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According to the Richmond, IndianaWayne County Courthouse records John Ryan was born May 5, 1812 in town(or townland or township) of Kelly, County of Kilkinney, Ireland. He emmigratedin 1832 arriving in the United States on June 5. 1832. He appliedfor citizenship September 6, 1836. In August of 1838 he was formally grantedcitizenship and (possibly on the same week-end) he married SarahAnn Moore, with Justice of the Peace JohnC. Kibbey presiding. The date of the wedding was Aug. 21,1838 as was recorded in the Wayne County Indiana Courthouse.
John was an iron moulder by trade. SarahAnn Moore was born in 1820 in North Carolina. Her parents were John &Sarah (Nelson) Moore. The following children were all bornin Richmond, Indiana: Elizabeth Ann, born 1840; Mary Ellen, born 1841;John A. born Oct.27, 1845; SarahCatherine,born Feb.29, 1848; Julia A., born June 29, 1851;Margaret M., born Aug.31, 1853; and William M. born March 31, 1856. John (Sr.) might have "confabulated" about his age in order to join theIndiana 36th Volunteer Infantry Regiment Company F on September 1, 1861. His age is listed as 44 but court records shows that he was 49. He was5 feet 11 inches tall, gray eyes and dark complexion. He mustered in October23, 1861, at Richmond, Indiana, where the new regiment (36th Indiana VolunteerInfantry) was being formed. For braveryat the battle of shiloh, he was promoted to corporal July 4, 1862.
A detailedstudy of John and Sarah and their family is on line if the readeris interested and has not reviewed their history.
John wrote three letters to his family fromthe battlefield during his service during the Civil War. It is plain fromthe letters John wrote home that he was not feeling well during the earlymonths of 1862. It is clear from his letter (post Shiloh) that he was wellenough to be in the fighting and that he demonstrated bravery. Hiscondition, however, must have gradually worsened thereafter; as the recordshows that he died of typhoid fever on November 25, 1862 in Louisville,Ky., He is buried there in Cave HillMilitary Cemetery Section B Grave 1209.
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On August 20, 1879 Sarah (Moore) Ryan applied for a Civil War Widow'sPension of $8 per month until she died Feb. 24, 1905. She is buried inEarlham Cemetery Section 2 lot 77, Richmond, Indiana. Her children received$2 per month pension benefit until age 16 commencing July 25, 1866 tillJan. 28, 1867 for Julia, Aug. 30, 1869 for Margaret, and March 30, 1872for William.
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