|Birth: ||Feb. 22, 1840|
|Death: ||Jul. 19, 1925|
Private ALBERT W. BELCHER, Co. H, 86th Illinois
Albert W. Belcher was born on February 22, 1840 at Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois, the 2nd of two sons of Daniel Belcher and Rachel (__________) Belcher. The other was named Daniel Belcher Jr. Daniel Belcher Sr. was born about 1796 in Massachusetts. Rachel (Dralse) Belcher was born about 1807 in New York. Their first son, Daniel Jr., was born about 1837 in New York. In 1838, Daniel and Rachel moved west with their one year old son, settling in Peoria County in what was then called Charleston, Illinois, but soon to be renamed Brimfield. In the spring of 1839 Daniel erected the first frame house in Charleston (Brimfield), which soon came to be known as Brimfield House. The Belchers rented out the lower room to travelers and lived on the second floor. Brimfield House came to known as one of the best managed and popular country hotels in the whole of Peoria County. Daniel Jr. and Albert both worked as Clerks in the Hotel as young adults and Daniel Jr. continued to operate the Hotel after his father's passing in the early 1870's. Together, Daniel Sr. and Daniel Jr. ran Brimfield House for more than 50 years.
As stated earlier, Albert W. Belcher was born in 1840 and grew up in the hotel business. At the time of the 1860 census, Albert is working as a Clerk in the Hotel in Brimfield.
In August of 1862, Peorian David W. Magee, a veteran of the Mexican War, began recruiting a Peoria area company to serve in the Union Army during the Civil War. On August 8, 1862, Magee was recruiting in Brimfield and Albert W. Belcher volunteered to serve in this Peoria area company.
ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
Illinois Civil War Detail Report
Name BELCHER, ALBERT Rank PVT
Company H Unit 86 IL US INF
Residence BELCHER, PEORIA CO, IL
Age 22 Height 6'
Hair BROWN Eyes BROWN
Marital Status SINGLE
Nativity BRIMFIELD, PEORIA CO, IL
Joined When AUG 8, 1862
Joined Where BRIMFIELD, IL
Joined By Whom D H MAGEE
Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862
Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out JUN 6, 1865
Muster Out Where WASHINGTON, DC
Muster Out By Whom LT SCROGGS
When Magee had about 100 volunteers he and the men of his company went into camp at Camp Lyons, located near present day Glen Oak Park. Most likely because of his previous military experience, David W. Magee was elected to serve as the first Lieutenant Colonel of the 86th Illinois. The men of the Peoria area company, then elected John C. Hall to serve as their Captain. On August 27, 1862, Captain John C. Hall, Private Albert W. Belcher and 87 of the other Peoria area volunteers were mustered into service as Company H of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 86th Illinois marched out of the gates of Camp Lyon, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, down to the railroad depot. There they were joined by the men of the 85th Illinois, which had been mustered into service at Camp Peoria. Together at the depot, the men of the 85th and 86th Illinois boarded trains bound for Camp Joe Holt, located at Jeffersonville, Indiana, across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. Three weeks later, the men of the 85th and 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade, in pursuit of Confederate troops. 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 next three years.
During the next three years, Private Albert W. Belcher would serve faithfully in Co. H as the men of the 86th served in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, Albert was witness to and a participant in numerous battles and skirmishes, some of the bloodiest fighting in the Western Theatre of the war, including the Battles of Chicakamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia, Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia; Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia; Averysboro, North Carolina; and Bentonville, North Carolina, to name a few and would march with Sherman to the Sea.
After the war came to a close, the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Washington, D.C., where in May they marched down Pennsylvania Avenue on the 2nd day of the Grand Review. On June 6, 1865, Private Albert W. Belcher was there with the surviving members of the 86th Illinois when they were mustered out of service at Washington, D.C. They then were sent by train to Chicago, Illinois where they received their final pay and were discharged. By the end of June of 1865, most of the surviving members of the 86th Illinois where back home with their families in Central Illinois.
Albert W. Belcher was married on December 27, 1868 in Peoria County to Sarah Elizabeth Slocum. Sarah Elizabeth Slocum was born on July 22, 1845 in Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph J. Slocum and Elizabeth McCullough. One of Sarah Elizabeth's brothers was George Washington Slocum, who was also a member of Co. H serving with Albert W. Belcher. Four children are known to have been born to Albert and Sarah. They are;
1. Thaddeus F. "Thad" Belcher, born c. 1869/70 in Peoria County, Illinois. Thad F. Belcher was married to Leah Taylor on December 8, 1898 in Bloomington, Mclean County, Illinois. His parents are listed as Albert W. Belcher and Sarah Slocum, while Leah's parents are listed as James Taylor and Margeret Dean.
Thaddeus F. Belcher died on June __, 1904 in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois and his mortal remains were laid in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. It is not known if Thad and Leah had any children or what became of Leah at this time.
