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William H. Rich was born in March 1844 in Virginia.He served in Company E, 5th Regiment of the Kentucky Infantry, starting in December of 1862 until 1864. During that time, he received two injuries that would cause him trouble for the remainder of his life. The first was in a battle near Johnson's Ferry, TN, where he was shot in the foot, and part of his heel was removed as a result. The next was during a battle about 2-1/2 miles from Greenville, TN, on 24 August 1864, where he was shot in the body, the bullet going through his right lung, causing partial paralysis.
It was just before the second injury that he married Levina Evaline Bowling (b. 1846-d. 1900) on 21 April 1864 in Tazewell, Smyth, Virginia at the age of 20.According to an application for a Confederate Soldier Pension he applied for in 1896, these injuries continued to cause him grief, especially as his occupation was that of Farmer. According to the application, he was requesting, represented by his physician, a pension of $15 per year.
William and Levina lived in Maiden Spring, Tazewell County, Virginia, according to several US Census's (1870 - 1880) and must have later moved to Olympia, in Smyth County, VA sometime before 1900, where they are listed as residing in the 1900 US Census, with his two youngest daughters, Ituria, and Pearl. His occupation is listed as Farm Laborer, and he was renting the home they were living in. It's interesting to note he is listed as married, yet I'm wondering if this census could have been done after his wife, Levina, died in 1900, which may explain why she was not listed as a member of the household.
William H. Rich died on 25 January 1917 and was laid to rest in Ridgedale Cemetery in Marion, VA. His daughter petitioned for a military grave marker, which was granted.
It is unknown at this time where Levina Evaline Bowling Rich was buried when she died in 1900.