Short biographies are now written for nearly 80 Civil War veterans and about 40 have been made into plaques and placed on graves.
Following is a selection of the biographical sketches.
LEVI ELY was born in 1835 and died in 1913. He was the son of William and Sarah Ely. He was a private in the infantry, Ohio 128th Regiment, Company K. This Regiment was organized in Columbus, Ohio, and they were prison guards on Johnson’s Island near Sandusky. Levi was married to Sarah Ely and they had one son, Carl. Levi was a pastor.
ANSEL BATES FORD was born in 1834 in Cummington, Mass. He served as a sergeant in the 38th Regiment, Company K. He was temporarily attached to the 105th Regiment, E Company. Ansel was the son of Hosea and Jemima Bates Ford. In 1865 Ansel married Hannah Elsworth. They lived in Gorham Township and had one son, Walter. Ansel was a carpenter in the 1880 census. He died in 1919 and is buried in the Fayette Cemetery.
AUSTIN K. FORD was born in 1836 in Cummington, Mass., to Hosea and Jemima Bates Ford. Austin was a Private in the 38th Regiment of the Ohio Infantry, Company K. He married Delia Stebbins in 1866 and they had two children. Delia died in 1887 and Austin married Celestia Wesscott in 1890. Austin died in 1913 and is buried in the Fayette Cemetery.
MYRON O. FORD was born in 1840 in Massachusetts to Amos and Deborah (Tower) Ford. He enlisted in December 1863 as a private in Company K in Ohio 128th Infantry Regiment. Myron married Melissa Robinson and they had four children. They first lived in Lucas County and by 1870 they were living in Gorham Township. His occupation is listed as a farmer. Myron died in 1915 in Fayette.
GEORGE GAMBER was born in New York in 1821 and settled in Gorham Township in 1854. He was the son of John and Elizabeth (Swarner) Gamber. He married Mary Catherine Singer in 1842 in New York. They had three children. George was a farmer in the 1840s and 50s. In 1855 George married Caroline Bachman in Ohio. They lived in Gorham Township and George farmed. George and Caroline had 10 children. In 1870 George was still involved in farming, along with his oldest son. George died in 1895.
LORENZO GAMBER was born in 1845 in the state of New York. He was the son of Henry and Polly (Hartrest) Gamber. He enlisted as a private in March 1864 and served in the 128th Ohio Infantry, Company K. After the war he married Jane Donaldson. They had no children. Lorenzo’s occupation was a teamster and a rural mail carrier. He died in 1928 at the age of 83.
DEWITT C. GARLICK was the son of Benjamin and Mary I. Garlick of Michigan. He was born in 1841. He enlisted in the 18th Michigan Infantry, Company A, in 1862. He was discharged in June 1865. In 1874 he married Nancy G. Gunsaullous in Lenawee County, Mich. They had two children. In the 1880 census, they were living in Fayette and DeWitt was a wagon maker. In 1889 at the time of his death he was listed as a mechanic.
NATHAN N. GORSUCH was born in 1831 in Maryland. He was a Sergeant in the 38th Ohio Regiment, Company C. He ended his service career as a Captain. He married Susan Ely, a dressmaker, about 1865. They had four children. He was a carpenter and a farmer after the war. He died in 1908 in Fayette.
JAMES GREGORY was born in June 1844 in England. His parents were Robert and Ann (Carter) Gregory. He immigrated to the United States in 1855 and was a naturalized citizen. James enlisted in February 1864 in Unit 60 of the Ohio Infantry as a private. He was discharged in July 1865. He married Sarah C. in 1873. They had one child, Nellie, born in Ohio in 1873. James was a day laborer. He died in May 1909 in Fayette from lupus.
HENRY GRIFFIN was born in January 1838 to William and Clarissa (Gunn) Griffin. He enlisted in the Union Army in June 1861 as a private, serving in Company G of the 24th Infantry Regiment. He received a disability discharge from the army in September 1861. He married Sarah Gorman in 1867 in Fulton County. They had two children. He was a farmer and a blacksmith. In 1910 he and his wife and daughter were living with a widowed sister-in-law in Morenci. He died in Fayette in 1913.
FRANKLIN HECKMAN was born in 1837 and died in 1913. In 1862 he was a private in the 100 Regiment Ohio Infantry, Company H. In 1864 he was transferred to Company 74th of the 2nd Battalion Regiment U.S. Veteran Reserve Corp. Franklin was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Lathzgarber Heckman. He was married to Gertrude Booream in 1872. They were the parents of six children. Franklin was a carpenter and the family lived in Gorham Township. In 1910 the family had moved to Fayette and lived on Fayette Street. Franklin was then retired with two of their sons living with them.
JOHN H. HECKMAN was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Heckman. He was born in Ohio in 1837. John enlisted in the army in 1863 and served as a private in Company K, 38th Infantry Regiment. He mustered out in July 1865.
It is unknown whether John was ever married. He died in December 1866 and the government supplied a military headstone for him that was placed in the Fayette Cemetery.
