Sornberger, Alexander

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Birth

Alexander Sornberger was born in 1827 in Schoharie County, NY to Seymour Sornberger Sr. (B. March 23, 1805, D. March 16, 1879) and his wife Sarah Hallenbeck (b. Aug 17, 1805,d. Nov 27, 1878).[1][2] Their surname has been spelled in a multitude of ways, making it difficult to research them.

  • first syllable: Sawen, Saren, Soren
  • second syllable: burger, borger

Alexander's father was a very successful man having been a Judge of Sessions in Schoharie County as well as a State Representative from Schoharie County in 1852.[3][4][5] Alexander had several siblings including:

  • Lawrence Sornberger (B. abt 1837).[6][7]
  • Lydia Sornberger Simkins (B. 1838).[6][7]
  • Hannah Sornberger (B. 1841))[6]
  • Seymour Sornberger Jr. (B. 1843, D. 1873)*[2][6][7]
  • Charlotte Sornberger Bell (B. abt 1847, D. >1870)[8][9] Appears to be the daughter of Alexander and Susan as opposed to the sister of Alexander.

Marriage & Children

Alexander married a woman named Susan, who was born in 1819 or 1820 and thus was about a decade older than he.[8][10] They had the following known children:

  • Charlotte Sornberger born about 1847[11]
  • Sarah Sornberger born about 1853 [11]

Military Service

Residence: Westerlo[1]
Place of Birth: Schoharie County, NY[1]
Date of Birth: 1827[1]
Names of Parents: Seymour (Sornburger) and Sarah Hallenbeck[1]
Marital Status: Married[1]
Occupation: Blacksmith[1]
Term of Enlistment: 1 year[1]
Bounty Received: $100.00[1]
Enlistment Date: 10 Aug 1864[1]
Enlistment Place: Albany, NY[1]
Enlistment Rank: Private[1]
State Served: New York
Regiment: 91st Infantry[1]
Company: Company D[1]
Muster Out Date: 24 June 1865[1] or 10 Jun 1865 [12]
Muster Out Place: Washington, DC
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 38.[12] "Was at the Battles of Gravely Run March 31, 1865 and Five Forks April 1, 1865. Discharged June 24, 1865. P.O. Address Indian Fields Coeymans Albany Co. N.Y."[1]
Sources Used: Ancestry.com, American Civil War Soldiers; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War

Occupation

Alexander was a blacksmith and this was a family trade practiced by his father Seymour Sornberger, Uncle Aaron Sornberger and his brother Lawrence Sornberger.[7][8][10]

Life

I have not found Alexander in the 1850 or 1860 censuses, however his parents and siblings can be found in these censuses living in Franklinton, Broome Twp, Schoharie Co, NY.[6] >[7] In the 1870 US Census, Alexander and Susan were living in Westerlo with his sister Charlotte Sornberger Bell and her son Ernest Bell.[8] Alexander was working as a blacksmith.[8] By the 1880 Census, Alexander had moved back to Franklinton and was living with his sister Lydia Simkins and her family, and next to his brother Lawrence. Alexander and Lawrence were both recorded as blacksmiths.[10] On March 1, 1890, Alexander filed for his Civil War pension.[13] He was later recorded in the 1890 US Veterans Census in Broome, Schoharie County. This record confirms his service in the 91st regiment and said he was suffering from rheumatism.[14] No record has been found for Alexander after this date.

Death

Alexander died in 1905.[15]

Obituary

Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War

Was at the Battles of Gravely Run March 31, 1865 and Five Forks April 1, 1865. Discharged June 24, 1865. P.O. Address Indian Fields Coeymans Albany Co. N.Y.



Sources

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  2. 2.0 2.1 Franklin Cemetery, Broome, Schoharie County, NY, www.rootsweb.com
  3. Documents of the Assembly of the State of New York Seventy-fifth Session 1852, Volume 7, NY State Legislature, Published by C. Van Benthuysen Printers, Albany, NY 1852, page 215,www.googlebooks.com
  4. Laws of the State of New York passed at the Seventy-fifth Session of the Legislature, Jewett, Thomas and Co. Printers, Albany, NY 1852, www.googlebooks.com
  5. The New York State Register for 1847 being a supplement to the register for 1845-6, Printers C. Van Benthuysen, Albany, NY, June 1847, page 131, www.googlebooks.com
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 1850 US Census, Franklinton, Broome, Schoharie Co, NY
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 1860 US Census, Franklinton, Broome, Schoharie Co, NY
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 1870 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  9. Earlton Methodist Church Marriages 1864-1880, Audrey Klinkenberg, www.rootsweb.com
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 1880 US Census, Franklinton, Broome, Schoharie Co, NY
  11. 11.0 11.1 1865 census, Westerlo, Albany Co., NY
  12. 12.0 12.1 Ancestry Military Databases
  13. Civil War Pension Index, www.ancestry.com
  14. 1890 US Veterans Census, Broome, Schoharie Co, NY
  15. Civil War Pension Records @ Fold3.com