The Family of John Rudler of Morehouse

This is NOT intended to be a COMPLETE record. It is however, a study of this family taken primarily from sources available online on various free and fee sites. Everything in this compilation should be checked against primary sources, where available, for the best accuracy.

This record primarily concerns the four sons of John Rudler who served in the Civil War.

John Rudler was born about 1780 in Alsace France, and died 23 February 1859 in Beaver, Crawford Co., Pennsylvania. He married "Winifree" Magdalena Minaforce Hansberger 22 July 1818 in France. She was born about 1800 in Alsace France and died after 1860.

  John and "Winifree" (Hansberger) Rudler had 8 children:
    +1.  Martin Rudler, b. 12 April 1819 in Alsace France
    +2.  Thomas Rudler, b. 24 July 1820 in Alsace France
     3.  Marie Anne Rudler, b. 27 March 1822 in Alsace France; d. 21 Jan 1824 
           in Alsace France
    +4.  Henry Rudler, b. 22 March 1824 in Alsace France
     5.  Daniel Rudler, b. 15 April 1828 in Alsace France. 
     6.  Marie Anne Rudler, b. 3 November 1830 in Alsace France
    +7.  Joseph H. Rudler, b. 28 April 1834 in Morehouse, Hamilton Co., NY
     8.  Josephine Rudler, b. 1841 in Morehouse, Hamilton Co., NY

John and Winifree Rudler left their native country after 1830 and arrived in Morehouse, Hamilton County, NY sometime before 1834, when their son, Joseph H., was born. The same year, their son, Daniel, was among the few students attending the Morehouse school. Hamilton County Deed Book 2 shows that on 27 November 1833, John Rudler, of the City and County of New York, Purchased property of Andrew K. Morehouse for $600 between lot #11 and lot #1 in the Arthurborough Patent. Additional property was purchased on lot # 10 and the northeast corner of lot #1 on the same date. Both these deeds were recorded 20 May 1834. On 7 December 1849, John and his wife Mina sold 50 acres of this property to their son Henry and William Kramer. The family can be found on the town's 1840 census and in 1845 were recorded as living in Road District 2. By 1850, Martin, Thomas and Henry each had their own household and they were all engaged in the lumber business. John and Winifree had the two youngest children still at home and John's occupation was as a farmer. Around this time, John was appointed to the town position of Overseer of the poor. Although several of John's grandchildren were probably born in the town, births, deaths and marriages were not recorded consistently. Only two births, those of Eleanor (later called Helen) and John, both being born to Henry and Wilhelamena, were recorded. John and Winifree, along with the four sons this family biography covers, moved to Crawford County, Pennsylvania before the 1860 enumeration. Assuming that they all relocated together, by looking at the dates and places of birth of the children born to the brothers, it would appear that the group removed about 1854 or 1855.

1.  Martin Rudler was born 12 April 1819 in Alsace France to John and "Winifree" (Hansberger) Rudler and he died 31 December 1872 in Conneautville, Crawford Co., PA. He married Arvilla Peabody in 1834. She was born 17 January 1820 in Vermont to Moses and Betsey (Hosmer) Peabody. She May have married 2nd, between 1872-1880, Thomas Tubbs. He was born about 1819 in PA. She died 27 April 1885 in Park Co., Colorado.

  Martin and Arvilla (Peabody) Rudler had at least these 4 children:
    1.1.  Marionn Rudler, b. 1845 in  NY
    1.2.  Kimbul Rudler, b. 1849 in  NY
    1.3.  Jennie Rudler, b. April 1855 in  PA and d. 
            after 1930 in (probably) Nunda, Freeborn, Minnesota. She married
            in 1873, Richard A. White who was born Jan. 1840 in NY and d. bet. 
            1910 and 1920.
    1.4.  Mabel Rudler, b. February 1859 in <Beaver, Crawford Co.&rt; PA.
            Married 1st, abt. 1875 Leland Peabody who was born abt. 1834 in
            NY. She married 2nd, in 1900, M. Allen Cook who was born Nov. 
            1862 in Maine, son of Morrison Cook

Martin and Arvilla had been married in 1843 and as stated above, settled in Morehouse, Hamilton County, NY. Martin, with his brothers, was engaged in the lumbering business. Two children, a daughter and a son, were born to them while they resided in Morehouse. Shortly after their arrival in Beaver, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, their third child was born. Four years later, their fourth child, another daughter, was born. It seems that Kimbul, their only son, had died, as he is not included among the family members at the time of the 1860 enumeration. Martin began farming, but before long, The Civil War had begun and Martin, the first from his family, left his wife and young daughters to enlist.

