Levi Lackey joined the PA Volunteers, Company A, Regiment 209 in Harrisburg, PA on September 8, 1864, under the command of Captain John B. Landis of Carlisle, PA. He was wounded in action during the Battle of Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. According to his obituary “In the attack upon the picket lines by the division of General Pickett on the night of November 15, 1864, the regiment lost by capture 128 men including Col. T. B. Kauffman, commander of the regiment. A number more were killed and wounded. Mr. Lacky had his leg shot off below the knee and with the aid of a stick, he managed to work his way back to the Union line of works, a distance of three-fourths of a mile, where he laid until daylight when he was taken in and cared for. He was a member of (G.A.R.) Captain Colwell Post 201, of Carlisle, and an exemplary citizen. He will be buried at Springville Cemetery.”
Levi’s brother Emanuel Lackey also served in the Civil War. Levi was discharged from service on April 11, 1865. Levi died of complications of a series of strokes in August 1894 at only 50 years of age. He had been a farmer (like many generations before and after him).
Levi Lackey was born on August 8, 1845, in Cumberland County, PA. He married Sara(h) Hinkle and they had several children, including daughter Frances.
Levi’s daughter Frances Lackey (born in Boiling Springs, April 1874, died September 1912) married Charles Ross Wilson. Together they had four children (Jacob Levi, Sara, Merle, and Ross). Ross died as an infant.
Jacob Levi Wilson (born April 1896 in Boiling Springs, PA, and died July 1955 same location) married Ruth Naomi Kuhn on February 20, 1915, in Carlisle PA. Jacob and Ruth had six sons (Charles Robert, Wendel, Durwood, Leslie, Francis Edward, and Mac). Francis Edward (Ed)Wilson (Born November 9, 1930, in the family farmhouse in Boiling Springs, died October 9, 2005, in Arlington WA) married Betty Lou Kuhn on June 25th, 1958 in Mt. Holly Springs, PA. They had two daughters. Francis Edward is the child through whom the line descended to the member of Laura Belle Stoddard, Tent 22 of Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865.
Henry Sawyer Currier was born on February 4, 1826, in Hallowell, Maine, and died 66 years later. His Grandfather William D Pecker and Great Grandfather Dr. James B Pecker fought in the Revolutionary War.
Henry married first Catherine C Fallon on September 9, 1850, who died of childbed fever on April 17th, 1867 at the age of 35. They had three children. Henry enlisted as a teamster for a term of three years with the Maine Regiment Company E 3rd Volunteers on June 4, 1861. He was described as being 5’7” tall, with blue eyes and light brown hair. His photo, obtained on Ancestry from a cousin, bears a remarkable resemblance to my youngest son.
Henry contracted malaria at Fair Oaks, Virginia, and was admitted to the General Hospital in Philadelphia on June 1 of 1862 and discharged that November 26th from both the hospital and the army.
He returned to Hallowell, Maine, and took up his occupation as a teamster. On April 8, 1868, he married Mrs. Aura Clary Campbell,
Aura A Clarey
a young widow 23 years his junior whose husband had drowned shortly after marriage. Henry and Aura had 5 children the eldest of whom was my Great Grandmother, Charlotte.
For the next 30 years, Henry continued to suffer recurrent bouts of malaria. Causation for malaria was not established until 1881 but was regarded as a form of poisoning most likely caused by swamp gas. The record shows Henry declining in health year by year as he continues to work to support his family. In time he loses a thumb due to poor circulation but continues to work. He applies multiple times for a disability pension and is finally given one based on working half-time sometime after 1881, the original application of that date having been rejected. As his health continues to decline, he again requests a full pension, the last application being in 1892.
The census of 1900 shows Henry living in a Veteran’s Home and Aura described as a widow and running a boarding house. One of her boarders is George Godfrey, a man her age. Henry and Aura divorce on October 9, 1891, and on February 2, 1893, Henry dies. On June 1, 1903, George and Aura marry. In 1895 their adult children Charlotte and Frank marry and in 1898 my grandfather Earl Godfrey is born.
My Grandfather recalls growing up in Maine where they were so poor, they had to eat lobster sandwiches for lunch because they couldn’t afford peanut butter and school didn’t start in the Fall until all the potatoes were harvested on the big farms. Until I sent for Henry’s Civil War Pension file from the National Archives, no one in my family had remembered this sad story of a man who had lived for 28 years before the legitimacy of his pension application was recognized. The applications, declarations, and affidavits supporting his repeated claims to a pension for his Civil War service are almost an inch thick and weigh well over a pound.
One can’t help but wonder at the lives lived in between all the pages of this sad record – the loves, the births, the building of houses, planting of gardens and family gatherings by the shore around clambakes and lobster boils, all of which my grandfather remembered. Grandpa, known as “the Deacon,” was remembered by all four of his children and their children with great affection as a kind, patient, and very orderly man. He volunteered in the Mexican Border Wars against Poncho Villa at the age of 16, fresh off the farm in Main, and in WW I in the trenches in France against Germany where he was gassed with mustard gas and contracted trench foot. Like his grandfather before him, he lived all of his adult life, until the age of 86, with disabilities from the war that rendered him unable to live a full and active life. One life, you might say, foreshadowed another.
submitted by descendant and Tent 22 member, Dottie McIntosh.
REMEMBER the Fallen. . . HONOR those who Serve. . . TEACH our children the value of Freedom.
Welcome to the Daughters of Union Veterans of Civil War, Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22 (CA0525P)’s Wreaths Across America Page.
On December 18 at 12:00 pm, 2021, Daughters of Union Veterans of Civil War, Laura Belle Stoddard Tent 22 (CA0525P) will be helping Santa Barbara Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans by laying Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes.
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Our guest to present this program is Brenda Kaesler. Since April of 2015, Brenda has been actively
growing in her role with Wreaths Across America. In 2016 she accepted the
challenge of Co-Location Leader for Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego,
and Location Leader in 2018. Seeing her solution-oriented mindset, Wreaths
Across America invited her to their headquarters in Maine for training and to join
14 other Location Leaders from across the country forming the Solution-Oriented
Wreaths Advisory Team (SWAT).
It was her involvement with WAA that led to becoming a Daughter of the American
Revolution in March 2018. DAR California State Regent Susan Broderick
appointed her the 2020 – 2022 State Vice Chair of Service for Veterans-Wreaths
Across America, and she was recently appointed by the DAR President General to
serve as National Vice Chair of that committee.
Mary Jean Van Dyke related the history of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865. Meetings for April and May have been canceled due to COVID-19. The next meeting is scheduled for June 12, 2020.
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