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The subject of this sketch was born in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 1, 1835. At an early day he moved with his parents, Daniel and Julia A. (Hurley) McGillicuddy, to Cleveland, O., where he received a good common school education, graduating at the Central High School in 1854. In 1856 he removed to Hannibal, Mo., where he was engaged in railroading up to the breaking out of the war. April 17, 1861, he enlisted at Hannibal, in Co. B, Marion Battalion, United States Reserve Corps, and at organization of company was unanimously chosen first lieutenant. The battalion's service was tendered the government through Gen. W. S. Harney, then commanding at St. Louis, but it was rejected on account of State neutrality. Soon afterward Gen. Nat. Lyon succeeded Gen. Harney, and at once accepted the proffered service, ordering the command to St. Louis to be mustered, armed and equipped. Lieut. McGillicuddy participated in all the engagements of this command, from the capture of Camp Jackson and streets of St. Louis, May 10, 1861, to Wilson's Creek Aug. 10, and surrender of Lexington, Mo., Sept. 19, 1861. There the command was robbed, paroled and turned loose. After reaching the Union lines Lieut. McGillicuddy organized another company from the survivors of the surrender, and attached it to an Illinois command. On October 5, 1861, he was commissioned captain of Co. K, 50th Ill. V. I. The regiment was assigned to the Army of the Tennessee, and took part in all the engagements of that army from the capture of Fort Henry to the fall of Savannah. Capt. McGillicuddy was sick with typhoid fever at Corinth, Miss., June to October, 1862, and on March 23, 1864, at Moulton, Ala., was severely wounded in an encounter with Roddy's rebel cavary. He was in command if he regiment on the March to the Sea, and was mustered out at Savannah on Jan. 1, 1865.
Returning to civil life he settled in Akron, O., where on Nov. 13, 1867, he married Frances L., only daughter of Dr. Israel E. and Mary (Williamson) Carter, both parents deceased. By this union one child was born, Kate L. Col. McGillicuddy had two brothers in the late war, Daniel W. and John H., both in Co. I, 6th O V. I. Comrade McGillicuddy became a charter member of Buckley Post, No. 12, G. A. R., at Akron, O., and has filled various positions in the Post and Department, viz.: Post commander, from 1873 to 1879; assistant quartermaster-general, 1879; assistant adjutant-general, 1880; district mustering officer, 1882; district inspector, 1884-5; delegate National encampments, 1870-5, 1883-5 6. His business is military historian for the publishing house of H. H. Hardesty & Co., New York, Toledo and Chicago; postoffice address, Akron, Ohio.
A son of Roswell and Almira (Southworth) Ackley, both now deceased, and was born Sept. 6, 1840, in East Groton, Tompkins Co., N. Y., coming to Tioga Co., Pa., with his parents when eight years of age. He was living in Clymer twp., this county, at the time of his enlistment from Troy, Bradford Co., Pa., Aug. 27, 1861, as Sergt. _________ Co. F, 11th Pa. V. C. Nov., 1862, he was confined in hospital at ________, Va., about six weeks with fever, chronic diarrhea and rheumatism, receiving an honorable discharge from there dec. 13, 1862. ______ remaining at home a little over one year he re-enlisted Aug. 24, ___ at Westfield, Pa., in Co. D, 207th Pa. V. I., as 2nd Lieutenant; ___ participated in the Peninsular Campaign, on scouting, skirmishing ___ the Cav. Service, Bermuda Hundred, Charge on Ft. Steedman and _____ assault on Petersburg; at the latter conflict April 2, 1865, he ____ injured and captured but not confined in prison; this injury was caused by explosion of a shell, rendering him insensible, for which ______ was sent to City Point Hospital, where he remained twenty days, and was honorably discharged from his second enlistment at the close of the war; May 31, 1865; his great grandfather, and two of his great uncles, _____ in the Revolutionary war; the former was one of the French ______ who, joined Marquis De LaFayette in the Revolutionary war. ____ had four brothers in the late war, Geo. M., was 2d Lieut. Of Co. _____ 45th Pa. V. I.; L. B., a member of Co. L, 11th Pa. V. C., Beriah S. ____ Co. D, 207th Pa. V. I. and Henry C. as Sergt. Of Co. D, 207th Pa. ___ A brother-in-law Aaron Yale, served in Co. D. Pa. V. I. Com-____ Ackley was present on the James River, Va., and witnessed the ____ between the Monitor and Merrimac, March 8, 1862, to hold Mc____ back. Comrade Ackley was the officer who was on duty at ____ Front, Va., who learned of an intended attack on our lines _____, and informed the officer in charge of lines, who directed him to communicate his information to the Commanding General which he ___ Comrade Ackley is P. P. C., and O. of D., of Sergt. Ackley Post, __ Sabinsville, Pa., he has been school director of Clymer twp., Tioga Co., Pa., he is now engaged in farming and his address is Sabinsville, Pa.
Lieut. George M. Ackley,
Son of Roswell and Almire (Southworth) Ackley, both of whom are deceased, was born in Groton, Tompkins Co., N. Y., Sept. 17, 1828, ____ moved to Tioga Co., Pa., in 1848; his wife, Susan M. Yale, to whom he was married June 2, 1847, at Homer, Cortland Co., N. Y., ____ born at that place March 23, 1829, of parents, John and Alida _______ Etts) Yale, deceased. Nine children were born to this marriage, Mina A., Ann, John E., died Jan. 11, 1883, Jane, Elizabeth, who died Aug. 13, 1885, Charles H., Ida B., Frank A. and George B. Comrade Ackley was 33 years of age when he enlisted at Savineville, Pa., July 30, 1861, as 2d Lieut. Of Co. I, 45th Pa. V. I., 9th A. C. Dec., 1861, he was injured in back while building dock at Bay Point, S. C., and was treated at that place one week for injuries. July 9, 1862, at Hilton Head, S. C., he sustained a sunstroke, being treated in Co. Qtrs. For same. In 1862 he was again injured at Buckingham Ferry, S. C., internally by falling and was treated for same in Co. Qtrs. He took part in both engagements on James Island and was discharge Lieut. Ackley tendered his services repeatedly but in all cases was rejected on account of physical disability. Four brothers were soldiers in the late war, Lavinus, a member of Co. D, 11th Pa. V. C., Henry a member of Co. D, 207th Pa. V. I., Chauncey C. of Co. E. 11th Pa. V. C. and 1st Lieut. Of Co. D, 207th Pa. V. I., and B. S. in Co. D, 207th Pa. V. I. A brother-in-law of his wife, Aaron Yale served in Co. D, 207th Pa. V. I. The grandfather of Mrs. Ackley, Waitstill Yale, served in the Continental Army, Revolutionary War. Mrs. Ackley is a lineal descendant of Elisha Yale, the founder of Yale College, New Haven, Conn., and once Governor of the State of Conn. Her father, John Yale, served in the United States Army, War of 1812. Mrs. Susan M. Ackley is an active worker in the W. R. C. and a charter member of Ackley Corps No. 44, Dept. Of Pa., of which she has served as President of the Corps two terms. Comrade Ackley is Post Com. Of Sergt. H. C. Ackley Post, 469, he is at present engaged in farming and his postoffice address is Sabineville, Pa.
