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 Sylvanus Mabe

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Sylvanus Mabe

  • Birth 31 May 1844 Brown County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 30 Jun 1940 Pecksburg, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Clayton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 32325462

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Pvt., Co. C, 6th Ind. Inf.
Last Union Civil War Veteran to be buried in Hendricks County Indiana

Obit Source: Danville Gazette Newspaper, Danville, Hendricks County Indiana, July 4, 1940, p. 1, p. 4.

Last Civil War Veteran of Hendricks Co. Answered Call

Sylvanus Mabe, Age 96, Died at his Home Near Pecksburg Sunday.


Funeral Services Were Held Tuesday Afternoon; Burial at Clayton.

Taps were sounded for Sylvanus Mabe, last of the Civil War veterans living in Hendricks county, Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services were held at the home in Pecksburg in charge of Rev. G. T. Stallings, and burial was made in the Clayton cemetery. Members of the Auxiliary Sons of Union Veterans assisted with the funeral services, and members of the Sons of Union Veterans were pall bearers. An American Legion firing squad fired the last salute, and a bugler blew taps.

Mr. Mabe was probably the oldest citizen of Hendricks county, having reached the age of 96 on May 31 of this year. He was born in Brown county, one of eight children of Mathias and Lucinda Mabe. At the age of 17 he enlisted for a 3-year period in the Civil War, as being 18 years old. He served in Company C, 6th Indiana Regiment.

He was engaged in the battle of Shiloh, the siege of Corinth, and in all those engagements which were fought by Grant in Tennessee and Mississippi. His regiment later was transferred to the eastern part of Tennessee, where he fought in the battles of Chichamauga (sic), Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, where he was severely wounded in the right knee by shell fragments. He was treated in a field hospital and later taken to a hospital at Evansville. The wound incapacitated him for six months.

He was mustered out of service on September 22, 1864. His discharge, which is in the possession of one his sons, reads that "He served in the Lieut. Charles A. May Company, 6th Indiana Regiment of foot volunteers." He was described as "having entered the service at 18 years on August 20, 1861; being 5 feet 8 inches in height, light complexion, grey eyes and light hair."

After his discharge from the army, he returned to Brown county, where in 1869, he was married to Harriett Bartholomew. They established their home in Brown county, but in 1874 they moved to Nebraska. Two years later, they returned to Indiana and made their home near Pecksburg. Two sons were born to them. Mrs. Mabe died in 1929. Mr. Mabe spent 64 years of his life in and near Pecksburg. For the past six years he had made his home with his son, Eli, at Pecksburg. He had been active all his life, having engaged in farming and conducting a saw mill, until three years ago when his health failed. He had been bed-fast since Christmas, and his death cam Sunday morning.

He was very patriotic and an advocate of peace. He attended all patriotic meetings so long as his health permitted. He traveled great distances to attend both the state and national reunions of the G.A.R. and to visit the battle fields of the Civil War. In 1832 (1932) he was the only member of the 6th regiment to appear at the G.A.R. reunion in Columbus. He received much attention and publicity at that meeting. He attended every Decoration Day service at Clayton, having missed the one this year for the first time. He was a member of the Clayton Christian church.

Surviving are two sons, Eli B. of Pecksburg, and Lorenzo F. of Clayton; three grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Jane Hancher of Bradshaw, Tex., and Mrs. Margaret Craig of Indianapolis, and one brother , Dave Mabe of Columbus.

Sylvanus Mabe was the first member of his family to enlist for service in the Civil War. Later his father, Mathias Mabe, enlisted. He kept a complete diary during his war service. A third member of the family, a brother of Sylvanus, enlisted at a later date. Cornelius Hurley of Brown county, boyhood chum of Sylvanus Mabe, entered the service with him, and they served together, except for a short period, for three years. It is interesting to note that one of the sons of Sylvanus Mabe and the daughter of Hurley became man and wife. They are Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo F. Mabe of Clayton.

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  • Created by: Tim Beckman
  • Added: 21 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32325462
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sylvanus Mabe (31 May 1844–30 Jun 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32325462, citing Clayton Cemetery, Clayton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Tim Beckman (contributor 46974301) .