|Birth: ||May 24, 1842|
|Death: ||Mar. 24, 1902|
Fetrow, Abel -- CIVIL WAR VETERAN --
130TH PA. INF.& 20 PA. CAV.
May 24,1842-March 24,1902
Age 59 years, 4 months
Abel Fetrow, Civil War Veteran, cavalryman, Pvt. in Co. B, 20 Pa. Cav., born Nov. 24, 1842, died Mar. 24, 1902 @ Wellman, Ia., came to Ida Co. 1881, parents: Daniel Fetrow & Sarah Grissinger; wife: Mary Jane Pennybaker. Children: Jennie & Chas. dying young, John Harry and Ida.
Some time later, the name of Abel Fetrow (1842-1902) was obtained from a list of Civil War soldiers in the Halifax Bicentennial Book. Did Abel Fetrow belong in the Civil War Research Project of the Gratz Historical Society? Halifax is located in Upper Dauphin County, certainly within the are of the project. In researching Abel Fetrow it was quickly discovered that he served in both the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry and the 20th Pennsylvania Cavalry. His early years had been spent in York County, Pennsylvania, not Dauphin County. After the Civil War, Abel Fetrow moved to Iowa where he worked as a farmer. He was married to Mary J. Pennybaker and with her had four children. He died in Iowa and is buried in Ida Grove Cemetery, Ida Grove, Iowa. In the same cemetery are two other Civil War veterans – both named Samuel Shoop – and totally different persons that the one who served in the 200th Pennsylvania Infantry. The family story is that after Abel Fetrow died, his widow Mary [Pennybaker] Fetrow, moved back to her family home in Dauphin County. But where in Dauphin County? Efforts to locate here there have been unsuccessful. Perhaps it was in the Halifax area?
In attempting to locate a reason why Abel Fetrow was included in the Halifax Bicentennial Book, it became obvious that there were many persons named Samuel Shoop who served in the Civil War. When this type of thing occurs, and unfortunately, it occurs too often, a process must be used to separate the records of each person who has the same or a similar name. It also became very important to try to identify which Samuel Shoop served in the 130th Pennsylvania Infantry. If it was the Samuel Shoop who lost his leg in the war, then surely there should be some record of this. If it wasn't the same Samuel Shoop, then who was it and has another Samuel Shoop been identified from the Lykens Valley area to be included in the Civil War Research Project? There was clearly a connection between the two Samuel Shoops who moved to Iowa with Abel Fetrow – but was there a connection with the Samuel Shoop who lost his leg? The best way to go about separating the records is to see if there are pension records for each individual named Samuel Shoop. In the post tomorrow, we will start with the available Pension Index Cards which reference the records in the National Archives. In the final post on Tuesday, those persons named Samuel Shoop for whom there are no pension records will be noted with the information that has been identified for them. It is hoped that through this process, the answer to the question "Who Was Samuel Shoop?" will be ob
Jennie M. Fetrow (____ - 1885)*
Charles Fetrow (____ - 1885)*
Ida Grove Cemetery
Created by: Conley Wolterman
Record added: Jan 03, 2010
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