|Birth: ||Jun. 8, 1841|
|Death: ||Nov. 6, 1914|
Private GEORGE W. BOTHAM, Co. G, 86th Illinois
George W. Botham was born on June 8, 1841 in Manchester, Dearborn County, Indiana. George is believed to have been orphaned in the late 1840's and the children split up between other family and neighbors. George may have been the son of James B. Botham, who purchased some property in Dearborn County, Indiana in 1840. This property was sold in 1841.
One possible sister of George's is Drusilla Jane Botham, who was born in Maryland c. 1829/30, who is found living alone in Manchester, Dearborn County, Indiana at the time of the 1850 census. Drusilla Jane Botham was married to George W. Bennett about 1850. George W. Bennett was born in Manchester, Dearborn County, Indiana on August 1, 1819. In 1851, George and Drusilla came to Illinois, where they resided in Milo Township of Bureau County, Illinois. George was Justice of the Peace for some time.
Almost certainly one of George's brothers was Holly Botham, age 5, who is found in Sparta, Dearborn County, Indiana at the time of the 1850 census;
John Brumblay M 68 Maryland
Elizabeth Brumblay F 61 Maryland
Mary A Hindz F 17 Indiana
Joseph Johnson M 14 Indiana
Holly Botham M 5 Indiana
George W. Botham was sent or taken in by Rowland Ellis and his wife Frances (__________) Ellis. In late 1849 or early 1850, the Ellis family moved west to Illinois. At the time of the 1850 census, George W. Botham is found residing with Rowland and Francis Ellis and their family in Washington Township in Tazewell County, Illinois;
Rowland Ellis 35 Farmer Maine
Francis Ellis 24 Indiana
Cynthia Ellis 12 Indiana
Talbot Ellis 0 Indiana
George Botham 9 Indiana
In the 1850's Holly Botham came west to Illinois to live with the Ellis family as well. They are found there is Washington Township in Tazewell County, Illinois at the time of the 1860 census;
Rolan Ellis M 44 Mine
Francis Ellis F 30 Ind
George Ellis M 18 Ind
Holly Bothan M 16 Ind
Elexine Ellis F 6 Ill
Tranqueline Ellis F 4 Ill
Amos Ellis M 2 Ill
Rolin D Ellis M 3 mo. Ill
Though George W. Botham is not found with the family at this time, he must have been residing nearby as a year later, George W. Botham was married on November 28, 1861 to Harriet Ellis in Tazewell County, Illinois. Harriett was born on October 24, 1841 in Pleasant View, Shelby County, Indiana, the daughter of Joseph Ellis and Elvira/Almira (Forelan) Ellis. At the time of the 1860 census, this Ellis family is found in Manchester Township in Dearborn County, Indiana;
Joseph Ellis M 41 Ind
Almira Ellis F 38 Ind
Mary Ellis F 20 Ind
Harriet Ellis F 18 Ind
Jane Ellis F 17 Ind
Sarah Ellis F 14 Ind
Eliza Ellis F 13 Ind
Anna Ellis F 12 Ind
Algira Ellis F 8 Ind
Elizabeth Ellis F 6 Ind
Abigail Ellis F 3 Ind
Hannah Ellis F 1 Ind
Perhaps at the time of the 1860 census, George was back in Indiana courting Harriett Ellis.
Joseph Ellis (1816-1866) died in Dearborn County, Indiana. His wife was Almira Freeland/Forelan. Almira is buried in Glendale Cemetery. Joseph Ellis was a sibling to the elder Roland Ellis (1814-1868). From census records, there were at least 12 children (11 daughters & 1 son) in Joseph and Almira's family.
On March 6, 1862, Holly Botham went to Chicago, Illinois and volunteered to serve in what was to become Co. D of the 65th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, which was being organized at Camp Douglas in Chicago. Holly was elected by the men of Co. D to serve as a Corporal and on March 15, 1862 Corporal Holly Botham and the men of the 65th Illinois Infantry were mustered into Federal service there at Camp Douglas.
ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
Illinois Civil War Detail Report
Name BOTHAM, HOLLY Rank CPL
Company D Unit 65 IL US INF
Residence WASHINGTON, TAZEWELL CO, IL
Age 18 Height 5' 6 Hair DARK
Eyes BLUE Complexion LIGHT
Marital Status SINGLE
Occupation FARMER Nativity __________
Joined When MAR 6, 1862
Joined Where CHICAGO, IL
Joined By Whom LT EWER
Period 3 YRS Muster In MAR 15, 1862
Muster In Where CHICAGO, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out Where
Muster Out By Whom
Remarks DIED AUG 20, 1862 AT MARTINSBURG VA
The men of the 65th soon found themselves headed east to western Virginia, where it formed part of the Harper's Ferry garrison. While they were there, Corporal Holly Botham is believed to have become quite ill. On August 20, 1862, after having served his country in uniform for 5 months, Corporal Holly Botham died, very likely in a Union Army hospital at Martinsburg, Virginia. It is not known where his remains lie buried today.
Now to continue with the biography of George W. Botham;
Eight children are known to have been born to George W. Botham and Harriett (Ellis) Botham, four of whom died young. They include;
1. Otis Albert Botham, born May __, 1872/73 in Tazewell County, Illinois; At the time of the 1900 census, Otis is 27 and residing with his parents. He was most likely never married. Otis A. Botham died on ___________ __, 1904 and his mortal remains were laid in the Glendale Cemetery in Washington, Tazewell County, Illinois.
2. Olen Thelbert "Thel" Botham, born June 8, 1876/77 in Forrest, Livingston County, Illinois; Olen was married to Hattie Perlick on __________ __, 19__ at ___________, ___________. At the time of the 1930 census, Olen and Hattie are found in Chicago (Districts 0751-1000), Cook County, Illinois;
Head Olen Botham M 53 Illinois
Wife Hattie Botham F 45 Illinois
Son Peter Botham M 14 Illinois
Daughter Ruth Botham F 4 Illinois
Brother Arthur Perlick M 27 Illinois
Ruth Botham died on January 15, 1932 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois and her mortal remains were laid in the ______________ Cemetery in ___________, ___________.
Olen died on March 2, 1940 in Limestone Township, Peoria County, Illinois at the age of 63. His death record states that his father, G. W. Botham was born in Indianapolis, Ind., while his mother, Harriet Ellis, was also born in Indianapolis, Ind.; Olen was a Structural Iron Worker by occupation and was residing in Galesburg, Knox Co., Illinois at the time of his death; Olen's mortal remains were laid in the Glendale Cemetery in Washington, Tazewell County, Illinois on March 4, 1940.
At the time of the 1940 census, Hattie is found residing in Ward 24 of the City if Chicago, Cook County, Illinois as a Lodger with the Cerny family. She is still listed as married;
Head George Cerny M 40 Illinois
Wife Irene Cerny F 34 Tennessee
Son Raymond Cerny M 11 Illinois
Daughter Joan Cerny F 7 Illinois
Son Charles Cerny M 4 Illinois
Lodger Hattie Botham F 54 Illinois
Hattie died on ___________ __, 19__ at ___________, __________ and her mortal remains were laid in the _______________ Cemetery in ___________, ___________.
3. Ellis Wells Botham, born December 28, 1877/78 in Livingston County, Illinois. Ellis Botham was married to Nancy "Nanny" (__________) Moeller on __________ __, 19__ at __________, __________.
