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Robert L. Grover lives in Independence, MO. He Joined the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War as Member at Large on 6 October 1980 and is a charter member of Westport Camp #64; signed by Fred H. Combs, Jr., Coordinator of Membership-at-Large.

Ancestry: Samuel Sours, Company B, 4th Regiment, Iowa Infantry Veteran Volunteers; Enlisted 23 January 1864; Honorably Discharged 12 July 1865. (By Reason of Expiration of Time Service.)

Samuel Sours (son of Phillip and Mary (Swigart) Sower) was born 17 January 1836, in Summit County, Ohio; died 27 January 1922, and buried at Westside Cemetery, Union Township, Marble Rock, Floyd County, Iowa. He married on 8 February 1857, Marble Rock, Iowa to Ann Mariah Rex daughter of (Rudolph and Mary Ann (Asper) Rex) was born on 9 March 1839, Manchester, Adams County, Ohio; she died 6 November 1914 and buried at Westside Cemetery, Union Township Section 17, Marble Rock, Floyd County, Iowa. Cemetery is 3/4 mile south of Marble Rock, Iowa, on Indigo Avenue. It is also known as Ackley Cemetery in the past. Six Sours are buried in the cemetery. Westside Cemetery located west across the river and then south. I can provide the other children if requested, otherwise this is my direct line.

Descendants of Samuel Sours

1 Samuel Sours 1836 - 1922
.. +Ann Mariah Rex 1839 - 1914
........ 2 Samuel Rudolph Sours 1862 - 1944
............ +Elizabeth Ann Melugin 1864 - 1930
................... 3 Ogle Maude Sours 1885 - 1934
....................... +John Jack Thompson 1882 - 1946
............................. 4 Opal Elizabeth Thompson 1917 - 1989
................................. +LaVern Wilber Grover 1911 - 1992
........................................ 5 Robert LaVern Grover 1938 -
............................................ +Carolyn Sue Donavant 1942 -
I have one daughter & three sons. In addition, I have six grandsons, two granddaughter's, and two step granddaughter's.


Both below are sons of Silas Grover 1794-1870 and Deidama Rowell 1805-1891, Waseca, Waseca Co., Minnesota my direct ancestor.

Charles Grover was born May 19, 1830, Springwater, Livingston Co., New York. Died Dec 26, 1916 Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon buried Dec 29. 1916 at GAR Old Soldiers Cemetery, Newberg, Yamhill Co., Oregon m6-14-1852 Dodge Co., Wisconsin, to Sarah Ann Nothrop 1835-1911.

DEATH: Declaration for pension, dated 23 May 1912, at Newberg, Oregon, Charles Grover died of Cancer of the lower lip.

PENSION FILE: GROVER, Charles S. SC 250 855 signed January 2, 1915. Telling the birth of his children. Declaration for Pension Act of May 11, 1912 states he was resident of Newberg, county of Yamhill, Oregon. Enrolled at Otisco, Minnesota on 18th August 1862 at Fort Snelling as a private in Co. F 10th Regiment Minnesota Infantry Volunteers of Civil War commanded by George F. White and was Honorably Discharge at Madison, Wisconsin on 26 May 1865. His height is 5 feet 10 inches; complexion fair; hair dark; eyes blue; was a farmer; pension rate is Thirty dollars per month. The expenses of the last sickness and burial was $140.00. He had a duty of a travel to Memphis, Tenn. on or about the 12th July 1864, day before the Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi he contracted disease Luminy in the back and chronic diarrhea on the march and fight at the above places caused by exposure and hardship incident to the service. Was treated in hospital as follows: Right hospital in camp near Memphis, hospital Beaton barracks post No. #5 from 1 Oct 1864 until March 1, 1865 from there to Hospital St. Louis, MO to branch Harvey? hospital, Madison, Wisconsin on about 1 March 1865 to 25 May as the date of his service discharge have not been treated but by consulting same Physican and they told me they could not help me until I would get well without out any treatment.

Charles Grover was born May 19, 1830, Springwater, Livingston Co., NY. Died Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon buried at GAR Old Soldiers Cemetery, Newberg, Yamhill Co., Oregon

Silas M. Grover b 1842 Springwater, Livingston Co., New York. Died May 30, 1864 Never marry.

MILITARY SERVICE: Enlisted as private in Co. F 10th Regiment Minnesota Infantry Volunteers, at Winnebago Agency, Otisco, Waseca Co. Minnesota.

Witnessed with brother Charles Grover the hanging of 38 Sioux Indians on December 26, 1862 at Mankato, Minnesota after the Indian uprising attack on New Ulm, Minnesota.

Regiment moved to St. Louis, Missouri, October 7-12, 1863. Attached to District of St. Louis, Missouri, Dept. of Missouri to April, 1864. District of Columbus, Kentucky Dept. of the Tennessee, to June 1864. 1st Brigade. 1st Division, 16 Army Corps, Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division (Detachment), Army of the Tennessee, Dept. of the Cumberland, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps (New), Military Divisions West Mississippi, to July, 1865. Moved to St. Paul, Minnesota and his brother Charles mustered out August 18, 1865.

Regiment moved to St. Louis, Missouri, October 7-12, 1863. Attached to District of St. Louis, Missouri, Dept. of Missouri to April, 1864. District of Columbus, Kentucky Dept. of the Tennessee, to June 1864. 1st Brigade. 1st Division, 16 Army Corps, Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division (Detachment), Army of the Tennessee, Dept. of the Cumberland, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 16th Army Corps (New), Military Divisions West Mississippi, to July, 1865. Moved to St. Paul, Minnesota and his brother Charles mustered out August 18, 1865.

Battle's: At Fort Ridgely, Minnesota on 22 August, 1862; at Birch Coolie, Minnesota on 2 September 1862; at Tupelo, Mississippi on 13 July 1864; at Pocahontas, Arkansas on 25 September 1864; at Nashville, Tennessee on 14 December 1864; at Montgomery, Alabama on 25 April 1865; moved to Meridian, Miss there until July.

Service: Garrison and Provost duty at Benton Barracks, Missouri October, 1863 to April, 1864. Moved to Columbus, KY. April 22 and duty there until June 19.

Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 35 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 111 Enlisted men by disease. Total 152.

SOURCE: - A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer (part3).

DEATH: In April 1864 Silas was sick in the Post Hospital of small pox at Columbus, Kentucky and died there on May 30, 1864. Served 1 year, 9 months.

He was removed to National Cemetery, Mound City, Illinois. He is in Section C # white grave maker # 3039. Cemetery is 6 miles east of Cairo, Alexander Co., IL and 1/2 mile from Mound City, Illinois and is on the north bank of Ohio river. Total of 5,013 graves.

PENSION: The father Silas Grover made a Fathers claim for pension due to the death of his son Silas M. Grover under the Civil War Act of Congress 14 July 1862 Adjutant General Office Pension No. 137055 August 17, 1866 $12.00 per month. Silas M. Grover and his brother Charles Grover both enlist on August 18, 1862 at Otisco, Minnesota at Fort Snelling as a private in Company F 10th Regiment Minnesota Volunteers Infantry. Commanded by George F. White.

There were 625 Grover's on the Union side & 83 Grover's were on Confederate side.

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