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Samuel Trump – Boatman and 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Posted By on October 20, 2017

On 15 October 1861, Samuel Trump, claiming to be 27 years old (born about 1834), enlisted in the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company F, at Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  On 7 November 1861, he was mustered into service as a Private at Harrisburg.  According to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card, shown above from the Pennsylvania Archives, he served the full three year term of his enrollment and was mustered out of service on 7 November 1864.  However, it is believed that during his service, he was captured and held as a Prisoner of War from 20 December 1862 to his release on 8 January 1863 when he was part of an exchange.

On 28 February 1881, Samuel Trump applied for a disability pension, giving his residence as Pennsylvania.  And in 1890, he reported to the census that he was living in Philadelphia.  The Pension Index Card, shown below from Ancestry.com indicates that Samuel collected the pension to his death and that no widow applied.

A cemetery interment control record was located on Ancestry.com (below) that states that Samuel Trump died on 16 September 1901 and that he was buried in the Philadelphia National Cemetery.

A Philadelphia Death Certificate for Samuel Trump confirms the death date but gives his birth date as January 1827.  A registry from the National Cemetery notes that he was 73 at the time of death – which would coincide with the death certificate.

Working backwards, Samuel Trump, age 72, was a boarder in 1900 in the home of Louis Shulmiller in Philadelphia.  At the time, he said he was a widower and working at “no vocation.”  He also stated that he was born in January 1827.

In 1880, Samuel Trump was head of household, living in Philadelphia, married, with one child living in the household.  He claimed he was 47 years old (born about 1833) and was working as a boatman.  His wife was Frances F. Trump, age 57 (born about 1823), born in Pennsylvania.  His son was W. George Trump, age 21, born in Pennsylvania, and working as a brakeman.  Philadelphia death records show that George died in 1888 and Frances died in 1892.  George and Francis are buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Philadelphia.

In 1870, Samuel Trump was head of household, living in Philadelphia, married, with one child living in the household.  He claimed he was 39 years old (born about 1831) and was working “on the canal.”  His wife Frances Trump, age 53 (born about 1817).  The son, George Trump, was 11 years old and “going to school.”

Despite the varying ages given by Samuel Trump, it could be concluded that the man found in the Philadelphia censuses, with wife Francis and son George, is the same person as the veteran who served in the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry.

At this time not much more is known about him.  If he was from Schuylkill Haven, the place where he enrolled, he is not mentioned on the list of Civil War veterans from that place found on the Schuylkill Haven web site.

If any blog reader has any information about Samuel Trump, Civil War veteran, please share it here by adding a comment to this post.  Also, confirmation is needed that he was a prisoner.



Jonas Swab – Elizabethville Hometown Hero

Posted By on October 18, 2017

The above banner is part of the Hometown Heroes Banner Program to honor veterans of all wars at Elizabethville, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Although there were hundreds of men who served in the Civil War from the Elizabethville area, Jonas Swab was the only Civil War veteran so honored with a banner.

Prior posts on this blog which include Jonas Swab, are the following:

Pvt. Jonas Swab – Wagon Manufacturer

Jonas Swab – Civil War Letters to His Father

Elizabethville Obituaries of Jonas Swab and James M. Koppenheffer

They Served Honorably in Company H, 210th Pennsylvania Infantry


Lykens G.A.R. Civil War Monument

Best of 2011 – Lykens G.A.R. Monument

Elizabethville Civil War Veterans List

John Ritz, Alias Daniel Driebelbies

Women and the Civil War (Part 4)





Philadelphia Memorial to Octavius V. Catto

Posted By on October 16, 2017

Recently, a new memorial to Ocvatius Valentine Catto was ceremonially unveiled in Philadelphia in the central square of the city, just to the west of the south gate entrance to the City Hall Plaza.

Previously, on this blog, a post entitled Octavius V. Catto, told of this African American’s relationship to the Civil War and specifically to his connection with Dauphin County and to the area of the Lykens Valley and the African American who lived there.

In addition to several symbolic pillars and plaques, a centrally located statue of Catto is a prominent part of the memorial.

One plaque, on the rear of one of the pillars, presents a time line of important milestones of his life.

Octavius Valentine Catto

1839 — Born 22 February in Charleston, South Carolina.


1854 — Becomes a student at the Philadelphia Institute for Colored Youth.


1858 — Graduated from the Institute for Colored Youth.


1859 — Chosen as a member and recording secretary of the Banneker Institute, an all black literary society led by Jacob White Jr.

——– Hired as an English and mathematics teacher at his alma mater.

——– Campaign to desegregate the horse-drawn streetcars in Philadelphia begins.


1863 — Becomes a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard.

——– Helps lead a Civil War recruitment committee with Frederick Douglass, members of the Union League, and others, which raised eleven regiments of black troops who trained at Camp William Penn in Cheltenham.


1864 — Named corresponding secretary of the Pennsylvania State Equal Rights League, an affiliate of the National Equal Rights League.

——– Appointed Vice President of the State Convention of Colored People held in Harrisburg.

——– Led civil disobedience protests and lobbied white legislators in Harrisburg to desegregate streetcars.


1865 — Co-authored the state Equal Rights League call for voting rights, streetcar segregation, and the hiring of black teachers for black students in public schools.


