John Denhart

9th Indiana Infantry, Company G

Great-Great Grandfather of

Denise Blaze

John Denhart was born Johan Donhard in Germany around 1833 and immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was six years old.  They settled first in Cincinnati, then moved to Pickaway County, Ohio where his father George got to work building a canal.  George died shortly thereafter.  John's mother, Christina, apprenticed him out to learn a trade which took him to Indiana, he lost contact with his mother and siblings and never saw them again

He married Elizabeth Zimmerman in 1856.  Elizabeth was born in Neiwiller, Alsace, France in 1839 and immigrated to the United States with her parents in 1851.  During their 23 years of marriage, John and Elizabeth had a total of 11 children.  On September 23, 1864, John enlisted with the 9th Indiana Infantry, Company G and was mustered out a year later on September 28, 1865.

The story that has been past down through the years is that John was so badly injured during the war, he came to Elizabeth and their first 6 children an invalid and was unable to work the family farm.  The burden fell upon Elizabeth and the eldest son while John stayed home to care for the younger children.  He may have been an amputee, having been wounded in either the Battle of Franklin, Illinois or the Battle of Nashville.  John died in 1879.

John and Elizabeth's 6th child was Louis Denhart, my great grandfather.  Louis came to Illinois in 1885 and became a very successful farmer, owning the first automobile in the area.

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