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John S Albright
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Birth: Nov. 10, 1838
Northumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 8, 1904
Jackson County
Iowa, USA

JOHN SAMUEL ALBRIGHT JR. (1838-1904) married 12-2-1868 to

JOHN SAMUEL ALBRIGHT was born in Milton, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and married on 12-2-1868 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois to SOPHIA JANE ACKERMANN who was born in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

John Samuel Albright served in the Civil War with The Third Pennsylvania Reserve Corps Volunteers, Company H, as well as, The Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, Company D (see below, Civil War Pension Petition by his wife, Sophia Jane Albright).

He moved to Mt Carroll, IL, after the war to attend the Seminary there. John & Sophia were the parents of 4 children, 3 girls and one boy: Annie, Ida, EFFIE (standing behind in above picture) and Johnnie. Effie married FRED BRIGGS and they had 2 sons, Archie and CLAUDE MONROE BRIGGS, my grand father, on my mother's side. Archie died as a small child.



Another veteran has pitched his tent where the last grand reunion must be held.

John Albright was born in Milton, Northumberland Co., PA., Nov. 10th, 1838, where he grew to manhood learning the trade of a brick mason, which he became an expert at. During the rebellion when the flag was assailed by traitor's hands he enlisted in Company D. Rhode Island Heavy Artilery, but owing to disability was sent home in the fall of 1865. In 1867 he came west settling in Mt. Carroll, Ill., where he attended the Seminary.

On December 2, 1869 he was united in marriage to Sophia Jane Ackerman and to say he found in the lady of his choice, one who has been a true, constant and patient helpmate would scarcely express her devotion. Their union was blessed by four children: Mrs. M. G. Kempter, Mrs. Ida B Esmay, Johnn, who died Nov. 9, 1875, Mrs. F.M. Briggs. In 1872 he with his family movesd to Sabula, where he has since lived until his death, which occurred Sept. 1st, 1904.

The funeral services were conducted by the Odd Fellows of which he had been a member over 33 years and was always a faithful untiring member, one who was loved by all as was shown by the order, over 100 being in line.

And there passes away another veteran and early settler, in our daily walks another familiar form will be missed. Time is rapidly thinning the ranks of those who bravely marched to the front to fight the battles of their country.

Mr. Albright was a man of strong convictions and positive nature, outspoken upon every subject. Honorable and upright in all his dealings, he commanded the respect and esteem of all with whom he came in contact. His word was never doubted, kind hearted and charitable he was always ready and glad to extend the hand of friendship. His family was his whole thought and with them the entire community mourn.

The parents of JOHN SAMUEL ALBRIGHT JR., above, were JOHN ALBRIGHT SR. (1808-1885) & HANNAH SMITH (1814-1890). They had the following children including JOHN SAMUEL listed above: Lucinda (1834-1891), Maria Teresa (1836-?), Susannah(1837-?), Mary E. (1841-?), Joseph F. (1843-1880), Samuel L. (1846-?), William H. (1849-?), Thomas S. (1851-1889), Charles P. (1853-1901), Hannah Sarah (1855-1855), Emma Catherine (1857-1857). The parents of HANNAH SMITH were PETER SMITH (1789-1867) and ELIZABETH SMITH (1791-1858).

The parents of SOPHIA JANE ACKERMAN, above, were JOHN PETER ACKERMAN(N) & ANNA CATHERINE (SALISBURY) ACKERMAN(N) and were married in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. JOHN PETER ACKERMAN(N) was born in Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, 1824. He was of a family of 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl: John, Peter and Sarah. He came to America at the age of 8 years in a sailboat, taking 6 weeks to make the trip. His wife, ANNA CATHERINE SALISBURY, was born1827 in Chambersburg, PA of a family of 4 children, 3 girls and 1 boy: Anna Catherine, Martha, Elizabeth and Samuel. They came to Mt Carroll, IL in the spring of 1855 with their 4 oldest children: Barbara Anna, SOPHIA JANE, John Webster and Samuel Salisbury. After settling in Mt Carroll, 5 more children were born: David Webster, William Peter, Mary Alice, Ida Bell and Lorena Paisley.