James H. Aldrich
Was born July 3, 1845, Chenango county, N. Y., and is the son of T. C. Aldrich and Huldah (Bowers) Aldrich, deceased. He was united in marriage July 2, 1868, at Addison, Steuben county, N. Y., to Helen L. Jones, who was born Feb. 3, 1848, at Addison, N. Y. They have one child, Augustus M. The parents of Mrs. Aldrich are Morgan and Charlotte (Day) Jones, the mother being deceased. Mr. Aldrich was living in Tuscarora, when at the age of 19, July 23, 1863, he enlisted as a private in Co. G. 2d N. Y. Vet. Cav. During the summer of 1864, at Morganza, La., he was teamster at the regimental headquarters, and in the fall of 1865, at Talladega, Ala., he was on police duty for about two months. He was injured at Marksville, La., in the fall of 1864, in the right knee, by falling from his horse. That winter he was confined in hospital at New Orleans, La., with typhoid fever. He was honorably discharged at Talladega, Alabama, Nov. 8, ____ having participated in the battles of Bank's Red River, expedition in La., Spanish Fort, Florida, and considerable skirmishing and guard duty. He is a member of the W. W. Angle Post, No. 372, G. A. R., situated at Addison. His occupation is that of a drayman, and he resides at Elkland, Tioga Co., Pa.
Edwin R. Allen
Became a soldier at 19, enlisting April 22, 1861, from Wellsboro, Pa., as a private in Co. E, 1st Pa. Rifles — "Bucktails" — 5th A. C. He fought at Drainsville, 7 Days before Richmond, and Fredericksburg; was wounded in the last conflict, Dec. 13, 1862, by a shell, in the ___ leg below the knee, and was confined in hospitals at Washington, D. D., and Philadelphia, Pa., about 18 months; a furlough was given him from the latter city of 60 days, Nov., 1863, and he was honorably discharged at Harrisburg, Pa., June 11, 1864. Comrade Allen is a native of Cazenovia, N. Y., born June 16, 1841, the son of Thomas and Deborah (Walker) Allen, both deceased. In 1846 he settled in Tioga county, Pa., and married there, at Stony Fork, June 9, 1869, Isa-____ M. McCarter, born Sept. 8, 1842, at Delmar, in the same county, a daughter of Elisha and Eunice (Bacon) McCarter, neither of whom are living. They have two children — Elwin L. and Oscar H. Mrs. Isabella M. Allen is a charter member of Geo. Cook W. R. C., ____ Dep't of Pa., and P. Sec'y, Sr. Vice, Pres't of Corps, and Past _____ Instituting and Installing Officer; she had four brothers in the service — Elisha, Co. K, 207th Pa. V. I.; Henry H., Co. E, 1st Pa. ____ "Bucktails" — died in the service; James, 49th Pa. V. I., died from army exposures; Warren, Co. I, Minn. V. I., captured and held at Salisbury and Macon, Ga.; and William B. Demmick — a half-brother — Co. K, 19th N. Y. V. I. Her paternal grandfather, Daniel McCarter, was a soldier in the Continental army during the Revolution. Comrade Allen belongs to Geo. Cook Post, 315, and Encampment No. ___ U. V. L., is a carpenter, and may be addressed at Wellsboro, Tioga Co., Pa.
Nathan M. Allen
Was born Oct. 22, 1821, in Wyoming county, N. Y., a son of Elias and Asenath (Mowrey) Allen, both now deceased. He was married _____ Chemung county, N. Y., Jan. 15, 1844, to Charlotte Titsword, who was born in New York in 1823, of parents, Elias and Betsey (Ha____ Titsword, deceased; her father was a soldier in the War of 1812. To Comrade Allen and wife the following children have been born, Elias F., Isaac S. (Who served in the late war, a member of Co. A, ___ Pa. V. I., was wounded in service), Emaline A., Charles H. (who also served in the war from Pa., was captured and held seven months in Andersonville, Mary, Betsey R., Otis A., Jacob L., John W. and Georgia T. Comrade Allen enlisted at the age of 44 years Aug. 7, 1862, from Harrisburg, Pa., as a private in Co. A, 141st Pa. V. I., 1st Brig., 1st Div., 3d A. C. In Oct., 1862, he was in hospital at Alexandria, Va., about three months suffering with typhoid fever and rheumatism. He took active part in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville and was granted an honorable discharge Aug. 27, 1863, at Alexandria, Va., on surgeon's certificate of disability; he had two brothers in the late service, Stephen A. in Co. A, 141st Pa. V. I., and Amisa H. served from Pa., was wounded and captured. Two brothers of his wife were in the same service, James who served from Ohio, was killed in service; and Lyman served from Pa. And died in service. Comrade Allen has been twp. Clerk, school clerk and county Justice in Richland Co., North Dakota. Comrade Allen is a member of General Mansfield Post, 48, Dept. Of Pa., Mansfield, Pa.; he has retired from business life and may be addressed at Mansfield, Pennsylvania.
