Defiance County

Civil War Records of Defiance American Legion Preserved

Updated May 18, 2008

Copies of Civil War Veterans of Bishop GAR Post 22 now available for purchase (Information provided by the Defiance Veterans Office).

In the summer of 2005, Charles Duerk of the Defiance American Legion Post #117 and Tanya S. Brunner of the Defiance Veterans Office teamed up to preserve the historic documents of the Legion Post. The Legion had custody of the GAR records (Grand Army of the Republic - Civil War Veterans). The Grand Army of the Republic was organized in 1866 with the Defiance membership organized in 1879. In 1897 there were 225 names on the Defiance rolls. Record books, membership rosters, and photographs of the Bishop Post were photocopied and the copies were sent to the Defiance Public Library for safekeeping.

On one of Tanya’s visits to the Legion Memorial Hall at 648 South Clinton Street, she noticed a sizable picture on display about four feet long and two foot wide. It was a compilation of 176 individual head photos of members of the GAR post. Minute books from the organization would reveal that the photos were commissioned by the post during several different years-- 1908, 1909, 1911, 1919, and 1922. At one time the photos may have been in different frames before being compiled into one large display.

Tanya Brunner enlisted the assistance of Glenda Matney, a professional photographer with Van Ausdale Image Center of 220 Clinton St. in Defiance. Glenda took photographs of the veterans in several small groups that would enable the photos to be put into a book format. Glenda donated her talents and the American Legion membership voted to finance the development and printing of the photos at a cost of $202.30.

The Defiance Public Library purchased archival quality materials to hold the copied photos. Tanya Brunner of the Veterans Office assembled two identical books. Both were donated to the library-- one for public use and one to be kept in library storage as a backup copy. Each of the photo pages is numbered and anyone wanting a copy of the photos may go to Van Ausdale and ask for a print for the pages they would like for a fee. (Van Ausdale Image Center of 1431 N Scott St Napoleon, OH).

The following are the Civil War veterans whose photos are available with the page they are now found on and the year the photo was taken.

