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"A Pedigree Partly Indian, Partly Batavian"

Six VT brothers in the Civil War

John Cooper Van Tassel (b. 1808, d. 1897) married Sarah Ann Brown, daughter of John and Sarah Travis Brown (b. 1811, d. 1861) of Somerstown, Westchester County, N.Y. John Cooper was a cooper by trade. He lived the most of his years in the town of Mount Pleasant, Westchester County, N.Y. His last years were spend in North Tarrytwon, N.Y.*

Of 13 children born to John and Sarah, six boys served in the Civil War. All survived their wartime experience.

Children not serving:

Mary b. 1 Jan 1832.
Catharine Ann b. Dec. 24, 1835
Susan b. Dec. 16, 1840
Emma Theresa b. Jan 28, 1848
Peter b. Feb. 11, 1850
Abraham b. Dec. 18, 1850
Isabella b. Feb 10, 1854 d. 1858

Sons in service:

William, born Jan 14, 1834. Died Dec. 13, 1892. Married Mrs. Emma S. Babcock, daughter of John and Eliza Sackerdie. Born 1833. Died Dec. 31, 1909. No Children.

William served in Co. I, 95th N.Y. Volunteers. He saw action in battles of Bull Run, Fredericksburgh, Antietam, Wilderness, and Appomatox. Mustered out in the field, Virginia on 16 July, 1865. William lived and died in Tarrytown, N.Y.

John, born Aug 18, 1837. Married Hannah Brundage, daughter of Stephen and Emeline Sutton Brundage. Married 2nd Nancy Moore, widow of his brother Peter. Had children Charles and Alley.

John served in Co. I., 95th N.Y. Volunteers. Mustered out in the field, Virginia on 16 July, 1865. After the ending of the war he enlisted in the regular army, serving in the South during the Reconstruction period.

Jacob, born Jun 10, 1839. Died Jan. 7, 1924. Married Ida Babcock. Children were: Richard, Bertram, Anne, Leroy.

Jacob served in Co. I, 95th N.Y. Volunteers. Residence was Tarrytown, N.Y. Mustered out in New York City, New YOrk on 17 July, 1865.

see Jacob's obituary.

Isaac, born Mar 22, 1842. Married March 23, 1877, Ida Lynn, daughter of Alfred Lynn, b. Aug. 28, 1855. Children were: Lennie, James M. L., Maryette, Nannie Mable

Isaac served in Co. I., 95th N.Y. Volunteers. Mustered out in the field, Virginia 16 July, 1865. He lived at Rock Hill or Yorkville, S.C.

Hiram, born Jan 16, 1844. Married July 4, 1867, Imogene Savage (b. Aug. 28, 1855), daughter of Morgan L. and Zillah E. Knapp Savage. Children were: Viola B., Morgan L., Warren L., Lulu Imogene, Gertrude Elizabeth, Howard L., Ruy Carleton, De Lancy A.

Hiram enlisted in Co. I., 95th N.Y. Volunteers. He lost an arm at the Battle of Gettysburg. The family lived in Sing, Sing, N.Y.

Letter written mailed by Hiram Van Tassel on 7 February 1924 to J. N. Hubbard, Box 136, Ashland, KY.**

Text of the letter reads:

16 West 125th St
Feb 6 1924

Mr. Hubbard,
Dear Sir,

I read your letter in the National Tribune in regards to the Brave First Corps. Well I was in the First Corps, First Brigade and lost my left arm on the field at Gettysburg. I was one 6 brothers in the service. I was just 19 years. I would like to hear from you. I have just past my 80th birthday. I enjoy my Tribune greatly.

I remain

Hiram Van Tassell
16 West 125th St
New York, NY

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James Henry, born Feb. 5, 1846. Married Phebe Babcock. Children were: Sylvester, Sarah, Bertha, John, Henry.

James served in the Co. L., 6th Regiment N.Y. Heavy Artillery. He mustered out 17 July 1865 at Petersburg, Virginia. Lived in Tarrytown, N.Y.

*Info from Daniel VT's "Genealogy of Van Texel--Van Tassell Family, circa. 1900.
**Letter compliments of Dan Renfroe.


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