8. Abraham SMELTZER Private
(1) was born in 1816 in Hempfield Twp,
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He 30 October 1999 on 10 Aug 1864 in City
Adjutant General's Office
4th April 1865
I have the honor to acknowlege the receipt from your Office of application for Pension No. 82970 and to return it herewith, with such information as is furnished by the files in this Office.
It appears from the Rolls on file in this Office, that Abraham Smeltzer was enrolled on the 31st day of March 1864, at Meadville, Pa., in Co D 62nd Regiment of Penn Volunteers, to serve 3 years, or during the war, and mustered into service as a Private on the 13th day of April 1864, at Meadville, Pa., in Co D 62nd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, to serve 3 years or during the war. On the Muster Roll of Co D of that Regiment, for the month of (dated) July 13, 1864, he is reported transferred to 155th Pa. Vol., 3rd July 1864. On the quarterly Return of Deceased Soldiers from the 3rd quarter of 1864, He is reported, Died of Disease Aug 11,1864, at City Point, Va. Nature of disease not reported.
FROM AFFIDAVIT BY HIS SON Samuel P Smeltzer;
State of Pennsylvania
County of Armstrong
Proof of death in case of Abraham Smeltzer late of Co A 155th PA Vols.
Before me, a Justice of the Peace- in and for said county - personally came, Samuel P Smeltzer, to me well known as a person of truth and veracity who being first duly sworn says that, I am the son of Abraham Smeltzer deceased as of Co D, 62nd Pa Regt. I was a member of same company and both were transferred from Co D, 62nd PA Vols. to Co A, 155th PA Vols. We were transferred, I think, in July 1864. I was with my father at City Point, Virginia when he died. The doctors said he died of Chronic Diarhea. I was present and saw him die. I saw him bureid. I do not know of any person in this neighborhood as of now who saw him die. Father died a few weeks after we were transferred to Co A, 155th Regt., I think about the last of July 1864.
Ihave no interest in the application of my mother for this Pension, except that I wish her to get it as she is in great need of it.
signed Samuel P Smeltzer
his mark: X
Also on file in National Archives
SURGEON GENERAL'S OFFICE
Record and Pension Division
July 5, 1867
I have the honor to inform you that Pvt Adam Smeltzer, Co D 64th Regiment Pa Vols., is reported to this Office by--------Surgeon W D Faxon, as having died August 11, 1864 at City Point Hosp, Va., of Chronic Diarrhea. It appears from records of Field Hospital, 1st Div. 5th A.C. that Priv Adam Smeltzer, A 155th PA Vols, died August 10th 1864 on road to City Point Hosp from 3 ac F'd Hosp.
Records of (M.D.O. Aoft) Depot F'd Hosp at City Point, Va., and records of this office furnish no evidence concerning Pvt Abrham Smeltzer, A 155th PA Vols.
signed: J J Woodward
Note: It would appear that errors are common everyplace in history, particularly in the government records system."
__________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________ He was married to Elizabeth NOEL on 16 Oct 1839 in Hempfield Twp, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth NOEL(1) was born on 27
Feb 1817 in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, PA. She 30 October 1999
on 26 Oct 1891 in Madison Twp, armstrong Co.
Elizabeth (Noel) Smeltzer; Inscription on Headstone reads as follows;
Dearest love-one we have laid thee in the Peaceful Graves embrace
But thy memory will be cherrished till we see thy Heavenly Face.
State of Pennsylvania:
County of Westmoreland:
On this 3rd day of June AD 1867 before me, R. Shrum, a Justice of the Peace in and for the County and state above named, personally appeared Mrs. Sarah Gribbs, Mrs. Maria Rodebaugh, and being first duly sworn, depose and say that they were well acquainted with Abraham Smeltzer now deceased, that they are well acquainted with Mrs. Elizabeth Smeltzer, widow of Abraham, that they were present and saw Abraham Smeltzer above named married to Mrs. Elizabeth Smeltzer, at that time Miss Elizabeth Noel, on the 14th October 1838 by the Rev'd M J Steck, who is long since deceased, that there was to the best of their knowledge and belief no public or private record kept by said minister of this marriage, that they have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim, and that they reside in Hemxfield Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania as above named in
Witness: Sarah Gribbs
LVB Laird Maria Rodebaugh
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day of June AD 1867, and I hereby certify that affiants are respectable persons to me well known and entitled to credit, that the contents of the foregoing affidavit was read over and fully explained to them by me before signing, and that I have no interest direct or indirect in the prosecution of this claim.
Witness hand and official seal day and year above.
Reuben Shrum J.P.
i. John SMELTZER(1).
ii. Andrew J SMELTZER(1) was born in 1840.
Andrew J Smeltzer served in the Civil War. Was captured and died at Richmond, Virginia, (date unknown.)
iii. Caroline SMELTZER(1) was born in 1842.
iv. Samuel P SMELTZER(1) was born on 26 Sep 1843 in Kellersburg, Madison Township, Armstrong County, PA. He 30 October 1999 on 11 Oct 1907 in MadisonTwp, Armstrong Co.
Samuel P Smeltzer served in the Civil War. He was enrolled on 28 August 1862 at Putneyville, Armstrong County into the 62 Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, to serve 3 years or during the war. He was Mustered into the service as a recruit on 5 September 18 62 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in the 62nd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers. On the muster roll of company D of that Regiment, for the months of September andOctober to Joune30,1864, he is reported as Private and present. Transferred tocompany A, 155 Penn.,Vols. and is reported on therolls for July and August 1864 to April 1865 present. Mustered out with that company June 2, 1865.
From affidavit found in National Archives by myself, Harold G Smeltzer, Samuel was wounded in the right shoulder by schrapnel at or near a place called Laurel Hill, VA. Records show that he served at the Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia. He finally started recieving a Pension for it a few months before he died February 1907 in the amount of $12.00.
He never married and left no decendants.
v. Simon SMELTZER(1) was born in 1844.
vi. James K SMELTZER(1) was born in 1846 in Madison Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He 30 October 1999 on 17 Jul 1864 in Andersonville Prison, Andersonville, GA.
James K Smeltzer was enrolled into service on 8 September 1862, D company 103rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment at Camp Orr, in Kittanning, Pennsylvania. He was Mustered into the service 9/8/62 as a Private at Harrisburg,Pennsylvania. He was taken prisoner at Plymouth, North Carolina on April 20, 1864. He died at Andersonville Prison, in Andersonville, GA on 17 July 1864 from complications from Diarrhea. He is burried in Grave Number 3480. I have visited his Gravesight and find that it is a beautiful Cemetery and generally well cared for.
vii. Leona SMELTZER(1) was born in 1848.
4 viii. Elias Heinrich(Henry Eli) SMELTZER.
ix. George S SMELTZER(1) was born in 1851 in Madison Township, Armstrong County, PA. He 30 October 1999 on 13 Sep 1905 in Widnoon, Madison Township, Armstrong Co, PA.
x. Sarah SMELTZER(1) was born in 1853 in Madison Township, Armstrong County, PA.
xi. Abraham Jr. SMELTZER(1) was born in 1858.
xii. Reachel SMELTZER(1) was born in 1859.
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