The Wilson Family/Rinaman Family Chronicle July 2005
* The middle initial of James Wilson Senior is an A on the 1876 land map, a H on the deed that recorded his buying the land, and a S when Dr Mudd writes about him. It has also appeared to be a R on occasion. S appears most often and will be used in this document.
Parents are in Bold italics, Children are in Bold, Direct Rinaman and Kaltrider ancestors are in Bold italics, and underlined.
ca 1525 Heinrich Kaltenreider Sr is born in Wyll, in Thurgau,
Canton Switzerland. He will be a barber by trade.
This line has not been definitely proved to be ours.
ca 1529 Walpurg, (lnu? or fnu?) Heinrich Sr's future wife
18 Feb 1568 Heinrich Kaltenreider Jr is born in Kerzers or Kertzers,
Switzerland. His parents are Heinrich Sr, and Walpurg
(lnu), or (fnu?). Heinrich Sr will eventually die in
1570 Gertrudt/Gerri (lnu), Heinrich's future wife is born.
Before 1600 The ancestors of James S. Wilson Sr. are living in
Scotland They appear to have been Lowland Scots.
1600 King James I of England, having conquered Ireland, sets up the
Ulster Plantations in Ireland. He offers 2000 acres to anyone
who can get 20 families to go there and settle on each 2000 acre
plot. He hoped to attract the poor of the English cities, but got
mostly people from Scotland. They had little to do with the Irish
Catholics, retaining their Presbyterian churches. Surf the web for
Ulster Plantations for the full story.
4 April 1601 Peter Kaltenreider Sr is born, in Kerzers, or Kertzers,
Switzerland. He is the son of Heinrich and Gertudt/Gerri
1606 The Ulster Plantation gets started in earnest.
1608 The Irish in Ulster rebel.
1620 50,000 Scots are in Ireland.
17 June 1638 Peter Kaltenreider Jr, is born in Kerzers or Kertzers,
Switzerland. He is the son of Peter Sr and Barbli Kaltenreider
ca 1638 Anna Gutknecht, Peter Jrs future wife is born.
1641 The Irish rebel again.
1652 The Cromwellian Plantation is started in Ireland.
20 Sept 1678 Bendickt (Benedict) Kaltenreider, son of Peter and Anna
Kaltenreider, is born in Germany or Switzerland.
ca 1680 Veronica Eichaeker, Benedict Kaltenreider's future wife
1693 The Williamite Plantation is started in Ireland.
1606 1700 James S. Wilson Sr. ancestors move to Ireland, at some yet
1700 The Scots are having to pay Quit rents, laws have been passed
so non Catholics can't hold office, can't join the military, but
must pay tithes to the Catholic Church. The Scots begin coming
to the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and
Delaware, in large numbers in 1720 and 1730.
In the 1740's and 50's they are settling in North Carolina.
James S. Wilson Sr descends from these Scotch Irish,
possibly some of the Maryland settlers.
1712 There are some 200,000 Scots in Ireland.
2 Nov 1735 Johann Theobald Duvald (David) Kaltreuter (Kaldreider)
(Caltrider) (Kaltrider) son of Benidict and Veronica Kaltreuter,
is born in Germany.
1741 Theobald Kalrider travels from Germany to America on the
ship, "Friendship". His father Bendickt Kaltenreider, and
uncles Philip and Hans George are in the party. They land in
Philadelphia, Pa. Theobald will marry Elizabeth Catherine
(lnu), and they will have three children, Catarina, Johann Peter,
and Georg. It is probable that either Bendickt or his brothers
Philip or Hans George, are our direct ancestor, but further
research is needed.
1762 Christopher Reneman is living in Manheim Township, York
County, Pa. Tax bill. He may be the first of the Rinaman line
in the United States, but this has yet to be proven. It is suspected
that this line are Mennonites. Our line appear to all be Lutherans.
There are further records for this line in this TWNSHP in 1766,
1769, and 1772.
ca.1778 Willhelm (William) Rineaman, marries Maria Barbara Barbary.
He is in his 30's, she is in her 20's.
They will have six children, Jacob, Molly (Magdalene),
John, Elizabeth, Caterenor, and Marie (Anna) Christina.
1783 William Reineman's tax bill for Manheim Township, York
County, Pa. is 2.3.8. (Pounds/Shillings/Pence?) He has six in his
family, owns 60 acres, 4 cows, 3 horses, and 6 sheep. He has a
house and a outhouse. It is valued at 95.5.0.
1790 census William Rinaman was not found. He
would be 40 to 50 years old.
Manheim Township was not in the Ancestry.com
holdings. His neighbors in 1800 could not be found in the 1790
listing either, suggesting that a census roll has been lost.
18 May 1791 Susannah Kaltreuter, future wife of Jacob Rinaman is born,
probably in Pa. She probably is a descendant of
Theobald (David) Kaltreuter or one of his uncles Philip or
1792-3? Jacob Rinaman is born in York county, Pennsylvania.
1795 William Rineman is listed as having 60 acres, 4 cows, and 2
horses, total valuation 100. Taxes 0.6.3
(Pounds/Shillings/pence?) Manheim Township,
York County, Pa. taxes.
1796 James S. Wilson Sr, is born in Virginia.
He is Scotch Irish. The 1860 census says he was born in
Maryland in 1793.
1797 Margaret Catherine Miller is born in Maryland of parents
who were born in Germany. The 1860 census says she
was born in 1790.
? James S. Wilson marries Margaret Catherine Miller. They
are Catholic. He is reported to be a farmer and shoemaker.
1800 Census William Rineman is listed as living in York County, Manheim
Township, Pennsylvania. He and his wife are in the over 45
category. They have 2 sons in the 16 to 25 range, One of
these is Jacob age 17, and one is John. There is 1 daughter
under 10, 1 is 10 to 15, and 1 is 16 to 25. These would be
Molly Elizabeth and Caterenor.
1801 Tax Roll William Rinaman is shown owning 60 acres, 2 horses, and
3 cows, in Manheim Township, York County, Pa.
1810 Census William Reineman is in Manheim Twnshp, York Co. Pa.
He is 60 to 70, his wife is 50 to 60. Three girls live with them,
one under 10, (Maria) one 10 to 15, one 16 to 25. Molly,
Elizabeth and Caterenor were his older daughters, one of
which has apparently married.. Jacob is apparently
living elsewhere. The German word "rein" means pure,
unadulterated, clean, so I guess the family name means
"pure or clean man". The English translation of the German
word "rein" is "rine", so it all adds up.
In Baltimore County, Maryland, there is a John Reneman
listed. This is probably Jacob's brother.
25 Mar 1812 Jacob Rinaman 29, marries Susanna (Catharine) Kaltreuter
(Caltrider) (Kaltrider) 16, in St Matthews Lutheran Church,
in Hanover Borough, York County, Pa. His parents are
Willhelm Rinaman and Maria Barbary. Jacob and Susanna
will have eight children, Peter, Henry, John (Johannes),
William, Jacob Jr, Eliza, David, and Margaret. The family is
Lutheran. David will serve in the Union Army in the Civil War.
30 Jan 1815 Peter Rinaman (Rinamon) is born near Hampstead, Carroll
County, Maryland. Another record says he was born in York
County, Pennsylvania. His father is Jacob Rinaman, who was
born in York County, Pennsylvania.
He was a member of a Pennsylvania Dutch family. One of
William's(Willhelm?) brothers served in the
by 4 May 1819 Jacob Rinaman has moved his family to near Manchester,
Maryland, in what is now Carroll County. It was then just
across the line from Pa.
4 May 1819 Peter Rinamans brother, Johannes (John) is baptized in
the Lutheran Church in Manchester, Baltimore County,
Maryland. He was born 23 Nov 1818.
1820 Census Baltimore County, Maryland, Phillip and Jacob Rinaman are
listed as heads of families. Jacob is 37, his wife Catherine
is 26. Wilhilh Rinaman is in Manheim
Twnsp, York County, Pa. He is 70 to 80, his wife is 60 to 70.
There is 1 girl under 10, and 1 between 16 to 25 in the
household. All of his daughters are married in 1822,
so the young girl is unexplained.
12 Apr 1822 Willhelm Rineaman writes his will in York County, Pa.
He leaves $150 to his wife Barbary. He gives $400 each to son
Jacob, his daughter Molly Rinaman Hauk, and his daughter
Maria Rinaman Roverstone.
His son John, his daughter Elizabeth Rinaman Martin and
daughter Caterenor Rinaman Foust are declared to have already
received their full share. He names Jacob his executor. He is
holding some notes for money he has loaned. The estate appears
to be worth $1,350 in cash plus household furnishings ect.
24 Nov 1822 William Rinaman, Peter's brother, is baptized in the Lutheran
Church in Manchester Maryland. He was born 26 July 1822.
1824 James S. Wilson rides in the "Great Procession",
honoring General Lafayette's visit to Washington, D.C.
