Robert Byard (two ads)

Title

Robert Byard (two ads)

Subject

Information Wanted Ad

Description

Mrs. Byard seeking information on her husband, Robert Byard, who enlisted in Company C, 4th Massachusetts U.S. Colored Troops, 1865. She needs the information to obtain a Civil War widow's pension. The reply to her ad is also attached.

Source

St. Albans Daily Messenger (St. Albans, VT)

Date

November 26, 1898

Coverage

New Rochelle, New York
St. Albans, Vermont
Medford, Massachusetts

Contributor

Jesse Nasta

Relation

The St. Albans Daily Messenger, December 10, 1898: Calvin H. Clark, Overseer of the Poor in Medford, Massachusetts, replied to the ad, stating that a man named Robert Byard died in that town on October 28, 1898.

Transcription

Information Wanted.

Information is wanted of Robert Byard,
a colored man who enlisted in Company
C, Fourth Massachusetts colored
troops, March 25th, 1865, and was mustered
out August 20, 1865.

At the time of his enlistment Byard
gave his residence as St. Albans, Vt.

An aged colored woman residing at
New Rochelle N. Y., believes this man
to have been her husband, but has not
heard from him since a short time after
his enlistment, when he wrote that he
had been on a sea voyage for about a
year before.

Mrs. Byard desires any information
regarding this soldier which may aid her
in obtaining a much needed pension.

Any person or persons who can furnish
such information who will address to
this office will be conferring a favor upon
a very deserving woman.
Case of Robert Byard.

The following letter has been received
from the overseer of the poor at Medford,
Mass.:

MEDFORD, MASS. Dec. 9. 1898.

Editor of the Weekly Messenger :

Dear Sir.--Your paper of Dec. 1st containing
a notice of information wanted of Robert
Byard, a colored man and a soldier in the war
of the rebellion, has been placed in my hands.

A colored man by the same name has resided
here for nearly or quite twenty years. He
died here Oct. 28, 1898. I find from the Adjutant
General's report that he enlisted in the
Fifty-fourth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers
(colored) March 28, 1863 and discharged
Aug. 20, 1865, at the close of the war. He
was a large sized man and called his age 66
years. By his looks he appeared older. In conversation
with him I understood that he was
never married. I will give any further information
or help in any way that I can.

Address, Calvin H. Clark

Medford, Mass.

State

New York
Vermont
Massachusetts

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ST.ALBANSDAILYMESSENGER_18981210_BAYARD_REPLY.jpg

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Citation

“Robert Byard (two ads),” Information Wanted Ad, St. Albans Daily Messenger (St. Albans, VT), November 26, 1898, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed October 21, 2020, http://informationwanted.org/items/show/3493.

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