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Abednego Reese
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Birth: Dec., 1846, Wales
Death: Apr. 28, 1922
Erie County
New York, USA

Lockport Union Sun, Newfane, NY
Wednesday, May 15, 1918

A. Reese's Fighting Family
Abednego Reese, another G.A.R. man, enlisted before he was 17 and served during the entire war. He enlisted with the 18th Penn cavalry, first brigade, third division. Served in the Army of the Potomac, took part in the Wilderness campaign with Grant, crossed the James to City Point, was on detached duty with the fifth corp till early in August, then went to Shenandoah Valley where he served through the whole campaign with Sheridan. He took part in the battles of Winchester and Cedar Creek and numerous other engagements. He was detailed for further duty after the close of the war and did not return to his northern home until November 1885. Mr. Reese had two brothers and two step-brothers in the war and all escaped without wounds. He is apparently hale and hearty and able to do a good days work on his farm just east of the village. Before coming to Newfane Mr. Reese had charge of extensive coal mines in Pennsylvania.

Information from Tony Klingensmith:

Private, Company C, 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Enlisted on March 4, 1864. At war's end, the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry and the 22nd Pennsylvania Cavalry were consolidated to form the 3rd Pennsylvania Provisional Cavalry. Abednego was mustered out with Company C, 3rd PA Provisional Cavalry on October 31, 1865.

Filed for an invalid pension on March 7, 1906, application number 1,346,234, certificate number 1,123,198. Wife Margaret M. Reese filed for a widow's pension on May 22, 1922, application number 1,189,525, certificate number 928,403 from New York. Died in Buffalo, New York.

From History of Luzerne County, PA., by H.C. Bradsby, 1893

A. Reese, general mine foreman, Nanticoke, one of the most respected citizens of Luzerne county, was born December 14, 1847, near Clifton, Carbon Co., Pa. He is the youngest but one of five children born to Daniel and Mary (Morgan) Reese, natives of Wales. When the subject of this sketch was but two years old, his father, who was a miner, was killed in the mines at Clifton by a fall of rock. Being thus early left an orphan, entirely dependent upon his poor widowed mother who had a family of five children to support, his early advantages were very limited, and at the tender age of seven years he began picking slate at the Sugar Loaf Mines, near Hazelton, and very soon after engaged at work inside. He continued working in the mines until March 4, 1864; then, when but little over sixteen years of age, he enlisted in the Eighteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry. He was in the fight at Weldon Railroad and engaged in several sharp skirmishes at Reems Station. He was under Gen. Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley raid, and took part in all engagements in that locality during the fall of 1864, and remained with that general until the spring of 1865, when he was among the troops left in the valley while Sheridan moved towards Petersburg, where he was when Lee surrendered. His company was then sent from Winchester, then to Cumberland, Md., and in July, 1865, it was sent to Cannon, W. Va., and there Mr. Reese was one of a detachment of fourteen who were sent to Beverly, W. Va., in command of a lieutenant, to assist the sheriff in enforcing the laws of the Federal Government. He received his discharge November 1, 1865, and engaged in mining at Providence, Lackawanna Co., Pa., which he followed a short time, when he went to work at the carpenter's trade with E. L. Riggs. After following that business about two years. he went to Jeddo, where he worked one year again engaged in mining, and next removed to Wanamie, where he remained until 1872. Our Subject then accepted the position of mine foreman for the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company at Plymouth. On January 1, 1874, this company was succeeded by the Lehigh & Wilkes-Barre Coal Company, but Mr. Reese continued in the employ of the new firm in the same capacity, until August, 1874, when he went to Wanamie, also in the employ of the same company, where he was given charge of the general underground work. Mr. Reese remained there until 1875, when he entered the employ of the Lehigh Valley Coal Company at Pleasant Valley and West Pittston, remaining there until November 1, 1885, when he accepted the position of general mine foreman for the Susquehanna Coal Company, at Nanticoke, which position he now holds. Mr. Reese was married, December 29, 1868, to Miss Harriet Davies, of Providence, Pa. Mrs. Reese died December 2, 1889, leaving five children, viz: Alfred B., Victor E., Anna May, Eva and Ethel. He is a member of the G. A. R.; politically he is a Republican, and has been a member of the borough council, at present a member of the school board.

Buffalo Evening News - Friday, April 28, 1922 p. 2

REESE--In this city, April 28, 1922, Abednego Reese, husband of Margaret M. Reese, father of A. B. Reese of Morgantown, West Virginia, Mrs. W. M. Darby of Monte Vista, Col., Mrs. A. H. Kiefer of Scranton, Pa., Mrs. Harold Bacon of Brooklyn, NY, step-father of Mrs. B. J. Bixby of Buffalo, NY. The funeral will take place from the residence of Mrs. B. J. Bixby, 37 Bidwell parkway, Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Burial at convenience of the family. Wilkes Barre, Scranton, PA, and Lockport, NY papers please copy.

There is no tombstone or marker at his gravesite. He is buried in the Bixby plot at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, NY, with his second wife Margaret and step-daughter Elizabeth Bixby.

Brother Shadrah Reese:
Shadrach Reese

First wife: Harriet A. Davis Reese (1848-1889)
Family links: 
  Margaret M. Roberts Morgan Reese (1854 - 1927)
  Victor E Reese (____ - 1897)*
  Alfred Bertram Reese (1869 - 1938)*
  Evelyn Reese Kiefer (1882 - 1973)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Lawn Cemetery
Erie County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 16, Lot 176 E Pt.
Created by: Lisa Winner Haas
Record added: Apr 11, 2013
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Abednego Reese
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Abednego Reese
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Flag of the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry
- Tony Klingensmith
 Added: May. 10, 2013

- Lisa Winner Haas
 Added: Apr. 11, 2013

- Lisa Winner Haas
 Added: Apr. 11, 2013

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