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1.1. Michael Hugh COOLEY 1.2. Lonnie Rae COOLEY
2ND GENERATION
2. Allison Claude COOLEY 3. Billie Dell HOGUE
3RD GENERATION
4. McCabe COOLEY 5. Marie Henrietta HENNEQUIN 6. Hugh Wallace HOGUE 7. Birdie Nina MCDOWELL
4TH GENERATION
8. Joseph William COOLEY 9. Araminta D JOHNSON 10. Louis Francois HENNEQUIN 11. Marguerite STEWARD 12. Robert Irwin HOGUE 13. Nancy Joanna FOSTER 14. William Ellis MCDOWELL 15. Euphemia Ruth ASHENHURST
5TH GENERATION
16. Greenbury COOLEY 17. Amelia Mohler PETTIT 18. Wesley Phillip JOHNSON 19. Susan Isabel FISK 20. Louis HENNEQUIN 21. Maria Theresa DRAVIGNEY 22. John Joseph STEWARD 23. Fanny LAURENT 24. John HOGUE 25. Ann R SIMPSON 26. John A FOSTER 27. Martha Jane STRUTHERS 28. William Erwin MCDOWELL 29. Maria HART 30. Oliver Taylor ASHENHURST 31. Sara Eva SOUTHERN
6TH GENERATION
32. David COOLEY 33. Laurinda AIKEN 34. Joseph PETTET 35. Elizabeth MOHLER 36. Elijah JOHNSON 37. Anna Jane FOSTER 38. Edward Curtis FISK 39. Arminta D WOOD 40. Xavier HANNEQUIN 41. Marie Magdeleine BELOT 42. Pierre Joseph DRAVIGNEY 43. Marie Thérèse GILBERT 44. Joseph STEWARD 46. Jean Baptiste LAURENT 47. Jeaninne Henriette VANDERMEULEN 48. James HOGUE 49. Margaret IRWIN 50. Isaac SIMPSON 51. Elizabeth RICHARDSON 52. Samuel FOSTER 53. Nancy ____ 54. James STRUTHERS 55. Elizabeth SAVILLE 56. John MCDOWELL 57. Anna CURRY 58. Joseph HART Sr 59. Susan PICKENS 60. Oliver ASHENHURST 61. Euphemia BISHOP 62. Charles William SOUTHERN 63. Ruth Ruema HOOVER
7TH GENERATION
64. John COOLEY 65. Sela WRIGHT 66. William AKINS 67. Rebecca MCCLINTICK 73. Ruth ____ ? 76. John R FISK 77. Mahala KEMP 78. John WOOD 79. Charity CORSON 85. Jeanne Claude DRAVIGNEY 86. Josph GILBERT 87. Agathe LANGARD 102. Matthew RICHARDSON 103. Ann STOCKTON 104. James Couples FOSTER 105. Jane MORROW 108. William STRUTHERS 109. Janet LINDSAY 110. Robert SAVILLE 111. Deborah ____ 112. John MCDOWELL 113. Jane ERWIN 116. Edward HART 117. Nancy Ann STOUT 118. John PICKENS 120. William ASHENHURST 121. Nancy ASHENHURST 122. Peter BISHOP 123. Eleanor ____ 124. John SOUTHERN 125. Elizabeth DUNCAN 126. John HOOVER? 127. unknown
8TH GENERATION
128. Edward COOLEY 129. Martha RAPER 130. William WRIGHT 131. Martha MORGAN 132. William EAKIN 133. Mary WALLACE 134. John MCCLINTICK 135. Mary Jane MCDOWELL 152. Richard FISK 154. William KEMP 155. Sukey DAMANT 158. Eli CORSON 159. Christianna THOMPSON 206. Richard Witham STOCKTON 207. Mary Ann HATFIELD 210. Samuel ? MORROW ? 218. James LINDSAY 219. Margaret WATSON 220. Samuel SAVILLE 221. Ann BOOTH 224. John MCDOWELL 225. Esther HARRISON 226. William ERWIN 227. Mary ERWIN 232. John HART Signer 233. Deborah SCUDDER 234. St Leger Codd STOUT 235. Susannah SIMPSON 248. William SOUTHERN 249. Magdelaine FORD 250. Charles DUNCAN 251. Margaret KIRK 252->255. unknown
9TH GENERATION
256. John COOLEY 257. poss Sarah MATTHEWS 258. Thomas RAPER 259. Martha HAM 260. Richard WRIGHT Sr103 261. Ann 262. James MORGAN 263. Mary DAVIS 316. Jacob CORSON Jr 317. Charity STILLWELL 318. Benajah TOMSON 319. Prudence ELDREDGE 412. Samuel STOCKTON 413. Rachel STOUT 414. Joseph HATFIELD 415. Phoebe CLARK 442. Robert BOOTH 443. Ann GASTON 452. John ERWIN 453. Jane WILLIAMS 454. Francis ERWIN 455. Jane CURRY 464. Capt Edward HART 465. Martha FURMAN 466. Richard Betts SCUDDER Jr 467. Hannah STILLWELL 468. James STOUT 469. Mary Ann CODD 496. John SOUTHERN ? 497. Margaret KIDD ? 500. Charles DUNCAN 502. John KIRK Sr 503. Margaret BROOKS 504->517. unknown
10TH GENERATION
518->823. unknown 632. Jacob CORSON Sr 633. Naomi 634. Nicholas STILLWELL 635. Sara HAND 824. Richard STOCKTON 825. Susannah WITHAM 826. Col Joseph STOUT 827. Ruth BRYMSON 828. Abraham HATFIELD 829. Phoebe OGDEN 829. John CLARK 904. Edward ERWIN 905. Frances FRANCIS 908. see 904 909. see 905 910. William CURRY 911. Sally YOUNG 928. John HART 2nd 929. Mary HUNT 930. Josiah FURMAN 2nd 931. Sarah STRICKLAND 932. Richard Betts SCUDDER Sr 933. Hannah REEDER 936. see 826 937. see 827 938. Capt St Leger CODD 939. Mary HANSON 1000. John DUNCAN 1001. Dinah BRADFORD 940->1035. unknown
11TH GENERATION
1036->1263. unknown 1264. Jan CARSTENSEN 1265. Maria Elias DAAS 1268. John STILLWELL Jr 1270. George HAND 1648. Richard STOCKTON 1649. Abigail ____ 1650. Robert WITHAM 1651. Ann HOAG 1652. Jonathan STOUT 1653. Anne BOLLEN 1654. Daniel BRYMSON 1655. Frances GREENLAND 1856. John HART 1st 1857. Mary ____ 1858. Ralph HUNT 1859. Elizabeth JESSUP 1860. Josiah FURMAN 1st 1862. Edmund STRICKLAND 1863. Hannah ____ 1864. John SCUDDER Jr 1865. Joanna BETTS 1866. John REEDER 2nd 1867. Hannah BURROUGHS 1876. Col St Leger CODD 115 1877. Anna BENNETT 115 1878. Col Hans HANSON 1879. Martha Kelts WOODARD 2002. John BRADFORD 2003. Mary MARR 1880->2071. unknown
12TH GENERATION
2072->2079. unknown 2528. Carsten JANSEN 2529. Barbara 2530. Elias DAAS 2536. John STILLWELL 2537. Elizabeth PERRIN 2540. Thomas HAND 2541. Katherine STUBBS 3296. John STOCKTON 3296. Eleanor CLAYTON 3304. Richard STOUT 3305. Penelope VAN PRINCIS 3306. Capt James BOLLEN 3307. Anne VAUQUELLIN 3308. William BRINSDON 3309. Margaret ____ 3310. Dr Henry GREENLAND 3311. Mary BAREFOOT 3312. Thomas HATFIELD 3313. Anna 3314. Cornelius MELYN 3316. John OGDEN 3317. Jane BOND 3718. Edward JESSUP 3719. Elizabeth BRIDGES 3720. John FURMAN 3724. John STRICKLAND 3728. John SCUDDER Sr 3729. Mary KING 3730. Capt Richard BETTS 3731. Joanna CHAMBERLAYNE 3732. John REEDER 1st 3733. Hannah THORPE 3734. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 3735. Hannah WAY 3752. Col William CODD 115 3753. Lady Mary ST LEGER 115 3754. Gov Richard BENNETT 3755. Mary Ann LONGWORTH113 106 3756. Andrew HANSON 3757. Annika ____ 4006. John MARR Sr 3758->4143. unknown
13TH GENERATION
4144->4159. unknown 5072. William STILLWELL 5073. Hannah 5074. Daniel PERRIN 5075. Elizabeth 5080. John HAND 5081. Elizabeth GRANSDEN 6592. John STOCKTON 6593. Eleanor CLAYTON 6608. John STOUT 6609. Elizabeth BEE 6614. Robert VAUQUELLIN 6615. Jeanette 6622. Walter BAREFOOT 6632. Richard OGDEN 6633. Elizabeth HUNTINGTON 7448. Jacob STRICKLAND 7456. Thomas SCUDDER 7457. Elizabeth LOWERS 7458. William KING 7459. Dorothy HAYNES 7460. John BETTES 7461. Mary BIGGS 7462. Rev Robert CHAMBERLAYNE 7463. Elizabeth STOUGHTON 7466. William THORPE 7467. Garthered BLITHE 7468. John BURROUGHS 7469. Johanna JESSUP 7470. James WAY 7504. William CODD 7505. Hester LAMPORD 7506. Sir Warham ST LEGER115 7507. Dame Mary HAYWARD115 7508. Thomas BENNETT 7509. Anstie Tomson SPICER 7512. John HANSON 8012. Daniel MARR 7511->8287. unknown
