The Waid Family, Co. I, 10th Pennsylvania Reserves

Jarius Waid was born on September 13th, 1841, in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Stephen G. Waid was born on November 23rd, 1837, in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Both were the sons of Warner Waid and Susan Patton.  Their father, Warner Waid was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Crawford County, Pennsylvania after serving in the War of 1812 to become a farmer.1 The Waid brothers would answer the call for 75,000 volunteers from President Lincoln. Chauncey W Waid was born on April 17th, 1840, in Crawford, Pennsylvania to Seth Waid and Irene Smith. Chauncey would spend his life working on the family’s farm in Randolph township with his father and siblings. He followed his father’s footsteps in the War of 1812 and grandfather’s footsteps in the American Revolutionary War by enlisting into the Tenth Pennsylvania Reserves on June 20th, 1861, into Company I alongside with his cousins, Jairus and Stephen, under the command of John S. McCalmont.2 

The Waid brothers participated in many battles with the Tenth Reserves, beginning with the Battle of Dranesville in December 1861 and ending with the Battle of Harris’s Farm on May 19th, 1864. Jarius would die in the service of his country on August 9th, 1862, at Harrison’s Landing on the James River at the age of twenty-years-old. He is buried at Glendale National Cemetery in Section C. Grave 53.3

As for Stephen, he went on to survive the war and mustered out with Company I on June 11th, 1864.  He married Annette Augusta Straight on October 8th, 1866, in Crawford, Pennsylvania. They were the parents of at least five sons and one daughter. He died on June 4th, 1920, in Warren, Pennsylvania at the age of 82, and was buried in Oakland Cemetery.4 

For Chauncey, he participated in many battles of Dranesville, Peninsula Campaign, Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. He was discharged on Surgeon’s certificate in February 1863. He returned home to Crawford to his family. On March 28th, 1865, he married Rosilla Cravens of Crawford County. They became parents to one daughter and two sons. In the 1900s, he moved to West Virginia for a brief time before returning to Guys Mills with his family in 1901.5  He passed away on September 28th, 1920, at the age of eighty years old. He is buried in Union Cemetery in Guys Mills, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.6

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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.

  1. United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910
  2. Bates, Samuel P., “History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers,” Vol. I, Harrisburg 1869 page 840, page 841, page 842; Civil War Veteran Index Cards, State Archives of Pennsylvania.”
  3. Jairus Waid’s Grave  – Corp Jairus Waid (1841-1862) – Find a Grave Memorial
  4. Stephen Waid’s Grave – Pvt Stephen Girard Waid (1837-1920) – Find a Grave Memorial
  5. The Evening Republican (Meadville, Pennsylvania) – Saturday, July 27th, 1901, pg. 3.
  6. Chauncey Waid’s Grave – Chauncey W Waid (1840-1920) – Find a Grave Memorial