G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
1st OREGON VOLUNTEER INFANTRY
Oganized: 11/11/64 to 1/2/65 Oregon Territory at Large
Mustered Out: 7/17/67
Initial elements of the 1st, a three year unit, were ordered to Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory 12/19/64. Duties to follow in the military “District of Oregon” included detachments at Fort Klamath, Fort Yamhill, Fort Steilcoom, Fort Dalles, Fort Walla Walla, Fort Colville, Fort Hoskins and Fort Boles, Idaho Territory.
In Idaho the 1st covered Boles and Snake River country as well as the Owyhee Mines from Indian raids.
Residence: Inf. Not Avail. Age: 22 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 7/20/66 Rank: Pvt.
Mustered Out: 7/20/66 Ft. Vancouver, WA Terr.
Highest Rank: Pvt.
George Whitfield Manley was born 8/28/40 in a two-room log cabin located in mining country along the Ohio/Pennsylvania border. No details are available on his birth family. Likely, as a young man, he was a miner. In the spring of 1862 George departed Pennsylvania for the west with a train of 29 wagons. He arrived in Walla Walla, Washington Territory, that fall and, a few weeks later, reached the Willamette Valley, Oregon Territory where he took up farming.
Entering the U.S. Army, the 5' 9” fair complected soldier’s term of service appears to have been fairly uneventful. Records note two periods of detached service. He claimed an ankle injury in May ’66. Separation from the Army found George in Albany, OR. On 2/11/69 near Lebanon he married Ann Marie McAllister (b.1848 IL) who had traveled to Oregon by ox team with her parents. The union produced seven children four (*) of whom were living in 1915: Henry Homer (7/31/70*), Lilly P. (6/11/72), Sarah Ellen (6/15/74*), Etta M. (9/21/76), Jennie (2/14/79*), William Bailey (9/22/82), and John Wesley (4/26/90*).
In 1882 the Manley’s moved to the Puget Sound area settling on government land, now part of Ebey Island, east of Everett. In 1903 they removed to Snohomish. Documents filed in 1926 noted the now 85-year-old former farmer/laborer needed regular aid at home. He suffered from defective eyesight and could not wait upon himself.
On 2/11/33 George and Ann celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. Shortly thereafter, on 6/16/33 Mrs. Manley died. Daughter Jennie (one of only two Manley children living) then moved into her parent’s home and remained with her father until he died 2/24/34 after being “ill two weeks.” At death the Union veteran was aged 93.7 years and was receiving a princely $90 per month government disability pension.
Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
Don & Janiece Johnson
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