14TH GENERATION
8288->8319. unknown 10144. Nicholas STILLWELL 10145. Ann 10148. Pierre PERRIN 10149. Andrienne JUBRIL 10160. John HAND 10161. Joan SIMMONS 10162. Henry GRANSDEN 13624. Edward OGDEN 13624. Margaret WILSON 14896. Sir Roger STRICKLAND 14912. Henry SCUDDER 14913. ____ LOWERS 14914. John LOWERS 14920. Alexander BETTES 14921. Joan LARKYN 14926. Rev Thomas STOUGHTON 14927. Katherine 14936. Jeremiah BURROUGHS 14938. John JESSUP 14939. Joanna KERRICH 15012. Sir Anthony ST LEGER 115 15013. Mary SCOTT 115 15014. Sir Rowland HAYWARD 115 15015. Katherine SMYTHE 15016. Robert BENNETT 15017. Elizabeth EDNEY 15024. Col. John HANSON 15025. Frances PRICHARD 15026->16575. unknown
15TH GENERATION
16576->20289. unknown 20298. Jean JUBRIL 20299. Juvine LOMBARD 20326. William GRANSDEN 20327. Ann 26528. William OGDEN 26529. Abigail GOODSALL 26530. Richard WILSON 26531. Margaret 29792. William de STIRKELAUNDE 29840. Robert BETTS 29876. Francis JESSOP 29877. Frances WHITE 30024. Sir Warham ST LEGER 115 30025. Lady Ursula NEVILLE 107 115 30026. Sir Thomas SCOTT 115 30027. Elizabeth BAKER 115 30028. George HAYWARD 30029. Margaret WITHBROKE 30030. Sir Thomas SMYTHE 30031. Alice JUDDE 30032. John BENNETT 30033. Margery 30034. John EDNYE 30048. Thomas HANSON 30049. Janet G GLEDHILL 30050. John PRICHARD 30051->33151. unknown
16TH GENERATION
33152->33279. unknown 53056. Richard OGDEN 53057. Mabel de HOOGAN 53058. Henry GOODSALL 59584. William de STIRKELAUNDE 59752. Richard JESSOP 59753. Ann SWIFT 59754. Alexander WHITE 59755. Eleanor SMITH 60048. Sir Anthony St LEGER 111 60049. Agnes WARHAM 112 60050. George NEVILLE 60051. Lady Mary STAFFORD 60052. Sir Reginald SCOTT 115 60053. Emiline KEMP 115 60054. Sir John BAKER 115 60055. Elizabeth DINLEY 115 60056. John HAYWARD 60060. John SMYTHE 60061. Joan BROUNCKER 60057. Agnes GLOVER 60096. John HANSON 60097. Agnes SAVILE 60098. John GLEDHILL 60099->66303. unknown
17TH GENERATION
66304->66559. unknown 106112. Robert OGDEN 106113. Joan 106114. Johannes de HOOGAN 116168. Walter de STRICKLAND 116169. Alice TEMPEST 119504. William JESSOP 119505. Emotte CHARLESWORTH 119506. Robert SWIFT 119508. Thomas WHITE 119510. William SMITH 119511. Katherine PORTER 120096. Ralph St LEGER 120097. Anne HART 120098. Heughe WARHAM 112 120099. Mary Ann COLLES 120100. George NEVILLE 120101. Margaret FENNE 120102. Edward STAFFORD 120103. Eleanor PERCY 120104. Sir John SCOTT 115 120105. Anne (Amy) PYMPE 115 120106. Sir William KEMP 111 115 120107. Elynor BROWNE 111 115 120108. Richard BAKER 120109. Elizabeth DYNELEY 120110. Thomas DINLEY 115 120112. William HAYWARD 120113. Agnes BALLY 120122. Robert BROUNCKER 120192. John HANSON 120193. Catherine BROOKE 120194. John SAVILE Esq. 120195. Margery GLEDHILL 120196->132607. unknown
18TH GENERATION
132608->132608. unknown 238336. Sir Walter de STRICKLAND 238337. Katherine NEVILLE 239020. Thomas SMITH 239021. Margaret CLARKE 239022. Augustine PORTER 240192. Ralph ST LEGER 240193. Anne PROPHET 240194. Sir Edward HART 240196. Robert WARHAM 240197. Elizabeth ____ 240198. Geoffrey COLLES 240200->240207. Royal Lineage 107 240208. Sir William SCOTT 115 240209. Sybil LEWKNOR 115 240210. Reginald DE PYMPE 115 240211. Elizabeth PASHLEY 115 240212. Sir Thomas KEMP 111 115 240213. Emelyn CHICHE 111 115 240214. Robert BROWNE 111 240215. Mary MALLETT 115 240218. Thomas DYNELEY 240224. William HAYWARD 240225. Elizabeth BROCKTON 240226. William BALLY 240384. John HANSON 240385. Cicely RAVENSHAW 240386. John BROOKE 240390. John GLEDHILL 240391->265215. unknown
