Booth, James Henderson - Co. H - CIVIL WAR VETERAN ~~ (Feb. 19, 1841 - Aug. 24, 1902)
James H. Booth, a Civil War Veteran, was born Feb. 19, 1841, and passed away Aug. 24, 1902. Burial was in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Battle Creek, Ida County, Iowa.
J. H. Booth, a farmer of Section 12, Garfield Twp., Ida County, was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, in 1841, a son of Jeremiah and Jane (Henderson) Booth, natives also of Ohio. He came to Ida County, Iowa, in 1880.
He was reared in Coshocton County, Ohio, until 10 years of age, then in Cass County, Indiana, thence to Rice County, Minnesota, spending his school days in Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, and Iowa. He came to Buchanan County, Iowa, in 1857, and he has since been engaged at farm labor.
In that county in 1861, he enlisted in Co. H, 14th Iowa Infantry for 3 years, or during the war. He was mustered into service at Davenport, and took part in the Battles of Shiloh and Fort Donelson. Mr. Booth was discharged in 1862, on account of ill health, returned to Buchanan County, and December 29, 1862, re-enlisted in Co. H, 27th Iowa Infantry for 3 years, or during the war. He participated in the campaign at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, where he received a gunshot wound, and was confined in the hospital at Memphis. At Montgomery, Alabama, in 1865, he was honorably discharged, and returned to Buchanan County. He was there engaged in farming until July 1880, when he purchased 80 acres of land on Section 12, Garfield Township, Ida County, Iowa. He erected a good residence 20 x 26 ft, with an L (14 x 14 ft.) has a fine grove and orchard of 2 1/2 acres, and has added to his original purchase until he owned 160 acres. He was engaged in general farming and stock-raising.
In Buchanan County, in October 1868, he was united in marriage with Miss Christiana Peyton, a native of Muscatine County, Iowa, and a daughter of Philip Peyton, a native of Kentucky. To this union were born 3 children, George W., Marion W., and Nancy J. Mr. Booth served as Road Supervisor and a member of the School Board. He was one of the early pioneers of Garfield Township, Ida County, Iowa.
The father, a farmer by occupation, moved to Cass County, Indiana, in 1849, and in 1855 to Rice County, Minnesota, where he cleared a farm. In 1857 he came to Iowa, in 1881 returned to Dodge County, Mn.; and in 1889 came to Battle Creek, Ia. His death occurred in January 1892, and the mother still resided in Battle Creek in 1893. They were parents of 9 children: H. B. of Buchanan County, Iowa; J. H. Booth (the subject of this biography); William (who enlisted in 1861 in Co. H, 14th Ia. Infantry for 3 years and was wounded at Shiloh, died in the field hospital near Corinth in 1862 at 19 yrs.); Isaac of St. Paul, Mn.; Hannah M. (wife of Geo. W. Spetzer of Battle Creek); Sarah (wife of Frank North of Kansas); Nancy J.; George (deceased when young); and Mary (deceased by 1893). H. B. Booth, the eldest child, enlisted in Buchanan County, Ia., in Aug. 1862 in Co. H, 27th Ia. Infantry, and was mustered into service at Dubuque and took part in the Battle of Pleasant Hill. He served principally in Missouri, Mississippi, and Alabama, also in the Tennessee campaign, and after 3 yrs. of service was mustered out at Clinton, Iowa.