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Friday, April 08, 2011

New Life for Family Members of the GAR Captain Thomas Espy Post 153

The GAR Captain Thomas Espy Post 153 has been a place of interest for me over the last several years.  I guess it is because I have several uncles, cousins and such who were members of this group in Allegheny County, PA.  In addition, two of my lovely female cousins, Wanda and Virginia, have been invaluable in assisting with the donation of materials and acting as docents for the post.

Just recently, a cousin of mine who is of the blood of Colonel William James GLENN sent an article from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on the Civil War Veterans in the post.  The article gives information on the post and my cousins and asks for help in identifying the pictures of the men from their 1904 reunion photo.

I've forwarded the article to my group in Allegheny County to see if we can assist in identifying some more of the veterans in the picture.  So far, one lady has responded with the possible identification of her 2g grandpa.  Hopefully, more genealogy buffs are grabbing those old photos of grandpa and a magnifying lens to search the 1904 photo.  The photo can easily be blown up for viewing purposes.  There is also a list of the men who were members of the post.

Here is a link to the article:

Link to the Post information which includes manuscripts, membership forms, transfer card, deceased members, etc.

Just this afternoon, another genealogy buddy told me the post even has a Facebook page - Captain Thomas Espy GAR Post 153.

Recent Geni-Tales Blogs on the Captain Thomas Espy GAR Post 153
Whirlwind of Treasure in Carnegie
Simply, I am a Survivor

Captain James GLENN who was the cousin of Colonel William James GLENN mentioned above died in 1901 was also a member of the post.  He died in 1901 so he is not in the picture.  His picture can be found in an earlier blog of mine:

cousin Captain James GLENN of Co D, 149th PA Volunteers
Just Didn't Know When He was Licked

Ahh, genealogy. Is it just my age or do the magnifying lenses just not get those veterans in clear focus?  Must be the lenses---------

©2011 AS Eldredge


Anonymous said...

Hi! I love reading this! Wonderful! Thank you! It is true the Library is attempting to identify these men. Furthermore, any well sourced history directly related to these men is appreciated. The list of the members posted on the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is not complete, so I highly recommend that you also look at the online documents and lists posted on the site.

hummer said...

Wonderful to know information can be found about the GAR. Still searching for information on my Wyoming group.