John Straight
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John Straight (1828 - 1897)

Pvt. John Straight aka Strait
Born in Springwater, Livingston, New York, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 22 Feb 1856 (to 31 Dec 1897) in Springwater, Livingston, New York, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Springwater, Livingston, New York, United Statesmap
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Private John Straight served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: 18 Sep 1861
Mustered out: 13 Jun 1865
Side: USA
Regiment(s): New York 85th Volunteer Infantry; 28th Battery New York Artillery; New York 112th Volunteer Infantry

Contents

Biography

Early Life

Pvt. John Straight was born on 7 October 1828 in Springwater, Livingston, New York to Lawton Straight and Lydia Robbins.[1][2]

His place of birth is most commonly listed as Springwater since he spent practically his entire life there. However, his father Lawton is listed as living in Dansville, Steuben, NY in the 1830 census, and in Springwater in the 1840 census.[3][4] As the two towns are only around half an hour apart, and John remained in Springwater since at least 1850[5], these discrepancies are not too significant.

John grew up in Springwater on a farm. In adulthood, he lived in a log cabin on a farm with his mother and worked as a shoemaker before becoming a farmer himself.[5][6][7]

He married Lydia Marie Culver on 22 February 1856 in Springwater. They ultimately had nine children together: Arthur, Oren, John, Eudora, George, Samuel, Alfred, Mary, and Albert. They lived on a farm in Springwater, to which John tended.[7]

Military

First Tour

He enlisted for the first time at the age of 33 on 18 September 1861 in Springwater, with the intention of serving a three-year term.[8][9] He was mustered in as private to that regiment in Company D under Cpt. Levi H Kinney on 25 October 1861, but transferred to Company B under Cpt. William W Clark on 1 January 1862.[10][11][12] John's first tour of duty came to an abrupt end when he was discharged due to a bout of chronic diarrhea on 31 December 1862 in Baltimore, Maryland.[11][12][13]

Second Tour

As was the case with all other of-aged men after 1863, John had to register for the Civil War draft, and did so in July 1863.[14] Regardless, John enlisted himself into the 28th Battery of the New York Artilley on 3 September 1864 in Avon, New York, and was mustered in as private on the same day under Cpt. C.H. Millard only to transfer out of the artillery into Company E of the 112th New York Infantry Regiment on 11 October 1864.[15][16][17][18][19][20] Along with the rest of his company, he was mustered out on 13 June 1865 in Raleigh, North Carolina.[1][18]

After Military

After the war, John went back to his farmland in Springwater and tended to it for the rest of his life.[13][21][22] He owned land in plot 175 in District no. 175, a few miles southeast of the Hamlet of Springwater.[23] John owned as much as 88 acres of land worth over $3000 at the time, which was used primarily for oat and hops farming, although he also grew crops and foods such as wheat, corn, potatoes, and apples. He also owned various farm animals, including cattle, pigs, and horses.[24][25]

Death

John passed away on 31 December 1897 at his home in Springwater, and is buried in Ashley Cemetery in the same town.[1][2][26]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ancestry.com: John Straight in the U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1970. Applications for Headstones for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1941. Microfilm publication M1916, 134 rolls. ARC ID: 596118. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, Record Group 92. National Archives at Washington, D.C.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Find A Grave: Memorial #21333222
  3. 1830 United States Federal Census.
  4. 1840 United States Federal Census.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch, John Strait, Springwater, Livingston, New York, United States; citing family , NARA microfilm publication (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. "New York State Census, 1855," database with images, FamilySearch, John Strait, E.D. 1, Springwater, Livingston, New York, United States; citing p. , line #35, family #52, county clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 510,541.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch, John Straight, 1860.
  8. NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center: Muster Roll for 85th New York Infantry Regiment in US Civil War. p. 397.
  9. US National Park Service: John Straight, 85th Regiment, New York Infantry.
  10. Ancestry.com: John Straight in the New York, U.S., Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900. New York State Archives, Cultural Education Center, Albany, New York; New York Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900; Archive Collection #: 13775-83; Box #: 1231-1; Roll #: 357.
  11. 11.0 11.1 NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center: Unit Roster for 85th New York Infantry Regiment in US Civil War. p. 1104.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Ancestry.com: John Straight in the U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Historical Data Systems, Inc.; Duxbury, MA 02331; American Civil War Research Database, 1861-1862.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890," database with images, FamilySearch, New York > Livingston > All > image 80 of 91; citing NARA microfilm publication M123 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  14. Ancestry.com: John Straight in the U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865. Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registrations, 1863-1865. NM-65, entry 172, 620 volumes. NAI: 4213514. Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War), Record Group 110. National Archives at Washington D.C.
  15. Ancestry.com: John Straight in the New York, U.S., Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900. New York State Archives, Cultural Education Center, Albany, New York; New York Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900; Archive Collection #: 13775-83; Box #: 825; Roll #: 1168.
  16. Ancestry.com: John Straight in the U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Historical Data Systems, Inc.; Duxbury, MA 02331; American Civil War Research Database, 1864.
  17. NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center: Unit Roster for 28th Independent Battery of New York Light Artillery. p. 1218.
  18. 18.0 18.1 NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center: Unit Roster for 112th New York Infantry Regiment. p. 1107.
  19. US National Park Service: John Straight, 28th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery.
  20. US National Park Service: John Straight, 112th Regiment, New York Infantry.
  21. "New York State Census, 1865," database with images, FamilySearch, John Straight, District 01, Springwater, Livingston, New York, United States; citing source p. 12, line 10, household ID 90, county clerk, board of supervisors and surrogate court offices from various counties. Utica and East Hampton Public Libraries, New York; FHL microfilm 510,543.
  22. "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch, John Straight, Springwater, Livingston, New York, United States; citing enumeration district ED 39, sheet 395D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0859; FHL microfilm 1,254,859.
  23. Ancestry.com: J Straight in the U.S., Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, 1860-1918. Various publishers of County Land Ownership Atlases. Microfilmed by the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Collection Number: G&M_9; Roll Number: 9.
  24. Ancestry.com: John Straight in the U.S., Census Non-Population Schedules, New York, 1850-1880. Census Year: 1870; Census Place: Springwater, Livingston, New York; Archive Collection Number: A24; Roll: 24; Schedule Type: Agriculture; Page: 9; Line: 35.
  25. Ancestry.com: John Straight in the U.S., Selected Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880. Census Year: 1880; Census Place: Springwater, Livingston, New York; Archive Collection Number: A49; Schedule Type: Agriculture; Roll: 49; Page: 23; Line: 8.
  26. Archive.org: John Straight in the New York State Death Index - 1897. Published by Reclaim the Records. pg. 775.

See Also

  • "United States Census, 1870", database with images, FamilySearch, John Straight, 1870.
  • "New York State Census, 1875," database with images, FamilySearch, John Straight, Springwater, Livingston, New York, United States; citing p. 6, line 21, State Library, Albany; FHL microfilm 510,547.
  • "United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934," database with images, FamilySearch, Stork, William - Strauch, Thomas > image 3537 of 5091; citing NARA microfilm publication T288 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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