Matthew Merchant, Co. I, 10th Pennsylvania Reserves

History of Crawford County, Pennsylvania : containing a history of the county; its townships, towns, villages, schools, churches, industries, etc.; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; biographies; history of Pennsylvania; statistical and miscellaneous matter, etc., etc by Bates, Samuel P. (Samuel Penniman), 1827-1902; Brown, R. C. (Robert C.); Mansfield, John Brandt.

CAPT. MATTHEW MERCHANT, farmer, P. O. Riceville, was born in this township, October 20, 1842; son of Luther and Margaret Merchant, who came from Allegheny County, N. Y, , to this county, in 1830, and began developing their farm from the wilderness. They were parents of — Andalusia, who died here, aged seventeen; Luther, who died in Illinois; Alvin E., residing at Riceville, Penn. ; and Matthew. The father of our subject, by a former marriage had three children, one of whom, Susan, now Mrs. Bartlett, resides in Riceville. He died in 1865, his widow surviving him until 1880. The subject of this sketch enlisted July 1, 1861, and served three years in the Tenth Pennsylvania Reserves; then re-enlisted in the One Hundred and Ninety-first Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, serving with distinction till the close of the war. He participated in over twenty of the memorable battles fought by the Army of the Potomac, of which his regiment formed a part, and received several slight wounds. On October 8, 1864, while in temporary command of the One Hundred and Ninety-First Regiment in front of Petersburg, he was severely wounded by a shell, having his horse killed under him, and he still suffers from the effects of the wound. Capt. Matthew Merchant was a brave soldier; enlisting as a private he came home Captain of his company. He was married November, 1865, to Anna Weller, by whom he has had the following children: Slater M. ; Mertie, deceased; Reuben D. ; and Irvie. He now resides on a part of the homestead farm. From 1867 to 1870 he engaged in mercantile business at Lincolnville. He takes an active pai’t in the public aff’airs of his township, having held most of its offices; is now serving as School Director and Assessor of Athens Township. In politics he is a Republican.

Mathew Merchant (1842-1923) – Find a Grave Memorial

+ posts

Brendon is a history buff who loves American History, especially the American Civil War. He is also a direct descendant of William H. Wagner of the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves. Member of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves Co. A (Reenacting Unit). Creator of The Blue & Gray Historian on Instagram and Facebook. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.