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Michael, served in the late war, as did his wife's brother John. His grandfather, David Skelly, served in the Revolutionary war. Comrade Skelly is a member of Jones Post 556, he is a farmer by occupation, and his address is Ebensburg, Pa.

JOHN SMELTZER

Was born in Westmoreland county, Pa., Jan. 14, 1835, of parents John and Margaret (Sadler) Smeltzer, no longer living. He settled in Cambria county, Pa., in 1882, with his wife, having been married in 1855 in Armstrong county, Pa., to Rachel Roudebush. She was born Jan. 1, 1839, in Bradford county, Pa., a daughter of George Roudebush, dec., and Mary (Stifller) who is still living. The record of their children is Mary M., William W., Sarah M. dec., John E., Cyrus, Samuel B., Charles E., Scott D., and George, dec. When the stirring events of Sumter fired the patriotic hearts of the boys of the North, he was enrolled August, 1861, as a private in Co. B, 78 Pa. V.I., having been employed as a laborer at that time. He was taken to hospital at Nashville in 1862, where he was ill with general debility for six weeks. In 1862 he was honorably discharged from hospital, and when able re-enlisted at Kittanning, Pa., in 1863, in Co. B, 101Pa. V.I. In 1862-4 he was detailed as teamster, serving in this capacity until honorably discharged May 1, 1865, at Braddockfield, Pa. He had four brothers in service, Israel, Jacob, Hezekiah, and Uriah. His wife's brother Michael was also in service. Comrade Smeltzer belongs to Dick White Post 513, he is living in retirement, and his address is Lilly, Pa.

JOHN STARR

Was born in Center county, Pa., June 29. 1830, and was a son of James and Mary M. (Wolishlager) Starr, both living. He has been twice married, his first union being with Sophia Williams, by whom he had these children, Sadie, Harvey, Mary, James, Samuel, Eli, Julia, May, Charles, John Cyrus and Reynolds. He was married secondly, November, 1885, in Clearfield county, Pa., to Nora Ammerman, who was born in Center county, Pa., Feb. 15, 1859. Her father, John Ammerman, is still living, but her mother, Eliza (Bennett) is dec. Comrade Starr served with distinction and honor in the late war. He was 22 years of age and had been engaged in farming when he was enrolled August, 1861, at Harrisburg, Pa., as a private in Co. H, 56 Pa. V.I., 2d Brig., 1st Div., 5th A. C., and was soon promoted to Corp,. In 1863 he was wounded in right knee at Mine Run by bayonet; he was again wounded at the battle of Wilderness in hip and also at Gettysburg. In 1864 he was granted


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