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Pvt Jacob W Henrichs
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Birth: Dec. 1, 1844
Hanover
Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Death: Mar. 5, 1925
Wichita
Sedgwick County
Kansas, USA

Private JACOB W. HENRICHS, Co. I, 86th Illinois

Jacob W. Henrichs was born on December 1, 1844 in Hanover, Germany the son of Henry Henrichs, of Germany, and Hannah (Woolph) Henrichs, of Germany. The Henrichs came to America about 1854 and most likely came almost immediately to Illinois. At the time of the 1860 census, Jacob is found in Illinois residing in Peoria County, Illinois with the Johnson family, while the rest of the family is living next door, listed as Weids in one of the printed copies of the census found on the internet;
2045 Johnson Balty 43 M farmer 2,000 545 Hanover
2045 Johnson Lena 40 F Hanover
2045 Johnson Lena 16 F IL
2045 Johnson Anna 3 F IL
2045 Henrys Jacob 14 M Hanover
2046 Weids Henry 4* M farmer 350 150 Hanover
2046 Weids Joanna 40 F Hanover
2046 Weids John 11 M Hanover
2046 Weids Abbo 5 M IL
2046 Weids Gertrude 2 F IL
2046 Weids Radolph 6/12 M IL

Jacob's Pension Card which is found on Footnote.com has his name spelled Jacob W. Henryes. Jacob was granted an Invalid Pension on May 24, 1867 highlighting the severity of his wounds. His pension was increased on March 1, 1907.
In 1870, the whole Henrichs family is found residing in Limestone Township in Peoria County, Illinois;
085 Henries Henry 58 M farmer Germany
085 Henries Johana 50 F wife Germany
085 Henries John Henry 20 M farmer Germany
085 Henries Abbo 15 M at home Illinois
085 Henries Margaret 12 F at home Illinois
085 Henries Jane 6 F at home Illinois
086 Henries J. W. 25 M farmer Germany
086 Henries Susana 20 F wife Pennsylvania
086 Henries Catharine 2 F Illinois

Now to continue with the biography of Jacob W. Henrichs;
On August 4, 1862, Jacob W. Henrichs volunteered to serve in a company which was being raised for service in the Union army in the Lancaster, Illinois/Timber Township area of Peoria County by a well known area business man and Lancaster area merchant by the name of Allen L. Fahnestock. However, at the time he volunteered his name was mistakenly spelled Henrys, which caused great difficulty in finding him after the war. Years later, other government records spelled his name Henryes, which also added to the confusion.

ILLINOIS CIVIL WAR DETAIL REPORT
Name HENRYS, JACOB W
Rank PVT Company I Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence LANCASTER, PEORIA CO, IL Age 18 Height 5' 6 Hair LIGHT
Eyes BLUE Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER
Nativity HANOVER

Service Record
Joined When AUG 4, 1862 Joined Where LANCASTER, IL
Joined By Whom A L FAHNESTOCK 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 WOUNDED JUN 27, 1864

When Fahnestock had about 100 volunteers he led his company into Peoria, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. Fahnestock was elected Captain of the men of the Timber Township company and on August 27, 1862, Fahnestock, and 96 of the other Timber Township volunteers, including now Private Jacob W. Henrichs, were mustered in as Company I of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
The men of the 85th & 86th Illinois marched out of the gates of Camp Lyon on September 7, 1862, with much fanfare, through the streets of Peoria down to the railroad depot, where they boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt in Jeffersonville, Indiana, across the river from Louisville. Three weeks later the men of the 85th & 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Colonel Daniel McCook's Brigade chasing Confederate troops. On October 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those Confederate troops during the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, suffering their first casualties. There would be many more in the next few years.
After the Battle of Perryville, the Confederate forces withdrew from Kentucky, while the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, where they went into winter camp. During the next year and a half, Jacob Henrichs would serve faithfully in Co. I as the men of McCook's Brigade marched through Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. During this time, Jacob was also a 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 Chickamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; and Rome, Georgia, to name a few. However it was on June 27, 1864 at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia that the men of the 86th Illinois suffered the most.
On the morning of June 27, 1864, the men of McCook's Brigade found themselves across from Cheatham Hill on Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. The five Union Regiments of McCook's Brigade were formed in line of battle, one regiment stacked behind the other, the 86th Illinois third in line. It was hoped that this formation would allow the Union Brigade to punch a hole in the Confederate line, each regiment giving some protection to the regiment in back of it. When the signal gun fired, the men of the brigade stepped off and moved down a hill, crossed a small stream and then moved through a wheat field before beginning the climb up Cheatham Hill and the Confederate breastworks toward an angle in the Confederate line that was soon to be called "The Dead Angle." The following assault, which proved to be only partially successful, lasted less than 30 minutes. On the evening of June 27, 1864, Sgt. Levi A. Ross, another member of Co. K, wrote the following of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. "Our forces rushed upon the rebels five lines deep and in fifteen minutes were hurled back, by them, leaving 2500 brave Union Soldiers dead within twenty feet of the Enemy's works. The loss in the 86th was 106 -- in our Brig. over 400.
Among the over 100 casualties in the 86th Illinois were 16 men from Co. I of the 86th including Private Jacob Henrichs. Allen L. Fahnestock, the original Co. I commander, was now in command of the entire regiment. In his diary records, Col Fahnestock kept records of all casualties in the 86th. For his report of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Col. Fahnestock reports that Private Henrys was severely wounded in the hip. Most men in the 86th who were reported as being severely wounded never returned to the regiment, if they survived their wounds as all. However, the Adjutant Generals Reports do make it appear that Private Henrichs did return at some point to his company and served the remainder of the war with his comrades in Co. I.
After the Confederates finally withdrew from Kennesaw Mountain, the men of McCook's Brigade marched on through Georgia and in the spring of 1865 participated in the Carolina Campaign that helped bring the war to a close. During this time, the men of the 86th participated in the Battles of Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia, Averysboro, North Carolina; and Bentonville, North Carolina, just to name a few and also participated on General Sherman's famous, or infamous, "March to the Sea".
At some point during this last year of the war, Private Jacob W. Henrichs apparently rejoined Co. I.
After the war came to a close, the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Washington City (now D.C.) where they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on the 2nd day of the Grand Review in May of 1865. On June 6, 1865, the surviving members of the 86th, including apparently Private Jacob W. Henrichs, were mustered out of the service at Washington, D.C. Shortly after that they were on a train bound for Chicago, where they received their final pay and were discharged from the service. By the end of June of 1865, the surviving members of the 86th were back home with their families in Central Illinois.
On April 18, 1867, Jacob W. Henrichs (spelled HENRYES) was married to Susannah Patton in Tazewell County, Illinois. Jacob's sister, Margaret Gertchen Henrichs, was later married to Robert Henry Patton, Susannah Patton was born c. 1849/50 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of John Patten/Patton, who was born c. 1804/05 in England, and Catherine (Yoe) Patton, who was born c. 1810 in Pennsylvania. At the time of the 1850 census, the Patten/Patton family is found in Cass, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania;
John Patton M 45 England
Catharine Patton F 40 Pennsylvania
Sarah Patton F 13 Ohio
John Patton M 11 Ohio
William Patton M 9 Ohio
Jane Patton F 5 Ohio
Susannah Patton F 1 Pennsylvania

At the time of the 1860 census, the Patten family is found in Limestone Township, Peoria County, Illinois;
John Patten M 55 Collier England
Catharine Patten F 49 Pennsylvania
Wm Patten M 19 Teamster O
Jane Patten F 15 O
Susan Patten F 11 Pennsylvania
Robert Patten M 9 Pennsylvania

At the time of the 1870 census, John Patten and his family are found in Tremont, Tazewell County, Illinois;
John Patten M 66 England
Catharine Patten F 59 Pennsylvania
Robert Patton M 19 Pennsylvania

At this time, it is not known what became of John and Catherine Patten.

Jacob W. Henrichs and Susannah (Patten) Henrichs are believed to have had the following children;
1. Catherine Henrichs, born c. 1868 in Illinois; believed to have died before 1880 as she is not found in the 1880 census.

2. Henry R. Henrichs, born November 26, 1870 in Illinois. Henry was married to Jennetta/Jenettie Brant on March 15, 1893 in Gage County, Nebraska. Their children include;
A. Orval Henrichs, born c. 1894/95 in Nebraska.

