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Henry Hellane


Last week’s Soldier Story was about Daniel Hellane.  While doing research for Daniel, I also came across the name Henry Hellane, also a Civil War veteran who is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery.  Therefore, I decided that Henry Hellane would be this week’s Soldier Story.  While searching for historical records for Henry Hellane, I found five U.S. Census records going back to 1850, in Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland with a connection to Henry Hellane (13), his father George, mother Mary E., two sisters and two brothers.  By 1860, Henry, a shoemaker, was married to Susan (possibly Nunemaker) and they had one son William.  This is where the genealogical road came to a fork.


There are Civil War records for three Henry Hellanes, two in Washington County, MD and one from Franklin County, PA.  Civil War records indicate that a Henry Hellane joined Co. B, as a private, in the 3rd Maryland Infantry, in Williamsport, MD during the summer of 1861.  The only muster-in information found is the year 1862.  I have not yet found Henry’s muster out date for the 3rd Maryland Infantry.  On August 21, 1862, Henry Hellane mustered into Co. I, in the 7th Maryland Infantry and served for the remainder of the war, when he was mustered out, as a corporal, on May 31, 1865, in Washington City.  Civil War records continued – Henry Hellane, enlisted as a private on December 1, 1863 in Co. G, 17th PA Cavalry (162nd Volunteers), and mustered out on June 3, 1865.


It was at this point that I realized there were at least two Henry Hellanes, and maybe three, within a two-county, two-state geographical region.  The terms of service for Henry Hellane of Washington County, MD and Henry Hellane of Greencastle, PA, overlapped.  The PA Civil War Veterans’ Card File Index for Henry Hellane indicates that he lived in Greencastle on December 19, 1863 and he was born in Franklin County, PA.  Henry, a miller, enrolled in Chambersburg as a private.  He was 5’ 7” tall, and had light hair and brown eyes.  Under “Remarks” is: Sick in Hosp. since 6-1-64: M.D. while in Hosp. orders W.D. (War Department) dated 5-3-65.  Henry’s burial card corroborated the fact that he only served in one regiment during the Civil War, the 17th PA Cavalry.


It was very difficult and time consuming to find Henry Hellane on the Pennsylvania U.S. Census because of the various spellings by the census takers. I had to revert to skimming each page of the Antrim Township and Greencastle U.S. Census pages.  I couldn’t find Henry on the 1850 census.  On August 23, 1860, Henry (27) and Rebecca (18) lived in Antrim Township.  They had been married that year.  Henry was a laborer and his personal estate was valued at $75.  Their neighbor was Zacariah Shutts, a blacksmith.  The next household was that of James and Margaret Davison.  Davison was a farmer, whose real estate property was valued at $16,100.  His personal property was worth $2,774.  The next farm was owned by Andrew Davidson (Davison) and was valued at $11,200 and his personal estate was worth $1,945.


In June of 1863, Henry registered for the draft, as did thousands of other young men in Pennsylvania.  His residence is recorded as being in Antrim Township; Henry, a laborer, was married.


After Henry was mustered into the 17th PA Cavalry, the regiment was attached to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Cavalry Corps, in the Army of the Potomac until August 1864.  During Henry’s five months of active duty, the 17th participated Kilpatrick’s raid on Richmond from February 28, 1864 to March 4.  The Rapidan Campaign encompassed May and June, which included the Battle of the Wilderness, Sheridan’s raid to the James River, from May 9 to the 24th, and ended at Bethesda Church, at Cold Harbor, VA on June 1.  Hellane’s records indicate that he fell sick and was in the hospital from June 1, 1864 until he was discharged with his regiment on May 3, 1865.


