CIVIL WAR PENSION EXTRACT
Miller Carney (Karney, Kearney)
30th Michigan Infantry
Miller Carney photos courtesy of Gail Patterson Anshutz, whose maternal grandmother was Florence Kearney Mitchell, daughter of Miller Carney/Kearney and Angeline Songo Carney
Miller Carney's Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) medallion
Miller and wife Angeline are buried at Romulus Memorial Cemetery, Romulus, Wayne County, Michigan:
Courtesy of Tom, FindAGrave contributor
Courtesy of Tom, FindAGrave contributor
Pension # 674565 (alternate/other numbers: 711086, 859567, 1029007)
ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM THE PENSION RECORDS:
Oct 1864 (per one record)
28 Nov 1864, Ypsilanti, Michigan (per another record)
30 Jun 1865, Detroit, MI. Miller Carney (Karney, Kearney) Date of birth: ca. 18 Jun 1842 (based on age at death given as 64 years, 4 months, & 20 days) Place of birth: Philadelphia, PA Date of death: 08 Nov 1906 (per his death certificate, contained in the pension file)
09 Nov 1906 (per affidavit, contained in the pension file)*
Place of death: Plymouth, Wayne County, MI (per one record)
Romulus, Wayne County, MI (per another record)
Married to: Angeline Songo, daughter of Ben [Benjamin] Songo and Elizabeth Pickram (both born in Delaware).
(The parents' surnames on the marriage cert. appear to be spelled 'Sorge' and 'Peckrum'. In Delaware, 'Peckrum'/'Pickram' was spelled 'Puckham'.)
Marriage date: 02 May 1872 (per notarized transcription of the marriage record)
1872 (per affidavit by Miller Kearney on 16 Jul 1901)
ca. 1874 (per her death certificate which said she'd been married at age 22)
Marriage place: Canton, MI (per affidavit by Miller Kearney on 16 Jul 1901) Wife's date of birth: 06 Feb 1852 (based on age at death given as 46 years, 1 month, & 23 days)
Wife's place of birth:
not given Wife's date of death: 29 Mar 1898 Place of death: Romulus, Wayne County, MI Buried at: Romulus, Wayne County, MI Children: (per Angeline's death certificate (Mar 1898) , she was the parent of 12 children, 7 of whom were living at that time;
but per affidavit by Miller Kearney on 11 Jul 1901, he listed only 5 children as living)
1. Andrew Carney born 1873 2. Mary Carney born 1878 3. Rose Carney/Kearney born 1882 4. Hazel Carney born 1890 5. Florence Carney/Kearney born 1894 "the only child of Miller Kearney who was under the age of 16 years when her father died."
Alternate birth date for Florence: 05 Aug 1893 - "that if she [Rose Kearney] stated that the child [.] was born on any date other than August 5, 1893 it must have been through clerical error as she is sure that the date herein given is the correct date of birth of said child".
Another alternate birth date for Florence: 05 Aug 1892 "at Romulus, Mich" per a different affidavit by Rose Kearney.
(See also ** under "Other Items of Note")
Miller's residences at various times as noted in the pension records:
"Resides now at Romulus, Wayne Co, Mich, and has for 18 years last - past. Before that he lived in the township of Canton, Wayne Co, Mich, went there at the close of the war." (from an affidavit by Miller Kearney dated 02 Jan 1889).
Among the affiants / witnesses for Miller and/or daughter Rose (Rose acted as guardian for her younger sister Florence, who was entitled to a pension as being a child under the age of 16 at the time of her father's death):
Frank B. Songo**, (no date or age) of Romulus, Michigan.
Benjamin Songo of Romulus, Wayne Co, Michigan, age 64 (as of 05 Oct 1891).and age 76 (as of Oct 1908).
Elizabeth Songo, of Romulus, Wayne Co, Michigan, age 75 (as of Oct 1908).
R. C. Johnson, of Romulus, Wayne Co, Michigan, age not given (but stated he'd known Miller for 23 years) (as of 20 Apr 1896).
C. A. Johnson, of Romulus, Wayne Co, Michigan, age not given (but stated ?she'd known Miller for 23 years) (as of 20 Apr 1896).
Ira F. Johnson, Wayne Co, Michigan, age not given (as of 20 Apr 1896).
Ransom C. Johnson, of Romulus, Wayne Co, Michigan (prob. same as R. C. Johnson above), age 71 (as of 20 May 1901).
