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In a message dated 3/7/2011 12:47:59 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

How are you?  I hope all is well in the frigid north land.

I have attached a photo of the GAR certificate that belonged to my 2nd great-grandfather, Allen McKean Phinney, along with a transcription of the certificate.  Patricia Phinney Serfas (my first-cousin once removed), daughter of Ronald "Bud" DeVere Phinney and Elsie Adelia Darrow, had the original certificate, and her husband, Lew, had a full-size copy made for me.  The JPG is of the original; however, my copy is quite clear and beautiful.

There are a few things I would like to point out in the transcription:

1.  I copies the certificate verbatim.
2.  I enlarged, bold-face typed and underlined where there was enlarged, underlined bold-faced calligraphy.
3.  Colonel H. Berdan was Colonel Hiram Berdan
4.  Seven days before Richmond--the unit was camped outside of Richmond, VA.
5.  Hanover C.H. is Hanover Court House.
6.  Harris Landing is actually Harrison's Landing.
7.  Allen McKean Phinney's second wife was Mary Welthy Clark, younger sister of his first wife, Hannah Jane Clark.
8.  Allen's children were from his first marriage to Hannah "Jane" Clark, d/o Uriah Clark and Ruth Riggs.  The children were:  Ida Marion Phinney m. Delos Rockwell, s/o Justus Bailey Rockwell & Mary J. Estella Jackson; Mary "Mayme" Isabelle Phinney m. Abram L. Rockwell, older brother of Delos; Addie May Phinney m. Lewis/Louis Wilber, s/o Lewis Wilber & Susan P. Ballard; Bertha Helen Phinney m. Edgar Wayne Lilley, s/o Dummer "Smith" Lilley & Antoinette Ayres; Dayton Leslie Phinney m. Evangeline "Eva" May Loomis, d/o William "Seth" Loomis & Ann Fenton (my direct line ancestors); and Emmett (not Emma) LaMarr Phinney m. Annorah Belle Watts, d/o Frederick C. Watts & Deliva Ayres.

Allen was the second of seven children of Nathan Newell Finney and Melinda Emily Ballard [Alfred D. Finney, Allen McKean Phinney, Alvin T. Finney, Anson C. Finney, Olive Annitt Finney, (Apollos?) "Herrick" Finney, and Hyland Leonard Finney].  This family resided in what became Granville Twp., Bradford Co., PA.  Sometime between 1857 and 1860 the family (except Alfred, the oldest son, who remained in Bradford Co.) migrated to near Janesville, Rock Co., WI.  The time frame is certain because Allen's youngest brother, Hyland, was born in PA in 1857.

Allen and family can be found in the 1860 census in Rock Co., WI where some of Nathan's extended family was living (Allen is enumerated twice--apparently he was working as a farm hand and was counted in that home as well as with his family).  While in Rock Co., Allen and younger brothers Alvin T. Finney and Anson C. Finney joined the service.  Allen to the U. S. Sharpshooters, and Alvin and Anson to the Co. F, 13th WI Vol. Inf. Regiment.  Alvin died while in service and is buried in Pioneer Cemetery near Lawrence, Douglas Co., KS.  I do not know what happened to Anson.

Back in PA, Alfred (Allen's oldest brother) joined Co. E, 52nd PA Vol. Inf. Regiment, and Allen's future father-in-law, Uriah Clark, was a ferrier attached to 80th Volunteers/7th PA Cavalry.

It appears that Allen returned to PA after his discharge and married Jane Clark.  The family lived at different times in LeRoy, Canton, and Columbia Twps., but in his later years in Canton Boro and briefly in Elmira, NY.  He is described in various censuses and directories as a farmer, carpenter and house painter.  Allen used the spelling "Phinney" because the U.S. Army recorded his name as "Phinney," and he was told he could not collect his Army pension using the name "Finney."  Allen and Jane are resting in the East Canton Cemetery, Canton Twp., Bradford Co., PA near their daughter, Mayme, and Jane's mother, Ruth, and sister, Mary.

