Saturday, December 17, 2011

John Gwin, Mexican War Veteran

Notice of Pension for John Gwin "late a Private Captain Littles Co. Illinois Mounted Vols." 

John was a resident of the Veterans Home in Quincy. He suffered the loss of the left eye.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Capt. Dick Henry Guinn

4 May 1963–26 March 1964 Commanding USS Forrestal (CVA-59)

Official photo of USS Forrestal (CVA-59) underway, 1964.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


Newark Evening News
News that Gwinn Perished on Titanic Long Kept from Asbury Park Woman

Special Service of the NEWS

ASBURY PARK, April 26---It was not until today that the news of her husband’s death on the Titanic was told Mrs. William L. Gwinn, who is living in the Coleman apartments, with her two children, aged three years and six months, respectively. Mr. Gwinn was a mail clerk on the Titanic and perished with the three other mail clerks on the boat.

Mrs. Gwinn had been apprised of the disaster, but she had been led to believe that “Will was saved.” To carry out the deception what purported to be wireless messages were shown to the wife. These said that Gwinn had been saved; that he had been taken to England, and that he was now on his way to this country.

When the wife was finally told that her husband had gone down with the ship she collapsed, and is now suffering from shock. The Gwinns moved here from Kingston, N. Y., early in the spring.

Gwinn was in England when he was informed that his wife’s health was poor and was advised to sail for this country as soon as possible. He was one of the mail clerks on the Philadelphia, but he secured a transfer to the Titanic in order that he might reach New York as quickly as possible.

Gwinn, who was thirty-six years old, had been in the postal service six years. He was six feet four inches tall and of athletic build. He has a brother, Cornelius J. Gwinn, of Woodridge, in Bergen County.

Fourth Officer Boxhall, of the Titanic, has told Mr. Gwinn something of his brother’s death. Boxhall is the man who was sent below soon after the collision to examine into the extent of the damage. When he got down to E deck, where the mailroom was located, he says he found it awash. Gwinn was there in his nightclothes, having rushed down from his room two decks above. Three other clerks were also there and all were bundling registered mail in sacks. It is estimated that its value was $800,000.

Boxhall says that the four men loaded themselves with heavy sacks of mail and stumbled on decks. at that time the boats were being launched. He saw Gwinn leaning over the rail of the ship. There was no chance to take him off or save the mail. Boxhall saved himself and a short time later the boat went down.

Monday, May 30, 2011

James Gwyn, American Civil War - Union

Gwyn, James
Born on 24th November 1828 in Derry/Londonderry. He emigrated to the United States at the age of 19 and settled in Philadelphia where he established a dry goods partnership with George H. Stewart under the name Gwyn & Stewart. At the outbreak of the war he became a Captain in the 23rd Pennsylvania Infantry and later Lieutenant-Colonel in the 188th Pennsylvania, rising to Colonel of that regiment in 1863. Gwyn was wounded in the thigh at the Battle of The Wilderness, Virginia in 1864. He went on to command a brigade outside Petersburg. He was breveted Brigadier-General of volunteers on 30th September 1864 for gallant and distinguished services in the battle of Poplar Spring Church, near Petersburg, Virginia. Gwyn died on 17th July 1906 in Yonkers, New York and is buried in Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Section E, Lot 33).
References: Hunt, Roger D. and Brown, Jack R. 1990. Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue, 250; New York Times Obituary, General James Gwyn Dead, 19th July 1906;

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Earl Junior Gwinn

March 14, 1926 - May 10, 2011
Earl Gwinn, 85, of Desha, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at White River Medical Center in Batesville.
He was born March 14, 1926 in Virden, Illinois and was the son of Alfred Gwinn and Dessie (Eskew) Gwinn.
Earl retired from General Tire. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed spending time with his family, working in the yard, carpentry, reading and dessert! He was passionate about sharing his love of fishing with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Additionally his greatest love was his church where he served as deacon and elder at the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Batesville.
Earl is survived by his wife, Doris (Vanquelef) Gwinn of Desha; two sons, Daniel Earl Gwinn of Colorado Springs, Colorado and David Raymon Gwinn of Desha; a daughter, Diana Gwinn Heck of Arlington, Texas; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and a brother, John Gwinn of Virden, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Ivan Gwinn and Roy Gwinn.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 13, 2011 at Alderbrook Cemetery in Desha officiated by Laurie Dewitt.
Burial will be at Alderbrook Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.
Pallbearers are Jedidiah J. Gwinn, Keith Gwinn, Mike Bell, Matthew Gwinn, Timothy Earl Davis and Ed Nunnley. Honorary pallbearers are Daniel Sid Heck, Dave Bishop, Otis Draper and Pat Burns.
Visitation is from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2011 at the funeral home.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Guitar Praise

Grandson Hezekia Brodie Aldrich, 5mo. Jam session at the church.