19 Oct 1824 Jacob Rinaman Jr., Peter's brother is born.
7 Mar 1826 Sophia (Sapphira) Wilson is born near Beltsville, Prince
Georges County, Md.
27 July 1828 Eliza Rinaman, Peter's sister is baptized in the Lutheran Church,
in Manchester, Maryland. She was born 1 April 1828.
1830 Census Baltimore County Maryland. Jacob's family has a
woman between 80 and 90 living with them. Jacob is 47,
his wife Catharine is 36.
William Rineman and son John are listed as neighbors in
Manheim Township, York County Pennsylvania. William
Rineman is listed as being 80 to 90, and his wife is listed as
being 70 to 80. Neither can be identified in the 1840 census,
so it appears they have died before then.
1833 Peter and Henry Rinaman have their Catechumens at the
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manchester, Maryland.
3 Dec 1833 Willhelm (William) Rineaman has died. He was between 83 and
93 years old. The letters of administration for the probate of
his will have this date.
Before 1834 Stephen Wilson born, in Maryland. 1860 census.
28 May 1834 James S. Wilson, the son, born, Prince Georges Co. Md.
On Lincoln Co. Mo. land maps he's listed as James S. Wilson.
16 Aug 1834 William Rinaman's wife Barbary has died, and a sale of her
property is held on this date. She was between 74 and 84 years
old. Jacob Rinaman executes the sale.
Kitchen items, some furniture, a stove and a cow are sold.
16 Oct 1837 Peter Rinaman marries Margaret Strickling, in Carroll County,
Maryland. They will have three daughters, Susanna, Mary and
1839 John A. Wilson born, Muirkirk, Prince Georges Co. Md.
This is a town within 8 miles of Hyattsville Maryland. It is
somewhere between the Potomac River and the Ring road
around Washington D.C. Dr Joseph A. Mudd, "With Porter in
North Missouri" p 213, and preface.
On Lincoln Co. Mo. land maps he's listed as John A. Wilson.
The 1860 census says he was born in Virginia.
1835 1838 James S. Wilson Sr has a daughter born, who is alive in the
1840 census, but will die young. Another daughter also dies
1840 Census John and Peter Rinaman are listed as heads of family in Carroll
County, Maryland. Peter is 20 to 30, his wife is 20 to 30, and
they have one daughter under 5. There is also a John Rineman
living near a George Kaltrider in Manheim Twnsp, York County,
1840 Census James S. Wilson Sr is living in Prince Georges County,
Maryland. His family consists of John, age 1, James, age 6,
Stephen age 11, Sophia age 14, and a daughter who is under 5,
that we haven't identified. James and his wife are 47, and 50
according to the 1860 census. Living next door is Sarah Wilson,
age 60 to 70, probably James mother, a woman 50 to 60,
possibly his sister, and two men 30 to 40, possibly his brothers.
Sarah has two male slaves, one under 10, and 1, 10 to 24.
22 July 1843 Jacob Rinaman buys land in Carroll County Maryland.
4 July 1846 Sophia Wilson marries Peter Rinaman. Peter is a stone mason
who has worked on the west wing of the Capital building in
Washington D.C. He also worked on the first Post Office
building in Washington D. C. It is his second marriage.
His first wife was a Strickling. He has three daughters who
will be raised by his wife's family, Joshua Strickling, and a
family headed by John Shafffer. Peter and Sophia will have
20 May 1847 Sophias and Peters first son Joseph is born in Baltimore,
They will lose a son, John, before the move to Missouri.
25 Jan 1849 Jacob Rinaman writes his will.
1850 Peter Rinaman (Rieman) 34, Sophia 23, Joseph 3,
Margaret 1, and James Wilson, 16, are living in
Baltimore City, 19th Ward, Baltimore County, Maryland.
Peter and James are listed as Stonemasons, so James is
learning the trade. The census does not list James Wilson Sr
or Stephen Wilson living in Washington D.C., or
Prince Georges County Maryland.
The Carroll County Maryland census, 8th district, lists a
Jacob Rinaman, age 67, from Penn, and his wife Catherine 56.
Jacob Rinaman Jr, his son, age 25, Peters brother,
is working as a laborer for Cole Cravin on a nearby farm.
The family of John S. Shaffer is
caring for Peters daughter Charlote Rineman, age 8.
Next door Joshua Strickling has taken in Peters other
daughters, Susanah Rineman age 10, and Mary E. Rineman
age 8, who may be Charlote's twin.
The girls staying with the Strickling's and Shaffer's are Peter
Rinamans daughters by his first wife.
William Rinaman, Peter's brother is listed in the Carroll
County, Maryland census. His wife is Casander, age 28.
They have a daughter Mary E. age 4, and a son William ,
10 months old. Savilia Boblitz, age 6 is living with them.
Based on the next census, he loses his wife, and son, and
remarries, before 1860. There are 12 Rinaman's listed
as heads of families in the 1850 census index of Maryland,
10 in Baltimore, 2 in Carroll County.
1851 James is 17, and has been educated in the common schools of
1853 1854 James moves to Strasburg, Va. where he works as a stone
mason. He writes poetry, apparently to Margaret Borum.
Margaret has had a illegitimate baby in 1849,
named Edward Monroe Borum.
10 Sept 1853 Jacob Rinaman, Peter's father has died, in Carroll County,
Maryland. He is 70.
1855 James S. Wilson, the elder, sells his land in Beltsville,
Prince Georges Co. Md. to Christian Brothers College,
and is ready to begin the move to Missouri with
the Peter Rinaman family.
3 Apr 1855 James S. Wilson marries Margaret Catherine Borum in
Strasburg, Shenandoah Co. Va. She is Lutheran, and they are
married by a Lutheran minister in her home. He is 21, she
is 26. James is a master stone mason. There is one report
that they leave almost immediately for Prairieville,
Pike Co. Mo. Edward Borum, her first child does not go.
June 1855 James and Margaret should be in Prairieville, Mo.
1 Sept 1855 Sophia's 5th child, William Henry Rinaman, is born
in Baltimore Md. and the family prepares to move to Missouri.
4 Sept 1855 Jacob Rinaman, Peter's father's will is being administered, in
Carroll County, Maryland.
Mar 1856 The James S. Wilson Sr. family should be on their way to
31 Mar 1856 James and Margaret are in Prairieville, Pike Co. Mo. when
their son Henry Ambrose Wilson is born. Henry's obituary
says he was born on 3 March 1856.
Prairieville is a collection of Virginia emigrants that have built
plantations, and brought many slaves to the area.
20 May 1856 The Peter Rinaman family arrives in Pike Co. Mo. They have
been waiting for Joseph to finish the school year in Baltimore,
Maryland before moving. Family members include
James, Joseph, Margaret, and William Rinaman. The Peter
Rinaman family travels by rail to St Louis, the take a boat up
the Mississippi to Louisiana, Mo.
where they are met by James S. Wilson Sr and his family.
The elder Wilson's have been in Missouri a few months.
One source says near Paynesville. Joseph Rinaman's obituary
says he arrived in Lincoln county on 20 May 1856, his 9th
birthday. This is believed to be the date he arrived in Pike
County, as his mother's obituary says they didn't get to Lincoln
County till Sept. The Wm. H. Rinaman obiturary says he
moved to Missouri when he was six months old. That would
have been in March 1856.
Sept 1856 Sophia and Peter Rinaman, and family, arrive at James
and Margaret's house in Lincoln Co. Mo. They immediately
begin to build the house they will live in till their deaths.
Sophia's obit. Sophia obit may be the one that is wrong, as
building a cabin, starting in Sept is a bit late in the year. Peter
will eventually clear his land of walnut trees,
and hold the logs for the itinerate furniture makers who
periodically came through and made furniture for the settlers.
James apparently has rented a house and some land.
It probably is the place he will buy in Nov 1856.
James S. Wilson Sr. and wife, will live with their sons,
Margaret and the baby. James Wilson Sr is a shoemaker,
and will farm.
Oct 1856 Margaret's brother, Bushrod Borum and sister, Mary Rebecca
Setzer, her husband and daughters, Emma and Mary have
arrived in Paynesville, Pike Co. Mo.
14 Nov 1856 James buys 160 acres from John and Susan E. Maddex of
Shelby County, Missouri, for $500. The land is the W1/2 of
NE ¼ of Section 3, and the W ½ of the SE ¼ of Section 3
in Township 49 North, Range 2 West in Lincoln County.
This land will become the Wilson, Rinaman farms. Deed
Book N, Lincoln County, Mo.
30 Dec 1856 James and Margaret sell 80 acres of their land to Peter
Rinaman for $500. The land is the W ½ of the W ½ of the
NE ¼ of Section 3, and the W ½ of the W ½ of the SE ¼ of
Section 3, Township49 N, R 2 W. This becomes the Rinaman
farm. Deed Book N, Lincoln County, Mo. Peter will continue
his trade as a stone mason, and farm.
