Clarence Hoar: Birth: 16 SEP 1874 in Cuba, Fulton County, Illinios. Death: 3 JAN 1940 in Clarence died at a Veterans Hospital, buried in Ash Rock Cemetery with a military marked grave.
Note: William Bramwell Hoar, Information provided by Betty Jo Ehn William Bramwell Hoar was born on September 25, 1837. He was about 5' 8" tall, had a fair complexion and auburn hair and brown eyes. It was said that he resembled his Scottish mother, Margaret Irwin. He married Mary Helen Churchill, daughter of William Stewart and Malvina (Maxon) Churchill and they were the parents of 12 children. (Betty Jo has copies of this marriage and pictures in her file). In Illinois, the Churchill's and the Hoar's all farmed in the area of Fulton County that is roughly enclosed in a triangle with Canton, Cuba and Fiatt as the corners. A large part of this area has been strip-mined for coal and many of the old roads, the creeks, many of the homesteads and most of the country schoolhouses are gone. A portion of the area is now a resort and recreational area known as Wee-M-Tuk Hills; with lakes, homes, a golf course and a club house. There are hills now where there used to be ravines and deep lakes where no lakes existed before. In 1877, the family traveled by covered wagon from Illinois to Ash Rock Township in Rooks County, Kansas. There were several other wagons in the party. Part of the group that made this trip was Thomas, the Father of William Bramwell, his wife Anna and their daughter Rhoda, half sister to William. Other Hoar's making this trip were half brothers Tillman and his wife Hattie; and George and his wife, Elizabeth. William Bramwell and Mary Helen's first home was in a dugout, little more than cave in the side of a hill. As soon as possible they added a room made of sod, and later they built a two room "soddy". During the early years they were a part of the widespread phenomenon known as the sod-house frontier. But it was not long before William started farming and became very prosperous. In later years he built a home in Woodston and lived there until his death on December 28, 1911 at the age of 84. A lot of William's history is in the Woodston Town records and the newspapers. Twelve children were born to William Bramwell and Mary Helen, the first seven born in Cuba, Illinois. It was the land that brought William Bramwell and Mary Helen Hoar to Ash Rock. They wanted the land as property and they wanted to farm the soil. It was the land that supported them. The big rush for land began in 1877 and reached a peak in 1878. By 1880 most quarter-sections in the township were claimed. The Homestead Act of 1862 permitted an actual settler who was a citizen of the United States to obtain up to 160 acres by paying a filing fee of $10.00, build a house and live on the land for at least 5 years. If all these conditions were met, then a patent was issued by the President of the United States. The Hoar families were some of the 35 that filed in 1877 and stayed to obtain title. In 1899 William Bramwell and Mary Helen purchased another quarter section of land. By the time the last two children were born they had built a frame house and in about 1903 they had added another room. William was one of the founding Fathers of the Ash Rock Church. In 1883 the Ash Rock Stone Church was built using native stone (limestone) with a shingle roof. The church still stands and each Memorial Day services are held. Descendant Betty Jo Ehn attended a Memorial Service to honor those early pioneers. About 100 descendants came to pay their respects. It was a solemn experience to walk between the pews, stand at the altar and read the dedication plaque listing the names of William Bramwell and Mary Helen (Churchill) Hoar. Betty Jo's mother used to go to this church when she visited Grandpa William Bramwell and Grandma Mary Helen. William Bramwell and Mary Helen retired to Woodston on March 1, 1906. Their daughter Louisa and her husband Cal Crawford moved on the homestead. In 1908 they sold the farm to another daughter and her husband, Cora and Everett LaRue and then in 1917 the property passed from the heirs of William Bramwell and was sold to F. Rector. In 1909 William Bramwell built a new home in Woodston and from the design of the house it was a very nice home. Betty Jo was able to locate this property and was quite shocked as to the condition; it was in shambles and being used for storage. William Bramwell died at Woodston on December 28, 1911 at the age of 74, only a few years after he retired. Mary Helen Churchill Hoar died at the home of her daughter, Margaret, in Alton, Kansas on March 25, 1931 at the age of 84. William Bramwell Hoar is buried in Ash Rock Cemetery, Rooks Co., Kansas, along side his wife Mary Helen Churchill Hoar. On March 4, 1882, William Bramwell and Mary Helen (Churchill) Hoar gave a quit claim deed to the cemetery association for two acres and the cemetery grounds were surveyed and staked. The cemetery and the rear of the Ash Rock Stone Church was next to his farm. Cemetery lots were sold and deeds issued for them. Only the head of the family could hold title to a lot and no family would be permitted more than one lot. The cost of a lot was set at $2.00. Ten lots were set aside for "a Potter's Field", and as of 1993 no one had been interred in to those ten lots. MILITARY HISTORY William Bramwell