An Incomplete Roster of Soldiers associated with

Wilson Post No. 496 G.A.R.

 History of the Post

Not every Civil War veteran living in the area would have necessarily belonged to the G.A.R. Post. However, the names presented here are confirmed as to have been members of Wilson Post G.A.R. Please e-mail Edward Boots for any updates or further information you may have.

BEHM, William F. – Private, Co. E, 78th PA Volunteer Infantry. Born May 1845 in PA, son of Nickolas & Louisa (Rehnick) Behm, Jr. Enlisted 18 Feb 1865. Discharged 11 Sept 1865. Married twice. Married second in 1896 to Margaret A., daughter of Leonard & Anna (Peffer) Gettman. Died 18 June 1932 in Zelienople, PA. Buried in Evans City Cemetery, Butler Co., PA. Headstone

BELTZ, Henry – Charter Member. Private, Co. E, 169th PA Drafted Militia. Born 1824 in Alsace, Germany. Drafted 16 Oct 1862, a 5'4" Shoemaker from Zelienople, PA. Mustered in 25 Oct 1862. Absent sick at Muster Out. Discharged 25 July 1863 at Harrisburg, PA. Married 10 Dec 1863 in the St. Paul's German Lutheran & Reformed Church to Sarah, daughter of George & Mary Magdalena (Dauler) Steffler. Divorced in 1881. Admitted 17 Dec 1893 to the Soldiers Home in Dayton, OH. Died 17 June 1904 while in Pittsburgh, PA. Buried in Homewood Cemetery, Allegheny Co., PA.

BISHOP, George J. - Charter Member. Private, Co. E, 169th PA Drafted Militia. Born 10 May 1834 in Germany. Married to Henrietta Krise. Mustered in 25 Oct 1862. Mustered out 25 July 1863. Living in Forward Township in 1880. Died 13 June 1886. Buried in Evans City Cemetery. Headstone

BLOOM, Henry – Private, Co. K, 49th PA Infantry. Born 29 Jan 1844 in Zelienople, PA, the son of Nicholas & Eva (Shaffer) Bloom. Married about 1868 to Christina, daughter of Louis Wilber & Christina (Miller) Dindinger. Died 13 March 1906 of Valvular Heart Disease in Zelienople, PA. Buried in the English Lutheran Cemetery, Zelienople, PA. GAR Marker #1508. Headstone

Butler Citizen (Butler, PA), March 22, 1906

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BOGGS, Detmar Passavant – Post Commander. Private, Co. G, 58th PA Militia and Musician, Co. E, 78th PA Infantry. Born 15 June 1844 in Butler Co., PA, son of William & Cynthia (McDonald) Boggs. First served in Co. G, 58th PA Militia. Mustered in July 1863. Discharged Aug 1863. Enlisted next on 21 Feb 1865 in Co. E, 78th PA. Mustered out 11 Sept 1865. Married to Sarah M. Appointed 20 June 1892 as Postmaster of Harmony, Butler Co., PA. Wagon Maker. Died 29 Oct 1906 of Pulmonary Tuberculosis in Harmony. Buried in Harmony, PA.

BOYER, Elias R. - Charter Member. Private, Co. F, 78th PA Volunteer Infantry. Born 25 March 1842 in Butler Co., PA, son of Isaac L & Mary A. (Rice) Boyer. Married 1 March 1866 to Susannah, daughter of George & Christina (Beighley) Lambert. Died 23 March 1922 in Harmony, Butler Co., PA. Buried in the Zion English Lutheran Cemetery, Middle Lancaster, Butler Co., PA. Also associated with Alfred G. Reed GAR Post # 105 in Butler, PA.

The following is a short biography found in "Presidents, Soldiers, Statesmen," Volume 1, Published by Hardesty in 1898 on Elias R. Boyer...."Was born in Butler County, Pa., March 25, 1842; his parents, Isaac and Polly (Rice) Boyer, are yet living; at the age of 23 years he enlisted as a private in Co.F, 78th Pa. Inf., and faithfully discharged the duties of a soldier; in June, 1865, he suffered with enlargement of the veins in both legs and loss of hearing in left ear; he was honorably discharged September 20, 1865, at Harrisburg, Pa. His father was a comrade in the 77th Pa., serving four years and four months, and his grandfather, Henry Rice, was a soldier in the war of 1812.  Mr. Boyer was married in Butler County, Pa., March 1, 1866, to Miss Susan Lambert, who was born in that county, June 28, 1847; her father, George Lambert, is yet living, but her mother, Tina (Beighley), is deceased; to the union has been born five children, namely: E.F., J.L., Norman J., Charles and Blanche.  Two brothers of Mrs. Boyer, William and Paul, served in different regiments during the struggle, the latter served eighteen months. Comrade Boyer is a member of A.G. Reed Post, No. 105, G.A.R., draws a pension, is a carpenter, and his address is Jail Street, Butler, Pa. 

