Jersey Baptist Church Civil War Veterans
1. Abraham Huffine, Co. D. 5 Reg PA. H.A. Enlisted in the Pennsylvania Batty H Light Artillery Battery on 16 Sep 1864.Mustered out on 05 Jan 1865.Transferred to on 05 Jan 1865.Mustered out on 18 Jun 1865.1890 Census also lists him in Co K, 171st Drafted Inf. He served 16 Oct 1862 to 6 Aug 1863. His widow was Mary applied for Widow’s Pension in July 1890. Name is also listed as Huffine in some records. He is listed in Boyd´s Pennsylvania State Business Directory, 1861, as a fur dealer in Drakestown. He died 27 Apr 1887, and a military headstone was requested from Sheldon & Sons in Vermont. Findagrave memorial
2. Ross Rush, (NAMESAKE OF GAR) Born Feb. 2, 1842, the son of Jacob & Ruth (Ogg) Rush.. Enlisted Sept. 23, 1861 at age 20 in Harnedsville, Somerset Co. Pa. in Co H 85 PA. Vol Sep 1861. Mustered in Nov. 12, 1861 as Private in Uniontown, Pa. He reenlisted in Feb. 20, 1864 at Hilton Head, South Carolina & was killed in battle at Petersburg, VA Height - 5' 6 1/2"; Hair - Dark; Complexion - Fair; Eyes – Brown. From Harnedsville, Somerset Co. Pa. Died June 18, 1864 - age 22 years 4 month 16 days Buried in Jersey Church Cemetery (old), Lower Turkeyfoot Twp. Somerset Co. Pa. His mother and his father applied for Pension after his death. Findagrave memorial
3. David Harrison Vansickle, * Private Co. D 3rd Maryland Potomac Home Brigade Infantry. He was born in Selbysport, Garret Co. Md. in 1847. He married Sarah Heinbaugh. Enlisted June 20, 1862. Captured at the taking of Harpers' Ferry. After his release he was taken with Typhoid Fever and sent to the hospital atAnnapolis, Md. When a relapse of Typhoid Fever came together with Diphtheria and Bronchitis, he was taken to Ellicott Hospital, Maryland. After that he was wrecked in health but refused to apply for a pension. Discharged or mustered out May 29, 1865. Served July 23, 1862 - May 29, 1865 - 34 month 6 days. He Died in Mar. 1886 at the age of 39. Sara applied for Widows Pension Mar. 30, 1889. Findagrave memorial
4. David Rush, Co F. 138 Pa. Inft. Born in Lower Turkeyfoot Twp. Somerset Co. Pa. Enrolled Aug. 21, 1862 at age 29 in Cumberland Valley as a Private in Co. F 138th Regiment Pa. Infantry. Mustered in Sept. 12, 1862 as Private in Harrisburg, Pa. Served Sept. 12, 1862 - May 15, 1865 - 32 month 3 days. He was Wounded June 1, 1864 at Cold Harbor, Va. Discharged May 3, 1865 agreeable to instructions from War Dept. at Satterlee Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa. May 15, 1865. Discharged May 15, 1865 by General Order. He applied for Invalid Pension Mar. 29, 1866, Application #105658, Certificate #77236. Died May 6, 1905 in Confluence, Somerset Co. Pa. Buried in Jersey Church Cemetery (old), Lower Turkeyfoot Twp. Somerset Co. Pa. It looks as though he never married, and worked as a farm laborer. Unable to find his parents. Findagrave memorial
Unknown Civil War Vet, next to Ruth Rush and Jane Hyatt. Cannot find this stone!5. Foster C. Younkin, Co. H. 1st Battalion Pa. Inf. (H Ramsey’s Battalion) Son of Jacob J and Dorcas Hartzell Younkin, and brother to Baalam. Foster was stout, hearty and able bodied -- enlisted on June 17, 1863, for a term of six months' service. Foster was a member of the 1st Battalion, Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H. Foster and his regiment were assigned to guard duty in Harrisburg, the state capitol city of Pennsylvania. While there, he became seriously ill with chronic diarrhea. Among his fellow soldiers who were aware of his disability were Harrison H. Rush and Jacob J. Rush. When Foster was honorably discharged, and came home in January 1864, his brother Balaam noted that he "continued to complain." Harrison H. Rush, wrote that said "Foster Younkin and myself were together much of the time we were in the service. I heard him complain of not being well while yet in the service." Foster remained ill for nine months, including a bout with the measles, and died on Sept. 30, 1864. Recalled his brother Balaam, "I was at his bed side when he died." Harrison Rush noted that "I visited the soldier during his sicknefs at his father's house frequently and was present when he died."
