Genealogy & Family Histories
Pvt. John C. DRURY, 13-year-old 20th Indiana Volunteer and POW

John C. Drury turned 13 just days before enlisting with the 20th Indiana Volunteer Regiment on July 22, 1861.  Drury claimed he had enlisted as a musician, though I have found no special designation as such  in Drury’s 1900 Invalid Pension Deposition, transcribed by me below.  The deposition, given when Drury was 52,  is loaded [...]

John F. Berringer, private of the 20th Indiana Regiment, spent his nineteenth birthday in October 1861 in the Norfolk City Jail.  Captured on Hatteras in a 3rd Georgia assault without even firing his musket.  His dreams of glory fighting for the union of States of his family’s newly-adopted fatherland were cut short, not more than [...]

“Too Many Pigs for the Teats” – Elias Oxford’s Civil War Pension – Only Two Heirs and No Widow

“There’s too many pigs for the teats“. – Abraham Lincoln One year and one week to the day after the military burial of Private Elias Oxford of Company “H,” Twentieth Indiana Volunteer Regiment, John S. Oxford stood before an Illinois Justice of the Peace pleading his case for Elias’ Civil War Pension to go to his [...]

Columbia Jail POW Transfers from the Richmond Tobacco Warehouses – November 1861

A list compiled from the 1861 appendix of the journal of NY Congressman Alfred Ely of Rochester, who was an prisoner in Richmond after being captured in the retreat at Bull Run ion July 1861.   This list I’ve compiled below identifies the Richmond Tobacco Warehouse prisoners transferred to Columbia, SC, in November 1861.  The [...]

Oct. 5, 1861 Confederate Writer from Elizabeth City, NC, Pens Early Details of Gunboat Fanny Capture

Detailed letters appearing in Southern newspapers during the Civil War are worth their weight in Union gold.  After unearthing this letter a few months ago, I was ecstatic.  One of the most compelling news items was that there were none killed on either side.  The Northern papers painted a canvass of wholesale slaughter from the [...]

I thought I would call the Morton County, North Dakota, Courthouse and request some files, lay out my credit card and wait patiently for my treasure of information to arrive in my Maryland mailbox a week later.  I would have been correct if I was searching out an old probate record, but dead wrong when [...]

Mrs. George NAYLOR – Mother of Jim NAYLOR, Husband of Margaret (WILDER) WELCH NAYLOR

This is the 1918 North Lake, Wisconsin obituary of Sarah Jane (HUDSON) NAYLOR, mother of James M. “Jim” NAYLOR.  Jim, twenty-six years her elder, was the second husband of Margaraget (WILDER) WELCH NAYLOR.  The obituary is short but provides quite a bit of information.  Mrs. Naylor died only  a year before bother Margaraet and Jim [...]

Dependent’s Pension Affidavit for Children of Elias Oxford

The document below was moved along by the older brother of Elias Oxford. Private Elias Oxford had been in Confederate custody beginning October 1, 1861 through his release at the docks of the James River May 11, 1862.  Upon release, Elias, was treated for typhus at the Patent Hospital (Now the National Portrait Gallery just [...]

Sergeant-Major Charles Hammond Comly, of the 20th Indian Volunteer Regiment, had run into a string of bad luck over the year just prior to the opening of the Civil War.  His venture to open a mining implements business for the miners at Pike’s Peak had fallen flat and he returned to his Dayton, Ohio home [...]

Margaret Jane (WILDER) WELCH NAYLOR – 1882 Michigan Birth Record

My sister, Sue, has also done a considerable amount of family research over the years on our Wilder family.  She mentioned to me via Facebook recently that she had a birth record for our great-grandmother Margaret Wilder.  However, she noted, as she recalled, it didn’t contain much useful information.  Well, as she was locating that [...]