Sol D. Kempton
b. 6 Jul. 1829
d. 1863
Co. B, 12th Inf. Reg. Ind.

Front of G.A.R. Ribbon
Sol D. Kempton Post 228
Fortville, Ind.
(Belonged to: Isaac Alfrey)
(Donated by: Susan (Graham) Lucas)

Back of G.A.R. Ribbon
Sol D. Kempton Post 228
Fortville, Ind.

The Black Ribbon was given to the widow, or closest family member, after the G.A.R. member passed away.

(Belonged to: Isaac Alfrey)
(Donated by: Susan (Graham) Lucas)

GAR Photos

Composite of Fortville GAR Members
Located in Soldiers & Sailors Monument
Indianapolis, IN

GAR Window

The living members of the Fortville GAR donated money for a stained glass window in the new Fortville United Methodist Church built in 1902.

GAR window on west side of church.

List of GAR Members in 1902
(bottom-center of window)

Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.)

What was the G.A.R.?

The G.A.R. was an organization that brought together veterans of the Civil War.  Once the pain of the war was over, veterans wanted to relive the comradeship between themselves and their fellow soldiers.

When was the G.A.R. started?

The G.A.R. was begun on April 6, 1866, in Decatur, Illinois, by 2 tent-mates from the 14th Illinois Infantry.

Could any Civil War veteran join?

No, the G.A.R. was limited to veterans with an honorable discharge of the Union Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or the Revenue Cutter Service who had served at some point between April 12, 1861 and April 9, 1865.  It was stated as: “Membership limited strictly to veterans of the late unpleasantness”.

What is a G.A.R. Post and how did they come up with Post names?

A G.A.R. Post was where the local Civil War veterans of a community came together.  There were six Posts in Hancock County alone.  The Posts were usually named after an honored person from that area who died during the Civil War or shortly after.

What were the Posts in Hancock County and how long did they last?

  1. Charlottesville Post #545 – 1889-1898
  2. Fortville, Sol D. Kempton Post #228 – 1883-1930
  3. William E. Hart Post #454 – 1886-unknown
  4. Greenfield, Samuel H. Dunbar Post – 1882-1936
  5. New Palestine, Charles A. Kirkhoff Post #534 – 1888-1907
  6. Willow Branch, Lorenzo Fort Post #438 – 1886-1893

Who were the veterans in the Fortville Post?

The following is a list of members of the Sol D. Kempton Post #228 in Fortville with their rank in the Civil War, when they passed, their age when they passed, and the G.A.R. journal that recorded their passing.

G.A.R. Sol Kempton Post #228 - Fortville, IN

Alfry, Isaac N.
Private; Co. I. 132nd Inf.
27 Aug. 1905 - aged 72
Journal #27, 1906

Jackson, George H.
Corporal; Co. C. 79th Ind.
11 Feb. 1915 – aged 73
Journal #37, 1916

Anderson, Thomas
Private; Co. G. 89th Ind. Inf.
5 Jun. 1900 – aged 65
Journal #22, 1901

Jarrett, Lambert
Private; Co. C.
39th Mounted Ind. Vol. Inf.
11 Apr. 1917 – aged 73
Journal #39, 1918

Apple, George S.
Private; Co. F. 128th Ind. Inf.
31 Jul 1909
Journal #31, 1910

Jarvis, Noah
Private; Co. I. 54th Ind. Inf.
9 Jun. 1909
Journal 31st, 1910

Apple W. M.
Private; Co. K. 11th Ind.
6 Feb. 1909
Journal #31, 1910

Jenkins, John C.
Private; Co. K. 11th Ind. Vol. Inf.
7 Apr. 1917 – aged 71
Journal #39, 1918

Bailey, Lemuel
Co. H. 26th Ind. Inf.
25 Nov. 1905 – aged 63
Journal #27, 1906

Jordan, James C.
Private; Co. G. 12th Ind. Inf.
15 Sep. 1921 – aged 81
Journal #43, 1922

