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William Edward Bloomer
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Birth: 1840
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA
Death: Jun. 18, 1896
New South Wales, Australia

William Edward Bloomer, son of John Wagoner and Catherine Eaton, was a native of Baltimore, Maryland and is believed to have been born about 1840. In 1850 he is shown on records living with his parents, brothers Frederick, Anderson, John and a sister Mary in Baltimore. Prior to his enlistment in the US Navy in 1861 Bloomer was employed as an office boy and later as a civil engineer; still living in Baltimore. He enrolled aboard the receiving ship "Allegheny" at Baltimore, Maryland as a Landsman, according to his pension records, on May 16, 1861. Later while serving aboard the USS "Wissahickon" on the Mississippi River, Bloomer contracted dysentery and malarial fever, in July 1862, and was sent to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was discharged; on September 6, 1862. He had been confined to bed with chronic dysentery for fourteen days in late August, 1862, and medical care and treatment for Bloomer continued from September 20, 1862 until the end of November, 1863; months after his discharge from military service.
The mid-1880's found Bloomer in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; without his wife. It was there, while working as an importer, that he married Hannie Josephine Carden in 1893, at Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales. Having been awarded a very modest pension, as were most American veterans, of $4 a month, his was increased to $8 a month in 1886 due to increased disabilities. After suffering from "phthisis pulmonalis", or tuberculosis, for some three years, William Edward Bloomer passed away on June l8, 1896, being laid to rest at the Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney, New South Wales. Cemetery officials relate he lay in an unmarked grave until 1990, when the American Veterans Administration provided a marble headstone, which was erected on his gravesite. 
Rookwood Necropolis
Cumberland Council
New South Wales, Australia
Created by: James Gray
Record added: Oct 05, 2009
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William Edward Bloomer
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William Edward Bloomer
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