1867 — Governor signs statewide “Bill of Rights” law desegregating streetcars.

——– Led the Pythians Base Ball Club of Philadelphia to an undefeated season.


1869 — Named principal of male students at the Institute for Colored Youth.

——– Pythians play the Olympic Ball Club in Philadelphia in the first match between black and white teams.

——– A leader in the unsuccessful effort to integrate the private City Wide Congress of Literary Societies.

——– Helps lead successful Pennsylvania campaign to pass the 1th Amendment which led to thousands of black men registering to vote.


1870 — The Union League presents Octavius Catto, Frederick Douglass, and Robert Parvis with a banner celebrating Pennsylvania’s adoption of the 15th Amendment at a ceremony on Broad Street.

——– Writer curriculum for new schools for freed slaves in the District of Columbia.

——– Becomes a member of the original Franklin Institute, breaking the color line at the prestigious national forum for advancing American science and technology.


1871 — Named an Inspector General with the rank of Major in the Pennsylvania National Guard.

——– Shot to death on 10 October, on South Street in the midst of election day riots.  He was 32 and one of many black men shot or attacked that day by opponents of the 15th Amendment.  As one of Philadelphia’s most influential leaders, more than 5,000 mourners attended the funeral and the procession down Broad Street


See also:  Baseball and Colored Troops.


George H. Troutman – Another Veteran Overlooked by Millersburg?

Posted By on October 13, 2017

George H. Troutman was born in 1819 and died in 1885, probably at the home of his daughter in Upper Paxton Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He is buried at St. Luke’s Parish Cemetery, Malta, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Previously on this blog a query was made about the George Troutman who served in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private from 2 November 1862 to an honorable discharge 5 August 1863:

More information is sought on George H. Troutman since no Pension Index Card has been located which indicates service in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry.  No record for the Census of 1890 has been located either.  There are several entries for a George H. Troutman in other Pennsylvania regiments, but none of these has been connected to the George who served in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry.

It has now been confirmed that the George H. Troutman is the same person who is buried at Malta and whose grave marker is pictured at the top of this post.  The Findagrave Memorial for him names his children and spouse, Margaret [Heckert] Troutman.

The reason no Pension Index Card has been located for George H. Troutman is that both George and his wife Margaret died prior to 1890, when the requirements were relaxed so as to allow old age as a reason for receiving a pension.  George died in 1885 and in 1875 his wife preceded him in death.

While most of George’s life was spent in Northumberland County, he and Margaret moved to Upper Paxton Township and are found there in the census in 1870, where George was working as a laborer.  In 1870, George’s daughter Amanda Troutman, who was then recently married to Daniel D. Messner, a Civil War veteran, was living in Tower City, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  Between 1871 and 1877, three children were born to Amanda and Daniel.  However, Daniel Messner died in 1879.  As a widow with three small children, Amanda moved in with her widowed father in Upper Paxton Township, where the family is found in the 1880 census with George H. Troutman with head of household and working as a laborer.

According to Civil War pension records, Amanda did not immediately apply for pension benefits based on Daniel D. Messner‘s service in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry.  She waited until 30 November 1920 to apply which she then did as “Amanda Kauffman” indicating that she had re-married.  Records found on Ancestry.com indicate that the widow Amanda [Troutman] Messner married Levi Kauffman in Millersburg, Dauphin County, on 5 September 1881.  Since she re-married, she was ineligible for benefits based on the service of Messner.  Levi Kauffman died on 14 November 1914 and is buried at Pomfret Manor Cemetery in Sunbury, Northumberland County.  Amanda [Troutman] Messner Kauffman died on 4 December 1931 in Sunbury.

Amanda Kauffman was not found in any 1890 Veterans’ and Widows’ census.

By examining the records of George H. Troutman and his daughter Amanda, it can be proven that the George H. Troutman who served in the 177th Pennsylvania Infantry had a Upper Paxton Township connection and therefore should be included in the Millersburg area Civil War veterans list.  But, he is not named on the Millersburg Soldier Monument – another veteran slighted by this more than 100 year old oversight!


Another Martin Troutman Mystery

Posted By on October 11, 2017

Previously on this blog, the question was asked whether Martin Troutman who was listed as a deserter in 1863 from a Pennsylvania militia regiment, died in the war.  That post produced two detailed responses.  See:  Did Martin Troutman Who Deserted in 1863 Die in the War? and comments following.

The card above from the Pennsylvania Archives gives information on another veteran who was also known as Martin Troutman, but was found in the records as Michael Troutman.  The card below from the National Archives (via Fold 3), indicates his service as Martin Troutman.

On 6 February 1862, a 27 year old farmer named Michael Troutman, a resident of Dauphin County, enrolled in the 107th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company G, as a Private, at Klingerstown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.  He was mustered into service on 14 February 1862, but on 2 May 1862 was given a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability.

Was this Michael Troutman the same person who was named as a deserter on 24 June 1863?  The age does not match, the deserter being 22 years old, whereas the man who was given a disability discharge was 27.

The pension records do not indicate that anyone of the name Michael or Martin Troutman applied for a pension claiming service in the 107th Pennsylvania Infantry?

So, who is the veteran who served in the 107th Pennsylvania Infantry and what happened to him?

If any readers have answer, please submit the information as a comment to this post.