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PVT Oscar Delos Stowell
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Birth: Jun. 27, 1835
Chenango County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 14, 1922
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

Private OSCAR DELOS STOWELL, Co. C, 86th Illinois

I have yet to find Oscar D. Stowell in the 1860 census. He is most likely in the Peoria County area. He is known to have been in Peoria County in 1840 and 1850 and at the time he enlisted in the service, claims Hallock Township in Peoria County as his place of residence. On August 11, 1862, Oscar D. Stowell went into Chillicothe, Illinois, where he volunteered to serve in a company which was being raised in Chillicothe, Illinois, and in the townships immediately north and west of Chillicothe, including Halleck Township in Peoria County and LaPrairie and Saratoga Townships in Marshall County. This company was being raised for service in the Union army by John H. Batchelder, who operated the Ferry at Chillicothe, and Dr. Joseph Thomas, a Chillicothe area Physician. When he volunteered, Oscar gave his residence as Hallock Township, Peoria County, Illinois.

Personal Characteristics
Age 26 Height 5' 7 1/2 Hair BROWN
Eyes BROWN Complexion SALLOW
Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER

Service Record
Joined When AUG 11, 1862
Period 3 YRS Muster In AUG 27, 1862
Muster In Where PEORIA, IL

When Batchelder and Thomas had almost 100 volunteers, they led the Chillicothe area company into Peoria where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. On August 27, 1862, Batchelder, Thomas and 87 of their volunteers, including now Private Oscar D. Stowell, were mustered into service as Co. C of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Dr. Thomas was elected by the men of Co. C to serve as their Captain, while Batchelder was elected to serve as their 1st Lieutenant.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 86th Illinois marched out the gates of Camp Lyon, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, down to the railroad depot. There at the depot, they were joined by the men of the 85th Illinois, who had been mustered into service at Camp Peoria. Together, at the depot, the men of the 85th & 86th boarded trains bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana, which was located across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. By early October, the men of the 85th & 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 years to come. After the Battle of Perryville, the Confederate troops withdrew from Kentucky and the men of McCook's Brigade headed for Nashville, Tennessee, where they would go into winter camp.
Many men during these early days of the war, were having great difficulty with their health, the new diet and new lifestyle were not conducive to good health. Even before the men of McCook's Brigade had left the Camp Joe Holt/Louisville area, many men were left behind sick in the hospitals. The mortal remains of thousands of Union soldiers lie in the Nashville National Cemetery who succumbed to various ailments during the winter of 1862/63 in Nashville.
On their way to Nashville, the men of McCook's Brigade passed through Bowling Green, Kentucky and then Gallatin, Tennessee. Rest breaks of several days were taken at each of these cities to allow the men to recuperate from the long marches. Many more men were left behind sick in makeshift hosptials in these cities when McCook's Brigade moved on to Nashville. One of the men believed to have been having difficulty with his health at this time was Private Oscar D. Stowell, who was left behind in a Gallatin, Tennessee hospital.
Whatever his ailment, nothing the doctors did seemed to help Private Stowell. Finally in January of 1863, the doctors made the decision that the best thing that they could do for Private Stowell, was to discharge him from the service and send him home, with the hope that with the help of family and some home cooking, he could regain his health. So on January 20, 1863, after having served his country in uniform for five months, Private Oscar D. Stowell was discharged from the service at Gallatin, Tennessee and sent home. Once back home, with the help of family and that home cooking, Oscar D. Stowell did survive his ailment and went on to live a long life.
Oscar D. Stowell is believed to have been married twice. Oscar Stowell was married to Anna Goodwin/Goodwing on July 4, 1866 in Peoria County, Illinois. Anna may have been the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Goodwin, who are found in Peoria County in 1870. Anna must have died shortly after they were married as she is not found in the 1870 census. At the time of the 1870 census, Prudence and her son, Oscar, are found in Hallock Township, Peoria County, Illinois;
Prudence Barton F 53 New York
Oscar Stowell M 34 New York
Clara Hartsell F 10 Illinois

At the time of the 1880 census, Oscar D. Stowell is found residing in Hallock Township, Peoria County, Illinois, living next to Thomas Goodwin and Joseph Gullett and their families. All three men are Brickmakers. Oscar D. Stowell is listed as widowed. Thomas Goodwin is one of the sons of Joseph and Margaret Goodwin found in the 1870 census. Oscar D. Stowell is not listed with any children.
On October 20, 1884, Oscar D. Stowell was married to Alice Amanda Clark in Hallock, Iroquois County, Illinois. Alice was born on July 10, 1852 in either Harpersville or Colesville, New York, the daughter of John Clark and Electa E. (Stowell) Clark. Four children were born to Oscar and Alice, including;
1. John Clark Stowell, born September 19, 1885 in or near Chillicothe, Peoria County, Illinois. John was married on May 16, 1914 in Livingston County, Illinois to Wilberta Estell Wait, who was born on January 19, 1891 in or near Forrest, Livingston County, Illinois, the daughter of William E. Wait and Lydia (Prentiss) Wait. John C. Stowell died on ___________ __, 1967, while Wilberta died on June __, 1978. Their mortal remains were laid in the Blue Ridge Cemetery in Peoria County, Illinois. They are believed not to have had any children.

2. Arthur Clinton Stowell, born February 10, 1888 in or near Blue Ridge, Peoria County, Illinois. Arthur served as a Corporal in the United States Army. At the time of the 1930 census, Arthur is found residing with his brother, Ira, in Hallock, Peoria County, Illinois;
Ira G Stowell Head M 39 Illinois
Arthur C Stowell Brother M 42 Illinois

Arthur is believed never to have married and to have never had any children. Arthur C. Stowell died on June 14, 1976 and his mortal remains were laid in the Blue Ridge Cemetery in North Hampton, Peoria County, Illinois. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 65942156.

