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Lemuel Harvey (Rev Dr.) Arledge

Birthplace: prob. Hopkins Co, KY; 1840 HOH Fayette District, IL as ALDRIDGE; 1850 HOH Knox Co, IL census; 1856 Franklin CO, IA; 1860 HOH Hardin Co IA as "United Brethren"
Death: Died in Grand Island, Hall Co., Nebraska
Immediate Family:

Son of Jonathan Arledge and Sarah Arledge
Husband of Lydia Ann Arledge and Jane Arledge
Father of Sarah Permelia Whitesell; William Arledge; Lillie Arledge; Rosa Arledge; Silas Arledge and 6 others
Brother of Nancy Jane Arledge; Elizabeth (Betsey) Arledge; Sarah B. Arledge; Lavina / Louvina Arledge and Isaac H. Arledge

Managed by: Pam Wilson
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About Lemuel Harvey (Rev Dr.) Arledge

from Pam Wilson's Arledge Family History Project:

On 13 May 1999, Enlow Ose <sydling@midtown.net> wrote:

This note tells you what I know about Lemuel Harvey Arledge, born about 1808 in or around Hopkins C0. KY. He was the son of Jonathan and Sarah Arledge who were married August 10, 1802 in Montgomery Co. TN.

Lemuel Arledge married Jane Rodman April 14, 1826 in Hickman Co. Ky. In the 1830 census of Graves Co. KY Jonathan and Lemuel "Aldridge" are listed together. They also appear together in the 1827 to 1833 tax lists For Graves Co. A female child under five years of age, name unknown, is listed with Lemuel "Aldridge" in the 1830 census of Graves Co. The known children of Lemuel and Jane Arledge are Minerva D. Arledge [probably born about 1832 in Graves Co.], Alexander Arledge [said to be born about 1836 in or near Henderson, Knox Co. Illinois], and Emily Adeline Arledge born January 24, 1842 in Fayette Co. Illinois.

Lemuel and his family apparently moved to Mercer or Knox Co. Illinois from Kentucky in about 1834. In 1839 they acquire land in Fayette Co. Illinois where they appear in the 1840 census records [under "Aldridge"] with one male under 5, one female under 5, and one female under 10. They sell their land in Fayette Co. in 1846 and next appear in the 1850 census of Knox Co. IL as follows; L. H. Arledge [42, b. in Ky], Jane [46, b. in Va.], Manerva [18 KY], Alexander [12 Ill], and Emily [9 Ill.]. In October 1852 Lemuel sells land in Fayette Co. that he purchased in 1851. In September 1853 "Dr" L. H. Arledge arrived in Maynes Grove in Franklin Co. Iowa after selling a claim near Ackley, Iowa to Thomas Downs. His family had apparently followed Jacob and Minerva [Arledge] Rice [they were married February 5, 1851 in

Knox Co. Illinois] to Hardin and Franklin Co. Iowa. Jane Rodman Arledge died July 1, 1854 and was buried in the Maynes Grove cemetery in Franklin Co. Iowa.

Lemuel "Arlege" married Lydia Johnson July 27, 1855 in Hardin Co. Iowa. She was born June 28, 1831 in Berlin VT and was the second daughter of William and Lydia Johnson. The 1856 census of Franklin Co. Iowa lists Lemuel H. Arledge [48 KY] with Lydia Arledge [24 VT], E. A. Arledge [14 IL], and Sarah P. Arledge [1 IA]. [note: Alexander Arledge married Julia Peters July 8, 1855 in Hardin Co.]

