1. Full names of soldier.
2. Rank, unit served with, etc.
Private, Company E, Illinois 107th infantry
3. Any personal info about the soldier that you’re aware of.
The records of Piatt County show that many representative men of this section have already passed to their reward, but much they accomplished a good in life remains, and serves to benefit those who came after them. One of these men was the late Daniel Carlin, one of the county’s most respected men. He was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, March 8, 1834. He was a posthumous child, his father dying before he was born, and had the misfortune to lose his mother when he was two years old, so that all he accomplished was attained through his own efforts.
In boyhood Daniel Carlin came to New York after leaving Ireland during the Potato famine, and in 1856 reached Piatt County. Here he worked as a farm hand until he was able to engage in farming on his own account, and he so continued until he felt the stir of patriotism for his adopted country, and enlisted on August 11, 1862, in Company E, One Hundred and Seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, for service during the Civil War. He was taken prisoner by General Morgan during one of the famous raids of that Confederate commander, and was held for eight months. During his army service he participated in the campaign of Atlanta, the battles of Nashville and Franklin and several others.
Upon the close of his term of enlistment, he came back to Piatt County and for the following few years worked at Monticello. The first land owned by Mr. Carlin was a farm of 120 acres, and at the time he bought it, there were no improvements on the raw prairie, and no trees for miles about. With characteristic energy he set to work, and in time developed a fine property. To his original purchase Mr. Carlin added thirty-eight acres, there being 160 acres in all, located in Bement Township, which is now rented from Mrs. Carlin by her sons. In 1896 Mr. Carlin bought five acres of land just east of Bement, on which he built a beautiful residence, and in it he resided until his death, October 5, 1914, having lived there from 1898. It is now the home of Mrs. Carlin. The premises have been improved by the planting of threes and shrubs, and the house is supplied with modern conveniences.
On February 20, 1884, Mr. Carlin was married to Elizabeth Coogan, born at Chicago, Ill., September 17, 1861, a daughter of Martin and Bridget (Whalen) Coogan. Mr. Coogan was a native of Tipperary, Ireland, and came to the United States when quite young, and was here married. He was a farmer all his life. Mr. and Mrs. Carlin became the parents of the following children: Mary, who is Mrs. Samuel F. Shay, of Bement Township; Anna, who is Mrs. Irving Bogue, of Bement Township; Catherine, who is Mrs. Orville Rucker, of Bement, Ill.; and Adelia, Margaret, Elizabeth, Daniel, John and Ellen who are living with their mother. Mr. Carlin was a consistent member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, as are his family. He did not definitely attach himself to any political party, but cast his vote for the man he believed best fitted for the office in question.
4. Was he wounded at Franklin? Captured? Missing? Killed?
5. Survive Franklin? Survive the war?
6. Your exact relation?
Great Grandson(yes that is correct.) He was 65 when he fathered my Grandfather who was born in 1900, My Mother was born 1944, I was born 1969.
7. Burial place?
8. Any pictures of the soldier: in uniform? Before or after the war?
I dont have any
9. Surviving letters, diaries, or documents you’re willing to share?
Just copies of muster roll from archives
10. The email address for you to be contacted?
11. Permission to re-publish your info in a web-based database so others can learn about him, and possibly contact you to ask questions or share info you might desire?
You have my permission
I would really like to find out where he was held as prisoner of War and how he was released. If you have any avenues to share that might help me, I would appreciate it.