John Wesley Winkler


1850 Winkler Family Census
John Wesley Winkler was born on 02 Nov 1840 in Wayne Township, Wayne, Ohio to parents Jacob Winkler and Barbara Alleman.1

John grew up in Wayne Township, Ohio. He was the eldest son and had 4 brothers (James, William, David & Martin) & 5 sisters (Sarah, Mary, Margaret, Anna & Emma). He lived next door to his grandparents Lawrence & Fanny Winkler’s house, Uncle Enoch Winkler & his wife Rachel’s house, grandparents Christian & Sarah Alleman’s house, and Uncle George Winkler’s house.2

On 22 Aug 1862, at the age of 21, John Wesley enlisted in Wooster as a Private to serve in the Ohio Volunteer Infantry for the Union Army during the Civil War and on 15 Oct 1862 in Mansfield, Richland, Ohio, John was assigned to Company D of the 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.3, A JWW was with the 120th for the length of the regiment’s service, during which two officers & 17 men were killed in action and 6 officers & 275 men died of disease while serving under the 120th OVI.4

On 27 Nov 1864, after mustering out of the 120th, John was transferred to Company E 114th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.5 Here in the 114th regiment, the last years’ of his service were devoted to various expeditions, guard duty, etc.


Civil War Discharge Papers
The most action John saw while in the 114th was in the Siege of Spanish Fort at Spanish Fort, Baldwin, Alabama, 2nd-9th Apr 1865. Siege of Spanish Fort, Alabama and assault and capture of Fort Blakely were seen as the last great charge of the Civil War. After the siege JWW was sent to Mobile & Selma, AL.6

On 24 Jul 1865, it was noted that JWW was transferred to Company C 48th Ohio Veterans Volunteer Infantry but for some unknown reason, after mustering out of the 114th, he wound up on roster in Company E of the 48th instead.7 JWW's time in 48th OVI was on Garrison Duty in Post War Houston and Galveston, Texas.8

On 14 Oct 1865, John mustered out of the 48th Ohio Veterans Volunteer Infantry after completing 3 years 2 months and 7 days of service and returned home to Wayne County, Ohio.9

John Wesley Winkler married Catharine Ann Warner on 06 Jan 1870 in Wayne County, Ohio10, 11 (John's father and Catharine's father owned land adjacent to one another making John and Catharine neighbors growing up.)12, B

After marriage, John and new wife Catharine make their home at Overton in Chester Township, next to Overton church, where John worked as a farmer. John & Catharine immediately became “parents” as John’s 10 year old sister Emma Alice Winkler moved in with the couple. Their neighbors include his brother David Todd Winkler & wife Rosanna, Catharine’s parents Thomas & Christina Warner, and brother Simon Peter Warner & wife Ida living four houses over.13


Marriage in Wooster Republican (1870)

Death Notice (1913)
They started their own family officially in 1871 when son Thomas was born. Daughter Effie & son William would follow soon after and son Charles would round out the family in 1889.14

John would eventually receive soldier’s pension for his service in the Civil War and later, on 22 Nov 1899, it was increased to $10 per month.15

After father-in-law Thomas Warner passed away in 1879, JWW acquired the land, eventually sold off his existing land and moved onto the Warner property in Chester, just south-west of the Overton Church where he would retire and let son Charles take over the farming.16

After John's father Jacob passed away in 1890, John's brother Martin took over the property on Winkler Rd. and brother William would own the rest property which bordered Overton Church to the east.

John died on 18 Mar 1913 in Chester, Wayne, Ohio of “Paralysis of the Heart”.17 He was buried on 21 Mar 1913 at the Overton Church of God Cemetery in Chester Township, at Lot 2, Block 2, Grave 1.18, C

Attached Images: 

FATHER:

Jacob D. Winkler, 06 Mar 1815 - 06 Sep 1890

MOTHER:

Barbara Ann Alleman, 28 Dec 1820 - 23 Mar 1890

SPOUSE:

Catharine Ann Warner, 21 Jul 1851 - 24 Jan 1942

CHILDREN:

  1. Thomas Ellsworth Winkler, 19 Apr 1871 – 09 Dec 1944
  2. Effie Elmina Winkler, 02 Aug 1873 – 02 Jan 1955
  3. William Arthur Winkler, 16 Mar 1879 – 08 Sep 1933
  4. Charles Ralph Winkler, 18 Jul 1889 – 21 Jul 1922

Footnotes: 

A John Wesley served on the 120th OVI along with his cousins Joseph H Winkler and George Madison Winkler, both of whom were sons of Uncle George Winkler. Both cousins survived the war.

