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AUGUSTUS LUTHERAN CHURCH Trappe Montgomery county, Pennsylvania
The earliest of the family that can be documented so far is the family of Sarah Ann McGinley and Christian Stetler who were married about the year 1800 and likely was married in Philadelphia, at the home of her father, John McGinley, Revolutionary War soldier and her grandfather, William Hurry, also a Revolutionary War soldier and the man who rang the Liberty Bell when the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Sarah Ann Mcginley Stetler was just 36 years of age when she died of breast cancer in the year 1820. The family that she and her husband brought into this world consisted of 9 children who also lost their father shortly after the death of their mother. The majority of the childrens’ names are unknown but those that are known are listed below.
Christian Stetler died March 4, 1821 and Wife Sarah Ann died April 13, 1820
Christian & Sarah Ann McGinley Stetler are at rest together in the Augustus Lutheran Church cemetery at Trappe, Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. This church began construction in the year 1743 and is the oldest Lutheran Church in in the United States still being used for services.
2. Sarah Ann 1804-1838 (married John Meredith Norris)
4. Abner 1809-1899 (married Caroline Garrison)
5. brother born 1812 (four years older than John)
6. Michael 1815 1899
7. John McGinley 1816-1894 (married Maria Charlotte)
8. (died about 1821)
9. (died about 1821)
#2. Sarah Ann Stetler married John Meredith Norris on January 7, 1824 and had born to them the following six children:
Margaret, Carrie, John, Andrew, Marie Louise & James
Sarah Stetler Norris’ son John was in the Civil war:
John Norris enlisted on November 16, 1861 in Philadelphia for a period of three years and was appointed Quartermaster Sergeant of Battery G. John was 24, married, with 2 sons.
The Regiment was mustered in January, 1862 and, on January 9, Batteries D, G and H were ordered to Fort Delaware. [Fort Delaware was on Pea Patch Island in the Delaware River at the present town of Delaware City, DE] On 25 February, the remaining seven batteries were ordered to Washington, D. C. On Sunday, March 9, before the batteries moved, word was received that the Confederate ironclad, CSS Merrimac, was coming. All guns were loaded and lookouts were posted, but the Merrimac never arrived. On March 19, 1862, the batteries left Fort Delaware at eleven P. M. and arrived at Fort Lincoln, Washington, D. C. on the 21st of March.
*John Norris letters at end of article!
#7. About the age of five & after the death of both parents and two younger siblings #8 & #9 J. M. with an older brother were taken to an Uncles place to be cared for until other families could be found to care for the boys. The boys probably stayed with the uncle about 3 years (1821-1824) when a place was found for them. J. M. Stetler states: I had spent about eight years of my life at this place , so was nearly sixteen years of age (1832) when very unexpectedly to me, my brother-in-law came from the city and took me from the plough. The CITY would have been Philadelphia. J. M. further states:''after a long ride of some forty miles we came to the city" and one evening my brother took me to the Delaware(river) to swim. J. M. also states it took eight days to travel from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, my destination. I did not remain there long, I loved the Quaker City too well. J. M. was about 19 when he returned from Pittsburgh and was married soon thereafter. (1835). The journey to Pittsburgh was very likely to visit his brother Abner who moved to Pittsburgh in 1835 with his family. Also all his brothers & sisters had left Philadelphia to live elsewhere.
1840 census Philadelphia, Pa. John M. Stetler, males under five one, males 15-20 one, males 20-30 one female 15-20 one female 40-50 one
August 2, 1850 census Philadelphia, Pa. John M. Stetler 34, residence Spring Garden Ward 2 Philadelphia. Maria Charlotte age 29
William C. age 20
Mary Anna age 7
Harry age 5
Lottie age 2
James Sieldons age 19, tinsmith
Mary Partridge 18.
John Norris arrived in Philadelphia on July 7, 1861. His uncle, John M. Stetler, proposed to help John start anew in Philadelphia, but, before this could be done, John was stricken with erysipelas, a painful disease, also known as St. Anthony's Fire. When John recovered, he decided to enlist in the United States Army.
1860 census Philadelphia shows John M. Stetler age 44, wife Maria C. 39 and children Wm C. 20, Mary A. 17, Harry S. 15, Fanny H. 8, Ella N. 4.
1870 census Philadelphia John M. Stetler
1880 census Philadelphia John M. Stetler retired mechanic, living with wife Mariah, daughter Mary Ann Hartman, son-in-law Henry Hartman, Granddaughter Hattie S. Hartman, daughter Famy Stetler.
