William M. b. 9 Dec. 1838 Casey Co. KY, d. 19 April 1918 Wayne Co. IL, buried Mateer Cemetery/Salem Church, Wayne Co. IL, raised by BEASLEY family, son of John and Jane (Beasley) Dove.

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md. 1) 18 Feb. 1856

Martha RAINWATER, b. ? KY, d. 8 May 1869 Brown Co. IN, daughter of William Howard & Minerva Ann (RAYBURN) RAINWATER

William and Martha lived near Somerset, Pulaski Co. KY. He enlisted in the Third Kentucky Infantry Co. D [Union Army]. He deserted from Camp Green, KY 13 March 1862. This was shortly after the Mill Springs Battle 8 miles from Somerset, Pulaski Co. KY. The RAINWATER family lived very near the battlefield. They moved to Brown Co. IN to get out of the way of the armies and William apparently left the army to help the family move. Brown Co. is a very isolated county, even now and was a good place to hide out. Soon after, he moves Martha and the kids to Minnesota.

Feb. 9, 1865 William enlisted as a private in the 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery, Co. L for 1 year in Morristown, MN. He is listed as being a sawyer [logger] having blue eyes, fair hair, light complexion and being 5' 6" tall. He mustered in Feb. 21, 1865. Feb. 22 at Fort Snelling. Feb.-April guard duty Stewart's Landing, TN. May-June guard duty at Jenning's Landing. July-August present on roll. Aug. 1965 Chattanooga, TN hospital with heart disease. Mustered out Sept. 27, 1865, Nashville, TN.

The family moves back to Brown Co. IN and may have moved to Wayne Co. IL. Martha died 8 May 1869, Brown Co. IN - see pension application below.

md. 2) 15 Aug. 1869 Brown Co. IN our grandmother

Nancy Jane HUNT b. 1849 Brown Co. IN, d. b/t Nov. 1888 & Sept. 1891 Wayne Co. IL, buried Mateer Cemetery/Salem Church, no tombstone. She was the daughter of John W. HUNT and Jaily/Joly HUNT.

They moved to Wayne Co. IL by 1870 or William took her back to Wayne Co. - see Martha RAINWATER DOVE above.

md. 3) 23 Sept. 1891 Fairfield, Wayne Co. IL

Alice Maria (GOSS) JONES b. 12 July 1857 Richland Co. IL, d. 25 Oct. 1934 Wayne Co. IL buried Mateer Cemetery/Salem Church, Wayne Co. IL. Daughter of George and Hester/Hettie (RAHOSBACH?) GOSS. She md. 1) Isaac JONES.

William DOVE served in the 1st Minnesota Heavy Artillery during the latter part of the Civil War. The following regimental history was copied from: Minnesota in the Civil & Indian Wars, 1861-1865, St. Paul, MN, 1890, pp. 612-613.

Narrative of the First Regiment of Heavy Artillery
By Lieutenant and Adjutant James J. Egan

This regiment commenced its organization in the summer of 1864, and as fast as each company was organized was ordered to Chattanooga, Tenn. Sherman had begun his march to the sea, Hood was preparing to march northerly, and Chattanooga thus became a strategic point. General Thomas was in Nashville, overlooking the entire situation, and maintaining a large force of artillery at Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga.

The state at this time had an estimated population of 250,000 person; 25,000 men had enlisted in the Union cause from Minnesota; the frontier had been depopulated by the Sioux outbreak; agriculture was the chief source of livelihood; and it will therefore be readily seen how great the strain upon our young commonwealth to take almost 1,700 men, its very bone and sinew, from families dependent for support upon their industry and labor. An extraordinary cause justified the demand, and to the last bugle call of their country’s cause these men cheerfully responded. Children, families, homes were left behind, and the South faced – that terrible South where so many had already met death. The cities had been depleted, and the gallant men composing the First Minnesota Heavy Artillery came mainly from the country districts. Intelligent and stalwart, healthy and rugged and inured to toil, they formed splendid material for soldiers. The regiment was composed of twelve companies, each company containing one hundred and forty men, officered by one captain, four lieutenants, and the usual non-commissioned officers. Great care was used by the governor in selecting such officers, old veteran soldiers being usually selected, sergeants from the veteran First Minnesota and corporals from the Third, Fourth and Fifth being made captains and lieutenants.

When one of the great heroes of Gettysburg, Colonel William Colvill, consented to take charge of the new organization, and the veteran major of the Fourth, L.L. Baxter, his new rank, was made lieutenant colonel, and Misner of the Third and Eddy of the Fifth, and that other gallant veteran from the First Minnesota, who had encountered Longstreet’s charge at Gettysburg, C.P. Heffelfinger – when these follow as majors, who couldn’t say that “Duty well performed, it not success and honor, must follow their regimental banner.”

