Possible Members of the 12th NY Cavalry

Among my correspondence since creating this web page for the 12th NY Cavalry have been inquiries and suggested sources of additional information. As a result of this most welcome assistance I have a possible addition to the personnel of the 12th Cavalry. The following man may have "fallen through the cracks."

PEGGS, DAVID. For this name I am indebted to Conrad Bush, who is historian of the 24th Independent Battery NY Light Artillery. He discovered the following article in The Niagara Falls Gazette dated March 2, 1864.

A letter received on Thursday from an officer of the 12th N.Y. Cavalry in North Carolina announces the death of David Peggs, son of Mr. James Peggs of this place. David was not yet eighteen years old and connected himself with the 12th last fall with several others from this town. Typhoid fever, a disease which carries away many brave soldiers to the grave, soon proved fatal in this case. His parents were daily looking for his return to volunteer in Col. Porters or some other regiment as he had not volunteered in the 12th Cavalry. Their grief on receiving the unexpected and unwelcome news may be imagined by those who have children around which their affections fondly cling.

Conrad reports that the Niagara Falls Library has all The Niagara Falls Gazette for the period of the Civil War on microfilm. The issue of March 2, 1864 is in Vol. 10, # 46, whole number 516, page 3, col. 2.

McGUIGAN, OWEN: May 6, 2001, I received an email from Wjml4726@aol.com with news of yet another overlooked member of the 12th NY Volunteer Cavalry. The body of the message was as follows:

Owen McGuigan was born in Ireland and entered this country at the age of 6. His family settled in Buffalo, N.Y. He is listed in the N.Y. Roster as Owen McGui but on the muster-in roll McGui+ with the note added the final letters are torn but appear to be "ue." Owen enlisted at Buffalo, N.Y., November 9, 1862, for three years and was mustered in Co. H, 12th Regiment N.Y. Cavalry. He was 22 years old at the time of his enlistment. Owen died in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, on January 10, 1888, from a fall while working there as a carpenter on canal boats. He is buried in St. Joseph Cemetery, New Brighton, Pennsylvania.

BIGELOW, HOWARD: February 28, 2003, I received an email from Mike Pratt, bad__frog@tir.com, of Lansing, Michigan, with news of yet another possibly overlooked member of the 12th NY Volunteer Cavalry. The body of the message was as follows:

I have a distant relative that you do not have listed as serving with the 12th NY Cavalry. While I have no documentation myself of his having served, Ancestry.com shows a pension claim being filed by his father in his name and the local family history of Conway Twp. in Michigan also states he served and that he died 4 Dec 1864 of fever. The place I have listed is Newburn, SC, but I think it may possibly be Newberne, NC instead. His name was Howard Bigelow. Why he joined up in NY, when he lived in MI I don't know, other than this Bigelow family originally came from Batavia NY.

Additional information about Howard Bigelow can be found at http://www.livgenmi.com/1880townshipconwayb.htm and at http://bigelowsociety.com/rod7/lev79818.htm.

JUMP, JOHN and JUMP, JOSEPH: January 1, 2007, I received a message from Richard L. Gregg, rlgregg@worldnet.att.net. The content was as follows:

Thanks for the effort in creating and maintaining the webpage on the 12th NY Cavalry. In researching the Jump family, I noticed two Jumps listed as members of the 12th, but who are not in your roster:
Joseph Jump, listed as in Company D in an article on tombstone inscriptions of Montgomery Co., NY (Maple Avenue Cemetery at Fultonville) [New York Genealogical and Biographical Register v.61#2 p.190] and also listed as in Company D in a list of veterans burials in 1920 -- see: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyherkim/cemeteries2/1920smontgosoldierburials.html
John Jump, also in Company D, in the same article above (Cemetery at Glen on Glen - Rural Grove Road) [NYGBR v.60#3 p.290]

For whatever it is worth, Richard A. Wilt in his book "New York Soldiers in the Civil War" has them listed in the 77th infantry as does the National Parks web site at http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/

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