At least twenty of the Van Gilders and their Winchell relatives served in the American Revolution.
My great-great-grandfather Jesse Hise and his brothers Cornelius and Moses served in the Civil War. Moses never returned. My guess is that his remains were not identifiable on the battle ground.
My great-great-grandfather Adam W. Baker served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Most of his cousins, who were in Virginia, served in the Confederate Army. Some battles in the Shenandoah Valley were fought on Baker family land. Adam was captured by the Confederates 28 Nov 1864 at Columbia, TN. He was held prisoner in the infamous prison at Andersonville, GA. He was exchanged April 1865.
|Adam W. Baker|
|Ellis H. Winchell with sister Janette Winchell Schwab|
My mother's cousins Glenn and Gerald Vandivier served in the U.S. Army during World War 2. Another cousin, Frank Vandivier, enlisted in the Army in 1946, stationed in Washington State. I wonder if he ever met my father there.
My grandmother's nephew Andy Dunifin enlisted in the U.S. Army during World World 2, but was discharged due to his health.
|Gertrude Baker Winchell and nephew Charles Edward Darrow|
Cousin Larry Lee Vandivier served in the U.S. Navy.
My cousin W. Allen Wilson served in the U.S. military.
My cousin Wesley Mowris served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.
Four of my mother's brothers served during World War 2.
|Uncle Don. bottom far right|