Still sorting out the switch/transition from Windows to Linux.
Started with Puppy, then Mint and now Ubuntu.

Dual booting in order to still use AutoCAD, FamilyTreeMaker and ChurchTrac that just refuse to run in Linux.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Champion Guinn, Lost Life in Battle with Kansas Jayhawkers (Redlegs)

Champion Guinn

b. 1823/4 TN
d. November 24, 1861, Osceola, St. Clair County, MO

He married Rebecca Ann Jackson in 1841. He was living in Franklin County, TN on the 1840 census with apparently a widowed mother (more likely step-mother) and a much younger brother and sister and other relatives. In 1850 he was in Hardin County, TN with his first wife, Rebecca, and two children: George M. b. 1843 and Sarah E. b. 1845/6. The family name was "Guinn" in 1840, "Gwinn" in 1850, and Guinn again in St. Clair County, Missouri. Rebecca died probably in 1854. Champion Guinn met Nancy Ellen Dunlap at a social event in either Haywood or Lauderdale County where he was playing the fiddle. He eloped with Nancy, with the help of one of her aunts and married her in Cheatham County, TN on January 1, 1856 and immediately afterward went to Osceola, Missouri.

He had a good friend, Micajah Dark who had already moved there. Since there is no evidence that Micajah Dark was ever in the southernmost central part of Tennessee, we believe Micajah and Champion met in west central or northwest Tennessee where we know Micajah had been from time to time.

Champion Guinn and Nancy Ellen Dunlap-Guinn had two daughters in Osceola: Susanna Poindexter Guinn (named for Nancy's maternal grandmother) b. 1857 and Lucretia Almedia Guinn b. 1859. Champion Guinn was a wagon maker, and on his way to making a tidy little fortune making and selling wagons to emigrants headed west along the Santa Fe trail. He was a respected townsman in Osceola and one of a group selected to protect the main bank if Senator Lane from Kansas made good his threat to pillage Osceola. He did and brought several hundred Kansans who overpowered the 12-15 men trying to guard the bank. Senator Lane found very little money in the bank and could only find one of the four hidden parcels of funds because only one person in town would tell him anything. He then "tried" the townsmen who had been attempting to protect the bank for "treason," on the spot. Lane acted as prosecutor and judge and allowed no defense or pleas. He promptly sentenced to death those who had not already been killed in the gun battle to take the bank, and did the countdown to fire and participated in the firing squad. Seven men were immediately killed. Champion Guinn and William Berry were mortally wounded and eventually died of their wounds; William Berry died about 2 weeks after the September 23, 1861 sacking and burning of Osceola, and Champion Guinn died November 24, 1861. Micajah Dark was very seriously wounded but after a year finally recovered and married Champion Guinn's widow, Nancy Ellen Dunlap Guinn. They had 5 more children. Twin sons died as infants but three other children survived and lived to old age.

Nancy Ellen Dunlap's father was William Anderson David Dunlap b. in 1813 in Montgomery County, TN but who lived in Humphreys, Haywood and Lauderdale from about 1830 until 1856 when he moved his family to Marshall County, Iowa. He married Emily Poindexter in 1832/33. The elopement of Nancy Ellen Dunlap and Champion Guinn was made possible by her father's going back and forth to set up the new home in Iowa. Her grandfather was William Dunlap of Williamson and Montgomery Counties, TN who married Ellen Thomas in 1806, and her great-grandfather was Samuel Dunlap who died in Humphreys County in 1840, and was a Revolutionary War veteran from South Carolina. Her father had lived with his grandparents to help care for them in old age during his late teenage years and continued to live in west central Tennessee after that.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Dr. William McKendree Gwin, Senator from California

GWIN, William McKendree, senator, was born in Sumner county, Tenn., Oct. 9, 1805, son of the Rev. James Gwin, a Methodist preacher and a" soldier under General Jackson. He was graduated at Transylvania University, M.D., in 1828, having previously studied law at Gallatin, Tenn. He practiced medicine in Clinton, Miss. In 1833 President Jackson appointed him U.S. marshal for the district of Mississippi. He represented the Vicksburg district in the 27th congress, 1841-43, and declined a re election on account of his poverty. President Polk appointed him superintendent of the building of the U.S. customhouse in New Orleans and he resigned on the accession of General Taylor to the presidency and settled in San Francisco. Cal, June 4, 1849. He was a member of the first constitutional convention, which met at Monterey in September 1849, to frame a state constitution and in December was elected with John Charles Fremont to the U.S. senate. He drew the long term and in the senate was instrumental in procuring a survey of the Pacific coast, the establishment of a U.S. mint and navy yard, for San Francisco