They continued living in Mt Carroll until their deaths; John Peter Ackermann died in 1901 and Anna Catherine (Salisbury) Ackerman(n ) in1882 and are all burried with their children at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Mt. Carroll, except for SOPHIA JANE (ACKERMANN) ALBRIGHT who is brried at the Evergreen cemetery in Sabula, IA with her husband JOHN SAMUEL ALBRIGHT JR.


United States of America, House of Representatives Bill (H. R. 003) in the year 1922: Sophia Albright, aged 76 years, whose post office address is Sabula, Jackson County, Iowa, is the widow of John Albright, alias John Brown, who died September 1, 1904. An excerpt of a report from the records of the War Department shows the military history of the soldier as follows:

It is shown by the records that John Albright was enrolled June 15, 1861 and was mustered into service on the same date as a sergeant in Company H, Third Pennsylvania Reserve Corps Volunteers, to serve three years. He was reduced to the grade of private, cause not stated, and he appears to have served faith-fully in this organization until November 22, l862, when he was discharged - from the volunteer service by reason of his enlistment in Battery C, Fifth United States Artillery, to serve the unexpired balance of his volunteer enlistment. He deserted from the Fifth United States Artillery August 6, 1863, and never rejoined it.

It is also shown by the records that John Brown, who signed his enlistment paper as John Brown, alias Albright, enlisted as a substitute for a drafted man, and was accepted into service August 7, 1863, to serve three years. This enlistment was in violation of the twenty-second (now fiftieth) article of war. He was assigned to Company D, Fifth Rhode Island Heavy Artillery Volunteers, and appears to have served faithfully with that organization until he was honorably discharged from the service, as a corporal, June 26, 1865, by reason of the muster out of the company.

He was not a pensioner. He was married to this claimant December 2, 1868. The evidence presented indicates the claimant is the soldier's legal widow. She has no title to pension as such for the sreason the soldier deserted from one contract of service, as shown in the report from the War Department quoted. The same report shows that he was honorably discharged from a prior and subsequent service, that his services were faithful, and that they were for a period of more than three years. In view of that fact it is believed the legal object on to claimant's title should be waived and that she be given a pensionable status.

The claimant has $900 in the bank, but no other means or property nor income from any source. No one is legally bound to her as evidence presented indicates the claimant is in very poor health and is unable to contribute to her own support by reason of affliction from arteriosclerosis, disease of liver, and rheumatism.

It is recommended her name be placed on the pension roll at the rate of $30 a month.

***Notes on John Albright's Civil War Service: According to documents filed by John (prior to his death) through his attorney, to clear the air for his wife's civil war pension to be recieved after his death, the reason John "deserted the Pennsylvania regiment" he originally mustered into follows.

John describes his time with his Pennsylvania regiment while said regiment was sent to New York City to quel the draft riots in the Summer of 1863. He stated in a document (under oath) that he was witness to another fellow soldier he was serving beside, being "whipped while tied to a cason by one of his superiors", and that he was going to be "next in line" to be punished for what the superior officer had percieved as them both disobeying orders. In modern day terms, one from our generation after watching the movie, "The Gangs of New York", could more fully understand this series of events. Therefore, John felt his fellow comrad and he were being singled out as an example to his peers within the Pennsylvania unit they were serving under at the time.

John then fled the Pennsylvania unit and re-enlisted 2 weeks later with a Rhode Island unit being mustered at the time out of New York City, under the name of "John Brown". John Albright was paid $50 by said "John Brown" so Mr. Brown would not have to serve via the draft. Apparently, this was common practice for the times. See link below for more info regarding the subject.

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Family links: 
  John Albright (1808 - 1885)
  Hannah Smith Albright (1814 - 1890)
  Sophia Jane Ackerman Albright (1848 - 1933)*
  Anna M. Albright Kempter (1870 - 1917)*
  Ida Bell Albright-Esmay Briggs (1872 - 1925)*
  Effie Larena Albright Briggs (1875 - 1960)*
  John S Albright (1838 - 1904)
  Samuel Albright (1849 - 1892)*
  Thomas Albright (1851 - 1889)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Cemetery
Jackson County
Iowa, USA
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Originally Created by: Ken Wright
Record added: May 15, 2006
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John S Albright
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John S Albright
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