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Margaret Hoover, who was born here Sept. 7, 1839; her father, Francis Hoover, is still living, but her mother, Mary (Wharton( is deceased. To this marriage were given the following children, Augusta L., John, James A., Silcelia, dec., William F., Mary J., Thomas J., George B., Margaret, Ellen, Susan A., Charles E. and Annie, dec. Comrade Nagle entered the Union army Sept. 13, 1861, from Harrisburg, Pa., when 29 years of age; he was enrolled as a private in Co. A, 55th Pa. V. I., 2d Brig., 2d Div., 10th and 18th A. C. In 1861 he was confined in hospital at Fortress Monroe, Va., three months, suffering with fever; he was detailed August, 1862, as blacksmith and spent one year in this way. He was again detailed as blacksmith and as teamster for 18 months. HIs battle list includes some hard-fought field, Chapin's Farm, Pocotaligo, Petersburg, Cold Harbor and several others. He was honorably discharged Oct. 18, 1864, at Fortress Monroe, Va. His great-grandtather fought in the war of 1812; his wife's brother Andrew Hoover, served in the late war. Comrade Nagle is a wagon maker by occupation; he is a G. A. R. member and draws a pension; he resides in Patton, Pa.


Was born in South Mahoning, Indiana County, pa. July 4, 1834, a son of Jacob and Sarah (Culcott) Neff, no longer number with the living. His helpmate on life's journey was Mary Stewart, the nuptial knot being tied Aug 8, 1863 in East Mahoning, Pa. She was born in Blair county, Pa. May 13, 1836, of parents, John and Margaret (Isett) Stewart, deceased. Four children have blessed this marriage, William T., Samuel J., Sabina, and Clark D., dec. Comrade Neff enlisted Aug 21, 1861 when 28 years of age as a private in Co A, 61st Pa V.I., 2d Brig, 2d Div, 6th A.C. and was one of the best soldiers of his regiment. In 1864 he was taken to hospital at Mt. Pleasant, D.C., six months and was then transferred to Philadelphia, Pa. for three months on accounty of general debility. He was honorably discharged June 19, 1862 and re-enlisted in Bat C, 1st L.A., Feb 24, 1864, receiving a thirty day furlough. In 1864 he was detailed as a sepcial dispatch bearer. He was honorably discharged July 4, 1865, at Philadelphia, Pa. His brother, Martin served in the late war, was stricken with typhoid fever and came home on a fifteen day furlough where he died; his wife's father and brother James were in the service, the latter was killed at the engagement in front of Petersburg; another brother, William, was wounded by shell. Comrade Neff is a member of Dick White Post, No. 513; his farm is well arranged and improved and his P.O. address is Lilly, Pa.

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