A Country Divided – But Not a Family

I recently stumbled onto a new piece of information about an ancestor, William P. Cummings – even though he lived and died in Baltimore, he fought in the Civil war for Ohio. I have yet to figure out the reason for this, and I am sure there is one, but it gave me inspiration for a new post.

Listed below are the relative who I know enlisted and those who registered for the draft. Obviously, my family is not full of career soldiers as no one lasted longer than a year. I lied – I just found  new one. I’m sure there are still more to be discovered, but for now, here they are:

Enlistments:

  • JamesO’Conor (1829-1911) [direct ancestor]
    • Union
    • Enlisted Date: 20 Oct 1861
    • Mustered Out: 18 Sep 1862
    • Rank: Private
    • Regiment: Company E, 1st Cavalry Regiment Maryland
  • William Peyton Cummings (1831-1901) [brother of direct ancestor]
    • Union
    • Enlisted Date: 19 Apr 1861
    • Mustered Out: 18 Aug 1861
    • Rank: Private
    • Regiment: Company F, Ohio 12th Infantry Regiment
  • John B.Thoms (1837-?) [brother of direct ancestor]
    • Union
    • Enlisted Date: 17 Jun 1861
    • Discharged: 10 Aug 1861
    • Rank: Ensign
    • Regiment: Company F, 15th New York Engineers
    • Resigned at Fairfax Seminary, VA
  • William Baker Smallwood (1843-1891) [brother of direct ancestor]
    • Union
    • Enlisted Date: 1861
    • Discharged: Sep 1865
    • Rank: Private
    • Regiment: Company A, 1st Maryland Light Artillery; Company B, Maryland Light Artillery

Draft Registration

  • James Joseph Lacy (1840-1913) [direct ancestor]
    • State: Maryland (Union)
    • Registration: Jun 1863
  • DanielWooters (1845-1920) [direct ancestor]
    • State: Maryland (Union)
    • Registration: Jul-Aug 1863
    • Remarks: Currently in service in the 1st Eastern Shore Regiment (this regiment fought in Gettysburg)
  • Gabriel Schaffer
    • State: Maryland (Union)
    • Registration: Jul 1863
EDIT - 
7/31/14 11:16 PM - added William Baker Smallwood
8/1/14 11:42 PM - added Gabriel Schaffer

Scottish Roots & Scotland’s People

I finally gave in and signed up for ScotlandsPeople in order to search and view the documents, hoping to gain more information on my Scottish ancestors. The way this site works is they let you “search” for people but do not allow you to view the results without payment, only allowing you to see how many results are in which category. You have to purchase credits (30 credits for about $11) to see any details . It costs one credit to view the actual search results, and another 5 credits to view the document.

My overall thoughts of this website, while comprehensive and vast, is not worth the price. I do not like their style of payment and would rather pay a flat fee to view as many documents as I want. Because of this, I was not able to explore as I wished to see if I could find new people. Instead I confirmed a couple dates and relations I already knew, though I did find a father for someone. Also, I thought this site would provide more  detailed and substantial information that I have found elsewhere, but other than occupation, the same information could be found for free on FamilySearch.

My conclusion: only pay for this site if looking to view the actual documents of information you already know.

With that said, here is what I did find:

The parish birth records for Burton Thoms

The parish birth records for Burton Thoms

The records states that Burton Thoms was born to William Thoms (who was a weaver) and Isabella Anderson in Dundee on January 15, 1803 and christened January 23, 1803 (there are two dates listed, one next to the father and one next to the mother; as the first is always earlier than the latter, I assume this is the birth and christening dates).

The parish records for the marriage of Burton Thoms and Jean Strachan

The parish records for the marriage of Burton Thoms and Jean Strachan

On the 13th of March, 1825, Burton Thoms, weaver, and Jean, daughter of William Strachan, weaver, were married, both in this parish [Dundee].