Monday, March 12, 2012

Bovina in the Civil War - Soldier Biographies III

A cousin of brothers John and Solomon Coulter (featured last month), Thomas Coulter was born in Bovina in 1844.  He was the son of David Coulter.  He enlisted on August 28, 1862 and joined the same company and regiment as his cousins, the 144th NY Volunteer Infantry, Company E.  For enlisting, he was paid a bounty of $50.  Thomas was a farmer and had blue eyes, brown hair, a fair complexion and was 5 feet 11 inches tall.  In August 1863, he was sick in the hospital, but recovered and mustered out as a private on June 25, 1865 at Hilton Head, SC.  Thomas left Delaware County soon after the war and settled in Montana Territory as a gulch miner.  He died January 16, 1895 in Montana and is buried in the Forestvale Cemetery, Helena, Montana.

Born January 3, 1841, John P. Dennis, son of Thomas and Louisa Dennis, lived in Bovina when he enlisted on August 21, 1862.  He was paid $100 bounty.  He mustered out of the 144th NY Volunteers on June 25, 1865.  Dennis farmed in Bovina after the war.  In 1890, he reported as a disability a rupture and bad left hip.  Between 1900 and 1910, he and his wife Mary moved to Charles City County, Virginia.  The both appear in the 1920 census but by the 1930 census, Mary was widowed.  Exactly when and where John died I have not yet determined.

William Dennis
may be the brother of John (there is conflicting information about his parents, so I'm not totally sure).  He was born in Bovina in 1836 and married Lydia Betts in December 1861.  When he enlisted August 24, 1864, joining the 144th New York Volunteers as a private, he was working as a miller.  He mustered out with his company on June 25,1865 at Hilton Head, S.C.  He moved several times after the war.  In 1870, he was a farmer in Colchester, with his wife and five children.  By 1890, he was in Delhi, when he reported in a special military census that he suffered from diarrhea and piles, an effect of his service.  He appears on the 1900 census in Walton.  William moved yet again and by 1910, he and his wife Lydia were living in Bergen County, NJ with two of their children.  They do not appear in the 1920 census, so it is possible that William and his wife were deceased by or before 1920. 

Walter Dickson
was a blacksmith, born in 1834 in Bovina.  At his enlistment in Middletown on August 26, 1862, he was described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall, with light complexion, blue eyes and dark hair.  He mustered into the 144th NY Volunteers, Company G.  Mustering in as a sergeant, he was promoted to first sergeant in January 1864 and was a second lieutenant at the end of that year.  Walter mustered out with the company at Hilton Head, SC on June 25, 1865.  Dickson left Delaware County and was an early settler at Garner, Iowa, where he was the town's first blacksmith and, later, a farmer.  He died in 1892 in Crossville, Tennessee.

James R. Douglass was born in October 1822.  In August 1864, at the rather advanced age of 42, he enlisted into the 144th New York Volunteer Infantry as a private.  He mustered out with the company on June 25, 1865 at Hilton Head, SC.  James was married twice, first to Nancy Scott, then to Mary McCune.  He died at the age of 50 in 1873 and is buried in the Bovina Cemetery.

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