Civil War Soldiers of Banner, Fulton Co., Il.
Maloon, William--Enlisted 4 August 1862, 33 years old, as private in Cos. E & I, 103rd Infantry. At enlistment was 5’11 1/2” tall, had brown hair, dark eyes, born in Ohio. Mustered out 4 September 1863. Enlisted as private in Co B, 32nd Infantry on 4 October 1864. Burial in Orendorff & Breed Cemetery, Fulton Co., Illinois.
Maloon, William—Civil War Pension Application, National Archives, Washington, DC: Born 8 August 1831 in Ohio. Married Eleanor Pyle in Sciotoville (Scioto) Ohio on 14 August 1854. She was born 27 April 1832. In 1890 Eleanor stated “. . .the reasons for signing her voucher by mark are as follows. That she never could write to amount to much, as she was an orphan and had little schooling, and that after marriage her husband did all her writing, and since his death it was done mostly by her children. That some sixteen or seventeen years ago she was afflicted with paralysis affecting her right side limb, face and arm.”
Their children: Charles Lanson born 3 April 1867 in Banner; Arthur born 9 October 1868; James Frederick born 18 August 1873; Mary Emma born 20 April 1874/1875; and 4 other children unnamed in the Pension Application file. It was stated that the Maloon family Bible had been soaked in a storm and it had fallen apart. However, in 1888, a copy of the births page was produced for the Notary Public as follows: Thomas M. Maloon born 6 July 1855; Laura Maloon born 3 August 1856; John F. Maloon born 15 August 1858; Jeanette Maloon born 23 August 1860 (Relationship of these people not explained). Charley L. born 3 April 1867; Arthur Maloon born 9 October 1868; James F. Maloon born 18 August 1873; Mary Maloon was born 20 April 1874.
George W. Bain of Glasford (Peoria) Illinois stated in 1883 that he was William’s son-in-law. George Bain “worked with him for about three years, off and on. During this time his lungs were in a bad condition—coughing and spitting blood, and it distressed me to sleep with him which I did as roomed together. I was with said Wm. Maloon at the time of his death. He died Oct 29th 1881 of lung disease as he coughed, spit blood in large quantities. He died, and sunk away. He had several times prior to his last sickness been confined to his bed, which was generally the case whenever he took cold. . . . When I worked with him it was sometimes chopping, sometimes in coal pit, and at the time of his death we were burning charcoal. During the time I worked with him he could not at his best do more than half an able-bodied mans work, and much of the time none at all. “
Joseph Tarr stated that he had known William since childhood, and that William suffered from typhoid fever and pneumonia at Camp Sherman on the Black River in Mississippi, resulting in William’s ongoing spitting blood and phlegm. In 1883 William Gibson stated that William was always “ready and willing to do his duty as a soldier.” After 1865 when he saw William again in Banner, he seemed to be in ill health saying “he was all torn to pieces.” William Maloon had gone to Iowa for two years, returned to the area and lived within a mile of Gibson. Gibson saw him the Tuesday before he died on 29 October 1881 in Peoria Co., Illinois. Burial at Breeds Cemetery near Canton (Fulton) Illinois.
Submitter: Janine Crandell