Chasing down history

FOLLANSBEE – Sara Jane Kimble Chadwell of May Road has traveled the roads in and about Bergholz that her distant relative, Gen. John Hunt Morgan, took in his quest to get over the Ohio River and back to his southern homeland in 1863.

Chadwell will be recognized during the Morgan’s Raiders tour set to start at 11 a.m. Saturday with a covered-dish luncheon at the Bergholz Fire Hall and talks by Bill and Laura Nordan, living historians, as well as Jeff Evans, a historian, and Lester Horwitz, an author. It’s the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Chadwell and her husband, Gene, have visited the graves of Keziah Morgan Allison and her husband, James; and Jane Morgan Campbell and her husband, Daniel, at West Grove Cemetery, located on an unpaved road off state Route 164 near Bergholz.

The Morgan descendent has done considerable searching in her quest to find her relatives. In her search she found that her great-great-great-grandfather was William Morgan, born in Philadelphia; her great-great-grandmother was Keziah Morgan Allison, born in Wayne Township. Columbiana County; her great-grandfather was James Jason Allison, born in Fox Township, Carroll County; and her grandmother was Lyda Belle Allison Barcus, born in Salineville. Her mother, Nellie Mae Barcus Kimble, was born in Isletta, Ohio. William Morgan is the general’s uncle.

It appears that in this last two days of running from the northern troops – some called in from the Michigan and Kentucky Cavalry – Morgan stopped at the home of his cousin, Keziah Allison, near Carrollton, where he eat dinner. When he left, Keziah gave him a clean shirt and some of his wounded men were left behind at the Allison household.

The West Grove Cemetery, scattered with grave markers ranging from the antiquated sandstone, to smooth marble and granite, has two graves bearing Confederate soldiers, according to Virginia Glenn, who recently accompanied the Chadwell couple to the cemetery and the home of Zeziah Allison.

A squirmish took place on a field near the cemetery after the troops were chased by Gen. Shackleford.

He beat the Union troops to the cemetery but a portion of Shackleford’s troops came through area farms in time to exchange shots with the fleeing column in the area where Jefferson, Carroll and Columbiana counties come together, according to reports.

Jere H. Simms, author of the “The Last Night and Last Day of Morgan’s Raid” tells that three of Morgan’s men were wounded and afterwards two were buried in West Grove.

As their companions had no time to stop and care for them, the wounded were picked up by Union troops and carried to the shaded porch of John Moore. There they were given the attention necessary but by sundown two had died and were buried by Union troops and the Moore family. The house still stands near the cemetery and the Chadwells recently drove past it after a stop at the cemetery.

At the two graves, Confederate flags fly and a stone is erected, along with grave markers, marking the killing of the confederate soldiers on July 26, 1863. It was erected by the East Liverpool Morning Tribune in 1910.