Silliman, Edwin Calvin

Silliman, Edwin Calvin

Male 1840 - 1930  (90 years)

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  • Name Silliman, Edwin Calvin 
    Born 18 Nov 1840  Peoria County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 26 Sep 1850  Peoria County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 23 Jun 1860  Hallock Township, Peoria County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 14 Jun 1870  Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 26 May 1930  Chenoa, McLean County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Died 11 Dec 1930  Chenoa, McLean County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried Chenoa Cemetery, Chenoa, McLean County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I38888  Sackett | Descendants of Capt. Richard Sackett
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2015 

    Father Silliman, Marshall Bennett,   b. 11 May 1812, Roxbury, Delaware, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1888, Toulon, Stark County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Hyde, Clarissa,   b. 1 Nov 1813, Lisle, Broome County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1842, North Hampton, Peoria County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Married 1837  [7
    Children 2 children 
    +1. Silliman, Norman Hyde,   b. 30 Oct 1842, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1925  (Age 82 years)
    +2. Silliman, Edwin Calvin,   b. 18 Nov 1840, Peoria County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Dec 1930, Chenoa, McLean County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     
    Family ID F13789  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Haynes, Sarah Marie,   b. 20 May 1840, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1922, McLean County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Children 
     1. Silliman, Herbert H.,   b. 1868, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1892, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     2. Silliman, Lester Lee,   b. 2 Oct 1870, Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1958, Chenoa, McLean County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2015 
    Family ID F13796  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Nov 1840 - Peoria County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 26 Sep 1850 - Peoria County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 23 Jun 1860 - Hallock Township, Peoria County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Silliman, Herbert H. - 1868 - Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 14 Jun 1870 - Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Silliman, Lester Lee - 2 Oct 1870 - Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 26 May 1930 - Chenoa, McLean County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Dec 1930 - Chenoa, McLean County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Chenoa Cemetery, Chenoa, McLean County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S506] 1850 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 17 Aug 2015.
      1850 Census, enumerated 26 Sep 1850 in Peoria county, part of, Peoria, Illinois, United States
      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Marshall B Silliman M 38 New York
      Nancy Silliman F 34 New York
      Edwin C Silliman M 9 Illinois
      Norman H Silliman M 7 Illinois
      Citing this Record

      "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M85X-H2Y : accessed 17 August 2015), Norman H Silliman in household of Marshall B Silliman, Peoria county, part of, Peoria, Illinois, United States; citing family 1522, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

    2. [S543] Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com), 17 Aug 2015.
      From Find A Grave Memorial# 65689513
      http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65689513
      Lieut Edwin Calvin Silliman
      Birth: Nov. 18, 1840
      Peoria County
      Illinois, USA
      Death: Dec. 11, 1930
      Chenoa
      McLean County
      Illinois, USA

      2nd Lieutenant EDWIN CALVIN SILLIMAN, Co. C, 86th Illinois

      Edwin Calvin Silliman was born on November 18, 1840 in Hallock Township in northern Peoria County, Illinois, the son of Marshall Bennett Silliman and Clarissa (Hyde) Silliman, Marshall was born on May 12, 1812 in Delaware County, New York, the second son of the Rev. Gershom Silliman and Polly (Colman) Silliman, who were both natives of Connecticut. Rev. Silliman was a Lieutenant in the War of 1812. In 1814, Rev. Silliman moved with his family to Jackson County, Ohio, remaining there 14 years. In 1828, he again moved with his family to Illinois, where they settled about four miles west of Chillicothe, Illinois in Peoria County, arriving in September of 1828. There they built a log cabin. Edwin was born in his parents log cabin, which according to his obituary "was one of the first built on the 'high prairie,' or the open land beyond the high bluffs." Rev. Silliman was the first Baptist Minister to permanently locate in Peoria County. Marshall was married on Nov. 16, 1837 to Miss Clarissa Hyde, a sister of Norman Hyde, one of the first settlers in Peoria and it's 1st Probate Judge. Clarissa died Nov. 5, 1842, leaving Marshall with two young sons, Edwin C. Silliman and Norman H. Silliman. Marshall B. Silliman was married 2nd on Feb. 6, 1844, to Nancy Y. Hawley, a daughter of Truman Hawley, who came to Peoria County in 1834, and who settled near Mt. Hawley. Truman kept the Post Office there for many years. Nancy died on June 4, 1885, at the the homestead in Hallock Township, while Marshall died on March 11, 1888, at Toulon.
      At the time of the 1850 census, the Silliman family is found in Peoria County;
      1473 1522 Sulliman Marshall B. 38 M Farmer 3,700 NY
      1473 1522 Sulliman Nancy 34 F NY
      1473 1522 Sulliman Edwin C. 9 M Ill
      1473 1522 Sulliman Norman H. 7 M Ill