He was re-elected in 1855 and at the close of his second term as U.S. senator he was arrested for disloyalty and was imprisoned till 1863, when he was released and went to France. In Paris he developed a scheme for the colonization of Sonora. Mexico, with Southerners, and he interested Napoleon III in the project. He had an interview with Maximilian at the Tuileries and two weeks later Maximilian left for Mexico. Doctor Gwin followed with an autograph letter from Napoleon III to Marshal Bazaine. Neither the marshal nor Maximilian favored the plan nor Doctor Gwin returned to France in January 1865, and freely exposed the condition of affairs in Mexico to the Emperor, which interview obtained an order on the marshal to furnish troops to aid Doctor Gwin in his scheme. On delivering the order it was not carried out and disappointed Doctor Gwin was furnished an escort to the border and he returned to his home in California where he engaged in business. He supported the candidacy of Samuel J. Tilden for President in 1876. He subsequently removed to New York City, where he died. Sept. 3, 1885.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Brigadier General Walter Gwynn, CSA

Walter Gwynn (1802-1882) was an American civil engineer and soldier. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in the Class of 1822. In 1827, he helped survey the route for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. In 1833, he was involved and an engineer in the building of the Portsmouth and Roanoke Railroad. He was Superintendent and Chief Engineer of the Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad in North Carolina from 1836 to 1840. In 1846, he became president of the James River and Kanawha Canal Company, which was funded by the Virginia Board of Public Works.

Walter Gwynn was a Brigadier General in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. In 1861, he was directed by Virginia governor John Letcher to assume command of the defenses around Norfolk and Portsmouth. He oversaw construction of defensive fortification at Sewell's Point, which was across the mouth of Hampton Roads from Fort Monroe at Old Point Comfort. In 1862, he participated in the Battle of Big Bethel during the Peninsula Campaign. In 1863, he was named comptroller of the State of Florida.

After the war, he returned to civil engineering in North Carolina. He died in 1882.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Col. Samuel L. Gwin

Colonel Samuel Gwin

Written by Jay Guy Cisco
Historic Sumner County, Tennessee 1909

Samuel L. Gwin was a brother of Senator Gwin. He also located in Mississippi, where he became prominent; though less so than his brother, and less is know of him.

The following letter, copied from Claiborne’s History of Mississippi will give some idea of Colonel Gwin:
Washington, October 14, 1831
Hon. George Poindexter, United States Senator:
My recent appointment, Register of the Land Office at Mount Salus, makes it my duty to explain to you why I sought the position, and to say something of my antecedents.
I am a native of Tennessee; was a volunteer under Jackson in his Indian campaigns; was in Coffees brigade in the assault and capture of Pensacola in 1814, and in all the engagements with the British below New Orleans. I lost my health by long protracted exposure, and to this day am a habitual sufferer.

In 1829 the Postmaster General was good enough to give me a clerkship in his department, since which time I have never been absent from my post. My beloved wife is now threatened with consumption, and I am advised that the only hope for her is to take her to a warmer climate. Under this advice, and with this hope, and for the happiness of a young family, I submitted the case to the President, and, with the noble sympathies of his nature, he conferred on me the Mount Salus appointment. I do not apprehend that anyone will doubt my qualifications or character, but I fear my non-residence may be considered an objection. For this I must ask indulgence.
I have never resided in Mississippi, but have shed my blood on her soil in her defense, as the records of our battles will attest.
My venerable father and his six brothers were soldiers of the Revolution.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,

Samuel Gwin

Senator Poindexter bitterly resented the appointment of Colonel Gwin, and from that time on made vigorous war on President Jackson. He succeeded in the Senate in having the nomination of Colonel Gwin rejected, and he appointed to the new Land Office at Choccchuma, a more profitable position.
The Gwins' succeeded in defeating Senator Poindexter for re-election.
The canvass resulted in a duel between Judge Isaac Caldwell, Poindexter’s law partner, and Colonel Gwin.
Both parties fell. Caldwell expired in two hours. Gwin was shot through the lungs and survived a year.