|William A. Way
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 309, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William A. Way, farmer and stock-grower, section 6, range 10,
township 17, post office, Virginia, was born in Morgan county,
Illinois, October 5, 1842. He was the son of Jesse and Melinda (Guin)
Way, early settlers in Morgan county. The father came to the county in
1832, and has been a resident of either Morgan or Cass county ever
since, and now resides in Virginia city. The mother died in Virginia in
1880, leaving six children: Elizabeth, the eldest, married T. H.
Williams and died in Nebraska; Mary died when twelve years of age;
Richard is a farmer, residing in Cass county, Virginia precinct;
Stephen is the same, and John died at the age of twenty-six years.
William attended the public schools and then learned the
carpenter trade, intermingled with farming. He enlisted August 11,
1862, in Company I, One Hundred and Fifteenth Illinois Volunteer
Infantry, and was assigned to duty in the army of the Cumberland. A few
days after the battle of Chickamauga, while on a scouting expedition,
composed of details from the different regiments, he was taken prisoner
with several others. He was sent to Richmond, via Atlanta, and was kept
there about six weeks, quartered in the Smith building, near Libby
prison. He was then taken to Danville, Virginia, kept there five
months, and then to Andersonville, where he remained about eight
months. From there he was sent to Charleston, and on from there to
Florence. At this place he was paroled December 7, 1864, after fourteen
months and thirteen days imprisonment. To say that he suffered a
thousand deaths during this long confinement is no exaggeration. He was
attacked with scurvy while in Andersonville and suffered greatly from
that cause. Even to this day his limbs are scarred and measurably
deformed. After this he was sent to Annapolis, Maryland, and then home,
remaining there three months under treatment. He rejoined the regiment
at Shield Mill, and remained there until the end of the war. He was
discharged June 11, 1865, and returned to Virginia, Illinois.
He was married December 24, 1868, in Cass county, to Hattie
Davis, daughter of Julia Ann and Edward Davis, old settlers of Cass
county. Mr. and Mrs. Way have four children: Lenora married D. J.
Parkison, a railroad employee; Walter, Linnie and John L. are all under
the parental roof.
Mr. Way's grandfather was a soldier in the war of 1812. Mr. Way
is independent in politics, voting for men rather than for parties. He
is one of the men that a grateful country would delight to honor.
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