GOTTLIEB RAUSCHER, Corporal, Company "M"

Submitted by Rob, gr-grandson.

     Gottlieb Rauscher was born about 1843-44 in Blau Barier, Kingdom of Wuertemberg (now Germany). His father was also Gottlieb and his mother was Frances ?, maiden name and marriage date unknown. Following his service in the 1st West Virginia Cavalry in 1865, Gottlieb went to Pomeroy, Ohio and married Elizabeth Hatchie ( Hartje) in 1867. Their first child was born in 1869 and died of Cholera that same year. Afterward, they had six more children, including, George Gottlieb, grandfather of this submitter. Sometime after 1877, he moved the family to Pittsburgh, Pa. and he is listed in the 1890 census, living on Sarah St. in Pittsburgh. Later, he moved to an address on Eackles St. (Now Eackles Alley) in Pittsburgh. He died on May 9, 1906.

     Donald L. Rauscher, gr-grandson of Gottlieb Rauscher, (Gottlieb-> George-> Elmer-> Donald) owns Gottlieb's musket, pistol, saber and G.A.R. items. - He says that Gottlieb Rauscher and some of his descendants are buried at the Southside Cemetery, Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, Pa.


Transcribed by Linda Fluharty.

Declaration for Original Invalid Pension
State of Ohio
County of Meigs

     On this 25th day of May, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty-eight, personally appeared before me, Judge of the Probate Court, a court of record within and for the county and State aforesaid, GOTTLIEB RAUSCHER, aged 42 years, a resident of the city of POMEROY, county of MEIGS, State of OHIO, who, being duly sworn according to the law, declares that he is the identical GOTTLIEB RAUSCHER, who was enrolled on the 23rd day of December, 1861, in company M of the 1st regiment of WVa Cav commanded by Capt John Hess, and was honorably discharged at Wheeling, W.Va. on the 8th day of July, 1865; that his personal description is as follows: Age, 19 years; height, 5 feet 3 inches; complexion, Light; hair, Dark; eyes, Blue. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at CLARKSBURG, in the State of West Virginia on or about the - day of January, 1862 he received an injury to his head by his horse running off and bruising his head, which injury has resulted in pains in head and sickness of stomach.

That he was treated in hospitals as follows: Never was treated in hospital.

That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above except his reenlistment as a veteran which is included in above statement.

That since leaving the service that applicant has resided in the sity of Pomeroy in the State of OHIO, and his occupation has been that of a MINER & PUDDLER.

That prior to his entry into the service above named he was of good, sound physical health, being when enrolled a LABORER. That he is now ABOUT ONE HALF disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension-roll of the United States.

     He hereby appoints ROBT. H. BREWSTER of pomeroy, State of Ohio, his tru and lawful attorney.......

Claimant's signature: Gottlieb Rauscher
Attest: Conrad Miller and George Meiers

War Department
Adjutant General's Office
Washington, July 27, 1888.


     Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.
GOTTLIEB RAUSCHER, a PRIVATE of Company M, 1st Regiment Va. (Sub. W.Va.) Cav'y Volunteers, was enrolled on the 1st day of November, 1861, at Mason City, for 3 yrs and is reported:

On Muster Roll of Co for Jany and Feby 62. Present Mar and April 62, not on file (Regtl Returns prior to June 1862, not on file) Roll for May and June 1862 reported him present, same to June 30/63. July and Aug 63, absent detached to Cavalry Corps Hospital, same to Oct 31/63. Nov and Dec 63 present. (Reenlisted as a Vet. Vol. Dec 31/63 for 3 years) Jany & Feby 64, absent on Vet furlough. Mar and April 64, present same to Aug 31/64. Sept and Oct 64 absent in Dismounted Camp. Nov and Dec 64, present, same to Feby 28/65. Mar and April and May and June 1865, inclusive do not report him absent. Muster Out Roll of Co. dated July 8th, at Wheeling WVa. reports him Pvt mustered out with Co at that date and place. The records of this office furnish no evidence of disability Regtl Hospl records prior to Jany 1/65 to June 16/65 furnish no information.

R. C. Drum, Adjutant General

Statement of Claimant, Gottlieb Rauscher
(5 October 1888)

Gottlieb Rauscher the claimant being first duly sworn makes the following statement as to the incurrence of his injury:
That while at Clarksburg W.Va. in January 1862 the Regiment was on drill; That claimant had never rode a horse until his enlistment; That he had drawn a high spirited horse and while making a wheel on a full trot, he accidentally spurred his horse which caused the horse to run and break out of ranks throwing claimant off. His spur of the right foot caught in the saddle blanket and claimant was dragged almost a quarter of a mile. The horse ran to a Battery of Artillery where he was caught and claimant released. The right side of claimant's head was badly bruised and claimant was not able for duty for about six weeks. Claimant served his time out but was subject at times to a severe pain in the right side of his head especially when in the hot sun or during change of the weather.

On his discharge from the Service Claimant returned to his home at Pomeroy Ohio where he still resides. That claimant's occupation was that of a coal miner and on his return from the Service he resumed his business as a miner.

That he followed coal mining for about twelve years, but owing to the effects of bad air and smoke upon his head causing repeated attacks of headache and causing him to lose much time he then quit digging coal, and has since worked in a rolling mill as a helper to a puddler. That he has repeatedly had severe attacks of head ache and has had to stop work, and as he gets older his attacks are more severe and frequent.

That he has never had any medical attendence nor taken any medicine being advised that his injury could not be reached by medical treatment. He cannot therefore furnish any Medical testimony in his case.

(signature) Gottlieb Rauscher

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 5th day of October AD 1888 and I further certify that I have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

Lewis Paine
Probate Judge

NOTE: Supporting affidavits were given by:
Julius H. Smith - He says he married the sister of Gottlieb Rauscher's wife.
Conrad Miller - Neighbor in Pomeroy and worked in Rolling Mill with Gottlieb.
John Hess - Capt. of Co M and recruited Gottlieb Rauscher
Conrad Seitz - Also in Co M. Witnessed the horse incident in Clarksburg.

Department of the Interior,
Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, D.C., January 15, 1898.

Certificate No. 433645
Name, Gottlieb Rauscher

     In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below.

Veery respectfully,
H. Clay Evans, Commissioner

R. V. Rice,
U.S.Pension Agent,
Columbus, Ohio

First. Are you married? If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name.
Answer. Elizabeth Hatchie & Elizabeth Rauscher.

Second. When, where, and by whom were you married?
Answer. July 27th 1868, Pomeroy, Meigs Cof., Ohio. Married by preacher Bryhous.
(Note: Marriage record in file - Vol. 4, Page 271 of the Records of Marriages Meigs County, Ohio. "Go 27 day of July AD 1867.... Gottlieb Rauscher and Elizabeth Hartje were joined in Marriage by Otto Bernhaus...")

Third. What record of mariage exists?
Answer. (Blank)

Fourth. Where you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce.
Answer. No sir.

Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth.
Answer. Maggie 24 yrs, George 21 yrs, Katie 19 yrs, Barbara 17 yrs, Rose 15 yrs and Andrew 12 yrs.

Gottlieb Rauscher (signature)
Date of reply, ---, 1898.

Death Record of Gottlieb Rauscher
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Place of Death: Allegheny Co., City of Pittsburgh, 2414 Eckles St., 27th Ward.
Age: 62 years
Father: Gottlieb Rauscher
Birthplace of Father: Germany
Maiden Name of Mother: Unknown. Frances Rauscher.
Birthplace of Mother: Germany
Occupation: Laborer
Informant: Elizabeth Rauscher, 2414 Eckles St., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Date of Death: May 9, 1906
Time of death: 8:35 a.m.
Cause of Death: Suicide, due to drinking Carbolic acid.
Duration: Suddenly
Burial: South Side Cemetery
Undertaker: J. J. Carney 2526 Carson

     Following the death of Gottlieb Rauscher, his widow, Elizabeth, applied for and received a Widow's Pension. She was receiving $20 per month at the time of her death on April 22, 1917.