2018 Memorial Service for Civil War Veterans
Beam German Reformed Cemetery, Lincoln Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Aaron was born in 1837. Unsure of parents. He moved frequently when young – from Upper Turkeyfoot, to Middlecreek, to Jenner. He was never with his parents at census time – perhaps he was an orphan. He married Sophia Daniels, and had children: Austin, Louisa, Jonathan, Harvey, and Ida. He was drafted as a Private, in Co. K. 82 D. Regt. Pa. Vol. He mustered in Nov. 26, 1864 at age 24 in Chambersburg, Pa. Mustered out July 13, 1865 with company. He served Nov. 26, 1864 - July 13, 1865 - 7 month 17 days. He applied for Invalid Pension June 16, 1880, and died Apr. 12, 1897, at which time His widow applied for Widow’s Pension.
Elijah W Lenhart
Elijah was born Jan. 26, 1837, in Westmoreland County, the son of Peter and Catherine (Jordan or Yorty) Lenhart. He was a carpenter. Height - 5' 10 1/2"; Hair - Dark; Complexion - Fair; Eyes – Blue. Elijah was a Private in Co. E, 11th Regiment Pa. Infantry. Mustered in Oct. 4, 1861. Re-enrolled Jan. 1, 1864 at age 26 in Cedar Mt. Va. Mustered in Jan. 1, 1864 as Private in Cedar Mt. Va. Served Oct. 4, 1861 - Mar. 4, 1864 - 29 month 1 day. He died Mar. 4, 1864 age 27 years 1 month 14 days at Greemer Cross Roads, (Jenner Crossroads?) Somerset Co. Pa. of accidental fall. Elijah is buried near his mother, Catherine, and two sisters. It appears that he never married, because his father applied for his Pension on May 21, 1880, Father, Peter, was a stone mason in Ligonier, PA. He lived in Ligonier Twp. Westmoreland Co. Pa. at the time of his enrollment. His father applied for Pension May 21, 1880
Abraham (Abram) Zimmerman
Abraham was born in Somerset County in 1830, the son of Conrad and Mary “Polly” (Emert) Zimmerman. He married Catherine (Beam) in 1852, and they had the following children: Christopher, James, Meshech, Lewis, Sheridan, Elizabeth, and Anna, before Catherine’s death in March 1870. During the 1970 Census, he had a servant, Emma Keirnan, to take care of the children and house. He remarried in 1896 to Mrs. Susan C (Brant) Buell from Westmoreland County. Sadly, it was short lived, as both were residing in their own homes by the 1900 Census, with “divorced” by his name. Susan did not died until 1928, and has numerous news articles in the Ligonier Echo. This second marriage is not acknowledged anywhere. The Petenbrink data indicates that she applied for his pension, but that is not what the records indicate. He applied for Invalid Pension Mar. 28, 1889 and died 26 Sep 1904 in Hooversville. He was drafted as a Private into Co. F. 61st Regt. Pa. He mustered in Sept. 26, 1864 at age 33 as Private in Chambersburg, Pa. He was discharged June 20, 1865 by General Order. Served Sept. 26, 1864 - June 20, 1865 - 8 month 22 days.
Meshech was born 23 Jul 1836 in Somerset Co., of Hiram and Mary Elizabeth (Ash) Beam. In Nov. 1864, he married Mary Elizabeth Ash, and they had ten children, seven of whom lived to adulthood: Abram, Emma Clara Baldwin, Russel Sipe Beam, William Bates Beam, Frederick Biesecker Beam, Alpha Charles Beam, and Lawrence Hiram Beam. Meshech enrolled July 16, 1861 at age 25 to serve 3 years or the duration, into Sergeant in Captain John C. Gaither's Co. A 39th Regiment 10th Pa. Reserves. He mustered in July 17, 1861 SS, July 21, 1861 and was promoted to Corporal. He was promoted to Sergeant Apr. 16, 1864. Discharged June 11, 1864 at Pittsburgh, Pa., by reason of expiration of term of service, with company. Served July 16, 1861 - June 11, 1864 - 35 month 25 days. Height - 5'7 1/2"; Hair - Light; Complexion - Fair; Eyes – Blue. Occupation - Farmer Paid $50 bounty July 28, 1866. Filed Oath of Identity Jan. 26, 1869 while a resident of Somerset Co. Pa. He applied for Invalid Pension Jan. 20, 1880 and Feb. 20, 1907. He died 2 Aug 1926, and his Widow, Mary Elizabeth, applied for Widow’s Pension Aug. 12, 1926.
