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Obituaries of Civil War Era Women, 1913

Posted By on June 19, 2015

The following are obituaries of some Civil War era women:

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 19 February 1913:

NEWSPAPER WOMAN DEAD

By Associated Press to The Patriot

Washington, 18 February 1913 — With the funeral tomorrow of Miss Emmaline C. Upham, who died yesterday, aged 79 years, will pass one of the best known newspaper women in the country.  Miss Upham for 35 years was a society reporter and throughout that time was well known to the various occupants of the White House and in official and diplomatic social circles in the national capital.  Her experience began before the Civil War and her last newspaper work was done about five years ago.  She was a contributor to magazines.

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 21 June 1913

MRS. GOBIN DIES

Lebanon, Pennsylvania, 20 June 1913 — Mrs. J. P. S. Gobin, widow of the Late Lieutenant-Governor Gobin, died this morning at Hadley, Massachusetts, where she went several weeks ago.  Mrs. Gobin was 75 years old and had no children.  She met General Gobin in the Civil War, nursed him through a serious illness and married him.

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 3 September 1913:

YORK COUNTY WOMAN DIES AGED 95 YEARS

New Cumberland, 2 September 1913 — Mrs. Catherine Fisher, aged 95 years, died at her home in Fishing Creek, York County.  She was the mother of eight children, six of whom survive her:  Mrs. Mary Donacher, Lebanon; Mrs. Caroline Walton, Buffalo; Mrs. Appolina Holling, Mechanicsburg; Mrs. Flora Philips, Richmond, Virginia; Henry Fisher, of Mechanicsburg.  Her two sons were killed in the Civil War.  Mrs. Rebecca Fisher and a granddaughter, Mrs. Miller, at home.  Funeral will take place on Thursday morning at 9 o’clock at the house, and 10 o’clock at Salem Church.  The Rev. R. R. Rodes, pastor of the United Brethren Church at Wormleysburg, will officiate.

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 10 November 1913:

WOMAN WHO WENT TO FRONT IN CIVIL WAR DIES

Auburn, New York, 9 November 1913 — Mrs. Janet Watson Seward, wife of General William H. Seward, died today aged 74.  She was married to General Seward, son of William H. Seward, Secretary of State in President Lincoln’s Cabinet, in June 1856, and when he went to the front as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil War, she accompanied him.

 

The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 9)

Posted By on June 17, 2015

In 1912, the Hon. James Martin Yeager wrote and published A Brief History of the Yeager, Buffington, Creighton, Jacobs, Lemon, Hoffman and Woodside Families and Their Collateral Kindred of Pennsylvania.  Yeager was formerly the President of Drew Seminary for Young Women of Carmel, New York as well as a former Member of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania and a Marshal of the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  On pages 82-85, he presented a list of Pennsylvania soldiers he identified with the Yeager surname who had fought in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865.  In addition to the names of the soldiers, he named the regiment and company in which they fought.  Sixty-three veterans were thus identified.  A free download of Yeager’s book can be obtained at the Internet Archive.

There is much information still to be discovered about each of the veterans.  Readers of this blog are urged to add information to what is provided below – particularly genealogical information about each of the men, including the names of their parents and their decent from the earliest Yeager’s who arrived in Pennsylvania.  Additional stories about the Civil War service of these veterans is also sought, particularly if readers have access to the pension application files and military records from the National Archives.  Pictures are especially welcome!  Comments can be added to this post or sent by e-mail.

This post continues a multi-part series on these Pennsylvanians with the Yeager surname who served in the Civil War.

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Henry Casper Yeager served in the 82nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, as a 2nd Lieutenant.  He was mustered into service on 21 September 1861, but resigned on 10 July 1862, for reasons not stated in the available on-line information.  There is also a record of prior service as a Sergeant in the 19th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company E, from 27 April 1861 through discharge on 27 August 1861.  Henry Casper Yeager was born about 1833 and he died on 19 May 1890.  Less than a year prior to his death he applied for a pension, which the record shows that he received.  He had resided in Philadelphia at the time of the Civil War.

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Charles Yeager was born about 1826 and died in 1911.  At age 36, he enlisted at Philadelphia in the 119th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private and was mustered into service on 11 August 1862.  On 29 December 1862, he was discharged on a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability.  The date of his pension application was 3 May 1897.

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Frederick Yeager first served in the 122nd Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private, from 11 August 1862 through 15 may 1863, and then served in the 195th Pennsylvania Infantry, Companies B and C, as a 1st Sergeant from 17 July 1864 through 21 June 1865.  His transfer of companies occurred in November 1864, and on 16 March 1865, he was promoted from Sergeant to 1st Sergeant.  It is believed that he was from Lancaster, because that is where he enlisted.  Frederick was born about 1844 and died on 3 September 1896.  He applied for a pension on 19 December 1885 based on his service and he collected the pension until his death with no widow surviving him.