19TH GENERATION
265216->266241. unknown 476672. Sir Walter de STRICKLAND 476673. Elizabeth PENNINGTON 480384. Ralph ST LEGER 480385. Margaret TYRREL 480400->480415. Royal Lineage 107 480416. Sir John SCOTT 480417. Agnes BEAUFITZ 480418. John LEWKNOR 115 480420. Sir William DE PYMPE 115 480421. Elizabeth WHETEHILL 480422. Sir John PASHELY 115 480423. Lowys GOWER 115 480424. Thomas KEMP 111 480425. Beathris LEUKENER 111 480426. Sir Valentine CHICHE 480427. Philippa CHICHELEY 480428. Sir Thomas BROWNE 111 115 480429. Alianor DE ARUNDEL 115 480430. William MALLETT 115 480448. William HAYWARD 480449. Jane WILCOCKES 480450. William BROCKTON 480768. John HANSON 480769. Cicely DE WINDEBANKE 480770. John RAVENSHAW 480826. Vincent CHICHELE 115 480827->530431. unknown
20TH GENERATION
530432->960767. unknown 953344. Sir Thomas STRICKLAND 953345. Agnes PARRE 960768. John ST LEGER 960769. Margery DONNETT 960824->960829. Royal Lineage 107 960830. Sir Walter D'EVEREAUX 107 960831. Elizabeth MERBURY 107 960832. William SCOTT 960833. Isabella HERBERT 960834. William DE BEAUFITZ 960842. Sir Richard WHETEHILL 960844. Sir John PASHLEY 115 960845. Elizabeth WYDVILLE 115 960846. Sir Thomas GOWER 115 960848. Sir John KEMP 111 960850. Sir Thomas LEUKENER 111 960851. ____ HOO 111 960854. Robert CHICHELEY 960858. Sir Thomas DE ARUNDEL 115 960859. Joan MOYNE 115 960896. John HAYWARD 960897. Margery WEVER 961536. John HANSON 961537. Alice WOODHOUSE 961538->1060863. unknown
21TH GENERATION
1060864->1921537. unknown 1906688. Walter de STRICKLAND 1906689. Douce CROFT 1906690. Sir Thomas PARR 1906691. Alice TUNSTALL 1921538. James DONNETT 1921648->1921661. Royal Lineage 107 1921662. John MERBURY 107 1921666. Vincent HERBERT 115 1921688. Sir Robert PASHELY 115 1921689. Philippa CERGEAUX 115 1921690. Sir Richard WYDVILLE 115 1921691. Elizabeth LYONS 1921696. Raulf KEMP 111 1921702. Sir Thomas HOO 111 1921716. John DE ARUNDEL 1921717. Elizabeth DESPENSER 115 107 1921792. James HAYWARD 1923072. Henry DE RASTRICK 1923074. Henry DE WOODHOUSE 1923075->2121727. unknown
22ND GENERATION
2121728->3843075. unknown 3843076->3843327. Royal Lineage 107 3843328->3843375. unknown 3813380. Sir John PARR 3813381. Agnes CROPHILL 3813382. Sir Thomas TUNSTALL 3843376. Robert PASHLEY 115 3843377. Anne HOWARD 115 3843378. Sir Richard CERGEAUX 115 3843379. Philippa FITZALAN 115 3843382. Sir John LYONS 3843432. John FITZALAN 3843433. Alianor MALTRAVERS 107 115 3843436->3846143. unknown 3846144. John DE RASTRICK 3846148. Alexander DE WOODHOUSE 3846149. Beatrice TOOTHILL 3846150->4243455. unknown
23RD GENERATION
4243456->7686151. unknown 7686152->7686655. Royal Lineage 107 7637760. Sir William PARR 7637761. Elizabeth de ROS 7686754. John HOWARD 115 7686756. Richard CERGEAUX 115 7686757. Margaret SENESCHAL 115 7686758. Edmund FITZALAN 115 7686759. Sibyl DE MONTEGU 115 7686864->7686865. Royal Lineage 107 7686866. Sir John MALTAVERS 107 7386867->8486910. unknown
 
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   Name: Charles William Southern
   Born: 28 Apr 182932 
  Place: Pearisburg, Giles Co., VA
   Died: 7 Dec 1921
  Place: near Viola, Mercer Co., IL
 Buried: 10 Dec 192132 
  Place: Bethel Cemetery, Mercer Co., IL
Married: 6 Aug 1851
  Place: New Boston, Mercer Co., IL

Courtesy of Dianna Powell Martin

It seems likely that Charles was named for his grandfathers, Charles Duncan and William Southern.

The following biographical sketch, from Historical Encyclopedia if Illinois and History of Mercer Co,1 is presented as transcribed by Mary Ann (Duncan) Dobson:2

Pg.742-743: CHARLES W. SOUTHERN, farmer, Green Township, Mercer County, was born in Giles County, Va., April 8, 1829, a son of John and Elizabeth Sarah Duncan (Duncan) Southern. In 1848 Mr. Southern located on a farm in Duncan Township, and, in 1852, moved to his present farm ... Enlisted in the Union Army ... On Jan. 16, 1848, he was married to Sarah Duncan, who died April 16, 1849, and Aug. 6, 1851, he was married to his present wife, Mrs. Ruth McManus, and of their children, Catherine E., Sarah E., and Marion L., are living, and two - William and Martha - are deceased. Republican, Commissioner of Highways for 21 years, member of the United Presbyterian church at Viola.

Obituary and Burial Notice

From The Times Record (Mercer County, IL), 15 Dec 1921

Charles William Southern was born in Pearisburg, Chiles [sic] county, Virginia, April 8th, 1829, and died at the home of George Martin, December 7th, 1921, aged 92 years and 8 months.

When 13 years of age he went to Cedar county, Iowa. After a short residence there he came with his parents to Duncan Prairie, Mercer county, Illinois, where he grew to manhood. On August 6th, 1851, he was united in marriage to Ruth Ruema McMannis of New Boston. After their marriage they moved to their farm three miles southwest of Viola, Illinois, where they lived until the death of Mrs. Southern, June 6th, 1905. To this union were born five children. Catherine B. Martin, Viola, Illinois; Eva Ashenhurst, Tingley, Ia.; William S. Southern, who died at the age of [23?] years; Martha Selma Southern, who died in infancy, and Mariob [sic] S. Southern of Viola, Ill. There are seventeen grandchildren, forty great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

On October 21, 1908, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart of Adair, Iowa. She preceded him in death February 10th, 1912, at Adair, Iowa. Mr. Southern was a pioneer of Mercer county, having lived in the county for about seventy years. He was a private in Co. D, 83rd Regiment, Illinois Volunteers.

In early life Mr. Southern a profession of his faith in Christ and united with a Free Presbyterian church that was located a little west of Viola in the Carnahan neighborhood. Later on, in the seventies, he and his wife became members of the United Presbyterian church of Viola where he remained a member until the time of his death, with the exception of a short time he lived at Adair, Iowa. The allotted time for man on earth is said to be three score and ten, but Mr. Southern has outlived this time by more than twenty years. It can well be said of him that he came to his "grave in full age, like a shock of grain cometh in its season." A short time ago he seemed to realize that the end might not be far off for him and he selected that passage of scripture to be read, the 55th chapter of Isaiah, and the text, the 6th and 7th verses of the chapter.

The funeral services were held from the home of George Martin, Saturday December 10th, at 11 a. m., in charge of his pastor, A. S. Bailey. The pallbearers were Messrs Fred Morris, J. M. Tary, W. A. Anderson, Alex. McGaughy, James Mack and M. A. Forsythe. Burial was in the Mercer County Bethel cemetery west of Viola.

CARD OF THANKS

We desire to express our heartfelt thanks to our friends and neighbors for their kindness during the sickness and burial of our beloved father. We also extend our thanks to the singers and for the beautiful floral offerings. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Martin and family; Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Ashenhurst and family; Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Southern and family.

From The Times Record (Mercer Co., IL), 8 Dec 1921

NONAGENARIAN, HEAD OF FIVE GENERATIONS, TO BE BURIED SAT.

Charles Southern, born in Giles Co., Virginia, and for more than seventy years a resident of Mercer county died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Geo. Martin, near Viola Wednesday afternoon, December 7, 1921, at the ripe old age of 92 years and 8 months.

At the age of 21 years, the deceased came to Mercer county, being one of the oldest resident pioneers at the time of his death. He is survived by four succeeding generations. Funeral services will be held at the Martin home at 11 a. m. Saturday, December 10, Rev. Bailey of the Viola United Presbyterian church officiating.

Charles William Southern's Family

Charles Southern and his second wife, Ruth Hoover, had five children:

Catherine E Southern 1853-1950 She was born 28 Mar 1853 in Mercer county IL and married George W Martin. See Find A Grave Memorial# 75531035.
Sarah Eva Southern 1855-1935 Married Oliver Taylor Ashenhurst
William Leroy Southern 1856-1884 Born 28 Oct 1856 in Mercer county IL and died 27 Sep 1884 Mercer county IL. Married Harriett Elizabeth Ailes.
Martha Selma Southern 1860-c1860 Born 23 Jul 1860 in Mercer county IL. Died in infancy.
Marion Levi Southern 1862-1937 Born 23 April 1862 in Mercer county IL, he died in Galesburg, Knox county, IL 28 Sep 1937. He m1 Ida Alice Bradley m2 Henrietta Sutton. Two daughters, Edith and Nina. Find A Grave Memorial# 67017066.

Charles William Southern's Civil War Letters

Courtesy of Dianna Powell Martin

Here are my transcriptions of photocopied letters I received in the late 1980s or early 1990s. They have long become separated from the enclosing envelope. For the life of me, I can't remember who sent them to me, except that they came down through the Ashenhurst line.

[Transcribed by Michael Cooley.]

Camp Butler Ill.
Monday, March 20th 1865

My Dear Wife I again imbrace the opportunity of writing afew lines to let you know that I am well at present and hope that these few lines may reach and find you all injoying the same blessing. I wasent very well yesterday and day before but I got a box of Ayers pills and took some of them and I feel pretty well today I rote a letter asatturday and sent you my likness in it and I sent you a doubble one in an invelope when wee got our clothes [can't read] got no napsacks so wee could carry nothing but our blankets wee started the same night wee got our cloths and wee got a box and it was small to hold all our cloths so I only sent my over coat and and over shirt and socks wee sent them to Keithsboro in care of Asa Knox I put a book in the box for you it is Jack Mosby the gurrillia I hope wee will git away from hear for it is a hard place it is very sickly hear and tha [they?] say thare is 10 or 12 dies evry day, a man told me this morning that thare was two hundred sick men sent to the hospittle on Friday last thare was a poor fellow shot heare last night by the gards - he was trying to git away he was a substitute. When you hear people talk about drafted men and substitutes being treated as well as volunteers you can tell them that I say it isent so Well Ruth I am better contented than I thaut [thought?] I would be if I knew all was well at home I would feel satisfide still I never wantid to hear from any place as bad in my life, I was out to preaching yesterday I heard two very good sermons preached thare is severl boys hear from Kethsburg the boy have a goodeal of fun and seem to injoy thair selves first rate but I am like a Bound Boy at a husking Well Ruth you must excuse me for writing such letters as this but the boys keep so mutch noise that I can hardly think of anything, take good care of your self and the children and dont work to hard tell Elizabeth and polly I will rite to them soon it seems to me that thare is men anuf hare in this plase to give the Rebs a good brush thare is lots of them and more coming evry day. I heard since I have bin writing that thare is a solger a going to be shot to day hear for shoting a little boy while on gard Well Ruth if you got my other letter answer it but dont write any more till you hear from me agane. So no mor at present but remain as ever your husband

Charles W Southern

good by for this time
kiss all the children for me

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indianopolice Ind Sunday March 26 1865

My Dear and mutch loved wife I imbrace the present opportunity of writing a few lines to let you no how I am gitting along I havent felt very well for a day or two I have [cough?] cold some way But I feel thankful to the giver of all good for the perservation of my life through the dangers that I have all ready past, and earnestly hope this will find you all well and doing well, wee left Camp Butler a Friday Eve [can't read] arrived hear last night at two o'clock in the night. I tell you I was glad to git away from Camp Butler for it is one of the worst places that I have ever saw we staid thare eight days and thare was a man kild evry night. wee was thare for trying to git away and tha ware dieing off fearfully with the smale from measels and nearly all the diseases I could mention two Boys from the Richland grove died last week tha had only bin away from home two weeks Well Ruth wee come from Camp Butler on a freight trane about two hundred of us as far as lafayett indiana and thare wee changed cars wee got on a passenger train and the engine run off the track about mid night last night, but thare was no one hurt as it happend one car was so badly broken that tha had to leave [us thare?] a nice place here tha have barracks and every thing fixed up as it should be, tha have spard nether trouble nor expence in making everything clean and comfortable for the solgers it is cald the solgers home I would like to stay hear a while but wee are only laying here over Sunday we will take the trane in the morning for Nashville and from thare to Clarksville Some of the men think that the 83 Regt will be full before wee git thare thare is more men going to that Rigt than any other on acount of it being ahealthy plase for my part I dont care it is full I dont no whether wee will have another choice or not iff it is full some think we will iff the Regt is full and I have another chois I will go to the 100th Regt doind guard duty at Rock island and then I will git a little neare home. Well Ruth was paid thirty three dollars and thirty cents of my government bounty before I left Springfield I will express it home to you as soon as I git to the Regt I had rather trust it in your hands that to carry it myself thare is a great many ways to git the solgers money from them if tha cant git it any other way tha will steal it thare is more stealing done in Camp Butler than any other plase in the State Some are gitting rich at it Well Ruth you wanted me told me to write to you and tell you just how I felt that would be very hard for me to do I feel very lonesome, to tell you the truth I am home sick I wont deny it But if I could only hear from you and know that all was well at home I no I would feel a goodeal better Sumner went to the post office before we left Butler to see if we couldent git a letter but we had to leave disapointed I know you will rite to me as as often as you can wee have not staid in one plase long anuf

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[written in top margin]:
tell your mother to be shore and write as soon as you git this and tell me iff she got the money

