Standing: Pearl Bottomley Erwin, May Bottomley Burrows, Oscar R. Bottomley, Ellen Bottomley Cash, Laura Bottomley Stevens.
Seated: Thomas Bottomley, Mary Bottomley Martin, James Monroe Bottomley, Ben Ann Bottomley, Edward Bottomley
*See Notes Below

James Monroe Bottomley

Born December 6, 1842 in Upton, Posey County, Indiana**
Married Lydia Jane Knight, then after her death, remarried Ben Ann Reed (1854-1943 - Click to See Headstone).
Died June 25, 1920. Buried in Bellefontaine Cemetary in Mt. Vernon, Indiana Click to See Headstone
See 1850 data, 1860, 1900, and 1910 Census Images regarding James Monroe Bottomley

James Bottomley was a Civil War Veteren having served in the 25th Regular Indiana Volunteers of the Union Army, Company F as a Private. He bought a new pair of shoes and walked to Evansville, Indiana to enlist in the US Army. He mustered August 19, 1861. His 1890 enrollment (in the federal pension plan) said he has 6 children under 16 years of age, and that he has chronic diarrhea, throat and lung trouble as a result of the war.

25th Regiment Infantry History:

Organized at Evansville, Ind., and mustered in August 19, 1861. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., August 26; thence to Jefferson City, Mo., September 14; thence to Georgetown, Mo. Attached to Army of the West and Dept. of Missouri to December, 1861. St. Louis, Mo., to February, 1862. 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, Military District of Cairo, February, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, Army of the Tennessee, to July, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, District of Memphis, Tenn., to September, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, District of Jackson, Tenn., to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, Right Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. of the Tennessee, to December, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 17th Army Corps, Army of the Tennessee, to January, 1863. District of Memphis, Tenn., 16th Army. Corps, to March, 1863. 2nd Brigade, District of Memphis, 5th Division, 16th Army Corps, to December, 1863. 3rd Brigade, Cavalry Division, 16th Army Corps, to January, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 16th Army Corps, to March, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 16th Army Corps, to September, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 17th Army Corps, to July, 1865.

SERVICE.--Fremont's Campaign against Springfield, Mo., September 22-November 3, 1861. Duty at Otterville and at LaMine Bridge until December. Pope's Expedition to Warrensburg December 16-20. Action on the Blackwater, Milford, December 18. Conduct prisoners to St. Louis, and duty at Benton Barracks until February 2, 1862. Expedition up the Tennessee against Fort Donelson, Tenn., February 2-11. Investment and capture of Fort Donelson February 12-16. Expedition to Clarksville, Tenn., March 19-21. Moved to Pittsburg Landing, Tenn., March 5-18. Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6-7. Advance on and siege of Corinth, Miss., April 29-May 30. March to Memphis, Tenn., via Grand Junction June 1-July 21. Duty at Memphis until September 6. Action at Nonconah Creek August 3. Forced march to Bolivar, Tenn., September 6-9, and duty there until October 4. Battle of Hatchie River, Metamora, October 5. Grant's Central Mississippi Campaign November, 1862, to January, 1863. Action with Van Dorn at Davis Mills December 21 (Cos. "A," "C," "D," "F," "H" and "I"). Moved from Davis Mills to Memphis, Tenn., January 14, 1863. Provost duty there until November, 1863. Railroad guard duty from Grand Junction to Moscow November, 1863, to January, 1864. Moved to Memphis January 28; thence moved to Vicksburg, Miss. Meridian Campaign February 3-March 2. Marion Station February 15-17. Reenlisted at Canton February 29, Veterans on furlough March and April. Moved to Decatur, Ala., April 24, and duty there until August. Action at Fletcher's Ferry, Flint River, May 18. Pond Springs near Courtland, Ala., May 27. Pond Springs June 29. Expedition to Moulton July 25-28. Decatur July 27. Moved to Atlanta, Ga., August 4-8. Atlanta campaign August 8-September 8. Siege of Atlanta August 8-25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Lovejoy Station September 2-6. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Montieth Swamp December 9. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Reconnoissance to Salkehatchie River January 20. Salkehatchie Swamp, S.C., February 2-3. River's and Broxton's Bridges, Salkehatchie River, February 2. Binnaker's Bridge February 9. Orangeburg February 11-12. Columbia February 16-17. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsbore March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24, Moved to Louisville, Ky., June 5, and duty there until July 17. Mustered out July 17, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 7 Officers and 81 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 270 Enlisted men by disease. Total 361

Click here to read an account of the Battle of Davis Mills, in which James participated.

