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Submitted by Cindy Salter.

Rufus J. Burgoyne was born in November 1842 in West Virginia. He was the son of Joshua R. Burgoyne and Sarah Mahan.

Rufus enlisted as a private in the 12th Regiment, Company K, on August 30, 1862 and served until the end of the war. He was discharged on June 16, 1865.

Rufus married Martha Ann Attig (the daughter of John Attig and his wife, Martha) in about 1871. Rufus and Martha had 4 children: George R. (b. 1872 in Jefferson Co., Ohio), Charles (b. 1875 in OH), William (b. 1879 in OH) and Bert R. (b. 1882 in OH)

Rufus filed for a pension as an invalid in June 1880. At that time he was living in Mingo Village, Jefferson Co., Ohio with his wife Martha and sons Charles and William. He worked as a laborer.

In 1900, Rufus had moved to Allegheny City, Allegheny Co, PA with his wife Martha and sons William and Bert. He was working as a carpenter.

Rufus was admitted to the National Military Home in Jefferson, Montgomery Co, OH in January 1909. Disabilities when admitted to the home were listed as defective vision, old injury to right thumb, deformity resulting chronic gastritis, chronic heumatism, arteriosclerosis, enlarged prostate, and asthma.

Rufus was enumerated in the 1910 Census in the National Military Home in Jefferson, Montgomery Co., OH.

Rufus died on August 26, 1916 in Montgomery Co, Ohio. His cause of death was chronic interstitial nephritis. He was buried in the Uniondale Cemetery #2 in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co, PA.

His widow, Martha, filed for a widow's pension in October 1916. She began receiving a pension in early 1917, and received a pension until her death in June 1928