My name is Jim Albright and I'm interested in the following surnames; Albrecht, Albright, Stefl, and Lowther (just to start)
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I am looking for this family in Pennsylvania. One of his daughters Married a Callahan and they had Charles B Callahan Sr. Unfortunately the sources I have do not list this mystery Child or her spouse so I was unable to find out her name. This grandparent has neat story. He was hard to track down to this point.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for PENNSYLVANIA with the rank of Private. DAR Ancestor # A017948

Carl Byers War record in book
Carl Byers war record

A Cousin Notes.

Dr. Charles Beyer came to this country as a Hessian soldier when a young man. After the Revolution he remained in this country, as did many others, studied medicine and graduated at a medical college in Philadelphia. In 1793 his name appears on the assessment roll of Union County as residing at Lewisburgh, and as a physician. He was probably the first physician to reside in the town. He continued practice from that time, until his death, September 13, 1830. His practice was throughout the Buffalo Valley, and, with Dr. Robert Van Valzah, he did the professional work in the early years of the county. He resided for many of the first years of his residence in a building on the north side of Buffalo Creek, near where the iron bridge crosses; later he resided near the water-works, and in his latter days built a frame house on Second Street, below the court house, where he died.

I received copies of biography on Charles Gottlieb Beyer, MD from the Union Co. Historical Society in June 2001 after an inquiry about Dr Beyer. The volunteer said it was from a book on Lewisburg Doctors pg 37 and page 38:

During the American Revolution, the rulers of the feudal German states sent about 10,000 men to the Colonists to aid the British, and Charles Beyer, as his name is usually written, was one of these. Many deserted, and Charles Beyer became a soldier in the Second Pennsylvania Regiment with the Colonists.

He married Polly Heilman of Bucks Co. Their children were probably: Charles Henry, born in 1793, died December 10, 1851. Daniel, born 1799, died October 21, 1828, aged 28 yrs. 2 mos, 8 days.

According to the History of the Susquehanna and Juniata Valleys, daughter Mary Theresa married John Beal on June 22, 1847. John was born in Mifflin County, and came to Lewisburg in 1839. He was a merchant tailor. His ancestor, John Beale, came over with William Penn in 1682. The son of this John H. Beale, of our account, was Erwin Morrison Beale, born September 11, 1849.

Dr. Charles Gottlieb Beyer was the first physician of Derrstown, now Lewisburg. He is said to have "read medicine" - the only physician in this immediate vicinity was Dr. Robert Van Valzah who came here about seven years before Dr. Beyer. Dr. Beyer "graduated from a medical school in Philadelphia in 1792 or 1793", this must have been the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, which received students in 1765 and graduated some in 1768.

He came to Derrstown in 1793. His son Charles Henry Beyer was born in 1793. He was assessed here the same year, and "with a log house" in 1796. They lived first on the north side of Buffalo Creek where the iron bridge was later located, on the road leading out of the present North Fourth Street; the bridge abutment is still discernible. Later the family lived near the present southwest corner of Third and St. Catherine Streets. In tracing back the history of her home at 227 South Third Street, Mrs. Anna Dreisbach Henderson (Dr. Joseph Henderson) finds that Charles S. Yoder bought this house at sheriff's sale on December 12, 1835 from Dr. Charles Beyer. (Dr. Beyer died September 13, 1830; so this was the Beyer Estate)

Another account places his home on South Second Street near the gas works, but this is an earlier home, a frame.

Later one of the Tustin professors bought the house from Charles S. Yoder and Mary Ann Yoder on April 12, 1865. In 1890 it was bought from Maria P. Tustin, and settlement made on October 5, 1895 by Sarah Kaler and passed to the Great Dreisbach family. In 1919 part of this house was "130 years old", no other property north to Market Street.

In 1813, the drab town of Lewisburg was laid out. There were 50 families and about 250 people. March 31, 1812, and Act was passed for the directors of streets, lanes and alleys. "The first ordinance passed was one requiring the opening of streets", the most of which were fenced in and cultivated at this time. They were finally open in 1813, except in the case of Dr. Charles Beyer, who, May 5, 1813, represented that he had not rails to fence with and if he was opened to the streets he had enclosed in his lots, it would be the great damage of his grain; and the directors agreeing that this was so, let him off, upon his agreeing to pay two bushels of wheat and two of rye, immediately after harvest, for use of the corporation; after which they were opened. (One wishes there were more accounts of their activities to stimulate our imagination and gratitude.) Dr. Beyer was associated with his student Dr. W. H. Backus, and Mrs. Backhouse, probably the mother, lived at lot 139, across Third Street. With Dr. Robert Van Valzah, they did the professional work of the Valley. he was well liked, was spoken about at many social occasions. This beautiful region was truly a "melting pot". Dr. Van Valzah from Hollan, Beyer from Germany, James Dougal of Milton from Ireland, and Dr. James Smith of Mifflinburg from England, all doctors on horseback , and carrying their primitive instruments and drugs in their saddle bags.