1857 Mary Rebecca Setzer, Margaret sister gets homesick, and
she and her family return to Virginia.
Fall 1857 Bushrod moves on to Boone County Missouri, to live with his
cousins the DeViers.
7 Dec 1857 James and Margaret sell 40 acres of their land to James Sr.
for $500. This land is the SE ¼ of the W ½ of the NE ¼ of
Section 3, and the NE ¼ of the W ½ of the SE ¼ in Section 3,
Township 49 N, R 2 West. Lincoln County Deed Book N.
James and his wife now have the central 40 acres with the
house, and his dad has 20 acres on each end of the piece. The
Rinamans own the 80 acres to the west. The Wilson, Rinaman
houses are just across the creek from each other. The land will
stay in this configuration for many years, until Peter Rinaman
buys all the Wilson land. James has invested $500 in 160
acres, probably with at least one house on it, and has ended up
with 40 acres, a house, and $1000 cash.
Jan or Feb 1858 James and his wife are on the way back to Strasburg, Va.
Margaret would not want to travel during the last couple
months of the pregnancy. There is now a considerable network
of railroads east of the Mississippi, so travels times may have
been just a few days.
5 May 1858 James wife Margaret is back in Strasburg, Va. for the birth
of their son Charles Oscar Wilson. He is Oscar
D. Wilson, in some legal documents, continuing the family
tradition of playing with your name. His obituary says he is
Oscar Dunreath Wilson. Charles is apparently a nickname.
1858-1859 Troops, which are designated the 1st Brigade of Missouri
Volunteer Militia, are enlisted, and sent west to deal with raiders
from Kansas. About 580 men are involved.
1860 Stephen Wilson is listed in the 1860 census for Washington
D.C. He is working as an express driver. William Rineman,
Peters brother, is in Hampstead District, Carroll Co. Maryland.
He is 37,farming, wife Charlott 31, children Mary, 14, John, 6,
Amanus 3, and Coleman 1. A 16 year old girl, Savilla Bobiltz
is living with the family. Jacob Jr, Peters bother, is also in the
same area. He is 34, married to Rebecca, 25. They have
daughters, Sarah 3, and Margant 2. Peter's mother, Catherine
was not found, and may have died.
1860-1861 The Missouri State Militia is the only formal stat military unit
in the state. Men on both sides of the secession question
belong, in mixed units.
14 May 1860 John Wilson marries Sarah Catherine Sawner,
(Sauner?). The name on the land records and census
is Sonner. The marriage is performed by the
Reverend Robert S. Duncan, a Baptist minister of the
Bethlehem Baptist Church, which will later become the
Fairview Baptist church. The marriage record is partially
incorrect showing Sarah with an E for a middle initial
rather than a C. It is a C on the title of the document.
The title and the interior details also disagree on the
spelling of her last name. 1860 census, and
Lincoln County Marriage Records, Vol. 3.
Sarah's folks are Henry and Jane Sonner, grandmother is
Sarah Myers. Family 293, 1850 census. John is 21, Sarah
is either 18 or 20, depending on which census record is right.
Sarah's dad dies in 1858.
19June 1860 John and Catherine are living with his father and mother
on the home place. No further data on Catherine
or what happened. John is listed as having been in
school and as farming, in the 1860 census. John and
Catherine are both listed as having been born in Virginia.
Sarah Catherine's remaining family are living on an adjacent
farm, but will move on to other parts of
Missouri. Her oldest brother, George C., and wife also live on
an adjacent farm. He will be in Vernon County in 1887,
then move to Oregon county. He is there in the 1900 census,
and dies in 1914. Her mother Jane, and sister, Helen A..
move to Vernon County, and die in 1898, and 1909,
respectively. Two brothers, Henry C., and Thomas J.,
become neighbors of the Wilson/Rinaman families.
They are still landowners in 1878, but gone by 1900.
Thomas J. moves to Vernon county. The Circuit Court
records of Lincoln county have been searched through 1869,
and no divorce proceedings against John Wilson have
been found. James and Margaret and sons are not
living at the home place. There is an unoccupied house
shown next to his fathers house. 1860 census.
Summer 1860 Governor Clairborn Jackson begins creating pro south State
Militia units. Frank Blair, operating out of St Louis begins
organizing pro union Home guard units. John is probably in
a pro south unit, and James, if he is in the state, is probably
in a pro union unit.
16 Oct 1860 The census shows Margaret Wilson, 30, Henry Wilson, 4,
and Oscar Wilson 2, living with Isaac and Scottie Borum,
Margaret's parents, in Strasburg, Virginia. Also at home are
a brother and sister of Margaret, and her illegitimate son
Edward, age 12. The whereabouts of James Wilson has
not been determined. Dr Cyrus Peterson, in his biography of
James, says "Without wishing to lift the veil from so delicate a
personal matter, it may be stated that the common report alleged
that this breaking up of family ties was due to a difference in
political sentiments. The unfortunate event seemed to fasten an
unbroken melancholy upon this unfortunate man, as he was one
of the saddest mortals the writer ever knew in the following few
years of his life." It is possible that Margaret and the
boys have been in Strasburg since early 1858. The Sonners of
Shenandoah County were also checked to see if John's wife
had gone to see relatives. She was not found.
5 Jan 1861 The Missouri Senate introduces a bill to arm the militia, and to
call a State Convention.
11 Jan 1861 Forty Union troops arrive in St Louis, to help protect the arsenal,
and the money, in the banks. This stirs up the rebs. The
secessionists begin to organize the "Minutemen" in St Louis.
They number 300. Blair enlists his first company of pro union
13 Feb 1861 Five companies of "Minutemen" are mustered into State service.
The state owns two 6 pounder guns, without limbers or caissons,
1,000 muskets, 40 sabers, and 58 swords.
18 Feb 1861 By a 80,000 vote margin the people of Missouri vote against
secession. The bill to arm the militia dies. Eleven, Home Guard
units, primarily Germans near St Louis, totaling 750 men, have
been organized by Blair, and some have been armed with
Mar-Apr 1861 James is drilling with a Home Guard unit, and John is
drilling with Militia unit. It is believed he is
elected Lieutenant at some point during this service.
James S. Wilson, the elder, is an ardent secessionist,
and John is the apple of his eye. There is a period when
James is training at Nineveh, now Olney, 7 miles NW
of home, and John is training at Millwood 4 miles NNE
of the family farm. Family Story: The brothers are sharing
a muzzle loading percussion cap musket, to train with, and a
bed, when they are home. (This story may actually date from
1860, when they could have been in the same State militia unit.)
Since James owns the farm and house, his father and brother
are limited in what they can do. By this time James
wife, furious with him, has taken their two sons and
gone home to Strasburg, Va. They will not meet again.
See James petition for divorce.
James is reported to be melancholic over the breakup,
the rest of his life. James father is furious. He cuts himself
off from James. From this point on all of James legal and
financial matters will be handled by his sister Sophia, and
her husband Peter Rinaman. When James gets leave during
the war he comes to the Rinamans, whose cabin is just across
the creek from James home. James mothers position on
the war, and on James going with the Union is unknown.
12 April 1861 The first shots of the Civil War are fired at Fort Sumter,
S. Carolina. David Rinaman, Peter's brother will serve in
the Union Army. He was probably living in the east when
17 April 1861 Blair is authorized to issue 5,000 stand of arms to the "Home
Guard". He begins recruiting men for four Union Regiments.
18 April 1861 James brother-in-law, Richard Henry Borum, enlists
in Co. A, 10th Va. Infantry. He is commissioned a
3rd Lt. 24 Aug 1861, promoted to 2nd Lt., June 1862,
promoted to 1st Lt. 1 June, 1863. He is detailed to the
commissary, 11 Sept. 1864. He is paroled at Appomattox,
in April 1865.
18 April 1861 James brother-in-law, Calvin Monroe Borum, on the
same day as Richard, enlists as a private in the same unit,
Co A, 10th Va. Infantry. He is detailed to the regimental
band in July. 31 Oct 1864 he is transferred to Co. B.
He sees action at Fisher's Hill.
20 April 1861 The United States Arsenel at Liberty, Missouri, is taken by rebs,
and the guns distributed.
23 April 1861 Lyon gets orders to give the 5,000 stand of arms to the Home
Guard, and to muster in the four regiments.
26 April 1861 The steamer "City of Alton" takes the excess arms from the St
Louis Arsenal, in the middle of the night, and transfers them to
30 April 1861 Lyon has mustered in 5 regiments of well armed and fully
equipped Union Infantry. They are called the Missouri
2 May 1861 The General Assembly is to meet, to provide money and arms for
3 May 1861 The commanding officers of the militia units are told by the
governor to assemble their units, on this date, and go into camp
for 6 days. General Frost is to establish his camp in St Louis
County. This will be Camp Jackson.
