Wilber, William Wellington

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


William W. Wilber was born in Duanesburg, Schenectady[1] County, NY in 1818.[2][3] He was the son of Titus Wilber, who originally was from Dutchess county, but had moved to Duanesburg where he married Mary Simmons in about 1817.[4] William, who was the oldest of about nine children, moved frequently during his early years.[2] By 1820 the family had moved to Middleburgh, Schoharie County, then by 1835 to Adams Hollow near West Fulton, Schoharie County.[4]

Marriage & Children

Before 1850 William married a woman named Jenett, who was several years younger than he.[5]

They had the following children:

  • William Wilber (B. abt 1847, D. bef 1860)[6]
  • Janette Wilber (B. abt 1849, D. bef 1860)[6]
  • Ambrose Wilber (B. about 1849, D. after 1870)[7][8]
  • Mary Wilber (B. abt 1851, D. after 1870)[7])[8] Middle initial A. or E.
  • John H. Wilber (B. about 1855, D. after 1880)[7][8][9]
  • Charles Wilber (B. about 1867, D. after 1880)[8][9]
  • Peter J. Wilber (B. May 1869, D. after 1880)[8][9]


Early in his life, William was a farmer[6] like his father Titus had been[4], however by 1860 he was working as a shoemaker and he would continue in this career for many decades.[1][5]

Military Service

Name: William Wilber[10] or William W. Wilber[1][11][11][12]
Residence at Enlistment: Berne[10][13]
Place of Birth: Berne, NY[13]
Date of Birth: 28 Feb 1818[13]
Names of Parents: Titus (Wilber) and Mary Simmons[13]
Marital Status: Married[13]
Occupation: Farmer[13]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[13]
Bounty Received: $100.00[13]
Enlistment Date: 28 July 1862[10][1]
Enlistment Place: Albany, NY[10]
Enlistment Rank: Private[10][1]
State Served: New York[10][1]
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery[10][1][11][12][14]
Company: Company D[10][1][11][12][14]
Wounded in Action on: 19 May 1864[10][1]
Wounded at: Spotsylvania, VA[10][1][13]
Wounded in Action on: 3 June 1864[10]
Wounded at: Cold Harbor, VA[10]
Discharged for Disability on: 30 March 1865[10][1][11] or 31 March 1865[14]
Discharged at: US General Hospital, Albany, NY[10][1][11]
Service Length: 2 yrs 8 mos[14]
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 44 years. Also borne as Wilbur. Wounded in abdomen on May 19, 1864.[1]" Wounded in abdomen at the battle of Spotsylvania June 13th 1864 Was in the hospital afterward until discharged March 31, 1865 Health poor. P.O. Address Huntersland Scho Co N.Y."[13]
Sources Used: Annual Report of the Adjutant-General for the State of NY for the year 1898; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood; Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, Ancestry.com; Civil War Pension Index, Ancestry.com; 1890 US Veterans Census Middleburgh, Schoharie county, NY; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


William was 5'9" tall with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion.[2]


In 1850 William was living in Duanesburg, Schenectady County, NY with his young family and he was working as a farmer.[6] At about the same time, his parents and siblings were living in Fulton, Schoharie County, NY.[4]

In 1860 William and his wife were living in Berne with their three children, where William was working as a shoemaker.[7] They did not own any property at the time.[7]

The family relocated in the 1860s to Middleburgh, Schoharie County, NY where William continued working as a shoemaker.[8] By this time their family had grown and their son Ambrose worked as a farm laborer.

A decade later in 1880, William and his family had moved to Esperance, Schoharie Co, NY where William continued to work as a shoemaker and his son John worked as a moulder.[9] At this time their niece Rhoda Wilber, who was 10 years of age was living with the family.

The 1890 US Veterans Census found William again living in Middleburgh, Schoharie County. It confirms his Civil War service in the 7th Heavy Artillery Regiment and recorded that he had been shot in the left side.[14]

Despite his Civil War injury, William lived a long life living into his mid eighties. He apparently remained healthy throughout his lifetime as it appears that he did not file for an invalid pension.[12]


William died on December 13, 1903. He was buried in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, NY.[2] After his death his wife Jenett moved to Ravena, Albany County where she died in 1929.[2] She was buried with her husband in Middleburgh.[2]


Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

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


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 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 Roger Allan Wilber of Ravena, NY, descendant of William W. Wilber
  3. Bernehistory.org
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Wilber, Roger A., John H. Wilber Soldier, Doctor, Patriarch, Schoharie County Historical Review Spring 2003
  5. 5.0 5.1 US Censuses
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 1850 US Census, Duanesburg, Schenectady Co, NY
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 1860 US Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 1870 US Census, Middleburg, Schoharie Co, NY
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 1880 US Census, Esperance, Schoharie Co, NY
  10. 10.00 10.01 10.02 10.03 10.04 10.05 10.06 10.07 10.08 10.09 10.10 10.11 10.12 10.13 Annual Report of the Adjutant-General for the State of NY for the year 1898
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, Ancestry.com
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Civil War Pension Index, Ancestry.com
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 13.9 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 1890 US Veterans Census, Middleburgh, Schoharie Co, NY Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "1890Census" defined multiple times with different content