209. Jesse W. HUNTER
was born on 2 Apr 1840 in Rushville, Schuyler, Illinois. He served in the military
in 1861 in Lexington,, Missouri. From Penison Deposition:
I am the individual Jesse Hunter who served as a private - Company K, 14th Missouri Home Guard, enlisted early in August 1861. Paroled from that company and regiment about the 21st of September 1861 at Lexington, Missouri. I never had any discharge from that regiment. I don't know why I never had any discharge, was put on parole and told to take care of myself. ...
While I was with the 14th Missouri Regiment, we were at Lexington, Missouri all the time. We were just about to leave to be mustered into the U.S. service when General Price came on and captured the whole regiment. I was a prisoner two days and was then sworn not to take up arms anymore during the war against the confederacy and they then let me go. That is what I mean by saying that I was paroled. We were told to take care of our selves and I never had any discharge out. He served in the military in 1864 in Stone's Prairie, Adams, Illinois. Jesse Hunter from Stone Prairie served in the Civil War from May 4, 1864 to Mustered Out Sept. 24, 1864 in 137th Infantry Illinois Volunteers Company D. Organized at Camp Wood, Quincy, Ill., and mustered in for 100 days June 5, 1864. Ordered to Memphis, Tenn., June 9. Attached to 4th Brigade, District of Memphis, Tenn., District of West Tennessee. Transferred to 3rd Brigade, District of Memphis, July 9. Assigned to guard and picket duty at and about Memphis till September. Repulse of Forrest's attack on Memphis August 21.
Mustered out September 4, 1864.
Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 17 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 31 Enlisted men by disease. Total 50.
Grave marker says, "(CO. G 137 Illinois Inf. (Civil War-GAR)" Co G roster does not have any Hunters.
Cemetery Record says: HUNTER, Jesse
02 Apr 1840 - 25 Jan 1915
Co.K 14 MO Inf CW-GAR
He filed for a Pension on 2 Apr 1900 in Glenwood, Mills, Iowa. DEPOSITION A
Case of Jesse Hunter, No. 584641
On this 2nd day of April 1900 at Glenwood, County of Mills State of Iowa, before me, A.J. Kinney, a Special Examiner of the Pension Office, personally appeared Jesse Hunter, who, being by me first duly sworn to answer truly all interrogatories propounded to him during this Special Examination of aforesaid pension claim, deposes and says:
I am 59 nine years of age, a farmer, P.O. Glenwood, Mills County, Iowa.
I am the individual Jesse Hunter who served as a private - Company K, 14th Missouri Home Guard, enlisted early in August 1861. Paroled from that company and regiment about the 21st of September 1861 at Lexington, Missouri. I never had any discharge from that regiment. I don't know why I never had any discharge, was put on parole and told to take care of myself. I enlisted in Company D, 137th Illinois Volunteer Infantry in May 1864 and was discharged in October 1864. I was not in any other service than I have mentioned.
At the time of my first enlistment, I was living at Lexington, Missouri, had lived there from 1854 and was working as a miner.
Am a married man, my wife's maiden name was Susan C. Staggs and we were married at Quincy, Illinois, July 4, 1865. We have lived together as husband and wife until the present time. I have never been divorced. Neither of us have been previously married, we have no children under the age of sixteen years.
When I was paroled from Company K, 14th Missouri Home Guard I went to Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa and remained there until June 1863 and worked in a coalmine and at some farming. While there I worked on two different farms but I cannot remember the names of the people that I worked for.
From there I went to Stone's Prairie, Adams County, Illinois and lived there with a man by the name of Mr. Shinn until I enlisted in the 137th Illinois. On my discharge from the 137th Illinois, I went back to the same place and remained there with Mr. Shinn until the fall of 1865. I then moved to Hannibal, Pike County, Illinois and worked in a sawmill until the spring of 1866. I went from there to Lickskillet, Ralls County, Missouri and lived there about one year, worked for a man by the name of Samuel Spencer while there.
Then I went to Mexico, Audrain County, Missouri, lived there something like two years and worked at a little of every thing. Worked for R. L. Davis, seven miles west of Mexico for a time.
I made a mistake here, I went from Lickskillet, Missouri to Santa Fe, Monroe County, Missouri for about one year and then to Mexico, Missouri.
From Mexico, Missouri, I went to Carrollton, Carroll County, Missouri and lived there four or five years, worked on a farm some for Arthur Cushenberry and then for Mr. Davenport.
From Carrollton, Missouri, I moved to Hillsdale, Mills County, Iowa about six miles from here and have lived in this vicinity ever since. All that I have done since I came here in March 1881 has been farming. For the last several years, I have not been able to perform any labor.
While I was with the 14th Missouri Regiment, we were at Lexington, Missouri all the time. We were just about to leave to be mustered into the U.S. service when General Price came on and captured the whole regiment. I was a prisoner two days and was then sworn not to take up arms anymore during the war against the confederacy and they then let me go. That is what I mean by saying that I was paroled. We were told to take care of our selves and I never had any discharge out.
