Up on a ridge overlooking George’s Lake near Mooretown on County Highway 53 just outside of Bergholz, Ohio, sits a Civil War monument dedicated to the memory of the fallen soldiers of Ross Township, Jefferson County, Ohio. The face of one side of the marker includes the name Newton Wycoff, my maternal first cousin 4x removed. He was the contemporary and first cousin of my second great-grandmother, Jane “Jennie” Wyckoff.
Isaac Newton Wycoff was born 13 April 1842 in Ross Township, Jefferson County, Ohio to Isaac Newton Wycoff (1814-1885) and Catherine Ann R. Frye (1818-1889). It appears that he had only one natural sibling, Cornelius William (1837-1914).
Church records from the Bacon Ridge Presbyterian Pioneer Church indicate that Caroline Saltsman was baptized on 01 December 1862 as the child of Isaac and Catherine Wycoff. She would have been approximately ten years old at that time. Headstone at Shane Cemetery indicates that she was the adopted daughter of Isaac and Catherine.
Here, she appears with Isaac and Catherine on the 1870 census.
On 12 August 1862, young Newton entered the service during the Civil War, assigned to Company G of the 52nd OVI.
On 27 June 1864, Newton, 22 years old, was killed during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.
Back in September (2016), my children invited me down to Atlanta for a long weekend. In the days leading up to my departure, I was asked what I wanted to do during the visit and my reply was that I would like to visit Kennesaw Mountain, if possible, perhaps look for Newton’s grave. And so we did…
Sources and Additional Reading:
Battle of Kenesaw Mountian [i.e., Mountain]–June 27, 1864–Union (Gen. Sherman, com.) … Conf. (Gen. Johnston, Com.) … circa 1891 lithograph. By Kurz & Allison., [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Confederate troops dragging guns up Kennesaw Mountain. Circa 1888. By Robert Underwood Johnson, Clarence Clough Buel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Burial Ledgers. The National Cemetery Administration, Washington, D.C. (Original records transferred to NARA: Burial Registers, compiled 1867-2006, documenting the period 1831-2006. ARC ID: 5928352. Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773–2007, Record Group 15. National Archives at Washington, D.C.
Interment Control Forms, 1928–1962. Interment Control Forms, A1 2110-B. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774–1985, Record Group 92. The National Archives at College Park, College Park, Maryland.
Official roster of the soldiers of the state of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866 [microform
Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman, Johnston, and the Atlanta Campaign
1850 United States Federal Census. Year: 1850; Census Place: Ross, Jefferson, Ohio; Roll: M432_699; Page: 464A; Image: 164
1860 United States Federal Census. Year: 1860; Census Place: Ross, Jefferson, Ohio; Roll: M653_993; Page: 140; Image: 285; Family History Library Film: 803993