Archive for the ‘Veteran’s’ Category

To Honor our Veteran’s

June 2, 2012

To go along with honoring our veterans’  Republic has built a Veterans’ Memorial, for those who have served their country. You may purchase a brick for an individual at the Republic Community Center, for $100.00. This web-site will lead you to a list of those individuals,


The last surviving Civil War Veteran in Republic was, Enoch Williams.   Enoch was born in 1840 and died in 1939, at 98 years old.  Thank you Enoch and those who have gone before.  What stories you could share with us.

Republic Record

Thursday, May 4, 1939



Death to Republic’s Last

Veteran of Civil War


Funeral services were conducted at the Hood M. E. church in Republic Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Imes for Enoch Williams, last veteran of the Civil War residing in Republic, who died Sunday.  The Ladies of the G. A. R. conducted a flag service at the church and the Sons of Veterans were in charge of the services at the grave.  The body, under the direction of R. E. Thurman, was then placed beside the wife in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Enoch Williams was born in Chester County, Pa., on July 8th, 1840.  He died at his son’s home in Republic, Mo., April 30, 1939 at the advanced age of 98 years, 9 months, and 22 days.  He resided, with his parents,  in Pennsylvania until he was 12 years old, when the family removed to Iowa in 1852.  Mr. Williams grew to young manhood in Iowa and in 1862, when Abraham Lincoln called for volunteers for the Union army he answered the call and enlisted in Company D, of the 24th Iowa Volunteers.  He served with this company and regiment until the close of the Civil War.

During his service as a soldier, he was actively engaged in many of the major battles of the Civil War.  Together with his comrades of Company D he fought at the battles of Cedar Creek , Champion Hill, Port Gibson, Sabine Cross Roads and the Siege of Vicksburg, where he received special citation.  In addition to these major battles, he passed through many minor engagements.   He had a record of having been present and participating in every battle in which his Company engaged during the war.

He was married to Mary S. Stuliff on February 7, 1867.   To their union six children were born, three of whom survive.  He was preceded in death by one son, two daughters and  the beloved companion and mother.  he surviving children are Mrs. W. P. Lumis of Kearney, Nebraska, J. E. and R. E. Williams of Republic.  After his marriage he resided in Iowa for twenty-nine years.  He then came to Springfield, were he remained for four years and in 1900 moved to Republic, where he spent the last thirty-nine years of his life.

When a young  man, Mr. Williams was converted and united with the Methodist church in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.  He retained his membership in the church of his choise until his death and in 1926, under the pastorate of Rev. Courtney he enrolled as a member of the church in Republic and was a member of that congregation at the time of his death.  In the earlier life he was active in the work of his chosen church and was very regular in attendance of the services  of worship.  He always seemed pleased at the visits of the pastor, or of others who called on him in the interest of his church, and expressed a willingness to assist in any way he could.

During his illness he suffered much pain, but bore his suffering with fortitude as a Good Soldier of Jesus Christ and recently re ——————– that the time for his discharge from this life was very near.  His mind was clear until near the last days, and he spent much time in prayer and communion with God, and approached the end without fear.  He has gone to join his comrades in the great reunion beyond the grave.

Under the sod and the dew

Waiting the judgment day

Under the one the blue

Under the other the gray

Enoch Williams born 7/08/1840


Posted By: Mary Hitchcock <>
Date: 12/28/2005 at 14:58:21

Enoch Williams, farmer, Cedar township post-office Solon; was born in Chester County PA July 8, 1840, where ye spent his boyhood days, and is a son of George and Mary Williams. In the spring of 1856 they emigrated to Iowa and settled in Johnson County where he has since resided, and now owns 160 acres of well improved land. He was married February 7, 1867 to Mary s. Sutliff, daughter of Allen C. Sutliff, one of the pioneers of Johnson County. By this union there are five children now living, viz.: Allen G., Ellen G., Kate S., Jesse E. and Ralph E. Source: The History of Johnson County Iowa 1836-1882, p.950-951

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
about Enoch Williams


Enoch Williams


Johnson County, Iowa

Age at enlistment:


Enlistment Date:

16 Aug 1862

Rank at enlistment:


State Served:


Survived the War?:


Service Record:

Enlisted in Company D, Iowa 24th     Infantry Regiment on 04 Sep 1862.
Promoted to Full 6th Corporal on 03 Nov 1864.
Promoted to Full 5th Corporal on 01 Jun 1865.
Mustered out on 17 Jul 1865 at Savannah, GA.
Promoted to Full 4th Corporal on 08 Jun 1865.

Birth Date:

8 Jul 1840

Death Date:

30 Apr 1939


Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in     the War of Rebellion
Research by R. Ross Houston