Name Page No. Year Name Page No. Year
Adams, Jacob 8 1908 McCellips, James 18 1911
Adams, Lorenzo 6 1909 McCollister, John 11 1908
Allison, George 7 1919 McElroy, Josiah M. 7 1911
Andrews, James K. 2 1911 McGuire, Cornelius 1 1919
Ash, Joseph S. 14 1909 McMillen, Prosser D. 14 1909
Ashton, Michael S. 9 1919 Mallett, E. R. 11 1908
Babbitt, Dwight S. 1 1922 Marcellus, Wm. 11 1919
Bable, James 5 1919 March, Fred 20 1910
Bacon, J.M. 17 1922 March, Frederick W. 18 1909
Baughman, John A. 20 1909 May, Harrison T. 7 1911
Beardsley, L.E. 14 1908 Miller, Henry 19 1919
Bell, M.A. 18 1908 Minsel, Adam 12 1911
Benner,, J. M. 8 1908 Minsel, Andrew J. 7 1909
Benner, Lt. W.T. 17 Unk. Minsel, Peter 6 1919
Betts, Albert H. 8 1911 Mohr, John H. 6 1909
Black, Luther 12 1909 Mollencup, George 9 1909
Block, Frank 6 1922 Myers, J. W. 13 1908
Blue, Lewis D. 21 1909 Myers, John 15 1910
Brechbill, A.T. 11 1908 Myers, Thomas M. or L. 18 1910
Breidenbaugh, H. 1 1910 Nedry, John F. 1 1922
Brown, Joseph 14 1910 Neiderhauser, H. 8 1908
Butler, Geroge W. 17 1909 Neill, Lewis 19 1909
Butler, John 5 1910 Oldfield, James R. 13 1908
Carpenter, Lyman A. 10 1909 Osborn, J. J. 2 1908
Carpenter, William E. 14 1908 Osborn, Peter 10 1909
Carroll, Thomas R. 9 1908 Palmer, J. W. S. 13 1911
Colwell, Orlando 13 1911 Partee, O. W. 2 1911
Conrad, Frederick 15 1909 Partee, ? 21 Unk.
Corbin, James 9 1911 Perkey, Martin 9 1908
Crandall, James F. 3 1919 Phiester, Conrad 14 1910
Crane, Charles 12 1911 Randolph, James C. 7 1919
Davidson, John M. 10 1911 Rath, Michael 10 1919
Davis, Abraham B. 13 1911 Renollet, L. D. 4 1910
Deamer, G. (Soloman) 11 1908 Repogle, J. N. 20 1922
Deatrick, George W. 15 1908 Repp, James 15 1922
Dickman, Peter 4 1910 Rhodes, E. P. 12 1908
Dicus, George H. 11 1908 Richardson, L. W. 8 1909
Diehl, Christian 13 1911 Richolt, John M. 19 1919
Duck, Franklin 20 1910 Rife, Lewis P. 13 1909
Dyerman, Orlando 16 1922 Roberts, George P. 11 1911
Easley, Samuel 1 1911 Robinson, Coe G. 21 1919
Ebright, William 11 1908 Robinson, Jacob 21 Unk.
Elliot, Albert 8 1908 Roehrs, Wm. 8 1922
Elliot, Matthew 6 1919 Rothenberger, Henry 8 Unk.
Fager, Henry F. 21 1919 Sanford, A. J. 17 1909
Fisher, J. O. 20 1911 Scheuerman, John 11 1909
Foss, Henry 21 1911 Schoepfle, C. H. 5 1911
Gatlin, W.J. 19 1922 Schultz, W. F. 9 1908
Gilts, Peter 12 1922 Sheffield, John A. 13 1919
Ginrich, Henry A. 12 1919 Shofferd, Nelson 6 1909
Gorman, M.B. 19 1908 Singles, Samuel 9 1909
Grogg, Nelson D. 2 1911 Sitterly (Sirerly), Louis 9 1909
Grosenbacker, Fred 13 1919 Smith, Bennett 15 1919
Hale, G. I. 2 1908 Smith, Wesley 21 1919
Hahn, Phillip 21 1909 Solley, George 17 1919
Hall, Adam 5 1910 Sonnet, Peter 17 1909
Hall, Edwin J. 6 1910 Southworth, B. F. 14 1919
Hall, William 8 1910 Speiser, Christ 4 1911
Hardesty, I. E. 15 1908 Sproul, Andrew 9 1911
Harmening, J. F. 14 Unk. Squire, George T. 17 1909
Hatfield, James 15 1910 Stevens, Daniel 18 1910
Hawk, Hiram 10 1909 Stevens, M. B. 18 1910
Helpman, P. E. 16 1908 Tennyson, Andrew 20 1922
Hess, John 4 1909 Thacker, L. G. 8 1908
Hickey, George F. 12 1908 Tomlinson, Hugh 21 1911
Hill, William S. 5 1919 Travis, W. C. 14 1908
Hilton, Walter 12 1919 Tuttle, Andrew 16 1922
Hooker, George 19 1922 Van Dusen, Nathaniel 7 1919
Houck, Michael 4 1922 Van Vlerah. H. S. 1 1910
Houtz, John B. 16 1919 Waldner, Jonas 15 1910
Hughes, John W. 8 1909 Waterman, George W. 21 1909
Karr, T. L. 5 1911 Weber, John 10 1919
Kehnast, August 16 1910 Wendel (Wendell?), Edwin 17 1910
Kehnast, W. A. 12 1908 Whetstone, SAmuel 8 1922
Keiser (Kiser), A. J. 4 1908 Widmer, John 16 1910
Kesselmeyer, August 1 1919 Williams, George 5 1910
Kesselmeyer, Chas. 1 1910 Wood, Harvey 19 1909
Killey, George W. 16 1919 Woodcox, Benj. B. 18 1922
Killion, John 20 1910 Woodruff, A. B. 10 1909
King, A. W. 15 1908 Woods, George A. 6 1910
Koch, Tillman 6 1909 Wrede, Warner 2 1910
Krause, Theodore 18 1922 Young, John 1 1911
Krontz, Jacob 20 1910 Zoll, Jacob 20 1919
Lance, William W. 10 1919 Zook, John 5 1910
Lenhart, Wm H. 19 1919      
Lewis, Edmund N. 16 1909      
Lewis, Jonathan 17 1919      
Link, Henry 19 1909      
Lowe, F. A. B. 5 1910      

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