On the occasion of his seventieth birthday in 1886, J. M. Stetler published a book called A Poor Orphan Boy, a copy is owned by cousin Mary (Peebles) Turner whose family lives at Randolph, Neb. as of 1992.
John Stetlers daughter, Mary Ann Hartman relates that when her father was losing his sight and finally went blind that he would dictate to her and she took his articles down in longhand for the printer.
John Stetler died a few years before Mrs. Marian Hamblet, great-granddaughter of John was born. Johns death was July 14, 1894 in Philadelphia.
1856 directory of Philadelphia John M. Stetler, tinware NE Spring Garden & Franklin.
1858 directory of Philidelphia John M. Stetler, tinware, NE Spring Garden & Franklin
1861 directory of Philadelphia J. M. Stetler, tinsmith 519 Franklin (McElroys directory)
1866 directory of Philadelphia J. M. Stetler, tinsmith 519 Franklin
1890 directory of Philadelphia John M. Stetler, 1922 Columbia Ave. (James Gopsills directory)
Possible siblings of John, Abner and Sarah McGinley Stetler are the following:
1850 census Philadelphia Michael Stetler born 1815
1856 & 1858 directories Michael Stetler: Hotel 2nd about Columbia, Miss Levinia Stetler-Milliner SW 9th & Nectarine.
1858 directory also has Philip Stetler blacksmith 3 L. and Willow
1866 directory Philip J. Stetler blacksmith 3 Lawson & Philip Stetler policeman NW 13 & Spring Garden
Miss Levina Stetler Milliner SW 9th &Nectarine.
1858 directory also shows Philip J. Stetler blacksmith
JOHNS SON, WILLIAM C. STETLER WAS IN THE CIVIL WAR:
Before the war
He was 21 years old when he enlisted in 1861 (3, 8 [40 in 1880], 10 [41 at death in 1881]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3, 8, 10). He was born to John M and Charlotte M Stetler (9).
In 1860, he was living with his family in the 13th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (7). He was an apprentice to a tinsmith (7).
When he was enlisted, he was a roofer (3).
He was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a light complexion, blue eyes, and light hair (3).
During the war
He enlisted and was mustered into service on 20 August 1861 (1, 3, 6). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Starr (3). He served as a private in company A (1).
He was wounded on 3 May 1863 at Chancellorsville, Virginia (1, 2).
He was discharged on surgeon's certificate of disability (1, 3). On 2 May 1864, the regiment reported that he was transferred to the Veterans' reserve corps (4). He served in K 9 of the VRC (5). He was discharged on 20 August 1864 (6).
After the war
On 4 November 1864, he applied successfully for a pension (5).
In 1880, he was living at 1809 Lambert Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (8). He was living with his wife Emma (9). He was a tin roofer (8).
He died on 3 April 1881, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, of dropsy of heart (5 [4 Sep], 9 [3 April], 10). He was married, and was a tinsmith (10). The funeral was held on 7 April, at 523 Callowhill Street (his mother-in-law's house) (9, 41). Members of ED Baker Post Number 8 GAR were invited to attend (9). He was buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery (10).
His widow applied successfully for a pension (5).
In 1890, his widow, Emma L Stetler, was living at 523 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania (6). He had been shot through the right hand, and had suffered from rheumatism (6).
#4. Abner Stetler married Caroline Garrison, daughter of Miles Garrison of Gloucester, county, N.J. on March 25, 1832 in Philadelphia by the Rev. Joseph H. Kennard and after the birth of their first two children William S. and Joseph G., the family loaded themselves into a Conestoga wagon in the year 1835 and made the long journey to Pittsburgh where they started a new life. Abners’ younger brother John, also made that same journey to Pittsburgh by Dearborne wagon making the journey in eight days saying that was a fast journey, so it is probably safe to assume that Abner and Carolines journey took at least as long and probably longer since they had children.
John, I believe must have went to Pittsburgh for a visit with his brother because he says that he was nineteen when he was there. Also all his brothers & sisters had left Philadelphia to live elsewhere at that time.
Abner helped build the first iron boat that sailed from Pittsburgh to New Orleans.
Abner Stetler, brother of John M. and Sarah Stetler is listed on the following census and directories of Pittsburgh.
