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John Schoonmaker[1]

Male 1842 - 1927

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  • Name  John Schoonmaker 
    Born  2 Apr 1842  Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Military  8 Nov 1862  Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Enlisted 
    • Enlisted in Company E, Illinois 74th Infantry Regiment. He was a private. This regiment was established on 4 Sep 1862. See his obituary.
    Military  7 Jan 1863  [6
    Mustered out 
    Occupation  1870  Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Farmer 
    Occupation  1880  Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Farmer 
    _UID  33FA816FA17940238BDCDFBE666396393673 
    Buried  1927  Winnebago Cemetery, Winnabago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Schoonmaker Headstone in Winnebago Cemetery, Winnabago, Winnabago County, Illinois
    Schoonmaker Headstone in Winnebago Cemetery, Winnabago, Winnabago County, Illinois
    Schoonmaker, John Headstone (1842-1927)
    Schoonmaker, John Headstone (1842-1927)
    Father
    John
    Co. E 74 Ill Vol Inf
    Co. G 2 Ill Vol Lt Art
    1842-1927

    Winnebago Cemetery,Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois

    Company E, 74th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
    Company G, 2nd Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery
    Died  23 Mar 1927  Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • John Schoonmaker, a farmer, enlisted in the Union Army August 11, 1862. He joined Company E, 74th Illinois Infantry. Soon after the battle of Perryville he was discharged because of "hypertrophy of the heart." This was not enough to keep him from service, however, as on January 20, 1864 Schoonmaker again enlisted with Battery G 2nd Illinois Light Artillery (who misspelled his last name "Scoonmaker"). He served with Battery G through the duration of the war, mustering out as a private with the rest of the battery September 4, 1865 in Springfield, Illinois. Contributed to Findagrave.com by Patrick J DeGeorge on 16 Jan 2007, memorial 17503763.
    Notes 
    • John Schoonmaker
      – Who was formerly indentified with agricultural interests in Winnebago Township, but is now living retired at No.824 Montague Street, Rockford was born April 2, 1842, in the township where he formerly farmed.  His grandfather, Henry Schoonmaker, was a native of the state of New York.  He is a son of Henry and Mary Schoonmaker, the former born in Albany County, New York, April 16, 1808, while the latter was a native of Schohaire County, New York.  The father came to Winnebago County in 1838, at a time when there were only two log cabins standing upon the present site of the city of Rockford. He helped to put in the first dam and also the first bridge at Rockford and received the first deed to land in Winnebago Township, entering his claim from the government.  Money was scarce in the west at that time and Mr. Schoonmaker returned to the east where he obtained the gold with which to pay for his property.  He spent the reminder of his life here and met his death by falling from a load of hay, when sixty-four years of age. In his family were four sons and four daughters, seven of the number yet living: Mrs. Cornelia Hobson, who resides near the old homestead in Winnebago Township; Mrs. Emily Branagh, who is living in Chicago Heights, Illinois; John, of this review; David who resides at Stineton, Dewey County, Oklahoma; William, who resides on the old homestead;Mrs. Margaret N. Warner, who died leaving two children, Mrs. Lewis Mitchell who resides at Harvard, Illinois and Mrs. Maggie Stacy who is living at Rochelle, Illinois; Charles E., who owns eighty acres of the old homestead farm in Winnebago Township; and Mrs. Mary McDonald, who lives at Hawarden, Iowa. The parents have both passed away and the father was owner of three hundred and thirty-seven acres of land at the time of his death.

      John Schoonmaker was educated in the common schools and enlisted in the military service of his country when twenty years of age, being assigned to duty with the boys in blue of Company E. Seventy-fourth Regiment of Illinois Volunteers.  Her served for five months and was then was honorably discharged on account of disability.  The only battle in which he participated was the Perryville, Kentucky. Returning to his home, he remained in this county for a year and then offered his service to the Union,re-enlisting as a member of Battery G. Second Illinois Lights Artillery, with which he remained for twenty months.  He participated in the battle of Tupelo, Mississippi, July 14, 1864, opposing the Confederate troops under General Forest, Oldtown Creek, July 15, 1864; and Hurricane Creek, August 13,1864.  He was the Sixteenth Army Corps and helped to drive the rebel general, Price, out of Missouri in the fall of 1864.  He was also in several skirmishes and the battle of Nashville, Tennessee, December 15 and 16,1864, and the siege of Mobile from the 27th of March until the 12 of April,1865 resulting in the capitulation of the forts.  He afterward started with his command for Montgomery, Alabama, being in the march at the time word was received of the surrender of General Lee.  He was then discharged at Springfield, Illinois, September 4, 1865.

      Following his return home, Mr. Schoonmaker began farming, operating rented land for several years until his labors had brought him a capital sufficient to enable him to purchase a farm.  After that, he cultivated and improved his own land with gratifying success until 1892, when he retired to private life,and took up his abode in Rockford.  He now owns two fine residences on Montague Street in this city and eighty acres of land in the county.

