About me, Roy W. Schreffler, and how I came to do a webpage on the 153rd PA Volunteers.
You see, I just found out earlier this year (2012) about my 3rd Great-grandfather, Simon Peter Engle, and how growing up all those years, he was buried only two miles from where I lived the whole time.
Seems I had some really incorrect links in my genealogy that I had not had to chance to flesh out just yet...and then with the help of another genealogist looking for his grandmother's history, we discovered Simon and how he is connected to my ancestry.
We first see Simon in the US Federal Census for 1850 living in Forks Township, as a laborer on likely the farm of Abraham Heller. In later censuses, we can see that Simon cannot read nor write, so, I surmise, the spelling of his surname is sometimes, Angle, Engel, and Engle, and also for the next two censuses, his age seem to have drifted a bit...so for now, we have his DOB as about 1829 or so.
From what we can tell so far, Simon was a bit older that most when he joined up with the 153rd, he was about 33 yrs old when he went, he had been living in Bethlehem Township at the time, and he apparently joined with the closest company, Company E of Forks/Palmer townships in Northampton County. The 1860 US Federal Census shows Simon married to Catharine (Hartzell) with a child, James, at age 2 months.
According to research done by Jeffrey Stocker, on Feb 13, 1863, while unloading supplies, Simon was struck by a railroad car at Brooke's Station, Virginia, which fractured his right thigh. He was hospitalized at Brooke's Station until April 15, 1863, and was then transferred to the Harewood General Hospital in Washington, DC, not only for treatment of the fracture, but also for chronic diarrhea.
He was then transferred to Camp Curtin Hospital (in PA) on June 16, 1863 and finally returned to duty on July 17, 1863, and therefore, could not have participated in either the battles of Chancellorsville nor Gettysburg. His name does appear, however, on the bronze plaque of the Gettysburg Monument to the 153rd.
By 1870, we see Simon now in the US Federal Census as a day laborer, with wife Catharine, son William H. (my 2nd great-grandfather) and mother-in-law Catharine Hartzell.
In 1874m we clearly see where Simon is living in Bethlehem Township, as this 1874 map image shows, what is today Chipman Road, now a part of the Green Pond Country Club Golf Course.
By 1877, we see Simon applying for a pension from the War department, and by 1886, Simon passes away and is buried in Farmersville Cemetery, owned by St. John's Church.
And when I found his stone, it looked like this:
So I ordered him a new one, and now it looks like this: