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Ancestor Name: Pvt. Hiram Marr
Member: Theresa Jane (Sawyer) Cobb
Relationship to Member: Gr Gr Gr Grandfather
Where Served: Maine (Co I, 20th Maine Vol. Inf)
Term of Service: 29 Aug 1862 to 4 Dec 1863
Hiram Marr, son of Dennis and Eunice Marr, was born 15 Oct 1813 in Westport, ME. He married (1) Lydia Trafton; (2) Eunice Moore on 13 Mar 1835 in Georgetown, Sagadahoe, ME. Hiram enlisted at the age of 43 and on 4 Dec 1863, he received a disability discharge. After the war he settled in Georgetown at the present point of Marrstown.Whenever a coffin was needed in Southport, Hiram went to get it in his sailing dory. On 26 Feb 1869, the weather was bitter cold and the water was rough. At a notoriously bad place off Hendricks’ Head Light, between Five Islands and his home, Hiram drowned at age 55 when his dory overturned. It is thought that his cargo must have shifted in the rough seas. He was buried in Union Cemetery, Southport, ME.
Ancestor Name: Pvt. Alfred Marshall Moore
Member: Nancy (Plummer) Jahnig
Relationship to Member; Gr. grandfatherOccupation: Farmer, shoemaker, entrepreneur, inventor
Where Served: I Co., 59th Reg’t, Mass Infantry and 51st Co., 2nd Bat VRC
Term of Service: Enlisted at Cambridge, MA as Pvt. 31 Mar 1864 in Co. I., Co. Mass 59th Infantry Reg’t. Mustered out 7 Jan 1865. Transferred to 51st, Co., 2nd Battalion, Veteran Reserve Corps, 7 Jan 1685. Mustered out at Philadelphia, PA on 19 Sep 1865.
A month after enlisting Alfred was wounded accidentally in the wrist and side (contusion of left chest) 6 May 1864 in the Battle of the Wilderness, VA and admitted 28 May 1864 to Satterlee General Hospital, Philadelphia, PA , a state-of-the-art (at the time) hospital built specifically for the Civil War Union casualties, where he remained for the duration of the war. He was not fit to return to active service and transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corp where he could still serve. A doctor requested he stay at the hospital and ‘write’ for him. He was a GAR member.
Born: 20 Feb 1844 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA, 6th of 11 children. 3 older brothers enlisted also. Letters home and back have survived.
Died: 9 Jan 1926 in Wakefield, Middlesex, MA
Buried: Family plot in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden, Middlesex, MA
“Allie” married 24 May 1868 Harriet Elizabeth Garrison. They had 3 children: Elsie, Alfred, and Chester (Nancy’s grandfather). He went into business with his brother George and son Chester forming the Moore Shank Company in Everett, Middlesex, MA manufacturing shoe shanks. Alfred holds several patents involving shoes, bicycles and fibre board cutting. (see Our Photo Album for picture of Alfred Moore)
Ancestor Name: Theodore Roberson
Member Name: Donna Jean Sadler
Relationship to Member: 3rd Great Grandfather
Where served: CO H / E 124th Regiment Infantry NYSVI
Enrolled August 19, 1862 @ Goshen Orange Co, NY in Co E 124th Regiment NYSVI 1st Sgt.
Wounded @ Chancellorsville, VA on May 3,1863
Captain of Co H 124th Regiment Infantry on Jan 1, 1865
Mustered out at Newburgh Orange Co, NY in June 1865
Theodore Roberson was born Aug 6th 1839 to Samuel Roberson and Margaret Martin in Bullville (Town of Crawford) Orange Co, NY. He married Josephine Bull on Nov. 27th, 1867. Josephine comes from the Bull & Crawford families that settled Orange Co, NY. Her 2nd great grandmother Sarah Wells Bull was the first white woman to settle the Wawayanda Patent in 1712. The marriage produced 4 children. Their oldest daughter Margaret (Maggie) is my 2nd great grandmother. Theodore died Feb 16th, 1915 in Bullville Orange Co, NY.