After the war, James followed in his father's footsteps and took up farming. A 1900-era map shows him owning at least 160 acres in Black Township, Posey County, Indiana. Here is the property in 2003.

Bottomley marker at Bellefontaine Cemetary for James and family
Click to See James Monroe Bottomley's Headstone

Children of James Monroe & Lydia Jane Bottomley:

Mary Jane
(b. May 10, 1865 d. Nov 8, 1939) - married Adam Martin (1860-1935) and beget John, Stella (homesteaded in Idaho), Mae and Lee.
Buried in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Cemetery in Posey County, Indiana.

Samuel 'Edward' P.
(5/12/1866-8/17/1940) - was born and raised on his father's farm in Black Township. He married Mary 'Louisa' Culley in 1890, and had no children from that marriage. Ed was said to have enjoyed having a lot of family around him. He liked to sit out under a tree in front of his house and tell stories or listen to his wife 'Lou' play the accordion.
 Though Ed's wife could not have children, Ed did have children with a woman who had divorced her husband about 1913. Ed and Nellie (Allyn) Barton (1892-1962), had five children together. Ed may have divorced his wife Mary Louise, if so, they remaried later in life. He lived with Nellie for about 8 years. They may not have married. Ed died in 1940 at 820 Sycamore in Mt. Vernon; his death certificate lists contributing cause of death to gangrene of the toe and the mortuary card lists heart trouble. Children from his relationship with Nellie: Lydia Elinora (Twin) (1914-1998), Nettie Lucile (Twin) (1914-1992), (Still Living), (Still Living), Robert (Stillborn) (1923-1923) This information was courtesy of Troy Schmidt, grandson of Edward Bottomley and Nellie Allyn. Ed is buried in Black's Cemetery in Posey County, Indiana.

James 'Thomas' (1867-1947) - married Fannie (last name unknown) and beget Floyd, Myrtle, Hazel, William, and Edward.

Aaron Wesley
(April 6 1877 - June 23, 1933, buried in Bellefontaine) - married Pearl Orilla Alldredge (June 22, 1855 - Dec 5 1958, buried in Bellefontaine, mother was an Anderson), and beget Lena, John, Ellen, Bertha Louise, Fayetta, Lavita, Donald, and Glendola Fern who drowned as a child (1921-1935), buried in Bellefontaine).

Richard (1874-1928) - married Gertrude Miller

Laura Bel
(1876-1949) - Laura married Thomas Stevens and had a son, Granville.  Granville went on to drive a street car from Mt. Vernon to Evansville, had a boy named Charlie still living in Mt. Vernon and had twin girls that he drowned when he drowned himself.

Eliza Ellen
(b 2/5/1869 in Mt. Vernon, IN d 1/12/1949 in Grangeville, ID) married John C. Cash (1860-1946), moved to Idaho, and beget Walter, Guy, Edward, Laura and Emily. Eliza is buried in Pravie View Cemetery in Idaho County, Idaho.

Ida 'May'
(9/10/1882- 7/29/1900) - married William Burrows and beget Russell (died 1971, wife Nellie died 1981), Elbert (aka "Red") and Mary Louise. They then moved to Grangeville, Idaho. William, Ida May and Elbert are buried in the Prairie View Cemetery in Grangeville, Idaho. See pictures courtesy of Lynne Burrows.

Lydia Ruth
- born in 7/12/1872 and died 5/15/1893 and was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetary in Mount Vernon Click to See Headstone.

