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William Johnson WICKHAM
(Aft 1776-Aft 1834)
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Asahel Marvin "Acel" WICKHAM
(cal 1810-1880)


Family Links

1. Catherine Rebecca MILLSLAGLE

2. Delinda M. SIMPSON
3. Ermina SEABURY

Asahel Marvin "Acel" WICKHAM

  • Born: Cal 23 Mar 1810, Milford Twp, Otesgo Co, NY 5 6
  • Marriage (1): Catherine Rebecca MILLSLAGLE in 1833 in probably Monroe Co, OH 1
  • Marriage (2): Delinda M. SIMPSON on 25 Oct 1864 in Marshall Co, IA 2 3
  • Marriage (3): Ermina SEABURY on 12 Sep 1868 in Jackson Twp, Hardin Co, IA 4
  • Died: 26 Mar 1880, Steamboat Rock, Clay Twp, Hardin Co, IA about age 70 7
  • Buried: Steamboat Rock Cem, Steamboat Rock, Hardin Co, IA 7

bullet  General Notes:

CIVIL WAR MONUMENT PHOTO: Submitted by Suzanne Krogh
This is a portion of the Civil War Monument at courthouse square at Eldora, Hardin Co, IA with names of Civil War soldiers from Hardin Co, IA, including "Asael" M. Wickham.

TOMBSTONE PHOTO: Submitted by Jean Perkins Robb

INFO ON ASAHEL WICKHAM & DESCENDANTS: Peggy Mueller Fisher, Lowell S. Thomas, Aaron Pingel and Marty Greenlief provided much of the information on Asahel Wickham and his descendants. Peter Mueller researched Asahel's military records.


NAME: (Note: Could Asahel Marvin Wickham been named after the person below?)
1810 NY CENSUS, Otsego Co, Milford:
A. "Mervin", age 26-44.
(He was listed on the same census page as many of the Wickhams, including John, John, W. J., W., B. as well as E. "Ferinton", T. Bailus and A. Merry.)
1820 NY CENSUS, Otsego Co, Milford:
Asahel Marvin, age 26-44.
1840 NY CENSUS, Otsego Co, Oneonta:
Asahel Marvin, 60-70

Catherine Millslagle b. 1812 VA m. 1833 in OH "Acel" M. Wickham b. 1810 NY

EARLY OHIO SETTLERS: "Aschal" M. Wickham, 1835, Muskingum Co.
(Also listed was Ebenezer Wickham, 1836, Muskingum Co.)

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, Zanesville, OH land office: Asahel Marvin Wickham of Muskingum Co, OH bought 83 acres of land in Noble Co, OH on Apr. 10, 1837.
(Salathiel Wickham of Morgan Co. bought adjacent land on the same date. On Aug. 10, 1837 Ebenezer Wickham of Muskingum Co, OH bought adjacent land.)

DEED BOOK, Muskingum Co, OH, Vol. T, p. 131: On 4-14-1835 Asahel M. Wickham of Muskingum Co. bought out lot 28, consisting of 2.33 acres, in town of Putnam from Nathaniel Tharp for $150. Entered for Records Nov. 24, 1837. Recorded Nov. 27, 1837.
(Note: Putnam is now part of Zanesville but historically was a seperate town located on the Muskingum River, south of Zanesville. The land he owned is located about 1/2 block from the historic Putnam Presbyterian Church that is still standing.)

A LIST OF DELINQUENTS AT GENERAL MUSTER of the 2nd Company, 1st Regiment, 2 Brigade, 23 Division of OH Militia - Sept. 11, 1837:
"Asaheal M. Wickham" (this name crossed off, as excused) Delinquents were fined $1.50 - signed by Alexander Hinds, Captain of the company

DEED BOOK, Muskingum Co, OH, Vol. 2. p. 250: On 11-24-1837 Asahel M. Wickham and Catherine Wickham, his wife, of the county of Monroe, OH, sold out lot 28, consisting of 2.33 acres, in town of Putnam to Simeon Shurtliff, of the county of Muskingum, for $100. Asahel M. Wickham signed his name while Catherine Wickham made her mark. Entered for Record July 30, 1842. Recorded Aug 1, 1842.

1840 OH CENSUS, Washington Co, Newport Twp:
Asahel Wickham - 1 male 20-30; 2 females under 5; 1 female 20-30, employed agriculture.
(He was listed next to Abram Ackley & Samuel Hagan on the census.)

Timothy Wickham and Asahel Marvin Wickham moved to Iowa in 1848.

JOHNSON CO, IA, MILITARY SERVICE ELIGIBLE MALES (between 18-45), 1848: Asa Wickham

1850 IA CENSUS, Johnson Co, Cedar Twp, p. 70:
"Asael Wicome", 37, b. NY, farmer, did not own real estate; Catharine, 36, b. OH; Nancy, 13, b. OH; Rachael, 11, b. OH; William, 8, b. OH; Jacob, 6, b. OH; Andrew, 2, b. IA. Catherine could not read or write.
(Catherine's father, Andrew Millslagle, and his family were listed next to them on census.)

