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John A. Boley (1841 - 1915)

2nd Lt. John A. Boley
Born in Alvada, Seneca, Ohio, United Statesmap
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died at age 73 in Fostoria, Seneca, Ohio, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Oct 2009
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John Boley, 1841-1915, was the son of Joseph and Carherine (Etchen) Boley. He married Savilla Ann Smith (1846 Ohio -1939 Ohio). They had two children, Ada Dell (1866-1948) and Charles A. (1869-1951). [1]

In 1850, the Boley family lived in Big Lick Township, Hancock, Ohio. The family included

  • Joseph Boly, 33, born in France, a farmer, with $200 in real estate
  • Catharine Boly, 28 b. Germany
  • John Boly 8 Ohio, in school
  • Clara Boly 6 Ohio, in school
  • Nicholas Boly 5 Ohio
  • Catharine Boly 3 Ohio [2]

In 1860, the Boley family lived in Big Lick Township. Hancock, Ohio. The household included

  • Joseph Boly 44 Belgium, a farmer, with $1500 in real estate and $300 in personal estate
  • Catharine Boly 40 Belgium
  • John Boly 18 Ohio, a farmer
  • Nicholas Boly 15 Ohio
  • George Boly 10 Ohio
  • Joseph Boly 6 Ohio
  • William Boly 0 Ohio [3]

During the Civil War, John A. Boley served as a Private in Co. A, 21st Ohio Infantry, from 28 August 1861 to 27 April 1863; and as a 2nd Lt. With Co. A., 178th Ohio Infantry, from 25 August 1864 to 29 June 1865. He was born 23 December 1841, resided in Sycamore, Crawford, Ohio, and died on 14 December 1915. In January 1912, he was receiving $15 per month from his Army Pension, and in August 1912, it was raised to $24. He lived at 432 S. Poplar, Fostoria, Ohio with his wife, Sevilla A. Boley, who was the beneficiary to his pension after his death.[4] [5]

John Boley, mustered in and was mustered out as a Private in Comapny A, 21st Ohio Infantry. [6]

Battle Unit Details “21st Regiment, Ohio Infantry OVERVIEW: Organized at Findlay, Ohio, and mustered in September 19, 1861. Left State for Nicholasville, Ky., October 2. Attached to Thomas' Command, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1861. 9th Brigade, Army of the Ohio, to December, 1861. 9th Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of the Ohio, to July, 1862. 7th Independent Brigade, Army of the Ohio, to September, 1862. 7th Brigade, 8th Division, Army of the Ohio, to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, Center 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 14th Army Corps, to October, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 14th Army Corps, to June, 1865. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 14th Army Corps, to July, 1865.

SERVICE: Action at Ivy's Mountain, Ky., November 8, 1861. Try Mountain and Piketown November 8-9. Duty at Bacon Creek and Green River, Ky., till February, 1862. Advance on Bowling Green, Ky., February 10-15, and on Nashville, Tenn., February 22-25. Occupation of Nashville February 25-March 17. Advance on Murfreesboro, Tenn., March 17-19. Advance on Huntsville, Ala., April 4-11. Capture of Huntsville April 11. (Pittinger's Raid on Georgia State Railroad April 7-12, Detachment.) Near Pulaski May 1. At Athens May 28 to August 28. Action on Richland Creek near Pulaski August 27. March to Nashville August 29-September 2. Siege of Nashville September 12-November 7. Murfreesboro Road November 8. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro till June. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 23-July 7. Occupation of Middle Tennessee till August 16. Passage of Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Davis Cross Roads or Dug Gap September 11. Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., September 19-21. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 23. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. Rossville Gap November 26. Regiment re-enlisted January 1, 1864. Reconnoissance of Dalton, Ga., February 22-27, 1864 (Non-Veterans). Rocky Faced Ridge and Buzzard's Roost Gap February 23-25 (Non-Veterans). Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Buzzard's Roost Gap May 8-9. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Advance on Dallas May 18-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Vining Station July 9-11. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Utoy Creek August 5-7. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama April 29-November 3. Near Atlanta October 2. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Jacksonboro December 11. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Taylor's Hole Creek, Averysboro, N. C., March 16. Battle of Bentonville, N. C., March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsboro 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, and duty there till July. Mustered out July 25, 1865. Regiment lost during service 6 Officers and 166 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 218 Enlisted men by disease. Total 392.“ [7]

John A. Boley mustered in as a Sargent, and mustered out as a 2nd Lieutenant with Companies F and S, 178th Ohio Infantry. [8]

Battle Unit Details. “178th Regiment, Ohio Infantry OVERVIEW: Organized at Camp Chase, Ohio, and mustered in September 26, 1864. Left State for Nashville, Tenn., October 8. Attached to Defences Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 23rd Army Corps, Army of the Ohio, and Dept. of North Carolina, to June, 1865.

