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George MOWBRAY died 8 Feb 1966. He married ROSE.

ROSE died 1 Jan 1980. She married George MOWBRAY.

They had the following children:

  F i Getrude MOWBRAY.

Ellis WALTON [Parents] was born 1838 in Bucks County, PA. He died 16 Jan 1863 in Paducah KY Civil War and was buried in Kentucky. Ellis married Alvira Ruth WRIGHT on 22 Jan 1859 in Jay County, In.

Ellis served and died at the Battle of the Chickasaw Bayou on Dec 29, 1862

54th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry
3 Months Service
Organized at Indianapolis, Ind., May 30 to June 10, 1862. Duty at CampMorton, Ind., guarding prisoners till August 17. Ordered to KentuckyAugust 17 to repel threatened invasion by Kirby Smith, and duty inCentral Kentucky till September. Skirmish at Shepherdsville, Ky.,September 7 (Co. "C"). Mustered out October 4, 1862.

Regiment lost 2 by disease during service.

3 Years Service
Regiment organized at Indianapolis, Ind., and mustered in November 16,1862. Left State for Memphis, Tenn., December 9, 1862. Attached to 3rdBrigade, 9th Division, Right Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of theTennessee, to December, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, Sherman's YazooExpedition, to January, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 9th Division, 13th Army Corps,Army of the Tennessee, to February, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 9th Division, 13thArmy Corps, to July, 1863. 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 13th Army Corps,Dept. of the Tennessee, to August, 1863, and Dept. of the Gulf toSeptember, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 13th Army Corps, Dept. of the Gulf,to December, 1863.

SERVICE.--Sherman's Yazoo Expedition December 20, 1862, to January 3,1863. Chickasaw Bayou December 26-28, 1862. Chickasaw Bluff December 29.Expedition to Arkansas Post, Ark., January 3-10, 1863. Assault andcapture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post, January 10-11. Moved to Young'sPoint, La., January 15. Moved to Milliken's Bend, La., March 8.Operations from Milliken's Bend to New Carthage March 31- April 17.Movement on Bruinsburg and turning Grand Gulf April 25-30. Battle of PortGibson May 1. Garrison at Raymond and escorting prisoners to Yazoo RiverMay 12 to June 3. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., June 3-July 4. Advance onJackson, Miss., July 4-10. Near Clinton July 8. Siege of Jackson July10-17. Ordered to New Orleans August 13. Duty at Carrollton, BrashearCity and Berwick till October. Western Louisiana, "Teche" Campaign,October 3-November 30. Moved to New Orleans December 1. Mustered outDecember 8, 1863.

Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 44 Enlisted men killed andmortally wounded and 2 Officer and 222 Enlisted men by disease. Total 270.

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DECEMBER 27-29, 1862

Chickasaw Bluffs Miss., Dec. 27-29, 1862. Right Wing, Army
of the Tennessee. Early in the war the Federal administration
took steps to seize and keep open the Mississippi river. Island
No. 10 on the north, New Orleans, with Forts Philip and Jack-
son, on the south had been taken by the Union forces in the
spring of 1862, and toward the close of that year an expedition
was planned against Vicksburg, which was the key-point to the
possession of the river. The movement against Chickasaw
bluffs,: with the preliminary skirmishes around Chickasaw
bayou, was a part of this expedition, and was under command of
Maj.-Gen. W. T. Sherman. His forces, the right wing of the
Army of the Tennessee, consisted of the divisions of A. J.
Smith, Morgan L. Smith, George W. Morgan and Frederick Steele,
numbering about 32,000 men, with ten batteries. The first
three divisions left Memphis on transports on the 20th, and
were joined by Steele at Helena, Ark. Milliken's bend was
reached on the 25th, and here Burbridge's brigade of A. J.
Smith's division was sent to destroy the Vicksburg & Shreveport
railroad, in order to cut the line of supplies to Vicksburg.
This work was well done, and Burbridge rejoined the main body
on the 27th. Meantime the transports proceeded on to the mouth
of the Yazoo river and ascended that stream for some 13 miles,
where a landing was made at Johnson's plantation, opposite the
mouth of Steele's bayou, on the 26th.