1851 IA CENSUS, Johnson Co:
A. Wickham, 8 in family

1852 IA CENSUS, Johnson Co, Newport Twp, p. 48:
"Asal" Wickham, 4 males, 4 females, 1 voter, 1 militia

1854 IA CENSUS, Johnson Co, Newport Twp:
"M. A." Wickham - 5 males, 4 females - 1 voter, 1 militia

1856 IA CENSUS, Hardin Co, Clay Twp:
"Ashel" M. Wickham, 46, in IA 8 yrs, b. SNY, stone mason; wife "Catharine", 44, in IA 8 yrs, b. OH; Nancy, 19, b. OH; "Rachal", 16, b. OH; William O., 15, b. OH; Jacob D., 12, b. OH; Andrew J., 8, b. IA; Winfield S., 5, b. IA; Catherine, 2, b. IA; Ervin Wickham, 21, in IA 8 yrs, b. OH, farmer. (Erwin was the son of Lester Wickham. Lester and Asahel were 1st cousins) (A. S. McPherson was listed on the same census page.)
(Note: An archivist at The Iowa State Historical Society stated in 1986 that S.N.Y. stands for State of New York.)

Steamboat Rock's Post Office:
Let's not forget that Steamboat Rock may have never come into existence if it were not for the opening of a postal station named "Lithopolis Station."
The first post office in the new town was established April 25, 1856. It was a small station on a small route from Waterloo to Eldora. Mail was received once a week by stagecoach. The first Post Office building was constructed by Asel Wickham. It stood where former dry goods stores stood on the corner of Market Street and Fifth, west across the street from where the Historical Society Museum now stands. Samuel B. Cunningham was the first postmaster.

HARDIN CO., IA DEEDS, Book C, p. 184:
"Aschael" M. (or W.?) Wickham sold Lot 4, Block 20 in Steamboat Rock to Harrison Drain on June 6, 1856.

LAWSUIT: Hardin Co, IA Courthouse:
#725 Book B., 99, 111, 244, 309, 353,
Judgement Book A 145, 158, 164
A. Wickham, plaintiff, vrs. George Rainsbarger, defendant -
In essence, it appears that Asahel sold an old wagon to George W. Moore for $30 in 1858. Then George fixed it up and sold it to George Rainsbarger for $50 (paid for with a horse). Somehow Asahel claimed that he had not been paid for wagon and wanted the wagon returned to him. By 1860, when the lawsuit was filed, George W. Moore was living in Jackson Co, Kansas Territory so the Court there got involved. Asahel eventually lost the lawsuit and was ordered to pay George Rainsbarger $100.

1860 IA CENSUS, Hardin Co, Clay Twp, P.O. Lithopolis (name of town later changed to Steamboat Rock):
A. "Wickan", 51, farm laborer, no real estate, $150 personal property;
R. (Catherine Rebecca), 51;
R. (Rachel), 21;
M or W (William O.), 19;
J. (Jacob D.), 17;
A. (Andrew J.), 15;
W. (Winfield S.), 11;
C. (Catherine), 8.
All were listed as b. OH.
(Listed 4 pages later on the census were Asahel's uncle, John Wickham, Jr., and several of John Jr.'s sons.)

Name: Asahel M Wickham
Titles & Terms: Mr
Event: Marriage
Event Date: 25 Oct 1864
Event Place: Marshall, Iowa
Spouse: Delinda Elridge
Film Number: 0956737
Digital Folder Number: 004265469
Image Number: 00380

MARRIAGE: Asahel's pension application states he was married on Oct 24, 1863 and later divorced his wife, Dolinda Wickham, on Sep 4, 1868.

DIVORCE RECORD - Hardin Co, IA courthouse:
#146, A. M. Wickham vrs. Delinda Wickham
Book C 277-290, 311, 331
Judgement B138
(Note: Clerk of Court in 2013 could not locate the actual court record/book.)

Name: Asahel N Wickham
Residence: Steamboat Rock, Iowa
Enlistment Date: 23 November 1861
Distinguished Service: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Iowa
Unit Numbers: 184
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 23 November 1861 at the age of 35 (Note: he actually would have been 51.)
Enlisted in Company K, 12th Infantry Regiment Iowa on 25 November 1861.
Transferred on 15 March 1863 from company K to company A (Estimated Day)

REGIMENT: 12th Infantry Regiment Iowa
Date of Organization: 25 Nov 1861
Muster Date: 20 Jan 1866
Regiment State: Iowa
Regiment Type: Infantry
Regiment Number: 12th
Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident: 4
Officers Died of Disease or Accident: 8
Enlisted Killed or Mortally Wounded: 76
Enlisted Died of Disease or Accident: 260
Regimental Soldiers and History: List of Soldiers

Regimental History
Twelfth Infantry IOWA (3 years)

Twelfth Infantry. Cols., Jackson J. Wood, John H. Stibbs; Lieut.-Cols., John P. Coulter, Samuel R. Edgington, John H. Stibbs; Majs., Samuel D. Brodtbeck, Samuel R. Edgington, John H. Stibbs, Edward M. Van Duzee, Samuel G. Knee.

This regiment was organized at Dubuque in Oct. and Nov. 1861, and was mustered in at intervals during those two months. It left the state late in November, went into quarters at Benton barracks, St. Louis, for two months, and like its predecessors, suffered greatly from diseases that seemed to be a part of the experience necessary to prepare them for the field work. Some 75 died of measles, pneumonia and typhoid.

At Smithland, Ky., it joined Grant for the movement upon Fort Henry, was present at the capture of that place, then moved to Fort Donelson, where it took part in the fight and assault which resulted in victory. It won immortal glory for itself at Shiloh by fighting in the advance until sundown and holding back the enemy while the demoralized army withdrew to a new point and waited the arrival of Buell. The 8th, 12th and 14th IA comprised four-fifths of that advance line and surrendered only when surrounded by ten times their numbers. (In the history of the 8th will be found an account of the disposition of the prisoners until their parole and exchange.)

