John was the first child of David L. Sheeks & his first wife, Sylvania (Lewis). Here is a commentary about John by Mrs. Jesse (Rose Myrtle Sheeks) Mann written for Paul P. Sheeks's newsletter sent out 30 Jan 1951: "John W. Sheeks - 1843-1864 Served in the Civil war and was promoted to color bearer at Millikens Bend, Louisiana June 6, 1862. Served with the 16th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He bravely bore the flag of his country in eight hard-fought battles. May 23, 1863 he planted the colors within 30 feet of the Fort at Vicksburg, Mississippi. His regiment planted a cannon within 50 yards of the Fort and held their position for six hours until relieved by the 48th Indiana and 4th Minnesota regiments. July 3 Vicksburg capitulated and on July 4th the Union Army took position. He was with General Banks Expedition up the Red River and was killed April 8, 1864 [in the Battle of Sabine's Crossing in Louisiana] while nobly carrying the flag of the country. There were 13 holes in the flag and the staff had been shot in half. As he fell he stuck the staff in the ground. He died [at age 20]while his country's flag waved over him."
at Mitchell, Lawrence County, IN