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Berkeley County West Virginia Biography of Lazarus MINICH

         Lazarus MINICH was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, April 17, 1834, the son of Peter Minich (born August 3, 1806) and Elizabeth Woolf (born January 21, 1809).

         Prior to the Civil War, Lazarus Minich married Jane E. Heffelfinger, a native of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, on September 16, 1858. Born November 18, 1838, Miss Heffelfinger was the daughter of William and Lucy A. (Bayles) Heffelfinger. Lazarus and Jane Minich had two children: William G. Minich, September 11, 1864-?; and Ira D. Minich, March 10, 1872-?. The family moved to Berkeley County August 14, 1877 where Mr. Minich kept a hotel in the Bunker Hill district with a Darkesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia post office address.

         Lazarus Minich had been a soldier of the Union army during the war between the states, enlisting at Carlisle, Cumberland County, in Company C, 158th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and placed under command of General Spinola. He served through Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, returned to Pennsylvania by way of Fredericksburg, Maryland, and was mustered out. He then reenlisted in the 209th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, Company F; his regiment was sent to the 9th Crops, in front of Petersburg. There he was wounded March 26, 1864, during the engagement at Fort Steadman, and was sent to City Point hospital. He participated in all the engagements of his regiment, commissioned an officer during the last enlistment, and honorably mustered out at Alexandria, Virginia, Mary 30, 1865.

    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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