Those who escaped capture were assigned to the "Union Brigade" and served with it until disbanded, being sent to Davenport, Ia., and remaining there during the winter. The paroled men were declared exchanged Jan. 1, 1863, and soon after went to Rolla, which was threatened by Marmaduke, but returned on the 15th to St. Louis, where they were stationed. Lieut.-Col. Coulter resigned and was succeeded by Maj Edgington, and the latter as major by Capt. John H. Stibbs of Co D.

The regiment was reorganized about April 1st and became a part of Sherman's command, participating in the movements of that division during the Vicksburg campaign, though it was in reserve at the assault of May 22. After the surrender it was engaged at Jackson and was in the skirmish at and capture of Brandon. It went into camp near Bear Creek on July 23 and remained there until Oct. 10. Lieut.-Col. Edgington resigned, Maj. Stibbs became lieutenant-colonel, and was succeeded as major by Capt. Van Duzee.

In October the regiment was in a skirmish at Brownsville; proceeded thence to Vicksburg, Memphis, Lagrange and Chewalla, where it remained on railroad guard duty until near the close of Jan. 1864. While here it broke up the guerrilla bands that were pillaging the country, and built a strong fort. It was ordered to join the forces for the Meridian raid, but reached Vicksburg too late to take part and went into camp.

Having been mustered in as a veteran organization, the reenlisted men were sent home on a furlough in March. In their absence, the non-veterans, numbering about 70, accompanied the 35th IA on the Red River campaign and was in battle at Lake Chicot. On their return from home the men reached Memphis on May 2 and were joined by the detachment about the middle of June.

In May six companies under Lieut.-Col. Stibbs, went to the mouth of the White River, established a military post and left Cos. A and F under Capt. Hunter. The command proceeded to Tupelo, where it was engaged in July. The regiment while acting as a train guard, was attacked by a brigade, but repelled it in a handsome manner, and in the subsequent fighting it occupied the most dangerous post and received special commendations of the general commanding.

Returning to Memphis, the regiment moved to Lagrange, thence to Holly Springs, via Lumpkin's Mills, remaining on duty there for some time. The detachment at White River in the meantime had been busy, protecting the loyal people of that section and building a stockade. The little force of but 47 was attacked before daybreak on the morning of June 5 by a force of 400, the men being compelled to fight in their shirts only, so sudden was the attack. A number of the enemy gained the stockade at one side, but Sergt. Isaac Cottle and Corp. George Hunter, armed with revolvers, boldly attacked them and drove them out in confusion. Hunter was shot dead and Cottle was so severely wounded that he died soon after, but the entire besieging force was finally driven off with a loss of over 50 in killed, wounded and prisoners, their commanding officer being among the slain.

Joining the regiment at Holly Springs, this detachment accompanied it to Oxford, then to Memphis, whence it proceeded to Devall's Bluff and Brownsville in search of Price. With 10 days' rations it made the 350 miles march to Cape Girardeau via Jacksonport, Ark., and Jackson, Mo., in 19 days. From St. Louis it proceeded to Jefferson City, Smithton, Sedalia, Lexington and Independence, into Kansas, and to Harrisonville, Mo., after Price but was unable to catch him and returned to St. Louis. The non-veterans and some of the officers were mustered out, Lieut.-Col. Stibbs remaining as commanding officer.

Moving to Nashville the regiment aided in the defense of that city and in the battle in December captured 2 flags. It joined in the pursuit as far as Clinton, then proceeded to Eastport, Miss., where it assisted in building quarters and fortifications. Lieut.-Col. Stibbs was called to Washington in Jan. 1865, to become a member of the military tribunal, the same, which later, tried the notorious Capt. Wirz, who was held responsible for the infamies of Andersonville prison, and Maj. Knee took command.

The regiment was ordered to Mobile in February, was engaged at Spanish Fort in the front line and occupied an exposed position for 13 days and nights. At the conclusion of the siege of Mobile it moved to Montgomery, thence to Selma and remained in guard and garrison duty until the early part of 1866 when it was mustered out. Lieut.- Col. Stibbs received a merited promotion to a colonelcy. The original strength of the regiment was 926; gain by recruits, 55, total, 981.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 4
Shiloh after battle report:
Report of Col. Joseph J. Woods, Twelfth Iowa Infantry.

On the morning of April 6, the rebels having attacked our advanced lines at Shiloh, Tenn., the Twelfth Iowa Infantry was rapidly formed and joined the other regiments-the Second, Seventh, and Fourteenth-of the Iowa brigade, being the First Brigade, under Brig.-Gen. Tuttle, of the Second Division, under Gen. Wallace. The brigade was marched to near the field beyond Gen. Hurlbut's headquarters and formed in line of battle, the Second and Seventh on our right, the Fourteenth on our left. The Eighth Iowa, of Prentiss' division, was on the left of the Fourteenth, forming an angle to the rear with our line. An open field lay in front of our right. Dense timber covered out left. A small ravine was immediately behind us. In this position we awaited the approached of the enemy.

Soon he made a bold attack on us, but met with a warm reception, and soon we repulsed him. Again and again repeatedly did he attack us, trying vainly to drive us from our position. He failed to move us one inch from our position. On the contrary, we repulsed every attack of the enemy and drove him back in confusion.

Thus matters stood in our front until about 4 p. m., at which time it became evident, by the firing on our left, that the enemy were getting in our rear. An aide-de-camp rode up and directed me to face to the rear and fall back, stating, in answer to my inquiry, that I would receive orders as to the position I was to occupy. No such orders reached me, and I suppose could not. The Second and Seventh Iowa had already gone to the rear, and on reaching the high ground between our position and Gen. Hurlbut's headquarters we discovered that we were already surrounded by the enemy, caused by no fault of our own, but by the troops at a distance from us on our right and left giving way before the enemy.

Seeing ourselves surrounded, we nevertheless opened a brisk fire on that portion of the enemy who blocked our passage to the Landing, who, after briskly returning our fire for a short time, fell back. A brisk fire from the enemy on our left (previous right) was going on at the same time.

Seeing the enemy in front falling back, we attempted by a rapid movement to cut our way through, but the enemy on our left advanced rapidly, coming in behind us, pouring into our ranks a most destructive fire. The enemy in front faced about and opened on us at short range, the enemy in our rear still closing in on us rapidly. I received two wounds, disabling me from further duty. The command then devolved on Capt. Edgington, acting as field officer. The enemy had, however, already so closely surrounded us that their balls which missed our men took effect in their ranks beyond us. To have held out longer would have been to suffer complete annihilation. The regiment was therefore compelled to surrender as prisoners of war.

Lieut.-Col. Coulter was much reducer by chronic diarrhea and Maj. Brodtbeck was suffering from rheumatism. Being myself the only field officer on duty, at my request Capt. Edgington acted as a field officer, the duties of which he performed in an able and efficient manner.

Quartermaster Dorr, though his position did not require him to go into action, volunteered to do so, and throughout the day behaved in a brave and gallant manner, daringly, if not recklessly, exposing his person to the enemy. He made himself very useful in carrying messages and spying out the positions and movements of the enemy and firing on them as occasion offered. Energetic and efficient in his own department, he would fill a higher one with credit to himself and honor to the service.

Adjutant Duncan proved himself on this, as on all occasions, a faithful and efficient officer. Capt.'s Earle, Warner, Stibbs, Haddock, Van Duzee, and Townsley performed well their part, as did all the lieutenants in the action, in a prompt and willing manner. The non-commissioned officers and men stood bravely up to their work and never did men behave better.

In the death of Lieut. Ferguson, of Company D, the regiment lost one of its best-drilled officers and a gallant soldier. It also lost a good man and a good officer in the of Lieut. Moir, of Company A.

J. J. WOODS, Col. Twelfth Iowa Volunteers.
ACTING ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GEN., First Brigade, Second Division.

Source: Official Records: Series I. Vol. 10. Part I, Reports. Serial No. 10

Battles Fought by 12th IA Inf.:
Fought on 15 Feb 1862 at Fort Donelson, TN
Fought on 6 Apr 1862 at Shiloh, TN
Fought on 3 Oct 1862 at Corinth, MS
Fought on 4 Oct 1862 at Corinth, MS
Fought on 19 May 1863 at Vicksburg, MS
Fought on 27 May 1863 at Vicksburg, MS
Fought on 11 Jul 1863 at Jackson, MS
Fought on 15 Jul 1863 at Jackson, MS
Fought on 7 Apr 1864 at Pleasant Hill, LA
Fought on 9 Apr 1864 at Pleasant Hill, LA
Fought on 6 Jun 1864 at Old Lake Village, AR
Fought on 22 Jun 1864 at White River, MO
Fought on 13 Jul 1864 at Tupelo, MS
Fought on 14 Jul 1864 at Tupelo, MS
Fought on 15 Jul 1864 at Tupelo, MS
Fought on 15 Dec 1864 at Nashville, TN
Fought on 16 Dec 1864 at Nashville, TN
Fought on 27 Mar 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL
Fought on 29 Mar 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL
Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Spanish Fort, AL

Captured at Shiloh Tenn. Apr 6, '62
Prisoner of War at Montgomery Ala. May 24, '62
Paroled at Aikens Landing Va. Oct 17, '62.
Admitted to G. H. New House of Refuge, St. Louis, Mo. Nov .3, 1862 with chronic diarrhea
Discharged from service Nov. 29, 1862.

LATITUDE 34 NORTH website:
Confederate Military Prison / Civil War Military Prisons -
Location: Tallapoosa St. at Coosa St., Montgomery, AL
Near this site, from mid April to December 1862, a Confederate military prison
held, under destitute conditions, 700 Union soldiers, most captured at Shiloh.
They were imprisoned in a foul, vermin-abounding cotton depot, 200 feet long and 40 feet wide, without blankets and only the hard earth or wood planks as a bed. The cotton shed was situated between Tallapoosa Street and the Alabama River. Of the 700 Union prisoners, nearly 198 died in captivity. The survivors were moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in December 1862.

