NSGS - NE Ancestree, Vol I, no 3
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Volume One, no. 3
Winter 1978


NE Ancestree, Volume One, no 3, page 101 Winter 1978

A Submitted by Stanley Schuett, Kearney Ne
Son of Allen Schuett and Lucille Mabel Baird, daughter of Samuel A. Baird Jr. son of Samuel A. Baird,
writer of this journal, Co H 81st Ohio


   Raleigh, NC 29 Apr 1865: Broke camp near Raleigh for the march to Washington. Crossed the Neuse (River) on pontoon bridge. Camped near _______. (marched) 12 miles.

   30th: Sunday. In camp all day. Was mustered for pay and had inspection. Fine day.

   May 1st: Started early. Passed through town of Rollsville in the morning. Small place, the spectators all women, whites & blacks. The roads good. The corn large enough to work. Peaches the size of plums. Marched 20 miles. Camped near Lewisburgh (Louisburg). Coffee and crackers for supper.

   2th: Started 5 O'clock in the morning passing Lewisburgh. Some fine houses. Quite a little place. Marched through some fine country. The wheat good and shooting out. At every cross-road we found the inhabitants collected (whites and blacks) to see the Yankees pass. As a general thing, they look on in silence. The negroes sometimes shout a little. This evening we seemed to find a different kind of people. The negroes danced and shouted for joy, making all kinds of expressions, such as, "Hurrah for Sherman", "The Angels been done praying for you this long time." We marched 30 miles this day. Camped in the woods by 4 O'clock. Very tired.

   3th: Started again before sunup. Passed through the town of Warrenton. Large place. Old houses. Crossed the Weld(?) R.(ail) Road. Pass Rininy(?) Marched 19 miles to the Roanoke River by 12 O'clock. Camped for the night. Tired out - used up.

   Gen. LOGAN of 15th A.C. and Blair of 17th A.C. (this could be 10th A.C.) were on a race which should get to the river first. 15th crps had the longest road yet got there first. Had to wait for the pontoon to be laid. Went in a swimming. The river almost or as large as the Ohio when low. There met with Chester BAIRD. Does not look like John N.

   4th: Crossed the River at 9 O'clock. Mile and half from the River, crossed the line into the State of Virginia. Our Brigade in advance of all. Marched 18 miles.

   5th: Started early. Crossed the Herring River. (This is the Meherrin River according to 1952 maps) in the morning. The day warm. A hard day's march. Came 30 miles. Was not tired.

   6th: Very warm. Marched 18 miles. Crossed the Nottaway River, camped early, near Stony Creek.

   7th: Left early. Marched hard. Soon came to fortifications of Petersburg. The plantations all deserted. Fences all gone, negroes all gone. Saw one of GRANT's lookout towers. Marched 10 miles by noon. Camped in old Rebel Camp. Good country.

   8th: Laid in camp all day had a good rest. Wrote a letter home. Went a short distance to fort where GRANT first broke the Rebel lines. There were signs of a struggle. Blood on the door of the magazine. Bullet holes all around.

   9th: Broke camp and marched through the city; on review by    (continued)

NE Ancestree, Volume One, no 3, page 102 Winter 1978
B Submitted by Stanley Schuett, Kearney Ne
Great grandson of Samuel A. Baird, writer of this journal, Co H 81st Ohio
(continued Civil War Journal of the March to Washington)

General HOWARD. Could not see much of the city although it seems to be about the size of Portsmouth, Oh. Has some fine houses, and nice yards, and some large business houses though much out of repair. The women and boys doing a good business selling pies, cakes, etc. to the soldiers.

   Passed SHERIDAN's Cavilry. Marched 14 miles. The houses all deserted. Troops have been camped all along the road, which is, or rather, was a Pike Road, now worn out.

   May 10th: Marched 7 miles and camped near Manchester, the 17th Corps on the left. (letter 7 very indistinct, could be 11th) SHERIDAN's Cavilry passing all day. This is a fine, beautiful, rolling country. Went down in the evening and took a look at the City of Richmond.

   11th: It is two months today since I became a soldier. Got a pass in the afternoon to visit Richmond. Crossed the river on a pontoon bridge. There are two of them. Could see the celebrated Libby Prison before crossing over. The first place of note visited Castle Thunder (word "Thunder" uncertain) then Libby Prison.