6 May 1861 General Frost and 700 men go into camp, at Camp Jackson.
7 May 1861 The Governor has managed to buy several hundred hunting rifles,
some camp and garrison equipage, and 70 tons of gunpowder, in
St Louis, and get them shipped to Jefferson City.
7 and 8 May 1861 Lyon musters into service four more regiments of Union
8 May 1861 Two 12 pounder howitzers, and two 32 pounder guns, with
appropriate ammunition, arrive in St Louis for the rebs. They
have been shipped from arsenal at Baton Rouge, which the rebs
have captured, and are immediately taken to Camp Jackson.
10 May 1861 Pro south militia units, called the Missouri Volunteer
Militia, are captured in the fight at Camp Jackson north of St
Louis, by St Louis based, pro union Home Guard forces. They
are taken to the arsenal for the night.
Governor Claiborn Jackson responds by creating the Missouri
State Guard, a pro south organization. The Missouri State
Militia units favoring the north become Home Guard units.
"When Governor Jackson issued his proclamation calling for
volunteers to defend the state against the invasion of Federal
troops, no county responded more enthusiastically and more
freely in proportion to its population than did Lincoln. Her
soldiers were in every considerable battle fought in the state.
They were in the first great battle at Springfield, in a regiment
that went into action with 232 men, killed the Federal
commander and almost unaided drove back two of the finest
regiments of the opposing army, and answered roll call the next
morning with 105 men, and not one missing, having suffered the
severest loss of the army. The same bravery and enthusiasm were
shown by them on a hundred battle fields, ending at Blakely on
Mobile Bay." Dr Joseph P. Mudd,
History of Lincoln County. 1878.
11 May 1861 Lyon musters in a fifth new regiment of infantry. These last 5
regiments are called the United States Reserve Corp, or Home
Guards. I have checked the rolls of this fifth regiment for James,
but didn't find him. The rebs who were captured the day before
11 May 1861 James Wilson joins a pro Union, Home Guard unit. He is
enlisted as a private. Cyrus Peterson says, "James took an active
part in establishing law and order in his vicinity, and at once
enlisted with other Unionists in a local company for home
protection". His term of service was probably three months,
ending in July.
John Wilson is in a Missouri State Guard unit that supports the
Southern Cause. It is believed to be Co. B, 2nd Inf., 2nd
Division. Two confederate companies are raised in Lincoln Co.
by Captains Thomas M. Carter, and George Carter, during
the summer. John may have joined one of these.
He is elected lieutenant of one of the early units, a rank
he does not retain, when he joins a regular Confederate Army
unit. "With Porter in North Missouri" p 213, Dr Joseph A.
17 May 1861 General Harney requests 10,000 stand of arms, to arm Union
men in counties outside of St Louis.
18 May 1861 Sterling Price is appointed commander of the Missouri State
21 May 1861 Generals are appointed for the nine State Guard Division of
the state. They are ordered to enroll their men and get them
ready for active service.
Early June 1861 There are now several thousand Home Guard troops around
the state, plus the Union forces in St Louis. The State Guard
numbers about 1,000.
13 June 1861 Governor Jackson calls out the Missouri State Guard for
six months service to repel Federal invasion. John Wilson
is apparently called up. If enlistments last 6 months, this is
when he joined the MSG. The men are to assemble in camp.
General Order #11. General Price orders the Generals
commanding the geographical divisions of Missouri to "organize
their forces as rapidly as possible, and push them forward to
Boonville and Lexington. The men north of the Missouri River
are to rendezvous at Booneville. Several hundred are there by
this date. General Price seems to have kept the Guard massed
and on the move. John apparently was in most of the actions
involving the Guard in 1861.
15 June 1861 Lt Burbridge is recruiting rebels at Millwood for the
19 June 1861 Col John Q. Burbridge commands the 2nd Cavalry Regiment of
the 2nd Division of the Missouri State Guard. He picks up 10
men from Pike County, and then is given a company of men. He
heads for Carthage Missouri. John Wilson could be with this
bunch, but its not considered likely.
20 June 1861 700 federal troops come off boats near Boonville, and take on
800 rebs. The fight lasts an hour and a half, then the rebs retreat.
midnight 20-21 June 350 rebs take on 700 Home guard sleeping in two barns,
near Camp Cole. They rout them, clearing the way for Governor
Jackson, and the heads of various state departments to continue
their retreat to the Southwest with the rebs from Boonville.
21 June 1861 Brig. General Thomas L. Harris of the 2nd Division of the
Missouri State Guards, gets his commission, and orders to
organize the forces North of the Missouri river. The Divisions
are based on the Congressional districts in the state. He starts at
Paris, Mo, then moves to the knobs of the Salt River. He
accumulates 300 men, then joins up with Col Green who has
been up around Keokuk, Iowa, and has 1000 men. By the time
they cross the Missouri river, at Glasgow they have 2,730 men.
July 1861 Union troops begin arriving by train in Missouri.
The "Pike County Regiment of Home Guard Infantry" Unionist,
is organized. They serve in Pike, Lincoln and Montgomery
Counties. Units are at Bowling Green, Ashley, and Louisiana.
This is probably the unit James joined.
3 July 1861 Various rebel groups have marched to Cedar County, Mo. and the
organization of the force begins. They total about 3,600 men.
4 July 1861 The NE Mo rebels, who are in the field, from the 2nd division,
are assigned to Gen. John B. Clark. General Order #16.
3 p.m. 4 July 1861 The rebs begin to march out of Camp Lamar. General
10 A.M. 5 July 1861 4,000 State Guards are in the fight at Carthage,
Missouri. Col John Burbridge is there with men from Pike, and
maybe Lincoln County. They take on 3,000 Federals under Gen
Sigel. The fight last till 9 P.M. Sigel retreats toward Rolla. The
rebs camp at Carthage. There is a MSG Pvt J. Wilson listed as
wounded at Carthage, but no further data.
11 July 1861 The 2nd Division rebs are now under the command of Brig Gen
J. S. Rains. They are split up into Regiments of Infantry.
Adjt General Order # 3.
11-23 July 1861 The 2nd division is in camp on the Cowskin Prairie, which is
near the boundary with the Indian Nation, (Oklahoma).
They stay there several days organizing and drilling.
Reinforcements continue to arrive, and the reb army grows to
about 10,000 men.
20 July 1861 Martial law is declared in Missouri.
24 July 1861 Lincoln Co has at least one company of Union "Home Guards",
the Auburn Company. This is probably part of the Pike County
9 A.M. 24 July 1861 The reb army marches out of Cowskin Prairie towards
Cassville, Mo. Gen Price has decided to go on the offensive, and
attack the Union forces near Springfield.
30 July 1861 The Missouri State Guard, a Confederate unit is
1861 When Governor Jackson calls for volunteers, Bushrod Borum,
James brother-in-law, joins the Missouri State Guards
in Boone Co. Mo, a unit of rebels. He serves at various
places in central Mo.
1 Aug 1861 The 2nd Division, of the MSG is on the road from Cassville, in
Barry County, toward Springfield, Mo. ninety miles away.
Gen Order #13
midnight 4 Aug 1861 Gen McCulloch has taken command of the reb army.
The reb army moves out of its camp on Cane Creek.
8 Aug 1861 The reb army is camped at Big Spring, 1 and ½ mile from
Wilson's Creek, 10 and ½ miles south of Springfield, Mo.
9 Aug 1861 The reb army moves up to Wilson's Creek, where there are large
fields of green corn they can eat. They have not had much food
for 11 days. Half rations for 10, and then nothing.
9 p.m. 9 Aug 1861 The reb army is ordered to move north for a attack at dawn.
Rain causes them to wait till morning, because the men don't
have cartridge boxes to keep their ammunition dry. The men
spend the evening dancing round the campfires.
10 Aug 1861 The battle of Wilson's Creek occurs. The men of the 2nd
Division, MSG are involved. The rebs pulled their pickets in at
midnight, and the Union forces moved up and surrounded them
on three sides. The Missouri troops are in the center opposite the
main Union force. the fight lasts 9 hours. It's all over by 2:30
p.m. The rebs win.
14- 24 Aug 1861 The reb army is camped at Springfield, Mo.
6 A.M. 25 Aug 1861 The reb army marches out of Springfield headed north.
29 Aug 1861 The reb army is at Stockton, Mo.
11 A.M. 30 Aug 1861 the reb army moves out heading for Cedar Creek.
One set of orders said sunrise.
Sept 1861 The Unionist Pike County Regiment of Home Guard Infantry
is mustered out. This frees James to join a new unit.
3 Sept 1861 The reb army is at Camp Bledsoe.
4 Sept 1861 sunrise The reb army is on the move toward Lexington, Mo.
7 Sept 1861 The reb army gets in a fight, 15 miles east of Fort Scott, Kansas.
It is on a stream called Drywood. The fight lasts about 1 and a
half hours. The Rebs win.
