Friday, July 14, 2017

CDV of Union Soldier, Possibly Esau Bloom; tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom & Susanna (Snyder) Bloom of Ohio; Passed on to their son James Hagan Bloom of Sherwood, Ohio

Note of August 21, 2020: A reader notes that of the Bloom brothers, it was Esau Bloom who earned promotion to corporal, as evidenced by the stripes on his arm.

Carte de visite of a Union soldier, possibly Civil War and possibly Ohio or Pennsylvania.  No studio imprint.

The CDV was found tucked in the Bible of Jeremiah Bloom & Susanna (Snyder) Bloom, Pennsylvania natives who moved to Ohio.  Judging from the mementos tucked in, I believe that the Bible then passed on to their son James Hagan Bloom (1859-1926), an undertaker and furniture dealer at Sherwood, Ohio.  The Bible contains three pages of family records, as well as CDVs and tintypes, documents and mementos.

I didn't find a record of military service for Jeremiah.  His sons were too young to fight in the Civil War, though they could have served in a later era.

Interestingly, though, Jeremiah's younger brothers Jacob S. Bloom and Esau Bloom served in Company H of the Sixty-Fourth Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Both were wounded.  Perhaps the soldier shown above is Jacob or Esau [see note above and comment below favoring Esau Bloom]

Surnames of people who married into the Bloom family:
  • Cline
  • Cripe
  • Miller
  • Partee
  • Pontius

If you recognize this man from your family photographs or research, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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  1. Perhaps you can find his data in national database of citizens and will be able to recognize all of his background.

  2. It would appear that this soldier has a corporal’s stripes on his uniform. A quick search reveals esau was promoted corporal during his service while Jacob was not

    1. Wow, great sleuthing! I've added this probability to the blog post.