776. John Craven McQuiston was born on 17 August 1823 in Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana.1180 He served in the military Union Army in 1861 in Morris, Ripley County, Indiana.1180 He recruited the Co. D., 16th Indiana Volunteers of which he was Captain and served fourteen months under General Lucas. The unit left Richmond, Indiana, for Baltimore, Maryland, where it was the first regiment to enter the city following the firing on the 6th Massachusetts by local citizens. The 16th saw its first action at Balls Bluff, Virginia, in October 1861. The Union troops were beaten and the 16th Indiana was the last unit to retreat across the Potomace into Maryland. The next spring they became active in reation to Confederate General T. J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Shenandoah (Virginia) Valley campaign. For two months the 16th marched and countermarched as the Union army pursued the Confederates. In May, Captain McQuiston and the 16th were mustered out.
The President then appointed him Provost Marshall of the North Indiana District. In 1863, he recruited the 123rd Indiana Infantry of which he was commissioned Colonel by Governor Morton. He soon took command of the Second Brigade, Fourth Division, 24th Army Corps, with which he participated until the fall of Atlanta. On 3 May 1864, two months after muster, the regiment was marching to join William T. Sherman. Seeing action all the way to Atlanta (from Dalton, Georgia) the 123rd lost 28 killed and 125 wounded. In late October, the 123rd was ordered to help crush the Confederate forces moving into Tennessee. The 123rd missed the battle at Franklin, but was engaged inthe battle of Nashville in mid-December 1864. The 123rd then went to Washington by rail and by ship to Fort Anderson on Cape Fear River. From there he marched through North Carolina and joined Sherman's Army at Goldsboro. The 123rd was in Raleigh, North Carolina, when the surrender ceremonies took palce between Sherman and Confederate General Joe Johnston. He was commissioned Brevet Brigadier General, Volunteers on the 13 March 1865, for distinguished gallantry and service during the war. After the fall of Richmond he returned to Indiana and was honorably mustered out 25 August 1865. After 1865 he was a Railroad Engineer in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana.1180 Was a railroad engineer for six years, prior to the Civil War. John died on 22 February 1903 at the age of 79 in Williford, Arkansas.1180 He was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri.1180 He has reference number 673(32-201).
John Craven McQuiston and Frances Amanda Bailey were married on 16 January 1845 in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana. Frances Amanda Bailey died on 24 February 1909 in Williford, Arkansas. She was buried in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.
John Craven McQuiston-1888 and Frances Amanda Bailey-2278 had the following children: