When I first found the book, I only looked at the face value of it....an old book. As I began to dig into my family genealogy, particularily the Stark family, it began to reveal some long forgotten or perhaps never known, secrets.
Opening the book to it's cover pages, on the right hand top, I have the actual signature of my great grandfather, deceased since 1895. It also lists his address probably at the time he joined this Masonic group in 1874. I have not figured out what is written on the left hand top of the page. However, on the bottom are dates from the 1860's--the Civil War era. He was a soldier, enlisted in the union cause at Wheeling, (West) Virginia. His service rightly deserves it's own blog, which I have yet to write. For now, it is suffice to say, that he served. From his pension file his service was:
-May 15, 1861 mustered into the with the 2nd Regiment of the Virginia Infantry.
-January 4, 1864 mustered out of the 2nd regiment of the Virginia Infantry.
-March 5, 1864 he re-mustered as a veteran volunteer in Company D, 5th West Virginia Cavalry. This Company became Company H, 5th West Virginia Calvary during the summer of 1864.
-January, 1865 Charles reinlisted in the New Company H, 6th West Virginia Calvary.
-May 22, 1866 mustered out at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Blue from the covers has bled onto many of the pages due to water damage. My great grandfather's name is listed on the top page at the bottom--the last name. He became a member of the Allegheny Lodge # 223 A. Y. M., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on April 27, 1874.
Charles Stark featured on other Blogs on Flipside:
Charles Stark Tombstone Tuesday
Charles Stark Most Recent Unknown Ancestor
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