Private Asel N. Wickham, of Captain Webbs Company (A) 12th Infy Regiment of the Iowa Vols. was enlisted by S. R. Edgington at Eldora, Iowa on the 23d day of November, 1861 to serve 3 years; he was born in Otsego in the state of New York, is 52 years of age, 5 ft. 5-1/2 inches high, florid complexion, black eyes, sandy hair, and by occupation when enlisted a mason. During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty 60 days.
I certify that I have carefully examined the said Asel N. Wickham of Captain Webbs Company, and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of great general debility and aedematous swelling of lower extremities induced by age (52) and exposure, during his captivity - he being a paroled prisoner (Shiloh). He also suffers from Haemorrhoids. The 1st Lieut. of his Company, T. B. Edgington, who is present & was a prisoner with him, gives high commendation of him as a soldier at Shiloh. He has been feeble for 7 months and in this Hospital since Nov. 3 '62. General Hospital New House of Refuge, St. Louis Mo. (signed) Henry J. Churchman, Surgeon, in temporary charage. Discharged, this 1st day of December, 1862, at St. Louis. (signed) Henry Almstedt, Colonel Approved, signed: Mad. Mills, Surgeon Med. Director, Health Institute, St. Louis Dist. of MO, St. Louis, Nov. 29, 1862 To be discharged by order of Brig. Gen. E. A. Carr. signed R. M. Elliott Lieutenant no pension

1863: Cunningham sold to Asahel M. Wickham 11 acres in
section 2
1865/1870: A. M. Wickham sold to Wm. O. Wickham and
Dalinda (wife) block 61 and 84

HARDIN CO, IA MARRIAGES: Asahel W. Wickham, 57, and "Elmina" Carr, 39, were married Sept. 12, 1868.

CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE, To the Circuit Court of Hardin County: This certifies, that on the 12th day of September A.D. 1868 at Jackson Township in said County, according to law and by authority, I duly joined in Marriage Mr. Ashel W. Wickam and Elmina Carr. Given under my hand the 12 day of September A.D. 1868 J. S. Quiggle, J. P. Register Page 123 Book B.

1870 IA CENSUS, Hardin Co, Clay Twp, P.O. Eldora: "Asil" M. Wickham, m, 59, mason $200 ____ b. NY; "Arminina", f, 41, keeping house, VT; Mina, f, b. 13, no occupation, b. NY; Julia?/Jadea? (female), 9, IL; "Sharman", 1, m, b. IA; Winfield Wickham, m., 19, barber, b. IA.

DECLARATION FOR AN INVALID PENSION, State of Iowa, County of Hardin: On this 22 day of Apr. 1871, appeared Asahel M. Wickham, aged 44 (54 was written over 44) years, a resident of Hardin County, State of Iowa declares he is the identical Asel N. Wickham who was enlisted in the service of the United States at Dubuque, Iowa on the 24th day of November, 1861 as a private in Comp. A commanded by S. R. Edgington in the 12 Regiment of Iowa Inft. Vol. War of 1861 commanded by Col. Wood in the War of of 1861, and was honorably discharged at Gen. Hospital St. Louis, Missouri on 28th day of December 1862;
that while in service aforesaid, and in the line of duty, at Macon Georgia while a Prisoner of War and during one of the nights they were confined there about the last of August 1862 the Bunks in the Barracks gave way and precepitated a large no. of the Soldiers to the floor or ground & in the fall He was severly injured falling on his breast and hands and others at the same time falling and jumping on him.
That since leaving the said service, this applicant has resided in the County of Hardin, in the state of Iowa, and his occupation has been compulsitory idleness the most of the time for want of physical ability to perform manual labor. That prior to his entry into the service above named, he was a man of good, sound physical health, being when enrolled, a stone mason & was very healthy.
That now he is fully 3/4 disabled from obtaining his subsistence from manual labor in consequence of his above named injures, received in the service of the United Staes.
He appointed Cook & Kinsell of Washington D.C. to be his true and lawful attorneys, His post office is at Steam Boat Rock, County of Hardin, State of Iowa. This his domicile or place of abode is Steam Boat Rock, Hardin Co. Iowa.
Applicant: Asel M.(N.?) Wickham
Attest: S. R. Edgington & HIram Hoyt
An Affidavit from William G. McPherson dated Aug 31, 1872 confirms the injury to Asahel M. Wickham which he received while confined in Macon, GA. It states Asahel fell when the bunks collapsed in the temporary barracks constructed on the Macon fair grounds.
"Adjutant General Office", Nov. 28, 1871: On some rolls Asahel is listed as Ashel M. Wickham, A. M. Wickham and Asel N. Wickham.

Name: Asahel M Wickham
Titles & Terms: Mr
Event: Marriage
Event Date: 25 Oct 1864
Event Place: Marshall, Iowa
Spouse: Delinda Elridge
Spouse's Titles & Terms: Mrs
Film Number: 0956737
Digital Folder Number: 004265469 Image Number: 00380

MARRIAGE/DIVORCE: Asahel's pension application states he was married on Oct 24, 1863 and later divorced his wife, Dolinda Wickham, on Sep 4, 1868.

DECLARATION FOR AN INVALID PENSION, State of Iowa, County of Hardin: On Jan 5, 1880 Asahel M. Wickham, 63, who enrolled on the 25 day Nov 1861 in Co. K and later transferred to Co. 1, 12th Regiment of Iowa Infy Vols. commanded by Capt. S. R. Edgington, and was honorably discharged at St. Louis on the 28 day of Nov. 1862; age: 63; hgiht 5 ft. 5-1/2 in; complexion: light; hair: light; eyes: blue. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at Macon, in the state of Georgia on or about the 15 day of Sept. 1862 - I was taken prisoner at Shilo April 6, 1862 & was transported to Montgomery Ala. & from there to Macon, Georgia - while ther sleeping in 3d tier of Bunk the Barrack fell throwing me on my face, keticing with my hands in order to brake the fall injuring my arms in such a manner that I have never been able to use them properly since.
After my exchange I was treated at govt Hospital at St. Louis Missouri from which Hospistal I was discharged from the War Service.
That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than stated above.
That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the town aforesaid of Hardin in the State of Iowa, and his occupation had been that of a stone mason. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a stone mason. That he is now so much disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor, by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States: and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States. He hereby appoints with full power of substitutionand revocation, William Conard & Co., of Washington, D. C. his true and lawful attorneys to prosecute his claim. That he has not received any pension that he has heretofore applied for a penbsion.
Steamboat Rock, Hardin County Iowa. (signed by claimant) Asahel M. Wickham
(signed by two witnessess) S. R. Edgington, Job Stout

1880 IA MORTALITY CENSUS, Hardin Co, Clay Twp: A. M. Wickham, 70, married, b. NY, stone mason, died of Old Army wound ("Old Army" was crossed through); resident of Hardin County for 23 yrs.

