Brate, Alexander

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


Alexander Brate was born in Reidsville, Albany County, NY in about 1846.[1] His parents were Martin Brate Jr. and Mariah Dunbar.

Marriage & Children


At the time of his enlistment in the Civil War, Alexander was working as a farmer.[1] In 1880 he was working as a stone cutter for Francis Brate.

Military Service

Residence at Enlistment: Westerlo[2]
Names of Parents: Martin (Brate) and Mariah Dunbar[2]
Marital Status: Single[2]
Occupation: Stone Cutter[2]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[2]
Bounty Received: $600.00[2]
Enlistment Date: 2 Jan 1864[1]
Enlistment Place: Troy, New York
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery[1]
Company: Company M[1]
Wounded: May 19, 1864 at Spotsylvania[1]
Transfer Date: 30 Jun 1865
Transferred to: Company C
Muster Out Date: 1 Aug 1865[1]
Muster Out Place: Federal Hill, Baltimore, MD
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 18. He was wounded in the side on May 19, 1864.[1]"Was in the Battles of Wilderness Spotsylvania Coal Harber (Cold Harbor) North Anna River North Tolopotoma Creek Petersburg and Hatches Run (Hatcher's Run) Petersburg National Battlefield . Still living Discharged July 8, 1865 P.O. Address Reidsville Albany Co N.Y."[2]

"Single. His father was a stone cutter"[3]

Born Albany Co., NY, Age 18, Farmer, Black eyes, Brown hair, Dark complexion, 5'3-1/2" tall.[3]

Sources Used:, American Civil War Soldiers; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1898; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


In 1850 Alexander Brate was living with his parents and older brothers in Westerlo, where his father was a farmer. Living next store was his grandparents, Martin Brate Sr. and Elizabeth.[4] Ten years later, in 1860, the family was living in similar circumstances however Alexander's grandfather had died and he had a younger brother.[5] Alexander then served in the Civil War. After the war, he has not been found in the 1870 US Census, however in 1880 he was in Westerlo working as a stone cutter and living with Francis Brate (B. abt 1815) and his wife Catherine.[6] He was recorded in the 1890 US Veterans Census in Westerlo however no data of his health or service was provided.[7]


Alexander Brate died sometime after 1890.[7]


Additional Research Notes

The information from the 1850 census indicates that Alexander Brate and Baltus Brate were brothers, but the name given by Alexander on the register indicates that Alexander's mother was Mariah Dunbar. Baltus was 5 years older than Alexander.

1850 census, Westerlo, Albany Co., NY
Martin Brate, Jun age 32 M Farmer b. NY
Lydia Ann “ age 26 F b. NY
Baltus “ age 8 M b. NY
William “ age 6 M b. NY
Alexander “ age 3 M b. NY

New York Marriages, 1686-1980 for Martin Brate (

Groom's Name: Martin Brate
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Bride's Name: Maria Dunbar
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Marriage Date: 31 Aug 1839
Marriage Place: Union Dutch Reformed Church,Unionville,Albany,New York

Additional Media

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  3. 3.0 3.1 NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Military databases
  4. 1850 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  5. 1860 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  6. 1880 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  7. 7.0 7.1 1890 US Veterans Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY