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8- PRESTON COUNTY JCJRNAL Wednesday, July 13, 2011-Kingwood, WV Reliving Lives: Prestoni00ns and the Civil War ........ by Dorothy B. Snyder FAMILY OF JACOB AND ELIZABETH BLANEY LAWRENCE S. BLANEY COMPANY I, 14TH WEST VIRGINIA INFANTRY (Continued from last week) On the May and June 1864 muster it was recorded that Lawrence S. Blaney owed the U. S. for ordnance, $21.46. On November 5, 1864 Lawrence Blaney was given a furlough from Grafton Hospital for fif- teen days to go home and vote. He was readmitted from fur- lough November 17, 1864 and returned to duty on November 26, 1864. He was honorably discharged with the regiment on June 27, 1865. Lawrence Blaney continued to have health problems and was readmitted to Grafton Hospital at the age of 24 on August 16, 1866 from his physician's office. Lawrence S. Blaney married Alley Harves in Monongalia County in 1866. He applied for his pension on August 26, 1879 and was ultimately pensioned at $50 month. They were living with his parents and counted on the 1800 census of Preston County, Kingwood District, as Jacob M. age 68, farmer, Eliza- beth 67, Laurence S. 40, son, farm labor and Allia age 45, daughter in law. Allia Harves Blaney died on February 5, 1889 at Kingwood, WV. On the 1890 Veterans Sched- ule, Lawrence Blaney was counted as living in Lyon Dis- trict, Preston County and he had enlisted in the 14th West Virginia Infantry in 1862 and was discharged 1865, as a private. At age 49 and seven months after his first wife died, he married Anna J. Emerson of Monongalia County on Septem- ber 5, 1889. i Fifty-four year old Hannah Robinson, with her residence in Morgantown, stated in an affi- davit that she had known claim- ant Anna J. Blaney all her life. "We grew up together. I also have known the said Lawrence S. Blaney for about 40 years. Tri-Axle Length POLEWOOD FOR SALE Call Steve at 301-616-7678 Red Rock Enterprises He was formerly married to AI- lia Harvey and she died with- out giving birth to any child on February 5, 1889 at Kingwood, WV. In 1889 Lawrence mar- ried Anna J. Everson Blaney and they lived together continu- ously from the date of marriage to the time of the death of Law- rence Blaney. June 4, 1898, in response to the request from the pension of- rice to fill out yet another form, Lawrence Blaney stated that his living children on June 4, 1898, were Cora A. Blaney, born Jan. 2, 1890, Thomas C., born Nov. 27, 1896, and Columbus Eng- land Blaney born Sept 4, 1892 age 18. The 1900 Federal Census taken at Morgan, Mononga- lia County recorded Lawrence as age 60, with a birth date of March 1840. His wife was Anna J. Blaney born in Pennsyl- vania, with a marriage year of 1889 and they had been married 11 years (which fits with the pension records.) With them was son, Stephen H. Blaney age 16, born West Virginia, Cora A. Blaney age 10, Thomas C. 8 and Columbus Blaney age 6-- all born in West Virginia. This is the only census on which I found Stephen. Anna claimed only three births and three liv- ing children--so obviously there is more research needed to be done; particularly when you realize that one piece of infor- mation that I found which was inconsistent with other data was a form held by the West Vir- ginia Division of Culture and History. It was a death record and indicated: Place of Death, Preston, West Virginia: Note: Registered in Monongalia Co., WV, age 5 year, John S. Blaney born Preston County, mother Annie Blaney and father L.S. Blaney. John S. Blaney died at the age of five years on June 6, 1890. That information doesn't fit with other facts and if a fam- ily member is interested they may want tO follow up with their own research on both John S. and Stephen H. Blaney. LOCAL CONVENIENCE STORE chain is accepting resumes for Experienced Managers. Apply online at or fax resume to 740-376-1565. POSmONS I QUALITY SUPPORT ASSOCIATES wanted for Masontown and Terra Alta in Preston County FT, PT and Sub positions are available. These positions provide support for individuals with developmental disabilities. Starting wage with benefits is $7.78, without benefits will be $8.28. Diploma or GED and a valid driver's license are required. Medical/Dental/Cancer/Vision plans available. EOE MIFIDN If interested please go online to apply Please call Jackie for Masontown 304-864-5266. CllOl!t00"OllDli Morgantown, West Virginm, July 14, 1913: Statement by Joseph E Halfin, age 77 post office Morgantown. "The said Joseph E Halfin stated he was with the said Lawrence S. Blaney nearly every day for the last three or four months and that Blaney was confined to the house during that time, at least one month and to his bed about % of the time." Halfin saw him practically every day. He also stated he lived close to claim- ant and bears no relation to said claimant, whatever. On the same date: Columbus E. Blaney age 19 also Morgan- town stated he gave the claim- ant medicine and has been with the said claimant to protect him from falling. He also said that the said claimant was confined to is room and bed