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Jacob Pletcher, Jr.

Male 1823 - 1863  (40 years)


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  • Name Jacob Pletcher 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 9 Jun 1823  OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Nov 1863  Memphis, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I395  Carl
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2014 

    Father Jacob Pletcher, Sr.,   b. 11 Mar 1790, Big Valley, Huntington County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Oct 1870, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Barbara Nestlerode,   b. 25 Dec 1797,   d. 26 Oct 1870, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Family ID F210  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Cyrene Dormeyer,   b. 15 Apr 1828, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1898, Wakarusa, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 27 Aug 1845  Crawford County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. David Pletcher,   b. 8 Feb 1846, Crawford County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1917, Olive Twp., Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     2. Daniel Pletcher,   b. 25 Mar 1849,   bur. Pletcher Cem., Wakarusa, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Samuel Pletcher,   b. 25 Mar 1849,   bur. Pletcher Cem., Wakarusa, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Hannah Pletcher,   b. 13 Nov 1851, Wakarusa, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1935, Baugo Twp., Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     5. Barbara Pletcher,   b. 27 Aug 1853, Crawford County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1926, Wakarusa, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     6. Julia Ann Pletcher,   b. 20 Aug 1855,   d. 1927  (Age 71 years)
     7. Lydia Catherine Pletcher,   b. 16 Oct 1857, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Sep 1939  (Age 81 years)
     8. Martha "Elizabeth" Pletcher,   b. 16 Apr 1860,   d. 13 Mar 1941  (Age 80 years)
     9. Jacob Franklin Pletcher,   b. 1 Oct 1862,   bur. 11 Aug 1905, North Union Cem., Wakarusa, Elkhart County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F164  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Jacob Pletcher joined the Civil War on Aug. 22, 1862, in Co. D in 100th Reg. Indiana Volunteers. Being of the Mennonite faith, his family were against his going. He was in the process of building a barn, and had to leave half way thru, accordi ng to family stories. This left Cyrene to finish the job. Jacob served for 15 months. He became ill in Sept. 1863 with typhoid fever at Black River, 18 miles from Vicksburg, and was sent to Memphis, Tenn. where he died on Nov. 11, 1863. Artic le by Devon Rose tells this story of Pletcher's: "Approximately 100 years ago, a man with the last name of Pletcher lived at the same location where Rose does now. It is documented that in 1863 Pletcher was summoned to fight in the Civil War . Because his wife was pregnant, he did not want to leave her and he paid someone to go in his place. Later that same year, Pletcher began building a large barn on his farmland. After his wife had their child, Pletcher did fight in the Civi l War. Why Pletcher never returned has not been documented. Mrs. Pletcher finished the barn. From that barn made of walnut came the expensive elegant wood that Rose now uses to make each custom piece of doll furniture on display in the gift s hop area ---Birds Eye View, Wakarusa" "ENLISTMENT RECORD" Jacob Pletcher, enrolled as a Private of Company D, 100th Regiment of Indiana Volunteers at Fort Wayne, IN on 22nd day of Aug. 1862 by Capt. Johnson, and he was mustered into the militar y at Indianapolis, IN on the 10th day of Sept. 1862, for the term of three years by Capt. Miller. Age: 38, Eyes: Hazel, Hair: Brown, Height: 5 ft., 9 1/2 inches, Complexion: Light, Nativity: Ohio, Occupation: Farmer, Died at Memphis, Tenn. on N ov. 11, 1863.


