MARK DONLEY, Company "I"

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.


Mark Donley, Indian Fighter, Councilman, Dies In Virginia

     Mark Donley, probably the last of Custer's Scouts, Civil War veteran and former member of the Pittsburgh City Council, is dead. Mr. Donley, who was a prominent resident of the South Side and councilman for 20 years prior to 1903, died Sunday in Hampton Hospital, Newport News, Va., following an illness of two years. He was aged 82.
     Mr. Donley was born in Brownsville and came to Pittsburgh, locating on the South Side, at age of 12. His parents were Samuel Donley and Julia Kephart Donley.
     At the beginning of the Civil War he enlisted in the First West Virginia Cavalry and served three and one-half years in the Shenandoah Valley under Gen. Custer and Gen. Sheridan. Near the close of the war his brother, Lieut. Sylvester Donley, was killed at his side in the Battle of Winchester. He brought the mutilated body of his brother home to his mother for burial and returned to the front immediately.
     Mr. Donley, prior to his membership in the Pittsburgh City Council, was borough clerk of Ormsby Borough Council, captain of No. 12 Engine Company and alderman of the old Twenty-fourth Ward. He was a Republican and a follower of C. L. Magee in politics. He was always active in political circles and had many friends throughout the city and county. The old Twenty-Fourth Ward which he represented was Democrat but he was always victorious as a Republican. He leaves two sons, Custer Donley of Pontiac, Mich., and Maj. William McClurg Donley of Carirck (Carrick), both war veterans, and a daughter, Mrs. C. D. Church, 7533 Rosemary road, near Forbes and Braddock avenue.
     The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, from the home of Mrs. Church. The Rev. Dr. Percy C. Kammerer, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Allegheny Cemetery alongside his brother, whom he buried 62 years ago.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, 20 Apr 1926.