Wednesday, May 27, 2009

They Are-----Years Old.

When researching a ancestor knowing his or her age is a big help, the names on this page are here because of there age. There is no order to these names, I will put then down as I find them. I know some of these names will have additional information on them, so if you see a name of interest, you can write me and I will be glad to take a look. My address can be found in my profile.

Journal of the executive proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America, 1862-1864
WEDNESDAY, February 17, 1864.

1. Edward C. Gabaudan, of New York, 21 years old, to be a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

2. William S. Muse, of Maryland, 21 years old, to be a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

3. Israel H. Washburn, of Maine, in his 21st year, to be a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

4. Albert B. Young, of Massachusetts, 23 years old, to be a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

5. Frank D. Webster, of New Hampshire, 22 years old, to be a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

6. John W. Haverstick, of Pennsylvania, 21 years old, to be a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

7. James B. Breese, of Illinois, 21 years old, to be a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps.

A Slave Owner, September 17, 1779.

Mr. Hugh McCuller to regain one of his 3 fugitive negroes who is on Board of Talbot's Vessel Argo. The Black's name is Thos. He is about 24 years old and eloped from his master about the middle of Sept. 77 when the Enemy was at ( Willmington?)

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, 1842-1843
WEDNESDAY, January 18, 1843.

The Committee on Revolutionary Pensions be instructed to inquire into the expediency of giving a pension to John Gary, (a free colored man, ) a native of the county of Westmoreland, and State of Virginia, now a resident of this District, who says he was a body servant of General Washington at the time of Braddock's defeat, in 1755, and was present at that battle; and, also, that he was a servant of General Washington's at the surrender of Cornwallis, in 1781, and who is believed to be one hundred and twelve years old.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, 1817-1818
MONDAY, January 19, 1818.

A petition of Sarah Daggett, the mother and natural guardian of William Earnest, stating that the said William Earnest is a deaf and dumb boy, about 8 years old, and that his father Charles Earnest was killed in the battle of Bladensburg, and praying that provision may be made for the education and maintenance of the said William.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, 1817-1818
FRIDAY, January 16, 1818.

John Anderson, I was born in Scotland. I was brought to the United States by my father when I was three years old. We settled on the Susquehannah river, in the state of Pennsylvania. My father was killed by the Indians in the revolutionary war. All our property was destroyed, and my mother, with four of her young children were carried by the Mohawk Indians into captivity in the British province of Canada. After the revolutionary war I went into Canada in search of my mother, and brothers and sisters, and finally settled at Detroit.

Civil War.


The following were killed by order of Lieutenant Colonel J. A. Keith. Most of them were taken at their homes, and none of them made resistance when taken; perhaps some of them ran. After they were taken prisoners the soldiers took them off to a secluded place, made them kneel down, and shot them. They were buried in a trench dug to the purpose. Some two weeks since their bodies were removed to a grave-yard.

Elison King (desperate man).
Jo Woods (desperate man).
Will Shelton, twenty years (of Pifus).
Aronnata Shelton, fourteen years old (was not at Marshall).
James Shelton (old Jim), about fifty-six years old.
James Shelton, jr., seventeen years old.
David Shelton, thirteen years old (was not in the raid).
James Madcap, forty years old.
Rod Shelton (Stob Rod).
David Shelton (brother of Stob Rod).
Joseph Cleandon, fifteen or sixteen years old.
Helen Moore, twenty-five or thirty years old.
Wade Moore, twenty or twenty-five years old.

Civil war, prisoners, 1861.

1. Henry G. Thurber, Oldham County, Ky., eighteen miles from Louisville; twenty-six years old; carpenter by trade; was going South because (as he says) he feared he would be arrested as he had voted the State Rights ticket. Probably he was going to enlist, because he did not feel safe in Kentucky after the arrest of Governor Morehead. He is now willing to take the oath of allegiance.

2. Frank M. Crow, Oldham County, Ky. ; twenty-four years old; has a wife now in Kentucky; no property and no influence. His case is just the same as Thurber's in all respects. Will take the oath.

3. Joseph W. Griffith, Oldham County, Ky. ; thirty-six years old; no family; journeyman cabinetmaker. Was going to Tennessee because as he says "I was informed that I was to be arrested for having some time before belonged to the State Guard, which was disbanded. " Says he joined the State Guard supposing he would be paid and was to defend Kentucky. When it was disbanded found he was mistaken. Will take the oath.

