Short Biographies and Obituaries of Some
Civil War Soldiers
Fulton County, NY

Transcribed by Annie Weaver and Lisa Slaski

Walter D. Amidon
Civil War, Co. G, 192nd NY Inf.
also mentions:
Frank Amidon, Civil War, Col. Swain's Regiment
Philip Amidon, Civil War, 7th NY Heavy Artillery, died Cold Harbor

Source: "History of Fulton County," by Washington Frothingham, D. Mason & Co., Pinters and Publishers, Syracuse, NY, 1892

Amidon, Walter D., Bleecker p.o., was born June 1, 1848, in Rensselaer county, a son of Darius and Evaline (Pollock) Amidon, who were also born in the latter county. The grandfather of Walter D. was John also, a native of Rensselaer county, and a farmer. He was a Democrat in politics. He reared two sons and three daughters, and they were members of the Baptist church. Our subject's father was a lumberman and merchant, located thirteen miles east of Troy, where he died in 1884. He had been twice married. His first wife died about 1874, and was the mother of seven children, as follows: Frank, who served in the war in Col. Swain's Regiment three years; Philip, who served in the Seventh N.Y. Heavy Artillery and was killed at Cold Harbor; Walter D., Mary, Charles, William and George, who died aged two years. Mr. Amidon's second wife was a Mrs. Niles. Walter D. was reared on a farm and received his education in the district schools of the day. In February, 1865, he enlisted in Co. G, 192d N.Y. Inf., and was wounded in the left leg while on picket duty at Summit Point, Va. He was mustered out at Cumberland and discharged at Albany in the fall of 1865. He worked at various occupations until the fall of 1876, when he came to the place where he now resides and erected the Troy Lake House where he has continued in business ever since. In politics he is a Democrat. March 12, 1877, he married Lizzie Guthaur, who was born in Bleecker, a daughter of Charles and Christina (Dalmen) Guthaur, who reared two sons and three daughters. Walter D. has five children: Ella D., Harry W., Ida B., Clara E. and Leonard. They are members of the Lutheran church.

Julius F. Bowman
Civil War, Co. D, 93rd N.Y. Vols.

Source: "History of Fulton County," by Washington Frothingham, D. Mason & Co., Pinters and Publishers, Syracuse, NY, 1892

Bowman, Julius F., a farmer of Northville, was born in Columbia county, January 4, 1834, a son of Isaac and Submit (Frary) Bowman. His father was a native of the above county and of French ancestry; his grandfather was a soldier with La Fayette in the revolutionary army and came from France. His mother was a native of Connecticut; her father was a revolutionary soldier, having enlisted at sixteen years of age. His father was a farmer and came ot Hamilton county in 1840, settling in Hope, near Northville. He was a strong Republican and an active member and one of the founders of the Presbyterian church of Northville. Julius F. Bowman was a soldier in the civil war, and saw nearly four years' service. He enlisted December 9, 1861, in Company D, 93d New York Vol. Inf., served three years, and re-enlisted in the same regiment. He was in the army of the Potomac and participated in the following battles: Yorktown, Fredericksburg, The Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, and many others. Mr. Bowman was first sergeant when discharged, and was several times wounded. He received an honorable discharge on July 12, 1865. He is a pensioner since December 1891. He owns a fine farm in Northampton and has built himself a pleasant residence in the village. In politics he is a Republican, and is a member of the G. A. R. He was married April 8, 1857, to Matilda R. Lobdell, who was born May 1, 1837. They have two children: Ward M., born July 4, 1859, who married Libbie Ames; and Isaac E., born June 4, 1861, a photographer in Northville. Mr. Bowman and wife are members of the Presbyterian church.

Transcriber's Notes:

  • 1850 census: resides in Hope, Hamilton Co., NY with parents
  • 1860 census: resides in Northampton, Fulton Co., NY, with wife and son

    William Henry Case
    Civil War, Co. K, 149th NY Inf., drummer boy

    Source: Lowville Journal and Republican: Oct. 18, 1928, obituary

    Born in Lowville, June 16, 1850: Died at St. Johnsville, October 12, 1928

    William Henry Case, 78, who saw service as drummer boy in the Civil War when only 13 years old, died at his home in St. Johnsville Friday night after a lingering illness.

    Born in Lowville, June 16, 1850, he enlisted in Company K, 149th New York Infantry in 1863 and was with General Sherman in his march from Atlanta to the sea. September 23, 1868, he married Lida Tanner of St. Johnsville where they resided several years. In 1903 they moved to Utica, where they lived until returning to St. Johnsville two years ago. Mr. Case followed the trade of cabinetmaker until a few years ago, when he retired.

    He was a member of Alonzo Smith Post, G. A. R. of St. Johnsville and Royal Arcanum.