Sherman's object was to move so rapidly and quietly as to
surprise the Confederates at Vicksburg carry Walnut hills, or
Chickasaw bluffs, and establish a base of supplies near Haynes,
bluff. Then he would either take Vicksburg, or, if not strong
enough for that, cut the railroad communications between Vicks-
burg and Jackson and hold his position on the Yazoo until Grant
could join him with the rest of the Army of the Tennessee. The
Confederate commanders at Vicksburg were kept fully informed of
Sherman's movements through their spies in Memphis and at vari-
ous points along the river, making a surprise impossible. Un-
aware of this condition of affairs, Sherman sent forward De
Courcy's, Stuart's and Blair's brigades to reconnoiter, and
formed his army in four columns for a general advance. On the
right was A. J. Smith's division, which was to follow the main
road toward Vicksburg , next was M. L. Smith, who was to strike
the Chickasaw bayou near the head of McNutt lake; Morgan, with
Blair's brigade of Steele's division, was to strike the bayou
some distance from the mouth and ascend along the left bank,
while the remainder of Steele's division was to form the ex-
treme left, on the opposite side of the bayou from Morgan. The
head of each column soon encountered the Confederate pickets
and, with slight skirmishing, drove them back toward Vicksburg.
Night came on before the high ground was reached, and during
the darkness the ground in front was reconnoitered as well as
possible. Early on the morning of the 28th general advance was
made as far as a bayou, which could be crossed at only two
places, and these were well guarded by the enemy's sharp-
shooters. On the opposite side of this bayou was a piece of
elevated ground, covered with rifle-pits and batteries, while
just back of it were the bluffs, where the enemy had his
strongest line of defenses. Along the foot of the bluffs ran
the wagon road leading from Vicksburg to Yazoo City, giving the
Confederates excellent advantages for shifting their artillery
to any point to meet an attempt to cross the bayou. On the
other hand, the movements of the Union troops had to be made on
sandy or marshy ground, in some places so miry that it was al-
most impossible to move the artillery. Steele reached Thomp-
son's lake to find the only means of crossing a long, narrow
causeway covered by a battery that could easily pour an en-
filading fire into his ranks should he attempt the crossing.
After skirmishing nearly all the forenoon he reported the
situation to Sherman, who ordered him back to the boats to
cross over and support Morgan's division. M. L. Smith struck
the bayou at a point where there was a narrow sandbar covered
with abatis, and on the opposite side a system of rifle-
pits and earthworks that checked his progress. While reconnoi-
tering here Smith was severely wounded and Gen. Stuart assumed
command of the division. He disposed his forces so as to cross
as soon as he heard Morgan begin the engagement on his left.
Morgan had the only pontoons with the expedition, and was on
the best ground of any of the four columns. During the night
of the 27th Morgan threw his pontoons across an old bayou, sup-
posing it to be Lake McNutt, but when he advanced the next
morning discovered there was a natural crossing over the lake.
He was therefore in the best position to advance of any of the
divisions, and when Steele came to his support on the 29th
Sherman ordered him to cross the lake and carry the works to
the top of the hill by a determined assault. Meantime A. J.
Smith on the right had advanced as far as the bayou, where he
ordered Burbridge's brigade to construct rafts and cross under
cover of the artillery. Landram's brigade, of this division,
occupied a strong position on the main road, with pickets and
skirmishers pushed forward into the abatis within less than a
mile of the enemy's forts and within plain view of Vicksburg.