4. Anderson McDowell, Oldham County, Ky. ; forty-eight years of age; no wife, four children. A farmer, on shares, owning no land or other property. Was going South for the reason as he says that he feared arrest, having voted State Right in the election. His politics are--to go with the people of Kentucky. Will take the oath.

5. John W. Robards, of Harrodsburg, Ky. ; twenty-one years old; is ignorant. Has supported his mother and two sisters as well as he could by working at farm work for wages. When arrested he says he was going to Warren County to get work. Has little intelligence and no politics. In no respects a dangerous man. Will take the oath. Says he always was ready to take it.

6. Stephen H. Wooldridge, Harrodsburg, Ky. ; twenty-nine years old; no family; occupation, overseer of farm work on plantation; no property; works for wages; been some time tout of employment and is destitute. When arrested he was from home, going as he says to see if he could get work. Thinks the old Government better than the new one. This man has more sense than the last, but is a very common man. Never had any objection to taking the oath; has none now.

7. Joseph T. McFeal, of Harrodsburg, Ky. ; thirty-seven years old; has wife and four young children; journeyman cabinetmaker. When arrested was going South because as he says he was informed and believed that all of his political opinions were to be imprisoned. Wished the Union preserved then and now, but agreed with Governor Morehead in thinking that it could only be done any concessions. Left home from fear, and would be glad to take the oath as he would now be safe in Kentucky.

8. Joseph Back, Marion County, Ky. ; forty-four years of age; mill-wright by trade; does jobs and farms a little on hired land; has wife and four children; very poor; no property of any kind. This man is very stupid. Says he when drunk started South with some other men. When he got sober backed out and went home and was arrested at his home. Has not the sense to understand the meaning of the contest. Will take the oath.

9. Lewis S. Holsclaw, or Hetzclaw, or Hodsclaw. He does not know how to spell his name. From near Louisville; thirty-two years old; no family; carpenter by trade; very little property and no intelligence or influence. When arrested says he was going to Hickman to visit friends, but probably was going to Tennessee. Never was in favor

Civil war, prisoners, 1862.

1. Jonathan T. Bingham. -By birth a Pennsylvania; resides near Vienna; sixty-four years old; professes entire loyalty. Colonel Cash, of the [Eighth] Regiment South Carolina, testifies strongly in his behalf as to his kindness to his regiment. I see no reason to detain him. Colonel H. W. Thomas also certifles in his favor. Took the oath of allegiance to the Confederate States.

2. William Woodworth. -By birth a New Yorker; fifty-seven years old; resides near Lewinsville; owns 100 acres of land; professes entire loyalty; took the oath of allegiance. I see no reason to detain him.

3. Abraham Lydecker. -Forty-eight years old; native of New Jersey; has been a resident at Vienna; is keeping a store; not a prepared to say that he will remain in Virginia or to take the oath of allegiance. He is charged with improper dealing with the enemy. He denies it, but I think he is an alien enemy. He owns some personally but no realty.

Civil war, prisoners, 1865.

1. James H. Britt, of North Carolina, captured in rebel blockade-runner R. E. Lee November 9, 1863, of which he was steward. Single man, farmer, twenty-seven years old.

2. Samuel Grissam, of North Carolina, twenty-seven years old, single; was pilot on the blockade-runner R. E. Lee; captured November 9, 1863. Claimed to be a British subject, but would not swear to it. Always followed the sea.
W. W. Helm, of Mississippi

3. S. Henderson, captured in the blockade-runner Planter June 15, 1863, of which vessel he was steersman; fifty years old, family in the South. Declined the oath for fear of confiscation of his property; a steam-boat man by occupation; willing to take a neutral oath.

4. H. H. Ingraham, of Florida, was purser of the rebel blockade-runner R. E. Lee; captured November 9, 1863; twenty-four years old; previous business an accountant.

Civil war, prisoners, 1862.

1. Peter L. Anderson. -Forty years of age; native of Greenbrier County, Va. ; a married man; farmer, with four children; owns 336 acres of land; arrested at his home in Fayette County. No charge; no proof. Professed entire loyalty, and if guilty of anything, it was desertion from the militia under Colonel Beckley.

