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Chase, Eli T.


Age: 35, credited to Johnson, VT
Unit(s): 8th IL CAV
Service: Pvt, Co. H, 8th IL CAV

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Birth: 02/10/1829, Johnson, VT
Death: 04/29/1930

Burial: Ringwood Cemetery, Ringwood, IL
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 68418312


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/26/1890, IL
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Ringwood Cemetery, RIngwood, IL

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Eli Chase Dead Aged 101 Years
Passed Away Tuesday Afternoon

Was Only Surviving Member of McHenry Post, Civil War Veterans

Eli Chase, the last of the Civil war veterans of the McHenry Post, passed away at his home at Ringwood on Tuesday, April 29, with the unusual record of having lived 101 years, the greater part of which was spent in Ringwood.

Mr. Chase was in frail health for some time and the past several weeks had been confined to his bed, gradually slipping away from the activities of this life and from his interest in the affairs of the day.

With the passing of his frail body from this earth goes the knowledge of the earliest history of this country, whose interesting incidents he will no longer relate. Probably no one in this vicinity has been as much of the development of the country and of the business as has this man who witnessed the growth of civilization from before Lincoln's day to the present age.

Mr. Chase descended from Puritan English stock, his remote ancestors coming from England in early Colonial days and because of his advanced age it is interesting to note that his mother lived to be 87 years old and his father died at the age of 85 years. His grandfather, Stephen Chase, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war and took an active part in the battle of Bunker Hill.

Born in Vermont

Eli Chase was born at Johnson, Vermont, on Feb. 10, 1829, being the son of Joshua and Mary Chase. When a boy he worked with his father at the carpenter's trade and when about twenty years old he came to Illinois, making the journey with his parents who traveled with teams to Burlington, Vt., crossed Lake Champlain to Whitehall, N.Y., and then by way of the Erie Canal to Buffalo, completing the trip to Waukegan via the Great Lakes. From Waukegan his father settled at Smith's corners, removing a few years late to Ringwood. Eli Chase worked as a farmhand for John Smith and also in several other capacities, such as working in the lumber woods of Michigan and operating a threshing machine. He saved his money until he was able to purchase forty acres of land, to which he added more acreage as time went on.

On Oct. 19, 1858, he married Mrs. Louise Tabor, whose son, Oscar Tabor, of Ringwood survives him. Mr. and Mrs. Chase had one daughter, Florence, who died April 16, 1863, at the age of three years.

Mr. Chase was an honored member of the G. A. R. and he last surviving member of the Civil war veterans of the McHenry Post. On Aug. 6, 1864, he enlisted in Company H of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry of the Union Army and served until the close of the war. He took part in the last battle fought in Virginia and the captain of his regiment was captured and taken to Libby prison. Two of his brothers, Minard and Freeman, also served in the war.

About thirty-five years ago Mr. Chase retired from active farming and moved to his present home at Ringwood. Sixteen years ago his wife died and for about ten years he lived alone. Just a few months ago his housekeeper, Mrs. Jennie Cossman, passed away very suddenly and her loss was felt keenly, having been with him for about four years.

He was one of a family of seven children, his brothers and sisters being Melvina, Mary Ann, Minard M., Ruth Ann, Freeman J. and Harper J.

Funeral services were held this Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Ringwood, with burial in the Ringwood cemetery.

His passing brings to a close the life book of the veteran pioneer who has weathered the sun and shadows of life for a century and one years.

Source: The McHenry (IL) Plaindealer, May 1, 1930
Transcribed by Tom Ledoux.

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