My Great Grandparents

Albert Chichester

Catharine Traver Chichester

Albert was one of a set of twins born July 8, 1839 in Albany Co NY to John and Margaret (Syples) Chichester. His twin was named Allen. Albert and Allen had 3 older brothers, Rennselaer, Michael and Garret. There were five sisters and another brother born after them: Mary, Nancy, Caroline, Catherine, Margaret and John. The children were raised on a farm in Franklinton, Broome Co, Scho Co NY.

On August 21, 1862 at the age of 23 Albert enlisted at Schoharie with the newly formed 134th Reg't of of NY Volunteers to serve 3 yrs in the Civil War. His description was given as 5'6" tall, had a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He was mustered in on Sept 22, 1862 and three days later the Reg't was ordered to Washington DC where they joined the Army of the Potomac. They participated in more than 45 engagements against the Confederates, including the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1 - 3, 1863. On the first day of battle Albert was wounded in the middle finger of his left hand. He was taken to the hospital for treatment and returned to his regiment where he continued to engage in regular battles. On the Company Muster Roll for May & June 1864 he is listed as "Absent, sick in the hospital at Big Shanty, GA". For Mar and Apr 1865 he is again listed as absent, sick in the hospital in New Bern, North Carolina since April 10, 1865. He was also listed on the Muster Roll of Detached Soldiers, Bedloe's Island, Ft Wood, New York Harbor. Three days after the surrender of Confederate forces in North Carolina his regiment was ordered to march to Washington DC and on May 24, 1865 they took part in the Grand Review of the Union Armies. On June 10, 1865 Albert was mustered out at North Blandensburg, MD. A bounty of $25 was paid, due $75. He was promoted to 5th Cpl in rank from Corporal Apr 30, 1865.

After his discharge Albert returned to Schoharie County and on August 8, 1865 was married to Catharine Traver, daughter of Henry and Catharine (Delamater) Traver near Franklinton, by Seymour Sorenborger, Justice. Their witnesses were her parents. They became the parents of two sons, Adelbert (called Delbert or Dell), and Ernest. Both worked as farm laborers.

In 1875 Albert applied for a government pension based on his gunshot wound he received during the Battle of Gettysburg. The application was approved and it supplemented his meager income until his death on June 9, 1909. His widow, Catharine applied for a widow's pension after his death which she received.

Their son, Ernest never married and remained in his parents home. After his death on Jan 8, 1920 Catharine moved to So. Kortright to live with her other son, Delbert & his wife, Libbie where she died Oct 9, 1924. Both Albert and Catharine are buried in the Armlin Hill Cemetery near Franklinton. Ernest is also buried in the same plot. Albert received a medal in 1893 for his participation in the Battle of Gettysburg. The medal is in the possession of his great, great grandson, Andy Chichester. Andy also has a large portrait of both Catharine and Albert that used to hang in the upstairs hall at the home of Andy's grandparents, Guy and Inda Chichester.

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