Solomon B. Childress



Solomon B. Childress, son of Elisha and Sarah (Kelley) Childress, was born in Montgomery County, Indiana, January 12, 1830.  When he was twelve years old his parents moved to Lake County, Indiana.  At the early age of thirteen he left home to begin the struggle of life for himself.  He went back to his native county and worked by the month.  He remained in that county until he reached the age of eighteen years old.  He then went back to Lake County, Indiana, where he married and resided until 1857, when he moved to Linn County, Missouri. In 1858 he raised a crop of corn where Meadville Missouri now stands.


Solomon enlisted in the Union forces during the Civil War at the age of 33 years old.  He served with Co. A, 18th Regiment, Missouri Volunteers from November 28, 1862 to June 30, 1863 when he was transferred to Co. E of the same regiment. On September 27, 1864 he asked for and received a 30-day furlough to go home due to the "cruelties of Guerilla Bands now infesting that County".  In later years he was given a monthly pension because of  " a severe cold which settled in his eyes causing inflammation. Before the end of the march he had to be conveyed in an ambulance".  This occurred or was contracted under the following  circumstances, and from the following causes: " Severe exposure marching in time of terrible rain storms and high water crossing fords and creeks in water sometimes reaching to his arm pits".  He participated in the battles of Resaca, Dallas (Georgia), Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Jonesborough, and was with Sherman in his march to the sea.  He was mustered out on July 18, 1865 in Louisville Kentucky.  He was a company clerk. Solomon was also in the Grand Review at Washington.


Solomon and Lydia J. Darling, daughter of Peter and Mercy (Shepherd) were married June 7, 1849.  Both were members of the Second Adventist Church, and he was ordained as a minister of that church in 1879.  He returned to Linn County after the Civil War and in 1866 bought a farm. He gave forty acres to one of his children and owned one hundred and forty acres himself, all of which he acquired through patient toil and perseverance. Solomon and Lydia had four children, two of whom survived.


Prepared by: Robert A. Payne