Their son's death shook Jacob and Dorcas deeply. Claiming he had been dependent on his son for financial support, Jacob applied to the federal government to receive a pension as compensation for his loss. Both Josiah Hyatt and Samuel Minder of Ursina (no relation to the Minerd-Minard family) testified on their behalf, writing in separate affidavits that Jacob "neither owns any property nor has he any income." Samson C. Lytle, who had known Foster's father for 33 years, also wrote a supporting affidavit.
The Younkins did receive one beneficial act from the federal government in the loss of their son. A standard-issue military grave marker was erected at the site of his burial at the Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery. The work was carried out by contractor D.W. Whitney in an agreement dated Nov. 29, 1879, some 15 years after the soldier's death. (Courtesy of Mark Miner of Minerd.com) Findagrave memorial
6. Hiram Kimberley, back row, stone is unreadable. But, it indicates that he was in Company C, 2nd MD Potomac Home Brigade. Enlisted in Company A, Maryland 2nd PHB Infantry Regiment on 27 Aug 1861. Mustered out on 29 May 1865. Applied for Pension from Somerset County Sept. 1891. Filed by S. Uhl.
Mother *may* have been Catherine (Conn) Kimberly. It looks as though he was married in MD to Mary Cage around 1870, and had a daughter, Della. He is listed as a farmer in one census, and a brakeman in another.
Leroy Forquer, Corp. Co.I., 4th W. Va. Cav. Was born in 1843 to Samuel and Isabella McGrew Forquer in Preston County, WV. He married Sabina Dull Rush (d/o Sarah Dull and Jacob J Rush) and had the following children: James Clark McGrew Forquer, Mary Alice “Mayme” Forquer, a teacher, Sarah Isabella, married to Alexander Coffroth, (parents of Judge Frederick Forquer Coffroth), Rush McGrew Forquer, Carrie Van Sickel, and Anna Jacobs. Leroy served as Adjunct of the Ross Rush Camp for many years. He assisted others in applying for Veterans benefits.
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8. (Harrison) Herman Rush, Corp Co. H. I PA. Prov. Cavalry. Son of Jehu Rush and Mary Hanna. Transcribed from the Daily News Standard Newspaper, PA, January 8, 1909 edition.
DEATHS OF THE DAY
Harrison H. Rush
Confluence., Jan. 7. – One of the oldest and most respected residents of this place, Harrison H. Rush, died Wednesday, January 7, 1909, at his home near the Jersey Baptist church in Turkeyfoot township, after an illness of more than a year due to a complication of diseases. Deceased was born January 7, 1843 in the same house in which he died and was one of the most progressive farmers in Somerset county. He was aged 65 years, 11 months and 30 days. Mr. Rush was a member of the Ross Rush Post G.A.R. having served six months during the Civil War. He was a life-long member of the Baptist church and bore his long illness with Christian fortitude. He was in politics a staunch Republican and took a lively interest in all affairs connected with his party. Mr. Rush is survived by his wife and the following children: Norman, of Confluence; Ira, of Connellsville; John, William and Ida, at home. Funeral services will be held on Sunday January 10, in the Jersey Baptist church at 1 o'clock. Interment in the Jersey cemetery.
