|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1842|
Egg Harbor City
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 12, 1924|
New Jersey, USA
Charles Russell Lacy was born in Egg Harbor, NJ according to his Civil War enlistment papers.
His mother was Sarah Ann Leeds, a descendant of Daniel Leeds, who was the first Surveyor General of West Jersey, and whose son Japheth settled Leeds Point in the early 1700s, on land acquired from his father.
Charles' father was Daniel Summers/Somers Lacy, from Connecticut.
As a young man, Charles was a sailor.
At age 21, he enlisted in the 3rd New Jersey Cavalry, also known as the 1st United States Hussars, and The Butterflies.
This is his Civil War sketch from Joe Hooker GAR post 32; an autobiographical account:
"I enlisted on the 25th day of December, 1863, at Trenton, N.J. as Private, and was assigned to Co. B. 3rd Regiment, NJ Volunteer Cavalry. I was promoted to the rank of Corporal March 1st, 1865, and was discharged with the same rank.
I was transferred to Body Guard for Lieutenant General Grant, Orderly for Major General Burnside, and Orderly for Major General Wilcox.
Discharged on the 1st day of August, 1865, the war being over by reason of S.O. No. 161. Dept. of Washington.
I was engaged in the battles of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, United States Ford, Ashland, North Anna River, Hawe's Shop, Petersburg, Va., Winchester, Opequam, Front Royal, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, Mount Jackson, Five Forks, Sailor's Creek, and Lee's Surrender.
I was disabled at Mount Jackson. My horse was shot and fell on me.
My most intimate Comrades were: Aden Powell, George Powell, George Klump, Wm. Wickham and Wm. Smith, all of my company. Two important events during my service were the explosion of the mine at Petersburg, and Lee's Surrender."
After the Civil War, Charles joined the Atlantic City Police Department, and was a volunteer fireman for the 'United States Fire Company of Atlantic City' in its early years; sometime between 1874 and 1881, when he was appointed Chief of Police.
He was elected Atlantic County Sheriff for two terms, 1884-1887 and 1890-1893. During this time he and four other men began what would emerge as Atlantic City Electric Company.
Charles also owned a bakery on Atlantic Avenue, during the mid to late 1880's.
Later in life he moved to Trenton, New Jersey, where he was a Chief Mechanic and a Warden at the State Prison.
After retirement, he returned to the Atlantic City area.
Note: Date of death according to his death certificate is August 12, 1924 at 11:55 p.m.
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Charles was married twice.
Children with first wife Armenia L. Higbee:
Mark Leeds Lacy (1869-1941)
Marietta "Metta" R. Lacy (Knapp) (1870-1924)
Judith Lacy (1871-1876)
William "Willie" Lacy (1875-1887)
Howard Crosby Lacy (1879-1965)
Caroline "Carrie" M. Lacy (Maze) (1880-1950)
John Carlile Lacy (a.k.a. John Leeds Lacy) (1883-1950)
Albert Z. Lacy (1885-1887)
He married his second wife Anna E. Stead in Delaware, about 1890. She was born January 1848 in Pennsylvania.
[biography written by gg granddaughter, Carole Bailey]
Daniel Somers Lacy (1815 - 1903)
Sarah Ann Leeds (1823 - 1899)
Armenia L Higbee Lacy (1846 - 1887)*
Anna E Steal Lacy (1848 - ____)*
Mark Leeds Lacy (1869 - 1941)*
Marietta R Lacy Knapp (1870 - 1924)*
Judith C Lacy (1871 - 1876)*
William R Lacy (1875 - 1887)*
Howard Crosby Lacy (1879 - 1965)*
Carolyn M Lacy Maze (1880 - 1950)*
John Leeds Lacy (1883 - 1950)*
Albert Z Lacy (1885 - 1887)*
Joel Leeds Lacy (1840 - 1913)*
Charles Russell Lacy (1842 - 1924)
Mark Leeds Lacy (1844 - 1897)*
Ann Elizabeth Lacy (1848 - 1852)*
Daniel Somers Lacy (1850 - ____)*
Atlantic City Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 39.39468, -74.53311
Created by: greatgrands
Record added: Jul 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73360967