Saturday, November 15, 2014

Albert Dunlap Lundy.

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Albert Dunlap Lundy.

Birth: Jul. 24, 1836
Death: Mar. 23, 1915, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

Wife: Jane Susan Ayres Lundy (1840 - 1907).

Children: Ayers D Lundy (1861 - 1949), Frederick Kennedy Lundy (1877 - 1933), Ethelwyn Ayres Lundy Hough (1881 - 1915).

Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania 131  st., Infantry, Regimental History.


Lieut. Albert D. Lundy was born in Danville, Pa., July 24, 1836, where he resided until 1854, when he came to Williamsport to engage with the Catawissa, Williamsport & Erie Railroad, under Hon. McKiport, general superintendent. He resided in Boone and Webster counties, Iowa, from 1858 to 1861.  In 1860 he married the eldest daughter of Capt. J. J. Ayres Mrs. Lundy visited the regiment at Antietam in 1862 and witnessed the review of the army by President Lincoln. Lieutenant Luridy was detailed on staff duty at brigade headquarters soon after the battle of Fredericksburg. He rendered efficient service at the battle of Chancellorsville, which was noted in the official report of Col. P. H. AUabach, brigade commander.

He now resides in Williamsport, Pa., engaged as state agent of the Sun Insurance Office, and also as a partner in the agency of A. D. Lundy & Co. His family consists of a wife and five children, two residing, in Chicago, two in Williamsport, and one in Englewood, N. J.

History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania.

A. D. Lundy, general insurance agent and book and stationery dealer, was born in Danville, Pennsylvania, in July, 1836. His father, John Lundy, was a native of Lycoming county and of Quaker descent, and was a merchant tailor at Danville, where he located when a young man and resided until his death in 1859. He married Mercy Morrison, of French birth, who at that time resided at Blackwell's, Tioga coumty. Oar subject is the youngest of a family of seven children and was reared in Danville, where he received his education in the public schools of that place, after which he took up the study of civil engineering. 

He assisted Colonel Potts in engineering the construction of the Coal Run railroad, and also did engineering work on the Catawissa railroad. He came to Williamsport in 1854, where he was clerk for the superintendent of the Catawissa railroad for several years. In 1858 he moved to Iowa, remained there until 1861, and then returned to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In 1860 he married Miss Jennie, daughter of J. J. Ayres, and in 1862 became a partner with Mr. Ayres in the book, stationery, and insurance business, in which he has continued successfully from that time to the present. 

In 1862 he enlisted in Company I, One Hundred and Thirty-Fiirst Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was discharged in May, 1863. He participaated in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, and was second lieutenant of his company under Colonel Allabach. In politics he is a Republican, is now State agent for the Sun Fire Insurance Company, and with his firm is State agent for the Pacific Life Insurance Company of California. Mr. Lundy was one of the organizers of and is a director in the Y. M. C. A. , and with his family belongs to the Presbyterian church, of which he has been elder for over twenty years. He is the father of five children: Ayres D., Cordelia Mercy; Mary B. ; Frederick K., and Ethelwyn A.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Corporal John A. Kelley, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania 103rd., Infantry, Regimental History.

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 John A. Kelley, of Company I, was not only the youngest member of his company, but no comrade of his Regiment had a better record for duty.When he enlisted, he lacked four months and thirteen days of being fifteen, and after three years, six months and twenty-seven days of continuous service, when he was honorably discharged from the service, with only ten others of his original company left, he was then only two months and fourteen days past eighteen, the minimum age required at time of enlistment. A few years before his death, Capt. William Fielding, in conversation with his brother, Frank Fielding, an attorney at law, at Clearfield, Pa., said of Corp. Kelley : "John Kelley was the youngest soldier in the company. He never shirked a duty, never asked any favors, never asked to be relieved of any duties and never missed a battle in which the company or Regiment was engaged."

Comrade Kelley received a flesh wound at battle of Fair Oaks, but did not leave the Regiment. He was promoted to Corporal August 25, 1863, when he had only passed his sixteenth year by three or four months. He re-enlisted as a Veteran, Jan. 1, 1864, and was captured with the Regiment at Plymouth. He was a prisoner of war for ten months and eleven days; was confined in Andersonville Military prison five months and a week; in Charleston, S. C, race track three weeks, and over four months at Florence. He was paroled Mar. 1, 1865, after which he received a furlough for thirty days, his only absence from the company, except as a prisoner of war, during his term of service. To this furlough he was doubly entitled, by reason of being a paroled prisoner, and by virtue of his reenlistment as a veteran. He was discharged at Harrisburg, Pa., July 13, 1865, with his company, there being only ten of the original 105 members remaining.

There are many claimants for the honor of being the youngest soldier in the Federal Army, during the Civil War. In the judgment of the writer, if Comrade Kelley is not the youngest to bear arms continuously, from 1861, until the close of the war, no other soldier of his age can, at least, surpass his record for duty well performed. Comrade Kelley was born in County Donegal, Ireland, April 29, 1847. His father was James Kelley, his mother Katherine McFadden Kelley. He came to America when a mere child. When the war broke out he was employed in a country store in the little town of Murrinsville, Butler County, Pa.

This small hamlet was then an important point for drovers and commercial men to meet farmers and people of the neighborhood. The war being the principal topic of conversation, young Kelley took a lively interest in the discussions which he heard. In Dec, 1861, when Fielding and Kiester were around recruiting, they suggested to Kelley that he enlist.Encouraged thereby, he slipped out in advance of the other recruits and enlisted at Harrisville, the next day. When he returned from the army in 1865, both his parents were dead. He took a short commercial course in Sheafer's Commercial Academy, at Pittsburgh, Pa., and in December, 1865, secured a position as commissary clerk with Charles McFadden, then a very prominent young railroad contractor, and was with him for some years.

His rise was rapid from clerk to foreman and from foreman to superintendent and afterward a partner with his employer on some of his important contracts. He has continued in the contracting business entirely, ever since the close of the war and has been connected with some of the largest contracts in the East, with very successful results, in consequence of which he has amassed a comfortable fortune. He is looked upon by his business associates, as one of the best equipped all around contractors about Philadelphia.

Comrade Kelley was married in February, 1876, to Katherine M. Sweazey, who was born in hunterdon County, N. J. ; father Elias Sweazey, mother Charlotte Sweazey, nee Smith. Of this union there were four children, viz.; Agnes M.. now Mrs. Pedro M. Auza, of Santiago de Cuba ; Katherine Fabiana now Mrs. Geoige A. Bohem, John A. Jr., Charles L., Philadelphia.

His first wife died January, 1884. He was married again on November 23, 1886, to Martha Ambrosia McGevern, born at Port Clinton, Pa. ; father Edward McGevern, mother Mary McGevern, nee Keane. Of this union there were seven children, five of whom are living: Mary Martha, James (deceased), Francis A. (deceased), Joseph Francis, Helen Mary, Edwin J., Margaret.

Comrade Kelley is now one of the substantial citizens of Philadelphia, and is still actively engaged in railroad building and in the execution of large building contracts. When a youth, for the three years preceding his enlistment into the army, he served as an altar boy (acolyte) at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church at Murrinsville, Butler County, Penna. In his Company were many members of the same faith, who died while confined in Andersonville prison, and young Kelley, zealous in the teachings inculcated in him in his youth, was active in seeing the last rites of the Church were given his dying comrades by seeking the faithful servant of the church who daily ministered to the suffering and dying in Andersonville prison.

In his days of prosperity Comrade Kelley has been faithful to his religious vows. For twenty-five years he has been a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, of Philadelphia. The object of this society, which was organized in 1769, is for the relief of immigrants from Ireland. He has also been a member of the Catholic Club of Philadelphia for twenty years, and a life member of the American Catholic Historical Society for the same length of time.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Benjamin Woodruff Denny.

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Benjamin Woodruff Denny. 

Birth: Sept. 17, 1836, Jefferson, Greene County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Jun. 8, 1897, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania.

Wife: Rachel Braden Denny (1841 - 1919).

Children: Millie May Denny.

Burial: Green Mount Cemetery, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania.

Greene County Pennsylvania History, p. 227-8.

B. W. DENNY, M. D., was born in Jeiferson Borough, Greene County, Penn., September 17, 1836, and is a son of William and Rebecca "(Litzenburg) Denny, natives of Pennsylvania. His father and grandfather, John Denny, were farmers. The latter came from England to America, and settled near Jefferson, Penn., where B. W.spent his youthful days and attended the common school. The Doctor attended Waynesburg College until he began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. W. D. Rogers, of Jefferson. In 1859 he entered the Medical College at Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated in 1862.

Then, instead of entering the practice of his profession, he raised a company for the service of his country. He was elected Captain of Company E, of the Ringold Cavaly, which afterwards became Company F, of the Twenty-second Regiment. Capt. Denny remained in command for three years, with the exception of about eight months when he was sent on detached service to Washington,D. C. Dr. and Mrs. Denny were at Washington at the time of the assassination of President Lincoln, and had intended going to Ford's Theater that night; but fortunately, owing to the Doctor's indisposition, they were not present on that fatal occasion.