At the time of the 1920 census, Ellis and Nanny are found residing in Ward 4 of the City of Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois;
Head Ellis Botham M 42 Illinois
Wife Nanny Botham F 48 Illinois
Stepson Ernest Moeller M 27 Illinois
Stepson Earle Moeller M 25 Illinois
At the time of the 1930 census, Ellis and Nan are found in Peoria Heights, Peoria County, Illinois;
Head E W Botham M 55 Illinois
Wife Nan Botham F 59 Illinois
At the time of the 1940 census, Ellis and Nancy are found in Tract 496, Montebello, Montebello Judicial Township, Los Angeles County, California;
Head Ellis W Botham M 69 Illinois
Wife Nancy Botham F 69 Illinois
Ellis Wells Botham died on June 28, 1946 and his mortal remains were laid in the Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Los Angeles County, California. See his Find A Grave Memorial# 156215953.
4. Clyde F. Botham, born July 1, 1881 in Forrest, Livingston County, Illinois; Clyde was married to Ellen M. "Birdie" ____________ on ___________ __, 19__; At the time of the 1920 census, Clyde F Botham is found in Ward 5 of Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois. His parents, however, are listed as having been born in Indiana;
Head Clyde F Botham M 42 Illinois
Wife Ellen Botham F 48 Iowa
Son Richard C Botham M 3 Iowa
At the time of the 1930 census, Clyde, Ellen and his adopted son, Richard, are found in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois;
Head Clyde F Botham M 50 Illinois
Wife Ellen Botham F 50 Iowa
Adopted son C Richard Botham M 15 Iowa
At the time of the 1940 census, Clyde and Birdie are found in Ward 5 of the City of Galesburg, Galesburg Township, Knox County, Illinois;
Head Clyde Botham M 58 Illinois
Wife Birdie Botham F 65 Iowa
Clyde died on July 20, 1947 in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois; His death record states that his father, George W. Botham, was born in Pleasant View, Shelby County, Indiana, while his mother, Harriett Ellis, was also born in Pleasant View, Indiana; Clyde's occupation is listed as guard for Butler Mnfg. Co. and Clyde is residing in Galesburg, Knox, Ill.; Clyde's mortal remains were laid to rest in Memorial Park Cemetery in Galesburg, Knox County, Illinois on July 23, 1947.
Now to continue with what we know about George W. Botham and his family;
Just over eight months after he and Harriett were married, George W. Botham volunteered on August 9, 1862 at Washington, Illinois to serve in a company which was being raised in the Washington/Deer Creek/Morton area of Tazewell County by a Washington Photographer by the name of William B. Bogardus for service in the Union Army during the Civil War.
ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES
Illinois Civil War Detail Report
Name BOTHAM, GEORGE W Rank PVT
Company G Unit 86 IL US INF
Residence WASHINGTON, TAZEWELL CO, IL
Age 21 Height 5' 8 1/2 Hair DARK
Eyes GRAY Complexion FAIR
Marital Status MARRIED
Occupation FARMER Nativity IN
Joined When AUG 9, 1862
Joined Where WASHINGTON, IL
Joined By Whom W B BOGARDUS
Period 3 YRS Muster In AUG 27, 1862
Muster In Where CAMP PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom
Muster Out JUN 6, 1865
Muster Out Where WASHINGTON, DC
Muster Out By Whom LT SCROGGS
When William B. Bogardus had about 90 volunteers he led the Washington/Deer Creek/Morton volunteers into Peoria where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. On August 27, 1862, Bogardus and 87 of his volunteers, including now Private George W. Botham, were mustered into service as Co. G of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Bogardus was elected Captain of Co. G by the men of the Washington/Deer Creek/Morton company.
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, 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 Illinois boarded trains bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana, located across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. Three weeks later, 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 in Kentucky.
On Oct. 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were briefly engaged with those troops in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the 86th Illinois suffering their first casualties. After the Battle of Perryville, Col. Daniel McCook stated the following about the 86th; "The 86th Illinois belonging to my brigade, but being on picket duty, was ordered to advance over the open fields to the left, and seize the extreme left of the woods. This they did in gallant style at the double quick, driving the enemy before them, and in doing which one private was killed and thirteen wounded." The 86th took and held the woods for the remainder of the day. After the Battle of Perryville, the Confederate troops withdrew from Kentucky, while the men of McCook's Bragade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, where they would go into winter camp.
