Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Capt. George W. Gwinn

Company F, Ninety-ninth Regiment 

By August, 1862, a full company had been raised at Brookston and 
vicinity, which was incorporated into the Ninety-ninth Regiment, with 
George W. Gwinn as captain, Andrew Cochran, first lieutenant, and G. S. 
Walker, second lieutenant. About the same time Capt." Sidney W. Sea 
and others enlisted one-half of Company K, Nineteenth Regiment (Fifth 
Cavalry), the recruits coming mostly from the western part of the 

Captain Gwin's Company F, of the Ninety-ninth Regiment, was 
ordered to South Bend and was mustered into the service in October, 
1862. It did not get into action until the following May, during the 
Vieksburg campaign. At Jackson, Mission Ridge, Chattanooga, Resaca, 
Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Savannah and Fort McAllister, it 
became thoroughly fireproof during two years of battling and cam- 
source: "A Standard History of White County, Indiana..."

On Eternal Patrol - Lost Submarines of WWII

Richard Paul Gwynn

Rank/Rate Seaman, First Class
Service Number 565 06 15
Birth Date February 24, 1926
From Mentone, California
Decorations Purple Heart
Submarine USS Trout (SS-202)
Loss Date February 29, 1944
Location 22° 40'N x131°45' E, in Philippines Basin
Circumstances Probably sunk by depth charge attack
Remarks Richard was born in Lima, Ohio.
Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.

Friday, October 4, 2013


 Gwinn, also spelled in America Gwin and Gwynn, is a Welch name with a very honorable place in the history of that little country. The form in the Welch language is Gwyn (Goo-in), from which is perhaps derived the Christian name Gawen, which has been borne by various men in Rockingham, Bath, and perhaps other counties. The word means "white" or "candid," and the Gwinn coat of arms bears the legend, "vim vi pellere licet" - "It is permissible to oppose force with force." One David Gwinn was the ruler of one of the subdivisions of Wales, and Sir Rowland Gwynn was the author of the compact to stand by William of Orange when he was invited to become king of England in 1688.

One Robert Gwin settled on the Calfpasture river about 1745, coming from North Carolina, although he was probably of foreign birth. 

His sons were David, James, Robert, Simon, Samuel, and Joseph. David and Joseph died in Highland where they were substantial citizens. Robert (Jane) and Simon moved finally to Kentucky. James and Samuel came about 1770 to the Greenbrier at the mouth of Kelly's Creek. A house built by Samuel is still in good preservation. Many of his descendants are in the West. Among them, was the late Senator William Gwin of California.

C. of Samuel: Samuel (Elizabeth Taylor, 1803) - Moses (Mary Sergent) - Andrew (Mary Newsome) - John (Sarah George of Thomas) - Ephraim (Rachel Keller) - Ruth (James Jarret) - Elizabeth (Robert Newsome) - Ivvy (Thomas Busby) - Jane (David Withrow) - Alexander (Mary Given) - Salathiel (Margaret Black of Samuel) - Robert (Nancy Ellison) - Thompson (Rachel Harra, 1841) - Margaret (Nathan Viney) - James (Jane Pyne) - Elizabeth (W. C. Riner, 1845). C. of Andrew of Samuel: Thomas, Samuel, William, Andrew, Junius, Robert B. (Rebecca Maddy), Marion. R. B. (b. 1837) is the father of Eliza J. (George W. Vawter) and Bessie.

C. of James: Robert, James, Joseph (Polly Taylor, 1805), Samuel.

C. of Joseph of James: Sylvester (Elizabeth Williams) - James (Virginia Johnson) - Joseph (Elizabeth Taylor) - Augustus (Elizabeth Callaway) - Nancy (James Meadows) - Martha (James Graham) - Miriam (Jeremiah W. P. Stevens) - Sarah (Samuel Gwinn) - Billescent (Simeon K. Hoffman, 1845) - Mary (George Keller, 1843) - Paulina (Levi Jarrett, 1847).