Martin, then aged 42, enlisted on 27 August 1861 in Co. H, 83rd PA Infantry and was mustered in with the rank of Private on the same day to serve three years. The 83rd rendezvoused at Camp McLane, near the city of Erie, and left for Washington on September 18th. The regiment remained in Washington through the winter and by spring, was a well-disciplined unit. The regiment fought at Petersburg, Richmond and Savage's Station, VA before it was moved to the peninsula to join Gen McClellan's Peninsular Campaign. Martin would have taken part in the siege of Yorktown before advancing to Hanover Court House. The regiment was encamped for most of the month of June 1862, but in the months that followed, they had their real "trial by fire". On June 27th, at Gaines' Mills, the regiment was hotly engaged and fought bravely. They went into the battle with 550 men and lost 265 in killed, wounded and prisoners. At the battle at Malvern Hill on July 1st and 2nd the regiment lost another 150 men. With about 50 new recruits, Martin's regiment went into the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, where 20 of their number were killed and 50 wounded and captured. After a few weeks, they were slightly engaged at Antietam. Their last battle of 1862 was at Fredericksburg, VA where 6 more of their group was killed and 30 wounded. Martin was with the regiment when they went into winter quarters near Stoneman's station. In mid May 1863 Martin's regiment was ordered to the Rappahannock to guard the fords and then on June 15th, they started toward Pennsylvania. They arrived on the field of Gettysburg on the morning of July 2nd. They were first put into position in support of the artillery at the center, and at about 4 o'clock in the afternoon were ordered to the extreme left and took position on Little Round Top, where they fought until evening, losing 6 men killed and 38 wounded. Six of those later died from their wounds. After the Battle of Gettysburg the regiment received about 400 new men who had been drafted, or were substitutes. The regimental history states that, "The majority of these proved to be worthless and were constantly deserting." There were marches and counter marches, but the remaining months of 1863 were relatively calm for the 83rd. In December, the regiment went into winter quarters behind the Rappahannock and it was most likely from there that Martin was transferred to Co. A, 12th Veteran Reserve Corps on the 1st of January 1864. His record doesn't give the reason for the transfer, or the date of his discharge, but at that point his initial three-year enlistment had been fulfilled.

After Martin's discharged, he returned to his family and in 1870 they were living in Conneautville, Crawford Co., PA. Martin, at 51 years old, was an invalid, no doubt from his strenuous military service. He died two years later leaving Arvilla a widow with their two daughters still at home ages 13 and 17. His name is on the list of veterans at the Beaver Center Cemetery, where two of his brothers are buried, but no dates or regiment number follow his name.

The year following her father's death, Martin and Arvilla's daughter, Jennie, married Richard A. White and in April 1874, a daughter was born to them in Minnesota. They made their home in the town of Nunda, Freeborn County, Minnesota and had seven children with all surviving in 1900. Their names were:

  1.3.1.  Belle M. White, born July 1874; 
  1.3.2.  William M. White, born March 1875; 
  1.3.3.  Allen R. White, born June 1878. He married Ellen and had at least 
            8 children;
  1.3.4.  Ferris L. White, born March 1881;
  1.3.5.  Seina? M. White, a daughter, born May 1883; 
  1.3.6.  Ray White, born March 1887; and
  1.3.7.  Lynn C. White, a son, born December 1891.

Richard died between 1910 and 1920. Jennie continued to live in Nunda with her sons, Ferris and Ray, until after 1930.

Martin and Arvilla's youngest daughter, Mabel, was married about 1875 to Leland "Leon" Peabody and they made their home in Park County, Colorado where Leon worked as a miner. 6 children were born to them there:

  1.4.1.  Frank A. Peabody, born 1876 and died 1943. He married 1st and unknown 
            woman and had a son named Morris in 1900. He married 2nd, Cora E. 
            who was born 1871 and died 1956; 
  1.4.2.  May Peabody, born abt 1878; 
  1.4.3.  Mabel E. Peabody, born Dec 1888 and married abt. 1903 Phillip Newburg. 
            They had at least 2 sons, Joseph, b. 1904 and Merrill, b. 1904; 
  1.4.4.  Willie Peabody, born about 1882 and died 2 May 1887;
  1.4.5.  Leland Peabody, born Dec 1884; 
  1.4.6.  Jane Peabody, born Sept 1888.

