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Army 1
21 Jan 1812 1
Stoneykirk, Wigtownshire, Scotland 1
23 Feb 1896 1
Rhinebeck, New York 1

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21 Jan 1812 1
Stoneykirk, Wigtownshire, Scotland 1
Male 1
23 Feb 1896 1
Rhinebeck, New York 1
Burial Place: Rhinebeck Association Cemetery, Rhinebeck, New York 1
Place: Brooklyn, Kings County, New York 1
From: 1840 1
To: 1840 1
Place: Rhinebeck, New York 1
From: 1870 1
To: 1896 1
Place: Milan Township, New York 1
From: 1850 1
To: 1865 1
Mother: Margaret Henderson 1
Father: Alexander Milroy 1
Mary Carmichael 1
17 Mar 1839 1
Spouse Death Date: 26 Oct 1909 1

Civil War (Union) 1

Army 1
Service Start Date:
Aug 1862 1
Service End Date:
12 Jul 1865 1
Tailor 1
Military Unit:
Co. C, 128th New York Volunteer Infantry 1

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Obituaries of Robert Milroy

Rhinebeck, New York

Obituary of Robert Milroy (1812-1896)
(newspaper unknown)

Robert Milroy

Another of Rhinebeck's aged citizens was added to the list of the departed Sunday morning when Robert Milroy died, at the residence of his son John C. Milroy on West Market Street.  The deceased was born in Scotland in 1812 and came to this country when a young man.  He lived in Brooklyn for a number of years, and in 1840 moved to Lafayetteville in the town of Milan, where he resided until 1862, when he enlisted in company "C" of the 128th regiment, being the oldest man in the command.  At the close of the war he settled in Rhinebeck and carried on a tailor business.  The funeral services were held at the home of his son, on Tuesday at 2:30, Rev. W.A. Mackey officiating.  The interment was in charge of Armstrong Post No. 104 G.A.R.  Francis S. Keese Camp No. 22, Sons of Union Veterans, also attended the services in a body.


Pine Plains Register
February 28, 1896
Front page

DEATH OF A Veteran -- When the 128th Regiment was mustered into service Sept. 6, 1862, the oldest enlisted man in the command was Robert Milroy, his age at that time being nearly 51.  Mr. Milroy was born in Scotland in the early part of the year 1812, and came to this country when a young man.  He lived in Brooklyn several years, and in 1840 moved to Lafayetteville, in the town of Milan, where be remained until 1863, when he enlisted as above stated.  He was a brave soldier and took a prominent part in the seventeen heavy engagements his regiment had.  After his discharge he settled in Rhinebeck, where he returned his old vocation of a tailor, continuing the same until enfeebled by age.  During the past decade he was a frequent visitor in Pine Plains, and the last time he was here, about six months ago, was entertained by the writer of this paragraph and D. C. Kettering.  Mr. Milroy had many warm friends, who will regret his death.  Funeral services were held at Rhinebeck Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Armstrong Post G. A. R.


Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle
Tuesday, February 25, 1896
page number illegible


Closely following the death of a number of aged residents of Rhinebeck, comes the announcement of the passing away of Robert Milroy, of that place, aged eighty-four years.  Mr. Milroy was born In Scotland on the 21st day of January, 1812.  He came to this country when a young man, and settled in Brooklyn.  In 1840 he moved to Milan, Dutchess County.  When the War of the Rebellion broke out he responded to the call of the country of his adoption, and fought for three years in defense of the flag of the Union.  Mr. Milroy enlisted on August 15, 1862, in the 128th Regiment, N. Y. S. V., being a member of Company C.  After serving with his regiment, during the war, in which he participated in sixteen engagements, he received an honorable discharge on July 12, 1865, after which he took up his residence in Rhinebeck, where he remained until the time of his death.  He was a tailor by occupation.

His funeral will take place from the residence of his son, ex-Supervisor John C. Milroy, on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, and will be under the direction of Armstrong Post, No. 104, G. A. R., of which he was a member.

Robert Milroy service information

From "New York, Registers of Officers and Enlisted Men Mustered into Federal Service, 1861-1865" found on  "Return of Officers and Enlisted Men who are now in the Military or Naval Service"

present rank - Private (not certain of the date of this record)

"Wounded in the face"


Town Clerk's register of enlistment states:  "Was wounded at battle Berryville taken? to hospital at Alexandria staid [sic] 2 1/2 mos.  Returned to Reg't took part in Battle Cane River, Dischg'd 12th July 1865.  P.O. Lafayetteville NY"

Robert Milroy and Other Pensioners Present Gold Watch to Man who Assisted Them with their Paperwork

Poughkeepsie Daily Eagle
Tuesday July 10, 1894
page 6

A presentation

We copy the following pleasant incident from the Rhinebeck Gazette:

On Thursday morning, July 5, 1894, Mr. Robert Milroy presented himself at the office of J. C. McCarty, in the village, and stated that he was no speech maker, but that he came as a committee of the pensioners, for whom Mr. McCarty had for many years been making out their quarterly pension vouchers, without charge, to present him with a gold watch as a slight token of their appreciation of his kindness to them, and asked him in their behalf to accept the same.

Mr. McCarty accepting the same replied in substance as follows:  Mr. Milroy, committee -- I am taken completly [sic] by surprise at this splendid exhibition of my soldier friends, of their kindly feelings towards me, and would be less than human were I not moved to gratitude by it; the patriot soldier who gave the best part of his manly vigor to strengthen and support our country in its time of peril has always received my most earnest and heartfelt respect and veneration and I in common with the great American people can never forget the men, who, taking their lives in their hands, went forward and upheld the union of our nation in the storm and strife of Civil war -- the memory of what these men endured and achieved will ever be held in high veneration by the people of this our glorious union.  If I have done anything in aid of our patriotic defenders it has been to me a great pleasure and entirely without hope of reward, and therefore I can truly say I am surprised at this beautiful gift.  If I had the power I would pension every soldier for his gallant achievements, and the perils endured, which resulted in the safety and welfare of our beloved country.  Again I thank you.

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