2. Jesse Fuller and Alexander Fuller. -Brothers; twenty-four and twenty-two years old; native of Montgomery County; were arrested in Fayette, where they reside. Have a wounded brother in the hospital at Charleston, Va., and had been to see him, and were returning home when arrested. They profess entire loyalty. No charge; no proof of anything.

3. Joseph Snapp. - Born in Woodstock. When fourteen years old taken to Augusta County; then to Greenbrier; thence to Monroe; thence he moved to Mercer County, where he was arrested and sent here. He says he was arrested by the Yankee and compelled to take the oath of allegiance. On his return he was trying to get his family out of Mercer to take them to his father's in East Tennessee when he was arrested. Says he is entirely Southern in his feelings and does not regard the forced oath of allegiance to the United States binding. Says he intended to volunteer as soon as his family were placed in safety. Is willing now to volunteer. I have learned from persons I have examined, particularly from Northern soldiers I have examined that the U. S. troops in Western Virginia compel citizens unfriendly to them to take the oath of allegiance, and very often the persons thus compelled to take the oath become the most deadly and dangerous enemies of the Northern army. I recommend he be permitted to volunteer.

4. H. Dane. - Aged sixty-seven. Born in New Hampshire. Staid there til he was twenty-three years old. Lived in New York till he was forty-eight. Now lines in Prince William County, six and a half miles from Occoquan. Famrmer; sells wood to longboatmen. Has sold none since last spring. Trades to Occoquan. Was an acquaintance and political associate of J. C. Underwood. His sentimentals similar to Underwood's. Did not vote at the last election. As to allegiance he says he is inclined to the Government of the United States. Was not able to after his mind when the State went out of the Union. Hoped to keep along and take sides with neither party. Went to look for his cowns. Went up to the pickets and was arrested he believes on the information of A. D. Rowe. Mr. Lynn, delegate from Prince Wiliam, says he cannot say for this prisoner what he said for Holland and Reeves. Sasy prisoner was an ablitionist and of the Underwood party and has given no evidence of change of opinion. I think this man should be held as a prisoner.

5. Henry Stone. - Aged nineteen. Born in New York. His father died when prisoner was four years old. He has lived in Cincinnati. Says he belongs to Second Kentucky Regiment; joined it at Gauley. Was sent by General Cox to find where the militia were in Fayette. Went in citizen's dress; says he had no uniform. Spent first night at Huddleston's. Does not know whether Huddleston is a Union man. Did not disclose his objects. Went next night to McCoy's. Was arrested next day in Fayette. I cannot learn from him by whom he was arrested. He has passed in the prison as a citizen until to-day. I am satisfied this man is a spy, but as there is not now sufficient proof I can only suggest that he be held as a prisoner under suspicion of being a spy.

Saint Louis, Mo., June 23, 1864.

Major O. D. GREENE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of the Missouri:

MAJOR: In compliance with Special Orders, Numbers 169, paragraph 12, dated headquarters Department of the Missouri, June 20, 1864, the following report of facts connected with the shooting of certain prisoners of war confined in Gratiot Street Prison is respectfully submitted; On the morning of the 18th of June, 1864, between the hours of 9 and 10 o'clock a. m., some prisoners permitted to be in the prison yard at that time succeeded in getting an ax from the kitchen, which was used for chopping meat, with which they broke the lock of a gate leading to an alley west of the prison, while some of them had disarmed the guard stationed inside by getting hold of his gun from behind. The alarm was at once given, but some had already succeeded in getting out and had scattered in all directions.

A detail of men from the Tenth Kansas Infantry was immediately sent after them, and another party not on duty at that time, but in camp not far from the prison, upon hearing the alarm, joined in the chase, during which the following men were killed:

James A. Colcheasure, private of Thompson's regiment, C. S. Army, twenty- seven years old, captured in Clay County, Mo.

Lewis Y. Schultz, a citizen of Saint Louis, twenty- four years of age, captured at Saint Louis.

Civil war, prisoners, 1862.

1. Felix S. O'Dell. -He is a native of Nicholas County, Va. He says that he is twenty-six years of age. Is a farmer owning 200 acres of land. That he went to General Floyd's camp to carry clothes to his father (who had been examined and discharged) when he was arrested. He denies all connection or communication with the enemy; professes entire loyalty and took the oath of allegiance. There is no testimony against him. Think he ought to be discharged.

