Indiana McCaslins

George A McCaslinAge: 83 years18431926

Name
George A McCaslin
Birth January 26, 1843 40 34
Source: Find a Grave
Note: given as 26 Jan 1844 in his Civil War Pension records
Death of a brotherStephen Montgomery McCaslin
July 23, 1845 (Age 2 years)

Death of a motherMildred Brown Montgomery
August 28, 1850 (Age 7 years)
Burial of a motherMildred Brown Montgomery
after August 28, 1850 (Age 7 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: McCaslin Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 31625493)
Death of a sisterMary Elizabeth McCaslin
September 26, 1850 (Age 7 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherDavid Wasson McCaslin
December 17, 1850 (Age 7 years)
Publication: Brant & Fuller (Chicago, Illinois 1888)
Burial of a paternal grandfatherDavid Wasson McCaslin
after December 17, 1850 (Age 7 years)
Note: McCaslin Cemetery; Findagrave Memorial # 31624145
Census 1850 (Age 6 years)
Marriage of a parentHervey George McCaslinSarah PriceView this family
December 31, 1851 (Age 8 years)
Note: Herveys name is transcribed as (Henry), indicating the transcriber was in doubt as to what it really was.
Birth of a half-brotherHervey George (Gex) McCaslin
November 19, 1853 (Age 10 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Death of a brotherWilliam David McCaslin
September 28, 1856 (Age 13 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Burial of a brotherWilliam David McCaslin
after September 28, 1856 (Age 13 years)
Source: S3871
Publication: Johnson County Museum of History (Franklin, Indiana 2001)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Greenlawn Cemetery Section Zepp, Row 23, Stone 4 (Find A Grave Memorial# 32033638)
Death of a brotherThomas Allen McCaslin
February 15, 1857 (Age 14 years)

Census 1860 (Age 16 years)
Death of a brotherJoseph Bethuel McCaslin
August 8, 1864 (Age 21 years)
Note: died of dysentery
Burial of a brotherJoseph Bethuel McCaslin
August 8, 1864 (Age 21 years)
Note: Little Rock National Cemetery, Section 2 Site 1907
MarriageSarah A CochranView this family
May 18, 1865 (Age 22 years)
Death of a sisterRachel Amanda McCaslin
January 15, 1866 (Age 22 years)
Source: S2778
Burial of a sisterRachel Amanda McCaslin
after January 15, 1866 (Age 22 years)
Note: Greenlawn Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 32033419)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Daisy Mildred McCaslin
October 27, 1868 (Age 25 years)
Source: S3815
Note: Georges pension states Daisy was born in 1870
Death of a fatherHervey George McCaslin
September 12, 1870 (Age 27 years)
Source: S1909
Source: Find a Grave
Burial of a fatherHervey George McCaslin
after September 12, 1870 (Age 27 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Greenlawn Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 9526295)
Census 1870 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2
Kathleen (Kate) McCaslin
December 29, 1874 (Age 31 years)
Note: She was four months old on the 1875 Kansas State Census taken on 1 March 1875. Georges pension states that she was born in 1876.
Census 1875 (Age 31 years)
Census 1880 (Age 36 years)
Birth of a son
#3
Hervey George McCaslin
August 6, 1885 (Age 42 years)
Note: Hervey's WWI Draft Registration Card records that he was born in 1882.
Death of a wifeSarah A Cochran
March 25, 1888 (Age 45 years)
Marriage of a childEphraim Broddus SmizerDaisy Mildred McCaslinView this family
about 1893 (Age 49 years)

Marriage of a childFranklin Thomas ConnollyKathleen (Kate) McCaslinView this family
about 1896 (Age 52 years)

MarriageSarah Frances EbrightView this family
September 29, 1902 (Age 59 years)
Census 1905 (Age 61 years)
Marriage of a childHervey George McCaslinGrace E HunterView this family
about 1907 (Age 63 years)

Census 1910 (Age 66 years)
DivorceSarah Frances EbrightView this family
October 21, 1916 (Age 73 years)
Note: Divorce became final 21 Apr 1917
Death of a sonHervey George McCaslin
August 1, 1924 (Age 81 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Mount Auburn Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 83692745)
Death of a half-brotherHervey George (Gex) McCaslin
August 28, 1924 (Age 81 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Source: S3871
Publication: Johnson County Museum of History (Franklin, Indiana 2001)
Burial of a half-brotherHervey George (Gex) McCaslin
August 30, 1924 (Age 81 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Source: S3871
Publication: Johnson County Museum of History (Franklin, Indiana 2001)
Note: Greenlawn Cemetery Section Pine, Row 1, Stone 19 (Find A Grave Memorial# 9526340)
Occupation
1870 Plays Billiards; 1875 Laborer; 1877-1880 Stockman; 1880, 1905, 1910 Farmer