Transcriber's note: Harrison H. Rush was the son of Jehu Rush and Mary Hanna Rush. A brother of Sarah H. Rush Leonard, he is mentioned in her will. Quote from Sarah Rush Leonard's will: "To my Brother Harrison Rush as part pay for his trouble, my cow and pig. And my clothing, bed clothes and dishes I want Harrison Rush's wife to take care of for my two daughters Alice and Ida until they need them. To Alice I give the side saddle and carpet but to be kept with her bed cloths and dishes at Brother Harrison Rush's until she needs them. To Ida I give the cupboard and lounge to be kept with her bed clothes and dishes at Brother Harrison Rush's until she has need of them." Findagrave memorial
9. Jacob J Rush, Co. H. I PA. Inf, was born Born Mar. 30, 1841 in Lower Turkeyfoot Twp. Somerset Co. Pa, the son of John and Mary (Hanna) Rush, both buried in Jersey Church. He married Sarah Dull and they had the following children Emma Jane, (married Ross Younkin), Sabina Dull Forquer (married to Leroy), Mary Enos, Frederick Logan Rush, Grant Rush, Harvey Rush, Anna Kutz (married the son of Legislator from Kutztown, PA), Margaret Ellen Sellers, Maud Crow, Loyd Scott Rush, and Sara Parnell (whose memorial card was found with our books) Brother to Harrison Herman Rush, above. Private in Captain William M. Schrock's Co., after Oct. 2, 1863 1st Battalion Pa. Infantry Co. H. Mustered in June 24, 1863 in New Centerville, Somerset Co. Pa. Mustered out Jan. 8, 1864 in Harrisburg, Pa. He served June 24, 1863 - Jan. 8, 1864 - 6 month 14 days. His wife Sara died before he did, and he remarried Jemima Leightlighter. He applied for Invalid Pension July 30, 1891 and Apr. 5, 1911, and died Oct. 25, 1922 in Ursina. Findagrave memorial
10. Zacharias Lanning Tannehill, Co. H. I PA. Inf. Zachariah was born Apr. 4, 1834 in Lower Turkeyfoot Twp. Somerset Co. Pa., the son of Zachariah and Mary Lanning Tannehill. He married Susan Heinbaugh, and they had the following children: Elizan Conn, Cora married Henry Harrison Witt, Norman Tannehill of Connellsville, George Washington Tannehill, James Walter Tannehill, and Howard, who died in infancy. Zacharias enlisted Nov. 22, 1861 in Co. B, 89th PA Infantry. He mustered in Dec. 14, 1864 at age 31 as Private in Chambersburg, Pa. He received a slight wound in the back while on a scouting expedition. Mustered out July 17, 1865 near New Alxendria, Va. Paid off and discharged in Philadelphia, Pa. Served Dec. 24, 1865 - July 17, 1865 - 6 month 23 days. He applied for Invalid Pension: May 12, 1888 and May 19, 1901. His widow, Susan applied for Widow’s Pension after his death in Oct. 3, 1914 in Draketown. She followed him to the grave one year later. He was a brother of Eli and Joseph Tannehill Findagrave memorial
Silas Conn, was born in 1844, son of Emanuel & Margaret Gower Conn. He married Sarah Ellen Bowers, and they had the following children: Ida Greer, Janetta Bell Tannehill, Edward, Elmer, Mary Lucretia Nichelson, Maggie Mae Johnson, Charles Zelman, and Joseph Ryan. He enlisted Mar. 31, 1864 as a Private in Co. M 113th Regiment 12th Pa. Cavalry. Served Mar. 31, 1864 - July 20, 1865 - 15 month 19 days. Discharged July 20, 1865, and mustered out with Company. He applied for Invalid pension Sept. 2, 1879 and Mar. 22, 1907. He died Oct. 19, 1925 in Somerset Co. Pa. Margaret applied for Widow’s Pension after his death in 1925. At the beginning of the year 1864, nearly the entire regiment reenlisted, were furloughed and returned to Martinsburg in April. Upon the advance of Gen. Early's army toward Washington in July, 1864, the cavalry retired before him, disputing the way and engaging at Solomon's gap, Pleasant valley, Crampton's gap, Winchester and Kernstown. It became necessary to remount and recruit and the regiment was stationed in the autumn at Charlestown. During the following winter it was on guard duty along the railroad between Winchester and Harper's Ferry and in March, 1865, was sent across the Blue ridge to clear the country of guerrillas, engaging at Harmony with some loss on March 22. In April, the 12th moved to Winchester and was assigned to the Army of the Shenandoah, the cavalry force under the command of Col. Reno. When the news of Lee's surrender was received the regiment was stationed at Mount Jackson to intercept and parole soldiers of Lee's army passing there. Returning to Winchester it was mustered out on July 20, 1865.
