1860 Moultrie Co, IL. He was listed at age 13 in the census with Uncle John Powell, who raised him from 6 years of age after being left an orphan.
He served in the Civil War with the rank of Recruit and discharged 12/16/1865.
7/26/1870 Jonathan Creek, Moultrie Co, IL. According to the census he and Matilda were both 23 years old, their children were Charels, 3, and John, 1. His occupation was farmer and had property worth $500. His in-laws, Frederick Buxton, 61, and James Buxton, 15, were living with him at the time.
1880 Jonathan Creek, Moultrie Co, IL. He was living 5 doors down from James and Evaline Powell, having bought the property from them. Also listed was a servant girl.
1900 Sullivan Twp, Moultrie Co, IL. In the census, Daisy and Simon were the only children still at home, James was a farmer, the farm being mortgage free.
3/24/1904 He and W C Carwood, undertaker in charge, gave affidavit for Elizabeth Powell, widow of Nelson, in her application for widow's pension that "they lived near neighbors for several years and were intimately acquainted. That they were at the funeral and burial services of Nelson E Powell, and viewed the dead body in the casket."
The 1900 census lists his birthdate as 12/1847. Son Charles told the 1910 census that his father was born in Germany.
His obituary stated:
"James Bathe, one of the best known retired farmers of this
vicinity, and a veteran of the war of the Rebellion, died at his home
Wednesday. Mr. Bathe had the distinction of serving in Grant's
regiment during the War of the Rebellion, and was the last survivor of