Descendants of Wiley Robertson

Joseph A. Robertson
Generation 1

Wiley Robertson-1. He married Winfred Thorne.

Child of Wiley Robertson and Winfred Thorne is:

Joseph A. Robertson, B: 10 Apr 1814, D: 09 Jan 1883 in Williamson , Illinois.

Generation 2

Joseph A. Robertson-2(Wiley-1) was born on 10 Apr 1814. He died on 09 Jan 1883 in Williamson , Illinois. He married Esther S. Perry, daughter of William J. Perry and Sarah Moake. She was born on 25 Mar 1815 in Williamson , Illinois. She died in 1844 in Williamson , Illinois.

Child of Joseph A. Robertson and Esther S. Perry is:

Louisa E. Robertson, B: 09 Jun 1841 in Williamson, Illinois, D: 08 Mar 1901, M: James Lemen Chamness, 24 Jun 1856.

Generation 3

Louisa E. Robertson-3(Joseph A.-2, Wiley-1) was born on 09 Jun 1841 in Williamson, Illinois. She died on 08 Mar 1901. She married James Lemen Chamness on 24 Jun 1856, son of Jonathan Parish Chamness and Nancy Bright. He was born on 27 Aug 1837 in Illinois. He died on 05 Jan 1863.

Notes for James Lemen Chamness:
James L. Chamness
Regiment Name: 128 Illinois Infantry
Side: Union
Company: B
Soldier's Rank_In: Pvt.
Soldier's Rank_Out: Pvt.
Film Number: M539 roll 15

My grandfather has a record which states James Chamness was 1 of the approximately 700 that deserted the 128th Infantry Regiment. The 128th Regiment was assigned to 16th Army Corps, District of Columbus, Ky. November 1862 - April 1863. The 16th Army Corps was formed in Dec 1862 and left for Tennessee shortly after the 128th left Illinois for Tennessee in November 1862. These troops were stationed in the vicinity of Memphis, La Grange, and Corinth Tennessee until June, 1863.

An Account of the 128th Infantry Regiment:

Joseph A. Logan, US Congressman from Benton, Franklin County, IL
originally supported the southern states' rights to own slaves. But once
the talk turned to secession, Logan withdrew his support and openly and
violently opposed secession. He was instrumental in raising several
companies of Union soldiers in Franklin, Williamson, and St. Clair
Counties. Unfortunately, his former law partner, William Joshua Allen,
was a high mucky-muck in the KGC who was later arrested for
sedition. Because of this, some of Logan's initial recruits for the Union
army were viewed with open suspicion and scorn, and hounded and ridiculed
by violent diatribes in the papers and by armed and hostile
unionists. The 128th Illinois Infantry, in which three of my ancestors
enlisted, was formed immediately after one of Logan's recruiting speeches, and two of its officers were KGC members.

The 128th were sent up to Springfield, most of them with only the clothes
on their backs and only a few had rifles, expecting to be outfitted when
they were mustered in. During the march up to Camp Butler in Springfield,
they were constantly verbally abused by the citizens of the areas they
passed through, and by the newspapers of the day, who accused them of
being a "fifth column" (subversives) for the Confederates. When they got
to Springfield, whether by deliberate design, or innocent accident, there
were no barracks or other shelter for them, and no food, uniforms, shoes,
guns or ammunition. They were furloughed home until the situation could
be rectified, and forced to re-march through the same hostile
countryside. When they were finally called up to muster, more than 700 of
the 860 men refused, effectively becoming deserters. The decimated 128th
lasted for five months and fought in only one battle before it was
disbanded, and the officers cashiered for gross incompetency. The
deserters were rounded up by bounty hunters.

One of my ancestors, Archibald Odum, of Benton, IL was one of the
deserters, and was captured by a bounty hunter who was paid $6.00 for his
troubles. Arch, along with some of the other captured deserters and most
of the loyal former 128th members, was sent to the 9th Illinois infantry,
where he served with his brothers Thomas and Wiley. Arch was wounded when
mounting up for a patrol. While convalescing, he was on duty in the
kitchens. He was delivering dinner to the pickets, when they were all
captured by a rebel patrol. Arch was sent to Andersonville Prison, where
he was joined by his brother, Wiley who was captured in a separate
incident. Arch survived and was released at the end of the war, but he
was a skeleton, his gums black and his body covered with scars from
scurvy, and he suffered life-long from rheumatism and chronic
diarrhea. Brother Wiley died of starvation and scurvy and is buried in
the prison graveyard.

Child of Louisa E. Robertson and James Lemen Chamness is:

Johnathan Parish Chamness, B: 02 Nov 1857 in Williamson, Illinois, D: 20 Nov 1926 in Williamson, Illinois, M: Julia A. Conley, 30 Nov 1876 in Williamson, Illinois.

Generation 4

Johnathan Parish Chamness-4(Louisa E.-3, Joseph A.-2, Wiley-1) was born on 02 Nov 1857 in Williamson, Illinois. He died on 20 Nov 1926 in Williamson, Illinois. He married Julia A. Conley on 30 Nov 1876 in Williamson, Illinois, daughter of Hardy S. Conley and Matilda Jones. She was born on 24 Jan 1857. She died on 31 May 1939.

Children of Johnathan Parish Chamness and Julia A. Conley are:

Lula Chamness, B: 1879.

Walter Chamness, B: 1882.

Stella Chamness, B: 1885.

James Earl Chamness, B: 1887.

Marry Chamness, B: 1889.

Ruth Chamness, B: 1892.

Ethel Chamness, B: 1896.

Gurtrude Ann Chamness, B: 18 Oct 1877 in Spillertown, Illinois, D: 05 Aug 1973 in Marion, Illinois, M: Milton Holloway Simmons, 06 Dec 1904.


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