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Pvt William D. Bollinger
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Birth: Oct. 25, 1837
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jul. 11, 1914
Pennsylvania, USA

(Note: As of November 24, 2013 we just can't figure out where he is buried.)

Private WILLIAM D. BOLLINGER, Co. I, 86th Illinois

William D. Bollinger was born on October 25, 1837, most likely in Peoria County, Illinois, the son of Samuel Fahnestock Bollinger and Catherine/Katherine Bauman. Samuel was born c. 1808 in Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., PA and died in Davenport, Iowa. He was the son of ___________ Bollinger and Hannah (Fahnestock) Bollinger. Catherine Bauman was born c. 1808 in Pennsylvania. Samuel and Catherine were married in the late 1820's or early 1830's and are known to have had at least six children. They are;
1. William D. Bollinger, born October 25, 1837.

2. Albert Lester Bollinger, a twin, born May 14, 1839 in Lancaster Township, Peoria County, Illinois; died on September 11, 1901 in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA; buried in the Oakdale Memorial Gardens in Davenport.

3. Alfred Clarence Bollinger, a twin, born May 14, 1839 in Lancaster Township, Peoria County, Illinois; Alfred is believed to be the Alfred C. Bollinger who died in 1928 and who is buried in the Woodlawn Park North Cemetery and Mausoleum, Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA.

4. H. Elizabeth Bollinger, born c. March 15, 1840 in Lancaster Township, Peoria County, Illinois; died c. June 25, 1842 at the age of 2 years, 3 months and 10 days in Lancaster Township and her mortal remains were laid in the Lancaster Cemetery in Glasford, Peoria County, Illinois.

5. Samuel Edwin Bollinger, born January 14, 1842 in Peoria County, Illinois; married to Rachel Elizabeth Chenoweth who was born December 11, 1841 in Highland Co., OH and who died on October 11, 1927 in Elverta, Sacramento Co., CA; Samuel died on May 13, 1923 in Elverta, Sacramento Co., CA; Samuel and Rachel are buried in the Union cemetery, Roseville, Placer Co., CA.

6. Marcus Paul Bollinger, born c. 1848.

Years later, Col. Allen L. Fahnestock wrote the following. "Samuel F. Bollinger and wife came from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1836, and with my father, Jacob L. Fahnestock, laid off the town of Lancaster. Jacob Fahnestock, a manufacturer of plug tobacco, cigars and snuff, came to Illinois in 1836 from Abbottstown, Pa. With Samuel F. Bollinger, of Canton, he bought 160 acres in Sec.17 and laid off the town of Lancaster. He (Fahnestock) returned to Pennsylvania and the next year brought his family to their new home. Two of Mr. Bollinger's sons (Albert L. & William D.) were in my Co. I, 86th Ill. The old people are all dead. Wm. Bollinger lives in Lancaster, Penn., a homeopathic physician."
At the time of the 1840 census of Peoria County, Samuel Bollinger and his wife are found residing next to Jacob Fahnestock and his wife and family in what is then called the LaMarsh District of Peoria County. Samuel has three sons under the age of 5 at this time.

In the 1850 Federal Census of Peoria County the following is found;
Samuel F. Ballinger, 42, clerk, $4000, PA
Catharine Ballinger, 42, PA
William Ballinger, 12, IL
Albert Ballinger, 11, IL
Alfred Ballinger, 11, IL
Edwin Ballinger, 8, IL
Marcus Ballinger, 2, IL
[Next family in census listing is Allen and Sarah Fahnestock.]

At the time of the 1860 Federal Census the Bollingers are found in Timber Township of Peoria County;
Samuel F. Bollinger, 52, Tailor, Real estate $5,000/personal $1000, PA
Catharine Bollinger, 51, PA
Wm. D. Bollinger, 22, Student, IL
Albert Bollinger, 21, Carriage maker, IL
Alford C. Bollinger, 21, School teacher, IL
Samuel E. Bollinger, 18, IL
Marcus Bollinger, 11, IL
[Next family in listing is Allen Fahnestock; family preceding is Henry Fahnestock.]

About 1866, Samuel and Catherine moved the family to Geneseo, Illinois in Henry County. At the time of the 1870 census, Samuel and Catherine are found in Henry County, Illinois;
Samuel F Bollinger M 62 Pennsylvania
Catherine Bollinger F 62 Pennsylvania
Marcus Bollinger M 22 Illinois
Edwin Bollinger M 8 Illinois

Catherine (Bauman) Bollinger died there in Henry County on July 10, 1872 and her mortal remains were laid in the Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois in Block D, Lot 79, Grave 1. Samuel stayed on in Geneseo until the fall of 1873, when he moved to Davenport, Iowa to live with his son Albert Lester Bollinger.
Samuel Fahnestock Bollinger died on Feb. 4, 1874 in the home of his son, Albert Lester Bollinger in Davenport, Iowa. However, his body was returned to Geneseo, Illinois, where it was laid next to those of Catherine to rest in the Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois in Block D, Lot 79, Grave 2.

Now to continue with the biography of William D. Bollinger;

On August 1, 1862, William's brother, Albert, was one of the first men to volunteer to serve in a company which was being raised in the Lancaster, Illinois/Timber Township area of Peoria County by a well known business man and Lancaster area merchant, Allen L. Fahnestock. On August 9, 1862, William D. Bollinger also volunteered to serve in this company.