Augustus F. Stahl
Augustus was born 16 Apr 1845, son of John and Mary (Weller) Stahl. He married Maria Knepper about 1870, and they had the following children: Carrie J Snyder, George Russel, Ambrose W, Clarence Cleaton, William K, Mary C, John Moran, and Ralph E Stahl. He was a farmer. Augustus enrolled Aug. 6, 1862 at age 21 in Somerset, as a Private in Co. E 133rd Regiment Pa. Infantry. He mustered in Aug. 14, 1862 in Harrisburg, Pa. Wounded Dec. 13, 1862 at Fredericksburg, Va. He received a gunshot wound to neck and right shoulder. He mustered out May 26, 1863 with company, having served Aug. 14, 1862 - May 26, 1863 - 9 month 12 days. He applied for Invalid Pension May 23, 1866 and received a monthly pension of 6 dollars. His pension was increased to $17 monthly in Nov. 1900. Augustus died 22 Jan 1920.
Joseph was born 28 May 1836, the son of Daniel and Catherine (Lint) Rhoads. He married Catherine Swank about 1860, and they had nine children, of which four lived to adulthood: Mary Agnes Bell, Alice Clarissa Berkebile, Joseph E Rhoads, and Minnie Viola Horner. Joseph joined as a Private in Co. C, 54th PA Infantry on 30 Sep 1861, then transferred to Co. G and H, and mustered out with Company, July 15, 1865; His burial card indicates that he was in Co. A, 184th Regiment Pa. Infantry, as a substitute for George Spang of Bedford County. This appears to have been a mistake, as the 54th was from Somerset County. Unfortunately, he died at an early age, and it’s difficult to establish which Regiment he was in. However, the Pension Application, with Catherine’s name is filed under the 54th. The death date also matches. Height - 5' 8" ; Hair - Grey, Complexion - Florid, Eyes - Grey, Occupation at enrollment – Shoemaker. Joseph applied for Invalid Pension 22 Aug 1879. Joseph died on 22 Mar 1883. His widow, Catherine applied for Widow’s Pension on 5 June 1883.
Isiah was born 19 Mar 1837, son of David and Sarah (Mickey) Bell. He married Sarah Elizabeth Beam (sister to Meshach Beam) before the war, and they had five sons: William Albert, Edmond, Robert, Charles, and Cecil. He was a farmer.
He enlisted as a Private in Captain Edward Trafford's Co. E, 93rd Regiment Pa. Infantry, enrolling Sept. 26, 1864 at age 27 in Pittsburgh, Pa. to serve 1 year or the Duration. He mustered in Sept. 26, 1864 as Private in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was discharged June 17, 1865 at Defences, Washington D. C. He served 8 month 21 days. Height - 5'11"; Hair - Dark; Complexion - Fair; Eyes - Gray. He applied for Invalid Pension July 22, 1889; Disability - Chronic Diarrhea and Rheumatism. He died 26 Aug 1904, after which Sarah applied for a Widow’s Pension
Joseph Warren Daniels
Joseph was born March 13, 1847, the son of Jonathan Jackson and Susanna (Sherbine) Daniels. (Father was also a Veteran – see below. He served in the same Company and Regiment as his father) He married Mary Hemminger after the war, and they had the following children: Wilson Henry, Franklin Pierce, Sarah, Annie, Jennie, and Robert. Joseph enlisted as a Substitute in Co. G. 61 Pa. Inf. He mustered in Oct. 26, 1864 at age 17 in Chambersburg, Pa., and mustered out June 28, 1865 with company. He applied for Invalid Pension Apr. 14, 1890 and Mar. 20, 1909. He died Apr. 19, 1922 in Jenner Twp. Somerset Co. Pa. His widow Mary applied for Widow’s Pension May 2, 1922.
Jonathan Jackson Daniels (not on WPA list as veteran)
“Jackson” was born 16 Nov 1825, the son of Samuel and Rebecca (McCree) Daniels. He is an interesting man! He married first wife Susanna Sherbine and had the following children: Sophia Daniels (married to Veteran Aaron Hemminger, above), Joseph Warren Daniels (Veteran, above), Sarah Jane Daniels Boyd Hemminger, and Susanna Pile (died in a RR accident near Bando 1893) First wife Susanna Sherbine died in 1856, and Jackson remarried to Rachel Sherbine (presumably Susanna’s sister). They had the following children: Abraham C, William F, and Mary. Second wife died in 1867, right after the war. He married third Regina Marts Zufall (Widow of Isaac Zufall, killed at Battle of Wilderness) and they had two more children: Harry Ellsworth Daniels and Arthur Jonathan Daniels, for a total of nine children.
