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  • ID: I809
  • Name: Martin Oliver Hyer
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BET 13 JAN 1831 AND 11 JUL 1831 in ,,New Brunswick, Canada 1 2
  • Death: in Portland, Cumberland, ME
  • Immigration: BEF 1855 1
  • Burial: Portland, Cumberland, ME
  • AGNC: Evergreen Cemetery
  • Event: FROM 20 MAY 1861 TO 23 AUG 1862 Portland, Cumberland, Maine Military Service
  • AGNC: Company G, 5th Maine Infantry 3
  • Event: FROM 4 OCT 1862 TO 10 JUL 1863 Portland, Cumberland, Maine
  • Age: 31 Military Service
  • AGNC: Company K, 25th Maine Infantry 2 4
  • Event: FROM 12 JAN 1864 TO 20 AUG 1865 Portland, Cumberland, Maine
  • Age: 32 Military Service
  • AGNC: Company I, 30th Maine Infantry 2 4
  • Occupation: House carpenter 11 JUL 1870 1
  • Note: 1 2
    Martin's birthdate was calculated from several sources:

    Source Date Age Earliest Latest
    ------------- ----------- --- ----------- -----------
    1870 Census 11 Jul 1870 39 12 Jul 1830 11 Jul 1831
    Enlistment 4 Oct 1862 31 5 Oct 1830 4 Oct 1831
    Re-enlistment 12 Jan 1864 32 13 Jan 1831 12 Jan 1832
    ----------- -- ----------- -----------
    bet 13 Jan 1831 and 11 Jul 1831
  • Date: 3 Nov 2002
  • Note: According to Ann D. Burrows, the Hyers (Heyers) were German.
  • Date: 2 Sep 2000
  • Note:
    Research notes:
    We have a pair of ribbons from a G.A.R. reunion that indicate that Grampa Heyer was a member of GAR Bosworth Post #2, Portland, Maine and attended a reunion there on 22-23 July 1891.

    Katherine Emily Trites wrote Martin Oliver's last name as "Hyer or Heyer" on the back of his photo.
  • Date: 17 Jun 2003
  • Note:
    NO ME 1880 census
    No MA 1880 census
  • Date: 22 Feb 2001
  • 1 3 2 5 4
  • _LOG:
  • Change Date: 26 Dec 2005 at 16:29:34

    Marriage 1 Mary Spelman b: INT 1829 (Age 41 in 1870 census) in Dublin,, Ireland
    • Married: BEF 1861 1
    • Change Date: 2 Sep 2002
    1. Has Children Catherine C. Heyer b: FEB 1856 in Calais,, ME
    2. Has No Children Marie Hyer b: EST 1858 in ,, Maine
    3. Has Children William Hyer b: EST 1860 in ,, Maine
    4. Has Children Elizabeth Heyer b: APR 1867 in ,, Maine
    5. Has No Children Annie Hyer b: 6 APR 1870 in Portland, Cumberland, ME

    1. Title: 1870 US Census, Portland, Cumberland, ME
      Abbrev: 1870 Census, Portland ME
      Publication: United States Census Bureau
      Text: <div><pre>
      July 11, 1870:

      123 154 Hyer, Martin 39 M House Carp. 600 New Brunswick Y Y Y
      " Mary 41 F Keeping House Ireland Y Y
      " Katie 15 " Tailoress Maine Y Y
      " Marie 12 " " Y Y Y
      " Willie 10 M " Y Y Y
      " Lizzie 3 F " Y Y
      " Annie 3/12 " " Y Y Ap

      Father foreign born ----^
      Mother foreign born --^
      Month born ----------^
      Attending school ---^
      Male citizen -----^

      TRITES, WILLIAM (1870 U.S. Census)
      Age: 54, Male, Race: WHITE, Born: CANA
      Series: M593 Roll: 541 Page: 311

      July 9th, 1870

      759 955 Trites, William 54 M W Laborer New Brunswick Y Y
      -----, Elizabeth 48 F W " " Y Y
      -----, Rebecca 24 F W " " Y Y
      -----, William 18 M W " " Y Y Y
      -----, Heman 15 M W " " Y Y Y
      -----, Frederick 9 M W " " Y Y Y
      -----, Charlotte 7 F W " " Y Y
      -----, George 4 M W Maine
      Father foreign born ----^
      Mother foreign born --^
      Attending school ---^
      Date: 9 Jul 2005
    2. Title: Maine Adjutant General's Report
      Text: Taken from a book at the NEHGS:

      Martin Hyer, age 31, resident of Portland, married, mustered into
      Company K, 25th infantry regiment on 4 Oct 1862 as a private.
      He mustered out on 10 July 1863 as a corporal.

