Monday, February 22, 2016

Uriah Talmage Alley

Uriah Talmage Alley

PARENTS: John Alley and Margaret Jane Hennen
(Furnished by Richard E. Henthorn)

NAME-CONFLICT: It isn't clear whether his middle name was Talmage or Talmadge.
(Furnished by Richard E. Henthorn)

MILITARY: According to Bev Baker and Linda Cunningham Fluharty he was the last Civil War Veteran in West Virginia.
(Source: Bev Baker on the Marshall County, West Virginia History and Genealogy page of Facebook on 21 February 2016)

MILITARY: Bronze plaque inscription:
1847 (Cross Image) 1947
(Source: FindAGrave)

SPOUSE: Husband of Brucie Caroline Clouston Alley

HISTORY: U. T. Alley
Uriah T. (Duck) Alley of Cameron, W.VA., is one of the most active Civil War veterans in Marshall county. He was a member of Company L, Sixth W.Va. Infantry, and took part in several battles of the war.

Mr. Alley’s hobby has always been trading horses. He is 88 years old but he drives his horse and wagon daily, hauling coal and other things. He still likes horses and enjoys trading. He is very popular as he is always jovial and has a word of greeting for his many friends about the streets of Cameron. His friends know him by the name of “Duck” Alley.

He enlisted in August 1864, and was captured by the Confederates November 28th, 1864, at New Creek, VA. He was in Libby Prison four months.
(Source: undated newspaper clipping, with photo, shared on Facebook, 21 February 2016, typed by Richard E. Henthorn)

U.T. "Duck" Alley served in the 6th West Virginia Infantry in the Civil War. Husband of Brucie Caroline Clouston Alley.

Death Claims Uriah T. Alley, West Virginia's Last Civil War Veteran.
Uriah Talmage Alley, 99, West Virginia's last Civil War Veteran, passed away Saturday night at his home on Main Street [Cameron, Marshall Co., WV]. He had retired early in the evening apparently in good health which he had enjoyed for so many years. His death was discovered shortly after midnight by his grandson, Denzel Alley, with whom he made his home.

Known to most of his friends as "Uncle Duck," Mr. Alley lived a very colorful life and until his death he kept his unusually good health and keen memory. For many years he was a dealer in livestock here. When he was past ninety years of age he could mount and ride a horse with the ability of a young man.

Mr. Alley was born in Pine Grove in Wetzel county [VA/WV] and his parents moved to Cameron when he was very young. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Union Army. He was twice captured by the Confederates and was imprisoned for some time in the Andersonville prison.

He is survived by his son, Wood Alley of this city, a granddaughter and a grandson. He was a member of the Methodist Church with Rev. Paul E. Sutton officiating.

Burial was made in the Cameron cemetery where full military honors were accorded him by members of the four American Legion posts of Marshall County: Cameron Post No. 18, the Earl Francis Post No 3, the A.A. Mountain Post of McMechen and the Blake Brothers Post of Benwood.
(Source: FindAGrave)

FINDAGRAVE: Memorial# 7932728
22 February 2016

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