Abner Stittle Allegheny 1840 census (only head of household shown by name) Coppersmith & Boilermaker
The 1852 directory of Pittsburgh & Allegheny city shows Abner Stetler, sheet iron worker living on Chestnut street
The 1872 directory of Pittsburgh Stetler A. & Sons, Manufactures of Steam Boilers, 19th & Penn.
Stetler J. G. of A. Stetler & Sons, East Liberty
Stetler M. G. of A. Stetler & Sons Nineteenteenth & Penn
Stetler Norris boiler maker 42 Chestnut.
The 1877 directory of Pittsburgh on page 658 shows Stetler A. & Sons, Mulberry & 17th
The 1878 directory of Pittsburgh & Allegheny City shows Stetler A. & Sons, Boiler Makers: Mulberry & 17th
Also J. G. Stetler, Davison 17th Ward
Also Norris Stetler 42 Chesnut
The 1879 Pittsburgh & Allegheny City directory: Page 590, Stetler A. & Sons, Boiler Makers, Mulberry & 17th.
Stetler A. Sr. of A. Stetler & Sons 42 Chestnut
Stetler A. Jr. of A. Stetler & Sons 42 Chestnut
Stetler Jos. G. of A. Stetler & Sons 1 Pride
Stetler Miles G. of A. Stetler & Sons 62 Sandusky
Death certificate Jan 7, 1899
Lived at 42 Chestnut Street, 6th Ward for 55 years until his death
His wifes death preceeded his own by 25 years so we can assume this is where his wife Caroline also died.
1860 Pittsburgh census confirms occupation as boilermaker. Name is spelled Steller.
Abner Steller age 52
Caroline Steller age 52
Joseph Steller age 28
Wm. age 26
Miles age 23
Caroline age 17
Charlotte age 15
Margaret age 15
Abner age 13
Norris age 10
Henrietta age 7 ( Also referred to as Hettie & Hetta )
Abner Stetler is shown in 1870 census with wife Carrie, 3 children Margaret, Norris, Abner. The 1880 census shows his name as Atmor Stetler, age 70, occupation laborer, and the 3 children, Abner 30, Norris 25, Margaret 32. He is listed as married although Caroline died in 1874. The Pittsburgh Gazzette of Jan. 9, 1899 on page 2 lists Abners obituary.
Abners son William S. Stetler was in the Civil war: Enlisted in Civil war, killed at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, (Slaughter Mountain) Northern Virginia
Military Cemetery, Culpeper, Va. is the resting place for the victims of the Battle of Cedar Mountain and other conflicts.
Miles G. Stetler did serve in the Civil war IN Knapps Battery “E”
Stetler, Miles Private August 27, 1862 Mustered out with battery, June 14, 1865
Henrietta Stetlers husband Alvin Ingalls served in the Civil war.
Alvin H. Ingalls was held as a POW in Libby prison for 5 days, from 8 July to 13 July 1864. He was then transferred to a hospital in Richmond instead of being sent to Andersonville Prison in GA. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865.
About Alvin H. Ingalls Name: Alvin H. Ingalls Side: Union Regiment State/Origin: Pennsylvania Regiment Name: 11 Pennsylvania Cav. Regiment Name Expanded: 11th Regiment, Pennsylvania Cavalry (108th Volunteers) COMPANY: F Rank In: Private Rank In Expanded: Private Rank Out: Corporal Rank Out Expanded: Corporal Film Number: M554 roll 59.
Alvin lived in COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, TIOGA, County, PA. (See census-fed census' taken in PA)
Enlisted as a Private on 27 August 1861.
Enlisted in Company F, 11th Cavalry Regiment Pennsylvania on 27 Aug 1861.
Mustered Out Company F, 11th Cavalry Regiment Pennsylvania on 8 Oct 1864.
Caroline Stetlers husband, Joseph G. Klinefelter was in the Civil war.
Served in the Union Army during the Civil War Joseph fought in all the major battles of the war-Enlisted Aug.16, 1861 at Pittsburgh. Served with Knapps Battery (Indpt.Battery E)Penna. light Artillery.
Physical description from enlistment papers: Hazel eyes, Black hair, Light complexion, Height 5 Ft.7"
Remained at rank of Private,served as an Articifer of the cannons
Captured - Battle of Antietam, near Sharpsburgh, Md. Listed
as prisoner 9-17-1862 (was wounded in leg) confined at Libby Prison-Richmond
9-28-1862. Klinefelter, Joseph Private August 27, 1862 Wounded at Antietam, Md., September 17, 1862; mustered out with battery, June 14, 1865
Paroled-Aikens Landing, Va. 10-06-1862. Jun.1865 he is shown last in service.