William W. Allen
A son of Chas. And Judith (Spencer) Allen, both now deceased, was born in Union twp., Tioga Co., Pa., Oct. 11, 1844. He married Nov. 5, 1869, in Alba, Bradford Co., Pa., Alice Ogden who was born in Ogdensburg, Pa., Feb 26, 1851. Her father, Luther S. Ogden is still living but her mother, Betsey J. (Dann) is dead. Their children are as follows: Luther S. dec., Wallace W., Floyd C., Sarah E. dec., Bessie M. dec., Myrtie A., Minnie D. and Luva B. Comrade Allen was engaged in farming when he decided to enter the service Sept. 5, 1864 at Avon, N. Y., when 20 years of age, joining Co. B, 1st N. Y. Dragoons, 2d Brig., 1st Div., Sheridan's Cav. Corps, as a private. He took part in the battles of New Market, Strausburg, Cedar Creek, Newtown, Bloomfield, Gordonsville, Leesburg, Five Forks, Dinwiddie C. H., Appomattox D. H., and several skirmishes. He was honorably discharged from service June 30, 1865, at Clouds Mills, Va. Comrade Allen is a member in good standing of Ingham Post, 9, G.A.R. located at Canton, Pa., he is at present engaged in farming and his P. O. address is Grover, Pa.
Son of Sylvanus and Amy (Losey) Ames, both of whom have now passed away, was born in Middlebury, Tioga Co., Pa., Sept. 4, 1837, and still resided here when he enlisted Feb. 19, 1864, at Wellsboro, Pa., at the age of 26 years, joining Co. Y, 45th Pa. V. I., 3d Brig., 2d ____, 9th A. C., as a private. June 3, 1864, at the battle of Cold Harbor he received a gunshot wound in left arm at the elbow; for this wound and typhoid fever he was in hospitals at Washington, D. C. and Baltimore, Md. Aug. 20, 1864, he was furloughed for thirty days, and again in Nov., 1864, he received a furlough for same length of time. He fought for his country in the famous battles of Wilderness, Spottsylvania C H., Laurel Hill, North Anna River and Cold Harbor; he was granted an honorable discharge Feb. 28, 1865, at Philadelphia, Pa., on surgeon's certificate of disability. Comrade Ames married Sept. 3, 1864, in Deerfield, Pa., Louisa Pease, born Nov. 7, ____, in East Smithfield, Bradford Co., Pa. They have had no children. Mrs. Ames' father, Horace Pease, is deceased, but her mother, whose maiden name was Phoeba Palmer, is still living. His maternal grandfather, Jesse Losey, served in the Revolutionary war and drew a pension for services rendered thereof; his brother, Clark, served in _____ H, 45th Pa. V. I., was captured May 6, 1864, at Wilderness and was killed by a Rebel guard. Jesse Pease, a brother of his wife, ____ from Pa. And died in service. His step-father, Griffin Palmer, also served in the War, a member of H, 45th Pa. V. I., and was killed June 3, 1864, at Cold Harbor, Va. Comrade Ames is at present engaged in farming and his address is Crooked Creek, Pa.
Charles E. Andrews
Was born May 7, 1844, in Binghamton, Broome Co., N. Y. His parents were Levi S. and Phelinea (cary) Andrews and are both living. He settled in Tioga Co., Pa., in 1859, and was married Nov. 27, 1869, in Jackson twp., Tioga Co., Pa., to Alice Stewart is deceased, as is also her mother, Eliza (Hulslander) Stewart. Two children were born to this marriage, Minnie and Lewis B. Comrade Andrews enlisted Feb. 20, 1865, at Owego, Tioga Co., N. Y., at the age of 20 years as a private in Co. ____ 24th N. Y. V. Cav. April, 1865, by reason of consolidation, he was transferred to Co. E, 1st N. Y. Provisional Cav., at Clouds Mills, Va. His services consisted mostly of scouting and skirmishing expeditions ___ in guard and garrison duty. He was honorably discharged Aug. 5, 1865, at Clouds Mills, Va. His wife's father, Chester Stewart was a soldier in the late war and belonged to Co. G, 89th Pa. V. I. Comrade Andrews is at present engaged in farming and his postoffice address is _____ Lane, Pa.
Alfred D. Ashcraft,
Son of Samuel and Margaret (Daniels) Ashcraft, both now deceased, was born Aug. 19, 1823, in McDonough, Chenango Co., N. Y., and settled in Tioga county, Pa., in 1861. His wife, to whom he was married at Cincinnatus, Cortland Co., N. Y., Aug. 22, 1852, was born Jan. 17, 1823, at Deriter, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zadic (Burlingham) Short, deceased, and died Feb. 17, 1890, aged 67 years and one month. To this marriage three children were born. Elwin H., Frank H. and Ada D. Comrade Aschraft was a veteran of the late war Div., 5th A. C., as a private. At the time of his enlistment, Sept. 8, 1864, at Syracuse, N. Y., he was living in Clymer twp., Tioga County, Pa. Feb. 6, 1865, at the battle of Hatcher's Run, Va., he received a gunshot near right ear which resulted in deafness of same. March 29, 1865, at Quaker Road, Va., he was wounded by gunshot in left leg above the knee and was treated for same at Washington, D. C., about one month. April 26, 1865, he was furloughed for 30 days at Washington D. C., and extended until notified to report at Elmira for discharge. He took part in the battles of 1st Hatcher's Run, Weldon Raid, 2d Hatcher's Run, massed with 5th Corps to support 6th Corps. March 25, 1865, and supporting 2d Corps and Quaker Road March 29, 1865. He was granted an honorable discharge June 8, 1865, at Elmira, N. Y. His grandfathers, Samuel S. Ashcraft and David Daniels, served the Revolutionary War and were both pensioners of said service. Comrade Ashcraft has been supervisor of highways, school director of Addison, Steuben Co., N. Y., was S. V. C. and J. V. C. of R. P. Babcock Post, 258, he is by occupation a carpenter and his address if Westfield, Pa.
