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Capt. David Campbell Van Buskirk, (USA)

Birthplace: Bean Blossom Township, Monroe County, IN, United States
Death: August 12, 1886 (59)
Bean Blossom Township, Monroe County, IN, United States (Chronic Rheumatism and resulting disease of heart (dropsy))
Place of Burial: Gosport Bean Blossom Township,, Monroe County, Indiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Riley Van Buskirk and Mariah Van Buskirk
Husband of Lucy Ann Van Buskirk; Martha J. Van Buskirk and Mary Ann Van Buskirk
Father of David Campbell van Buskirk; James Isaac van Buskirk; Cynthia ‘Dolly’ Seluda Ridge; John van Buskirk; Thomas Van Buskirk and 5 others
Brother of Jersuha Stark; Cynthia Burton; Elizabeth van Buskirk; Isaac Van Buskirk; Mary Cherry and 2 others

Occupation: Co. F, 27th Regiment, Indiana Infantry
Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
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About Capt. David Campbell Van Buskirk, (USA)

Dear Judith "Judi",

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Capt David Van Buskirk Y-DNA Group Assignment

Hello. I am administrator of the VanBuskirk Y-DNA surname group at Family Tree DNA. You have apparently set a Y-DNA lineage of Capt. David Van Buskirk:

and have then assigned this David Campbell Van Buskirk to Y-DNA haplogroup R-M198.

I can tell you confidently that his Y-DNA haplogroup in fact is N-BY57157 or later.

Can you please remove the R-M198 Y-DNA designation from this Van Buskirk line? I have about 12 Van Buskirks in this lineage with Y-DNA tests that fall into this N-BY57157 haplogroup. Or set it to the right haplogroup as I have given above?

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David Van Buskirk, better known as “Big Dave” or the “Big Lieutenant,” was reportedly the tallest man in the Union Army. When he enlisted in 1861 in Company F, Twenty-seventh Indiana Infantry , served as a Captain the

Monroe County native measured six feet ten or eleven, and weighed three hundred eighty or ninety pounds. The average soldier at the time stood five feet eight and a quarter inches tall. The “extraordinarily large and corpulent man,” as he was described in his obituary, was the grandson of a Revolutionary War soldier and the nephew of a veteran wounded in the Battle of Tippecanoe. His brother and three cousins also served in Company F. The “Monroe Grenadiers” were an unusually tall company for their day, with 67 men out of 101 exceeding six feet in stature.

“Big Dave” Van Buskirk was born in 1826 to parents of German and Scotch-Irish descent, in the vicinity of Gosport. He spent most of his life there as a farmer, marrying three times, and producing eight children. As a serviceman, he participated in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Antietam, and rose through the ranks from Second Lieutenant to Captain. Said to have worn out 5 horses enroute to Gettysburg Taken prisoner on multiple occasions, “Big Dave” would allegedly bargain for additional rations by agreeing to be put on display. By 1864, plagued with chronic sciatic rheumatism in his right hip and knee, Van Buskirk resigned from duty. Four brothers served with him, one dying at Chancellorsville

After his death in 1886, an obituary published in Bloomington’s Republican Progress allowed that “few men have been more respected and honored than ‘big Dave Buskirk.’” The Captain’s sword and scabbard belong to the permanent collection of the Monroe County History Center

The inscription on his tombstone reads: He enlisted in the War of the Rebellion Aug. 13. 1861 in the 27 Ind. Vol. Co. F. as private. was soon promoted to Captain was in the Battle of Winchester May 25, 1862. taken prisoner and held in Libby Priosn until the last of Sep. was then exchanged and returned to his company. was in the Battle of Chancellorsville


774. David Van Buskirk (James5, Isaac4, Michael3, Thomas2, Laurens Andriessen1) was born November 23, 1826 in Monroe Co., IN, and died August 12, 1886 in Monroe Co., IN. He married (1) Lucy Van Buskirk March 16, 1849, daughter of Isaac Van Buskirk and Patience Stillwell. She was born July 31, 1827 in Monroe Co., IN, and died March 16, 1866 in Monroe Co., IN. He married (2) Martha Able May 26, 1867. She was born Unknown, and died February 22, 1873. He married (3) Mary Able October 26, 1874. She was born Unknown, and died Unknown.

David Van Buskirk was a farmer who was a delegate to the 1960 Republican Convention in Chicago that nominated Abraham Licoln.

On August 8 1861he was mustered into the Union army as a second lieutenant of the Monroe County Grenadiers. At that time he became the tallest man in the Union Army. All members of the Monroe County Grenadiers were over six foot tall and he exceeded them all at six foot ten and a half inches weighing 380 pounds. His photograph shows that he was not fat.

The Monroe County Grenadiers became Company F of the 27th Indiana Infantry. Their first experience under fire was at Smithfield, VA on March 23, 1862. There was continuous combat activity until May 25 when David was taken prisoner and transported to Libby Prison in Richmond, VA where he became a confederate exhibit in exchange for adequate food. It was reported that he was interviewed by President Davis. David told him, "Back in Bloomington, Indiana I have six sisters. When they told me good-bye, as I was standing with my company, they all walked up, leaned down and kissed me on top of my head."

In September 1862 David Van Buskirk was part of a prisoner exchange and was returned to active service where he soon became a captain in many of the major campaigns of the war. On April 26, 1864 he resigned his commission and returned home. From the Civil War Times Illustrated, May 1974.


Children are listed above under (771) Lucy Van Buskirk.


Children of David Van Buskirk and Martha Able are:

  • 1070 i. Michael Van Buskirk, born Unknown; died Unknown.
  • 1071 ii. Mirah Ann Van Buskirk, born Unknown; died Unknown.

Descendants of Laurens Andriessen Van Buskirk by Thomas E. McNeill


Civil War Union Army Officer. He served in the Civil War as a Captain in the 27th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Said to have worn out 5 horses enroute to Gettysburg. He stood 6 feet 10-1/2 inches tall and weighing in at 300 pounds in a day when Lincoln at 6'4" was considered a giant. Four brothers served with him, one dying at Chancellorsville.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Nov 15 2019, 0:49:59 UTC

Van Buskirk, David BATTLE UNIT NAME: 27th Regiment, Indiana Infantry SIDE: Union COMPANY: F SOLDIER'S RANK IN: Lieutenant SOLDIER'S RANK OUT: Captain ALTERNATE NAME: FILM NUMBER: M540 ROLL 79 PLAQUE NUMBER: NOTES: none

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Capt. David Campbell Van Buskirk, (USA)'s Timeline

November 23, 1826
Bean Blossom Township, Monroe County, IN, United States
February 28, 1850
Monroe, Indiana, United States
July 7, 1853
Monroe, Indiana
August 20, 1855
Bean Blossom Township, Monroe County, IN, United States
August 23, 1858
Gosport, Owen, Indiana, United States
February 16, 1861
Gosport, Monroe, Indiana
September 28, 1865
Monroe, Indiana, United States
July 12, 1868