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A copy of a typescript reminiscence of Mary Elizabeth Gemeny of Baltimore, Maryland, who recounts in 1913 the imprisonment of her husband, Benjamin, in Virginia early in the Civil War while they were visiting relatives, and her successful efforts to secure his release. Also included is a transcription of the notes made in 1981 by their great-granddaughter, Virginia Gemeny Davis, on the reminiscence when the copy was donated to the University of Memphis Libraries. Mary Elizabeth Roberts was born on March 10, 1836, and died on January 10, 1937. She married Benjamin Gemeny (1836-1895), born in Alexandra, Virginia, on November 1, 1855. Soon after the war, the Gemeny family moved west and Benjamin worked as a carriage maker and built the Pacific Hotel in Junction City, Geary County, Kansas. Benjamin and Mary are buried in Highland Cemetery, Junction City. Their son Henry Millard died in 1932. Wilbur and Minnie died in 1863. Clarence was born in 1864 and died in 1919. Howard Elmer was born in 1878 and died in 1881. One other daughter, Bessy, was born in Junction City.


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United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.; Gemeny, Mary Elizabeth, 1836-1937.

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