At the close of the war he began the practice of medicine in Greene County, where he has been actively engaged in the profession ever since. Financially the Doctor has met with success, and owns a good farm where he resides in Greene Township. He was married October 8, 1862, to Miss Rachel, daughter of Samuel, and grand-daughter of James Braden. Her mother's maiden name Mrs Plannah Ross. Mrs. Denny is of English and Irish descent. They have one child Millie May. The family are faithful members of the Baptist Church, in which the Doctor is one of the trustees.

Pennsylvania Twenty-Second Cavalry Regimental History.

The evening of March 2nd, Lieutenant Denny with thirty-seven men arrived at Petersburg. Next day, Captain Work sent Lieutenant Denny with twenty-six men, sixteen of Company F and ten of Company C, to scout in the direction of Moorfield. When within three miles of Moorfield, he came in contact with a small body of Rebel cavalry, which resisted his advance sharply, when he charged and drove them a short distance, wounding several and shooting some of their horses. Immediately thereafter, another body of cavalry, three times as great as his own, appeared in his rear and attacked him, while those in front returned to the attack. Denny's men dispersed, all escaping but seven, who were taken prisoner.

Author.  Those who wish to find  their ( Wills ) will need the following information.

Greene County Pennsylvania Recorder's Office.
Will Index 1 ( 1796-1960 ).

B. W. Denny, (will ), No. 4494, recorded date June 25, 1897, Book 8, page 5.
Rachel B. Denny, (will ), No. 8787, recorded date August 19, 1919, Book 14, page 368.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

William Kemp.

William Kemp.

Birth: 1839, Indiana.
Death: November 2, 1925.

Wife: Clarissa J. Kemp, born ( 1845-? ), Indiana.

Children: Annitta, Frank, Pearl, Earl, Ralph Kemp.

Burial: Unknown.

Author.  He was known to be farming in Harvey township of Smith county, Kansas, in 1880.  He was also a Civil War veteran.

Michigan 15th., Infantry, Company H.

Kemp, William. Entered service in company H, Fifteenth Infantry, for 1 year, age 20. Mustered April 4, 1865. Substitute for G. Boyle, drafted  from Alamo, Kalamazoo County. Joined regiment at Alexandria,  Va., May 21, 1865. Mustered out at Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 13, 1865.

Iowa 12th., Infantry, Company K.

Kemp, William. Age 21. Residence Hopkinton, nativity Indiana. Enlisted Sept. 5, 1861. Mustered Nov. 25, 1861. Missing in battle April 6, 1862, Shiloh, Tenn. Promoted Third Corporal Feb. 15, 1863; Second Corporal June 13, 1863. Mustered out Dec. 2, 1864.

Author.  Was listed on the rosters of the 12th., as Himp, Kimp. Both regiments were listed on his pension file card.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Charles L. Heywood.

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Charles L Heywood. 

Birth: Mar. 5, 1843, Bucksport, Hancock County, Maine.
Death: Jan. 10, 1928, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

Wife: Jane Norris Heywood, ( 1844-1930 ).

Children: Edna Elizabeth Heywood, ( 1877-1938 ), Waldo Burnham Heywood, ( 1887-1954 ).

Burial: Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas.

First Maine Heavy Artillery.

Charles L. Heywood, 19, Bucksport. s; promoted Corporal Sept.1, 1864; wounded June 18, 1864; promoted Sergeant Major Dec. 1, 1864, and transferred.

Non-Commissioned Officer.

Sergeant Major Charles L. Heywood, Bucksport, appointed December 1, 1864, from Corporal Co. G; promoted 1st Lieutenant Co. A February 9, 1865, and transferred.

Commissioned Officer.

 1st Lieut. Charles L. Heywood, 21, Bucksport, s., joined February 16, 1864, from Sergeant Major; mustered out September 11, 1865. Resides at North Topeka, Kan.


Topeka Kansas.

The first record I found of him in Topeka, Kansas, was in 1871 he had a business in Harness and Saddle making.  He would be in this business all his life.  His shop would move many times over the years, but they would all be on North Kansas Ave.

Some times he lived at the shop, but he lived mostly on North Topeka Ave., although his address would change many times, it was always on North Topeka Ave.  Although in 1887 and 88, he lived on North Quiney, and would spend the last of his days at 415 Harrison, ( 1921-1928 ).

He was in the Saddlery business most of his life, however in 1905, he tried his hand in the Real E state business, in 1902 he was known as a Capitalist.  He was also a member of the Golden Rule Lodge no. 90. 

Author. If you would like to read his Obituary, take this link to my Kansas web site.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thomas S. Drummond.

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Thomas S. Drummond.

Birth: 1840, Bangor, Penobscot, Maine.
Death: June 18, 1864.

Father: Alexander Drummond.
Mother: Sarah Webster Drummond.
Married June 4-5, 1835.

