Mamie L. McGrew, born c. 1890/91 in Illinois.
At the time of the 1870 census, Andrew and his family are found in Lindley, Mercer County, Missouri;
Andrew J Mcgrew M 23 Ohio
Emily Mcgrew F 20 Tennessee
Alverta A Mcgrew F 2 Illinois
William E Mc Grew M 0 Illinois
At the time of the 1900 census, Andrew and his family are found in Indian Point Township (part) Abingdon city Ward 3-4, Knox County, Illinois;
Andrew J Mcgrew Head M 55 Ohio
Emily T Mcgrew Wife F 51 Tennessee
Charles T Mcgrew Son M 19 Illinois
George D Mcgrew Son M 16 Illinois
Mamie L Mcgrew Daughter F 9 Illinois
Emily Tennessee (Hedgepath) Mcgrew died on February 12, 1921 in Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois and her mortal remains were laid in the Abingdon Cemetery in Abingdon, Illinois.
Andrew Jasper Mcgrew died on November 25, 1926 in Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois at the approximate age of 82 and his mortal remains were laid in the Abingdon Cemetery in Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois on November 27th. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 8000191.
8. Rebeca H. McGrew, born April 14, 1847 in Ohio. Rabeca died on January 29, 1855 at the age of 7 and her mortal remains were laid in the Hermon Methodist Church Cemetery in Hermon, Knox County, Illinois. See her Find A Grave Memorial# 7881070.
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 late 1850's at least some of the McGrew family came west to Illinois. At the time of the 1860 census, the McGrews are found in Chestnut Township, Knox County, Illinois;
William McGrew M 57 Pa
Anna Mc Grew F 52 Pa
Wm Harvey Mc Grew M 20 Oo.
Rachel Mc Grew F 17 Oo.
Jasper Mc Grew M 14 Oo.
At the time of the 1870 census, William and Anna are found in Cedar Township, Knox County, Illinois;
William Mcgrew M 62 Pennsylvania
Anna Mcgrew F 62 Pennsylvania
At the time of the 1880 census, William and Anna are found in Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois. He is listed as a Retired Farmer;
William Mcgrew Self M 73 Pennsylvania
Mcgrew Wife F 73 Pennsylvania
Anna (McVay) McGrew died July 11, 1885 in Hermon, Illinois in Knox County at 78 years of age and her mortal remains were laid in the Hermon Christian Church Cemetery in Hermon, Knox County, Illinois. See her Find A Grave Memorial# 12942001.
Sometime in the late 1880's or very early 1890's, William McGrew moved to Nebraska to be near his son, William, and his family. William McGrew died on __________ __, 1893 in Burwell, Garfield County, Nebraska and his mortal remains were laid in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Burwell, Garfield County, Nebraska. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 47186396.
Now to continue with the biography of John A. H. McGrew; 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 C. McGrew, born August 8, 1858/59 in Chestnut Township, Knox County, Illinois. Belle C. married John Albert Senn on the June 9, 1880/81 in Ft. Dodge, Webster County, Iowa., Iowa. John was born on December __, 1854, the son of John A. Senn and Elizabeth Honey, both of whom were born in Switerland.
In 1900, Belle is listed as being the mother of 3 children, all of whom were born in Ft. Dodge, Webster County, Iowa and all of whom were living. They include:
A. Frank Eugene Senn, born October 30, 1881. Frank was married to Agnes Letitia Barton. At the time of the 1910 census, Frank and Agnes are found living with her parents in Des Moines Ward 7, Polk County, Iowa;
William E Barton Head M 54 Pennsylvania
Emma N Barton Wife F 47 Iowa
Clara Ruth Barton Daughter F 6 Iowa
Frank E Senn Son-in-law M 27 Iowa
Agnes Letitia Senn Daughter F 24 Iowa
Harold Barton Senn Grandson M 3 Iowa
Helen Senn Granddaughter F 2 Iowa
Eliza Thompson Mother-in-law F 83 Pennsylvania
Frank died on February 6, 1970 in Bell, Los Angeles County, California and his mortal remains were laid in the Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Los Angeles County, California. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 125366965.
B. Bertha A. Senn, born December __, 1884. Bertha was married to ___________ ___________. Bertha died on ____________ __, 1958.
C. Gould Albert Senn, born ___________ __, 1887 in Iowa. Gould was married to Theresa A. Grace. Gould and Theresa are known to have had the following children;
A. Mildred Bell Senn, born June 16, 1911 in Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa.
B. Gretchen G. Senn, born
C. Mary L. Senn, born
At the time of the 1930 census, Gould and his family are found in Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota;
Gould A Senn, Head, born c. 1887 Iowa
Teresa A Senn, Wife, born c. 1890 Iowa.
