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  • ID: I71567
  • Name: Robert QUIGLEY
  • Given Name: Robert
  • Surname: Quigley
  • Suffix: U.S. Mormon Battalion staff
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: 63A2CD6A2C7E7D47BCAB767F5D4DF6BB61EF
  • Change Date: 7 JUL 2015
  • Note:
    He married a Mary Burns b. 1823-4 Kentucky who had a child Stephen Burns b. 1845 Iowa. This is NOT Mary (Morris) on FamilySearth Mary ? 1865 ? K2NX-TKH who married James Burns and had a child Stephen with her in Vernon, Van Buren, Iowa in 1850.

    1860 United States Census St Mary, Mills, Iowa extract by Vern Taylor 2015
    Post Office: Cerro Gordo Family Number: 148
    Household Members: Name Age
    Rath (Robt-Robert) Quigley 41 b. abt 1819 $3000 $300 Farmer
    Mary Quigley Age: 36 Birth Year: abt 1824 b. KY
    Francis Wheeling 13 apprentice b. Iowa

    J. C. Quigley served as bugler for the U.S. Mormon Battalion. As Battalion staff he probably enlisted with the U.S. Army of the West. As such there were no enlistment or discharge rolls for him in the Battalion. I think this person should be looked for in the regular U.S. Army. ~Vern Taylor

    Larson: "A Database of the Mormon Battalion" states: J.C. Quigley is mentioned by Tyler as being the bugler. No other information has been located to identify him.

    Historic Western Trails An Enduring Legacy, Volume Six, p.253
    By Louise B. Pearce

    The Gila River Trail
    An Enduring Legacy, Volume Six, p.301
    Despite the grueling conditions, the Gila was reached on December 21, and camp was made near present-day Sacaton, Arizona. One more hurdle had been overcome. As a reward, some of the men were treated to a bit of refreshing laughter. Bigler tells the story:

    On the 21 of December I was detailed to be the colonel's orderly for the day. On going to his tent to report myself, I found him feeding his mule some wheat he had brought from Tucson. There was another mule determined to share the colonel's wheat. He had driven it away several times. As soon as his back was turned the mule would march boldly up for another morsel of wheat, until the colonel could endure it no longer. Turning to me he said, "Orderly, is your gun loaded?" Being answered in the negative, he said, "Load your gun and I'll shoot that mule." He then turned and went into his tent. I knew who owned that mule; it belonged to one of our own men. The thought came to me not to permit it to be killed. At this I took from my box a cartridge, clapped it in my mouth, and with my teeth tore off the bullet and put the ball in my pocket. I then put the powder into my musket and rammed the paper in on top of it.

    Pretty soon he came out and walking up to me he seized the gun and ran up to within ten feet of the mule, and standing broadside, he fired. The moment he discovered the animal was not dead he dropped the musket and with an oath said, "You did not load that gun right," and walked into his tent. His bugler, Mr. Quigly, and others who saw the trick fairly split their sides with laughter.

    He completed the march to California and was chosen as part of General Kearny's escort. Tyler in recounting the travel of Gen. Kearny and his escort east through the Sierra Nevada mountains recounts the finding of the remains of bodies of the Donner party who perished the winter before. (p. 302 June 1847) "On the 22nd, ---- Quigley, one of the party, accidentally shot himself through the arm, inflicting a severe wound."

    The Journal of Nathaniel V. Jones, with the Mormon Battalion
    (Extracted) 1847
    Thursday, August 5:-Stopped about five miles above the Chimney Rock.
    Saturday, August 7:-Another rain last night. Came seventeen miles today. Col. Fremont's men killed two buffalo. Camped and cooked breakfast, then came twenty-three miles, making in all forty miles. Camped at Ash Hollow. There De Quigly was very sick and not able to ride. Matthew Caldwell, C. Webb, and W. W. Spencer, hospital steward. We gave them their rations and one animal apiece and two packs.

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  • Name: Page 1
  • Birth: 1816 in Kirtland, Geauga (Lake), Ohio
  • Note:
     I found a newspaper article which showed him involved in building the LDS temple in Kirtland. How/why he went over to the Army we may never know, but it would be terribly interesting I think. My supposition is that Robert went to Missouri to help establish Zion and when the Saints were kicked out of Missouri, he went and joined the cavalry instead of going to Nauvoo.

    There are a number of Quigley's with almost no detail in the database. The fact that none of them appeared to continue west to Utah suggests the extended family stayed in Iowa. That fits the Robert Quigley information we have.

    You want to snag the military records at the following links:

    Initial enlistment appears to have been in 1838 but I haven't seen the initial document. U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.
    Original data: Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M233, 81 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General?s Office, 1780?s-1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

    The 1845 reelistment register entry is towards the bottom of the page at URL:
    ~Denice Marie Henson
  • Event: Military 25 AUG 1845 Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Note:
    Re-enlistment date - Aug 29, 1845
    Officer - Maj. Wharton at Ft. Leavenworth
    Occupation - Soldier
    Assigned to 1st Dragoons, Co K (Capt. P. St. George's company)

    Age (1845) - 29 [infers birth about 1816]
    Eyes - Hazel
    Hair - Brown
    Complexion - Fair
    Height - 5' 8"
    Birthplace - Geauga, Ohio

    This was his 4th enlistment set to expire in '49 - which he may have made. Note that he's carried as a "private" though he was a bugler in the California documents (below). Is this a reflection of his injury while on the way back from California? Did they hold the bugle in the left hand? He was shot in the left arm. Maybe he just couldn't bugle anymore because of the injury and was "demoted" to Pvt.

    Quigley in Los Angeles, March 1847 with Col Cooke. (there is also one for April)
    ~Denice Marie Henson
  • Census: 1850 , Fremont, Iowa
  • Note:
    1850 US census extract by Vern Taylor 2014:
    Family Number:207
    Household Members:NameAge
    Robert Quigley32 b. 1818 OH
    Mary Quigley26 b. 1824 KY (implied wife)
    Stephen Burns5 b. 1845 IA 
    Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: District 22, Fremont, Iowa; Roll: M432_184; Page: 156B; Image: 56.

    1850 US Census: Salt Creek, Davis, Iowa, USA extract by Vern Taylor 2015
    Family Number: 124
    Household Members: Name Age
    John C Quigley 33 OH
    Emily Quigley 31 MD
    Ann M Quigley 9 OH
    William Quigley 7 OH
    Mary E Quigley 6 OH
    Arthur Quigley 4 Iowa
    John C Quigley 2 Iowa
    Eli Quigley 1 Iowa
  • Death:

    Father: unrelated U.S. Mormon BATTALION

    1. Abbrev: LDS Historical database by Vern Taylor
      Title: LDS Historical database compiled by Vern Taylor Dec 2003
      Name: Footnote
      Name: ShortFootnote
      Name: Bibliography
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