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Letter of Introduction for Susannah Van Valkenburg

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Admin/Biog History Van VALKENBURG, Susannah A. Richards lived at Plainfield, Waushara County. Henry Van Valkenburg married there on Sept. 25, 1860 to Susannah Richards. She was born on Feb. 1, 1836/8 near Miamisburg, Tioga County, Pennsylvania and she was a daughter of Solomon and Susannah (Alden) Richards. Solomon was born on Oct. 12, 1799 and his wife was born at Plainfield, Massachusetts on Feb. 11, 1800. Solomon died on Mar. 3, 1885 and his wife died on Dec. 19, 1878. Both are buried in Oshkosh, Winnebago County at Riverside Cemetery, Block 15. Susannah came to Wisconsin with her parents about 1854. She taught in the rural schools of Marquette County. Henry farmed at Plainfield until 1861 and then moved to Westfield, Marquette County. He enlisted at Springfield on Aug. 15, 1862 and was assigned as above. Henry was mustered out on June 26, 1865. He had been ill while in the service and was a patient in the company hospital. He came to Oshkosh, Winnebago County with his family in 1871. Henry and Susannah had only one daughter, Nettie R. VanValkenburg. She was born on Aug. 30, 1866 and died at Oshkosh on Dec. 19, 1878/9. Susannah (Alden) Richards died in the same house on that same day. Susannah, wife of Henry, was elected President of the Women's Relief Corps at Oshkosh when it was first formed in 1887. She was a nurse during the Civil War and served as a civilian in several hospitals at Virginia. Henry was listed in 1888 as a member of GAR Post #10 at Oshkosh. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the city of Oshkosh. Henry died at Oshkosh on Jan. 25, 1901. Susannah A. was listed as his widow in 1905. She was then residing at 94 Franklin Avenue in Oshkosh. The published biograpy of Susannah is available at the Oshkosh Public Museum. She died on Feb. 11, 1925 at the Wisconsin Veterans' Home at King. Her marker lists her date of death as May 17, 1930. Information from various sources varies as to exact dates. Henry and Susannah are buried with her parents at Riverside Cemetery.
Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation August 1, 1864
Abstract 1 letter of introduction for Susannah Van Valkenburg. It is signed by O. C. Thompson, Superintendant of the U. S. Christian Commission at Alexandria, VA, requesting that she be given passage back to Wisconsin via railroad. It has been stamped by 3 railroad offices.
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes Van VALKENBURG, Susannah A. Richards lived at Plainfield, Waushara County. Henry Van Valkenburg married there on Sept. 25, 1860 to Susannah Richards. She was born on Feb. 1, 1836/8 near Miamisburg, Tioga County, Pennsylvania and she was a daughter of Solomon and Susannah (Alden) Richards. Solomon was born on Oct. 12, 1799 and his wife was born at Plainfield, Massachusetts on Feb. 11, 1800. Solomon died on Mar. 3, 1885 and his wife died on Dec. 19, 1878. Both are buried in Oshkosh, Winnebago County at Riverside Cemetery, Block 15. Susannah came to Wisconsin with her parents about 1854. She taught in the rural schools of Marquette County. Henry farmed at Plainfield until 1861 and then moved to Westfield, Mar-quette County. He enlisted at Springfield on Aug. 15, 1862 and was assigned as above. Henry was mustered out on June 26, 1865. He had been ill while in the service and was a patient in the company hospital. He came to Oshkosh, Winnebago County with his family in 1871. Henry and Susannah had only one daughter, Nettie R. VanValkenburg. She was born on Aug. 30, 1866 and died at Oshkosh on Dec. 19, 1878/9. Susannah (Alden) Richards died in the same house on that same day. Susannah, wife of Henry, was elected President of the Women's Relief Corps at Oshkosh when it was first formed in 1887. She was a nurse during the Civil War and served as a civilian in several hospitals at Virginia. Henry was listed in 1888 as a member of GAR Post #10 at Oshkosh. He was listed in the 1890 federal census as residing in the city of Oshkosh. Henry died at Oshkosh on Jan. 25, 1901. Susannah A. was listed as his widow in 1905. She was then residing at 94 Franklin Avenue in Oshkosh. The published biograpy of Susannah is available at the Oshkosh Public Museum. She died on Feb. 11, 1925 at the Wisconsin Veterans' Home at King. Her marker lists her date of death as May 17, 1930. Information from various sources varies as to exact dates. Henry and Susannah are buried with her parents at Riverside Cemetery.
Object ID SC411.5.18
Object Name Letter
People Van Valkenburg, Susannah Alden Richards
Subjects Civil War
Nurses
United States Christian Commission
Railroad stations
Railroads
Title Letter of Introduction for Susannah Van Valkenburg
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