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Maj James W Cronkite
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Birth: Jan. 2, 1841
Portlandville
Otsego County
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 18, 1903
Plainfield
Union County
New Jersey, USA

JMA# M3114
James was the son of George Lewis Cronkite and Caroline Lane Cronkite. He was a carriage maker by trade. He enlisted with the 21st New York State Volunteers at Portlandville, New York and remained with this regiment throughout the Civil War. He and his regiment were engaged in many battles. He was wounded four times on the skirmish line near Williamsport, Maryland on 12 July 1863. Twice, he fell into rifle pits while leading his men in "Upton's charge" at Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia on 10 May 1864. At the battlefield of Sailor's Creek, Virginia on 6 April 1865, James was so wounded that one of his legs was amputated. He was mustered out with his regiment on 5 June 1865. In 1870, he entered the New York Custom House, where he filled various positions. He was appointed Deputy Collector of the Custom House at Clenfuegos, Cuba by President Roosevelt. He first married to Marietta Gleason about 1872. They had two children. He next married to Mary Alice Reed on 20 October 1883 at Syracuse, New York. They had one child. Upon his death, a grand funeral commenced. The funeral at his home was in the charge of Rankin Post, Number 10 of the Grand Army of the Republic of Brooklyn, New York of which he was a member. The flag draped casket went by rail to Washington, District of Columbia where it was met by a military escort. A caisson drawn by six horses took it through the streets of the capitol to Arlington National Cemetery. It was met there by Troops E and H, 2nd United States Cavalry forming a column of four leading the way to the burial site.
Biography added by JMA#4262611 on 24 November 2014.
Sources-
-August 1905, The Historical Journal of the More Family
-New York, Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1861-1865
-Juanita Goin, John More Association genealogist
 
 
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 Parents:
  Lewis Cronkhite (1816 - 1866)
  Caroline Lane Cronkite (1812 - 1879)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Reed Cronkite (1851 - 1926)
 
 Children:
  Roman Lewis Cronkite (1873 - 1941)*
  James Gleason Cronkite (1878 - 1973)*
  Lillian Reed Cronkite Loizeaux (1888 - 1989)*
 
 Sibling:
  Nelson Cronkite (1839 - 1927)*
  James W Cronkite (1841 - 1903)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: MAJOR 121ST NY INF BVT LT COL US VOLS
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Sec: SOU, Site: 1386
 
Maintained by: Cindy Coffell
Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Mar 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49172693
Maj James W Cronkite
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Maj James W Cronkite
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Maj James W Cronkite
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- Cyndi
 Added: Feb. 22, 2015

- Jonathan Robert De Mallie, Historian
 Added: Feb. 7, 2015

- John More Association
 Added: Apr. 9, 2014
 
 
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