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Whose parents, Benj. and Mary A. (Ayers) Steiner, are deceased, was born Jan. 25, 1835, in Cambria county, Pa. Dec. 25, 1860, he united his fortunes for life with Sarah Woomer in Blair county, pa. She was born there Dec. 28, 1841, a daughter of Jonathan and Margaret (Miller) Woomer, long ago deceased. To them were born two children, Lewis and Myrtle. Comrade Steiner was employed as a laborer and was 27 years of age when Pres. Lincoln issued a call for volunteers to defend the Union; he was enrolled Aug. 17, 1863, at Elizabeth, Pa., as a private in Co. F, 49th Pa. V. I., 3d Brig., 1st Div., 6th A.C., and was soon promoted to 2d Sergt. May 10, 1864, he was wounded in neck at Wilderness; he was taken to Carver hospital, when he was treated one month. He was furloughed for thirty days from hospital and returned to same at end of time. His battle list includes some hard-fought fields, notably; Mine run, Berryville, Middleton, Wilderness, Petersburg, Sailors Creek, Birkville and Appomatox C. H. He was honorably discharged July 10, 1865, at Hall's Hill, Va. His brother served in 76th Pa. V.I., and was killed at the battle of Pocotaligo. Comrade Steiner has been school director; he is S.V. C. of McClosky Post; he is employed in the capacity of stable boss of Taylor McCoy mines and he resides in Gallitzin, Pa.


Son of Wm. And Phoeba (Cameron) Stephens, the latter only living, was born in Indiana county, Pa., Jan. 17, 1844. His helpmate on life's journey was Alice Lusader, the nuptial knot being tied November, 1872, in Taylor county, W. Va. She was born there, of parents, Abraham and Hannah (Vinson) Lusader, the former deceased, the latter still living. Ten children have graced this union, Bailey S., Laura J., Florence M., Minnie C., Jennie A., Laura V.; Mary E., Freddie, Lara M. and Lewis. Comrade Stephens gave his young manhood to his country's needs and was 18 years of age when he was enrolled June 15, 1863, at Indiana, Pa., as a privated in Co. E, 2d. V. I. In fall of 1863 he was taken to hospital at Oldtown, Md.; again in 1864 at Cumberland, Md., and thence to Clairsville hospital suffering with general debility. January, 1864, he was honorably discharged Pittsburg, Pa., and re-enlisted Aug. 23, 1864, at Indiana, Pa., as a private in Co. I, 206th Pa. V.I. He took active part in all the engagements of his command and was honorably discharged June 26, 1865, at Richmond, Va. His brother Wesley served in the late war, as did his wife's brother Enoch, who died during service; his wife's father served in the late war. Comrade Stephens follows farming as an avocation and his address is Strongstown, Pa.

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