      At the time of the 1860 census, the Silliman family is found in Hallock Township of Peoria County;
      662 648 Silliman Marshall 48 M Farmer 6,300 4,000 NY
      662 648 Silliman Nancy 44 F NY
      662 648 Silliman Edwin C. 19 M IL
      662 648 Silliman Norman 17 M IL
      662 648 Malone Ellen 23 F Servant Ireland

      Edwin C. Silliman was very well educated for his day. Edwin was educated in the country schools of northern Peoria County, attended the Toulon Academy in Toulon, Illinois and then attended Lombard University in Galesburg, Illinois. During the winter of 1861-62, Edwin C. Silliman earned his Teaching Certificate and is known to have taught school in his home district in Peoria County.
      On August 13, 1862, Edwin C. Silliman volunteered to serve in a company which was being raised in Chillicothe, Illinois, and in the townships immediately north and west of Chillicothe, including Halleck Township in Peoria County and LaPrairie and Saratoga Townships in Marshall County, by John H. Batchelder, who operated the Ferry at Chillicothe, and Dr. Joseph Thomas, a Chillicothe area Physician. When Batchelder and Thomas had almost 100 volunteers, they led the Chillicothe area company into Peoria where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. On August 27, 1862, Batchelder, Thomas and 87 of their volunteers were mustered into service as Co. C of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Dr. Thomas was elected by the men of Co. C to serve as their Captain, while Batchelder was elected to serve as their 1st Lieutenant. Edwin C. Silliman was elected by the men of men of Co. C to serve as their 3rd Sergeant.
      On September 7, 1862, the men of the 86th Illinois marched out the gates of Camp Lyon, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, and boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana. By early October, the men of the 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade, in pursuit of Confederate troops. On Oct. 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those troops in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the 86th Illinois suffering their first casualties. There would be many more to come. After the Battle of Perryville, the Confederate troops withdrew from Kentucky and the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee where they would go into winter camp.
      During the two and a half years, Sergeant Edwin C. Silliman served faithfully in Co. C as the men of the 86th served in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, Edwin was witness to and a participant in numerous battles and skirmishes, some of the bloodiest fighting in the Western Theatre of the war, including the Battles of Chicakamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia, Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, Peach Tree Creek, Georgia, Jonesboro, Georgia, Averasborough, North Carolina and Bentonville, North Carolina and marched with General Sherman to the Sea.
      As a sign of his military bearing and his dedication to the service and to his men, Sergeant Edwin C. Silliman is known to have been elected to fill the position of 1st Sergeant. This is believed to have occurred on or about February 1, 1863, when then 1st Sergeant William G. McDonald was elected and promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. By the end of the war, Co. C numbered less than 45 men, including all of the late war recruits. Since the summer of 1864, Co. C had made due with only two commissioned officers. On June 6, 1865, the men of the 86th Illinois were mustered out of service in Washington City (now D.C.). Even though the war was now over, most of the companies took the opportunity to fill their vacant officer positions and about the time they were mustered out, the men of Co. C held an election to fill the position of 2nd Lieutenant and 1st Sergeant Edwin C. Silliman was elected. Edwin C. Silliman did receive his commission before he left the service, but, he was mustered out of the service as 1st Sergeant of Co. C. By the end of June of 1865, the surviving members of Co. C were home with their families.
      Edwin C. Silliman was married to Sarah Marie Haynes on Christmas Day, December 25, 1866 at Lacon, Illinois. Sarah was born on May 20, 1840 at __________, Illinois, the daughter of __________ Haynes and __________ (__________) Haynes. Edwin and Sarah are known to have had 2 sons. They were;
      1. Herbert H. Silliman, born ________ __, 1868 at ________, Illinois; Graduated from the Chicago College of Dental Surgery in 1889; died on ________ __, 19__ (before 1930) at ___________, Illinois; buried in the Chenoa Township Cemetery.
      2. Lester L. Silliman, born October 2, 1870 at __________, Illinois; Lester, like his father, attended Lombard University in Galesburg and was a member of the Class of 1892. He is known to have been President of his class during his Sophomore Year; He was the Cashier of the State Bank of Chenoa for a number of years; died on November __, 1958 at ___________, ___________.

