Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Civil War Soldier: Cpl. Abram FREDENBURG (1841 - 1903)


Source: Fredenburg Family Photograph. Reproduction of framed photograph. C. 1861. Original photograph believed to be in the possession of Dorothy Needham Moreno, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2001.

The above photograph shows the Fredenburg family. Sitting in the front row, left to right, are men who are believed to be Anthony (father), Abram, and Sylvester FREDENBURG. Standing in the back, left to right, are women believed to be their spouses: Hannah Fox (mother), Myra [--?--], and Mary Jane [--?--] FREDENBURG.

How Related: Brother of my 3rd-great-grandfather, Sylvester FREDENBURG

Born: 23 February 1842, New York

Parents: Anthony FREDENBURG (1816 - 1881) and Hannah FOX (c. 1816 - 1890s)

Siblings: Abram was one of 11 children and one of three brothers that served in the Union Army:

  • Charlotte (b. c. 1839)
  • Amanda (b. c. 1839)
  • Sylvester (1844 - 1879) - my ancestor
  • Rachel (c. 1847 - 1904)
  • Benjamin Franklin (c. 1849 - c. 1864)
  • Alonzo (c. 1849)
  • George Cady (1852 - 1930)
  • Lurinda (c. 1854 - 1926)
  • William (c. 1856)
  • Isabella (c. 1856 - 1926)

Married: Myra [--?--]

Children: Anna "Annie" (b. c. 1871) and Daniel Reeder FREDENBURG (b. c. 1873)

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Source: Civil War Pension Index Card of Abram Fredenburg. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. National Archives and Records Administration. Publication T289. Digital image purchased at Footnote [http://www.footnote.com/].

Enlisted: 14 December 1861 at Penn Yan, New York; private. Enlisted in Co. A., 50th New York Engineers on 17 December 1861.

Side Served: Union

History of Unit: 50th New York Engineers

Mustered Out: 13 June 1865 at Fort Barry, Virginia

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Biography or Information of Interest: There is some speculation that Abram also served in the 24th New York Cavalry, but I haven't investigated enough to see if the man by that name in that regiment is the same as "my" Abram.

Died: 26 September 1903 in Kent Co., Michigan

Buried: Plainfield Township Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent Co., Michigan

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