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Pvt David G. Sechrist

Pvt David G. Sechrist

Birth
Louisville, Stark County, Ohio, USA
Death 25 Aug 1863 (aged 26)
Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Burial Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot Plot 5 0 7417
Memorial ID 10197396 · View Source
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David Sechrist's great-grandfather, Michael Siegrist,originally emigrated from Switzerland to the US on the ship James Goodwill on September 27, 1727. The Siegrist family was from Baldenheim, believed to be fleeing religious persecution. In 1814, David's grandfather Jacob Seachrist moved the family from Pennsylvania to Ohio.

On October 26, 1836, Pvt. David Sechrist was born in Stark County Ohio to David and Catherine Wentz Sechrist. There were eight sons and two daughters born into the Sechrist family: Jacob, Laura, Isaiah, Solomon, David, Samuel, George, Mary, Jeremiah, and John. In October of 1842, his parents, moved the family to Marshall County, Indiana. The entire family displayed a strong work ethic and were devoted to their faith.

On December 26, 1853, David married Elizabeth Smith. He purchased a farm in Kosciusko County, Indiana which he worked until his enlistment in the Indiana Volunteer Infantry. David and his wife Elizabeth had five sons: John (1855), Marion (1856) Henry & Lewis (Twins 1858), and Samuel (1862). Only his two sons, John and Samuel, lived to adulthood. The Military records have his name as Sechrest which is also how it is spelled on his tombstone.

PRIVATE DAVID G. SECHREST (SECHRIST);
Company C 54th REGIMENT of INDIANA VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
BIRTH: 1836 Stark OH
ENLISTED: 3 OCT 1862
MUSTERED: 16 NOV 1862 Indianapolis, Marion County, IN
ILLNESS: 3 AUG 1863 Carrollton, East Carroll County, LA Chronic Diarrhea
DEATH: 25 AUG 1863 Saint Louis, Saint Louis County, MO
Jefferson Barracks, Ward "M"

Fifty-fourth Indiana Infantry (One Year Service). — Col., Fielding Mansfield; Lieut. -Cols., Herman Sturm, Daniel Shrader; Majs., Daniel Shrader, Oliver M. Wilson. This regiment was organized at Indianapolis in Oct., 1862, for one year, and was mustered in Nov. 16. It left the state Dec. 9 for Memphis, where it was assigned to De Courcy's brigade, Morgan's division, 13th army corps. It joined Sherman's expedition to Vicksburg in December, and participated in two charges at Chickasaw bluffs, losing 264 in killed, wounded and missing. It was in the expedition to Arkansas Post in Jan., 1863, returning to Young's point after the reduction of that place. With Osterhaus' division, leading the advance and opening the way for Grant's army in the Vicksburg campaign, it participated at Port Gibson, garrisoned Raymond, and with three other regiments moved thence as escort of prisoners to the Yazoo river. It entered the trenches and participated in the siege of Vicksburg, then moved with its brigade to the Big Black river, and was with the advance on Jackson, participating in the capture of that city. It returned to Vicksburg; then moving to New Orleans joined the Army of the Gulf; moved with the expedition up the Teche as far as Opelousas and Vermillionville, and was mustered out at New Orleans, Dec. 8, 1863. Its original strength was 956; gain by recruits, 33; total, 989. Loss by death, 216; desertion, 81; unaccounted for, 358. Source: Family Search

Note: There are many spelling variations for this name: Sigrist, Siegrist, Seachrist, Sechrist, Secrist, Sechrest, Secrest


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  • Maintained by: Tonya (Sechrist) Ross
  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 31 Dec 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10197396
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt David G. Sechrist (26 Oct 1836–25 Aug 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10197396, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Tonya (Sechrist) Ross (contributor 48540545) .