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  • ID: I3048
  • Name: Simon GEARY
  • Surname: Geary
  • Given Name: Simon
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 9 Aug 1831 in Middlecreek Twp, Somerset, Pennsylvania 1
  • Death: 7 Apr 1915 in Milford Twp, Somerset, Pennsylvania 2 3
  • Burial: IOOF Cemetery, Rockwood, Pennsylvania 4
  • _UID: 9A0054282E1E664CB46BA3FA57ED60C23640
  • Census: 1870 Springhill, Greene, Pennsylvania 5
  • Census: 1880 Springhill, Greene, Pennsylvania 6
  • Note:
    !RELATIONSHIP: Obituary of Hannah Gary Henry, MOUNDSVILLE DAILY ECHO; 1912; Dated Friday, November 15, 1912; ; phtocopy in poss of Pat Geary, Harrisonburg VA.

    From Simon's Civil War pension file from the National Archives. He served in Company A, 140th Pennsylvania Regiment. He enlisted in Waynesburg, Pa., on August 18, 1862. He was discharged in Washington, D.C., in July 1865 with a 2/3 disability because of a gunshot wound in the right elbow. (The right arm later atrophied, and by 1873 --at age 41 -- it was bent permanently at the chest and he had no use of the arm.)
    The Xeroxed 1865 U.S. Army disability certificate copy I have of Simon's has a photo of him superimposed on it. He is thin with short blonde hair, wearing a long open cloak with arms. It's obvious his arm is damaged. The certificate says his address is Wheeling, W.Va. In 1866 Simon was sued for "libel in divorce" by his ex-wife, Frances Geary, and he paid $11.55 (Court of Common Pleas, Greene County, Pa., May 10, 1867). In 1890, he appeared before Pension Board medical examiners in West Union, W.Va., and said he lived in Oxford, Ritchie County, W.Va. On July 4, 1898, Simon (from Oxford, Doddridge, W.Va.) declared to the Pension Board he was married to Hannah Geary (maiden name Hannah Miller), and that they were married in Greene County, Pa., in 1872. He said his previous wife's name was "Fanney." He said his living children were Emma, Missouri E., Lucy V., and Hattie J. He signed his name in full. He wrote an affidavit in 1912, from Scottdale, Pa., that since his military discharge he lived in Greene County, Pa., and "Richey" County, W.Va. At that time he said he had "no regular residence at this time." He signed with an "x." W. H. Geary witnessed the document. In 1914 he was living in the YMCA in Connellsville, Pa. A friend who also lived in the YMCA wrote the federal Pension Board to support a pension increase, saying, "He was born Aug. 9, 1831, and is feeble and does not have any friends to look after him, his right arm in which he was wounded is shrunken and of no use to him. He tells me he gets $30 a month and has hard work to live on it." In 1917 there is correspondence about Simon's pension between the Pension Department and U.S. Senator Howard Sutherland. Evidently after Simon's death, Hannah is seeking the widow's pension. I only have the letter to Sutherland. It said in 1912 Simon signed an affidavit saying he had no wife, and the public record of his death showed that he was divorced. The Pension Department said it needed evidence Simon was not divorced to pay the widow's pension. In 1920, Attorney Samuel Prunty, Harrisville, W.Va., wrote the Pension Department on behalf of Simon's widow, Hannah, of Oxford, Ritchie County, W.Va. He said Simon's son, S. W. Garey of Champion, Pa., refused to give her Simon's pension papers, and therefore it was difficult to apply for a widow's pension. Prunty said she lived "upon a little tract of mountain land" with her daughter, and they "have a difficult time." In 1920 Hannah Geary, in a claim to the Pension Board from Ritchie County, W.Va., said Simon's first wife, Fanny Geary, left him during the Civil War. She certifies she was married before Simon to a Samuel Miller, "killed (?) in Pennsylvania." From the letters and affidavits I have, it appears Frances and Simon married around 1858. During the Civil War, they separated and later divorced. In 1866, Frances sued Simon for "libel in divorce." Frances died. He then married Hannah Miller in 1871 or 1872 in Greene County, officiated by Mr. Stephen White. They separated but apparently did not divorce. Simon lived alone and in some poverty. He died and was buried in Rockwood, Pa. The son, Samuel Wilson Geary, seemed to harbor ill will towards Hannah.