On July 18, 1870, Henry and Rebecca were living in Greencastle.  He was 37 and a stone mason.  His personal estate was $150.  The 1870 and 1880 censuses indicate that Henry was born in Maryland, not in Pennsylvania, as previous records stated.  Rebecca (27) and Henry have two sons, John (11) and Benjamin (2).  Their next door neighbors were Daniel and Elizabeth Hellane and their two-year old daughter.  Both Hellane families were living in the same dwelling, which was owned by Charles Shillito, blacksmith, and his family.  I believe Henry and Daniel may have been related but have not been able to find them both in the same household.


On December 26, 1879, Henry registered as an invalid and applied to receive his Civil War pension.  During the 1880 census, Henry and Rebecca were living in their own home with both sons.  Henry was   a brick mason and John (20) worked in a machine shop, perhaps J. B. Crowell’s.  Benjamin (12) was going to school.





Henry Hellane was born on August 27, 1833 and died a young man, at the age of 48 and one half years, on March 17, 1882.   He died eight years before the U.S. Special Veterans Schedule enumeration was conducted.   He is buried in Section B, Lot 61, in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Antrim Township, Franklin County, PA.


Rebecca waited six years before applying on March 12, 1888, to receive Henry’s pension.  It is Rebecca’s name, as widow of Henry Hellane, which appears on the Veterans Schedule, which did list Henry’s Co. G, 17th PA Cavalry.  He served for one year, five months and fourteen days.


In 1900, Rebecca was working as a servant in the household of Henry M. Hawbaker, a carpenter, who was divorced, and lived on Jefferson Street.  William Hellane, a barber, was a boarder in Hawbaker’s house, but he was not Henry and Rebecca’s son.  Benjamin Franklin Hellane (32) and his wife Martha (30) lived next door to Hawbaker.  Benjamin was also a carpenter, and he owned his home, free and clear of a mortgage.  Benjamin and Martha had two daughters, Ruth I. (7) and Mary E. (1) and a son Max W. (4).  Martha had four children but only three were living at the time of the 1900 census.


The Hellanes appear to have been a very closely knit family.  In 1910, Rebecca (68) was still keeping house for Hawbaker (78), and her grandson, William, was, also, still living under the same roof.  In the next two houses on East Franklin Street lived each of her sons and their wives, John and Anna and Benjamin and Martha.  Benjamin (42) and Martha (40) had two of their four children living with them, Max and Mary L.  They were the only two children who survived at that time.  John (49) and Anna (57 were living with one of their sons-in-law, Frank B. Knode and their daughter, Clara.  John and Anna had three children, two of who survived.  Hawbaker, John and Benjamin were all house carpenters.


Rebecca lived at 138 East Franklin Street in 1920, on January 14.  At the age of 77, she was retired.  She was living in the same dwelling as her granddaughter Clara, married to Frank Knode.  Frank was marked “Head of household 1” and Rebecca was “Head 2.”  Both Frank and Rebecca are marked owners of their own home, without any mortgage.  Perhaps the dwelling was divided into a duplex.  Under Rebecca’s household are her grandson William (38, still a barber) married to Lela (35), who worked a knitting machine in the stocking mill.  Frank and Clara had four children – Edna (15), Charles (11), Pearl (8), and Virginia (5).


On the previous census page, at 150 East Franklin Street lived Rebecca and Henry’s two sons, John H. and Benjamin Franklin Hellane.  Each were heads of their own households but lived in the same dwelling – again, perhaps a duplex.  Both men owned their home, free of mortgage.  Frank Rine, brother-in-law, lived with John (58) and Annie (67).  Mary (21) lived with her parents, Benjamin (51) and Martha (49). John and Benjamin were still working as carpenters.


In the next block, at 52 East Franklin Street, lived William and Mary Quest, and step-daughter Julia.  William (58) was the son of William Quest Sr. and his wife Sarah, subjects of the November 27 Soldier’s Story.


Rebecca was born on October 14, 1841 and died on October 17, 1924 at the age of 83 years and three days old.  She is buried beside her husband Henry Hellane.  The photograph shows both of their footstones but there is a large Hellane family headstone, which marks the family plot.



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