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Jeremiah Yeager is also found in the records as Jeremiah Yager.  Enrolling at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania at age 38 (born about 1824), he was then mustered into the service of the 126th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private on 9 August 1862.  He received an honorable discharge on 20 May 1863.

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Elias S. Yeager, sometimes referred to as E. S. Yeager, was born on 3 January 1843 and died on 26 February 1911.  He is buried at Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.  While residing in Berks County in 1861, he enrolled in the 25th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company C, as a Private, on 18 April 1861, and was mustered into service at Washington, D.C.  He was discharged with his company on 26 July 1861 at the conclusion of his3-month term of enlistment.

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James A. Yeager was born on 7 December 1829 and died on 2 June 1896.  He served in the 176th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company B, as a Private, from 7 November 1862 through 18 August 1863.  On 22 April 1891, he applied for an invalid pension, which he received and collected until his death.  His wife, Mary A. Yeager, died before him.  He is buried at Cedar Church Cemetery, Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.  For more information about him, see his Findagrave Memorial.

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Pennsylvania Veterans’ Index Cards are from the Pennsylvania Archives.  The Military Index Card is from the National Archives via Fold3.

Obituaries of Civil War Era Women, 1912

Posted By on June 15, 2015

The following are obituaries of some Civil War era women:

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 15 March 1912:

DEATH OF MISS CATHERINE BIDDLE

Member of Old Philadelphia Family Was Noted for Her Charities

Philadelphia, 14 Mach 1912 — Miss Katherine C. Biddle, a member of one of the oldest Philadelphia families and noted for her charities, died early today.  During the Civil War Miss Biddle acted as nurse for soldiers at the Episcopal Hospital here and for the last 50 years had devoted herself to charitable and philanthropic work in the Kensington Mill district of this city.  She built three churches in that section. She was 96 years old and was educated in Lexington, Kentucky, where some years prior to 1848 she made her home.

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 17 July 1912:

OLDEST PENSIONER DEAD

Scranton, Pennsylvania, 16 July 1912 — Mrs. Clarinda Bunnel, aged 97, died in Honesdale today.  She was reputed to be the oldest pensioner in the United States.  Her son was killed in the Civil War.

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 24 September 1912:

MRS. CHARLOTTE WALFORD

Mrs. Charlotte Walford, aged 89 years, widow of John Walford, one of the oldest residents of this city, died yesterday afternoon at the home of her son-in-law, Albert Gorgas, of 109 Cumberland Street, after an illness of about four years.  Mrs. Walford was born in England on 27 September 1823, and with her husband came to this city shortly after the Civil War.  She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Albert Gorgas, Mrs. John Yingst, Mrs. Harry Wolfe, and Miss Lizzie Walford, all of this city, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The Rev. Harry Nelson Bassler, pastor of the Second Reformed Church, will officiate, and interment will be made in the Harrisburg Cemetery.

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 8 June 1912:

Mrs. Ada Jamison

Mrs. Ada Jamison, aged 82, an inmate of the Home of the Friendless, died Thursday night at that institution after a lingering illness from old age.  Mrs. Jamison was the widow of Captain Jamison, who during the Civil War was an attendant at the White House and a close friend of President Lincoln.  Services were held at the home last evening and this morning the body will be taken to New Oxford, Adams County, by Undertaker Ogelsby, for burial.

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From the Harrisburg Patriot, 30 December 1912:

WIDOW OF VETERAN DIES

Philadelphia, 29 December 1912 — Mrs. Henry Shippen Huidekoper, wife of General Huidekoper, prominent as a veteran of the Civil War and Federal office holder in this city, died today in a hospital here after a brief illness.  She was the daughter of the late Thomas W. Evans and married General Huidekoper, then a Colonel in 1864.  Her husband, who was formerly an overseer at Harvard University, and two children, Mrs. Munro Smith, of New York, and Wallis Huidekoper, of Montana, survive her.

 

The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 8)

Posted By on June 12, 2015

In 1912, the Hon. James Martin Yeager wrote and published A Brief History of the Yeager, Buffington, Creighton, Jacobs, Lemon, Hoffman and Woodside Families and Their Collateral Kindred of Pennsylvania.  Yeager was formerly the President of Drew Seminary for Young Women of Carmel, New York as well as a former Member of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania and a Marshal of the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  On pages 82-85, he presented a list of Pennsylvania soldiers he identified with the Yeager surname who had fought in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865.  In addition to the names of the soldiers, he named the regiment and company in which they fought.  Sixty-three veterans were thus identified.  A free download of Yeager’s book can be obtained at the Internet Archive.

