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Henry J Aten
Birth: Oct. 12, 1841
Fulton County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 7, 1913
Brown County
Kansas, USA

BIO: Henry J. Aten was born near Astoria, Fulton County, Illinois, October 12th 1841. His parents were Richard Aten and Ann Peterson. Both were of Holland Dutch descent. The Atens came to Long Island about the year 1651 and the Petersons about the same time. The great grandfathers of Mr. Aten, both paternal and maternal, served in the Revolutionary War, and his grandfather on his mother's side of the house was a soldier in the war of 1812. Mr. Aten's father and mother were both born in West Virginia. There they were married and removed to Illinois in the spring of 1840. Mr. Aten worked on a farm and attended school winters until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted on August 8th 1861 in Company H of the 28th Illinois Infantry. He was with Grant in the Belmont expedition but later in the campaign was taken down with pneumonia and was discharged after a ten months' service. Recovering from this, he re-enlisted on August 12th 1862, in Company G of the 85th Infantry and served to the close of the war, taking part in the battles of Perryville, Murfreesburo, Chickamaugua, Chattanooga, and the battles of the Atlanta campaign. He marched with Sherman to the sea, saw Joe Johnson surrender and marched in the Grand Review up Pennsylvania Avenue. In October 1866 he entered the Chicago Business College and graduated in February of the next year. He then taught in the Bryant and Stratton business college at Quincy until 1870 when he came west, landing at Hiawatha on the 1st day of March. Upon the organization of the town of Hiawatha he was appointed city clerk and served in that capacity for two years. In 1870 he was elected clerk of the court and served one term. His successor, Henry Anderson, died in office, and Mr. Aten was appointed to fill out his term. In 1874 he was elected Mayor of Hiawatha as the temperance candidate and reelected in 1875. It was during this administration that the Hiawatha Club defied the city and was driven out of business. In 1889 Mr. Aten was appointed one of the three commissioners to negotiate with the Kickapoo and Pottawatomie Indians for taking their lands in severalty and later was appointed special allotting agent for both tribes. Mr. Aten joined the Odd Fellows in 1868 in Quincy, Ill. He has been an active and enthusiastic member of the order ever since and has risen high in its councils. He was Grand Patriarch of the Grand Encampment of Kansas in 1894-95; Representative of the state in the Supreme Grand Lodge in 1895-96; and is now serving as Grand Treasurer of the Grand Encampment. He is also a member of the Grand Army and has been twice elected Post Commander of Hiawatha Post 130. Ten years ago when Col. John A. Martin died Mr. Aten was elected vice president of the Army of the Cumberland to succeed him and has been annually reelected ever since. Mr. Aten's business is that of a land, loan and insurance agent. He has a substantial stone office on the southeast corner of the public square and in the thirty years that he has been a resident of Hiawatha he has loaned thousands of dollars for eastern parties and disposed of many an acre of Brown County land to new settlers. For the past two years he has spent his leisure time compiling a history of his regiment, the 85th Illinois, for publication. The book is now in press and is a volume of more than four hundred pages. It gives a straight narrative of the regiment from its organization to the time it was mustered out and then follows it up with a biography of each member of the regiment. The members of the regiment are scattered now into all parts of the Union and it has taken an immense amount of labor and the writing of more than a thousand letters to secure the necessary information, but the work has been a labor of love and the book comes from the press one of the most complete regimental histories ever published. Mr. Aten was married September 15, 1870, at Quincy, Ill., to Maria L. Burbidge and their family consists of two daughters - Edna B., a successful Brown County teacher, and Stella W., who will graduate from the State University at Lawrence next June.

SOURCE: "Annals of Brown County, Kansas" compiled and published by Grant W. Harrington, 1903.
FIRST SERGEANT HENRY J. ATEN was born October 12, 1841, on a farm near Astoria, Fulton county, Illinois, on which his parents, Richard Aten and Ann Peterson, of Brook county, Virginia, had settled in the spring of 1840. His paternal and maternal ancestors were from Holland; both his great grandfathers served the colonies in the War of the Revolution, and his maternal grandfather was a soldier in the war of 1812. He first enlisted August 8, 1861, in Company H, Twenty-eight Illinois Infantry, and served until discharged at Grand Junction, Miss., June 19, 1862, for disability from an attack of typhoid pneumonia. He again enlisted August 12, 1862, and was chosen corporal at the organization of Company G, was promoted sergeant at Bowling Green, Ky., December 12, 1862, and first sergeant February 17, 1863, at Nashville, Tenn. He participated in all the battles and campaigns in which the command was engaged; commanded the company the Atlanta to the sea and was mustered out with the regiment. Returning to Illinois at the end of his service, he worked on the old homestead until the autumn of 1866, attended business college at Chicago, and began teaching bookkeeping in the business college at Quincy, Ill., the following spring. He taught and kept books until the spring of 1870, when he went to Kansas and engaged in the real estate and loan business at Hiawatha, in Brown county. He married Miss Marla L, Burbige, of Quincy, Ill., September 15, 1870, and has two daughters the issue of this marriage. He has served as clerk of the district court, mayor of Hiawatha, and was appointed by President Harrison to negotiate with the Pottawatomie and Kickapoo Indians for the allotment of their lands in severalty. Later he was appointed special agent and allotted lands to the members of both tribes. For ten years past he has been vice-president of the Society of the Army of the Cumberland for Kansas. Is the writer of the history in which this sketch appears, and resides at Hiawatha, Kan.

SOURCE: History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, by: Henry J. Aten, 1901, CHAPTER XXXIII, Pages 433 - 449.

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CIVIL WAR records:
Rank: CPL, Company G, Unit 85 IL US INF
Personal Characteristics:
Age: 20
Height: 5' 8 1/2
Eyes: GRAY
Complexion: LIGHT
Marital Status: SINGLE
Occupation: FARMER
Service Record:
Joined When: AUG 11, 1862
Joined Where: FULTON CO, IL
Joined By Whom: CPT CUMMINGS
Period: 3 YRS
Muster In: AUG 27, 1862
Muster In Where: PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom: N/A
Muster Out: JUN 5, 1865
Muster Out Where: WASHINGTON, DC
Muster Out By Whom: LT SCROGGS

SOURCE: Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database.
m. 15-Sep-1870, Quincy, Adams Co., IL.
Groom: ATEN, HENRY J; Bride: BURBRIDGE, MARY/MARIA L; Date: 1870-09-15; Volume/Page: / ;County: ADAMS (IL).
SOURCE: Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 17631900.
i. Edna Aten, b.1874 d.????.
ii. Stella Wolcott Aten, b.1881 (Springfield IL) d.1973 (Hiawatha, KS).
Family links: 
  Richard Aten (1815 - 1881)
  Ann Peterson Aten (1816 - 1892)
  Maria L. Burbidge Aten (1848 - 1916)
  Edna B Aten Bugg (1874 - 1950)*
  Stella Wolcott Aten (1881 - 1973)*
  Henry J Aten (1841 - 1913)
  John Q Aten (1843 - 1906)*
  Cornelius L Aten (1845 - 1909)*
  Lucinda Aten Bryan (1847 - 1924)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Cemetery
Brown County
Kansas, USA
Maintained by: David L Aten Sr
Originally Created by: Robert Kuhmann
Record added: Dec 27, 2010
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Henry J Aten
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