BENJAMIN F. ASHLEY
Benjamin was a Civil War prisoner from 1864-1865. Benjamin F. Ashley, son of Ethan and Lovina (Orvis) Ashley, both deceased, was born in Sullivan Township., Tioga Co., Pa., April 10, 1836, and enlisted Sept. 28, 1861 at Troy, Bradford Co., Pa. when 25 years old in Co. B, 7th Pa. V.C., as a private. In the summer of 1863 while in the field in Tenn. he was injured by the fall of a horse. In 1862 he was in hospitals at Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tenn., one week with chronic diarrhea. Honorably discharged from this enlistment Dec. 31, 1863, at Chattanooga, Tenn., he reenlisted the following day in Co. B, 7th Pa. V.C., and was given a furlough of thirty days. In April 1864 he was detailed as guard at Railroad Bridge in Tenn., about 14 months. In Oct. of the same year he was captured at Huntsville, Ala., being held at Cahaba six months, then sent to Parole Camp at Vicksburg, and then to St. Louis, Mo. He fought at Stone River , Lookout Mt., Chickamauga, and considerable scouting and skirmishing. He was granted an honorable discharge June 1865, at Harrisburg, Pa. A brother, Freeman served in the late war in a Pa. Regt. Comrade Ashley is not engaged in any active business. His address is Delmar, Pa. (Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen, 1895, p. VI) (from database Sullivan-Rutland Genealogy Project of Joyce M. Tice)
Lieut. John E. Ault
Born in Lycoming Co., Pa., Aug. 19, 1839, was a son of John and Sarah (Cassellberry) Ault, both deceased. He was married in that county Sept. 28, 1865, to Ella A. Lamphier, whose parents Norman and Amanda (Landon) Lamphier, are dead. She was born in Tioga Co., Pa., June 28, 1842, and died Sept. 4, 1881, at Ceder Creek, Nebraska, of malarial typhoid fever, leaving these children, Charles E. dec., Minnie B., Kate, Willie and Frank. Dec. 18, 1884, he was again married to Sarah McConnell who was born June 19, 1850, in N. J., of parents, Charles and Mary (Irwin) McConnell; the latter of whom is yet living. They have had one child, Tracy. Comrade Ault was by occupation a painter at the time of his enlistment at Liberty, Pa., Feb. 14, 1862, at the age of 28 years, joining Co., G, 58th Pa., V. L., 3d Brig., 3d Div., 18th A. C., as a private being promoted to 2d Sergt., March 25, 1862, 1st Sergt.,$May 18, 1862, and 1st Lieut., Jan. 16, 1865. June 23, 1862, he was detailed in Gosport Navy Yard Va., in recruiting service, being stationed at Wilkesburg, Pa., about six months. He fought at Cove Creek, Gum Swamp, Ft. Harrison, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and several skirmishes. In the spring of 1<63 he was confined in hospital at Bachelor's Creek, N. C., about one month with swamp fever. June 24, 1864, he was furloughed for thirty-five days, returning to command in front of Petersburg, Va. He was honorably discharged first enlistment at Little Washington, Feb. 10, 1864, re-enlisting at same place in old command. He resigned May 25, 1865, at Richmond, Va. He had two brothers in the late war, Charles B. in Co. B, 7th Pa. Cav., was discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability, having received injury to eyes by lightning Jan. 18, 1862; and George in Co. D., 98th Pa. V. I. A brother of his wife, William H. enlisted Nov. 1, 1861, in Co. H., 106th Pa. V. I., and was discharged Nov. 1, 1864. Comrade Ault has been commander of King Bros. Post, 288, and is by trade a carpenter and his address is Liberty, Pa.
Son of Pardon and Hepsibah Austin, both dead, was born Aug. 15, 1827, Bennington county, Vt., coming to Tioga county Pa., in 1851; he was married June 4, 1857, in Corning, N. Y., Rhoda A. McGuire who was born Aug. 1, 1837, in Washington Co., N. Y., and died at Ogdensburg, Pa., July 14, 1891, leaving these children: Addie M. dec., Sarah J. dec., Frank B., Lillie M. and Lawrence; he was married a second time, Feb. 23, 1892, at Williamsport, Pa., to Rosetta Rodgers, widow of John Hendrickson, who was born April 4, 1841; her parents, Joseph E. and Deborah (McCurly) Rodgers are deceased. Comrade Austin was farming in Union twp., this county, when he decided to enlist in defense of his assailed country at the age of 38 years March 30, 1864, as a private in Co. K. 187th Pa. V. I., 5th A. C. June 18, 1864, at the engagement in front of Petersburg he was wounded by a fragment of shell in left shoulder; he was taken to hospitals at David’s Island, N. Y. Harbor, Germantown and Philadelphia, Pa., about two months on account of wound and rheumatism. July, 1864, he was furloughed for thirty days; this was extended twenty more and he returned to medical director at Philadelphia, at expiration of time. Sept., 1864, at Ft. Reno near Washington, D. C., he was detailed for duty at fort in place of more able soldiers. March, 1865, he was detailed to Philadelphia, Pa., to escort drafted men, substitutes and bounty jumpers to City Point; he was a member of escorts on passage of Lincoln’s remains through Philadelphia, Pa.; he took part in the engagement in front of Petersburg and was honorably discharged Aug. 3, 1865, at Harrisburg, Pa. Comrade Austin has been Judge and Insp. of elections, each two terms, he belongs to Ingham Post, 91, is by occupation a farmer and his address is Ogdensburg, Pa. (Submitted by Robert T. Bond - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sergt. William Austin
Son of James p. and Sallie (Cook) Austin, both yet living, was born April 2, 1840, in Carroll, Chautauqua Co., N. Y., settling in Tioga County, Pa., in 1870; he enlisted Sept. 7, 1861, at Elmire, N. Y., when 21 years old, as a Corp., — afterwards promoted to Sergt— of Co. H, 86th N. Y. V. I., 3d Brig., 3d Div., 3d A. C. April 2, 1862, his Co. Was detailed for provost duty at Washington, D. C., about four months. May 3, 1863, his entire command was captured at Chancellorsville, Va., but made their escape by cutting through the lines. July 2, 1863, he received a gunshot wound in right leg, where the ball is still lodged, at the battle of Gettysburg, Pa.; he was treated July 8, in ambulance on march to Warrenton, Va., and Army Square Washington, D. C. about seven months for wounds and typhoid fever. Sept. Of same year he was furloughed for thirty days, which was extended thirty days; he took part in three of the most prominent and hard fought battles of the late war — Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, receiving his honorable discharge Feb. 7, 1864, at Washington, D. C., on surgeon's certificate of disability. Of his wife's brothers, Luke D. served in Co. H. 45th Pa V. I., was captured and held at Andersonville nine months; Albert in Co. A, 1st Pa. Rifles, Bucktails; and Giles C. in Co. F, 86th N. Y. V. I., died in service in Feb. 1862.
