Solomon B. Childress
Solomon B. Childress, son ofElisha and Sarah (Kelley) Childress, was born in Montgomery County, Indiana,January 12, 1830. When he was twelveyears old his parents moved to Lake County, Indiana. At the early age of thirteen he left home to begin the struggleof life for himself. He went back tohis native county and worked by the month. He remained in that county until he reached the age of eighteen yearsold. He then went back to Lake County,Indiana, where he married and resided until 1857, when he moved to Linn County,Missouri. In 1858 he raised a crop of corn where Meadville Missouri now stands.
Solomon enlisted in the Unionforces during the Civil War at the age of 33 years old. He served with Co. A, 18th Regiment,Missouri Volunteers from November 28, 1862 to June 30, 1863 when he wastransferred to Co. E of the same regiment. On September 27, 1864 he asked forand received a 30-day furlough to go home due to the "cruelties ofGuerilla Bands now infesting that County". In later years he was given a monthly pension because of " a severe cold which settled in hiseyes causing inflammation. Before the end of the march he had to be conveyed inan ambulance". This occurred orwas contracted under the following circumstances, and from the following causes: " Severe exposuremarching in time of terrible rain storms and high water crossing fords andcreeks in water sometimes reaching to his arm pits". He participated in the battles of Resaca,Dallas (Georgia), Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Jonesborough, and was with Shermanin his march to the sea. He wasmustered out on July 18, 1865 in Louisville Kentucky. He was a company clerk. Solomon was also in the Grand Review atWashington.
Solomon and Lydia J. Darling,daughter of Peter and Mercy (Shepherd) were married June 7, 1849. Both were members of the Second AdventistChurch, and he was ordained as a minister of that church in 1879. He returned to Linn County after the CivilWar and in 1866 bought a farm. He gave forty acres to one of his children andowned one hundred and forty acres himself, all of which he acquired throughpatient toil and perseverance. Solomon and Lydia had four children, two of whomsurvived.
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