Welcome to "Remembering the 142nd PVI". The purpose of this site is post pictures, information, and the final resting places of this regiment of the American Civil War. It seeks to tell a "bottom up" history, straight from the common soldiers themselves. If you have any information concerning the 142nd, please email me at bmonticue@gmail.com. Thank you and enjoy.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pvt. Ephraim Miner, Co. D

Update: Pvt. Miner's wartime diary has recently been published.  To read the first chapter and to order a copy for yourself, please visit Well At This Time.

Ephraim Miner was born in Hexebarger, Upper Turkeyfoot Twp, Somerset County, PA on July 1, 1838. He was one of eleven children born to Henry and Polly (Younkin) Minerd. When Ephraim was a young man, his family moved westward to Marshall County, WV, but Ephraim stayed in Upper Turkeyfoot Twp, boarding with a farming family near Kingwood.

Above is a picture of Ephraim as an older man.

On Aug 27, 1862 Ephraim Miner was mustered into the service of Co. D 142nd PA Volunteer Infantry. This was the same regiment that two of his cousins had joined, Martin Miner and Andrew Jackson Rose, both of Co. C.

By early 1863, Ephraim had been hospitalized, and had suffered frostbitten feet and had been deafened by cannon fire. Pvt. Miner spent a year and a half going from hospital to hospital before he was transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps.

Upon his return, Ephraim was married to Joanna Younkin, and this marriage produced two children, William "Lincoln" Miner and Freeman "Grant" Miner.

A few years later, Joanna passed away and Ephraim was married to Rosetta Harbaugh. This marriage produced three children, seen in the picture below.

In 1896, the family built a new home in Hexebarger, a few miles away from the Old Bethel Church of God, where Ephraim was an active member.

This house still stands in Hexebarger and is still owned by Ephraim's descendents.

On March 11, 1921, Ephraim Miner passed away at home at the age of 83. He was buried in his Civil War uniform, with his buttons polished brightly, and now rests with his 2nd wife Rosetta in the Kingwood IOOF Cemetery in Upper Turkeyfoot Twp, PA.

A very big thank you to Mark Miner. Information and pictures of Ephraim Miner, used by permission of Mark Miner. For a very impressive and extensive look at the life of Ephraim Miner and the entire Minerd-Minard-Miner-Minor family, please see minerd.com.

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