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1820 census Mount Carmel, Fleming Co., KY Page: 35
Peter Dye
4 1 - -1 - 1 1- 1 - 2
4 - age 0 to 10 (John, age 1, Nehemiah, age 4, Kenneth, age 8, 1 unknown son?)
1 age 10 to 16 (Lawrence, age 13)
1 age 26 to 45 (Peter, age 38)
1 age 0 to 10 (unknown daughter??)
1 age 10 to 16 (Eliza, age 7)
1 age 26 to 45 (Abigail, age 35)
2 slaves

1830 census Fleming Co., KY - Lawrence Dye head of household. Household includes:
Age 5 - under 10 1 (Hiram, 5)
Age 10 - under 15 1 (John Dye, age 11?)
Age 20 - under 30 1 (Lawrence, about 23)
Age under 5 3 (Martha (4), Elizabeth (born March 1830), Other?)
Age 20 - under 30 1 (Mary, about 20)


1850 census First district, Mason Co., KY
John Dye, age 35, farm hand, b. KY
Mary, age 26, b. KY
Charles, age 1, b. KY
Living next to household of Nancy Ann Peck (age 47) and her children

1860 census Carroll Twp., Vermilion Co., IL
John Dye, age 41, farmer, b. KY
Mary J, age 34, b. KY
E. T., age 10, b. KY
Alonzo, age 5, b. IL

Civil War, Union army. Private, Co. C, 73rd Regiment Illinois Volunteers.
Company "C" 73rd Illinois Infantry
DYE, John Private Vermilion Co Aug 21, 1862 Killed, Stone River, Dec 31, 1862
DYE, Lawrence Private Vermilion Co Aug 21, 1862 Disch, Jan 28, 1863; disabil.
GERRARD, Alexander Private Vermilion Co Aug 21, 1862 Died, Nashville, Nov 26, 1862
GERRARD, John Private Vermilion Co Aug 21, 1862 Died at Bowling Green, Ky., Nov 16, 1862

Pension documents state he was killed by a sickness contracted at Stone River on Dec. 31, 1862.

Since the list has been so quiet lately I thought I'd throw in some new info I recieved recently. I got the pension papers for the John Dye who was the son of Peter & Abigail Dye, and brother of my ancestor Lawrence Dye. Apparently John contracted a disease at the Battle of Stone River, TN in 1862, and died there. (That was of interest to me because I have someone in a completely unrelated line who was there with a Minnesota unit who was at the Battle of Stone River, TN - he also contracted a disease there that he died from after he was captured by the enemy.) No middle name or initial is listed for John in any of the papers, so don't think he was John Wilson Dye BUT Hiram & Sarah (Lewman) Dye, (who DID name their son John Wilson Dye in 1855) are witnesses on two of the papers confirming when John's children were born, so Hiram knew his Uncle John at least that well. The pension papers name John's only known children as Charles Thomas & Alonzo Fillmore Dye - his widow Mary Jane (Peck) Dye remarried John Key in 1871, but he died in 1874. The last pension documents from her show her residing in Kansas, and there is a very sad letter from John's granddaughter Mildred Dye (don't know if she was the daughter of Charles or Alonzo) - will type it up in a later email as am short of time today.

I found the birthdate of John's son Charles Thomas Dye in John's pension papers. The birthdate was August 18, 1849 in Vermilion Co., IL.

Also as mentioned there was a letter in the pension documents from John's granddaughter - she was the daughter of Charles Thomas Dye:

3005 NW 22nd
Oklahoma City, OK
August 9, 1939

Pension Department
Civil War Soldiers
Washington, D.C.

Dear Sirs,

I am the granddaughter of John Dye, private, Company C, 73rd Infantry Illinois Regiment mustered into service August 21, 1862 at Camp Butler, Illinois. He was killed at Stone River December 31, 1862.
Is there any provision for a granddaughter to receive a pension who has cared for the victims of war? I have always earned an honorable living teaching. As I am now sixty-five I must give my position to someone younger. There is no provisions for teachers in Social Security nor a pension for teachers in Oklahoma. Thanking you very kindly for information.

Very Truly,
Mildred Dye

P.S. If not, Give me a job. I am left alone without income. Have taught in the school where your Secretary of War went to school!

Response from Pension Office was:

August 24, 1839
Miss Mildred Dye
3006 Northwest 22nd St.
Oklahoma City, OK
DYE, John WC- 36,698

Dear Madam,

Receipt is acknowledged of your letter dated August 9, 1939, in which you request information as to whether you are entitled to death benefits as granddaughter of the above named veteran.

Please be informed that there is no provision of law whereby you could have title to death pension benefits.

All communications relative to this case should bear the name of the veteran and refer to the number WC- 36698.


W.L. Bailey
Descendants Claims Services.

There was no further correspondence from Mildred in the papers that were sent to me for John's pension file. I hope she made ends meet somehow - thought her letter was sad.
Full Text of History of Vermillion County Illinois -- Chapter XIX
On the 26th of December the camp at Mill Creek was broken, and the march for Murfreesboro' was begun in further pursuit of Bragg, who had greatly reinforced his army. On the 30th the vicinity of Murfreesboro was reached, and almost immediately skirmishing began. This was a most hotly contested field, in which, however, the Federal troops proved victorious. The Seventy-third lost in this severely, and the two companies from Vermilion were sufferers, John Dye and James Yoho being killed, Lieutenant Lawrence and Daniel Laycott taken prisoners, and George Pierce severely wounded. Rosecrans was proud of this victory and of the men under his command, and made a special order providing for a roll of honor, to be composed of one name from every company, to be selected by the members of the company. Company C selected Sergeant William H. Newlin.