Jonathan Bishir

Jonathan Bishir

Male Abt 1811 - 1887  (~ 76 years)

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  • Name Jonathan Bishir  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Born Abt 1811  Newport, Campbell Co., Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 9
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Cooper, Soldier (1833, 1861-1865) 
    Died 10 Jun 1887  Lynchburg, Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Buried 11 Jun 1887  Lynchburg, Ohio (Masonic Cemetery) Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    FindAGrave Memorial for Jonathan Bishir
    FindAGrave Memorial for Jonathan Bishir
    Person ID I1639  Bishir Family | Jonathan & Elizabeth Bishir
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2015 

    Father Christopher Bishir,   b. 25 Dec 1759, Alsace Lorraine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1847, Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Hanora Laman 
    Family ID F370  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Spickard,   b. Abt 1814, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1877, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years) 
    Married 29 Mar 1838  Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Children 
    +1. George W. Bishir,   b. Jan 1839, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1906, Lynchburg, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
    +2. James Bishir,   b. Abt 1840, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1905, Clinton Co, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
    +3. William Bishir,   b. 19 Aug 1840, Lynchburg, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1934, Lynchburg, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
    +4. Jane Bishir,   b. Abt 1840, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1909, Cincinnati, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years)
     5. Amanda Bishir,   b. 7 Feb 1850, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1916, Highland Co., Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    +6. Rebecca Ann Bishir,   b. 2 Aug 1853, Highland Co, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1891  (Age 38 years)
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F804  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Jun 1887 - Lynchburg, Highland Co., Ohio Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    BISHIR, Jonathan (probably)
    BISHIR, Jonathan (probably)
    Courtesy of the Mark Sebastian Archive - please do not republish this photo in any form including to anywhere else on the Internet without specific permission.

    The photo was labeled by Joseph Benson Bishir as "JOSHU or JACOB BISHIR (Ben's grandfather)". This appears to be a different man than the man in the photo of Jacob Bishir that Randy Wilson provided. So this man is probably not Jacob Bishir. Joseph Benson Bishir's grandfather was Jonathan Bishir. This seems to be confirmed by the family resemblance to Walter Bishir in the cooper shop photo and William Bishir in the family group photo that Mark provided earlier. So we believe this to be Jonathan Bishir.

    Also a charcoal done from the original tintype.
    BISHIR, Jonathan ('Josey') colorized
    BISHIR, Jonathan ("Josey") colorized
    Contributed by the Mark Sebastian Archive, All Rights Reserved, Do not publish without permission

    Documents
    Bishir, Jonathan, discharge from the 1st Dragoons, 1836
    Bishir, Jonathan, discharge from the 1st Dragoons, 1836
    Bishir, Jonathan, Avadavit giving medical reason for his discharge from the Dragoons
    Bishir, Jonathan, Avadavit giving medical reason for his discharge from the Dragoons
    BISHIR, Jonathan, record in the National Soldiers Home in Dayton, Ohio
    BISHIR, Jonathan, record in the National Soldiers Home in Dayton, Ohio
    BISHIR, Jonathan's 1833 Dragoon Enlistment
    BISHIR, Jonathan's 1833 Dragoon Enlistment
    BISHIR, Jonathan's 1833 Dragoon Roster
    BISHIR, Jonathan's 1833 Dragoon Roster
    BISHIR, Jonathan burial records, Union Veterans
    BISHIR, Jonathan burial records, Union Veterans
    Contributed by Celtic Giraffe Research
    BISHIR, Jonathan, newspaper obituary
    BISHIR, Jonathan, newspaper obituary
    Contributed by Kathy Kearney.
    (If you use this image, please credit the contributor and link to the Bishir web site)
    BISHIR, Jonathan, typed obituary from Zella Shaper with notes by Mary Bishir
    BISHIR, Jonathan, typed obituary from Zella Shaper with notes by Mary Bishir
    Contributed by Kathy Kearney. Sent to Kathy's father, Lundy Bishir, by Zella Shaper.
    BISHIR, Jonathan, Newspaper article reporting his capture during the Civil War
    BISHIR, Jonathan, Newspaper article reporting his capture during the Civil War
    Highland Weekly News, 9 Sep 1864, p. 3

    Headstones
    BISHIR, Jonathan - perhaps, Masonic Cemetery, Lynchburg, Ohio
    BISHIR, Jonathan - perhaps, Masonic Cemetery, Lynchburg, Ohio
    Contributed by Celtic Giraffe Research
    BISHIR, Elizabeth - area of her headstone
    BISHIR, Elizabeth - area of her headstone
    Contributed by Celtic Giraffe Research

  • Notes 
    • Jonathan Bishir (also shown as Bisher, Bishire, and Bishare) lived in Lynchburg, Highland Co., Ohio. Born near Newport, Campbell Co., Kentucky, he was apparently living with one of his brothers (probably Christopher) in Highland Co. in 1830. He was 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall, with brown eyes and black hair. On 28 May 1833 he joined Capt. Hunter's company of the then-forming 1st US Dragoons (later to be the 1st US Cavalry) and served with them on the frontier at Fort Leavenworth until 1836, when he was discharged for disability (his right arm was damaged by a US Army surgeon during blood letting for an unspecified illness.)