The men of McCook's Brigade would remain on in the Nashville area through the spring and early summer of 1863. In the late summer of 1863, the men of McCook's Bragade would leave the Nashville area on what would become known as the Chattanooga Campaign. During the next two years, George W. Botham would serve faithfully in Co. G as the men of the 86th served in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, George 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 Chickamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia, Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia; Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia, Averasboro, North Carolina and Bentonville, North Carolina to name a few and marched with Sherman to the Sea.
A few weeks after the defeat and surrender of Confederate General Johnston's Army to that of General Sherman, the war came to a close. The men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Washington City (now D.C.) where they participated in the Grand Review in May of 1865 and where they were mustered out of the service on June 6, 1865. The men were then set by train to Chicago, Illinois, where they received their final pay and were discharged. By the end of June of 1865, the surviving members of the 86th Illinois were back home with their families in Central Illinois.
At the time of the 1870 census, George and Harriett are found in Washington Township of Tazewell County, Illinois;
George Botham 29 Teamster Indiana England Maryland
Harriett Botham 27 Keeping House Indiana
At the time of the 1880 census, George and his family are found in Pleasant Ridge Township, Livingston County, Illinois, where he is farming. George's father and mother are listed as having been born in England and Maryland, respectively;
Self George Botham M 38 Indiana
Wife Hatt Botham F 38 Indiana
Son Albirta Botham M 8 Illinois
Son Afalbirt Botham M 4 Illinois
Son Ellis Botham M 1 Illinois
Other Horace Monroe M 17 Michigan
In 1887, some of the surviving members of the 86th Illinois organized a reunion that was held on August 27, 1887, the 25th Anniversary of the mustering in of the 86th Illinois. More than 130 members of the 86th Illinois, including Private George W. Botham, who was a member of W. B. Bogardus G.A.R. Post # 474 in Washington, Illinois, attended that first reunion. In fact, Bogardus' Co. G had 23 men in attendance, the most of any company at that first reunion. The reunions would continue to be held for more than 30 years, always being held in Peoria on or as close to that August 27th date as was possible, Botham attending many of those reunions.
At the time of the 1900 census, the Bothams are found in Ward 1 - 3 in the City of Washington, Washington Township, Tazewell County, Illinois. Harriett is listed as having had 8 children, only four of whom are living. George parent's are listed as having been born in England;
Head George Botham M Oct 1840 59 Indiana
Wife Harriet Botham F Oct 1841 58 Indiana
Son Otis B Botham M May 1873 27 Day Laborer Illinois
Son Thelbert Botham M Jun 1877 23 Day Laborer Illinois
Son Ellis Botham M Dec 1878 21 Barber Illinois
About 1901, George and Harriett are believed to have divorced or at least seperated.
At the time of the 1910 census, George Botham, who is 67, and Hariett, also listed as 67, do not live together. George is listed as Single and listed as a Servant in the Conrad Schmidt home in Washington Township, Tazewell County, Illinois. Harriett is found living in Ward 3 of Washington, Illinois with her sister, Hannah, the baby sister in the 1860 census above, and Brother-in-law, Albert W. Slocum. Harriett, however, is listed as married;
Head Albert W Slocum M 60 Illinois
Wife Vina Hannah Slocum F 50 Indiana
Adopted son Frank Slocum M 21 Illinois
Sister-in-law Harriett Botham F 67 Indiana
Head Jacob Sharp M 54 Germany
Wife Magdelain Sharp F 55 Switzerland
Son Frank Sharp M 27 Illinois
Son Harry Sharp M 24 Illinois
Stepson Jacob J Hablutzel M 26 Illinois
Private George W. Botham died on November 6, 1914. The WASHINGTON POST & NEWS published the following obtiuary on page 1 of the November 16, 1914 edition of the newspaper;
"GEO. W. BOTHAM, OLD SOLDIER, IS CALLED
George W. Botham, our well known old soldier, answered the final role call on Monday morning. Mr. Botham had not been feeling well for some time, although he was able to be up and around and down town. Just a few days before his death he told some parties that he was convinced that he could not live long. Mr. Botham had been staying out at the home of Joseph Hartman. Monday morning he got up as usual, but was taken with one of his severe attacks of asthma and by the time the doctor could be summoned he had passed away. Mr. Botham was a good upright citizen and was well thought of within this community where he had lived so long.