Joseph William
- born November 1, 1870 and died February 24, 1889 and is also buried in Bellefontaine Cemetary.

According to two letters written in 1909 and 1914 to James Monroe Bottomley, from his cousin Samuel Bottomley in Rochdale, Lancashire, England, two of James' Children were stolen by Indians after they burned his house. See the letter (4 pages)

James Bottomley later married Ben Ann Reed after the death of Lydia Jane (Knight) Bottomley in 1885 due to childbirth complications. Ben Ann (Reed) Bottomley was born in 1854 and died in 1943 and is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetary. She is also the sister of Gertrude (Miller) Bottomley's mother, Della (Reed) Miller, so she was both Great Aunt and Step-Grandmother to George Wilford Bottomley. To the union of James and Ben Ann were born the following:

Children of James Monroe & Ben Ann Bottomley:

Ruby - married Thurmond Blackburn who later deserted his family and Ruby divorced him; children: Thelma - born 1910, died 1944 and buried in Bellefontaine Cemetary. Ruby then married John wand, and beget Garnett (who married Morgan Russell, had no children, and died and was buried in Canada),

- married and lives in Evansville, Indiana.

- born in 1908 but drowned in the Ohio River in 1926 and is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetary.

- born Dec. 5, 1889; married Frank Irwin, later divorced, no children; died May 28, 1974 and buried in Bellefontaine Cemetary

- born in 1895; married Frank Hoover (born 6/1/1893, served in the Co. L. 41st Infantry in WW I, died 1/16/1959)

James Hobart
- (born 1896, died 1897, buried in Bellefontaine Cemetary Click to See Headstone)

- (born 1892, died 1893, buried in Bellefontaine Cemetary Click to See Headstone).

Garnet - born 1891

( Click here for a larger image )
First Row: William Bottomley, Russel Burrows, Elbert Burris, (unknown), Edith Hinkley (neighbor), Grace Bottomley, Elenor Stevens, Helen Bottomley, Clivia Martin, Ruby Miller, Hazel Bottomley, George Bottomley, Oscar L. Bottomley.
Second Row: Milburn Bottomley, Arthur Thomas (friend), Myrtle Bottomley, Edward Bottomley (in Myrtle's arms), Arch Thomas (friend), Celeste Stevens, Seymour Stevens, Della Thomas (friend), Trone Thomas (friend), Floyd Bottomley, Angeline Hinkley, Lottie Hinkley.
Third Row: Fannie Bottomley, Thomas Bottomley, Louise Bottomley, Edward Bottomley, Adam Martin, Mary Bottomley Martin, unknown, unknown, Ellen Bottomley Cash, James Monroe Bottomley, Ben Ann Bottomley, Laura Bottomley Stevens, Thomas Stevens, Granville Stevens (in arms), Oscar R. Bottomley (with Mary Bottomley in arms), Gertrude Bottomley.
Fourth Row: Lydia Martin, Minnie Miller, Alvin Miller, Esther Thomas (friend), Stella Martin, John Martin (behind), Mrs. Walter Hinkley (neighbor), Mae Martin, May Bottomley Burrows, Carrie Thomas Black, Will Burrows (holding Mary Louise), Pearl Bottomley Erwin, Mrs. Luther Thomas, Ida Knight, Will Knight, Luther Thomas (friend), Kate Martin, Henry Martin.
Note: Identifications by Oscar L. Bottomley and Lela Martin.

* Note: Aaron Bottomley, Leola Bottomley Hoover, Ruby Bottomley Wand, and Garnett Bottomley Russell were not present when picture was taken. This photo was taken at an old fashion family gathering circa 1910 at the home of Adam and Mary Bottomley near Mount Vernon, IN. There was good food, fellowship, and it was a happy "bon voyage" for their daughter Stella who left soon after for the "wild west" aka Idaho where she homesteaded land from the US Govt. Later her system Mae followed, as did Ellen Bottomley Cash.

** Other records say Born October 11, 1843 in Upton, Posey County, Indiana