Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cigar Maker James

James C. Warren, my 2nd Great Grand Uncle is listed on the 1900 census for Lubeck, Wood County, West Virginia which us near Parkersburg as being a cigar maker. There is no further information on where or with whom as on some census. I was intrigued as to what cigar company may have been in business in Lubeck District of Wood County.

I found Marsh Wheeling Company

 in Wheeling West Virginia. It was the oldest cigar manufacturing company in America. 

They were the makers of the famous Marsh Wheeling Stogies. 
Their cigar box became a well-known hallmark in the tobacco industry.  
                                                       Augustus Pollack
Augustus Pollack Wheeling Stogies 

are another cigar company found in Wheeling. They were known for their Crown Stogies.
John Schneider & Co., Muhn & Brandfass, Brandfass Tobacco Co., H.L. Loos & Bro.. Ebeling & Pebler, H. Seamon & Son and his Nail City Stogie Cigar Works, and many others.

I found cigar makers in several parts of West Virginia but only Wheeling West Virginia is the home of Stogies.  The name comes from Conestoga wagon drivers who would buy the slim small cigars at 4 for a penny.

James died in 1902, he was 27 and there is no more information about him. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Ansel Served on an Iron Clad

Ansel Marion Warren, my 2nd Great Grandfather served in the United States Navy.

He enlisted on April 22 1861 at the age of 19  in Pomeroy Ohio. He was a private in Company F of the 18th Ohio Infantry he mustered out on 22 August 1861 due to an injury. 

On June 30 1863 in Marietta  he enlisted and was a private in Company A of the 129th Ohio Infantry and mustered out March 8 1864 due to injuries and medial problems. 

In Cincinnati on September 2 1864 he enlisted in the United  States Navy and was given the rank of Landsmen, the lowest rank given to a Naval recruit indicating no sea or boating experience.  He mustered out August 2 1865. 

In his navy career...

He served aboard the USS Moose,  a wooden stern-wheel steam gunboat. She was built in 1863 in Cincinnati Ohio and was purchased by the Union Navy. Her duty was to patrol Confederate Waterways and she prowled the Ohio River, Tennessee River, Cumberland Rivers. 

He also served on the USS Grampus, a side wheeled steamer. She was purchased in 1863 by the navy and named for grampus griseus, a member of the dolphin family known as Risso's Dolphin. She was stationed in Cincinnati Ohio and was used to help refit and convert other ships into gunships. Her only weapons were 10 cutlasses and revolvers and she contained no furnishings.

He served on the USS Great Western a side wheel steamer built in 1857. She was purchased by the U.S. Navy in 1862. She was an ordnance boat supplying Navy ships on the White River and the Arkansas River with ammunition and arms. 

He served on the USS Benton 


an iron clad river gunboat. She was a former center-wheel catamaran snagboat  first called submarine No.7. and had been built by the US Navy to raise sunken Steamboats under the Mississippi River.

On April 29 1863 the Benton led a fleet of 7 ironclads down the Mississippi River 

Mississippi River at Grand Gulf Mississippi

to Grand Gulf where she was involved in the Battle of Grand Gulf.
She was pierced by a round during the fight and 25 crewman were killed. At one point in the battle the current of the Mississippi increased overwhelming her engines and the Benton was swept down stream.
She was decommissioned in July of 1865. 

Ansel married 2 years later and had 8 children. His trade was a cooper. I had a small barrel he had made but as I was cleaning it several months ago one of the rings slipped and it fell into a heap. I could not locate a cooper to put it back together. 
He spent the last few years of his life in the National Military Home for Veterans in Indiana.