      Martin Hyer, age 32, resident of Portland, married, mustered into
      Company I, 30th infantry regiment on 12 January, 1864, quota of
      Portland. The regiment was organized between 12 December 1863 and
      8 January 1864. It mustered out 20 August 1865.

      John Hyer mustered into Company C, 24th regiment in 1862.

      Taken from the Adj. Gen. report via

      Name Martin Hyer
      Residence Portland
      Enlist Date 04 October 1862
      Enlist Place
      Enlist Rank Priv
      Enlist Age 31

      Promoted to Full Corpl on 01 March 1863
      Served Maine Enlisted K Co. 25th Inf Reg.
      ME Mustered Out at Portland, ME on 10 July 1863

      Source: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Maine
      Abbreviation: MERoster
      Published by: Stevens & Sayward on 1861-1866
      Record: 2063584
      Date: 3 Nov 2002
    3. Title: 1890 Maine Veteran's Census
      Text: <div><pre>
      According to 1890 Maine Veteran's Census Index:

      Hyer, Martin O* ME Cumberland Portland SD 1 ED 61
      Hyer, Martin* ME Cumberland Portland SD 1 ED 61
      Hyer, George W* ME Kennebec Togus? SD 1 NH P24
      Hyer, John H ME Andresco Turner SD 1 ED 27

      1) Eastern Branch National Home DVS

      National Archives film: M123 #6
      LDS Genealogical Library: 338165

      According to 1890 census veterans's schedule:
      Martin Heyer alias Martin O Hyer, was a privte in Company G, 5th Maine
      Infantry, enlisted 20 May 1861, discharge 23 Aug 1862, having served 1
      year, 3 months and 3 days. He was a re-enlisted veteran. He had no
      disabilities listed and his address was given as 97 Portland.

      Date: 3 Nov 2002
    4. Title: Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
      Abbrev: CWSS
      Text: First_Last Regiment Name Co. Side Soldier's Soldier's Film Number
      Rank_In Rank_Out
      ----------- ------------------ --- ----- --------- --------- ------------
      Martin Hyer 25 Maine Infantry K Union Pvt. Corp'l. M543 roll 11
      (9 Months, 1862-3)

      Martin Hyer 30 Maine Infantry I Union Sgt. 1 Sgt. M543 roll 11

      Date: 26 Dec 2005
    5. Title: Civil War Regimental Histories, Maine

      This Regiment was organized at Portland, Me., September 29th, 1862,
      to serve nine months, and on the 16th of October left for
      Washington, D.C., arriving in the city on the 18th. Having been
      assigned to the 3d Brigade of Casey' Division, they moved on the
      26th to a camping ground on Arlington Heights, on the north side of
      Columbia turnpike, immediately in frot of the line of earthworks for
      the defence of Washington. There they remained until March 24th,
      1863, continually engaged in guarding Long Bridge on both sides of
      the Potomac, and in building fortifications. On the 24th of March
      they moved to Chantilly, Va., on the Little River turnpike, and
      there remained engaged in picket duty until the 26th of June, 1863,
      when they returned to Arlington Heights. On the 30th of June they
      started for Maine, and arrived at Portland on the evening of July
      3d. On the 10th of July the regiment was mustered out of the U. S.
      service by Capt. Francis Fessenden, 19th U.S. Infantry, and the men
      paid and finally discharged on the same day.


