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History of Cambria County, V.3

HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY. 261
pursuits. He was thus employed at the beginning of the Civil war. On October 18, 1862, he enlisted in Company H (Captain Geisinger) of the Fifty-fourth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered into service at Harrisburg. From there he was sent with other recruits to his regiment at the front, and was assigned to guard duty along the line of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. He served as private, and was in all the battles in which the regiment took part, except when kept from duty by reason of wounds. He was wounded first while on the picket line at North Mountain, and was on the hospital list on that account for six weeks. He was again wounded at Newmarket, May 15, 1864, and although ordered to remain in the hospital he returned to his company in a few days. He was with the regiment at High Bridge just before Lees surrender, when the whole command was captured, but was soon released. While the Fifty-fourth was in camp at Annapolis awaiting discharge after the surrender at Appomattox, Mr. Wendell became so seriously sick with a chronic trouble that it was a question whether he would live to see home again. He was mustered out while in the camp hospital, and was kept there until June before he was able to return to Pennsylvania. In April, 1866, having in a measure recovered his health, he returned to the Cambria Iron Company and worked a few years as helper in the rail mill and then as heater, altogether thirty-six years. This long service brought him to a point somewhat beyond the prime of life, but the company has since retained him to perform the lighter duty of watchman at the time office gate as an appreciation of long continued and faithful service. Mr. Wendell is a comrade of the Union Veteran Legion and of Emory Fisher Post, G. A. R., of Johnstown, a member of the United Brethren Church, and in politics is a Republican.
    On the 18th of December, 1857, he married Elizabeth Noon, daughter of David and Sarah (Strayer) Noon, of Conemaugh township. Her grandfather came from Lancaster county to Cambria county many years ago, and was a farmer in Conemaugh township. Children of Charles and Elizabeth (Noon) Wendell: Robert W. Wendell, born February 11, 1859; died unmarried, February 20, 1895. Ephraim L. Wendell, born June 7, 1861: married Blanche Pritner, and is an employe of the Gautier plant of Cambria Iron Company. Sarah Ada Wendell, born April 29, 1866; married Joshua Duncan, and was drowned in the Johnstown flood, May 31, 1889. Annie C. Wendell, born September 21, 1868; married Samuel Oakes, and lives in Pittsburg. Charles D. Wendell, born October 1, 1870; a dentist by profession; unmarried and lives at home. Benjamin Franklin Wendell, born January 31, 1873; married Irene Stewart; he is a dentist by profession, and lives in the Eleventh ward, Johnstown. Mary Elizabeth Wendell, born February 14, 1875; married Lindsay Pritner, who is an employe of the Franklin department of Cambria Steel Company.

    CAPTAIN HUGH BRADLEY, of Hollidaysburg, born in county Derry, Ireland, reared on a farm, is a son of Roger Bradley, who was the father of five sons and three daughters. Of these Peter came to America in 1850, Hugh in 1871, James John in 1860 and the other sons remained in their native land. One of the daughters married Francis Fox and their family consisted of six sons and three daughters, one of the sons becoming a priest. Another daughter, Ellen, married James Bradley and their family consisted of six sons and two daughters, three of the sons are priests, two are doctors and one daughter a school teacher. Another daughter, Mary, married Andrew Willson and their family consisted of five sons and seven daughters, six of whom came to America.


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