BROWN, C. E. - Charter Member.

DINDINGER, John – Post Commander. Corporal, Co. G, 168th PA Volunteers. Born December 26, 1839 in Franklin Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, the son of Louis and Christina (Miller) Dindinger. He was educated in the public schools of Franklin Twp, and in 1861 began clerking in a store. Enrolled 16 Oct 1862 in Company G, 168th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Mustered out July 24, 1863. He married in December 1863 to Rachel Tzetta, daughter of Caleb & Johanna (Holliday) Pyle. In 1864 he engaged in merchandising in Perry Township, Lawrence Co., where he continued until 1872. He then sold his store and purchased a farm in Franklin Twp. In 1874 he came to Zelienople and established a mercantile business, also erected a store building. He was also interested in oil production, and was one of the organizers and a director in the National Bank of Harmony. He served as postmaster under Garfield's administration. Elected as a Republican to the House of Representatives in November 1896. He died December 17, 1916 and is buried in the English Lutheran Cemetery, Zelienople, PA. Headstone

DOBSON – Post Commander. Possibly Josiah Dobson listed on the 1890 Veteran's Census, Zelienople, PA.

ERB, Ephraim – Private, Co. E, 137th PA Infantry & Private, Battery I, 6th PA Heavy Artillery. Born about 28 June 1842 in Butler Co., PA, son of George & Hannah (Schwenk) Erb. Married to Sarah. Living in Harmony, Butler Co., PA in 1890. Died Aug 1899 in Middle Lancaster, Butler Co., PA

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GREEN, E. C. - Charter Member.

HARPER, Cyrus – Hospital Steward, Co. A, 15th WV Infantry. Born 1 March 1839 in PA, son of Thomas & Margaret (Swartz) Harper. Enlisted 19 Sept 1862. Mustered Out 14 June 1865. A Jackson Twp Miller and Music Instructor. Died 22 Jan 1921 of Hypostatic Pneumonia at Zelienople, PA. Buried in the English Lutheran Cemetery, Zelienople, PA. Headstone

KEEFER, Elias - Born 6 Oct 1832 in Butler Co., PA, son of John & Elizabeth (Cable) Keefer. Married about 1860 to Mary Magdalene, daughter of George & Lena (Beighley) Klinefelter. Carpenter. Died 6 Dec 1906 of Heart Failure in Jackson Twp, Butler Co., PA. Buried in St. Peter's Reformed Church Cemetery, Zelienople, PA.

KEEFER, Nelson – Private, Co. I, 78th PA Infantry. Born Nov 1845 in Butler Co., PA, son of John & Elizabeth (Cable) Keefer. Enrolled 6 March 1865 from Lancaster Twp, Butler Co., PA. Mustered out 11 Sept 1865 at Nashville, TN. Married about 1869 to Adaline Mae, daughter of John & Mary Magdaline Heberling. Died 20 June 1924 in Harmony, PA. Interment in the Zelienople Mausoleum.

KLINE, F. G. - Charter Member. Probably George Klinefelter living in Jackson Twp in 1890.

KRADEL, Phillip

LAMBERT, Francis (Frank) - Charter Member. Private, Co. B, 77th PA Infantry. Born 24 April 1842 in PA, son of Joseph & Susannah (Rice) Lambert. Enlisted 21 Dec 1861. Mustered out 6 Dec 1865. Farmer. Died 16 Feb 1922 of Hypertrophic Cirrhosis of the Liver in Zelienople, PA. Buried in the Zelienople Mausoleum.

MARSHALL, Jonathan Ditmer – Private, Co. H, 46th PA Infantry. Born 13 July 1837 in Perry Twp, Lawrence Co., PA, son of Joseph Andover & Delilah (Houk) Marshall. Married 14 Nov 1861 to Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew & Mary (Harbaugh) Thomas. Drafted 29 July 1863. Mustered out 16 July 1865 at Alexandria, VA. Died 15 Nov 1915 in Franklin Twp, Beaver Co., PA. Buried in Camp Run Presbyterian Cemetery, Franklin Twp, Beaver Co., PA. Headstone

McCORMICK, William S. - Living in Zeno, Forward Twp in 1890.

PHILLIPS, George W. – Assistant Adjutant. Private, Co. D, 61st PA Infantry. Enlisted 13 July 1863. Mustered Out 19 April 1865. Living in Zelienople, PA in 1890.

RHODES, James - Living in Shiner, Beaver Co., PA in 1890.

PREBBLE, W. A. - Charter Member. Probably William A. Prebble (or Pribble) living in Wampum, Lawrence Co., PA in 1880.

