George Elder


“The man in the oval picture is George Elder… after John Lafayette Riker died, his other brother, Charles Bodle Riker, took in John’s daughter, Anna E. Riker. (Anna is my great grandmother.) It was her grandparents who were George and Hannah Elder, of Stamford, Connecticut. They also played a part in looking after Anna. When she married Samuel Crump, it was the Elders who issued the invitation to the wedding, which was in Stamford…not to be confused with Stanford. Stamford is very close to NYC.”

Submitted by Patty Hoenigman (Great-great granddaughter of John L. Riker)



A Puzzle from Vermont

Patty Hoenigman’s cousin from Vermont sent a number of photos to her he had found amongst his family photos. I have used the photo of George Elder here (see my post “George Elder” – Ed.), he also sent a photo of J.L. Riker, plus two unidentified photos.

We are thinking that the bearded man in the civilian clothes may be John L. Riker pre-war, though Patty wonders if it is in fact his brother James. Who the other gentleman is, standing by the table, we have no idea… can you help? – Ed.

Patty writes:

“My cousin who lives in Vermont… just sent me these photos that he found among his family photos. He didn’t know who they were, so I was able to fill him in about Riker in his Civil War uniform. It is a larger view than the photo of him that was just sent to me. It’s also very much like the one of the Smithsonian site with that wonderful article, except this is a much better quality of picture than what they used. Alas!

“What I’m thinking is that the one of the man (in civilian clothes – Ed.) is also him, as a younger man… a bit more hair, same position of his hands…not in uniform…but they sure do look alike! My hesitation is that I know John’s brother James Riker, the well known historian of the earliest settlers of New York, looks very much like him, based on a portrait I have of James from a museum in New York…when he was an elderly man. But I’d love to have you look closely at these two pictures and let me know what you think about who this other man might be. Maybe you’ve seen it before?

I don’t know who the man is who is standing by the table. It’s a very Victorian pose, but unfortunately it’s not labeled.”

Submitted by Patty Hoenigman (Great-great granddaughter of John L. Riker)


Riker Family Buried at Green-Wood Cemetery


“… There has been a great deal of conflicting information about how many children Anna E. Riker Crump (J.L. Riker’s daughter – Ed.) had. I used the standard search engines and got very confused over the whole thing. Then a cousin sent me a handwritten list of Anna’s children where she wrote their names and dates of birth and signed it “My Children –  Anna E. Crump”  That was like a piece of gold to me… But of course this wasn’t enough for me. So I ponied up the money to pay Green-Wood Cemetery to tell me who… is buried in the family plot there. The attached documents (I have presented Col. Riker’s one, below – Ed.) are from Green-Wood. I received this back in December, but getting in touch with you about everything to do with John Lafayette Riker got to be a most fascinating diversion for a time, and now I’m back to this original issue about the 15 Crump children.

“I can say for sure, from the mother’s own list, that she did in fact have 15 children. Many of these people in the attached documents are children of Sam and Anna. But also buried in the same lot is John Lafayette Riker, who was Anna’s father of course, and also his brother, Charles Bodle Riker, who applied for the Civil War pension to take care of Anna after her father died when she was almost 14 years old.

“In addition, there is one mystery person, Mary J. Van Orsdale. She may well be a cousin, and if memory serves, she was listed as living in the Crump household…I’d have to check that to be sure, but here is why I think she was related. It was Captain John Van Arsdale who is my 7th generation ancestor, who fought all seven years of the Revolutionary War. Here’s how he is related to me. John Lafayette Riker’s wife was Ann Eliza Riker. They were first cousins. John’s parents were James Riker Sr. and Elizabeth Van Arsdale. Elizabeth’s parents were Captain John Van Arsdale and Mary (Polly) Crawford Van Arsdale. So clearly this Van Arsdale name is a family name. I just haven’t put my attention on figuring out how Mary J. Van Orsdale, who is buried in the family plot, is related. She was 72 and a widow when she died in 1887. Since the Crumps already had many children, and Anna’s father, buried in this lot, she became a part of it. One day I’ll sort out how she’s related.