    Folklore on Simon Geary
    Folklore or tales regarding Simon Garey, have been recording in my mother's notes(Melva Louise Brick, deceased, and descendent of Peter Gary). Simon, a farmer, married Fannie (Frances) Garey in Green County Pennsylvania around 1856. She was his first cousin and the daughter of Gideon and Patience Garey (Gideon Garey was the son of Peter Gary).

    Simon and Fannie had three children, Elizabeth (b.1857),Samuel Wilson ll (b.1858),and Elijah ll (b.1860), and died as an infant. Simon's military record does not show that he ever had a furlough or was wounded or absent until he was wounded at Hatcher's Run on March 31, 1865. Simon was engaged in the operation to cut the Southside Rail Road at Hatchers Run, in order to stop supplies from reaching Lee's army. Simon was wounded 10 days before Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865. Simon, a private, in the 140th Regiment of Pennsylvania was involved in some of the heaviest fighting of the Civil War. His regiment had 17.4 per cent of its officers and men killed in action, this unit ranks fourth on the list of regiments having the hightest percentage of killed (on basis of total enrollment) of the war. This operation was successful in shortening the war and hastened the surrender of Lee's Army, as they ran out of supplies.

    Because Simon could not read or write, it was assumed that he did not communicate with his family. Fannie distraught from not hearing about Simon set out to find him. She left Elizabeth and and her brother, Wilson, with Patience and Gideon Garey. Fannie was never heard from again. Simon was discharged in 1865, and returned to Green County where he found his children leaving with their grandparents and no trace of Fannie. The next record of Simon is the 1870 census of Greene County which shows him farming in Springhill township,at Deep Valley, Pennsylvania. Elizabeth and Wilson were with him and he was single. In the 1880 census Simon is listed with a wife Hannah Null and three daughters.
  • Change Date: 10 Aug 2014 at 01:00:00

    Father: Peter GARY Jr. b: ABT 1792 in Milford Twp, Somerset, Pennsylvania
    Mother: Eve HELSEL b: 1794 in , Bedford, Pennsylvania

    Marriage 1 Frances GARY b: 1837 in Aleppo, , Pennsylvania
    • Divorced: Y
    • Married: ABT 1858
    • Note:
      NOTICE: SIMON GAREY vs. FRANCES GAREY.In the Common Pleas of Greene County, Pa., of June Term, 1866, No. 65. - Libel in Divorce.TO FRANCES GAREY, Defendant, you are hereby notified to be and appear in our Court of Common Pleas of Greene County, Pa., on the first day of December Term next, to answer to the complaint of Simon Garey, the Plaintiff in the above suit. By order of Court.HEATH JOHNS, SheriffWaynesburg, Pa., Oct. 17, 1866.November 21, 1866

      Marriages, Deaths, and Miscellaneous Items Taken from the Pages of the Waynesburg Messenger, 1866-1875Transcribed by James Fordyce, 2002 Copyright 2002, James Fordyce.(
    1. Has Children Elizabeth GARY b: 28 Sep 1857 in Aleppo Twp., Greene County, , Pennsylvania
    2. Has No Children Samuel Wilson GAREY b: 13 Jan 1859 in , , Pennsylvania
    3. Has No Children Elijah GAREY b: 1860 in , , Pennsylvania

    Marriage 2 Hannah NULL b: 3 Oct 1843 in Bullskin Twp., Fayette County, Pennsylvania
    • Married: ABT 1872 in , Greene County, Pennsylvania
    1. Has Children Emaline GAREY b: 1874 in Aleppo Twp, Greene, Pennsylvania
    2. Has Children Lucy Viola GARY b: 17 Mar 1882 in Deep Valley, Greene County, Pennsylvania
    3. Has No Children Hattie Letchie GARY b: 21 Sep 1884 in , Union County, West Virginia
    4. Has No Children Martha GAREY b: 1877 in Aleppo Twp, Greene, Pennsylvania
    5. Has Children Ellen Missouri GAREY b: 27 Jul 1879 in Aleppo Twp, Greene, Pennsylvania
    6. Has No Children Tommy GARY b: 17 Oct 1866