The command is ordered to Chattanooga to take charge of the heavy guns and forts of that place. Under the brow of Missionary Ridge, at the base of Lookout Mountain, and with the battlefields of Chickamauga and Atlanta beyond, what inspiring memories to lofty thoughts and patriotism! Rumor comes from time to time that Hood is about to march to Chattanooga and thence to Knoxville. The men are placed on half-rations, and the utmost vigilance exerted and anxiety prevails. There was reason for this anxiety. General Hood had reorganized the rebel forces of the South and Southwest, and it was a serious question as to what route he would take north. By attacking and capturing Chattanooga, thence on to Knoxville, he could have joined General Lee and delayed the final result.

The confidence displayed by Generals Thomas and Stedman, in placing the regiment in so responsible a post, was extremely complimentary. General Thomas Francis Meagher, fresh from the battlefields of Virginia, was given command of the district of Etawah, embracing our post, until the danger was over. The battle of Nashville has been fought and won; Sherman has reached the Carolinas; Lee has surrendered at Appomatox. The war practically over, the regiment in the summer and fall of 1865 is finally mustered out. Captain Harvey Officer of St. Paul was honored by being made acting assistant adjutant general of the district. Lieutenant Colonel Baxter became our colonel, and was, by order of General Thomas, chief of garrison artillery of Chattanooga from March, 1865, until the regiment left for home. Others, by reason of their activity and intelligence, were placed in places of trust and peril, and the regiment, with its career and duty well done and sacrifice endured, merits a name high on the monument that the record of Minnesota soldiers deserves.

William DOVE applied for pension 31 May 1912. He states that he is 73, a resident of Bluford, Jefferson Co. IL. [I don't think he actually lived in Bluford. His farm was on the Salem Church road, very close to the Jefferson Co. line, which is a Bluford mailing address even now.] He states that "his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: In Indiana until 1867, about all the time in Wayne Co., IL. He signed the pension application.

Another page of the application dated 24 June 1899 states that his address is Six Mile, IL [Keenes] and answered the following:

1. Are you a married man? If so, please state your wife's full name, and her maiden name. Yes, A.M. Doe, A.M. Goss

2. When, where, and by whom were you married? Sept. 23, 1891, Fairfield, IL, John L. Cooper

3. What record of marriage exists? marriage certificate

4. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce. Yes. Martha Rainwater, May 8, 1869, Indiana.

5. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth. Yes, Joe Mason DOVE April 8, 1894, Gussie Anna DOVE Aug. 6, 1898.

William DOVE d. 18 April 1918 at Keenes, Wayne Co. IL. On the 23rd of April Alice applied for the widow's pension. These documents are very helpful as the Wayne Co. courthouse burned and there is no death certificate for Nancy (HUNT) DOVE.

Here state all prior marriages of either and give the names and dates and places of death or divorce of all former consorts. Soldier was married twice. 1" wife was Martha RAINWATER died. Second wife was Nancy J. HUNT died.

General Affidavit, July 19, 1918: Alice HENRY aged 54 and George RAINWATER aged 55 of Keens, Wayne Co. IL swear "that the affiants are well acquainted with the claimant Alice Dove and were also acquainted with William Dove and that both affiants know beyond all reasonable doubt that William Dove and Alice Dove lived as husband and wife until the death of William DOVE and were not divorced, nor has Alice remarried since the death of William."

General Affidavit, July 29, 1918: W.H. RAINWATER aged 68 and Lucinda HEATH aged 72 of Keenes, Wayne Co. IL. "W.H. Rainwater says that he knows that Martha Dove is dead. That she was at his fathers house when she Martha Dove died. He further says he was at burring [burying] and saw Martha Dove burried.

Lucinda Heath says on her oath that she knew Nancy Dove and that she was at home of William Dove when Nancy Dove lay a corpse and saw Nancy Dove after she was dead."

Alice got her widow's pension. She died Oct. 25, 1934 at which time the following caregivers applied for reimbursements from the government.

Application for Reimbursement 5 Dec. 1934, Floyd WOLLITZ aged 36 of Bluford, Wayne Co. IL [Bluford is in Jefferson Co., so he probably lived near the Wayne/Jefferson Co. line in Wayne Co.] Application states that Alice died 25 Oct. 1934 at Bluford, IL, buried at Salem Cemetery, Wayne Co. IL.
No children under 16
No sick or death benefits paid on pensioner's account
No life insurance policy or beneficiary
No executor, money, real estate or personal property
No unindorsed pension check
Relation to deceased: son in law, married
Cause of pensioner's death - cancer of the liver.
When did pensioner's last sickness begin - July 4, 1934
From what date did the pensioner become so ill as to require the regular and daily attendance of another person constantly until death? From July 14, 1934 to Oct. 25, 1934 date of death.
Dr. G.L. Taylor of Mt. Vernon, physician
Names of persons by whom pensioner was nursed during the last sickness - Floyd Wollitz, Nettie Wollitz and Sadie Casey.
Pensioner's residence during last sickness - near Bluford, IL

G.L. Taylor physician, unpaid $22.00
Floyd Wollitz, Nettie Wollitz, Sadie Casey nursing and care unpaid $120.00
E.F. Keen, undertaker unpaid, $122.30

Also appeared Oliver Osborn [he's a cousin of Grace (BUTLER) LATHROP] and Donald Rainwater giving affadavit that Alice died Oct. 25, 1934 and she had no property. "We know the above facts for the reason that we have lived in the same neighborhood."