Mildred B Senn, Daughter, born c. 1912 Iowa
Gretchen G Senn, Daughter, born c. 1916 Iowa
Mary L Senn, Daughter, born c. 1918 in Minnesota
Gould died on ____________ __, 1946 and his mortal remains were laid in the Oakland Cemetery in Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 25845740.
At the time of the 1900 census, the Senn family is found in Wahkonsa Township Fort Dodge city Ward 1, Webster County, Iowa;
John A Senn Head M Dec 1854 46 Ohio
Belle C Senn Wife F Aug 1859 41 Illinois
Frank E Senn Son M Oct 1881 19 Iowa
Bertha A Senn Daughter F Dec 1884 16 Iowa
Gould A Senn Son M 13 Jan 1887 Iowa
Belle was a Teacher for many years, while John farmed. However, when the family moved to Burwell, Nebraska, he was a Merchant. Sandee believes "they went there for a short time, because his father, William McGrew was living there and he was a 'Trader of Goods' (also a Merchant and a Farmer), also, he d. in 1893. John Albert Senn was also a Brakeman on the railroad, as were most of the men in my family..anyway back to Belle.. when Belle was young it seems that her parents moved around somewhat and also lived with Amanda's parents for sometime and then lived next door to them for a while..That was in the Richard Smythard STEPHENSON and Laura W. FINCH household.
When Belle and John Albert were getting up in age, her, (Belle's) Aunt, Octivia STEPHENSON-PETTIBONE came to live with them, she was a Nurse and I think maybe one of them, Belle or John A. was ill and she took care of them."
2. Anna F. McGrew, born __________ __, 1860/61 in Knox County, Illinois.
3. Helena "Helen" or "Lena" McGrew, born c. 1871/72 in Webster County, Iowa. Lena McGrew was married to J. W. Hunt, who was 22 years of age, on October 25, 1890 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. According to a site on familysearch.com Lena'a parents were John Mcgrew and Amanda Stephenson, while J. W. Hunt's were Ralph Hunt and Amelia Fredregill.
At the time of the 1895 Iowa State Census, the Hunts are found in Polk County, Iowa;
John W Hunt M 24
Lena H Hunt F 22
Carl C Hunt M 4
Hazel M Hunt F 2
At the time of the 1910 census, the Hunts are found in Des Moines Ward 2, Polk, Iowa;
John W Hunt Head M 40 Iowa
Helena Hunt Wife F 37 Iowa
Carl C Hunt Son M 19 Iowa
Lillie R Lindroth Servant F 21 Iowa
Guy R Shaw Lodger M 24 Iowa
Horace Jones Jr. Lodger M 25 Illinois
John Lage Lodger M 25 Iowa
Willard C Pierce Lodger M 36 Iowa
At the time of the 1920 census, the Hunts are found in Des Moines Ward 1, Polk County, Iowa;
John W Hunt Head M 50 Iowa
Hellen Hunt Wife F 48 Iowa
Curtis C Hunt Son M 28 Iowa
Kathryn Glassock Lodger F 38 Iowa
John W. Hunt died on ____________ __ 1946, while, Helen (McGrew) Hunt died on February __, 1953. Their mortal remains were laid in the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa. See her Find A Grave Memorial# 109806345.
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.
ILLINOIS CIVIL WAR DETAIL REPORT
Name MCGREW, JOHN A H
Rank PVT Company F Unit 86 IL US INF
Residence MAQUON, KNOX CO, IL Age 22 Height 6' Hair BROWN
Eyes BLUE Complexion FAIR Marital Status MARRIED Occupation FARMER
Nativity HIGHLAND CO, OH
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
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 daughters are found in ______________ County, Iowa, where she is residing with her parents;
R S Stevenson M 53 Kentucky
Laura Stevenson F 50 Indiana
Jas Stevenson 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, through his daughter, Belle C. (McGrew) Senn.
(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.)
William McGrew (1807 - 1893)
Anna McVay McGrew (1806 - 1885)
Amanda A. Stephenson Lutz (1839 - 1920)
Belle C Senn (1858 - 1941)*
Helen M Hunt (1872 - 1953)*
Isaac Wilson McGrew (1833 - 1900)*
John A. H. McGrew (1837 - 1870)
William Henry Harvey McGrew (1840 - 1895)*
Rebecca H McGrew (1843 - 1855)*
Rachel Ruth McGrew Thurman (1843 - 1927)*
Andrew J McGrew (1845 - 1926)*
Co. F 86 Ill Inft
Hermon Methodist Church Cemetery
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: Florence Banks
Record added: Sep 20, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7881068
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)|
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