1856 Iowa: Franklin County, Reeve Township:

28  758  58   69  Lemuel H.         Arledge               48 M       1marr 3yrs in state b. Kentucky; Physician         1 native voter
29  758           Lydia             Arledge               24 F       	1marr 11 yrs in state b. Vermont
30  758           E. A.             Arledge               14 F 		3 yrs in state b. Illinois
31  758           Sarah P.          Arledge                1 F 	1 yr in state b. Iowa
32  758       70  Alexander         Arledge               20 M       1 marr. 3 yrs in state b. Illinois
33  758           Juli Ann          Arledge               20 F       1marr. 5 yrs in state b. New York

Lemuel Arledge and his family moved to Mankato, Minnesota in 1856 and acquired land in Blue Earth Co. MN in 1856 and 1857. In " The History of Blue Earth Co. MN" the family is involved with the Indians moving north into Minnesota after the Spirit Lake massacre in Iowa in 1857. Emily Adeline Arledge married John "Doke" [Doak] in Vernon Center MN on November 9, 1856. In any event Lemuel and Lydia Arledge sold their land in Blue Earth Co. in 1859 and returned to Iowa where they appear in the 1860 Hardin Co. census as follows; L. Arledge [51 KY], L. Arledge [24 NY], and S. Arledge [1 IA]. The 1860 census record is rather confusing but no other record has been found that places this family in Hardin Co. at that time. However, L. H. "Arlege" was rejected in 1862 for service in the Civil War by the mustering officer of Co. H, 32nd Regiment of Iowa Infantry. I have not found any member of this family in the 1870 census records. [Note from PW: see below about finding records for Lydia in Indianapolis in 1870 apparently following Lemuel's death]

The Franklin Co. Iowa history book states that Dr. Arledge remained in Franklin Co. for several years after returning from Mankato MN before going to Nebraska where another source identified Dr. Arledge as an "itinerant Methodist preacher along the Republican river in Nebraska". This history book indicates that Dr. Arledge was killed when he fell from the top of a load of logs but I have not found any record giving the date or place of his death or the place of his burial. The history book also identifies Dr. L. H. Arledge as the first practicing physician in Franklin Co. with an extensive practice for that day. It is also said that he had a common school education, a limited medical education, and that he was a first rate preacher in the M. E. church.

Known children of Lemuel and Lydia Arledge are Sarah Permelia Arledge [b. April 21, 1856], Caroline Louise Arledge [b. December 27, 1862 in Maysville, Iowa], and Albert J. Arledge [b. ca. 1866]. Sarah Arledge married William Whitesell September 24, 1872 in Hardin Co., Caroline married William Whitesell November 12, 1884 [after her sister died in 1884], and Albert Arledge [as far as we know] never married [he died in Iowa City, Iowa March 23,1914]. Several additional children of Lemuel Arledge are mentioned in the obit of Caroline Arledge Whitesell in 1920 [these were Rosa, Lillie, Estella, Silas and William]. It is said that several of these additional children are buried with Lemuel's first wife in the Maynes Grove cemetery.

[In 1870 after the death of Lemuel in Nebraska, the census finds Lydia and young daughter Carrie living in Indianapolis, IN, working as domestics in two different hosueholds.]

Lydia Johnson "Aldridge" married Oliver Hazard Perry Bird April 8, 1874 in Hardin co. Iowa. Guy Clifford Bird [b. August 20, 1876] was a product of this marriage. Oliver Bird died April 3, 1894. On December 29, 1894 Lydia Johnson Arledge Bird married Peter Eagle. Lydia died February 22, 1897 in Winnebago Co. Iowa and was buried in the Buffalo Center cemetery on February 24, 1897. Her obit stated that she was the mother of seven children by Dr. Arledge and one child by O. H. Bird.

Enlow Ose

From Jerry Smalley's web site: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/4963/page2.html (July 1999):

The Lemuel Harvey Arledge Family

The following amusing story is taken from the book, "History of Blue Earth County and Biographies of It's Leading Citizens" by Thomas Hughes, published by Middle West Publishing Company, Chicago. The book deals with the history of Blue Earth County, Minnesota. Chapter X is titled "THE INKPADUTAH MASSACRE OF 1857." This massacre of white settlers is generally referred to in most history books as "The Spirit Lake Massacre" in which 40 plus white settlers were murdered and 4 women, Miss Abbie Gardner, Mrs. Alvin Noble, Mrs. Joseph Thatcher and a Mrs. Marble were carried off as hostages.