      A transcription of a letter found on http://www.geocities.com/bevs-family/story.html


      A Civil War Letter From: algrames@stlnet.com (Art & Linda Grames)

      Jacob Pletcher was attached to Company D of the 100th Regiment Indiana Volunteers during the Civil War. I don't know what date he enlisted, or the year of the letter (probably 1863). I only know he died of malaria while still in the service. Following is a transcribed copy of the letter (I have retained spelling, lack of punctuation and capitalization exactly as written. Often, but not always, he would capitalize words at the beginning of a line, whether it was the beginning of a sentence or not):

      Direct your letters To Grand Junction Tenessee

      from Jacob Pletcher

      To Sirena Pletcher

      Grand Junction Tenessee Jan 21st

      Dear Wife

      I take my pen in hand to inform you that i am well at present and hope this may find you all the same concerning that Doremire matter i want to know wether He has done anything about it yet or not And if he hasent i want you to let me know imeadiatly and i will see what i can do here for it and if Miltenberger wont wait Till we can fix it here let Sam give him his note till i can arange matters here - let Sam take deed from George W. Doremire And give him his notes i want you to Answer this as soon as you get this and let me know all the partickulars i lent [not readable - looks like "dady Ike"] a little money 50 cts he told me he had a black Walnut tree he would sell me i want you to get it if you can and let dave draw it to the will if you can get it and have it sawed in to anny kind of lumber that will Sell best pay ike the ballance for the tree I lent Mils davis $5 dollars and there is four dollars due me get that and use it let Me know wether you will get your county Bounty and if you do use it to pay the tax You can find out by going and seeing Ellis in goshen when you go there we havent got our pay yet and dont know when we will get it we have pretty severe weather for Some time here raining and snowing the Snow was from 3 to 5 inches deep i think some of having dave come down in my place in the Spring i want to know what you think of it let me know [not readable - might be "how Sams"] Family gets along and all the folks around if i dont get home in time i want you to get the clover seed sowed in time i want you to have two of the best of them Black Walnut trees cut on the other place and hauled to the mill and two of the best poplar trees cut and hauled Make them 12 and 14 ft long cut one small tree to breack the road cut the logs 2 of them 12 ft long And the other two 16 ft long poplar Get them all sawed right away get two of the 12 ft logs of the big tree sawed into 6 in stuff 1 inch thick and saw the Ballance of the 12 ft stuff 8 and 14 in wide 1 inch thick and the 16 ft logs into boards 8 inches wide 1 in thick the 14 ft logs half of them have sawed 8 in wide 1 in thick And the other half into inch boards and have it stuck up right away that skif of Bees that is up to blys if is good fetch it down and have a place fixed for it [unreadable word - might be "next"] them that are at home and set them down and lean a board against the front So that they wont get smothered let me know wether you found all the sheep or not and how the stock gets along no more at present Give My Best Respects to you and all the rest


















































































































































      100th Regiment Infantry "Persimmon Regiment"

      Organized at Fort Wayne, Ind., and mustered in September 10, 1862. Left State for Memphis, Tenn., November 11. Attached to 2nd Brigade, District of Memphis, Tenn., 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, November, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st D ivision, District of Memphis, 13th Army Corps, to December, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 17th Army Corps, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps, to July, 1863. 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 15th Army Corps, to August, 186 4. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 15th Army Corps, to September, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 15th Army Corps, to June, 1865.

      SERVICE.--Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign. Operations on the Mississippi Central Railroad November 26, 1862, to January 10, 1863. Duty at Colliersville, Tenn., and along the Memphis & Charleston Railroad until June 7. Ordered to Vicksburg , Miss., June 7. Siege of Vicksburg June 14-July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4-10. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. Camp at Big Black until September 28. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., thence march to Chattanooga, Tenn., September 23-November 20. O perations on the Memphis & Charleston Railroad in Alabama October 20-29. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Tunnel Hill November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. March to relief of Knoxville, Tenn., November 28-December 8. Moved to S cottsboro, Ala., and duty there December 17, 1863, to May, 1864. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstration on Resaca May 8-13. Near Resaca May 13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Movement on Dallas May 18-25. Operations on line of P umpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Brushy Mountain June 15. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Nickajack Creek July 2-5 . Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Battle of Atlanta July 22. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Ezra Chapel, Hood's second sortie, July 28. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station Sept ember 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Griswoldsville November 22. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 18 65. Reconnaissance to Salkehatchie River, S.C., January 25, 1865. Congaree Creek, S.C., February 15. Columbia February 16-17. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 19-21. Mill Creek March 22. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh Ap ril 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 20. Grand Review May 24. Mustered out July 8, 1865. Recruits transferred to 48t h Indiana Infantry.

      Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 56 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 173 Enlisted men by disease. Total 234.

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      1860 United States Federal Census about Serena Pletcher Name: Serena Pletcher Age in 1860: 32 Birth Year: abt 1828 Birthplace: Ohio Home in 1860: Olive, Elkhart, Indiana Gender: Female Post Office: Goshen Value of real estate: View image Househo ld Members: Name Age Jacob Pletcher 37 Serena Pletcher 32 David Pletcher 14 Hanah Pletcher 9 Barbara Pletcher 7 Julian Pletcher 5 Lydia C Pletcher 2 Marthy E Pletcher 1/12 Catharine Dulmage 68 ---------------------------------------------- Civi l War Letter from Jacob to Sirena abt 1863

      A transcription of a letter found on http://www.geocities.com/bevs-family/story.html

      A Civil War Letter From: algrames@stlnet.com (Art & Linda Grames)

      Jacob Pletcher was attached to Company D of the 100th Regiment Indiana Volunteers during the Civil War. I don't know what date he enlisted, or the year of the letter (probably 1863). I only know he died of malaria while still in the service. Fol lowing is a transcribed copy of the letter (I have retained spelling, lack of punctuation and capitalization exactly as written. Often, but not always, he would capitalize words at the beginning of a line, whether it was the beginning of a sente nce or not):

      Direct your letters To Grand Junction Tenessee

      from Jacob Pletcher

      To Sirena Pletcher

      Grand Junction Tenessee Jan 21st

      Dear Wife

      I take my pen in hand to inform you that i am well at present and hope this may find you all the same concerning that Doremire matter i want to know wether He has done anything about it yet or not And if he hasent i want you to let me know imead iatly and i will see what i can do here for it and if Miltenberger wont wait Till we can fix it here let Sam give him his note till i can arange matters here - let Sam take deed from George W. Doremire And give him his notes i want you to Answe r this as soon as you get this and let me know all the partickulars i lent [not readable - looks like "dady Ike"] a little money 50 cts he told me he had a black Walnut tree he would sell me i want you to get it if you can and let dave draw it t o the will if you can get it and have it sawed in to anny kind of lumber that will Sell best pay ike the ballance for the tree I lent Mils davis $5 dollars and there is four dollars due me get that and use it let Me know wether you will get you r county Bounty and if you do use it to pay the tax You can find out by going and seeing Ellis in goshen when you go there we havent got our pay yet and dont know when we will get it we have pretty severe weather for Some time here raining and s nowing the Snow was from 3 to 5 inches deep i think some of having dave come down in my place in the Spring i want to know what you think of it let me know [not readable - might be "how Sams"] Family gets along and all the folks around if i don t get home in time i want you to get the clover seed sowed in time i want you to have two of the best of them Black Walnut trees cut on the other place and hauled to the mill and two of the best poplar trees cut and hauled Make them 12 and 14 f t long cut one small tree to breack the road cut the logs 2 of them 12 ft long And the other two 16 ft long poplar Get them all sawed right away get two of the 12 ft logs of the big tree sawed into 6 in stuff 1 inch thick and saw the Ballance o f the 12 ft stuff 8 and 14 in wide 1 inch thick and the 16 ft logs into boards 8 inches wide 1 in thick the 14 ft logs half of them have sawed 8 in wide 1 in thick And the other half into inch boards and have it stuck up right away that skif o f Bees that is up to blys if is good fetch it down and have a place fixed for it [unreadable word - might be "next"] them that are at home and set them down and lean a board against the front So that they wont get smothered let me know wether yo u found all the sheep or not and how the stock gets along no more at present Give My Best Respects to you and all the rest

      Emily Ann Doremire added this on 25 Feb 2009