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Moses Nutt – Forgeman and Farmer

Posted By on April 21, 2017

Moses Nutt died on 5 March 1891 in Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  His funeral was conducted from St. John’s Lutheran Church at that place and he was buried in the Lykens Cemetery.

According to information found in the church book, Moses was born in Speedwell, New Jersey, on 17 October 1814, the son of John Nutt and his wife Nance.  He was married to Sarah Elizaberth Moyer, and with her had three children.

Some of the above information is in conflict with other sources.  For example, the birth date for Moses Nutt, as found on his grave marker (shown below) is given as 17 October 1819.

And, four children have been identified in Ancestry.com records.

However, not noted in the above records nor at graveside is the fact that Moses Nutt served in the Civil War.  This is also not noted on the Findagrave Memorial.

The Pennsylvania Veterans’ File Card, shown above from the Pennsylvania Archives, has a “Moses Nut” serving in the 173rd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company K.  Other records show that he served as a Private, from approximately 16 October 1862 through honorable discharge on 18 August 1863.

Moses first applied for pension benefits on 28 December 1887 as shown by the Pension Index Card from Ancestry.com (above).  He was not awarded benefits.  Following his death, his widow, Sarah E. Nutt applied and she did receive benefits which she collected until her death.  However, her application was not made until April 1901.

Moses Nutt appears in the following censuses:

1850 – Wiconisco Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania – Occupation:  Forgeman.

1860 – Wiconisco Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania – Occupation:  Forgeman.

1870 – Washington Township (near Elizabethville), Dauphin County, Pennsylvania – Occupation:  Farmer.

1880 – Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania – Occupation:  Iron Man.

Finally, it should be mentioned that he is recognized on the Lykens G.A.R. Monument as a veteran who joined the Heilner Post after its organization.  Following his name is an “*” indicating he was wounded during the war.

Additional information is sought about this Civil War veteran, his family and his service.


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