In 1900, Mabel married M. Allen Cook. It was a second marriage for both of them.

Arvilla moved to Colorado with her youngest daughter and may have married Thomas Tubbs. If she did, they were living in Breckenridge, Summit Co., Colorado in 1880 where Thomas was employed as a carpenter. Arvilla died 27 April 1885 and was buried in Como Cemetery, in the town of Como, Park Co., Colorado. Her grandsons Willie and Frank are buried there as well.

2.  Thomas Rudler was born 24 July 1820 in Alsace France to John and "Winifree" (Hansberger) Rudler and died 23 July 1891 in Pennsylvania. He married Fredrika before 1850. She was born July 1823 in Germany and died after 1900.

Thomas and Fredrika Rudler had 1 child and raised 1 adopted child:
  2.1  Mary Rudler, b. 1854 in  PA; d. before 1870
  2.2  Etta May Rudler, b. August 1869 in NY and married Robert Woodward in 
         1887. He was b. September 1860 in Ohio

Thomas married Fredrika before 1850 and, like his brothers, made his home in Morehouse, Hamilton Co., New York where he was engaged in the lumber business. The couple removed to Beaver, Crawford Co., Pennsylvania about 1854 and in that year, had a daughter born to them who apparently died young. Thomas's older brother, Martin, had enlisted for service in the Civil War right away, but it was not until September of 1862 that Thomas answered the call to serve.

The war had begun, and as the Confederate Army gained victories it began to move northward toward Pennsylvania. The Reserve Corps, which had originally been organized for the state's defense, had been called away to aid in the peninsular campaign, leaving the state's borders unprotected. After the struggle at Manassas, the vulnerability of the state of Pennsylvania became the subject of alarm. On September 4th, 1862, the governor of the state issued a proclamation, calling on the people "to arm, and prepare for defense." He called for the immediate formation of companies and regiments throughout the state. By September 10th, the danger had become imminent. With the enemy already in Maryland, the governor called for all able-bodied men to enroll immediately for the defense of the state. He promised that they would only be held for service as long as the pressing emergency situation continued.

Thomas and his brother Joseph both enlisted with "Welch's" Company, Pennsylvania Independent Infantry on 15 September 1862. These Militia units flew into action, positioning themselves in strategic locations, ready to defend their homes and families. When the enemy was defeated at Antietam and retreated in confusion across the Potomac, the imminent danger had passed, and as promised, the militia units were disbanded. Both Thomas and Joseph were mustered out on 24 September 1862.

Thomas returned to his home to take care of his family and farm. The war hadn't ended quickly as people had thought it would, and the month after their eldest brother Martin was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps, Thomas, now aged 44, and his other brother, Henry, enlisted for service. They enlisted together on 25 February 1864 as privates in Co. I, 2nd Pennsylvania Cavalry and joined the unit which was at that time in winter quarters at Warrenton. The regiment was involved with the campaign from the Rapidan to the James throughout May and June. They fought in many battles, including that fought at North Anna River. At St. Mary's Church, on June 24th, the regiment shared in the heaviest fighting and "received the special commendations of both its brigade and division commanders for a dismounted charge in line." They were involved at Malvern Hill, Deep Bottom, and Reams' Station, among many other engagements, through July and August. After that point, the regiment was closely identified with the history of the cavalry of the Army of the Potomac. They had the honor of being present at the Fall of Petersburg and they participated in the pursuit of Lee. They were at Appomattox Court House on April 9th for Lee's surrender. Thomas and Henry would have participated in the Grand Review in Washington on May 23rd 1865. On June 17th, the 2nd PA Cavalry was consolidated with the 20th PA Cavalry, forming the 1st Pennsylvania Provincial Cavalry. Both Thomas and Henry's service records show that they were transferred to this new unit. Finally, on 13 July 1865, both brothers were mustered out of service at Cloud's Mills, Virginia.

After returning home, Thomas resumed his occupation of farming. He and Fredrika never had any more children of their own, but they often had nieces and nephews living with them. Etta May, their niece who was born in New York in August 1869, was living with them at the time of the 1870 enumeration when she was only nine months old. The couple adopted her and the family continued to reside in the town of Beaver.

