Shultes, Allen

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Allen Shultes was born September 23, 1838 to Peter Shultes (B. April 24, 1803, D. 1888) and Maria Weidman (B. June 17, 1806, D. Apr 7, 1860).[1] He was a middle child of eight.[1]

Marriage & Children

He married Ophelia Marie Joslin (B. 1851, D. Oct 29, 1929), who was much younger than he and who was the daughter of John Fischer Joslin and Margaret Mary Reinhart.[1] They appear to have not had any children.


Allen Shultes was a farmer as was his father.[2] They farmed together in Berne.[2]

Military Service

Name: Allen Shultes
Residence at Enlistment: Berne[3]
Place of Birth: Berne, NY[3]
Date of Birth: 22 Sept 1838[3]
Names of Parents: Peter (Shultes) and Maria Weidman[3]
Marital Status: Single[3]
Occupation: Farmer[3]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[3]
Enlistment Date: 20 Nov 1861
Enlistment Place: Albany, New York
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 91st Infantry
Company: Company D
Promotion Date: 27 Oct 1864
Promotion Rank: Full Corporal
Muster Out Date: 3 Jul 1865
Muster Out Place: Washington, DC
Additional Remarks: "Promoted corporal October 18th 1864 at the siege of Port Hudson and present at the capture of Genl Lee the 9th of April Discharged ____1865 P.O. Address Bern Albany Co N.Y."[3] Allen enlisted as a Private on 20 November 1861 at the age of 22. He re-enlisted.

Born in Berne, NY on September 22, 1838, Age 25, Farmer, Black eyes, Black hair, Light complexion, 5'9" tall.[4]

Sources Used:, American Civil War Soldiers; 1865 census Berne, Albany Co., NY; 1890 US Veterans Census Berne, Albany Co, NY; Civil War Pension Index,; Howell, George Rogers, History of the County of Albany, NY from 1609-1886, W. W. Munsell & Co., 1886, page 817; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War


Allen enlisted in the Civil War after the harvest was completed in the fall of 1861. He re-enlisted in Company D of the 91st NY Infantry Regiment. After he mustered out at the end of the war in July 1865, he returned to Berne.

In 1880 Allen, who was still single, was living with with his father Peter and his sister Elizabeth. He and his father were both farming together. They lived next to Allen's brother John Shultes (B. May 10, 1835, D. 1911) and John's wife Josephine Schell. After this census, Allen married Ophelia.

After their marriage, Allen and Ophelia continued to live in Berne and Allen was recorded there in the 1890 US Veteran's Census.[5] In this record, he mentions no disability, however by August 28, 1890 he filed for his invalid pension from NY State.[6]

In early September 1892, Allen nearly drowned when a local bridge across the Switzkill creek collapse under the weight of a team of horses and load of grain.[7]

At some point after September 1892, Allen and Ophelia retired to St. Cloud, Osceola County, Florida. In 1920 at the age of 80 years, Allen was working in St. Cloud as a house carpenter.[8]


Allen Shultes died before February 13, 1926 probably in St. Cloud Osceola, Florida. On that date his wife Ophelia applied for his Civil War pension from NY State.[6] His wife Ophelia died on October 29, 1929 in Voorheesville, Albany County, NY.[1] Allen died on January 27, 1926 at Schenectady.[9]


Additional Research Notes

Altamont Enterprise, Altamont, NY September 9, 1892 "While Mr. Allen Shultes and Chas. Saulsberg were crossing the bridge near that part of the Switzkill creek known locally as the old water, the bidge gave way and the team with a load of grain went down with the timbers of the bridge, into the water. Mr. Shultes had a narrow escape from drowning, and his companion was badly bruised. The horses escaped serious injry but were considerably scratched. The commissioner had been notified that the bridge was unsafe, and his negligence in attending to the matter is severely criticised. Other bridges in the vicinity are in equally unsafe condition and it is to be hoped that these will be repaired before the occurance of a fatal accident."

Additional Media

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3
  2. 2.0 2.1 1880 US Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  4. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Military databases
  5. 1890 US Veterans Census, Berne, Albany Co, NY
  6. 6.0 6.1 Civil War Pension Index,
  7. Altamont Enterprise, Sept 9, 1892, Altamont, NY
  8. 1920 US Census, St. Cloud, Osceola Co, Fla.
  9. Civil War Pension Records @