   Libby is a large, low brick building rather dirty looking. Part of the front is whitewashed.

   From there, went to Capitol Square, passing the burned district on the way. First, took a look at the Washington Monument, which is a grand and noble work of splendid workmanship. Next, saw the sculptured monument of H. CLAY, also of fine workmanship. From there went to State House. Could not get to go over the building. It looks dirty, as if they had not kept it in good order, though the building large and fine. The Square is beautifully laid out and ornimented, has a fountain in full play, shade trees and blue grass, graveled walds, with seats to rest on.

   17th: (form of the figure 7, is definite, and very similar to earlier entries regarding the 17th Corps.) Started 5 O'clock. Came to Fredricksburgh by noon. Came in sight of the town 9 miles distant. Marched that (the 9 miles) across open fields. Very warm. Many of the men gave out. Some were sunstroke. They were falling all along the road. Many had just strength enough to get to the bushes. I was very warm (or worn?). We rested near the town two hours. The town is very much destroyed. Nearly every house has a hole through and those near the river completely riddled and some burned. Crossed the Rappahannock on pontoons. M. 25 miles. (Marched 25 miles.)

   18th: Started early. Crossed Aquio Cr. Passed the town of Dumfries. Came in sight of the waters of the Patomac. The country very hilly and broken. Few houses. Went into camp in a heavy rain. Like to have drowned out; had to sod our tent before we could sleep, and wade thru water knee deep to get wood to get supper, and not much of that. Marched 16 miles.

   19th: The train not up. Had to wait for rations. Started late. Country still rough; the roads bad. Had some fine views of the Patomac. Vessels seen. Crossed the Occoquan River at the town of the same name. It is a wild, romantic looking place. The town is much destroyed. Small place. Crossed many streams today. Passed in a few miles of Mount Vernon. Saw the church that WASHINGTON used to attend, and built also. A large two story brick, ruined, (continued)

NE Ancestree, Volume One, no 3, page 103 Winter 1978
C Submitted by Stanley Schuett, Kearney Ne
Great-grandson of Samuel A. Baird, writer of this journal, Co H 81st Ohio
(continued Civil War Journal of the March to Washington)

as we were going in camp. My feet very sore. Came 15 miles.

   May 20th: Started at noon. Soon came to the forest surrounding Alexandria. Passed one edge of the town, and as we ascended the heights above the town, I got the first sight of the dome of the Capitol, then soon, the City itself. Camped a mile from the town in a very poor place. Came 5 miles.

   21st: In camp, all preparing for the grand review.

   22nd: Preparing for the review.

   23rd: Inspection in the forenoon. Marched to near the River. Camped for the night. Went up on the hill back of the camp and saw the grandest sight I ever saw. All of SHERMAN's army in plain view. The whole bottom covered with troops, tents, wagons, trains, etc.

   24th: Started early for the review. Crossed on the Long Bridge, 1 1/4 miles long, marched around to the east side of the City and rested. Soon heard the signal gun. Passed the Capitol, then up Pennsylvania Ave. where the stands were. A great many spectators. Did not see much. Very tiresome on the soldier the fine day. These reviews a great bore on the private soldier. Camped 2 miles north of the City. Good ground.

   25th: Went to the City, was at the Patent Offices only. Saw many curiosities. Had only a short time to stay.

   26th missing.

   27th: John and I went to the City. Visited the Capitol first. Was in the Senate Chamber, House of Representatives, and all the Building. The desks were all taken out of the rooms. From there, went to Smithsonian Institute. It is built in the center of a square all beautifully laid out. Shade trees, flowers, and evergreens of all kinds, nice graveled walds. The building partly burned. There we found all kinds of animals, birds, dishes and reptiles, and all kinds of curiosities in the known world. The animals and birds, etc. are stuffed. It is an interesting place. From there went to Patent Office. Didn't stay long. Got very tired and soon returned to camp. (May 28 thru I Jun 1865 no entries)

   2 Jun 1865: Still in camp, doing nothing but ground duty. Weather warm. Have marching orders with six days rations, four of them cooked.

