Francis Maes
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Francis MAES



1th Pennsylvania Volunteers Cavalry


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Biography :

The First Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment was organized September 1, 1861. On January 7, 1862 two independent companies from Berks Co. Company M Captain Richards were attached to the Regiment

Francis Maes enlisted February 7, 1862 in the 18th Infantry (Comp. C and/or B ?) at Harrisburg, Pa, for 3 years age 32, born "France", occupation Tailor, eyes blue, hairs auburn, complexion light, 5,81/2 , discharged for disability at Camp Thomas, Ohio, a Private.

He went from a Soldiers' Home to another, visiting five of them between 1879 and 1897. He began with the North-Western Branch in Milwaukee on July 22, 1879, complaining of left inguinal hernia and varicose veins, being born Belgium, a married man 50 y.o. occupation tailor and a married man. He was dropped on October 31 of the same year for "willful desertion".

The 1880 census list him in West Leesport, Berks County, Pennsylvania, a tailor, boarder at the house of Eliza Moser, a widow 51 y.o. and her daughter Cassia (Koenig) 26 y.o. a dress maker and her grand-daughter Lizzie, 1 y.o.. He stated being divorced and born Belgium from Belgian parents. That census list was taken in June 21 but less than a month latter, on July 15 precisely I find him entering the Southern Branch of the Soldiers' home in Hampton, Virginia. Not for a long time as in November he left at his own request.

He was readmitted unconditionally in the North-Western Branch in Milwaukee on April 30, 1883 but dropped from rolls in February 1884. He was readmitted East Branch, Togus, Maine, on January 1885 but was soon transferred in Central branch, Dayton, Ohio, on August 2 of same year. There he stated as his residence Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania and being a Single.

He stayed there till February 1887 when he was dropped, being a.w.o.l.  Re-admitted on December 31, 1887, this time in the Western branch in Leavenworth, Kansas on condition "to make good his clothing and labor 10 days without pay". He left in July 1888.

He finally was re-admitted in the North-Western Branch in Milwaukee for a third time in September 1888. He stayed there till 1890, left and came-back in 1893. Dropped a.w.o.l. in July 21, 1897, he died in the Home Hospital two months later on September 21, 1897 from cerebral meningitis "not a member" says the Home Register" and he is buried Block 31 Row 3.

Usually, when a member of the National Home deceased, his personal belonging where gathered and sent to the family or either sold and the money sent. If no relative was found the money went back to the Home. Therea was usually some money found but for Francis Maes the list state: Labor Money none,  Pension Money none, Personal Appraised at none.

Sources :
Northwestern Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin