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.