William Banks England

William Banks England (1834-1863) was born September 23, 1834 to David and Margaret Higgins England, in Fancy Creek Township near Cantrall, Sangamon County, Illinois. He was a grandson of Stephen England, the early pioneer and founder of the Antioch Christian Church near Cantrall, Sangamon County, Illinois. He married Martha Frances Hall, daughter of James Wesley and Catherine Claypool Hall, on November 6, 1853, in Athens, Menard County, Illinois.

William Banks England was mustered into the Union Army at Camp Butler on September 13, 1862, as fourth Corporal in Capt. James Steele's Company of the 115th Regular Illinois Volunteer Infantry, later known as Company "K". He died in the Battle of Chickamauga near Chattanooga, Tennessee, on September 20, 1863, and is buried on the Chickamauga National Battlefield, with no record of his burial except for a marker showing the position of Whitaker's Brigade. When William Banks England died, he left his widow, Martha, with three young children: Laura F. (1855, married Jeremiah “Judd” Casey), Hettie Ann (1860, married Michael Christian “Cal” Jensen), and William Henry (1862, married Clara M. Sprouse). Two other children died as infants prior to 1860.

Submitted by Barbara Shannon Cox

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