WIDOW'S MILITARY PENSION APPLICATION: E. Wickham, widow of Asahel M. "Wickam", Comp. K, 12th IA Inf., filed for widow's pension on July 20, 1880.
War Dept., Adjutant Generals Office, Washington, D. May 29, 1882: Asahel M. Wickham, a Pvt. of Company K, 12th Reg. Iowa volunteers was enrolled on Nov., 23, 1861 at Dubuque, IA for 3 yrs and is reported on roll from enlistment to Feb. 28, 1862 present. Also March and April 1962. He was transferred to Comp. A. by order of Col. J. J. Wood. Roll of Cop. A. May & June 1862 report him MIA at Pittsburg, Tenn April 6, 1862. From June 30, 1862 to Feb. 28, 1863 same report. March & April 1863 report him discharged Dec. 2, 1862 by order of Gen. Davidson.
Certificate of Disability reports him discharged at St. Louis Dec. 1, 1862. POW records show him captured at Shiloh, TN April 6, 1862. POW at Montgomery, AL May 24, 1862. Paroled at Aikens Landing, VA Oct 17, 1862. No further information at said records.
"War Dept", Apr. 19, 1884: Asahel M. Wickham was admitted to G. H. New House of Refuge, St. Louis, MO on Nov. 3, 1862 with chronic diarrhea and discharged Nov 29, 1862.

History of Hardin Co. (IA) - 1883, p 576: Asel Wickham, of Clay township, died suddenly Friday, March 26, 1880. While sitting at his loom, weaving, he dropped over dead. Dr. Lowe held an autopsy, and a piece of rib was revealed, having been broken during the war, and, by some misplacement later in life, had entered the heart, causing death. He was a native of Ohio, serving as a dragoon all through the Mexican war, and received for services a patent to 600 acres of land in Texas. Though past fifty when the Rebellion began, he was fired with patriotism, and enlisted in the 12th Iowa. At Shiloh he was captured, and finally brought up in Libby Prison, where he was a captive eighteen months. During a futile attempt to escape, he received a blow from the butt end of a musket, which broke the rib which ultimately caused his death.

The Past and Present of Hardin County Iowa, ed. by William J. Moir. Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1911, p. 334:
A True Veteran - Asel Wickham, who was a native of Ohio, served as a soldier in the war with Mexico; was past fifty years of age when he enlisted in the Twelfth Iowa Infantry Regiment; was taken prisoner and laid in Libby Prison for eighteen months. He was captured at the famous battle of Shiloh. He drew a patent for six hundred acres of land in Texas for his services in the Mexican war. While trying to escape from Libby Prison, he was struck with the butt end of a musket, which broke a rib which ultimately caused his sudden death, in Clay township, while operating a weaving loom, March 26, 1880. It appears that the piece of broken rib worked its way to near the heart and after all those years punctured that vital organ and caused him to drop dead. His military career was one checkered and seldom surpassed.
(Note: No records have been found of Asahel's service in the Mexican War (1846-1848) or of any land bounty. Also, the above articles state he was a prisoner at Libby Prioson but his military records state he was a prisoner at Montgomery, AL.)

Kearny's March, by Winston Groom, 2011:
This book includes the story of General Stephen Kearny's troops in the Mexican War. In June, 1846 Gen. Kearny left Ft. Leavenworth with 2,000 soldiers. "The 620 men of the First U.S. Dragoons, the nation's first calvery regiment, formed the core of Kearny's command." The troops traveled to New Mexico and then on to California. They returned to Ft. Leavenworth in Aug. 1847.
(Note: Asahel did not have any children born in 1846-47 and his next child was born Aug. 1848, so it is possible that he was in this Dragoon regiment during the Mexican War, but again, there is no proof.)

"Asah" Wickham d. March 26, 1880, 70 y, 3 d - GAR & Mex War.

1940's LETTER FROM MABEL JAMES MORGAN, Omaha, NE (a descendant of Reuben Wickham who was a son of 1834-1835 John Wickham): "I have an old letter written by my great-grandfather Nathan Robins Wickham in 1845 - years before his death - which states 'William Wickham who lived in Zanesville, OH was an own uncle of fathers (i.e. Uncle Bimeal) and that William's son "Asel" lived in Iowa upon the Iowa River in Hardin Co'."
"Old Uncle Benjamin, John and several others that I can't call to mind. They lived on Duck Creek or it's waters. I don't remember great-grandpa's name but they all spring from NY Wickhams."

LETTER TO ARTHUR WICKHAM FROM BERTHA SMITH: "My father's (father) was Asal Marvin. The Wickhams that lived around Steamboat Rock, IA were very distant counsisn. (3rd or 4th cousins) of my father."

