Our Revolutionary War Ancestors

Samuel Harrison Bowen


Samuel Harrison Bowen Sr was  our 5th great-grandfather. Born: Aug. 16, 1756 Anson County North Carolina,  USA    Died: Aug. 2, 1842,  Pike County
Georgia, USA  More about Samuel Harrison Bowen Sr. can be found in his online memorial here: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/74910897

and in the files section of this page.

George Washington Darden Jr.


George Washington Darden Jr was our 5th great grandfather. He was  born in Brunswick County, Virginia January 21, 1763, to George Washington Darden Sr.(1704-1807), and Martha Burch (1743-1844).  You can find more about George Washington Darden Jr. in the files section.



JEREMIAH LUMSDEN, our 7th  great-grandfather, was born on September 18, 1753  in William Co., VA, and died January 18, 1837 in Jasper Co., GA. Jeremiah served as a private in the  Virginia troups during  the Revolutionary War.  You can learn more about Jeremiah Lumsden in the files section of this page.



William C. Pyron, our 5th great-grandfather, was born to James  Pyron and Mary Bell in Hanover, Virginia, in 1756. His father died when he was  one year old.  More about Private William Calvin Pyron can be found in the files section of this page., 

Civil War


William J. Bartell

May 10, 1842 - December 14, 1915

William J. Bartell was born in New York City, NY, on May 10, 1843 to John and Augusta Bartell, from Bavaria, Germany. John was a shoemaker. That was all that could be found of William's parentage, from Census records. 

When he was just 20, William volunteered to serve in the 11th Michigan Cavalry, during the Civil War, and served until the end of the war, promoted to Sergeant, then Corporal.When William was 23, he married 17-yr-old Celia Harland on Oct 7, 1867, in Ganges, Michigan, by Amos D. Allen, Justice of the Peace. Witnesses were Frank Harland and Frank Wagner, both of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

William was always civic-minded. By party, he was first registered as an Independent, and then as a Republican. He served as Voting Precinct Supervisor on a regular basis, was a County assessor and state delegate for the Republican party, representing the Pleasant Valley, Saline, Kansas Township. 

William's faith was listed as Baptist. According to several census records, William's profession was listed as "Painter". The Bartells lived in Michigan for a number of years, until moving to Kansas to settle. They had 4 children: Frank, Ella, Minnie and Gertrude (our great-grandmother, who married our great-grandfather Louis/Lewis Hagler). William served his country and his community, up until he had a stroke on December 11, 1915; he passed away in Hedville, KS., on Tuesday, December 14, 1915 at 7:15 PM, leaving behind his widow Celia (who died 5 years later), and his four children and several grandchildren.

How are we related to William J Bartell?
William J. Bartell (1843 - 1915)
is our 2nd great grandfather

 Gertrude Bartell (1881 - 1953)
is the daughter of Wiliam Bartell (our great-grandmother) 

Arlo Louis Hagler (1907 - 1949)
is the son of Gertrude Bartell (our grandfather)  

Louis Arlo Hagler (1930 - 2004)
is the son of Arlo Louis Hagler (our father)  

Online obituary for William J. Bartell


William H. Baney

August 17, 1835-November 28, 1916

Our 2nd great-grandfather William H. Baney was born on August 17, 1835 in Northumberland, Pennsylvania to John Baney and Elizabeth Keltner, also from Pennsylvania.   

William married Ruth Ann Moyer on August 10, 1856, and they had 12 children, one of whom was our great-grandfather David Quimby Baney. 

William Baney was a veteran when he reenlisted for the Civil War on August 19, 1861, for a period of 3 years.   He served for the Union as a Private in the 37th Illinois Infantry, Company B. 

