I found this info while looking for Civil War era Hilligass tree branches and I thought it might help someone on this forum. *smile*
Edward Sperry was born in the state of Massachusetts (the place is not recorded) December 4, 1825,
and died in Waverly, Ill., September 1, 1908, aged 82 years, 8 months and 3 days. When a mere child of two years his parents moved to Avon, Conn. Here he grew to manhood. He came to Illinois and settled in Waverly, taking a homestead a few miles southwest of town.
He was married to Miss Catharine Hilligass in Jacksonville, Ill., September 10, 1848. Of this union were born two children, a boy and a girl, both of whom died in infancy, leaving the parents to grow into old age childless. After the marriage they came to Waverly and established their home. By a strange and interesting coincidence they lived a little while in a frame house situated where the cemetery now is. Little did they think their first home would be their last earthly resting place. He was the last one of a family of seven, all of the others preceded him to the silent land.
He was a volunteer in the union army and loyally and bravely fought for the flag of the union. He served for three years and two months. He was home once in all that time on a furlough of a few weeks.
He belonged to Co. "I" 14th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, 17th army corps. He kept a diary of much of the time he was in the service, which makes quite interesting reading this late day. He was one of the old guard which are passing away so swiftly. He was a member of the "Grand Army of the Republic." He was a man who said little about religious affairs. He believed in christianity. He told the writer that under Peter Akers, during a great revival in Jacksonville, he was converted. He was a man of splendid high ideal of integrity.
He has gone to his reward and leaves in his death his aged wife with whom he has traveled in life's journey for nearly 60 years. Also a large number of relatives in the second generation.
These old comrades will miss his benign face, and his place at the meetings of the post will be vacant. He lived a brave man. He died bravely, yielding at last to the shaft of death.
The funeral was held at the family residence. It was attended by a large circle of sympathizing friends. The G. A. R. attended in a body. Rev. J. O. Kirkpatrick conducted the funeral services. The remains were interred in the East Cemetery. (Sept. 4, 1908)
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