Sherman's plan for the 29th was to make a determined as-
sault on the Confederate center near the head of Chickasaw
bayou, and having accomplished a break in the line to turn the
left toward Drumgould's bluff, near the Yazoo river, or the
right toward Vicksburg, which ever promised the greatest suc-
cess. At the same time A. J. Smith was to keep up a vigorous
demonstration on the road to Vicksburg, to create the impres-
sion that the city was the objective point, and prevent the
enemy from concentrating his strength against Morgan in the
center. Just at noon the signal for the attack was given.
De Courcy's brigade, of Morgan's division, moved forward promp-
tly, crossed the lake, and in the face of a murderous fire ad-
vanced rapidly over the sloping ground to the foot of the
bluffs. Blair's and Thayer's brigades, of Steele's division
immediately started in support of De Courcy. The former
crossed the lake near its junction with the bayou and, like De
Courcy, reached the foot of the bluffs through a hot fire.
Thayer took a wrong direction and only one regiment of his bri-
gade arrived at the scene of the struggle. Sherman sent word
to A. J. Smith to push his demonstration and threaten the en-
emy's left. The 6th Mo. was thrown forward, crossed the bayou,
but found it impossible to ascend the bank on the other side.
This regiment was compelled to hug the bank to keep out of
range of the guns on the summit, and here it remained until
after dark. When De Courcy and Blair found themselves unsup-
ported in their gallant assault on the enemy's main line of
works, they saw it was useless to continue the fight in the
face of the terrible odds that confronted them. Literally cut
to pieces by front and cross fire they fell back about 3 p. m.
and re-crossed the levee.

During the night the Union forces remained in front of the
Confederate works, lying on the marshy ground in the midst of a
driving rain, with no shelter but their blankets, expecting to
be called on to renew the assault the next morning. Sherman
visited Admiral Porter on his flag-boat and arranged for an at-
tack on the Confederate right at Drumgould's bluff. The plan
was to embark 10,000 troops immediately after dark on the 31st,
move up the Yazoo under the protection of the gunboats, make a
landing before daylight and carry the batteries by storm. As
soon as Sherman heard the guns at the bluff he was to begin a
vigorous assault on the center to prevent the right from being
reinforced. Steele's division and Burbridge's brigade were ac-
cordingly embarked, but after midnight a dense fog arose and
Porter deemed it unsafe to make the attempt. It was then pro-
posed to postpone the movement to the next night, but upon
discovering that the moon did not set on the morning of Jan. 2
until nearly 6 o'clock, and that the landing would therefore
have to be made in daylight, the plan was abandoned. The
troops were re-embarked on the transports on the 2nd and the
vessels dropped down to the mouth of the Yazoo, where Sherman
met Maj.-Gen. J. A. McClernand and turned over-to him the com-
mand of the expedition. The failure of the attempt on Chicka-
saw bluffs was due in a great measure to Grant's inability to
carry out his part of the plan to advance by way of Grenada and
attack the Confederates in the rear. The Union losses in the
several skirmishes along the bayou and the assault on the works
were 208 killed, 1,005 wounded and 563 missing. Gen. Pemberton
reported the Confederate losses as being 63 killed, 134 wounded
and 10 missing.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 5

Alvira Ruth WRIGHT [Parents] was born 1838 in Indiana. was buried in Jay County, Indiana. Alvira married Ellis WALTON on 22 Jan 1859 in Jay County, In.

Other marriages:
VOTAW, John M.
BUNKER, Francis Swain

On the 1850 census Alviras name is spelled with an E. ON the marriage toEllis it is spelled with an A. After Ellis death it was always spelledwith an E. Also in the 1850 census Elvira is 12 years old. the census wastaken on 24 September 1850. Since we have no birthday for her other thana year, we estimate she is born in 1838.

They had the following children:

  F i Ida WALTON was born 1 Jul 1861 and died about 21 Mar 1926.

Joseph Watson PAXSON [Parents] was born 28 Feb 1831 in Columbiana, Ohio. He died 14 Nov 1903. Joseph married Eveline DUGDALE on 27 Nov 1853 in Jay County, In.

Eveline DUGDALE [Parents] was born 28 Oct 1834 in Columbiana, Ohio. She died 26 Oct 1908 in Jay County. Eveline married Joseph Watson PAXSON on 27 Nov 1853 in Jay County, In.

They had the following children:

  M i William Dugdale PAXSON was born 13 Oct 1855.
  M ii Arthur L. PAXSON was born 10 Sep 1857 and died 8 Nov 1935.
  F iii Ida A. PAXSON was born 22 Jul 1861 and died 1909.
  F iv Sara Atlanta PAXSON was born 18 Nov 1864 and died 12 Oct 1938.
  M v Rolandis Gardner PAXSON was born Mar 1867 and died 27 Jun 1931.
  M vi Dillwyn Miles PAXSON was born 1 Sep 1869 and died 25 Jan 1945.

