Brate, William H.

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William was born in Berne at about 1843 a son of William Brate and Angeline Smith. He was a brother to George and Delinton Brate, both of whom also served in the Civil War.

Marriage & Children

At about 1867, he married Laura A.____ who was born in May of 1848 and they had 11 children, 6 of whom were still living in 1900. [1] The names of the known children are:

  • Mary Brate born at about 1868[2]
  • Esther Brate born at about 1870[3]
  • Fannie Brate born in February of 1883 [1]
  • William Brate, Jr. born in June of 1884[1]

Military Service

Name: William Brate
Residence: Westerlo[4]
Names of Parents: William (Brate) and Angeline Smith [4]
Marital Status: Single[4]
Occupation: Laborer[4]
Term of Enlistment: 9 months[4]
Bounty Received: $100.00[4]
Enlistment Date: 18 Oct 1862
Enlistment Place: Westerlo, New York[5] or Albany, NY[4]
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 177th Infantry
Company: Company H
Muster Out Date: 10 Sep 1863
Muster Out Place: Albany, New York
Re-enlisted on: 31 Dec 1863
Re-enlisted at: Ephratah, NY
Rank: Private
Enlistment term: 3 years
Regiment: 13th Heavy Artillery
Company: Company E
Transferred to: 6th Heavy Artillery
Transferred on: 18 July 1865
Deserted: 31 July 1865
Deserted at: Portsmouth, VA
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 18.[5]"Was in the Battles of Ponchtula (Ponchatoula) and Port Hudson Discharged Sept 10, 1863"[4]

(June 2, 1865)Undergoing sentencing of Court Marshall[6]

Born in Berne, Age 19, Laborer, Gray eyes, Light hair, Light complexion, 5'4" tall.[6]

Sources Used:, American Civil War Soldiers; 1865 census, Berne, Albany Co., NY;Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York for the year 1905.

His Life

Shortly after serving in the Civil War, William married and removed to Northumberland, Saratoga County, NY . He worked for the railroad in his younger years and later became a livery teamster. He and his family were members of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Gansevoort. [7]


William died on November 13, 1916[7]. He was buried at the Gansevoort Cemetery, Gansevoort, Saratoga Co., NY


Additional Research Notes

Additional Media

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1900 Census, Northumberland, Saratoga Co., NY
  2. 1870 Census, Northumberland, Saratoga Co., NY
  3. 1880 Census, Northumberland, Saratoga Co., NY
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ancestry Military Databases
  6. 6.0 6.1 NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Military databases
  7. 7.0 7.1 Records of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Gansevoort