James H. Counsellor, of Romulus, Wayne Co, Michigan, age not given (as of Dec 1890).
OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE:
*Per affidavit by Rose Kearney dated 02 Jan 1909: "That I make this affidavit to state that my father, Miller Kearney, the soldier, named above, died Friday morning, at four o'clock A.M. November 9, 1906. It was before daylight that he died, but it was daylight when the undertaker came to the house, and if the undertaker who made the burial permit, or if any other person gave the date of death as November 8, 1906, the error in giving the date as 8 instead of 9, was due either to his clerical error, or may have been due to the fact that he may have supposed that he died in the night prior to twelve o'clock and hence gave the 8th. I was with my father Friday morning when he died, and hence am certain that the date of his death, Friday November 9, 1906 is correct."
**Per affidavit by Frank B. Songo dated 23 Sep 1908: "Frank B. Songo being duly sworn, deposes and says that he is an uncle of Florence Kearney (or Carney as sometimes spelled) and remembers well the date of her birth and that she was born on August 5th, 1893."
A notarized transcription of Miller & Angeline's marriage record was included in the pension file:
A copy of Miller's death certificate was included in the pension file:
An affidavit from Miller & Angeline's daughter attesting to the correct date of Miller's death was included in the pension file:
A copy of Angeline's death certificate was included in the pension file:
Miller is listed at various times as:
("Age 44") (no date given) 5' 8" tall, dark complexion, dark hair, dark eyes.
("Age 45") (Sep 1889) 5' 8" tall, 143 lbs.
("Age 47") (Sep 1891) 5' 7 & 1/2" tall, 143 lbs.
("Age 51") (Oct 1895) 5' 8 & 1/2" tall, 153 lbs.
("Age 58") (Feb 1901) 5' 7 & 3/4" tall, 155 lbs.
("Age 59") (Mar 1902) 5' 6 & 3/4" tall, dark complexion, gray hair, brown eyes, occupation: laborer.
OTHER ITEMS PERTAINING TO MILLER CARNEY / KARNEY / KEARNEY, NOT FROM THE PENSION RECORDS:
Per Angeline's death certificate (Mar 1898) , she was the parent of 12 children, 7 of whom were living at that time. But per an affidavit by Miller Kearney on 11 Jul 1901, he listed only 5 children as living:
Per information shared by other researchers, here is a list of 10 of their children:
1. Andrew Carney, b. 06 Feb 1873
2. Estella/Stella Carney, b. 29 Aug 1874
3. George Carney, b. 21 Nov 1875
4. Mary Carney, b. Oct 1876 (b. 1878 per her father's affidavit in 1901)
5. Henry Carney, b. 10 Sep 1877
6. Samuel J. Carney, b. Jun 1879
7. Rose Carney, b. 1882
8. Alice Carney, b. Mar 1888
9. Hazel Carney, b. 1890
10. Florence Carney, b. 05 Aug 1893.
To go to the official National Park Service's "Soldiers and Sailors" website, use the following link:
and in the boxes do the following:
under Last Name enter KARNEY
under First Name enter MILLER
under Union or Confederate select "Union,"
under State (or Origin) select "Michigan" from the alphabetical list of States
under Unit Number enter "30"
under Function select "Infantry"
On the resultant page click on the regiment's name to see a history of their service.
Partial family of Miller Carney (note: "Puckham' in Delaware became 'Pickrem' in Michigan
1. Does anyone have any photos of Miller or Angeline?
2. Angeline Songo Carney is said to be buried in Romulus Cemetery, Romulus, Wayne Co, MI. Does anyone know if Miller Carney/Kearney is buried in the same cemetery?
From Elaine Bryce Olsen [mailto:email@example.com] May 16, 2012:
The question: are both Miller and Angeline buried in the Romulus, MI cemetary? They definitely are. I am a descendent (from their daughter Mary who married William J Bryce) and buried my brother in that same cemetary last summer and found Miller and Angeline's graves.
3. Does anyone know the names of the two additional children of Miller & Angeline Carney? She supposedly had 12 but only 10 are listed above.
4. Does anyone know who the parents of Miller were?
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For those who may be new to the list, a few of these Civil War pension extractions have been posted previously by John C. Carter, Paul Johnson and Joseph Romeo. To view some of the others, as well as an explanatory note, please see the following page of the Mitsawokett site:
(Once on the page, scroll down below the Index to see the Overview).
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Please let me know if anyone has any questions: John C. Carter
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