Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Peter & Elizabeth Dillman

Peter Dillman (b. 05 Dec 1833, d. 01 Oct 1899) married Elizabeth D. Landiss (b. 06 Mar 1834, d. 02 Jun 1908) on 06 Oct 1853 in Crawford County, Indiana.  Peter was the third child of Michael & Cynthia Dillman (subjects of a previous Tombstone Tuesday) and had eight siblings.  Peter and Elizabeth are one of my main anchor couples, as they seem to be the focal point of a number of family connections.  Peter was well known, being employed as a Land Agent and farmer in Crawford County.  He also was a charter member of the Grantsburg, Indiana Independent Order of Foresters Lodge #407 in 1873, where he received honors as the lodge's Grand Master in 1874.  I have found Peter on the 1850, 1870 and 1880 censuses in Jennings Township, Crawford County, Indiana.  At the end of his life, Peter moved to Wabash County, Illinois, where his death was recorded in 1899.  Elizabeth remained in Illinois, living with their daughter Cynthia Jane and grandson Clyde.  Clyde is an interesting figure about whom I will go into more detail in future posts.  Elizabeth, Cynthia and Clyde appear on the 1900 Census in Mount Carmel, Wabash County, Illinois.  Peter and Elizabeth are both buried at this marker in Dillman Cemetery near Curby, Crawford County, Indiana.

Peter Dillman served in the Union Army during the Civil War.  This little military tombstone sits next to Peter & Elizabeth's large granite marker.  Peter served in the 144th Indiana Infantry Regiment, Company D.  Many other men from the area also served in this company.  They primarily served on guard duty late in the war, being away from Indiana part of 1864 and 1865 until the end of the war.  Peter received a pension from this service, and after his Death, Elizabeth received a widow's pension as well.