2013-03-28 / Local & State

Friends Of Tonoloway Books List County’s Civil War Veterans

Volume I recently published
STAFF REPORT

The first in a series of three books that record the Fulton County men who served in the Civil War has been published by the Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church.

Written by Friends President John Mentzer, who notes that the planned release of the three volumes coincides with the 150th anniversary years of the War Between the States, Volume I of “Fulton County Veterans of the Civil War” includes 308 veterans, sir names Abbott through Fulton. Each veteran’s military service, dates of service, pension information, birth, marriage and death dates, family members and burial locations have been identified, if possible. Additional information of interest to family and genologists that has been found is also recorded for some veterans.

Many of the veterans have prominent Fulton County names, such as Akers, Alexander, Anderson, Barnhart, Barton, Bishop, Breakall, Carnell, Clark, Clevenger, Cline, Cromer, Cutchall, Decker, Deneen, Deshong, Divelbliss, Duvall, Edwards, Everts, Fisher, Fix, Fore and Fraker. These families had multiple members in the Civil War.

According to Mentzer, more than 750 Fulton County men served in the Civil War. The intent of the Friends’ book, he says, was to provide as much information as possible about each one of them. That information was gathered from a number of sources, including individuals; family histories; the 1884 “History of Bedford, Somerset and Fulton Counties Pennsylvania;” and census records and military records at ancestry.com, findagrave.com and fold3.com.

The veteran roster was mostly compiled from the bronze plaques at the Fulton County Courthouse that commemorate those from the county who served in the Civil War. In Volume I, 231 of the veteran names appear on the courthouse plaques. The remaining 77 names were found mostly on tombstones and grave markers in Fulton County’s many cemeteries. Mentzer said he also used the Fulton County Historical Society’s cemetery database extensively during his research.

Mentzer thinks the Civil War veteran volumes will be invaluable to individuals who are researching their families. Some of each veteran’s history is recorded and reference material is provided that will help those who wish to gain further insight into ancestors who fought in the Civil War.

Readers of Volume I who find errors or have additional information about the veterans are asked to inform Mentzer so that information can be included in an addendum to Voume II (G into the M’s), which will be published sometime in 2013.

Copies of the 158-page book, which includes 189 photos, mostly of tombstones, can be purchased at a per-book price of $26 plus $4 postage. For more information or to order, contact Marlin Douglas at 717-263-9860, e-mail dougmar2@comcast.net, or Mentzer at mentzer30@embarqmail.com.

Other Friends of Tonoloway publications that are still available for purchase include “Tonoloway, If Its Wall Could Talk,” “Mellotts of Fulton County,” and “The Truax Impact on Fulton County.” Proceeds from the sale of publications benefit the maintenance and preservation of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church, Fulton County’s oldest church, located near Warfordsburg, Pa.

Friends of Tonoloway is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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