"So sleeps the brave who sink to rest, With all their Comrades wishes blest."
Comrade Austin married Oct. 30, 1888, at Troupsburg, Steuben Co., N. Y., Harriet Seely, born in Knoxville, Tioga Co., Nov. 1836; her parents, both deceased, were Henry and Emily (Stephens) Seely. Comrade Austin has been twp. clerk of Brooklyn Twp., Pa., and postmaster of Austinburg, Pa., 14 years, resigning Aug. 1893; he is P. P. C. of James Howland Post, 508, is a retired man, by reason of impared health, and may be addressed at Austinburg, Pa.
Sergt. Benjamin F. Avery,
Son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Halstead) Avery, both now deceased, was born May 29, 1845, at Big Flatts, Chemung Co., N. Y., and settled in Tioga Co., Pa., in 1878, having previously married Jan. 6, 1869, in Bradford county, Pa., Nettie Louden, who was born in Litchfield twp., Bradford Co., Pa., of parents, James and Christine (Tor____) Louden, both now deceased. Four children were born to this marriage, James W., Wesley E., Robert F. and Ansel. Comrade Avery was 18 years old at the time of his enlistment at Waverly, N. Y., Feb. 9, 1864, in Co. D, 161st N. Y. V. I., 1st Div., 19th A. C., as a private, being promoted to Sergt.; his battle list includes Savine Cross Roads, Pleasant Hill, Cain River Crossing, Marksville Plains, and capture of Mobile, Ala., receiving an honorable discharge Nov. 12, 1865, at Tallahassee, Fla. A brother of his wife, Robert Louden, served in the late war from Pa. Comrade Avery has been collector of taxes of Delmar twp., Tioga Co., Pa., he is by occupation a farmer and may be addressed at Wellsboro, Pa.
A native of Delmar twp., Tioga Co., Pa., was born June 12, 1830, of parents, Oliver and Catherine (Houghton) Bacon, the former dead, the later living. May 30, 1866, in Charleston twp., the same Co., he married Frances Skelton, born July 8, 1841, in Yorkshire, England, the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Watson) Skelton, both deceased. They have one child, May. Comrade Bacon enlisted from Stony Fork, Pa., Sept., 1864, as a private in Co. K, 207th Pa. V. I., 2d Brig., 3d Div., 9th A. C.; he was detailed March, 1865, in front of Petersburg, to act as Brigade teamster and Forage-master; 2d Brig., ___ A. C., for about three months, and was discharged June 1, 1865, at Harrisburg, Pa., having fought at Dutch Gap, Bermuda Hundred, and Siege of Petersburg. A brother, Daniel, served as Ord. Serg't, in the service, Co. A, 149th Pa. V. I., who was fatally wounded in action. Mr. Bacon's maternal grandfather, Simeon Houghton, was a captain in the U. S. Army in the War of 1812. Comrade Bacon has held offices of J. P., School Director, and Auditor of Delmar twp., is now a farmer, and his P. O. address is Wellsboro, Tioga Co., Pa.
Lieutenant Geo. R. Bailey,
A native of Mansfield, Pa., and a son of Benjamin M. and Clarissa E. (Johnson) Bailey, both deceased, was born March 29, 1840. At the time of his enlistment, however, he was living in Atchison, Kan.; he was enrolled at that place July 16, 1861, at the age of 22 years in Co. C, 4th Can. V. I., and rose to the rank of Sergt.-Maj. In the fall of 1862, he was detailed at Kansas City, Missouri, as scout and guard in Provost Marshall's office, about four months. In the fall of 1863, he was wounded by gunshot in left knee on the field in Missouri; for this wound he received treatment in Qtrs. about three months; he was granted a furlough while in Kansas City, Mo.; thirty days; his term expiring, he was honorably discharged July, 1864, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., and immediately re-enlisted, in Co. K, 16th Kan. Cav. He was promoted to 2d Lieut and assigned to recruiting service by Gov. Carney of Kansas, on his entry to the 16th Pa. Cav., Feb. 25, 1865. In the fall of 1864 he was captured near Lexington, Mo., but made his escape in twenty-four hours; his services consisted of scouting, skirmishing, guard and garrison duty and he was finally honorably discharged July, 1865, at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. A brother, Morris D., Bailey, served in the late war, a member of Co. F, 11th Pa. V. C. The records of the Adjutant General's office of the State of Kansas show that on Feb. 25, 1865, at Leavenworth, Kan., Comrade Geo. R. Bailey was enrolled in Co. K, 16th Kan. Cav., and was discharged therefrom on the 6th day of December, 1865, from General Hospital at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Comrade Bailey is following his trade as a carpenter at Mansfield, Pa., where he may be addressed.
Morris D. Bailey,
A son of Benjamin M. and Clarissa E. (Johnson) Bailey, who have passed away, was born April 15, 1842, in Mansfield, Pa. Jennie S. Dartt, whom he married at East Charleston, Tioga Co., Pa., was born at that place July 12, 1847, and passed to her reward March 17, 1885. Her father, Chauncey Dartt, is deceased, but her mother, Harriet Dartt, is still living. Three children have blessed this marriage, Ray L., Glenn R. and Emory A. Comrade Bailey was teaching in Mansfield, Pa., when he enlisted during the first year of the war at the age of 19 years at Mansfield, Pa., Aug. 24, 1861; he joined Co. F, 11th Pa. Cav., 2d Brig., Army of the James, as a private and rose to Corp. And Sergt. In 1861 he was detailed as acting Commissary Sergt. Of Regt. At Washington, D. C., and Fortress Monroe, Va., about eight months and was honorably discharged in field Nov., 1863; he re-enlisted in field in old command the same day. In Jan., 1864, he was furloughed for thirty days and returned to commant at expiration of _______. In 1864-5 he was detailed at Hd. Qtrs. Of 2d Brig., Cav. Div., _____ of the James, as chief clerk of A. A. A. G., about two years; he was granted an honorable discharge from second enlistment Aug. 19, ____ at Philadelphia, Pa., A brother, George R., served in the late war, a member of Co. B, 4th Kan. V. I. Comrade Bailey was employed in county treasurer's office in Shawnee Co., Kan., in 1890-2; he left that office to accept a position in U. S. pension office at Topeka, Kan., Aug. 1, 1892, where he remained until the office changed ____ one administration to another; for eight years he was Sec'y of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Assn. In Kansas, consisting of over 4,000 members; he was Co. Supt. Of Pub. Inst. In Pawnee Co., Kan, from ____ to 1883; he is past S. V. C., of Lincoln Post, No. 1, Topeka, Kan., is a clerk and may be addressed at 404 "B" St., N. Topeka, Kan.
