Friday, June 8, 2012

Stotler cousins in Kansas June 1887

Stotler kin in Kansas
Stotler cousins in Kansas, June 1887
This is a scan of a photo from an old album owned by my 2nd Great Grandmother, Mary H. Stotler-Ross. According to the photo's caption, Mary H. Stotler is standing on the left and her brother [George] Henry Stotler is on the right. Their cousin, Minnie Stotler-Hempy, is in the center. This photo was taken in June 1887 at Fort Scott, Kansas. Minnie was the daughter of [Charles] Harrison Stotler. Harrison was wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga. His two brothers were killed in the same battle.

 To be honest, I'm not certain about the part of the caption that says his two brothers were also killed at Chickamaugua. I found an Civil War book that said the following:
  • Henry Stotler, PVT, US Army, 115th Illinois Infantry, Company "B". Died in Cincinnati, Ohio, November, 1862
  • William Stotler, 115th Illinois Infantry, Company "B". Died at Covington, Ky., October 21, 1862. 
Similar information was listed at this website and this book. They say Henry and William Stotler mustered into the 115th Illinois Infantry from Shelby County, Illinois. This seemed logical since that is not too far from where Hiram Stotler lived in Piatt County. Perhaps the family lore was wrong and they were not all in the same unit and not killed in the same battle C.H. Stotler was wounded at? I'm not sure what the answer is, but that's all I know right now.

Caption card
A scan of the handwritten caption