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Did Martin Troutman Who Deserted in 1863 Die in the War?

Posted By on October 6, 2017

The file card from the Pennsylvania Archives (shown above) notes that a Martin Troutman, age 22 (born about 1841) enrolled in the 26th Pennsylvania Infantry (Emergency of 1863), Company D, as a Corporal, at Lykens, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on 15 June 1863, was mustered into service on 18 June 1863 at Harrisburg, and then deserted from Camp Curtin (Harrisburg) on 24 June 1863.

A second file card, notes that a 22-year old Martin Troutman was drafted into the 148th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company A, as a Private, and was mustered into service on 22 October 1863 at Sunbury, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.  This Martin Troutman died of disease on 22 November 1864.

Being that the service does not overlap, the age at enrollment is the same, and the geographic location is not that far off, the question has to be asked if this is the same person?

A Pension Index Card was located on Ancestry.com, which gives the following information about the Martin Troutman who served in the 148th Pennsylvania Infantry: (1) No widow or minor applied for a pension; (2) His mother, Mary Troutman, applied for a pension on 8 October 1885, which she did not receive; and (3) Martin Troutman also went by the alias Henry Maurer.

The actual pension application file was not consulted for this blog post, but the answer may be therein.

Can any reader answer this question?


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3 Responses to “Did Martin Troutman Who Deserted in 1863 Die in the War?”

  1. Mary says:

    Cannot find any similar named male born c. 1841 except for:

    Martin Trautmann
    Pennsylvania Births and Christenings
    Name Martin Trautmann
    Gender Male
    Event Type Christening
    Event Date 21 Mar 1841
    Event Place DAVIDS LUTHERAN AND REFORMED CHURCH, JORDAN TWP, NORTHUMBERLAND, PENNSYLVANIA
    Birth Date 27 Jan 1841
    Father’s Name Elias Trautmann
    Mother’s Name Maria
    Citing this Record
    “Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950,” database, FamilySearch

    Martin Troudman
    United States Civil War Soldiers Index
    Name Martin Troudman
    Also Known As Name Martin Troutman
    Event Type Military Service
    Military Beginning Rank Private
    Military Final Rank Private
    Military Side Union
    State or Military Term Pennsylvania
    Military Unit 148th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry
    Military Company A
    Note Original filed under Martin/Troutman
    Affiliate Film Number 123
    Citing this Record
    “United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865,” database, FamilySearch

    Martin Troutman
    United States Civil War Soldiers Index
    Name Martin Troutman
    Event Type Military Service
    Military Beginning Rank Private
    Military Final Rank Private
    Military Side Union
    State or Military Term Pennsylvania
    Military Unit 107th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry
    Military Company G
    Affiliate Film Number 123
    Citing this Record
    “United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865,” database, FamilySearch

    Martin Troutman
    United States Civil War Soldiers Index
    Name Martin Troutman
    Event Type Military Service
    Military Beginning Rank Second Corporal
    Military Final Rank Corporal
    Military Side Union
    State or Military Term Pennsylvania
    Military Unit 26th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry Militia (Emergency, 1863)
    Military Company D
    Affiliate Film Number 123
    Citing this Record
    “United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865,” database, FamilySearch

  2. Mary says:

    RE: Martin Troutman. One record had this same unit. I think this was his father. Elias is buried in the same church in which “Martin” was christened.

    Elias F. Troutman
    United States Civil War Soldiers Index
    Name Elias F. Troutman
    Event Type Military Service
    Military Beginning Rank Private
    Military Final Rank Private
    Military Side Union
    State or Military Term Pennsylvania
    Military Unit 26th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry Militia (Emergency, 1863)
    Military Unit Note (Emergency, 1863.)
    Military Company D
    Affiliate Film Number 123
    Citing this Record
    “United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865,” database, FamilySearch.
    ALSO:
    Elias Trautman
    United States Civil War Soldiers Index
    Name Elias Trautman
    Also Known As Name Elias Troutman
    Event Type Military Service
    Military Beginning Rank Private
    Military Final Rank Private
    Military Side Union
    State or Military Term Pennsylvania
    Military Unit 50th Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry
    Military Company A
    Note Original filed under Elias/Troutman
    Affiliate Film Number 123
    Citing this Record
    “United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865,” database, FamilySearch

