Murtagh Family Genealogy Forum
Thank you for your continuing efforts to trace and share information about Chatsworth and its early residents. This is indeed new information for our family. In addition, we did locate the grave of Fr. William Murtaugh in St. Patrick Cemetery outside Sheffield where he served as pastor from1898 until death in 1930. The Church and Rectory are still in use(at least until 2013 when some consolidation is scheduled). We also located the Missing Heroes Civil War Memorial at the Southside Pontiac Cemetery
which was dedicated in 1905 by the G.A.R. One large monument of a Civil War soldier is surrounded by individual headstones for those soldiers from Livingston County who did not return from the battlefields. Michael Murtaugh is so honored with a headstone as he was in Company D of the 20th Illinois Infantry. He left the farm of his brother Owen Murtaugh and joined the Union Army in Pontiac and was mustered into service in Joliet in 1861. The unit was quite active in the southern Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee regions during the fall of 1861 and winter, spring of 1862. Michael fell in the Battle of Shiloh, Pittsburg Landing, Tennesse during the first day of the battle, April 6, 1862. Military records report his death cause by gunshot wounds in his legs. The body was never recovered. The Sextant of the Pontiac Cemetery believes that those soldiers were buried by their colleagues where they fell. Michael, born in 1838 in County Louth, Ireland, sailed to New York in June 1860 and then joined brother Owen in Illinois.
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