Source: The Union Army, vol. 1 Findagrave memorial
12. Adam Nickelson, Co. H. I PA. Inf
GRAND OLD CIVIL WAR VETERAN D1ES
Adam Nickelson, of Lower Turkeyfoot Township, Passes Away at Age of 94 Years: Impressive Funeral Services Conducted Last Friday.
By Charles F. Cook
Adam Nickelson, a brave defender of his country, who underwent the hardships of privations of a soldiers' life during the Civil War when the unity of the nation was in peril, died at 8 AM. on Christmas Day, December 25, 1934, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob A, Nickelson, in Lower Turkeyfoot Township, where he was given great care and loving and thoughtful attention these many years past.
Familiarly know as Grandpa Nickelson, he lived to the ripe old age of 94 years, 1 month, and 23 days. He was always reasonably well and hearty to within the last few years; suffered paralysis of throat, deafness and blindness his few remaining days.
He was born November 2, 1840, in that part of Milford Township now Black Township, a son of John and Phobe (Snyder) Nickelson; descended from an old time family of Somerset County. He was twice married, first to Rosetta Eicher in 1867. She died of child birth, April 20, 1868; the child William Lincoln Nickelson, lived and he died at Hardy, Nebraska, several years ago. The second wife was Maria Snyder, whom he married January 15, 1871; she was a daughter of Levi and Susan (Ringler) Snyder, and death came to her July 17, 1921. There were eight children and the following survive, namely, Edward B., intermanied with Anna Heckler; Hanna Susan, widow of Scott Anderson; Jacob A intermarried with Lucretta Conn; Silas A intermarried with Edith Dayton who was raised in the family of John Kelso, all residing in Lower Turkeyfoot Township; Anna May, single, an Evangelist who lives at Pittsburgh. But one member of the John Nickelson family survives, Simon P Nickelson, of Berlin. Descendent leaves 26 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
Mr. Nickelson lived on a farm known as the Bailey Place, on the Springfield road, near Draketown, having resided here for 62 years continuously to death; retired from active farming years ago. He was a noted hunter, tree grafter and bee man. He served his district as tax collector, and at his prime, was road supervisor for many years. When he received his last hunting license two years ago, he was the oldest person to be granted a license to hunt game in this county. He had a leading part in cleaning up and beautifying the old portion of the Jersey cemetery.
Veteran Nickelson was a volunteer soldier under Colonel Robert P. Cummins, of Somerset, a private in Company C, 142nd Pennsylvania infantry; enlisted August 26, 1862, and discharged at Washington, D.C., May 29, 1865. Beginning at Fredericksburg and winding up at Appomattox, he participated in all of the major battles and engagements fought in Virginia and Maryland, and including the Battle of Gettysburg. On the first day of the great conflict at Gettysburg, he was struck twenty-one times in the clothing and no blood was drawn. He retained his membership in Ross Rush Post No. 361, Grand Army of the Republic, of Ursina, until that post surrendered its charter by reason of insufficient members.
Impressive funeral services were conducted at the home at 2 P.M. last Friday, James Beacam, assisted by Harry Hamilton, traveling Evangelists, officiating. The selection of song were "Your Father Knoweth", " One Sweetly Solemn Thought" and" Come Let Us Follow Jesus." When Jesus Comes to Reward His Servants" was sung at the grave. Great numbers of people attended the obsequies, which were directed by Undertaker, Charles B. Humbert. Interment was in Jersey Church cemetery, Lower Turkeyfoot Township. The pall bearers were Joseph M. Critchfield, Robert Kurts, Harry Kreger, Ralph Vanisckel, Fred Marquart and Harner Fush, members of Harry Lichty Post No. 394, American Legion, of Confluence.