In 1887, Etta May married Robert Woodward and Thomas was able enjoy seeing his first grandchild born before his death in July 1891. He was buried in the Beaver Center Cemetery in the town in which he had passed the final 37 years of his life. Etta May and Robert had six children with five surviving in 1900. Their names were:

  2.2.1.  Elsie M. Woodward, born December 1889;
  2.2.2.  Bertha F. Woodward, born October 1891; 
  2.2.3.  Ira H. Woodward, born September 1893;
  2.2.4.  Emeline I. Woodward, born August 1896; 
  2.2.5.  Robert B. Woodward, born August 1898.

After her husband's death, Fredrika lived with her daughter and family in Beaver.

4.  Henry Rudler was born 22 March 1824 in Alsace France to John and "Winifree" (Hansberger) Rudler and died 7 February 1907 in Beaver, Crawford Co., PA. He married Wilhelamena "Minnie" Wolfe about 1846. She was born March 1824 in Prussia Germany.

  Henry and Wilhelamena "Minnie" Rudler had 10 children:
    4.1  Mary Jane Rudler, b. 1846 in <Morehouse, Hamilton Co.&rt; NY
    4.2  Helen M. Rudler, b. 9 June 1849 in Morehouse, Hamilton Co., NY and 
           d. 17 May 1906. She married Obed Thomas Wells between 1870-1873. 
           He was b. 30 January 1848, son of Shepard Beals and Sarah 
           (Silverthorn) Wells. He d. 17 February 1926
    4.3  John Rudler, b. 16 May 1850 in Morehouse, Hamilton Co., NY and d. 
           before 1856
    4.4  Charles Rudler, b. November 1854 in <Morehouse, Hamilton Co&rt; NY. 
           He married 1st Mary Della in 1878. She was b. October 1858 in PA. 
           He married 2nd Rachel E. in 1906. She was b. abt 1867 in PA.
    4.5  John Rudler, b. August 1857 in <Beaver, Crawford Co.&rt; PA
    4.6  Martin Rudler, b. 1859 in <Beaver, Crawford Co.&rt; PA
    4.7  Asa Rudler, b. August 1863 in <Beaver, Crawford Co.&rt; PA. He married 
           Florence in 1890. She was b. August 1862 and d. between 1903-1910.
    4.8  Harrison "Harry" Rudler, b. 14 August 1865 in Beaver, Crawford Co., 
           PA and d. 23 September 1940. He married Ola Annette Saunders 1 
           January 1895. She was born 3 November 1877 in Beaver Center, 
           Crawford Co., PA and she d. 25 November 1964 in PA.
    4.9  Elnora Rudler, b. 1868 in <Beaver, Crawford Co.&rt; PA
    4.10 Unknown Rudler, b and died before 1900

As his brothers did, Henry made his home in Morehouse, Hamilton County, New York after arriving in this country from France. He followed his brothers in the lumbering trade. Henry purchased 50 acres of land in Morehouse with William Kramer from Henry's parents for $300 in December of 1849 on which a sawmill seems to have been erected. He and Minnie were married about 1846 and began their family right away. They had four children, two daughters and two sons, in Morehouse before removing to Beaver, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. When they arrived at their new home, Henry engaged in farming, a profession he would follow in the same town for the remainder of his life. Once settled in their new home, Henry and Minnie had three more sons before Henry felt called to military service in the Civil War.

Henry was 40 years old when he and his older brother, Thomas, enlisted as privates in Co. I, 2nd Pennsylvania Cavalry. He left behind his wife and seven children, the youngest just six months old. It was a difficult service and they were engaged in many battles. The brothers saw their friends and neighbors die, and saw many of them taken away as prisoners of war. It must have been a great relief to learn of Lee's surrender. Henry and Thomas would have been present to witness the event described by Brig. General Joshua Chamberlain of the 20th Maine when the Confederate troops surrendered; "On our part not a sound of trumpet more, nor roll of drum; not a cheer, nor a word nor whisper of vain glorying, nor motion of man standing again at the order, but an awed stillness rather, and breath-holding, as if it were the passing of the dead. As each successive division masks our own, it halts, the men face inward towards us across the road, twelve feet away; then carefully dress their line, each captain taking pains for the good appearance of his company, worn and half starved, as they were....Lastly - reluctantly, with agony of expression --- they tenderly fold their flags, battle-worn and torn, blood stained, heart-holding colors, and lay them down; some frenzied rushing from the ranks, kneeling over them, clinging to them, pressing them to their lips with burning tears. And only the flag of the Union greets the sky!"(4)

