Jacob M Boucher

Jacob M Boucher

Coshocton County, Ohio, USA
Death 8 Apr 1920 (aged 83–84)
Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Burial Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section 10 Site 2891
Memorial ID 61353100 · View Source
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According to his Civil War military record, Jacob M. Boucher was born in Coshocton Co., OH, in 1836. He was the son of Joseph Boucher, Jr. and named for a paternal uncle. Jacob is listed in his parent's household on the Tazewell Co., IL census for 1840, 1850, 1860 and 1870.

Jacob enlisted in the 108th IL Infantry, Co. A, on 20 Apr 1862 as a private and served for three years in the Union Army during the Civil War until 5 Aug 1965, when he was mustered out and promoted to sergeant. According to medical records, Jacob suffered from debilitating diarrhea and hepatitis which he contracted while at Vicksburg, MS with his unit.

On 25 Sep 1870 in Tazewell Co., IL, Jacob married Lacy Leah "Lucy" McDowell. On 19 Feb 1880, Jacob applied for a pension from the US government for his Civil War service disability. By 8 Jun 1880, Jacob and Lacy were separated, as the 1880 census for Pilot, Vermilion Co., IL shows Jacob living in the household of his sister, Sarah, and her husband, Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Strickland. Jacob's marital status is listed as "single." Lacy is living in Tazewell Co., IL, for the 1880 census and listed as married. She has two children in her household, Kittie Boucher (named for her mother), and Ross Boucher.

According to IL marriage records, on 25 Sep 1882 (yes, the 12th anniversary of his first marriage), Jacob M. Boucher married Susannah "Susan" Phillips (her maiden name) in Vermilion Co., IL. Susannah Phillips (allegedly born 1835 in IL), had been first married to Henry H. Shaffer on 27 Feb 1850 in Vermilion Co., IL. Her second husband was Robert R. Campbell. Susannah married him on 14 Feb 1856 in Vermillion Co., IL.

The 1900 census shows Jacob and Susan Boucher living in Danville, Vermilion Co., IL. Lacy Boucher still lives in Hopedale, Tazewell Co., IL, and is listed on the 1900 census in that town, along with her youngest daughter, May Boucher. Lacy's marital status says she is widowed, but that was a frequent cover in those days when divorce and/or separation was not as socially acceptable. Jacob M. Boucher was still very much alive in 1900.

Jacob entered the US National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers at Danville, Vermilion Co., IL, on 1 May 1906. He was 70 years old and still stood six feet tall. Jacob is listed as married to Susan A. Boucher. According to available records, Jacob stayed there until 14 Aug 1915.

Lacy Boucher and her youngest daughter, May Boucher, are living in Greenville, Bond Co., IL, when the 28 Apr 1910 census was taken there, and Lacy is still listed as "widowed." The 25 Apr 1910 Danville, Vermilion Co., IL census enumerates Jacob and Susan Boucher as a married couple. However, Susan must have died sometime later that year, as there is a gravestone for her (with her name spelled Susann Boucher) in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Catlin, Vermilion Co., IL with the dates of 1835-1910.

After the death of Susan Boucher in 1910, Jacob and Lacy were remarried in 1911, in Bond Co., IL, according to recently found marriage records. Jacob re-entered the Soldier's Home on 15 Aug 1916 and was dismissed again on 20 Jun 1919. Jacob later died in hospital on 8 Aug 1920. He was laid to rest in Danville National Cemetery in Vermilion Co., IL.

Earlier that year, on the 20 Jan 1920 census of Alton, Madison Co., IL, Lacy Boucher was listed as married. She was also the one designated to take Jacob's personal effects and pension after his death, and listed as Jacob's wife on his death certificate.

One year after Jacob's death, Lacy passed away on 21 May 1921 in Greenville, Bond Co., IL.

Thank you to volunteer contributor Cherokee2557 for the outstanding research that went it the above biographical sketch of Mr Boucher's life, and providing it here for use on this memorial page. jer 05/11/2015

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  • Created by: J. Edward Ross
  • Added: 9 Nov 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 61353100
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jacob M Boucher (1836–8 Apr 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 61353100, citing Danville National Cemetery, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by J. Edward Ross (contributor 47159122) .