The thrift of Samuel, Sr., may be seen in the circumstance that in the course of his long life, although living in a poor frontier community, he became able to divide $12,000 in specie among his sons, Andrew and Samuel, Jr., taking each a half-bushel of coin and carrying it by packsaddle to their homes beyond Keeney's Knob. James, Jr., is said to have been the first white child born in Monroe after the Clendennin massacre. Two sons of Robert were colonels in the United States army. In general the Gwinns have been good, industrious, and intelligent citizens.

[A History of Monroe County, West Virginia by Oren F. Morton, Published 1916 by The McClure Company, Inc., Staunton, Va. - Submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Friday, March 1, 2013

Pvt Maxwell Gwin

Altoona Mirror, 1 June 1901:

"Maxwell Gwin, a well known and respected citizen, died at the Altoona hospital at 6:30 o'clock this morning from the effects of a stroke of apoplexy sustained yesterday morning at about 9:30 o'clock, while he was transacting business in Coleman Bros. store at Chesham avenue and Eleventh street.
He never recovered consciousness after he received the stroke.

Mr. Gwin was born on a farm where Gwin station on the Wopsy railroad is now located, and resided there during his entire life, except the time he served his country in the war of the rebellion.
He was aged 66 years, 10 months and 27 days.

Mr. Gwin, during the war, was a member of Company K, Seventy-sixth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers. He entered the service in November 1861 and was discharged July 18, 1865.
Two brothers of the deceased also served in the same regiment, one of whom, A. Crawford Gwin, was killed at Fort Wagner, South Carolina, July 11, 1863.

Deceased is survived by two brothers, Maj. Geo. H. and J. Harvey Gwin, both of this city; also a half-sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Reese of Frankstown. Mr. Gwin was for a number of years a member of the First Presbyterian church of this city, but for the last four or five years had been a faithful member of the Juniata Presbyterian church. He also took an active part in the Union Sunday school, near his home.

Funeral services will be held at the late home at Gwin's station Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
The interment will be made in the Maurer-Gwin cemetery."

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Veteran in Meech Cemetery, New York

LEE, Abner, b. Middletown, Conn. 2/20/1759, d. 6/30/1843; age 84-4-10, "In
the Revolution he engaged for his Country; was with Arnold in his defeat at
Quebec; with Washington at Trenton, Princeton and Red Bank. At sea was
taken by a British man-of-war, carried to Bermuda in irons, imprisoned some
10 weeks. In 1812 united with the Baptist Church having when young
entertained a hope in Christ."

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Thomas Guinn 1836-1861

THOMAS GUINN was born 1836 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, and died 1861 in Killed in battle at Chickamauga, Tn. He married MARTHA A BURDETT. She was born May 27, 1837, and died in Harvery County, Newton, Kansas.
Thomas was killed in action at the Battle of Chickamauga, Tennessee. He was in the 4th. Ky. Volunteer Infantry, Co. G. Trained at camp Dick Robinson.
Children of T

i.   ROBERT FRANCIS3 GUINN, b. November 17, 1859, Rockcastle County, Kentucky; d. September 15, 1946, Harvey County, Newton, Kansas.
  ii.   WILLIAM GUINN, b. December 02, 1857, Clear Creek, Rockcastle County, Kentucky; d. Newton County, Kansas; m. SUSIE.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Richard Guinn, Viet Nam

Birth: Oct. 30, 1934
Colorado, USA
Death: Apr. 2, 1982
Missouri, USA

Captain Richard Guinn was the Commanding Officer of Charlie Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, III MAF Republic of South Vietnam in 1967. He was a great leader of his men, he never hid from the incoming mortar, rockets or artillery and encouraged his men to immediately start shooting back even if the enemy was out of range. He would expose himself in the open while he checked on the condition of his men and guns. He attained the rank of Major after Gio Linh. He died from Agent Orange exposure while serving in Quang Tri Providence, Vietnam DMZ Leatherneck Square Area.
Richard joined the Marine Corps on 16 November 1953, and was Honorable Discharged on 1 July 1977. 
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Section R Site 96