I came to the State of Iowa in a few days after my parole and I was never in the Confederate Army in any capacity.
I had never been sick any prior to my last enlistment in the spring of 1864, was stout and healthy and had never had any serious sickness.
I am pensioned now under the new law and I claim pension under the general law on account of rheumatism and disease of stomach.
I first began to have rheumatism about the middle of July 1864 at Memphis, Tennessee. First had pains in my hips and legs got stiff and my legs gave way. My stomach trouble commenced right away after the rheumatism commenced. At first, my food would not agree with me, could not keep it on my stomach. I had some diarrhea but it did not last very long.
I was excused from duty but would not go to the hospital. I had no treatment while in the army for either rheumatism or disease of stomach. I went to Doctor John Miller of Stone's Prairie, Illinois a few days after my discharge. He treated me as long as I lived there. When he first came to see me I was suffering with severe pains extending from my hips clear to my head. It was quite a long time before I could do any work. The next place that I had any treatment was by Doctor Ratcliff of Santa Fe, Missouri and next at Mexico, Missouri by Doctor John Cannon.
I was then treated by a Doctor from Thompson Station, Missouri, have forgotten his name. I was sick with chills and fever and my stomach gathered and the offensive matter passed out away.
That was the first time that it had ever done that way, about five years after that I had another gathering in my stomach but not as bad as the first one. I do not remember who the Doctor was that told me what the nature of my stomach disease really was, it commenced by inability to retain any food and always more or less pain and diarerera. I have had to be very particular as to my food. Never use any tea, coffee or pork meat, never use any tobacco. The rheumatism has affected me all the time by pains through my hips, back and down my legs and ankles, stomach and sides. My physician since I came to Iowa has been Doctor Cross of Hillsdale. Have taken a lot of patent medicines. Have had kidney trouble for nearly twenty years and have taken lots of root. Have had piles about 18 or 20 years.
The cause of my rheumatism was exposure, we had no tents and had to sleep on the ground during some wet weather. At first, I caught a severe cold and the stomach trouble followed right away and I have never been free from it since.
My bunk mate in service was George Thompson, Ithaca, Gratiot County, Michigan. My tent mates were Sergeant Phipps and George Smith, do not know where they are now. I remember all of the comrades names you read except those marked no.
I cannot tell you of any witnesses aside from those that have already testified. My brother John Hunter is dead but his widow knew me prior to my army service, Lucinda E. Hunter, Osceal, St. Clair County, Missouri.
I cannot tell you of any witness that have know me all the time since I came here in 1881. The reason that I did not apply for pension sooner than 1887 was because I wanted to make my own living as long as I could.
I do not desire to be present in person or by attorney during this or any further examination of my claim and waive notice of any further examination.
The only persons instrumental in the prosecution of my claim for pension are Reeve & Gaston of Des Monies, Iowa.
I signed and for contract have paid no fees only some postage.
I have never been a drinking man.
I have understood your questions and my answers have been correctly recorded.
He died on 25 Jan 1915 in , Mills, Iowa. He was buried Glenwood Cemetery on 27 Jan 1915 in Glenwood, Mills, Iowa. Sec 9-Row 3
He has Ancestral File number 10R2-VXX. 1910 Census states that Jesse and Susan had seven children of which five were alive in 1910. Age listed as 70, meaning that he was born in 1840.
1880 Census says that Jesse was 48, meaning he was born in 1832.
Marriage record index has the marriage preformed by A. C. Armentrout, MG.
1870 Census for Rea, Carroll, Missouri has Jesse's age also as 48?
From Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996.
He was married to Susan Catherine STAGGS (daughter of John
STAGGS and Margaret WHITMAN) on 4 Jul 1865 in Quincy, Adams,
Illinois. Susan Catherine STAGGS was born on 14 Feb
1842 in Keyser, Hampshire, Virginia. She died on 17 Mar 1914 in Glenwood, Mills,
Iowa. She was buried Glenwood Cemetery on 19 Mar 1914 in , Mills, Iowa. Sec
She has Ancestral File number 10R2-RHQ. From Ancestral File (TM), data as of 2 January 1996.
1850 Census for Hampshire, VA (now WV):
22 658 658 Moody Mary 41 F VA
23 658 658 Leatherman Marth 27 VA
24 658 658 Moody Joseph 5 M VA
25 658 658 Stagg Susan 9 F VA
Jesse W. HUNTER and Susan Catherine STAGGS had the following children:
+431 i. Ida M HUNTER.
+432 ii. Hiram Watson HUNTER.
+433 iii. Robert Willard HUNTER.
+434 iv. Etta Ann HUNTER.
+435 v. William Lee HUNTER.
+436 vi. Minnie Rose HUNTER.
+437 vii. Lucile B HUNTER.
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