Ancestors and Friends who served from Herkimer and Montgomery Counties

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VeteranService/RegimentTime of ServiceContact
Joseph Bonson Round12lst NY Vols Civil WarJane
Arminius S. Round34th NY Vols Civil WarJane
Thomas Morris Round2 different regiments
killed at Petersburg, VA
Civil WarJane
Charles LeRoy PrimmarU.S. NavyWWII and Korean War
from Little Falls; currently resides in Ilion
Joan Broneske
Jacqueline Valerie (DeLude) PrimmarU.S. NavyKorean War
from Mohawk; currently resides in Ilion
Joan Broneske
James Terwilliger
son of Hermanus Terwilliger
Battle of OriskanyAmerican Revolution: "He was only 15 years old at time of battle and his name is on the monument erected in memory of this battle at Oriskany, Oneida Co., NY. He was brother to my 4th g-grandfather".Ruth Thoden
Michael Widrig
and his sons Jacob and Conrad
Battle of OriskanyAmerican Revolution: "Michael and his sons were from Herkimer County, settling there about 1765. They were part of the Paletines who worked for the Van Vleck Farm in return for their passage to the USA." Michael is the gggg-grandfather of Linda Lee Widrig. Linda Lee Widrig
George WidrigMajor GeneralWar of 1812: George Widrig resided in the Town of Frankfort most of his life and was also involved in politics. Linda Lee Widrig (email address may be old)
Joseph Shackelton9th and 32nd Massachusetts InfantryCivil War: "Joseph was called to serve just 5 years after immigrating from England. His regiment stood next to General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain as he accepted the surrender at Appomattox. Joseph was born in 1838 in West Yorkshire; his parents were Peter and Susannah Barret. He married Jessie McCullough ( born in Scotland in 1838 ) in Massachusetts in 1863. They moved to Herkimer shortly after the end of the war and lived there for many years. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Herkimer. They had 11 children, one of which was Alice, my great-grandmother. "Patty Lindsay
William Hughes2nd NY RegimentCivil War: "My great-grandfather William Hughes, from the Town of Manheim, was wounded during the Battle of Petersburg in 1864. He spent 2 months in the field hospital and returned to duty in time to take part in the surrender at Appottomax. He married Catherine Leahy, from Little Falls, and worked for the NY Central Railroad until his untimely death in 1899, resulting from injuries after being struck by a train. He is interred at the local cemetery in Little Falls, NY."N.J. Bowers
Charles Morrisprivate and corporal in the
Connecticut troops
American Revolution: Charles Morris (1762-1838 ), born in Killingly, CT, received a pension for service as private and corporal in the CT troops. He is buried at Ames, Montgomery, NY. Charles' second wife was Sarah Elliot (Graves). His brother Rufus Morris died in 1848 Canajoharie, NY and is buried at Ames Cemetery. Please contact the Cleavelands for further information about his well-researched family.Terry and Teri Cleaveland
Charles MorrisunknownWar of 1812: "Charles Morris, son of Charles Morris, Sr. of Montgomery County, was a Commodore in the War of 1812. We would appreciate any further info about him."Terry and Teri Cleaveland
William SeeberBattle of OriskanyAmerican Revolution: William Seeber died at the Battle of Oriskany. He and his sons lived in Canajoharie, Montgomery County.Barbara (Seeber) Britt
Adolphe, Henry, James, John and Suffrenus Seeber,
sons of William Seeber
Battle of OriskanyAmerican Revolution: Adolphe, James, John and Suffrenus were all killed at the battle. Their brother Henry was wounded but lived to age 104. Henry is the gggg-grandfather of Barbara Seeber Britt, who has lots of information to share with those interested in the research of this large family.Barbara (Seeber) Britt
Andrew K. Van AllenCompany L, 2nd Regt. NY Vet. CavalryCivil War: Andrew K. Van Allen was born June 6, 1830 at St. Johnsville, Montgomery County. He died June 17, 1886 and is buried in Church Street Cemetery, Little Falls, NY. Andrew had two young boys, ages 6 and 7, when he went in the Army.Paul Van Allen
Philip HelmerPrivateAmerican Revolution: Philip Helmer enlisted at Stone Arabia Jan 15, 1777 and served as a private in Captain Andrew Finck's Co. in Col. Goose Van Schaick's NY Regiment. He was in the Battles of Lake George and Monmouth and was discharged Nov.1, 1779. He enlisted again April 1, 1780 and served as private in Capt. Hamtranck's Co. in Col. DuBois NY Regiment and was discharged Dec. 31, 1780. He was known as "Philip Helmer of Manheim" to distinguish him from several others of the same name. He is buried in the Manheim Cemetery. Philip was the gggg-grandfather of Ann Clapper.Ann Clapper
