Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Alexander Gandy (1832-1919)

Alexander Gandy, my maternal 2nd cousin, 3 times removed, is the subject of an ongoing research project which I wrote about here and here. I continue to collaborate with another researcher to try to solve the mysteries surrounding Tamson (Cary) (Gandy) Kirby, Alexander’s first wife.

Alexander Gandy, Who Marched With Sherman to the Sea, Dies at Dayton at age of 87.
In writing of the death of a former resident of Richwood, the Dayton Journal of July 10, said:

Funeral services for Alexander Gandy, 87, who died Tuesday night at his home, 67 Vincent street, will be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock at the residence. Burial in Woodland cemetery.

'He is survived by two daughters, Miss Ida Gandy and Mrs. George Gengnagel, of Dayton, and a granddaughter, Mrs. P. D. Yarbrough, of Clinton, Ill.

'Mr. Gandy had been a resident of Dayton for more than 20 years. He was a soldier in one of the most active regiments of the Civil war, under Col. A. B. Robinson, 121 O. V. L, in Co. I, and with the 121st was mustered into service at Delaware, O., Sept. 11, 1862, and served until June 8, 1865, when they were mustered out at Washington, D.C.

'The regiment participated in the battles of Chicamaugua, Lookout mountain, Mission Ridge, Kenesaw mountain. He marched with Sherman to the sea and also had a part in the battle of Bentonville, North Carolina, the last battle of the war.

'He was wounded in battle of Mission Ridge, but in a short time rejointed [sic] the regiment.'

Many of the older residents of Richwood will remember Mr. Gandy, was a brick and tile manufacturer years ago. He made the brick for the Blake residence, now owned by W. H. Richards; the Odd Fellows building; the grade school building and others.

Mrs. Ben Woods of Richwood is a sister of Mr. Gandy. She and Miss Alma Donohoe went to Dayton to attend the funeral.”

Source: "Taps Sounded For Civil War Veteran," Richwood Gazette, 17 Jul 1919, p. 1, col. 2; digital images, NewspaperARCHIVE ( : accessed 7 May 1912).

© 2012 Denise Spurlock

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