|Birth: ||Mar. 22, 1837|
|Death: ||Aug. 5, 1896|
Born the son of Maria Hertzog and George Ebert, James was also known by his middle name William throughout his life. How he ended up in Zanesville, Ohio is unknown, but that is where William married Amelia Ream on August 6, 1857 and lived most of his life.
The Ohio 15th Volunteer Infantry was among the first to respond to Lincoln's call for 75,000 men for three months service. On April 17, 1861, William enlisted as a private in Company A at Camp Jackson in Columbus, Ohio. The regiment moved through West Virginia, taking part at Philippi, Laurel Hill and Carrick's Ford, before being discharged on August 30, 1861. William returned home to long enough to father two more children, leaving Amelia with four children under the age of five when he re-enlisted June 16, 1864. This time serving as a private with Company F in the 178th Regiment OVI, his regiment quickly was dispatched by rail and river to fight in Tennessee under Major-General George H. Thomas. The regiment participated primarily around Murfreesboro and Nashville, but moved to North Carolina in the spring of the following year. William was mustered out on June 28, 1865 in Charlotte, where they were performing garrison duty following the surrender of General Johnston's army. Records describe Ebert as follows: 5'5", fair complexion, dark eyes and brown hair.
A skilled machinist by trade, William was employed by the Blandy Machine Company in Zanesville. Interestingly, the 1880 U.S. Census listed his occupation as commercial traveler, an odd deviation. The effects of many years of manual labor might account for his admission to the State Soldiers & Sailors Home in Sandusky on December 25, 1888; where William's disability is shown as rheumatism. The family living is listed as "four boys"- no mention of Amelia or his daughter. There must have been a break with Amelia, as she was still living in Zanesville with one of their sons, according to the 1891 city directory, until her death on January 24, 1891. William was discharged from the veteran's home on December 17, 1892 for breaking the rules. After a brief period living in Cleveland, he eventually returned to Zanesville.
On the evening of August 5, 1896, William was crossing the railroad tracks for the purpose of securing his skiff to row up the river to fish camp. After stepping back to avoid a passing train, he was positioned directly on the line of another. According to the Zanesville News, "The engineer saw Ebert, sounded the whistle and applied the air brakes, but the unfortunate man apparently did not hear…and in an instant the iron horse was upon him. Quickly as possible…trainmen hurried to the spot where the body lay. Life was already extinct." Two of the man's friends witnessed the sickening happening and said that the deceased was hard of hearing, explaining why he paid no heed to the warnings of the oncoming train. The article went on to say that William was quite an active member of his G.A.R and "well known throughout the city. He has not made the best of his opportunities in life, but withal he was a kindly soul and a true friend. "
Amelia Alter Ream Ebert (1838 - 1891)
Catherine A. Ebert Scanlon (1859 - 1931)*
Harry L Ebert (1862 - 1926)*
Note: Int 0093; Unmarked
Maintained by: Dabparis
Originally Created by: Robert "Rob" Weller
Record added: Aug 14, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7762542
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