|Birth: ||Feb. 9, 1845|
|Death: ||Apr. 19, 1935|
Los Angeles County
Moses H. Gardner's birth place varies with the source, although they all agree he was Pennsylvania-born. He told the army he was born in Morgantown, Berks County, while his death certificate claims Siddonsburg, Monaghan Township, York County. Neither was he sure if he were born in 1843, 1844, or 1845. The birth date shown here is from his death certificate and may well be incorrect.
In 1860, he was a laborer living in Monaghan Township and stood 5' 7" tall and had dark hair and blue eyes. He married Mary Ann Wise June 15. 1866, but she died February 25, 1871. He married Sarah Ellen Shultz February 6, 1872, in Pennsylvania, moving to Kansas shortly thereafter and remaining there until at least 1900. Sarah died September 15, 1921, from a skull fracture suffered in a fall from a porch step. Moses then married Kentucky-born Kate E. Poffard June 5, 1924, in Orange County, California.
A Civil War veteran, he first enlisted in Harrisburg June 25, 1861, with Co. G, 12th Pa Reserves (41st Pa Inf), at the rank of private but deserted at Sharpsburg, Maryland, October 21, 1862. He returned to Harrisburg where he enlisted December 11, 1862, with the 12th U.S. Infantry, serving in both companies G and H. Regular army enlistments then were generally for three years, but, oddly, he received an honorable discharge September 4, 1864, at Petersburg, Virginia, by reason of "expiration of service," not for medical reasons. It was as if the army knew of his first enlistment and approved of his desertion. In 1889, the War Department changed the desertion charge to absent without leave and issued a discharge from the 12th Pa Reserves to date December 10, 1862, an action that was by no means unusual that long after the war.
Los Angeles Odd Fellows Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Created by: Dennis Brandt
Record added: Jul 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55102122