Apr. 8, 1914 LETTER TO ARTHUR WICKHAM FROM OLIVE WICKHAM, Steamboat Rock, IA: "I never heard my father speak of any of his father's sisters or brothers tho I suppose there were other children. I am sending you a letter I received from Mrs. Morgan of Omaha, Neb. The 'William of Zanesville she speaks of must have been my grt. grandfather, tho I never heard my father say what his grandfather's name was.
My grandfather's name was Asael and lived near Zanesville, Ohio - he married Katherine Millslagle about 1836. My father was born there in 1841. There were seven children, Nancy, Rachel, William Ogilvie (my father), Jacob D., Andrew, Winfield Scott and Katherine. They have all passed on. I do not know all the dates.
Nancy married Archibald McPherson - they had two sons but there are all dead I think. The sons had children but I do not know where they are. They were in Highland Park, Ill. the last I knew.
Rachel married Jack Haddon before the Civil War. He died soon after he came home and she afterwards married William Burres of Hampton, IA. and had one daughter, Edna Bernice, who is now Mrs. E. E. Teeple of 518 N. Electric, Alhambra, California.
My father was 6 years old when they came to Iowa. He was a solider in the Civil War as was also his father and brother Jacob. He was married in 1876 to Melissie Olivia Carter. Three children were born. 'Raymond Orlando', 'Gertie Olive' and "Grace Olivia'. Grace died in infancy. My brother nor I have neither of us married, so our line will probably die with us.
Father said Bimuel's family were very distant relatives - he said 'Uncle John' had 21 children.
My grandfather was the Asael Wickham who lived in Hardin Co, Iowa. They must have come to Steamboat Rock soon after they came to Iowa. In fact I have heard father speak of living there when he was a boy. My father and mother both died in 1923.
Father said there was six brothers came from England in an early day. It seems to me my great-grandfather couldn't have been old enough to be one of those - it must have been his father."

1940's LETTER FROM (GERTIE) OLIVE WICKHAM: "My grandfather Asahel Marvin Wickham was married 3 times. I do not know who his second wife was but I heard my father speak of it. They did not live together long and I do not think there were any children. His third wife was a widow 'Armira Carr'. They had one son. I always thought his name was Sheriden as father always called him 'Sherd'. Asahel's and Bimuel's wives were half sisters. Asahel I think married at Zanesville but I do not think Bimuel married until after the war, I imagine in Iowa." (Note: Bimuel was a son of John Wickham, Jr.)
"Asahel Marvin lived near Zanesville, OH and married Catherine Millslagle in 1836. He had 7 children including my father William Ogilvie Wickham who was born near Zanesville in 1841."

1941 LETTER FROM EDNA BURRES TEEPLE: "Great, Great Grandfather, Wm. James Newton Wickham, born in England, Great Grandfather, Wm. Ogilvie Wickham, New York, drummer in the Revolutionary War, thought to have enlisted from Essex Co. Grandfather, Asahel Marvin Wickham born 1798 Essex Co, N.Y. died March 26, 1880, Steamboat Rock, Hardin Co, Iowa." " Catherine Rebecca Millslagle Born 1812 Died 1864. Copy of the Family Record of Asahel Marvin Wickham and his wife Catherine Rebecca Millslagle:
Nancy Wickham born Jan. 10, 1837 died I think in 1887
Rachel Wickham born April 11 1839 died June 21st 1912
William Ogilvie Wickham born Aug. 31 1842 died June 2nd 1923
Jacob Douglas Wickham born May 18th 1845 died July 15th 1917
Andrew Jackson Wickham born June 6th 1848 died when about 19 yrs. old
Winfield Scott Wickham born April 13th 1851 died 1929
Katherine Wickham born April 21st 1854 died Nov. 6th 1917
Subscribed and sworn to before me a Notary Public in and for County of Hardin, State of Iowa, this 27th day of Jan. 1908 J. S. Quigle, Notary Public
Rachel Wickham married Andrew J. Hadden a soldier who died in 1865 Oct. 2nd 1879 she married William L. Burres, a daughter Edna Berniece was b. Oct. 27 1880. Edna Berniece married Edgar E. Teeple July 30th 1933