3. Ira Gilbert Stowell, born August 20, 1890 in or near Northhampton, Peoria County, Illinois. Ira G. Stowell is also believed never to have married and to have never had any children. Ira died on August 9, 1941 in Los Angeles County, California and his mortal remains were returned to Illinois where they were laid in the Blue Ridge Cemetery in North Hampton, Peoria County, Illinois. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 65942159.

4. Mary Electa Stowell, born June 21, 1895 in or near Northhampton, Peoria County, Illinois. Mary was married on February 14, 1916 to Guy Willard Placher, who was born on April 18, 1895 to Willard Placher and Adeline (Evans) Placher.

Mary and Guy were the parents of;
A. Oscar W. Placher, born January 22, 1917 in or near Chillicothe, Peoria County, Illinois. Oscar W. Placher was married to Elsie M. Klingbeil (1924 - 1989) on December 15, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Oscar and Elsie were the parents of five children;
a. David of Lostant, Illinois.
b. James of Peru, Illinois
c. George of Lafayette, La.
d. William of Cornelius, Ore.
e. Diane (Placher) Keyt of LaSalle, Illinois.

Oscar was a World War II veteran, serving as a sergeant with the Army Corps of Engineers in the European, African and Pacific theaters. Oscar died on December 1, 1995 in Toluca, Marshall County, Illinois and his mortal remains were laid in the Blue Ridge Cemetery in North Hampton, Peoria County, Illinois. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 36815527.

B. Robert Clark Placher (1922 - 1922)

C. Andrew Lester Placher (1924 - 1996)

D. Ira Gene Placher, born __________ __, 1926 in Illinois. Ira was married to Coleen Ann Simpson (1928 - 2014) on June 6, 1948. Ira Gene Placher died on October 20, 1971 and his mortal remains were laid in the Chillicothe City Cemetery in Chillicothe, Peoria County, Illinois. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 63908056.

E. Alice A. Placher, born c. 1930/31 in Illinois. Alice was married to ___________ Pearson. They resided in St. Joseph, Illinois in 1995.

At the time of the 1940 census, Mary and her family are found in Edelstein, Hallock Township, Peoria County, Illinois;
Guy W Placher Head M 44 Illinois
Mary E Placher Wife F 44 Illinois
Oscar W Placher Son M 23 Illinois
Andrew L Placher Son M 16 Illinois
Ira Gene Placher Son M 13 Illinois
Alice A Placher Daughter F 9 Illinois

Mary E. (Stowell) Placher died on May __, 1989 and her mortal remains were laid in the Blue Ridge Cemetery in North Hampton, Peoria County, Illinois. See her Find A Grave Memorial# 65942020.

In 1887, some of the surviving members of the 86th Illinois organized and held a reunion on August 27, 1887, the 25th Anniversary of the mustering in of the men of the 86th Illinois. Oscar D. Stowell was one of more than 130 men who attended this 1st reunion of the old 86th. There Oscar was able to "clasp hands" with 20 men from old Co. C, many of whom Oscar had not seen since the war. Oscar did not attend the 2nd reunion, but he was there for the 3rd. During the following years, Oscar was able to attend 12 of these reunions, which were continued until 1923. The last reunion that Oscar D. Stowell attended was the reunion of 1911.
At the time of the 1900 census, the Stowells are found in Hallock township, Peoria County, Illinois;
Oscar Stowell Head M Jun 1835 65 New York
Alice Stowell Wife F Jul 1852 48 New York
John Stowell Son M Sep 1885 15 Illinois
Arthur Stowell Son M Feb 1888 12 Illinois
Ira Stowell Son M Aug 1890 10 Illinois
Mary Stowell Daughter F Jun 1895 5 Illinois
John Clark Father-in-law M Apr 1823 77 New York
Electa E Clark Mother-in-law F Aug 1825 75 New York

by Baxter B. Fite III, (Find A Grave Contributor # 47203738, whose email address is

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Stowell family, who might be able to add to the biographical information that we have on Private Oscar D. Stowell and the Stowell family. Baxter would also like to see copies of any other photographs of Oscar D. Stowell, which may have survived the years, especially any showing him in uniform from his days in the service, be added to his Find A Grave Memorial for the benefit of the Chillicothe Historical Society and for all with an interest. Thanks! Baxter)

Pension applied for: 03-24-1890 in Illinois. Widow Alice A. C. applied for pension 5-3-1922 in Illinois. 
Family links: 
  Clark Stowell (1803 - 1836)
  Prudence Avalisa McKain Barton (1815 - 1872)
  Alice Amanda Clark Stowell (1852 - 1924)
  John Clark Stowell (1885 - 1967)*
  Arthur Clinton Stowell (1888 - 1976)*
  Ira Gilbert Stowell (1890 - 1941)*
  Mary Electa Stowell Placher (1895 - 1989)*
  Oscar Delos Stowell (1835 - 1922)
  Ira A. Barton (1842 - 1915)**
*Calculated relationship
Blue Ridge Cemetery
North Hampton
Peoria County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Don Stowell
Record added: Oct 26, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60658295
PVT Oscar Delos Stowell
Added by: Baxter B. Fite III
PVT Oscar Delos Stowell
Added by: Baxter B. Fite III
PVT Oscar Delos Stowell
Added by: One Foot In The Grave
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 Added: Dec. 2, 2011

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