Dr. Beyer continued to practiced until his death on September 30, 1830, a period of 37 years. He was interred in the Lewisburg Cemetery.

Last name has been spelled Byers, Buyer, Beyer, Bayer

Bayer, Karl Gottlieb (Beyer) Hesse-Cassel, Leipzig; Assistant Medical Officer; von Bose Co. 5; HETRINA Vol II; Deserted on 5 June 1779 while enroute to NYC from Dobbs Ferry; Took oath of allegiance to PA on 13 Nov 1782 as Carl Beyer; Married Polly Heilman and settled in Lewisburg, PA.

List of family Children of Charles BEYER and Polly HEILMAN are: 1,Daughter BYERS was born ABT 1780 in York County, Pennsylvania, and died AFT 1840 in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pennsylvania. 2,Son BYERS was born BET 1781 AND 1790 in York County, Pennsylvania. 3,,Son BYERS was born BET 1781 AND 1790 in York County, Pennsylvania. 4,Son BYERS was born BET 1781 AND 1790 in York County, Pennsylvania. 5,Daughter BYERS was born BET 1785 AND 1790 in York County, Pennsylvania. 6,Daughter BYERS was born BET 1785 AND 1790 in York County, Pennsylvania. 7,William BYERS was born BET 1790 AND 1800 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. 8,Charles Heilman BYERS was born 5 APR 1793 in Kutztown, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and died 19 JUL 1860 in Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania. 9,John BYERS was born ABT 1796 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and died 10 AUG 1875 in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. 10,Daniel BYERS was born 23 JUN 1798 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, and died 31 OCT 1826 in Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania.

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93rd Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry

I have Cousin William Armour Callahan died in Battle there

was given to me by callahan Cousin

The siege of Yorktown, after exactly one month's exposure to rain, engaged in digging
fortifications and constructing corduroy roads, ended with a roar of artillery surpassing
anything heard of before. From the rebel fortifications from one end to the other shot and
shell were poured into our camps, and at night the display was grand. As the sun rose next
morning, Sunday, May 4th, rebel entrenchments were found deserted and the march
towards Richmond resumed. The regiment was ordered to pack up on Sunday noon, May
4th, and the movement forward was commenced at about 3 P.M. We passed Lee's Mills
at about dark and pressed onward and encamped in an open field. It commenced raining
at midnight and continued until daybreak. The march was resumed next morning and the
roads being blocked with artillery the movement was anything but pleasant. We passed to
the left of Yorktown and crossed over rifle pits which were still plainly discernable, which
had been dug in Revolutionary times.

In marching through the evacuated chain of the enemy's works, which were well made
and in a very defensible position, there were still visible stove pipe and wooden cannons
bristling on the parapets between sand bags. On the road torpedoes were found planted
and a member of the 51st Pa. Vols. Was horribly mangled by stepping upon one of them.
The boom of cannon in our front betokened a battle, and the march through rain and mud
was quickened. Many soldiers halted by the wayside, worn out by fatigue and the road
side was littered with them. At about two o'clock P.M. Monday, May 5th, after a march
of fifteen miles, we arrived at Whittaker's farm, near the battlefield and were immediately
ordered into a dense wood. Alter lying there about one-half hour we were ordered
forward to meet the enemy, and upon the roadside sat the wearied soldiers who had
fought the rebels since six o'clock that morning, and driven them two miles to the woods
we were entering, in rear of which were the forts of the rebels, from which shot and shell
were raining on us thick and fast.

We advanced and took our positions along the road leading to Williamsburg. The rebels
advanced in position to within 60 yards in front of the 93rd, when our regiment poured its
first volley into the ranks of the enemy, that checked their advance, and they fell back, and
then volley after volley was fired into them, telling upon their ranks fearfully, as after the
battle, right in front of the 93rd, the dead bodies of the rebels were lying in heaps. We
continued in action from 2.45 IP.M. to 6.00 P.M., firing during the time forty-five rounds
apiece, and had silenced the rebel infantry, and an occasional shot from the forts alone
gave evidence of an enemy in our front. After exhausting our ammunition, col. Johnston
ordered the regiment to fix bayonets and lie down. Col. Johnston's horse received a slight
wound, and was taken to the rear to escape further danger. We lay in the woods all night
without fires and were wet to the skin, but as the early morning sun rose from an
unclouded sky, we were moved out to the field, where we built fires and dried our wet
clothing and blankets.

