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Basil D. Battin
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Birth: Jan. 11, 1839
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Feb. 9, 1931
Wayne County
Nebraska, USA

-- CIVIL WAR VETERAN -- Rank: Colonel --
Basil D. Battin was born in Ohio, Jan. 11, 1839, and died in Wayne, Nebraska, on Feb. 9, 1931, at the home of Dr. Lawrence Young where Basil was spending the winter with Mrs. Mary Young carrying for him. He was a Civil War Veteran. (AKA: Bazel D. Battin)

When young, after leaving Ohio, he moved into Wisconsin. From there he came to Nebraska in the spring of 1868. Here he had a homestead until sometime in the 1870s when he entered the merchant's business. At Winner, NE., he built the first hotel in that part of the country.

He was the nightwatchman in Ida Grove, Iowa, for 20 years. There and in Woodbury County were spent practically 50 years of his life.

When he was working in Durst's Mill, at Willow Dale, Iowa, one day, he was on the second floor of the mill, fixing something to a post, while close behind him was a couple of cog wheels making several hundred revolutions per minute. Forgetting his perilous situation, he stepped bck a few inches when the cogs commenced gathering up his clothes near the small of his back. In a moment more, he would have been ground to pieces had he not shown great presence of mind and grabbed both arms around the post and hung tight for his life. The back of his vest and shirt were torn from his body in the "twinkling of an eye." He escaped uninjured, although badly frightened (1878).

His first wife was Amanda Eldridge. Amanda was born July 13, 1840, died July 24, 1914. She is buried at the Correctionville, Iowa, Cemetery. They had 8 children,with only one remaining, Mrs. Lainson of Hastings, Nebraska. Several of the little girls born to Basil and Amanda are buried in the Ida Grove Cemetery, Ida County, Iowa (no markers). He had 5 grandchildren, Harry, Clarence, Eldon Lainson of Hastings, NE., and York, NE.; Clifford Heath of Correctionville, and Vera Poulsen of Alta, Iowa. There were 6 grandchildren.

His second wife was Rebecca Walter of Correctionville, Iowa. There were no children with this marriage.

He was a Corporal, Co. B, 33rd Reg. Wisc. Vol. and participated in 35 battles in the Civil War. That he was brave is evidenced by his splendid record, including risky captures of rebel men, when defeat seemed inevitable.

The Correctionville American Legion Post gave military services for Basil, the Civil War Veteran.
[Correctionville, Iowa: 150th Anniversary History, 1855 - 2005, p. 66]
Basil D. Battin, a Civil War veteran, married Harriet "Rebecca" (Gulliford) Walker, widow of Manning H. Walker of Correctionville in Tyndall, South Dakota, on April 12, 1915. After their marriage they moved to Correctionville and built the Arts and Craft style home located at 213 Driftwood Street (Highway 31).
The lower floor of the two-story house features a foyer/hall with an open staircase constructed of oak. There are oak-pillared entranceways from the hall to the living room and between the living and dining rooms. A kitchen, patry, two bedrooms and bathroom are also located on the lower floor. The upper floor has four bedrooms and a half bath. A brick and wood porch runs along the front and part of the side of the house.
The house at one time was used as a funeral home. Delores Bahrke currently owns the house.

[Correctionville, Iowa: 150th Anniversary History, 1855 - 2005, p. 122 - 123]
Basil D. Battin was born January 11, 1839, in Freeport, Harrison County, Ohio. After leaving Ohio, he moved to Wisconsin. He enlisted and served as corporal in Company B, 33rd Regiment of Wisconsin Volunteers, during the Civil War. He took part in 35 battles and had a splendid record, which included risky captures of rebel men when defeat seemed inevitable. He went to Nebraska in the spring of 1868 where he had a homestead until the 1870s when he entered the merchants business. He then moved to the Winner, South Dakota, vicinity where he built the first hotel in that part of the country. Still later he moved to Ida Grove, Iowa, where he was the night watchman for 20 years and from there he moved to Correctionville.

Before the Civil War he married Amanda Eldridge on July 13, 1860, in Boscobel, Wisconsin. They had eight children together before she died July 24, 1914, in Correctionville. She is buried in the GAR section of the Correctionville Cemetery.

His second marriage was to Harriet "Rebecca" (Gulliford) Walker, widow of Manning H. Walker of Correctionville, on April 12, 1915, in Tyndall, South Dakota. She died on September 26, 1923, and is buried beside her first husband. Rebecca and Basil built the home on Driftwood Street.

Basil Battin died at Wayne, Nebraska, February 9, 1931, the last of his family, at the age of 92 years and 29 days. Survivors included a daughter from his first marriage, Mrs. Lainson of Hastings, Nebraska; five grandchildren, Harry, Clarence and Eldon Lainson of York, Nebraska, Clifford Heath of Correctionville, and Vera Poulsen of Alta, Iowa; and six great-grandchildren. A full military funeral was held and interment made in the Correctionville Cemetery, but there is no record of his burial.

Marriage 1 Harriet Rebecca GUILLIFORD b: 26 MAY 1844 in New York, USA
Married: 12 APR 1915

Family links: 
  Amanda Eldridge Battin (1840 - 1914)
  Harriet Rebecca Guilford Battin (1844 - 1923)
  Ettie Battin Lainson (1862 - 1938)*
  Ina L. Battin Heath (1866 - 1924)*
  Adelia Battin (1870 - 1879)*
  Flora Battin (1873 - 1879)*
  Zona Battin (1876 - 1879)*
  Child Battin (1877 - 1879)*
  Bernice Battin (1880 - 1891)*
  Mamie Battin (1882 - 1891)*
*Calculated relationship
Correctionville Cemetery
Woodbury County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Conley Wolterman
Record added: Apr 19, 2007
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Basil D. Battin
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thanks for your Civil War service
- Tom Mauer
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