SERVICE: Duty at Nashville, Tenn., till October 22, 1864, and at Tullahoma, Tenn., till November 30. Moved to Murfreesboro, Tenn., November 30-December 2. Siege of Murfreesboro December 5-12. Wilkinson's Cross Roads, near Murfreesboro, "The Cedars," December 7. Wilkinson's Pike, near Murfreesboro, December 13-14. Ordered to Clifton, Tenn., and duty there till January 16, 1865. Movement to Washington, D. C., January 16-29, and to Fort Fisher, N. C., February 21-23; to Morehead City February 24, thence to New Berne February 25. Campaign of the Carolinas March 1-April 26. Advance on Kinston and Goldsboro March 6-21. Battle of Wise's Forks March 8-10. Occupation of Kinston March 14. Occupation of Goldsboro March 21. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. Duty at Raleigh and Charlotte, N. C., till June. Mustered out June 29, 1S65. Regiment lost during service 2 Enlisted men killed and 66 Enlisted men by disease. Total 68“ [9]

John A. Boley and Miss Savilla A. Smith were married on 1 January 1866 in Seneca County, Ohio. [10]

In 1870, the Boley family lived in Fostoria, Seneca, Ohio. The household included

  • John A. Boley, 27, born in Ohio, works in saw mill
  • Cevella A Boley, 23 b. Ohio
  • Adie D Boley, 3, b. Ohio
  • Freddie Boley, eight months, b. Ohio in October
  • George Boley, 19, b. Ohio, laborer [11]

In 1880, the Boley family lived in Carey, Crawford Township, Wyandot County, Ohio. The family included

  • John A. Boley, 38, born in Ohio, who worked in a saw mill
  • Savilla Boley Wife, 34 b. Ohio
  • Ada Boley Daughter, 13 b. Ohio, in school
  • Charles Boley Son, 10, b. Ohio, in school [12]

In 1900, the Boley family lived at 400 E. North St., Fostoria, Loudoun Township, Seneca, Ohio. The family included

  • John Boley, 59, born in Dec. 1841 in Ohio, father b. France; mother b. Germany, a boarding house keeper, who rented their property, married 33 years
  • Sevilla A Boley, 54, wife, born in Oct. 1846 in Ohio (father b. NY; mother b. PA), who had had two children, both living
  • Frank E Ketchen Boarder Male 27 New York
  • James Schmece Boarder Male 26 New York
  • William Clarke Boarder Male 24 Illinois [13]

In 1910, John A. Boley, 68, and his wife of 44 years. Sevilla A., 63, lived at 432 S. Poplar St., Fostoria, Seneca, Ohio. They owned their house without a mortgage. They had had two children, both of whom were living. They both were born in Ohio. John’s father was born in France, and his mother was born in Germany. [14]

John A. Boley, 74, died of a cerebral hemorrhage on 14 December 1915 at his home at 432 S. Poplar, Fostoria, Seneca, Ohio. He was married, and had worked as a lumberman. John was born 23 December 1841 in Alvada, Ohio, the son of Joseph B. Boley (born in France) and Catherine Etehy (born in Germany). Death. [15]

John A. Boley, 1841-1915, is buried at Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, Ohio with his wife, Sevilla Ann (Smith) Boley, 1846-1939. John’s parents were early pioneers of Fostoria. John served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was wounded in the leg while with the 21st Ohio Infantry. He re-enlisted and served again. In 1866 he married Sevilla Smith. They had two children. In 1873 he organized Louden Township Relief Hook and Ladder Company. In 1878, brothers John and George Boley rented the American House Hotel. John, proprietor of thenToledo and Ohio Hotel, ordered a lodge, George Sebling, to leave, and shot him because he would not go. John was arrested the next day. [16]


  1. Family Tree, with sources (
  2. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), John Boly in household of Joseph Boly, Big Lick, Hancock, Ohio, United States; citing family 56, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), John Boly in entry for Joseph Boly, 1860, Big Lick Township, Hancock, Ohio, United States.
  4. "United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 3 September 2021), John A Boley, 27 Apr 1863; citing Military Service, NARA microfilm publication 76193916 (St. Louis: National Archives and Records Administration, 1985), various roll numbers.
  5. "United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 August 2019), John A Boley, 1907-1933; citing NARA microfilm publication M850 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,634,237.
  6. The Civil War, Soldier Search (
  7. The Civil War, Battle Unit Details (
  8., The Civil War, Soldier Search (
  9. The Civil War, Battle Unit Details (
  10. "Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958", database, FamilySearch ( : 25 March 2020), John A. Boley, 1866.
  11. "United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 29 May 2021), John A Boley, 1870.
  12. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 January 2022), John A. Boley, Carey, Crawford Township, Wyandot, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district , sheet , NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm .
  13. "United States Census, 1900", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 7 January 2022), John Boley, 1900.
  14. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 January 2022), John A Boley, Fostoria Ward 4, Seneca, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 163, sheet 9A, family 214, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1229; FHL microfilm 1,375,242.
  15. "Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 March 2021), John A Boley, 14 Dec 1915; citing Fostoria, Seneca, Ohio, reference fn 69224; FHL microfilm 1,983,552.
  16. Find A Grave: Memorial #50391838

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