George Lawr. FredendallCo. D, 115th Regt. NY VolunteersCivil War: George Lawr. Fredendall was born 1844 in Duanesburgh, Schenectady Co., NY. He enlisted from the town of Florida, Montgomery Co., 11 August 1862 and was discharged from the service 17 June 1865, at Raleigh, NC. He had served with 1st Lt. W. DeGraff. George was disabled in the abdomen at the Works, at Fort Fisher, NC Jan. 1865 but returned to duty after a hospital stay. He returned to NY for a brief period and left NY to live in the Batavia, Kane Co., IL and Nunda (not on the map), McHenry Co., IL near the Wisconsin border, where he is buried. He married Arvilla Washburn of Bristol, Kenosha Co., Wisconsin and they had 6 living children. George was the gg-grandfather of Susan J. Kenyon.Susan J. Kenyon
James Fredendall115th Regt. NY VolunteersCivil War: James Fredendall was the brother of George. He also served in the same regiment and later moved to IL. James married Margaret, 10 years his junior. George and James' parents were Lawrence Fredendall and Agnes Milligan. Several other siblings lived in the area of Montgomery Co. but most moved to IL.Susan J. Kenyon
Robert J. Carney U.S. Army
WWII: Robert Carney is a native of Middleville, and will celebrate his 80th birthday this year. He enjoys visits from his son John and two grandsons, Ryan and Sean.John Carney
James Gideon Wheeler101st NY Vol. InfCivil War: James Gideon Wheeler was born Jan. 15, 1830 at St. Johnsville, Montgomery Co., NY. He was a private in Co. I of the 101st NY Volunteers. James lost his left arm at the Battle of Fair Oaks, Va. and was captured and
Horatio W. AllenCo. K, 100th Regt. OhioCivil War: Sgt. Horatio W. Allen was born in Montgomery County, NY in 1839. He died in the U.S.A. General Hospital No. 3, Nashville, Tennessee on December 3, 1864 from "Effects of Gunshot Wound." "Wounded in the Side" in the Battle of Franklin on November 30th, 1864. Previously, Horatio had been a prisoner of the Confederates, captured at Limestone Bridge, Tennesee on September 8, 1863. He was paroled at Richmond, Va. on March 13, 1864. Horatio is found in the 1840 New York Census-household member in the household of Paul V(andevoort) Allen, St. Johnsville Township, Montgomery County, NY. Bob Allen
Albert H. AllenCompany I, 61st Regt. Illinois InfCivil War: Private Albert H. Allen was born in Montgomery County, NY in 1842. He was wounded and captured at the Battle of Shiloh, Tenn. on Apr 6, 1862. Paroled and sent to Hosp. at Washington D.C. and discharged at Alexandria, Va Feb 3, 1863 on surgeon's certificate for wounds received in battle by order of Brig. Genl. Martindale. The gunshot wound of right shoulder, received at the Battle of Shiloh, caused loss of power of right arm and disability 1/2. Albert's family, headed by Paul V(andevoort) Allen, can be found in the 1840 Census living in St. Johnsville, Montgomery County, NY. Bob Allen
John Q. AllenCompany H, 134th Regt. Illinois InfJohn Q. Allen, born in Fort Plain, NY in 1843, volunteered as a private at Chicago in April, 1864. John's family, headed by Paul V(andevoort) Allen, can be found in the 1840 Census living in St. Johnsville, Montgomery County, NY.Bob Allen
Leavens HutchinsCapt. Wm. Clark's company
Col. Benjamin Simond's regiment
Massachusetts troops
American Revolution: "My 4th great-grandfather, Leavens Hutchins, is buried at the Ladd family farm, Shortlot Road, in Schuyler, Herkimer County, NY. He served in the Revolutionary War, enlisting July 9, 1777 in Gagesboro (Windsor), MA. "J.G.Hutchins
Francis Fraligh (also spelled Fralick, Froelich, and Frelich)NY MilitiaAmerican Revolution: Francis Fraligh served in the NY Militia in the Mohawk Valley. He was born in Germany 1759 and died in Minden, NY in 1811 or 1813. Dixie
Andrew NewkirkCo. C, 153rd Regt. NY Vol InfCivil War: Andrew Newkirk was born 10 Dec 1845 in Glen, Montgomery Co. He was enrolled on 29 Aug 1862 at the town of Glen and discharged on 2 Oct 1865 at Savannah, GA. He served with Captain James B. Neills. Andrew was wounded in the left shoulder at the Battle of Winchester, VA on 19 Sep 1864 and returned to duty after hospital stay. He returned to reside in Fultonville, NY where he married Anna B. Quackenbush on 29 Jan 1871. Andrew and Anna had six sons: Elmer E., Jay J., Vernon, Arthur V., Edwin and Roy P. He died 10 Jan 1917 and is buried in the Maple Ave. Cemetery. Andrew Newkirk was the gg-grandfather of Sandra M. Newkirk-Lyle.Sandra M. Newkirk-Lyle
Lt Col Johann Peter Wagner, Jr
Patriot ForcesAmerican Revolution: Lt. Col. Wagner was in the Battle of Saratoga against the British. A resident of Montgomery County, he is Margaret Fleming Lay's 6th great-grandfather.Prof. K. Edward Lay
Johann George Hohenschildt
Patriot ForcesAmerican Revolution: Johann George Hohenschildt was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and resided in Montgomery County. He is the 5th great-grandfather of Margaret Fleming Lay.Prof. K. Edward Lay.
