Richard McGRATH 147th NYV Inf. 
Service & Pension Information

       I have researched the family history of Richard McGRATH on behalf of my brother-in-law, Daniel Ford McDonald, his 3rd great-grandson.  I thought that you might like to add this to the Oswego county gen web page. Regards, Sheila Lofft Strickland.
Richard McGRATH (1822-1864)

Civil War Service Records 
Co K, 147 Reg't NY Infantry

Regimental Descriptive Book
DescriptionAge 40 years; height 5 feet 6 inches
Complexion  LightEyes  Blue;  hair  Dark
Where born   Ireland
Occupation   Laborer

EnlistmentWhen  Sept 5, 1862
Where  Oswego
By whom  J. Dempsy;  term 3 y'rs

Army of the Potomac
Certificate of Death 

    I Certify, That Srgt. Richard McGrath of Captain Joseph Dempsey Company K of the 147th Regiment of Vols., Third Brigade, Third Division, Fifth Corps, born in State of Ireland aged 40 years; was enlisted by Joseph Dempsey on the fifth day of September 1862 to serve for 3 years; died on the day of Aug 19th, 1864.

    Srgt. Richard McGrath was killed in action at the Weldon R.R. Aug 19th. 

    Deceased Richard McGrath last paid by Paymaster Maj Thayre to include the 29th day of February 1864, and has pay due from that time to date of death Aug 19th, 1864 being 5 months 19 days at $ 84/3.  The following amount of U.S. Bounty has been paid to him : ___ Dolls.There is due him 100 Dollars retained U. S. Bounty.

Civil War Pension Records

Widow:  Mary McGRATH
Pension Application # 44,419
Pension Certificate # 71,846

State of New York
County of Oswego 
     On this 20th day of October A.D. 1864, personally appeared before me Edward N. Rathbone, Clerk of the Courts of record of the county & state aforesaid, Mary McGrath, a resident of Oswego City in the County of Oswego and State of New York, aged 49 years, who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the act of Congress, approved July 14, 1862:  That she is the widow of Richard McGrath who was a Sergeant in company K commanded by Captain Dempsey in the 147th regiment of N.Y.S.V. in the war of 1861, who was killed at the battle of the Weldon Rail Road in Virginia on or about Aug. 19, 1864.  She further says her husband Richard McGrath left surviving him five children and only five whose names ages and residence are as follows:  Mary Eleanor McGrath Born July 14, 1844, Thomas McGrath Born December 23, 1846, Elizabeth H. McGrath born February 1, 1849, Jane McGrath born January 1, 1852, Richard McGrath born April 20th 1856.  For proof of marriage she refers to papers filed in 2nd Auditors Office along with declaration for back Pay and Bounty.

     She further declares that she was married to the said Richard McGrath on the 30th day of August in the year 1843; that her husband, the aforesaid Richard McGrath died on the day above mentioned, and that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.  She also declares that she has not in any manner been engaged in, or aided or abetted, the rebellion in the United States.  She also hereby constitutes and appoints M. J. Gillespie of Oswego N.Y. her attorney to prosecute this claim & procure a Pension Certificate.                                                      

(Signed)  Mary X McGrath                     

     Also personally appeared Charles North and Cheney Ames residents of Oswego, N.Y. persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being by me duly sworn, say that they were present and saw Mary McGrath sign her name (or make her mark) to the foregoing declaration; and they further swear that they have every reason to believe, from the appearance of the applicant and their acquaintance with her, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be, and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.  Her declaration was read to her before making her mark thereto.

Transcription of affidavits in the Civil War Pension File


Extract of the records of Baptisms, Marriages & Burials performed in the Parish of Montreal under the title of the Name of Mary in the Isle, county a district of Montreal Province of Lower Canada for the year 1843.

"On the thirty first day of August 1843 after one publication and without any impediment or opposition dispensation of two publications having been obtained from Mr Joseph Vincent Quiblu Vicar General of the Bishop of Montreal I the undersigned a priest authorized for that purposed having received by word the mutual consent of Richard McGrath a day labour residing in this Parish son of full age of the late Thomas McGrath and of Mary Egon of the county of Tipperay in Ireland on the one part and of Mary Hyde residing in this Parish daughter of age of the late James Hyde a farmer and of Ellenor Bunting of the county of Antrim in Ireland on the other part, Have married them according to the laws & rites of the Holy church in the presence of Peter Handrely John McGrath and John Baptist same undersigned with the married couple Richard McGrath Mary Hyde Peter Handrely John McGrath J.B. Sorrun.
Richarad Priest

Which extract we undersigned certify to be a correct copy of the original seminary of Montreal Sept 24 1864
P. Billandle V. Spr
John Fitzpatrick
I the undersigned Pastor of St Marys Church Oswego N.Y. certify that the above is a correct translation.
J. Gundel 
I certify that the above is a correct copy of the translation from the records kept in the french language of the Marriage of Richard McGrath to Mary Hyde now Mary McGrath made by J. Gundel Pastor of St Mary's Church Oswego City N.Y.
Witness my hand and official
Seal  Mch 24, 1865



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