Brother and Sisters: Margaret B., Sarah W., Thomas S., William W. and Robert E. Drummond.:

Burial: Unknown.

First Maine Heavy Artillery.
Company D.

Second Lieutenant THOMAS S. DRUMMOND.

 Joined as Corporal and by reason of excellence as a soldier was  made Sergeant, First Sergeant and Second Lieutenant. He was killed  in the charge of June 18. Of all the comrades who fell there, none
were more regretted than Lieutenant Drummond.

Thomas S. Drummond, 22, Bangor, s; promoted Sergeant Jan. 1,  1864, First Sergeant Jan. 23, 1864, Second Lieutenant Feb. 18,  1864; killed June 18, 1864.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Peter Cooper

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PETER COOPER was in three particulars as a capitalist and manufacturer, as an inventor, and as a philanthropist connected intimately with some of the most important and useful accessions to the industrial arts of America, its progress in in-vention and the promotion of educational and benevolent institutions intended for the benefit of people at large. He was born in New York city, February 12, 1791. His life was one of labor and struggle, as it was with most of America's successful men.

In early boyhood he commenced to help his father as a manufacturer of hats. He attended school only for half of each day for a single year, and beyond this his acquisitions were all his own. When seventeen years old he was placed with John Woodward to learn the trade of coach-making and served his apprenticeship so satisfactorily that his master offered to set him up in business, but this he declined because of the  debt and obligation it would involve.

The foundation of Mr. Cooper's fortune was laid in the invention of an improvement in machines for shearing cloth. This was largely called into use during the war of i8i2 with England when all importations of cloth from that country were stopped.The machines lost their value, however, on the declaration of peace. Mr. Cooper then turned his shop into the manufacture of cabinet ware. He afterwards went into the grocery business in New York and finally he engaged in the manufacture of glue and isinglass which he carried on for more than fifty years. In 1830 he erected iron works in Canton, near Baltimore. Subsequently he erected a rolling and a wire mill in the city of New York, in which he first successfully applied anthracite to the puddling of iron.

In these works, he was the first to roll wrought iron beams for fire-proof buildings. These works grew to be very extensive, including mines, blast furnaces, etc.  While in Baltimore Mr. Cooper built in 1830, after his own designs, the first locomotive engine ever constructed on this continent and it was successfully operated on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. He also took a great interest and invested large capital in the extension of the electric telegraph, also in the laying of the first Atlantic cable; besides interesting himself largely in the New York state canals. But the most cherished object of Mr. Cooper's life was the establishment of an institution for the instruction of the industrial classes, which he carried out on a magnificent scale in New York city, where the "Cooper Union" ranks among the most important institutions.

In May, 1876, the Independent party nominated Mr. Cooper for president of the United States, and at the election following he received nearly 100,000 votes. His death occurred April 4, 1883.

John Saunders "Colonel Jack" Gooch

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John Saunders "Colonel Jack" Gooch.

Birth: Jun. 7, 1842, Smyrna, Rutherford County, Tennessee.
Death: Dec. 23, 1915, Smyrna, Rutherford County, Tennessee.

Wife: Evie W Hume Gooch (1845 - 1924).

Children: Marnie E. Gooch Neeley.

Burial: Mapleview Cemetery, Smyrna, Rutherford County, Tennessee.

Tennessee Twentieth Infantry, C. S. A., Regimental History.

John S. Gooch.

In the beginning of hostilities between the States the subject of this sketch, Lieut. -Col. John Saunders Gooch, was a student at the Military Academy at Nashville, Tenn. His friends at his home near Smyrna, Tenn., organized a company and elected him captain in his absence, without his knowledge, and unsolicited. He accepted the honor thus conferred.

The company was sent by the proper authority to Camp Trousdale, where it was drilled and organized into the Twentieth Tennessee Regiment of Volunteers, Battle s regiment, his company being Company E. The regiment was ordered to Virginia, but was stopped at Bristol, and ordered into Kentucky through Cumberland Gap.

At Fishing Creek or Mills Springs, Ky., Captain Gooch, in leading his company in a desperate charge, received a severe wound, which at the time was thought to be fatal. His men rescued and brought him off the field, as they thought in a dy1ng condition. He rallied, however, and was furloughed.

At the organization of the army at Corinth, Miss., during his absence, he was elected lieutenant-colonel of his regiment in his nineteenth year, showing the regard and esteem in which he was held by his comrades in arms.

He rejoined the army at Vicksburg, Miss., where his regiment had been sent, and reported for duty, but on account of his wound, which was in an unhealed condition, and no prospects for an early recovery, he resigned his commission, and was honorably discharged from the army.

It was many years after the close of the war before he recovered from his wound. Since the war he has remained on his farm near Smyrna, and represents the true type of a Southern gentleman.