about half of the time from the present back for at least two years; that he was with him most of the time, and felt that it would not be safe to leave him alone, and sat up with him part of the time. This affiant further says that he is the son of the said claimant. Lawrence S. Blaney died April 18, 1914 in, Monongalia Coun- ty and his widow, Anna J. Em- erson Blaney filed for her wid- ow's pension on June 20, 1914. FAMILY OF ISAAC AND SARAH VICTOR BLANEY The Census of 1850, Eastern District Monongalia, Virginia, included Isaac Blaney, a farmer age 36, born in Pennsylvania, Sarah, 32, born jn Virginia, age 32, Rachel, !1, Ellen, 10, John, 8, Lawrence 7, William 5, Henry 5, Winfield,3, and EI- vira 0. Three of the sons, John, Lawrence and Henry served in the Civil War. Initially I could see no real connection to Pres- ton County; however further study indicates that Henry when applying for his pension stated he was born in Preston Coun- 25 OWNER/ OPERATORS NEEDED Haul frac sand in our trailers FREE Base Plates % Pay/Detention Pay Good Driving Record Oakley Trucking 888-945-1531 Dr. Mark A. Bennett Serving Preston County Since I990 and 5TZLL accepting NEW Patients! Complete Chiropractic Care Nutritional Management Weight Loss Standard Process Whole Food Products $00ll00,lt00 ty. I also thought it important to write about Lawrence, who along with his brother John served in company E of the 7th West Virginia. It important to separate Lawrence Blaney of the 7th West Virginia Infantry from the Lawrence S. Blaney who I just featured, from Monongalia County and ,who served in the 14th Infantry so people do not get the two con- fused. The story of this family also demonstrates a number of facts in regard to parents receiv- ing a pension and other benefits from the death of a son. The 1860 census, District 3, Monongalia County, Virginia, Post Office Ills Ferry, recorded Isaac Blaney, 46, Sarah 42, Ra- chel 22, John, 18, Lawrence 16, Ellen 20, Elvira 9, Lucien 4 and Isaac 7. JOHN BLANEY COMPANY E/A 7TH WEST VlRGNIA INFANTRY John Blaney enlisted for a pe- riod of three years on August 3, 1861 at Morgantown as a private in Company E and later known as Company A 7th West Virginia Infantry. His brother, Lawrence also served in Company E/A of the 7th. The records are sketchy through January, and Febru- ary 1862 but John Blaney was present from March and April, 1862 until he was sent to the hospital from Harrison Land- ing on August 18, 1862. It was a short stay because he was again present August 21, 1862 and the same through October 31. Thus it is most likely he was at the battles of South Mountain as well as Antietam. I won't again describe the battle at Antietam since I wrote of it several weeks ago. John Blaney was killed, at Fredericksburg, Virginia on December 13, 1862; thus I will focus on the role of the 7th West Virginia at Fredericksburg in December 1862. By November 1861 the 7th was at Romney, (West) Virginia and began to skirmish with the enemy, but still had not had their real initiation into battle. 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From this pinnacle, the picket could watch the movement of the company for ten miles ei- ther way, and could easily drop a stone in the Potomac River. It would have been a lovely place to camp in the summer, but in the winter months the weather was extremely cold. The picket day was for twenty-four hours and the men suffered much more from the cold than from the enemy. In April, the 7th began to move up the Shenandoah Valley. The battle lines were drawn, and the men of the 7th, who so far had mostly fought the mud and the cold, were soon to come in con- tact with General "Stonewall" Jackson's army. There were several occasions when they were close, but instead of being pulled into the fights, they were mostly engaged in skirmishing and used as reserves Late in April, they left the Valley and marched towards Warrenton, ington, D. C. By May 21, the 7th had marched towards Fredericks- burg, Virginia where President Lincoln reviewed them. This was a significant experience for the farm boys from West Virginia, Seeing the President duly impressed many, and the 7th became strong supporters of President Lincoln, both as indi- viduals and as a regiment at that time. On May 24, the 7th received orders to again cross the state of Virginia and go to the Shenan- doah Valley. By this time the 7th was gaining a reputation as "General Shield's foot cav- alry." They could march fast and far--thus moving a large number of men at a time. They were not very well equipped, however, and when they would stop to rest, many would leave large puddles of blood on the sand where it had run from their bruised and battered feet. Many of the men would march along for weeks at a time in their bare feet. (To be continued next week) Copyright: Dorothy B. Snyder 9 Douglas Court, Dover DE 19901 Email: Virginia, which was near Wash- Phone 302-697-3797 Head Start Associate Teacher- Preston County, Full time 10 months, benefits, $10.72 hr. 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