Jackson was drafted as a Private Co. G into the 61st Regiment Pa. Infantry. Mustered in Sept. 26, 1864 at age 38 in Chambersburg, Pa. Served Sept. 26, 1864 - June 20, 1865 - 8 month 24 days. He applied for Invalid Pension June 20, 1879 and Feb. 23, 1907. Jackson died Dec. 28, 1910 Boswell, Pa. His last widow, Regina Martz Zufall Daniels applied for Widow Pension Feb. 7, 1911. Regina is buried in Confluence Baptist Cemetery.
John Gunter was born 1835 in Somerset County, the son of Peter and Elizabeth (Queer) Gunter. He married Mary Catherine Miller on his return home from the war. They had the following family: Edmond, Ellsworth, Benjamin, James, Maggie, Susan, and Sarah. John enlisted June 20, 1861 in Co. A of the 10th, 39th Regiment Pa. Infantry. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps, December 9, 1863. He applied for Invalid Pension Nov. 6, 1872 and Mar. 11, 1907. He died Mar. 16, 1925 in Ligonier, Pa. (There are many mistakes in the Petenbrink data on this one.)
Henry was born June 12, 1829, the son of Jacob and Catherine (Zimmerman) Swank. Henry married Hannah Hauger about 1855 and they had several children: Henry was drafted as a Private Co. F 61st Regiment Pa. Infantry. He mustered in Sept. 28, 1864 at age 37 in Chambersburg, Pa. He was absent wounded at expiration of term. He was discharged June 20, 1865 by General Order, having served Sept. 28, 1864 - June 20, 1865 - 8 month 22 days. Henry applied for Invalid Pension Dec. 31, 1887. He died 8 Oct 1899, aged 70 years 3 month 26 days, with no widow filing for his pension. He is a brother to Veteran Noah Swank, and brother in law to Veteran Joseph Rhoads.
Zachariah T. Lohr
Zachariah was born Dec. 9, 1843, son of David and Elizabeth (Gohn) Lohr. He married Mary A Beam, (daughter of Hiram and Mary Ann Ash-sister to Meshach, above) after the war. They had children Emma, Hiram David, and Charles. He enlisted as a Substitute in Co. A 88th Regiment Pa. Infantry, as a Private. He mustered in Mar. 30, 1865 at age 16. He mustered out June 30, 1865 with his company, having served 3 months. He applied for Invalid Pension Jan. 8, 1890, but died only four months later, on May 26, 1890. Mary Ann applied for Widow’s Pension.
David B. Ash
David was born 13 Sep 1845, the son of Anthony and Wilamena (Beam) Ash. David married Elmina Bates Miller, and they had the following children: Emma, (died young), Elizabeth Trimpey, and one son, Harry Bates Ash. David was a Private in Co. H 211th Regiment Pa. Infantry. Served Sept. 12, 1864 - June 2, 1865 - 8 month 18 days. David applied for Invalid Pension June 11, 1888, for Disability of Inflammatory Rheumatism. He died 5 May 1898. Elmina applied for Widow’s Pension after his death. (Name transcribed as Daniel in the WPA index)
William Kline, Co. A. 88th Regt.
William was born Feb. 29, 1848 in Chambersburg, Pa., son of Benjamin and Mary (Beam) Kline. William enlisted as a Substitute in Lieutenant Daniel W. May's Co. A 88th Regiment Pa. Infantry. He enrolled Mar. 31, 1865 to serve 1 year or the duration of the war. He mustered in Mar. 30, 1865 at age 17. Discharged June 30, 1865 at Camp Med (also Mea ) Washington D. C. by reason of Special Order #158. Served Mar. 11, 1865 - June 30, 1865 - 3 month. Height - 5'7"; Hair - Black; Complexion - Fair; Eyes – Grey; Occupation - Laborer
William is a brother of Henry Lewis Kline. He applied for Invalid Pension May 13, 1879. His wife, Amanda, applied for Widow’s Pension after his death. He died Mar. 7, 1907, at the County Home, where he’d been admitted about 1900 for insanity. He may have had a son who was raised by his William’s parents.
