04 May 2013

NMAM: Hiram Eckman

May has been designated by Congress as National Military Appreciation Month. As such, Genealogical Gems is featuring a veteran or current member of the military each day. Today, I randomly selected Hiram Eckman.

 
Hiram fought in the Civil War as part of the PA Calvary. His widow Sarah filed his benefits in 1897.
 
Hiram (1834 - 1897) and Sarah (1835 - 1926) are both buried at the Bethesda UM Church in Holtwood.
 
 
 
A quick search reveals the 1880 Census when Hiram was 45, putting his birth year as 1835. Sarah was the same age. The family lived in Martic Township, Lancaster County. Hiram was a laborer. Four children are listed: Emmet (12), Walter (10), Benjamin (6), and Hiram (2). Four year old grandson John S Laird is also included in the household.

The 1870 Census reveals 36 year old Hiram and Sarah residing in Martic Township. The post office is Bethseda. Four children are listed: Elizabeth (14), Anna (12), Emmet (2), and Walter (4/12). Hiram was a laborer. Elizabeth was an assistant.

Hiram registered for the draft in 1863, along with his brother Mahlon. Hiram listed his occupation at the time as a teamster. Mahlon was the postmaster. Both were married. 

The 1860 Census 26 year old Hiram and Sarah in Martic Township. They have two daughters at this time: Susan E (4) and Ann E (2). I believe it is safe to surmize that Susan E here is the Elizabeth in 1870 hence Susan E is Susan Elizabeth.

The 1850 Census reveals a 15 year old Hiram at home with his parents, Henry and Susanna Eckman. The family lives in Martic Township. Also included in the household are: Mahlon Eckman (17), Elizabeth Groff (32), Susanna Eckman (19), Scyrus Groff (4), and Mariah Groff (3).

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