The men during the engagement stood nobly to their arms, and as none of them ever had
been under so severe a fire before - or indeed, never had been in a battle at all - they
showed more like veteran troops than green soldiers. The loss of the 93rd was heavier
than any other regiment in the Brigade. The loss of the Brigade was 25 killed and 105
wounded, while the loss of the 93rd was 6 killed and 20 wounded. Among the killed was
Capt. Shearer of Co. E. whose loss was deeply deplored by officers and men as he was
a modest and unassuming, yet kind, brave and generous man.

Col. McCarter and the officers acted nobly. The colonel displayed great courage and
bravery and during the fight he rode up and down our lines, when bullets, grape and
cannister, shot and shell were just pouring over us like hail. His conduct on the occasion
was highly pleasing and creditable.

Lt. Col. Johnston, with his cool face, was pleasant to look upon, and gave officers and
men pride and encouragement, as he urged the men to keep cool and to fire low. After his
horse had been shot in the leg, he looked sad, but on foot attended to his duties. Col.
Johnston was the life of the regiment, for where he led, if it would have been to the
cannon's mouth, the boys of the 93rd would have followed. After the ammunition had
become exhausted, one of Co. A said to him: "Col. Johnston, what will we do, our
cartridges are all?" The colonel replied very cooly: "Go through the motions." Which
created a little laugh among those who heard it. The next morning after the battle, Tuesday,
May 6th, we marched over the battlefield, and saw dead rebels piled on top of each other.
We remained at Williamsburg for two days engaged in burying the dead on both sides. The
second day after the battle wounded were still brought out of the woods and from among
the fallen timbers and the rebel dead were mingled on the same ground with our own. A
battlefield after a fight is a saddening and a sickening sight - one that is indescribable and
no idea can be formed of it unless it is seen, and then no pen, from mind ever so gifted, that
can faithfully delineate its frightful details.

"The loss of the 93rd, when the battle was over was ascertained to be in killed and wounded as follows:


"Capt. Shearer, Co. E. Centre Co., Pa.
"Private Wm. Callahan, Co. E. Clinton Co., Pa.
"Private Benjamin Wolfinger, Co. G. Berks Co., Pa.
"Private John McCauley, Co. G. Norristown, Pa.
"Private Jonathan Dampman, Co. C. Lebanon Co. Pa.
"Private Wm. M. Snyder, Co. H. Danville, Pa. -.


"Private peter L. Fitterer, Co. A. Lebanon, Pa.
"Anthony Kramer, Co. A. Lebanon, Pa.
"Private Andrew H. Rhinehart, Co. A. Lebanon, pa.
"Corporal W. B. Ramsey, Co. C. Lebanon, Pa.
"Color-bearer Sergt. John Hutchinson, Co. C. Lebanon, Pa.
"Private Saml. Shoutt, Co. D. Lebanon, Pa.
"Private Levi Books. Co. D. Lebanon, Pa.
"Private Wm. D. Eckert, Co. D. Lebanon, Pa.
"Corpl. Henry Fishel, Co. E. Lebanon, Pa.
"Sergt. Wm. Tate, Co. E. Lebanon, Pa.
"Private John Croak, Co. E. Lebanon, Pa.
"Private John Andrews, Co. f. Lebanon, Pa.
"Private Benneville Moyer, Co. F. Lebanon, Pa.
"Private Wm. Cox, Co. F. Lebanon, Pa.
"Private Henry Hillkirk, Co. G. Lebanon, pa.
"Private Wm. Delany, Co. G. Lebanon, Pa.
"Private George Roche, Co. G. Lebanon, Pa.
"Sergt. Dennis Oaks, Co. G. Lebanon, pa.
"Corp. D. Shannabrook, co. G. Lebanon, Pa.
"Corp. Benj. Lauks, Co. K. Lebanon, Pa.-20.

Pennsylvania State Archives ~ Civil War Index Cards:

Shows William Callahan enrolled in to Co. C-11 at Mill Hall, Clinton Co., PA and mustered in as a Private April 24, 1861 at Harrisburg, PA and musterd out August 1, 1861. It shows he enrolled in Co E-93I at Lock Haven, Clinton Co., PA on Sept 20, 1861. He mustered in on Oct 26, 1861 at Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Shows his age as 28/29 and residence as being Flemington, Clinton Co., Pennsylvania. It shows his complexion as being dark, Hair gray, Eyes gray and occupations as saddler. Under the remarks section it has he was promoted to Corporal, date unknown. Notes he was killed in action May 5, 1862 at Williamsburg, VA.

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