Jonathan Bishir (also shown as Bisher, Bishire, and Bishare) lived in Lynchburg, Highland Co., Ohio. Born near Newport, Campbell Co., Kentucky, he was apparently living with one of his brothers (probably Christopher) in Highland Co. in 1830. He was 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall, with brown eyes and black hair. On 28 May 1833 he joined Capt. Hunter's company of the then-forming 1st US Dragoons (later to be the 1st US Cavalry) and served with them on the frontier at Fort Leavenworth until 1836, when he was discharged for disability (his right arm was damaged by a US Army surgeon during blood letting for an unspecified illness.)
He is living with his family just across the county line in Clark Twp., Clinton Co., Ohio in 1860. At the outbreak of the Civil War in June of 1861, at the age of 50, he enlisted at Hillsboro, Highland Co., Ohio as a private in the 24th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Co. I. His Civil War service record describes him as having dark complexion with grey eyes and grey hair, a cooper by profession. He is listed as "at work on fort" in August at Camp Jackson, near Columbus, Ohio and later was reported "sick in hospital" in November. From May to September of 1862 he was "detached as a nurse in post hospital before Corinth, Miss." In October 1862 he was discharged due to disability (lumbago and over age). (His military records seem confused over his age - either 45 or 55 years old - although according to other records he would have been 52 when he mustered out of the 24th OVI.) Almost immediately following his discharge (in November), he reenlisted with a bounty as a private in the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry regiment, Co. L and he was captured during Wilson's Raid near Petersburg (at Blacks and Whites Station) on 23 June 1864 and imprisoned in Camp Sumpter near Andersonville, Georgia. After ten months in Andersonville, he was parolled in April 1865. He was discharged from the army on 19 June 1865.
Jonathan had significant disabilities as a result of contracting scurvey during his imprisonment, including the loss of his teeth, severe rheumatism, and heart disease. As a result, he could not work and spent most of the remaining years of his life in the National Soldiers Home in Dayton, Ohio.
Jonathan and Elizabeth were both listed in 1870 in Clinton Co., Ohio near their son, William. Since Jonathan is also listed at the soldiers home that year, he was probably home on a visit (according to his pension records, he visited his family 3 or 4 times a year). Jonathan is listed with the neighboring family of George Facher, who probably had put him up for the night.
Co. I. 24th Ohio Inf.