Last week, I was finally able to definitively determine the death date and the cemetery for William Wiley HUNNEWELL, the brother of my 2g-grandmother. With delight in my eyes, a cousin of mine took the date I supplied and found the 1931 obituary in Pittsburgh.
While I knew William had served in the Civil War and had moved to Wisconsin, and later back to Pittsburgh, I was surprised to find his obit made notice of his belonging to the General Alexander Hays GAR Post #3.
I scouted around for information on the post and to see if any records are still in existence. Perhaps, I can uncover some more interesting tidbits for my family files. So far, I have found an article from Sept, 1894 in the Pittsburgh Press which provides the following fun facts:
Post #3 was the first post organized in Pennsylvania November 2, 1866, as Post 1. It became Post 3 after the national GAR was organized.
Gen. A L PEARSON
Capt. D M HOWE
Sergt. William HOWE
Capt. WB COOK
John F HUNTER
Lieut. Joseph L EVANS
Robert D McKEE
Maj Samuel KILGORE
Lee S SMITH
David R REWIS
Other names from 1866-1867:
John M SNYDER
J Henry MILLER
John H MORRIS
George F MORGAN
Jos H GEY
John D McFARLAND
Homer L McGAW
Joseph B EATON
Alex C CASKEY
In 1894, the post reported having 300 members in good standing.
I found the following surviving documentation from the post at the Soldiers & Sailors Museum:
Post 3 – Gen. Alexander Hays Minutes Book 1905 – 1909
Post 3 – Minutes Book 1906 – 1912
Post 3 – Minutes Book 1931 – 1940 with obits
Post 3 – Descriptive Books
Post 3 – Cash Receipts/Dues Journal with Roster 1926 – 1929
Post 3 – Cash Receipts Journal 1909 – 1938
Post 3 – Canceled Checks and Warrants
If you have an interest in looking at these files, Curator Michael Kraus says the records are available for viewing with a few days notice.
Oh, if only I could go----
Ahh, genealogy. Remembering those who have gone before.....
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