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William Edward Widrick

William Edward Widrick

Male 1844 - 1932  (87 years)

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  • Name William Edward Widrick  [1
    Nickname Bill 
    Born 7 Oct 1844  Frankfort, Herkimer, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Christened Cause: Died in his sleep. 
    Gender Male 
    Religion Methodist  [5
    Residence 1864  Utica, Oneida, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Military 15 Feb 1864  Floyd, Oneida, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 6
    Civil War, Enlistment & Muster, Company I, 2nd New York Heavy Artillery 
    1864xxxx - Pvt. William E. Widrick
    1864xxxx - Pvt. William E. Widrick
    New York State Military Museum,
    NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs
    Military 16 Jun 1864  Petersburg, Chesterfield, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Wonded 
    Military 1864 - 1865  [1, 3
    Civil War Veteran, Union Army, 18th Reg, Co. I, Infantry 
    • Mr. Widrick participated in engagements such as the Battle of the Wilderness, Reams Station, Monkey River, the occupation of Fort Hell and Fort Damnation and Peach Orchard. In addition, he saw the assassination of President Lincoln and participated in the hunt and capture of Booth while in service. [7]
    xxxxxxxx - Durhamville Veteran Saw Lincoln Shot
    xxxxxxxx - Durhamville Veteran Saw Lincoln Shot
    Unknown Newspaper Clipping
    No Date, William E. Widrick
    Awards and Recognitions 14 Apr 1865  Ford's Theater, Washington, D.C. Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8
    Viewed the assignation of President Lincoln and assisted in Booth's capture. 
    • Mr. Widrick, with Frank England of Syracuse, who died [abt. 1957] and a few other soldiers, was in the balcony of Ford's Theater in the brilliant audience of the hectic post-war days. [1]
    19320212 - Syracussan Recalls Lincoln Assassination as America Marks 123d Anniversary
    19320212 - Syracussan Recalls Lincoln Assassination as America Marks 123d Anniversary
    Syracuse Herald
    02/12/2016, p.12, [photo]
    Military 15 Jan 1886  [6
    Residence 1899  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Occupation 1899  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Farmer 
    Residence 1900  Vienna, Oneida, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 1900  Vienna, Oneida, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Farmer 
    Membership 1880 - 1916  Grand Army of the Republic - H.L. Farmer Post 16, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 9, 10
    19160601 - Port Recognition
    19160601 - Port Recognition
    Camden Advance-Journal
    06/01/1916
    Died 27 Jul 1932  Empire Hotel, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Age: 87 
    • The man who saw an assassin's bullet strike down Abraham Lincoln in Ford's Theater ... died in his sleep at 7 o'clock this morning in his little room on the third floor of the Empire Hotel. [1]
    Buried 30 Jul 1932  Oakwood Cemetery, 940 Comstock Avenue, Syracuse, Onondaga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Six members of Merriam Camp, 52, Sons of Union Veterans, acted as bearers this afternoon for William E. Widrick, veteran of the Civil War ... Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at the home of cousin, Oscar F. Sterling ... by Rev. H. Elliott Chaffee of Furman Street Methodist Episcopal Church. [9]
    • Plot: Section 47, Lot 183 (soldiers) [4]
    19320730 - Sons of Veterans Act as Bearers for W.E. Widrick
    19320730 - Sons of Veterans Act as Bearers for W.E. Widrick
    Syracuse Herald
    07/30/1932, p.3
    Person ID I1775  CHS Genealogy
    Last Modified 25 Dec 2019 

    Father Garrett Widrick,   b. Dec 1819 
    Mother Elizabeth Folts,   b. Jun 1824, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F486  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Genevieve Gardiner,   b. Apr 1854, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Erwin Widrick,   b. Mar 1888
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2016 
    Family ID F487  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    xxxxxxxx - Profile: William E. Widrick
    xxxxxxxx - Profile: William E. Widrick
    Syracuse Herald
    07/27/1932, p.3, Staff Photograph

  • Sources 
    1. [S16] Syracuse Herald, 3 (Reliability: 1), 27 Jul 1932.
      W.E. Widrick, of G.A.R., Is Dead; Saw Lincoln Shot And Helped Capture Booth

    2. [S22] 1900 United States Federal Census, 5A (Reliability: 2), 13 Jun 1990.
      State: New York; County: Oneida; Town: Vienna; ED: #93; ED Date: 06/13/1900; SD: #13; Sheet No: 5A

    3. [S50] New York, Town Clerks Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, 1861-1865, (Ancestry.com), http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=clerksregister (Reliability: 1).
      William E. Widrick

    4. [S19] Find A Grave, findagrave.com., http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=widrick&GSiman=1&GScid=65510&GRid=94993967& (Reliability: 1), 8 Aug 2012.
      William E. Widrick

    5. [S28] 1899 Cleveland Village Directory, (Village of Cleveland), http://blog.clevelandhistoricalsociety.com/?page_id=280 (Reliability: 1), 14 Feb 2016.
      East Lake Street

    6. [S131] New York State Military Museum, NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs, (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs: Military History ), https://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/artillery/2ndArtHvy/2ndArtHvyPersonWeidrick.htm (Reliability: 2), 14 Mar 2006.
      Pvt. William E. Widrick

    7. [S8] Unknown Newspaper Clipping (Reliability: 1).
      Durhamville Veteran Saw Lincoln Shot

    8. [S16] Syracuse Herald, 4 (Reliability: 1), 12 Feb 1932.
      Syracussan Recalls Lincoln Assassination as America Marks 123d Anniversary

    9. [S16] Syracuse Herald, 3 (Reliability: 1), 30 Jul 1932.
      Sons of Veterans Act as Bearers for W.E. Widrick

    10. [S170] Camden Advance-Journal, 6 (Reliability: 1), 1 Jun 1916.
      Post Reorganization