Franklin Tenn July the 27 1865

Dear Son I seat myself to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well at present and hope these few lines will find you all well Willie I got a letter from your mother to day and I have just rote an answer to it She sent me one dollar and some paper and I sent the dollar back and the paper I kept I sent ten dollares to your mother and fifty cents to Cassa and eva and I will put 25 cents in this letter [can't read several words] you must give him five cents of it Well Willie I havent had an opportunity to git you any little gun yet but the solgers can all git to keep thair guns for six dollars cuterments and all and iff you want a big gun I will bring my gun home for you it is a new gun rite out of the shop and if you live you will soon be a man and then you will want a big gun Send me a word iff you think a big gun will do you you must be a good boy and mind your mother and tend to the pigs calvs and chickens [can't read several words] good to your litle brother and sisters So good by for this time from your father C. W. Southern

Well eva your mother said you are all good children I am very glad to hear that you are all good children and go to Sunday school [can't read] learn all you can I want to hear you read when I git home I have got three nice little bboks that the preacher gave me I will fetch them to you and Cassa and Willie mind your mother and be a good girl good by C W Southern

Well Catherine I must write a little to you I would like to see some more of your writing I could read all the letter I got from you very well and I would like for you to try it agane the next letter your mother writes I am gitting along [can't read several words] my health is [can't read several words] have plenty eat and a good tent to sleep in we have preaching in camp every Sunday a man by the name of Kelly a private in Co I preaches for us thare is all sorts of men hear some singing and praying and some playing the fidle and dancing [can't read] some dreinking whiskey and gambling some quarling and some fighting before tha got thair money all was quiet but now it is ahead of any thing I ever saw tha have a drinking saloon in one of the tents in Co F and

[I must be missing a page. Too bad. It was getting interesting.]

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Franklin Tenn Wednesday August the 10th 1865

Dear wife and children I seat myself to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well at present and I hope that these few lines may find you all well I received aletter from you this morning dated august this containing one from Dunk I will answer his letter as soon as I get time and I want you to write to mother and tell her that iff I git home in time I will try to go and see her Well Ruth you said that you got my letter and Willie got one but you did not say whether thare was any money in it or not I thaught that I would box up afew things and send home but it is so hard to hear from any thing I gess that I had better not send them you said in your other letter that Will Curtis wanted to no iff he could rent some ground for next year you must exersize your one [own?] jugement about that and every thing else while I am away for I cant tell when I will git home I may have to stay my time out I cant find out any thing about it to any sertainty thare is some talk of us going to huntsville alabamma but but whether thare is any thing of it or not I cant know one of the men asked the Colonel about it yesterday and he told him that he would bet him a hundred dollars that wee all would be at home by the 10th of September at the fardest but the officer is sutch liers that we cant depend in any thing tha say all thay care for is to swindle the government out of all the money tha can I heard this morning that the officers of the 83 sold us to the officers of this regiment for one dollar a head all th 61st wanted of us down hear was to fill up the regt so tha could promote officers tha had no officers hardly and tha couldent promote any more with what men the had tha have promoted a Colonel and a whole kit of officers Since we come hear. iff tha had left us at Nashville two days longer wee would a bin mustered out, iff I live to git home I will never vote for any officer in this army for any office no sooner than I would a Rebel I know anuf about them to know that all tha care for is green backs and hores, they have a hore house hear in town expressly for the use of the officers and tha draw rations from the government but I have said anuf on this subject every thing gose to show that we will leave this plase soon tha are turning over the government property that belongs to this post, but the officers will keep us just as long as tha can you must do the best you can and tell the men that has grain in that field to see to having the fense fixed up or the cattle will destroy all the corn and iff tha wont do it let the cattle take it for for you must not run after the cattle for it is no use to make your self sick becaus thare is no fense iff tha will all go at it tha can soon fix it up and if tha dont let it go, dont you run after the cattle any more I did not leave home with the calculation for you to be a [?] to run cattle this summer and iff you will mind me you wont do it, iff tha will fix the fense we will pay them what is right for it and iff not let thare crops take it that is the best we can do, you have hard work and trouble anuf with out watching the field and I dont intend you shall do it iff I can help it

1. By William A. Marsh; ed. by Newton Bateman & Paul Selby, Mercer Co. Hist. ed. by Wm. A. Lorimer; pub. Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1903, 860 pgs.

2. http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~dobson/va/vagiles.htm



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