Among the relatives and friends from without the immediate vicinity who attended the funeral were the following persons, namely, Miss Anna May Nickelson, of Pittsburgh; Mr. and Mrs. Simon P. Nickelson of Berlin; Mr. and Mrs. Adam Nickelson, Jr., of Philadelphia; Albert Anderson, of Hooversville; Charles Snyder, of Stoney creek Township; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Berkebile, of Conemaugh Township; Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Musgrave, of Uniontown; Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Hoffinan, Beckley Shelkey, Orville Greer, Norman Tannehill, and Mrs. 1. R. Shipley of Connellsville; Ross May, of Dunbar; Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Conn, of Markel ton; David Nickelson, of Casselman; Mr. and Mrs. C. Clarence Nickelson, of Friendens; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Sembower, William and John Putman, Melissa Meyers, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Snyder and S. A. May, of Rockwood; and the following from Somerset: Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Eicher, and Mr. and Mrs. Scott Nickelson, Mary Snyder, Mrs. Sue Cunningham, John W. Nickelson, Harry J. Nickelson, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Bowman, Mrs. Alice Mankemier, Mr. and Mrs. Freeman R. Gerhard, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob B. Gerhard and Charles F. Cook Findagrave memorial
Biography by John Oester
13. John H Younkin, Co. C. 29th Pa. Inf. 1825-1890 Married to Lucinda Sweitzer.
Please refer to Mark Miner’s excellent biography here: http://www.minerd.com/bio-younkin,_johnhsweitzer.htm Findagrave memorial
14. Henry C Kreger, born Oct. 11, 1834, in PA, son of Frederick and Annie (Struckoff) Kreger. He married Rachel McNeil before the war, and had the following children: Cornelius, Montell, Levi, Sara Boock, Henry Rufus, and Edwin R. Rachel died in 1875 in Iowa. He remarried Dora Lenhart, of Harnedsville, and had a second family: Lilly, Winfield Scott, Jessie U, Izene Hazel Lord, and Mabel Benedict. He applied for Invalid Pension Jan. 23, 1891. Henry died Apr. 4, 1897. Service: He enlisted June 17, 1863 Mustered in June 24, 1863 in New Centerville, Somerset Co. Pa. as a Private in Captain William M. Schrock's Co., after Oct. 2, 1863 1st Battalion Pa. Infantry Co. H. He mustered out Jan. 8, 1864 in Harrisburg, Pa. He served June 24, 1863 - Jan. 8, 1864 - 6 month 14 days Findagrave memorial
15. Balaam "Baley" Younkin (1836-1921) was born on Valentine's Day 1836 near Ursina. As a young man, he labored as a farmer and resided in Harnedsville, Somerset County.
Please refer to Mark Miner’s comprehensive biography here: http://www.minerd.com/bio-younkin,_jacobjhartzell.htm
Josiah Hyatt was born June 6, 1837, the son of Charles and Nancy (Tannehill) Hyatt. He married Catherine “Kate” Sanner (d/o Lewis F) after the war, and they had the following children: Sarah Bills, Alice Frantz, Charles Lewis, Elsie Mae Glotfelty, Estella Funk, Albert Ross, William, Nancy Katherine Sweitzer, and Clarance J. Service: Josiah was drafted as a Private in Co. F 99th Regiment Pa. Infantry. He mustered in Mar. 5, 1865 in Chambersburg, Pa, at age 25. Mustered out July 1, 1865. He served Mar. 5, 1865 - July 1, 1865 - 3 month 26 days. He applied for Invalid Pension June 18, 1886. He died Mar. 6, 1900, and Kate applied for Widows Pension. Findagrave memorial
17. Charles Rose, Co. K. 171 Pa. Inf Charles and Catherine are thought to have lived in a small dwelling on the Minerd farm at Hexebarger. Please refer to Mark Miner’s comprehensive biography here: http://www.minerd.com/bio-minerd,_catherinerose.htm