      Edwin was elected Peoria County Treasurer in 1869, serving one term. In 1872, after his term had expired, Edwin and Sarah moved to Chenoa, Illinois. Edwin's obituary states that "he was identified with the merchantile and social interests of Chenoa since that time, a period of fifty-eight years. Mr. Silliman entered into a partnership with George W. Jewel in agricultural implements and carriage making upon coming to Chenoa, and after a few years sold his interest to John T. Gibson, who served as a Sergeant in Co. G of the 86th Illinois, and went into the drug business with John W. Lenney. He later served for a short time as assayer for a mining company in Colorado, and after following the merchantile business for several years, retired from active business in 1890, investing wholly in farm lands."
      Edwin was very active through the years in the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) and in the 86th Illinois Association. Edwin was a Charter Member of Chenoa Post No. 185, G.A.R., serving as it's 1st Commander. Edwin then served as the Adjutant of the Post for most of the next 20 years. Edwin served as an Aid on the National and Illinois State G.A.R. staffs and served several terms as Commander of the 86th Illinois Association and was heavily involved in organizing the reunions of the 86th through the years.
      Over the years, Edwin came to be addressed often as "Colonel" Silliman because of his service in the military and his active involvement in the G.A.R.
      Edwin was also a very active member of the Illinois State and McLean County Historical Societies and "wrote several articles upon the early history of his native county. Mr. Silliman was ever a staunch patron of the Chenoa Public Library, and gave liberally to this institution since its establishment, many volumes and books on the library shelves attesting to his deep interest in this cause."
      Sarah Marie (Haynes) Silliman died on __________ __, 1922 at ___________, Illinois. Her earthly remains were laid to rest in the Chenoa Township Cemetery in Chenoa, Illinois.
      Lt. Edwin C. Silliman was a member of the Chenoa G.A.R. Post #185 in Chenoa, Illinois. In 1914 a book was published entitled "Illustrated Roster of the Department of Illinois, Grand Army of the Republic." E. C. Silliman, of C of the 86th Illinois was listed as a member of this post at this time.
      Lt. Edwin C. Silliman passed away on December 10, 1930. The following morning, the headline of the announcement of his passing from the Pantagraph read;

      "COL. SILLIMAN, CHENOA, DIES

      Charter Member of G.A.R,
      survived by One Son,
      One Veteran.

      Col. E. C. Silliman, 90, last Civil War veteran in this vicinity, died at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the home of his son, L. L. Silliman. He had been in failing health several years caused by his advanced age................."
      It continued, "The veteran was a charter member of Chenoa Post No. 125 (probably 185) and only one member survives him, Wilbur H. Loper, of Weston. He was a member of the Gridley Lodge I.O.O.F.........."

      The earthly remains of Lieutenant Edwin Calvin Silliman, the last living Civil War Veteran living in Chenoa, were given a full military escort by the local American Legion and laid to rest beside those of his wife of 55 years in the Chenoa Township Cemetery in Chenoa, Illinois.
      With the passing of Lt. Edwin Calvin Silliman, only three members of Co. C of the 86th Illinois are known to have been living. They were Private Adam Crawford, Corporal George E. Morrill and Private John H. Sarver.

      by Baxter B. Fite III and Carol Dorward, of Washington, Illinois

      (Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Silliman family, who might be able to add to the biographical material that we have on Edwin C. Silliman and the Silliman family. Baxter would also love to see copies of any pictures of Edwin C. Silliman that may have survived the years added to his Find A Grave site for all to see.)

      Family links:
      Parents:
      Marshall Bennett Silliman (1812 - 1888)
      Clarissa Hyde Silliman (1813 - 1842)

      Spouse:
      Sarah Marie Haynes Silliman (1840 - 1922)

      Children:
      Herbert H. Silliman (1868 - 1892)*

      *Calculated relationship

      Burial:
      Chenoa Cemetery
      Chenoa
      McLean County
      Illinois, USA

      Created by: Baxter B. Fite III
      Record added: Feb 15, 2011
      Find A Grave Memorial# 65689513

    3. [S1016] Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947, (https://familysearch.org/) (Reliability: 3), 26 Aug 2015.
      Name Edwin Calvin Silliman
      Event Date 10 Dec 1930
      Event Place Chenoa, McLean, Illinois
      Gender Male
      Age 80
      Birth Year (Estimated) 1850
      Birth Date 18 Nov 1840
      Birthplace Peoria Co, Ill
      Father's Name Marshall B Silliman
      Father's Birthplace Conn
      Mother's Name Clarissa Hyde
      Mother's Birthplace New York
      Occupation Retired
      Residence Place Chenoa, McLean, Ill
      Spouse's Name Sarah M Silliman
      Burial Date 12 Dec 1930
      Burial Place Chenoa, McLean, Ill
      Cemetery Chenoa

    4. [S500] 1860 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 17 Aug 2015.
      1860 Census, enumerated 23 Jun 1860 in Hallock, Peoria, Illinois, United States
      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Marshall Silliman M 48 N York
      Nancy Silliman F 44 N York
      Edwin C Silliman M 19 Ills
      Norman Silliman M 17 Ills
      Ellen Malone F 23 Ireland
      Citing this Record

      "United States Census, 1860," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXCW-4JZ : accessed 17 August 2015), Edwin C Silliman in household of Marshall Silliman, Hallock, Peoria, Illinois, United States; from "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing p. 92, household ID 648, NARA microfilm publication M653 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 803,217.

