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 Michael M. Balmer

Michael M. Balmer

Birth
Goldsboro, York County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Mar 1930 (aged 81)
Hampton City, Virginia, USA
Burial Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia, USA
Plot , 1870 A
Memorial ID 3076690 · View Source
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The son of Jacob & Elizabeth Polmer (spelling according to Jacob's signature on his son's enlistment papers). In 1860, he was a laborer living in Newberry Township, York County. In 1860, he was a laborer living in Newberry Township (where Goldsboro was located), and stood 5' 3" tall with light hair and gray eyes.

A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in Goldsboro August 13, 1864, and gave his age as 16. That means two things: 1) his parents had given their written permission for him to enlist and 2) he still lied about his age because he was four months short of birthday number 16. He mustered into federal service at Harrisburg August 24 as a private with Co. B, 200th Pennsylvania Infantry, and was honorably discharged with his company on May 30, 1865.

He married Catherine Ann Rupp May 12, 1867, in Goldsboro and fathered Elizabeth (b. 10/02/68 - married a Shear), Margaret E. (b. 05/10/70 - married a Girtis), William Edward (b. 04/25/72), Cora (b. 02/04/73), Carrie E. (b. 04/08/74), and Harvey P. & Eveline Viola (b. 05/07/76 - died young). In 1889, while living in Carlisle, he deserted his family for Emma Hoffmaster. Late in life a physician described him as "over nourished."

On September 21, 1907, he entered the soldiers' home at Johnson City, Tennessee, but transferred to the facility at Hampton, Virginia, on April 24, 1920, where he remained until his death.


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  • Maintained by: Dennis Brandt
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3076690
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michael M. Balmer (13 Dec 1848–26 Mar 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3076690, citing Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Dennis Brandt (contributor 47232334) .