|Birth: ||Jun. 28, 1841|
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 1932|
Milton W. McCandless
Residence Elizabeth IN;
Enlisted on 8/19/1862 as a Private.
On 8/19/1862 he mustered into "C" Co. IN 66th Infantry
He was Mustered Out on 6/3/1865 at Washington, DC
~Served in Civil War & Spanish American War~
Milton W. McCandless, now living retired front active life in Broken Bow, Nebraska, and honored as a veteran of the civil war, was one of the earlier settlers of Custer county. He was born in Butler county, Pennsylvania, June 28, 1841, the fifth born of the eleven children of James and Harriet (Mechling) McCandless.
Two of the children now live in Custer county, Milton of Broken Bow, and Eli P., of Merna, and two daughters live in Indiana. The father was born in Ireland and the mother in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. He came to America with his parents in infancy and died in Indiana in 1894, and she died in that state in 1899.
At the age of sixteen years, Milton W. McCandless came with his parents to Indiana and lived there several years before his enlistment, which took place August 1, 1862, at Elizabeth. Indiana, when he became a member of Company C, Sixty-sixth Indiana Infantry, in which he served to the close of the war. He won a good record and was discharged in Washington city, in June, 1865. He was with Sherman on the memorable march to the sea and participated in the grand review in the city of Washington in June, 1865. He took part in many important battles during the Atlanta campaign, besides many minor engagements.
At the close of the war he returned to Indiana and engaged in farming in Harrison county. On December 28, 1871, in Harrison county, he was united in marriage with Mary A. Black, a native of Indiana.
In the spring of 1886, Mr. McCandless came with his wife and three children to Custer county, Nebraska, homesteading on one hundred and sixty acres of land on sections twenty-nine and thirty, township eighteen, range twenty-three, which has been the home place throughout the years that have since intervened. He has been very successful in his operations there and added to his possessions as he was able, and finally owning a splendidly equipped stock and grain farm, where in 1906 he erected a nice house.
He was very helpful in organizing school district number one hundred and ninety-five and has served on its board most of the time since coming to the county. In 1910 he retired from farm life and moved to Broken Bow, where he purchased two and one-half acres of land inside the city limits, where the family now make their home. Mr. and Mrs. McCandless have three children: Robert A., married and living in Seneca, Nebraska, has one child; Grace, wife of F. O. Brown, of Berwyn, has two children; Maud A., wife of G. W. Troyer, living near Callaway, has four children.
Being one of Custer county's earlier settlers, Mr. McCandless has passed through its various stages of development, front the days of pioneer existence to the present time. He has been closely identified with its upbuilding and progress and is one of the best known men in the county. His wife is a daughter of Robert and Matilda (Gunterman) Black, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Indiana. Mr. Black lives in Indiana, being now ninety-one years of age, and his wife died on the home place there in 1903.
Bio Source: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/topic/resources/OLLibrary/Comp_NE/cmp0479.htm
Mary Angeline Black McCandless (1846 - 1918)*
Maude Alma McCandless Troyer (1879 - 1974)*
Broken Bow Cemetery
Created by: Bev
Record added: Nov 06, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16483157