28 November 2013
Franklin McCudden (1840-66), James Pemberton (1837-1914) and Charles Shuler (1845-1904) from Will County, Illinois enlisted in Company I, 9th Illinois Cavalry on the 23rd of February 1865. They enlisted in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. All three were mustered out on 31st day of October 1865 in Selma, Alabama. A National Genealogical Society (NGS)research trip to Washington DC provided me with documentation of their service.
After reading their Compiled Military Service Records, Carded Medical Records and Pension Applications, many more questions than answers surface. McCudden and Pemberton are farmers while Shuler is a boatman. Pemberton applied for a pension stating a mule rolled on him. At this time, there is no record in his medical file regarding the accident. Further research into unit records may reveal more clues.
The only military marker for Civil War service is on the grave on Charles Shuler in the Lockport City Cemetery. Franklin McCudden is buried in the Lockport City Cemetery. James Pemberton is buried in the Brooks Cemetery in Homer Glen. The gravestone photographs are from www.findagrave.com.
What is the connection between these three men? Charles Schuler is the brother-in-law to Franklin McCudden. After Frank died, his wife Elizabeth married George Pemberton. What is George’s relationship to James? Future research, I mentioned that records offer more questions than answers.
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