|Birth: ||May 18, 1843|
|Death: ||Oct. 21, 1914|
In 1860, Ishmael Stonesifer was a farmer living with and/or working for miller J. S. Trostle in Reading Township, Adams County. He stood 5' 6" tall and had dark hair and dark eyes.
A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, August 8, 1862, and mustered into federal service in Harrisburg the following day with Co. F, 130th Pennsylvania Infantry, at the rank of private. Became ill at Belle Plain, Virginia, and hospitalized at Falmouth, Virginia, "with fever and was deranged for some time" and thus was not in the battle of Fredericksburg. Received his honorable discharge with his company on May 21, 1863. He also enlisted in Harrisburg August 12, 1864, and mustered into federal service there August 18 with Co. C, 201st Pennsylvania Infantry, at the rank of private. While camped at Chambersburg, he left without permission (although he claimed that his commanding officer gave it verbally) to visit home. Arrested on his return, his punishment was being forced to carry a 60 lb. stone strapped to his back for 5 hours a day. Not surprisingly, he complained of back problems afterward, possibly because Stonesifer claimed that he only weighed 115 lbs. He was nonetheless honorably discharged with his company on June 23, 1865.
He married Martha Cleland July 3, 1867, in Carlisle and fathered George W. (b. 04/27/73) and Katie Myrtle (b. 07/12/82). In 1870, the Stonesifers lived in Carlisle, Cumberland County, but in 1890, resided in Carroll Township, Perry County.
Martha Cleland Stonesifer (1847 - 1935)*
Created by: Dennis Brandt
Record added: Oct 30, 2011
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