|Death: ||Feb. 28, 1889|
John Snavely was born c. 1841 in Lebanon County but appears to have been living in Cumberland County in 1860. He was paper maker by trade and stood 5' 9" tall with brown hair and brown eyes.
A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, July 23, 1862, and mustered into federal service at Harrisburg August 12, 1862, as a private with Co. F, 130th Pennsylvania Infantry. Shot in the ride side of the chest at Antietam, the bullet penetrating the lung. He was hospitalized at Court House U.S. Hospital, Hagerstown, Maryland, until September 25 and then transferred to Walnut Street U.S. Hospital, Harrisburg where he was discharged by surgeon's certificate November 15, 1862.
He obtained a disability pension for his lung wound January 11, 1868, but was granted arrears to the date of discharge. Alleged to have married Sarah Widowmaker September 24, 1869, which subsequent investigation suggested was true. Then, without bothering to divorce the first Mrs. Snavely, he married widow Charlotte A. Laventure March 19, 1878, in Mt. Holly Springs, Cumberland County, where they yet lived in 1886. Their children were Annie C. (b. 11/15/78), Willie A. (b. 08/15/80 [calculated], d. 02/26/88), Mary E. (b. 10/03/82), Dora C. (b. 10/01/84). The pension office denied Charlotte's widow's pension because of her husband's previous marriage. She contended that John and Sarah had divorced September 1, 1871, and that Sarah had a conviction for adultery. Problem was, Charlotte could find no record of her husband's alleged divorce. (Sarah afterward married a Slusher.)
Before his 46th birthday, a physician described John as "pallid [and] feeble." He died in Carlisle of lung issues described as "consumption."
Mount Holly Springs Cemetery
Mount Holly Springs
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Record added: Jun 25, 2010
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