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Robert Scofield & Jacob Johnson-African American CW Vets-26th NYUSCT
Posted by: Ginny (ID *****0573) Date: January 16, 2005 at 12:13:34
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Seek to Correspond with living descendants/kin of ROBERT SCOFIELD who was born October 04, 1818 either at the Cor. Bleeker & Mercer, New York City or Schnectady, NY [???] and died March 05, 1894 in T/Washington, Dutchess Co., NY having formerly been a resident of Fishkill Landing/Matteawan, now Beacon, Dutchess County, NY.

Census Research leads me to believe that Robert's wife was EMELINE (Maiden Name Possibly JONES)b. Abt. 1825 in New York, probably d. Bet. 1860 - 1870 in Fishkill, Dutchess Co., NY

AMELIA SCOFIELD       b: Abt. 1854 in New York d: Aft. 1920
married EGBERT LEFEVER       b: Abt. 1842 in New York Dutchess Co., NY       d: Aft. 1920

EVALINE SCOFIELD b: Abt. 1858 d: Bef. March 05, 1894 [In the 1870 Census she is believed to be the 13 year old Evaline Scofield living in the household of Samuel and Margaret JONES in Fishkill Plains - she is not listed in her father's 1894 obituary - I do not know if she married or had children]

Grandchildren: [Children of Robert's daughter Amelia Scofield Lefever]

THOMAS LEFEVER       b: 1875              
EGBERT LEFEVER       b: 1881       m. abt. 1909 HARRIET (___?__)b: Abt. 1867       m: Abt. 1909       

[Harriet may have had a previous marriage to Egbert, which marriage produced 5 Children - In the 1900 Census Harriet is the mother of 5 with three living and she and Egbert have been married just one year - therefore assume she had a previous marriage which produced the 5 children. I know of no children of Egbert and Harriet Lefever.

Robert SCOFIELD served in the Civil War with the 26th NY U S Colored Troops enlisting at Mamakating, Sullivan County, NY. He served with Jacob JOHNSON who was also of Beacon.

Plans are underway to obtain a Veterans Marker for Robert's Grave in the Dutchess County Poorhouse Cemetery "Brier Hill" - Would like to correspond with other's who can shed any light on Robert's Story and perhaps put me in touch with living family. Living descendants/kin of Jacob JOHNSON as well as other's who may have served in Co. I of the NY 26th Colored Troops may also have information on Robert's Story.

I have copies of Robert Scofield's Civil War Service Records and Jacob Johnson's Civil War Pension File.

You can read some of what I know on Robert's Story here:

Some of the details from Robert's Civil War Service Record are as follows:
Declaration of Recruit Robert Schofield
Robert made his mark of X
Someone signed for him over that

Muster Roll Cards for Pvt. Robert Schofield, 26th USCT, Co. I
March 13, 1865: Goshen, NY
Notes enlistment credit to:
11th District/Mamakating, Sullivan County
March 22, 1865: Hart Island, NY
Notes he received:
1 Knapsack for $2.15
1 Haversack for .67
1 Canteen for .45

Muster-Out Card
August 28, 1865
Hilton Head, SC
Due Soldier: $8.20
Soldier Owed US: $6.00

Company Descriptive Book Card which identified Robert as:
5' 11 "
Yellow Complexion
Black Eyes
Black Hair
Born in Schenectady, NY
Occupation, Laborer

Enlisted March 13, 1865 in Goshen, NY
by Capt. Pronk (sp?) for 1 yr.
Bounty received of $33.33

His Volunteer Enlistment Form shows much of the above info
and, if read correctly, it notes a local Bounty of $360!
- - - - - -
Jacob JOHNSON had a daughter Mrs. William McPHERSON who was of Newburgh in 1917 when Jacob's wife Charity died. There was also a daughter Mary JONES who d. March 26, 1917. The five children of Jacob and Charity (JAYCOX) Johnson as listed in Jacob Johnson's Civil War Pension Papers were:

Carrie b. Nov. 1859
Winfield b. 1861
Effie b. July 1870
Mary b. Apr. 1874
Sarah b. Aug. 1881

What follows is part of Jacob Johnson's Story and that of Jacob Johnson's brother William as well as some background on the 26th NY US Colored Troops -

Fishkill Standard 24 December 1904 [Saturday]

"Among Those Passed Away"

Mr. Jacob Johnson, one of the best known colored men residing in this village, died about 7:30 o'clock on Wednesday morning. He had been feeble for a long time, and was gradually giving way to the influences of old age. He had been obliged to remian in the house only a short time, and had been confidned to his bed but a few days. Mr. Johnson was a native of Dutchess county, having been born at Middlebush, east of Hughsonville, February 12, 1835. The family soon afterward moved to Fishkill Village, and when Jacob was 8 or 10 years of age, they moved to this village where he remained ever since. He took part in the war for the Union, enlisting in 1862 and serving all through the war. He was connected with the 26th N. Y. Colored Infantry, Col. Seimen, a regiment gotten up under the auspices of the Union League, and served most of his time in South Carolina, at Hilton Head, Beaufort, Charleston, etc., and at the conclusion of the war received an honorable dishcarge. He was a member of Post Howland, G. A. R., and for years was its color sergeant, proudly bearing aloft the flag of his country in annual parades, and on other occasions. The members of the Post gave him attention during his sickness.