      This Regiment was organized at Augusta, Me., from Dec. 12th, 1863,
      to Jan. 8th, 1864, to serve three years, and on the 7th of February
      left for Portland, Me., where it embarked on board steamer Merrimac
      for New Orleans, La., arriving in that city on the 16th. On the 18th
      they moved by railroad from Algiers to Brashear City, and thence by
      steamer up bayou Teche to Franklin, where they were assigned to the
      3d Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Army Corps. From Feb. 19th to March
      14th, inclusive, they remained encamped at Franklin, and on the 15th
      entered upon the Red River campaign. On the 8th of April they took
      an honorable part in the battle of Sabine Cross Roads, and on the
      9th in that of Pleasant Hill. Their loss in both engagements was 11
      killed, 66 wounded and 71 missing. They afterwards retreated towards
      Grand Ecore, which place they reached on the 11th. On the 21st of
      April they resumed the retreat, and on the 23d took a most prominent
      part in the engagement at Cane River Crossing, from which position,
      considered almost impregnable, they drove the enemy. Their
      casualties in this engagement were as follows: 2 officers and 10
      enlisted men killed, 2 officers and 67 enlisted men wounded, and 7
      enlisted men missing. On the 25th of April they reached Alexandria,
      La., and an the 13th of May continued the retreat towards the
      Mississippi River, which they reached on the 22d. They remained
      encamped at Morganzia Bend until the 2d of July, when they embarked
      for New Orleans, thence on the 11th for Virginia. On the 18th they
      reached Fortress Monroe, and were immediately sent to Deep Bottom,
      where they were employed on picket duty and in raising temporary
      earthworks. From Deep Bottom they were transported to Washington,
      whence they marched to Harper's Ferry, Va.

      During the latter part of August and erly in September, they
      prticipated in the numerous movements of the Army of the Shenandoah.
      In September their brigade was detahed from its division, and so
      continued until Oct. 26th. Although in this interval the regiment
      was engaged in arduous and responsible duties, it failed to share
      the glory of Gen. Sheridan's battles and victories in September and
      October. On the 26th of October they rejoined their division at
      Cedar Creek, Va., thence on the 9th of November moved to a position
      between Kearnstown and Newton, and on the 30th of December went into
      camp at Stevenson's Depot, four miles north of Winchester.

      Soon after the 1st of January, 1865, they moved and occupied
      Winchester, Va., where onthe 8th of January they were joined by
      three companies formed of the re-enlisted men and recruits of the
      13th Me., Vols., and which had been assigned to this regiment by
      special order, issued Nov. 18th, 1864. The consolidation was
      completed in the month of January, under the immediate orders of
      Gen. Sheidan, the 30th being formed in seven companies, and
      retaining the field and staff officiers without change. The men of
      the 13th Me., were organized into a battaliaon of three companies,
      commanded by officers of their own regiment. The two battalions
      were then united, and the consolidation effected by the muster out
      of five commisioned officers of the 30th and a few non comissioned
      of both regiments. The companies of the 13th were lettered B, H,
      and K in the new organization. They remained at Winchester until
      the 10th of April, when they proceeded towards Washington, reached
      that city on the 21st, and on the 26th encamped in the vicinity of
      Fort Meigs, where they remained until the 2d of June. In the
      meantime they formed a part ofthe line of sentinels stationed around
      Washington until after the capture of the assassins of President
      Lincoln, and subsequently did guard duty at the Washington Arsenel,
      where the trial of the conspirators was being held.

      On the 23d of May they took part in the grand review of the Army of
      the Potomac, and on the 2d of June were transferred from the 3d
      Brigade, 1st Division, 19th Corps, to the 2d Brigade, same Division,
      with which they left on the 30th for Savannah, Ga., arriving in that
      city on the 7th of July. They remained on duty at Savannah until
      the 20th of August, when the regiment was mustered out of the U. S.
      service by Capt. George E. Moulton, A. C. M., District of Savannah,
      and on which day they left for Maine, Arriving on the 24th at
      Portland, where the men were paid and finally discharged on the


      This regiment was organized at augusta, me., in october, 1862, to
      serve nine months, and on the 29th of October left that place for
      New York. On the 31st of October they went into camp at East New
      York, and there remained until the 12th of January, 1863, when they
      embarked for New Orleans, La., arriving in that city on the 14th of
      February. On the 26th of February they embarked on board the
      steamer Eastern Queen for Bonnet Carre, forty miles above New
      Orleans, and thre were assigned to the 3d Brigade, 2d Division,
      under command of Gen. Nickerson. During their stay at that place,
      detachments from the regiment were engaged in active duties at
      different times and places. On the 21st of May they were ordered to
      Port Hudson, where they remained through the whole siege of that
      place. They were constantly on duty from the time of investment of
      Port Hudson until they started for home, and were often engaged with
      the enemy. They lost heavily from disease, not less than 184 men
      having died. On the 24th of July they left Port Hudson for Maine,
      via Cairo, Ill., arriving on the 6th of August at Augusta, where the
      men were mustered out and discharged the U.S. service on the 25th of
      the same month, by Lieut. F. E. Crossman, 17th U.S. Infantry.
      Date: 16 Feb 2003
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