    Besides his widow he leaves four sons, Alfred, Fred and Marcus, all of Johnsville, and Leon of Ilion; two daughters, Mrs. James E. Brown, Utica and Mrs. F. D. Smith, New Hartford; one sister, Mrs. James Warren, Jerome, Idaho; 18 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

    James H. Nickloy
    Civil War

    Source: Broadalbin Herald July 30, 1908, obituary

    James H. Nickloy of this city died at the Old Soldiers' Home at Bath, July 24. The deceased was seventy-four year of age, and until he became an inmate of the Home had been a resident of this city. He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Oscar Getman and Mrs. Sylvester Klock of this city and Mrs. Elizabeth Pinkney of Gloversville. The remains were brought to this city at one o'clock today and taken to the undertaking parlors of H. P. Alpaugh on South Perry Street from which place the funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. Dr. J. A. Williamson will officiate and the members of McMartin Post G. A. R. of which the deceased was a member, will attend the body. Interment will be made in the Johnstown Cemetery.

    J. C. Pauly
    Civil War, Co. D, 97th N.Y. Vols.

    Source: "History of Fulton County," by Washington Frothingham, D. Mason & Co., Pinters and Publishers, Syracuse, NY, 1892

    Pauly, J. C., was born in Darmstadt, Germany, February 12, 1836. He is a son of John Pauly, who passed his whole life in Germany. John Pauly was the father of four sons and one daughter, and was a carpenter by trade. J. C. Pauly was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools and the high school. His mother died when he was an infant, and at sixteen years of age he and his sister came to America and located at Little Falls, where he worked in the grocery business for six years. He then worked on a farm for about the same length of time. In 1857 he married Rosetta Youngs, a native of Germany, and a daughter of Contrad Youngs, who came to Stratford in 1852, where he died. After the marriage of Mr. Pauly he engaged in farming and lumbering, and for twenty-three years resided in Hamilton county. In 1887 he came to Stratford, where he kept hotel for one year, and then resumed his former occupations. To Mr. Pauly and wife have been born two sons: Charles and Harry. In 1861 he enlisted in Company D, Ninety-Seventh New York Volunteers, and was honorably discharged in 1862. He was in the battles of Front Royal and Bull Run, and was wounded while doing picket duty. He is a member of the G. A. R., Bunel Post No. 503, Salisbury Center. Mr. Pauly was highway commissioner in Hamilton county and constable for two years. He and family are Methodists.

    Sumner W. Porter
    Civil War, Co. B, 32nd N.Y. Vols.

    Source: "History of Fulton County," by Washington Frothingham, D. Mason & Co., Pinters and Publishers, Syracuse, NY, 1892

    Porter, Sumner W., a farmer of Northville, was born in Northampton, June 28, 1830, a son of Hiram and Sarah (Gifford) Porter. The father came here when a young man, and the mother was a native of this town. The grandfather, Felix, was a resident of the place also, where he died at a great age. Summer W. was reared on the farm, and at the age of thirty years he enlisted in the late war, on April 25, 1861, being one of the first to answer to the call for 75,000 men, issued by the president. He served until June 9, 1863. He was in Co. B, 32d N.Y. Vols., army of the Potomac, and participated in the following battles: South Mountain, Antietam, Malvern Hill, West Point and Fredericksburg, besides others. At the first battle he was in, West Point, he was wounded, and had several close calls from being shot. One ball passed through his cap and one knocked him down by striking his breastplate. His brother, Elias, was killed at Malvern Hill. Mr. Porter has been extensively engaged in farming and lumbering for many years, having about 180 acres of land. He has been a Democrat in politics, but for the past few years has sided with the Prohibitionists. He has been several terms supervisor of Benson, Hamilton county, and one of the prominent men of the town. December 1, 1853, he married Marinda Kidney, by whom he had one son, Mortimer L. His wife died February 5, 1858, and he married second on July 19, 1863, Sarah A. Gifford, of Northampton, who was born May 9, 1845. She was a daughter of Rufus Gifford. Their children are: Giles F., who married Mary E. King; Nettie J., wife of F. R. Snell, and Addie M.

    Ezra Vanderhoof
    Civil War, Co. D, 4th N.Y. Heavy Artillery

    Source: "History of Fulton County," by Washington Frothingham, D. Mason & Co., Pinters and Publishers, Syracuse, NY, 1892

    Vanderhoof, Ezra, is a farmer residing in Northampton. He was born in Wells, Hamilton county, July 3, 1829, a son of William and Fannie (Hutchinson) Vanderhoof. William was a native of Hamilton county. He was a farmer and shoemaker, and a Democrat in politics; his wife was a native of Dutchess county. Ezra Vanderhoof was reared on the farm. December 20, 1863, he enlisted in Company D, 4th New York Heavy Artillery, serving in the army of the Potomac until the close of the war. He was engaged in the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, Deep Bottom, in front of Petersburg, and in many minor engagements, and at the closing scenes of the Rebellion. The only wound he received was a scratch on the left elbow by a bayonet, at the battle of Cold Harbor. He was honorably discharged at Washington, in June, 1865, and has been a pensioner since 1883, having been unable since the war to perform manual labor on account of loss of health. He recently sold a fine farm of 200 acres. He married on December 15, 1852, Matilda Parmenter, of Northampton. They have had two children: Philo, who died at seven years of age, and Hettie, born August 30, 1862, who is now the wife of Willis Hayden, a farmer and trader. Mr. Vanderhoof had been a Republican since the war. He has been highway commissioner seven full terms, justice of the peace four years, excise commissioner two years, and is now assessor of his town. He and his family are members of the M. E. church, of which Mr. Vanderhoof is one of the officials.

