52 Ancestors – #7: Jared Green, Civil War Veteran from Conneaut, Ohio

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Jared R. Green was the youngest of eleven children of Joab and Rebecca (Johnson) Green. When Jared was born in 1832 in Conneaut Twp, Ashtabula County, Ohio, his father was 47 and his mother was 43. Jared married Mary L. Drake and they had three children together between 1856 and 1863. He then married Mary E. Sumner and they had two children together between 1867 and 1879. He died in November 1880 in Conneaut, Ohio, at the age of 48.

Here is how I am related to Jared: I am Wallace Dingman Huskonen, son of Mary Jane Dingman (Huskonen). Mary Jane Dingman (1908 – 1975) was the daughter of Grace Darling Green. Grace Darling Green (1879 – 1948) was the daughter of Jared R. Green. That makes Jared my great grandfather.

For a few details on Joab Green, check this posting: 52 Ancestors – #6: Joab Green, Early Settler in Conneaut, Ohio.

Spoiler alert: Records are scanty for Jared. He never accumulated much in the way of land or possessions and didn’t make much of a mark on the community in which he lived: Amboy, a populated place within Conneaut Twp. His birth, marriages, and death all occurred before recording of vital records was made mandatory in Ohio. The main sources of records for Jared R Green are Federal Census records on Ancestry.com (by subscription) and Civil War records provided by various sources (free and by subscription). In fact, his short service in the Civil War, relatively uneventful as it was, probably was the highlight of his life.

The first record for Jared is in 1850 United States Federal Census, when he was 18 years old and living in Conneaut Twp, in the household of his widowed mother, Rebecca (Joab had died the year before). His occupation was listed as farmer. The value of Rebecca’s real estate (farm) was listed as $1800, and Jared apparently was responsible for operating the farm, for the other male in the household, Alonzo, age 23, was listed with the occupation of millwright. In addition to his older brother, the household also included Jared’s older sister, Lovenia, age 28.

On 25 Apr 1854, Jared married Mary L Drake in Ashtabula County, Ohio, according to the free online database, “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,” provided on FamilySearch.org. No ages are given in this database.

In the 1860 United States Federal Census (census date: July 1, 1863), Jared Green was 28 years old living in Conneaut Twp, apparently on his own small farm with a property value of $300; he also had personal property valued at $200. Living with him were Mary (Mary Drake, his first wife), age 23, Edwin, age 4, and Frank D, age 11/12. (Note to family members, Edwin was the father of Frank Morley Green, who I will profile at a later date.)

Jared next appears in online records in 1863 in the U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865, available on Ancestry.com. The following is my transcription of the digital image provided by Ancestry.com:

Schedule I—Consolidated List of all persons of Class I, subject to do military duty in the Nineteenth Congressional District, consisting of the Counties of Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, Portage, and Geauga, State of Ohio, enumerated during the month of June 1963, under the direction of Danius Cadwell, Provost Marshall.
Ashtabula County
Green, Jared R, age 31, white, farmer, married, place of birth: Ohio, no former military service.
Received in Washington, D.C., 10 Jul 1883, signed, Darius Cadwll, Provost Marshall

Jared decided to enlist in the Army, probably late in 1864, when he as about 32 years of age. Bounties were being offered to enlistees, and that no doubt was a factor in Jared’s decision to enlist, especially when the War was going well for the Union. I find Jared in the U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 free online database provided by the National Park Service. This database contains the names of approximately 6.3 million soldiers who served in the American Civil War. In addition to their names, information that may be listed for each soldier includes regiment, company, and rank.

For Jared, I found the following:

Green, Jared R.
REGIMENT NAME: 188th Regiment, Ohio Infantry
NOTES: See also 197 Ohio Inf.

I should note that this data also is available from Ancestry.com, which made an arrangement in 2007 with the National Park Service to provide access to the Civil War Soldiers database through the Ancestry.com search engine.