    1. Repository:
        Name: Family History Library
        Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA

      Title: 1880 United States Census
      Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      Publication: Copyright (c) 2000, 2002 FamilySearch (TM) Internet Genealogy Service
      Page: FHL Film 1255133; National Archives Film T9-1133; Page 364B
    2. Title: Family Records: Vey, Sara
      Author: Vey, Sara
      Publication: E-mail message frm Sara Vey , dated March 2004
      Note: I have an obituary in front of me for my great-
      great grandfather, Simon Garey. When I google his name, I receive
      information for Simon Gary which is nearly identical to the info in this
      obit. Unfortunately, some of the newspaper has long since deteriorated.
      Basic info is as follows: Simon Garey, Civil War veteran. born 9 Aug
      1831 - died 7 Apr 1915
      son of Peter and Eva Hensel Garey, grandson of Peter Garey, Sr., a fifer of
      revolutionary War fame.
      Married twice - first to cousin , Frances Garey in 1856 - ( my grandma told
      an interesting story here - they had 4 children, one of whom was her mother,
      Elizabeth Garey McCracken. When 2 of the children died suddenly, Frances
      rode off on a horse to find and tell Simon, but was never heard from again.)
      second to Mrs. Hannah Miller , widow of Samuel Miller - it mentions I think
      3 surviving children - this is where the paper gets really bad. It goes on
      to mention some of the battles Simon fought in and that he was "dangerously
      wounded at Hatcher's Run". Internment at the IOOF cemetery and here again
      the paper is gone.
    3. Title: Death Certificates: Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line].
      Publication: Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.
      Note: Name: Simon Geary
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Age: 83
      Birth Date: 9 Aug 1830
      Birth Place: Pennsylvania
      Death Date: 7 Apr 1915
      Death Place: Rockwood, Somerset, Pennsylvania, USA
      Father Name: Peter Geary
      Father Birth Place: Pennsylvania
      Mother Name: Eva Hetzel
      Mother Birth Place: Pennsylvania
      Certificate Number: 39231
    4. Title: Cemetery Inscriptions: Rockwood IOOF Cemetery, Milford Twp., Somerset Co., PA
      Author: Copyright 1998 by Linda Simmons This copy contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives.
      Publication: Internet Web Site

      Tombstone Inscription

      Civil War Veteran
      Private, Co. A, 140th PA Inf.
      18 Aug 1862-28 Jul 1865
    5. Title: 1870 United States Federal Census. [database on-line]
      Publication: Provo, UT:, Inc., 2003-.
      Page: Series: M593 Roll: 1348 Page: 425
      Note: GARY, SIMON (1870 U.S. Census)
      Age: 38, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: PA
      Listed with two children NO WIFE
      Living next door was a James Nuss family. daughter Elizabeth later married a James Nuss.
    6. Repository:
        Name: Family History Library
        Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA

      Title: 1880 United States Census
      Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      Publication: Copyright (c) 2000, 2002 FamilySearch (TM) Internet Genealogy Service
      Page: FHL Film 1255133; National Archives Film T9-1133; Page 364B
      Text: Extract: 1880 United States Census
      Census Place: Springhill, Greene, Pennsylvania
      Source: FHL Film 1255133; National Archives Film T9-1133; Page 364B
      Rel Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
      Simon GARY
      Self Male M W 47 PA
      Occ: Farmer Fa: PA Mo: PA
      Hannah GARY
      Wife Female M W 34 PA
      Occ: Keeping House Fa: PA Mo: PA
      Emeline GARY
      Dau Female S W 6 PA
      Fa: PA Mo: PA
      Marthey GARY
      Dau Female S W 3 PA
      Fa: PA Mo: PA
      Ellen GARY
      Dau Female S W 11M PA
      Fa: PA Mo: PA
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