Company "K"

50th Pa. Volunteer Infantry

Submitted by James McCracken, grandson.


Philemon Henry McCracken, Deputy U.S. Marshal

     Philemon Henry McCracken, born in 1845, was a UNION Civil War Soldier and served with Company "K" 50th Pa. Volunteer Infantry. He mustered in at Bradford County, Pa. and served from May 1861 to 30 Jul 1865. He gained the rank of Sergeant after being wounded at South Mountain on 14 Sep 1862. His Pension and Service records can be found at the National Archives.

     Philemon married Arvilla Matilda Rought (Photo), d/o George and Catherine Rought, on 01 October 1865 at Wylison in Bradford County, Pa. Arvilla is buried in Meigs County, Ohio. The children of that marriage were:

1. Ulysus S - b 27 Nov 1867
2. Katie L - b 16 Feb 1869
3. Hattie N - b 8 Feb 1872
4. Lymon H - b 30 Mar 1873
5. Philemon H - b 2 Feb 1876
6. Henrietta A - b 4 Mar 1881
7. George B. - b 4 May 1884
8. William F. - b 4 May 1884
9. Fred F. - b 26 Sept 1888

     The second wife of Philemon Henry McCracken was Sadie Ann Handley, daughter of Nelson A. & Katie Handley.


Philemon Henry & Sadie Ann (Handley) McCracken
Wedding Day, Meigs County, Ohio

The children of Philemon and Sadie Ann were:

1. Lyda E - b 25 Dec 1896
2. Rosetta C. - b 8 Feb 1899
3. George A. - b 29 June 1900
4. William A - b 24 Aug 1902
5. Ruby Ethel - b 18 Aug 1904
6. Denzil L - b 10 Nov 1906. Philemon was 61 when Denzil was born.


The Family of Philemon & Sadie Ann McCracken

     Seated, backrow: Philemon Henry McCracken, William Albert McCracken {father of Jim McCracken} Sadie Ann Handley. On her lap is Denzil Louis McCracken; center front, George Albert; on Philemon's knee is Ruby Ethel McCracken.

     Denzil Louis McCracken was very sucessful in life. For 40 years he worked at Standard Oil in Calif; Sr V.P. for 3 years until he retired in the 1970s.

     Ruby Ethel McCracken married once. She joined the US NAVY and became a foreign language specialist and taught that. She could speak 20 some different languages.

     George Albert McCracken worked at Weirton Steel for 50 years and only held one job.

     William Albert {father of Jim McCracken} retired as heavy equipment mechanic with 35 years in one company.

     Philemon H. McCracken was a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Rosecommons County, Michigan and a Town Marshall in Appalachcola and Lynn Haven, Florida. He held memberships in the following organizations: AF&AM; JR O.U.A.M.; William Bush Post # 116 Grand Army Of The Republic "GAR," now known as Sons Of Union Veterans. Grandsons, Jim and Ron McCracken, are current members. Ron is Florida Dept. Commander.

     Grandson, Ron McCracken, has a book about Philemon's service that came from the Soldiers and Sailors Benevolent Society. This was a large organization for Military Veterans. Veterans could submit records and have them typed and returned to them for a fee. The finished product was a Leather Bound Edition.

     In the above wedding photo, a watch fob can be seen. It is a genuine pearl from the Gulf of Mexico. Philemon found it shelling oysters one day and had it put in a fob for his watch. Grandson, Ron McCracken has the watch fob. Jim McCracken has his grandad's GAR membership badge.

     Philemon H. McCracken died in Lynn Haven, Florida on March 26, 1912. Sadie Ann was from Putman County, W.Va. and is buried at Cross Creek Church Cemetery.