Ball, Isaac
Private; Co. E. 116th Ind. Inf.
20 Dec. 1896 – aged 54
Journal #18, 1897

Kelley, John
Private; Co. H. 134th Ind.
1 Jul. 1910
Journal #32, 1911

Beaver, Thomas F.
Private; Co. E. 115th Inf.
3 Mar. 1911 – aged 68
Journal #33, 1912

Kurtz, Byron
Private; Co. I. 75th Ind. Inf.
9 Jan. 1929
Journal 51st, 1930

Bergner, Charles
Private;
Co. H 7th Ind. Vol. Cav.
11 Sep. 1934 - aged 88

Lewis, John
Private; Co. G. 8th Ind.
30 Dec. 1910
Journal #32, 1911

Bills, Josephus
2nd Lieutenant;
Co. H. 12th Ind. Inf.
1 Feb. 1905 – aged 71
Journal #27, 1906

Loomis, Benjamin
Private; Co. C. 79th Ind. Inf.
11 Jun 1904 – aged 68
Journal #26, 1905

Blanton, John
Private; Co. C. 79th Inf.
21 Oct. 1911 – aged 70
Journal #33, 1912

Myers, Audrey J.
Private; Co. H. 153rd Ind.
17 Jun. 1918 – aged 90
Journal #40, 1919

Bolander, Peter
Private;
Co. A. 11th Ind. Vol. Inf.
28 Jun. 1912 – aged 68
Journal #34, 1913

Nicholson, Abraham
Private; Co. C. 8th Ind.
10 May 1910
Journal #32, 1911

Bowers, Jacob
Private; Co. B. 8th Ind. Inf.
2 Feb. 1929
Journal #51, 1930

Noel, Thomas R. G.
Captain; Co. B. 12th Ind. Vol.
6 Dec. 1889
Journal #11, 1890

Brantlinger, Andrew
Private; Co. E. 8th Cav.
23 Aug. 1911 – aged 89
Journal #33, 1912

Olvey, Ransom R.
Co. C. 79th Ind.
20 Jul. 1908
Journal #30, 1909

Brantlinger, John
Private; Co. G. 12th Ind.
11 Apr. 1915 – aged 82
Journal #37, 1916

Pettigreen (Pettigrew), Robert
Private; Co. I. 43rd Ind. Inf.
1 Mar. 1929
Journal #51, 1930

Brattain, Sam
Private; Co.I. 75th Ind. Inf.
11 Oct. 1935

Pickle (Pickel), Daniel
Sergeant; Co. K. 44th Ind. Inf.
6 Feb. 1929
Journal #51, 1930

Brown, Andrew
Private; Co. C. 79th Ind. Inf.
25 Feb. 1930 - aged 87

Powell, John
Private; Co. C. 8th Penn. Inf.
& Co. C. 147th Penn.
7 Sep. 1902 – aged 63
Journal #24, 1903

Bunker, Charles Andrew
Private; Co. B. 89th Ind. Vol. Inf.
26 Nov. 1919
Journal #41, 1920

Powers, Charles
Captain; U.S. Navy
27 Nov. 1905 – aged 74
Journal #27, 1906

DeCamp, Samuel E.
Private; Co. I. 75th Ind. Vol. Inf.
7 Mar. 1917 - aged 76
Journal #39, 1918

Prater, Henry
Co. B. 89th Inf.
11 Aug. 1911 – aged 75
Journal #33, 1912

Chitwood, Robert
Private; Co. G. 12th Ind.

