Sunday, November 11, 2012

Bovina in the Civil War - Soldier Biographies XI

Roman Palmer's time in Bovina was relatively brief, though he had planned to settle there in the early 1860s.  Unfortunately, the war upended those plans permanently.  Roman was born in Hamden in 1840, the son of Saunders and Cornelia Palmer.  In 1860, he was living in Andes and working as a Cooper.  Around 1862, he started working in Bovina and in March 1864 he took out a $700 mortgage to buy a house in town, the house now owned by Chuck and Betty McIntosh.  In July of that year, he married  Margaret K. Gladstone.  Just over a month later, he enlisted, joining Company E of the 144th NY Volunteers.  On December 9, 1864, he was killed in action at Deveaux Neck, SC and was buried near where he fell.  In September 1866, his property was sold at public auction to settle debts.   Margaret Palmer never remarried, dying in Walton in 1923.  She is buried in Andes in the Gladstone plot.

Charles W. Redding was born in Delaware County in 1839.  Where he was living at the start of the war is not totally clear, but his family was living in Bovina at the war's end.  He enlisted in August 1862, joining the 144th New York Volunteers as a private.  He was six feet tall with blue eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion.  His main occupation was as a clothier.  He mustered out with his company in June 1865.  He did not long survive the war, dying at the age of 29 around 1868.

John Reynolds was another Civil War fatality from Bovina.  He was born in 1842 in Bovina, the son of William S. Reynolds.  He enlisted in September 1862 in the 144th New York volunteers and died barely six months later at Fairfax Seminary Hospital in Virginia.  Though he is listed in the town clerk's record of Bovina Civil War soldiers, his parents were living in Andes at the end of the war.  He is buried in Alexandria, Virginia in the Alexandria National Cemetery.

Martin Reynolds
was born in 1822, making him one of the older soldiers in the war.  His connection with Bovina is unclear, other than the fact that he is buried there.  Reynolds enlisted in 1864, joining the 185th New York Volunteers, Company D.  He mustered out in May 1865 near Washington, DC.  He filed for an invalid pension in July 1881 and died 11 years later in 1892.

William Richardson was born in Scotland in 1831, coming to America with his parents when he was a teenager. Enlisting in the 144th New York Volunteers in September 1862, he was paid a bounty of $150 for doing so.  He was mustered out in June 1865 with his company in Hilton Head, SC.  William was a stone mason and did stonework on the Gerry Estate at Lake Delaware.  Married twice, he was living at the Bovina home of his daughter, Mrs. John Irvine, at the time of his death in March 1917.  One of his grandchildren was Isabell Irvine, who married Cecil Russell a few months before her grandfather's death.

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