G. W. Botham was born at Manchester, Indiana, June 8, 1841, and died November 6, 1914. He was 73 years, 5 months and 8 days old. He came to Illinois when he was eight years old. On Nov. 28, 1861, he was married to Hattie Ellis in Washington, Ill., and to this union were born four sons, Thell of Chicago, Ellis of Peoria, and Clyde of Galesburg. Albert, the oldest son, died a few years ago.
Mr. Botham served three years in the civil war, going into service in '62. He was with Sherman in his march to the sea and was given an honorable discharge.
He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and three sons.
The funeral was held from the home of Mr. Hartman on Wednesday morning, Rev. Val. Strubhar officiating. Burial was in Glendale cemetery."
At the time of the 1920 census, Harriett Botham is found widowed and residing in Washington, Tazewell County. Harriett passed away in Washington, Illinois on May 24, 1920.
Carol then found Harriett's obituary which she says, "I'm not quite sure what the deal is with George and Harriet. Her obit makes it sound like they were still married. Perhaps they remarried--I don't know or, perhaps, the judge dismissed the divorce!" In any case, here is her obit;
"Washington News, Washington , IL , May 29, 1927, Page 1.
DEATH OF MRS. HARRIET BOTHAM ON MONDAY
Harriet Ellis Botham was born on October 24, 1841, at Pleasant View, Ind. In August of 1860 she came with her parents to Washington , where she has since made her home.
She was united in marriage to George W. Botham on November 28, 1861. Of the eight children which blessed this union four died in infancy. She is survived by three sons—Olen A. Botham of Chicago , Ellis W. Botham of Peoria and Clyde F. Botham of Galesburg ; by one brother, Wells A. Ellis of this city and by many friends. She was bereaved of her husband on November 16, 1914.
At the time she came to Washington she was a member of the Methodist church and during the pastorate of Rev. Smith united with St. Mark's Lutheran church by letter, and has since remained faithful in her christian life.
The span of her life has covered some of the troublous times of our nation. She was one of those young wives left behind while the husbands answers the c[o]untry's call. Her husband served three years in the civil war, remaining in the service to its close. She kept the home in his absence, shared the hardships of the times, and it was at this time that a child was born and died and she carried the burden alone.
Of failing health during the past winter her condition became serious about four weeks ago. With unusual vitality she retained her hold on life. She passed out into the larger blessed life at 6 o'clock the morning of May 24 at the age of 78 years and 7 months."
Harriett (Ellis) Botham's mortal remains were laid beside those of her husband of Private George W. Botham in the Glendale Cemetery on May 26, 1920.
by Baxter B. Fite III and Carol Dorward, of Washington, Illinois.
(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Botham family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Private George W. Botham and the Botham family. Baxter would also like to see copies of any photographs of George W. Botham, which have survived the years, ones of him in uniform or ones of him as an older gentleman, added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)
Harriett E. Ellis Botham (1841 - 1920)*
Otis A. Botham (1872 - 1904)*
Olen Afalbirt Botham (1876 - 1940)*
Ellis Wells Botham (1877 - 1946)*
Clyde F. Botham (1881 - 1947)*
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Aug 22, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15459362
Added: Aug. 20, 2012