Daniel Hutchison in his Civil War uniform and his Fife
Daniel Hutchison, Jr. didn't have an unusual looking tombstone. I am assuming that it was military issued. I chose him for this weeks prompting because it is 4th of July and for his military service even though he served for a short time of around 6 months. He enlisted on 2 August 1862 at the age of 35 with Company I, 33rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry as a musician. He was honorably discharged on 11 Feb 1863 at St Louis, MO because he suffered from a disability. He received a pension around 1873. His physical description says that he was dark haired and blue eyed. He was a very small man at 5'2'!
I received this photo of him in his uniform and his fife which I believe to have been taken around that time frame. I did a little research as I was unfamiliar with the fife. According to Wikipedia,
"A fife is a small, high-pitched, flute that is similar to the piccolo, but louder and shriller due to its narrower bore. The fife originated in medieval Europe and is often used in military and marching bands. They were used as signaling instruments (opposed to musical instruments) by American units during the Civil War but gradually phased out by the 1880s."
Daniel was born May 4, 1827 in Holmes County, Ohio and was the son of Daniel Hutchison, Sr. and Rebecca Caster. Daniel married Margaret Gilliland on the 4th of July, 1850 in Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa. Margaret was the daughter of Archibald Gilliland and Margaret Withrow. Margaret, too was born in Holmes County, Ohio on October 24th, 1830. I am sure the Gillilands and Hutchisons knew each other in Holmes County. Daniel and Margaret did move around alot. From Iowa, to Kansas to Nebraska, back to Kansas. Four of their children married four May children with my Great Grandmother, Sarah Ellen, being the youngest of their children who married Willis Richard May. This resulted in several sets of double cousins!
The Hutchisons and Mays formed a mule caravan from Kansas to Washington County, Oregon around 1886. They settled around each other and many of them are buried in the Old Pumpkin Ridge Cemetery, which is now called Arcade Cemetery. Daniel died on April 23, 1903 in Washington County, Oregon and missed being recorded in the Death records.
The Mays and Hutchisons were very intertwined and very family oriented. To this very day, they still have annual family reunions in Washington County and hopefully I will be able to attend with my Mother.