Rash, John T.
Private; Co. G.12th Ind. Inf.
14 Apr. 1906
Journal #28, 1907

Clark, Henry
Private; Co. E. 155th Inf.
25 Nov. 1911 – aged 75
Journal #33, 1912

Richards, David R.
Sergeant; Co. G. 12th Ind. Vol. Inf.
14 Jun. 1912 – aged 71
Journal#34, 1913

Clark, Thomas Washington
Private; Co. F. 49th Ohio
26 Dec. 1919 – aged 82
Journal #41, 1920

Richardson, John W.
Corporal; Co. I. 75th Ind. Inf.
17 Nov. 1902
Journal#24, 1903

Cole, James
Private; 14th KY Cav.
15 Nov. 1895 – aged 67
Journal #17, 1896

Ridenaur, Isaac
Sergeant; Co. G.12th Ind.
20 Aug. 1910
Journal #32, 1911

Conger, Gershom Wiley
Iron Brigade; Co. B. 19th Ind.
29 Apr. 1926

Riley, William R.
Private; Co. A. 9th Ind. Cav.
26 Mar. 1908
Journal #30, 1909

Copper, Ralph
1st Lieutenant;
Co. G. 12th Inf.
22 Dec. 1911 – aged 78
Journal #33, 1912

Rumler, Anthony Vantley
Private; Co. G. 12th Ind.
25 Jul. 1910
Journal #32, 1911

Coppersmith, Joseph
Private; Co. L. 8th Ind. Cav.
15 Jun. 1918 – aged 74
Journal #40, 1919

Schwab, Phillip
Co. C. 116th Ohio Vol. Inf.
20 Aug. 1926 - aged 89

Cottrell, John H.
Co. G. 12th Ind.
23 Dec. 1917 – aged 88
Journal #39, 1918

Shaffer, Hiram Robert
Private; Co. G. 12th Ind. Inf.
28 Jul. 1911 – aged 67
Journal #33, 1912

Davidson, Henry
Private; Co. A. 11th Ind. Inf.
12 Jan. 1906
Journal #28, 1907

Sherrett, Isiah
Private; Co. K, 8th Ind. Inf.
6 Nov. 1928
Journal #50, 1929

Denny, George
Private; Co. G. 12 Ind.
22 Jul, 1909 - aged 65y 28d
Journal #31, 1910

Shull, Freeman
Private; Co. G. 12th Ind.
13 Jul. 1918 – aged 76
Journal #40, 1919

Doty, Thomas
Private; Co. B. 2nd Ind. Cav.
11 Apr. 1924 - aged 92

Shull, John
Private; Co. G. 12th Inf.
4 Aug. 1911 – aged 70
Journal #33, 1912

Farr, Robert
Private; Co. G. 38th Ind.
1 Jan. 1909
Journal #31, 1910

Sims, John Jackson
Private; Co. E. 153rd Ind. Inf.
17 Jul. 1923 - aged 87

Fausset, James H.
Private; Co. G. 12th Ind. Vol. Inf.
21 Jun. 1912
Journal #34, 1913

Steel, Samuel
Private; Co. C. 79th
12 Jun. 1914 – aged 80
Journal #36, 1915

Fausset, James M.
Private; Co. B. 11th Ind. Inf.
9 Dec. 1905 – aged 65
Journal 27, 1906

Stoops, John
Private; Co. K. 70th Ind.
10 Jul. 1917 – aged 72
Journal #39, 1918

Fausset, John
Private; Co. E 155th Ind. Inf.
(Grave stone requested
29 Jun. 1929)

Sweeney, Benjamin
Private; Co. F. 2nd KY Inf.
19 Feb. 1912 – aged 77
Journal #34, 1913

Fort, Morris
Private; Co. G. 5th Ind. Cav.
13 May 1913 (California) - aged 80

Taylor, Andrew
Private; Co. G. 168th Ohio
(National Guard)
31 Jul. 1916 – aged 70
Journal #38, 1917

Fred, Isaac Newton
Private; Co. G. 70th Ind.
14 Mar. 1937 - aged 93

True, David Nelson
Co. E. 8th Ind.; Co. D. 106th;
Co. D. 38th Ind.
12 Jun. 1920 - aged 83

