Brate, James S.

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James S. Brate was born in Berne[1] in April of 1840[2] a son of Henry Brate and Eliza Smith[1], and a brother to Abram Brate who also served in the Civil War.

Marriage & Children

At about 1870, he married Emma Smith (B. 1834, D. 1916), who was the daughter of Asa Smith and Eva Warner, and the widow of William Wilday (B. 1825, D. Nov 1854) and Cyrus Ostrom (who died in the Civil War).[1] She has been recorded as Amy.

James and Amy or Emma had no children together.

Military Service

Residence: Westerlo [3]
Place of Birth: Albany Co. [3]
Date of Birth: 1838 [3]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years [3]
Enlistment Date: 31 Dec 1863
Enlistment Place: Ephratah, New York
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 13th Heavy Artillery
Company: Company E
Muster Out Date: 28 Jun 1865
Muster Out Place: Norfolk, VA
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 24.[4] Soldier applied for pension on 10 Jan 1911, his widow applied on 15 June 1915[4]"Transfered to the Stimer Fosters"[3]

Born in Albany County, Age 24, Laborer, Gray eyes, Dark hair, Fair complexion, 5'7" tall.[5]

Sources Used:, American Civil War Soldiers and CW Pension Index; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


James and Emma lived in Westerlo. They have not been found in the 1870 US Census, however they were living together in Westerlo in 1880 and James was working as a laborer.[6] James was not recorded in the 1890 US Veterans Census, however James and Emma were recorded in Westerlo in 1900 and 1910. They owned a house without a mortgage.[2][7] James continued to work as a laborer, recording that he was without work for 4 months in the 1900 Census.[2] Apparently his health was good through most of his life despite his Civil War service, as he did not file for an invalid pension until 1911 when he was about 71 year of age.[8]


James died on May 28, 1915 at Westerlo, NY[9]He was buried at the Westerlo Rural Cemetery. Emma died in 1916 and is buried beside him.


Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

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

Transfered to the Stimer Fosters


  1. 1.0 1.1 Berne NY Family files,
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 1900 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ancestry Military Databases
  5. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Military databases
  6. 1880 US Census, Westerlo, Albany Co, NY
  7. 1910 US Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  8. Civil War Pension Index,
  9. Civil War Pension Records @