Pvt Israel C. “Uncle Izzy” Tennis


Pvt Israel C. “Uncle Izzy” Tennis

Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 6 Jul 1930 (aged 84)
Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, USA
Burial Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, USA
Plot Plot #488
Memorial ID 102549228 View Source
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Israel first served in the American Civil War with the
36th Pa.Emergency Militia, COMPANY E, from 28/Jul/1863 to 11/Aug/1863. Their primary duties were helping locate, collect, and return lost military equipment for the Union Army of the Potomac, after the Battle of Gettysburg. The following winter, Israel enlisted in the 20th Pa. Cavalry, COMPANY M, and served from 26/Jan/1864 to 13/Jul/1865. He was present April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. That's when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Army General Ulysses S. Grant. Israel was honorably discharged with his entire unit, 13 July, 1865.

After the war Israel returned to his home town area of Middletown, Dauphin County, Pa. and worked in the Brownstone Quarry. On 14 April 1872, he married Sarah A. Gipe, and they had a son born 1 May 1875. His name was William Henry Tennis. Two years later Sarah passed away on 17 August, 1877. Israel then married his second wife Caroline Martin on 12 October 1879. Caroline passed away on 12 May 1880. After this, Israel became a westward bound drifter, and in 1890 was residing in Western College, Linn County, Iowa.

His son Williams last known existance was his WWI draft registration on 12 Sep 1918.

On 19 August, 1910 Israel was admitted to the Idaho State Insane Asylum at Blackfoot. This is where he resided for twenty years till the time of his death in 1930.

SOURCES for this BIO:
#1 Harrisburg Independent newspaper, 7 Dec 1893, pg.1;
#2 U.S. Federal census, 1850, 1870, 1880, Londonderry Twp., Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania;
#3 Civil War Pension Certificate File # 1022854, at National Archives, Washington D.C;
#4 Newspaper article, The Idaho Daily Statesman, Boise, Idaho, 19 August 1910, page 3,;
#5 U.S. Federal census, 1920, 1930, Blackfoot, Bingham county, Idaho;


Israel was a fourth great grandson of Abraham & Beatrix Boetzen (Luckens) Tunes. One of the original 13 families whom settled & founded the town of Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pa. in 1683 from Krefeld, Germany.

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