Re: George Washington Ely, Civil War veteran, died 5/25/1874 at Woolwich, NJ
Let me apologize first for getting your hopes up.I am researching a George Washington Ely that is buried in Trenton city cemetery in Illinois.I remembered researching him a year or so ago and also remembered that my research turned up evidence as a civil war veteran.Let me also say that my primary research is actually on his mother and that information on the offspring has been collected but not,as yet, been processed thoroughly.Now for the meat of the matter.There is a George W. Ely that shows up in the Illinois Civil War Detail Report (records via the Illinois Secretary of State website).He is listed as a resident of O'Fallon, IL and joined the service in Summerfield, IL, which are places that I would expect to find the George Washington Ely that I am peripherally researching.But then things fall apart.His 'muster in' date is August 12, 1861 and his nativity is Gibson County, IN.The best information that I have about the George Washington Ely that I have interest in is that he was "Born April 12, 1852" and "Died June 12, 1875", "Aged 23 YRS. & 2 Mo."The text in quotations are taken from his gravestone, which I only recently discovered.Obviously he was too young to be in the war, although his brother was and has a government headstone.Sorry for the confusion, who would have thought that there were that many George W. (Washington) Ely(s) around at the same time, much less two of them in the Civil War.The record from Illinois is incomplete as it does not show a muster out location.
I have three Ely veterans from the database and can only seem to reconcile one of them.All three are listed from the Trenton, Lebanon, O'Fallon area and should be from the same clan, but I am at a loss to track two of them genealogically.As a Civil War researcher yourself where can I go to get more complete information on the individuals that I am looking at?I know through some of my leisurely reading that there were quotas and some games were played with inflating numbers at the time, could this be some of that, or is that even possible?There obviously was a George Washington Ely in the area, but he was only 9 and I have never found evidence of a Samuel C. but do have an Erasmus C. and he is listed separately as the third identified veteran.If you have any insight or suggestions I would appreciate it and I apologize for being premature with the identification of the George that you are looking for.Sorry and thank you.