10 Sept 1861 sunset The reb army heads for Warrenburg, looking for Union
troops that want the money in the bank.
11 Sept 1861 2:30 a.m. The reb infantry go into camp. Reb cavalry check out
Warrensburg. The union troops are gone. The reb army moves up
and goes into camp.
11 Sept 1861 The State Guard Rebels from NE Missouri are on the move.
They march 62 miles in 28 hours, and get to Lexington in time
for that fight. John Wilson and William Colwell are probably
12 Sept 1861 10 a.m. The reb army moves to within 2 ½ miles of Lexington.
13 20 Sept 1861 12,000 Missouri State Guard Rebels attack 3,500 Union men
at Lexington, Missouri.
13 Sept 1861 The attack on Lexington begins. The Union has fortified the
college building. The men of the 2nd Division, MSG are
positioned to the east and northeast of the building
sunset The rebs move back to the fairgrounds to camp, to wait on their
18 Sept 1861 The supplies have arrived, and the attack resumes.
20 Sept 1861 Hemp bales are wet down and used as movable breastworks
by the rebs.
2 p.m. After 52 hours of fighting the Union forces surrender.
21-26 Sept 1861 After their win, the rebs are at Camp Wallace, Lexington,
23 Sept 1861 James enlists in a three month Missouri State Militia
unit in Mexico, Mo.
His rank may have been 1st Sgt.
27 Sept 1861 The reb army, lacking supplies, retreats south.
Fall 1861 Col. John B. Henderson brings Federal troops to Troy
and occupies it. They are present only a short time.
1861 James brother-in-law, Pvt. George Michael Borum, is serving
with Co E, 11th Va. Cavalry, CSA. He will be
captured, spend time in prison and survive the war.
6 Oct 1861 The reb army is camped on Panther Creek.
8 Oct 1861 The reb army is in camp on the Osage river.
10 Oct 1861 The reb army is camped on the south side of the Osage River.
12 Oct 1861 The reb army is camped near Montevallo.
18 Oct 1861 The reb army is camped near Sarcoxie.
23 Oct 1861 The reb army is camped near Neosho. They are in this area
25 Oct 1861 There is a fight at Springfield, Mo that John Wilson may be in.
1-4 Nov 1861 The reb army is camped near Cassville.
9-13 Nov 1861 The Reb Army is camped near Pineville, McDonald County,
23 Nov 1861 The reb army is camped near Stockton, Cedar Co. Mo.
25 Nov 1861 Gen Price camps the Missouri State Guard on the Sac River,
near Osceola, NW of Springfield Mo. They will stay hear for
over a month. John is apparently with him. The
Confederate Army begins recruiting from Prices force for
a Volunteer Corp. It is also called the Provisional Army of
the Confederate States. The MSG has been paying privates $11/
month, with a clothing allowance of $3/month.
2 Dec 1861 Martin E. Green is elected Brig Gen commanding the 2nd
Division of the MSG. A separate camp is set up for those men
enlisting in the C.S.A. Col Henry Little is put in command.
9 Dec. 1861 John Wilson joins the 2nd Mo Reg. of Inf. C.S.A. He is
enlisted as a Private at Sac River, Mo. He will get $11/ month,
and $3/ month for clothes, payable every 2 months. This is near
Springfield. His term with the Missouri State Guard has ended a
few days early. Co A, First Missouri Infantry, CSA, becomes
Co B, of the 2nd Regiment, CSA. The men in this group fought
at Lexington, Mo. and Pea Ridge, Ark., then at Corinth and
Iuka, Mississippi. The enlistment terms for the MSG are
running out, and many are going home. The MSG was an
18-23 Dec 1861 The reb army moves to Springfield, Mo. The Volunteer Corp,
to which John Wilson belongs is commanded by Col Little.
23 Dec 1861 James Wilson enlists as a 1st Sergeant in Capt. Wommack's
Mounted Mo. State Militia. This unit will become Co B,
Mo. State Militia, Cavalry, then become Co G, of the 10th
Regiment. The 10th Reg. will later become the 3rd Regt.
He will be carried on the rolls as a private until 15 Feb.
when he is promoted to 1st Sgt.
A total of 16 Smith/Welty relations will serve with him.
Some will become related by marriage after the war.
1 Jan 1862 The newly formed Confederate Brigades parade through
23 Jan 1862 John's Volunteer Corp is organized into two Brigades and
a extra Battalion. John is in the 2nd Brigade of Missouri
Volunteers. Col Little commands the 1st Brigade. Brg
Gen Slack commands the 2nd Brigade. They are at
29 Jan 1862 A third Brigade is formed from the Volunteer Corp.
12 Feb 1862 3 p.m. The reb army is leaving Springfield, Mo. The Union
Army is forcing them out. The rebs camp at Wilson Creek.
15 Feb 1862 1st Sgt James Wilson is sent into Pike Co. to recruit
Union sympathizers. The men will be organized into
Company C, of the 3rd MSM at a future date.
15 Feb 1862 9 p.m. The reb army reaches Cassville, Mo.
17 Feb 1862 10 p.m. The reb army camps at Cross Hollow.
19 Feb 1862 The rebs arrive in Fayette, and reprovision.
22 Feb-3 Mar 1862 The reb army is in camp on Cove Creek, Ark.
4 Mar 1862 The reb army is on the move. They camp near Fayetteville.
5 Mar 1862 The reb army camps at Fulton Springs, near Bentonville.
6-7Mar 1862 The reb army is in a major fight at Pea Ridge Ark.
6 Mar 1862 3 a.m. The reb army moves out to attack.
10 a.m. The 2nd Brigade is on the extreme right on Trott's hill.
A cavalry charge against the hill is repulsed.
noon.. The First Brigade advances. When they stall, the 2nd
Brigade hits the enemy right flank and drives the Union infantry
and artillery back beyond Elkhorn Tavern.
3 p.m. The rebs mount a general charge all along the line.
The Union forces are driven back two miles.
7 Mar 1862 The rebs ammunition train has been sent to the rear, and they can't
7 a.m. The Union forces attack again, and the reb army prepares to retreat.
The 1st and 2nd Brigades stop the last Union charge, and are the
last to leave the field. They will retreat for eight days.
15-25 Mar 1862 Price's Army and the Volunteer Corp are at Camp Ben
McCullough in Arkansas. This is on Frog Bayou, near Van
Buren. The 2nd Brigade of the Missouri Volunteers has been
transferred to the Confederate Army, and now has Confederate
24 Mar 1862 The 2nd Brigade of Missouri Volunteers have been transferred
to the Confederate Army. Gen. Green commands. John Wilson
is with him.
27 Mar 1862 The reb army is on the move.
7 April 1862 The reb army is in Des Arc Arkansas. Gen Price addresses
9 Apr 1862 John Wilson's unit moves east of the Mississippi River for
service at Corinth, Mississippi.
11 April 1862 The 2nd Brigade arrives at Corinth, Mississippi.
14 April 1862 The Missouri troops are in camp at Rienzi, 12 miles south
of Corinth. Col John Q. Burbridge is reelected to head the 2nd
Infantry. The 1st Brigade is commanded by Brg Gen D. H.
27 Apr 1862 Bushrod Borum, James brother-in-law, decides to get
in a real rebel unit, and goes to Memphis Tenn., and enlists
as a private in Co C., 6th Regiment, Missouri Infantry. His
commander is Col Erwin.
3 May 1862 John Wilson gets his first pay from the Confererate Government.
5 May 1862 James Wilson is promoted to Captain of Co G, of the
10th Mo. State Militia Cavalry, by the men he has recruited.
The 10th MSM Cavalry Regiment, is organized on this date in
Louisiana Mo. Lt Col Morsey's 3 Companies from Warrenton,
of which James Captains, Co G, become part of the Regiment.
1862 Col Krekle brings Federal Troops to Troy to occupy it.
6 May 1862 John Wilson's unit moves into the line of defenses 4 miles SE of
8 May 1862 The Union forces attack the Missourians, near Farmington, Miss.
9 May 1862 The skirmishing continues, at Seven Mile Creek, Miss.
18 May 1862 Skirmishing continues around Corinth, Miss.
29 May 1862 midnight The Missouri Brigades evacuate Corinth, with Gen
1 June 1862 The Missouri Brigades are in camp at Baldwin, Miss.
7 June 1862 The Missouri Brigades move to Priceville. Col Cockrell takes
over command of the 2nd Infantry.
18 June 1862 Col Porter is recruiting rebels at Olney, for the 1st Northeast
Regiment of Confederate Cavalry.
7 July, 1862 The Missouri Brigades move to Tupelo Miss. Those men in the
Missouri State Guard return to Missouri, under Gen Parsons..
20 July 1862 All Missouri men of military age are ordered to join the Union,
Enrolled Missouri State Militia. Many join the rebs instead.