“Besides these 8 Crump children, there was Samuel Crump who died in WWI, plus the rest of them who grew up and had long lives: Helen Crump (Loughran) Parsons, Adah Crump Ferris, George Crump who was the first born, Julia Elder Crump Darling who was my grandmother, and Elizabeth (Bessie) Crump Enders …and one more child…who am I forgetting? Okay…I’ve printed out all these documents and have compared them with Anna’s list of her children, and see there is a child she named as Mary, Stillborn on March 7, 1883, who is not buried at Green-Wood apparently. That’s very odd since there were children born before and after her who were all buried there. Another mystery. Gosh! Ya just gotta love genealogy!

“I might also mention that Anna’s husband, Samuel Crump, is listed on a gravestone “In Memoriam” because he actually died and is buried in Shanghai, China, where he was visiting daughter Elizabeth. And there is another “In Memoriam” listed for their son Samuel Crump who died fighting in WWI and is buried in Bony, France.”

Submitted by Patty Hoenigman (Great-great granddaughter of J.L. Riker)

Find Green-Wood cemetery here:

One of the family records obtained by Patty Hoenigman and used with permission.

Record of John L. Riker (Col.) 

Interment Number:        164872                 Lot: 4259                                             Grave: 

Date of Interment: 10 June 1862 

Place of Birth: US 

Age: 38 years 

Marital Status: Widowed 

Late Residence: Fair Oaks, Virginia      

 Place of Death: Virginia

 Cause of Death: Killed in Battle

 Date of Death: 31 May 1862

 Funeral Director: T. C. Freeborn

 Remarks: Removed to lot 16159 on 4 December 1869     

Compiled from Chronology Books by Shirra Rockwood, Green-Wood Genealogy Team

December, 2015


988 Enfield Rifles Issued to 62d NYSV (1862)

ny adj gen report small arms 62d ny 1862Australian based Anderson Zouaves researcher, William Lincoln has published an excerpt from the January 1862 NY Adjutant General’s Report at the 62d NYSVV ‘Anderson Zouaves’ Co. F “Living History” group’s Facebook page, showing the 62d NYSV were issued with 988 Enfield rifles. William sourced this excerpt from “Internet Archive.”


Smith E. Slocum. Field and Staff, Musician 2nd Class


Smith E. Slocum was born c. 1826 and was a blacksmith before the War. His father-in-law Henry North was also a blacksmith.

Smith E. Slocum enlisted in the regiment on September 10th 1861 in New York, NY. He mustered in as Musician 2nd Class and joined the regimental band on September 21st 1861. At the time of Smith’s enlistment he was a widower. Smith’s wife, Betsy Almira North, had passed away on the 23rd November 1853 at the age of 26 (and is buried at the North Norwich Cemetery). The couple’s two children (Rhoda Jane and Ella Jeanette) are recorded in the 1860 census as living with the family of Harlow H. Howe in Michigan.

Smith is recorded as enlisting along with Edward B.R. Champlin (or Chaplin) and Henry S. Knapp. He made his will on the day of his enlistment, naming his two children, his sister Harriet Carr and his mother.Smith passed away from disease at Georgetown D.C. on 3rd November 1861. He lies at rest in the U.S. Soldier’s and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery (formerly the Military Asylum Cemetery) in Washington D.C., at burial site #1363.


Tierney, J. (2006). “Roster of the 62nd NYSV Anderson Zouaves”

Libby Smith

Archived AZ Research Publications at New Home


Image Courtesy of the NY Military Museum

ZOUAVE! (2007-2015) and the Anderson Zouave Newspaper (2006-2008) are currently in the process of being moved onto the Anderson Zouaves Research website.

Currently ZOUAVE! Numbers 64-68, covering the years 2015 and 2014  and the Anderson Zouave Newspaper Volume 1 – Numbers 1 -9 from 2006 are available at their new home.

Find them at:

Lieutenant George B.F. Simpson – Regimental Surgeon

ltsimpsonLt. George Simpson became surgeon of the 62nd New York in July 1861. At the time of Chancellorsville (May 1863) he was acting as brigade surgeon in 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, Sixth Corps under General Wheaton. Wheaton said of Surgeon George SeeSimpson,

“My acting brigade surgeon, Dr. G. D. F. Simpson, of the Sixty-second New York, though anxious to be with his brigade on the field, was detailed for duty at the division hospital, where he rendered the same faithful service he has always done in every battle in which this brigade has been engaged.”

He joined the 8th NY Cavalry as assistant surgeon towards the end of the war but was never apparently mustered in as such.


Tierney, J. (2006) Roster of the 62nd NYSV. (Unpublished)

Official Records