Mr. Johnson was a hard working man, thrifty, temperate, and saving. He received a generous pension. He owned his little house and lot in the colored settlement near the public school premises. He leaves a wife, four daughters, and a son. The funeral will be held on Sunday at St. James M. E. Zion Church, at 2:30 o'clock.

Fishkill Standard
31 December 1904

Jacob Johnson

The funeral services of the late Jacob Johnson were held last Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from St. James A. M. E. Zion Church of this village. There was a very large attendance. The funeral was in charge of Post Howland No. 48, G. A. R., of which deceased was a member, who escorted the remains to Fairview cemetery. The services at the church were conduct by the pastor Rev. J. M. Butler, who read appropriate scripture selections, and made an excellent address. There was singing by a quartette of colored young ladies. At the conclusion of the religious services the Grand Army proceeded with the ritual at the close of which taps were sounded. A drum Corps of the Tenth Separate Company was present and took part in the parade. The procession passed up South avenue to Main street, and thence to the cemetery, the veterans being dismissed upon reaching their headquarters. The bearers were all members of the Post: John Broderick, John W. Stevenson, Augustus Mosher, Samuel Decker, Perry Knickerbocker, Watson Titus. Chief of Police Mosher headed the line of march.

The remains were enclosed in a handsome casked, upon which was a display of beautiful flowers.


Unknown Newsaper
[Probably the Fishkill Standard]
Feb. 14, 1903

Death of a Noted Colored Man

William Johnson, the youngest brother of Jacob Johnson of this village, died in New York city, about a month ago, at his residence, No. 173 Waverly Place, aged about 56 years. Mr. Johnson his daughter, and some other colored people attended the funeral which was a large one, deceased being a noted military man. A New York city paper in giving an account of the funeral says:

The morning service of Zion A. M. E. Church was was dispensed with Jan. 18, and at 11:30 a. m. the mortal remains of Col. William Johnson, commander of Thaddeus Stevens Post, No. 255 were borne into the church. Following the mourners came the church officers, church societies, his class, the board of stewards and stewardesses, John Brown Circle No. 24 Ladies of the G. A. R.and the 17th . . . . . [bad line or two here in my copy] . . . . Jackson, president, Howard Union Lodge, No. 1337, G. U. O. of O. F. Charles Holmes, marshall Thaddeus Stevens Post No. 255, G. A. R. Samuel W. Smith, S. V. commander commanding.

The choir under the leadership of Prof. Lott Green, sun a beautiful anthem over the casket, as Col Johnson had been a member of the choir. Rev. J. Sulla Cooper, D. D., preached the sermon. R. J. M. Franklin spoke feelingly of the deceased. Past Commander Alex Powell and Adjutant C. W. McKie eulogized his military life and service.

William Johnson was well known throughout the city as a stalwart Republican. He was appointed janitor of the Jefferson Market Court House under Mayor Strong, and served until the VanWyck administration came into power. He was considered an authority on Grand Army matters. Nearly 500 persons took part in the procession that was led by Major Charles Pierson's Manhattan Fife and Drum Corps, leaving the funeral at 10th street and Fourth avenue, which proceeded to Cypress Hills Cemetery. Interment was in Zion's Ground. Service was held at the grave by Mr. E. V. C. Eato, secretary of the citizens auxilliary committee. Col. Johnson leaves a wife, two sons, a daughter, 4 brothers and a large number of relatives residing upstate.


Some historical Background on 26th New York Colored Troops:

Compendium - War of the Rebellion - National Historical Society - 1979 - Part III - Regimental Histories.

US Colored Troops Regimental Histories - 26th Regiment Infantry Organized at Riker's Island, New York Harbor, February 27, 1864. Ordered to Dept. of the South April 1854. Attached to District of Beaufort, S. C., Dept. of the South, to January 1865. 2nd Separate Brigatde, Dept. of the South to June 1865. Dept. of the South to August 1865.

Service - Reported at Beaufort, S. C., April 13, 1864, and post duty there till November 27. Expedition to Johns and James Islands July 2-10. Operations against Battery Pringle July 4-9. Actions on Johns Island July 5 and 6. Burdens Causeway July 9. Battle of Honey Hill November 30. Demonstration on Charleston & Savannah Railroad December 6-9. Action at Devaux's Neck December 6. Tillifinny Station December 9. McKay's Point December 22. Ordered to Beaufort, S. C. January 2, 1865 and duty there till August. Mustered out August 28, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 2 officers and 28 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 officers and 112 enlisted men by disease. Total 145.
Although I have no relationship to Robert, 110 years after Robert died, I am trying to insure that he receives just recognition for his military service. Would like to see that if at all possible, any of his living desendants/kin or other living descendants/kin of those who served in the 26th NY Colored Troops could be on hand when his marker is dedicated.

Any help appreciated.

Copyright 2005 - All rights Reserved by Virginia A. Buechele
The Dutchess County Poorhouse Lady

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