   3rd: Broke up camp near Washington. Marched down around thru the City. Got on cars near the Capitol. More than 40 cars. At the Relay House divided into two trains. Ran up the Patomac. Mills and factories all along. Came to HARPER's Ferry in the night. One man run over by the cars near that place.

   4th: Running up the Patomac came to Martinsburg at noon. Got hot coffee and meat. 91st Ohio camped there. Rather a nice town. Some good farms in the valley. Came to Piedmont 3 O'clock. Nice place. Good many R.R. buildings. Divided the train again and started over the mountain up good 17 miles long. The top of the mountain nearly level for 6 or 8 miles. The town of Aldmont on top. Oakland near a most beautiful place. It is Sunday; the people dressed in their best clothes. (Oakland is in extreme western Maryland.) The down grade 11 miles. Passed thru the long tunnel.

   5th: Came to Grafton (West Virginia) 3 O'clock in the morning. Made coffee for breakfast. Passed thru Webster, Bridgeport, New Salem, and (continued)

NE Ancestree, Volume One, no 3, page 104 Winter 1978
D Submitted by Stanley Schuett, Kearney Ne
Great-grandson of Samuel A. Baird, writer of this journal, Co H 81st Ohio
(continued Civil War Journal of the March to Washington)

Cairo. 24 tunnels. Country hilly. Saw several oil wells, one pumping oil. Many others boring. Came to Parkersburg (WV) after dark. Camp in a good place. Could hear the boats.

   6th: Started early for the River. Got on the Argonant and started The River low. Stuck once at Buffington's Island. Stopped to change boats. Ran into one. Got one wheel broke. Got on the Argyle. The officers hard to please. Some boats had no bar. Another had no beds for officers and too good for the men. Started, ran aground, had another to haul us off. The Captain and officers all drunk. Passed Pomeroy in the evening. A flag at every house. Cheering all along. Seems to be a very business town. Coal mines, salt works, oil wells, & refinery. We cheered until tired out.

   7 Jun 1865: Passed Ironton just before day. Came to Portsmouth at sunup. Arrived at Buena Vista 8 O'clock. Stopped to put off Major's horse. Saw some friends. Saw some all along down as far as Rome. Gave old Mr. HINES three cheers. Passed Ripley at noon. Got to Cinna (Cincinnati) 4 O'clock. Stopped only a short time. Some of the boys jumped off. Passed Aurora & Lawrenceburg & Rising Sun before sundown and dark.

   8th: Arrived at Louisville at daylight. Left the boat 8 O'clock and marched down through the City and out 8 miles and camped in the woods 6 miles from the city. Very warm day. Roads dusty. Went to church in the evening. There is a race course near.

   9th: In camp all day. Saw farmers cutting wheat. Rained in the night.

   10th: On Fatigue duty today. Short of rations. Reg. went to the horse race. Didn't go myself.

   11th: Three months today since I became a soldier. In camp all day. Signed the rolls for pay. Warm day.

   12th: In camp all day. Great uneasiness among the men about being mustered out. Moved camp in the evening to better place.

   13th: Cleaning up camp, Had meeting to appoint delegates to State Governor of Ohio.

   14th: On Brigade Guard. Farmers harvesting. A.B. BAIRD came to visit us.

   17th: Had General Inspection.

   19th: Paid today. Got $26.60 monthly $33 30. Gov. BEURTY by Major ALLEN of Louisville, Ky. My name sent in for furlough.

   22nd: Furlough came in the evening. Got on train and started for the city. Crossed over to Jeffersonville. Came to Seymore 12p O'clock.

