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Marcellus S. Olewiler
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Birth: Apr. 20, 1846
York County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 5, 1907
York County
Pennsylvania, USA

Civil War Veteran

Private, Co. G, 184th PA Infantry, 5/17/1864 to 7/14/1865

source: unknown

Marcellus was born on March 19, 1841 in Lower Windsor Township, York County, PA. As stated before, the origin of the name is unknown as it has not appeared in the family line. However, Marcellus' father, Michael, did not name his children after his forefathers. He was not baptized according to known records. The first records for him begin on May 17, 1864 when he is 23 years old. On this date he was mustered into the Union Army during the Civil War. [He enlisted April 30, 1864 in Harrisburg, PA.]

He was mustered into the 184th Regiment, Co G, 1st Brig, 3rd Div of the Army of the Potomac when the Regiment was formed. Within the first month the Regiment was engaged in some high casualty battles. A complete description of the Regiment's activities is provided in the military stores appended to this section. The Regiment's primary area of battle was around Petersburg, Va and and has the distinction of fighting to the Appomattox Court House where Lee surrendered.

He was mustered out on July 14, 1865 when the Regiment was dissolved but not before participating in the Grand Review of the Armies in Washington, DC. The sad note is that Lincoln had been assassinated only three months earlier by a man who studied theater in York, PA. The Department of the Army, Carlisle Barracks advised me in a letter dated February 26, 1996 that they do not have a photo of Marcellus and no regimental, company or group photos of his unit. [225a]

Following his military service he may have returned home to help his father farm. On November 18, 1866 he married an Elizabeth Fried but appears to not have lived with her. According to Marcellus' cousin Eliz J (Olewiler) Friedey, Elizabeth moved with her parents to Stark County, Ohio about 1866 or 1867 suggesting this marriages was very short. We have no record of what he did until 1881 but most likely worked at at or near home. On July 11, 1881, Marcellus was married to Carolina Emmenheiser by Jacob R. Wallace the Justice of Peace of East Prospect Borough, York County, PA. Caroline said there were no witnesses to this event.

Since there has been no records found for baptism of the children, it is believed the family did not participate in any formal church activities. This brings us back to the father, Michael, who appears to have seperated from the Lutheran faith and possibly the family because of names selected for the children.

Marcellus continued to farm in Lower Windsor Township,York County, PA near Salem on the left side of the road going toward Salem Church from Martinsville. They had 44 acres of land with "old delapidated" buildings, worth about $600-800 in 1907. According to my mother, Laretta M Smith nee Kohler, he died along side the creek in Martinsville at 12 noon in 1907 and Caroline died in 1925. Their final resting place is at the Salem EUB cemetery near Martsville in Lower Windsor Township. Buried here are Caroline, her two husbands and son Martin Dominich. 
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  Carolina Emenheiser Olewiler (1844 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Salem Community Cemetery
York County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Bob Keith
Record added: Jan 17, 2011
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Marcellus S. Olewiler
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Marcellus S. Olewiler
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Marcellus S. Olewiler
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