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Pvt Ira Grabill
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Birth: 1838
Highland County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 1922
Shelby County
Iowa, USA

Private IRA GRABILL, Co. F, 86th Illinois

Ira Grabill was born on __________ __, 18__ (c. 1839) at __________, Ohio in Highland County, the son of Isaac Grabill and Susan (Mire) Grabill. Isaac Grabill was born on __________ __, 1807 at __________, Virginia, while Susan was born on __________ __, 18__ at __________, __________. Eight children are known to have been born to Isaac and Susan. They are;
1. Ira Gravill, born __________ __, 18__ (c. 1839)
2. Abraham Grabill, may very well be the Abraham Grabill who was born on Sep. 18, 1843 in Ohio and who died on Feb. 3, 1903 in __________, Missouri; This Abraham Grabill was married to Martha Jane Holloway (1840 - 1903) on September 16, 1865 in Knox County, Illinois; Their earthly remains are buried in the Glenwild Cemetery, West Line, Cass County, Missouri.
3. Jacob Grabill, born ___________ __, 18__; a Jacob Grabill was married to a Isabel Housh in Knox County on June 17, 1866.
4. America Grabill, born __________ __, 18__; married to __________ Moore.
5. Thomas C. Grabill, born Nov. 1, 1850 in Highland County, Ohio; died May 17, 1909 at Maquon, Knox County, Illinois; a Thomas C. Grabill was married to a Prudence Jones in Knox County on May 9, 1872.
John Peter Grabill, born __________ __, 18__
6. Mary E. Grabill, born __________ __, 18__; married to __________ Belden and then later to __________ Blair.
7. Mariah Grabill, born __________ __, 18__; married to __________ Beavers.
8. Louisa M. Grabill, born __________ __, 18__; married to __________ Gardner.

Susan (Mire) Grabill is known to have died about 1856. About that same time, Isaac loaded his children in a prairie schooner and headed west, where they settled in Knox County, Illinois. Isaac Grabill died on Nov. 8, 1878
in Knox County, Illinois. His earthly remains were laid to rest in the Maquon Cemetery in Maquon, Illinois.

On July 29, 1862, Ira Grabill volunteered to serve in a company which was being raised in Maquon, Illinois by a local Carpenter, Contractor and Businessman by the name of James L. Burhalter. Following is the information that was given at the time as well as a little information about his service record;

Rank PVT Company F Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence MAQUON, KNOX CO, IL Age 23 Height 5' 9 Hair BLACK
Eyes GRAY Complexion DARK Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER

Service Record
Joined When JUL 29, 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
Remarks N/A

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 85th & 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 trains bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Three weeks later, the men of the 85th & 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, Ira Grabill and the men of McCook's Brigade served in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, Ira Grabill 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 Ira Grabill was discharged from the service along with the rest of the surviving members of the 86th and they were soon on their way home.

Ira Grabill was married to Anna Catherine Mohler on August 30, 1867 in Knox County, Illinois. Anna was born on __________ __, 1850 at __________, Ohio, the daughter of George Mohler and Amelia (Fletcher) Mohler. Seven children are known to have been born to Ira and Anna. They are;
1. Emma Jane Grabill, born __________ __, 1870.
2. John Wesley Grabill, born __________ __, 1872.
3. Cora B. Grabill. born __________ __, 1874/75.
4. William Martin Grabill, born __________ __, 1876.
5. Francis M. "Frank" Grabill, born __________ __, 1879.
6. Earl Grabill, born January 28, 1882 in Shelby County
Iowa; died on September __, 1963 at __________, __________; buried in the Bowmans Grove Cemetery in Shelby County, Iowa.
7. Arlow Grabill, born __________ __, 1890.

Ira Grabill and family are found in Harlan, Shelby County, Iowa at the time of the 1880 census;
Ira Graybill, born c. 1840 in Ohio; relationship to head: Self; spouse's name: Anna Graybill; father's birthplace: Pennsylvania; mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania; martial status: Married; age (expanded): 40 years; occupation: Laborer
Anna Graybill, born c. 1850 in Ohio
Susan M. Graybill, born c. 1869 Illinois
Emma J. Graybill, born c. 1870 Missouri
John W. Graybill, born c. 1872 Illinois
Cora B. Graybill, born c. 1875 Iowa
Martin W. Graybill, born c. 1877 Iowa
Frances M. Graybill, born c. 1879 Iowa

The surviving members of the 86th Illinois had his last mailing address as 1400 Cyclone Avenue in Harlan, Iowa.

Private Ira Grabill died on December 11, 1922 in Harlan, Iowa.

by Baxter B. Fite III

(Baxter would love to hear from anyone, especially descendants of the Grabill family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Ira Grabill and the Grabill family. Baxter would also love to copies of any photographs of Ira Grabill that may have survived the years, 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: 
  Isaac Grabill (1807 - 1878)
  Anna Catherine Mohler Grabill (1850 - 1937)*
  Emma Jane Grabill Bunce (1870 - 1921)*
  John Wesley Grabill (1872 - 1958)*
  William Martin Grabill (1876 - 1969)*
  Frank M. Grabill (1879 - 1935)*
  Earl Grabill (1882 - 1963)*
  Arlow Grabill (1890 - 1961)*
  Jacob P Grabill*
  Louisa Grabill Gardner (1837 - 1911)*
  Ira Grabill (1838 - 1922)
  America Grabill Moore (1845 - 1923)*
  Jonathan Peter Grabill (1846 - 1918)*
  Thomas C. Grabill (1850 - 1909)*
*Calculated relationship
Harlan Cemetery
Shelby County
Iowa, USA
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: ADD
Record added: Jun 23, 2009
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REMEMBER ~~ CIVIL WAR VETERAN ~~~GRABILL, Ira ~~~ CO F 86th Infantry (Illinois) UNION Private, age 23, born in Ohio, residing in Knox County, IL at time of enlistment on Aug 27, 1862. Mustered out on June 6, 1865 at Washington D. C ~~~~ b. 1838-d.1922
 Added: Apr. 28, 2013
 Added: Feb. 18, 2013
Ira Grabill was inducted into Company F, 86th Illinois Infantry in Maquon, Illinois in Aug 1862, the same day as my great grandfather David Coon.
- Fran Denny
 Added: Aug. 1, 2009

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