Cheesbro, John

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John Chesbro was born about 1840 in (Greene County, NY)[1] Albany, NY.[2] At this point we do not know his ancestry. His surname is spelled many different ways but Chesbro was the preferred spelling by his grandson Clinton John Chesbro. John used the alias John Castle while in the Civil War.

Marriage & Children

Before 1874, he married a woman named Ella who was born in September of 1850.[3] They had one son Lewis Chesbro in August 1874.[3]

Military Service

Name: Castle, John aka Cheesbro, John
Enlistment Date: 12 Aug 1862
Enlistment Place: Albany, New York
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery
Company: Company G
Promotion Date: 18 Aug 1862
Promotion Rank: Full Corporal
Promotion Date: 25 May 1863
Promotion Rank: Full Sergeant
Promotion Date: 31 Mar 1864
Promotion Rank: Full 1st Sergeant
Reduced to Rank: 19 Jan 1865
Reduced to: Full Privateate
Wounded in Action on: 31 May 1864
Wounded at: Totopotomoy, VA (Totopotomoy Creek)
Muster Out Date: 16 June 1865
Muster Out Place: Baltimore, MD
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 22. Wounded in head and chest when struck by musket.[2] Soldier applied for pension on 29 July 1890, his widow on 7 Nov 1890. AKA John Castle
Sources Used:, American Civil War Soldiers and CW Pension Index; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1898.


In 1880, John was living in the city of Albany at #8 Central Avenue with his wife Ella and five year old son Lewis in a two family house with the family of Christian Schurr a German grocer.[4] John was working as a driver. A decade later, he was living in Westerlo when the 1890 US Veterans Census was taken.[5] He died just after the census was taken and in 1900 his widow Ella was living in Westerlo with her son Lewis, daughter in law Anna and grandson Clinton John.[6] In this census she was recorded as a farmer who owned the farm. Her son Lewis was recorded as a day laborer.


John died on October 18, 1890[7].His widow, Ella, filed for her pension on Nov 7, 1890.[8] His wife Ella lived for many more years being recorded in the 1900 and 1910 US Censuses in Westerlo.


Additional Research Notes

Additional Media


  1. 1875 Census, Westerlo, Albany Co., NY
  2. 2.0 2.1 Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
  3. 3.0 3.1 US Censuses
  4. 1880 US Census, Albany, Albany Co, NY
  5. 1890 US Veterans Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  6. 1900 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  7. Civil War Pension Records @
  8. Civil War Pension Index,