Sunday, September 07, 2008

Elijah Fish

Elijah Fish was born 1818 in New York.

Elijah was married to Pennsylvania native Nancy Looker (b. 1821), on January 7, 1850 in Lyons, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and they had at least two children: Charles D. (b. 1852) and John E (b. 1854).

(In June of 1850 there was one Elijah Fish, born 1822 in Vermont, working as a farmer and living with the Luke family in Mead, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.)

According to his wife, they lived together at several places near Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, until about a year before the war. They were living in Woodcock Township in 1852 and Randolph Township in 1854, both in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. “My husband went to Michigan to get his interest in some property there,” she stated in 1889. “My husband could not write consequently I did not have any letter from him after he went west. We had no trouble with each other. I knew my husband but four weeks before I married him. He said he had never been married before he married me. I had two children by this marriage to Elijah Fish.”

Elijah was 43 years old, unable to read or write and quite possibly residing in Clinton County when he enlisted in Company F on May 13, 1861.

Elijah was killed in action on August 29, 1862, at Second Bull Run, and presumably among the unknown soldiers whose remains were taken to Arlington National Cemetery from Manassas for interment.

In 1889 his widow, then living in Sparta Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, applied for a pension (no. 355290) and in 1893 so did her minor children (no. 314748).

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