Alfred Daniels, Co.I 61. Regt. Pa. Inf. 1840-1915 Born 1840 in Listonburg, Somerset Co. Pa., the son of James and Elizabeth (Morrison) Daniels. He married Mary A Enos, and they had one child, Catherine Silbaugh. Alfred was drafted as a Private in Co. C 61st Regiment Pa. Infantry. He Mustered in July 16, 1863 at age 28 in New Brighton. He transferred in 1864 to Co. I, same Regt. He was discharged May 13, 1865 by General Order. He served July 16, 1863 - May 18, 1865 - 22 month 2 days. Height - 5'7"; Hair - Dark; Complexion - Fair; Eyes – Grey. He applied for Invalid Pension Dec. 29, 1872 and Mar. 8, 1910. After the war Alfred lived in Garrett Co., MD and was employed as a woolen manufacturer. He later owned a grocery in Connellsville. He died in 1915
19. Rev. James Ross Brown, Sergeant in Battery K, 212 HARTBorn July 27, 1822 in Perryopolis, Fayette Co., PA, the son of Stephen and Rosa (Haney) Brown. He married Dorcas Rebecca Nesbitt in 1850. They had a large family: Elizabeth, Calvin Alpheus, Thomas Ross, John William, James Ross Jr., Edward Bath, Rosa B., David Herbert Brown.Service: Rev. Ross was a Sergeant in Battery K 212th Regiment 6th Pa. Heavy Artillery. He mustered in Sept. 2, 1864 and mustered out with battery June 13, 1865. He served Aug. 30, 1864 - July 13, 1865 - 9 month 13 days. Died Mar. 24, 1908
Father Brown, while not highly educated, yet made an impressive appearance in the pulpit and preached good gospel sermons. In addition he worked for the B&O RR Co., as did also 6 sons and 2 daughters, at one time or another. Father Brown worked not as an employee of the B&O., but as a soldier in the war between the North and the South, and for a part of the time, at least, was assigned with others, to protecting the tracks and the trains of the B&O in the Martinsburg-Harpers Ferry region. His company worked under the supervision of John W. Garrett, war time president of the road, who was also a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. In his service during that period, Mr. Bown was in close touch with Mr. Garrett and really became well acquaited with him. Among other experiences related by Mr. Brown was when the rebels came up as far as Martinsburg and tore up some of the tracks and stole an engine, dragging nit down the Winchester Pike by horsepower. However, the Yanks by some quick and daring action succeeded in recapturing it and got it going again on rebuilt tracks. Not only were the eight immediate members of Father Brown's family employees of the B&O., but in addition, four grandsons and worked for the railroad.
20. Noah Bird, Co. L. 3 Pa; Heavy Art. 2 Pa. Reg. Mex. War Married Mary Ann Rush.Noah was born in 1824 in Addison Twp. Somerset Co. Pa., the son of Derrik and Elizabeth (Barnet)Bird. He enrolled Feb. 29, 1864 at age 40 in Philadelphia, Pa. Mustered in Feb. 29, 1864 as Private in Philadelphia, Pa. Promoted to Corporal Sept. 1, 1864 in Battery L 152nd Regiment 3rd Pa. Heavy Artillery. Mustered out with Battalion Nov. 9, 1865. Served Feb. 19, 1864 - Nov. 9, 1865 - 18 month 22 days. Served in both Mexican and Civil War. Died May 13, 1913 at age 88Height - 5' 8 3/4"; Hair - Brown; Complexion - Dark; Eyes – Blue. Occupation at enrollment - Farmer
The last link to bind the people of the present day in Somerset county with the stirring days preceding and during the Mexican War, when the whole country was filled with enthusiasm, is broken. The venerable Noah Bird, who was not only a veteran of that war, but also a more terrible one fifteen years later, has answered the last roll call and gone to his reward. His life from the cradle to the grave was one that merits the highest praise. Born of a pioneer family who conquered the forces of nature and the primeval forest, he was a patriot in every sense of the word. He had no more than reached man's estate when he cheerfully went forth to fight a foreign foe, and a decade and a half later, he again left all the allurements of home and family to take part in a still more bloody strife at home. He was a devoted husband and father, a good neighbor, and a sincere Christian, and in the years spent on the tented fields, he never forgot the duties of man to his Creator.