Death May 15, 1926 (Age 83 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Note: The Hospital, National Military Home
Burial after May 15, 1926
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Mount Hope Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 69149649)
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage: January 16, 1824, Shelby, Kentucky
15 months
elder sister
Mary Elizabeth McCaslin
Birth: April 6, 1825 22 16Kentucky
Death: September 26, 1850Franklin, Johnson, Indiana
19 months
elder brother
3 years
elder brother
2 years
elder sister
Rachel Amanda McCaslin
Birth: April 3, 1832 29 23Indiana
Death: January 15, 1866Franklin, Johnson, Indiana
2 years
elder brother
4 years
elder brother
Joseph Bethuel McCaslin
Birth: August 5, 1838 35 30Indiana
Death: August 8, 1864Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas
5 years
himself
Father’s family with Sarah Price - View this family
father
step-mother
Marriage: December 31, 1851, Johnson, Indiana
23 months
half-brother
Family with Sarah A Cochran - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: May 18, 1865, Johnson, Indiana
3 years
daughter
6 years
daughter
11 years
son
Family with Sarah Frances Ebright - View this family
himself
ex-wife
Marriage: September 29, 1902Manhattan, Riley, Kansas
Divorce: October 21, 1916Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas
John S Steele + Sarah Frances Ebright - View this family
wife’s husband
ex-wife
Marriage: January 1, 1874Columbus, Cherokee, Kansas
3 years
step-daughter
2 years
step-daughter
7 years
step-son

Birth

given as 26 Jan 1844 in his Civil War Pension records

Divorce

Divorce became final 21 Apr 1917

Death

The Hospital, National Military Home

Burial

Mount Hope Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 69149649)

Shared note

In the 1850 US Federal Census for Franklin, Johnson, Indiana, 48-year-old Hervey (recorded as Harvey by the census taker) and his 42-year-old wife, Mildred have in their household their daughters, 24-year-old Elizabeth and 17-year-old Rachel E, and their sons, 20-year-old William, 15-year-old Thomas A, 12-year-old Joseph B, and 6-year-old George. Thomas, Joseph and George have all attended school in the past year.

In the 1860 US Federal Census for Franklin Township, Johnson County, 57-year-old Hervey (spelled Harvey by the census taker)and his 47-year-old second wife, Sarah P[Price Carson Jeffery] McCaslin have in their household his sons by his first wife Mildred, 21-year-old Joseph B and 18-year-old George, his son by Sarah, 7-year-old Hervey, Sarahs 12-year-old son, James Carson and Ellen Jackson, a 16-year-old domestic. George is listed as a farmer who has $3,000 worth of real estate and $500 worth of personal property.

George enlisted in the Civil War twice, first on 15 May 1861 as a Corporal in Company D, 17th Regiment Indiana Infantry. This regiment was organized at Indianapolis, Indiana, and mustered in June 12, 1861. On 15 July 1861, George was wounded at Camp Morton by the accidental discharge of his gun which the officer of the day had loaded for the first time without telling anybody. The musket discharged while he was removing it from a stack of muskets before going on duty. The bullet removed the little finger of his right hand before wounding his neck behind his right ear. His pension has several indignant affidavits from fellow soldiers that state that George was not fooling around with his musket, that he was a careful and conscientious soldier and that the officer of the day had the responsibility for telling them that the muskets were loaded. His finger was amputated at the Camp Morton General Hospital where he was hospitalized for five or six days. No treatment is recorded for the wound in his neck. George was given 20 days leave and went home for further treatment of his finger and the 17th Regiment left for Parkersburg, West Virginia without him, however he rejoined the regiment after it was attached to the District of the Kanawha, West Virginia to September, 1861, and then to Cheat Mountain District, West Virginia to November, 1861 (Battle of Cheat Mountain, Greenbriar River). It was then attached to the 15th Brigade, Army of the Ohio to January, 1862, 15th Brigade, 4th Division, Army of the Ohio to January, 1862 and 15th Brigade, 6th Division, Army of the Ohio to September, 1862. The Army of the Ohio was under Major General Don Carlos Buells command. It was involved in the Battle of Shiloh as, on the evening of 6 April, reinforcements from Gen. Buell arrived to reinforce Gen. U.S Grants Army of the Tennessee. This turned the tide of battle the next morning, when the Union forces launched a counterattack along the entire line. The Confederates were forced to retreat from the bloodiest battle in United States history up to that time, ending their hopes that they could block the Union invasion of northern Mississippi. George contracted chronic diarrhea at Shiloh, from bad water and was sent to the regimental hospital at General Hospital Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee on 15 April 1862, where he remained until after the Evacuation of Corinth. He was then sent to the General Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky where he remained only four or five days when his parents came to take him home (about 20 June 1862). He was discharged while at home. The comment that he suffered from scrofula with suppurating pus, was not correct. This appearance was from the infection of his gunshot wound to the neck. A later doctors examination in 1920 confirms the gunshot wound, describing damage to the mastoid and skull.