B I cannot say for certain, but I believe that John Wesley spent a short amount of time living with his father and family at Jacob's home on Winkler Road in Overton before he acquired his own property down the road with wife Catharine. Even though we have no records to make this distinction, it makes sense that John would have moved into the area with his father and met Catharine Warner, who lived nearby, prior to marrying and moving almost next door to his parents.

C John was born in the Mechanicsburg area of Wayne Township. After marriage moved to Chester Township on Overton Rd near Overton Church and after his father-in-law Thomas Warner passed away, he sold his property and moved into Thomas' home just south of them, still in Chester. When John's father died 11 years later, brother Martin got the house and property on Winkler Road and William got the land east of Overton Church.

Unanswered Questions: 

Will I ever find John's Civil War Pension records? I've been going around in a circle with the government for over a year while they have trouble locating the documents. First to DC, then to the VA at St. Louis, then back to DC...

Can property transactions at the Wooster Library narrow down a time for the Winkler family's relocation to Chester Township? ...and confirm it's before John's marriage?

Locations / Farms

Sources:

1 John W Winkler, "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953"; "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X643-XFC : accessed 07 Feb 2014), John W Winkler, 18 Mar 1913; citing Wayne, Ohio, reference fn 19118; FHL microfilm 1953602.

2 1860 United States Federal Census about John Winkler; Year: 1860; Census Place: Wayne, Wayne, Ohio; Roll: M653_1050; Page: 162; Image: 327; Family History Library Film: 805050.

3 John Winkler, "United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865"; "United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FS9R-6J9 : accessed 07 Feb 2014), John Winkler, 120th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, 1861-1865.

4 120th Ohio Infantry Wikipedia Page; (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/120th_Ohio_Infantry); Accessed: 07 Feb 2014.

5 John Winkler, "United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865"; "United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FS6F-NY4 : accessed 07 Feb 2014), John Winkler, 114th Regiment, Ohio Infantry, 1861-1865.

6 114th Ohio Infantry Wikipedia Page; (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/114th_Ohio_Infantry); Accessed: 07 Feb 2014.

7 John Winkler, "United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865"; "United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FS6F-NYW : accessed 07 Feb 2014), John Winkler, 48th Battalion, Ohio Infantry, 1861-1865.

8 48th Ohio Infantry Wikipedia Page; (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/48th_Ohio_Infantry); Accessed: 07 Feb 2014.

9 John W Winkler, "United States 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War"; "United States 1890 Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K83P-FGY : accessed 07 Feb 2014), John W Winkler, 1890.

10 John W. Winkler, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994"; "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZ8T-4ZZ : accessed 07 Feb 2014), John W. Winkler and Catharine Warner, 06 Jan 1870; citing Wayne, Ohio, United States, reference vol 7 p 348; FHL microfilm 425756.

11 Marriage Announcement for John W. Winkler and Catharine Warner; The Wooster Republican Newspaper; Monday, 13 January 1870; page 3.

12 U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 about J Winkler; Collection Number: G&M_38; Roll Number: 38; County Land Ownership Atlases. Microfilmed by the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; 1873.

13 1870 United States Federal Census about J W Winkler; Year: 1870; Census Place: Chester, Wayne, Ohio; Roll: M593_1280; Page: 55A; Image: 114; Family History Library Film: 552779.

14 1880 United States Federal Census about John Winkler; Year: 1880; Census Place: Chester, Wayne, Ohio; Roll: 1076; Family History Film: 1255076; Page: 64D; Enumeration District: 226; Image: 0657.

15 Civil War Pensions for John Winkler; Wayne County Public Library, Wooster Branch; Genealogy Department; Civil War - 1890's Pensions; (http://wcpl.info/LibraryConnection/Genealogy/OnlineMaterials/Pensions1890s.aspx); Visited: 07 Feb 2014; John Winkler - 22 Nov 1899.

16 U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918 about J Winkler; Collection Number: G&M_38; Roll Number: 38; County Land Ownership Atlases. Microfilmed by the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; 1908.

17 Obituary of John Wesley Winkler; The Wooster Daily Record Newspaper; Tuesday, 18 Mar 1913; Sudden Death of John Winkler; Page 1.

18 Wayne County, Ohio Burial Records about John Wesley Winkler; Wooster Branch of Wayne County Public Library; Wayne County, Ohio; Chester Township; Overton Church Of God Cemetery; pg. 104.