      He is living with his family just across the county line in Clark Twp., Clinton Co., Ohio in 1860. At the outbreak of the Civil War in June of 1861, at the age of 50, he enlisted at Hillsboro, Highland Co., Ohio as a private in the 24th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Co. I. His Civil War service record describes him as having dark complexion with grey eyes and grey hair, a cooper by profession. He is listed as "at work on fort" in August at Camp Jackson, near Columbus, Ohio and later was reported "sick in hospital" in November. From May to September of 1862 he was "detached as a nurse in post hospital before Corinth, Miss." In October 1862 he was discharged due to disability (lumbago and over age). (His military records seem confused over his age - either 45 or 55 years old - although according to other records he would have been 52 when he mustered out of the 24th OVI.) Almost immediately following his discharge (in November), he reenlisted with a bounty as a private in the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Cavalry regiment, Co. L and he was captured during Wilson's Raid near Petersburg (at Blacks and Whites Station) on 23 June 1864 and imprisoned in Camp Sumpter near Andersonville, Georgia. After ten months in Andersonville, he was parolled in April 1865. He was discharged from the army on 19 June 1865.

      Jonathan had significant disabilities as a result of contracting scurvey during his imprisonment, including the loss of his teeth, severe rheumatism, and heart disease. As a result, he could not work and spent most of the remaining years of his life in the National Soldiers Home in Dayton, Ohio.

      RESEARCH:
      Jonathan and Elizabeth were both listed in 1870 in Clinton Co., Ohio near their son, William. Since Jonathan is also listed at the soldiers home that year, he was probably home on a visit (according to his pension records, he visited his family 3 or 4 times a year). Jonathan is listed with the neighboring family of George Facher, who probably had put him up for the night.

      On May 3rd, 1886 the local newspaper (Hillsboro News-Herald) announced:

      “George Bishir left for Dayton this (Monday) morning to bring his father to this place, who is now an inmate of the Soldiers’ Home, and who is said to be blind.”

      in 1840 Jonathan's family includes a 10-15 year old boy. Since Jonathan and Elizabeth were married 2 years earlier, this cannot be his son.

      Obituary
      We are indebted to Mrs. Zella Shaper for the following which was published seventy years ago.

      Death of Jonathan Bishir
      Editor Gazette: -- Jonathan Bishir, a soldier of three wars, died at the residence of his son in Lynchburg, in this county, on Friday, June 10th [1886]. He was born on the 10th day of September, A. D. 1810, in Kentucky, and was at the time of his death nearly 77 years of age. He was buried in the 11th inst., in the Masonic Cemetery at that place. No Gaudy display, no hollow sound from the muffled drum, no draped banners of his country, no trappings of respect marked the pathway to his grave, but the solemn tread of his sad and sympathizing friends in gloomy silence followed the pall bearers to the last place of the dead soldier. He died a poor man, but he was a brave and gallant soldier in his life time, and in all probability has participated in much more active military service in defense of his country than any other living man in this county. In his 19th year he became a solider during the troublesome times of the Black Hawk and other Indian outbreaks, and served three years, at the expiration of which he was honorably discharged. He served for a time in the Mexican War. On May 1st., 1861, soon after the last war began, he volunteered in the 24th Ohio Volunteers and was discharged for disability soon after the battle of Shiloh, in which he participated. He soon after re-enlisted in the 1st Ohio Calvary, which was afterwards consolidated with the 2nd. He was taken prisoner before Petersburg and was 11 months in Andersonville prison, where he did much good service in aiding sick Union prisoners. He was on board the unfortunate steamer which was burned on the Mississippi River on its upward passage with returning Union soldiers, when many lives were lost. [Jonathan’s service record indicates he was in Florida at the time of the Sultana disaster and was paroled the day after it occurred.] Jonathan Bishir was a life-long Democrat in the war and out of it. The terrible correlation of these passing events had no effect on him.

      In his pension application, William Bishir mentions an “old family bible” in which births were recorded which was burned when his father’s (Jonathan) house was destroyed by fire.

      Jonathan applied for a land bounty for his service in the Dragoons and was denied.

  • Sources 
    1. [S742] Censuses (1850, 1860, 1870, 1900) for Bishers, Taylors, and Pitzers, (EF#172, SN#268, 7 Dec 1977).

    2. [S65] Interview with Harold Earl Bisher and Marie Mendenhall Bisher -2, (EF#8, SN#8, 1 Jan 1977).

    3. [S371] "Cemetery Inscriptions of Highland, Co., Ohio", David N. and Jane N. McBride, (EF#228, SN#402, 29 Oct 1978).

    4. [S773] Civil War military records for Jonathan Bishare and George Bishir, (EF#230, SN#404, 23 Feb 1984).

    5. [S786] Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865.

    6. [S412] Pension record for Jonathan Bishir.

    7. [S408] 1833 US Dragoons Roster.

    8. [S446] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004).

    9. [S219] Death certificate for William Bisher, (EF#233, SN#408, 10 Feb 1984).

    10. [S781] Civil War pension file for Jonathan Bisher.

    11. [S1433] Obiturary for Jonathan Bishir.

    12. [S801] Marriage record for Jonathan Bishir and Elizabeth Spickart, (EF#227, SN#401, 25 Jan 1982).