Roth, John - Born ca. 1834 in the Kingdom of Bavaria; resident of Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. He married Hannah Justus on December 1,1856 in Kittanning by Phillip Hutchison, esq. Henry Mohr was a witness to this but not present at the ceremony. There is no court record of this marriage but a marriage certificate.
John and Hannah had their first child Martha Elizabeth on August 8, 1857 . William Henry was born Feb 17, 1859 both in Kittanning. Both children were baptized by Rev. J.A. Earnest on Feb 21, 1863 while John was in the service of his country.
When the Civil War broke out, John wanted to serve his country and enlisted in the 9th Pa. Vol. Militia Co B , the Brady Alpines which were not found on file in 1900 on a Bureau of Pensions record. This is some documentation of the Brady Alpines from pgs. 60 - 100 in the History of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
In 1861 Roth stood 5'6", had a dark complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. Shoemaker. Enlisted 5 September 1861 at Kittanning, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, by Alderman Taylor; mustered into the 74th on 14 September 1861 for three years as a Private at Camp Wilkins in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; promoted 24 December 1862 to Corporal; mustered out 16 September 1864 with expiration of term of service at Fort Ethan Allen, Virginia. In October 1877 he may have applied for an invalid pension (# 21729) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Saw action at Freeman's Ford, Sulphur Springs, Waterloo Bridge, 2nd Bull Run, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Seabrook Island, John's Island, and James Island.
Their third son Alexander would be born after the war on June 11, 1874 and he was baptized on April 6, 1872 by Rev. J. A. Kribbs. These facts are verified by Rev. George U. Prews, pastor of St. John’s Luthern Church of Kittanning, Pa. In Dec. 1903 on a General Affidavit.
John was a shoemaker by trade and he and Hannah lived in the Kittanning area .
Company B (the "Turner Rifles") was recruited in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, by Captain Arnold Meckelburg. The name "Turner Rifles" commemorated the Pittsburgh Turnverein, of which many of the men were members (including John Gaiser, Emil and Justus Henk, Christian Holzapfel, Frederick Klenker, Cornelius Knöbel, Nicholas Knörr, and Arnold and Henry Meckelburg). Sixty-seven officers and men were mustered in 14 September 1861 by Captain Henry Blake Hays, 6th U.S. Cavalry, at Camp Wilkins in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Company was not in the Battle of Cross Keys (8 June 1862) as it was then detailed as the provost-guard in Romney, [West] Virginia.