|Birth: ||Jan. 24, 1843|
|Death: ||Sep. 10, 1906|
The son of Henry & Catherine (Young) Roat, in 1860 he was a laborer presumably living in or around Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. He stood 5' 11" tall and had light hair and gray eyes.
A Civil War veteran, he first enlisted and mustered into federal service at Harrisburg May 2, 1861, as a private with Co. F, 25th Pennsylvania Infantry, and honorably discharged with his company July 26, 1861. He then enlisted in Harrisburg September 13, 1861, and mustered into federal service at York September 14 as a private with Co. B, 87th Pennsylvania Infantry. At the battle of Spotsylvania on May 12, 1864, the regiment was lying on the ground awaiting orders when a shell exploded overhead. Shrapnel passed fatally through the man next to him and struck Roat in the lower back, injuring his coccyx. He returned to duty and honorably discharged at term's end October 13, 1864, in York.
Upon returning from war, he took a job with the railroad as a detective and maintained that position for several decades. He married Margaret A. Warden and fathered Mary A. (b. @1867), Catherine E. "Kate" E. (b. 04/16/68), Nellie W. (09/02/70 - married Joseph Canary), and Albert Boyd (b. 10/23/77). Margaret died June 2, 1884, and he married Ella E. Van Camp October 28, 1886, in Perry County, fathering Edna (b. 10/28/86 - married a Hickey). Cause of death is listed as "Bright's disease." His obituary erroneously claims he served with the 201st Pennsylvania Infantry.
Horace Roat (____ - 1894)*
Abram Roat (____ - 1871)*
Katharine E Roat (____ - 1946)*
Albert Boyd Roat (1877 - 1945)*
East Harrisburg Cemetery
Created by: Dennis Brandt
Record added: Jun 22, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 112704213
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