Mar. 24, 1917 Allentown Lehigh County Pennsylvania, USA
Civil War veteran Charles Edward Clauss was interred 3/29/1917 in Union 730.
Charles is my great great grandpa's big brother. He was the son of wine merchant Johann Peter Clauss and his wife Dorothea (nee Moog) Clauss. He came to the United States in 1849, and later brought his younger brother Rudolf Clauss to the US in 1858 following a huge fire in their hometown of Traben-Trarbach on the Moselle. Young Rudolf and their brother Henry Otto Clauss worked for some years with Charles in a successful brushmaking business on the Lehigh River, Allentown's first such business.
Charles married Agnes Henninger (who died in 1877) and was survived by his children Henry O., Mrs. Harmer Knauss, Mrs. Jacob Naef, Louisa, Flora, Rudolph, and Louis M.
Charles served with the Emergency Force of 1862, 5th Regiment of PA Volunteer Infantry Company G, headed by Captain George B. Schall. It was a short tour since this entire group served from about September 11 to September 26, responding to an urgent request by the governor to help cover the border. In Bates' "History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers" Charles (there called Edward) is preceded in the alphabetical listing by a Jonathan Bear. Was this Jonathan a relative of Amanda Bear, who would marry Charles' little brother Rudolf? I found Jonathan's Civil War service card, and it tells us nothing search-worthy other than that he was born about 1836, and it is hard to be sure which one he is on censuses at this time.
A church affiliation is not mentioned in his obituary, but the local newspapers over the years note the family membership at Saint Peter's Lutheran and Reformed Church in Rittersville. One such article mentions that Charles was a committee member in making the selection in 1904. Also, his musical children, in particular, Millie, are often cited for their performances at this church. In any case, like his brother in New York, Charles was a Lutheran.
The family itself seems to have been musical; Charles too was listed in a 1908 article discussing the 50th Jubilee of the Lehigh Saengerbund as one of the founding members, along with Amos Ettinger, whom is probably related to my Ettingers (and may have facilitated the meeting between Charles' niece Emma and her future husband Charles Ettinger). Even Charles' wife got a 1917 mention for playing a wedding march at a home wedding.
He seems to have enjoyed good health into maturity; a 1910 article mentions that at age 83 he hears well, sees without glasses and is in good physical condition.
In 1915 he and three other gents were listed as sharing ownership of a home on Adam's Island called "Camp Daffodil".