Hoar served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He enlisted as a Private in the 103rd Illinois Infantry Regiment, Company F on August 20, 1862. He mustered out on June 21, 1865 in Nashville, Tennessee. The 103rd Infantry lead by: Col. Willard A. Dicker; Lieut. Cols. George W. Wright, Asias Willison; Majs., George W. Wright, Asias Willison, Charles Wills. As the family story's are told from William's son Charles: William was in Sherman's March to the Sea. He marched in snow with worn out shoes and injured feet, leaving blood spots in the snow. One time he was grazed by a bullet across his scalp and was treated several times for intestinal fever and dysentery. Later in life he sang songs of the Civil War. William received a monthly pension of $12.00 and after his death, his wife Mary Helen received a widow's pension of $10.00. Following his discharge from the Army on June 21, 1865, William Bramwell returned to Fulton Co., Il. Six months later he married Mary Helen Churchill. The ceremony was held at the home of Mary's parents, William Stewart and Melvina Churchill. About August 6, 1862, Honorable A. C. Babcock, Captain G. W. Wright, Mr. Peterson and other influential men of the county concluded that it was possible to form an entire regiment from Fulton County. On September 6, 1862, nine companies arrived at Peoria, Illinois, went into camp and organized the 103rd regiment. It had been understood with Governor Yates that in case Fulton County could not furnish a sufficient number of men to form a regiment by October 1 he would send a company from some other county, but on September 27, it was found there were men enough to muster ten companies and on October 2 the regiment was mustered into the United States service. On October 24 it received orders to be ready to move at a moments warning and on the 30th orders came to move by the Illinois Central Railroad to Cairo, Illinois. At Cairo it took a boat for Columbus, Kentucky where it was again placed on rail cars and at night arrived at Bolivar, Tennessee, having made the trip from Peoria in 52 hours. The first year's service of the regiment was devoted to marching, guard duty, etc., in northern Mississippi and Tennessee but in November 1863, it participated in the Battle of Missionary Ridge. Eight companies of the regiment were in the engagement, mustering 237 men and of this one commissioned officer and 19 enlisted men were killed on the field and 68 were wounded, 5 or 6 of whom died of their wounds. The regiment began its part of the Atlanta campaign at Resaca, Georgia, where it lost 1 man killed and several wounded. At Dallas it had quite a lively skirmish but with no loss to the regiment, though in the battle of the following day it lost 2 killed and 35 wounded. On June 15 it moved to the extreme left of the Army and by a rapid movement of the brigade captured some 470 of the enemy, the loss of the regiment being 4 killed and 8 wounded. In the assault on Kennesaw Mountain, of 12 officers of the regiment who went into action, 3 were killed and 4 wounded and of the enlisted men 19 were killed, the number of wounded not being reported. During the Battle of Atlanta on July 1864 the regiment captured about 300 prisoners and suffered a comparatively small loss, 4 men being killed. It started on the march to the sea with Sherman and in the Battle of Griswoldville lost 3 killed and 2 who later died of wounds. During the campaign of the Carolinas it participated in all the skirmishes and battles in which the 1st division of the 15th corps was engaged. After the surrender of Johnston it marched to Washington and participated in the grand review, then camped 3 or 4 miles north of the city until ordered to Louisville, Kentucky, where, on June 14, 1865, the order for muster out was received by telegraph, and on the 21st, the necessary rolls having been prepared, the regiment was mustered out, having been in the service 2 years, 8 months and 20 days. The number originally mustered in was 808; recruits, 84; making a total enrollment of 892, which, with the addition of 33 field, staff and line officers made the aggregate of 925. But of the 84 recruits, 9 never joined the regiment, and the record of the 916 men was as follows: Killed in battle and died of wounds, 89 Killed by accident, 2 Died in the field and at home, 130 Died in Andersonville Prison, 7 Discharged on account of wounds and disease, 134 Transferred to 40th Illinois, 30 Transferred to veteran reserve and invalid corps, 45 Officers resigned, 33 Dishonorably discharged 4, Honorable discharge, 2 Mustered out, 450 BATTLES FOUGHT November 25, 1863 at Missionary Ridge May 14, 1864 at Resaca, Georgia May 27 and 28, 1864 at Dallas, Georgia June 15, 1864 at Kennesaw Mountain and New Hope Church, Georgia June 27 and 28, 1864 at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia July 22, 1864 at Atlanta, Georgia July 28 an 29, 1864 at Atlanta, Georgia August 4, 15, 19, 23, 1864 at Atlanta, Georgia October 15, 1864 at Allatoona, Georgia November 22, 1864 at Griswoldville, Georgia February 15, 1865 at Columbia, South Carolina Source: The Union Army, Volume 3 Sources: Information about the Hoar family's from descendant Betty Jo Ehn. Military Information from: History of Fulton County, Illinois, 1879, page 378.
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