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Samuel John Trout
Birth: Nov. 24, 1842
Bel Air
Harford County
Maryland, USA
Death: Jun. 25, 1933
Camp Point
Adams County
Illinois, USA

(alternate birth date 23 Nov 1843)

Husband of (1) Mary Ann WILSON, (2) Esther Jane SMITH, (3) Margaret LONG.

Samuel John TROUT was born 23 Nov 1843 (alternate date 24 Nov 1842) in Bel Air, Hartford, Maryland, the son of David John TROUT (1818-1864) and Martha WRIGHT (1819-1899).

A Civil War veteran, Samuel enlisted at Columbus, Adams, IL on 28 Jul 1862 as a Private in Company "F," 78th Illinois Volunteer Infantry and was captured 22 Sep 1863 along with his father, Corporal David John Trout, when they were accidentally left behind as pickets during the Federal withdrawal following the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia. The two were held at the notorious Andersonville Prison for nearly a year until the Confederates became concerned regarding advancing federal forces and decided to ship the prisoners out by train. During the course of loading the railroad cars, Samuel and his father David became separated, with Samuel being shipped south to Florida, and his father David being transported east to the Florence Stockade near Florence, South Carolina where he died within a month. Samuel survived captivity and was exchanged on Apr 1, 1865, and finally mustered out of his regiment on 17 Jun 1865. Throughout Samuel's life, he deeply regretted never learning what had become of his father.

Samuel John TROUT married 1st on 3 Aug 1865 to Martha Ann WILSON (7 children); 2nd on 21 Jul 1881 to Esther Jane SMITH (7 children); and 3rd circa 1927 to Margaret LONG (no known children to this last marriage).

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Last Surviving Civil Was Veteran Passes on Saturday

The last surviving veteran of the civil war in this vicinity passed away Sunday when Samuel John Trout departed this life. It also believed that Mr. Trout was the last survivor of those imprisoned in Andersonville prison.

Mr. Trout had not been in good health for a number of years , but his passing was attributed to heart failure.

The deceased was born in Baltimore in 1842 and had lived in Columbus and Camp Point for many years. He served with the Union Army and marched with Sherman on his famous "March to the Sea."

His first wife was Mary Wilson, to whom he was married in 1866. To this union were born seven children, three of whom survive. In 1880 he married Ester Smith and seven children were born to them, six of whom survive. In February, 1927 Mr. Trout married Mrs. Margaret Long, who survives.

The funeral was held from the Christian Church, of which he was a member, on Tuesday, Rev. West officiating, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. A firing squad of the American Legion attended the funeral.

Source: Camp Point Journal (newspaper), 29 Jun 1933, Camp Point, IL, from the collection of Tim Draper. Used by permission.
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Family links: 
  David John Trout (1818 - 1864)
  Martha Wright Trout (1820 - 1899)
  Esther Jane Smith Trout (1857 - 1920)*
  Emma Florence Trout McNeall (1869 - 1926)*
  Olive Bernice Trout Holmes (1871 - 1947)*
  Myrtle Belle Trout Holmes (1888 - 1967)*
  Richard G. William Trout (1840 - 1916)*
  Samuel John Trout (1842 - 1933)
  Elisa Eva Trout Kauffman (1845 - 1926)*
  Valentine Trout (1847 - 1933)*
  James Trout (1850 - 1931)*
  Thomas Jefferson Trout (1852 - 1916)*
  Emma Jane Trout King (1854 - 1930)*
  Zilley Trout (1857 - 1859)*
  Rebecca L. Trout Parker (1862 - 1943)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Photo of Samuel John TROUT is from the collection of Tim Draper. Used by permission.
Evergreen Cemetery
Camp Point
Adams County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Section VI, Row 38
Created by: Craig H. Trout
Record added: Apr 03, 2010
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Samuel John Trout
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Samuel John Trout
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- Scotty P
 Added: Mar. 26, 2014

- Craig H. Trout
 Added: Apr. 3, 2010
Civil War; Union; Co. "F," 78th IL Vol. Inf, captured on 20 Sep 1863 at Chickamauga, GA; held POW at the notorious Andersonville prison, ultimately transported to Florida where he was exchanged on April 1, 1865, and ultimately mustered out on 17 June 1865...(Read more)
- Craig H. Trout
 Added: Apr. 3, 2010
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