Harrison C. Bailey
Son of Cephas andCaroline M. (Wright) Bailey, both of whom have long since passed away, was born in Athens, Bt., Oct. 4, 1837, settling in Tioga co., Pa., in 1856. April 21, 1861, at the age of 23 years, he responded to his country's call for help, enlisting from Middlebury. ____ Tioga Co., Pa., as a private in Co. G, 1st Pa. Rifle (Bucktails) McCall's _____ 5th A. C. June 6, 1862, at the battle of Harrisonburg, Va., he received a gunshot wound in left arm, resulting in the loss of same; he was taken to hospital same day at Mt. Jackson, Winchester, Va., Baltimore, Md., and Harrisburg, Pa., about six weeks, receiving an honorable discharge July 21, 1862, at Harrisburg, Pa., on account of wounds received in action; he also took active part in the battle of Drains______, Va. His great grandfather Eliphlet Bailey served in the Rev. War from Massachusetts. His grandfathers, Cyrus Bailey and Joseph Wright, served in the War of 1812. A brother, Romanzo C. Bailey also served in the late war, a member of Co. F, 6th Mass. V. I.; 1st Lieut of Co. A, 136th Pa., V. I.; Capt. Of Co. A, 8th U. S. C. T. and ____ Lieut of Co. E, 35th Pa. State Militia. The subject of this sketch was enrolling officer in Middlebury in 1862-3 and 2d. Q. M. of 18th Congressional District at Williamsport, Pa., with rank of Capt in 1864-5. Comrade Bailey married Oct. 19, 1863, in Hammond, Pa., Minerva L. Stoddard born in Swanton, Vt., Nov. 11, 1839, a daughter of George G. and Louisa (Jackson) Stoddard, deceased. They have had six children: Frank H., Eula I., May H., Earl C., Joseph O. W., and Ralph J. Mrs. Minerva L. Bailey is an active in the W. R. C., and a member of General Mansfield Corps. No. 6, Dept. Of Pa., Mansfield, Pa. Comrade Bailey has been Post Commander of Gen. Mansfield Post, 48, he was treasurer of Tioga Co., Pa., in 1868-69, constable of Middlebury twp., and councilman of Borough of Mansfield; he is a lumberman and his address is Mansfield, Pa.
Serg't John L. Barnes
Is a native of Cortland county, N. Y., born March 27, 1825, the son of Amasa and Lucy (Bartholomew) Barnes, neither of whom are living; he came to Tioga county, Pa., in 1837, and married in Delmar twp., Sept. 18, 1890, Eliza B. Ketchum, born April 18, 1844, in Tompkins county, N. Y., the daughter of Daniel and Catherine (Balley) Ketchum, both deceased. By two former marriages to Malinda Riffles and Lurasee Ketchum, Mr. Barnes has the following children: Susan, Cela J., John S., Clarence H. and Vernie. A resident of Gaines twp., Pa., Comrade Barnes enlisted at 37, from Wellsboro, Pa., Aug.____, 1862, as a private — later promoted to Corp. And Serg't — in Co. ____ , 149th Pa. V. I., — "Bucktails" — 1st A. C.; he was captured at Cold Harbor, Va., by Gen. Longstreet's Command, and held at Libby and Andersonville three months, at Savannah, Ga., two months and nineteen days, paroled and sent to Annapolis, Md., where he was confined in the hospital a month, and in Dec., given a furlough of 70 days. An honorable discharge was given him at Elmire, N. Y., June 12, 1863, after having fought at Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsylvania C. H. Laurel Hill and North Anna River. Two brothers-in-law of Mr. Barnes were in the service — Hiram Riffles, Jackson Riffles and a brother of his wife, John H. Ketchum, in N. Y. V. I. Comrade Barnes is now a farmer, and may be addressed at Delmar, Tioga Co., Pa.
Sergt. Oliver Bates
Son of Daniel Bates, who served as a drummer at the age of 12 years in the War of 1812, and Lydia M. (Tucker), both now deceased, was born Feb. 8, 1845, in Jordan, Onondaga Co., N. Y.; he married first Zoraida Boyle, by whom he had five children, Luella M., Gertrude F., Anna I., Mable Z. and Harry J.; he married second, Dec. 29, 1875, in Savannah, N. Y., F. Emma Rhoades, who was born in Ontario county, N.dY., Aug. 18, 1854; her parents, Thomas and Catherine (Wright) Rhoades, are both living. Four children have been born to Comrade Bates and$wife: E. Blanche, N. Estelle, J. Bernard and C. Glenn. Comrade Bates enlisted May 17, 1861, at Elmira, N. Y., at the early age of 16 years; he entered Co. I, 24th N. Y. V. I., 1st and 2d Brig., 1st and 3d Div., 1st and 6th A. C., as a private, of which he`was later made Sergt. May 3, 1863, at the battle of Chancellorsville, Va., he was wounded by fragment of shell in shoulder, hip and heel; lis term expired June, 1863, at Elmira, N. Y., and on Dec. 16, of same year he re-enlisted in Co. C, 9th N. Y. H. A.; July 19, 1865, he was transferred at Washington, D. C., to Co. I, 2d N. Y. H. A. April 20, 1865, he was taken sick with typhoid fever; he was cared for at a planter's house at News Ferry, Va., being treated by a citizen's physician, Dr. Ghalmers, about three weeks. In Aug., 1<65, he was granted a leave of absence for ten days at Washington, D. C.; he fought at Cedar Mt., 2d Bull Run, South Mtn, Antietam, Fredericksburg both engagements; chancellorsville, Cold Harbor, Siege of Petersburg, Monocacy, Winchesterl Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek and Sailor's Creek. He was granted an honorable discharge Oct. 10, 1865, at Hart's Island, N. Y. He had three brothers in the Union army: Orin D., in Bat. #, 3d N. Y. L. A.; Daniel in 12th Mich. V. I., and Milton in Bat. E, 3d N. Y. L. A., and Co. C, 9th N. Y. V. I. An uncle of his wife, Russell F. Wright, served in Co. K, 148th N. Y. V. I., and was killed in service at Fair Oaks, Va., while carrying the colors. Comrade Bates is a member of Sergt. Ackley Post, 469, at Sabineville, Pa., he is a mechanic and his address is Gaines, Pa.
