Edward T. Affleck, Civil War - Martins Ferry, OH Historical Society


Adjutant, 170th Ohio Volunteer Infantry


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     This carte de viste of Mr. Edward T. Affleck was among the images in an album that once belonged to Andrew J. Halsted, formerly of Bridgeport, Belmont County, Ohio. Mr. Halsted's father, Uriah W. Halsted, was killed in battle during the Civil War. At the age of fourteen, Andrew Halsted established a book store and news stand at Bridgeport. He was later the city editor of the Wheeling Intelligencer and founded the Saturday Evening Journal, a weekly paper. In 1883, Mr. Halsted removed to Minnesota, and in the spring of 1884 purchased the North Western Tribune and changed its name to The Brainerd Tribune.

     At some point, Edward T. Affleck, born 23 Aug 1843, and Andrew J. Halsted, born 23 Aug 1850, became acquainted. Perhaps it was via the newspaper business since Edward Affleck's father was associated with several newspapers in St. Clairsville and Bridgeport. Andrew J. Halsted, had operated a news stand and later became a newspaper owner himself.

     Edward Tullibardine Affleck, born at Somerton, Belmont County, Ohio, was the son of Dr. John G. Affleck, born in Scotland. Tullibardine is a place in Scotland and perhaps that was the doctor's hometown. - The wife of Dr. Affleck, listed in the 1850 census, is Mary, age 41. It is not known if she was the same person as "Harriet Johnston" who married "John G. Aflick" on 15 Mar 1827 in Belmont County, Ohio.

     According to Paul Rieger, Dr. John G. Affleck's wife was Mary Howard, the daughter of Horton Howard, a Quaker who settled early (1802) in Belmont County, who was interested in botanic medicine (his book on that subject was first printed in 1832, and by 1895 had gone through at least 22 editions). He had a son, Horton J. Howard, a printer at St. Clairsville, whose first wife, Rebecca, was a daughter of Elisha Bates, a printer at Mt. Pleasant, who was a most influential Quaker until around 1835, when he became a Methodist.

     Dr. Affleck was associated with several newspapers in St. Clairsville and Bridgeport. It may have been through this business that the Afflecks and Halsteds, also in the

1850 Census, Pease Twp., Belmont Co., Ohio
John G. Affleck, 48, $14,500, Physician, b Scotland
Mary, 41, b Ohio
Harriet, 11, b Ohio
Howard, 9, b Ohio
Edward, 7, b Ohio
Mary, 1, b Ohio

1860 Census, Bridgeport, Pease Twp., Belmont Co., Ohio
#1002-956 & 1003-957
J. G. Affleck, 58, $8,400, Physician, b Scotland
Mary, 51, b Ohio
Mary Jr., 10, b Ohio
Edward T., 16, Student, b Ohio

     On 2 May 1864, Edward T. Affleck, 20, enrolled at Bellaire, Belmont County, Ohio to serve as an ADJUTANT in the 170th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. His personal description at enlistment: 5 feet 11 inches tall; complexion, blond; eyes, blue; hair, light. His occupation was "Clerk, B & O Railroad."

     The Company Muster Out Roll, dated 10 Sep 1864, shows him CAPTURED BY THE ENEMY AT WINCHESTER Va. 24 Jul 1864, confined at Camp Asylum, Columbia, S.C. [no date], brought from Salisbury, N.C. and confined at Richmond, Va., 3 Mar 1865. Paroled at Coxes Wharf, Va., 10 Mar 1865 and reported to Camp Parole, Md., 14 Mar 1865. He was honorably discharged at Annapolis, Maryland in April 1865.

     According to his pension application, initially filed in 1905, Edward T. Affleck moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1868. There, he married Laura Walkup, 17 May 1871. Their children were:

Howard Gladstone Affleck, b 13 Mar 1872
Florence Affleck, b 6 Dec 1873
Rankin Walkup Affleck, b 5 Dec 1876
Edward T. Affleck, Jr., b 13 Jul 1879

     About 1899, Edward, apparently a widower, moved to Toledo, Ohio. His son, Edward, Jr. served in the War with Spain, in Battery H, First Battalion Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery. In the 1900 Census, Edward was living with his son, Edward Jr., a student. In 1910, all of his children were living with him except for Rankin.

     Edward T. Affleck died in Toledo 27 Jan 1911.