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Baxter B. Fite III (#47203738)
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Bio Photo April 2010. I am a soon to be 56 year old genealogist and historian that especially loves tracking down the Civil War Veterans who came from Central Illinois. My primary interest, since 1985, has been to find the last resting place of the 992 men who served in the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. I have traveled extensively to photograph the tombstones of veterans of the 86th, but, I have always been aware that I was never going to get pictures of all of their tombstones. But. then someone told me about Find A Grave. In the five months that I have been a member of Find A Grave, Thanks to the many wonderful people who use Find A Grave, I have seen pictures of tombstones of veterans of the 86th that I never dreamed that I would ever see pictures of. I can't begin to tell you how Thankful I am for all of the wonderful people that have helped me see pictures of those monuments to veterans who gave so much to preserve our union. I will forever be indebted to all of you. Thanks for all you have done!!
I am also trying to consolidate the Find A Graves sites for all of the 86th into Virtual Cemeteries. If you go to my Virtual Cemeteries you will find a number of ways that you can search for the veterans of the 86th. I hope all with an interest will learn more about the 86th and the men who served in her in this way.

P.S. As of December of 2013, I have found the final burial site of all by 89 members of the 86th. I could use any and all help in finding out about these last 89 men.

September 2011. Through the years, there has been a poem which explains why I have been doing what I have been doing. It is one of my favorite poems and I have read it countless times at Memorial Day service and Veteran's Day services. It is now our job to not let people forget "our Boys in Blue."

"When the Boys in Blue Are Gone" by John Hendricks

When the comrades have departed,
When the veterans are no more,
When the bugle call is sounded
On that everlasting shore.
When life's weary march is ended,
When campfires slumber long;
Who will tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone?

Who will tell about their marching,
From Atlanta to the Sea?
Who will halt, and wait, and listen,
When they hear the reveille?
Who will join to swell the chorus,
Of some old, Grand Army song?
Who will tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone?

Sons and daughters of this nation,
You must tell of triumphs won;
When on earth our work is ended,
And the Veteran claims his own.
You must all cherish Old Glory,
And its teachings pass along.
You must tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone.

To that flag, our country's emblem,
You must pledge allegiance, too.
To that flag, our nation's emblem,
May your hearts be ever true.
That the nation be protected,
'Gainst injustice, and all wrong;
You must tell the world the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone.

You must keep your country's honor,
From each stripe withhold all stain;
You must take the Veteran's places,
And repeat the roll of fame.
You must keep your country's honor,
And your flag above all wrong,
Then we'll trust you with the story,
When the boys in Blue are gone.

John Hendricks was the last living Veteran of the 89th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. The poem expresses his concern that the Union Soldiers,
the "Boys in Blue", not be forgotten by future generations. And since 1985, I have been trying tel tell their story and will continue to tell their story until the day I die.

I have walked through hundreds of cemeteries in my first 57 years and hope the Lord allows me to walk though a few more. It saddens me to think that most of these people have been forgotten about by too many of us. Ben Franklin once said, "One can tell the morals of a culture by the way they treat their dead." I have walked through many a cemetery over the years where it truthfully doesn't look like we remember or care for our dead at all. The Old Methodist Church Cemetery in Eureka, where Private John Wiley Adams, of Co. A, is buried, and the plowed over cemeteries or overgrown cemeteries that I have seen and walked through are examples of this. And speaking of Private John Wiley Adams, take a few moments and read about the terrible way his grave and the graves of the other people buried there have been treated.


Wandering among the stones I see
The stones so weathered and worn
‘Tis difficult to find the date
On which the babe was born

I stare at the stone and am struck with awe
At the life that I knew was gone
This was someone's child, a babe so sweet
With loved ones to carry on

So I take a photo for all to see
For the family that remains
An everlasting memory of
A child of God's domain

I brush the weeds back from the stone
And say a silent prayer
For the babes that had no chance to live
And for mothers everywhere

The dove calls out it's mourning song
Among the stones so still
Echoes of the woes, through time
The choirs of despair

The stone will someday perish
The flowers will be gone
But a photo now remains of this
Their memory lives on!

And so my friend, don't hesitate
To film the weathered stone
Those who live within your hearts
Are never truly gone.