Curry E. Beach
Is a native of Chatham twp., Tioga county, Pa., born Oct. 11, 1833, the son of Nehemiah and Arsenath (Curry) Beach, both deceased; he married Sept. 19, 1888, at Addison, N. Y., Esther Curran, born in Chatham twp., Pa., Jan. 31, 1849, the daughter of Henry and Sallie (Short) Curran, neither of whom are living. By a former marriage to Mary E. Leonard, Mr. Beach has these children, Ellsworth L., Jennie A., Emma O., and Maggie M. Mrs. Beach by a former marriage to Almon Gardner, had one child, Sadie A., Gardner, now wife of Emmet Davis, of Chatham twp., Pa., Curry E. Beach enlisted Sept. 1, 1864, from Harrisburg, Pa., at 31 years of age, as a private in Co. G, 207th Pa. V. I., 2d Brig., 3d Div., 9th A. C. During this month he was detailed at Bermuda Hundred, Va., into the Pioneer Corps, remaining about six and one-half months; in the following winter he was sick and treated in Qtrs. For a complication of chronic diarrhea and dumb ague; and was honorably discharged at Alexandria, Va., June 1, 1865; he was present at the battles of Bermuda Hundred, first and second Hatcher's Run, Stony Creek Raid, Charge on Ft. Steedman, and final Assault on Petersburg. Two brothers were in the service: Lucian O., 1st Lieut., Co. A, 171st Pa. V. I.; and Charles S., Co. A, 136th and Co. G, 207th Pa. V. I. Mrs. Beach also had two brothers in the Union army: Ira J. Curran, Co. H. P. R. V. C., and Co. H, 207th Pa. V. I.; and Geo. W. Curran, Co. G, 207th Pa. V. I. Mrs. Beach is a charter member of Alfred Toles Corps, W. R. C., and S. V. Pres. Comrade Beach is Supervisor and school director of Chatham twp., Pa., Guard and charter member of Alfred Toles Post, ____, is a farmer, and his P. O. address is Little Marsh, Tioga Co., Pennsylvania.
Lieut. Lucian O. Beach
Entered the service at 30 years of age, enlisting from Chatham, Pa., Oct. 16, 1862, as 1st Lieut. Of Co. A, 171st Pa., V. I., 1st Brig., 5th Div., 18th A. C. Dec. 9, 1862, at Harrisburg, Pa., he was placed in charge of squad going to the front, and was detached from his command about 3 weeks; and was sent to the hospital at Newbern, N. C., Jan. 5, 1863, remaining about three months with physical disabilities and was honorably discharged from that city, March 24, of the same year, for the above reason. His services consisted of scouting, skirmishing, guard, and garrison duty. Two brothers enlisted in Co. G, 207th Pa. V. I., — Charles S., who served also in Co. A, 136th Pa. V. I.; and Curry E., injured in front of Petersburg. Two brothers of Mrs. Beach served from Wis.; her paternal grandfather, Ruben Brown was a pensioner of the War of 1812. Lieut. Beach was born March 10, 1832, at Knoxville, Tioga Co., Pa., the son of Nehemiah and Ar________ (Curry) Beach, both deceased. At W. Dryden, Tompkins Co., N. Y., he married June 27, 1861, Mary L. Brown, born in Tompkins Co., N. Y. June 20, 1833, the daughter of Garrett and Ruth M. (Thorp) Brown, both passed away. Their children are: George D., and Jessie G. For 27 years Comrade Beach was Constable and Collector of Chatham twp., is now Past Q. M. of Alfred Toles Post, 320, a farmer, and can be addressed at Little Marsh, Tioga Co., Pa.
Enlisted at the age of 22 years Aug. 31, 1864, at Elmira, N. Y. as Artificer in Co. C, 50th N. Y. Eng. In Sept., 1864, he was treated in hospital near City Point, Va., about ten days with fever and ague in Dec., 1864, he was sick in front of Petersburg with rheumatism about two weeks; his services consisted of building fortifications, bridges and laying pontoons, and was honorably discharged June 13, 1865, at Fort Berry, Va. An uncle, Timothy Beers, served in the Mexican War and a brother, Buy Beers, served in Co. A, 100th N. Y. V. I., was wounded at the battle of the Wilderness; was captured at the evacuation of Richmond and held until the surrender of Lee. Comrade Beers had three uncles in the service: Major E. O. Beers, in 50th N. Y. Engineers, Lieut. Joseph Beers Co. H., 50th N. Y. Engineers, and Sergeant Johnson Beers Co. H, 50th N. Y. Engineers. Comrade Beers was born Jan. 13, 1842, at Wells, Bradford Co., Pa., a son of Joseph H. Beers deceased and Maria (Beers) still living (1891). He settled in Tioga county, Pa., in 1869, having married July 3, 1868, at Hornellville, Steuben county, N. Y., Ruth Swartwood, born Oct. 13, 1846, in Burlington, Bradford Co., Pa., the daughter of Frederick and Ellen (Burgess) Swartwood, both deceased. They have had one child, Ella M. Comrade Beers is past Com. Of Etz Post, 401, he is at present engaged in farming and his address is Tioga, Pa.