Needless to say, the white settlers for miles in all directions were terrified and feared for their lives. We will now pick up the story from the book, Chapter X, page 86:

           Lemuel Harvey Arledge
      "The excitement now was at its height. The settlers in the extreme southwestern part of the county gathered into Shelbyville. Those living a little further down on the Blue Earth fortified themselves in Mr. Reed's house, near the present village of Vernon Center. Those along Perch Creek and along the Watonwan, below the Slocum neighborhood fled to Garden City, where two forts were built, one about Folsom's log house north of the village and the other on the south side of the river by Edson Gerry's house. Gerry had moved his first claim shanty from the village and put it near his other house. The space between the two houses was now closed in by log walls and port holes made in them and in the roofs of the houses. Here an amusing incident occurred, though at the time it seemed serious enough to the persons involved.
      Two or three miles below the present village of Vernon Center, on the Blue Earth river, lived Dr. Arledge. Just below the house on the river bottom were camped a few Indians making maple sugar. When the doctor heard of the massacres he and his family were greatly agitated and imagined they saw signs of mischief in the Indian camp. They wished to flee to Garden City, but did not dare to expose themselves outside the cabin for fear of inviting an attack. The son, Alexander, a grown up young man, finally dressed himself in a blanket and, thus disguised, mounted on a pony and armed with a rifle, he hoped to pass the Indian camp without their knowing he was a White man.
      The previous fall Joseph McClanahan had located a claim in Shelby Township and then had gone back to Indiana. On this particular day he was returning to his claim and had reached Garden City. They told him of the Indian Massacres and urged him to stay there as there were Indians all about. He pretended to disbelieve the whole story and thought he could get to his claim without trouble. The snow was still deep and melting, making walking very hard. He had gone about two miles and a half, when lo ! and behold ! coming down the road toward him full tilt was a blanketed Indian, on a pony and waving a gun.  It did not take McClanahan but a very small fraction of a second to wheel about and take to his heels. It was a fearful race. Young Arledge (for it was he) hallooed to try and stop him, but all McClanahan heard were the blood curdling war hoops, and he ran all the faster. For two miles he sped like  a deer over that terrible road of half melted snow and then fell in a faint completely exhausted. Young Arledge jumped from his horse and rubbed his forehead and face with snow to restore him to consciousness. In his semi delirious condition, McClanahan imagined the cold steel of the scalping knife pass around his head. The men building the fort by Gerry's were horror stricken to witness such a bold, shocking murder committed before their eyes, seizing their guns rushed up the road to the rescue. Fortunately Arledge managed to disclose his identity before they fired. McClanahan was so overcome by the fright and exhaustion that he was confined to his bed for many days. "

Name: Lemuel Arlege

Side Served: Union

State Served: Iowa

Service Record: Enlisted as a Private.

Enlisted in Company H, 32nd Infantry Regiment Iowa.

Rejected Company H, 32nd Infantry Regiment Iowa.

Historical Data Systems, comp.. American Civil War Soldiers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999. Original data: Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA form the following list of works.

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Lemuel Harvey (Rev Dr.) Arledge's Timeline

prob. Hopkins Co, KY; 1840 HOH Fayette District, IL as ALDRIDGE; 1850 HOH Knox Co, IL census; 1856 Franklin CO, IA; 1860 HOH Hardin Co IA as "United Brethren"
April 13, 1831
Age 23
[alt dates: see Notes] Hendersonville, Knox or Mercer Co, IL; farmer and horse breeder; served Union in Civil War in Read's Co, Citizen's Soldiers Regt, MN; enlisted 20 Sept 1862; 6th Regt Minn Infantry (Pvt)
April 16, 1831
Age 23
prob. Graves Co, KY
January 24, 1842
Age 34
Fayette Co, IL; listed w/ father in 1856 census
Age 47
April 21, 1856
Age 48
Maysville, Franklin CO, IA; listed in 1856 census
Age 48
Age 48