THE FORT WAYNE SENTINEL, Tuesday, November 27, 1917, Page three
PIONEER RESIDENT OF MONROEVILLE DEAD
J. E. Pillers, Former Miller and business Man, Died at Home of Daughter
Monroeville, Ind., Nov. 27. -- J. E. Pillers, age 76, a civil war veteran, died Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Smith Nelson, at Paulding, Ohio. He had been a continual sufferer from heart disease since the close of the war. Mr. Pillers was the first white child born in Madison township.
At the age of two his mother died and his father left him at the home of his grandfather, near Decatur, where he remained with his father until the outbreak of the civil war and he enlisted at Camp Allen in the Ninety-eight regiment, Company G. Indiana volunteers, with Captain Hollopeter in charge. He took part in many engagements of the war and at its close went to the west, where he remained two years, and then returned to the home of his parents, near Leo, where later he married Henrietta Bachus. Seven children were born to this union -- W. E. Pillers of Angola, L. H. Pillers, Thomas Pillers, and Mrs. William R. Alleger of Monroeville, and Mrs. Smith Nelson of Paulding, Ohio. A son and a daughter died in infancy. There are also eleven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two half brothers, William Pillers of near Hart, and James Pillers of Kalamazoo, Mich., and one half-sister, Mrs. Jane Mathews of Topeka, Kan., surviving.
After his marriage Mr. Pillers took charge of the old mill at Poe. Some time later hhe took charge of the old Redelsheimer mill at Monroeville. Later he opened a meat market in Decatur but moved back to Monroeville after seven months where he owned a meat market for several years. He remained in Monroeville ever since, going a few weeks ago to visit his daughter in Paulding, where his death occurred. He was a member of the Methodist church and a G.A.R., and was a member of the I.O.O.F. for the last thirty-five years. Funeral services were held here Tuesday afternoon, with the son of his former captain, Rev. Charles Hollopeter, of near Huntertown, officiating. The G.A.R. and I.O.O.F. organizations had charge of the funeral. Interment was in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Tuesday Morning, November 27, 1917, Page 19, Column 3
PROMINENT RESIDENT OF MONROEVILLE DEAD
J. E. Pillers, First White Child in Monroe Township, Answers Last Summons
Monroeville, Ind., Nov 26.- J. E. Pillers, aged 76 years and 5 months, a civil war veteran, died Sunday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Smith Nelson, at Paulding, O. He had been a constant sufferer from heart disease, which he became affected with shortly after the war.
Mr. Pillers was born in Madison township, Allen county, on the farm now owned by Jesse W. Brown, near Massillon, and was the first white child born in the township, his parents having been among the first settlers of the township, coming to that section from Ohio in the 30's. At the age of 2 years his mother died and he was taken to the home of his grandfather, William Pillers, the builder and first class leader of the first M. E. church in Adams county, known as the Alpha M. E. church, near Decatur, where the deceased was taken care of until his father again married and he was returned to their home, and remained with them until the opening of the civil war, when he went to Fort Wayne and enlisted at Camp Allen in the 98th regiment, Company C Indiana volunteers, with Capt. Hollopeter in charge. This company served from August 26, 1862, until the close of the war, having taken part in the famous battles of Perryville, Ky., Crab Orchard, Lebanon and Tyree Springs, Nashville, Tenn., Stone River, Murfreesboro, Rug Gap, Ga., Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and were with Gen. Sherman in his march to the sea. At the close of the war he, like others, went west and remained in that great wilderness for two years, returning to his parent's home, then near Leo, where later he was united in marriage to Miss Henrietta Backus. To this union, were born seven children, W. E. Pillers, of Arcola; L. H. Pillers, Thomas Pillers and Mrs. William R. Alleger, of Monroeville, and Mrs. Smith Nelson, of Paulding, O. Two children, a son and a daughter, died in infancy. Besides these, there are eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, two half-brothers, William Pillars (sic) , of near Hart, and James Pillers, of Kalamazoo, Mich., and one half-sister, Mrs. Jane Matthews, of Topeka, Kan., surviving. After his marriage the deceased, being a miller by trade, took charge of the old water mill at Poe, and some time after he came to Monroeville and was in charge of the old Rede(l/i)sheimer flour mill when it was destroyed by fire. Later he had charge of a mill at Oak Harbor, Mich., moving from that place to Decatur, where he opened a meat market, remaining there for seven months. From Decatur he moved to Monroeville where he conducted a meat market for several years. He retired some time ago and had remained among our townspeople since, or until a few weeks ago, when he went to visit his daughter, where he died. His wife died seven years agao. The deceased was a member of the M. E. Church, the G. A. R., and has been a member of the I. O. O. F. for the past thirty-five yeras. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at the M. E. church, conducted by the son of his late captain, Rev. Charles Hollopeter, of near Huntertown, in charge of the I.O. O. F., and the G. A. R. having the post of honor. Interment in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery.
From Jane Edson: Paulding Ohio newspaper dated 29 November 1917
John E. Pillers, father of Mrs. Smith Nelson, who with her husband and family reside on Coupland street, west side, died last Sunday morning about 1:30, of organic heart disease. Aged 76 years, 5 months and 11 days. He had been ill about two weeks. He had been making his home with his daughter for some time. The family formerly resided at Monroeville, Ind., and the remains were taken there Monday, accompanied by the family for the funeral and interment. The funeral was held Tuesday.
Henrietta Backus Pillers
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