Private, United States Army
compiled a should biography of Jacob Kochley with the few details known
about him and his family, trusting that it will be of value to our National
Cemetery as a remembrance of his life and sacrifice for our great country.
Courtesy George & Mary Koechley Cooper
KOCKLEY, JACOB, PRIVATE, 8th Illinois Cavalry
Regiment, Comany E
Jacob Kochley (also spelled Kochly and Köchly) was born in Lutzelbourg, France on October 15, 1823 as the son of Joseph Kochly and Genevieve Heringer Kochly.
Jacobís parents were married in 1806 and immigrated to the United States in 1828 with eight children. Records form St. Alphonsus Church, Peru, Ohio and other sources reveal that 110 passengers left Le Harve, France on August 16, 1828 aboard the packet ship Henry IV. The ship arrived in New York harbor on October 2 of that year. Joseph and Genevieve came from the French region of Lorraine along with Peter Bauer, Joseph Carabin, Clement Baumgartner and their families. Those families settled near the village of Peru, Ohio near Norwalk in Huron County.
Jacobís father, Joseph, was a carpenter by trade. After arriving in New York, he and his family first settled in Constableville, Lewis County, New York. Eventually they moved to Naperville, Illinois, where Joseph established a general store in partnership with B. J. Slick.
Jacob was married to Elizabeth Hauck (born
12 July 1823) on 7 January 1847 in Constableville, New York. The couple
moved to Naperville between 1859 and 1861. The reason for his enlistment
is unknown, but records found on the Illinois Historical Society web site
show that Jacob first enlisted as a recruit on 18 September 1861, leaving
his wife and seven children behind in Naperville. He reenlisted 1 January
1864, just seven months before his death at Judiciary Square Hospital from
wounds received in action while the 8th Illinois Cavalry served in the
defense of Washington, D.C.
PVT 8TH ILL CAV
DATE OF DEATH: 08/10/1864
BURIED AT: SECTION 13 SITE 7147
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 20 February 2007