Fred, William Henry
Private; Co. G. 70th Ind. Inf.
11 Feb. 1926 - aged 83

Walker, Marcellus B.
Co. G. 12th Ind. Inf.
Sergeant; Co. B. 9th Ind. Cav.
4 Feb. 1920 – aged 77
Journal #42, 1921

Gardner, Nicholas
Private; Co. D. 101st Ind. Inf.
2 Sep. 1906 – aged 72
Journal #28, 1907

Watts, Ezra
Private; Co. F. 10th Ind. Vol. Inf.
10 Oct. 1926 - aged 87

Gibbons, Jacob
Corporal & Sergeant
Co. G. 79th Ind
30 Mar. 1915 – aged 76
Journal #37, 1916

White, W. C.
Co. E. 3rd Iowa

Ginder, George
Private; Co. B. 41st 2nd Cav.
29 Aug. 1917 – aged 84
Journal #39, 1918

Wiggins, John F.
Private; Co. B. 8th Ind.
20 Oct. 1923 - aged 83

Ginder, John
Private; Co. G. 12th Ind. Inf.
1 Apr.1901 – aged 74
Journal #23, 1902

Willhide, Martin Henry
Co. D. 1st Maryland PHB Inf. Reg.
Co. D 13th Maryland Inf.
18 Jan. 1919 - aged 75

Girt, George
Private; Co. C. 140th Ind. Inf.
1919

Wynn, C. W.
Sergeant; Co. K. 8th Ind.
21 Jul. 1909
Journal #31, 1910

Gwinn, John H.
Sergeant; Co. I, 18th Ind.
19 Apr. 1913 – aged 79
Journal #35, 1914

Wynn, David T.
Private; Co. G. 12th Ind. Inf.
30 Jul. 1921 – aged 83
Journal #43, 1922

Hall, Thomas
Private; Co. G. 12th Inf.
13 May 1911 – aged 76
Journal #33, 1912

Yancey, Simeon
Private; Co. A. 70th Ind. Inf.
4 Jan. 1906
Journal #28, 1907

Hardin, Charles Van
Sergent; Co. G. 12th Ind. Inf.
1923

Yaryan, Samuel B.
Private Co. I. 132nd Ind.
8 May 1918 – aged 72
Journal #40, 1919

Haskell, Ulysses P.
Private; Co. B. 12th Ind. Inf.
13 Jul. 1908 - aged 70
Journal #30, 1909

Hervey, Dr. Thomas P.
Assistant Surgeon;
Co. F. & S. 50th Ind. Inf.
3 Apr. 1909
Journal #31, 1910

Hexamar, Michael
Private; Co. K. 169th Penn.
1 May 1909
Journal #31, 1910

Hiday, Jacob
Sergeant; Co. G. 12th Ind. Inf.
21 Nov. 1902 - aged 82
Journal #24, 1903

Hiday, Joseph
Private; Co. F. 32nd Iowa Inf.
11 Dec. 1902

Hiday, Thomas
Co. C. 12th Ind. Vol. Inf.
18 Dec. 1908
Journal #30, 1909

Humble, Absolom
Private; Co. E. 155th Ind.
6 Dec. 1917 - aged 85
Journal #39, 1918

Hunter, John
Private; Co. G. 12th Ind. Inf.
16 May 1902
Journal #24, 1903

Ifert, G. W.
Corporal; Co. B. 89th Ind. Inf.
24 Dec. 1908
Journal #30, 1909

Irwin, Robert S.
Private; Co. D. 72nd Ind.
30 Aug. 1917 - aged 76

References

  • Civil War Era in Hancock County, Indiana. Baker, Sue; Skvarenina, Joseph; & Stewart, Elayne. Mitchell-Fleming Printing, Inc.; Greenfield, IN. 2011.
  • Indiana Civil War Veterans: Transcription of the Death Rolls of the Department of Indiana, Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1948. Northcott, Dennis. NG Publications: St. Louis, MO. 2005.