|Henry Carl Spainhour|
|In the 1860 census of DeWitt Co., IL, "Carl Spainhoward" (possibly Cail), 17 was living with Gideon P. Smallwood and his family.|
In the 1870 census of Creek Twp., DeWitt Co., IL, Henry, 26, is living with wife "Luina", 20, son David, 3, and Lavinia's sister Arminda Smallwood, 17.
In the 1880 census of Creek Twp, DeWitt Co., IL, Henry (35) is living with wife Lavinia (28) and children David (12), Lavinia (8), and sons Corry (5), and Vervain (2). He was a farmer. Lavinia's sister Josphine Smallwood (20) is also living with them (pg114)
In the 1900 census of Creek Twp., DeWitt Co., IL, Henry is living with wife Lavina D., and children Cary A., Earl E., Lida A., Lena M., Russell E., and Alma M. Lavina was the mother of 15 children, 8 still living.
Henry was in the 41st Illinois Infantry Company C, in the Civil War, commanded by Capt. John Conklin and, later, Capt. Michael Danison. He joined March 24, 1862 and was later transferred to Company A, Veteran's battalion. He was then transferred to 53rd Illinois Infantry and mustered out March 20, 1865. The history of Henry's regiment can be found here: http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/history/041.htm
According to his Civil War pension card, Henry claimed invalid status on 25 Feb 1907. No widow claim was filed, possibly indicating that Levina died before him.
Henry C. Spainhour bought 40 acres of RR land in the SE quarter of the NW quarter of section 18, township 19N, Range 4E of Meridian 3 in the state of Illinois on April 30, 1872
The Biographical Record of DeWitt County, Illinois, Illustrated.
Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1901.
H. C. SPAINHOUR. (Volume 1, Pages 263 & 264)
H. C. Spainhour, who is now living a retired life on section 9, Creek township, was born in Texas township, this county, February 26, 1843, and is a son of Thomas Spainhour, whose birth occurred in Casey county, Kentucky, in August, 1819. His paternal grandparents, Warner and Polly (Davenport) Spainhour, were both natives of North Carolina, and after residing in Kentucky for several years came to Illinois in 1817, locating in Sangamon county when this section of the state was inhabited principally by the red men. Here the father of our subject grew to manhood and for many years he was engaged in farming in DeWitt county, but is now living a retired life in Creek township. He first married Matilda Willis, also a native of Kentucky, and the mother of our subject. By that union six children were born, three sons and three daughters, of whom three sons are still living. Since the mother’s death the father has been twice married, and by the last union also has six children.
Our subject spent his boyhood and youth in Texas and Creek townships, and began his education in a primitive log school house with its slab benches and puncheon floor. The writing desk was made by a plank laid upon pegs driven into the wall, and where a log was cut out greased paper was tacked over the opening to form a window. The school house was about a mile from the Spainhour homestead. Our subject was only able to attend school during the winter months, but he had some good teachers, including Logan McMurray, his first teacher. As there was no mill in this locality during his boyhood, his grandfather Willis made a couple of burrs out of niggerhead rocks to grind meal, and continued to operate these for several years.
During the Civil War Mr. Spainhour enlisted March 10, 1862, in Company C, Forty-first Illinois Volunteer Infantry, under Colonel I. C. Pugh, and first went to Pittsburg Landing. During the first day of the battle of Shiloh—April 6, 1862—he was wounded in the left arm and was under the surgeon’s care for ten days. On rejoining his command he took part in the siege of Corinth and then went to Grand Junction, Mississippi, and from there to Holly Springs, taking part in the engagement at the latter place. Returning to Grand Junction his regiment went from there to Boliver, Tennessee, in the spring of 1863. They were next ordered to the Tallahatchie river to intercept General Hardy and keep him from crossing that stream. From there they went to Memphis and with Grant’s expedition started for Vicksburg, but on reaching Coffeyville they found that the rebels had destroyed their rations at Corinth and were compelled to fall back to Holly Springs, where they lived for a week on parched corn without salt until Sherman arrived with provisions. Returning to Memphis they took boats for the Yazoo river heights above Vicksburg, and after capturing the fort and destroying the magazine at that place they crossed the river and were in camp opposite Vicksburg for a week. They were then assigned to the extreme left of Grant’s army, and were under fire in the siege of Vicksburg for forty-nine days. From there they marched to Jackson, Mississippi, and in the hard-fought battle which occurred there July 12, 1864, the regiment lost heavily, only sixteen out of the tree hundred and fifty men who entered the fight being able to stack arms around the colors after the engagement was over. The remnant of the regiment returned to Memphis, and in August, 1864, the survivors were mustered out. Our subject remained in the service, however, and was with General Smith on the Red river expedition, and for a time was at Marietta, Georgia, and Kenesaw Mountain guarding railroads. His command was with Sherman in the Atlanta campaign and on the march to the sea, and were then given charge of the prisoners captured on that march. By boat they proceeded to Fort Beaufort, South Carolina, and then marched with Sherman to Goldsboro, North Carolina, where Mr. Spainhour was mustered out March 29, 1865. He returned home immediately, arriving here on the 13th of April.
For two years after the war Mr. Spainhour was engaged in farming on the shares for Asbury Smallwood. During that time he was married, January 18, 1866, to Miss Deborah Smallwood, a daughter of Asbury and Elizabeth Smallwood, natives of Virginia. Her father was one of the earliest settlers of Macon county, Illinois, having located there before the winter of the “deep snow.” Unto our subject and his wife fifteen children were born, seven of whom died young, and David, the oldest, died May 20, 1892, at the age of twenty-four years. Those living are Lura, who is now the wife of John L. Tackwell, of Creek township, and has one child, William Carl; Cory, who married Carrie Harrow and is operating a part of his father’s land; Virvin and Ellis, both at home; and Nettie, Maude, Russell and Alma, all in school.
After leaving his father-in-law’s farm Mr. Spainhour operated a grist and sawmill on Salt creek, in Texas township, and then returned to the Smallwood farm. Later he erected a flouringmill on the Sangamon river in Macon county, but after running it six months he sold out and returned to Creek township, DeWitt county, where he rented the Peter Murphy farm one year. He then returned to the old place and remained there until 1874, when he bought eighty acres of land in Nixon township. This he disposed of six months later, and then purchased one hundred and sixty acres of his present farm in Creek township, to which he has added from time to time until he now has four hundred twenty-five acres of well improved and highly cultivated land on sections 4, 5, and 9, and also has eighty acres on section 10. He has given considerable attention to stock raising, but in 1901 laid aside all business cares and is now living a retired life. He started on his business career without a dollar, and the success that he has achieved is due entirely to his own industry, good management and excellent business ability. During the war he succeeded in saving thirteen hundred dollars.
In politics Mr. Spainhour is a Democrat, and as one of the leading and prominent citizens of his community he has been called upon to fill official positions of honor and trust. He served as collector several terms, and was county supervisor six consecutive terms, during which time he was a member of all of the important committees, such as the finance and poor farm committees. He is a member of Gilman Lodge, No. 455, K. P., and his wife is a member of the Christian church.
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