Author Unknown

I just want to Thank the creators of Find A Grave for creating this site. It has been a wonderful place for me to leave some of the information that I have accumulated over the past 26 years about the 86th "Boys in Blue." I also again want to Thank all of the photographer volunteers who have taken their time to search out and to photograph so many tombstones of 86th veterans, that I KNEW, that I was NEVER going to see in person and that I was NEVER EVER even going to see a picture of. Thanks for getting those pictures for me and for all who have an interest in them in the future. It is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!



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William Farrow X Susannah Larimore
Hi, Baxter--

William Farrow, b. 1798 in NJ was in all likelihood the brother of my ancestor Gideon Farrow b. 1801 in New Jersey. This is from DNA segments shared with a descendant of William Farrow which match myself.

Also, the 1830 census indicates that there were two males under the age of 5 living in the household (names not given). Neither does the 1840 census gives names. There are names of the children such as you have noted in the 1850 census. Henry Farrow, b. 1826 in Ohio, and died 1858 in Tazewell, Illinois seems to have escaped being given by name in these census records. He appears 'out of nowhere' in the 1850 Tazewell, Illinois census as head of household with his spouse Sarah Jane Pepper. As they were married in 1849 he remained nameless in the household of William and Susannah.

Both a Y-DNA match of myself to a known descendant as well as autosomal matches all point to Henry as the previously unknown and missing son of William and Susannah.

Best Regards,

Added by dboyles on Aug 17, 2017 5:43 PM
Cynthia Wood
Tomahawk cemetery Overland Park Ks
Hey Baxter
Its Cynthia Wood here we talked a few Sundays ago about the Illinois Civil War Project.
My husband had an opportunity to check out Tomahawk
Cemetery this week. We have driven by that cemetery for years. One of those that the city sucked it up. Only 50 graves there. It said established 1870.
So I scrolled find a grave. Guess who I found but I believe your grandpa Fletcher. And down at the bottom was your name. Thought i had one for your 86th. My husband said it was in sad shape the whole cemetery. I may have to round up the girls and get our weed eaters and go over there.
Its only about 20 minutes from our house. Did you ever get to that cemetery?
Added by Cynthia Wood on Aug 04, 2017 9:39 PM
Shelley Kinsey Adams
RE: Henry Morris, 77th Illinois
Yes, you are welcome! Glad to have helped in any way I can.
Added by Shelley Kinsey Adams on Jul 27, 2017 12:41 PM
Shelley Kinsey Adams
RE: Lt. Henry S. Morris
You are welcome!
Added by Shelley Kinsey Adams on Jul 27, 2017 12:40 PM
RE: John W. Duvall, Co. G, 86th Illinois
I think you may be right! Her family is stated right next to Josiah's family on the 1850 census. Also, when I plug her name into Ancestry all the information you mention pops up together.
Added by ccchand on Jul 26, 2017 6:39 PM
john boyd
I am not certain of the pix I just added for John Boyd #5813141. I photographed the cemetery and placement by family seems correct but pix isn't good. I have added it for now with a note and will put it on my list to get another pix next trip.

Thanks Dhutson
Added by dhutson on Jul 25, 2017 12:55 PM
RE: John W. Duvall, Co. G, 86th Illinois
Hi Baxter. Your page is amazing. I am indeed currently trying to get all the Duvall's where they need to be. I have 3 pending requests to link Josiah M. as their father. So you'll be able to confirm those names once they link . The first born is possibly Rebecca Duvall Find A Grave# 95842142 but I have nothing to confirm. I do not have any pictures. I'm also trying to locate their mother Mary's grave which I believe is in Hardscrabble in Deer Creek. Thank you.
Added by ccchand on Jul 23, 2017 3:38 PM
Shelley Kinsey Adams
Lt. Henry S. Morris
I found his obit/article about the accident and added it for you. Shelley Kinsey Adams
Added by Shelley Kinsey Adams on Jul 21, 2017 5:55 AM
marjorie adams
RE: Joel Thompson Martin
Find A Grave is driving me a bit crazy. thought I sent this already. Would you send to my email the bio you have so far.
Added by marjorie adams on Jul 15, 2017 10:38 AM
marjorie adams
RE:Joel Martin
I'm unclear as to where his bio in progress can be seen at this time. How about emailing it to me?
Where did you come across the info that there may be a photo of him with his brother?
Added by marjorie adams on Jul 15, 2017 9:59 AM
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