22 July 1862 General Order # 19, allows the random seizure of guns.
29 July 1862 the Missouri Brigades move to Saltillo.
1 Aug 1862 General Price is in Command in North Mississippi. The 2nd
Missouri Brigade is commanded by General Green. The 1st and
2nd Brigades are in the 2nd Division commanded by General
6 Sept 1862 The Missouri Brigades move on Iuka, Miss. which is 17 miles
east of Corinth.
19 Sept 1862 The Missouri rebs occupy Iuka.
21 Sept 1862 The 2nd Brigade is in line of battle 2 miles west of Iuka.
noon The 2nd Brigade moves to cover the Jacinto road.
4 p.m. The Union forces attack the 2nd Brigade. General Little is
22 Sept 1862 3 a.m. the rebs begin to evacuate Iuka. They are headed to
Baldwin. The wounded are left in a hospital in Iuka, with two
26 Sept 1862 The Missouri rebs are in Baldwin. They receive 4 months pay.
27 Sept 1862 morning The Missouri rebs move out, headed for Ripley.
29 Sept 1862 evening The Missouri rebs reach Ripley.
1 Oct 1862 The rebs march on Corinth.
2 Oct 1862 The rebs bivouac at Chewalla, on the railroad, 8 miles west of
3 Oct 1862 dawn The rebs move to attack.
10 a.m. The attack begins, about 3 miles from Corinth. General Green
commands the Missouri troops of the 2nd Division, with Col
Cockrell commanding the 2nd Brigade of that Division. The first
charge by the Missouri Brigade into the Federal batteries on the
parapets is thrown back. They reform and charge again, driving
the Federal troops out of the fortifications. The flanking units do
not charge, leaving them exposed. They lose about half of the men,
killed or wounded, and have to retreat.
sunset The union forces have been driven back into the town. The
Missouri Brigades attacked along the right of way of the Memphis
and Charlestown Railroad.
3 Oct 1862 Pvt. John Wilson, CSA, is wounded in the arm in battle, at
Corinth Miss. The arm is amputated. He is evacuated to
Vicksburg, Miss. to convalesce. The casualty list for Corinth, lists
Pvt. John Wilson, wounded of Company B, 2nd Infantry.
4 Oct 1862 the rebs capture Corinth, then are driven out in a counterattack.
29 Oct 1862 David Rinaman, Peter's brother enlists in the union Army in
Maryland, in the 8th Regiment of Infantry, Company K. He will
serve till 3 Aug. 1863. Pvt Samuel Rinaman, relationship
unknown, presumably Union, will die in action 27 Nov. 1863 at
Locust Grove, Virginia. He enlisted 14 Aug 1862.
15 Dec 1862 Bushrod Borum is promoted to Corporal.
30 Dec 1862 Sophia Wilson Rinaman's son Amos is born.
3 Feb 1863 James unit the 10th MSM cavalry, becomes the 3rdMSM
Cavalry (New). There had been a older unit of the same name.
16 May 1863 Bushrod Borum is taken prisoner at Champion Hill, Miss.
Also known as the battle of Blackwater, or Bakers Creek.
The battle was part of the northern defense of Vicksburg.
Bushrod is first sent to Camp Morton, Indiana.
Apr-May 1863 A rebel force of 60 men, under Beckman, Pulliam, Todd
and Rucker have been raiding in Pike and Lincoln County.
22 June 1863 Bushrod is sent to Fort Delaware, then to Point
1863 Capt McVaden, brings a battalion of Federal troops to Troy.
4 July 1863 The Union captures Vicksburg Miss. and Pvt. John Wilson
6 July 1863 Pvt. John Wilson is paroled after taking a solemn oath
not to bear arms against the United States.
6 July 1863 James Wilson files for divorce from Margaret. The grounds
are that she absented herself from him over two years ago.
i.e. he hasn't seen her since sometime before July 1861.
She has been home in Strasburg, Virginia, with her sons, and
father. p. 398, Book F, Sept 1859 – Jan 1864, Circuit Court
Records of Lincoln County, Mo.
9 July 1863 The paroled rebels from Vicksburg, start marching to Demopolis,
in Marengo County, Alabama, where they are to camp until
exchanged. John Wilson presumably is with them.
11 July 1863 James Wilson is promoted to Major.
Late July 1863 The paroled rebs set up camp in Demopolis. Furloughs are
given to those who want them. They are eventually exchanged
and go to participate in the final battles of the war.
Aug 1863 James hires Lewis Martin, a Negro, as his servant.
Aug 1863 Every disloyal person in the District of North Missouri is
required to take a loyalty oath, and post a $1,000 bond to
guarantee that loyalty.
24 Feb 1864 Pvt. John Wilson is discharged from Captain John Steels,
Company A, of the 2nd and 6th Regiment of Mo. Infantry
CSA, by reason of loss of his left arm. That ends the war for
Spring 1864 James S. Wilson Sr. is told to turn over his double barreled
shotgun by men of the 3rd MSM, that have been reassigned
to Central Mo. duty, that know James.
He says he will kill a couple of men if they try it.
He is probably the only southern sympathizer in
Lincoln Co. that keeps a gun during the war.
Early Mar 1864 Mj. James Wilson is on a short furlough to Troy. He
apparently is staying with his sister Sophia. His nephew
Joseph Rinaman accompanies him to the train. He says
"If you ever hear of me being taken prisoner by the guerilla
Tim Reeves you may count me as dead. I know I will never get
away from him alive. I have broken up his recruiting operations
18 May 1864 Isaac Borum, James father-in-law, is picked up by federal
troops, who accuse him of being a bushwhacker and spy.
He claims he crossed over the river, (Shenandoah?), to
get potato plants, and got picked up..
22 May 1864 Isaac Borum, is in the federal Prison at Camp Chase,
Columbus, Ohio. He writes that his father is also a rebel,
and was in one of the raids into Maryland.
Aug 1864 Bushrod Borum, James brother-in-law is a prisoner in
9 Sept 1864 Isaac Borum is released from Camp Chase, in Ohio.
23 Sept 1864 Mj. James Wilson is divorced from Margaret. page 87, Book
G, March 1864- April 1869, Lincoln County Circuit Court
Records.. I presume that Peter Rinaman, who paid the lawyer
on this date, also telegraphed the news to Major Wilson.
26 Sept 1864 Mj. James Wilson is wounded in the head
during the opening phase of the Battle of Pilot Knob.
2 p.m. 27 Sept 1864 Mj. James Wilson is captured at the foot of Pilot Knob
Mountain, during the Battle of Pilot Knob.
29 Sep 1864 Peter Rinaman pays the court costs for James divorce.
3 Oct 1864 Mj. James Wilson, USA, executed by rebel firing squad,
commanded by Col. Tim Reeves, near Union, Mo..
4 Oct 1864 Col Parker, reporting from Troy, says guerillas are infesting
Lincoln County, in considerable force, pillaging and robbing.
The enrolled militia is ordered into immediate service.
13 Oct 1864 Joseph Rinaman, incensed at his Uncle James execution
volunteers in the U.S. Army, for one year, at Troy, Mo..
He is 18. He is listed as 5'8" tall, black eyes, black hair, fair
complexion. He joins Co E of the 49th Reg., Mo. Vol. Inf.
which organizes at Warrenton, Mexico, Macon, and St Louis
from 31 Aug 1864 to 5 Feb 1865. Three other men from the
Schaper clan, or who will marry into it after the war are also
in Co. E.
23 Oct 1864 The bodies of Mj. James Wilson, and the men executed with
him are found.
24 Oct 1864 Official letters are written to James sister, Sophia, and his
father, James S. Wilson, informing them of his death.
1 Nov 1864 Mj. James Wilson is buried at the Troy Cemetery.
18 Nov 1864 Joseph Rinaman is enrolled in Co E, 49th Reg. of Infantry
Mo. Volunteers, USA. He musters in as a private at Mexico,
Mo. He receives a $100 bounty. They are part of the 2nd
Brigade, 3rd Division, 16th Army corp.(New) Military District
of West Mississippi, to Aug 1865. Then the Dept. of Alabama
to Dec. 1865. The unit pulls duty on the Northern Missouri
Railroad, after training, till 30 Jan 1865. Co E is primarly
Lincoln Co. men.
Winter 1864-65 Capt Kimpinski's Company of the 49th Regiment
of Mo Volunteers occupies Troy.
2 Jan 1865 John Wilson is working as a stationmaster for the
Selma and Meridian Railroad Co. at Marion Junction just East
of Meridian, Mississippi.
21 Jan 1865 James belongings are sold as a first step in settling his estate.
The lawyer representing his sons, buys his sword,
Uniform jacket, and other small items. His farm is
kept for his sons. The land will be rented out, and whatever
crops are grown will bring them 1/3 of the profit. In the 1870's
the renters will be John Wilson and Peter Rinaman.
