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Re: Unable to document Civil War service

So far, I've been unable to identify the family of Private Uria/Uriah Wise, Co. H & G, 7th KS Cavalry.

I also can't connect my ancestor Uriah Wise (born c. 1840 in VA; died c. 1900-1910 in PA) to a Civil War military record, although he is listed in the 1890 Veterans Schedule: Uriah Wise, US Soldier, House #308, Chambersburg, Franklin, PA. Since I've pretty much ruled out the PA & OH residents, maybe my ancestor was the soldier in the KS Cavalry mentioned above. He would have been familiar with horses as a farm laborer in VA. He also worked for a time as a teamster in Chambersburg, PA where in 1899 he was taxed as a freeholder (homeowner) who also owned at least one horse. As I mentioned, there is no Uriah Wise listed as a USCT soldier. I only considered looking at the "white" soldiers after learning that, according to our family legend, our ancestor Uriah was a mixed-race person with a pale complexion. It is possible that in 1880 he is counted twice: as a "black" household head in Chambersburg and also as a "white" hireling in Guilford (five miles from Chambersburg in Franklin County, PA).

Yes, I'm using the Ancestry database which does include Civil War pension records. Such records exist for only two of the five or six men named Uriah Wise who were documented Civil War soldiers (of over a dozen men in the census, 1850-1930, named Uria/Urias/Uriah Wise/Weise/Weiss, etc.). From my list, posted on Afrigeneas States Research Forum, they are:

#2 Uriah Wise, 171 PA Infantry (wife Sarah J. Noss);listed in 1890 Vets.
#4 Uriah S. Wise, 64th OH Infantry (wife Mary J. "Jennie" Clendinning); also in 1890 Vets. It is possible that #4 is also the soldier who served with the Pioneer Brigade, a unit that cleared roads, built and repaired bridges for the Union Army. They were organized at Murfreesboro, TN where they were recruited from existing regiments. Both 64th OH Infantry and 3rd Battalion, Pioneer Brigade were present at battle of Murfreesboro/Stones River.

I've also determined that #10, Uriah A. Wise, 210th PA Infantry, was born c. 1848 in PA. He is also in 1890 Vets. In 1880 he was a widower with two children in KS, whose deceased wife could be Mollie C. Girton. He lived in Wood County, OH with a different wife, Margaret Esther Tyson, 1900-1923.

I have reason to believe that #8 is Uriah Jefferson Wise, 6th OH Cavalry (wife Martha Amanda King). According to the census, he was born in AR or MO and his father was born in KY. This man interests me because he fought in northern VA battles at Upperville & Manassas Junction near the home of my ancestor, also named Uriah Wise.

I believe that #3 and #9 from my list are the same man: Uriah Wise (wife Mary Greenhoe) who did not fight in the Civil War.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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