      Mr. Schoonmaker was married in 1868 to Miss L. L. M. Posson, who was born in the state of New York in 1849 and is a daughter of Daniel and Angelica (Houghtelling) Posson.  Her father was a farmer, who owned and operatedtwo hundred acres of land in the state of New York.  He came to the west in 1864 with his family and after living to Winnebago County for some time removed to Missouri, where he purchased a farm upon which he lived eleven years.  On selling that property, he returned to Illinois and bought the farm on which he was living at the time of his death on the 17th of May,1892.  His widow still survives him and is living with Mrs. Charlena Clilkman in the village of Winnebago.  Mr. Posson was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church to which his widow still belongs, and he took an active part in the church work, doing everything in his power to promote its growth and extend its influence.  He served as steward of the church and was also deacon for many years.  In his family were four children, all of whom are yet living; Mrs. Schoonmaker; Mrs. Isabella Patterson, who resides at a New Milford; Arthur, who is living at Windsor,Missouri; and Mrs. Clilkman, a resident of the village of Winnebago.

      Mr. and Mrs. Schoonmaker have become the parents of three daughters: Ella,born June 23, 1869, is the wife of Strieker Mitchell, a farmer living in Winnebago Township and they have three children, Homer, Ollie, and John. Fannie Schoonmaker, born September 14, 1874, is the
      wife of Alonzo Mitchell, who is living upon her father’s farm, and they have three children: Irene, Pearl, and Everett.  Maggie, born January 17, 1877, is the wife of Frank Sheldon, a farmer residing in Seward Township, and they have two children: Harold and Lorraine.  The parents are members of the Congregational Church and Mr. Schoonmaker belongs to Nevius Post, No. 1, G. A. R.  He votes with the Republican Party and for six years, he served as school director, he cause of education finding in him a warm friend.  He has, however, never given much time to office seeking or office holding, content to do his service for the public as a private citizen.  He has been very successful in his business and is now one of the substantial and respected residents of his native county, enjoying the comforts of life in a pleasant home, whose hospitality makes it a favorite resort with his many friends.

      Transcribed by Denise Border
    Person ID  I2833  Page-Dumroese
    Last Modified  12 Mar 2013 

    Father  Henry Schoonmaker,   b. 16 Apr 1808, Albany, Albany County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1872, Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Lown,   b. Abt 1812, Albany County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1892, Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1826  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1023  Group Sheet

    Family  Laura L.M. Posson,   b. 9 May 1849, Schoharie County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1940, Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 Feb 1868  Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Helen Schoonmaker,   b. 23 Jun 1869, Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1956, Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Fannie Schoonmaker,   b. 14 Sep 1874, Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Maggie Schoonmaker,   b. 17 Jan 1877, Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Family ID  F1020  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Apr 1842 - Winnebago County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Enlisted - 8 Nov 1862 - Winnebago County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Feb 1868 - Winnebago County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1870 - Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1880 - Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1927 - Winnebago Cemetery, Winnabago County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Mar 1927 - Winnebago, Winnebago County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
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    John Schoonmaker (1842-1927)
    John Schoonmaker (1842-1927)
    John Schoonmaker, a farmer, enlisted in the Union Army August 11, 1862. He joined Company E, 74th Illinois Infantry. Soon after the battle of Perryville he was discharged because of "hypertrophy of the heart." This was not enough to keep him from service, however, as on January 20, 1864 Schoonmaker again enlisted with Battery G 2nd Illinois Light Artillery. He served with Battery G through the duration of the war, mustering out as a private with the rest of the battery September 4, 1865 in Springfield, Illinois. Contributed to Findagrave.com by Patrick J DeGeorge on 16 Jan 2007, memorial 17503763.

  • Sources 
    1. [S444] Illinois Ancestors, Schoonmaker, John Biography. Actual source not provided. Transcribed by Denise Border. Accessed 12 Mar 2013..

    2. [S319] 1880 US Census, Schoonmaker, John Family. 1880; Census Place: Winnebago, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: 262; Family History Film: 1254262; Page: 334D; Lines 31-35; Enumeration District: 236; Enumerated 18 Jun; Image: 0170..

    3. [S430] Find A Grave, Schoonmaker, Pvt John. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=SCHO&GSpartial=1&GSbyrel=all&GSst=16&GScntry=4&GSsr=4001&GRid=17503763& (accessed 9 Mar 2013).

    4. [S316] 1850 US Census, Schoonmaker, Henry Family. 1850; Census Place: Elida, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: M432_134; Page: 346B; Lines: 26-32; Enumerated 22 Oct; Image: 101..

    5. [S317] 1860 US Census, Schoumaker [Schoonmaker], Henry Family. 1860; Census Place: Winnebago, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: M653_240; Page: 32;Lines: 32-38; Enumerated: 11 June; Image: 32; Family History Library Film: 803240..

    6. [S442] US Civil War Soldiers and Profiles, Illinois: Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men; GAR Dept of Illinois: Death Rolls (accessed 9 Mar 2013).

    7. [S318] 1870 US Census, Schoonmaker, John Family. Winnebago, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: M593_294; Page: 227A; Lines: 11-13; Image: 746; Family History Library Film: 545793..