    5. [S501] 1870 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 17 Aug 2015.
      1870 Census, enumerated 14 Jun 1870 in Peoria City, Peoria, Illinois, United States
      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Edwin C Silliman M 29 Illinois
      Sarah A Silliman F 29 Illinois
      Hubert H Silliman M 2 Illinois
      Catharine Macken F 22 Illinois

      Citing this Record
      "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6HP-3TG : accessed 17 August 2015), Edwin C Silliman, Illinois, United States; citing p. 84, family 629, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,766.

    6. [S937] 1930 U.S. Census (Reliability: 3), 17 Aug 2015.
      1930 Census, enumerated 26 May 1930 in Chenoa City, McLean, Illinois, United States.
      Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
      Lester L Silliman Head M 59 Illinois
      Lottie E Silliman Wife F 61 Illinois
      Helen E Fifield Cousin F 26 California
      Edwin C Silliman Father M 89 Illinois

      Citing this Record
      "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSBP-ZL6 : accessed 18 August 2015), Lottie E Silliman in household of Lester L Silliman, Chenoa, McLean, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0028, sheet 12A, family 339, line 12, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 535; FHL microfilm 2,340,270.

    7. [S940] Linage Book, Daughters of the American Revolution, v. 52, p. 51733, 16 Aug 2015.
      Mrs. Flora Silliman McHarg
      born in Medina, Ill.
      Published 1905

      Wife of T. Arthur McHarg
      Descendant of Lieut. Col. Caleb Hyde, Sergt. Daniel Sillman, Corp Ebenezer Colman, Lieut. Caleb Matthews, and James Stanley

      Daughter of Norman Hyde Silliman (b. 1842) and Emily A. Matthews (b. 1845, his wife, m. 1866.

      Granddaughter of Marshall Bennett Sillman (1812-88) and Clarissa Hyde (1813-42), his 1st wife, m. 1837; Leman Matthews (1816-1902) and Mabel Barker (1816-92), his wife, m. 1830.

      Gr-granddaughter of Gersom Silliman (1783-1856) and Mary (Polly) Colman (1787-1864), his 1st wife, m. 1809; Calvin Hyde (1770-1880) and Anney Stanley (1769-1841), his wife, m. 1791; Simon Matthews (1769-1827) and Rhoda Royce (1775-1860), his wife, m. 1793.

      Gr-gr-granddaughter of Daniel Silliman and Sarah Brinsmade, his wife; Caleb Hyde and Elizabeth Sackett, his wife; Ebenezer Colman, Jr., and Phebe Carpenter (1764-93), his wife, m. 1782; Caleb Matthews and Anna Carrington (1743-1804), his wife, m. 1766; James Stanley and Esther Gridley (d. 1826), his wife, m. 1765.

      Caleb Hyde (1739-1820) served as captain, 1775, major, 1776-1777, and lieutenant colonel, 1778, Massachusetts troops. Discharged 1781. He was born in Norwich, West Farms (now Franklin), Conn.; died in Broome County, N.Y.

      Also No. 11435.

      Daniel Sillman (1752-1818) enlisted, 1775, as private in the 10th company, Connecticut Continentla regiment, and, 1777, served as sergeant in Capt. Jabez Wheeler's company of militia. He was born in Fairfield, Conn.; died in Easton.

      Ebenezer Colman (1751-1827) served as corporal in Capt. David Miller's company, Lieut. Col. Obediah Hosford's regiment, 1776, which marched to East Chester. He was born and died in Coventry, Conn.

      Caleb Matthews (1743-1814) was ensign, 1778, in the 2 regiment, Rhode Island Continental troops and promoted lieutenant, 1777, serving in the first battalion of infantry. He was born in Wallingford, Conn.; died in Bristol, Conn.

      James Stanley turned out at the Lexington Alarm in the 10th Connecticut company under Capt. Abraham Sedgewick. He was born, 1744, in Hartford, Conn.; died in Lisle, Broome County, N.Y.


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