Johnsburg Goes to War: 1861-1865

This is my fourth column researching men from Johnsburg who served in the Union forces in Civil War for a program at Tannery Pond in Sept. of 2011 and I have been quite pleased with the calls and comments I'm already receiving. I received a nice call from Mike McSweeney in Florida with information I'll be sharing in future columns.

I also heard from Ray Smith of Long Lake who is related to many by the name of Coulter and Prouty here in Johnsburg. Ray shared with me that the 1850 census lists John Bartman (column of Jan. 16) as a lawyer in Queensbury, NY. When he enlisted in Johnsburg in 1864 in the 91st NY Volunteer Infantry it was noted that he was a minister. After the war he served for many years as a Wesleyan-Methodist minister in Long Lake. He also served in that capacity at the Mill Creek Wesleyan-Methodist Church on Garnet Lake Rd, Johnsburg and is buried in that churchyard.

Ray has also researched the descendants of Leonard Bennett of the 118th NY Volunteer Infantry (also Jan. 16 column); surnames of the descendants include Armstrong, Brannon, Brown, Donohue, Farrell, Fish, LaPelle, Lovejoy, Miner, Plumley, Savarie, Stanton and West.

If you have any pictures, diaries or information on the men listed below, or from past lists in this column, please contact me at 215-3009 or pearsall.glenn@gmail.com. Thanks.

Glenn L. Pearsall

Comstock, Bethuel

Born on ?/ 31/ 1845 in Queensbury, NY. Son of John Anson Comstock and his wife, Laura (Taft). Enlisted as a private, Co I, 96th Volunteers Infantry for 3 years on Dec. 3, 1861, but discharged only 4 months later on March 1, 1862 - not sure why.

Cox, William

Born in 1837 in Athol, NY. Son of Thomas Cox and his wife Nancy (Sarturle). Served in Co. D, 118th NYS Volunteer Infantry.

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