The following McCaslins are listed in the US Civil War Draft Registration Records for the Sixth Congressional District in Indiana, Johnson County, Vol 2. They are living in the first half of Franklin Township. John C McCaslin, 25-years-old, white, farmer, married, born in Indiana, volunteer service, discharged; Allen F McCaslin, 33-years-old, white, farmer, married, born in Indiana; Gilbert McCaslin, 21-years-old, white, farmer, single, born in Indiana; David McCaslin, 28-years-old, white, farmer, single, born in Indiana; George McCaslin, 21-years-old, white, farmer, single, born in Indiana; volunteer service, discharged; William S McCaslin, 23-years-old, white, merchant, married, born in Indiana.

On 3 May 1864, George enlisted in the 137th Regiment, Indiana (100 days, 1864) which was organized at Indianapolis, Indiana, and mustered in 26 May 1864. The regiment was ordered to Tennessee and assigned to duty as Railroad Guard in Tennessee and Alabama, Department of the Cumberland, till September, 1864. Mustered out 21 September 1864. It lost 17 soldiers during service, by disease.

In the 1870 US Federal Census for Junction City, Davis, Kansas, George, a 27-year-old billiard player, is living with his wife, Sarah (age 22 and keeping house), one-year-old daughter Daisy and Sarahs brother James W Cochran, a 31-year-old laborer. His father-in-law, 57-year-old George Cochran and family are also living in Junction City.

In the 1875 Kansas State Census for Brookville, Saline, Kansas, 31-year-old laborer Geo [George] and his 24-year-old wife S [Sarah Cochran] McCaslin have in their household their two daughters, 6-year-old Daisy and 4-month old K. J. [Kate]. George has $50 worth of personal property.

1877 to 1880 George worked as a stockman between attacks of diarrhea.

On 2 November 1879 when he was living in Wakeeney, Kansas, George applied for a pension on the basis of chronic diarhea. He got a pension starting on 8 Feb 1886 with back pay of $2 a month from 29 June 1862 and $4 a month from 5 April 1881.

In the 1880 US Federal Census for 13th Township, Trego, Kansas, George, a 36-year-old farmer with chronic diarhea, has in his household his 30-year-old wife, Sarah, and their two daughters, 10-year-old Daisy and 5-year-old Kate. Both girls are attending school. McCaslin is misspelled as McCoslin.

Sarah Cochran has died before 11 Jul 1888, since an affidavit for an increae in George's Civil War pension, filed that day by a neighbor F H Eaton, states that George is the sole support of three motherless children. Another affidavit by Daisy McCaslin on 15 November 1889 for an increase in Georges pension states that he cannot work and has been bed ridden for nine months due to a accidental gunshot wound to his hand and ear as well as chronic diarhea and piles. She states that George is the sole support of three motherless children.

On 10 October 1891, George was living in Excelsior Springs, Clay, Missouri when he applied for an increase in his pension. He being duly sworn, declare in above case as follows: I have been confined to my bed seven months and ten days in the past twelve months with cronic diaree resultings flux., Rheum, and so on. I am Entirely Destitute not able to Do Work of any kind. have three children Depending on me for support. What pension I know get Dont near pay Doctor Bills and for the Medicine that I have to take. I have had to have one nurse hired all the time for seventy Days past and part of the time had to have two. I Would Respectfully ask that my case be Made spetial and acted on immeditly. He also states that he had to sell all his furniture and put his children out with friends as he could not support them. The GAR had paid his fare to Excelsior Springs in the hope that the mineral water would help his disease.

George married Sarah F Steele, widow of John S Steele, after Sarah Cochran McCaslin died, and she left him about 1905. He didnt know where she went. Her request on 5 Sep 1928 for an increase in her widows pension based on the service of her first husband, John S Steele (Private, Co D 13th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Widows pension claim no 425830), and signed as Sarah F Steele (not Sarah F Steele McCaslin), is included in George McCaslins pension papers.

In the 1905 Kansas State Census for Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, 62-year-old George McCaslin is living with his 20-year-old son Hervey. George is listed as a farmer born in Indiana, and Hervey as a laborer born in Kansas.

In the 1910 US Federal Census for Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, 66-year-old George McCaslin is farming rented acreage. He is recorded as having been married three times, but is living alone. He married his second wife twice.

By 30 July 1923, Georges pension had increased to $72 a month, but it was not retroactive, as proof had not been given of his needing full time assistance before that date, so 53-year-old Daisy [McCaslin] Smizer filed a general affidavit on 15 Aug 1923, stating that her father George had not been able to care for himself since the end of January or February 1920 and that she had taken care of him because of his physical and mental feebleness including loss of eyesight, deafness and incontinence. He was confined to bed much of the time and could not feed, dress or keep himself clean.

George was admitted to the Western Branch National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas on 12 March 1926. He was protestant and was described as an 82-year-old Indiana-born widower farmer with a ruddy complexion, and gray hair. He could not read or write. His residence was in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. His disabilities, when admitted, were a malignant ulcer on his hand and valvular heart disease with mitral insufficiency, arteriosclerosis and chronic myocarditis. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 15 May 1926 at the Hospital, National Military Home, Leavenwotrh, Leavenworth, Kansas. The person to be notified of his death was a friend, P.W. Harvey at 525 Monroe Street, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. George's body was shipped to Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas for burial where he was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 69149649).