SMITH M. HALE was a member of the 38th Regiment and served as a private in Company E. He was wounded and died near Nashville, Tennessee.
LUTHER J. HALE, a brother of Smith, was in the 68th Regiment and also died of wounds near Nashville.
MANUEL W. HENRY was born in 1844 to Cyrus and Adeline Henry. In 1871 he married Louisa Fackler. They had six children and lived in Van Wert and Williams counties before moving to Fayette. He served as a Private in the 1st Independent Battery of the Ohio Light Artillery (movable cannons). After his service in the Civil War he became a farmer. Manual died in Fayette in 1928.
AMBROSE HOLLINGTON served as a Chaplain with the 111th Ohio Infantry. He enlisted in 1862 and received a disability discharge in 1864. He had a noble record of carrying off the battlefield wounded soldiers to places of safety. He was assigned to Companies F and S.
He was born in England in 1826. He moved with his parents to Wood County in 1832. For nearly half a century the name of Ambrose Hollington was a familiar one to all Methodists in Northwestern Ohio. He was noted as a man of unusual intelligence and great strength of character. In August 1853 he was married to Sophronia E. Deming. They had three children. He died in 1899 and is buried in Fayette.
JEROME C. IVES was born in Canandaigua, Mich., in 1842 or 1843. Jerome was a private in the 26th Michigan Infantry, Co. F He was married to Elizabeth or “Lizzie” in 1867 and they had seven children. They moved from Ohio to Kansas and back to Ohio. Jerome was a farm laborer, carpenter and a thresher. He died in 1908 in Gorham Township.
SHERMAN ALFRED JONES was the son of John and Margaret (Hoover) Jones and was born in November 1848 in Portage County, Ohio. He enlisted in the Ohio Volunteer Infantry in February 1864 as a private. He served first in Company K and was transferred in September to Company E. He was discharged from the Army in December 1865. In December of 1872 he married Lunetta Kinney in Fulton County. He was a farm laborer and later a grain buyer who worked on commission. In the 1920 census he is listed as retired. Sherman died in June of that year in Fayette.
STEPHEN H. JUDD was the son of Elihu and Eliza (Rowe) Judd, born in 1843 in New York. He enlisted in 1865 as a private in Company D, Ohio 195th Infantry. He mustered out in September 1865 in Alexandria, Va. He married Phoebe Irene Barger in 1866 and they had three children, Estella, Mary and Earl. Stephen and Phoebe moved from Williams County to Fulton County sometime after the Civil War. He also filed for Civil War disability from Ohio in 1875. His occupation is listed as a farmer. Stephen died in 1925. He might have died in Michigan because his wife applied for a widow’s pension from the State of Michigan.
ADAM KANAUER was born in Ohio in 1840 to Andrew and Elizabeth Kanauer. He died in Gorham Township in Fulton County in 1916. He was married to Lealine Kitler Miller. They had one child, Martin. Adam was a private in the 182nd Regiment, Company F, of the Ohio Infantry. He was a farmer in Gorham Township after the war.
JOHN KELLER was born in 1836 in Richland County, Ohio, to Peter and Mary (Weiser) Keller. John is listed as being drafted and serving in the 37th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Company K. However it states that he furnished a substitute. In 1860 John is listed as head of household with his widowed mother. John married Eliza Tator in 1862 in Lenawee County, Mich. John was a carpenter. In 1870 and 1880 he is listed as a common laborer. His son Edgar is listed as “at home” and either maimed, bedridden or otherwise disabled. In 1900 John is listed as a teamster. He died in Fayette in 1905 and his occupation at that time was a carpenter.
AARON KUNEY was the son of Henry and Rachel (Landis) Kuney. He was born in May 1845 in the state of New York. In 1855 Aaron and his family moved to Fulton County, Ohio. At the age of 14, Aaron was finished with school and secured employment in connection with the construction of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad. In 1860 he enlisted in Company B, 60th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, at Columbus, Ohio. He took part in the Battle of the Wilderness. He also participated in engagements in Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, North Anna River, Gains’ Mills, Weldon Railroad, Yellow Tavern and Poplar Grove, as well as several engagements incidental to the siege of Petersburg. After the war he returned to Fulton County. In July 1872 he married Alice Ardilla Nothnaugle in Fayette. They had three sons. Aaron died in Fayette in 1928.
LEE KUNEY was born in 1845 in Fayette County, N.Y. He was the son of Jacob and Katherine (Shaffer) Kuney. His first wife was Maria Paige from Canada. She was the mother of three children. She died in the mid-1880s. Lee married his second wife, Mary Stants, in 1888. Mary was the mother of Sylvia. Lee was a farm laborer and a mail carrier. He enlisted in the Army as a private in 1862. He was in the 100th Regiment, Company C, in the Ohio Infantry. He was involved in the Kenesaw Mountain Campaign along with other battles in Tennessee. He also marched in pursuit of Gen. Hood in the Tennessee River area. He was discharged in 1865.