A Dead Man’s Tale

I was intrigued by a headstone I found while geocaching with Erin the other day. I did some research online and found out his story. Here it is for all to enjoy!

Gabriel Aynes

Gabriel Aynes, Son of Ruben and Basheba Aynes, was born in Brown County Indiana on October 20, 1847. He grew up in the area and joined Company H of the 13th Regiment Indiana Calvary (131th Indiana Volunteers). This regiment was formed in Indianapolis, Kokomo and New Albany between December 23, 1863 and April 29, 1964. Company H saw service in Nashville TN and Huntsville AL where it defended against Buford’s attack on Huntsville Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 1864. Companies A, C, D, F, H, and I were moved to Louisville KY to draw horsesand equipment. The regiment was then stationed at Nashville and then Lavergne TN before participating in the Seige of Murfreesboro December 5-12, 1864. Before moving south to Mississippi, the warriors fought in the battles of Nashville on Dec. 15, Hillsboro on Dec. 29 and Leighton on Dec. 30.

After a short stay in Vicksburg, Mississippi, they were moved to New Orleans, LA and then to Mobile Bay from Feb. 11 – March 23, 1865. The Campaign against Mobile and its defences lasted from March 23 – April 12 and Mobile was captured on April 12. The Regiment then participated in Grieson’s Raid through Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi from April 17 through May 22. The troops were all dismissed at Vicksburg, Mississippi on November 18, 1865.

The Regiment lost during service 1 Officer and 14 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 125 Enlisted men by disease. Total 142.

He married Clarena Stogdill on May 20, 1872 and had 11 children. They were:

i. Ann Aynes
ii. Oscar S. Aynes, b. December 16, 1874; d. June 04, 1898.
iii. Rebecca Jand Aynes, b. December 30, 1879; d. January 27, 1970
iv. Mary Ellen Aynes, b. 1882; d. December 13, 1956
v. Hettie Aynes, b. 1885.
vi. Izilla Aynes, b. February 19, 1888;
vii. John Aynes, b. July 11, 1890; d. January 05, 1893.
viii. E.F. Aynes, b. February 05, 1893; d. June 16, 1893.
ix. G.W. Aynes, b. September 24, 1894; d. October 04, 1894.
x. William Aynes, b. May 26, 1895; d. March 30, 1896.
xi. Nancie Bell Aynes, b. April 22, 1896; d. January 14, 1919

Gabriel lived out the rest of his life and died on July 28, 1924. He is burried in Elkinsville Cemetery, Brown County Indiana.


I’m not even going to rant about the state of IU Basketball. All I’m going to say is that I am for the firing of Mike Davis before next season. Sadly that’s not going to happen.

The End-of-the-Blog Rundown

Song of the DayPast the Falls – Dispatch

Hero of the Day – My I310 Prof for saying that playing video games is studying 🙂

Current Mood – Giddy

Until the next post…

5 thoughts on “A Dead Man’s Tale

  1. You can tell me that, but I might ignore you.

    I guess you will have to wait until next year when your athletic department can afford to fire Davis.

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