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Arch Limbaugh born Oct 6, 1896 died Aug 1938.  Son of Elmira and David Limbaugh.

Archie enlisted May 29, 1918. He served overseas from August 11, 1918 until May 30, 1919.

Julius Hadley Limbaugh

Julius Hadley Limbaugh

Lois Limbaugh and her future husband Captain Rockstroh in Hawaii during World War II.  Lois served as a civilian Secretary for the General of the Signal Corp at Fort Shafter in Hawaii during World War II and was there during VE Day and VJ Day.  Lois is a descendant of Peter Limbaugh.

Ronald Hadley Limbaugh

Ronald Hadley Limbaugh

Lloyd and Noble Limbaugh

Eugene F. Bowman was born Aug. 3, 1917, in Sikeston, son of the late Samuel Schuyler and Ila Fowler Bowman. During World War II, he served with the Eighth Air Force, 13th Combat Wing, 95th Bombardment Group (H), 336th Bombardment Squadron which flew out of Horham Airfield in Suffolk, England. Bowman retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1965 at Sheppard Air Force Base.

Thomas Andrew Limbaugh (1911-1990).
Photograph was made about 1934 when he was promoted to Corporal and assigned to Company H, 33rd Infantry at Fort Clayton, Panama Canal Zone.  Thomas served in the Regular Army from 1932 to 1937.  He first entlisted April 2, 1932 at Chattanooga, TN, and primarily served in Company H, 33rd Infantry at Fort Clayton, Panama Canal Zone; he reenlisted September 18, 1934 at Brooklyn, NY and later served in the Machine Gun Troop, 6th Cavalry at Fort Ogelthorpe, GA.  Thomas Andrew is the son of  Jennie and Andrew Limbaugh, a descendant of Peter Limbaugh.

CMSgt. (Ret. Jerry T. Limbaugh, Second Lieutenant Tom Limbaugh and SMSgt. (Ret.) Harry L. Limbaugh.

World War II
Rufus Alexander "Rufe Alex" Tipps was the great great grandson of Peter Limbaugh Jr., son of Peter Limbaugh Sr.

World War I
Aubrey Grant is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Plot W, Row 25, Grave 36.  Aubrey served as  a Private First Class,  in the 82 Infantry Division.  His service number was 1931686 and a brief note from the Military Personnel Records Center in St Louis states that he "was killed in action in France, near Sommerance Road (Meuse-Argonne Offensive).  He enlisted in Nashville, Davidson County, TN, where he was evidently living with his grandfather Jack Hawkins at the time.  He is not shown by the State Archives list as being a Franklin County, TN WWI soldier but is listed under Davidson County, TN.  Aubrey is the great great grandson of Amelia Limbaugh, daughter of Peter Limbaugh.

Raymond "Bud" Niswonger

This picture was taken in England.  Bud was waiting to board the ship that Would take him to the beaches of Normandy June 6, 1944.  Bud was on the first wave of soldiers to hit the beach at Normandy.  He was one of the most decorated soldiers in World War II.  Bud was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Presidential Unit Emblem, American Campaign Medal, European-African- Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, 3 Bronze Stars and 1 Arrowhead, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Germany clasp, Combat Infantry Badge, Honorable Service Lapel Button WW II and the Jubilee of Liberty Medal.

Paul Davidson

Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau,  Missouri, October 25, 2007

 Paul A. Davidson, 85, of ScottCity died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, at Southeast Missouri Hospitalin Cape Gir-ardeau.  He was born May 22, 1922, in Illmo, son of Isadore and Myrtle Ada Clark Davidson. He and Dorothy Lee Welker were married Jan. 26, 1952, at Illmo. She died Sept. 6, 1980.

 Paul served in the U.S. Army, 27th Infantry Division, Pacific Theater, during World War II. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars.

 He was a lifelong resident of Illmo (Scott City) until moving to the Missouri Veterans Home in January 2007.

 He was a past postmaster of Illmo and a rural carrier, retiring in August 1980. Paul was a member of IllmoMethodist Churchin Scott City. He was fire chief of Illmo and was a commissioner with Illmo Special Road District. He was heavily involved in civic and veterans organizations, a past president at various times of VFW Post 6407 in Scott City and was in charge of flag placement on Veterans Day.

 He was a member of Cape Shrine Club, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chaffee Elks, H.O. Grauel Masonic Lodge 672 in Cape Gir-ardeau, and a charter board member of North Scott County Ambulance District until April 2007.