2. Lois Irene Belcher, born April 16, 1872 in or near Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois. Lois Belcher was married to Albert Webster Sumner (1863 - 1939) on November 1, 1891 in McLean County, Illinois. Albert W. Sumner was born on February 17, 1863 in Atlanta, Illinois, the son of William T Sumner and Sarah (Bruner) Sumner, both of whom were born in Illinois. Two children are known to have been born to Lois and Albert. They are;
A. Donovan Belcher Sumner, born November 25, 1898 in McLean County, Illinois. Donovan B. Sumner was married to Elsie J. Groves Sumner (1898 - 1988). At the time of the 1940 census, Donovan and his family are found in Ward 2 of the city of Bloomnington, Bloomington City Township, McLean County, Illinois;
Donovan B Sumner Head M 41 Illinois
Elise J Sumner Wife F 41 Illinois
Robert G Sumner Son M 8 Illinois
Donovan B. Sumner was residing at 1211 N. Main Street, next door to his mother, at the time of her death in 1959. Donovan B. Sumner died on March 1, 1964 and his mortal remains were laid in the Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 59678827
B. Albert William Sumner, born May 27, 1904 in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. Albert was married to Irene A. ____________. At the time of the 1930 census, Albert and his family are found in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois;
W Albert Sumner Head M 27 Illinois
A Irene Sumner Wife F 22 Illinois
W Albert Sumner Son M 4 Illinois
L Carol Sumner Daughter F 1 Illinois
Agust Beahling Father-in-law M 70 Germany
At the time of the 1940 census, Albert is listed as being married, but, he is living with his mother in Ward 6 of the City of Bloomington, Bloomington City Township, McLean County, Illinois;
Lois J Summers Head F 68 Illinois
Albert W Summers Son M 37 Illinois
Albert William Sumner died on January 13, 1952 in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada and his mortal remains were laid in the Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 59678872.
At the time of the 1910 census, the Sumners are found in Ward 6 of Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois;
Ben Sumner Head M 48 Illinois
Lois Sumner Wife F 38 Illinois
Donovan B Sumner Son M 11 Illinois
Albert W Sumner Son M 6 Illinois
Albert Webster Sumner died on September 28, 1939 in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois and his mortal remains were laid in the Park Hill Cemetery on September 30, 1939. Lois Irene (Belcher) Sumner died on September 13, 1959 in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. Her residence at the time of her death was 1209 N. Main Street in Bloomington. Her mortal remains were laid in the Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. See her Find A Grave Memorial# 59678841.
3. Della Ruth Belcher, born c. 1876/77 in Peoria County, Illinois.
4. Allen Elbert Belcher, born c. 18__; died at the age of 6 years of age.
At the time of the 1870 census, the Belcher family is found in Brimfield Township of Peoria County, Illinois;
129 Belcher Albert 30 M Lumber Merchant 7,000 2,000 Illinois
129 Belcher Sarah 25 F Illinois
129 Belcher Thaddeus 1 M Illinois
At the time of the 1880 census, the Belchers are found in Brimfield, Peoria County, Illinois;
Albert W Belcher Self M 40 Illinois
Sarah Belcher Wife F 35 Illinois
Thad Belcher Son M 10 Illinois
Lois Belcher Daughter F 8 Illinois
Della R Belcher Daughter F 3 Illinois
In 1887, some of the surviving members of the 86th Illinois organized and held a reunion on August 27, 1887 in Peoria, Illinois. This was the 25th Anniversary of the mustering in of the 86th Illinois. Private Albert W. Belcher was one of 130 surviving members of the 86th Illinois. It was decided that these reunions should continue to be held and were held every year on or as close to that August 27th anniversary date as possible through 1923. At that reunion, which was attended by 22 veterans, it was tearfully decided that this would be the last reunion.
No one from Co. H attended more reunions than Private Albert W. Belcher. Albert only missed four reunions from 1887 through 1923, those being the reunions of 1892, 1894, 1896 and 1904. Private Albert W. Belcher also served as the 86th Illinois Commander for one of the reunions.
About 1897, Albert and Sarah moved to Bloomington, Illinois where they resided the remainder of their lives.
At the time of the 1910 census, the Belchers are found in Ward 1 of Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois;
A W Belcher Head M 70 Illinois
Sarah Belcher Wife F 60 Illinois
At the time of the 1920 census, Albert and Sarah are found residing with their daughter and son-in-law in Bloomington Precinct 23, McLean County, Illinois;
Albert W Sumner Head M 57 Illinois
Lois Sumner Wife F 47 Illinois
Albert Sumner Jr. Son M 16 Illinois
Albert W Belcher Father-in-law M 79 Illinois
Sarah Belcher Mother-in-law F 74 Illinois
Private Albert W. Belcher died on July 19, 1925 in his home at 1208 E. Washington Street in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois after an illness of several months. His mortal remains were laid in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington, McLean, County on July 21, 1925.
Sarah resided in the family home at 1208 E. Washington Street in Bloomington, Illinois for the remainder of her life. At the time of the 1930 census, Sarah is found widowed and living alone in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. Sarah Elizabeth (Slocum) Belcher died on July 22, 1933 in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. Her mortal remains were laid in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois beside those of her husband of 56 years on July 24, 1933 in Section 14, Lot 75.
by Baxter B. Fite III
(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Belcher family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Albert W. Belcher and the Belcher family. Baxter would also love to see copies of other photographs of Albert W. Belcher added to his Find A Grave Memorial, especially any showing him in uniform from his days in the service, for all who have an interest.)
Daniel Belcher (1787 - 1872)
Rachel Belcher (1807 - 1876)
Sarah Elizabeth Slocum Belcher (1845 - 1933)
Thaddeus Belcher (1869 - 1904)*
Lois Irene Belcher Sumner (1872 - 1959)*
Evergreen Memorial Cemetery
Plot: Section: 14 Lot: 75
Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
Record added: Nov 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61593973
Added: Feb. 4, 2015
Rest in Peace!|
Added: Feb. 9, 2013