Sturgess, Charles Edmund

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Birth

Charles Edmund Sturges was born in Knox, Albany County, NY on June 17, 1846 to David Wakeman Sturges and Melinda Swan.[1][2][3][4][5][6] His surname was also spelled Sturgis[3] and Sturgess[7]. He was the oldest boy of ten children.[1]

Marriage & Children

On December 31, 1868, Charles married Nancy E. Quay (B. July 18, 1848, D. July 4, 1911) and they had six children:[1][6]

Occupation

Charles worked as a farmer in Knox before he enlisted in the 7th Heavy Artillery Regiment during the Civil War[3] and after he returned[6].


Military Service

Name: Charles Edmund Sturges[8]
Residence: Knox [8]
Place of Birth: Knox, NY[8]
Date of Birth: 17 Jun 1846[2]
Names of Parents: David (Sturges) and Malinda Swan[8]
Marital Status: Single [8]
Occupation: Farmer [8]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[8]
Bounty Received: $100.00[8]
Enlistment Date: 28 July 1862[3]
Enlistment Place: Knox, NY[8]
Enlistment Rank: Private[3]
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery[3]
Company: K[3]
Captured at: Deep Bottom, VA[3]
Captured on: 30 Jul 1864[3]
Paroled on: 8 Oct 1864[3]
Paroled at: Varina, VA[3]
Promotion Date: 29 May 1865[3]
Promotion Rank: Full Corporal[3]
Muster Out Date: 17 June 1865[3]
Muster Out Place: Baltimore, MD
Additional Remarks: Enlisted as a Private at the age of 18.[9] Also spelled Sturgis[10]
Sources Used: Ancestry.com\American Civil War Soldiers; 1890 Veterans Census; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1898; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998.;Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War

Life

Charles lived his entire life in Knox, where he can be found living with his parents and siblings in the 1850 and 1860 censuses.[4][5] His father, David, was a carpenter and a sawyer, the second occupation was one shared David shared with his father-in-law Nathaniel Swan.[4][5] Charles however became a farmer in Knox. In 1880 Charles was living in Knox with his wife Nancy and their young children as well as his widowed mother, sister and brother.[6] Charles suffered from a loss of sight and a weak lung and as a result first filed for an invalid pension on April 7, 1885.[7][11] In 1900 Charles was still living in Knox living with his wife and several of their children as well as Nancy M. Toles (B. Sept 1823) who was described as a boarder.[12]

Health

In 1890 Charles reported that he had a loss of sight and a weak lung.[7] These problems were probably a result of his 3 month captivity as a POW. For a POW of the Civil War, he was very lucky to have survived, to have returned to his job as a farmer with apparently little problems and to have lived a long productive life.

Death

Charles died on June 18, 1904 in Knox[1] and after his death on July 2, 1904 his widow Nancy filed for his Civil War pension[11]. His wife Nancy survived him and lived until July 4, 1911.[1]

Obituary

One by one the Boys in Blue are answering the last roll call, and but few are left who have not responded. Mr. Charles E. Sturges, a well known citizen of the town of Knox, who responded "aye" on Saturday, June 18th, 1904, was born in that town, on June 17,1846. he attended the common school and later graduated from Knoxville Academy. In 1863 at the age of sixteen, he answered his country's call and enlisted in Co. K 7th N.Y. Heavy Artillery, and served three years, participating in all the battles of his regiment, the prinicpal engagements being the battles of the Wilderness, Fredericksburg, Spottsylvania, North Anna River, Tolopotomy and in the famous bayonet charges at Cold Harbor and Petersburg. At the battle of Deep Bottom he was captured and confined in Libby Prison and later at Belle Island. Upon returning home from the war he engaged in farming and school teaching. Mr. Sturges served several terms as town clerk and justice of the peace and was school commissioner of the third district of Albany county for three years. The funeral was held at his residence in the town of Knox on Tuesday, June 21, 1904, comrades of M.H. Barclay Post, GAR, acting as bearers. He is survived by a widow, two sons and three daughters. Yes, the Boys in Blue are passing away, but their memory will be cherished by a grateful nation.(Altamont Enterprise, June 24, 1904)

Additional Research Notes

Altamont Enterprise 6/7/1890:Charles E. Sturges commenced his duties as census enumerator on Monday. Altamont Enterprise 9/26/1891:Prof. Charles E. Sturges has been employed as teacher in district No. 8. Altamont Enterprise 4/6/1894:Mr. Charles E. Sturges has filed his resignation as justice of the peace with the town clerk.

Additional Media

Census Records

1860 federal; Knox (Series M653, Roll 723, Page 631)

  • David Sturges 44 Carpenter & Sawyer
  • Malinda Sturges 36
  • Charles E. Sturges 14
  • Nathaniel A. Sturges 11
  • Adelia C. Sturges 8
  • Sarah G. Sturges 4
  • Harriet A. Sturges 3
  • Nathaniel Swan 82 Sawyer

1880 federal; Knox (Series T9, Roll 807, Page 116)

  • Charles E. Sturges 33 Farmer
  • Nancy E. Sturges 32 House Keeper
  • Louis Sturges 10
  • Edith Sturges 7
  • Bertha Sturges 3
  • Ada B. Sturges 9/12
  • Melinda Sturges 58 At Home (Mother)
  • Isadora Sturges 19 Pill Box Maker (Sister)
  • Eugene Sturges 14 At Home (Brother)
  • Lee Williamson 22 Farmer

1900 federal; Knox Township (Series T623, Roll 1007, Page 66)

  • Charles Sturges
  • Nancy Sturges
  • Ada Sturges 20
  • Roscoe Sturges 17 Farm Laborer
  • Lottie Sturges 14

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


Sources

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Bernehistory.org
  2. 2.0 2.1 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 1850 US Census, Knox, Albany Co, NY
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 1860 US Census, Knox, Albany Co, NY
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 1880 US Census, Knox, Albany Co, NY
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 1890 US Veterans Census, Knox, Albany Co, NY
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  9. Ancestry Military Databases
  10. Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1898
  11. 11.0 11.1 Civil War Pension Index, Ancestry.com
  12. 1900 US Census, Knox, Albany Co, NY