Rank PVT Company I Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence LANCASTER, PEORIA CO, IL Age 24 Height 5' 9 3/8 Hair DARK
Eyes GRAY Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation BLACKSMITH

Service Record
Joined When AUG 9, 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 N/A

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 the Bollinger brothers, were mustered in as Company I of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Albert L. Bollinger was elected by the men of the Lancaster/Timber Township company to serve as their 1st Sergeant.
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 three years, the Bollinger brothers would serve in Co. I as the men of McCook's Brigade were witness to and participants 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; Rome, Georgia; Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia, Averysboro, North Carolina; and Bentonville, North Carolina, just to name a few. They also participated on General Sherman's famous "March to the Sea". However, sometime during the war, something occurred and 1st Sergeant Albert L. Bollinger was punished and reduced to the ranks as a Private. See Albert L. Bollinger's Find A Grave site for more information about him.
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 Bollingers were mustered out of the service with the surviving members of the 86th at Washington, D.C. and they soon returned to their homes in Central Illinois.

It now appears, that as soon as he was mustered out of the service, William went back east to Pennsylvania where he attended the Pennsylvania Medical College in __________, Pennsylvania. He may have graduated as early as 1867.

By 1870, Samuel F. Bollinger and his son, Albert, moved to Henry County, Illinois. It is not known where William D. Bollinger was at this time. He may very well have returned to Pennsylvania by 1870. Here is what is found in the 1870 Federal Census, Geneseo, Henry Co., IL;
Albert L. Bollinger, 31, Carriage maker, personal estate $1000, IL
Emma Bollinger, 26, Keeps House, IL
James W. Bollinger, 3, IL
Cora Bollinger, 2, IL
Samuel F. Bollinger, 62, Carriage maker, Real estate $2000, personal $1000, PA
Catherine Bollinger, 62, Keeps house, PA
Marcus Bollinger, 22, clerk in store, IL
Edwin Bollinger, 8, IL
[I have been unsuccessful in locating Wm. D. in the 1870 federal census.]

At the time of the 1880 federal census, William is found residing in Lancaster Township, Lancaster Co., PA
Susan Wilhelm, 38
William Bollinger, 40, boarder, doctor, PA, PA, PA
Daniel Okeson, 66

On _________ __, 1886, William D. Bollinger was married to Caroline Keil. Caroline was born on March __, 1860 in __________, Pennsylvania. One daughter is known to have been born to William and Caroline. She is;
1. Inez Bollinger, born September __, 1894 in __________, Pennsylvania; Inez was married to Martin Luther Canup in 19__; Martin was born on March 10, 1879; In 1930, they are found in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.

At the time of the 1900, William and Caroline reside in Lancaster Ward 6, Lancaster Co., PA
William D. Bollinger, 58, b. Oct 1841, Married 14 years, PA, PA, PA, doctor
Caroline Bollinger, 40, b. Mar 1860, 1 child/1 living, PA, Germany, Germany
Inez Bollinger, 5, b. Sep 1894, PA, PA, PA

On February 21, 1903, William D. Bolliger filed for an Invalid Pension in Pennsylvania and it was approved.

At the time of the 1910 federal census, William and Caroline are still found in Lancaster Ward 6, Lancaster Co., PA
Wm. D. Bollinger, 71, doctor in general practice
Caroline Bollinger, 49, 1 child/1 living
Inez Bollinger, 15

Private William D. Bollinger is known to have died in 1914 in __________, ____________, but there is some disagreement as to the date that he died. His will was probated on July 21, 1914. Caroline Bollinger filed for a Widow's Pension on July 27, 1914 in Pennylvania.
At the time of the 1930 census, Caroline Bollinger is found residing with her daughter, Inez, in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. She is listed as widowed;
Luther M Canup Head M 51 North Carolina
Inez Canup Wife F 34 Pennsylvania
Billie Canup Son M 8 New York
Caroline Bowlinger Mother-in-law F 70 Pennsylvania

At the time of the 1940 census, the Canup's are found in Ward 1 of Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, but, Caroline Bollinger is not longer found with them;
M Luther Canup Head M 61 North Carolina
Inez Canup Wife F 36 Pennsylvania
William Canup Son M 18 New York

Caroline Bollinger died on __________ __, 19__ at __________, __________.
On May 30, 2013, I received the following email from MAJ Brian O. Remmey [Ret], Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. "Good day, we regret that neither the Sons of Union Veterans database, nor the cemetery records show William Bollinger as interned in Lancaster Cemetery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania." So at this time it is still unknown as to where Private William D. Bollinger's and Caroline Bollinger's mortal remains were laid.

Undated record of marriage:
Rev. Martin L. Canup to Wed June 19, 1918.
The marriage of the Rev. Martin Luther Canup, pastor of the English Lutheran Church of the Epiphany, 128th Street and Madison Avenue, and Miss Inez Bollinger, only daughter of Mrs. Bollinger and the late Dr. William D. Bollinger of Lancaster, Penn., will take place in that city on June 19. Miss Bollinger has been engaged in Red Cross and war relief work. The Rev. Mr. Canup is Vice President of the Lutheran Ministers' Association of this city.

1920 Federal Census, Manhattan Assembly District 20, New York, NY
Luther Canup, 40, clergyman
Inez B. Canup, 25

by Baxter B. Fite III and Carol Dorward, of Washington, Illinois.

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Bollinger family, who might be able to fill in some of the missing information on Private William D. Bollinger and the Bollinger family. Baxter would also love to get copies of any other pictures that may still exist of William D. Bollinger, especially any showing him in uniform, for his Find A Grave site and for the local Historical Societies.)

Family links: 
  Samuel Fahnestock Bollinger (1807 - 1874)
  Inez Bollinger Canup (1894 - ____)*
  William D. Bollinger (1837 - 1914)
  Albert Lester Bollinger (1839 - 1901)*
  H. Elizabeth Bollinger (1840 - 1842)*
  Samuel Edwin Bollinger (1842 - 1923)*
  Marcus Paul Bollinger (1848 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
Record added: Feb 16, 2011
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Pvt William D. Bollinger
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