Henry Sipes


Civil War

parents:  Claiborne Sipes and Martha Buckhannon

Birth:  c. 1843  IN
Death:  19 Jan 1883  Salem, Marion, IL
Burial:  Dunkard Cemetery, Marion Co, IL

Marriage #1

Hannah Alice Bowman

12 May 1867  Martin Co, IN


William Sherman Sipes 26 Feb 1868

Marriage #2

Isabelle Webster

03 Dec 1870  Martin Co, IN


Dora Sipes 06 Sep 1871
Richard Nelson Sipes 13 Oct 1873
Henry Paris Sipes 15 Apr 1876
Jonathan Sipes 24 Jan 1879
Martha Mary Sipes 04 Nov 1882
unknown Sipes

children of Henry Sipes and Isabelle (Webster) Sipes


1850 Federal census Perry, Lawrence, IN - age 9  (view census information)
1860 Federal census McCameron Twp, Martin, IN - 10 Jul 1860 - age 19 (view census information)
1870 Federal census Brown Twp, Martin, IN - 19 Jul 1870 - age 29 (view census information)
1880 Federal census Brown Twp, Martin, IN - age 37 (view census information)
National Archives, Washington D.C. Service and pension records of Henry Sipes
Family History Center, Salt Lake City, UT Marion County Illinois Cemetery Inscriptions (book)
Ancestry.com Online marriage and birth indexes; census records; WWI and WWII draft registration index; Social Security Death Index; city directory listings; 
Martin Co, IN Courthouse, Shoals, IN Marriage records (personally viewed and copied)
Vigo Co, IN Online marriage applications and obituary index
Martin County Library, Shoals, IN Obituary collection
Mt Union Cemetery, Shoals, Martion, IN Viewed and photographed tombstones
Find a Grave volunteers nicholas demes and SLeamon Tombstone and cemetery photos - Evergreen Cemetery, Evergreen Park, Cook, IL
Find a Grave volunteers Jack Vander-Schrier and Russell Rice Tombstone and cemetery photos - Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne, MI
Find a Grave volunteer Stella Schilling Tombstone and cemetery photos - Dunkard Cemetery, Salem, Marion, IL
Find a Grave volunteers J Sullivan and J P Phillips Tombstone and cemetery photos - Roselawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana
Family records Records and photos belonging to Gene Skala
Family records Records and photos belonging to Mary Benell
Family records Records belonging to Susan Skala
Family research Research belonging to Valerie Boman and Debra Branigan


Miscellaneous Information

1) From the pension and service records we viewed at the National Archives: 
Henry Sipes served in the Civil War (Civil War draft record).  He enlisted 6 July, 1861 at Indianapolis, Indiana and was a private in the 21st Infantry of the 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery Infantry, Company F.  He was captured as a POW at Brashear, Louisiana on 23 June, 1863, and was paroled at Breshear City between 24 - 29 June, 1863.  Henry was honorably discharged 10 Jan, 1866, as a corporal, and he died 19 Jan 1883, at Salem, Marion County, Illinois, of lung trouble - superinduced by measles. We also have approximately 40 pages of various documents and records that were in his pension file.  If you need any of them, e-mail us.

2) Hannah and Henry's marriage license. 

3) Henry and Isabelle's marriage license.

4) Wife (2) of Henry Sipes: Isabelle Webster* - born c. 09 Mar 1848 Center Twp, Martin Co, IN; died 08 Aug 1921 Elnora, Daviess Co, IN; obituary; cause of death: stomach cancer; buried Burns City Cemetery, Burns City, Martin, IN - unmarked; daughter of Richard Barker Webster and Surilda Hester Snodgrass; pension records); Henry's name is mentioned often in his wife Isabelle's pension records.  *Isabelle is also found here

5) For unknown reasons, Henry Sipes moved to the Salem, Illinois area about 1880.  We have sworn statements that he lived and worked there from 1880 until his death in 1883.  We speculate that he went there in order to find medical treatment or he and Isabelle were separated. He had lived his whole adult life in the Martin County area, and his wife, Isabelle, and their children lived in that area after his death.

6) Henry's cause of death: pneumonia complicated by chronic bronchitis.

7) Cemetery index listing and headstone record for Henry Sipes.  

Photos and/or signatures

Henry Sipes

Dunkard Cemetery
Salem, Marion, Illinois

thanks to Stella Schilling for this photo