The 37th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry was nicknamed the "Fremont Rifles" and "Illinois Greyhounds",  This infantry regiment served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

 The story of the 37th is that of a regiment which performed creditably  in the western battles of Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove, Arkansas , and in  the sieges of Vicksburg and Fort Blakely, Alabama. More importantly, it  tells in clearly written prose, backed by meticulous documentation ,  the story of "everyman" in the Civil War: the marches and  countermarches, the delayed paydays and compensatory foraging, the  heroism and hyperbole, the battlefield casualties and disease, the  factionalism and politics, the prejudices and pride, and the "hurry up  and wait" of daily wartime life. 

The Fremont Rifles regiment was formed  in Northern Illinois and sent to Southwest Missouri in the autumn of  1861. Its chosen name turned out to be unfortunate since its only  connection with the "Pathfinder" was to stand in review for the deposed  commander of the Department of Missouri. The regiment more appropriately  became known as the Illinois Greyhounds, as its men developed a  reputation for being able to march more than thirty miles a day. During  their service, the longest of any Illinois infantrymen, they marched  3,286 miles and travelled another 14,560 miles by boat. 

Meanwhile, they suffered 145 casualties (a 31 percent casualty rate) at the battle of  Pea Ridge (March 7, 1862) and 77 (17 percent) at Prairie Grove (December  7, 1862). The casualties from disease were even more devastating after  the troops were transferred to the Vicksburg area where they  participated in the final siege of the city. Subsequently, they were  sent by way of New Orleans to Brownsville, Texas. 

There, they were  encouraged to reenlist in return for the designation "veteran regiment,"  a cash bonus, and an early leave to Illinois.  This is what William baney did. 

Those not reenlisting  were left in Texas and labeled "bobtails." The reformed and refreshed  regiment was sent to Alabama where it saw service in the siege of Fort  Blakely. After the war, it was posted to the Houston, Texas, area as part  of Secretary of State Seward's policy of putting pressure on the French  in Mexico. 

The men of the 37th were finally mustered out on May 15,  1866. 

HISTORY: No single outstanding leader emerges in this  story. Although the regiment was commanded by colonels named White  (Julius, the first commander , a former member of the Wisconsin  legislature) and Black (John Charles of Danville, Illinois), its  composition was rather more gray. The regiment's officers were  factionalized and politicized because of the promotion system in which a  vote of the officers usually determined promotions, although the  governor and the adjutant-general often became involved. Officers who  perceived that they were in the minority faction frequently received  their promotions by volunteering to serve in newly recruited black  regiments. Likewise, post-war egocentricity appears to have motivated  the four winners of the Medals of Honor since none of the medals were  awarded until application was made in the 1890s. The use of quotations  from Sergeant Ketzle's memoirs greatly enriches this volume. When the  men were denied both pay and proper supplies, he wryly commented, "We  done the best we could by stealing corn out of horses and mules  nosebags. ..." When the fraternization between the Union and Confederate  troops involved in the siege of Vicksburg ended abruptly, Ketzle  reported that the "cry along the front was 'hunt your holes.'" After  Blacks had proven themselves in combat, Ketzle observed "the scales  dropped from the eyes of some of the most rabid nigger-haters, and they  had to acknowledge that a negro was just as good for soldiering." About  forty percent of the pages...  

During the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern / Pea Ridge, the Regiment suffered  casualties of the 54 members of Company A: 5 killed, 4 mortally wounded and 24 wounded.    The regiment suffered 7 officers and 91 enlisted men who were killed in  action or who died of their wounds and 5 officers and 164 enlisted men  who died of disease, for a total of 267 fatalities, and was mustered out on May 15, 1866.   

Our Confederate Roots

Thomas Cox Bowen


Thomas Cox Bowen was born on December 2, 1833, in Alabama. He married Love Ann Desmond (1840-1904) in 1858. Thomas and Love Ann had 8 children: James Samuel - our 2nd great-grandfather(1861-1932); George W. (1864-1933) John Desmond. (1868-); William Marion (1871-); Martha Ella (1873-1913); Mary Jane (1874-);Mattie (1877-) and Josephine (1878-1934).  