2. Augustus Tappin. -A native of York County, Va. ; thirty-eight years old; a married man; owns no land; farms upon rented land and gets oyesters. Arrested at his own home on the 13th or 14th of June in Elizabeth City County, where he resided. Professes extreme loyalty and took the oath of allegiance.

3. Thomas Williams. -Native of Ohio; fifty-seven years old; Union man; professes loyalty; arrested in Boone County, Va. ; has resided in Virginia since he was fifteen months old. Boat builder and lumber getter; took the oath of allegiance. No charge; no proof; owns 269 acres of land.

4. David Williams. -Son of Thomas; twenty-two years of age; Union man; cultivates rented land; married man; has a brother serving under General Floyd; took the oath of allegiance.

5. Henry B. Bagby. -A lad seventeen years old; a Virginian, having relations and property here. His relations are highly respectable. His father is a claim agent residing in Alexandria County, about four miles from Washington. He was on a visit to his father when the Federal picket retreated, and he was captured by our picket. I see no reason for detainig him.

6. Henry Kernoll. -Sixty-nine years of age; native of New York; has resided twelve years in Fairfax County; owns 223 acres of land; has a pass from S. S. Tompkins, Army of the Potomac, which I in close. He says that Tompkins is one of our officers. If so, I think he ought to be discharged.

7. Dwight J. Partello. -Native of New Jersey; twenty years of age; was engaged selling newspapers from Richmond at Manassas when he was arrested. His father lives in Maryland, but is, he says, from New Orleans. He has two sisters married and residing in Richmond, one of whom was before me. No charge against him. He was at once time employed in the laboratory here, under-Smith, and honorably discharged. Took the oath of allegiance. I see no reason to detain him.

8. Simon Schermerhorn. -Native of New York; forty-five years of age; a cripple, for aught that appears before me his arrest and confinement were cruel. He was arrested near Yorktown by a guard and never examined. He has some children here and some in New York, and some property there. Prfers to remain in Virginia if he can do so without losing his property at the North.

9. William Belvin. -Native of Virginia; of Gloucester; oysterman, twenty-seven years old; has three brothers in our army at Gloucester Point; a married man; no charge against him. He ought to be discharged.

10. Benjamin Kimball. -Fifty-five years of age; native of Maine; resident of New Market, Elizaberth City County; married and has four children. His wife was a widow with children, and one of her sons, a Virginian, in our army. Belvin married his daughter; an oysterman; took the oath of allegiance; no charge against him. I think he ought to be discharged.

11. Ludwig Hesse. -A German; forty-one years of age; came to America in 1849; naturalized citizen. Took the oath of allegiance to the Confederate States. Has been confined six weeks. A resident of Martinsburg, where he has property. I think he is a fair man, and was arrested in part because of a personal quarrel and in part because of the prejudice against foreigners. I think he should be discharged.

12. John Fleming. -A native of Berkeley County, Va. ; thirty-seven years old. There is no specific charge against him, and no proof of any kind.

Civil War, 1861.

Statement of William Hamilton.

I am an American citizen; was born near Lexington, Ky. ; am fifty-one years of age; left Kentucky when twelve years old; went to Saint Louis, Mo. ; resided there eighteen months, then went to Santa Fe, N. Mex. ; went from there to the city of Mexico; resided in Mexico till October, 1845; went from Mexico to Pensacola; thence to New Orleans; thence to Corpus Christi; thence to Point Isabel, where I joined Captain Walker's company, and served in General Taylor's army for three months; I then followed the army as contractor and interpreter to the close of the war between the United States and Mexico; resided in the frontier of Mexico till 1850; came from there to California, where I arrived in July or August in the same year went to Fort Tejon in April or May, 1855; had a contract there for making adobes for the Government; resided there till October or November of the same year; went from there to Stockton; worked there awhile at my trade (gunsmithing); resided in the neighborhood of Stockton and Mariposa until about two years ago, when I went to Mono, Cal., where I have resided until about two years ago, when I went to Mono, Cal., where I have resided until about the 1st of October of the present year; came from Mono via Fort Tejon on my way to Fort Yuma; when I left Mono I designed going to Los Angeles to work at my trade; at Los Angeles I heard of a party forming to go to Texas; thought of joining it, but abandoned the idea before leaving Los Angeles.

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