Enl. 4/25/62 in Co. H (Page Grays), 33rd Va. Infantry. Absent on detail 8/62, as corporal. Deserted 8/1/62. No further service record. Submitted an application to the Southern Claims Commission for reimbursement for losses during the American Civil War. Claimed to be a Southern Unionist (loyalist). Claim disallowed.
OBITUARY - JOHN ALBERT RACER
Elder J. A. Racer, Sr., aged 87 years died at his home near Carl's Chapel, in the Kimball section at 2 PM on Thursday after a number of years failing health, due to old age. Elder Racer was born May 17th, 1830. On December 30, 1850, he married Miss Frances E. Heiston who proceeded him to the grave about 19 years ago. Elder Racer was the last member of a family of 8 children, seven of whom lived to a very old age. He entered the ministry in 1878 and continued to preach until the failure of his health compelled him to retire some two or three years ago. He was a leader in his church and a man held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. The deceased in survived by seven children as follows: Elder J. A. Racer, Jr., J. H. Racer, William Lee Racer, Mrs. Mary F. Kibler, Mrs. Martha Jane Finter, of Page, Mrs. Susan B. Early and Mrs. Sarah E. Cline, of Broadway. Elder Racer's children range in age from 53 to 65 years and prior to his death there were five distinct generations living. The funeral service will be held at Beahm's Chapel at 1 PM on Saturday, conducted by several of the Brethren preachers. Interment will take place near the church.