Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Obituary-Portis M. Coolbaugh, Civil War Soldier

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This Memorial Day, as we remember those who have fought for our Country, I chose to remember my maternal 2x great-grandfather Portis M. Coolbaugh.   He served as a Union soldier from 26 February 1862 until 1 March 1865.

from the newspaper The Bradford Star Thursday, October 27, 1910
Coolbaugh Portis 1910 Obit
Mustered Out-
Portis M. Coolbaugh died Oct. 16, 1910 at the Women’s Relief Corp Home in Oxford, N. Y., of cancer of the liver, aged 65 years.  Deceased was a native of Monroeton, where he spent his early life and from which town in March, 1862, he enlisted in Company C, 107th P. V. and served until the close of the war.  He had for many years resided at Waverly and Lockwood.  He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.  The remains were taken to Lockwood for interment.

Remember to look beyond your ancestors information.  On the same page in the newspaper I also found this add:  (click on images to enlarge)
Civil War Book Add
Looks like this would be a very interesting read but it seems like there are only 5 copies at Libraries in the US-they are in the Library of Congress, the NY Historical Library, the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, one in Minnesota and one in Springfield, Illinois.  Ugh….Somehow I’ll have to see if I can see it one day and see if Portis is mentioned in it.
*I owe a big thank-you to the volunteers at the Bradford County Historical Society for finding this clipping and some other wonderful information for me.  Remember that a Historical Society is a great place to find things that you probably can’t find on the internet.  You can hire someone to help with your research when it isn’t possible for you to be doing it in person.

If you have any corrections or additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,

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