Noah Bird was born in Addison township, December 18, 1824, and died May 13, 1913, being 88 years 4 months and 26 days old at the time of his death. He was by occupation a farmer and lived the greater part of his life on a farm now owned by Martin Becket on the road between Dumas and Harnedsville. He served in the Mexican War from 1845 to 1848, a member of the 2nd Pennsylvania Regiment. He was engaged in the battles of Vera Cruz, Feb. 23, 1847, Cerro Gordo, April 18, 1847, and Chapultepec on September 28, 1847, besides numerous battles of lesser consequence and skirmishes. After his return from the Mexican War, he married Miss Annie Harned on December 2, 1849, who died in 1851. No children were born to this marriage. On April 2, 1853, he married Miss Mary Rush, who survives him. To this union were born six children, three of whom survive. Three preceded him to the grave - Sarah Ann, who died in infancy, Mrs. Grant Tissue and Thomas J. Bird. The surviving children are Rev. A. J. Bird, Somerset; Mrs. Jennie Dunmyer, Johnstown; and Winfield Scott Bird, of Harnedsville. He is also survived by five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One brother, John H. Bird of Addison township, and one sister, Mrs. Charles Roberts of Addison borough, also survive.
During the War of the Rebellion, Mr. Bird served in Co. L, 2nd Pennsylvania in Heavy Artillery under Captain Jos. Bisbham and Col. Joseph Roberts.
He was a member of the United Evangelical Church for many years.
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21. Ross Hyatt was born in 1843 in Harnedsville, the son of Elijah and Mary (Tissue) Hyatt. Height - 5' 6 1/2"; Hair - Light; Complexion - Light; Eyes – Grey. After the war, he married Nancy Jane Gahring, and they had two children: Franklin E, and John. Nancy remarried after Ross’s early death in 1872, and all are buried out of State.
Ross enlisted Sept. 10, 1861 at age 21 in Harnedsville, Pa. as a Private in Co. H 85th Regiment Pa. Infantry. He mustered in Nov. 12, 1861 at Uniontown, Pa. Re-enlisted Feb. 20, 1864 at Hilton Head, S. C. Served Nov. 12, 1861 - Apr. 10, 1864 - 28 month 28 days.
22. Peter J Lenhart was born about 1833, the son of Jacob and Christina (Bowser) Lenhart. He married Almira Hyatt in 1853, and they had the following children: Izine Ream, Jesse, and Kimberly.
He was drafted as a Private into Co. A 29th Regiment Pa. Infantry. He mustered in Dec. 23, 1864 at age 39 in Chambersburg, Pa. He mustered out July 17, 1865 with company. He served Dec. 23, 1864 - July 17, 1865 - 6 month 24 days. An application for a Minor Pension was made. Sept. 19, 1881. His widow remarried after his death.
23. Alex Ansell
Alex was born in 1828, the son of Michael and Catherine (Finecoats) Ansel. He married Matilda Tissue prior to the war, and they had at least two children, Sarah Catherine, and Mary Belle Payne. He enrolled Oct. 4, 1864 at age 36 in Pittsburgh, Pa. as a Private in Co. E 147th Regiment Pa. Infantry. He mustered in Oct. 6, 1864 as Private in New Brighton, Pa. He mustered out July 15, 1865 with company near Alexander, Va., having served Oct. 6, 1864 - July 15, 1865 - 8 month 9 days. Battery E 204th Regiment 5th Pa. Heavy Artillery. He transferred to Co. E 147th Regiment Pa. Infantry. Alex was a laborer, and was 5' 6" tall and had dark hair and complexion, but blue eyes.
Alex died in 1875, just 10 years after the war. Matilda applied for Widows Pension in 1879 and for a Minor’s Pension for the children.
