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Don Markwell (#47457615)
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Added by Anne S. on May 05, 2014 5:13 PM

J.S. Bush
RE: William Markwell
Thanks for the info. I had worked on William also. I found the Report that also listed his death at home but the date corresponds with the dates of the battle of Ft Donelson. I was thinking he was wounded and sent home and died there two weeks after. Speculation on my part but was assuming the same as another relative of mine (John C. Bush) in Co H wounded at Shiloh and was sent back and died in hospital several days later. After saving a copy of the roster and remembering back on the many pictures I have taken my next project is to put together a Virtual Cemetery of CO H, 29th ILL Inf. They are scattered in many of those little cemeteries. Ft Donelson and Shiloh were costly battles to that little part of Edgar County.
Thanks again,

Added by J.S. Bush on Nov 25, 2013 5:37 AM

J.S. Bush
RE: William Markwell
What you see in the picture is an America Legion marker placed on veterans graves. This William Markwell was the one in the Civil War (Co H, 29 Ill Inf). He was wounded at the Battle of Ft Donelson in Feb 1862 and died on Feb 27 of those wounds. He was the brother of my g g grandmother's second husband, Abner F. Markwell. She was Margaret Conner Parker Markwell.
William's father is listed as John Markwell, b.1807, and some family trees on Ancestry has John's grandfather listed as the william French Markwell you mention b.1750. If that is true then your William is this William's great Uncle. I did some searching and did not find John either.

Sorry for not being much help but was fun trying.

Added by J.S. Bush on Nov 24, 2013 7:23 PM

Michael Markwell
William French Markwell's stairways
Hello, Don,

Thank you so much for posting that photo of William French Markwell's stairways on the Find A Grave website! 50 years ago Mrs. Gussie Cummins of Decatur, IL gave me copies of the photos she took of the front door and chimney of the house while it was being dismantled in 1941. Much more recently I heard from a Markwell cousin still in that part of Kentucky that there was a photo out there somewhere of the stairs in the house's hallway. I'm so happy to finally see it. Do you know the picture's history or who has the original?

Mrs. Cummins told me that by the time she arrived at the house after hearing it was being demolished the inn which had been in a long el at the other end of the house had already been removed. Have you ever run across any pictures or descriptions of the inn?

Thanks for all your dedicated efforts to find and preserve our history,


Added by Michael Markwell on Nov 20, 2013 4:25 PM

Beth McGlasson
Wards in Elsah Cemetery
I just noticed that you maintain the Find a Grave memorials for the Wards buried in Elsah Cemetery in Jersey County, Ill. I wanted to let you know that we reset William Ward Sr.'s stone yesterday and plan to mortar on the top tomorrow night. Also, once we get a bottom piece made for William Ward Jr.'s stone, we'll reset that stone as well. I'll post photos when we're finished.

Beth McGlasson
Jersey County Historical Society

Added by Beth McGlasson on Sep 23, 2013 7:01 PM

RE: Memorial# 51783429
Don - I have transferred Sylvia to you at your request - we are related as distant cousins to Ralph through the Bear line. I would love to share information if you have any regarding Laura Irene Bear. Please email me at


Added by Patty on Aug 26, 2013 9:35 AM

Rev. Dale Sims
RE: The Ward family
The Ward's are transferred. If there are any more let me know.

Added by Rev. Dale Sims on Aug 24, 2013 7:36 PM

Rachel Goodman
Hello Cousin!
Just stopping by to say hi to one of my favorite cousins! ;)


Added by Rachel Goodman on Jun 28, 2011 4:40 PM


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