There is much information still to be discovered about each of the veterans.  Readers of this blog are urged to add information to what is provided below – particularly genealogical information about each of the men, including the names of their parents and their decent from the earliest Yeager’s who arrived in Pennsylvania.  Additional stories about the Civil War service of these veterans is also sought, particularly if readers have access to the pension application files and military records from the National Archives.  Pictures are especially welcome!  Comments can be added to this post or sent by e-mail.

This post continues a multi-part series on these Pennsylvanians with the Yeager surname who served in the Civil War.

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Elias Yeager was born 3 January 1843 and died 26 February 1911.  He is buried at Charles Evans Cemetery, Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania.  He first enrolled at Reading in the 46th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company F, as a Private and was mustered into service on 4 September 1861.  He claimed to be 18 years old and employed as a bricklayer.  The military records state that on 21 July 1864, he re-enlisted at Reading, but at an unknown date, he transferred to the 4th United States Artillery.  On 19 August 1890, he applied for pension benefits, which he received and collected until his death.  On the Pension Index Card, there is a reference to another soldier of the same name and in the same regiment and company – but the two are “not identical.”

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John H. Yeager enrolled at Reading in the 128th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company H, as a Private and was mustered into service on 15 August 1862.  He served until honorably discharged on 19 May 1863.  He was born on 16 December 1845 in Pennsylvania and died on 25 November 1926 and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, Myerstown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.  John H. Yeager married Amanda Spayd.  He applied for pension benefits on 28 July 1890 and collected until his death.  More information about him can be found at this Findagrave Memorial.

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John Yeager was born about 1818 and died of disease at the General Hospital #23 in Nashville, Tennessee.  He served in the 78th Pennsylvania Infantry, Company D, as a Private, from 12 September 1862 until his death.  He had enrolled at New Salem Pennsylvania at about age 44 and was mustered into service at Harrisburg.  On 15 April 1863, a guardian applied for pension benefits for minor children.  John’s widow, married John Riley, a Civil War soldier in Company A of the 45th Pennsylvania Infantry and the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company G.  John Yeager is buried at the National Cemetery in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.  For more information about him, see his Findagrave Memorial.

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Ellis Yeager was born about 1830.  When he enlisted in the 34th Pennsylvania Infantry (also known as the 5th Pennsylvania Reserve) in Northumberland County, he claimed to be 31 years old, a resident of Milton, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and working as a miller.  His date of muster in at Camp Tennally, Washington, D.C., was not recorded in the records, but on 5 August 1861, he was discharged on a Surgeon’s Certificate of Disability.

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Henry S. Yeager was born about 1838 and reported as missing in action at White Oak Swamp, Virginia, on 30 June 1862.  He had enrolled at Philadelphia in the 36th Pennsylvania Infantry (a.k.a. 7th Pennsylvania Reserves), Company G, as a Private, and was mustered into service at Washington, D.C. on 27 May 1861.  Since he was never found, his date of death is recorded as the day he went missing.  When he joined his regiment, he claimed to be a 24 year old resident of Philadelphia who was working as a gilder.

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Jacob Yeager, whose name is also found in the records as Jacob Yager, was born in Pittsburgh about 1840 and was a farmer at the time of his enlistment in the 78th Pennsylvania Infantry.  He was mustered into service in Company F as a Private at Pittsburgh on 28 February 1865 and served until he was discharged with his company on 11 September 1865.  He applied for pension benefits on 6 September 1892, and after his death on 5 June 1910, his widow Mary W. Yeager applied on 1 July 1910.  He is buried at Chartiers Cemetery, Carnegie, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.  For more information about him, see his Findagrave Memorial.

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Pension Index Cards are from the Pennsylvania Archives.

 

May 2015 Posts

Posted By on June 10, 2015

A listing of the May 2015 posts on The Civil War Blog with direct links:

The Pension Fraud Case of Andrew M. Betz

The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 1)

April 2015 Posts

Monuments at Gettysburg – 2nd Pennsylvania Cavalry

Three Unusual Deaths of Civil War Soldiers in 1903

Monuments at Gettysburg – 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry

Monuments at Gettysburg – 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Civil War Trails – West Virginia

The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 2)

Monuments at Gettysburg – 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Was William P. Crabb an African-American?

The Suicide of Ben Urich – Veteran of the 127th Pennsylvania Infantry

Monuments at Gettysburg – 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry

The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 3)

Monuments at Gettysburg – 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry

The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 4) – Major Thomas Yeager

Poems of the Civil War – Memorial Day 2015

The Yeager Family in the Civil War (Part 5)

Emily E. Woodley – Civil War Nurse and Army Captain

Monuments at Gettysburg – 17th Pennsylvania Cavalry

Obituaries of Civil War Era Women, 1906-1908