|Birth: ||Oct. 15, 1840|
County Armagh, Northern Ireland
|Death: ||Aug. 29, 1923|
From the 8/29/1923 Rockford Register Republic.
William Andrews one of the best known members of G.L. Nevius Post, No 1., Grand Army of the Republic, died peacefully at his home, 1724 Harlem blvd, about 5 o'clock this morning.
Mr. Andrews served his country with distinction during the cival war, receiving a medal from General McPherson at the seige of Vicksburg for bravery in carrying a dispatch. He was a member of the board of supervisors of Winnebago county and treasurer of the road commision at one time.
He was also well known for his love of outdoor sports, especially golf. Day after day he might have been seen on the Rockford Country club golf links where he regularly played 36 holes.
William Andrews was born in County Armagh, Ireland on Octobe 15, 1840. He would have been 83 years old this year. His parents David and Jane Andrews, came to the United States in 1847 and settled in Boone county, where William was educated in the district school. When 20 years old he went to Capron where he taught for two years before enlisting in the Union army August 22, 1864, with Co E, 95th Illinois infantry, under Col. F.W. Humphrey. He fought at Champion Hills and at the siege of Vicksburg and at the Red River campaign.
In 1864 Mr. Andrews fought in the White river district of Missouri against Price. Thence his company moved to Louisville and by boat to Nashville where it engaged with the Confederate General Hood. In December 1864 Co E sailed from New Orleans , landing at Fish River and took part in the seige and capture of the Spanish fort and Fort Blakely, Ala. From there they marched to Montgomery where they learned of the surrender of Lee and the assination of Lincoln. Their march continued to Oplika, Ala., and Springfield where Mr. Andrews was mustered out August 17, 1865.
The next four years were spent in Capron teaching. In 1869 he launched a commercial enterprise of his own, opening a dry goods store which he successfully conducted for 20 years. In 1889 he sold out and returned to Rockford.
In Capron he was active in the Grand Army circle, organizing Cromwell post, No 314 in 1883, and held the office of commander for two years. When he moved to Rockford he transferred to G.L. Nevius post, No.1. He was endorsed by this post for the office of department commander of Illinois for the year 1915.
He was a prominent member of the Order of Elks, and Rockford Country club and held office in Court Street Methodist Church.
Mr. Andrews had been suffering from stomach trouble for a year but had not been seriously ill. He was able to engage in his favorite sport, golf, each day. Monday suffered an acute attack but was up and around again Tuesday. This morning Mrs. Burr found him dead.
He celebrated his fifty-fifth wedding anniversary April 23rd last.
William Andrews married Miss Mary Sinton of Capron in 1868. She survives him besides a daughter, Mrs. Fred L. Burr, 1725 Harlem blvd., and a son E.E. Andrews of Chicago; two grandchildren, Mrs. Ralph Hughes of Rockford, and Mrs. Harlan Eldred, Highland Park, and one great-grandchild, Burr Lowrey Hughes.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed, awaiting the arrival of the son from Chicago, but probably will be held Friday afternoon, the Rev. J.S. Dancy officiating.
Created by: JNM
Record added: Aug 27, 2009
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