 Survivors include a daughter, Paula (Charles) Goodale; two grandsons, Taylor D. (Katie) Goodale of Washington, Mo., Trenton Drew (Melissa) Goodale of Oran, Mo.; and a brother, France Davidson of Scott City.

 He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.


Dorothy Lee Welker (1930-1980)
Leo Pearl Welker (1896-1969)
Margaret Melinda Mayfield (1874-1948)
Mary Jane Femne Hartle (1841-1938)
Mary Ann Niswonger (1809-1887)
Catherine Limbaugh (1788-1870)

Forrest Limbaugh, WWII

Forrest was the youngest child of Andrew and Jennie Limbaugh.

Frank Andrew Denson
World War II

On the back of the picture is PFC Frank A. Denson, Dec. 1943, Age 19, LeMans, France.  Son of Viney Limbaugh and Mark Edward Denson.

Sikeston Herald, Sikeston, Scott, Missouri, February 3, 1944


ORAN, Missouri Feb. 2. - Four young men from Oran, all brothers, are in the service of their country, and to all reports are giving a good account of themselves.

They are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Ates as follows: Lieut. Ellis R. Ates, 26, who was called to active duty in April, 1942, is now stationed at Fr. Benning, Ga.; Master Sgt. Floyd C. Ates, 22, enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1940 and is now in England; Jeff L. Ates Jr., seaman first class, who has been in the Navy since October, 1940, arrived at Pearl Harbor on Christmas Eve, 1941. After 21 months of sea duty he is again on duty in the Pacific area. His major battles included the Marshall and Gilbert Islands, Guadalcanal and Kula Gulf. Aviation Cadet Leroy Ates, 18, the fourth brother, was called to duty last July 12. He is now in San Antonio, Texas, for pre-flight training.

Lou Jefferson Ates, the father in this news article was the son of Marion Columbus Ates and Matilda Jane Niswonger. Matilda's lineage goes back to Joseph Niswonger and Catherine Limbaugh.  Catherine Limbaugh was the daughter of George Frederick Limbaugh Jr. who arrived in Missouri around 1802. 

Standard Democrat, Sikeston, June 16, 1942

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Mr. and Mrs. Lee Bowman and son, Lee Austin, left Thursday to attend the graduation of their older son, John Webb Bowman from the U.S. Naval Academy.  John is the grandson of Emmagene Sirilda Estes and William Chesley Bowman and the great grandson of Joseph Hezekiah Estes and Lavina Virginia Limbaugh who was the daughter of Mary Edinger and Jacob Limbaugh.

Larry Davis Limbaugh.  Larry served in the Vietnam War during the 1960s.  He is a son of  Thomas A. Limbaugh and a descendant of Peter Limbaugh.

Leonard Parker Limbaugh. Leonard served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne, Hq. Co., 2nd Bat., 505th from 3 April 1953 to 1 April 1955.  He was at Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  He had 17 or more jumps to his credit. He is a descendant of Peter Limbaugh.

Emilie Thomas (About 1940-present)
Melvia Irene Couch (1918-1999)
Schreldia Cordelia Taylor (1899-1976)
Donia Imay Clifton (1882-1911)
Syrilda Catherine Niswonger (1844-1911)
David Niswonger (1812-1891)
Catherine Limbaugh

Civil War

Sikeston Herald, Sikeston, Scott, Missouri, December 22, 1938

Cape Girardeau - Peter Niswonger, 92, one of the last Civil War veterans in Cape county, died Sunday afternoon at the home of a son, Peter Cephas Niswonger, here. Funeral services were conducted at Niswonger chapel, which he assisted in erecting 60 years ago near Millersville. When a soldier in the Civil War, Mr. Niswonger was stationed at New Madrid and Cape Girardeau. Peter was a grandson of Catherine Limbaugh and Joseph Newsmonger.

Carol Marshall

Carroll Marshall served in the Confederate Army.  He was the son of Lucy Ann Limbaugh and William A. Marshall.  Lucy Ann was the daughter of Anna Maria Lingle and Peter Limbaugh.

He served as a Private in Company G of the 41 Tennessee Infantry Regiment.  He may have spent time as a POW in Federal Prison at Camp Chase, Ohio, and elsewhere until he either took the oath or was exchanged.

