Born in Ohio, James Daniel was a farmer by
trade. The 1870 census from Huntington Twp.
Brown Co., Ohio confirms this. In this
census, James has personal property of
$200.00, and Catherine is listed as being
born in Kentucky. James and Catherine were
members of the Enon Church in Sprigg Twp.,
Adams Co., Ohio.
In the "History of Brown Co., Ohio",
published in 1883 by W. H. Beers and Co.,
page # 513, James is listed as serving in
the Union Army during the Civil War.
Although this reference does not list him
under his regiment,
the 175th Ohio Volunteer Infantry,
further confirmation is made in the
"Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers in the War
of the Great Rebellion", page # 514. It is
in this reference that it details his
military record and about his capture on
November 24, 1864, while in action at bridge
# 16 of the Tennessee and Alabama Railroad.
Further research is needed in finding proof
of which prison camp he was sent to. There
are listings of some of the captured that
day as having died in various prisons.
Listed is Cahaba Alabama, Meridian
Mississippi, and Andersonville Georgia. It
that family oral history says he went to.
His wartime photo is believed to have been
taken soon after his release. This photo was
taken by a photographer from Jacksonville
Florida, and has an army camp backdrop
behind him. In the picture he has only the
uniform clothes on, badly ripped and torn,
and no weapons or belts. After the war, he
returned to his family farm.
In 1872 he was one of the heirs of his
father's estate. It is unknown if James
worked outside his farm. Notes of Chester
Paul Howard Sr. indicate that on Ohio State
Route 125 in Adams Co., there is a Methodist
Church near Cedar Mills. From information
that Chester Sr. had received from Edra
Lauderback, (Louderback), James cut the
stone and laid the foundation of this
church. It is unknown if this was a
profession or a community service project.
James Daniel and Catherine Elisabeth are
buried in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Lodge # 570
of West Union, Adams Co., Ohio, Lot 204.
Upon their stone is the gates of heaven and
the saying," Come ye blessed". Also
inscribed is his regiment, "175th O.V.I." A
Veteran's Civil War Star marks his grave.
Buried beside them are Mary Alice (Howard)
Huff, 1861-1943, and an unmarked grave. It
is possible that William Serman Howard is
buried in this grave. Family records state
he is also buried at this cemetery.
We now have confirmation that James Daniel
was taken to Andersonville Prison upon his
capture. This was confirmed at a new
sponsored by Macon County, Georgia, Chamber
Of Commerce & Development Authority. It list
James as being exchanged April 15, 1865.