24. James Gatton (missing from Petenbrink database) He is marked as a veteran on the WPA index, but I can find no proof. This was Catherine Meyers Gaiting’s husband. He reportedly committed suicide. He had one son, Freddy, who worked for local farmers after both parents died, and Freddy died at Torrance State Hospital.
25. Jeremiah Moon was born in 1841, in Somerset Co. Pa., the son of Asa and Araminta (Lytle) Moon. He married Malinda Jane Anderson, and they had the following known children: Ara who died young, Ada Marietta (twin to Ara) and Margaret Stillmel or Skinner.
Jeremiah enlisted Sept. 1, 1861 at age 21 in Harnedsville, Somerset Co. Pa., as a Private in Co. H 85th Regiment Pa. Infantry. He mustered in Nov. 12, 1861 as Private in Uniontown, Pa. He served Nov. 12, 1861 - Oct. 21, 1863 - 23 month 9 days. Transferred to Veterans Reserve Corps Oct. 21, 1863. He applied for Invalid Pension July 22, 1868, and died Apr. 11, 1871. His wife applied for Widow Pension and a Minors Pension for the children. Melinda remarried to James Hyatt after his death.
26. John Patton Thomas was born Jan. 15, 1832 in Mt Pleasant, Westmoreland County, PA, the son of Rev. John and Jane (Roberts) Thomas. He married Dorcas Jane Dormand before the war, and they had the following children: William C, Ebenezer Daymond Thomas, Anna Mae Crabtree, Charles F., and Jennie H Christy. He worked as a farmer and a coal mine. He enrolled in Co. B, 28th PA Infantry. He transferred to 54th Regiment July 4, 1864 to serve out time and was a Private Co. F & B 54th Regiment Pa. Infantry. He was discharged May 31, 1865 by General Order #77 War Dept. having served Sept. 10, 1862 - May 31, 1865 - 32 month 21 days. He applied for Invalid Pension Aug. 26, 1890 and Feb. 18, 1907. John died on 10 Apr 1899, and his wife Dorcas applied for his Widow’s Pension. Findagrave memorial
*There is incorrect info on the Somerset Veterans site, and even his veteran’s grave registration card has James P instead of John.
27. William Roberts Thomas William is an older brother to John Patton Thomas above, being born 15 Apr. 1925 in Indiana County, PA to Rev. John and Jane (Roberts) Thomas, Welsh immigrants. He married Sarah McNeill prior to the war, and they had at least one child, Martha Fields. William enrolled June 21, 1861 at age 35 in Philadelphia, Pa. as a Private in Co. B 28th Regiment Pa. Infantry. Transferred from Co. K Apr. 29, 1864. He served July 25, 1861 - Aug. 1, 1865, 4 years and 5 days. He had three brothers in Civil War, James, John P. and Shadrick Thomas. He was wounded at Antietam. He applied for an Invalid Pension Aug. 8, 1890 and Apr. 5, 1907. He died in 1911, almost 25 years after his wife. Findagrave memorial
28. Hiram Johnston Sanner was born Jan. 10, 1840, the son of Lewis F and Sarah (King) Sanner. He married Mary Hartzell after the war and they had the following children: Nolan H, James A, Sophia, Annie, Thomas H, and Benjamin. He was a blacksmith by trade. Height - 5'7"; Hair - Light; Complexion - Fair; Eyes – Blue. He was a Sergeant in Captain Frank B. Long's Co. G 54th Regiment Pa. Infantry commanded by Colonel J. M. Cambell Enrolled Jan. 10, 1862 to serve 3 years or the duration at age 23 in Berlin, Somerset Co. Pa. Filed Oath of Identity Jan. 25, 1865 while a resident of the town of New Centerville, Somerset Co. Pa. He mustered in Jan. 18, 1862 at Harrisburg, Pa. He was discharged Jan. 18, 1865 at Harrisburg, Pa. by reason of expiration of term of service. Paid Jan. 19, 1865. He served Jan. 10, 1862 - Jan. 18, 1865 - 36 month 8 days. Disability - Wounded in knee. He applied for an Invalid Pension Jan. 8, 1866. He died May 19, 1904, and Mary applied for Widow’s Pension.