Robert A. Greeley, Co. C, 6th Pennsylvania Reserves & 191st PA Veteran Volunteers

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.

ROBERT AUGUSTUS GREELEY, who was one of the brave boys during the Civil war, is a native son of Wayne county, born near Bethany, May 11, 1835, and is a representative of the same famil> to which Horace Greeley belonged. His paternal grandparents were Samuel and Olive (Reed) Greeley, who spent their entire lives in New Hampshire. ‘ The former was born September 29, 1752, and died September 25, 1798, while the latter was born July 23, 1757, and died February 23, 181 1. Their children were as follows: Nancy, born November 13, 1780, married a Mr. Scripture, and died September 9, 1837; Samuel, born July 2, 1783, died August 16, 1861 ; Augustus, born December 27, 1787, died August 19, 1843; William, mentioned below ; Abby, born May 12,1793, married Dr. Elliott ; and Robert R., born April 2, 1797, died in April, 1871.

Robert A. Greeley

William Greeley, commonly known as Col. Greeley, was born in Wilton, N.’H., May 14, 1790, and came to Wayne county, Penn., at an early day. He was a member of the firm of Greeley & Faatz, glass manufacturers at Dyberry, where together they engaged in business for ten years, starting in 1829. The plant had been erected in 181 6 by a company of Germans — Christopher Faatz, Adam and Nicholas Greimer, and Jacob and Christopher Hines, who built it for the purpose of manufacturing window glass. In- early life William Greeley was a Unitarian in religious belief, but later joined the Episcopal Church. He died in Dyberry township, September 20, 1869, and was laid to rest in the Bethany cemetery. Mr. Greeley was twice married, his first union being with Miss Jane Felt, who was born in Milton, Mass., August 28, 1792, and died at Bethany, Penn., November 8, 1832, being buried at that place. Abby E., born August 27, 1816, is the widow of Simon H. Plumb, whose sketch is given below ; Nancy S., born October 27, 1817, married Leonard Graves, who died August 2, 1842, and she died April 23, 1842; Jane Capon, born March 1, 1819, married John Jenkins, of Prompton, Penn., who died May 29, 1856, and she died December 14, 1893 ; Louisa W., born February 3, 1820, married Homer Payne, who lives in the West, and she died April I, 1854; William R., born November 19, 1821, died November 20, 1877; Samuel W., born September 10, 1823, died September 19, 1862; David F., born March 22, 1825, died February 2, 1827; Sarah F., born May 12, 1827, died September 6, 1828; and Augustus, born October 22, 1832, died October 24, 1832. For his second wife, William Greeley married Miss Olive Messenger, who was born at Plainfield, N. H., January 27, 1809, and died October 6, 1886. Robert Augustus is the oldest child born of this union; Edwin E., born April 19, 1838, died April 30, 1838; Augusta M. and Agibus (twins), born September 2, 1839, died September 22, 1841, and September 3, 1839, respectively. Williard E., born August 18, 1841, is now a jeweler of Scranton, Penn. ; Horace C. M., born October 5, 1843, *s a traveling salesman, residing in Syracuse, New York.

Robert Augustus Greeley remained with his parents until they were called to the world beyond. At the call of the government for volunteers to aid in putting dowji the Rebellion, he enlisted May 13, 1861, under Capt. John S. Wright, in Company C, 6th P. V. I.1, and was mustered in at Washington, D. C, July 27, 1861. On December 24, 1863, he was honorably discharged, but the following day re-enlisted, under Capt. P. L. Norton, Company E, 191st P. V. I., and was granted a thirty days’ furlough, during which he visited home. He participated in many battles and skirmishes, including the engagements at Drainsville, Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg, but fortunately was never seriously wounded. However, he was several times slightly wounded, often had his clothes pierced by bullets, and at one time a bullet passed through his beard, breaking his gun. The war being over, he was honorably discharged June 28, 1865, and returned to his home. In the spring of 1866, after recuperating, he went to Susquehanna depot, where he worked for the New York & Erie railroad for twelve years. He then returned to Prompton, where he has since made his home, while with him resides his sister, Mrs. Plumb. Fraternally he affiliates with the G. A. R„ No. 198, of Honesdale, and the I. O. O. F., of Susquehanna, while politically he is identified with the Republican party. He is an honored and valued resident of the community, and is held in high regard by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

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