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tom, Petersburg, Hatcher's Run, Mine Run and several others. Upon the close of the war he was honorably discharged June 28, 1865 at Harrisburg, PA. His brother Thomas served in Co A, 61st Pa V.I., was wounded at Fair Oaks and confined in hospital; his father served in the late war, a member of Co D, 78th Pa V.I.; his paternal grandfather served in the War of 1812. Comrade Anderson has been roadmaster 2 years; he is a member of John M. Jones Po. 556, Ebensburg, Pa.; he is farmer by occupation and his post office address is Grip, Pa.


A native of Germany, was born Aug 10, 1825. His parents, both deceased, were Godfrey and Barbara (Yocum) Anstead. The maiden name of his wife, to whom he was married Aug 15, 1850, was Susan Berkbile. She was born in Somerset county, Pa., Dec 6, 1827, a daughter of Moses and Susanna (Fisher) Berkbile, deceased. The issue of this marriage is as follows: Joseph H., Isaiah, Rachel A., John A., Cyrus, Mary, dec., William, dec., Julia, dec., Frank, dec., and Maud. Comrade Anstead fought and suffered the hardships of army life as a soldier during the late war and enrolled Sept 6, 1862 as a private in Co. K, 14th Pa Cavalry. May , 1864 he was confined in hospital at Martinsburg two months, suffering with chronic diarrhea. August, 1864 he was furloughed for thirty days; this was extended to sixty days, and he returned to Winchester at the end of this time. In spring of 1865 he was detailed a Corp. at Fairfax C.H. one week. He was detailed in Dec., 1862, as Co. horse forger till March, 1863. He took part in several battles and was honorably discharged May 31, 1865 at Alexandria, Va. His wife's brother, Jeremiah served in Ind. Regt., and died of fever in service. Comrade Anstead had been supervisor, school director and councilman; he is living in retirement and his address is Johns town, PA.


The subject of this brief sketch was born in Philadelphia, PA in Nov., 1836 and came to Cambria County in 1842 with his parents. His father, now deceased, was William Arentrue and he served in the Union Army during the late war; his mother, Isabella (Park), is also deceased. When the war broke out he donned the blue and entered the service of his country. He was 26 years of age when he was enrolled from Johnstown, Pa., July 31, 1862, as a private in Co A, 133d Pa V.I., 3d Brig., 1st Div, 5 A.C. In 1863 he was confined in hospital at Eastern Soil, Va, six weeks, suffering with fever and ague. May 26, 1863 he was honorably dis-

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