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Civil War Navy veteran Sylvester Doremus
Headstone for Sylvester Doremus (c.1831-1907), an African American born free in NJ (to Jops/Joseph Doremus and Sarah Maney) is posted on-line at New Jersey Civil War Gravestones.
Sylvester enlisted in the Union Navy as a Landsman (inexperienced sailor) at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York in 1863. He served as cook and waiter on the USS Restless and his name was listed also on muster rolls for Civil War vessels Minnesota, Albemarle, and Agawam.
Sylvester's pension file notes that he had a scar on his left hip from a sword cut.
Sylvester's friends and neighbors John H. Edgar and Simon Aaron of Rahway, NJ served in USCT regiments organized at Camp William Penn in PA.
The first known census listing for Sylvester Doremus is in 1850 when he is counted in the household of innkeeper/hotel landlord Jonathan Moore in Bernards, Somerset, NJ.