The 1864 directory of Pittsburgh page 171 shows Joseph J. Klinefelter, carpenter living at 42 Chestnut which is also the address of Abner Stetler, his father in law. Apparently Joseph & Caroline lived with Carolines’ parents during the Civil war period and likely this is the address where their son Judge was born.
Joseph Klinefelter went with General William T. Sherman on The March through Georgia in 1864. Their son Judge would have been about 2 months old at the time.
After the war he joined & later became commander of the Grand Army of the Rebublic, J.B. McPherson post #117 at Pittsburgh, Pa.
Joseph enjoyed going to the GAR encampments (reunions) after the war. Granddaughter Blanche was with Joseph & Caroline Klinefelter on a visit to a Colorado encampment when they met Herb Thomson in the Depot at Colorado Springs.
*John Norris letters
Camp 2d Pennsylvania Veteran Artillery
Near Petersburg, Virginia
May 8, 1865
Dear Phillips ,
I received a letter from Killow a few days since, at Washington, saying that Rittenhouse, Gant & Co, Bankers, at Washington had received returns from London, and that payment had been stopped on the draft & sent to Columbia for you, and that they have the money to refund to you. You will have to have the receipt I hold and an order from me to enable you to get it. I write to know if I shall send it to you at Hyde Park as I am not positive of your whereabouts. Please write me immediately and I will enclose the papers to you in a registered letter.
I returned to the Regiment on the 23d April and was mustered on my Commission – Captain of old Battery “G” – on the 24th. Everything goes on finely at present. [George W.] Webb returned on Saturday and I suppose will be mustered Captain of “F.” Captain [William S.] Bailey of “F” is now Major. Winzer is Lieutenant Colonel and Captain Schooley is commissioned Major. He arrived yesterday.
There have been a number of promotions recently. The old second is a mammoth Regiment yet, having over 2300 names on the Rolls and from appearances, will have an opportunity to serve some time before being mustered out as it is expected our Brigade is to do Police duty in the five counties hereabout. We have a very nice camp and comfortable tents. I suppose you have heard that our Colonel is now S[amuel] D. Strawbridge.
Write me soon and give me an account of yourself. My wife forwarded me the letter from your friend.
Respectfully your friend, -- John Norris
Captain Commanding Battery “G”
2d Pennsylvania Veteran Artillery
1st Brigade Ferrero’s Division
September 15, 1865
My Dear Phillips,
Yours of the 6th instant is received. I was indeed glad to hear from you once more. My wife had been down to make me a visit and on her return to Washington she found your letter. She informed me that she went to the bank to collect the money for you, but as you had made an error in the amount, saying five pounds (the amount being only four pounds I sent you) she could not collect it.
If you will write her again stating the amount at four pounds sterling, she can collect it and will send the amount by Draft, which will be the more safe. If you have the receipt which the bank gave me, and which I believe I gave to you, you had better send it to her also. I regret that this delay has occurred in your procuring this money.
I am pleased to know that you had the pleasure of a visit to your parents. I am surprised that you should have returned so soon. I think you have become thoroughly Americanized. I have had a busy summer of it. I returned to the Regiment the 23d of April. On the 24th was mustered Captain of Battery “G.” In May, was appointed Military Commandant of Prince George County, Assistant Provost Marshall, &c. and issued rations to destitute citizens, white and black. We issued in that County at the rate of one thousand rations per day. I continued there until the middle of July when Battery “G” was ordered to join a portion of the Regiment at Poplar Grove Church. The latter part of July, the Regiment was ordered into the city for duty and I am now appointed Ordinance Officer on the staff of General Hartstaff. General Hartstaff has been relieved and Major General Gibbon is now in command and I continue on his staff. Am now on a General Court Martial for a few days. The Regiment has had several moves and is now scattered over the city and a portion is out at Burksville under Lieutenant Colonel Winzer, who is in command of Sub. District of the Roanoke. Colonel [Samuel D.] Strawbridge is stationed in the city in command of Sub. District of the Blackwater. Captain [George W.] Webb is here issuing rations to destitutes. He is in good flesh, weighing near two hundred pounds. I have not time to write more now. Please answer without delay. Remember me kindly to your parents when you write them
With sincere regards, I remain your friend, -- John Norris
Capt. John Norris
District of the Nattaway