The subject of this record was born in Harrison Co., Ind., April 10, 1826. The maiden name of his wife, to whom he was married June 4, 1854, in Harrison Co., Ind., was Martha J.† Fite who was born in Jeffersonville, Ind., Jan. 25, 1836. Her father, John Fite and her mother, Eliza (Starr) Fite have both passed away. Two children were born to this marriage: Norman and Arthur, the latter being deceased. Our subject was following his trade as a blacksmith at the time of his enlistment which occurred Sept. 23, 1864, at Jeffersonville, Ind., when 38 years old. He cast his lot as a soldier with Co. I, 42d Ind. V.I.† He was put on detached service most of his enlistment until stricken with chronic diarrhea when he was treated in Co. Qtrs. He was honorably discharged June 18, 1865, at Louisville, Ky., and died at Byrneville, Indiana, Sept. 2, 1865, from chronic diarrhea contracted in service and from which he never recovered. His wife had three brothers in the volunteer service: Samuel in 66th Ind. V.I. was captured and released on parole, John in Co. C, 81st Ind. V.I., and Capt. Andrew in 66th Ind. V.I.† She had two uncles who served through the war, David and Daniel Starr. Daniel Starr also served in the Mexican war. Our subjectís widow has a pension and her address is New Albany, Indiana.
From the book, Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen Vol. II
H.H. Hardesty, Publisher
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Copyright 2004 by Sharon Pike