Thomas fought for the 16th Texas Cavalry Dismounted, Fitzhugh's Regiment, (Company B) during the Civil War, from 1863 until the end of the war. Thomas' occupation was listed as "Farmer" in the 1870 & 1880 census, (while his son James - our 2nd great-grandfather - was listed as "laborer"). Thomas and Love Ann later lived with their daughter Mattie, her husband John Morgan, and their family. Loveann preceeded Thomas in death by two years (1904); Thomas died in 1906 in Gainesville, Texas, at the age of 73; he and Love Ann had been married 46 years, and are buried side-by-side in the Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas, USA.


How we are related to Thomas Cox Bowen:

Thomas Cox Bowen (1834 - 1906)
(Our 3rd great-grandfather)

James Samuel Bowen (1861 - 1932)
son of Thomas Cox Bowen

George Lesta Bowen (1888 - 1922)
son of James Samuel Bowen

Olen George Kelsey Bowen (1909 - 1984)
son of George Lesta Bowen

Marie Loree Bowen (1931 - 2008)
daughter of Olen George Kelsey Bowen  Hagler Siblings
You are the children of Marie Loree Bowen 

Benjamin Franklin Hammett

Benjamin Franklin and Molle Hammett

Benjamin Franklin Hammett was born on December 29, 1833, in Greenville, South Carolina, the child of William Green Hammett and Nancy D Lester. He married Mary Ann Elizabeth Cassidy on January 3, 1864, in Cherokee County, Georgia. They had eight children during their marriage:Mollie Mary Georgianna - our 2nd great-grandmother -( 1863-1954); John Franklin (1866-1871); Henry McConnell (1868-1922);Charles Walter (1869-1939); James Robertson (1871-1873); Ernest Adell (1873-1938); Nellie Walton (1877-1950), and Lillian Betty (1878-1892).   

Benjamin served in the 33rd Regiment Alabama Infantry as a Captain in Colonel Lowrey's Brigade, fighting several battles, including The Battle of Chickamauga, where he was wounded; he was honorably discharged due to wounds sustained in that battle, which he later died from.

According to the 1880 Cobb, Georgia Census, Benjamin (calling himself "Ben") worked as a "Railroader", while Mary kept house.

Benjamin received the Confederate Roll of Honor by Engagement, GENERAL ORDERS No. 64.ADJT. AND INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE,Richmond, Va., August 10, 1864.I. The following Roll of Honor is published in accordance with Paragraph I, General Orders, No. 131, 1863. It will be read to every regiment in the service at the first dress-parade after its receipt. Posted by W. Thomas Edwards. Capt. Benjamin Franklin Hammett Co. D 33rd. Alabama Infantry - "Seriously wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga where his Company was serving as a Line of Skirmishers ahead of the Regiment. He was taken to the hospital in Cobb Co., GA (near Atlanta) to recover. As a result of this action he was placed on the Confederate Roll of Honor in General Orders No. 64, Richmond, Va. on August 10, 1864."  

Benjamin died on October 25, 1894, in Sylacauga, Alabama, at the age of 60. Benjamin's widow Mary Ann went on to live with her children and their families, applying for Benjamin's Cavalry pension in 1920. She died on December 15, 1934, at the age of 91.

See Benjamin Franklin Hammett's online memorial here: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/5573434

How we are related to Benjamin F. Hammett:

Benjamin Franklin Hammett (1833 - 1894)
(Our 3rd great-grandfather)

Mary Georgianna Mollie Hammett (1865 - 1954)
daughter of Benjamin Franklin Hammett

Sallie Belle Bennett (1889 - 1965)
daughter of Mary Georgianna Mollie Hammett

Olen George Kelsey Bowen (1909 - 1984)
son of Sallie Belle Bennett

Marie Loree Bowen (1931 - 2008)
daughter of Olen George Kelsey Bowen

Hagler Siblings
You are the daughter of Marie Loree Bowen