Henry was probably eager to return to his family, but his term of service hadn't yet ended. After participating in the Grand Review in Washington on May 23rd, their unit, as stated earlier, was consolidated with the 20th Pennsylvania Cavalry to form the 1st Provincial Pennsylvania Cavalry from which Henry and Thomas were mustered out on 13 July 1865 at Cloud's Mills, Virginia. Captain Seip, who served with this regiment, recorded in his diary, "The story of their rough rides and fierce conflicts will be rehearsed with honest pride for they fought well, obeyed cheerfully every order, and shirked no dangerous duty. Under Buford or under Sheridan, they rode with only the desire to uphold the flag and subdue the Rebellion. Their record is a noble one and will not fade." (5)

With his military career over, Henry returned to Beaver and turned his attention to his farm and growing family. The month after his discharge, another child was born to the couple and by 1900, Henry and Minnie had had ten children with five still surviving. In the spring of 1878, Henry applied and was approved for an invalid pension. He continued his occupation of farmer in the town of Beaver and lived long enough to see many of his grandchildren born. Henry outlived all his brothers and was the only one of them to see the new century ushered in. He died in February 1907 and was buried in the Beaver County Cemetery. Minnie survived him and the year of his death, applied for a widow's pension.

Henry and Minnie's son, Charles, was a farmer in Conneautville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, where in 1910, he owned 148 acres. His family attended the Rudler family reunions and a four generation photo of them, taken in 1940, can be seen on the Crawford County, PA GenWeb site. He first married Mary Della and they had 5 children with all five surviving in 1900. Their names were:

  4.4.1.  Kay H. Rudler, born 6 January 1883 in PA and died December 1963 in PA. 
            He married Anna L. She was born 1 October 1882 and died October 1979 
            in Linesville, Crawford Co., PA.
  4.4.2.  Guy Rudler, born 7 March 1892 in PA and died 4 May 1982. He worked for 
            the Railroad.
  4.4.3.  Robert Rudler, born 19 September 1898 in PA and died August 1974 in 
            Linesville, Crawford Co., PA
  4.4.4.  John Rudler, born 28 February 1900 in PA and died 9 October 1989 in 
            Saegertown, Crawford Co., PA. He married Mildred Marie French. She 
            was born 24 November 1899 in Ashtabula Co., Ohio
  4.4.5.  Unknown Rudler

Charles married 2nd, Rachel E. and three of her seven children from a previous marriage lived with them in 1910.

John Rudler, son of Henry and Minnie, was a farmer in Conneautville where he owned 106 acres in 1910.

Henry and Minnie's son, Asa, married Florence and they resided in Chicago, Cook Co. Illinois in 1900. Florence died before the 1910 enumeration when Asa was living as a widower and working at a milk depot. The couple had 6 children with five surviving. Their names are:

  4.5.1.  Ralph M. Rudler, born January 1893 in Illinois
  4.5.2.  Florence G. Rudler, born January 1895 in Illinois
  4.5.3.  Henry L. Rudler, born 20 May 1897 in Illinois and died July 1978 in 
            Conneaut, Ashtabula, Ohio
  4.5.4.  Ethel M. Rudler, born June 1899 in Illinois
  4.5.5.  Unknown Rudler, born and died before 1900 in Illinois
  4.5.6.  Whilamina H. Rudler, Born 1903 in Illinois

Harrison, called Harry, was a farmer with 18 acres in Springboro, Beaver Township, Crawford County, PA in 1910. He was also one of the widely known auctioneers of the tri-state area. His family participated in the Rudler family reunions as well and a four generation of their family can be seen on the Crawford County, PA GenWeb site. Harry and Ola had at least these 4 children:

  4.8.1.  George Henry Rudler, b. 16 January 1896 in Beaver, Crawford Co., PA 
            and died 5 January 1965. He is buried in the Beaver Center Cemetery 
            and was a veteran of WW I.
  4.8.2.  Lee Harry Rudler, born 25 June 1897 in Beaver, Crawford, PA and died 
            31 March 1976.
  4.8.3.  Helen W. Rudler, born 3 December 1898 in Beaver, Crawford, PA and 
            died 1986.
  4.8.4.  Dorothy Cleora Rudler, born 14 May 1907 in Beaver, Crawford, PA and 
            died 11 January 1989.

