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 Thomas Berrier

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Thomas Berrier

  • Birth 22 Jun 1836 Perry County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 23 Sep 1906 Perry County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Blain, Perry County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 20830655

Thomas served as a private in the 208th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company F (Civil
War).

THOMAS BERRIER was born about 1835. He married Mary Ann Gutshall on August 23, 1860, in Ickesburg, Perry County, Pennsylvania. They are found in the 1880 Census for Jackson Township, Perry County. Thomas was 43 years old, a laborer, and parenting six children. He is found in the June 1890 Special Schedule for Jackson and Blain Townships, Perry County, Census. He has the noted disabilities as "kidney and weak eyes". On July 19, 1889, Gard C. Palm, who was a Justice of the Peace in Perry County, confirmed the disabilities of Thomas by writing in support of the disability application: "That Thomas Berrier while in the line of duty at or near Signal Hill, Virginia, did on or about the middle of October 1864, become disabled in the following manner: ‘Became sick from cold and exposure which left him with some affliction of the eyes. Also during the raid from near Petersburg, Va., to Nottingway River and return during very inclement weather, in December 1864, he contracted from the exposure, incident to said march, some disease of the kidneys. He was treated frequently by our regimental surgeons and was often off duty on account of said disabilities. His condition remained about the same up to the time of our discharge in June 1865." Palm also wrote, "I have seen the claimant but seldom since discharge and can not say much about his condition since quitting the service but when I did see him his eyes showed evidence of the old affliction." A further appearance to the authorities on July 23, 1890, revealed that Thomas was age 55, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with sandy complexion, hazel eyes, brown hair, and suffering from "disease of the eyes and kidneys, catarrh, and a disease of the breast, resulting in heart disease." Thomas died on September 23, 1906, and is buried in the Zion Lutheran Churchyard, Blain, Jackson Township, Perry County. His widow applied for a pension on October 11, 1906. In her application it was noted: "Claimant has no real estate and has no personal property except household goods worth probably twenty-five dollars, nor has she any money at interest. Her husband owned no real estate and had no money at interest. No stocks or bonds of any kind. Claimant has no other means of support than her daily labor and is physically unfit for daily labor. I would ask that her case be made special as she is in needy circumstances." (Jacob Gutshall, her brother).


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  • Created by: Joe Nihen
  • Added: 7 Aug 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20830655
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Berrier (22 Jun 1836–23 Sep 1906), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20830655, citing Blain Union Cemetery, Blain, Perry County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Joe Nihen (contributor 46889066) .