Saturday, September 3, 2016

Captain Gladden LaFavor Farwell, Company D, 28th Illinois Infantry, Civil War, USA

Obituary Extract and Military References on Captain Gladden LaFavor Farwell, Co. D, 28th Illinois Infantry

Subject: Captain Gladden LaFavor Farwell

Captain Gladden LaFavor Farwell was the son of John and Abigail (Howland) Farwell, of New England. The couple is said to have married in Barre, Washington, Vermont, in 1807, and this is thought to be G.L. Farwell's birth place. When Farwell was young, his father died (the obituary says aged five; mathematics says aged three and a half, or else he was born earlier than the stated 1818). His mother moved to St. Charles, Missouri (before or after her husband's death is not stated). There, she married Benjamin Walker, a brickmaker, on 22 January 1822. Census shows that Benjamin Walker was born in Kentucky, though the birth places of all these individuals varies a bit in census.

Gladden L. Farwell married Mary Winfry Cheatham in July 1845, in Macomb, MacDonald, Illinois. The date is either the 14th or the 24th.

Extract of the Obituary of Capt. G.L. Farwell (as published on Find A Grave Memorial no. 114097624.

Note: This obituary, as published, is (apparently) the image of a typewritten transcript of an obituary that was reportedly published in the Macomb Journal. The typed page, as published on Find A Grave, looks like a genealogist's transcript of an obituary that was in the Journal. For instance, in the middle of the obituary transcript, it has a note regarding information found in the following day's paper (which would not be in the Feb. 3 obituary--it is the researcher's note). There is no reason to disbelieve the transcript, I'm just qualifying the source.


Heading: Thursday, 3 February 1898

Quote: "Capt. G.L. Farwell died yesterday at his residence, 212 West Jackson Street, aged 79 years, last August 30th."

Name: Gladden LaFavor Farwell
Born: 30 August 1818, St. Charles, Missouri Territory (before Missouri was admitted to Union).
Funeral "tomorrow."
Burial: (from Feb. 4th issue) Oakwood Cemetery.

Parents: John and Abigail (Howland) Farwell (of New England).
"The Father of the deceased child died when he was 5 years old and his mother then married Benjamin Walker, a brickmaker, at St. Charles."

[NOTE (calculating dates from info): slight discrepancy on birth or marriage date].

Moved: (at age 15) to St. Louis; stayed "a year or 2 and then came to Quincy, Illinois."
Moved: 1842, to Macomb [McDonough Co., Illinois]
Occupation: Brickmaking.
Married: Mary W. Cheatham, 24 July 1845 "who at that time was living with her sister, Mrs. Charles Chandler."

Offspring: 7 children (4 sons, 3 daughters). 5 of 7 died in infancy.

Quote: "John S. [son] died a few years after the close of the war, during his graduating year at West Point."

Moved: 1849, to California (stayed several years; returned to Illinois).
Wife died: Mrs. Farwell: died 3 June 1893.
Survivor: One  daughter, Miss Winfrey.

Quote: "Capt. Farwell was in the militia that assisted in driving the Mormons from Nauvoo." [Note: see refs. below].

Other Military Service: (Civil War) Captain, Company D, 28th Illinois Infantry, Civil War, USA.


Burial: (undated) Oakwood Cemetery, Macomb, McDonough County, Illinois, United States. Find A Grave Memorial no. 114097624.

Ref.: Macomb Journal (newspaper, est. 1851), Macomb, McDonough, Illinois. See also: "Genealogical Sources available in Macomb." (accessed Sept. 3, 2016).

Ref.: Regimental History of the 28th Illinois Infantry:

Ref.: Regimental Roster, Co. D, 28th Illinois Infantry:

Ref.: Gladden L. Farwell, listed as Captain of Co. D, 28th Infantry, in Report of the adjutant general of the state of Illinois, Vol. 2: Company D, Twenty-Eighth Infantry (under) Captains: Gladden L. Farwell. Res.: Macomb. Date of rank or enlistment: Aug. 27, 1861. Date of Muster: Aug. 28, 1861. Remarks: Mustered out 1864.
Citation: J. N. Reece (ed., revisions), Adjutant General, State of Illinois, "Company D, Twenty-Eighth Infantry" (pg. 425) in |Report of the adjutant general of the state of Illinois, Vol. 2 (1861-1866)| (book), (Springfield: Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1900) pg. 425. (accessed Sept. 3, 2016).
US Census References using indexes and images:

1860, Macomb 1st Ward: McDonough, Illinois, pg. 162, dwelling no. 1136, family no. 1138: G L Farwell, 41, male, white. Birth Year (est.): 1819. Birthplace: Missouri (Mo). Occupation: Constable. Value of real estate, 1000. Value of personal estate, 300. Also in the household: Mary, 31, born in Kentucky ("Ky"); and John, 13, born in Illinois ("Ill").

1870, Macomb, Ward 1: McDonough, Illinois, pg. 7, dwelling no. 50, family no. 50: G L Farwell, 52, male, white. Birth Year (est.): 1817-1818. Birthplace: Missouri. Occupation: City Constable. Value of real estate: 2000. Value of personal estate: 2000. Also in the household: Mary W Farwell, 42, born in Kentucky.

1880, Macomb, McDonough, Illinois: pg. 454, sheet B, dwelling no. 138, family no. 149: Gladden L Farwell, 62, male, white, married. Birth Year (est.): 1818. Birthplace: Missouri (Mo). Father's Birthplace: Mass. Mother's Birthplace: R I. Occupation: County Constable. Also in the household: Mary W Farwell, W, F, 52, Wife, born in Kentucky (both parents b. Va); and Winfry, W, F, 9, Daughter, born in Ills.


Nauvoo, Illinois, and the Mormon Wars

(1) Wikipedia: 1838 Mormon War

(2) Wikipedia: "Illinois Mormon War" (section) in "History of Nauvoo, Illinois"

Note: Farwell's biography will also be published on my Civil War blog.

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