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Birth: Jul. 26, 1837
Washington County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Jan. 17, 1917
Fulton County
Illinois, USA

Private WILLIAM BRIGGS ARNOLD, Co. D, 86th Illinois & Co. E, 1st Regiment Infantry Mississippi Marine Brigade

William Briggs Arnold was born on July 26, 1837 in Washington County, Rhode Island, the son of William P. Arnold and Almy Green "Annie" (Briggs) Arnold. The Arnold came west to Illinois in 18__, where they settled in Fulton County. William P. Arnold was born c. 18__ in _______________, while Almy was born on December 22, 1802 in __________. William P. Arnold is believed to have died in 1880, but, it is not known where he died or where his earthly remains were laid to rest. Almy Green (Briggs) Arnold returned to Rhode Island sometime after William's death and she died on Apr. 20, 1899. Her earthly remains were laid to rest in the River Bend Cemetery, Westerly, Rhode Island in Washington County.
Sometime after the census of 1860 and before 1862, William Briggs Arnold moved to Trivoli. There on August 14, 1862, William volunteered to serve in a company which was being raised in Trivoli, Illinois by James S. Bean for service in the Union Army.

Rank PVT Company D Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence TRIVOLI, PEORIA CO, IL Age 24 Height 5' 5 1/2 Hair DARK
Eyes GRAY Complexion DARK Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER

Service Record
Joined When AUG 14, 1862 Joined Where TRIVOLI, IL
Joined By Whom J S BEAN Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out N/A
Muster Out Where N/A Muster Out By Whom N/A

The following afternoon, Bean led about 90 Trivoli volunteers into Peoria, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. On August 27, 1862, 83 of those Trivoli volunteers were mustered in as Company D of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. James S. Bean was elected and promoted to Major of the entire regiment, so the men of Co. D elected Frank Hitchcock to be their Captain.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 85th & 86th Illinois marched out the gates of Camp Lyon, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, and boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Four weeks later, the men of the 85th & 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade, chasing Confederate troops in Kentucky. On Oct. 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those troops in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the 86th Illinois suffering their first casualties. There would be many more in the years to come. After the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the Confederates withdrew from Kentucky and the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, where the 86th would go into winter camp.
On January 23, 1863, Private William Briggs Arnold was discharged to enlist in the Mississippi Marine Brigade at New Albany, Indiana. How he came to be in New Albany or when he was sent there is not known at this time. The Mississippi Marine Brigade was a Union Army unit raised during the American Civil War as part of the United States Ram Fleet. These soldiers acted as Marines aboard United States Army rams patrolling the Mississippi River. The unit was commanded by members of the Ellet family and was organized as part of the Regular Army instead of a State unit.
From New Albany, William Briggs Arnold was sent to Benton Barracks, located near St. Louis, Missouri, where he enlisted and was mustered into service on January 31, 1863 in Co. E of the 1st Regiment Infantry Volunteers Mississippi Marine Brigade. Company E was commanded by Captain Fisher. Private William Briggs Arnold served the remainder of the war in the Mississippi Marine Brigade. Private William Briggs Arnold was discharged on February 1, 1865 at Vicksburg, Mississippi. He apparently then returned to his home in Peoria County.
William Briggs Arnold was married on Nov. 19, 1865 in Peoria County, Illinois to Mary Ann Stimeling, who was born on December 18, 1840 in Pennsylvania. Mary Ann was the daughter of Michael Stimeling, who was born on September 22, 1811 in Juniata County, Pennsylvania and died on September 24, 1889 in Peoria County, and Catherine (Keller) Stimeling, who was born on August 29, 1812 in Pennsylvania and died on March 24, 1899 in Elmwood, Peoria County, Illinois.
Three children are known to have been born to William and Mary Ann at this time. They are;
1. Albert Arnold, born c. 1866/67; died sometime after 1880.
2. William Michael Arnold; born October 25, 1869 in Freeport, Illinois; died November 9, 1933 in Peoria, Illinois.
3. Elmer Eugene Arnold; born August 27, 1879, most likely in Fulton County, but possibly in Peoria County, Illinois; died July 12, 1967 in Bellwood Nursing Home, Peoria, Illinois.

At the time of the 1870 census, the Arnold family is found residing in Orion Township in Fulton County, near Canton, Illinois;
12 Arnold William 29 Farm laborer Rhode Island
12 Arnold Mary 29 Keeps House Pennsylvania
12 Arnold Albert 3 Illinois
12 Arnold William 7/12 Illinois Oct. 1869
13 Arnold William 70 Farmer 2000 500 Rhode Island
13 Arnold Annie 68 Keeps House Rhode Island

In 1880, William, Mary Ann and the three boys are found residing in Breed's Station, Fulton County, Illinois;
William B. Arnold, born c. 1839 in Rhode Island, Self, father's birthplace: Rhode Island, United States; mother's birthplace: Rhode Island, Martial status: Married, age 41 years, occupation: Farm Laborer
Mary Arnold, born c. 1841 in Pennsylvania
Albert F. Arnold, born c. 1867 in Illinois.
William M. Arnold, born c. 1870 in Illinois.
Elmer E. Arnold, born c. 1879 in Illinois.

Mary Ann (Stimeling) Arnold died on July 29, 1904 in the Wolf Settlement, Orion Township, Fulton County, Illinois.

Two years after Mary's death, William Briggs is believed to have been married to Amelia Howard in 1906.

William B. Arnold was a member of the Joe Hooker G.A.R. Post #69 in Canton, Illinois for many years. In a book entitled "Illustrated Roster of the Department of Illinois, Grand Army of the Republic" which was printed in 1914, W. B. Arnol, Co. D, 86th Illinois is still listed as being a member of that post.

Private William Briggs Arnold died on January 12, 1917 in Canton, Fulton County, Illinois. His earthly remains are believed to have been laid to rest in the Penn Ridge Cemetery beside those of his wife of 38 years, Mary Ann (Stimeling) Arnold.
It is not known what became of Amelia Howard, if in fact he was married to her.

by Baxter B. Fite III

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Arnold family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Private William Briggs Arnold and the Arnold family. Baxter would also also love to see copies of any pictures, especially any showing him in uniform, that may have survived the years added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

Family links: 
  Almy Green Briggs Arnold (1802 - 1899)
  Mary Ann Stimeling Arnold (1840 - 1904)*
  William Michael Arnold (1869 - 1933)*
  Elmer Eugene Arnold (1879 - 1967)*
  Benjamin Franklin Arnold (1828 - 1902)*
  William Briggs Arnold (1837 - 1917)
*Calculated relationship
Penn Ridge Cemetery
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
Record added: Nov 07, 2010
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- Lois
 Added: Feb. 8, 2013

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