The One Hundred and Eighty Eighth was organized at Camp Chase, Ohio, on the 4th of March, 1865, and the same day received orders to report to General Thomas at Nashville, where it arrived on the 9th. The regiment, organized by Colonel Jacob E. Taylor, was assigned to duty under Brigadier General Van Cleve, and ordered to Murfreesboro’, Tennessee, where it remained two months, and then ordered to Tullahoma. Here it remained two more months, under very strict discipline, and was then ordered to Nashville, where it remained on duty until it was ordered to be mustered out. On the 21st of September [1865] the muster out was completed, and the next day the regiment started for Camp Chase, where it arrived on the 24th, and was paid and discharged on the 28th of September, 1865.

I did not find any enlistment or discharge date for Jared with the 188th Regiment. A note in his service record with the 188th suggests that Jared also served in the 197th Regiment, Ohio Infantry. I was able to find his enlistment in this unit in the same Civil War Soldiers database as follows:

Green, Jared R.
REGIMENT NAME: 197th Regiment, Ohio Infantry
I was also able to find one record of his service:
Enlisted in Company D, Ohio 197th Infantry Regiment on 04 Apr 1865.
Mustered out on 31 Jul 1865 at Camp Bradford, Baltimore, MD.
Birth Date: abt 1832
Sources: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio

This was in an online database provided by Ancestry.com here.

The 197th Ohio Infantry was organized April 12, 1865, for one year’s service, under Colonel Benton Halsted. It was the last Ohio Regiment organized. Its members were mostly veterans who had served in old Regiments. It served on garrison duty near Washington City until May 5th, when it moved to Dover, Delaware, and performed guard duty on the railroad to Baltimore. The Regiment was mustered out July 31, 1865.

The unit records above were retrieved 2014 02 25 from the free online database Ohio in the Civil War. Brief unit histories from: Report of the Great Reunion of the Veteran Soldiers and Sailors of Ohio Held at Newark, July 22, 1878. Under the Auspices of “The Society of the Soldiers and Sailors of Licking County, Ohio.” By Major Charles D. Miller. Secretary of the Society. Newark, Ohio: Clark & Underwood Printers. 1879 Two separate databases were provided for the 188th and 197th.

The discharge of Corporal Jared R. Green, from Company D of the 197th Ohio Infantry, was recorded as taking place on 7 Aug 1865. I retrieved this on 2014 02 25 from Heritage Pursuit, a database that provides access to a digital copy of History of Ashtabula County, Ohio, among other county histories, in a members only database on the website of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

We should be aware that Jared’s wife, Mary (Drake) Green, died on 11 Apr 1965, according to several family trees on Ancestry.com. (Note: I haven’t yet found my own documentation of her death date.)

Sometime after Jared returned home, probably in about 1866, he married Mary E. Sumner, age about 14 [you’ll see that this age and several others given for Mary do not necessarily agree]. In about 1867, Mary gave birth to Edwin D. Green.

In the 1870 United States Federal Census, Jared R. Green was 34 years old, living in Conneaut Twp. His occupation was listed as grocer but the enumerator also recorded that he was “retired.” Living in the household were his wife, Mary, age 20 [?], son Frank and daughter Evelyn (both by Jared’s first wife), and Edwin, age three. All were born in Ohio.

In about 1879, Grace Darling Green (my maternal grandmother) was added to the family. (Note: I have never been able to find an exact birth date for Grace, since, as I’ve noted, recording of births was not yet mandatory in Ohio.)

In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedule Jared was enumerated as follows: Jared, Age 48, life-long resident of Conneaut Twp, Married, Born in Ohio, Occupation: none listed, Cause of Death, emphysema, according to attending physician, W. A. Ward, MD. This enumeration was cross-referenced to Family 70, page No. 6, enumeration District 7, Conneaut Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio, in the regular 1880 U.S. Federal Census.

That listing showed that surviving Jared were his second wife, Mary E (Sumner) age 28 [?], and daughter, Gracie D, age 1. This page was enumerated on the 4th and 5th day of June, 1880, by J. R. Cushing, who also compiled the Mortality Schedule.

An entry in the free online database, Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997, on FamilySearch.org, lists Jared’s occupation as Pedler [sic].

I have not been able to find any veteran’s pension application for Jared R Green, although he probably would have qualified, being ill with emphysema according to the diagnosis recorded in the 1880 mortality schedule. And Mary, his second wife, apparently never applied for a widow’s pension, either.

Thus, the life of Jared R. Green, my maternal great grandfather, ended before he reached age of 50.

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