  23: Came to City 11 O'clock a.m. Passage $2.00, Dinner 1.00, Cin. home 2.50

(Cin. likely an abbreviation for Cincinatti)******

   Robert BAIRD was the earliest known ancestor of the BAIRD's. The only information available is that he was the father of two sons, Jake and Samuel A, the author of the above journal. Samuel Alonza BAIRD was b. 15 Oct 1834 in Ripley, Adams Co, Oh. He married Elizabeth MCCREARY on 8 Nov 1959. He d. 30 Aug 1914, at LeRoy, Ks; and his death certificate reads Samuel Austin BAIRD. Children are Emma m. Earl HUTCHINSON with children Florence, Howard, & Walter; (continued)

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E Submitted by Stanley Schuett, Kearney Ne
Great-grandson of Samuel A. Baird, writer of this journal, Co H 81st Ohio
(continued Civil War Journal of the March to Washington)

Martha m. but no information; Florence m. Emory FEAR; Rose m. Jake CRAMER with children Florence, John, & Morris; Robert Davis b. 26 Mar 1861 Adams Co. Oh; Edward Perry never m; and Samuel Justin, see additional. Samuel A. belonged to the Presbyterian Church and was of Dutch descent. His wife, Elizabeth MCCREARY b. 8 Jun 1837 near Blacksburg, Montgomery Co. Va. When she was a child, her family drowned crossing a ferry on the Ohio River. Only Elizabeth, one boy, and another girl survived. She d. 2 Jul 1903 at LeRoy, Ks.

   Samuel Justin BAIRD b. 12 Dec 1876 at Amiot, Ks; some report Muieral Point, Ks. He lived in the same house he was born in until he moved to LeRoy, Ks. He worked for the Burlington Railroad for many years. He took the mail from the Post Office to the Railroad station at Cairo, Ne until he retired when he was 80 years old and the trains stopped running. He m. Laura Mabel CHANCE 24 Mar 1901 at Garnett, Ks. He died 24 Jul 1960 in a Grand Island hospital because of cancer and is buried in Cairo, Ne. cemetery. Children are Wilbur Samuel b. 20 Oct 1901 d. 24 Oct 1962 in Ca with children Nadine Estell & Donald Keith; Willis Perry b. 30 Nov 1902 never m; Rex Justin b. 23 Feb 1904 with children Joan Mabel & Judith Kay , Lucile Mabel, see additional; Marjorie Louise b. 16 Apr 1912, d. 11 Jan 1965, m. Robert HENDERICKSON of Cairo, Ne with children Sharon Lynn, Robert David Justin,& Shelia Louise; Dean Davis b. 30 Dec 1914, m. LaRayne WELLS with children Carl, Terry, Monty & Danny; Laura Bernice b. 27 May 1917 d. shortly after birth. Laura Mabel CHANCE was born 29 May 1876 at Oxville, Il in a brick house next to the only store. When she was 2 her father traded the store for a farm in Ks and they moved to Ks in a covered wagon. Her mother d. when she was 9. She only went to the 10th grade & taught school 4 years before her marriage to Samuel Justin. The summer after Rex was born and she was pregnant with Lucile, she had to crawl over two train cars to get out from a flood. She was Post Mistress at Cairo, Ne for 14 years. She spent the last 10 years in a nursing home in Grand Island and d. 27 Dec 1970 aged 94 and is buried in Cairo Cemetery.

   Lucile Mabel BAIRD b. 6 Jan 1909 at Cairo, Ne; graduated from Cairo High School 1929, m. Henry Allen SCHUETT 26 Nov 1930 at Grand Island, Ne. Their children were Jacqueline Louise b. 30 Jul 1933 m. Jimmie LITTLE 19 Jul 1954 at Grand Island with children Jo Lynn and Michael Wayne; Imogene Lynn b. 15 Feb 1935 m. with children Lori Jean & Victoria Lee; Gary Lee b. 27 Jan 1938 m. DeVonne BOTTORFF 16 Jun 1959 with children Craig Lee; Dennis Scott; Gerald Allen, known as Jerry, b. 11 Jan 1941 m. Janice SCHWEIGER 6 Aug 1959 at Grand Island, Ne d. 23 Dec 1968 with children Jennifer Lee, David Allen, Debra Ann, and Stanley John, known as Stang b. 11 Apr 1946 m. Lois COMER, dau of James & Ella BAUER COMER of Brule, Ne 21 Sep 1968 at Grand Island with children Wade Lee, Tiffany Lynn and Kerrie Ann. All of the children of Lucile Mabel BAIRD SCRUETT were born in Hall Co. Ne. Henry Allen SCHUETT was a full blooded German, his father being John Jacob SCHUETT and his grandfather Claus C. SCHUETT.

   Claus C. SCHUETT b. 9 Jun 1845 in Holstein, Germany came from B. Tellingstadt to the US in 1884, d. 27 Spr 1920 in Grand Island, Ne. Children are Henry b. 24 Jan 1890, d. 16 Jul 1942 with Children Gaylon, Leland & Melvin; Fred b. 1880 d. 1934 m. no children; Ferdinand d. 9 mo Grand Island; (continued)

NE Ancestree, Volume One, no 3, page 106 Winter 1978
F Submitted by Stanley Schuett, 317 E 31 St, Kearney Ne 68847
Greatgrandson of Samuel A. Baird, writer of this journal, Co H 81st Ohio
(continued Civil War Journal of the March to Washington)

Kate m. Frank GUYETTE with 4 children; Juluis, known as Judy m. Manda CLAUSEN with 4 children; Mary m. Hans RATHMAN with 5 children; John Jacob, see addition; and Claus d. on ship on way to US at age 7 and buried in Grand Island, Ne.

   John Jacob SCHUETT b. 21 Apr 1881 in B. Tellingstadt, Germany came to US at 3 with parents. Germany's boundary was changed and it put his parents in Russia which they didn't like so came to US. He m. Ella Mae SIEK dau of Hans and Margaret HOLTDORF SIEK 14 Dec 1904 at Grand Island, Ne. Lived in Hall Co. until 1938 moved to Grand Island, d. 23 Mar 1958 Grand Island. Children are Henry Hershal b. 27 Sep 1905 m. Mayne STANGE of Cairo with child Marilyn; Henry Allen; Elvira Celesta b. Jun 1912 m. Finn DIBBERN of Grand Island, with children Sharon, Deanna, & Phyllis; Garnat Macel b. 20 Sep 1914 m. John LEGGETT of Ca. with children Dennis & Craig; Twyla Kyuta b. 18 Dec 1919 m. John WODARSKI of Patterson, NJ, d. NC, children Michael, Steven, Richard & Francele; Emery d. 9 months old; Rose d. in infancy.

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   First Baptist Church in David City, records have been missing since about 1900. In the early 1870's Rev. Jacob EARNHEART, living near Octavia, held services. The church was organized 13 Oct 1879 in the sod home of A. J. STAFFORD with trustees: Ira DOTY, Ezra STEPHENS, B.O. PERKINS, B. F. EASTMAN, J. B. CASE. Charter members and early families: Mr. and Mrs. J. A. AYRES, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. EASTMAN, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis B. HAIGHT, Mr. and Mrs. John HAIN, Mr. and Mrs. Elisha PERKINS,, Mr. and Mrs. Solly PERKINS, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph SHAGER, Mr. and Mrs. A.M. SHERBURNE, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. STAFFORD, Mr. and Mrs. Ezra STEPHENS.

NE Ancestree, Volume One, no 3, page 106 Winter 1978
Letter purchased at an antique shop in Omaha
in Feb 1978 by Mrs. Georgene Morris Sones, Omaha Ne.

From The Winchester Bank, WM. KLEINKNECHT, Vice President; L.J. FENTON, Cashier; Winchester, Oh, 22 Dec 1892.

   To Whom it may concern: The bearer Mr. J.H. BEVERIDGE is a native of this county (Adams) where he is well known and highly respected. He is a cultured gentleman of high character. He has taught in the public school of this and adjoining counties with marked success. I feel warranted in saying that he is in every respect qualified to fill any position with credit for which he may apply. (signed) L.J. Fent, cas


   John Harrie BEVERIDGE was born 21 Jan 1869 in Highland County Ohio, and died 12 Oct 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska. He married Florence M. HASELTON on 7 Jul 1897. She was from Carroll County, Iowa. To this union two children were born: Mrs. Lenora SWANSON and Wendell BEVERIDGE. Mrs. Florence BEVERIDGE passed away exactly four years ago.

   Mr. BEVERIDGE first taught in rural schools in Oh & later attended colleges in Ohio and New York. He taught in Iowa and also served as principal of schools in that state and came to Omaha, Nebraska in 1917. He also served as school principal in Omaha until his death, A school in Omaha is named in his honor. (above information from his obit)


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