|Birth: ||May 5, 1844|
|Death: ||Oct. 24, 1930|
Jacob Canga was a S1c (Seaman First Class)in the navy in 1862-1863.
An honored veteran of the Civil war, whose life since that mighty struggle has been one of ceaseless endeavor, for he has labored against disability incurred while fighting for his country, is one of the old residents of Moline, having lived here for nearly thirty years. He is now employed as a flagman on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, and is also acting as city constable. Mr. Canaga was born in Carrollton city, Carroll county, O., May 5, 1844, a son of Jacob and Sarah (Fisher) Canaga. The father was born in Newmarket, Harrison county, O., and the mother in Pittsburgh, Pa. The family moved to Nebraska about 1857, and there the father farmed, although prior to that was a millwright. In their old age, the parents were carefully tended by their devoted children, until death claimed them. The father belonged first to the Know Nothing party, and later to the republican party, and he and his wife were devoted Methodists. The paternal grandparents were born in Alsace-Loraine when it still belonged to France, and were quiet, law-abiding people.
Jacob Canaga grew up in Newmarket, where he attended school, and was trained in industrious, studious, temperate habits. He attended public school until going to Nebraska, when he helped on the family farm... On August 12, 1862, Mr. Canaga responded to the call of his country, and enlisted as a first class seaman on board the United States flagship Benton, of Admiral Porter's iron-clad fleet of the Mississippi, and remained until his discharge, August 20, 1863. This was the first boat that passed the Vicksburg batteries, and it was continuously under fire for forty-nine days and nights, until the surrender of Vicksburg. Mr. Canaga was in the move up to Haines' Bluff, up the Yazoo River, and in all the engagements of that campaign, as well as in the Duvall's Bluff engagement, the Red river expedition to Fort Duress, and others, always giving a faithful and loyal service.
On returning to Washington County, Neb., Mr. Canage learned the trade of carriage painting, and followed this calling for some time. He was elected constable and later deputy sheriff, and was conscientious in the performance of his duties. About August 1, 1882, he came to Moline, where he was engaged in carriage painting, sometimes alone, and at other periods associated with partners, but in 1906 he suffered from a stroke of paralysis which crippled his right shoulder, and since then he has been employed as a flagman at railroad crossings. His political views have made him a republican, and he is now serving, and has been for some years, as city constable. Mr. Canaga also belongs to the R. H. Graham Post, G. A. R., No. 312, of which he is now (1913) senior vice-commander.
On December 22, 1885, Mr. Canage was married at Cambridge, Henry County, Ill., to Marguerite Boylen, born June 6, 1862, daughter of Cornelius and Anna Boylen, natives of County Monahan, Ireland. Mrs. Canaga left her native county of Monahan, when sixteen or seventeen years old, about 1878, and came to Moline to reside with brothers John and Thomas Boylen. They sent her to Moline public schools until she had completed her education. Mr. and Mrs. Canaga have no issue. Both are highly respected residents of Moline, where Mr. Canaga's worth is appreciated. They reside in a comfortable home at No. 1622 Fourth Avenue. Mr. Canage has been compelled to make his own way in the world, for he was given no financial assistance, and his educational training in his youth was interrupted on account of the necessity of earning his own living. His war record does him credit, as does that of his career as a private citizen.
Jacob Canaga (1813 - 1899)
Sarah Fisher Canaga (1817 - 1888)
Elsina Canaga Himebaugh (1837 - 1922)*
Thomas White Canaga (1839 - 1919)*
Jacob Canaga (1844 - 1930)
Samuel Davidson Canaga (1852 - 1913)*
Note: This is my great-grand uncle
Created by: sylvia clemons
Record added: Jul 10, 2012
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