WEAVER, Henry

Submitted by mweaver on Tue, 03/01/2011 - 04:22

Henry Weaver was born Nov 22 1835 in Greenville, Mercer County, PA to Michael and Elizabeth (Smoyer) Weaver. He married Miss Lorana A. Keen, of Mercer County, Pa., December 29, 1858 at the home of his father in Fredonia, PA by Rev. John Vance of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Erie, PA. He had two children - Ida Jane and Joseph Edwin. Ida Jane married Captain Orlo Drinkwater, a member of the Kansas Militia.

Like his brother Joseph, he was raised on a farm, and learned the trade of carpenter in his youth, which together with farming, he followed until August 3, 1861 when he enlisted as a private in Company F, 57th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers; was assigned to the Army of the Potomac. Henry was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant. On the 14th of December the 57th moved to Washington, and encamped on the Bladensburg Pike, near the toll gate.

Considerable sickness prevailed before leaving Camp Curtain (PA), and the exposure of the men on the journey, confined in box cars without fire, contributed to increase it. The new camp, unfavorably located on low wet ground, and the inclemency of the weather while there, caused a still further increase of the sick list, and several died. Henry was discharged for disability in January, 1862.

In June, 1863, he re-enlisted as a private in his brother Joseph's 10th
Regiment (likely this was the 191st as the 10th was mustered out in 1863, most members joined the 191st), Pennsylvania Reserves, and participated in the battles of Gettysburg, the Wilderness and the campaign against Petersburg and Richmond. He was taken sick in the fall of 1864 and sent to a hospital at Philadelphia, from which he was discharged in December, 1864. He then returned to Mercer County and there with his brother Joseph, followed his trade until 1870, when he moved to Kansas; located in Cottonwood Township in June and engaged in business as a carpenter and builder at Cedar Point, continuing until 1876, when he engaged in farming until his death. He operated a farm of about 500 acres, of which about 300 acres were cultivated. His principal crops were corn and wheat. He also raised cattle and hogs. He owned a residence in the village of Cedar Point where he resided. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Note: In the 1850 census - Henry was reported to attend school in last year (age 12). He was cited in Joseph Weaver`s pension to have been with Joseph in the federal Convalescent Camp in Alexandria, VA in the fall of 1862 (confirmed from Henry`s pension - Henry caught typhoid (swamp) fever while fighting on the Virginia Peninsula and was eventually sent to Alexandria and then to the Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia) and witnessed Joseph`s illness (dysentery). He also worked with Joseph after the war as a carpenter. He lived in Greeley County, Kansas in January 1889. Henry was a private in Co. I, 191 Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. In 1890, the pension administration stated it could not find Henry`s name on the roll of Co. I, 191 Regiment. His pension records confirm this. He was listed as a member of the 57th and 56th PA regiments.

 
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