Allen's father, Nathan, died sometime between 1860 and 1870 presumably in WI.  Some family historians claim he died in Lee, MA, in 1861, but I think this is unlikely.  There is another Nathan Finney who lived in the vicinity of Lee at that time.

In the 1870 Census for Rock Co., WI, Melinda and sons Herrick (Apollus Herrick Finney) and Hiland (Hyland Leonard Finney) are enumerated under the surname Furney.  In the 1880 Census for Rock Co., Melinda and Hyland are living there, but Herrick has moved on, and I cannot locate him until the 1900s.

Alfred went west after the war and lived in MN, and he was married to a Julia A. Watkins.  At the end of his life he was in the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Erie, PA and is buried in the cemetery there.

Olive Annitt Finney married at age 17 to John F. Foot/Foote (a member of a 1st WI Heavy Artillery), and they moved to Rawlins Co., WY and raised a family.  Olive eventually returned to Elmira, NY w/her daughter and grandchildren, and is buried near her mother, Melinda, in the Granville Centre Cemetery in Granville Twp.

Herrick Finney stayed in WI, and married 1st Fidelia Kenyon, d/o Amos Kenyon & Fidelia Unknown, and 2nd Myrtle "Myrtie" A. Robson, d/o Samuel Robson & Elizabeth Lonsdale.  Herrick and Myrtie are buried at Spring Green Cemetery, Sauk Co., WI.

Melinda and Hyland returned to PA.  Hyland married Mary Adline "Addie" Bailey, d/o Manning Bailey and Mary Jane Savage in 1881 and had a large family.  Hyland died relatively young (abt. 1899 or 1900), and even though I have no proof, I believe he is buried near his mother and sister at Granville Centre.  His children lived in Chemung, Steuben and Bradford Cos.

Melinda was b. in Bradford Co., PA, and died in Granville Twp. at age 90 (1818-1908) and is resting at Granville Centre.

Uriah Clark died near Nashville and is buried there.  He has a cenograph in the East Canton Cemetery, Canton Twp., Bradford Co., PA.

I would enjoy hearing from other Finney/Phinney descendants--not just Allen's descendants, but also descendants of his brothers and sister.

Lynne B. Howell

This is to Certify
Allen Phinney
Enlisted March 16th, 1862 from Rock County, Wisconsin, and was mustered into the
United States service at Madison, Wisconsin, to serve three years, as a private in

Company G. 1st Regiment U.S. Vol. Sharp Shooters.

Under command of Captain Edward Drew and Colonel H. Berdan and Lt. Colonel
Frederick Mears. The regiment was assigned to the 1st Division, 3rd Brid. and 5th
Army Corps, Army of the Potomac. Comrade Phinney participated in the following
engagements. Moved to Fortress Monroe, Va. March 22, 1862. Advance on Yorktown, Apr. 1
to 5th. Great Bethel and Howards Bridge Apr. 4, 62. Warwick Road Apr. 5. Siege of Yorktown
Apr. 5 to May 4, 1862. Battle of Williamsburg May 5, 62. Battle of Hanover C.H. May 27, 1862. Seven days before Richmond. Battle of Mechanicsville June 26. Gaines Mills, June 27. Peach Orchard, June 29. Turkey Bridge, June 30. Malvern Hill, July 1. Duty at Harris Landing till Aug. 1862.

Honorably Discharged

Aug. 14, 1862 at Ft. McHenry, Baltimore. Surgeons Cert. of Disability.

Past Commander of Ingham G.A.R. Post No. 91.

Department of Pennsylvania. Located at Canton, Penna.


By Comrade Phinney to the memory of his first wife Hannah, Dec. and Presented to second wife, Mary N. and Children, Ida, Mayme, Addie, Bertha, Dayton and Emma. August 1913.

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 09 March 2011
By Joyce M. Tice
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