Professor Lay's website is at
William Burton Flagg2nd NY Heavy Art.Civil War: William Burton Flagg was born Dec 6, 1844 at Frankfort, NY. He served from 9 Dec 1863 to Jul 1865 as a fifer & drummer. William left Herkimer in 1869 and died Oct 19, 1938 in Tillamook, Ore. He was the gg-grandfather of Allen "L." Douglas.Allen "L." Douglas
Ludoric BrakemanAlbany County MilitiaAmerican Revolution: Ludoric Brakeman served as a private in the Albany County Militia, Col. Anthony Van Bergen's Regiment. He was also a Captain of a company in the 5th Regiment. Ludoric is the ancestor of Mary Ann Ryder.Mary Ann Ryder
Josiah BrownContinental Army
Massachusetts Troops
American Revolution: Josiah Brown was christened 12 Dec 1757 at Amenia NY, died 25 Dec. 1827 in Montgomery Co. NY, and is buried in Hewitt Cemetery, Oppenheim, NY. Josiah enlisted into the Continental Army in Williamstown, MA, and fought in the Battle of Bemis Heights NY and Battle of Monmouth NJ. He was a Revolutionary War Pensioner in Montgomery Co. Josiah is the ggg-grandfather of Rita D'Arcangelis. Photo of his grandson, Olmstead Marshall Brown. Rita D'Arcangelis
Peter StahlAlbany County MilitiaAmerican Revolution: Peter Stahl was born 10 May 1761 at Clavarack, NY and married Gertry Becker. He moved to Montgomery after the Revolution and was a member of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Caughnawaga, Fonda NY. He was buried in Rockwood, NY. Peter served as a Private in Capt. Robert Woodworth's Co. of Col. Killian Van Rensselaer's Regiment of Albany Co. Militia, 2nd Rensselaerswyck Battalion. He was also in Capt. Nicholas Staat's Co. Peter Stahl is the gggg-grandfather of Rita D'Arcangelis. Photo of his grandson, William Stahl.Rita D'Arcangelis
David Clothier WesternCo. A, 121st NY Vol InfCivil War: David Clothier Western was born in Norway, NY to Charles Western and Clara Whitford Western. He enlisted at Salisbury and served in Co. A of the 121st regiment of the NY State Volunteers. David married Emma Jane Lee in 1861. In later years he was a member of the GAR. David Clothier Western was the gg-grandfather of Mary Ann Olson.Mary Ann Olson
Jacob Fredrick BellingerCompany C., 28th Reg't Mississippi CavalryCivil War: Jacob resided in Norway, Herkimer Co., NY with his wife Nancy ? Bellinger and six children in 1850 (Fed. Census of 1850). Jacob and his family, along with his brother John Bellinger, moved to Vicksburg, MS in 1853 (school records of Vicksburg, MS in 1853 show Jacob's children enrolled.) John and his family moved back to Herkimer Co. NY in 1854 or 1855. Jacob and John's older brother, Luther Bellinger had moved to Vicksburg, MS by 1835. Jacob, John, and Luther Bellinger are believed to be the children of Fredrick and Betsy Ingersoll Bellinger.
John Adams DeWandelaerCompany B, 153rd NY Vol Inf.Civil War: 1st Lieut. and Captain. My great-grandfather, John Adams DeWandelaer, enlisted at Palatine at the age of 28. Mustered in as 1st Lieut. Co. B Sept 1, 1862 and as Captain May 1, 1863. Discharged with Co. B Oct 2, 1865 at Savannah, GA. He was wounded in the shoulder at the Battle of Winchester, VA. The ball was never fully extracted and gave him trouble for the rest of his life. Records show Capt. DeWandelaer to have been a brave soldier, well-liked by his Company, who presented him with a handsome sword. John Adams DeWandelaer was born in 1833 at Fonda, the son of Gansvoort DeWandelaer and Delia Getman. His first wife was Nancy Coppernoll of Stone Arabia. They had 6 children. After the war he lived in New York City and later Washington D.C. He died April 9,1891 in Maryland. Interred at Arlington National Cemetary.Tamara

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