Children by Martha RAINWATER:

Maureen / Minerva b. 1857 IN

Miles b. June 1860 KY d. ? or IN md. 1888 Mary LANE b. Jan. 1867, d. ?, 5 children at least 1900ILWayneCoMilesDove.jpg

Mary Emma or Mary Elizabeth b. 25 March 1862 or 1864, Lawrence Co. IN d. 23 Oct. 1929 Tulsa OK, md. 23 Nov. 1879 Wayne Co. IL Franklin Pierce WITHROW b. 12 Dec. 1852 Wayne Co. IL d. 20 Dec. 1932 Payson, OK, 8 kids

Emily b. 1865 MN

Children by Nancy Jane HUNT:
Martha Ellen b. 1870/1871 IL d. ? md. 29 Dec. 1894 Wayne Co. IL William Walter HILL b. 1874 Wayne Co. IL, d. ? children ?

Ollie C. b. 1872/1873 Wayne Co. IL, d. ? md. 7 Nov. 1888 Wayne Co. IL W.L. WEST b. 1867 Jefferson Co. IL, d. ? children ?

Louisa Miranda DOVE b. 8 July 1877 Wayne Co. IL d. 15 March 1946, md. 18 Nov. 1896 Joel LATHROP

John b. 6 Sept. 1879 Four Mile Twp., Wayne Co. IL, d. ? md. ?

William W. b. 1881 Wayne Co. IL, d. 1964 Chicago, Cook Co. IL, buried Mateer Cemetery/Salem Church, Wayne Co. IL md. 1 June 1904 Wayne Co. IL Delia LANE b. 1890 Wayne Co. IL, d. 26 Feb. 1964 buried Mateer Cemetery / Salem Church, Wayne Co. IL. daughter

Nettie Mae b. March 1885 Wayne Co. IL, d. July 1970 Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co. IL, md. 1) 6 Sept. 1903 Wayne Co. IL William E. EVINS b. 1880 Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co. IL, d. ? md 2) 30 May 1918 Floyd H. WOLLITZ b. 1899 d. after July 1971. children by Evins ? 4 children by Wollitz 1910ILWayneCoMaxWollitz.jpg

Children by Alice (GOSS) JONES:
Joseph Mason DOVE b. 8 April 1894 Wayne Co. IL d. 24 Feb. 1955 Wayne Co. IL, buried Bruce Cemetery, Wayne Co. IL, md. 24 Jan. 1914 Wayne Co. IL Clara Belle WOOD b. 20 March 1897, d. after 1997, 3 children

Gussie Anna b. 6 Aug. 1898 Wayne Co. IL, d. ? md. ?

Alice had daughters by her first husband Isaac Jones
  • Julia b. 13 Nov. 1878 d. 14 July 1929 md. William Thomas Wood.
  • Nettie R.M. b. 11 Jul. 1890, d. ? living with William & Alice in 1900

1850 Pulaski Co. KY census
1860 Pulaski Co. KY census
1860 Brown Co. IN census
1860 Hickory Hill Twp., Wayne Co. IL census
1870 Four Mile Twp., Wayne Co. IL census
1870 Adair Co. KY census
1880 Adair Co. KY census
1880 Four Mile Twp., Wayne Co. IL census
1900 Four Mile Twp., Wayne Co. IL census - 1900ILWayneCoWDove-MOsborne.jpg
1910 Four Mile Twp., Wayne Co. IL census
Pulaski Co. KY Marriages
W.W. Hixon & Company. Illinois Plat Book, 1923-24, William Dove Four Mile Twp, Sec. 21, 40 acres, Sec. 30, 80 acres
W.W. Hixon & Company. Illinois Plat Book, 1923-24, Miles Dove Hickory Hill Twp., Sec. 4, 80 acres
Cindy Withrow correspondence
Civil War Military Files of William Dove
Civil War Pension File of William Dove
Civil War Pension File of Alice Dove
Bland, Doris. Wayne Co. IL Newspaper Gleanings, 1876-1879, p. 102
Beeson, Betty. Wayne Co. IL Marriages Part I
Wayne Co. IL deeds
Tombstone - William Dove
Wayne Co. IL Clerk, Marriage License, William Dove & Alice Jones
Obituary - Lou (DOVE) LATHROP, Wayne Co. Press, March 1946
Wayne Co. IL Probate Court, Book 1, p. 228
Obituary - Mary (DOVE) WITHROW
Tombstone - William & Delia (LANE) DOVE
Tombstone - Floyd & Nettie Mae (DOVE) WOLLITZ
Obituary - Nettie WOLLITZ
Obituary - Kermit DOVE, Wayne Co. Press
Wood, Gary. John Wood of Wayne Co. IL & Descendants 1817-1878, Baltimore MD: Gateway Press, Inc. 1995.
Minnesota in the Civil & Indian Wars, 1861-1865, St. Paul, MN, 1890, pp. 612-613