Civil War Records of Reuben F. Dyer


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
K 20th Ill. Inf. Captain, April 1861 March 13, 1862 Newark, Kendall County, Ill. physician and surgeon (source: pension file)
  104th Ill. Inf. Surgeon, Aug. 25, 1862 June 6, 1865 at Washington, D.C. Ottawa County, Ill.   (source: "American Civil War Soldiers,"

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): x


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
Surgeon 104th Ill. Inf. Feb. 3, 1872 Invalid 172 381 127 014    
K 20th Ill. Inf.

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  113 pages (PDF)

Grand Army of the Republic



Date 1896

Ottawa Avenue cemetery, Lasalle, Illinois

(National Graves Registration Database [website], Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War,

Survived by  

Additional Information

Reuben Dyer, age 30, born in Maine, is listed in the 1865 Massachusetts State Census for Acton, as a "Soldier returned," in household (dwelling no. 77) with his wife, Susan, age 23, born in Mass., and son Ralph Brooks Dyer (Lainhart, 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Censuses for Acton: 51).

Dr. R.F. Dyer, age 37, born in Maine, is recorded in the 1870 federal census as a resident of Ottawa, Illinois, in household (dwelling no. 484) with Susan Dyer, age 28, and children Ralph and Edger  ("1870 United States Federal Census,"


From: History of LaSalle County, Illinois, Vol. I (Chicago: Intersate Publishing, 1886): 58;

Reuben F. Dyer, M. D., is a native of Strong, Franklin Co., Me., born Jan. 29, 1833, a son of Moses and Sarah (Day) Dyer. In 1853 his parents came to La Salle County, Illl., where they both died, the mother in 1857 and the father in 1862. They were lifelong members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he was in early life a Whig, but affiliated with the Republican party after its organization. His family consisted of five children—Charles W., Reuben F., Elizabeth V. (wife of John Cullis), John M. (deceased), and Almeda D. (wife of T. C. Fullerton). Reuben F. Dyer was reared and educated in his native State. When eighteen years of age he entered the office of Dr. J. S. Phillips, of Farmington, and studied with him three years. In 1856 he attended the Ohio Medical College, Cincinnati, from which he graduated. He had located in Newark, La Salle Co., Illl., in 1855, and made that village his home till the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion. In 1861 he raised a company which was assigned as Company K to the Twentieth Illinois Infantry, and he was commissioned its Captain. They were first rendezvoused at Joliet, and twenty-four years from that time his youngest son, a member of the First Regiment, I. N. G., was encamped on the same ground. He participated with his company in the battles of Fredericktown and Fort Donelson, and then resigned and was commissioned Surgeon of the One Hundred and Fourth Illinois Infantry, and served till the close of the war, filling in succession the positions of regimental, brigade and corps surgeon, being a part of the time a member of General J. C. Davis's staff. After the war he located in Ottawa, where he built up a good practice, and has gained the confidence and esteem of the entire community. He a member of the State, county and city medical societies. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Grand Army of the Republic. He was married in 1857 to Susannah Goodridge, a native of Massachusetts. They have three children—Ralph B., Edgar G. and Susie L.



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