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Son of Christian and Rosanna (Shavely) Heist, dec., was born in Columbia Co., Pa., Dec., 11, 1839. He was happily married in 1859, in this county, to Mary A. Keller, who was born in this county in 1840; her father, Samuel Keller, is dec., but her mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth (Evans) is still living. Nine children have graced this union, Samuel, Solomon, John, Elizabeth, Loretta, Clark, Rosetta, Charles and Reuben. When the war broke out and the Northern flag was being trailed in the dust in the South, our subject was employed as a laborer: he was 22 years of age when he was enrolled from Harrisburg, Pa., as a private in Co. E, 132 Pa. V. I., 3d Brig., 3d Div., 2 A. C., he received a slight gunshot wound at the battle of Antietam. He was detailed on special duty several times and also took part in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg and Aqua Creek; he was honorably discharged in 1863 at Harrisburg,, Pa.; his brothers John, Gideon and Henry, served in the late war. Comrade Heist is a member of Peter Kaylor Post 633, he is a miner by occupation, and his address in Patton, Pa.


Was born in Somerset Co., Pa., in 1841, and came to Cambria Co., same state in 1866; he was a son of John Helman, dec., and Mattie (Laton) who still survives. His wife, whom he married at Richland twp., this county, Marh 1, 1866, and who was born there May 22, 1837, was Rebecca marts; her parents, Frederick and Elizabeth (Miller) Marts, are dec. To there were born these children, Sarah dec., Emily S., Barbara A., John W., Isaac dec., Louisa and Anna M. Comrade Helman was employed as a shoemaker in Somerset county, Pa., when he decided to take up arms in defense of his country. He was enrolled Aug. 18, 1862, at Shellsburg, Pa., as a private in Co. D, 138 Pa. V. I. May 1, 1864, he was wounded in right hand by gunshot at Spotsylvania. For this wound he was treated in hospital at Philadelphia, Pa., three months. In the spring of 1865 he was wounded in left foot at Ft. Fisher; he was confined in hospital at Philadelphia, pa., three months. In 1864 he was furloughed for 30 days and returned to hospital at end of time. In the fall of 1864 he was detailed at Washington, D. C., to guard forts two months. He faced the enemy in battles of Wilderness, Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Rappahannock Station, Mine Run, Petersburg, Hatchers Run and Spotsylvania; he was honorably discharged July 1, 1865, at Philadelphia, Pa. His brothers Daniel and Samuel were in the late service; the former fell at the battle of Hatchers Run. Comrade Helman is living in retirement, and his address in Johnstown, Pa.

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