Columbus W. Hubbard, Co. B, 3rd Pennsylvania Reserves

Commemorative biographical record of northeastern Pennsylvania: including the counties of Susquehanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, and many of the early settled families by J.H. Beers & Co., 1900.

COLUMBUS WASHINGTON HUBBARD, a prominent agriculturist of Lake township, Wayne county has not only won for himself a substantial success in business “life, but he bears an honorable record as a soldier, gained during the long struggle which settled forever the question of our national unity.

Our subject was born July 22, 1833, at Greenfield Luzerne Co., Penn., a son of Columbus and Mary A (Young) Hubbard, both of whom were natives of Rhode Island. The father, who was a farmer by occupation, died while on his way to California, and the mother afterward, in 1886, removed to Wayne county to spend her last days at the home of our subject, her only child. She died February 4, 1895, at the advanced age of eighty-five years, and her remains now rest m the South Canaan Cemetery.

Mr Hubbard’s youth was mainly spent at the home of an uncle. Nicholas Young, a farmer of Luzerne county, but in April, 1851, he located in Wayne county, being employed for some time in running cars on the Gravity railroad for the Pennsylvania Coal Co. At first he resided at “No. 12 “ now known as Gravity, but he afterward made his home at different places along the road, and he remained in the service of the company for more than thirty years, receiving promotion from time to time. In 1857 he was appointed a conductor, but his work was interrupted in May, 1861, by his enlistment in Company B, 3rd Pa. Reserves, with which he served three years and twenty-one days, under Captains Curtis, Davenport and Warren G. Moore. He took part in a number or severe battles but was never wounded. During the famous “seven-days’ fight” in Virginia, in 1862, he was in active service, and on the fifth day he was taken prisoner at Battle [Charles] City Cross Roads. After spending thirty-seven days in a prison at Richmond, he was exchanged at Akron Landing, on the James river, and he soon rejoined his regiment, which was then stationed near the James. Among the battles in which he participated were those of South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and second battle of Bull Run. In June, 1864, he received his discharge, and on returning home he at once took his place as conductor on his old train, and continued his connection with the company until December 17, 1885, when the road was abandoned. Having in the meantime made his home at his present farm, he has since given his attention to general farming, and under his able, judicious management the estate, which contains 150 acres, is regarded as one of the best in the neighborhood. He is a stanch Republican in politics, and while he is not an office seeker he takes much interest in local affairs, and has served three years as school director. He and his family are popular socially, and he is an active member of the G. A. R., Capt. George W. Davenport Post No. 534, at Gravity.

On March 22, 1856, Mr. Hubbard was married in Lake township, Wayne county, on the farm where he now resides, by Gabriel Howell, Esq., to Miss Rachel Enslin, and eight children have blessed the union: (1) Rosatha died June 10, 1857. (2) Diana married Nicholas Croop, of Jefferson township, Lackawanna county, and died July 11, 1876. (3) Almina married Butler B. Kizer. a railway conductor residing at Scranton, and they have two children, Cora M. and Hazel M. (4) Frank D. died October 31, 1879. (5) Kancy J., who married Ella Swingle, is a farmer in Lake township, Wayne county (they have one child. Carl C). (6) Inez M. died November 6, 1879. (7) Sylvania B. married Walter Williams, operator at Scranton on the D. L. & W. R. R. (8) Fordyce Meade, who married Virgie House on May 11, 1898, is working for the Pennsylvania Coal Co. at Scranton. Mrs. Hubbard was born May 9, 1837, in South Canaan township, Wayne county, a daughter of Frederick and Nancy A. (Quick) Enslin, and is a member of a well known family of this section. Her paternal grandparents, George and Katie (Swingle)

Enslin, were natives of Pennsylvania, and settled in South Canaan township, Wayne county, at an early day, while her maternal grandparents, Cornelius and Elizabeth (Nesbit) Quick, spent the greater portion of their lives in Luzerne county, where both were born. Her mother died in November, 1860, aged fifty-eight years, and her father in the following month, aged sixty. Their children were: Julieann, deceased wife of Henry Ames, of Waymart ; Jacob, a retired farmer of South Canaan township, Wayne county ; Francis; Rosella, wife of Alexander Cornell, of Hawley; Rachel, wife of our subject; and Joshua, deceased.

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