Hello, I think we match. I have James Earles in the civil war. He married Mary Jane Harding in Decatur Co., IN. They moved to Vermillion Co., IN where I found them on the 1880 census with 4 children. Alice, William T., John W., and Lewis.
Lewis was a minor when his father died and he, along with his mother, received a pension for his father's service. Just yesterday (7 Aug. 2003) I copied the records at the NARA and just today have begun searching for the family online.
William remained in Vermillion Co., IN until at least 1920. John, I believe, returned to his mother's home in Decatur Co. (Hard to tell for sure, but dates seem right.) Lewis can't be found after he reached majority. I know nothing more about Alice.
Mother, Mary Jane, married Gilbert L. MACK in Vermillion Co. She nursed him until he died; then in 1903, applied to have her James Earles' service record reopened so she could have a widow's pension once again.
BTW, I'm a Harding researcher.
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