MacPherson Family: Some of the Descendants of Adam McPherson
THE "WICKHAM" FAMILY - William James Newton (1) Wickham, born in England, came to America some time before the Revolutionary War, and lived near the border of New York State and Vermont. His son William Ogilvie (2) Wickham, born in New York State was a Drummer boy in the Revolutionary War, and was supposed to haves enlisted from Ulster County, N.Y.
William O. Wickham had a son Asahel Marvin (3) Wickham, born 23 Mar 1810, in Ulster Co, N.Y. He later emigrated to Monroe Co. Ohio, where he married Catherine Rebecca Millslagle. They had four children born there. In 1848 Asahel M. Wickham took his family and went west to Iowa. They lived first in Newport Center, Johnson County. Then they moved to Steamboat Rock, Hardin County. The 1856 census for Iowa lists this family and gives the occupation of Asahel Wickham as a stone mason.
When Archibald Steele McPherson came to live in Steamboat Rock, he lived at first with the Wickham family. There he met and fell in love with the oldest daughter Nancy Wickham, and married her.
When the Civil War broke out most of the men in the Wickham family including the cousins, enlisted, and fought in this war. Asahel Wickham tho overage also volunteered, and served. His war record from the Adgt. General's Office states he was 51 at the time of his enlistment, on Nov. 23, 1861. He joined Co. K of the 12th Iowa Volunteers. He was mustered in Nov. 25, 1861, and transferred to Co. A. 12th Infantry on March 1863. He was captured at Shiloh, and brought to Libby prison as a captive where he was held for eighteen months. He was injured when he tried to escape.
While the Wickham men were serving in the Civil War, the other members of the family at home wrote numerous letters to them. Many of these letters have been preserved. Letters from the soldiers gave a very graphic description of various methods of fighting during that period. Nancy Wickham spent a great deal of her time writing letters, and sending food to her family members in the army.
Asahel Marvin (3) Wickham died on Friday, 26 March, 1880. While sitting at his loom weaving, he suddenly dropped dead. Dr. Lowe conducted an autopsy, and found that a piece of rib had entered the heart and caused his death. This rib had been broken during his service in the Civil War.
Asahel M. Wickham had also served as a Dragoon all during the Mexican War, and received for his services 600 acres of land in Texas.
Asahel and Catherine Wickham had seven children, four were born in Ohio, and three in Iowa. Catherine Wickham M. Wickham died in 1865. Asahel and Catherine and several of their children are buried in the Steamboat Rock, Iowa, cemetery.
FOUR GENERATIONS OF THE WICKHAM FAMILY IN AMERICA - William Newton (1) Wickham, born England, died in America. 78 William Ogilvie (2) Wickham, (Wm. 1) born New York State. Drummer boy in the Revolutionary War. Enlisted from Ulster Co. N.Y. Asahel Marvin (3) Wickham, b. 23 Mar. 1810, Ulster Co, N.Y.; d. 26 Mar. 1880 Steamboat Rock, Iowa; m. abt. 1834 in Ohio, Catherine Rebecca Millslagle, b. Oct. 1812; d. Mar 1864 Steamboat Rock, Iowa. Both buried Steamboat Rock, Iowa cemetery. Children of Asahel Marvin (3) and Catherine (Millslagle) Wickham
1. Nancy (4) Wickham, b. 10 Jan 1837 Monroe Co. Ohio; d. 9 Sep. 1887 Hampton, Iowa; m. Oct 1857, Archibald Steele McPherson.
2. Rachel (4) Wickham, b. 11 Apr 1839 Monroe Co. Ohio; d.. 21 June 1912 Hampton, Iowa; m. I O ct. 1862 William Layfayette (4) Burres, the son of Samuel Clayton and Anna Maria (3) McPherson Burres, b. 30 Dec 1846 Winchester, Ind. He owned a harness shop at Hampton, Iowa.
3. William Ogilvie (4) Wickham, b. 31 Aug 1842 Monroe Co. Ohio; d. 2 June 1923 near Fulton, Mo.
4. Jacob Douglas (4) Wickham, b. 18 May 1845 Monroe Co. Ohio; d. 15 July 1917 Hanover, Kansas.
5. Andrew Jackson (4) Wickham, b. 6 June 1848 Steamboat Rock, Iowa; d. aged 19 in 1867
6. Winfield Scott (4) Wickham, b. 13 April 1851 Steamboat Rock, Iowa; d. 1929 Steamboat Rock, Iowa.
7. Catherine (4) Wickham, b. 21 April, 1854 Steamboat Rock, Iowa; d. 6 Nov. 1917, Iowa Falls, Iowa.
Wickham Family Bible records in possession of Mrs. Edna Teeple of California
History of Hardin County, Iowa. 1883, Illust., p. 560
Family letters in possession of Mr. Earle Steele McPherson of Detroit, Mich.
Cemetery readings Steamboat Rock, Iowa cemetery done by Mrs. Clyde E. Barnes of Eldora, Iowa
Family data from Mr. Lee L. Driver of Cleveland, Ohio 79
(transcribed as written)


Asahel married Catherine Rebecca MILLSLAGLE, daughter of Andrew MILLSLAGLE and Unknown WICKHAM?, in 1833 in probably Monroe Co, OH.1 (Catherine Rebecca MILLSLAGLE was born in Oct 1812 in OH,6 died on 30 Mar 1864 in Steamboat Rock, Clay Twp, Hardin Co, IA 6 8 9 and was buried in Steamboat Rock Cem, Steamboat Rock, Hardin Co, IA 7.)


Asahel next married Delinda M. SIMPSON on 25 Oct 1864 in Marshall Co, IA.2 3 (Delinda M. SIMPSON was born about 1809 in PA and died after 1885 in probably KS 10.)


Asahel next married Ermina SEABURY, daughter of Martin S. SEABURY and Mary FISK, on 12 Sep 1868 in Jackson Twp, Hardin Co, IA.4 (Ermina SEABURY was born on 27 Feb 1829 in VT,11 died on 1 Feb 1916 in Grundy Center, Grundy Co, IA 12 and was buried in Rose Hill Cem, Palermo Twp, Grundy Co, IA 13 14.)



1 IGI Records.

2 Asahel M. Wickham's Civil War pension request.

3 IA, County Marriages, 1838-1934.

4 Hardin Co, IA Marriages.

5 Asahel M. Wickham's Civil War pension request.

6 Elsie M. Cameron, MacPherson Family - Some of the Descendants of Adam McPherson.

7 Steamboat Rock Cemetery Records.

8 All 48 Hardin Co, IA Cemeteries.

9 Info from Marty Greenlief.

10 1885 KS State Census.

11 1900 IA Census.

12 Info from Kathy Brown.

13 Grundy Co, IA WPA Graves Registration.

14 Find A Grave.

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