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Lydia Ann Fetterman Frederick
September 12, 1846 – 1909

Samuel J. Frederick
August 2, 1840 – July 7, 1927

Hillside Cemetery, Catawissa, PA

Lydia Ann Fetterman FrederickSamuel Frederick

Location of Samuel Frederick's Headstone with Memorial Civil War Flag

Lydia Ann was the youngest daughter and one of ten children born of the marriage of Mary Bachman and Solomon Fetterman, and she was raised in Roaring Creek Township, Columbia County, PA. The census for 1860 shows her to be a student, and by 1870, she was working as a domestic in the home of Martin Brobst in Catawissa Borough. She was married to Samuel J. Frederick about 1872.

At this time, it is unknown who the parents of Samuel were or where in Pennsylvania he was born.

Samuel enlisted in Company H, 214th Infantry Regiment PA, being mustered in at Philadelphia on March 20, 1865, for a period of one year. This regiment was under the command of Colonel David B. McKibbin, Lieutenant Colonel William H. Harrison, and Major Charles H. Addicks. It joined the troops under General Egan in the Shenandoah Valley and remained there until July when it became a part of the force employed in the defenses of Washington. A detachment spent the winter of 1865-66 on guard duty at Annapolis and on March 21, 1866, the 214th was mustered out at Philadelphia. He was cited for Distinguished Service (Source: The Union Army, Vol. 1).

The census for 1880, shows them living in Catawissa Borough, and Samuel worked as a brakeman for the railroad, and Lydia was keeping house. They had one daughter, Ida, who the census shows as being an adopted daughter. On November 30, 1891, Samuel applied for a Civil War pension as an invalid (Application 1076037, Certificate 786952). In the census of 1900, they lived at 4 Fourth Street in Catawissa, and Samuel was unemployed. They owned their home free of a mortgage, and by this time had been married for 28 years.

Lydia died about December 1, 1909 from paralysis according to the Catawissa News Item. It should be noted here that Lydia’s birth date on the headstone is incorrect. According to the Genealogy of Joseph Fisher, and His Descendants, and of the Allied Families of Farley, Farlee, Fetterman, Pitner, Reeder, and Shipman (1890), Lydia Ann’s date of birth was September 12, 1846, and this date is confirmed through the various census records

Samuel died from gangrene of the right leg and foot in Bloomsburg at the age of 86 years, 11 months, and 5 days.

Pictures taken June 26, 2006.