30 Jan 1865 The 49th Reg. of Mo. Inf. with Pvt Joseph Rineman moves
to St Louis.
6 Feb 1865 The owner of the Hotel in Pilot Knob requests that
James estate settles his bill for boarding James and his
Early 1865 Col Charles W. Parker of the 37th Enrolled Mo Militia
10 Feb to 21 Feb. The 49th Reg. of Mo. Vol. Inf. are moved to New Orleans,
La. by riverboat.
18 Feb 1865 Bushrod is exchanged. He goes to Virginia, then
rejoins his command in Meridian, Mississippi. He is very close
to where John Wilson was working at Marion Junction in Jan.
21 Feb 1865 The 49th Regt and Joseph Rinaman arrive in New Orleans.
23 Feb 1865 Timothy Cummings of Lincoln Co. is appointed
guardian of James children.
10 Mar 1865 The 49th Regt is loaded on a steamer at New Orleans and taken
to Dauphin Island at the entrance to Mobile Bay.
20 Mar 1865 The 49th Regt moves by boat from Dauphin Island out into the
Gulf then East to Fish River. They go upriver 20 miles and are
disembarked. They then march cross country towards Mobile.
Their objective is Spanish Fort, across the bay from Mobile.
26 Mar-8 April 1865 Spanish Fort is under siege.
27 Mar 1865 The 49th Reg. of Mo. Vol. Inf. with Joseph Rinaman,
arrive at Spanish Fort,
9 April 1865 Spanish Fort is taken. The 49th Regt was on the right flank
of the main line.
9 Apr 1865 General Lee surrenders at Appomattox Courthouse.
Bushrod is paroled, and returns to Strasburg. Six hours
later Union forces attack Fort Blakely, 4 miles north of
10 April 1865 The 49th Reg of Mo. Vol. Inf. and Pvt. Joseph Rinaman, march
toward Fort Blakely, Ala. opposite Mobile, and the last battle
of the Civil war.
5:30 p.m. Union forces charge Ft Blakely. The Fort surrenders before the
49th Regt gets there. In the Fort are the remnants of many of the
Mo CSA units that started the war. Defending Redoubt 4, of Ft
Blakely, were the remnants of the Missouri Brigade, consisting
of men from the 1st, 3rd,4rth, and 5th Mo. Inf., and the 1st
and 3rd Mo dismounted Cavalry. The charge which takes
the redoubt only takes 18 minutes and succeeds on the first try.
800 prisoners were taken. Dr Joseph Mudds description of the
action, who said that men from Lincoln County kept up the
battle under Lt Col Carter for a hour after all the Confederate
flags had been furled for the last time may be an overstatement,
as I have not found any report of a group of men holding out
for an hour, at Ft Blakely.
12 Apr 1865 Mobile Ala. is occupied by the 49th Reg of Mo. Vol. Inf.
13-25 Apr. 1865 The 49th Reg of Mo. Vol. Inf. with Joseph rinaman
march to Montgomery, Ala.
25 Apr 1865 Lewis Martin files suit against James estate for $100,
back pay for a year as James servant. There is one
report that Lewis is black.
26 Apr 1865 The 49th Regt arrives at Montgomery Ala. after a 200
4 May 1865 General Taylor surrenders the Confederate forces in
Mississippi, and Alabama. Col Tim Reeves is the only
man denied a parole. However he is soon released
and returns to Southeast Mo.
19 May 1865 Sophia Wilson Rinaman writes Capt Fritz Dinger
at Ironton, Mo. asking for details of her brother
James capture and death.
25 May 1865 Old comrades in arms visit Jame's grave in the Troy cemetery.
It is marked by old boards, and they want to know what
happened to the monument money.
St Louis Democrat. 29 May 1865, p. 2.
26 May 1865 General Kirby Smith surrenders his force in Texas.
The Civil War is over.
30 May 1865 Capt. Dinger answers Sophia's letter.
14 July 1865 Companies A,B,C,D,E,F,G, and I of the 49th Regt. stationed
at Montgomery Ala. are ordered to St Louis, to be mustered
out on 2 Aug 1865. They leave Montgomery by train and travel
through Selma, Meridian, Jackson and Vicksburg, on the way
to St Louis. Sometime during the night the train moves
through Marion Junction on the Selma, Meridian Railroad.
John Wilson, Joseph's uncle is the stationmaster. Joseph is
believed to be on the train. It is not known if the train
stopped and the two recognized each other.
15 July 1865 Joseph Rinaman is appointed to rank of 4th Corporal. He is
transferred to Co H. He still has some time to serve on his
enlistment. This appears to be a bit of bookkeeping to keep him
on active duty a little longer than the rest of Co. E, as he
enlisted later than most of the men. He is thought to be on
the train with the rest of Co. E.
2 Aug 1865 Corp Joseph Rinaman is at Benton Barracks in St Louis.
Apparently they have decided to let him finish his
enlistment near home. The rest of Co. E is mustered out and
discharged from Benton Barracks on this day.
The rest of Co. H is on duty at Eufaula, Ala till Dec 1865.
They muster out on 20 Dec 1865.
9 Oct 1865 James ex wife gets herself appointed guardian of the
children by a Virginia Court. This is not effective as Timothy
Cummings, a Union man from Millwood, of Lincoln County,
Mo. becomes the guardian.
12 Oct 1865 Corp Joseph Rinaman is mustered out of
the U. S. Army.
Nov 1865 Bushrod returns to Boone Co. Mo. He will marry and farm.
13 Jan 1866 Timothy Cummings is in court in Lincoln Co. acting as the
guardian of James's sons.
May 1866 Dr Joseph Mudd, Millwood rebel, who fought with Porter in North
Missouri, and wrote about it, was a friend and neighbor of the
Wilson's. He is in Vera Cruz, Mexico, probably with General
Price. It is not known if John Wilson is with him.
11 Apr 1867 A pension of $25/month for James sons is approved.
Their lawyer Timothy Cummings is the guardian.
It is postdated to 4 Oct 1864, and will end 4 May 1874.
20 Aug 1868 Joseph Rinaman, Sophia's son, marries Artilla Smith.
Their story is in the William Smith Sr Chronicle. The
marriage was at the William Smith Sr homeplace. Since
Artilla's daddy was for the south, it must have been an
interesting courtship. They will have seven children,
including William, Florence, and Annie. Florence will
marry Andy Brown, later a judge. Annie will also marry
a Brown from a different family.
1868-1869 James estate is being settled. Margaret files paperwork
to support her as James widow, and the maintenance of
1869 The St Louis newspapers report that the monument for Jame's
grave in the Troy Cemetery, is about finished.
1869 1870 Stephen Wilson dies, Washington D.C. 1870 census.
1870 Census James ex wife Margaret, and sons Henry and Oscar, are
living with Isaac Borum, her mother Scottie, and her
siblings Nettie, and Calvin in Strasburg, Va. James parents
are living on the home place in Lincoln County.
15 Feb 1870 John Wilson quits as stationmaster for the Selma and
Meridian Railroad, at Marion Junction, Mississippi.
16 Feb 1870 Each of James sons receives $600 from James estate.
1 Mar 1870 Margaret A. Rinaman, Sophia's daughter, marries Welty
Smith. Their story is told in the Welty Smith chronical.
Mar 1870-71 John Wilson may have been in Old Mexico with other
disgusted rebels for some portion of this time.
2 Aug 1870 Former comrades and relatives gather at the Troy Cemetery to
dedicate the monument to Major James Wilson.
Sept 1870 James S. Wilson Sr. is suing Wm F. Blair for $90 that is
owed him. Circuit Court Records Lincoln County, Mo.
12 Dec 1870 James ex wife returns to court and is reaffirmed as guardian.
It has no immediate effect.
8 Jan 1872 James ex wife is filing to become guardian of the children.
2 May 1872 Timothy Cummings has died and James ex wife has become
guardian of the children. This gives her control of James farm.
14 Aug 1872 John Wilson, of Bedford Township, announces as a candidate
for Superintendent of Schools, as a Democrat. He is said to
be a teacher. Lincoln County Herald
11 Sept 1872 John Wilson wins the primary election. Since no republicans
are running he has won the election. Lincoln County Herald
16 Oct 1872 John Wilson is elected to the Executive Committee of the
Lincoln County Teachers Institute. He takes over the
officiating chair at a public recital of what the
pupils have learned, while the Institutes Director
gives a math lesson. Lincoln County Herald
13 Nov 1872 John Wilson is officially elected County Superintendent
of Schools, of Lincoln, Co. Mo. Lincoln County Herald.
1873 John Wilson is elected a School Commissioner of
Lincoln Co. Mo.
2 April 1873 John Wilson, as County Superintendent of Schools,
puts a notice in the Lincoln County Herald that he will
hold public examination of teachers applying for certificates
on the first Saturday of every month at the courthouse.
