John Maher was born in Westerlo, Albany County, NY in about 1831. He was a son of Patrick Mahar and Phebe Ten Eyck. By 1880, he and his family were using the name Mayer.
Marriage & Children
John married at about 1856, Jane A. Wiltsie who was born at about 1830 in NY. They had the following known children:
- Mary V. Maher
- Frank Maher
- John Maher
John was a policeman. By 1880, John and his family moved to Weehawken, Hudson Co., New Jersey, and John reportedly suffered from rheumatism, although he was working as a laborer.
Before his service in the Civil War, John worked as a laborer.
|Names of Parents:||Patrick (Maher) and Phebe Teneyck|
|Term of Enlistment:||3 years|
|Enlistment Date:||13 Aug 1862|
|Enlistment Place:||Albany, NY|
|State Served:||New York|
|Regiment:||7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery|
|Promotion Date:||1 Feb 1863 or July 22, 1863|
|Promotion Date:||1 Feb 1864|
|Promotion Date:||22 Nov 1864|
|Promotion Rank:||Second Lieutenant|
|Promotion Date:||8 March 1865|
|Promotion Rank:||First Lieutenant|
|Muster Out Date:||6 July 1865|
|Muster Out Place:||Baltimore, MD|
|Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 31. Robert Keating in Carnival of Blood says that John mustered in as a second lieutenant in Co I on Nov 22, 1864. "Promoted to Corp____ Promoted to Sergt___ to 2nd Lieut Nov 22/64 to 1st Lieut__. took part in all the engagements of the Army of the Potomac from the 16th of May 1864 to the 25th of Aug 1864. Discharged July__1865. He now resides in Albany Citty 308 Little State St"
Born Westerlo, Age 31, Laborer, Blue eyes, Brown hair, Light complexion, 6' tall.
|Sources Used: Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1898; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War|
John died on November 21, 1892 at Weehawken, NJ. His widow, Jane, received her pension based on his Civil War service on November 30, 1892.
Additional Research Notes
- Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
- Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
- Annual Report of the Adjutant-General
- NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Ancestry.com Military databases