William Augustus Sweet1
(12 January 1836 - 27 June 1886)
William Augustus Sweet|b. 12 Jan 1836\nd. 27 Jun 1886|p31.htm|Enoch Sweet|b. c 1797|p33.htm|Emily Resco|b. 1801\nd. 4 Apr 1856|p34.htm|||||||||||||
William Augustus Sweet was born on 12 Jan 1836 in Nova Scotia, Canada.3,4,5,6,7 He was a farm laborer. There were two neighboring farmers -- a Patrick (--?--), with wife and two daughters; and a John Murphy. It's likely that he worked for one of these men. In 1862 he listed his occupation as "farmer" on his marriage certificate, and by 1880 (probably long before) he was farming on his own account. in 1860 in Eaton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.6,8,1 He began military service on 3 Sep 1861 in Company I, 56th Regiment Illinois Volunteers. His service record indicates that he enlisted for 3 years.10,11,9 He ended military service on 28 Jan 1862 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, . The company was apparently dissolved prematurely, "the organization being irregular and deception having been practiced in enlisting the men."10,12 He married Cordelia Ann Brown, daughter of George Louis Brown and Barsheba Ann Dumprope, on 9 Apr 1862 in Eaton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.1,13 William enlisted again on on 29 Feb 1864 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as a private in Company E, 14th Regiment Wisconsin Infantry, commanded by Captain Joseph Smith. Presumably this second enlistment was in response to President Lincoln's February 1 call for 500,000 men to serve in defense of the Union (and perhaps the local carrot of a town bounty to counterpoint the federal draft stick). This time William enlisted for a two year term and he reported to the depot at Vicksburg, Mississippi to join his company on April 2.10,14 In 1886 George Louis Brown testified for a pension application that William received a $200 bounty from the town of New Holstein for his service.15 He was ill with a severe cold as a result of exposure and over exertion while digging earthworks on 4 Aug 1864 in Eastport, Georgia. After being sick in quarters several days he was sent to the division hospital on August 11 because the cold had "settled on his lungs." William Augustus spent the rest of his service in hospitals throughout the Union-held south, including Marietta, Nashville, and New Orleans.16 He was mustered out on 9 Oct 1865 in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama.17,11 He was ill chronic lung complaints.18 William owned land in Eaton Township, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin at least between 1872 and 1878, according to plat maps of the county in both years.19,20 He was ill "Bronchial Consumption & Stomatitis Positively Chronic" when he travelled to Cairo in Hall County to see Dr. C. M. Robinson.21 William Augustus died in Cedar Rapids, Boone County, Nebraska, on 27 Jun 1886 at 50 after a long illness. Dr. Robinson, whom William Augustus had seen in March of that year, was called to see him according to the sworn statement he made for Cordelia's pension application. He "found him laboring with [the] same difficulties" (bronchitis) as his March visit and later remarked, "He was as emaciated a man as I ever beheld [whose] stomach had not for several weeks retained nourishment".22,5 He was buried in Sunset Cemetery, Boone County, Nebraska.5
Last Edited=January 13, 2008
Children of William Augustus Sweet and Cordelia Ann Brown
- Emily Barsheba Sweet+ (2 May 1863 - 1921)8
- Sarah M. Sweet (5 Oct 1864 - )10,8
- Alice R. Sweet+ (30 Jul 1866 - 2 Feb 1934)10,8
- Edward Sweet (c 1868 - 19 Jan 1869)23
- Adda May Sweet+ (20 Sep 1870 - )10,8
- Earnest Sweet (20 Jan 1874 - )10,8
- Daisy D. Sweet (26 Apr 1875 - )24,8
- George Ansell Sweet (7 Nov 1878 - 29 Jan 1909)10
- Pre-1907 Wisconsin Marriage Records Manitowoc County, vol. 1, p. 41, William L.[sic] Sweet and Cordelia A. Brown. (Certificate #00897.) Wisconsin Historical Society, 816 State St., Madison, WI, 53706. Certificate abstracts available online at http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/
- Bunny Spillman, Bunny Spillman to DeAnna Spillman (n.p.: n.pub., 1985), p. 4.
- ED #128, Sheet 10, dwelling 221, family 236, line 75 household, 1900 United States Census, Colorado, Arapahoe County, unknown cd2. NARA. T623.
- Sheet 6B, dwelling 132, family 135, line 49 household, 1920 United States Census, Colorado, Denver County, unknown cd2. NARA. T625.
- Patricia A. Wagner, "Sunset Cemetery, Boone County, NE," Nebraska Ancestree, VIII, no. 2 (Fall 1985): p. 60.
- William Sweet household, 1860 United States Census, Wisconsin, Manitowoc County, Eaton, p. 160?, dw 1251, fam 1144. Heritage Quest CD digital scan of NARA. Unknown volume.
- William Sweet household, 1880 United States Census, Wisconsin, Manitowoc County, Eaton, SD 4, ED 63, p. 31, (stamped p. 75) dw/fam 222. NARA. T9.
- William Sweet household, 1880, United States Census, Wisconsin, Manitowoc County.
- William A. Sweet pension application file, #352045, cert. 267,182; Federal Pension and Bounty Land Warrant applications, Civil War and Later; Box 36648 (NARA: Washington, D.C.), War Department, Adjutant General's Office statement of service, dated July 21, 1887.
- William A. Sweet pension application file, Declaration for Original Pension of a Widow submitted by Cordelia A. Sweet dated 8 March 1886..
- P. 3 household, 1890 United States Census, Wisconsin, S.D. 5, E.D. 174, unknown cd2. NARA. M123.
- William A. Sweet pension application file, War Department, Adjutant General's Office, statement of service..
- William A. Sweet pension application file, Declaration for Original Pension of a Widow submitted by Cordelia A. Sweet dated 8 March 1886. The date is listed as 1861 on this declaration, but is consistently 1862 in affidavits and forms elsewhere in the file..
- William A. Sweet pension application file, War Department, Adjutant General's statement of service, dated July 21, 1887.
- William A. Sweet pension application file, Affidavit of George L. Brown dated 5 October 1886, filed 23 March 1889.
- William A. Sweet pension application file, affidavits of Sgt Martin C. Tyler and Lt. Benjamin F. Goodwin.
- William A. Sweet pension application file, statement of service from Adjutant General's Office, dated July 21, 1887.
- William A. Sweet pension application file, Affidavit of J. C. Tyler, filed March 21, 1889.
- 1872 Plat Map of Eaton Township, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, lower half, online http://www.2manitowoc.com/platmaps.html
- 1878 Plat Map of Eaton Township, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, lower half, online http://www.2manitowoc.com/platmaps.html
- William A. Sweet pension application file, Affidavit by C. M. Robison, M.D., undated but filed October 1887..
- William A. Sweet pension application file, Affidavit by C. M. Robison, M.D., undated but filed Oct 1887..
- Cemetery Transcriptions, Evergreen Cemetery, City of Manitowoc, online http://www.2manitowoc.com/44Sq.html, "Edward/son of Wm. A. & Cornelia/Sweet/died Jan. 19., 1869/aged __mo. __dys".
- William A. Sweet pension application file, Declaration for Original Pension of a Widow submitted by Cordelia A. Sweet dated 8 March 1886. Birth date is specified here as "April 1875" but the date of April 26 is mentioned and supported elsewhere throughout the file..