Historical research can quickly turn into playing detective. The Official Town of Johnsburg Enrollment Records indicate a Stephen F. Monthany enlisted Nov. 24, 1861 in Johnsburg, but the more I researched him the more confused I became: dates of birth didn't match and dates and places of discharges for health reasons were different. Jo Ann Smith, our Town Historian, was finally able to clear up my confusion. According to research by Monthany descendant Glenn Davis in 1995, there were two Stephen Monthanys (also spelled Montheany), a father and a son, who enlisted on the same day, placing an "X" by their name and fought side-by-side in the same company in the same regiment (Co. I of the 93rd NYVI). A year later both were discharged, within two weeks of each other for health reasons. In Dec. of 1863 they both re-enlisted and fought together in Co. K of the 2nd Reg't NY Veteran Cavalry. The regiment was mustered out Nov. 8, 1865 in Talladega, Alabama. The son returned home and the father headed to Mobil, Alabama looking for work and was never heard of again.
Anyone out there related to Stephen Monthany or Glenn Davis? Any diaries or pictures? In preparation for my September 2011 Tannery Pond Community Center Presentation I'd appreciate hearing if you have any pictures, diaries or information on the men in this week's column or from prior columns. Please contact me at 215-3009 or email@example.com.
Glenn L. Pearsall
Monasty, John (Also spelled Moriarty)
Born April 27, 1847 in Sharron, VT, son of John and Julia (Carmody). Enlisted in Johnsburg Feb. 15, 1864 for three years as a corporal in Co. B of the 96th NY Volunteer Infantry. Discharged after the war on Feb. 5, 1866.
Monroe, Benjamin Franklyn Washington
Little is known of this man with a most patriotic name. Son of Giles Monroe; mother's name unknown. Enlisted Aug. 11, 1862 for three years as a private in the 118th NY Volunteer Infantry. May have died in the war.