The Valley of the Shadow

Samuel and Rachel Cormany
Samuel Cormany, 1863 Rachel Cormany, undated

Rachel Cormany was born Rachel Bowman in Canada in 1836. Samuel Cormany entered the world in 1838 and came of age in Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Samuel had four older half-sisters named Mary Jane, Wilamina (later Karper), Hannah, and Lydia (later Rebok), two older half-brothers named John and Bernard, and two younger sisters named Sarah (later Thompson) and Eleanora. Samuel and Rachel met while attending Otterbein University, a United Brethren school in Westerville, Ohio. They married in November 1860 and visited Rachel's relatives in Canada on their wedding trip. From there, Samuel and Rachel followed the events leading to war and opted to remain abroad. After two years of war and the birth of their first child, Mary Cora, they decided to return to Chambersburg in August 1862. Fearing a Confederate invasion, Samuel enlisted as a second lieutenant in the 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry in September 1862. Rachel and Cora first stayed with Samuel's mother and stepfather, Mary and Daniel Byers, on their farm just north of Chambersburg, but later moved into town to lodge with Jonathan Plough. In late 1865, the Cormanys moved to a farm in Missouri to live in the house that Samuel had built for Rachel before the disruption and devastation of the war.

The following links provide access to
the most likely matches in the Valley of the Shadow databases:

Samuel E. Cormany: Military Service
Philip and Wilamina Karper: 1870 Census
Henry and Lydia Rebok: 1860 Census
Bernard and Elizabeth Cormany: 1860 Census | 1870 Census
Isaac and Sarah Thompson: 1860 Census | 1870 Census

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Franklin County Personal Papers: Eve of War | War Years | Aftermath
Augusta County Personal Papers: Eve of War | War Years | Aftermath

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