|Birth: ||Dec. 6, 1835|
|Death: ||Apr. 6, 1868|
According the the Massachusetts Town Vital Records: Edgar Franklin Ainsworth was born on Dec. 6, 1835 to Alvin and Eunice Ainsworth of Longmeadow, Mass.
I haven't found anything after that about him until 1850, when he was living with the Stevens family. They may have been relatives or neighbors.
There were two large Stevens families who came to Sangamon Co., Illinois and were registered for the census in 1850.
1850 Census - Sangamon Co., IL
Hiram Stevens 35 VT Farmer
Nancy Stevens 25 IL
Louisa Stevens 0 IL
Fanny Stevens 60 IL
Adaline Stevens 41 Mass
Edgar Ainsworth 14 Mass
Caroline Younger 16 NY
Juliett Younger 7 IL
Mr. Ainsworth married Miss Mary A. Bolton on Dec. 20, 1860 in Madison Co., Illinois. He enlisted in Alhambra, Ill. in 1862 for the US Army.
His enlistment card state". He was mustered in at Camp Butler in Illinois and fought with Co G of the 117th Illinois Infantry Union troops.
He was a member of the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) and there is a GAR flag holder near his monument. He was a member of that huge group of young men who fought in the Civil War and who were therefore eligible for membership in this organization.
In 1865, he was living in Littleton, Schuyler County, IL. This census gives his name as head of the household, but we don't know names of the others since they were not named in this census. All we know, is that there were at this address: one white male under 10 yrs; two white females under 10 yrs; 1 white male 20 - 30 yrs; one white female 20 - 30 yrs. old; and one white male 60 - 70 yrs old. (Edgar would have been 30 at this time.)
Mr. Ainsworth was 31 years of age when he died, according to the white marble stone on his grave. There is no one else buried here with his surname.
"HOPE" is engraved on his stone -- we can only guess what he was hoping for. Since he was so young when he passed away, perhaps he, like so many others, died of wounds or injuries from the war.
Eunice Sophia Luce Wilson (1812 - 1902)
Nelson Foster Ainsworth (1833 - 1872)*
Edgar Franklin Ainsworth (1835 - 1868)
Frances Cornelia Ainsworth Wilson (1840 - 1920)*
Emily Ann Ainsworth Dodds (1843 - 1929)*
Albert A. Ainsworth (1843 - 1872)*
Mary L Wilson Runkle (1848 - 1939)*
Note: I believe this stone at one time, had a finial for the top. It must have broken or fallen off.
Plot: 8 South - 19
Created by: Connie F
Record added: Dec 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45844896