B. Virgil Henrichs, born c. 1896/97 in Nebraska.

C. Roe Henrichs, born c. 1899/1900 in Nebraska.

At the time of the 1900 census, Henry and his family are found in Bunch Creek & White Rock Townships Billings town, Noble, Oklahoma Territory;
Henry R Henrichs Head M 30 Illinois
Jennetta Henrichs Wife F 26 Missouri
Orval Henrichs Son M 5 Nebraska
Virgil Henrichs Son M 3 Nebraska
Roe Henrichs Son M 0 Nebraska
Jesse Brant Brother-in-law M 22 Missouri

Henry died on December 30, 1949 and his mortal remains were laid in the Old Mission Cemetery in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 38417650.

3. William Henrichs, born __________ __, 1875 in Nebraska.

4. Hannah Henrichs, born ___________ __, 1877 in Nebraska

5. George A. Henrichs, born July/August __, 1879 in Nebraska. George is believed to have died c. October 29/30, 1880 at the age of 1 year, 2 months and __ days and his mortal remains were laid in the Praire Home Cemetery in Diller, Jefferson County, Nebraska. See his Find A Grave Memorial # 119321720.

6. Mary Charlotte Henrichs, born __________ __, 1881 in Diller, Jefferson County, Nebraska. Some believe that Mary was married to William G. Janssen on October 16, 1901. However, at the time of the 1910 census, Charlotte is believed to be the Charlotte McFadden we find in Natoma, Osborne County, Kansas.
Edwin Mcfadden Head M 48 Iowa
Charlotte Mcfadden Wife F 29 Nebraska
Harvey Mcfadden Son M 15 Kansas
Samuel Henricks Brother-in-law M 17 Nebraska
William Morehead Boarder M 48 Illinois
Millie Gurley Boarder F 25 Illinois
Esper Anderson Boarder F 22 Kansas

7. Jacob Henrichs, born __________ __, 1883 in Diller, Jefferson County, Nebraska

8. Jessie Henrichs, born October __, 1884 in Diller, Jefferson County, Nebraska.

9. Samuel Clark/Clarke Henrichs, born c. 1891/92 in Diller, Jefferson County, Nebraska. At the time of the 1910 census, Samuel is found living with his sister, Charlotte, and her family in Natoma, Osborne County, Kansas. His father and mother are listed as having been born in Pennsylvania, respectively;
Edwin Mcfadden Head M 48 Iowa
Charlotte Mcfadden Wife F 29 Nebraska
Harvey Mcfadden Son M 15 Kansas
Samuel Henricks Brother-in-law M 17 Nebraska
William Morehead Boarder M 48 Illinois
Millie Gurley Boarder F 25 Illinois
Esper Anderson Boarder F 22 Kansas

At the time of WWI, Samuel was residing in Texas. Nothing more is known about Samuel Clark Henrichs at this time.

Now to continue with what we known about the family of Jacob W. Henrichs and Susannah "Susan" (Patton) Henrichs;
At the time of the 1870 census, the Henrichs family is found in Limestone Township, Peoria County, Illinois. They own land, where they farm, near the County Poor Home;
085 Henries Henry 58 M farmer Germany
085 Henries Johana 50 F wife Germany
085 Henries John Henry 20 M farmer Germany
085 Henries Abbo 15 M at home Illinois
085 Henries Margaret 12 F at home Illinois
085 Henries Jane 6 F at home Illinois
086 Henries J. W. 25 M farmer Germany
086 Henries Susana 20 F wife Pennsylvania
086 Henries Catharine 2 F Illinois

In the early 1870's, Jacob and Susannah moved their growing family to Nebraska, where they settled initially in Cass County, Nebraska.

At the time of the 1880 census, the Henrichs family is found in Pleasant, Jefferson County, Nebraska, where Jacob is farming. The Robert Patton family is also found here at this time.
Jacob Henricks Self M 35 Germany
Susan Henricks Wife F 30 Pennsylvania
Catharine Henricks Daughter F 12 Illinois
Henry Henricks Son M 9 Illinois
William Henricks Son M 5 Nebraska
Hannah Henricks Daughter F 3 Nebraska
George A Henricks Son M 0 Nebraska

At the time of the 1885 Nebraska State Census, Jacob Henrichs and his family are found in Diller, Jefferson County, Nebraska;
J W Henrichs Father M 43
Susan Henrichs Wife F 38
Catharine Henrichs Daughter F 17
Henry Henrichs Son M 15
William Henrichs Daughter M 11
Hannah Henrichs Daughter F 7
Mary Henrichs Daughter F 4
Jacob Henrichs Son M 2
Jessie Henrichs Son M 0
Fanny Harms Cousin F 26
John Harris Cousin M 21
George Harris Boarder M 19
Alf William M 26
Lucie William Wife F 23
Arthur William Son M 1
Carl William Son M 0

