CIVIL WAR PENSION EXTRACT
Note: Richard B. Goldsborough is another member of the Goldsborough family of which there have been other Civil War pension file postings on this web site.
Robert Goldsborough Sr. and sons Robert Jr., Charles, William, and Richard were all Civil War veterans. Robert Sr., Robert Jr., William and Richard were all in Company H of the 22nd PA Infantry (aka the 22nd U.S. Colored Infantry). Charles was in Company K of the same regiment. Robert Jr. was killed in action at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm (aka the Battle of Chapin's Farm), Virginia, on 30 Sep 1864.
Richard's pension file is quite small, most likely due to his not being successful in receiving the pension he had applied for, as there is no evidence his pension application was ever accepted.
Richard B. Goldsborough (aka Goldsboro)
22nd Pennsylvania Infantry, also known as 22nd U.S. Colored Infantry
Pension claim number: 1002721
ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM THE PENSION RECORDS:
02 Jan 1864
Honorably discharged: 16 Oct 1865, "Camp Ketwaldy" [Camp Cadwalader], Philadelphia, PA. Richard B. Goldsborough (aka Goldsboro): Date of birth: ca. 1845 (based on age given as 45 per affidavits dated 26 Feb 1891, 04 Mar 1891 and 03 Jul 1891. However, another affidavit dated Jul 1891 gives his age as 44, and an affidavit from his father's pension file, dated 22 Mar 1882, gives his age as 39, making him born ca. 1842 Place of birth: not given Date of death: not given Place of death: not given Married to: not given
Richard's residences at various times as noted in the pension records:
811 Locust St., Camden, NJ (as of 04 Mar 1891).
712 Sycamore St., Camden, NJ (as of 03 Jul 1891*).
915 Chestnut St., Camden, NJ (as of 14 Dec 1892).
831 Common St., Camden, NJ (date undetermined).
*Per the affidavit dated 03 Jul 1891: "That when he was discharged from the Army in the fall of 1865, he went to Back Neck, Fairfield Township, Cumberland County, NJ where he resided about two years, then to Gouldtown, Cumberland County, NJ where he lived about two years; he then came to Camden, NJ where he has since resided; living at [James Dr?] [Pembleton?] [illegible] . 114 Mechanic 8 years, then at 834 Locust St 4 years then 712 Sycamore St Camden where he now resides."
Among the affiants / witnesses for Richard: Jethro Taylor, (who signed as a witness to a power of attorney signed by Richard on 14 Dec 1892), who is possibly the same Jethro Taylor buried in Gouldtown Memorial Park with a U.S. Navy headstone.
OTHER ITEMS OF NOTE:
Richard is listed at various times as:
("Age 45") (Mar 1891) 6' 2" tall, brown complexion, dark hair, gray eyes.
("Age 44") (Jul 1891) 5' 5" tall, 135 lbs.
[The dates, ages, and heights above are exactly as noted in the pension file, even though it is clear that errors must be present].
OTHER ITEMS PERTAINING TO RICHARD GOLDSBOROUGH (aka GOLDSBORO), NOT FROM THE PENSION RECORDS:
Richard was the son of Robert Goldsborough/Goldsboro, Sr. (and probably Mary Ann Winrow, as per a notation in Charles Goldsborough's pension file).
In his father Robert Goldsborough/Goldsboro's pension file, there is an affidavit by Richard dated 22 Mar 1882 giving his age as 39. This would make him born ca. 1842.
From an affidavit in his father Robert Goldsborough/Goldsboro's pension file: Affidavit of Joseph Bond and Richard Goldsborough, dated 30 Apr 1883:
"...that they were present when Robert Goldsborough aforesaid received his gunshot wound of right hip; that it was at Deep Bottom, VA, in an attack on Fort Harrison, on or about Sept. 30, 1864; that his son Robert C. Goldsborough, of same Co. & Regt., was killed in same engagement, on same day, and they now fix the date as Sept. 30, 1864, because informed that was the date of his death, and they well remember that the father was wounded there, in action with the enemy, on the same day said son was killed."
In his brother Charles Goldsborough's pension file, it gives indication that Richard's nickname was "Dick." It also raises the possibility of yet another veteran brother named Sam, and mentions a brother Edward and a sister Martha.
On the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington DC, Richard's name is displayed on Plaque B-38.
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 GOLDSBOROUGH
under First Name enter RICHARD
under Union or Confederate select "Union,"
under State (or Origin) select "U.S. Colored Troops" from the alphabetical list of States
under Unit Number enter "22"
under Function select "Infantry"
On the resultant page click on the regiment's name to see a history of their service.
1. Does anyone have any info regarding the birth & death dates (and places) for Richard?
2. Does anyone know whether Richard married, and if so, what his wife's name was? Were there any children?
3. Does anyone know where Richard is buried?
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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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