The 41st was organized November 28, 1861.  Most of the men in this company lived in the vicinity of Marble Hill, FranklinCounty (now, Moore County).  Some of these men probably lived in Lincoln County.  The average age was 23.  Conner H. Bean was Captain at the organization and later William E. Murrell.

After organization the unit was moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, and was assigned to General Simon B. Buckner's Division of the Central Army of Kentucky.  The unit was ordered to Fort Donelson on February 12, 1862 and there theysurrendered along with the rest of Buckner's forces.  The enlisted men were sent to Camp Chase, Columbus , Ohio, and later to Johnson's Island.

Louise Booth in her book The Beleaguered Forty-First Tennessee says that at Fort Donelson:  31 were not there, 46 were captured, 1 escaped, 13 were exchanged.  After the exchange: 24 rejoined the Regiment, 51 captured or deserted, 54 discharged or paroled, 36 took oath to US, 1 officer resigned, 1 substitute, 2 charged with losing ordnance.  Deaths: 6 died of wounds or illnesses; 2 were killed.

Note that W. C. Awalt and W. C. Connerwalt are one and the same person.  W. C. Awalt was called Conner and his name got garbled in the records...not an unusual thing.  The old muster rolls were difficult to read.  Many of the names in this unit will be familiar.

Michael L. Limbaugh was the son of Solomon Limbaugh

Michael Limbaugh and Susan Higginbotham Tipps were issued a marriage license October 15, 1866 (Franklin County, TennesseeMarriage Records).

Michael enlisted May 20, 1861 at Camp Harris, Tennessee as a private in Company E, 17th TennesseeInfantry Regiment. He was captured July 31, 1863 at Salem, Tennessee and was held prisoner of war until about February 29, 1864 at Camp Chase, Ohio. He was captured again in Washington County, Tennesseeon March 26, 1865 and was again sent to Camp Chase where he took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States on June 10, 1865. He signed the Oath with his mark and was described as being six feet and one inch tall and having a dark complexion, black hair and blue eyes. - Jerry T. Limbaugh

Nathan L. Davis' service records are as follows:

November 26, 1861 on Company muster roll 41st Tennessee Volunteers. Age 24 yrs.
Was mustered into service November 26, 1861 by Lt. T. W. Hunt for a period of 12 months.
Company Muster Roll November 26 to January 1 1862. Was present.
Company Muster Roll November 26 to August 1, 1862. Was absent. Remarks: Detached as a teamster at Bowling Green, Ky. January 10, 1862.

Company Muster Roll August 1 to October 31, 1862. Absent. Remarks: Detached as teamster at Bowling Green, Ky. in charge of 2 mules.

Company Muster Roll November 1, 1862 to Feb 10, 1983. Present. Remarks: Left at Cumberland City,     February 16, 1862 in charge of Quartermaster. Rejoined his Company December 4, 1862.

Company Muster Roll Feb.28 to June 30, 1863. Present. Remarks: Received no pay.
Company Muster Roll June 30 to August 8, 1863 Present.
Company Muster Roll August 8 to October 31 1863 Remarks: Deserted August 15, 1863 at Enterprise, Mississippi.

Name appears as a signature to an OATH OF ALLEGIANCE to the United States, subscribed and sworn to before H. B. Adams, Capt. and Ass't Pro. Mar. Genl., Dept. Cumberland, at Tullahoma, Tennessee, on the dates set opposite their names.

Date of administration of oath, Feb 3, 1865, Place of Adm. Franklin Co., Tennessee, Complexion: Dark, Hair: Dark, Eyes: Blue; height: 5 ft. 6 in. Entered service Nov 5 1861. When Deserted Aug 15 1863 Remarks: Has Family. [He received word that his wife was seriously ill and went home.] [Lucinda died 1863/64 according to court records]

The 41st Tennessee Infantry became part of the three consolidated Regiments of Tennessee, about 9 April 1865.

The 41st Tennessee Infantry was organized Nov. 28, 1861; captured at Fort Donelson; reorganized Sept. 29, 1862; finally formed Company "E", 3rd Consolidated Tennessee Infantry Regiment, paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina May 1, 1865.