7.  Joseph H. Rudler was born 28 April 1834 in Morehouse, Hamilton Co., NY and died 15 September 1896 in Isabella Co., Michigan. He married 1st Cynthia M. in 1859. She was born abt. 1843 in NY and died 23 June 1932 in Multnomah Co., Oregon. He married 2nd Mary S. Banister 11 November 1885 in Lincoln, Isabella Co., Michigan. She was born 27 March 1846 in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada to John and Deborah (Law) Banister and she died 11 October 1910 in Lincoln, Isabella Co., Michigan.

  Joseph H. and Cynthia R. Rudler had 2 children:
    7.1  Martin John Rudler, b. 25 August 1860 in Meadville, Crawford Co., 
           PA and died 18 October 1884 in Lincoln, Isabella Co., MI
    7.2  Lewis Daniel Rudler, b. 30 December 1864 in Meadville, Crawford Co., 
           PA and died 1865 in Meadville, Crawford Co., MI

  Joseph H. and Mary S. (Banister) Rudler had 2 children:
    7.3  Stillborn Daughter, b. and d. 15 June 1886 in Lincoln, Isabella Co., MI
    7.4  Mabel Belle Rudler, b. 16 May 1888 in Lincoln, Isabella Co., MI and 
           d. 13 June 1920 in Lincoln, Isabella Co., MI. She married Wallace 
           David Black in 1905. He was b. April 1878 in Lincoln, Isabella Co., 
           MI, son of David Wallace Black and he d. 1965 in Isabella Co., MI.

Joseph was the youngest son of John and Winifree Rudler and their first child to be born in this country. He had not yet been married when the 1850 census was taken in Morehouse, Hamilton County, New York and he was living with his parents. Joseph probably removed to Beaver, Crawford Co., Pennsylvania with the rest of his family about 1854. In 1859, he had married Cynthia and the following year their first child was born in Meadville.

As mentioned earlier, the Pennsylvania state militia had been called away, leaving the state's borders unprotected. When the governor called for volunteers to enlist temporarily, Joseph, with his brother Thomas, enlisted in "Welch's" Company, Pennsylvania Independent Infantry. He served from the 15th to the 20th of September in 1862.

A year later, at the age of 29, Joseph was drafted. On 3 September 1863 he was mustered into Co. G, 63rd Pennsylvania Infantry with the rank of Private. He was one of 300 drafted recruits who joined the regiment at Culpepper and within a month was actively involved in the fighting. Through October and November they fought at Auburn Mills, Kelly's ford and Locust Grove. The regiment spent the winter at Brandy Station. On 3 May 1864, they embarked on the Wilderness campaign, where in two days they lost 186 killed and wounded. Both sides had heavy losses at the battle and many unfortunate wounded men were burned alive when the brush caught fire. From then on the fighting was almost continuous. Joseph, with his regiment, fought at Spotsylvania, North Anna, Totopotomy and Cold Harbor. They crossed the James on June 14th, near Windmill point, and were engaged in the early assaults on Petersburg where many of their number were taken prisoner. Joseph was officially mustered out 23 September 1864, but he had already enlisted with another regiment before that date.

For his third term of service, Joseph enlisted 3 September 1864 as a Private in Co. A, 211th Pennsylvania Infantry. This regiment was mustered into service for one year. He was immediately engaged at Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. As soon as the regiment had reached its position in the entrenchments it was ordered to appear upon the parapets in full range of the enemy's guns in order to create a diversion for the storming party ready to move in on Fort Harrison. Men from company F were killed instantly. It was from here that on 17 November 1864 Joseph was captured. He was held as a prisoner of war until his release on 3 March 1865. Less than a month after his return, the regiment was fighting again. On the 25th, they were engaged at Fort Stedman, and on the 1st and 2nd of April at Petersburg. After this, they moved along the South Side railroad with the division in charge of army trains, as far as Nottoway Court House, where they remained until April 20th. They went to Alexandria where Joseph was finally discharged 1 July 1865.

The previous December, while Joseph was confined as a POW, Cynthia gave birth to second child, a son, who died as an infant. Joseph and Cynthia seem to have moved to Michigan and then separated. In 1870, their eldest son, Martin, was living with the family of Charles and Mary Wolf in Erin, Macomb Co., MI. Joseph settled in Lincoln, Isabella County, Michigan in 1876 and was living there as a 46 year old divorced farmer with his son, Martin, at the time of the 1880 enumeration. In the same year, Cynthia was living in Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan where she taught school.

