"He enlisted in the Civil War during the summer of 1861. Served in the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry until the end of the war. He was Regimental Comissary Sergeant. Assisted in the capture of Jefferson Davis and received honorable mention from President Lincoln. He fought in the battles of Kenesaw Mountains and Lookout Mountains, as well as in other engagements during his three and one-half year service.
All of his seven children were born in the Township of Richmond, McHenry County, Ill. In 1883, they moved to Burton Township and always lived in the vicinity of Spring Grove, Ill.
He was a strong man. He was always a friend of the weak and helpless and believed in a good education, which he assisted others in obtaining." [Ref: Francis Wayland Orvis, _A History of the Orvis Family in America_, (1922), p. 67]
Children per the 1880 US Census, Richmond Township, McHenry County, Illinois: Willard G. Orvis, Clarence C. Orvis, Rose Orvis, Byron L. Orvis, Elmer V. Orvis, Frank B. Orvis, Everett R. Orvis
- Created by: Bill Wheeler
- Added: 31 Aug 2008
- Find A Grave Memorial 29444532
Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Levi Orvis (1 Jan 1840–21 Feb 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29444532, citing Orvis-Sanborn Cemetery, Spring Grove, McHenry County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Bill Wheeler (contributor 46812566) .