Surname: Dukes, Eslinger, Troutman
Andrew E. Dukes
Andrew Eslinger Dukes was born July 20, 1826 the son of Ephraim Dukes Jr.
and Jane Eslinger in or near Greencastle, Putnam county, Indiana. While
still a young child the family moved north to the Cass/Fulton/Pulaski county
area of Indiana.
Andrew met and eventually married a young woman Mary Troutman on October
21, 1846 by the local Justice of the Peace, Vincent McCoy, at their home
near Kewanna, Indiana. Mary was the daughter of William Troutman and Rachel
Sawyers. Mary was born October 10, 1829 fourth of nine children.
Andrew and Mary soon after had a son William E. Dukes born August 31,1847.The
boys kept coming! Peter P. Dukes born September 26, 1850, Francis Marion
born July 28, 1852, Thomas (D?) born June 23, 1859, Ulysses E. born December
9, 1861, and after Andrew‚s Civil War Service, Charles born May 27, 1866.
Like so many others from the Pleasant Grove (Kewanna) area on August 9,
1862 Andrew along with his brother James R. Dukes enlisted into Company
E 87th Regiment Indiana Volunteers commanded by Captain Peter S. Troutman.
The regiment was organized at South Bend and the regiment was then ordered
from Indianapolis to Louisville, Kentucky to pursue Colonel Bragg. On October
3, 1862 Andrew was promoted to Corporal. On October 28, 1862 at Rolling
Fork near Lebanon Kentucky he became seriously ill with cold and cough
and contracted lumbago. Said illness due to sleeping on the ground and
standing guard duty without an overcoat while it was raining and snowing.
The weather said to be very chilly and inclement. He was stricken again
with lumbago January 1863 and stayed at Seminary U.S.Army General Hospitol
Covington, Kentucky until May 1863. He was eventually moved to Dennison
U.S. Army General Hospitol at Camp Dennison, Ohio. June 1863 he was detailed
as Chief Gardener Invalids Detachement Group, Camp Dennison Ohio. Transferred
to Company 43 2nd Battalion Veterans Reserve Corps. Mustered out June 10,
1865. Other than a couple of furloughs home it appears he spent most all
of his service with the V.R.C. at Camp Dennison.
Dr. William T. Cleland treated Andrew for his lumbago from July 1865 more
or less each year until 1883.
John G. Troutman wrote of his brother-in-law „since contracting lumbago,
and since his discharge Andrew is unable to fully work and is nearly helpless
in the spring and fall‰.
On August 24, 1885 Andrew‚s team of horses ran away and threw him out of
the wagon injuring his right hip. T.Peter Bair and Vincent P. Calvin having
seen this, assisted Andrew home, and both were present when the doctor
arrived and after examination determined that Andrew had broken his right
hip. Bair and Calvin visited Dukes often while he was confined at home.
After this accident Andrew was unable to perform manual labor of little
extent, most times in a manner of none at all.
According to Andrew‚s pension file, the older he got the less he was able
to do, by 1892 even the very shortest distances were hard to walk. Doctors
claimed it was due to the painful back or lumbago and not related to the
broken hip he suffered in 1885. By 1899 he was barely able to walk without
falling to his knees, frequently had shortness of breath, and often was
confined to bed. Andrew died June 19, 1903 in Kewanna, Indiana.
Peter P. married Emma J. Moore January 28, 1872, may have had children
Charles(1873), Lenora(1875) and Leonard(1879)
Francis Marion first wife was Mary C. Lauder married January 1874, she
died April 12, 1881. They may have had at least 2 children. Francis then
married Mandana Key October 1883.
Thomas D. married Elizabeth A. Freel May 24, 1884.
Ulysses E. born December 9, 1861, married Rose Zolman October 18, 1889.
had three children that lived to adulthood. Ulysses died at his home near
Kewanna on July 28,1936.
Charles married Anna Jones February 27, 1890. They are said
to have had two children, a foster daughter Daisy Miller from Peru, and
an adopted son Ellis Barker from Rochester.
Any additional info, especially children graciously accepted.
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