In October 1884, Joseph and Cynthia's only surviving child, Martin, then aged 24, died of typhoid fever. He was buried in Lincoln Cemetery in the town of Coe, Isabella Co., MI. Martin had never married.

The following year, Joseph married Mary, and the year after that, she delivered a stillborn daughter. Two years later, in the spring of 1888, a healthy baby girl was born to the couple. Joseph established and maintained a good-sized farm and in 1890, at the age of 56, he applied for an invalid pension. He was included on the 1894 Veterans schedule census of Isabella County. He died two years later and was buried in Lincoln Cemetery.

Mary was left widowed with an eight year old daughter and a few weeks after her husband's death she applied for a widow's pension. Mother and daughter remained in Lincoln on the family farm. In 1905, at age 17, Mabel married Wallace Black. In October 1910, Mary died and was buried with her husband in Lincoln Cemetery.

The following year, 1911, David and Mabel had their first child, a daughter. The Plat of Lincoln Township in 1915 showed Mabel Black as the owner of 20 acres in section 15 and an additional 40 acres in section 22. In 1919, their second child was born but sadly, Mabel passes away before that daughter reached her second birthday. She died in the summer of 1920 at the age of 32 and was buried in Lincoln Cemetery. Their 2 children were:

  7.4.1.  Marjorie Emily Black, born 16 September 1911 in Isabella Co., MI and 
            died 8 August 1975 in Elmore, Montcalm Co., MI. She married Marshall 
            Franklin Abbott on 29 February 1929 in Lincoln, Isabella Co., MI. He 
            was born 16 June 1907 in Blanchard, MI. they had 3 children.
  7.4.2.  Dorothy Agnes, born 1919 in Lincoln, Isabella Co., MI

David married again right away to Mary C., who was born in Ohio in 1902. They may have had a son named Wallace L. in 1921 who died 1922 and was buried in Lincoln Cemetery. In 1924 they had a daughter together named Carrie M. and in 1928, a son named Ernest L. David's second wife died in 1963 and he, in 1965. They are both buried in Lincoln Cemetery, Isabella Co., Michigan.

As stated before, Joseph's first wife, Cynthia, was teaching school in Detroit, Michigan in 1880. At that time she was still using the name Cynthia M. Rudler. Without reading the pension file it is difficult to determine whether she took her maiden name back after the divorce or whether she remarried, however, she did begin using the initial "R" for her middle name, probably for "Rudler". Cynthia applied from Oregon, as a contesting widow, for a pension. The name she gave on the pension application was Cynthia R. Osgood. At the time of the 1930 enumeration she was living in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon at age 88. She died there on 23 June 1932.

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23) Schools in Morehouse, Hamilton County, NY. (C) 2000 Carol Ford, Town of Morehouse Historian and Lisa Slaski. On this site.
14) Vital Records 1849-1851 Hamilton County, NY. Morehouse Births. (C) 2000 Jeanette Shiel / Lisa Slaski. On this site.
15) Aber, Ted and Stella King. History of Hamilton County. (C) 1965. Great Wilderness Books; Lake Pleasant, NY, p. 865, 866
16) Oregon Death Index. Online at
17) Lincoln Cemetery; Coe Township, Isabella Co., MI. Online listing at Isabella Co., MI GenWeb site.
18) Isabella County Republican. August 8, 1957; Centennial Issue, Courtesy of Mrs. Merita Van Vraken. Taken from a history of the county written in 1884, loaned by Mrs. Lillian Hartford. Online at Isabella Co., MI GenWeb site.
19) Isabella County Births and Isabella County Deaths. Line at Isabella Co., MI GenWeb site.
20) 1894 Veterans Schedule Census, Isabella Co., MI
21) Como Cemetery, Park County, Colorado. Listing contributed by Shelley Barnes. (C) 1999 Shelley Booco-Barnes for the Park County, Colorado USGenWeb project.
22) Various State and Federal census. 1840 to 1930. Contact submitter for specifics.
23) Hamilton County Deeds. Book 2, pg. 23; Book 2, pg. 25; Book 3, pg. 327. Hamilton County Clerk's office, Lake Pleasant, NY. Note: the first two were also recorded in Montgomery County. Thank you Annie Weaver for looking these up.


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