Itís all relative! It has been well-documented that the Civil War was a family affair. Members of the same family often fought either with or against each other.

The 92nd Illinois was no different. A quick study of the regimental roster reveals many similar surnames. Here is a very partial list of those members of the 92nd Illinois that were related to each other. Surely there were many more brother, father/son, cousin, and uncle/nephew combinations. As more of these combinations are uncovered, they will be added to this list.

 

Company A

Brothers:

First Lt. William Cox

Sgt. Legrand Cox

Brothers:

Cpl. Roswell Eldridge

Cpl. Madison Eldridge

Brothers:

Pvt. Matthew Cheney

Pvt. Chester Cheney

Cousins:

Pvt. John R. Thompson

Pvt./Sgt. William Boddy

Brothers-in-Law:

Sgt. Jessie Leigh

Pvt. Luther Pickard

Father-Son:

Pvt. Lambert Baker (father)

Pvt. William H. H. Baker (son)

Brothers:

Pvt. Gaylord D. Miller

Pvt. Morris R. Miller

 

Company B

Brothers:

Pvt. Richard M. King

Pvt. John M. King

Brothers:

Cpl. Russell Bigelow Lockwood

Pvt. Robert Lockwood

Brother/Sister:

Pvt. Samuel Parsons

Nurse Addie Parsons

Brothers-in-law:

Sgt. Charles Ames

Cp. Russell Bigelow Lockwood

(Russell married Charles' sister post-war)

 

Company C

Brothers:

Pvt. Joseph Bohn

Major (entire regiment) John Bohn

Brothers:

Pvt. Leo Lawrence

Pvt. Leander Lawrence

 

Company D

Brothers:

Sgt. Fordyce Waterbury

Sgt. James Waterbury

Brothers-in-Law

Cap. Lyman Preston

Sgt. Romanzo Fisher

 

Company E

Brothers

1st Sgt. William Stohl

Pvt. Jeremiah Stohl

 

Company F

Father/Son:

Pvt. Elijah Tilton (Father)

Pvt. Commodore Tilton (Son)

 

Company G

Uncle/Nephew:

Pvt. James Foreman (uncle)

Pvt. William Sisson (nephew)

Brothers:

George W. Rea

Pvt. John W. Rea

Brothers:

Cpl. James Phillips

Parley Phillips

Brothers:

Pvt. Ephraim Werkheiser

Pvt. William Werkheiser

Cousins:

Pvt. Amos Fisk

Pvt. Jerome Seabury

Brothers-in-Law:

Pvt. Benjamin E. Verbeck

Pvt. David Wingert (Company K)

Brothers:

Pvt. Hiram F. Bunker

Pvt. Hollis Bunker

Brothers-in-Law

Davis B. Clair

Hiram F. Bunker

 

Company H

Father/Son:

Pvt. James Brice, Jr.

Pvt. Thomas Brice

 

Company I

Brothers:

Pvt. Charles Reynolds

Pvt. William Reynolds

Brothers:

First Lt. David B. Colehour

Cpl. James A. Colehour

Brothers-in-Law:

Pvt. Andrew J. Kingery

Pvt. Abraham Stoner Eshelman

Leonard James Weaver

 

Company K

Brothers:

Pvt. Baton L. Lewis (second source also says Co. A)

Pvt. Henry Wilmot Lewis (second source also says Co. A)

Brothers-in-Law:

Pvt. Edward Fox

Pvt. Alfred Taylor (later transferred to Co. I)

Brothers-in-Law

Pvt. David Wingert

Pvt. Benjamin E. Verbeck (Company G)

Brothers

Pvt. Henry T. Scovill

Pvt. Homer Scovill

Cross-Company 
Brothers
George G. Atkins (Company F)
John C. Atkins (Company C)
Smith D. Atkins

Brothers-in-Law

Charles Gassmann (Company A)

Pvt. Augustus Klaas (Company G)

Company Unknown 
Brothers
James J. Guthrie
Patrick J. Guthrie

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