LTC George Frederic Betts

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LTC George Frederic Betts

  • Birth 14 Jun 1827 Newburgh, Orange County, New York, USA
  • Death 18 Jan 1898 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 94902467

George Frederic Betts (sometimes spelled Frederick) was a United States Army officer during the American Civil War.

He was born on June 14th, 1827, in Newburgh, New York, the son of Judge Samuel Rossiter Betts and Caroline Abigail Noble, and was educated at the University of New York City from 1840 to 1841, and then attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, from 1841, graduating in 1844 with a degree of Associate Bachelors and Associate Masters. He took up the study of law for one year under Seth P. Staples of New York City, New York, and then attended the Law School at Cambridge, Massachusetts, for one year, before returning to New York City to study law for another year under J. Prescott Hall of New York. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in May of 1847, and opened a law practice with Mr. Bote in Newburgh, New York, that same month, he would remain with this firm the fall of 1850, when he opened his own law office under the name of Bebee, Betts, & Donahue in New York City, New York, on December 1st, 1850, remaining with that firm until January 1st, 1855, when he left due to ill health. On November 10th, 1851, he married Miss Ellen Porter (May 4th, 1829, to July 15th, 1899) and the couple would have five children (Mary born March 23rd, 1853; Samuel Rossiter born on November 5th, 1854; Amy Ellen born on September 5th, 1856; Fanny Johnston born on January 29th, 1867; and Georgina born on November 13th, 1868). In 1855 he went aboard, spending two months in Cuba, before returning to the United States when he accepted the appointment as the Clerk of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on April 1st, 1855, he would hold this position until October 1st, 1878, when resigned to resume his law practice. He also served in the New York National Guard from 1852 to 1861, being the Lieutenant Colonel of the 8th Regiment of Infantry at the start of the Civil War in 1861.

With the firing upon Fort Sumter he enrolled on April 23rd, 1861, at New York City, New York, for two years service, at the age of 34, and was mustered into service as Lieutenant Colonel of the 9th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Hawkins Zouaves, on May 4th, 1861, at Castle Garden, New York. He served with the regiment in Virginia and North Carolina, but resigned his commission on February 14th, 1862, and returned to New York.

In 1878 he opened a law practice with firm of Cutting, Owen, and Betts, and also was employed as a United States Commissioner in New York. He was active in many other organizations as well being a Trustee of the New York Institute of the Deaf and Dumb, a member of the New York Historical Society, and the Five Points House of Industry, in 1893 he joined the New York Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, and was a member of the Hawkins Zouaves Association. Colonel Betts died at his home at 102 Madison Avenue in New York City, New York, on January 18th, 1898, at the age of 70, and was buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, Bronx County, New York.


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  • Created by: Kenneth Robison II
  • Added: 6 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94902467
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for LTC George Frederic Betts (14 Jun 1827–18 Jan 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94902467, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Kenneth Robison II (contributor 46542264) .