Michael was born 1835 in Somerset Co. Pa., son of Jacob and Catherine (Betz) Cover. He married Elizabeth Witt just before the war, then was drafted at age 29 Private in Captain Robert W. Bannatyne's Co. B, 52nd Regiment Pa. Infantry, commanded by Colonel Moore. Enrolled Sept. 26, 1864 in Chambersburg, Pa., to serve 1 year or the duration. He mustered in Sept. 26, 1864 in Chambersburg, Pa., and was discharged June 23, 1865 at Salisbury, North Carolina, by reason of G. O. #73 Hd. Qrs. Dept. N. C. June 2, 1865. He served Sept. 26, 1864 - June 23, 1865 - 8 month 27 days. Height - 5'5"; Hair - Light; Complexion - Fair; Eyes – Grey; Occupation - Farmer After the war, Michael and Elizabeth raised a family: Alberta “Bertie”, Alice Hill, Catherine, and three who died in childhood. In 1900, Michael and wife were living with their daughter Alberta and husband Franklin Baumgardner in Jennerstown. They all moved shortly after to a farm in Derry, Westmoreland County. Bertha evidently owned the farm and died several months before her father of Typhoid Fever. She left 35 acres to each sister and charged them with caring for their parents until their death. He applied for Invalid Pension Oct. 9, 1879, He died in Westmoreland County Sept. 13, 1907 age 72, and was brought back to Jennerstown for burial. Elizabeth applied for Widow’s Pension two weeks after his death. She survived Michael by five years.
William H Swank
William was born in 1843, son of George and Harriet (Berkey) Swank. He married Catherine Snyder after the war, and they had one daughter, Ida Woy. William enlisted as a Substitute, as a Private Co. A 88th Regiment Pa. Infantry. Drafted Mar. 10, 1865 at Chambersburg, Pa. Mustered in Mar. 11, 1865 at age 21 as Private in Chambersburg, Pa. Mustered out June 30, 1865 with company. Served Mar. 11, 1865 - June 30, 1865 - 3 month 19 days. He applied for an Invalid Pension Aug. 25, 1883, and died June 22, 1932 in Boswell, Pa.
Noah was born in 1835, the son of Jacob and Catherine (Zimmerman) Swank. He was a farmer. Height - 5'3"; Hair - Light; Complexion - Florid; Eyes – Grey. He married Sarah Rhoades right after the War, and they had several children: Jacob, Henry, Benjamin. Tragically, Sarah died in 1872, leaving 2 three year old sons, and a five year old son. If that were not bad enough, Noah died 2 years later, leaving the boys orphans. The children were split up and raised by three different Uncles.
Noah was drafted Mar. 10, 1865 at Chambersburg, Pa. at age 36. He mustered in Mar. 11, 1865 as a Private. Due to report Mar. 27 - 31, 1865 at Chambersburg. Private in Captain John C. Partenhimer's Co. B 91st Regiment Pa. Infantry. He was discharged and mustered out with company July 10, 1865 at camp near Washington, D. C. with an honorable discharge. Minor Pension for the children was applied May 4, 1881.
William K St. Clair
William K St. Clair was born 11 APR 1825 near Wheeling, WV, then Virginia. He married Sarah Biesecker, daughter of Frederick and Mary (Betz) Biesecker in 1854. They had children, Ida Griffith, Maroa Shaffer, Eugenia Ulery, Frederick, Thomas, and Johanna McClune. He was a farmer. Enlisted in Company A, Pennsylvania 62nd Infantry Regiment on 22 Jul 1861. Promoted to Full Corporal on 12 Dec 1862. Mustered out on 13 Jul 1864 at Pittsburgh, PA. Served 36 month 11 days. William applied for Invalid Pension: Apr. 17, 1884, and died Sept. 23, 1879, at which time Sarah applied for Widow’s Pension. Strangely, he is listed as Sinclair in his military record.\
Edmund L. Korns
Born May 26, 1844, the son of Michael and Johanna (Lepley) Korns. After the war, he married Agnes Sipe, and they had children Frank, Clarence, Henry, Charles, Emma Grace, and Ernest. Edmund was a farmer. Edmund enlisted Aug. 27, 1864 at age 21 in Johnstown, Pa. by W. B. Louman as a Private in Battery D 204th Regiment 5th Pa. Heavy Artillery. He mustered in Sept. 3, 1864 in Pittsburgh, Pa. by Capt. Morehead for 1 year. He mustered out with Battery June 30, 1865. Served Sept. 3, 1864 - June 30, 1865 - 9 month 27 days. Edmund died Mar. 14, 1897, at which time Agnes applied for Widow’s Pension. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/117941427
Philip Coleman Born 1815. d. 1 Mar 1883. He married Elizabeth Hay. He is listed as a CW soldier in the WPA index, but there is no evidence of military service for this man.