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Posted by: Jeff Lape Date: November 19, 2000 at 16:02:07
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Lape Genealogy Update
Philip Ira Lape, CPT
1820 - 1893

Philip Ira Lape was born May 24, 1820, Claverack, Columbia, NY, the third son of Dedrick and Elizabeth Miller Lape. He was baptized at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Columbia, New York. He lived his early life on the farm of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, along Millbrook Road, Claverack, Columbia County, NY, and was a member of St. Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Churchtown, Columbia, NY. He moved at the age of 25 years with his father and mother in 1845 to Wayne County, New York.

Philip Ira Lape married Mary A. Finch, born about 1823, on December 24, 1845, in Clyde, Galen, Wayne, New York. He shows up on the 1850 Census of Rose, Wayne, NY. On the 1855 Census & 1870 Census, he lived with his father Dedrick Lape in Galen, Wayne, NY, and was listed as a tinman. Philip and Mary had five female children between 1847 and 1959: Alice Ellen Lape, Eunice E. Lape, Louisa A. Lape, Anna M. Lape, and Ida M. Lape.

In the 1865 New York State Census, Town of Galen, Village of Clyde, County of Wayne: Philip I. Lape is listed as being "in army", age 45, born Columbia Co, NY, married once, and a tinner. Phillip enrolled 5 Aug 1862 in Co. B, 111th New York Volunteer Infantry, "The Wayne and Cayuga Regiment", 3d Brigade, 1st Division, 2d Corps, Army of the Potomac at Clyde to serve three years.

Philip Ira Lape mustered in as Sergeant, Co. B, 20 Aug 1862; was commissioned as first lieutenant, 26 Nov 1863; commissioned as Captain, 12 Jan 1865; and mustered out with company, 4 June 1865, near Alexandria, VA. He was the last Company Commander of B Company, 111th NY Volunteers. In Baltimore they received new orders to board still another train that would take them to Harper's Ferry, West Virginia and, under Miles' command, they were to face the Confederate General, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. During battle on September 13, 1862 the veteran (trained) Union Troops fled the scene, and then pinned the subsequent miserable loss on the new recruits of the 111th who had received no weapons, training, nor support by the time that they were left to face Jackson. They were captured, imprisoned, and then later paroled on September 16. On September 24, 1862 the 111th marched to Annapolis, Maryland to board trains to Camp Douglas near Chicago, Illinois. Their duty in Chicago was to guard Confederate prisoners. On November 19, 1862 they were sent back to Washington D.C. where they finally received training. By June 24, 1863 the Gettysburg battle began to build when the 111th and other regiments were sent.

Phillip Ira Lape was president of Clyde village in 1872 and in the 1886-1887 Directory of Clyde, Town of Galen, Wayne County, New York: Lape P. I. clerk, his home was at Caroline near Rees. Sometime in the late 1880's, Philip & Mary Lape moved to Hays City, Ellis, Kansas. Phillip Ira Lape died in Hays City, Ellis, Kansas on March 09, 1893 and is buried there. Mary A. Lape applied for a Civil War pension on January 22, 1894, while living in Hays City. Her Attorney-At-Law was James Tanner of Washington, D.C. Mary A. Lape died after 1893 and is buried in Hays City, Ellis, Kansas. N. Y. S. GAR Post 56, Clyde, Wayne, NY, is named in the honor of Philip Ira Lape.

P. Ira Lape's obituary appeared in THE CLYDE TIMES on March 16, 1893:


P. Ira Lape was born in Columbia County, N.Y., and removed with his parents to Galen when about 25 years of age. His father Deidrich Lape lived for a number of years on the farm now occupied by Patrick Dower, on the road leading to Marengo. Mr. L. secured employment with Jas. A. Stokes, who then was the managing owner of the Clyde Window Glass Works, where be worked in various capacities and under various owners until 1862, when he enlisted in Co. B. 111th Regiment, August 5th, 1862, and was appointed fourth Sergeant. For efficient service he arose to the grade of Captain, which position he held, until the regiment was mustered out of service, July 6th, 1865. While in the army he was never absent from duty by illness, and was with his Company in all the campaigns from the Wilderness to the surrender of Lee at Appomattox. After returning home, he, with George R. Spaulding, embarked in the grocery business, which they conducted for a short time, when they sold out to Harrison Wilbur. He then, with Albert F. Curtis established a general hardware store, in which he continued for several years with various partners, the business finally passing into the hands of Murphy and McEligott. Mr. Lape’s next venture was in the coal trade, he with Wm. Finch, purchasing the interest of M. S. Roe in the old Hovey yard, where be remained until two years ago when he sold his interest in the yard to G. E. Brisbin. He soon after assumed the management of the Wm. Tobin coal yard which lie continued until last fall, when failing health compelled him to resign. In October last, much to the regret of his many friends, he and his esteemed wife removed to Hayes City, Kansas, to pass the remainder of their days with their younger daughter, and where he died Thursday, March 9th, aged about 72 years. Mr. Lape was for forty years an earnest and consistent member of the Clyde Methodist Episcopal Church; and in respect to his memory, memorial services will be held at that church next Sunday morning, at 10:30 o’clock. . The services will be attended by Snedaker Post, G.A.R., in a body, of which organization the deceased was a member.

Jeff Lape

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