Harry Fredrick YOUDELL was born 13 Dec 1877 in England. He died 25 Sep 1952 in Euclid, Ohio. Harry married Annie Mary MCGREAL.

Annie Mary MCGREAL was born 19 Dec 1882 in Ireland. She died 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio. Annie married Harry Fredrick YOUDELL.

They had the following children:

  M i Patrick Henry YOUDELL was born 16 Aug 1911.
  M ii Joseph Albert YOUDELL was born 25 Mar 1913.
  F iii Mary Katherine YOUDELL was born 5 Aug 1915.
  M iv Thomas Francis YOUDELL was born Feb 1918 and died 2 May 1980.
  M v William YOUDELL was born Feb 1918 in Ohio. He died 1918.

Jacob , Jr. LAKSO [Parents] was born 1874 in Finland. He died 1963 in Fairport Harbor. Jacob married Justina HAKOLA.

Justina HAKOLA [Parents] was born Jan 1877 in Finland. She died 1961 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Justina married Jacob , Jr. LAKSO.

They had the following children:

  F i Gladys LAKSO was buried in Evergeen Cemetary.

Died at 19 in a train wreck. she was on a bus with a church group and herwedding was a week away. She landed on the smokestack of the train. Shewas prepaired for burial in the house. Justine her mother cleaned her offbefore burial.
  M ii William LAKSO.

Died at 2 years old and fell down the steps at Fiarport Harbor.
  F iii Ina Justine LAKSO was born 11 Aug 1907 in Madison, Ohio/Madison, Lake Co., OH. She died 28 Nov 1979 in Fort Bragg, California and was buried 3 Dec 1979 in Evergeen Cemetary, Painesville Ohio.
  M iv Tauno J. LAKSO was born 1908. He died 1945.
  F v Elma Ellen LAKSO was born 18 May 1911 and died 12 Oct 1985.
  M vi Edwin LAKSO was born 29 Dec 1918 and died 25 Feb 1977.

George Albert CRUTTENDEN [Parents] was born 16 Feb 1952. He married Patricia Ellen YOUDELL on 20 Oct 1984 in Fort Bragg, California.

Patricia Ellen YOUDELL [Parents] was born 29 Jun 1951. She married George Albert CRUTTENDEN on 20 Oct 1984 in Fort Bragg, California.

George CRUTTENDEN was born 28 Dec 1917 in Oakland, California. was buried in Mendocino, California. George married Delphina COSTA on 26 Nov 1947.

Delphina COSTA was born 24 Dec 1928 in Mendocino, California. She married George CRUTTENDEN on 26 Nov 1947.

They had the following children:

  F i Linda CRUTTENDEN was born 2 Sep 1948.
  F ii Merna CRUTTENDEN was born 8 May 1950.
  M iii George Albert CRUTTENDEN was born 16 Feb 1952.

Jacob LAKSO [Parents] was born 1847 in Finland and was christened 1 Mar 1848 in Sodankyla, Lappi, Finland. He died 1929 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio.

He had the following children:

  M i Jacob , Jr. LAKSO was born 1874 and died 1963.
  F ii Josephine LAKSO was born 1884. She died 1 Jan 1976.
  F iii Sophia LAKSO was born 1 18 Oct 1887. She died 2 Apr 1986.


Owned a large farm in Finland.

He had the following children:

  F i Justina HAKOLA was born Jan 1877 and died 1961.

Edwin LAKSO [Parents] was born 29 Dec 1918 in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. He died 25 Feb 1977 in Painesville, Ohio. Edwin married Ruthmae HILSTON.

Ruthmae HILSTON was born in Fairport Harbor Ohio. She married Edwin LAKSO.

They had the following children:

  M i Thomas E. LAKSO died in Fairport Harbor, Ohio.
  M ii James J. LAKSO was born in Fairport Harbor Ohio.
  M iii J. David LAKSO was born in Fairport Harbor Ohio.

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