From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; page 344, a reprinted by Stevens Publishing
Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County Historical
Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Joshua Hedgcock was born in Schuyler county, Illinois, February
2, 1843, on the place where he now resides, a son of John and
Temperance Hedgcock. He received his education at the public schools,
remaining at home until August, 1862, when he enlisted, at the age of
twenty, as a private in Company G, Seventy-second Regiment Illinois
Volunteers, Captain H. D. French commanding the company. His was the
first Board of Trade regiment made up in Chicago, commanded by Colonel
F. A. Starring. He was in the battles of Champion Hills, Big Black,
Benton, Mississippi; siege of Vicksburg; Columbia and Spring Hill,
Tennessee; Nashville, December, 1864, and Spanish Fort, Alabama, in
April, 1865. He was discharged as Second Sergeant at the close of the
war, with the record of which he is justly proud. He returned home in
August, 1865, and lived with his father until his death, May 20, 1877,
aged seventy-four years, and now occupies the old Spring Hill home of
seventy-eight and one-half acres, which his father first bought and
settled on in this country. He has now 230 acres.
Joshua was married first January 9, 1870, to Miss Susan E.
Glover, born in Hancock county, and died here January 9, 1872, aged
twenty-six years. She left one son, who survived her eight months.
Joshua was married for the second time, to Miss Anna M. Totten, April
10, 1879, who was born in Adams county, September 26, 1854, and by this
marriage there are six children. Mr. and Mrs. Hedgcock attend the
Methodist Protestant Church. He is a member of Post No. 302, G.A.R., at
Augusta, Illinois; has been Assessor of his township. His first vote
was cast while home on furlough, for Lincoln, and every president he
has since voted for has been elected, except one.