Company "A" 4th West Virginia Cavalry
Battery "H" 1st West Virginia Light Artillery

Compiled by Linda Fluharty; pension record provided by Thomas Birch.

     George Birch (also Burch), born in Illinois about 1844, was the son of George Burch/Birch, a glass cutter, born in England, and Jane, born in New York.

1850 Census, Ohio County,(W) Virginia
George Birch, 45, Glass cutter, $500, b Eng.
Jane, 32, b NY
John J., 9, b IL
George, 6, b IL
Charles, 3, b VA
Mary, 7 months, b VA

1860 Census, Ohio County,(W) Virginia
George Burch, 53, Glass cutter, $2500, $100, b Eng.
Jane, 45, b NY
John, 21, Glass cutter, b IL
George, 17, Glass cutter b IL
Charles, 13, b VA
Mary, 11, b VA
Robert, 8, b VA

     On 6 July 1863, George Birch, 19, mustered into service as a sergeant in Company "A" 4th West Virginia Cavalry. This company was organized for six months. On 22 Aug 1864, he mustered in as a private in Battery "H" 1st West Virginia Light Artillery. Three months later, on 28 Nov, he was captured at New Creek.

     George married Flora B. Dickerson 23 Oct 1863 at West Alexander, Pennsylvania. However, he is found with his parents and siblings in the 1870 census. Were they separated or divorced?

     George Birch died 2 Oct 1878 and is buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Wheeling. The date of interment given in the Mt. Zion Cemetery book is 13 Oct 1879. He is buried in the same lot with George Sr, Jane, and others.

1880 Census, District 196, Ohio County,(W) Virginia
(Boarding House)
F. Birch, 32, divorced, seamstress, b Morristown, Ohio
Ed. Birch, 13, At School, WV IL Morristown

1890 Veterans' Census, Ohio County,(W) Virginia
Flora is listed as the widow of George Birch, Battery H 1st WV Light Artillery.

1900 Census, District 138, Washington Twp., Ohio County,(W) Virginia
Edwin D. Birch, Head, b Feb 1867, 33, Married 3 yrs, Shearman, Rollling mill, WV WV OH
Mary E., Wife, b Mar 1872, 28, 1 child/1 living, OH Wales ENG
Lillie H., Daughter, b Mar 1898, 2, WV WV OH
Flora Bell, Mother, b Apr 1847, 53, Wd., WV OH MD

     Flora B. Birch, received a Widow's pension, #382.297, until her death, 24 May 1911.