Jacob W. Henrichs (spelled Henrys) is known to have been a member of G.A.R. Post 245 in Diller, Jefferson County, Nebraska. He is also found listed as J. W. Henricks, Co. I, 86th Illinois in some records in Diller, Nebraska.
In 1887, some of the surviving members of the 86th Illinois organized and held a reunion of the old 86th. More than surviving members of the 86th attended this 1st reunion, which was held on August 27, 1887, the 25th Anniversary of the mustering in of the men of the 86th. These reunions continued to be held on or as close to that August 27th mustering in date as time permitted through 1923. Jacob W. Henrichs (Henry) was able to attend the reunion of 1891, where he was able to meet with 93 members of the regiment, 12 of whom were from his old Co. I. This proved to be the only reunion that he was able to attend.

Susannah "Susan" (Patton) Henrichs died sometime between that 1885 and the 1900 census. She may have died in childbirth when Samuel was born. It is not known whether she died in Jefferson County, Nebraska or not or where her mortal remains were laid.

At the time of the 1900 census, Jacob is believed to be Jake Henry Henrichs we find in Barneston Township, Barneston village, Gage County, Nebraska. Late in life, Jacob is believed to have been married to a Henrietta Ulrich Behrends, who was also a widower;
Jake Henry Henrichs Head M Dec 1844 56 Germany
Henerietta Henrichs Wife F 46 Indiana
Sam Henrichs Son M 8 Nebraska
William Behrends Stepson M 16 Iowa
Edward Behrends Stepson M 15 Nebraska
Annie Behrends Stepdaughter F 13 Nebraska
Grace Behrends Stepdaughter F 10 Nebraska
Mary Behrends Stepdaughter F 9 Nebraska

In the 1900's, Jacob W. Henrichs moved the family to Kansas. If the Jake and Henrietta in 1900 is the right family, then, he and Henrietta have gone their seperate ways. At the time of the 1920 census, a Jacob W. Henrichs is found in Stafford, Stafford County, Kansas. He is listed as widowed, which would kind of be correct;
Jacob W Henrichs Head M 75 Germany
Melvin H Hayes Stepson M 23 Nebraska

About 1923, Jacob is known to have moved to Wichita, Kansas. Private Jacob W. Henrichs died on March 5, 1925 in Wichita, Kansas. Jacob's earthly remains were laid to rest in the Old Mission Cemetery in Wichita.

On November 22, 2011, Willa, at the Wichita Genealogy Society sent me an email with the following obituary attached;

From Wichita Eagle edition of March 6, 1925
"J. W. HENRICHS DIES
Jacob W. Henrichs, 80, died at his home 1502 Arkansas avenue, Thursday at 4 p.m. Mr. Henrichs was born near Hamberg, Germany and came to the United States with his parents when nine years old. The family settled in Illinois. Later he moved to Nebraska, where he settled on a claim. About 1877 he moved to Russell county, Kansas, where he made his home until two years ago, when he came to Wichita.
He was a Civil war veteran, having served in Company G, 86th Illinois. He was a member of the G.A.R. at Diller, Neb., and the Central Church of Christ here. Surviving him are a daughter, Mrs. Josephine McGhee; a step-daughter, Mrs. Emma McElroy, Randall, Kan., and two sons, Henry R. and Edward J. Henrichs, both of Wichita. The body was taken to Gill Mortuary."

by Baxter B. Fite III and George H. Myers, whose email address is patcoghm@gmail.com

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Henrichs family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Jacob W. Henrichs and the Henrichs family. Baxter would also love to see copies of any pictures of Jacob W. Henrichs, especially any showing him in uniform from his days in the service, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Henrietta Ulrich Behrends-Henrichs (1854 - 1942)*
 
 Children:
  George A. Henrichs (____ - 1880)*
  Henry R Henrichs (1870 - 1949)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Mission Cemetery
Wichita
Sedgwick County
Kansas, USA
 
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: Joe Gibbens
Record added: Jun 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38417651
Pvt Jacob W Henrichs
Added by: Joe Gibbens
 
Pvt Jacob W Henrichs
Added by: Joe Gibbens
 
Pvt Jacob W Henrichs
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