Soldier got it honestly
This soldier, Charles H. Corey, received his occupation honestly from his father. His parents, Jason W. Corey and Sarah Powers, were from Meadville, in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, spent some time in Ohio and then on to Montgomery County, Indiana. Likely he also inherited his love for his country from his father as Jason was in the Black Hawk War.
Both men were carpenters and his father somewhat of an inventor. On April 4, 1855, Jason W. Corey, represented by none other than Lew Wallace, applied for a patent for a spring-connecting rod that would allow clothes a freer arranging so that the clothes were not beaten up quite as much (prior to this lots of clothes ruined). Also signing the patent was John Shinn and BK Morselt. A lengthy description of how it all worked was found but is irrelevant to this story; however, just to know that both men were always working toward improvements in life was a pretty exciting find. Both could read and write impressive for the time, as well.
Lew Wallace’s call-out for volunteers in 1862 brought the 19-year-old Charles to enlist under Lt. Barnad on the 15th day of April. He was listed as having blue eyes, brown hair, fair skin and being tall for the time at 5’10”. He was in the 19th Infantry, Company H and due to expiration of service was mustered out at Lookout Mountain Tennessee on the same day three years later. He was then Sgt. Although not specific birthdate has been found for this man, he would probably have been born (according to census records, his CW papers he would have been born between1838-1843. As an example of this, his obituary says he was 75 whereas his death record notes 74. These were small ones but some were as much as 7 or 8 years differences but most indicated the range of 1838-1843. The only record that might help pinpoint the more specific date Kim Hancock nor I could find – the 1900 census. Tried every combination but alas too elusive for these two wow researchers. In fact, to try to secure a specific date, Kim paid for a death record from Illinois but there was no birthdate on it, either. Thurs, Kim took 1838 as his date for his tombstone because the government requires one. On the 5-plot lot there is a nice COREY marker but Charles nor Mary have any personal information there.
In most census records, he is listed as a carpenter but working in a stave factory once; however, that could of course easily go hand-in-hand as he may have made the staves. While in Chicago, they lived at 305 35th Street for most of that time. When he first married, his mother and brother, Lee lived with them in Lafayette at 137 S. 5th Street. In Crawfordsville, he mainly lived on Spring Street.
Upon Charles H. Corey’s return from service, in the same year on December 7th, he married Mary Ann Rhoads. They were married 47 years before his death. Most of that time, they lived in Montgomery County but moved to Chicago later on where Charles died on August 22, in 1912. His body was shipped home, a funeral arranged by the Grand Army of the Republic, his fellow comrades in battle, and he was buried with members as pallbearers in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mary lived another seven years. They had two sons, one dying previous to his parents, Edward and Joseph, who lived here and was a long-time barber in Crawfordsville. Joseph’s middle name is Howard and perhaps the H for Charles is too but no proof to that. Part of the fun of doing genealogy, however is piecing those puzzles together. Kim and her cohert, Suzi Petrey of Oak Hill Cemetery, are fabulous at finding those pieces making it possible to make sure these soldiers are Etched In Stone!