    Elisha A. Waters
    Civil War, 30th NY Inf.

    Source: Broadalbin Herald, Oct. 14, 1908, obituary

    Elisha A. Waters, aged 68, died at about eight o'clock Monday morning at his home in this village, death resulting from exhaustion. He was born in Washington County and had resided in this town for the past twenty-five years. He served two years in the late Rebellion, having answered the second call for volunteers by enlisting in the 30th New York Infantry, from which he was honorably discharged shortly after the battle of Chancellorsville in which he took part. He was an active member of McKean Post G. A. R. Besides his wife; he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. William Tubbs of this town. The funeral was held at two o'clock yesterday afternoon from the M. E. church, Rev. W. J. C. Wilson officiating. Burial with G. A. R. ceremonies was made in the local cemetery.

    James D. Weldon
    War of 1812

    Source: Broadalbin Herald, 18 Jun 1908, daughter's obituary

    [Margaret Weldon Suits] Was Daughter of a Veteran of 1812

    St. Johnsville, June 12. - Margaret, wife of Hiram Suits, who died at her home at Cramer's Corners Monday, was the daughter of James D. Weldon of that town, a soldier of the War of 1812, who died in February, 1878. After the attack by the British forces on Sackett's Harbor, 1813, which was repulsed, the entire militia of this section was called out for service on the northern frontier. A draft was first ordered, but before the drafted men had taken the field the entire militia was called out, and the incident lived in the memory of the people of those days as "the time the soldiers went to Sackett's Harbor." Mr. Weldon, who was not yet 18 years of age, and consequently was not liable to be called on for military duty, was accepted as substitute for David Ellwood, then a young man residing at Starkville (where he died in July, 1859). At the time of his death Mr. Weldon was one of the largest property holders in the town of Stark. He left three children, Maria, who married Abram Pickard of Starkville, who removed some years ago to Oswego County; Moses Weldon, also one of the substantial men of Stark who died a few years ago in the vicinity of Cramer's Corners, and the deceased. Mrs. Weldon, wife of James D., was a daughter of John Cramer, who was born in Minden in 1760, and whose descendants are quite numerous in Stark and Danube. At her father's death she inherited the farm at Cramer's Corners, where he had resided and where she had also made her home. She was a lady of great force of character and good business instincts and an excellent neighbor and was highly esteemed by all her acquaintances. Besides her husband, Hiram Suits, who is one of the most respected men of the town of Stark, she is survived by one son, James Suits, who resides in the immediate vicinity. Prof. Clark Suits, the pianist, is a grandson of the deceased.

    Rev. Nelson Whitman
    Civil War, Co. F, 21st Wisconsin Vols.

    Source: "History of Fulton County," by Washington Frothingham, D. Mason & Co., Pinters and Publishers, Syracuse, NY, 1892

    Whitman, Rev. Nelson, Northampton, was born in Wells, Hamilton county, June 28, 1821. He is a son of Isaiah and Sarah (Turner) Whitman, natives of the above county, but of English ancestry. Mr. Whitman's maternal grandfather was a soldier in the war of the Revolution, and a pensioner. He was one of the first settlers in the above county. Isaiah Whitman was a farmer. In politics he was a Republican, and held many important local offices. Nelson was educated at the Academy of Poultney, Vt., and joined the Troy Conference of the M. E. Church; after some years he removed to Wisconsin, where he was in charge of the schools at Green Bay, and pastor of the church at that place. In 1861, the day after the arrival of the news of the firing on Fort Sumter, he commenced recruiting. In the fall of 1862 he went to the front as the captain of Company F, 21st Wisconsin Vols., and served to the close of the war, acting as chaplain part of the time. He served in the Army of the Gulf, and was at the siege of Mobile, Vicksburg and Fort Morgan. He was mustered out at Galveston, Tex. Since the war he has been engaged in mercantile pursuits and in farming. He returned to Northville in 1876, where he owns several farms and considerable village property, and deals in real estate. June 13, 1872, he married Melissa C. Stone, of St. Johnsville, by whom he had one son, Elmer G., born May 9, 1885. Mr. Whitman is a Republican, although his sympathies are with the Prohibitionists.

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