7th ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER CAVALRY
Organized: Fall, 1861 Camp Butler Springfield, IL
Mustered In: 10/13/61 Camp Butler Springfield, IL
Mustered Out: 11/4/65 Nashville, TN
Discharged: 11/17/65 Nashville, TN
The 7th Illinois was a three year cavalry regiment. It served and fought in the western theater of the American Civil War. Although it was mustered into Federal service on 10/13/61 the organization did not come together as a complete entity until Christmas Day of that year.
November of '61 saw seven companies of the regiment engaged with the enemy at Summerville, MS. During December about half the regiment marched over 900 miles and was in contact with Confederate forces nearly every day.
First serious combat for the 7th was the battle of Iuka, MS (9/19/62). It also fought at Corinth (10/3 – 4/62). At Corinth it lost approximately forty officers and enlisted men.
On 12/26/63 the 7th fought the entirety of Confed. Gen. Nathan B. Forrest's cavalry without support. Understandably, the 7th came out second best. The regiment concluded the combat year a few days later at Moscow, TN.
In March, 1864 two hundred eighty nine officers and men re-enlisted. Thirty day furloughs followed in April.
Returning to the field, at the end of 1863 the regiment was engaged at the battle of Nashville, TN (12/15 – 16). The 7th lost 13 killed/ wounded on day one and 26 on day two.
After the surrender of all Confederate forces during late April, 1865 the 7th remained on guard duty in the south. The greater portion of this time was spent at Decatur, AL. It then marched to Nashville, TN for final muster and discharge.
Officers Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 5; Officers Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.: 3; Enlisted Men Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 59; Enlisted Men Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.: 267.
Residence: Hamilton Lee County, IL Age: 32.6 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 3 /8/65 Dixon, IL Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 3/8/65
Mustered Out: 11/4/65 Nashville, TN
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Rank At Discharge: Pvt.
NOTE: The birth - to - death biographical profile of Jesse Wolverton was created in May, 2021 during the Covid-19 medical pandemic. It contains less depth of detail than many other biographies within this website because military service, pension and other veteran-related files housed in Washington, D.C.'s National Archives were not available. At a later time those documents may be obtained and the data contained therein added to the narrative which follows.
Jesse Wood Wolverton was born on September 5. Birth years range from 1831 through 1833. Herein we are opting for 1832. His place of birth was Bucks County, PA.
Parents of Jesse were Thomas Jefferson Wolverton (b. 1793 Barnes County, PA - d. 3/9/1874 Washington County, KS) and Katherine/Catherine (nee Scout b. 1800 Holland or New Britain Bucks County, PA - d. unk.) Wolverton. Although it is not documented, it is believed the Wolvertons were a farming family.
As best as can be determined from available documentation Jesse was the third of seven children born to Thomas and Katherine/Catherine. Older than Jesse were Joseph Green Wolverton * (b. 9/14/26 Monmouth County, NJ), and William Scout Wolverton (b. 10/10/30 PA). Younger than Jesse were Crispin Wolverton (b. 4/16/35), Elnathan Kimball Wolverton ** (b. 4/26/38 Crawford County, OH), Hiram John Wolverton (b. 3/22/40 Sandusky, OH) and Thomas Jefferson Wolverton (II) (b. 8/7/42 Wyandot OH.).
During the month of January, 1858 in Iona County, MI Jesse married. His bride was Ann Elizabeth Train (b. ca. 1839 VT). After marrying the Wolvertons apparently settled and began farming in Campbell Iona County, MI.
During their years together Jesse and Ann produced nine children. Available documents identify only seven: Mary (b. ca. 1858), William "Willie" (b. 3/64), Eva Lena (b. 9/9/65 Kalamazoo, MI), Alice Laura (b. 4/24/67 Lee County, IL), Charles Edwin (b. 10/8/68 Lee County, IL) Francis "Frank" Marion (b. 5/21/70 Lee County, IL) and Hiram Milton (b. 12/20/71 Lee County, IL).
On 3/3/65 Jesse and two of his younger brothers - Joseph and Elnathan - enlisted in Co. “C” of the 7th Illinois Cavalry. . At the time all three were reportedly residing in Hamilton, IL.
At the time of Jesse's enlistment we gain a glimpse of Private Jesse Wolverton the physical being. He was 5' 8.5" tall, had brown hair, dark eyes and a fair complexion. Occupationally he noted himself as being a farmer.
Without access to his military service records there is little we can say about Jesse’s military experience. We do know, however, that Private Jessee Wolverton - as well as his two brothers - were discharged back into civilian life in July, 1865.
At the time of the 1870 U.S. Census Jesse, Ann and their growing family were farming in or near the community of East Grove located in Lee County, IL. A year earlier Jesse had paid $480 for forty acres of land in the area.
On 11/3/73 that Ann died. Details of her passing are unknown. She was/is buried in the Union Cemetery located in Bureau County, IL.
How Jesse coped with raising his young children following Ann's death is not known. He did not remarry until 1876. In the meantime, a census tally in 1875 found him and six of his kids farming in Little Blue Washington County, KS.
On 1/1/1/76 Jesse remarried. The second Mrs. Jesse Wolverton was Louisa Serena Allyn. Louisa had been born 3/31/54 in McHenry County, IL.
Jesse and Louisa produced seven children. Only six are identified in available documentation: Flora M. (b. 1878 KS), Walter Edgar (b. 9/10/79 Washington County, KS), Mabel Rose (b. 10/13/81 Washington County, KS), Bertha Ellen (b. 7/21/90 Greenleaf Washington County, KS), Grace Victoria (b. 7/21/90 Greenleaf Washington County, KS) and Floyd Raymond (b. 12/5/96 Greenleaf Washington County, KS).
Census takings between 1880 and 1900 placed Jesse, Louisa and their children - both his and theirs - in Greenleaf Washington County, KS. The tally at the dawn of the twentieth century found the two adults and their twelve children under one roof.
At some point in time between 1900 and early 1906 the Wolvertons quitted Kansas and moved to King County located in western Washington State. What had drawn them to the Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest and exactly when they arrived here are unknowns.
In King County, WA the Wolvertons settled in the community of North Bend east of the City of Seattle. North Bend was, and is, located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. It was there Louisa died on 2/17/06. No details of her passing have been found. She was/is buried in the Mt. Si Memorial Cemetery located in North Bend King County, WA.
As if 1910 Jesse continued to reside in North Bend. Sharing his home was married daughter Bertha, her husband and young daughter.
In 1920, Jesse was still in eastern King County, but by the second decade of the new century his community of residence as Snoqualmie, a town located near North Bend. In the home with him was married daughter Mabel, her husband and thirteen year old daughter. 1920 would be Jesse's last U.S. Census tally.
Jesse Wood Wolverton died 8/19/25 in North Bend King County, WA. He was/is buried in the Mt. Si Memorial Cemetery with Louisa.
* Joseph G. Wolverton enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army on 3/9/65. On that same date he was mustered into the 7th Illinois Cavalry Co. "C". He survived The War.
** Elnathan Wolverton enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army on 3/9/65. On that same date he was mustered into the 7th Illinois Cavalry Co. "C". He survived The War.
Buried at Mount Si Cemetery
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