    Elias Troutman
    United States Census, 1840
    Name Elias Troutman
    Event Type Census
    Event Date 1840
    Event Place Lykens Township, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States
    Page 368
    Citing this Record
    “United States Census, 1840,” database with images, FamilySearch

    Find a Grave Memorial, ELIAS B. TRAUTMAN
    “Birth: Oct. 30, 1819. Death: Dec. 20, 1884.
    Elias was the spouse of Mary Rubendall.

    Family links:
    Parents:
    Peter Trautman (1790 – 1854)
    Elizabeth Potteiger Trautman (1788 – 1865)

    Spouse:
    Mary Rubendall Troutman (1819 – 1893)*

    Children:
    Isaac Ruppenthal Troutman (1842 – 1920)*
    Elias B Troutman (1845 – 1883)*
    Reuben R Trautman (1847 – 1926)*
    Levi R Troutman (1850 – 1915)*
    Jonas R Troutman (1852 – 1913)*
    Josiah R Troutman (1854 – 1897)*
    Andrew Troutman (1856 – 1872)*
    Catherine Savilla Trautman (1857 – 1858)*
    Benaville R Troutman (1859 – 1931)*

    Siblings:
    Lydia Troutman Willier (1815 – 1900)*
    Daniel Troutman (1817 – 1880)*
    Elias B Trautman (1819 – 1884)
    James B Troutman (1821 – 1894)*
    Salome Troutman Mattis (1823 – 1919)*
    Elizabeth Troutman Wiest (1825 – 1881)*
    Rebecca Troutman Shadle (1829 – 1909)*
    Anna Troutman Strohecker (1833 – 1877)*

    Burial:
    Saint Davids Lutheran and Reformed Church Cemetery
    Hebe
    Northumberland County
    Pennsylvania, USA

    Created by: Grave Hunters
    Record added: Aug 07, 2009
    Find A Grave Memorial# 40380471.”

    Elias Trautmann
    mentioned in the record of Martin Trautmann
    Name Elias Trautmann
    gender Male
    Wife Maria
    Son Martin Trautmann
    Other information in the record of Martin Trautmann
    from Pennsylvania Births and Christenings
    Name Martin Trautmann
    Gender Male
    Event Type Christening
    Event Date 21 Mar 1841
    Event Place DAVIDS LUTHERAN AND REFORMED CHURCH, JORDAN TWP, NORTHUMBERLAND, PENNSYLVANIA
    Birth Date 27 Jan 1841
    Father’s Name Elias Trautmann
    Mother’s Name Maria
    Citing this Record
    “Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950,” database, FamilySearch

    PS: I doubt that Martin was an official “deserter.” I’d read that many soldiers were absent at different times, marked “deserted,” but still returned. I could create a Find a Grave Memorial for him with this family if you’d like.

  3. Beth Berger Chamberlain says:

    The 1870 U.S. Census, Gratz, Dauphin, Pennsylvania taken Aug 31, 1870 has
    an Elias Troutman and a Henry M Maurer living in the household of
    Henry Kanderman (Kaunderman). Working as boot & shoe makers.

    Church Records for St David Reformed Congregation Hebe, Northumberland Co.
    Record Elias Trautmann born 31 Aug 1845 son of Elias and Polly Trautmann.
    Find a grave lists Elias B Troutman b 31 Aug 1845 Dec. 28, 1883, son of Elias Troutman and Mary Rubendall. So Martin’s (alias Henry M Maurer) brother?

    The 1870 U.S. Census Lykens Township, Dauphin, Pennsylvania taken Sep 16&17 1870 also enumerates an Elias Troutman living in the household of Elias and Mary Troutman working as a farm laborer.

    Not sure if this information provides any clues but I thought it was interesting.

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