The 41st Regiment was organized at Camp Trousdale, whence it moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, and was placed in Colonel W. E. Baldwin's Brigade, Brigadier General Simon B. Buckner's Division of the central Army of Kentucky. The components of the Brigade were the 14th, 26th MississippiInfantry Regiments, 26th and 41st TennesseeInfantry Regiments. The brigade was ordered to Fort Donelson Feb 12, 1862, and here Baldwin's brigade was temporarily divided, the 14th Mississippi and 41st Tennessee Regiments, with Porter's and Graves' Batteries being attached to Colonel John C. Brown's Brigade of Buckner's Division; the 26 Mississippi and the 26th Tennessee were detached to Brigadier General Gideon J. Pillow's Division. The 41st reported 575 engaged, two killed, six wounded, 26 missing. It was in reserve during the early stages of the battle, and not heavily engaged until the Federal assault on Buckner's position late in the afternoon of the 25th of February. It was surrendered along with the rest of Buckner's forces on the 16th of February. The enlisted men were sent to Camp Morton, Indiana, the line officers to Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio, and later to Johnson's Island; The field officers to Fort Warren, Mass.

On March 19th at Camp Butler, Springfield, Ill., 16 men from the 41st Tenn. Reg. appeared on the Federal roll of prisoners who desire to take the oath of allegiance to the Federal Government; a very small percentage considering the large number of men from other regiments appearing on the list.

The Regiment was released on parole at Vicksburg, Miss. Sept 18 1862. It was reorganized at Clinton, Miss.on the 29th of Sept and declared exchanged 10 Nov. 1862. A number of men who were not captured at Fort Donelson served in other Regiments, and many of them returned to the regiment when it was reorganized.

On Dec. 27 1862, Lt. Gen. J. C. Pemberton placed the 41st in a brigade commanded by Brigadier General John Gregg, composed of the 3rd/30th, 10th/41st, 50th/51st Tennessee Reg. and Colm's 1st Tennessee Battalion. The 41st reported 526 effectives. Early in January the Brigade moved to Port Hudson, La., where it was in Major General Franklin Gardner's District of Louisiana. In April 1863 the 9th Louisiana Battalion the 7th Texas Infantry, Regiment, the Brookhaven Artillery, and Bledsoe's Battery were reported as members of the brigade. At this time the 41st/50th/51st Regiment and the 1st TennesseeBattalion were serving as a field unit under the command of Lt. Colonel T. W. Beaumont.

On May 2, 1863 the brigade left Port Hudson for Jackson, Miss. and was engaged in some heavy fighting at Raymond, Miss.on May 12, 1863. On May 26, 1863, Gregg's Brigade was reported in the division commanded by Major General W. H. T. Walker, with headquarters at Canton, Miss. The 9th Louisiana Battalion was gone but otherwise the brigade was the same. By July 30, the 14th Miss. was transferred elsewhere. A Federal report of prisoners paroled at Fort Hudson, Louisiana dated 10 July 1863 listed an improvised Tennessee Battalion composed of details from the 41st/42nd/48th/49th/53rd//55th Tennessee Regiments.

The regiment was stationed near Vernon, Mississippi on June 30th, was at YazooCity when Vicksburgfell on July 4, and encamped during August at Enterprise, Miss. The 41st also saw action at the "Battle of Chickamauga, Sept 19, 20, 1863. It was engaged in the Battle of Missionary Ridge Nov. 1863. The 41st was paroled, with the rest of Johnson's forces at Greensboro, North Carolina May 1, 1865. Legend was that Nathan received permission to return home to his wife Lucinda, who was very ill. Lucinda died 1864. Nathan then returned to his unit for the remainder of the War. He returned to Franklin Co., Tenn.and married Nancy Ann Brown 22 Nov. 1865.

Nathan and his family moved to Arkansas about 1878 and settled near Little Rock.
Nathan L. Davis bought 77.21 acres of land Section 10, 1N, 14 W Pulaski Co., Arkansas October 18, 1890
Nancy Davis filed for widows pension 15 July, 1912, stating that Nathan died 1890.
1864 Court Document shows Lucinda died leaving four minor children. Asa, Sarah, John and Jim.
Louis A. Davis of Euless, Texas, provided information on this family in 1998. - Jerry T. Limbaugh
(Nathan Davis was the husband of Lucinda Grant, daughter of Asa Grant and Amelia (Millie) Limbaugh.

