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Young Ewing Winkler

Daviess County, Kentucky, USA
Death 21 Jan 1893 (aged 83)
Rardin, Coles County, Illinois, USA
Burial Rardin, Coles County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 67396869 · View Source
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He was a "Copperhead." Wounded in the arm while leaving the Coles County courthouse while serving on a petit jury during the "Charleston Riot" 28 March 1864 in Charleston, Coles County, Illnois.Taken prisoner,sent to Camp Butler in Springfield, IL & later to Ft. Delaware. Was released by order of President Lincoln.

Knew Abraham Lincoln since childhood. The Winkler's were neighbors of the Lincoln's in Spencer/Warrick County IN.

Lincoln served as his lawyer in 1842 in Coles County.

In a letter to President Lincoln in Apr 1864 Dennis Hanks wrote to Lincoln and mentioned the Charleston Riot and stated in the letter "young ewing winkler was wounded"
There is little doubt that Winkler and Lincoln were well acquainted.

Married 3 times, each wife leaving him a widow
Sally Bailey Married in 1830
children Robert, David and Nancy
Sarah Wallace married in 1840
children Joseph, John and Andrew
Margaret Jane Sousley Carnahan
children Snowden, Jacob and Rosetta

He was born in Kentucky the son of David and Sarah Fair Winkler. His father died in IN, Warrick County in 1822. The family moved to IL to Northern Coles southern Douglas County around the Brushy Creek area.
Sarah Fair Winkler is buried at Albin Cemetery south of Newman IL.

He was living with his son Robert when he died. Unable to find a tombstone but believed to be buried next to 2nd wife Sarah.

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  • Maintained by: Ann Winkler Hinrichs
  • Originally Created by: Jim Wierman
  • Added: 24 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67396869
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Young Ewing Winkler (11 Jan 1810–21 Jan 1893), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67396869, citing Union Cemetery, Rardin, Coles County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Ann Winkler Hinrichs (contributor 47242179) .