Thanks Juanita, Pat and Jeanne for your quick
responses. At this point I only have his obit which
stated he enlisted at Altoona (I don't know if that
should have been Altona in Knox Co, IL). Of course, it
could have been a typo on the state, and maybe they
meant Altoona, IA. I queried the IL Civil War list and
someone suggested that book as a source. They thought
the book or film might be available through FHL, so I
will try that next if nothing turns up on this list.
James' middle name was Sumner. As far as I know he was
only married the one time, to Mary Carver. I don't
know yet if she applied for a pension or not. The
somewhat common name makes him slightly hard to find.
I have not found him in the 1860 census yet, although
there are a couple of possiblilities. The family story
has him coming to the USA in about 1841, possibly as a
stowaway. He may have worked in the steel mills of NY
and/or PA for a few years and then had a wagon
business. What I have on him prior to the 1870s is
mainly based on family history and very sketchy. I do
appreciate your taking the time to help me.
--- Jeanne Surber <surberj(a)earthlink.net> wrote:
Bonnie, what Illinois county did he enlist from? I
can't seem to
findAltoona, IL, although I know it existed & maybe
still does? I have
access to a rather extensive Civil War database and
if you can give me more
info I might be able to find answers to some of your
questions. Did he have
a middle name/initial? Do you know if his wife
applied for a pension?
Anything you can tell us might help.
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