|Submitted by James Brown
Henry Tieman was born in Hanover, Germany, in the year 1833. When but 13 years of age, in company with a relative, he emigrated to America, and located in Mercer county, Illinois. In 1858 he and Miss Mary A. Wheeler were united in marriage. On August 5th 1862, he enlisted in company G. 124th Ill., and served during the remainder of the war of the rebellion. His soldier life was commended for his faithfulness, obedience, honor and bravery. On August 15, 1865, he was honorably discharged and returned home.
Chief among his characteristics was his determination to succeed in all his undertakings. He was ever bound by the ties of home life. He and his bosom companion devoted much time and labor in beautifying and adorning their home. Together, with their own hands, they planted and trimmed the beautiful fruit and ornamental trees and shrubbery, the sweet and fragrant flowers, that made their farm home so beautiful, and so much admired by everyone who passed that way. And during the many years spared them they could and did gather the “golden fruit” and rich products, the result of their labors and the elements of nature, which led them into a sphere of purer enjoyment. Thus, they lived until Henry Tieman had passed the 73rd mile stone of human travel. November 6th, 1906, the Great Commander sent his silent messenger who closed the eyes of the soldier as his soul followed the beautiful strain, “We’r (sic) marching, marching home to glory to die no more.” The beautiful home was clouded with sorrow. An affectionate and loving husband, a dear father, a kind neighbor, and a most highly respected citizen was taken. A man whose hospitality was generous to everyone with whom he met. A man who honored all just demands, his motto being to owe no one.
Funeral services were held Thursday forenoon, November 8th, 1906, at 10 o’clock, Rev. J. T. Fulton officiating. The remains were laid at rest in the New Boston cemetery. Six old comrades from his company were the pall bearers.
His life long and devoted companion, one son, William, two grand children, and one great grand child are left to mourn the loss. Two sons have preceded him into the far beyond. The bereaved mourn not alone, the entire community bow in sorrow, for he was a cherished friend of all who knew him.
(The original 1906 newspaper clipping was among the personal papers of the late Mrs. Mary Adeline Tieman Dise, Henry Tieman’s granddaughter. While the newspaper is not identified, the article appears to have been printed in Mercer County, Illinois, and is found under the heading: “New Boston” obituaries.)