1874 John Wilson is elected County Tax Assessor.
25 Aug 1875 James S. Wilson Sr dies, Lincoln Co. Mo. He is 82.
He is buried in the St Alphonsus Catholic cemetery,
at Millwood, Mo.
1876 John Wilson is reelected County Tax Assessor.
1 Jan 1877 John Wilson makes out a statement of the account between
himself and James sons. It consists of the rents paid by Peter
Rinaman and John Wilson, and a 1/3 share of the crop that
was made, balanced against the costs of taxes, and making
hauling and putting up rail fences. Payments are made to W.
Hendricks, John Wilson, and William Rinaman. The net for
the years 1873 thru 1876 that will go to James sons is $17.00.
It appears that James land has not been sold, but is owned by
the sons, and rented by John Wilson and Peter Rinaman.
John signs himself as the attorney for James heirs.
7 Feb 1877 Welty Smith takes a sick John Wilson home so his wife,
Margaret, John's niece can nurse him. He stays three days,
then Welty takes him to his home in West Prairie.
16 Jun 1877 John Wilson County Assessor dies of consumption, Lincoln,
Co. Mo. Troy Herald 4 July 1877 His estate is sued by
the Selma and Meridian R.R. for misusing funds
during his time as stationmaster. They say he
"drank to freely" and misappropriated $500. The suit is
settled for $175. His estate also provides for James's sons.
Henry Sonner, Sarah's brother and a neighbor, collects $17.00
from the estate, for James sons.
He was reportedly buried in a unmarked grave in the
Sulfur Lick Cemetery, three and one half miles SE of Millwood.
Wyatt Rinaman information.
25 Oct 1877 James's ex-wife Margaret write Joseph Rinaman , from
Strasburg Va. Joseph has apparently been going through his
Uncle John's effects, and has found some letters from Margaret
that shock him. She tells him to grow up, she has some from
John that are worse and will never see the light of day.
She doesn't like the things Peter and Sophia have done,
apparently in regard to the guardianship of James children.
She refers to letters from James in that regard. In regard to
James and John's letters, she says "the authors have gone to a
land of rest, and may their ashes rest in peace, is my prayer".
In an inconsistent statement she says his letter is the first
she has received from anyone in the family since she left
Missouri. This statement indicates that no one in the family
warned her that James had filed for divorce. She
talks about Joseph sending her the rent on land she owns
in Lincoln County. This is probably
James land, which his sons have been getting money from.
She is now their guardian, so is in control of the land.
Henry Sommer of Lincoln Co. has written her about something.
This is probably Henry C. Sonner, the younger brother
of John Wilson's wife. He lives on land 1 mile west of
the Wilson farm. His brother Thomas J. Sonner is
living on land to the south, and adjoining the Rinaman
farm to the NW. She talks about coming
back to Lincoln Co. for a visit, but her health
has been bad. She wants to see her mother in law again,
and says "she will never forget her kindness while
she was there". She reports Henry and Oscar are well.
Oscar has gone to Summit Point for a wedding. She
apparently is either working in a store or running one.
She signs the letter M. C. Wilson.
Nov 1879 Mary Wilson, Stephens wife, is appointed guardian of
John and Alexander Wilson by the Superior Court of the
District of Columbia.
3 Dec 1879 Josephine, Marcellus, John, and Alexander Wilson,
Stephen Wilson's children, and his wife Mary,
authorize William Rinaman of Cuivre, to collect their
money from the estate of John Wilson.
4 Dec 1879 Henry A. Wilson, and Oscar D. Wilson, authorize,
Henry C. Sonner of Lincoln County to be their lawyer,
and represent them for purposes of John Wilson's estate.
He is the brother of John Wilson's wife.
Census 1880 Margaret Catherine Miller Wilson is living with her grandson
Joseph Rinaman, and his family. Sometime between 1880 and
1900 Peter Rinaman joins the Catholic church at Millwood.
William Rinaman is farming with partners in Prairie Township'
The partners are John Early and Frerick Jeets. Jeets is the only
one married. Henry Sonner and family live nearby..
13 Oct 1880 Oscar Dunreath Wilson marries Etta Young.
1882 Amos Rinaman enters the Troy Collegiate Institute. When he
graduates, or leaves, he will teach in the Lincoln County
Schools for nine years. Centennial History of Missouri
22 Sept 1884 Margaret Catherine Miller Wilson dies at her grandson Joseph
Rinaman's home. She is 94. She is buried with her husband
in the St Alphonsus Catholic cemetery at Millwood, Mo.
26 Aug 1890 James ex wife, Margaret Wilson files for a widows pension
from the U.S. government. As she was divorced before he died,
the claim is rejected.
July 1893 Amos Rinaman is on the Board of the Lincoln County Institute.
The Institute was primarly for training teachers, and met during
the summer. It is believed to have been on the site of the old
Troy Grammer School, and may have been the same building.
Students in this summer session included J. F. Rinaman, and
Burton L. Smith
7 Dec 1900 Elmer Rinaman writes a letter to old Santa claus, that is printed
in the Troy Free Press. He wants "a pistol, and 12 boxes of
caps, and candy, peanuts, raisins, crackers, a gun, fircrackers,
and I like to go to school. Please bring "goldie" a doll that
will go to sleep. Frome Elmer Rinaman to old Santa claus"
16 Dec 1900 Sophia's husband Peter Rinaman dies, Lincoln Co. Mo.
He is 84. Orion Smith his grandson, has been boarding
with them, as he teaches school nearby. He finds Peter
collapsed, and goes to get Peter's son Amos.
Peter has died by the time he returns.
Peter's coffin is made from some of the walnut planks he had
made from the walnut trees he logged from his farm.
21 Dec 1900 Andy Brown, who will marry Florence Rinaman, Joseph's
daughter. has attending a singing at Mr Hiler's. Sugar Grove
item, in Troy Free Press.
11 Aug 1904 Sophia Rinaman suffers a stroke.
17 Aug 1904 Sophia Wilson Rinaman dies, Lincoln Co. Mo. She and Peter
are buried in the St Alphonsus Catholic cemetery in Millwood,
Mo. next to her parents. She is 79 years old.
1909 James ex wife Margaret Borum is living in McDowell, Va.
10 Sept 1912 James ex wife, Margraret Borum, dies in Strasburg,
Shenandoah County, Va. She is buried in Riverview
Cemetery, Strasburg, Va.
1 Jan 1915 Amos Rinaman retires from farming, moves to Troy, and
becomes Deputy County Clerk. His nephew, J. Frank Rinaman
is elected Recorder of Deeds and serves from 1915 to 1919.
When he was quite young he taught school in the County for
a number of terms.
18 May, 1917 Goldie Myrtle Rinaman graduates from Buchanan High School.
Nov 1918 Amos Rinaman, Sophia's son is elected to a four year term as
Clerk of Lincoln County. His daughter Goldie will be his
1929 There is still a stack of walnut planks at the Rinaman farm
from Peter's logging activity.
April 1930 Census Troy: Joseph and Artilla Smith Rinaman are 82, and 83
respectively, and living in town. Brother Amos age 67, is
in town living with his daughter, and son in law, Goldie,
age 32, and Hugh D. Trail, age 31. Also in town is Wyatt
Rinaman age 33, his wife and son. Lucy W. Rinaman,
age 56, single is also there. William P. Rinaman age 54, is
farming in Bedford Township, probably on the William
Smith Sr homeplace.. His wife Emma A. is 48. Children
are Wilson W. 16, Lucille E. 16, Louis J 11, Helen A. 7,
and Emma R. age 5.
7 Apr 1931 Oscar Dunreath Wilson dies. He is buried in Riverview
Cemetery, Strasburg, Va.
30 Mar 1950 Henry Ambrose Wilson dies, and is buried in Riverview
cemetery at Strasburg, Va. He has been a minister and
twice married. He has a son Oscar L. Wilson living in
Texas in 1950.
This event log has been based on date acquired by my uncle, Henry Smith, and my cousins Mrs. Patsy Brown, Mrs. Julia Hechler, charter members of the Lincoln County Historical and Archaeological Society, and. Mr. Kirby Ross, email@example.com. or KDRossEsq@aol.com. The data on the Borum relations was compiled by Mrs. Susan Ratcliffe. Additional assistance was provided by Mr. Lou Wehmer of the Ripley County Historical Society, firstname.lastname@example.org, Mr. George Giles of the Lincoln County Historical and Archaeology Society, and Mrs. Audrey Kinion of the Lincoln County Genealogical society. The civil war records for James and John Wilson were compiled from the official record, their army records, books on the Missouri State Guard, and various books, and web sites for the particular battlefields. This log was compiled by Willard Smith Bacon, 120 Beechwood Circle, Manchester Tn. 37355, 931 728 7973, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2000 by Willard S. Bacon, All rights reserved.