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Letter from Hyronimous Merkley to John Heron

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Admin/Biog History MERKLEY, Hyronimous - Pvt., Company C, 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Heavy Artillery
Hyronimus was born on Sept. 28, 1837 at Wurtemburg, Germany. He was the eldest of twelve children born to John and Helena "Ellen" (Trueffner) Merkley. Both parents were born circa 1810, also at Wurtemburg. They emigrated to this country in 1846 and arrived at Racine, Wisconsin. After a year they removed to Winnebago County. They were listed in the 1850 and 1860 federal census as residing on a farm in the town of Vinland, Winnebago County. With them were the following children: Heronimus; James (Simon), born circa 1841 at Germany; Margaret, born circa 1843 at Germany, married in Winnebago County on Dec. 24, 1867 to David Byers; Mathew, born circa 1849 at Wisconsin, married in Winnebago County on Apr. 13, 1875 to Mary Guttmann; Mary Maria, born circa 1851 at Wisconsin, married in Winnebago County on Dec. 25, 1871 to Martin Cook; Elizabeth, born circa 1856 at Wisconsin; and John, born circa 1857 at Wisconsin, married in Winnebago County on July 21, 1877 to Ella Dorn. Helina Merkley died in the town of Vinland of general debility in Dec. 1894. John died there in 1905 at the age of 84 years. Both were Catholic by faith and they are buried at Neenah, Winnebago County. Hyronimous listed his residence as Neenah when he enlisted there on Sept. 28, 1863. Standing 5'6" tall, he had gray eyes, light hair and a light complexion. He was assigned as above and was mustered out at Nashville, Tennessee on Sept. 21, 1865. Hieronimous was married on Dec. 23, 1868 in Winnebago County to Margareth Schwarz. She was a daughter of Philip and Catherine (Spoe) Schwarz. Hyronimous and Margareth had a family of ten children: Susan, born on Oct. 23, 1869, died at age 23 years; Matilda, born on Mar. 6, 1871, married Joseph Renth of Milwaukee; Emma, born on Nov. 17, 1872, married to Herman Bear, resided in the town of Vinland; Laura, born on Nov. 24, 1873, resided at Milwaukee; John, born on Dec. 3, 1874, resided at Vinland; Josephine, born on Dec. 24, 1878, married in Winnebago County on Jan. 12, 1901 to John Halloran/Hollancher; Anna, born on May 13, 1880, married Emil H. Kaster, resided at Milwaukee; Frank, born on Oct. 7, 1883; William, born on Jan. 20, 1886; and Louis, born on May 4, 1888. Hyronimous was listed in 1883 at P.O. Neenah. He had then been receiving a pension of $8 per month since Feb. 1880 for an injury to his abdomen. Hyronimous was listed in the veteran section of the 1885, 1895 and 1905 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Neenah. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the town of Vinland at P.O. Neenah and suffering the effects of a rupture and piles as a result of his military service. Hyronimous and Margaret, his wife, were listed in 1905 as residing on 40 acres of section E-17 in the town of Vinland. John, William and Lewis Merkley were also listed as residing there.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation November 29, 1864
Abstract Letter from Hyronimous Merkley, Company C, 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery:

Nov the 29 1864
Fort Sherman,
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Friend John
I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and in good health, and I hope that these few lines find you the same and your folks. John the news are not much here now. There is some talk of coming to Washington and I hope that we will go there this winter or next spring. John, I think that this war will soon come to a end. What do you think a bout it? I think that it is a good thing that Mr. Lincoln is reelected. I think it is the best thing that could happen. Don't you? I heard that your Father voted for Mr. Lincoln, and I was glad to hear it. Our Battery voted all for Lincoln, but five men they voted for Mack. He is de-feated and I am glad to hear it.
John, the Boys are all well and send their best and respect to you. Bill Jenkyns got back here yesterday allright. He was eight days coming through to here. Bill looks well. He says that he had a good time there. I suppose he had. We have had some pretty cold days, but now the weather is very good now. Bill Jenkyns says that you have some pretty cold weather up there. About the war, I can not say much. I suppose you know more a bout it there. We do not hear much about it. John, give my best respect to all the girls up there. No more at present, but my best respect to you and your folks. From your friend


Heronemous Merkley
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes MERKLEY, Hyronimous - Pvt., Company C, 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Heavy Artillery
Hyronimus was born on Sept. 28, 1837 at Wurtemburg, Germany. He was the eldest of twelve children born to John and Helena "Ellen" (Trueffner) Merkley. Both parents were born circa 1810, also at Wurtemburg. They emigrated to this country in 1846 and arrived at Racine, Wisconsin. After a year they removed to Winnebago County. They were listed in the 1850 and 1860 federal census as residing on a farm in the town of Vinland, Winnebago County. With them were the following children: Heronimus; James (Simon), born circa 1841 at Germany; Margaret, born circa 1843 at Germany, married in Winnebago County on Dec. 24, 1867 to David Byers; Mathew, born circa 1849 at Wisconsin, married in Winnebago County on Apr. 13, 1875 to Mary Guttmann; Mary Maria, born circa 1851 at Wisconsin, married in Winnebago County on Dec. 25, 1871 to Martin Cook; Elizabeth, born circa 1856 at Wisconsin; and John, born circa 1857 at Wisconsin, married in Winnebago County on July 21, 1877 to Ella Dorn. Helina Merkley died in the town of Vinland of general debility in Dec. 1894. John died there in 1905 at the age of 84 years. Both were Catholic by faith and they are buried at Neenah, Winnebago County. Hyronimous listed his residence as Neenah when he enlisted there on Sept. 28, 1863. Standing 5'6" tall, he had gray eyes, light hair and a light complexion. He was assigned as above and was mustered out at Nashville, Tennessee on Sept. 21, 1865. Hieronimous was married on Dec. 23, 1868 in Winnebago County to Margareth Schwarz. She was a daughter of Philip and Catherine (Spoe) Schwarz. Hyronimous and Margareth had a family of ten children: Susan, born on Oct. 23, 1869, died at age 23 years; Matilda, born on Mar. 6, 1871, married Joseph Renth of Milwaukee; Emma, born on Nov. 17, 1872, married to Herman Bear, resided in the town of Vinland; Laura, born on Nov. 24, 1873, resided at Milwaukee; John, born on Dec. 3, 1874, resided at Vinland; Josephine, born on Dec. 24, 1878, married in Winnebago County on Jan. 12, 1901 to John Halloran/Hollancher; Anna, born on May 13, 1880, married Emil H. Kaster, resided at Milwaukee; Frank, born on Oct. 7, 1883; William, born on Jan. 20, 1886; and Louis, born on May 4, 1888. Hyronimous was listed in 1883 at P.O. Neenah. He had then been receiving a pension of $8 per month since Feb. 1880 for an injury to his abdomen. Hyronimous was listed in the veteran section of the 1885, 1895 and 1905 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Neenah. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the town of Vinland at P.O. Neenah and suffering the effects of a rupture and piles as a result of his military service. Hyronimous and Margaret, his wife, were listed in 1905 as residing on 40 acres of section E-17 in the town of Vinland. John, William and Lewis Merkley were also listed as residing there.
Object ID SC411.5.23.16
Object Name Letter
People Heron, John
Merkley, Hyronimous
Lincoln, Abraham
Subjects Civil War
Soldiers
Artillery (Troops)
1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery
Presidential elections
Title Letter from Hyronimous Merkley to John Heron
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