Re: Emma Fitch, 1855, WNY
I have information for you.First off, we are related. Emma Fitch and Sheldon Weatherbee are my great- great grandparents on the maternal line of my father's side.I have been doing quite a bit of research and have found some census records (1860) that indicate that Emma Fitch's father was a Jacob Fitch.Mother was Sophie (do not know maiden name).From the Civil War military records, it looks like Jacob mustered into the 97th infantry, co. A. (Boonsville, NY 18 Sept. 1961 (age 32)) From the Utica Morning Herald and Gazette, it looks like Jacob was listed as wounded in June of 1864 somewhere inbetween Cold Harbor and White Oak Swamp.The paper listed him as wounded in the thigh, severe.Furthermore, an invalid CW Pension record lists J. Fitch discharged on 18 Sept. 1864. Either he died of his wounds or lived and fell off the face of the Earth since he shows up in no other NY or Fed. census records.I have not seen the actual pension records, but when I get to the NARA, I will be happy to share what I find.Also, the 1860 census records the parents of Jacob Fitch, both born in Germany and living here at the time.Names are Gtlop and Austine Fitch.From my records, I have Emma Fitch's birth at about 1858.She had an older sibling, Edmund, born 1856 and as of the 1860 a younger brother Harmon, born 1859.ALl were residing in Newstead, Erie County, NY for this census.Hope that this was informative and please e-mail me if you have any further infomation or [email protected]
By the way, the Civil War photo of Sheldon M. Weatherbee is from the Conrad Bush Collection ot the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, PA.I just received a copy and the copyright release myself.Prettycool, hey?
Yours in relation,
Tina (Ratulowski) Luers
When you get a chance, I am interested in knowing your familial relationships. Thanks