Thomas J. Tipps (Thomas is the father of two daughters who married into the Limbaugh family. Mary married Richmond Columbus Church, and Nancy married Michael H. Groves)

Thomas was a Lieutenant in Company G, 41 Tennessee Infantry Regiment, CSA; this company was also known as Capt. C. H. Bean's Company of Tennessee Volunteers. He served from November 26, 1861 to his death as a POW on April 8, 1862 at Camp Chase, Ohio. - Jerry T. Limbaugh

Joel Henry Limbaugh was a son of Solomon Limbaugh.

Joel is listed as "Joel Limbough" and apparently as "J. Limbo"or "J. Limbough" in Civil War records.  He is listed as a "Rebel Deserter" in a register of prisoners received and disposed of by the Provost Marshal General, Army of the Potomacdated February 13, 1865.  He took the Oath of Allegiance in Washington DC and was furnished transportation to Winchester, Tennesseeon February 17, 1865. (National Archives Consolidated Confederate Records) - Jerry T. Limbaugh

(I don't know where Joel was imprisoned)

Solomon Limbaugh

Solomon's death date is based on family tradition that he died during the Civil War. Because many of the men were away at war, the women of the community and "Roe" Wiseman attended to his burial. It is said that one or more of Solomon's sons took unauthorized leave to return home at the time of his death.

William R. Limbaugh , son of Solomon Peter (not Peter Solomon) Limbaugh was killed in Atlanta, Georgiaon July 23, 1864, a casualty of the Civil War.

Davis Marshall, son of William A. Marshall and Lucy Anne Limbaugh was killed in the Civil War between 1862 and 1864. His brother, John A. Marshall was also a Civil War casualty. The locations and dates are unknown.

The Truth and Herald, Winchester, Franklin, Tennessee, September 19, 1918

We regret to chronicle the death of Mr. Isaac W. Vanzant , who lived down on the river near Lexie. For the past several days, Mr. Vanzant has been hovering between life and death, suffering directly from a heart complaint. Some weeks since, he had the misfortune to have his arm broken, account of a horse running away with him, tossing him out of the buggy, badly fracturing his limb. Uncle Ike, as he was known, was one of the most devout soldiers of the Civil war, doing service for four long years under the Stars and Bars, and a more courageous man never shouldered a gun. As a citizen, everybody loved him. He was never known to say NO to anybody possessing a heart as soft and gentle as a woman. He leaves a large family of prominent men and women, all of whom have our sincere sympathy in their bereavement. We ascertain that his remains are to be interred at the family burial grounds near his home on Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock.

Martin V. Pless, son of Jacob Pless and Mary J. Limbaugh was a Civil War casualty.

John F. Tipps , husband of Nancy J. Limbaugh died about 1864, probably as a result of the Civil War.

John Scivally Wiseman, husband of Susan Limbaugh died September 18-20, 1864 from wounds received in the Battle of Chickamauga.

U.S. Veterans Gravesites, 1775-2006

Name: Luther H Winkler
Birth Date: 1 Jan 1918
Death Date: 14 Sep 1997
Cemetery: Old Salem Methodist Cem, Advance, MO 63730

Luther H. Winkler (1918-1997)
Lula Josephine Turner (1892-1940)
ShabaLee Baker (1873-1952)
Malinda T. Niswonger (1840-1916)
Peter Niswonger (1816-?)
Catherine Limbaugh

Name: James Lynn Seabaugh  ( Obit)
Service Info.: SP5 US ARMY VIETNAM
Birth Date: 26 May 1944
Death Date: 12 Oct 2003
Cemetery: Memorial Park Cemetery, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

James Lynn 'Jim' Seabaugh (1944-2003)
Virgil Ray Seabaugh (1916-1994)
Rada Melinda Niswonger (1895-1969)
William Jefferson Niswonger (1868-1954)
Peter Niswonger (1846-1938)
     & Cordelia Louise Niswonger (1840-1915)
Joseph Niswonger (1822-?)       
David Niswonger (1812-1891)
Catherine Limbaugh    

World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-46

Name:  Robert Cozean
State:   CA
Report Date:  16 Dec 1944
Rank:   PFC
Branch:  Army
Arm:  Infantry
Area Served:  European Theater: Germany
Detaining Country:  Germany
Status:  Returned, Liberated, or Repatriated

Robert P. Cozean (1920-present) - Living in Pasadena
Bryan William Cozean (1897-1961)
William Thomas Cozean (1871-1947)
Mary Ann Cook (1849-1913)
Thomas Cook (1820-1916)
George Benjamin Cook & Anna Limbaugh

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