by Michael A. Spaulding
John Struhm was born on 22 May 1843 in Rockland Twp., Berks Co., PA. He still lived in Rockland Twp., in 1860, at which time he was listed in the census with his father.
He enlisted for service in the Civil War on 15 Aug 1862 as a private in Co. H, 128th Pennsylvania Volunteers and served until 19 May 1863, having fought in both the Battle of Antietam and the Battle of Chancellorsville. According to his pension application, “that, while in the line of duty and in action at Antietam, MD, he received a gunshot wound of his right leg near the ankel [sic], said wound was dressed on the field by some surgeon whose name I do not remember. Was not in any hospital.”
Later, he reenlisted in Co. F, 3rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry on 19 Aug 1864 and served until the end of the war, being mustered out on 27 May 1865. While in this unit, he served at Petersburg, Five Forks, and Appomattox.
Following his Civil War service, John lived in Allentown, PA, but he returned home to Berks Co. to marry his sweetheart, Elisabeth “Lisetta” Strauss on 18 Jun 1868 Lisetta was born on 21 Sep 1843 and died on 22 May 1916.
He moved to Waverly, NY before 1874, and lived in in Barton, Tioga Co., NY, where he was a railroad laborer in 1880. He moved back to Pennsylvania before 1900, when he lived in South Waverly, Bradford Co., PA, and worked as a railroad car inspector. By 1905, he had moved a few miles to Sayre, Bradford Co., PA , but then moved to Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne Co., PA before 1914. He returned to Sayre, PA, where he died on 7 Aug 1916 at the age of 73. He was buried in Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Bradford Co., PA.
Children (7 daughters and 1 son who had no children):
- Victora S. “Dora” Struhm, (B. 1869, Pennsylvania; D. 1922, Sayre, Bradford Co., PA( She M1. Erwin Keene. She M2. Harvey E. Bruster)
- Meclata H. Struhm (B. 1871; D. 1877 )
iii. Anna E. Struhm (B. 1873; D. 1877)
- Charles A. Struhm (B. 1875, Pennsylvania; D. 1913 Danville, PA)
- Elisabeth Mae Struhm (B. 1878, New York; D. 1946, Sayre, PA. She M. Edward Frederick Seibel).
- Adelaide Gertrude Struhm, (B. 29 Jul 1880, Waverly, NY; D. 22 Feb 1978, Newport News, VA. She M. 14 Jun 1905, Elmira, NY-Willard William Spaulding)
vii. Flora Agatha Struhm (B. 1883, Pennsylvania; D. 1947, Wyandotte, MI. She M. Frederick Carver Day)
viii. Bertha Faye Struhm (B. 1886, South Waverly, PA; D. 1969, Springville, Susquehanna Co., PA. She M. James Alfred Bagley)