The 124th New York Volunteer Infantry was raised in Orange County, NY under a warrant granted to Augustus van Horne Ellis in answer to President Abraham Lincoln's call for 300,000 volunteers in April of 1862. Augustus van Horne Ellis was killed in action on July 2, 1863 while leading a charge of the 124th NYVI at Houck's Ridge near Gettysburg, PA.
The Orange Blossoms," as they came to be known, were called to serve as infantry support to the great cavalry battle at Brandy Station and were then transferred to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, III Corps, as the "Kearny Division," which had as its Corps badge, a red diamond. This patch is credited by most military historians as the source of all organizational patches in the modern US army. It is borne today by the 5th Mechanized Infantry Division. The 124th NYVI has also been linked, by some literary historians, with Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage. Crane is known to have interviewed veterans of
the 124th while doing research for his book.
The 124th participated in the last campaign of the war, at Appomattox, and were present on the field at the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Grant by Robert E. Lee. The 124th regiment returned to Orange County on June 13, 1865, where they were honorably mustered out at Washington's Headquarters in Newburgh, NY. Regiment lost during service 11 Officers and 137 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 92 Enlisted men by disease. Total 241.
Ancestor Name: George W. Rosencrans
Member Name: Donna Sadler
Relationship to Member: 3rd Great Grandfather
Where served: 1st Nebraska Regiment Infantry as Private
Term of Service: 1863-1865
George W. Rosencrans (various spellings) was born Oct 3rd, 1821 in Sullivan Co NY to William Rosencrans and Amelia Tice. George married Jemima Carman of Burlingham Sullivan Co NY on Oct 3rd, 1846 at New Prospect Church Ulster Co, NY. They lived in NY until late 1855 to early 1856 when they made the trip to Nebraska with their 5 small children. Their 6th, 7th, 8th children were born in Otoe, Nebraska. George joined Co D 1st Infantry Regiment of Nebraska on Mar 28th 1863. After he left to war; Jemima gave up the Nebraska homestead and returned to NY with her 8 children. Her 9th child, my 2nd great grandfather Elmer Rosencrans was born on her return to NY in 1863. Meanwhile George transferred to Co H 1st Regiment Calvary on Nov 6th, 1863. He was discharged on Jul 10th, 1865 due to a war disability. George was a distant relative of Civil War General William Rosencrans. He returned to NY but could not get Jemima to go west again. He left on his own and settled in Argentine, KS. He ‘re-married’ Emma Hartson. He belonged to the GAR of Kansas; Captain Kingscott Post 463 where he served as a J.V.C. officer. George died on Dec 10th 1897 at State Soldiers Home in Leavenworth, KS. He is buried in Leavenworth National Cemetery.
The 1st Reg. Nebraska Volunteer Infantry was formed in June and July 1861, with the future governor of Nebraska and the Wyoming Territory, John Wilton Thayer, as its first colonel. The regiment was sent eastward in August to fight the Confederacy. No Civil War battles or skirmishes were fought within the territorial borders of Nebraska, nor did Confederate troops attempt to invade the area.
Serving in the forces under Ulysses S. Grant, the 1st Nebraska Infantry participated in the successful attack on Fort Donelson in Tennessee and then fought at the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862. It then participated in several minor engagements in Missouri and Arkansas. In October 1863, the regiment was changed from infantry into cavalry, and was transferred to the frontier to keep the Plains Indians in check. It was mustered out of the Union Army in 1866.
Ancestor Name: Pvt Michael Patrick O'Brien
Member: Nancy R. Johnson
Relationship to member: Great-grandfather
Where served: 3rd Regiment, Company G, Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery at Ft Monroe in Hampton, VA
Term of Service: 26 March 1864 - 9 November 1865
Michael, born in 1840 in Ireland, was an immigrant in Philadelphia who had fled the Irish Potato Famine with his family in the early 1850s. During his
voluntary service at Ft. Monroe, he had the duty to guard Jefferson Davis during his internment a fact of which he was very proud for the rest of his life.