Hi, I am looking for information on my ggg-grandfather Sylvester Brightman, particularly on his birthplace, parents, or any other information, such as his relationship to other Brightmans.
Sylvester first appears in the 1850 Census in Ledyard, NY (Cayuga Co.), married to Elizabeth P.Sylvester was born about 1821 in New York and has with Elizabeth at least 6-7 children (Geo. abt 1846; Catherine Ann 1851 (my gg-grandmother); James Daniel abt 1853; William H. Brightman 1855; Ella M 1858; Charles Edward 1860; Frank S. 1863).
Sylvester was a "laborer" by profession (according to the census records) and enlisted in the NY 111st Infantry late in the Civil War (I think he lied about his age).He died of wounds received in battle on May 25, 1864 and is buried in a national cemetery in Baltimore, MD.His wife Elizabeth died at age 55 and is buried in a cemetery in Ledyard, NY ("w/o Sylvester").(I would also love any information about Elizabeth as I only know her first name and initial.)
Any information or assistance would be greatly appreciated!!