RHINEFELLOW, George - Possibly George Klinefelter living in Jackson Twp in 1890.

STAUFFER, Ira – Private, Battery H, 5th PA Heavy Artillery. Born 1844. Enrolled 8 Sept 1864. Mustered out 13 June 1865. Living in Middle Lancaster, Butler Co., PA in 1890. Died 11 July 1895 in Middle Lancaster, Butler Co., PA. Buried in Grace Church Cemetery, Harmony, Butler Co., PA. Headstone

Butler Citizen (Butler, PA), July 25, 1895

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STIVER, Frank B. – Private, Co. A, 2nd WV Volunteers & Private, Co. K, 140th PA Volunteer Infantry. Born June 11, 1842 in Jefferson County, Ohio, son of William and Jane (Orr) Stiver. At the age of nine, his family moved to West Virginia. He enlisted in Company A, 2nd West Virginia Volunteers, and served three years. Re-enlisted September 4, 1864 in Company K, 140th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry at Beaver Falls, PA. Mustered out May 31, 1865 at Washington, DC. After the war he located in Harmony, Butler County, and in 1879 engaged in buying and shipping hay, feed, etc. He married in 1883, to Jennie McConnell, of Lancaster Township. She was a member of the English Lutheran church, while he belonged to the Baptist church. Politically, a Republican, he served in the council and also as constable of Harmony, and has been a member of the county committee. He is a charter member of Evans City Lodge, A. O. U. W. Admitted April 23, 1928 to the Soldiers Home at Dayton, OH. Died September 23, 1928 from Chronic Myocarditis. Body shipped to Zelienople, PA. Buried in Grace Church Cemetery, Harmony, PA. Headstone

WEIGEL, Frederick H.  – Musician, Battery B, 5th PA Heavy Artillery. Born 27 Aug 1842, son of Jacob & Mary Elizabeth (Wurster) Weigel. Married to Julia Ann Moyer. Enrolled September 2, 1864 from Butler Co., PA. Discharged June 30, 1865 at Pittsburgh, PA. Died 19 Sept 1911 in Flower Hospital, Toledo, Lucas Co., OH. Buried in Grace Church Cemetery, Harmony, Butler Co., PA. Headstone | Further Family Info

WEIGEL, John – Charter Member. Post Commander. Post Chaplain. Private, Co. A, 76th PA Infantry. Born 14 Feb 1841 in Lancaster Twp, Butler Co., PA, son of Jacob & Mary Elizabeth (Wurster) Weigel. Enlisted 28 Aug 1861 into Co. A, 76th PA Infantry. Mustered in 1 Oct 1861. Mustered out 28 Nov 1864. Married about 1866 to Elizabeth Umpstead. Blacksmith by trade. Served as Postmaster of Zelienople in 1891. Died 24 March 1912 of Tuberculosis Pulmonalis in Zelienople, PA. Buried in the English Lutheran Cemetery, Zelienople, PA. Headstone

WEISER, Dr. Adam - Charter Member. Private, Co. B, 168th PA Drafted Militia. Born 12 July 1824 in Germany. Married to Elizabeth. Supposed to have been able to speak seven languages. Enlisted 16 Oct 1862. Mustered out 24 July 1863. "Herb Doctor." Instantly killed 11 Jan 1900 by being struck by a mail train in Zelienople. Temporarily living in Fombell at the time. Buried in Harmony, Butler Co., PA.

Butler Citizen (Butler, PA), Jan 18, 1900

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WEYMAN, Ernest - Charter Member. Private, Co. C, 100th PA Infantry. Born 1837. Enlisted 31 Aug 1861. Mustered out 24 July 1865. Farmer. Died 1917 in Jackson Twp, Butler Co., PA. Buried in St. Peters Reformed Cemetery, Zelienople, PA.

ZEIGLER, David M. -Private, Battery A, 5th PA Heavy Artillery. Enlisted 8 Sept 1864. Mustered out 30 June 1865. Living in Jackson Twp in 1890.

ZEIGLER, Henry Mussleman – Corporal, Co. F, 137th PA Infantry. Born 15 April 1837 in Butler Co., PA, son of David & Catherine (Musselman) Zeigler. Enlisted 28 Aug 1862. Mustered out 1 June 1863. Married to Mary, daughter of Abraham & Nannie (Boyer) Sechler. Died 8 Feb 1921 in Harmony, PA. Buried in Harmony, PA.

ZIEGLER, Noah - Charter Member. Private, Battery A, 5th PA Heavy Artillery. Born 1846. Enlisted 8 Sept 1864. Mustered Out 30 June 1865. Butcher. Living in Zelienople, PA in 1890. Buried in Harmony, PA.