Posted By Norman Gasbarro on April 29, 2014
Today’s post on the Shamokin Cemetery’s Soldiers’ Circle features nine graves in the second circle, fourth quadrant, beginning with photograph 129. The photographs in this segment are numbered 129 through 137. All of the stones in this section are sequenced in the order of the death of the veteran. For each of the veterans, the best determination of the name is given and where possible some information about the military record. Some errors may be noted where the information on the stone may not match other records. Each grave photograph may be enlarged by clicking on it, and in some cases, readers may be able to identify or clarify some of the unknown information. Comments can be added to this post or sent by e-mail to the Civil War Research Project. The collected information on soldiers buried in the circle (including some military records, pension files, photographs, etc.) is available free-of-charge to veterans organizations, historical societies, and other non-profit groups. Inquiries may be sent by e-mail or by regular mail, to the attention of Norman Gasbarro, P.O. Box 523, Gratz, PA 17030.
#129 – Gideon Frain
Gideon Frain, also known as Gideon Frahn, was born 20 May 1831 and died at Oil City, Pennsylvania, 20 January 1915. He was a Private of the 101st Pennsylvania Infantry assigned to a detachment during his service which was from his muster in at Meadville, Pennsylvania, on 30 May 1864 to his discharge on 3 May 1865. He applied for a pension on 10 June 1891. Not much else is known about him from the available on-line records.
#130 – Benjamin R. Snyder
Benjamin R. Snyder served in the 208th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private, from 31 August 1864 through 1 June 1865. He applied for pension benefits on 20 November 1903. He was born about 1843 and he died on 7 March 1915. Additional information is sought about him.
#131 – David Goss (or Gass)
David Goss (or David Gass) was born 15 August 1842 and died on 11 December 1915. He enrolled and was mustered into service in the 46th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a Private, on 27 February 1864. He received an honorable discharge on 16 July 1865. At the time of his enrollment, he was a laborer residing in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. David applied for pension benefits on 24 July 1890 and following his death, his widow, Sarah Goss applied on 7 January 1916.
#132 – James Metz
James A. Metz is also found in the records as Metze and Mertz. He was born on 16 August 1841 in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, and died in Shamokin on 12 June 1916. His primary service was in the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company A, where he served from 12 September 1861 through 29 September 1864. He enlisted in this regiment at St. Clair, Pennsylvania and was mustered in at Harrisburg. At the time his residence was given as St. Clair. There is also evidence that he served in the 39th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, and in the 4th U.S. Cavalry, Company A, but the dates of this service are unclear. James A. Metz applied for a Civil War pension on 18 May 1891 and after his death, his widow applied on 19 July 1916.
#133 – Simon Rumberger
Simon Romberger (or Simon Rumberger as is stated on the stone), was born 27 February 1846 in Dauphin County and died 16 July 1916 in Gloucester City, New Jersey. He enrolled and was mustered into service in Harrisburg in the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company B (or Company C?) as a Private, on 22 February 1864 at age 18, giving his residence as Dauphin County and his occupation as miner. For his service in the Civil War, he was recognized on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument. Simon was married twice: to Phoebe Yost and to Ellen Burd. See Capt. James L. Pell and the Great Zingari Bitters for additional information about the family of Simon Romberger.
#134 – Monroe Geasey
Monroe G. Geasey (or Geasy as it is sometimes found), was born 27 February 1845 in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, and died 24 January 1917 at Shamokin. At the time of the Civil War he was residing at Sunbury and working as a moulder. He joined the 74th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private at Harrisburg on 17 March 1865 and served until his discharge on 29 August 1865. In 1900 he was residing in Shamokin and working as a stationary engineer. He applied for pension benefits on 8 December 1891 and his widow, Emma J. Geasey applied on 5 February 1917.
#135 – James P. Shannon
James P. Shannon is the beneficiary of a relatively new government issue grave marker. He was born in 1844 and died in 1917. According to the stone, he served in the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company K, as a Private, and was possibly mustered into service on 5 November 1861. There is a Montgomery Shannon who served in that regiment and company, possibly the soldier who is buried here? There is also another James Shannon who died on 13 January 1914 at Shamokin who served in the 202nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, whose records may be co-mingled with the James P. Shannon who is buried here. Help is needed to clear up the inconsistencies in the available information.
#136 – James M. Gaskins
James M. Gaskins was living in Donaldson, Schuylkill County, and working as a clerk when he enlisted at Harrisburg in the 50th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company I, as a Private. His service began on 24 September 1861 and ended with his discharge on 9 August 1865. However, the muster out records record him as absent. One record states that he spent some time at Satterly Hospital after the war. Military records confirm that he re-enlisted at Blaines Crossroads, Tennessee, on 1 January 1864. In 1890, he was living in Shamokin. James M. Gaskins applied for a invalid pension on 19 November 1901. His widow, Minnie Gaskins or Annie Gaskins, applied on 20 September 1917, after he died on 22 August 1917 at Shamokin.
#137 – Frank Lott
Frank Lott (or Francis M. Lott) died in Shamokin on 17 December 1917. He was born on 25 January 1844. Frank was a blacksmith living in Northumberland County when he enrolled at Shamokin in the 46th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K, as a Private. His service dates were 1 September 1861 through 16 July 1865, with a re-enlistment occurring at Dechard, Tennessee, on 131 January 1864. He made application for a pension on 17 October 1886.
For all posts in this series, click on ShamokinSoldCircle.