Born April 5, 1840, in Elkland twp., Tioga Co., Pa., was a son of John Belcher who served in the War of 1812, now deceased. He married Feb. 2, 1866, in Harrison Valley, Potter Co., Pa; her father, David Kibbe, who served in the War of 1812 and was a pensioner of the same, is deceased, as is also her mother, Emma M. (McNutt) Kibbe. To Comrade Belcher and wife have been given six children, George W., Alonzo D., Edgar C., Edith C., Samuel T. and Grace D. Comrade Belcher was living in Oswayo,Potter Co., Pa., at the time of his enlistment Sept. 16, 1861, at Harrisburg, Pa., at the age of 20 years as a private in Co. G, 46th Pa., V. I., 1st Brig., 1st Div., 12th and 20th A. C., as a private being promoted to Acting Commissary Sergt. Nov. 26, 1863, he was injured in a railroad accident at Dechard Station and was treated for same in Co. Qtrs. He was honorably discharged from first enlistment Nov. 20, 1863, to re-enlist at Dechard Station, Tenn., same day as a veteran in Co. G, 46th Pa. V. I., thus obtaining a thirty day furlough at that place. March 3, 1865, he was captured at Raleigh, N. C., by guerrillas and was held forty-two days at Salisbury, n. C., then abandoned; he took active part in the battles of Winchester, Winchester, May 23, 1862; Cedar Mt., the engagements of the Atlanta Campaign, the March to the Sea and Carolinas. He was granted a final honorable discharge July 16, 1865, at Alexandria, Va.; he had five brothers in the late service, David in Co. F, 45th Pa. V. I., Nelson in 128th N. Y. V. I., William in a N. Y. Regt., John H., in 7th Mich. V. I., and George in 4th N. Y. H. A., died in hospital. Thomas, David, John and Elijah Kibbe, brothers of his wife, also served in the late war. Comrade Belcher is a member of R. P. Babcock Post, 258, he is a hotel keeper and may be addressed at Lansing, Pa.
Nelson Belcher at Left
William Belcher and Amanda Moore above
Submitted by Barbara J. Sharp
Sergt. J. C. Belknap
A son of Justin C. Belknap, deceased, and Catherine (Rife) still living, was born Dec. 9, 1845, in Sullivan twp., Tioga Co., Pa. Alice Hall whom he married May 6, 1866, in Jackson twp., Tioga Co., Pa., was born Sept. 27, 1849, in that twp. Her parents, John and Elizabeth (Garrison) Hall are both living (1894). They have had six children, their births occuring in the order named, Grant, Clarance, Ernest, Blanch, Katie and Almos, Comrade Belknap was living in Jackson twp., this county, and volunteered at that place Sept. 1864, when 16 years old in Co. B, 188th Pa. V. I., which was attached to 3d Brig., 3d Div. 18th A. C. He was enrolled as a private of which he was later made Corp. And Sergt. In June, 1864, he was confined inhospitals at Annapolis, Md., and Little York, Pa., about four months on account of a wound received June 19, 1864, in front of Petersburg by gunshot in left hand; Nov. 4, 1864, he was granted a furlough for thirty days at Little York, Pa. The same month he was detailed at Drewry's Bluff, Siege of Petersburg, Weldon R. R., charge on Ft. Steedman, 2d Fredericksburg and final assault on petersburg, receiving an honorable discharge September, 1865, at Philadelphia, Pa. His grandfather, Caleb Belknap, served in the Revolutionary War and was wounded in services by a gunshot in left side. Comrade Belknap is P. P. C. and S. V. C. of Corp. C. W. Deming Post, he has been school director and Judge of Elections of Jackson twp., Tioga Co., Pa., and is at present engaged in farming near Trowbridge, Pa., at which place he may be addressed.
Son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Henry) Biddle, both deceased, was born in Canton, Bradford Co., Pa., July 12, 1837, and was following his trade as a carpenter at the time of his enlistment Sept. 15, 1861, at Canton, Pa., at the age of 21 years; he was enrolled in Co. D, 106th Pa. V. I., Philadelphia, Brig., 2d Div., 2d A. C., as 1st Corp., and was promoted to the rank of 2d Lieut., June 25, 1863. May 1, 1862, while engaged in building an observatory or lookout at Yorktown, Va., he had three ribs broken by falling timbers that had been dislodged by a shell from the enemy's works; he was taken to hospital Sept. 1, 1862, at Fairfax Seminary where he remained about two and a half months from sickness caused by fractured ribs. While engaged with the enemy on a skirmish line at the battle of Fair Oaks, May 31, 1862, he miraculously escaped death, his blanket, which was rolled up and on his shoulder was riddled with bullets and a ball imbedded itself in an ambrotype, in his pocket, which was the likeness of her who later became his wife. In the winter of 1862 at Camp Observation, near Poolville, Md., he was put on patrol duty on Sugar Loaf Mt., about two months. He participated in the engagements of Ball's Bluff, Big Bethel, numberous skirmishes at Yorktown, Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Savage Station, White Oak Swamp, Malvery Hill, and Carlisle. He was honorably discharged from first enlistment Nov. 10, 1862, at Fairfax Seminary hospital, Va., and re-enlisted a year later, June, 1863, at Canton, Pa., in Co. C, 30th Pa. Militia as Ord. Sergt. During the battle of Gettysburg, Pa., he was engaged with his regiment in gathering up Rebel deserters. He was finally honorably discharged July 26, 1863, at Harrisburg, Pa., Of his brothers, Wallace served in Co. C, 132d Pa. V. I., and was severely wounded by fragment of shell at the battle of Antietem, Fidello, a member of Co. D, 106th Pa., V. I.; Almerin in Co. C, 30th Pa. V. Militia; the two latter re-enlisting in the 50th N. Y. Eng. Sept. 3, 1863, he was married in Ward Twp., Tioga County, N. Y., May 19, 1845. Her parents Jesse B., and Emaline (Millspaugh) Denmark are dead. Seven children have blessed this marriage, Elmer E., Ina E., Bert J., Jessie D., Frank I., Lizzie A. and Anna B. Comrade Biddle is O. of D. and Past Commander of Brown Post, 171, he is by occupation a carpenter and his address is Blossburg, Pa.,
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